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GPCC rejects ‘unacceptable’ church legislation proposal

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GPCC rejects 'unacceptable' church legislation proposal

GPCC rejects ‘unacceptable’ church legislation proposal

The Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC) has kicked against a proposal by parliament for the legislation of churches in Ghana.

Parliament, on Wednesday, 29 May 2019 advocated legislation to clamp down on what the chamber termed the abuse of congregants, especially by one-man churches.

In a statement on the floor of the house on the activities of the churches, the MP for Mfantseman Constituency, Mr Ekow Hayford said it was about time the state took drastic action against pastors who abused people’s rights.

He called for legislation and an independent body to manage church activities in the country.

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Contributing to the statement, the MP for Ablekuma Central, Mr Ebenezer Nartey, argued that some pastors do not deserve the title.

He cited instances where some of them distribute lotto numbers, sell paraphernalia at exorbitant prices, among others, as things that should be condemned.

The Speaker of Parliament, Prof Aaron Mike Oquaye gave the joint committees of Youth, Sports and Culture as well as the Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee a one-month ultimatum to investigate and report back to the house, how best to regulate the activities of churches in the country.

However, the National Executive Council of the GPCC has said they are gravely concerned about the Speaker’s call.

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A press statement signed by the General Secretary of the GPCC, Rev Emmanuel Barrigah, issued on Wednesday, 5 June 2019, noted that: “The Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council views this as unacceptable and completely rejects the proposal”.

The faith-based organisation with a membership of over 200 Pentecostal and Charismatic Christian church denominations and para-church organisations in Ghana, indicated that Christian bodies in the country are addressing the issues raised by parliament and, therefore, needless for legislators to intervene, since they can deal with the matters by themselves.

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Vice President Bawumia visits victims of Upper East rainfall disaster

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Vice President Bawumia visits victims of Upper East rainfall disaster

Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, on Sunday, October 20, led a government delegation to visit victims and some affected areas of the September rainfall related disasters in the Upper East region.

The disasters occurred as a result of torrential downpour of rains starting from the early parts of September. The rainfall affected areas such as Bolgatanga, Navrongo, Bawku, Kasena Nankana West, Builsa North, Binduri, Garu, and Bongo.

According to the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO), the rainfall led to 19 deaths and 19 injuries with several hundreds of people and households displaced. The nature of the effects ranged from lightening, collapse buildings, flooding and others. Two of the deaths occurred as a result of flooding.

At Manyoro in the Kasena Nankana Municipal Assembly, the delegation met Chiefs, families of deceased, affected persons and community members.

Addressing the gathering, Vice President Bawumia expressed his deepest condolences and commiserated with the bereaved families and victims of the rains.

“On behalf of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the people of Ghana I extend our sincerest condolences for the loss of lives and properties. Government is indeed concerned about the casualties,” Dr Bawumia said.

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The Vice President announced plans by government to assist victims and the affected communities with several relief items ranging from rice, cooking oil, sugar, blankets, mosquito coils and nets, soaps, bails of used clothing, plastic buckets, cups, plates and basins, polymats, body bags, mattresses, roofing sheets, maize, water purification tablets, and many others. A cash donation of ¢50,000 was also donated to the victims.

 

Dr. Bawumia further bemoaned the use of low-quality materials in the building and construction of shelters, particularly in the Northern parts of the country.

He, therefore, appealed to the people to ensure there is adequate amount of cement in their building materials to make their houses stronger enough to withstand harsh weather conditions.

On his part, the Chief of Manyoro who is also a law lecturer at the University of Ghana, Dr Peter Atupaare III expressed gratitude to the government and the Vice President for the gesture done them.

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According to him, the Vice President coming around to comfort the victims after an unanticipated natural disaster is remarkable and commendable.

He stated, “a person who stands by you in times of difficulty is a good person and must be remembered in the future when he also comes to you for help. We have noticed what the government and the Vice President have done and we shall remember them in due time”.

“I am a native of Manyoro and throughout my father’s reign as the chief of this community till date I never saw a Vice President come to us like what this current Vice President has done. We are grateful to Dr Bawumia.”

The Vice President later visited the Tono irrigation dam to inspect how the torrential rains have affected the dam leading to some spillovers. Dr Bawumia inspected some current structural defects developed in the dam and pledged the government’s commitment to fixing it.

 

“As you already know, the government is taking giant steps to address the perennial flooding that occurs in the Northern regions as a result of the spillage from the Bagre dam. We will soon commence works on the Pwalugu multi-purpose dam to provide irrigation for about 860 hectares of farmlands, drinking water and also check flooding.”

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“With this and the Tono dam, we will be able to cover large tracts of land for farming in the north and so we will do everything to ensure the Tono dam is in good shape to serves its purposes,” Dr Bawumia indicated.

In the delegation were Minister for Aviation and MP for Navrongo Central, Joseph Kofi Ada, Minister for Interior and MP for Nandom, Ambrose Dery, Northern Regional Minister and acting Upper East Regional Minister, Salifu Saeed, Director-General and Regional Director of NADMO, as well as MMDCEs of all the affected areas.

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Lumba and I didn’t break up over a woman – Nana Acheampong

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Lumba and I didn’t break up over a woman – Nana Acheampong

One of the originators of ‘Burger Highlife’, Nana Acheampong has discounted claims that he split with his other half-brother, Daddy Lumba over a woman.

Following the decision by both musicians who formed the famous Lumba Brothers to go solo, there were reports their division was fueled by a woman both were chasing.

But reacting to it for the first time on Kumasi-based Pure FM monitored by MyNewsGh.com, the musician stated unequivocally that it was neither because of a woman nor money but a collective decision arrived at.

“After coming out with songs for a couple of times and playing for almost 10 years, he moved from where we stayed in Germany to another place called Oldenburg and the distance was quite far. He was unable to be coming for regular rehearsals”, he revealed to host Hammer.

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Though their fans were not too happy over the split, he insisted that it was not because of money nor a woman but a development that led to them producing more music for the country.

He admitted both are good at writing songs and pray that they will continue to be inspired to do more and produce good songs for their fans.

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Mahama increased electricity tariff by 166%, NPP decreased by 5% – Bawumia

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Mahama increased electricity tariff by 166%, NPP decreased by 5% – Bawumia

The National Democratic Congress, during the Mahama administration, cumulatively increased electricity tariff by 166%, Vice-President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has said.

On the back of the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission’s recent hike in power and water tariffs by 5.94 per cent and 2.22 per cent, respectively, Dr Bawumia said at the launch of the Youth Employment Agency (YEA) at the Bank of Ghana (BoG) Auditorium at the University of Ghana (UG) on Wednesday, 2 October 2019 that: “Between 2013 and 2016, just the last four years of the NDC government, the cumulative increase in electricity tariff was 166%”.

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Dr Bawumia said that in line with the Akufo-Addo government’s agenda to create jobs, the administration has embarked on moves to cut electricity tariff to spur more employment.

According to him, “In 2018, we [NPP] reduced electricity prices of businesses by 30% and for households by 17.5 %, an average of around 22%.”

“Earlier this year in July, there was an increase of electricity price of 11% and yesterday of 5.6%. When you take the total cumulative increase on average, as I said, between 2017 and today, you have a cumulative decrease of about 5%”.

He continued: “So, the NDC, in their last four years, increased [electricity tariff] by 166%, we have come down since we have been in government by 5% on average”.

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This, Dr Bawumia said, far outweighs the performance of the Mahama administration.

Comparatively, he said it is “still ‘boot for charley-wote’ when you come to electricity pricing”.

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