We sent formal letter to Adwoa Safo’s email, Whatsapp line and to her office – Joewise

Chairman of the Privileges Committee, Joseph Osei Owusu (Joewsie) has said that he has been informed about a claim by Dome-Kwabenay Member of Parliament Sara Adwoa Safo to the effect that she has not been served by the Committee to appear before them.

Joewise who described the development as interesting, told TV3’s Evelyne Tengmaa in interview in Parliament on Friday May 27 that the committee duly sent a formal letter to her through her email, whatsapp number and her office.

As for as the committee is concerned, she has been served, he said.

Adwoa disclosed on Accra-based Joy FM Thursday May 26 that she any summon from the Privileges Committee of Parliament.

“I am not aware such a thing has been given to me. I am just hearing it from you. As we speak, I don’t know that I have been invited.”

“I have to be served,” she added.

“I have read that, that is interesting. Let me confirm that we have written a formal letter, sent one to her email , sent one to her whatsapp address and we delivered one to her assistant in the office , that was about three weeks ago. Subsequently when we changed the date we sent another letter.

“As to whether she has received them or not I cant confirm but what I can tell you is that the committee has formally written to her , sent her a letter through her email address, through her whatsapp number and through her office. Because she has not responded to us we will send a reminder,” the Bekwai lawker who is also First Deputy Speaker said.

The Speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin referred Kennedy Agyapong, Assin Central, Sarah Adwoa Safo, Dome Kwabenya and Henry Quartey, for absenting themselves from Parliament without permission for more than fifteen sittings.

The Committee’s scheduled meeting with Henry Quartey on Thursday May 26 been rescheduled indefinitely due to time constraints.

The Committee scheduled to start hearing today Thursday May 26 but that did not happen even though Mr Quartey showed up, TV3’s Evelyne Tengmaa reported.

Ranking Member on the Committee, Kwaku Rickets-Hagan is ranking member of the com

He said “We did have what we will call a very short or brief meeting with Honourable Henry Quartey this afternoon. Basically, he was scheduled to be with us this morning, the original time was 11O’Clock. Because of activities in the house, we pushed it to to mid day but it also happened that the Second Deputy Speaker is not around. So the First Deputy Speaker is working together with the Speaker in terms of taking terms in the House.

“We have some visitors with us from Canada that the Speaker is interacting with, so then, Honourable Osei Owusu who is First Deputy Speaker and Chairman of the Privileges Committee was meant to be on standby to take over from the Speaker at a moment notice. So we planned to reschedule the time to 2PM, Honourbale Quartey was already in, I was the first person to go in there at exactly 11 O’Clock but Honoruable Quaryey came in. So, I had to inform the Chairman that this is what is happening.

“So when we asked him to come at 2PM, as you know he is also the Greeter Accra Minister, he informed us that he has something to do at 2PM. So then we had to meet up with him so Honurable Osei Owusu came and we started the meeting.

“As I said, he had an appointment at 2 PM so even if we start the meeting, he might not be bale to finish it, depending on what happens. On the other side, the chairman himself might have to come back into the Chamber to sit, so he too cannot guarantee his being there, and of course, constitutionally, I cannot chair the meeting, so then, the best way out was to try and adjourn the meeting for a future date.

“The Honourable Minister will also be out of the jurisdiction, he will be traveling, as he indicated to us, for about a week so then we had to, in the end, agree that we will covey a new date to him.”

High price volatility makes crypto assets such bitcoin unattractive as a mean of payment – BoG

The Governor of the Bank of Ghana, Dr Ernest Addison, has said within the Ghanaian payment and financial ecosystem, the rapid adoption of digital financial technology, technological innovations, increasing interconnectedness among payment service providers and banks and the existence of an enabling regulatory environment has stimulated the growth and participation of non-banks financial institutions within the payment and financial ecosystem.

The participation of these entities to offer exciting digital technologies to meet customers’ derived demand for safe, convenient and reliable digital financial products and services is overwhelming, Dr Addison indicated.

Discussions, he said, on the future of money and how the digital revolution is impacting on currencies and the financial sector would be deemed incomplete without some remarks on the emergence of crypto currencies.GOVERNORS-REMARKS-AT-INSTITUTE-OF-CHARTERED-ACCOUNTANTS-EVENT-25-05-2022Download

“The advent of digitisation also witnessed the emergence of a fully decentralized digital asset in 2009.

“Subsequently, he said there have been over 2000 newly issued crypto-assets with unique characteristics which include amongst others; a distributed ledger technology (blockchain), anonymous issuers and are not denominated in sovereign or fiat currency.

“Despite several recommendations by academia and industry watchers for Central Banks to leverage on existing and newer technologies to issue digital currencies as alternatives to banknotes, few countries have actually introduced CBDC with most countries in exploration stages.

“The rapid decrease in the use of bank notes and coins coupled with a less fully developed infrastructure to support the issuance of banknotes have invigorated interest in policy makers and financial sector authorities in the introduction of CBDC.

“Despite the excitements that surrounded its adoption and potentially a replica for central bank fiat currency, high price volatility makes these crypto assets such bitcoin unattractive as a mean of payment. Crypto assets continue to remain essentially speculative and attractive to smaller unit of investors.

“The use of any privately issued form of currency generally lack a strong consumer-base needed to create the network externalities which is capable of dethroning a fiat currency or legal tender,” Dr Addison said in a statement read on his behalf at an event organized by the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

‘Save the date” – Is Diana Asamoah getting married to Dada KD?

Gospel singer Diana Asamoah has left her fans in the loop after sharing a post which has heightened their curiosity.

This was after the vivacious singer shared a Facebook post with the caption”Save the date.”

The post presupposes that the 56-year-old Diana Asamoah has found love and could be getting married soon.

Diana Asamoah shared the post with accompanying photos that had highlife/hiplife sensation Dada KD featured.

Is Diana getting married soon to Dada KD? Are they on a project? What does the save the date mean?

These are the questions on the minds of her fans as they reacted differently to the post.

Barima Sidney vows to release song against Nana Akufo-Addo gov’t

Ghanaian musician Barima Sidney has hinted at releasing a song that exposes the ills of the current Nana Akufo-Addo government.

According to him, the current hardship and poor governance structure have birthed the song which he would release against the government.

Ghanaian musician Barima Sidney has hinted at releasing a song that exposes the ills of the current Nana Akufo-Addo government.

According to him, the current hardship and poor governance structure have birthed the song which he would release against the government.

“The administration needs to look outside the box and turn things around.” 

In the past, the likes of Sarkodie were forceful in churning out songs to address social problems and to speak truth to power. The situation has changed since the NPP took office in 2017.

However, Barima Sidney has intimated that he has decided to go hard on the government judging by the current economic troubles faced by Ghanaians.

“I’ll be releasing a song about the current events soon.” It will be a hotly debated topic. The title is ‘Power,’ and it will be released in August of this year. “That music is going to shake the world,” Barima Sidney said

Salaries of Ghana Commercial Bank staff leaked online

Have you ever seen the salary of anyone who works at the Ghana Commercial Bank or any of the public financial institutions?

I bet your answer was ‘No”.

Well, the salaries of staff of the nation’s most profitable bank, the Ghana Commercial Bank have been leaked online.

Per the content of the leaked document, while the Bank Manager at GCB takes home a whooping GH¢10,300 excluding allowances, a clerk takes a paltry GH¢1,640 excluding allowances.

Other highly-paid officials at GCB are;

Bank Regional Manager (GH¢10,900),

Bank Operational Risk Manager (GH¢9,670),

Bank Operations Head (GH¢10,900),

Credit Portfolio Manager (GH¢9,990),

Bank Project Manager (GH¢8,260).

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Pity Wontumi and vote for him – Lecturer begs NPP delegates

A Lecturer at the Kumasi Technical University (KsTU) Dr. Samuel Afriyie has begged the New Patriotic Party (NPP) delegates in the Ashanti Region to show pity on Bernard Antwi-Boasiako known as Wontumi, by voting for him to continue his good works.

According to him, Wontomi has contributed much to the NPP party and however needs to be appreciated.

Dr. Afriyie speaking on Oyerepa Breakfast Time hosted by Akua Aseiduaa stated that, though he is not a politician but he can attest to some good works of Wontumi during his era, which he would like the delegates to vote for him based on that.

“I’m not a politician; I’m not qualified to vote. But I will endorse Wontumi to the qualified delegates. he’s the man that will help the party break the 8 successfully in the upcoming 2024 elections.” He said.

Antoa kills Kwadwo Boi; Sofo Kyiri Abosom, others next to die

One Kwadwo Boi, 76, a native of Antoa in the Kwabre District of Ashanti who came out some years ago to back the claim by Rev Christian Kwabena Andrews, aka Sofo Kyiri Abosom, leader and Founder of Life Assembly Worship Center that he has gone to destroy the Antoa shrine, has been struck to death by the Antoa deity.

It will be recalled that, about five (5) years ago, Sofo Kyiri Abosom visited the most powerful and popular river god’s shrine in the Ashanti Region, “Antoa Nyamaa” and indicated that the shrine is powerless.

The man of God was seen in a video that became viral on social media, challenging the power of ‘Antoa Nyamaa’, as he walked through the shrine insulting some of the statues and crafted hand-made objects believed to be gods having supernatural powers.

Kwadwo Boi, now deceased, backed the claim of Sofo Kyiriabosom.

Authorities or caretakers of the famous fearsome deity however invoked curses on Kyiri Abosom and his accomplices.

Five years down the line, the supposed ‘powerless Antoa deity’ has presumably killed Kwadwo Boi for backing Kyiri Abosom.

The deceased is said to have refused to render an apology to the deity after offending it.

This came to light this morning, May 26 2022 when the children of the deceased, went to the caretaker of the Antoa Shrine to plead with the gods not to turn their late father’s sin on them.

Caretaker of the Antoa deity, Kwaku Firi told Oyerepa FM’s Ayisi Boamah in an interview that, Sofo Kyiri Abosom and his accomplices are next on the list to do die.

“Whoever went to ‘Antoa Nyamaa’ that day and pronounced it powerless is going to die.” Kwaku Firi said.

He, however, stated that Kyiri Abosom and his accomplices could be pardoned should they revisit the Antoa deity and render an apology to it.

Kojo Antwi gives back to society

As part of his will to give back to the society, the Kojo Antwi Foundation in partnership with the Royal Fantasy Club are organizing a health screening exercises across the country.

The first edition is scheduled for Saturday, May 28 at Kwahu in the Eastern Region.

The health screening is under the theme: “Touching Lives with The Maestro”.

A Facebook post by the Maestro reads:

“The Kojo Antwi Foundation in partnership with the Royal Fantasy Club presents the “Touching Lives with The Maestro” Free Health Screening this 28th May, 2022 in Kwahu.

Come along with your Family and Friends to the Obo Community Centre as qualified doctors conduct FREE tests on BP, ENT, Malaria Tests, Eye Tests and many more. This is just the first of many free health screenings around Ghana.
Special thanks to our media partners Breeze 90.9 FM, Agoo FM, Obouba FM and our sponsors AP Pharma, Havan Specialist Hospital, Albany Specialist Clinic, Special Ice Company and more.
Looking forward to see you all at Kwahu.

Health is wealth.

KojoAntwi #themaestro”.

A/R NPP: Nine aspirants request election album or else. . .

With less than 72 hours to the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Ashanti Region executive elections, nine aspirants have signed a document requesting for the immediate release of the election album.

The aspirants say without the album, it is almost impossible to identify the delegates and appeal to them to vote for them.

One of the aggrieved aspirants – going for the regional treasury position – Fred Addai, speaking on Akoma FM‘s current affairs and political show GhanAkoma Wednesday, May 25, explained that “the unavailability of the album is really affecting our campaign so we don’t know why as at this time the album is not ready”.

Another aspirant who signed the request was Asare Bediako, who is aspiring for the apex position in the region.

He also lamented the unavailability of the album.

He told host of the show Aduanaba Kofi Asante Ennin that “in my entire political life, I have never seen such situation that with just three days to elections and album is yet to be given to aspirant this is appalling”.

The NPP regional elections is expected to be held Friday, May 27 at the seat of government, which is the Regional Coordinating Council (RCC).

Below is the request form the nine aspirants have signed:

War against Preeclampsia cannot be fought from one end only – Expert

The Director of Health Service at Ga West Municipal Assembly, Dr Margaretta Gloria Chandi has said that despite all the interventions, there is still more to be done, especially at the community level where knowledge about preeclampsia remains very low.

Preeclampsia is a complication of pregnancy. With preeclampsia, you might have high blood pressure, high levels of protein in urine that indicate kidney damage (proteinuria), or other signs of organ damage.

Dr Chandi suggested that it should be made part of the orientation that all newly posted doctors/midwives/PAs are made to through in the municipality.

“A combined team from the Municipal Hospital and the MHA will start an aggressive supportive supervision program aimed at improving the knowledge about preeclampsia.

“Madam Chair, it is obvious that the war against Preeclampsia cannot be fought from one end only. It needs the collective efforts of Health providers, patients and their relatives, and support from the community and the Media to be able to win,” she said during the Pre-eclampsia Day celebration.

Below is her full address…

Madam/Mr. Chair, Honorable MCE, Municipal Coordinating Director, Municipal Director of Health Service, All Departmental directors present, My able management team from both the Municipal Health Directorate and the Municipal Hospital, Niimei/Naamei, Our hardworking staff, The Press, Ladies and Gentlemen.

I am very happy and at the same time sad to be called upon to speak about Pre-eclampsia today. Happy that the story of Pre-eclampsia is finally being told and explained for the general public to be aware of this menace. I am at the same time sad that, this menace has contributed significantly to the deaths of so many of our able bodied women as well as uncountable still births or preterm births with its associated challenges. I recall a very sad event in 2010 when my own blood sister, after battling years of infertility, lost her unborn child after 38 weeks of pregnancy. Even though I have seen it all as far as Intra-Uterine Deaths are concerned, this was a very bitter pill to swallow.

Pre-eclampsia( formerly called Toxemia of Pregnancy), is a condition that is characterized by a rise in the blood pressure and affects some pregnant women usually during the second half of pregnancy (from around 20 weeks) or immediately after delivery of theirbaby. Women with pre-eclampsia have high blood pressure, fluid retention (edema) and protein in the urine (proteinuria).

I hope and believe that the key question lingering on the minds of everyone is “what at all is the cause of this deadly condition”? Well, to your disappointment, many experts think preeclampsia and eclampsia happen when a woman’s placenta doesn’t work the way it should, but they don’t know exactly why. There are, however, certain risk factors that contribute to its development:

  • Being a teen or woman over 40
  • Being African American
  • Being pregnant for the first time
  • Having babies less than 2 years apart or more than 10 years apart
  • Pregnancy with a new partner instead of the father of your previous children
  • High blood pressure before getting pregnant
  • A history of preeclampsia
  • A mother or sister who had preeclampsia
  • A history of obesity
  • Carrying more than one baby
  • In-vitro fertilization
  • A history of diabetes, kidney disease, lupus, or rheumatoid arthritis.

Madam/Mr Chair, allow me to clarify that falling into any of these categories does not necessarily mean that the person will automatically develop preeclampsia. It rather increases your chances of getting it.

Ladies and gentlemen, preeclampsia is a worldwide problem. It affects 2 to 8 percent of pregnancies worldwide (2 to 8 in 100). In the United States, it is the cause of 15 percent (about 3 in 20) of premature births. In Africa and Asia 9% of maternal deaths are attributed to pre-eclampsia. From a global perspective, most deaths due to hypertensive disorders of pregnancy occur in developing countries. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates the incidence of pre-eclampsia in developing countries seven times higher (2.8% of live births) compared to more developed countries (0.4%). In Sub-Saharan Africa alone, pre-eclampsia remains a major public health problem as the reported the prevalence of pre-eclampsia ranges from 1.8 to 16.7% and contributes to high rates of maternal mortality.  

In Ghana, the prevalence of PE is estimated to be between 6.55 and 7.03%. It is one of the top five leading causes of maternal and neonatal deaths. In the Greater Accra Region, PE has for the past 6 years assumed the number one position in terms of cause of maternal death with Ga Municipality not being exempted.

Madam/Mr. Chair, after this long talk about what the problem is and who is at risk of its development, we need to have a look at some of the signs and symptoms that one needs to look out for, whether from a patient’s point of view or that of a health professional.

Along with high blood pressure, preeclampsia signs and symptoms may include:

  • Excess protein in urine (proteinuria) or other signs of kidney problems
  • Decreased levels of platelets in blood (thrombocytopenia)
  • Increased liver enzymes that indicate liver problems
  • Severe headaches
  • Changes in vision, including temporary loss of vision, blurred vision or light sensitivity
  • Shortness of breath, caused by fluid in the lungs
  • Pain in the upper belly, usually under the ribs on the right side
  • Nausea or vomiting

Weight gain and swelling (edema) are typical during healthy pregnancies. However, sudden weight gain or a sudden appearance of edema — particularly in the face and hands — may be a sign of preeclampsia.

Some complications of pre-eclampsia include, but not limited to the following:

Fetal growth restriction

Preterm birth

Placental abruption

HELLP syndrome

Eclampsia

Other organ damage

Cardiovascular disease

Treatment and Prevention

The primary treatment for preeclampsia is either to deliver the baby or manage the condition until the best time to deliver the baby. This decision with the health care provider will depend on the severity of preeclampsia, the gestational age of the baby, and the overall health of the mother and the baby. In very severe cases (where the mother’s health is severely affected), the best is to deliver the baby irrespective of the age of the unborn baby.

For people with risk factors, there are some steps that can be taken prior to and during pregnancy to lower the chance of developing preeclampsia. These steps can include:

  • Losing weight if you have overweight/obesity (prior to pregnancy-related weight gain).
  • Controlling your blood pressure and blood sugar (if you had high blood pressure or diabetes prior to pregnancy).
  • Maintaining a regular exercise routine.
  • Getting enough sleep.
  • Eating healthy foods that are low in salt and avoiding caffeine.

Madam Chair, the good news is that preeclampsia typically goes away within days to weeks following delivery. Sometimes, the blood pressure can remain high for a few weeks after delivery, requiring treatment with medication. Healthcare providers will work with the client after the pregnancy to manage the blood pressure. People with preeclampsia — particularly those who develop the condition early in pregnancy — are at greater risk for high blood pressure (hypertension) and heart disease later in life. Knowing this information, those women can work with their primary care provider to take steps to reduce these risks.

Ladies and gentlemen, having realized how common and dangerous this condition is, the former Regional Director of Health Service, Dr. Linda Vanotoo, in 2015, brought all the obstetricians in the region together to develop a training tool. This, we deployed to all corners of the region in order to help improve the understanding and treatment of preeclampsia. My good self was a key member of the team, and when I was posted into the municipality in 2016, I never rested. I continued with the teaching and supportive supervision across the entire municipality. It is refreshing to note that almost every midwife/doctor in the municipality now understands the condition and are able to offer timely interventions.

Madam Chair, despite all these interventions, there is still more to be done, especially at the community level where knowledge about preeclampsia remains very low. I wish to suggest that it should be made part of the orientation that all newly posted doctors/midwives/PAs are made to through in the municipality. A combined team from the Municipal Hospital and the MHA will start an aggressive supportive supervision program aimed at improving the knowledge about preeclampsia.

Madam Chair, it is obvious that the war against Preeclampsia cannot be fought from one end only. It needs the collective efforts of Health providers, patients and their relatives, and support from the community and the Media to be able to win. Thanks for your attention.