Don't Destroy Wealth Created Under Mahama - Duncan Williams To Prez

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Archbishop Nicholas Duncan Williams, founder of Action Chapel International

President Akufo-Addo must not allow bitter appointees to use his government to settle personal scores with businesspeople who made wealth under the erstwhile National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration, Archbishop Nicholas Duncan-Williams has said.

The founder and leader of the Action Chapel International believes too many private businesses have been collapsed due to a change in government and that trend must stop.

Addressing a congregation during a sermon on Sunday, April 22, he said he has observed that successive governments target businessmen who prospered under previous administrations and go after them.

The presiding Archbishop and General Overseer of the Action Chapel International Ministry, Archbishop Nicholas Duncan-Williams

According to him, although it is good to fight corruption, governance must not be used as an excuse to settle personal scores.

He, therefore, advised President Akufo-Addo not to allow such a thing happen under his tenure, describing it as a “vicious cycle” that needs to be checked.

“It’s time to cry for mercy, it’s time to pray for mercy because too much is at stake. And please don’t misunderstand me, I’m not saying we shouldn’t check corruption, but if we come to office and to power – I’ve been preaching for 40 years in this country and I’ve seen governments come and go, from CPP, my father’s government, and NDC and NPP, they are here, I’ve seen them over the 40 years – and this thing where we come into office with vindictiveness and bitterness because of the way we’ve been mishandled and mistreated.

“And and we target people to go after them, settle scores, I pray that during the reign of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, because of the fight and the betrayals and the suffering and the pain he went through to become president, he will not allow his presidency to be used by people who have problems with others and their opponents to settle scores, but that during his watch and his reign, that vicious cycle would be broken in the name of Jesus; that every Ghanaian, irrespective of your political party, if you’re doing the right thing, you’ll prosper,” he said.

He noted that the destruction of private businesses is a common thing in Africa, saying “until we understand what we are dealing with in its entirety and attack it from the roots and stop dealing with it from the branches, we will never create wealth in this country.”

He further lamented: “We’re not creating wealth as a people. We destroy wealth every four years and every eight years. And it’s not just Ghana, you watch Sierra Leone, Liberia, Nigeria, La Cote d’Ivoire, similar incidents there because I’ve churches there, I’ve networks all over these places and I deal with businessmen and women and politicians in all these places.

“Anytime there is a new regime, the new regime comes and will destroy anyone that was connected to the old regime and benefited from the old regime, they’ll destroy all their wealth, forgetting that you’ll be in office for only four years or maximum eight years. And then another regime comes and will destroy anyone that benefited from the old regime, so, every four to eight years, we kill and destroy those who have created wealth.”

The Archbishop added that such a vicious cycle must be checked, else West Africa may soon be witnessing its own version of the Arab Spring.

“The Arab uprising is something that is in the pipeline and it’s coming to West Africa. Between the next five and 10 years, it is coming to West Africa, write it down. I’m talking as a student of history, prophecy, and paradigms.

"We have a very serious situation here and we have to look at it long-term. The private sector is not creating wealth because for whatever reason, we are destroying the private sector through this vicious cycle. If you go to the bank to take a loan, you’ll pay 30 percent interest, so, it’s difficult to go take a loan to create wealth because of the interest, you can’t pay anything. For whatever reason, the private sector in other countries is helping to develop the country.”


2 Shot Dead In Daylight Bank Robbery At Nabdam

Two people were shot dead by some suspected armed robbers at the Pelungu market in the Nabdam District of the Upper East Region around 12 noon on Friday.

The suspected robbers, who were said to be on two motorbikes, allegedly attacked and robbed a First Allied bank branch at Pelungu of an unspecified amount of money and later shot indiscriminately, killing the two people.

Although the police are yet to confirm the incident, the Assembly Member for the Damola-Tindongo Electoral Area, Mr. Emmanuel Seluk told Graphic Online that the bodies of the deceased one of whom hailed from his electoral area have been conveyed to the Bolgatanga Regional Hospital mortuary.

Reports indicated that the robbers allegedly beat up some workers of the bank and made away with monies and further moved to another shop where they picked some computers and money.

The robbers were said to have fled the scene after the robbery.

When contacted the police in Nabdam and the Bolgatanga Municipality told Graphic Online they were still investigating the matter and would brief the press on the incident later.

Source: Graphic Online

Police, FDA Arrest Tramadol Dealers In Tamale

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Excessively higher doses of Tramadol are now sold as over-the-counter medicines

Personnel of the Police Service aided by staff of the Food and Drugs Authority and Pharmacy Council, have arrested two persons who deal in the sale of Tramadol in Tamale.

The suspects, Sulemana Abdul Fatawu and Abubakari Nuhu had offered to sell 250 milligrams of the banned painkiller when the officers went undercover to buy the drug over the counter, JoyNews' Martina Bugri reports.

The volume approved by the FDA to be sold is 50mg and 100mg, therefore, selling 250mg over the counter suggests, the drugs were smuggled into the country.

Approved by FDA

Four others were also arrested for operating pharmacists without appropriate licenses. They are Abdul Rahman Hardi, Adam Haruna, Abdul Rafique Yakubu and Zakaria Musah.

Crime Officer of the Northern Police Command, Superintendent Kusi Appiah said a search is yet to be conducted on the premises of the suspects.

Supt. Appiah said the police is currently mobilizing men to move to the area while the FDA has put its locks to secure the place.

Tramadol, a restricted medication used to treat moderate to moderately severe pain, has become almost “a street drug” for the treatment of a normal pain like a headache, sometimes with approval from health practitioners.

A mental health expert, Dr. Yao Mfodwo, recently called for urgent action to discontinue the increasing abuse of strong pain reliever, Tramadol, which has become very popular among the public, particularly the youth.

Speaking on Joy FM, Dr. Yao Mfodwo, a Consultant Psychiatrist at The Brain Clinic at Abokobi in Accra, fears continued use and abuse of the drug can lead to physical dependence and withdrawal symptoms.

“It is as bad as a very silent Ebola or a very silent Lassa fever,” he lamented.

Source: Myjoyonline

‘Gov’t clears GHC1 billion out of GHC1.2 billion NHIS inherited debt’ – Akufo-Addo

Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, president of Ghana
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has revealed that his administration is reviving the strength of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), which, under the Mahama government, was being strangled by debt.

According to President Akufo-Addo, “of the GH¢1.2 billion debt we inherited, the equivalent of $300 million, we have paid, in the last 15 months, GH¢1 billion, the equivalent of $250 million.”

He added that payments to service providers, since his government took office in January 2017, are current.

As a result, “the Scheme is regaining its effectiveness, so that for a minimum amount, subscribers can have access to a wide range of medical services.”

President Akufo-Addo made this known on Saturday, 21st April, 2018, when he delivered the keynote speech at the London School of Economics’ Africa Summit, on the theme “Africa at Work: Educated, Employed, Empowered.”

Addressing a packed gathering, President Akufo-Addo noted that the urgent responsibility confronting the continent is to make African countries attractive for African youth, and for them to see the Continent to see as places of opportunities.

“It means we must provide education, quality education and skills training. It means our young people must acquire the skills that run modern economies,” he said.

The President indicated that with the African Union’s Agenda 2063, titled The Africa We Want, calling for an education and skills revolution to meet the human resource needs for inspiring Africa’s socio-economic development, he noted that the AU has, quite correctly, placed high premium on science, technology and innovation as critical ingredients to the achievement of Agenda 2063.

“The provision of education for our young people should not become an ideological tussle. We should never have to make a choice between basic education or higher education. We should never have to rely on the World Bank or any other institution to decide for us where the emphasis should be in our education needs,” the President said.

Whilst stressing that education is the key to Africa’s development, he noted that African countries must run their economies to be able to fund the education of African children.

“We should not get into arguments with donor agencies about our priorities. We must set our own priorities, and we must accept that we should provide the funds to translate our plans into reality,” he said.

The President continued, “That is why, despite the bleak economic situation my government inherited, we decided to implement immediately the pledge we had made about providing Free Senior High School education. The most dramatic aspect of its implementation has been that 90,000 more students entered senior high school in September last year, the first term of the policy, than in 2016.”

He was confident that “if we stop being beggars, and spend Africa’s monies inside the continent, Africa would not need to ask for respect from anyone. We would get the respect we deserve.”

President Akufo-Addo also revealed further that, in Ghana, whereas the indications are that the economic dividends are on the horizon, there are other areas where the nation is thriving.

The media in Ghana, he said, has come into its own, and what used to be called the culture of silence has been replaced with a cacophony that now worries some.

“I have said it before, and I believe it bears repeating, I would much rather put up with a reckless press than a monotonous, praise-singing one. A democracy has no place for a media that does not keep public authorities on their toes,” he added.

He stressed that “I am a firm believer in a strong and vibrant media, and I have no doubt that it is a force for good, no matter how irritating and how irksome they can be and often are. They provide the avenue for the other point of view.”

In concluding, he indicated that “our success story and changed narrative come with building our economies that are not dependent on charity and handouts. Then we shall put an educated, employed and empowered Africa to work, and repudiate the recent culture of failure. We shall then take our rightful place in the world.”

Source: Ghanaweb

Anti Ghana-US Military Agreement Demo Hits Tamale

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Some of the Tamale protestors in red and black attire with placards
The Ghana First Patriotic Front, a group made up of opposition political parties, especially members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) on Saturday embarked on a demonstration in the Tamale Metropolis to protest against the Ghana-US Military Cooperation agreement.

According to the group, the Ghana-US Military Cooperation agreement threatens the sovereignty of Ghana as an independent country.

Clad in red and black apparels, the protestors marched through some principal streets in the metropolis to drum home their demand on President Nana Akufo-Addo to cancel the military deal.

Leading members of the group are scheduled to address the demonstrators at the Tamale Jubilee Park, where the protestors would converge after the march.

About three weeks ago, the group embarked on a similar demonstration in Accra.

Some of the leading members of the NDC who joined the march include Mr. Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, the General Secretary of the NDC; the Minority Leader and MP for Tamale South, Mr. Haruna Iddrisu; the MP for North Tongu, Mr. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, and the Northern Regional Chairman of the NDC, Sofo Azoka.

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