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Keep Your Voices Loud In National Affairs – Hon. Asamoah Boateng Tells Religious Leaders

The Minister of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs in Ghana, Mr. Stephen Asamoah Boateng, has urged religious leaders and traditional rulers to maintain a strong presence in national affairs.

He, thus, commended The Church of Pentecost and its leadership for their keen interest in national development and emphasised the importance of reminding politicians and citizens of their solemn pledge to keep the nation united and morally upright.

“Our existence here on earth is to do the will of God. He expects us to deliver and lead His people to Him. Help us not to lose sight of this,” he pleaded.

Hon. Asamoah Boateng made these remarks during the opening session of the Royals Conference organised by The Church of Pentecost at the Pentecost Convention Centre (PCC) in Gomoa Fetteh near Kasoa.

The event which has about 1500 traditional rulers in attendance, includimg over 100 paramount chiefs, is under the theme “Moral Vision and National Development: The Role Of Traditional Rulers.”

Addressing the gathering at the event, Hon. Asamoah Boateng praised The Church of Pentecost for its innovative approach of gathering royals to discuss moral vision and national development, as well as for establishing the Chieftaincy Ministry within the church. He recognised traditional leaders as having a unique ability to unite people for development and to awaken the moral conscience of the nation.

“Nananom, it is possible to make a difference wherever you find yourselves. You have a role, a labor, and a charge to keep. Where your predecessors walked, you must tread and make it better. Lead with uprightness and require it of us all,” he stated.

The Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs Minister also stressed that the role of politicians is similar to that of royals and priests. He noted that their primary responsibility is to identify societal challenges and offer solutions.

Mr. Asamoah Boateng further stated that because royals and clergy possess spiritual authority, they are well-positioned to ensure that corruption is not tolerated in their presence.

“Commit to the laws of the land. The world is run on discipline and not feelings. Be sensitive to the people you preside over and respect the customs and traditions. Serve as the people’s royals, not as taskmasters,” he recommended.

Mr. Asamoah Boateng reiterated the need for royals to embrace diversity within their jurisdictions and resist viewing others as outsiders.

“Let us embrace our diversity and the discipline our ancestors bequeathed to us. The morality of our society today is a sad story. Social media has overtaken us, and we have forgotten ourselves. We must bring our discipline back,” he stated.

He revealed that his ministry has focused significant attention on ensuring adherence to customary law, discipline, and dispute resolution. He lamented that chieftaincy disputes consume over 70% of the ministry’s budget, noting that traditional leaders should not be seen as perverting decency and justice.

The minister also discussed regional stakeholder engagements held across the nation to propose a national policy on religion aimed at ensuring cooperation and coordination in serving God. He said the outcomes of these engagements revealed key issues threatening religious stability and coexistence in Ghana, including religious intolerance, inhumane treatment, political interference, child marriages, noise pollution, and fanaticism.

He also mentioned other issues identified during the engagements, such as money laundering, leadership disputes, lack of succession rules, insufficient institutional structures, and weak regulations. He noted that a proposal for a national policy on religion, to be managed and implemented by religious leaders, has emerged from these engagements.

“An independent body is to be set up to work on self-regulation, self-management, and registration to streamline religious activities in the nation,” he revealed. He appealed to the conference participants to consider these issues in their deliberations and propose solutions.

He stated that the government is considering amending the chieftaincy law to give traditional leaders clear authority to resolve community issues and to restore their authority. Additionally, he mentioned a proposal for a chieftaincy development fund, similar to the common fund, to support chiefs and queens.

Regarding the conduct leading up to the electioneering period, Mr. Asamoah Boateng expressed his trust in traditional leaders and the church to ensure peace in the nation, particularly through their actions and words for peaceful elections and governance thereafter.

“Let us build rather than destroy; our words must mend and not tear each other apart,” he advised.

The Royals Conference follows the National Development Conference (NADEC) organised by The Church of Pentecost in 2023, which brought together key political actors in the country to discuss issues of national importance.



Military officer shot dead over land dispute at Kasoa

A military officer has been shot dead while two others narrowly escaped death on Tuesday, April 30, during a dispute over land at Millennium City, a community at Kasoa in the Central region.

The incident reportedly occurred when the deceased and his companions confronted some individuals who were working on land they claim is theirs.

The disagreement escalated when attempts to settle the matter at the Millennium City District Police Command proved futile.

According to one Winnebo Ndego, who is said to have facilitated the land transaction, the military officers had purchased the land but faced opposition from a group led by an individual named Fiifi whenever they attempted to develop it.

Despite previous reports to the police, the disagreement remained unresolved.

Upon encountering the occupants on the disputed land, the military officers urged them to cease their activities and accompany them to the police station for mediation.

However, the disagreement persisted, prompting the officers to return to the police station to follow up on their initial complaint.

They were subsequently informed by an officer on duty that their case had been forwarded to the Central East Regional Police Command.

As they proceeded to the Regional Police Command, they were allegedly ordered by one Benlord Ababio, also known as Nana Ben, and who is said to be a sub-chief, to stop following up on the case and when they refused, he allegedly opened fire on their vehicle, a private Toyota  RAV4 car with registration number GR 3591-24, killing one of the soldiers instantly.

One Kofi Asmah, said to be the owner of the construction company involved in the land transaction, voiced concerns about alleged collusion between some police officers and land guards, suggesting a broader issue of corruption within local law enforcement.



Gospel Musician KODA Reported Dead

Information reaching indicates that gospel musician Kofi Owusu Dua Anto, popularly known as KODA, has passed away. Gospel musician, Nii Okai, a friend to KODA confirmed the news to

“KODA has passed onto glory in the early hours of Sunday April 21, 2024. Let us pray for the family as we all process the news of his transition,” he wrote.

Although he did not give further details as to how he died, unconfirmed reports say he died from a sickness he was battling with. He was 46, and left behind a wife and three children.

Kofi Owusu Dua Anto (KODA) was a Ghanaian gospel singer, songwriter, music producer, and multi-instrumentalist who was based in Takoradi in the Western Region of Ghana.

Celebrated as one of the definitive sounds of Ghana’s influential contemporary gospel music, KODA was a multi-award winning artiste passionate about sharing the gospel and helping shape the sound and music direction of others through music production.

He produced music for the likes of the late Danny Nettey, Ps. Joe Beechem, Nii Okai, Halal Afrika, Eugene Zuta, and more. 

KODA’s discography includes 3 studio albums, 2 live albums, and 2 instrumental/ jazz albums. ‘Keteke’ was his 6th vocal album. He is well-known for popular gospel songs such as ‘Nkwaa Abodo’, ‘Nsem Pii’, ‘Adooso’ and ‘Hossana’.

Others are ‘Poma Dadaa’, ‘Amen’ and ‘Zion Song’. 


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AO Holdings And Microsoft To Empower Ghanaian NPOs With Innovative Solutions

In a significant move to support and empower non-profit organisations (NPOs) in Ghana, AO Holdings, a leading digital transformation solutions provider, has teamed up with Microsoft to introduce a range of innovative solutions tailored specifically for the non-profit sector.

This strategic collaboration aims to enhance operational efficiency, streamline processes, and enable NPOs to focus more on their core missions of creating positive social impact.

AO Holdings, known for its commitment to providing cutting-edge technological solutions, has recognized the unique needs of NPOs and their vital role in Ghanaian society.

By harnessing the power of Microsoft’s extensive suite of tools and applications, AO Holdings aims to equip NPOs with the necessary resources to maximize their effectiveness in serving the community.

One of the key highlights of this collaboration is the implementation of Microsoft’s Cloud for Non-Profits Solution, a comprehensive cloud-based solution that integrates multiple functions critical to NPO operations.

This advanced system offers robust features for managing finances, fundraising, volunteer management, and program tracking, among other key aspects.

By centralising these functions into a unified platform, NPOs can streamline their operations, eliminate redundant processes, and make data-driven decisions to optimize their impact.

Another vital component of the Microsoft NPO Solutions offered by AO Holdings is Office 365 for Non-profits.

This suite of productivity tools, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook provides NPOs with the necessary digital infrastructure to enhance collaboration, communication, and document management.

Moreover, with the cloud-based storage and sharing capabilities of One Drive, Teams and SharePoint, NPOs can securely access their files from anywhere, enabling remote work and facilitating efficient teamwork.

Recognizing the increasing importance of online presence for NPOs, AO Holdings also offers Microsoft Azure for Non-profits.

Azure, Microsoft’s cloud computing platform, allows organizations to build, deploy, and manage applications and services seamlessly.

This solution empowers NPOs to develop their digital infrastructure, enhance online engagement, and leverage data analytics to drive informed decision-making and foster connections with stakeholders.

“We are thrilled to partner with Microsoft to bring their powerful NPO Solutions to the non-profit sector in Ghana,” said Kofi Ako Owiredu, Executive President of AO Holdings.

“With these innovative technologies, NPOs can optimize their operations, amplify their impact, and achieve their noble goals more effectively.”

The collaboration between AO Holdings and Microsoft reflects a shared commitment to leverage technology as a force for positive change in Ghana.

By equipping NPOs with cutting-edge solutions, this partnership aims to bolster their capacity to tackle pressing societal challenges, foster inclusive growth, and transform lives across the nation.

To learn more about the Microsoft NPO Solutions offered by AO Holdings, interested organizations are encouraged to contact AO Holdings directly via +233 545 821 801 / +233 55 261 3529, send email to or visit their website

About AO Holdings:

AO Holdings is a prominent digital transformation and technology solution provider based in Ghana, specializing in offering innovative solutions to businesses and organisations across various sectors.

With a strong emphasis on customer satisfaction and technological expertise, AO Holdings aims to empower its clients with the latest advancements in technology to drive growth, success and enable them to achieve more.


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Justice Torkornoo Nominated As Ghana’s Next Chief Justice

Mrs. Gertrude Araba Esabaa Torkornoo, a Justice of the Supreme Court of Ghana, has been nominated by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to become the next Chief Justice of Ghana.

However, her appointment is still subject to approval by Parliament.

If approved, Justice Torkornoo will succeed Justice Kwasi Anin Yeboah, who is set to retire on May 24, 2023, as he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 70 for justices of the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.

President Akufo-Addo stated in a letter to the Council of State that Justice Torkornoo has been on the Supreme Court for the last four years and has served in the judiciary for the past nineteen years, making her suitably qualified to perform the duties of Chief Justice.

Justice Torkornoo’s appointment would make her the third female Chief Justice in Ghana’s history, following the footsteps of Justices Georgina Theodora Wood and Sophia Akuffo.

Her appointment would be President Akufo-Addo’s third appointment to the Chief Justice position since he took office in January 2017.


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National Cathedral Project Will Rake In More Revenue

The National Cathedral of Ghana (NCG) project has a sustainable economic model which is expected to rake in $95m in the first five years of its operation, the Executive Director of the NCG Secretariat, Dr Paul Opoku-Mensah, has said.

The economic model is made up of about 10 revenue streams which include multi-purpose rental spaces, an over 1,000-seater banquet hall, a conference centre, a 350-seater biblical restaurant, a café, shops and theatres.

The rest are its groundbreaking design, a Bible Museum of Africa and a Biblical Gardens of Africa which would help facilitate the development of the country and turn it into a major religious metropolis for African Christianity.

The project includes seven levels – two basement levels and five upper levels, thus, making it the highest civic building in the national capital, Accra, with a height of about 50 metres. The ‘Job 600’ is 45 metres.

As a standalone structure with a Bell Tower, the cathedral will reach nearly 60 metres, making it the largest single building in Accra.

According to the Executive Secretary, the sustainable economic model which would generate income would be implemented progressively to attract global and African visitors, adding “its economic impact analysis has been submitted to Parliament.”

He said other details such as accounting for all the monies paid by the state and the work done so far had also been submitted to Parliament after a thorough briefing session with the select committee on Trade, Industry and Tourism.


Dr Opoku-Mensah said this at the National Cathedral of Ghana Bible Reading Marathon Thanksgiving Service and the celebration of the laying of the foundation for the cathedral in Accra on Monday.

The two-day event which ended on December 30, 2022, was attended by people from all walks of life, and the Holy Bible read for long hours.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Commanders of Security Services, a representative of the Speaker of Parliament and the Chief Justice, all read portions of the Book of Revelations from the Bible.

Dr Opoku-Mensah also said that a team had concluded discussions with some Israeli antiquities authority that would be loaning Ghana some artifacts, adding that “they are willing to make this a long-term loan for us.”

Part of the construction methodology is that the whole structure after the foundation would be made up of steel, the reason he said work could finish before the end of 2024.


The executive secretary further said that the secretariat had accounted for every cedi expended on the project and submitted reports to Parliament.

He, therefore, discounted claims by some Members of Parliament that even though the secretariat had received GH¢339m, they could not account for GH¢225m, alleging that GH¢114m was missing.

Dr Opoku-Mensah explained that an amount paid directly to the secretariat was GH¢225m, while GH¢113m was paid directly to consultants and the design team of the project.

He said the money included total payments made to the contractor and total payments made to the Bible Museum and Biblical Gardens design team.

Between them, he said, they had done some of the major works, including the African American Museum, the Bible Museum and the Major Art and Presidential Museum globally.

In the case of the amount paid to the consultants, Dr Opoku-Mensah said he presented the list of all the companies and consultant teams to the Parliamentary sub-committee on Trade, Industry and Tourism on December 15, 2022.

“Sir David Adjaye does not have a contract as an individual architect, but for a set of consultant services involving 15 international engineering firms of which David Adjaye and associates were lead consultants,” the executive secretary said.


President Akufo-Addo said the reasons for the construction of the cathedral were partly to thank God for His mercies on the country, including the fact that the nation had been spared any form of war, famine or epidemics since independence.

Secondly, about 71 per cent of citizens adhered to the Christian religion, who are grouped under the various persuasions of the Christian faith, and that the interdenominational national cathedral will, therefore, help to unify the Christian community and also promote unity and social cohesion.

He added that the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision in rejecting a call to nullify the cathedral project laid particular emphasis on its significance to national cohesion.

Thirdly, on a personal note “I made a pledge to Almighty God that if he was gracious enough to grant my party, the New Patriotic Party and I victory in the 2016 elections after two unsuccessful attempts, I will help build the cathedral to His glory and honour.”

“I am determined with your support to redeem this pledge,” he said, adding “just as God prospered Nehemiah to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, I am grateful that He will prosper us and make us succeed in our endeavour.”

The President donated GH¢100,000 towards the construction of the cathedral, while the First Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Rev.Dr. Samuel Asante-Antwi, also donated GH¢10,000, which was presented by his wife, Comfort Asante-Antwi.


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Visitors Arriving From China To Undergo Mandatory COVID-19 Testing

Passengers originating from China will be required to undergo free mandatory COVID-19 testing on arrival at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) as part of updated travel guidelines for visiting the country.

The passengers from China must also present a valid negative COVID-19 PCR test result 48 hours prior to departure from their originating country per the latest guidelines which come into effect on January 6, 2023.

All other passengers from countries asides from China who are partially vaccinated or unvaccinated will be required to present a valid COVID-19 PCR test result 48 hours prior to departure from the originating country. In addition, such passengers will be required to undergo mandatory COVID-19 testing on arrival at the KIA at no cost.

The new guidelines are in response to the change in the global COVID-19 situation, particularly with a surge in new cases in China and other countries as well as Ghana’s relatively low vaccine coverage.

The measures are to address the current threat of COVID-19, especially with regard to the importation of cases.


Passengers may also be selected at random and offered COVID-19 tests on arrival while non-Ghanaians travelling to the KIA with fake or forged vaccination certificates shall be quarantined and returned to the point of embarkation at their own cost.

Airlines that bring passengers to the KIA who are not fully vaccinated or passengers originating from China without a valid negative COVID-19 PCR test result 48 hours prior to departure would be surcharged $3,500.

All arriving passengers will also undergo temperature screening, Yellow Fever Card verification and COVID-19 vaccination certificate verification.


– Children less than 18 years of age are exempted from mandatory vaccination, pre-departure PCR testing and testing on arrival in Ghana

– Airline crew are exempted from the pre-departure and arrival COVID-19 testing and should follow the Airline policy for testing.

– Passengers who arrive under emergency circumstances such as diverted flights will not be required to undergo testing if they do not leave the airport or remain in isolation in their hotel.


Definition of Fully Vaccinated – A person is said to be fully vaccinated when he/she has taken the full dose of vaccines approved and registered by the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), Ghana or other vaccines prequalified by WHO (

All Passengers must present a valid COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before embarkation except partially vaccinated or unvaccinated Ghanaians who are required to present a negative 48hrs PCR test result to the airline before embarkation and to Port Health upon arrival.

Similar actions

Morocco has also announced similar directives for passengers from China. From Tuesday, Morocco will ban travellers from China regardless of their nationality until further notice.

The Morocco Foreign Ministry said the move is aimed at preventing a spike in infections in the country.

The moves come after China abruptly dropped its Covid-19 controls in December last year.

Other countries outside Africa have also imposed restrictions.

For example, passengers arriving in England from China now have to provide a negative Covid test before they board a flight. The US is testing people on arrival.


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Former Pope Benedict XVI Dies At 95

Former Pope Benedict XVI has died at his Vatican residence, aged 95, almost a decade after he stood down because of ailing health.

He led the Catholic Church for less than eight years until, in 2013, he became the first Pope to resign since Gregory XII in 1415.

Benedict spent his final years at the Mater Ecclesiae monastery within the walls of the Vatican.

His successor Pope Francis said he had visited him there frequently.

The Vatican said in a statement: “With sorrow I inform you that the Pope Emeritus, Benedict XVI, passed away today at 9:34 in the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery in the Vatican.

“Further information will be provided as soon as possible.”

The Vatican said the body of the Pope Emeritus will be placed in St Peter’s Basilica from 2 January for “the greeting of the faithful”.

Plans for Pope Benedict’s funeral will be announced in the next few hours, the Vatican said.

The head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, said Pope Benedict was “one of the great theologians of the 20th century”.

In a statement he said: “I remember with particular affection the remarkable Papal Visit to these lands in 2010. We saw his courtesy, his gentleness, the perceptiveness of his mind and the openness of his welcome to everybody that he met.”

“He was through and through a gentleman, through and through a scholar, through and through a pastor, through and through a man of God – close to the Lord and always his humble servant.”

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said: “I am saddened to learn of the death of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

“He was a great theologian whose UK visit in 2010 was an historic moment for both Catholics and non-Catholics throughout our country.

“My thoughts are with Catholic people in the UK and around the world today.”

French President Emmanuel Macron said: “My thoughts go out to Catholics in France and around the world, bereaved by the departure of His Holiness Benedict XVI, who worked with soul and intelligence for a more fraternal world.”

Although the former pontiff had been ill for some time, Vatican authorities said there had been an aggravation in his condition because of advancing age.

On Wednesday, Pope Francis appealed to his final audience of the year at the Vatican to “pray a special prayer for Pope Emeritus Benedict”, whom he said was very ill.

Born Joseph Ratzinger in Germany, Benedict was 78 when in 2005 he became one of the oldest popes ever elected.

For much of his papacy, the Catholic Church faced allegations, legal claims and official reports into decades of child abuse by priests.

Earlier this year the former Pope acknowledged that errors had been made in the handling of abuse cases while he was archbishop of Munich between 1977 and 1982.

Source: BBC

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WASSCE Results Best In 8 Years – President

The 2022 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) results are Ghana’s best in the last eight years, the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has observed.

“Indeed, the free senior high school (SHS) era has seen systematic improvement over the pre-free SHS era,” he said.

President Akufo-Addo shared his observation at the 70th anniversary of the Opoku Ware SHS (OWASS) in Kumasi last Saturday, stressing that the 2022 WASSCE results of those students, which he preferred to call the ‘Akufo-Addo Graduates’, were splendid.

“I can state, without equivocation, that I am proud of the policy and of its results thus far,” he said.

WASSCE statistics

Performance statistics for the core subjects over the three years of the free SHS, as released by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), show that in 2020, when the first batch of the free SHS beneficiaries wrote the WASSCE, 57.34 per cent passed in English, 65.71 per cent passed in Core Mathematics, while 52.53 and 64.31 per cent passed in Integrated Science and Social Studies, respectively.

In 2021, 54.08 passed in English, Core Mathematics recorded 54.11 per cent passes, with 65.70 per cent passing in Integrated Science and 66.03 per cent in Social Studies.

The President, happy with the data, further broke it down, saying: “This year, 61.39 per cent recorded A1 to C6 in Mathematics, compared to 33.12 per cent in 2016; 71.5 per cent recorded A1 to C6 in Social Studies, compared to 54.5 per cent in 2016; 62.45 per cent recorded A1-C6 in Integrated Science, compared to 48.35 per cent in 2016, while 60.39 per cent had A1 to C6 in English, compared to 51.6 per cent in 2016.”


The 70th anniversary, which was on the theme: “Seven decades of leadership through self-discipline”, attracted many dignitaries, including the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II; the Minister of Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum; the Juabenhene, Nana Otuo Siriboe II, who is an old boy of the school, as well as a host of the old boys, known as Akatakyie.

It was chaired by Justice Stephen Alan Brobbey, a former Justice of the Supreme Court and also alumnus of OWASS.

Guaranteeing the nation’s future

While admitting that there were still some bottlenecks associated with the implementation of the free SHS policy, President Akufo-Addo said six years on, the policy had guaranteed a minimum of SHS education for 1.3 million Ghanaian children — the highest such enrolment in Ghana’s history.

He noted that history and the experience of developed nations had shown that the most efficient way to create a society of opportunities and thereby guarantee the future of the nation was by investing in education and skills training of our youth.

“Without an educationed populace, we cannot transition from the status of a developing to a developed nation,” he emphasised.

The President emphasised that the country must have a belief that it could make its own unique contribution to the growth of wealth and be able to generate dignified standard of living for the masses of its people to build the Ghana Beyond Aid.

Goodwill messages

In a congratulatory message, Otumfuo Osei Tutu commended OWASS for being one of the oldest SHSs in Asanteman and maintaining standards with its quality education and continuously churning out men of integrity who were occupying various leadership positions in the country and across the globe.

He said 70 years of existence was worthy of commemoration and wished OWASS many more years of continued educational excellence, in service to God and country.

The Asantehene commended the church for helping to establish schools not only to provide quality education for the region but also establish its credentials as a strong eductional hub.



National Service Releases PIN Codes For 2022/23 Registration For Nurses

The National Service Scheme (NSS) has released 4,330 PIN Codes for registration by eligible Ghanaian-trained nurses of all accredited tertiary institutions in the country.

The registration will enable them to enrol for their mandatory national service for the 2022/2023 service year.

“All eligible trained nurses are therefore requested to log onto the Scheme’s website on to follow the online enrollment procedure.”


“The period of registration spans from Monday, November 28, 2022 to Monday, December 5, 2022. Assumption of national service is on Wednesday, 4th January, 2023,” a press release issued and signed by the Executive Director of the NSS, Osei Assibey Antwi, stated.


The NSS management, therefore, directed all prospective national service persons to complete their enrolment on time.

“Management wishes to advise all eligible trained nurses to personally complete their online enrolment process within the stipulated period in order to avoid petty enrolment mistakes, and to ensure that only accurate information is provided,” it said.