Akufo-Addo back home after escaping near accident on presidential jet


President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has arrived safely in Ghana after a near-fatal accident with the Presidential jet in Washington.
He arrived in Ghana at 8:00 am on Sunday, Minister of Information designate, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah told the media at a briefing.
He said the president and his entourage came through on a South African Airways flight.
“The President of the Republic is back from his trip to the United Nations.”
Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the delegation that traveled with him to the United States escaped what could have been a fatal accident with the Presidential jet in Washington.
Citi News sources indicated that the incident occurred after one of the engines of the aircraft went off few minutes after takeoff on their way to Ghana from Washington.
The aircraft had to fly around a number of times to burn fuel before being assisted to land.
Oppong Nkrumah at the press briefing said: “I can confirm to you that yes, there was a challenge with the presidential jet.”
“After about 20 minutes into the flight from Washington to Accra, the aircraft developed a challenge with one of its engines. And the pilot informed the passengers including the president accordingly. A decision was made to land the aircraft in Washington Dallas airport, but they first required about one hour of flight to dispose of some of the fuel that was on board.”
“Subsequently, the flight landed safely at Dallas Airport in Washington and the president and his delegation got onto a commercial flight, a South African Airways flight and arrived in Accra at 8:00 am this [Sunday] morning. The trip was successful all in all,” he added.
When asked if the government intends to buy a new presidential jet following the near accident, the Information Minister-designate said no.
Issues with presidential jet
This was not the first time such incident had occurred.
In March 2015, the Presidential Jet caught fire while attempting to take off from the Kotoka International Airport.
The Falcon 900, had been tasked to perform a special mission in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.
Before that, on December 5, 2014, the Presidential jet carrying former President Mahama developed a technical fault which delayed his appearance at the 30th National Farmers Day celebrations in the Western Region.
Nana Addo at the UN
President Nana Akufo-Addo was at the UN on Wednesday, September 26 where he addressed the 73rd UN General Assembly.
His address touched on the anxieties concerning China’s forays into the developing world, the need for UN Reform, the wider vision of an Africa Beyond Aid, and the recent passing of former UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan.
Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, the president’s trip outside the country, was “all in all successful.”

Afia Schwarzenegger hasn’t recovered from Abrokwah’s shock – Counselor Lutterodt


Controversial marriage counselor, Reverend George Lutterodt has disclosed that Radio and Television personality Afia Schwarzenegger has not being able to overcome her ordeal with ex-husband, Abrokwah .
According to the controversial counselor , what happened between Afia and Abrokwah came as a shock to her and hence she has been depressed since that incident happened .
Counselor Lutterodt is of the opinion that Afia deceives herself by coming out strong and cries in her room when she is alone .
He added that when the incident happened ,Afia tried so hard to make people think that she had overcome the shock of her ex-husband who caught her red handed on their matrimonial bed with another man. He said ” that is a sign of depression “.
Speaking to KMJ on Showbiz now on accra based TV station , Joy Prime Counselor Lutterodt said that Afia Schwarzenegger is still depressed due to the shock she had from the incident with Abrokwah and she needs a professional touch (psychologist or counselor ) .
However , the counselor buttress his assertion by saying that if people doubt that Afia Schwarzenegger is depressed ,they should check how she reacts whenever anyone talks about her issue with Abrokwah .
Counselor Lutterodt who was speaking on what celebrities go through on social media with emphasis on depression used the platform to advise Afia to come to him for assistance because he has the tools to solve her problem .
It could be recalled that in 2016, Afia Schwarzenegger was caught in bed with another man by her husband ,Abrokwah .
Photos and videos which were taken by Abrokwah when he caught her in their matrimonial bed with another man surfaced on the Internet .
Abrokwah threatened Afia with a substance purported to be acid.
This however led to their divorce .
Afia Schwarzenegger and Abrokwah got married in 2016 after meeting in South Africa but barely a year , their marriage hit the rocks.
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Affordable houses: Mahama government paid $198m for 5,000 units but built only 1,200


The Works and Housing Ministry says it has found evidence of shoddy work and potential corruption in the contract to build 5000 affordable housing units.
Deputy Housing Minister, Freda Prempeh, said the project at Saglemi in the Greater Accra Region which started in 2014 at a cost of $200 million is yet to be finished.
She said the Ministry has committed to launching a full-scale probe into the matter with a affirm assurance that anyone found culpable will be prosecuted.
Speaking in an interview with Joy FM in New York, she said she is disappointed that although the scope of work was reduced from 5,000 to 1,504, the cost element remained the same.
“They further reduced the units to build 1,408 and subsequently 1,204 all at the same $200 million.
“The last time I went to the contractors and asked them if the President wants to commission the project how many houses are available, they said 442 out of the 5000 units,” she added.
Related: First phase of Saglemi housing project ready March 2016
In June 2016, former President John Mahama commissioned a portion of the completed housing units at Ningo as part of phase one of the affordable housing project.
The completed units have remained unoccupied since its commissioning
Last year, the Housing Minister, Samuel Atta Akyea revealed the intention of the government is to complete the housing projects started by the previous administrations in 2018.
But the Ministry says the contractors have only completed fewer units although they have already been paid 98 per cent of the contract cost (over $198 million).
This development, Mrs Prempeh believes needs to be probed.
“We cannot even find documents to all these [monies paid], I had to go the extra mile to the Bank of Ghana and Finance Ministry.
“What we found was some scanty documents,” she said adding “the last time we met with some of the contractors and their delegations, one of them asked me where I found of the documents I had,” she disclosed.
According to the Deputy Minister, she will at the appropriate time hand the matter over to the police to investigate it further.
“I am not going to allow things to be the way they are right now, we will find solutions to what does not add up.
“Those culpable will be brought to book. I don’t want to conclude that it is ‘create loot and share’ but we will get to the bottom of it,” she said.
Meanwhile, the government has just signed a $5 billion dollar deal with the UN to build a 100,000 affording housing units across the country.
Mrs Prempeh is optimistic this will facilitate the government’s plan to roll out its policy of one district one housing project.
Saglemi project: Deputy Housing Minister’s claims false – Sampson Ahi Meanwhile the immediate past Deputy Works and Housing Minister, Sampson Ahi is fighting off claims the Mahama government failed to do due diligence on a 5,000-unit affordable housing project at Saglemi in the Greater Accra Region.
Samson Ahi, who is also the ranking member on the Parliamentary Committee on Housing is surprised that it has taken government two years to raise the issue about the project.
According to him, the government got it wrong with its assessment of the project, urging the officials of the current administration to act on the handing over documents it received on the project during the transition period.
Reacting to Freda Prempeh’s allegation in an interview with Joy FM on Wednesday, Mr Ahi said that a project, which had parliamentary approval, could not have been mismanaged as is being suggested.
“At the time we left office about 1,400 units had been completed with others at various stages of completion.
“Some were at the footing, lintel, window levels while others were at the roofing level,” he Samson Ahi explained, Wednesday. The Sefwi Bodi Legislator’s comment follows the current Housing Ministry’s claim that there is rife evidence of shoddy work and potential corruption in the contract to build 5,000 affordable housing units.
Mr Ahi said if the Deputy Minister does not understand something in her ministry, she only has to look for the appropriate information.
He quizzed Mrs Prempeh if she has the technical eye to say that the project was shoddily executed?
The Sefwi Bodi MP explained that the ministry employed the services of civil engineering company Architecture And Engineering Services Limited (AESL) a government agency, to provide a consultancy.
“There is no way AESL will not work in the interest of government. But when you have a Deputy Minister who does not want to deal with a government agency but rather a private person that is where the problem is,” he said.
According to him, the substantive Minister, Atta Akyea, in May 2017 visited the site and commended the work done so far.
He added that it is only fair that the Deputy Minister goes to AESL to get the necessary documents instead of asking private companies.

We will never give up – Dede Ayew


Fenerbahce new man, Andre Ayew (Dede) is inspired by his side’s spirited showing in their derby with Besiktas that produced a 1-1 stalemate result.
The Ghanaian international cancelled the visitors’ opener in the second half, and has since congratulated his colleagues for the collective effort.
After the game, the left-footed attacker took to Twitter, describing the atmosphere for the derby as “incredible” and indicated that his teammates showed great promise to win.
It was Ryan Babel, who shot Besiktas in front after 40 minutes into the game but the 28-year-old Ghanaian international equalized with a superlative header.
He expressed his joy via social media stating “?ükrü Saraco?lu Stadium. We really wanted a win in our stadium .. an incredible atmosphere ???? We fought till the end and we will never give up. I thank Allah for this goal in my first derby???????? ???????? Let’s prepare for Sunday?? @Fenerbahce.”
Dede, since joining the Turkish giants from the Swans, has demonstrated brilliance.

I am to blame for being underrated – Sandra Ankobiah


People who have had the opportunity to interact with Sandra Ankobiah will attest to her intelligence but for years, she has had to endure snide comments about her capabilities, especially as a lawyer and to a lesser extent as a presenter.
Somehow, Sandra Ankobiah takes the blame for how she is viewed in the public domain, telling Showbiz in a recent chat at the Afrikiko Restaurant, Accra, that the kind of image she portrayed some time ago is the reason why people underrate her.
With a smile, she said, “I hope to choose my words carefully without being offensive but the truth is that, people in showbiz aren’t taken seriously and in my case, that is what I fed the public with.
“As a lawyer and a showbiz personality, I had two different characters. I projected more of the showbiz. What I fed people with is the image they have of me and so I take full responsibility for that.”
Continuing Sandra Ankobiah said, “initially, people didn’t take me serious as they thought I was just one confused showbiz girl who didn’t know what she was about.
“I still remember the curious looks of some of my colleagues at FIDA when I first joined.
“But I didn’t allow that to kill my spirit because I knew my potential and what I could do. I allowed my work to speak for me.
“I put in my very best when I’m given an assignment and it earned me a lot of respect when I proved my worth,” she said.
Sandra Ankobiah may have accepted her fault but she disclosed to Showbiz her intention of changing the narrative about her brand which involves making some sacrifices.
“I’m building a new Sandra Ankobiah so for now, I’m not really into showbiz. I don’t mind honouring some few invitations but sincerely, that isn’t my focus,” she said.
When asked if letting go of showbiz won’t dwindle her financial fortunes, she just giggled and said, “I won’t say showbiz is a curse but the truth of the matter is that it doesn’t pay.
“You don’t get any monetary returns for the fame apart from the exposure so I’m losing nothing really.”
Children change their minds what they want to become quite often but for a young Sandra Ankobiah, she had always admired the look of lawyers in black and white wearing neck bands making their arguments in court as they defended their clients.
However, just a year after she fulfilled that dream and passed out as a lawyer, she had to abandon the childhood ambition of defending her clients in court.
Her reason? The burdensome processes of Ghana’s law courts which makes getting judgment on cases take too long has made it unattractive to her.
“A lot of people have the idea that every lawyer must be a litigator but that isn’t true because it is not every lawyer who goes to court.
“In my case, I have always admired that but the interest faded and I abandoned the thought after school.
“I now love to be behind the desk to undertake other equally important projects as a lawyer,” Sandrah Ankobiah said.
Abandoning that part of the law has gingered the former host of Fashion 101 to fully take on advocacy work by providing free legal services to the less privileged.
Not only has she joined the Ghana chapter of the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), she has also set up her own Legal Advocacy Foundation to boost her fight to bring legal services to those who cannot afford it.

Yes, I’m Not The Only Wife Of Dr. Kweku Oteng But I’m Happy – Beauty Queen Admits

 

The 2011 winner of TV3’s Ghana’s Most Beautiful beauty pageant, Sally Akua Amoakowaa Mensah popularly called Akua Ghana’s Most Beautiful has replied critics who have constantly been talking about her marriage to millionaire Dr. Kweku Oteng.
The TV presenter has confirmed to Zionfelix on the Celebrity Ride show that indeed she is not the only legal wife of the business mogul. Akua who was not willing to affirm whether she is the third or fifth wife of Kweku Oteng said the only fact the public should know is that she is not the only wife of her husband but not her position on the list.
According to her, even though her hubby is married to other women, she is still happy staying with him. Detailing what made him marry the Angel Group of Companies boss, Sally told Zionfelix the show host that love is the major factor.
She added that Dr. Oteng is one humble human being that any individual would want to hang out with so he so no need in letting him go when he proposed marriage.
On rumour that her pregnancy facilitated their marriage, the General Manager of Angel said it is a lie. The mother of two revealed that she gave birth before marrying the man so there is no iota of truth in the hearsay that her spouse was pushed to marry her due to the pregnancy.
Sally Akua Amoakowaa and Dr. Kweku Oteng are blessed with two boys,

Nana Addo’s Presidential jet saved from near disaster


Ghana’s President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the delegation that travelled with him to the United States have escaped what could have been a fatal accident with the Presidential jet in Washington.
Citi News sources indicate that the incident occurred after one of the engines of the aircraft went off 30 minutes after takeoff on their way to Ghana from Washington.
Sources say the aircraft had to fly around a number of times to burn fuel before being assisted to land.
Arrangements are however being made for the President and his delegation to return on a commercial flight.
This is not the first time the President jet has had challenges.
In March 2015, the Presidential Jet caught fire while attempting to take off from the Kotoka International Airport.
The Falcon 900, had been tasked to perform a special mission in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.
Before that, on December 5, 2014, the Presidential jet carrying former President Mahama developed a technical fault which delayed his appearance at the 30th National Farmers Day celebrations in the Western Region.
Nana Addo at the UN
President Nana Akufo-Addo was at the UN on Wednesday, September 26 where he addressed the 73rd UN General Assembly.
His address touched on the anxieties concerning China’s forays into the developing world, the need for UN Reform, the wider vision of an Africa Beyond Aid, and the recent passing of former UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan.
By: citinewsroom.com/Ghana

Prince of Wales coming to Ghana


The Prince of Wales, who is the eldest child of Queen Elizabeth II and heir apparent to the British throne, is set to visit Ghana on 2 November 2018.
Prince Charles is expected to be accompanied by his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, who are both embarking on a tour of Africa to deepen the British Monarch’s historical ties with its former colonies, including Ghana.
Prince Charles, who he has been Duke of Cornwall and Duke of Rothesay since 1952, first visited Ghana in March 1977 to attend the Golden Jubilee of Achimota School, formerly ‘The Prince of Wales College,’ and a durbar in his honour in Kumasi by His Majesty Otumfuo Nana Opoku Ware II.
A statement from Clarence House, which is the official residence of the Prince of Wales, said “their Royal Highnesses’ visit, which is at the request and on behalf of the British Government, will celebrate the U.K.’s dynamic, forward-looking partnerships with these Commonwealth Nations on a range of shared priorities.”
“The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will visit Ghana from 2-6 November 2018. This visit will highlight the UK’s warm and enduring relationship with Ghana and the breadth of our dynamic contemporary partnership and our shared values. On arrival in Accra, Their Royal Highnesses will be welcomed at Jubilee House by His Excellency President Nana Akufo-Addo and Her Excellency First Lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo.”
State banquet
The statement said “they will attend a State Banquet organised by the Presidency in their honour, celebrating the ties between the UK and Ghana. It will be attended by senior dignitaries, a number of British Ghanaians, as well as prominent figures from business, arts, culture and media.”
According to the statement, “The Prince will also attend a meeting with Ghanaian and International business leaders to discuss sustainable practices in Ghana’s cocoa industry and key environmental issues. His Royal Highness will visit the Christiansborg Castle, once a Danish and then British, slave fort, which was until a few years ago the seat of Ghana’s Government after independence, to discuss the future restoration and reuse of the area, as part of a major redevelopment of Accra’s waterfront, conceived by the Ghanaian Government with the architect Sir David Adjaye.”
Manhyia visit
“Their Royal Highnesses will visit Kumasi to meet His Majesty Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the Ashantehene at the Manhyia palace. The Prince and The Duchess will attend a traditional durbar or procession at the palace with the Ashantehene and local chiefs.”
The Duchess, who is President of the Women of the World Festival, will also attend an event for Ghanaian women in leadership positions.
The Women of the World festival (WOW) is a global festival movement founded by Jude Kelly CBE in London in 2010 to celebrate women and girls and look at the obstacles that stop them from achieving their potential.
The WOW event in Ghana will include a roundtable discussion with influential Ghanaian women.
Commemorative event
Their Royal Highnesses will take part in a commemorative event to acknowledge the sacrifices made by Ghanaian soldiers during the First and Second World Wars, and in more recent times during international peacekeeping missions.
This is the second visit to Ghana for The Prince of Wales and the first for The Duchess of Cornwall.
Ahead of this visit the statement quoted President Akufo-Addo as saying “I welcome The Prince of Wales very warmly back to Ghana, a country he knows well. He is an old friend of our country, and we look forward to receiving him, as his visit will renew and strengthen the bonds of friendship between the United Kingdom and Ghana.”
British High Commissioner, Iain Walker was also quoted as saying “their Royal Highnesses visit to Ghana comes at an opportune moment. The UK and Ghana’s shared history and common values form the basis of our enduring friendship. But it’s the many and varied links between our people’s which make our ties so unique. This visit allows us to celebrate all that is good about our ties. And importantly to focus on shaping the common future we each want to create. This is a once in a generation visit by the heir to the throne; one that I am confident will endure in the hearts and minds of us all.”

Sarkodie jabs ‘disrespectful’ Shatta Wale in Medikal’s ‘How Much Remix”


Sarkodie after days of silence has hit back at Shatta Wale for disrespecting him by calling him poor and an artist riding on past glories.
King Sark threw serious and damaging jabs at Shatta Wale in the remix for Medikal’s “How Much” song which he together with Paedae were featured on.
After bragging about his position in the rap game in his verse, Sarkodie descended into the gutters with Shatta Wale.
Sarkodie born Micheal Owusu Addo asked Shatta Wale to put respect on his name because he even started charging a half a million for shows before Shatta Wale even dreamt of resuscitating his dead career as Bandana so he has no damn right to describe him as poor.
That part of his verse reads:
“…put some respect on my name nigga; cus you and me are not the same nigga. Wo pushi Picanto no na me pushi Range nigga. I started charging half a million before you came in nigga! …”.