Ohemaa Mercy is ready for Tehillah Experience

Gospel music is a music genre patronized by most Ghanaian Christians. As such, mega gospel music shows are organized at different times of each year. Due to its high patronage, quite a number of giant industries have hopped onto the train to sponsor the events.

One Gospel music talent whose show always moves the crowd year after year since its inception is Ohemaa Mercy. This Gospel music icon has firm grip on her annual show dubbed the 'Tehillah Experience'.

This year's edition would be its sixth (6th) and it is scheduled to take place at the ICGC Calvary Temple, on Sunday 11th of August, at 4:00pm GMT. Other famous Gospel artistes billed to perform at the event include Diana Hamilton, Ceccy Twum, Elder Mireku and Joe Mettle.

The Tehillah Experience event would also have some international gospel artistes performing on the day.The foreign artistes include Evelyn Wanjiru from Kenya, Lebo Sekgobela from South Africa, and Michael Mahendere from Zimbabwe.

This year, the event promises to take believers who would be present to another spiritual level in their Christian faith.

 

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Fart Brings Debate To An Abrupt Halt

Fart is an unpleasant gaseous substance that accumulates from digestive processes in the alimentary canal of humans and even some animals.

This gaseous substance is then discharged at will by a person when prompted by nature. However, due to its unpleasant smell, most humans show courtesy by excusing themselves from amongst other humans so as to be in a safe place to release the fart from his or her anus.

On the contrary, this was not the case at a Kenyan Regional Assembly as a member (name withheld) of the Assembly did not consider the discomfort it might cause his colleagues if let out. He comfortably farted and polluted the air as the heated debate was on-going, giving the air in the room a new label.

Julius Gaya, a member present could not take it any more and therefore spoke about the situation amidst pointing of finger at a potential suspect, alleging he knew the culprit. He said "Honourable Speaker, one of us has polluted the air and I know who it is,...".

Funny enough, the member Julius pointed accusing finger at also blurted out "I am not the one. I cannot do such a thing in front of my colleagues...". Almost confirming the old adage, "who the cap fits, let them wear it".

According to reports, it took a combination of strawberry and vanilla flavoured air freshners to help get the strength of the fart to reduce for them to continue with their debate.

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Unfreezing of PDS accounts questioned

The Ministry of Finance (MoF) has made a move to unfreeze the bank accounts of the energy company, Power Distribution Services (PDS) Ghana Limited to the dismay of some energy experts.

One of such energy experts who has shown his dislike for MoF's move is Mr Kwame Jantuah. He said in a statement that the Ministry of Energy did suspend PDS with reference to Clause 27 of the electricity sale license under the law of the state.

He stated in an interview on Joy FM's Friday programmed, Top Story Friday, saying “Let me go to (c) the decision by ECG to suspend the provisions of right and obligations defined under the Lease and Assignment Agreement (LAA) pending the determination of all consequential matters arising out of the above. So, when did Energy Commission change its mind,...”.

Prior to that, the Ministry of Information had already announced, and with immediate effect, the suspension of the said concession agreement between the Ministry of Finance, the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) and PDS.

The decision of the MoF to unfreeze the accounts came following reactions from workers of PDS. The workers disclosed their disatisfaction pertaining to how the operational costs and workers would be covered if accounts are frozen. Mr Jantuah, CEO of African Energy Consortium Limited, has shown a contrary concern to that effect.

He stated in the interview, saying “If it is that they need money to operate, they should have opened an escrow account. And ECG should have been the one to make sure that whatever monies are taken out of the PDS account into the escrow account is monitored,...”.

It is clear that Mr Jantuah wants the investigation to be done thoroughly without giving privilege to any of the parties involved.

 

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2Face Idibia is seriously ill

It has been confirmed that the popular Nigerian musician, 2Face Idibia, is seriously ill. This came from his actress wife, Annie Idibia.

Annie stated that her husband has been put on several drips and still under the keen observation of his medical doctors. Annie disclosed the state of 2Face Idibia's health on the social media platform, Instagram.

She stated, “Baba has been so ill and on drips and plenty meds. Doctor was by his side 48 hours. We all didn’t think he could make it to this big event that was all about him and the Nigerian stock exchange”, she added on instagram.

About the event in her statement, she was making reference to her husband being able to attend the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) event where he was unveiled as the NSE's ambassador despite his ill health.

 

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Asamoah Gyan Still Grappling With General Captaincy Position

It came as a shock for most Ghanaians when news broke that the coach of the senior national side, Kwesi Appiah, had given the captaincy of the team to Andre Dede Ayew but stressed that the former captain Asamoah Gyan was going to be given the role of a general captain.

The General Captaincy role is not known by most soccer or football fans and seem to have no specific role stipulated under that banner.

This angered the former skipper Asamoah Gyan, popularly known in the football circles as Baby Jet to the extent of refusing to show up for this year's African Cup of Nations (AFCON 2019). It took the President of the Republic to intervene in the situation before Asamoah Gyan felt pacified.

The senior national football team, the Black Stars, however had a terrible AFCON run this year to the amazement of not only Ghanaian football lovers but also their fans from all over the world. They exited the tournament at the round of sixteen (16) at the hands of the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia.

Asamoah Gyan stated in an interview on Joy FM based in Accra, “Since I got into football, since I became a professional, I don’t understand general captain. A captain is a captain. I don’t understand the meaning of general captain. It’s a title on me now but I don’t understand but I have to accept it. And I said ok, what is the captain gonna do?”, he concluded.

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Ohemaa Mercy is ready for Tehillah Experience

Gospel music is a music genre patronized by most Ghanaian Christians. As such, mega gospel music shows are organized at different times of each year. Due to its high patronage, quite a number of giant industries have hopped onto the train to sponsor the events.

One Gospel music talent whose show always moves the crowd year after year since its inception is Ohemaa Mercy. This Gospel music icon has firm grip on her annual show dubbed the 'Tehillah Experience'.

This year's edition would be its sixth (6th) and it is scheduled to take place at the ICGC Calvary Temple, on Sunday 11th of August, at 4:00pm GMT. Other famous Gospel artistes billed to perform at the event include Diana Hamilton, Ceccy Twum, Elder Mireku and Joe Mettle.

The Tehillah Experience event would also have some international gospel artistes performing on the day.The foreign artistes include Evelyn Wanjiru from Kenya, Lebo Sekgobela from South Africa, and Michael Mahendere from Zimbabwe.

This year, the event promises to take believers who would be present to another spiritual level in their Christian faith.

 

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John Dumelo Eyes Ayawaso West Wuogon Seat

John Dumelo, a popular actor in the Ghana movie industry believes he would be the best middle man between the elite and the general populace of the Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency.

The movie star, for some time now, has been eyeing the parliamentary seat for that constituency. His political ambition started as a rumour among his fans. While some doubted, others gave him the green light even though it was not clear as to his stand. However, it has become clear that he really has a passion for active politics aside acting.

He is associated with the National Democratic Congress (NDC), one of the biggest political parties in the country. Mr Dumelo would be running on the ticket of the NDC come next parliamentary election.

On top of his political agenda is the issue of sanitation in that constituency. He looks forward to tackling it vigorously. His other areas of interest, as part of his agenda, include employment and security.

Mr Dumelo made it clear in a statement that with him leading the battle for that seat, the NDC stands a much greater chance of winning it for the first time.

The NDC parliamentary primaries would be held on Saturday the 24th of August, 2019, and he would be competing with Suzzy Afua Adoboe.

 

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Former ICCES Coordinator Shot Dead

Mr Donatus Kumah, formerly of Integrated Community Centre for Employable Skills (ICCES) has been shot dead. The sad incident took place at his residence within the Effia Kwesimintsim Municipality, specifically the Anaji Queen of Peace vicinity.

It is believed that unidentified gun men stormed his house and shot him dead on the dawn of Saturday 10th August, 2019. Mr Donatus Kumah was the former ICCES Regional Coordinator for Western region.

The Ghana Police Service has began investigation into the incident. May his soul rest in peace.

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Monday Declared A Public Holiday

His Excellency, The President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo has made a public declaration concerning next week Monday, 12th August. He has declared that day a public holiday and must be observed throughout the country.

A press release from the Ministry of Interior, bearing the signature of the Interior Minister, Mr. Ambrose Dery, has stated that this holiday is due to the Eid-ul-Adha festival. Eid-ul-Adha is an Islamic festival revered and celebrated by Muslims worldwide.

The actual festival day happens to be coming Sunday, 11th August. According to the Muslim belief, this festival is celebrated worldwide in remembrance of Abraham's obedience to God when he was commanded to kill his son for a sacrifice.

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Chris Rock joke tagged as Racist

This would not come as a surprise for most people. Chris Rock does make racist jokes as part of his stand-up comedy acts. However, the timing of this particular joke has been tagged as poor and in bad taste by many as the United States of America has been thrown into a state of mourning following the recent shootings that took place in El Paso, Texas, and also in Dayton, Ohio.

The comedian posted a meme with the photo of Betty White, a Golden Girls star, which read "...the first thing people say when a mass shooting is announced,...". And in came the pun punchline "Bet he white".

It has been a rib cracking joke for some but Chris Rock's post has certainly not gone down well with many as well. His joke is clearly implying that such mass shootings are a "white thing", as the culprits most often turns out to be caucasian.

This has sparked a lot of reactions from folks on Rock's social media platform. However, the comedian is yet to respond to some of the comments on his platform.

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Voter ID Card replacement begins today

Today, 8th August 2019, is set to mark the beginning of Voter ID card replacement process at various places. The Electoral
Commission (EC) of Ghana made this known in a press release signed by the Chairperson of Ghana's electoral house, Mrs Jean
Mensah.

The replacement exercise was started some time back but had to be suspended to enable them focus on the Limited Voters
Registration Exercise meant to begin at various district offices of the Electoral Commission all over the country. The exercise
meant to be at a cost of Ghc 5.

According the press release, for one to replace a lost voter ID card, a replacement fee of Ghc 5 will be required from the applicant.
Applicants are to make payment for the replacement into the bank account of the EC and are to submit the payslip to the District Office.

The Electoral Commission's main bank for this exercise is Ghana Commercial Bank (GCB).

 

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Counselor Lutterodt defends Prophet Badu Kobi

Ghana's controversial counselor, Counselor Cyril George Carstensen Lutterodt, popularly known in Ghana as Counselor Lutterodt has
lambasted Ghanaians recently for their reaction towards Prophet Badu Kobi.

The famous prophet, Prophet Badu Kobi has been in the media in recent times for the seemingly wrong reasons. He is the pastor and leader
of the Glorious Wave International Church.

The prophet came under public attack after his ethnocentric statements at a church service in the past week. The public outcry was so loud
and involved some bigwigs in the media industry, including ace journalist and radio show host of Peace Fm's morning, Kwame Sefa Kayi.

It is alleged that the prophet insulted the Fante tribe, describing their women as "foolish sometimes". He further went on to say that Asante
women are very greedy. As for Ewe women, they are not different from "doormats". He also urged his followers not to marry from such tribes.

He has received a lot of criticisms and so many people have condemned him for making such statements. However, he has not lost all his fans.

He has the like of Counselor Lutterodt standing strong for him and defending his controversial statement.

Lutterodt claims there's nothing wrong with Prophet Badu Kobi's remarks and that Ghanaians are only being hypocritical. The Counselor stated
that the prophet's statement was biblically inclined and sees no foul play.

 

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Globacom customers to enjoy 400MB data for GH¢1

Globacom, the telecom giant in Africa has come out with a statement to make their customers in Ghana feel pampered. It is an opportunity
they are giving to their customers. Like all telecommunication giants, there's always a way to make their customers feel engaged and also
retain them for the long term.

The statement issued has to do with data. Ghanaian customers will now enjoy 400MB worth of Data and enjoy unlimited calls at a very low cost
of Gh¢1.00.

The telecommunications giant, since its establishment, has come up with numerous exciting products. For their customers to enjoy these new
benefits, one must purchase a Glo Sim card and recharge or load it up with a minimum of Gh¢1.00. This guarantees a 250MB of data instantly and
also gets unlimited Glo-to-Glo calls for a period of two(2) days.

The statement also pointed out that the first minute of the day call is free and not restricted to Glo numbers alone. This means one can make
such free calls to other networks as well within the stipulated time frame. However, it is also bound by the same two-day period.

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Hon Sarah Adwoa Sarfo gets married

Marriage said to be a long journey in our local Ghanaian parlance. It is a beautiful thing to behold and as such, most people on earth dream of experiencing one for themselves.

However, the robust nature of life sometimes makes it seem marriage is not for everyone. At this juncture, we say big congratulations to Member of Parliament, Honourable Sarah Adwoa Sarfo on her successful nuptial ceremony.

She is one of the most prolific and vocal speakers of our time and is loved by the citizens of her constituency, Dome-Kwabenya Contituency.

Madam Adwoa Sarfo is also the daughter of the famous Kantanka Car manufacturer and preacher-man, Apostle Kwadwo Sarfo. She is beautiful, eloquent, and elegant on all levels. She is known to have a child from her previous relationship with ace politician, Kennedy Agyapong.

This also goes a long way to break the myth that highly women do not get married or are unable to find for themselves, a husband.

The Vim Lady of Multimedia Group was at the event to play her role as Master of Ceremony (MC). Honourable Sarah Adwoa Sarfo is not only a politician but a brilliant lawyer as well.

Congratulations once again to the honourable member of parliament.


 

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Ugandan activist gets nine more months in jail for her vagina poem

Stella Nyanzi, a Ugandan feminist and activist reacted with fury and defiance after being sentenced to nine more months in prison for publishing a metaphorical poem about the birth of President Yoweri Museveni and his mother's vagina.

She was given an 18-month sentence but has already served nine months in Luzira Women's Prison after publishing the verse that magistrate Gladys Kamasanyu said should never have been put in the public domain, describing it as "obscene" and "indecent" including suggestions which "could only be made by an immoral person."

The final ruling of the case took place on Thursday and Friday at Buganda Road Chief Magistrate Court.

On Friday, Nyanzi only appeared in court on a television screen from Luzira Prison. Furious at not being permitted to physically attend the final judgement, the activist repeatedly shouted "f*** you, f*** you," put both her middle fingers up, and flashed her breasts. Nyanzi has stripped as a form of protest in the past, and this along with her use of graphic language is described by some commentators as "radical rudeness."

The academic was also charged with "offensive communication," but found innocent on that count.

The ruling took place following an unsuccessful revision of the case at Uganda's High Court earlier in the week.

Nyanzi's team applied for the revision on nine grounds, including that the lower court "acted illegally, irregularly and improperly when it closed the accused person's case without affording her the mandatory or necessary facilities to call any evidence."

Nyanzi's lawyers did not attend court on Thursday or Friday, enabling the activist to speak for herself in response to the state prosecutor's statement.

"I planned to offend Yoweri Museveni Kaguta, because he has offended us for 30-plus years," said Nyanzi on Thursday, who explained that she was disappointed not to be found guilty of offending the President "because that is what serious mothers in Uganda should be doing".

A line from a poem posted by Stella Nyanzi's Facebook account on Thursday reads: "I never came to your Court seeking for justice. I came to your Court to play the game of politics."

Nyanzi's courtroom speech on Thursday also included a focus on conditions for women in prison, and sacrificing her role as mother to her three children in order to "speak truth to power."

About 130 members of the public crowded into court on both days, some dressed in blue Stella Nyanzi T-shirts representing opposition party the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) and others wearing red "people power" berets -- the hats worn by supporters of Bobi Wine, a musician turned opposition politician in Uganda.

Heavy police deployment did not stop Nyanzi's allies from singing and chanting, and one woman vowed to "sing the Ugandan national anthem until we have justice." While Nyanzi was making her statement on Thursday, the courtroom shouted "people power" and the academic herself led a chant of "viva opposition."

As the magistrate read out the academic's final sentence on Friday, her voice could barely be heard among shouts from Nyanzi's supporters. While some walked out of the courtroom as they heard the sentence, others continued to shout and chant.

The ruling ended in unrest, as a plastic bottle was thrown at the magistrate and police officers clashed with spectators in the courtroom which was then evacuated.

Speaking to the media after the incident, FDC politician and Nyanzi ally Ingrid Turinawe explained that when people saw Nyanzi on the television screen she "was quarrelling, she was protesting, she was crying, and that caused a lot of anger within the people who support her."

Turinawe added that members of the opposition party in the courtroom had been arrested.

Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson Patrick Onyango told CNN six people were arrested on charges of assault, malicious damage and contempt of court.

They are an "unruly and undisciplined group of people," he added.

 

Source: graphic.com.gh

 

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Huawei Announces $54 billion revenue and 23% increase for first half of this year 2019

Huawei announced its business results for the first half of 2019:  USD $58.34 billion in revenue, a 23.2% increase over the same period last year. The company’s net profit margin for H1 2019 was 8.7%.

According to Huawei’s Chairman, Liang Hua, operations are smooth and the organization is as sound as ever. With effective management and an excellent performance across all financial indicators, Huawei’s business has remained robust in the first half of 2019.

 

In Huawei’s carrier business, H1 sales revenue reached USD $21.29 billion, with steady growth in production and shipment of equipment for wireless networks, optical transmission, data communications, IT, and related product domains. To date, Huawei has secured 50 commercial 5G contracts and has shipped more than 150,000 base stations to markets around the world.

In Huawei’s enterprise business, H1 sales revenue was USD $4.59 billion. Huawei continues to enhance its ICT portfolio across multiple domains, including cloud, artificial intelligence, campus networks, data centers, Internet of Things, and intelligent computing. It remains a trusted supplier for government and utility customers, as well as customers in commercial sectors like finance, transportation, energy, and automobile.

 

In Huawei’s consumer business, H1 sales revenue hit USD $32.1 billion. Huawei’s smartphone shipments (including Honor phones) reached 118 million units, up 24% YoY. The company also saw rapid growth in its shipments of tablets, PCs, and wearables. Huawei is beginning to scale its device ecosystem to deliver a more seamless intelligent experience across all major user scenarios. To date, the Huawei Mobile Services ecosystem has more than 800,000 registered developers, and 500 million users worldwide.

 

“Revenue grew fast up through May,” said Liang. “Given the foundation we laid in the first half of the year, we continue to see growth even after we were added to the entity list. That’s not to say we don’t have difficulties ahead. We do, and they may affect the pace of our growth in the short term.”

 

He added, “But we will stay the course. We are fully confident in what the future holds, and we will continue investing as planned – including a total of USD $17.44 billion in R&D this year. We’ll get through these challenges, and we’re confident that Huawei will enter a new stage of growth after the worst of this is behind us.”

 

Source: Ameyaw Debrah blog

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A Head of State once asked me out – Juliet Ibrahim

Nollywood actress Juliet Ibrahim has disclosed that a president of a country asked her to be his "chick".

The curvy actress made this disclosure on BBC Pidgin’s show “Question Till Mouth Pain You.”

Juliet however refused to mention the name of the president or the country the president he hails from.

 

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Congress Woman Ilhan Omar Trolls Donald Trump With Visit To Ghana

Somali-born US congresswoman Ilhan Omar has trolled President Donald Trump with pictures from her recent trip to Ghana.

President Trump caused much uproar last month when he urged a handful of Democratic Congresswomen to "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime-infested places which they came from".

Alluding to President Trump's comment in a post on Instagram, Ilhan Omar shared a photo of herself and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in Ghana.

She posted: "They said “send her back” but Speaker @SpeakerPelosi didn’t just make arrangements to send me back, she went back with me ✊🏽 So grateful for the honor to return to Mother Africa with the @TheBlackCaucus and commemorate The Year of Return! #Doorofreturn #Ghana".

Ilhan Omar was among Members of the US Congressional Black Caucus who travelled to Ghana with Ms Pelosi. The Minnesota 5th congressional district representative received a huge cheer when she was introduced to Ghana's Parliament by Ms Pelosi in Wednesday.

She was born in Somalia and became a US citizen as a teenager.

In a series of tweets last July, Trump didn't mention any names, but the majority of news outlets and social media users assumed that he was referring to new Congresswomen, including Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley.

He as well suggested that Speaker Pelosi would be "very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements".

Days after his comments, people attending his campaign rally broke into a chant of "Send her back!" when the president was talking about Omar.

About Ilhan Omar

Ilhan Abdullahi Omar (born October 4, 1982) is an American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Minnesota's 5th congressional district since 2019. The district includes all of Minneapolis and some of its suburbs.

Omar was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2016 on the Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party line. In 2018, she was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, marking a number of historic electoral firsts: she is the first Somali-American, the first naturalized citizen from Africa, and the first non-white woman elected from Minnesota, and one of the first two Muslim women (along with Rashida Tlaib of Michigan) to serve in Congress.

 

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The Names Behind PDS Deal Revealed

There have been some speculations on the composition and credibility of the Ghanaian local consortium holding 51 per cent of the shares in the Power Distribution Services (PDS) Ghana Limited with some suggesting that a group of barbers at Osu in Accra are the ones behind it.

The government on Tuesday announced that it has through the Ministry of Finance and the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) Limited suspended the concession agreement with PDS with immediate effect.

The government explained that the decision followed the “detection of fundamental and material breaches of PDS’ obligation in the provision of Payment Securities (Demand Guarantees) for the transaction which has been discovered upon further due diligence.”

There have been some suggestions that the government did not do due diligence on the shareholders and the demand guarantees they presented.

Graphic Online, therefore, set out to find out the names behind PDS and how they got the concession agreement.

Names behind PDS

Information available to Graphic Online indicates that the Ghanaian local consortium holding the 51 per cent of the shares in PDS are TG Energy Solutions Limited (TG), a lead local consortium sponsor with 18 per cent, Santa Baron Ventures Limited (Santa), a local technical lead with 13 per cent, GTS Engineering Services Limited (GTS), a local financial lead with 10 per cent and TBK Ghana Limited (TBK), a local financial sponsor also with 10 per cent.

The remaining 49 per cent shares are for two foreign companies, Manila Electric Company Limited (Meralco), a Filipino company with 30 per cent shares and Aenergia, an Angolan company with 19 per cent shares.

The two foreign companies are the Technical Lead for the Consortium and by extension PDS, Graphic Online understands.

Background

In 2017, after a protracted re-negotiations with the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), the original arrangements to give 80 per cent of the assets of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) to foreigners were changed to a 51 per cent ownership by Ghanaians and 49 per cent to foreigners.

This new arrangement required the original foreign bidders to find a local Ghanaian consortium who was to take up the 51 per cent of their shareholding to make their bid whole.

Graphic Online gathers that Manila Electric Company Limited (Meralco) who was one of the original foreign bidders to accept the new arrangements struck an accord with Mr. Philip Asare Kwame Ayesu, a strategist and a serial entrepreneur and chairman of TG Energy Solutions to put together a strong local Ghanaian team in order to create the Meralco Consortium that would present an unassailable bid to the Millennium Development Authority (MiDA).

Mr. Ayesu is said to have recognised this challenge as a once in a lifetime opportunity to showcase the Ghanaian entrepreneurial drive and enable him to leave a lasting legacy that would prove that Ghanaians can do it.

He reportedly took up the challenge to find the Ghanaian team with the right pedigree of complementary attributes that would provide the requisite technical and financial credentials for the bid.

This, Graphic Online understands led to the formation of the local Ghanaian consortium made up of TG Energy Solutions Limited (TG), a Lead Local Consortium Sponsor with 18 per cent, Santa Baron Ventures Limited (Santa), a Local Technical Lead with 13 per cent, GTS Engineering Services Limited (GTS), a Local Financial Lead 10 per cent and TBK Ghana Limited (TBK), a Local Financial Sponsor with 10 per cent.

Ghanaians behind PDS

TG Energy Solutions Limited according to information available to Graphic Online has Mr Philip Asare Kwame Ayesu, a strategist and a serial entrepreneur as its Chairman.

He is also a partner of the Multiple Concepts Group (Charterhouse, Mediaedge and Multiple Concepts).

Mr Ayesu is also the Cofounder of GH ONE TV which was sold, SAP Investments Holding, DaddyCare founder and creator of the X MEN brand including other companies.

Mr Ayesu has over 20 years of experience in Business set ups, integrated marketing communication and branding.

“Barber”

It is his association with the X MEN brand located at East Legon in Accra, which is a men’s grooming centre which has probably fueled the speculation of barbers behind PDS.

He has no association with the barbering shop at Osu which has similarities to what the X Men located at East Legon does.

Mr Ayesu is a member of the International Advertising Association (IAA), and an associate member of the Global Marketers Network (GMN).

He is also responsible for the creative department and business head of Multiple Concepts Advertising.

Mr Ayesu according to Graphic Online’s sources has helped set up and structured some businesses and that he spearheaded campaigns for clients such as World Bank-IFC, John Hopkins University, Ghana Aids Commission, Interplast, Sikkens, UT Financial Services, Western Union, National Lottery Authority, GRA, MTN, Ideal Finance and a host of other companies in Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Until recently, Mr Ayesu was a permanent speaker at the Annual Young Africa Leadership Initiative (YALI) programme hosted by the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), a permanent speaker and mentor at Catholic Institute of Business and Technology (MBA class), and also the creator, writer and director of the longest-running award-winning radio ad project, Atongo.

Between 1996 and 2002, he worked as a salesperson at the radio station, Joy FM in Accra and has always had the objective of running a business to offer solutions and not to make money with the belief of offering the right solutions and satisfying the consumer as the art of making money, Graphic Online gathers.

GTS Engineering Services Limited GTS Power Limited

On the part of GTS Engineering Services Limited (GTS), which holds 13 per cent shares in PDS, Graphic Online understands it is a wholly-owned Ghanaian engineering services company that is active in the development and maintenance of energy sector infrastructure in Ghana and the West Africa sub-region.

GTS is the 100 per cent owner of GTS Power Limited, a special purpose vehicle incorporated for the MiDA bid.

GTS Engineering Services Limited and it's associate companies have been operating in Ghana and West Africa since 1984 and have provided leadership in the execution and management of various energy infrastructure projects in power generation, transmission and distribution

Santa Baron Ventures Limited /Santa Power Limited

On the part of Santa Baron with 10 per cent shares in PDS, Mr Kwabena Boateng Aidoo, said to belong to the top brass of successful millionaires in Ghana is the main principal, according to Graphic Online's sources.

Santa Power Limited is 100 per cent owned by SBV and was incorporated as a special purpose vehicle for the MiDA bid.

Mr Aidoo is said to have been doing business for over three decades mainly in the security and real estate sector.

His companies reportedly command staff strength of over 800 across the world and he is the Chief Executive Officer of Santa Baron Ventures Limited, and also owns Amalgamated Properties Limited, Apex Consulting Services Limited, PTL Solar Ghana Limited as part of his portfolio of investments.

His company, Santa Baron Ventures Limited, is said to have an estimated value of $50 million and a yearly turnover of about $6 million and has been a long-standing member of the British Chamber of Commerce.

In addition, two of Mr Aidoo’s companies, PTL Solar Ghana Limited and Apex Consulting Services Limited are said to have a combined value of over $10 million.

In the housing industry, his real estate company, Amalgamated Properties Limited is said to have an estimated value of $18 million.

He reportedly owns plush properties in prime areas of Accra, Wisconsin Avenue in Washington County, Maryland and other parts of the USA and in Saint Leonard Hill, Windsor in the United Kingdom.

In South Africa, Mr Aidoo is said to be the owner of Shani Boutique Hotel, which is located opposite the University of Pretoria, which serves high-end customers such as University Lecturers and other customers who visit the University.

He reportedly also owns several millions worth of commercial properties in South Africa, some of which are said to have been leased to various High Commissions and Embassies of foreign countries.

Mr Kwabena Boateng Aidoo engages in various social responsibility projects and benevolence but is said to have shied awa

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NDC Chokes On Agreements

Former Finance Minister Seth Terkper has claimed that the National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration started the renegotiation of the take-or-pay agreements that are crippling the energy sector.

He, however, said they could not succeed in converting the take-or-pay agreements to take-and-pay because of what he called the usual delays in getting the renegotiations done.

Interestingly, Mr. Terkper, speaking on Citi FM, after Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta had read the 2019 Mid-Year Budget Review on Monday, could not point to a single renegotiation agreement but was able to demand that the New Patriotic Party (NPP) administration should not take credit for the take-and-pay efforts.

Controversial Agreement

The take-or-pay agreement was designed such that whether the IPP’s are producing power or not the country pays them hefty sums as fees.

It was during the era of the Mahama NDC administration that most of these controversial agreements were signed but immediately the NPP assumed office then Minister Boakye Agyarko started calling the power producers to come back to the negotiation table because the country could no longer bear the obnoxious agreements.

The Finance Minister affirmed in Parliament that the government had resolved “to convert all take-or-pay contracts to take-and-pay contracts.”

“Accordingly, starting 1st August, 2019, government is to pay for energy and gas that we actually consume. All take-or-pay contracts will be renegotiated to convert to take-and-pay for both PPAs and Gas Supply Agreements (GSAs). Government will seek parliamentary ratification where appropriate,” adding that the NPP administration was suspending “indefinitely or terminate all PPAs currently under negotiation.”

He also said they had resolved “to immediately place a complete moratorium on signing new PPAs and Put-Call Option Agreements (PCOAs),” and also “to subject all future PPAs competitive and transparent procurement procedures. Government will, therefore, no longer entertain any unsolicited proposals.

He further said, among other measures, that they had resolved “to implement the economic merit order dispatch which means that the most efficient power plants will be dispatched first,” and also “to improving the performance of the distribution utility and has agreed with the concessionaire a plan to reduce electricity losses and increase collections based on an agreed investment plan.”

Mr. Terkper was adamant, saying “this (take-or-pay arrangement) is not something unique to the Mahama administration. It is not unique to the Mills administration. Bui Dam, Sonon Asogli and others that were signed under the NPP era are on take-or-pay.”

“It was the Mahama administration that rather attempted to change this from take-or-pay to PCOA (Put/Call Option Agreement), which means you pay for what you take. As usual, there was a delay in the implementation. We had already started the process of changing to the Put Call Option. It is verifiable,” he said.

He added that “…We were in a process in collaboration with the World Bank to organize a meeting on this conditions including whether we should use gas and LNG and talk to the IPPs and start the process of negotiations. All new agreements were to be on the PCOA, the old ones to be negotiated and that is exactly what the minister is announcing as if it is new,” he added.

 

Source: Daily Guide

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Law To Ban Export Of Raw Materials To Be Imposed Soon

Government is considering legislation to prohibit the exportation of all raw materials from the country, the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has disclosed.

According to the President, it was not right for all raw materials to be exported without adding any value to them, which does not give much returns.

Acknowledging the existence of the law governing the exportation of raw bauxite, President Akufo-Addo was keen in ensuring that he added manganese, and, subsequently, all other raw materials.

What prompted the statement was a commendation by chiefs of the Western/Western North regions to the President over government’s move to set up an aluminum industry in the country, pledging their support in that regard. The chiefs had called on the President at Jubilee House yesterday to table some concerns.

“We have to go down the path of processing our raw materials. I believe a law has been passed which is going to prohibit within the next five years, export of raw bauxite from Ghana. I want to add manganese to that. And in due course, it may be that we will have a law that prohibits the export of all our raw materials, so that we have the processing and the value adding here inside Ghana,” he stated.

President Akufo-Addo believed that was the way the country could build its industrial capacity and economic strength.

The chiefs, led by the President of the Western Regional House of Chiefs, Ogyeahohoo Yaw Gyebi, urged President Akufo-Addo, as part of their concerns, to settle all arrears of royalties due Metropolitan, Municipal, District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) and traditional authorities.

Though Ogyeahohoo Yaw Gyebi acknowledged that payment had improved remarkably under this government on a quarterly basis, he swiftly added, “However, we request for the payment of the accumulated balance which was outstanding before you (President Akufo-Addo) took office.”

The Chief also pleaded with President Akufo-Addo for a measure of protection and security for cocoa farmers to be able to compete with the multinationals. He called for a good percent of the light crop beans to be set aside for the local companies, to guarantee their future.

The President, in his brief remarks yesterday at the meeting with the chiefs, welcomed the call. While at it, he expressed happiness over the revamp of West African Mill Company (WAMCo), and stressed the need for value to be added to raw materials before export.

He said: “I was very happy when I went to Takoradi to see that WAMCo is back on its feet and it’s working well, and, in fact, it’s beginning to make some money again for its shareholders, [of] which government is a 40% minority shareholder. It is very good to see it is up and running, and now there is a regular and secure supply of beans…”

The chiefs asked the President to look at constructing their roads, something, according to the President, he explained whilst on a tour in the region some days back. He repeated that funds had been secured, together with complete designs, adding that in no time construction would commence.

Commenting on the arrears of royalties for MMDCEs and traditional authorities, President Akufo-Addo, on a lighter note, said he had used chunk of his time in office to pay arrears of the previous government

Meanwhile, he promised that he would arrange with the necessary office to ensure that quickly, something was done about settling the arrears.

President Akufo-Addo, before ending his remarks, urged the chiefs, who had complained about what was described as a neglect of the region in terms of development, to talk to their people that development would take a gradual process.

He stressed the government’s commitment, as he had earlier cited, to the construction of the head office of the Ghana National Petroleum Commission (GNPC) in Takoradi, as well as other factories to process oil, investments, he believed, would in turn develop the region.

 

Source: The Chronicle

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Kumiwaa was arrested for drug trafficking in USA

Ghanaian actress, Afuah Kumiwaa, revealed the reason for her absence in a recent interview. The movie star, after starring in hit local movies for a long period in her movie career, suddenly disappeared and was not heard from for a very long time, until now.

She played a key role in making the Kumawood industry what it is today.

According to her, she was lured by a fake contract by fraudulent persons with an intention to shoot a movie in the United States of America (USA) way back in the year 2012.

The actress further narratged that when she arrived at the airport in the States, she was arrested at the checkpoint for drug trafficking. She indicated that she did plead innocent and that she had no idea about the incident.

“If it weren’t for God, I would have been in prison. Some boys took me to America for a movie and they hid cocaine in my bag. I didn’t know. At the checkpoint, they passed through clean but I was arrested. After pointing at them, they escaped and I was left to my fate. It was a difficult situation. I felt like dying. I was taken to court on countless occasions but the judge declared me innocent though some wanted me jailed. It has been four years since I returned,” she recounted her ordeal on McBrown’s Kitchen.

She advised Ghanaians and her colleagues in the movie industry to be careful when departing from the country for any reason whatsoever.


Credit: McBrown's Kitchen

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Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah can do exploits for Black Stars

Fatau Dauda, a former Black Stars goalie has disclosed that Kwesi Appiah should be given the support to continue his role as head coach of the senior national side, the Black Stars.

Fatau who was omitted from the Black Stars squad for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations believes the Ghana gaffer can turn things out around when he is retained.

“Every Coach in the world is bond to fail in life, so we should all throw our support for Coach Akwasi Appiah and I know he can turn things around for Ghana", he told AshhFM.

He said that Ghana still stands a chance of winning the coveted Afcon title which has eluded the country for as much as 37 years.

"It is possible Ghana can win the Afcon trophy if we focus as a Nation and start preparing towards winning the trophy"

Fatau Dauda made his debut for Ghana at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations as well as played at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

 

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Facebook to face $5bn fine

The United States of America's regulatory body have approved a $5bn fine on web technology giant, Facebook. The fine is as a result of data privacy violations.

According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has indicated allegations that political consultancy Cambridge Analytica improperly obtained the data of up to 87 million Facebook users.

It is reported that the settlement was approved by the FTC in a 3-2 vote.

However, Facebook and the Federal Trade Commission did tell the BBC they had no comment on any reports.

Facebook has indicated the possibility of about 87 million user data improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica.

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I played a role in Sir Kim Darroch resignation

Boris Johnson has indicated that his failure to rule out firing Sir Kim Darroch was a factor in the British ambassadors decision to quit his post in the United States amid an explosive diplomatic row. Johnson however, believes his comments were misinterpreted. Johnson is being accused of throwing the ambassador under the bus after the debate. Darroch been on Donald Trump's blacklist recently after the latter described the POTUS as "inept, incompetent and uniquely dysfunctional". I think that unfortunately what I said in that TV debate was misrepresented to Kim. Jeremy Hunt said earlier that Sir Kim was doing his job. He was giving his own personal but totally honest view about the country he was serving in.

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MUSIGA Lauded by Veep For Creating The Ageing Musicians Welfare Fund

Some members of Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) paid a courtesy call on His Excellency the Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, at the Jubilee House to discusss issues concerning creative arts.

He said that "I commended the union for creating the Ageing Musicians Welfare Fund (AMWeF) to take care of old muscians and also for the institution of Presidential Grand Ball to celebrate music heroes and heroines".

Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia gave them the assurance highlighting that H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo government is of a resolve to continue to help develop the creative arts industry.

 

Published By: John Arthur



Kiki Benson and Becca had sexual affairs - Bulldog

Bulldog, a very popular artiste manager has alleged that the songstress, Becca, had countless sexual affairs with her former manager, Kiki Banson before their breakup.
Close sources have it that, Becca’s father even disowned her publicly for secretly planning to marry her then manager, Kiki Banson, who according to reports divorced his wife just to be able to marry the songstress.

According to Bulldog, Kiki Banson the chief executive officer of EKB Records had sexual affairs with Becca on countless occasions.

Bulldog's revelation suggests that Kiki Banson at the time was having more than a professional relationship with Becca his label artiste.

He made this revelation on Zylofon Tv’s “Showbizness” and highlighted the fact that their intimate relationship was no news to most industry professionals.

 

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There is the need for Economic Activities to be made Environmentally Friendly — Osafo Marfo

Mr Yaw Osafo-Maafo, the Senior Minister, has said that Ghana’s economic activities must be guided by sustainable environmental practices so that the environment is not destroyed.

He said that “Ghana’s economic growth and transformation would also be environmentally friendly and sustainable, and our rivers and natural landscape would be clean and our natural resources would be extracted responsibly and sustainably.”

The Senior Minister spoke at the launch of Dr. Leticia Obeng's environmental book launch. He reiterated that “Customs and traditions still have space in our quest for means of environmental sustainability, and if the level of damage and pollution of the environment is what we get from globalization and modernization as a nation, then we should revert to our old ways.”

Mr. Osafo-Maafo quoted Dr. Leticia’s understanding of how nature reacted to man’s abuse by saying, “These environmental things may be abused, but they don’t utter a word; you see the way our rivers are treated, they don’t say anything, and that is a silent heritage.”

According to the Senior Minister, people were no longer concerned about protecting their water bodies and environment, but indigenous knowledge never allowed Ghanaians to mine the river beds or establish farms close to the river.

“Sadly this narrative has changed; galamsey attained national prominence because people have been mounting sustained assault on our water resources, and without the decisive policy response through Operation Vanguard, the work of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining, the Multi-Sectorial Mining Integrated Project, I am sure by now all our major rivers and water bodies would have been destroyed," -  Mr. Osafo-Maafo said.

 

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Laidout Format for the 2022 World Cup qualifiers for Africa unveiled

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has announced the format for the qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup meant to be hosted by Qatar.

African countries will go through a three-staged qualifying process for the competition, which already has five slots alloted to Africa. Qatar will host 32 countries at the FIFA World Cup and that would be the end to the 32-country era.

Format for the FIFA World Cup qualifiers for Qatar 2022:

A- Preliminary Round: The 26 highest ranked teams, will be seeded and exempted from the preliminary round. This leaves 28 participating teams in that round. Out of these 28 teams, the 14 highest ranked teams will play against the least ranked teams (1st leg will be played at home of the lowest ranked teams).

B- Group stage: The 14 winning teams of the preliminary round will join the 26 exempted teams in the Group Stage and will be divided into 10 groups of 4 teams. The draw of the groups will be based on the seeding of the 40 teams into 4 levels according to the FIFA ranking. Each group will contain a team of each level.

C- Knock-out stage: Winners of the 10 groups will be divided into 2 levels according to the FIFA ranking. The 5 highest ranked teams will play against the lowest ranked teams (1st leg will be played at home of the lowest ranked teams).

 

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Parliament and matters arising

Parliamentarians have expressed dissatisfaction claiming that parliament now has 75 more MPs hence the need for expansion of chamber, erego a new chamber.
Majority Leader Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu has complained about the size of the parliament house chamber.

Hon. Okudzeto Ablakwa, the MP for North Tongu has also joined the Majority Leader. NDC MP for Yapei Kusawgu Constituency, Northern Region, John Jinapor has indicated the need for the constitutional provision on the creation of new constituencies to be reviewed.

The Electoral Commission (EC) has said that new constituencies are part of its agenda, but there has been no discussion yet.
Ghana has created six more regions so far, hence the possibility for constituency re-demarcation.

Architectural models for the construction of a new parliament house, indicating a possible expansion to 450 seats has already been done.
However, after the public outcry, with the trending of the hashtag #DropThatChamber and following the arrest of ring leader, Ernesto Yeboah, the plan has been put on hold.

Some members of parliament, however, keep lamenting they do not have enough resources to effectively do what is expected of them.

 

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NAM1 CASE: 4counts of fraud and doing banking without license

Menzgold Ghana Limited CEO, Nana Appiah Mensah,has been charged with abetment to defraud and abetment to carry out banking business without licence.

NAM1 returned to Ghana last Thursday July 11, 2019 after detention in the United Arab Emirates. He is expected to appear before the Accra High Court today for allegedly defrauding 16,000 customers of more than GH¢1.68 billon.

Two of his companies, Brew Marketing Consult and Menzgold Ghana Limited, have each been charged with defrauding, contrary to the Criminal Offences Act, 1960 (Act 29).

His two companies have also been charged with carrying out a deposit-taking business without licence, contrary to Section 6 (1) of Act 930.

His sister and his wife, Benedicta Appiah and Rose Tetteh, respectively, are also to face the law. They have been slapped with two counts of abetment to defraud by false pretence and two counts of abetment to carry out banking business without licence, contrary to Section 6 (1) of Act 930. The two women are greatly at large.


The two women are known to have aided Brew Marketing Consult and Menzgold to defraud their customers of the GH¢1.68 billon.

Benedicta and Rose are also being accused of aiding the two companies to illegally carry out a deposit-taking business.

 

Published By: John Arthur