Singer Syndy Tatah has really paid homage to the beautiful qualities of mothers by creating an equally beautiful song tagged “Mama”
Is your mother your everything and are you willing to do anything for her? Well I guess this song is your song then.
Syndy Tatah’s song MAMA has served as one of the very best songs with which we re-acknowledge the many sacrifices undergone by our mothers for us and appreciate them.
The new song Mama is a wake up call to everyone to show their mother love while they are with us. This song is very personal to me and i hope it blesses you as you reach out today and always to your Mama.
The song come with a quality video which is shot and directed by GhCALI. Check out the song below.
Bernard Allotey Jacobs has appealed to members and delegates of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) to elect Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia as flagbearer.
Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia and Trade Minister Alan Kyerematen are two names that have cropped up as candidates for the flagbearer position of the party.
However, the NPP leadership has cautioned members and supporters to halt their campaigns until the party opens nomination, citing reasons it will divert attention from the good works of the President of the Republic, Nana Akufo-Addo.
This notwithstanding, the former NDC Chairman for Central Region, Allotey Jacobs believes Dr. Bawumia will make the best President for Ghana after President Nana Addo’s tenure ends.
He also rooted for the Energy Minister, Matthew Opoku Prempeh to be the 2024 Vice Presidential candidate for the NPP.
“I’m not a member of the NPP but, as an old fox in the political arena, I can see the prosperity of Ghana in the blood of Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia and Matthew Opoku Prempeh. So, that should be your project for 2024,” he said on Peace FM’s ‘Kokrokoo’ programme.
Ghana winger Christian Atsu has disclosed that he did not quit the Black Stars but decided to stay away just to concentrate on his club career after agreeing with the Ghana coach Charles Akonnor.
The winger had struggled to break into the Newcastle United first team last season and felt he had to fight for playing time with the English side who had bet365 angebotscode during the Premier League matches.
According to the 29-year-old, he explained his situation to Black Stars coach C.K Akonnor, who agreed with his decision as he fought for playing time with the Magpies.
“Coach came to my place in Newcastle United, I spoke with him, we made a decision and this is it,” he told 3Sports.
“So it’s not like I told the national team I was not going to play again, there is nothing like that.
“It’s the journalist who are trying to bring up stories for Ghanaians to maybe be mad about someone or be crazy, but it doesn’t matter, what’s most important is family.
The winger, who is expected to light up the Saudi Arabia top-flight league, says the Black Stars players are fully committed to serving the country despite claims to the contrary by the media.
“Now, listen, we the footballers, right, it is a great honour for us to play for the national team. The way the journalist portray the image of the Black Stars in the media is very bad and this is not good for the players and also the country,” Atsu said.
“So for me I will be honoured. When I’m fit and I am playing and I deserve to be called into the Black Stars, I will be honoured to come and play.”
Atsu, who recently signed for Saudi Arabian side Al Raed, has not played for the Black Stars since 2019 as he fought for place in the starting team of the English side.
The winger’s contract with Newcastle expired at the end of last season and there was no agreement between himself and the club for an extension.
Obviously, Newcastle did not want to extend the contract with Atsu who endured a difficult 2020/21 campaign.
He was not registered and had to spend time with Newcastle United U-23 team.
The 29-years old has had stints in Portugal with FC Porto and Rio Ave before Chelsea and Everton.
After consistently churning out exceptional performances in the Portuguese league for giants Porto, Chelsea came calling and Atsu penned a five-year contract with the Blues in 2013 for a reported £3.5 million.
However, he did not make a single appearance for the two-time European champions.
When he arrived, Atsu was immediately loaned to Vitesse and played subsequently featured for Everton, Bournemouth, Everton and Malaga, all on loan, before his permanent transfer to Newcastle United.
Multiple award winning musician, Nii Lante Blankson, popularly known in the showbiz industry as Knii Lante outdoors two powerful singles.
23rd July is a very remarkable day across the globe as it marks the birthday of Haile Selassie, the former emperor of Ethiopia and musician Knii Lante observes it with 1 powerful reggae song and another afrobeat song.
The reggae song, titled Boots Off has a clear message of Unity. On the song produced by Josi Bigfinga Coppola, the Baby Take Good Care hitmaker called on all to forget the tension and stress all over the world and dance it all away. This is Knii Lante’s first reggae in 2 years after he released a full reggae album titled True Feelings.
This Thing is an afrobeat song produced by Dat Beat God. On this afrobeat jam, Knii Lante sang about an unexplainable feeling of love served him by his loved one. As his trademark, the love story continues in Knii Lante’s book of Love.
The Chamber for Local Governance (ChaLoG) has expressed concern about the delay in the nomination of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) for the 260 Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) across the country.
It said the delay had had and continued to have intended and unintended consequences on the smooth administration of the various MMDAs.
A statement issued in Accra and signed by its President, Dr Richard Fiadomor, recalled that soon after he was sworn into office, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo caused the Chief of Staff to direct all MMDCEs to continue to remain at post but were expressly warned not to take any major financial decision nor award any contracts until new MMDCEs were nominated and subsequently confirmed by two-thirds majority of assembly members present during voting.
“As a result of this directive, all the MMDAs across the country have not undertaken any new projects. They continue to collect property rates, business operating permits, markets and lorry tolls from rate payers, yet no capital projects are being undertaken by the Assemblies seven months into the year 2021,” it said.
It said the District Assemblies Common Fund (DACF), which is meant to support the MMDAs to undertake development projects, had also not been released to the MMDAs this year.
It said ChaLoG found the delay in nominating the MMDCEs as sign of the non prioritisation and the seeming lack of interest in the proper functionality of the Local Governance Structures in this country.
The statement, therefore, called on the President to urgently come to terms with the negative impact the delay in nominating MMDCEs was having on the smooth administration of the MMDAs.
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Since independence in 1957 to date, the Akufo-Addo government alone has added GHS180 billon to Ghana’s total public debt during President Nana Akufo-Addo’s first term, former Deputy Minister of Finance Dr Cassiel Ato Forson has said.
In a 43-page abridged presentation of more than a 100-page document, Dr Ato Forson said “within a space of four years, in dollars terms, the current NPP administration increased Ghana’s public debt by 50 per cent”.
“In Akufo-Addo’s first term, he has increased Ghana’s public debt, in USD terms, by 50 per cent”, he told an audience at a forum on the economy ahead of the Finance Minister’s Mid-Year Budget Review.
“In fact, if we are to look at it from the cedi perspective, then it means that President Akufo-Addo’s government added 60 per cent of Ghana’s public debt as of 31 December 2020”, stressing that of the “public debt that we had from Kwame Nkrumah to date, President Akufo-Addo’s government alone added 60 per cent”.
According to the Ranking Member of the Finance Committee of parliament, within that same period, the Akufo-Addo government added 20 per cent to the country’s worsening debt-to-GDP ratio, which currently stands at 76.6 per cent.
Ghana’s current public debt stock has risen to GHS332.4.
The debt, which was GHS304.6 billion as of the end of the first quarter in 2021, shot up by GHS30 billion in April and May, according to data released by the Bank of Ghana.
This translates into a debt-to-Gross Domestic Product (GDP) ratio of 76.6%.
It is marginally higher than the debt-to-GDP ratio of 76.1% recorded at the end of 2020.
The external debt rose from GH¢ 141 billion as of the end of March 2021 to GHS 161.5 billion – an increase of GHS 20 billion as of the end of May 2021.
The external debt component made up 37.2% of the total value of the economy, which is projected to be about GHS 434 billion for 2021.
The domestic debt component rose to GHS170.8 billion from the GHS163.6 billion figure of March 2021 – GHS 7 billion rise.
It represents 39.4% of the projected GDP for 2021.
It encapsulates the financial sector resolution bond of GHS15.2 billion as of May 2021.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) recently said “an economic recovery is underway” in Ghana, adding: “Growth is expected to rebound to 4.7 per cent in 2021 supported by a strong cocoa season and mining and services activity and inflation remaining within the Bank of Ghana target”.
The current account deficit is projected to improve to 2.2 per cent of GDP, supported by a pick-up in oil prices, and gross international reserves are expected to remain stable.
The 2021 budget, the IMF said, “envisages a fiscal deficit of 13.9 per cent of GDP in 2021, including energy and financial sector costs, and a gradual medium-term fiscal adjustment which would support a decline in public debt starting in 2024”.
However, the IMF warned, “this outlook is subject to significant uncertainty, including from new pandemic waves and risks associated with large financing needs and increasing public debt”.
Read the IMF’s full statement below:
IMF Executive Board Concludes 2021 Article IV Consultation with Ghana
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Washington, DC – July 20, 2021: The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the Article IV consultation with Ghana on July 19, 2021.
Ghana was hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. The government response helped contain the pandemic and support the economy, but at the cost of a record fiscal deficit. The economic outlook is improving, even though risks remain, including from the evolution of the pandemic and rising debt vulnerabilities.
The pandemic had a severe impact on economic activity. Growth slowed to 0.4 per cent in 2020 from 6.5 per cent in 2019, food prices spiked, and poverty increased.
The fiscal deficit including energy and financial sector costs worsened to 15.2 per cent of GDP, with a further 2.1 per cent of GDP in additional spending financed through the accumulation of domestic arrears.
Public debt rose to 79 per cent of GDP.
The current account deficit widened slightly to 3.1 per cent of GDP as the decline in oil exports was partially offset by higher gold prices, resilient remittances, and weaker imports.
The Ghanaian cedi remained stable against the US dollar, partly due to central bank intervention, and gross international reserves remained at 3.2 months of imports.
External and domestic financing conditions tightened considerably at the start of the pandemic, but have improved since, and Ghana successfully returned to international capital markets for a US$3 billion Eurobond issuance in March 2021.
An economic recovery is underway. Growth is expected to rebound to 4.7 per cent in 2021, supported by a strong cocoa season and mining and services activity, and inflation remaining within the Bank of Ghana target.
The current account deficit is projected to improve to 2.2 per cent of GDP, supported by a pickup in oil prices, and gross international reserves are expected to remain stable.
The 2021 budget envisages a fiscal deficit of 13.9 per cent of GDP in 2021, including energy and financial sector costs, and a gradual medium-term fiscal adjustment which would support a decline in public debt starting in 2024.
However, this outlook is subject to significant uncertainty, including from new pandemic waves and risks associated with large financing needs and increasing public debt.
Executive Board Assessment
Executive Directors agreed with the thrust of the staff appraisal. They noted that the pandemic had a severe impact on Ghana’s economy, with slower growth, higher food prices, and increased poverty.
Directors commended the Ghanaian authorities for their proactive response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which mitigated its economic impact, but contributed to a record fiscal deficit and increased public debt vulnerabilities.
While there are encouraging signs of an economic recovery, they noted that it remains uneven across sectors. In this context, Directors stressed the importance of entrenching prudent macroeconomic policies, ensuring debt sustainability, and pressing ahead with structural reforms to deliver a sustainable, inclusive, and green economic recovery.
While noting that risks to Ghana’s capacity to repay have increased, Directors concurred that they are still manageable and that Ghana’s capacity to repay the Fund remains adequate.
Directors welcomed the fiscal adjustment envisaged in the 2021 budget. They stressed that fiscal consolidation is needed to address debt sustainability and rollover risks, as Ghana continues to be classified at high risk of debt distress. To protect the most vulnerable, considerations could be given to more progressive revenue measures and a faster return to the pre-pandemic level of spending, with a shift towards social, health, and development spending. Directors also encouraged the timely completion of the planned audit of COVID 19 emergency spending and new expenditure arrears.
Directors agreed that the monetary policy stance remains broadly appropriate while noting that tighter policy would be needed if inflationary pressures materialise. Although gross international reserves are relatively high, Directors stressed the need to guard against erosion of external buffers and remain committed to a flexible exchange rate regime. Directors also encouraged the authorities to limit monetary financing of the deficit.
Directors noted that the financial sector cleanup had made the sector more resilient but stressed that banks’ growing holdings of sovereign debt create risks and crowds out private sector credit.
In this regard, they took positive note of ongoing supervisory and regulatory reforms, which are important steps to protect financial stability. Directors also welcomed the improvements in the AML/CFT framework that allowed Ghana to exit the FATF “grey list”.
Directors emphasised that the authorities’ structural transformation and digitalisation agendas are critical to support the recovery.
They noted that the structural transformation can be complemented by the ongoing energy sector review, diversification in tourism, and the digital transition, which has the potential to reduce corruption, boost tax revenues, and improve service delivery. Directors supported continued capacity development efforts in these areas.
It is expected that the next Article IV consultation with Ghana will be held on the standard 12-month cycle.
Former President John Dramani Mahama is lacing his boots to contest the 2024 presidential election, barring any hitch.
He has, therefore, tasked Muslims in his hometown Bole in the Savannah Region, to pray for him, as he prepares to return into the contest once again after losing the 2016 and 2020 elections respectively to the NPP’s candidate Nana Akufo-Addo.
The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) MP for Bole-Bamboi, Alhaji Yussif Sulemana, relayed the former President’s intentions on Bole-based Nkilgi FM during the 2021 Eid-ul-Adha celebration on Tuesday.
“Former President John Dramani Mahama who is from Bole here (sic) has asked me to tell the good people of Bole-Bamboi Constituency that he has not forgotten of the good things they have done for him over the years and that Inshah Allah (God willing) he is likely to come back to contest elections in his party and so they should use this special Eid-ul-Adha day to thank God and to ask for good health, success and victory for him,” the MP said.
He then said that Prophet Ibrahim was commanded by God to sacrifice his only son Ismael to Him and that Ibrahim made an attempt; which is the highest form of obedience to God and situated it to the political dispensation saying, “so former President Mahama entreats his Bole-Bamboi constituents to continue to be obedient to their creator, their parents, elders and also respect and love each other.”
Mr. Mahama, in his 2021 Eid-ul-Adha message, said there is the need for Ghanaians to be reminded of the value of obedience and sacrifice as Muslims celebrated Eid-ul-Adha across the world.
He had said Ghanaians should use Eid-ul-Adha to inspire people to give back to humanity, something that is bigger and then sent specific message to Muslims in Bole-Bamboi saying he has always cherished their support over the years and that they should continue to pray for him in all his endeavours.
Before he becomes the NDC flagbearer once again, he has to cross the party’s hurdle at the primaries, which political pundits believe is a mere formality.
In 2012, Mr. Mahama, then Vice President, was seconded by the party to contest then impending December presidential election following the sudden passing of then President John Evans Atta Mills whose death occurred on July 24, 2012 and was buried on August 10, 2012.
Mr. Mahama won the controversial election which culminated in the landmark Presidential Election Petition of 2013 which verdict (5-4) narrowly went in his favour on August 29, 2019, after about eight months of trial.
The 2012 petition had been filed by then candidate Nana Akufo-Addo, his running mate Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia and then NPP Chairman Jake Otanka Obetsebi-Lamptey, now deceased.
Then candidate Akufo-Addo after the court’s verdict announced that even though he did not agree with the judges, he was letting things die for the sake of the peace and development of the country.
He then went back to the drawing board planning how to win the 2016 contest, and by dint of hard work, the NPP overpowered the NDC subsequently.
In 2016, whilst seeking a second term in office, Mr. Mahama was defeated heavily by then opposition candidate Nana Akufo-Addo, 72, by over one million votes, making him the first incumbent to lose an election to an opposition leader in the Fourth Republic.
While Nana Akufo-Addo’s votes appreciated significantly and NDC’s John Mahama dropped votes with then president-elect widening the gaps with 1,002,749 votes, when there was four more constituencies outstanding.
In the final analysis, candidate Akufo-Addo had polled some 5,755,758 representing 53.7% over Mr. Mahama’s 4,771,188, representing some 44.4%, to clinch one touch victory in 2016.
In 2020, there was another showdown between the two leaders but Mr. Mahama was fighting to become President from opposition with the same Nana Akufo-Addo as incumbent.
He was once again defeated by the incumbent President Akufo-Addo who polled 6,730,587, representing 51.303%, to beat the former President, John Mahama, who garnered 6,213,182, representing 47.359% in the eighth election of the Fourth Republic.
The votes’ gap by the president-elect over the former president, who was staging a comeback, was around 517,405 and Mr. Mahama’s 44% in 2016 appreciated to 47% in 2020.
Mr. Mahama subsequently launched a legal challenge, claiming he won the election but was denied victory, after he and his party had amassed their supporters to hit the streets to cause mayhem.
However, by the time the case was being heard, the NDC’s stance that Mr. Mahama was denied victory had shifted to whether or not none of the 12 candidates that participated in the 2020 Presidential Election got the constitutionally mandatory 50 per cent plus one of the total valid votes.
The NDC also pushed that the Supreme Court should determine whether the Electoral Commission (EC) had to organise a run-off election between Mr. Mahama as petitioner and President Akufo-Addo who was declared winner by the EC on December 9, 2020 after the crucial December 7, 2020 general election.
A few hours after the petition was unanimously dismissed by the Supreme Court, Mr. Mahama refused to concede defeat, and rather launched blistering attacks on the judges, the President and some state institutions.
What was meant to be a criticism of the final judgment of his petition, spilled over to other issues that even had no bearing on the proceedings of the court.
He accused the Akufo-Addo-led government of discriminating against some tribes in the country, saying certain tribes have been sidelined, attacked and discriminated against for quite too long and even said the discrimination has been extended to Mr. Daniel Y. Domelevo, the Auditor General who retired from public service.
He said Mr. Domelevo was compelled to retire because he was from a certain tribe that he said had suffered great injustice and abuse under the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government, and conveniently refused to explain the circumstances that made the presidency to ask Mr. Domelevo to retire because he had attained the retirement age of 60.
Interestingly, Mr. Domelevo was asked to retire because it had been found out that he tampered with his records at SSNIT in order to remain in government employment, but Mr. Mahama glossed over the facts and just attacked the government for political convenience.
“Others were falsely branded as foreigners and their citizenship called into question unjustly, an abhorrent nation-wrecking prejudice which had been directed against certain ethnic groups of this country and had continued till date, and had even recently visited cruelly on the Auditor General, Daniel Yaw Domelevo,” he had said in the no-concession speech.
He also alleged that President Akufo-Addo’s government strategically used the military to create fear and panic in some targeted ethnic groups to discourage them from participating in the 2020 polls.
Mr. Mahama said the selective deployment of military personnel in some parts of the country was used as a tool to instill fear in citizens in those areas and prevent them from taking part in the voter registration and other electoral processes.
Mr. Mahama also alleged that the NPP government spent huge amount of state resources to launch unprovoked attacks on some people, leading to avoidable deaths of some innocent NDC members.
“In the last election, unprecedented levels of state funds were doled out by the ruling party and provoked deadly violence during and after the 2020 general elections,” Mr. Mahama said, adding, “in the process, eight of our compatriots were murdered in cold blood and several others maimed during the process of the elections.
“We have designated these compatriots whose bloods were shed just because they sought to participate in what was a purely civil exercise as Martyrs of Democracy, to whom we shall dedicate an appropriate monument when the time comes.”
Interestingly, the police administration in their post-election press conference said their preliminary reports indicated that almost all the incidents that resulted in deaths in particular constituencies were started by Mr. Mahama’s own NDC supporters.