Call in Contributions on GBC`s Unique FM 94.5

Contributions on an Nzema Programme on GBC`s Unique FM 94.5. 
Hosted by Agya Amoh Blay on Wednesdays at 9pm
 

Issues in discussion:
1. Nkroful, the historical home of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana`s First President and foremost proponent
of Pan Africanism under most serious threat of complete extermination  through mining. Entire town and surrounding towns to disappear by twenty years to come, as giant mining firm Adamus Mining co. Ltd decides to mine only in this historic township. All appeals so far has fallen on deaf ears.
2. The Ghana Trades Union Congress (TUC) and other labour groups embark on demo against economic
challenges workers and Ghanaians as a whole are facing currently as they snub the 2nd anniversary celebration of Late Pres. Mills as they embark on nationwide demonstrations.

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Take a Look. Salaries of Govt Ministers Under Pres. John Mahama

Salaries and Allowances of government Ministers under President John Dramani  Mahama as at now July 2014. NB: if any of our ministers should disagree with these figures let him come out to disagree.

. Basic Salary – GHS 10,000.

. Duty allowance – 50% of basic salary = GHS 5,000.

. Special allowance – 30% of basic salary = GHS 3,000.

. Entertainment allowance – 35% of basic salary = GHS 3,500.

. Wardrobe allowance – 10% of basic salary = GHS 1,000

Grand Total Per a minister  = GHC22,500.

Other benefits include:

*45 gallons of fuel a week.
*Fully Furnished Accommodations
*One 4X4 cross country Land Cruiser
*One luxury saloon car
*One Chauffeur
*One Cook
*One Gardner
*One Steward
*One Security
*Police Escort

Ex-gratia of GHC400,000.
This is how much you and I as tax payers are paying for the almost 100 ministers President Mahama has appointed.
Despite the heavy economic crises our nation is going through amidst unprecedented corruption level among senior officials  the president seems to care less, no empathy for us whiles he continue to bombard us with taxes upon taxes.
Unfortunately this is the price we are paying for, gross incompetencies.
We are being taken for a ride by these small group of political “elite”. Since we as a nation have decided to sit idle whiles we continue to limp in poverty they shall continue championing miseries to our kitchens. God bless our homeland Ghana.

Sword of Okomfo Anokye

Okomfo Anokye was born in Benyin,in West Nzema-Ghana, now called Jomoro, in the late 1600s. His father was Kaku Ackah from Benyin and his mother was Maame Nkobɛ from Anosuazo,
Anokye was named after his paternal Uncle Egya-Ano who was a fetish priest. The Nzema people called him Ano kye which means Ano Junior (in English).
The Ashanti and Denkyira, who were unable to pronounce his name, called him Anokye. He lived in Anosuazo near Atuabo East Nzema, where he began his priesthood. Anosuazo later became known as Anokye because of the priests frequent visitors. Okomfo Anokye later helped King Amakye, Kaku Ackah’s Uncle, to defeat the first Europeans who came to the coast of Nzemaland.
The Denkyira’s later heard of his wonders and requested his aid. Through Anokye’s help, the Denkyira’s successfully defeated the Ashanti’s. Osei Tutu, the King of the Ashanti at the time, requested Anokye’s aid. Anokye went to Osei Tutu’s aid in Kumasi, the capital of the Ashanti Empire, with a group of his tribesmen and women. King Osei Tutu gave Anokye land to settle on after he helped them to defeat the Denkyira. The land given to Anokye to settle on was named Nzemaa right there in the Ashanti region.

Ghana`s Traditional Authorities kick against Plant Breeders Bill/Genetically Modified Food/GMO

WORKSHOP ON PLANT BREEDERS BILL AND TRADITIONAL AUTHORITIES THEME: Plant breeders Bill (PBB) and Genetically Modified Food (GMF) – Implications for Ghanaian Farmers

We, the 45 Paramountcies and 4 Divisional Councils, from the 49 Traditional Areas forming the Brong-Ahafo Regional House of Chiefs, being aware of the need for food sovereignty in Ghana, having met in Sunyani on the 8th of July 2014 and having been educated on the PBB and GMOs do hereby make the following resolutions:

That the GMO/PBB should either be suspended or abrogated till same advanced countries such as Western European, Indian and Chinese counting have given a concrete stance on it in terms of research.

That Ghana should identify the advantages and disadvantages of the GMO and also insist on labelling all genetically modified foods for easy identification.

The PBB should be critically examined so that we can comfortably take a stance whether to go for it or not.

If it is about food sustainability, GMO is not the answer. The challenges confronting farmers who need critical attention, including food transportation to the bigger markets, foodaccess preservation to land new methods of improving agriculture, etc. In view of this, the PBB should be suspended for now since it may be presumed that it is being pushed in the interest of Multinational Companies and not in the interest of the good people of Ghana.

That the issue of GMO should not be looked at in isolation but also take in to consideration the numerous chemicals that cause damage to lands.

That the most important thing that will favour farmers is to promote local seed preservation or have in place a seed bank to promote traditional foods.

That permitting GMO in Ghana will conflict with the Economic Partnership Agreement since Europe does not accept GMOs.

In conclusion, Nananom agreed that the Plant breeders Bill should be suspended for the time being for a wider consultation with major stakeholder to be made before a final decision is made to either go for it or not. However, if Parliament refuses this and goes ahead with its passage, Nananom will have no option but to go on demonstration to press home their point.

Signed by the President:

NANA PEMAPEM YAW KAGBRESE

Ramadan 2014 so far and the weather

It has been raining constantly for the past week now, and as it is, the only moment it eases is when the rain showers takes over, it looks like a never ending rain season, in-fact the weather condition this days is the most favourable of all weather, and I exactly know what I mean by that :D, for some of us Muslims who live in regions which experiences hot weather more often than cooler weather in a year, it’s indeed a favourable period for a fasting man.


The good news is that, simply the rate of dehydration is much lower in cooler weather than a sunny hot weather condition for a fasting person who abstains from the intake of food, fruits, drinks, water and total abstinence from all edible foods, including swallowing of one`s own saliva intentionally during the period of fasting. 
The Month of Ramadan, a month we rigorously engage in spiritual upliftment through lengthy hours in prayer during the day time and a more rigorous one at night till day breaks in and fasting begins, apart from abstaining from food intake, we are also to abstain from sexual intercourse, all forms of vanities, fights and total abstention from all forms of ill behaviours and any acts of aggression against any living creature, this is the month in which the Holy Quran was first released to mankind, a blessed month indeed for all who believe.

It does not surprise me to witness that our local Masjid was full to the brim this Friday which also doubled as the First Friday of the Holy month Ramadan. People who are always seen too busy to stay at home finally made it to Masjid this day.
 
Observing the fast; I can tell you as a Muslim that it is never an easy task but with dedication and the sincerest commitment to Worship and please our Creator and obeying His Prophets knowing very well the objectives of this concise commandment in the Holy Qur’an 2:183(“O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you, as it was prescribed for those before you, so that you may learn self-restraint”) as well as both physical and mental importance of this period, we are more than bound by it to do more to achieve all of its benefits regardless of the weather conditions, hot or cold weather by Allah we shall do what pleases Him, In-Shah-Allah.
The excuses for abstaining from fasting is plainly stated in the Glorious Qur’an without any ambiguities, one can refer to know further Qur’an 2:184-187.
Ironically whiles some of us are rejoicing over the good of this constant rainfall, others are crying over its impacts on them. In other parts of our country, it leaves more than it is desired of, devastation. In the news yesterday, it saddened me to hear of the collapses of weak bridges, destruction caused to school buildings, homes, our already poor roads, as well as flooding of hundreds of houses in parts of almost all the regions in our country. The devastating impacts of rainfall in our towns are no new news and it was expected due to the nature of our infrastructure yet it’s sad to see people suffer knowing very well that you could be in their shoes at any moment. 
Poor town layouts without proper water way constructions, buildings exactly sited on water ways, poor gutter constructions coupled with poor attitude of the people who only prefer to dump reffuse in gutters choking the gutters thereby restricting the water of its proper directional flow.
My sincere condolence to all those affected by this downpour. While we commend the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) for their swift responses and for doing their best according to resources available to them, gov`t must do more to best equip NADMO with the needed resources so that its presence will be available at all corners of all the disaster prone areas nationwide. 
Meanwhile we as citizens have a bigger role to play, we have a duty to be law abiding and more thoughtful in our everyday actions. Dumping of reffuse should not be in gutters, not on our streets nor on any unapproved places, rather it should be dumped exactly on approved dumping sites only to save us the sweat of seasonal out breaks of cholera and flooding.
In this blessed month please join me extend prayers of peace for the oppressed people of Palestine, Burma, China, Iraq, Syria, Central African Republic and every corner of the world who have not known peace all this while. 
In-fact in a cold weather like this, the only place for any one of us to keep warm is being at home with our family, it is therefore disheartening knowing very well that the many vulnerable girls who were kidnapped by the group Boko Haram are still under captive. I pray to Allah for their safety, and May He rescue them from their plight today and unite them with their families.
Peace to the world as the constant heavy down pour of rain looks far from ending soon. From your brother Sultan Mohammed.