Browsing Tag

Local

News Politics

2023: Gov. Ikpeazu emerges PDP candidate for Abia South

Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu on Tuesday picked the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ticket to contest for Abia South Senatorial District seat in the 2023 general election.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Gov. Ikpeazu, the lone aspirant, emerged unopposed as the party’s candidate at the Enyimba International Stadium, Aba.

Chief Ndidi Okereke, the Returning Officer, while announcing the result, said 198 delegates were accredited for the exercise.

Okereke said Ikpeazu polled a total of 198 votes and emerged unopposed as the winner of the primary election.

Speaking after the exercise, Ikpeazu thanked the party leadership, and lauded the conduct of the election which he described as “clean and transparent”.

He said he was poised to evolve programmes and policies that would change the fortunes of Abia South Senatorial District in the days ahead.

Ikpeazu said he would deliver quality representation and protect the interest of the people, if he emerged winner at the 2023 senatorial election.

“I want to thank the delegates from the six local government areas and dedicate this victory to our statutory delegates.

“They have been excluded from today’s exercise not because of any wrong on their part but because of some laws that have not received assent from Mr President.

“I am particularly interested in women, youths and the voiceless. I pray that Almighty God will through the instrumentality of the mandate you have given me, the power, strength, opportunity and privilege to serve Abia South people to the best of my ability,” he said.

Music News

Don’t be local champions — Camidoh advises artistes

It is a good feeling for musicians to have huge support from their home country but Afrobeats artiste, Camidoh, says that is not enough for an artiste who wants to make it globally.

To Camidoh, Ghanaian musicians should not be content with just their fans in the country but also move from their comfort zone to win more fans outside by touring other countries.

In an interview with Graphic Showbiz, Camidoh said “it is just right that a musician tours different countries, make themselves popular there and win more fans. That is the only way we can be heard beyond Ghana and become global artistes and I am working towards that.”

“I want to be a global icon and as we talk now, I am currently preparing to go to Nigeria and other African counties to make myself and my music popular. We will only be known in Ghana if we don’t make it a deliberate attempt to move out of our comfort zone and make ourselves popular.”

Camidoh noted that he also understands that many don’t have the support, especially on the financial front to help push their crafts beyond Ghana.

He stated that a corporate entity, for example, could team up with some artistes and support them with whatever is needed to go global.

Asked if it was difficult to be consistent as a musician, the Sugarcane hitmaker answered affirmatively and added that it is especially tough for a young musician in the industry.

“If you don’t have people investing and pushing your music out there, how can you be consistent? You will just have the best songs and it just stays with you. How can you be consistent when you play shows and you are not paid?”

“You need money to record new songs, pay for music videos and get your name out there. I am glad I have a team who sees to it that my music career reaches the topmost height. With such a solid team behind you, you are rest assured that you will go places,” he said.

Talking about how Sugarcane became a massive hit, Camidoh said the media helped in pushing the song everywhere.

“While TV and radio were busily pushing the song, TikTok Ghana was also promoting it. In all, I am grateful to Ghanaians for pushing the song. 

“Massive shout out to King Promise, Darkoo and Mayorkun from Nigeria who made the song number one in Nigeria when he featured on the remix. Mayorkun promoted the song for me and that tells how powerful collaborations can be,” he said. 

News

‘I’m under hostage’ – Okorocha cries out as EFCC invades his house

 

An All Progressives Congress, APC, presidential aspirant, Rochas Okorocha has allegedly been held hostage.

 

Okorocha made the remark in reaction to the presence of operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in his Abuja residence.

 

On Tuesday, EFCC operatives besieged the Imo West Senator’s residence in the Maitama area of Abuja.

 

Okorocha in reaction to their presence claimed the men of the anti-graft agency invaded his residence without a warrant of arrest.

 

Speaking with Channels Television, Okorocha said: “I am under hostage I would say, the EFCC is at my house both the back and the front.

 

“I would say, I have enquired if they have an arrest warrant nothing, and I am supposed to be getting ready for screening.

 

“I don’t know what is really happening, It is unfortunate that this is happening here.”

 

Okorocha vowed to hold a press conference on the matter, adding that EFCC banned journalists from gaining access into his house.

 

“I am trying to address a press conference, Of course, the EFCC cannot stop the press from coming into my premises. They are inside my compound but the press is coming inside my house to interview me, they can’t stop them, he insisted,” he said.

When asked if he would be submitting himself to the anti-graft agency, the presidential aspirant said, “I’ll be here until I know what it is, because this is something serious, I want to see an arrest warrant or a court order”, he added.

 

Operatives of the anti-graft agency stormed Okorocha’s residence on Tuesday, barricading it, and ensuring that none of the members of Okorocha’s family would be allowed to leave the compound until they produce the former governor.

 

Ongoing Battle With EFCC

The EFCC had filed a 17-count charge to the tune of N2.9 billion against Senator Okorocha. in late January.

 

Okorocha, in the charges filed at the Federal High Court in Abuja, was accused of conspiring with others, including a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and five companies to steal from the public coffers.

 

Others listed as respondents to the suit were Anyim Nyerere Chinenye, Naphtali International Limited, Perfect Finish Multi Projects Limited, Consolid Projects Consulting Limited, Pramif International Limited, and Legend World Concepts Limited.

 

The charges were filed about the same time Senator Okorocha was declaring his intention to run for the office of the president in 2023.

 

The accused persons were alleged to have stolen the said amount belonging to Imo State and local government areas in the state in contravention of the Money Laundering Act 2011.

 

The charges claimed that the stolen funds were diverted between October 2014 and February 2016 from the Imo State Government House’s account and Imo State Joint Local Government Project’s account.

 

Meanwhile, a Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State would ask the EFCC to stop further action against Senator Okorocha until the determination of the case before it.

 

Senator Okorocha had through his lawyer, Ola Olanipekun (SAN) approached the Federal High Court presided over by Justice Stephen Pam to seek the enforcement of some orders, earlier made in his favour in a case between him and the anti-graft agency.

 

The court also prohibited the EFCC from investigating or carrying out any other action against the former governor, while asking the anti-graft agency to release his international passport and travel documents.

News

Opportunity International supports customers with interest buy-down and guarantee facility

Opportunity International Savings and Loans Limited, a leading Savings and Loans company in Ghana in collaboration with the Visa Foundation is implementing an Economic Recovery and Rebuild Initiative (ERRI) project to help reduce the impact of COVID-19 on businesses of its existing clients through interest buy-down and guarantee facility.

With funding support from the VISA Foundation, the ERRI commenced in June 2021 and comes to a close in May 2022.

The main objective of the ERRI was to help reduce the interest burden of our existing clients by reimbursing them with 50% of their interest amount. This is to reward our loyal clients while also encouraging new clients and defaulters to repay their loans so that they can benefit from such interventions.

The beneficiaries of this facility comprised of individual women clients or groups with majority of women membership. Eighty-five percent (85%) out of the total eight hundred and fifty-two (852) beneficiaries were women.

One key qualification criteria used in the selection process for these clients was to complete their loan repayment without defaulting at the end of the maturity date and with a minimum loan cycle of seven after which the client benefits from the interest buy-down, in the form of a 50% interest refund.

To avoid the culture of loan delinquency, the guarantee facility was not communicated to the beneficiaries. However, the agreed discounts were applied to the accounts of qualifying applicants.

Additionally, The UPS Foundation which is similar to the VISA Foundation redesigned its program to create the financial and managerial capabilities of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), as well as connect them to both financial resources and the market through interest buy-downs to help lessen the impact of COVID-19 on their businesses. Given this reason, the project reduced the interest rate for PWDs for both existing and new clients. A total of fifty-six (56) PWDs benefited from the project, with 31 of them being women.

On successful implementation of the ERRI project, a survey was conducted within the beneficiary communities to ascertain the impact of such an intervention and how the assistance has improved their lives.

An overwhelming majority of ninety-five (95%) of our clients hailed the project as an important intervention at a time when COVID had disrupted many local and global production and distribution systems. These responses are clear attestations of the positive impact that the ERRI project has had on our loan clients and Opportunity International as a business.

Most importantly, the Opportunity International brand has been established within the beneficiary communities as one committed to not just conducting the business of banking but also to the overall development of its customer base.

Opportunity International Savings and Loans Limited is a leading savings and loans institution in Ghana. Opportunity International is at the forefront of delivering transformational financial services to help transform the lives of clients.

The Institution serves over 610,000 depositors with loans, deposit products, and other services across 10 out of the 16 regions of the country. It operates in 23 countries across the globe serving nearly 10 million clients with the Global office in Chicago, USA.

The Visa Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Visa, works with charitable organizations to support underserved people and communities. As its central focus, the Visa Foundation is committed to helping low-income, financially underserved micro and small enterprises around the world to thrive and prosper.

The UPS Foundation is a leading UPS’s global citizenship efforts and philanthropy since 1951. The UPS Foundation’s philanthropic approach centres on four focus areas: health & humanitarian relief, equity and economic empowerment, local engagement and planet protection.

News

Techno Genesis Ghana graduates first batch of trainees under BiG entrepreneurship project

The first batch of young individuals who signed onto the Believe in Ghana (BiG) project in Kumasi have graduated to venture into the creative arts and manufacturing industries.

The Believe in Ghana (BiG) project trains young aspiring entrepreneurs to take charge in the creative arts and manufacturing sectors.

Trainees are engaged in bakery and pastries, soap and bleach making, batik and tie and dye as well as beads making.

Project originator, Tony Donkor, says the employment rate of the youth in Ghana needs to be addressed through such innovations.

“The project intends to raise a generation of knowledgeable youth who can take up the manufacturing space in order to secure a brighter future for the Ghanaian youth.

“The project intends to equip illiterate, semi-literate and literate persons with the skills set to secure a better future in the absence of a salaried job” he said.

The BiG project has seen partnership with the Centre for National Culture in Kumasi who created the avenue for individuals to be trained through localized methods.

Deputy Director for Performing Arts at the Centre, Mustapha Issa, says locally-manufactured items need the necessary patronage to promote local industrialization and national culture.

According to him, “people often portray cultural products as fetish and they do not want to patronize it, but if we can reorient the definition of culture to ourselves, people can then appreciate it.”

He added that, “accepting the cultural values our products stand will bring great benefit from.”

Mr. Issa also advised that the country takes its cultural values seriously in order to preserve the rich heritage as a people.

He indicated that, “our music, movies and arts should represent our heritage, rather than degrading it.”

The first cohort of 15 trainees under the project shared their experiences on the impact.

“I work in a travel agency and we usually host events where attires are worn. I signed up to the project so I can learn how to make apparels to get the contract for myself and make some money as well,” said Doreen.

Another participant, Sumaila said “I am a musician and I wanted to add a clothing line to it, so I enrolled to learn how to make batik Tie and Dye. I can use the technique to create my own brand in addition to the music I do”.

The BiG project intends to train over 10,000 persons in the Ashanti Region and further extend to other regions of the country.

The Believe in Ghana Project is under the operation of Techno Genesis, in partnership with The Multimedia Group, Kumasi and the Centre for National Culture, Kumasi.

News

Court fines pastor ₵600 for making noise

The Tema Magistrate Court has imposed a fine of ₵600 or in default three months imprisonment with hard labour on the Head Pastor of God’s Shield Gospel Ministry for noise pollution.

The court presided over by Mr. Festus Fovi Nukunu slapped the fine on the accused after he pleaded guilty to the charges of failing to obtain a sanitation report.

The prosecution, led by Issah Al-Hassan, said the accused is the founder and Head Pastor of God’s Shield Gospel Ministry at Adjei Kojo Kanewu. On June 18, 2021, a complaint of noise nuisance was lodged by some aggrieved residents against the accused person.

The prosecution told the court that a team of Environmental Health and Sanitation Officers (EHOs) was tasked to investigate and take appropriate action.

On the same day June 18, 2021, a team of EHOs commenced an investigation into the said allegation.

According to the prosecution, the fact of the case was that the church, a rented temporal structure without soundproof, was sited within a residential community.

The prosecution explained that the church had been organising weekday and weekend church activities with loud sound emanating from a public address system to the annoyance of residents in the neighbourhood.

The prosecution said it was operating without Suitability Health Report and Sanitation permit covering the church and its activities from the Environmental Health and Sanitation Unit.

The accused person’s attention was drawn to the breach and he admitted the offence.

Statutory notice was served on the accused person to abate the nuisances but failed to comply with an order to suspend the weekday church activities as well as stop the use of the sound system and regulate Sunday church activities and report for further inquiries and discussions.

The Head Pastor reported on June 21, 2021, and told the team that they had stopped making noise.

However, a few days later the residents came back to the office with a documented petition which was submitted to the Environmental Health and Sanitation Unit of the Tema West Municipal Assembly’s Administration Office on August 11, 2021, emphasizing the failure of the church to adhere to local authority’s advice.

Hence, the court summons was applied for and served on the local pastor to appear before the court.

News Politics

Gunmen attack APC House of Reps aspirant in Kwara

Some gunmen, in the early hours of Tuesday, in Igosi, Oke-ero Local Government Area of Kwara State, attacked Mr. Kayode Bankole, the House of Representatives aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Bankole had gone to visit the delegates at the Igosi-Imode Ward, to solicit their support for the forthcoming primaries of the APC when he was attacked on his way to his hometown in Ekan.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Bankole, however, escaped by the whisker, having discovered that the vehicle in which the assailants were, was trailing him.

Bankole said he, along with his entourage, was able to manoeuvre his way to escape the onslaught.

The aspirant said he suspected it could be the handiwork of his political opponents because of his soaring popularity, adding that such politics belonged to the past.

He called on security agencies to redouble their efforts at securing lives, especially in this period of electioneering.

The aspirant said that he would not rest on his oars until victory was achieved in the coming primaries of the party for the House of Reps.

He called on political opponents to sheath their sword and allow a free contest of idea without bloodshed.

NAN reports that Bankole is seeking to represent Ekiti, Isin, Irepodun and Oke-Ero Federal Constituency of Kwara.

Efforts at getting the Public Relations Officer of the Kwara Police Command, SP Ajayi Okasanmi for reaction were abortive, as calls and text messages sent to him were unreturned.

News Politics

Ondo PDP Primaries: Mimiko behind my defeat, I was paid with evil – Sen. Akinyelure

 

Senator Ayo Pius Akinyelure, representing Ondo Central Senatorial District in the National Assembly, has claimed that a conspiracy led to his defeat in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, senatorial primary.

 

According to Akinyelure, a former Governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, was behind his defeat.

 

On Monday, Chief Ifedayo Adedipe, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, defeated the second-term Senator who was seeking a third term.

 

Chairman of the House Committee on Public Petition, Akinyelure received 58 votes, while Adedipe received 82 votes in the primary held in Akure, Ondo State capital.

 

The PDP Senator, while expressing displeasure over the development, said, “I did not expect to be paid this manner for the amount of work I did for the Ondo Central Senatorial District. But I’m on a mission that no one can stop.”

 

“As a ranking Senator and with everything I’ve done for them in the Ondo Central Senatorial District, the three ad-hoc delegates who supported Olusegun Mimiko were given instructions to vote me out,” he said.

 

He added that “I understand what I’m talking about. In the Central, we have six local governments and by the grace of God, I am still a Senator. This makes me pleased, but I know that God will never let me down.”

 

News

Boko Haram faction kills 6 ISWAP terrorists in rival clash

Boko Haram terrorists of the Jama’at Ahl as Sunnah lid-Da’wah wa’l-Jihad, (JAS) have reportedly eliminated six fighters loyal to Islamic State of the West African Province, (ISWAP) in a rival clash around the fringes of Sambisa forest.

It was learnt that the Boko Haram faction attacked a convoy of ISWAP terrorists in the night of Sunday, May 22, between Kaffa and Litawa axis in Damboa Local government area of Borno State, Zagazola Makama, a Counter Insurgency Expert and Security Analyst in the Lake Chad reported.

Intelligence sources told the security analyst that six of the terrorists were confirmed killed, while one of their vehicles was damaged.

The sources said, “at about 0700 hours the ISWAP insurgents on 6 Gun trucks and 3 motorcycles arrived the axis of Kaffa to evacuate the dead bodies, then proceeded to the axis of Wajiroko.”

“The infighting and bitter rivalry between the two terrorists’ factions had intensified with both groups hunting to kill each other at any given opportunity,” the source said.

News Politics

Only five APC presidential aspirants are serious — Fayemi

 

Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State has said there are more pretenders in the race for the presidential ticket of the APC than contenders.

He said out of the 23 persons currently in the race, only about five of them are serious in the quest to clinch the ticket of the ruling party.

He did not, however, name the five aspirants.

Mr Fayemi said this while soliciting the support of the delegates from Niger State during a visit to the state on Sunday.

The APC presidential primary election will hold on May 29 and 30. The party is yet to decide on the date for screening of the presidential aspirants, after postponing the exercise indefinitely.

In a statement released by the spokesperson of the Fayemi Presidential Campaign Organisation, Femi Ige, the Ekiti State governor said the level of seriousness is determined by the ability of the aspirants to move across the country.

“This is a season of visits and states keep receiving us. The list of presidential aspirants says there are 23 but only five of us are going around the country. With this, you can separate the pretenders from the contenders,” he said.

While 25 aspirants returned their nomination forms, very few of the aspirants have been moving around the country. Some of the aspirants who have been visiting states include the former Lagos State Governor, Bola Tinubu, the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, the former Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, the Senate President Ahmad Lawan and Mr Fayemi.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva and the President of Africa Development Bank, Akinwumi Adeshina, have all opted out of the race.

Speaking to the delegates, Mr Fayemi asked the delegates to take a bet on him, as he promised to remake Nigeria without unmaking it.

“I am ready for the job. I want you to take a bet on me and you will have no cause to regret. I can remake Nigeria without unmaking it. I believe in Project Nigeria and that Nigeria is worth fighting for and together we can regain the lost glory of Nigeria”, he said.

He promised to tackle the insecurity currently ravaging the country.

Niger State is one of the states currently battling banditry and has experienced multiple mass abductions in the last three years.

Last year, several students were abducted in Tegina, a community in Rafi Local Government of the state. Earlier in the year, the governor of the state, Sani Bello, raised the alarm that at least 220 people have been either killed or kidnapped in attacks on about 300 communities in Niger State this year.

Receiving Mr Fayemi in his office in Minna, Mr Bello described the Ekiti State governor as a friend of the State, noting that if he was in a position to appoint someone president, he would pick Mr Fayemi.

Mr Bello said: “You have been here at least three or four times before now. You have been a close friend to Niger state. It is not now that there is a need for support that people are coming.

“Only five or six people have been to the state but you can count on my support. If you become president, I will relax because I know I will have easy access to you. In fact, if I have my way I will appoint you as the next President after President Muhammadu Buhari.”

Mr Fayemi, who is the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, has been focusing his campaign on security and on several occasions referred to his educational background in war studies.

News

Blasphemy: Drama as Abuja RCCG members stage protest with sealed lips

 

There was drama at the Redeemed Christian Church of God (Central Parish) in Abuja on Sunday as members protested against the killing of Christians in Nigeria over alleged blasphemy with their lips sealed with sellotape.

 

The protest which took place after the Sunday service at the Central Parish in Wuse 2 area of Abuja was led by the Regional Pastor of the Parish who refused to give his name to journalists.

 

Another Pastor of the church said the decision not to speak on the protest was an “order from above.”

 

The protesters who declined to speak to journalists had their mouths sealed with sellotape claiming it was a silent protest against killings in the name of God.

 

A presidential aspirant for the 2023 election under the platform of the All Progressives Congress and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is a member and Senior Pastor of the RCCG.

 

Some inscriptions on the placards carried by them included, ‘Stop the killing! God is watching’; ‘No killings in the name of religion’, ‘Don’t defend the indefensible’; and ‘Let’s live together in peace.’

 

The Christian Association of Nigeria had called for a nationwide protest over the gruesome killing of Deborah Samuel, a 200 Level student of Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto by Muslim fundamentalists.

 

Some Muslim colleagues of Deborah alleged that she blasphemed their religion, for which she was stoned to death before setting her ablaze.

The killing elicited international outcry while the Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, imposed a 24-hour curfew on the metropolis to restore order.

 

Violence also erupted on Friday in Katangan area of Warji Local Government Area of Bauchi State over alleged blasphemy.

 

Trouble reportedly started in Bauchi following a social media post by a 40-year-old staff of the Medical Department Warji Local Government, Rhoda Jatau, which was considered blasphemous to Islam.

 

The President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Samson Ayokunle, however, instructed Christians in the country to be discreet in carrying out the protest in view of a threat by an unknown Islamic group to do a counter-protest.

 

He urged church leaders to do the protest by carrying placards within the premises of their local churches or CAN secretariats.

News

Terrorists trying to take control of the entire West African sub-region – Mumuni Muqthar

The Executive Director of the West African Centre for Counter-Extremism (WACCE), Mutaru Mumuni Muqthar, says the end goal of terrorists in the sub-region is to gain total control of West Africa and introduce their own style of government.

According to him, this has largely been the reason for their southwards expansion from the Sahelian regions.

“Strategically, they’re moving beyond the Sahelian state seeking to take control of territory of the entire West African space’ and they’re looking for vulnerabilities,” he said.

He noted that the violence that led to the destabilization of the Libyan state gave impetus to terrorist groups in Mali to up their game and expand to other countries.

Speaking on JoyNews’ PM Express, he stated that several terrorist organisations have in the recent past made clear their intention to attack Ghana, thus justifying the government’s threat alert.

“And so the destabilization of Libya, allowed the terror rebels in Mali to expand in terms of their capabilities and Mali got disintegrated, the spread went further, you see in Chad, Niger and then the last three years pervasive violence in Burkina Faso.

“And we know in the last five, four years, extremists groups, the traditional ones we have today like the JNIM, the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara, al Mourabitoun and several of those groups have specifically mentioned Ghana as part of the groups of countries that they’re seeking to attack,” he said.

He further explained that their primary motivation is to take control of territory and establish their form of religious governance.

“Ghana is mentioned as part of the countries that they’re seeking to attack within West Africa because terrorists groups are looking for one, to take control of territory, to administer the form of governance they believe is pure and we’re looking at it from those driven by religious goals and religious ideals.

“They’re seeking to take charge of territories to govern, and they’re seeking to weaponise the grievances of local populations to engage in the violent activities that they’re engaged in,” he said.

News

Blasphemy: Drama as Abuja RCCG members stage protest with sealed lips

 

There was drama at the Redeemed Christian Church of God (Central Parish) in Abuja on Sunday as members protested against the killing of Christians in Nigeria over alleged blasphemy with their lips sealed with sellotape.

 

The protest which took place after the Sunday service at the Central Parish in Wuse 2 area of Abuja was led by the Regional Pastor of the Parish who refused to give his name to journalists.

 

Another Pastor of the church said the decision not to speak on the protest was an “order from above.”

 

The protesters who declined to speak to journalists had their mouths sealed with sellotape claiming it was a silent protest against killings in the name of God.

 

A presidential aspirant for the 2023 election under the platform of the All Progressives Congress and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is a member and Senior Pastor of the RCCG.

 

Some inscriptions on the placards carried by them included, ‘Stop the killing! God is watching’; ‘No killings in the name of religion’, ‘Don’t defend the indefensible’; and ‘Let’s live together in peace.’

 

The Christian Association of Nigeria had called for a nationwide protest over the gruesome killing of Deborah Samuel, a 200 Level student of Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto by Muslim fundamentalists.

 

Some Muslim colleagues of Deborah alleged that she blasphemed their religion, for which she was stoned to death before setting her ablaze.

The killing elicited international outcry while the Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, imposed a 24-hour curfew on the metropolis to restore order.

 

Violence also erupted on Friday in Katangan area of Warji Local Government Area of Bauchi State over alleged blasphemy.

 

Trouble reportedly started in Bauchi following a social media post by a 40-year-old staff of the Medical Department Warji Local Government, Rhoda Jatau, which was considered blasphemous to Islam.

 

The President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Samson Ayokunle, however, instructed Christians in the country to be discreet in carrying out the protest in view of a threat by an unknown Islamic group to do a counter-protest.

 

He urged church leaders to do the protest by carrying placards within the premises of their local churches or CAN secretariats.

News

Most by-laws are enforced against the poor – Private Legal Practitioner

A private legal practitioner, Dennis Adjei Dwomoh, has said many by-laws in the country are implemented against poor people, although it is the rich who mostly violate the laws.

He observed that “the people who are building or violating the zoning policy are not the poor; the people who are violating the building permits are not the poor” yet they are mostly at the suffering end.

In an interview on JoyNews’ The Law on Sunday, May 22, he expressed worry over the wrongful applications, which he believes creates a system of injustice in the society.

“The most important thing is that it is dangerous for people to keep by-laws in their pockets when some of these by-laws have penal effects. Most of these by-laws, sadly, when they are enforced, they are enforced against the poor.

“It’s enforced against people in lower classes in society; it is not enforced on the rich; so, you see that in terms of the application of these by-laws, it’s actually applied in such a way that the lesser society are the people who are mostly affected,” he argued.

The Managing Partner of LawPlus noted that most of the by-laws are not arbitrary but standard ones, which mostly look at sanitation issues.

“Apart from sanitation, sometimes on liquor and licencing issues, and entertainment. The Local Government Act, one of them has listed the areas in question that it takes care of. Already, there’s a guide that Assemblies have to follow and most of their by-laws take account of it.

Most by-laws are enforced against the poor - Private Legal Practitioner
Samson Lardy Anyenini hosts Dennis Dwomoh and Kweku Dwomoh on the Law.

“Apart from that also, the Minister of Local Government is empowered to pass model by-laws if he thinks that issue affects almost all the assemblies and call all the assemblies, depending on area. For instance, like the Minister for Greater Accra has done through the model by-law of Operation Clean Your Frontage, he has made sure that that particular law applies to Greater Accra Region,” Mr Dwomoh added.

Background

Recent research conducted by Corporate Secretarial and Training Services (CSTS) has revealed that as many as 155 Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Assemblies (MMDAs) are operating without by-laws.

It stated that 109 MMDAs were found to be gazzetted, three sets have lost their validity and fallen into desuetude since their geographical areas of jurisdiction have been re-demarcated and ceased to exist in their original form.

Most by-laws are enforced against the poor - Private Legal Practitioner
Dennis Dwomoh is a Managing Partner for LawPlus

“Thus, only 105 sets of by-laws at the various levels of local governance have been validly passed and are effective for application.

“By this finding, the study concludes that a total of 155 out of 260 MMDAs, representing 59% of the various assemblies in Ghana are operating without legitimate and valid by-laws,” the research highlighted.

Among other reasons, the researchers sought to examine whether the assemblies complied with the provision of Section 182(4) of the Local Governance Act, 2016 (Act 936).

Most by-laws are enforced against the poor - Private Legal Practitioner
Kweku Attakora Dwomoh is a Lawyer and Consultant at CSTS

The law stipulates that a by-law shall not have effect until it has been posted on the premises of the District Assembly concerned and in at least one other public place within the district.

It adds that such by-law must be published in a daily newspaper of national circulation or in the Gazette.

News

How to make money from Forex in Ghana

If you’re in Ghana, and are looking to earn passive income through an online source, trading the forex markets is a viable tool to enable you to make money online.

Forex Trading, also known as FX trading or more commonly, currency trading, refers to the buying and selling of international currency pairs. As with any trading activity, the aim of Forex trading is also to make a profit, mainly by exchanging one currency for another with the expectation that the prices will alter in favour of one against the other. 

Currently, the fastest growing sector of the online FX market comprises individuals. Other major sectors include Securities dealers and large commercial banks (collectively referred to as the interbank market), smaller banks, hedge funds, and multinational corporations. 

Unlike other financial or capital markets, the forex market does not need a physical location to operate from, but rather via an electronic network of corporations, banks and individuals engaged in trading one currency for another. This makes it possible and convenient for forex markets to operate 24 hours a-day, five day a week across different time zones and financial centres. What makes this possible is the overlap in trading times of major sessions; hence the best way to make money online, working from home. 

The factors that contribute to the Forex market being the largest include the facts that it’s the most liquid market; has easy round-the-clock access; and low cost to partake and invest in. In addition, you can exit even more quickly when you take a plunge, and experience set-backs, which are occurrences that come with every trade.  

Below are pointers to help you earn money online from home in Ghana:

  1. Find the right Forex Broker

The importance of trading with a most trusted and reliable forex broker cannot be overemphasized. As you set out to earn money online through forex trading, look for a broker who is licensed and regulated in multiple jurisdictions, and offer good customer support.

You should also find a broker who follows the rules of the industry, and has a track record of good trading practices. It’s important to ensure that your broker complies with the regulatory framework intended to preserve the integrity of the forex market. It’ll also be in your advantage to find a broker that offers competitive super-tight spreads like Geldex.

How to make money from Forex in Ghana

Geldex Invest is licensed and regulated by the most leading financial regulatory authorities for international brokerage firms. Geldex also has the technology to ensure up-to-date platforms and market integration systems for clients, as well as strong order execution; ultra-low latency and minimal slippage courtesy of our customized, built-for-purpose advanced technology and dedicated servers. Additional features that make Geldex the best are:

  • Autonomous physical presence in Ghana
  • Easy Account Opening and Verification Procedure
  • Funding In Local Currency (GH¢)
  • Deposits And Withdrawals Through Mobile Money & Local Banks
  • Negative Balance Protection
  • Exceptional Customer Support (You’re Assigned a Personal Account Manager)
  • Great Promotions and Bonuses for You

2. Learn the basics of Forex Trading & Understand the Market

Like any money-making venture there is, the Forex market has its own unique characteristics, and it is essential to learn the basics of the trade. For Forex trading, this ranges from acquiring knowledge of the operative terminologies to familiarizing yourself with the geo-political and economic factors affecting the currencies you choose to trade online in. In order to earn money from forex trading, the following are a few of the terminologies, you need to enhance your knowledge of:

  • Currency Pairs: It’s important to note that currencies are always traded in pairs (e.g., EUR/USD; GBP/JPY; EUR/AUD; NZD/JPY, etc.), and are further categorised into 3 major types- Major Pairs, Minor Pairs, and Exotic Pairs. The EUR/USD remains one of the most traded pairs in the forex markets, and for beginners, we highly recommend that you trade in major currency pairs which hold higher liquidity and narrower spreads such as the USD and the EUR. In effect, narrow or tight spreads translate into limited loss exposure for you.
  • PIP (Percentage in Point): This refers to the smallest unit of currency price movement. If you take a good look, you’ll realise currency pairs are always quoted with 4 decimal places. A pip is thus equal to 0.0001. In some rare cases, like with the USD/JPY pair, however, a pip is equal to 0.01
  • Base Currency and Quote Currency: The currency featured on the left side of the currency pair is the base currency, whereas the quote or counter currency is featured on the right side of the currency pair. Hence, in our EUR/USD example, the EUR is the base currency, while the USD is the Quote currency.
  • Bid and Ask Price: The Bid price is the buying price of a base currency, while the Ask price is the price for selling the Base currency. In practical terms, it is the price at which a Forex Trader wants to sell a currency pair for, and an Ask price is the price at which a Forex Trader will buy a currency pair at. Example EURUSD BID: 1.1500 ASK: 1.1502 The Bid price is always lower than the Ask price
  • Spread: This simply refers to the difference between the Bid and Ask price. When you buy a currency pair, you’re in practical terms, buying the base currency and selling the counter/quote currency. The reverse applies when you sell a currency pair. Put more simply, the difference between the amount you need when buying a specific currency, and the amount you receive when selling it, is what is known as the spread.
  • Lots: Trading currencies takes place in Lots, with there being 3 types of lot sizes, based on the units; Micro Lot (1,000 units), Mini Lot (10,000 units), and Standard Lot (100,000units).
  • Fundamental and Technical Analysis: the skill to read and analyse the market, is a critical aspect of earning money online by trading the forex market. Whereas fundamental analysis refers to being in touch with the news and updates of the economies whose currencies you’re trading in to determine the likely impact of a particular situation on a currency’s value, technical analysis refers to your ability to read and interpret charts of pricing trends, to enable you make educated or informed speculations about the currency price movements. Geldex helps you in this aspect as well, by providing you with market analysis from our team of market experts.

Education resources are particularly important for beginners. If you’re new to trading, you’ll find very helpful material on our website. As you grow as a forex trader, you’ll find certain tools that will become part of your daily journey include fundamental analysis, trading strategies and risk management.

In addition to the above, studying the forex market should always be work in progress, and one needs to be prepared to adapt to changing market conditions and major world occurrences. It’s also important to develop a robust trading plan to help you assess your options based on your investment objectives and risk tolerance.

To learn more about Forex Trading, please go to the Educational Academy on our website www.geldexinvest.com . The end goal of our Forex Institute is to enhance your knowledge of forex trading and how the forex market works, helping you hone your trading style and developing a trading strategy that best suits you.

3. Practice on a Demo Account

Most major credible trading platforms will offer you the opportunity to practice on a demo account, without actually spending money. It’s always a good idea to take advantage of such a platform, so you don’t lose money incessantly while you’re on the learning curve. This enables you to learn from your mistakes, so you don’t repeat them on a live account. Geldex offers you the opportunity to practice what you’re learning from our forex Institute on a demo account specially designed to give you a live account experience.

4. Become an IB/Partner with Geldex

When you sign up as an Introducing Broker or partner with Geldex, you can earn high rebates or commissions. As you grow the number of traders you refer to our platform, the commission you earn also increases.

If you’re an existing trader with Geldex Invest, you can add a passive income stream to your earnings this way.

In conclusion, when it comes to earning money trading forex online in Ghana, whether you are an experienced trader or a completely new entrant, the critical factors to help you achieve financial success are: finding the best possible Forex broker, educating yourself, proof-testing a strategy that suits you, and robust risk management practices.

As an investor, you should remember your place in the forex market, and on the learning curve; approaching forex trading with level-headedness and a practical mindset. The forex markets can move unexpected ways, and one strategy you can adopt is to start small, learn as you go, and gradually gain the momentum to earn huge profits online.

Entertainment News

Banky W reacts as controversies trail Lagos PDP’s assembly, reps primaries

 

Banky W, the Nigerian musician-turned-politician, has reacted to the controversies trailing the Peoples Democratic (PDP) primary election in Lagos state.

 

The musician is vying to secure PDP’s ticket to represent Eti-Osa federal constituency at the house of representatives.

 

The main opposition party had scheduled its house of assembly and house of representatives primaries in Lagos to hold on Sunday.

 

It is understood that 140 aspirants are contesting for PDP tickets for the 40 seats in the Lagos house of assembly while 85 people are vying for 24 house reps seats for the state.

 

But the exercise was marred by delays and protests with some people demanding that it should be cancelled.

 

NAN reports that uncertainty and apprehension trailed the conduct of the primaries as delegates and aspirants waited at various venues in local government areas for election officers from PDP national headquarters for hours.

 

Reacting, Banky W expressed confidence that the development would not disrupt the election.

 

The ‘Strong Thing’ crooner said the delay was to enable the party to get everything right.

 

“I think that is the reason for the delay; if it takes some more time, there is no problem. As long as it takes, we will be here, we shall stay here till the process is completed,” he said.

 

He also urged those contesting for the PDP’s tickets to accept the will of the delegates.

 

“We will all align with whoever has the ticket. You need two things to win: the grace of God and the will of the people,” he added.

 

 “I am very optimistic that I have both, and at the end of the day, that will be clear for everyone to see, and we can move forward together.”

 

The state chapter of the party had urged the PDP’s national working committee (NWC) to cancel the exercise, citing alleged irregularities in ad-hoc delegates’ list.

 

At a briefing in Ikeja, Philips Aivoji, Lagos PDP chairman, alleged that the ad-hoc delegates’ list brought by the electoral committees for both primaries had been compromised.

 

He also claimed that what the electoral committee intends to do is to “cook up” a list of candidates at a venue.

 

 “The entire executive committee of Lagos State PDP and five of the six gubernatorial aspirants reject in its entirety, the ad-hoc delegates’ list brought by the electoral committee to Lagos State for the purpose of conducting the primaries,” he said.

 

“We are all shocked to see that the list does not reflect the authentic elected ad-hoc delegates as conducted by organs of the party at ward level and supervised by the DSS and INEC.

 

“It is imperative to state that copies of the ad-hoc list that emanated from the state and submitted to INEC are completely different from the one brought by the committee for the purpose of the exercise.

 

“We realised that contrary to the provision of our great party and the electoral guidelines of the party, the election committee came to the state with list of venues and already chosen electoral officers.”

 

News

Anambra community accuses monarch of murder, petitions IGP

 

The traditional ruler in Dunukofia Local Government Area of Anambra State, has been accused of allegedly killing one Phillip Dilibe from Umugama Village, Ukwulu.

This is contained in a petition to the police boss by the solicitor to the deceased, Obinna Modebelu.

The petitioners called on the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba Akali, to investigate and prosecute the perpetrators, bring justice to the deceased, and prevent breakdown of peace.

According to the petition written by the law firm, Obinna Eloka Modebelu And Associates, and made available to journalists in Awka on Monday, the late Dilibe was said to be on his way home in the company with his friends when they were accosted by men on two motor bikes who forced them into the bush along Ukpo/Ukwulu road and attacked them with heavy sticks and cutlasses.

Part of the petition captioned ‘Murder, threatening violence, occasioning conspiracy and conduct likely to cause breach of peace’ read, “Late Dilibe died after he was stabbed with screwdriver on his face while the other three persons sustained serious injuries.”

The petitioners said the late Dilibe became a target after he objected to the way the traditional ruler of the town was meddling and trespassing on portions of community land.

The traditional ruler was alleged to have committed the crime on May 4, 2022.

“The deceased was dumped in the bush off the express road and the other three persons were driven off to an uncompleted building where ransom was collected before they were left to go,” the petition stated.

It added, “We are using this opportunity to plead with the IGP Usman Baba Akali to use his good offices to immediately intercede in this case so that justice will prevail for the deceased who died unjustly by bringing the murderers to book, while also ensuring that your good offices and integrity will not be rubbished in the mud by name droppers.”

News Politics

Osun PDP primaries: Mob destroys, sets ablaze Adeleke’s billboards

Campaign billboards of Senator Ademola Adeleke are being set ablaze in Ejigbo town, Ejigbo Local Government Area of Osun State.

Sources told newsmen that a mob was observed destroying and tearing down the billboards in parts of the town.

Senator Ademola Adeleke is the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial candidate for the Osun 2022 election.

At the time of filing this report, the cause of the incident had not been ascertained but it is thought that it may be connected to the recently concluded Osun PDP primaries for the Osun State House of Assembly and House of Representatives election.

Sources also disclosed that the mob may have been instigated by supporters of popular aspirants who lost out during the primaries.

After the election, there have been feelings of betrayal among some of the aspirants who are seeking to return to their elective positions but felt left out by Senator Ademola Adeleke.

News

Mary Pearson: Adjusting to living in Ghana

It is safe to say I underestimated how much my body and mind would be affected by traveling. Of course, we all experienced slight culture shock, but our minds and bodies soon experienced a transition.

On the first day, I came in with an open mind. I was overwhelmed by new ways of interacting with people who are different and the many cultural foods, but this was the first step to learning; adjusting.

The first meal we had was fried rice, jollof rice, fish stir-fry, beef stir-fry, and potatoes. We also tried some fresh pineapple juice.

This seasoned meal was different than anything I eat regularly. It was spicy, and I never eat spicy food. My body did not respond immediately to the first meal.

Mary Pearson: Adjusting to living in Ghana

For dinner, our second meal, we had more chicken fried rice. This meal was even spicier. At this point, my stomach was catching up with me.

My body started fighting me, and I felt tired and sick. I continued to feel like this for the first few days.

Our professor warned us that we would have to adjust to living in Ghana, but I was not aware of the severity of the transition.

Mary Pearson: Adjusting to living in Ghana

While the food contributed to the difficult adjustment, the heat also had an impact. When I arrived at the hotel, I immediately began dripping sweat.

The air conditioning was off, and the humidity was high. My body handled the heat on the first day, but by the second and third days I became more exhausted.

I started drinking liquid IV, which helped my body adjust to the new climate.

While my body took some time to adjust, as did my mind. In Ghana, I did not know what to expect, and I knew very little about the culture.

I was in shock by many things in the beginning. When the bus picked us up from the airport, we took a bus to the hotel.

The way Ghanaians drive is much different from how Americans drive. It is every man for themselves. The traffic was dense, and I was shocked by the large size of Accra.

Mary Pearson: Adjusting to living in Ghana

Something else that surprised me was the dos and don’ts of Ghanaian culture. For example, you never use your left hand to give and receive things.

It is also not appropriate to cross your legs with your foot pointed at another person, as it is considered rude. We learned about how to speak to local Ghanaians in common greetings.

It is important to say hello and ask how they are doing before you ask anything more. If you do not do this, they will consider you to be rude.

These are cultural things we learned about throughout the week on our bus rides with our guide, Mr. Brite.

I have taken the time to help my mind and body adjust to living in Ghana. As it was difficult to make this transition, I think that I have finally become comfortable in this climate, eating this food, and interacting with locals in Ghana.

I am enjoying the educational experience in another country because I am improving many useful skills from the emersion in Ghanaian culture, such as people skills, communication skills, and cultural awareness.

Life in the City of Accra

Think of a busy city, with traffic, pedestrians, large buildings, and more. Accra is exactly that. I did not expect a thriving city in Ghana, because of the media’s misinformation.

The media led me to believe that since Ghana is a developing country, I would not see booming cities. But upon arrival, I saw numerous large colorful buildings.

When driving through Accra, I find something different that catches my eye each time.

Mary Pearson: Adjusting to living in Ghana

As mentioned in my previous travel journal, the traffic makes life in the city difficult. It is dangerous because it is difficult to navigate, especially during rush hour.

On the first shadowing day at The Multimedia Group building for Joy FM, Kelsey Watkins and I took an Uber to the city.

It took us about 40 minutes to get to the workplace, and it was only 5 miles away. A long commute is an adjustment.

When we arrived in Accra, we walked the streets on our way to the Joy FM office building, and we got to see some of the surrounding businesses and restaurants.

We passed a few food stands set up along the street and people selling drinks as we walked by. Many pedestrians and people were rushing to work.

We passed many businesses that range from media buildings to offices of all kinds.

The people in the city are on a mission. Everyone we passed had somewhere to be, and nothing would stop them from being on time.

Upon our arrival at Joy FM, we were greeted and taken to where we would be working. This media center is exactly what I imagined it to be. Chaotic.

The people in the office are running many different stories on different platforms, and they must follow a tight schedule.

Mary Pearson: Adjusting to living in Ghana

We observed people writing the next breaking news stories and radio shows, people on television, sound engineers, and radio stars. We walked around observing each room.

There is almost always someone on the air. The constant flow of people was overwhelming at first as I did not know how they schedule their shows and how they flow. I did my best to stay out of the way.

Mary Pearson: Adjusting to living in Ghana

The work environment is much different here. In every job shadow opportunity, I have done, the environment is friendly, but quite usually. Most people are there to work and nothing more or nothing less. In the Joy FM office, the workers are friends.

Throughout the day, they make more of an effort to greet each other and build relationships. They chat and laugh, and their energy makes me want to be a part of their network! They check up on each other and ask if they need help.

They handle their frustration very well, and everyone seems to get along. Joy FM is the exact type of place I want to work in one day.

Life in Accra is busy but enjoyable. Ghanaians are hard workers and have a lot of knowledge in their areas of expertise.

Not only that, but they treat each other with respect, and all seem to have a passion for their profession. These experiences made life in the city enjoyable.

News

NASS should invite Buhari – Oby Ezekwesili on beheading of Anambra lawmaker

 

Oby Ezekwesili, a former Minister of Education, has called on the National Assembly to invite President Muhammadu Buhari to account for insecurity in the country.

 

Ezekwesili made the call in response to the beheading of a member of the Anambra State House of Assembly, Okechukwu Okoye by unknown gunmen.

 

Okoye’s head, without his body, was found on Saturday at Nnobi, in Nnewi South Local Government Area of Anambra State.

 

This development occurred days after he was abducted.

 

The Anambra lawmaker, from Soludo’s constituency, was kidnapped last week.

 

Reacting, Ezekwesili tweeted: “Perhaps, now that our @nassnigeria has seen that their fellow lawmaker in Anambra State could be barbarically mangled by criminals, they will finally have the spunk to INVITE the Commander-in-Chief of Nigeria’s Armed Forces @MBuhari to ACCOUNT for Numbing Insecurity in the Land.

 

“I stopped bothering to ask @MBuhari to do ANYTHING when 3 consecutive times until last year, observing his complete dissonance from a FAILING COUNTRY, one just had to ask for a Mental and Physical Evaluation of his capacity to continue to function as @NGRPresident. That’s it.”