What do you want? Money? Job? Promotion? Business? Great marriage? You can’t attract what you speak against. What you speak against rejects you. What you think and talk about manifests in your life. We attract what we are. We repel what we fight. Never speak against marriage. Read more The mistake most people make is to assume that passion and sex indicate genuine love and commitment – Rev. Faith Abiola Oyedepo

Never speak against prosperity. Never speak against beauty and health. What do you have against you? There are people who secretly desire something yet publicly speak against it. Read more As a privileged child of God, I will not be selfish of my salvation. – Archbishop Duncan Williams

Some single women die to have a husband and publicly speak against men. Some people desperately want money but publicly fight any message on prosperity.

Some men want a stable marriage but publicly fight any teaching on marriage. Life and death is in the power of the tongue (Prov 21:8). Every word you speak is either a blessing or a curse you’re invoking into your life. With unwavering faith, begin to make positive declarations over your life. Reject negative thoughts, feelings, and utterances. Resolve to be grateful for who you are and what you have.

I tell people all the time on my wedding day, I didn’t borrow. – Rev Eastwood Anaba

We attract more of what we are. Choose to be kind, generous, and honorable even in difficult circumstances. Your behavior and actions are always within your control no matter the trials you’re going through.

A hopeful and expectant person will always have a breakthrough. A bitter person gets stuck in his hostility. Anger, bitterness, and hostility repel good tidings.

By DR. K. N. JACOB

Founder and leader of Prophetic Hill Chapel, Prophet Nigel Gaisie, has disclosed that he was paid a sum of GH¢16 billion to ‘destroy’ the Chief of Staff, Akosua Frema Osei-Opare.

The man of God explained that a close source to Madam Osei-Opare approached him and asked that he prays for the destruction of the chief of staff.

The person, according to the prophet, was resentful and blamed Madam Osei-Opare for his inability to earn a position from the presidency.

Speaking in the Twi dialect on Angel FM’s Anopa Bofo Morning Show, Prophet Gaisie told Kofi Adoma Nwanwani that “someone brought the current Chief of Staff to me to pray and destroy her. Yes, Madam Frema Opare, someone close to her.”

He continued that “they brought GHS16 billion that the president prior to the elections had promised to make him the chief of staff but it’s been three months into governance and nothing seems to be happening and it is the fault of the woman.”

His response to the unnamed man was that “I am not that kind of pastor.”

The clergyman underscored that he is a young man filled with the anointing of God therefore, cannot be seen engaging in such activities.

He believes that his reputation would be tarnished thus having dire repercussions on his prophetic ministry; a position he intends to retain for a long time as a general overseer, irrespective of the number of people under his leadership.

He added that “that is someone’s mother and what could GHS16 billion possibly do for me. I used to see her frequently while I was at Legon.”

He concluded that “edidi daa ye sini edidi preko” to wit it is better to enjoy every day than once.

The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has commissioned the Pokuase Bulk Supply Point, a 330/34.5 kilo-volt substation designed to improve the supply and distribution of electricity for consumers in the northern areas of Accra.

Funded by the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) to the tune of US$47 million, the Supply Point, according to the President, is testimony to Government’s commitment to improving electricity supply in the country.

Commissioning the project on Wednesday, 20th October 2021, the President stated that the Pokuase Bulk Supply Point, whose construction commenced in February 2019, “is also the fourth Bulk Supply Point in Accra, it is the first three hundred and thirty kilo-volt (330kV) Bulk Supply Point in the capital, and it is the most technologically advanced substation in Ghana”.

Siting of the BSP in Pokuase, he explained, was informed by the rapidly increasing load demand for electricity from this part of Accra, as Pokuase and its environs have become load points for power demand, hence being strategically positioned for the presence of such a critical power infrastructure.

“The essence of constructing the sub-station is to improve power supply quality and reliability to some three hundred and fifty thousand (350,000) existing customers of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) in Pokuase, Kwabenya, Legon, Nsawam and neighbouring communities,” he said.

President Akufo-Addo continued, “It is also planned to reduce significantly technical losses in the Ghana Grid Company’s (GRIDCo) transmission system and the ECG power distribution system, ultimately contributing to improving their financial viability.”

Beyond the Pokuase Bulk Supply Point, the President stated that Government is carrying out several other initiatives and projects to ensure that the country is able to meet its increasing power needs, arising out of the country’s growing population and Government’s industrial agenda, through initiatives such as the One-District-One-Factory policy, amongst others.
Besides the Pokuase substation, which was commissioned, work is also ongoing on the Kasoa Bulk Supply Point, which will be the second largest bulk supply point in Ghana.

Once completed, he indicated that the project will address low voltage and frequent power outage challenges caused by increasing domestic and industrial demand in Kasoa, Senya Beraku, Bawjiase and Nyanyanu.

“The fifty-million-dollar (US$50 million) BSP project , again, funded by the Millennium Challenge Corporation under the Ghana Power Compact Programme, will benefit some two hundred and forty-one thousand, five hundred and eight (241,508) ECG customers, and contribute to substantial reduction in transmission losses in GRIDCo’s transmission system. The Kasoa project is expected to be completed before the end of this year,” the President added.

Further, he told the gathering that the national transmission backbone, under construction from the coast to Bolgatanga, had a gap between Kumasi and Kintampo, which has since been completed a few weeks ago.

“Completion of this portion of the Kumasi/Bolgatanga transmission line project will ease the load on Kumasi sub-stations, and become the instrument of power transmission within the Ashanti, Ahafo, Bono and Bono East Regions, and in parts of northern Ghana. In addition to this is the ongoing Tema to Accra transmission line upgrade project to accommodate an increase from one hundred and sixty-one kilo-volts (161KV) capacity to three hundred and thirty kilo-volts (330KV) capacity,” he added.

President Akufo-Addo thanked the Millennium Challenge Corporation and the United States government for their continued support; MiDA for its effective oversight of the project; Elecnor S.A., the main contractors for the procurement, supply, construction, installation, testing and commissioning of the project; as well as management and staff of GRIDCO and ECG.

He also thanked the Minister for Energy, Hon. Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, and his predecessors for their leadership in helping to deliver this project.

President Akufo-Addo stated in conclusion that that “the Akufo-Addo government remains fully committed to ensuring safe, stable and affordable power supply in this country. As we focus on realising the Ghana Beyond Aid agenda, which has industrialisation as its crown jewel, it is imperative that we pursue this goal with dogged determination, to help ensure that every nook and cranny of this country has access to electricity as the main driver of our vision”.

  1. Ex-pump prices have not increased by 7% as purported by the NDC. As of today Total Energies is the only OMC that has revised its price upwards from GHS6.52 per litre to GHS6.80 per litre; that is a 4.29% increase. Other OMCs are yet to announce their prices for the new window. We believe competition will even force this increase further down to a level below 3%.
  2. Since the implementation of the price deregulation policy in July 2015, the responsibility of setting ex-pump prices lies with the various Bulk Import, Distribution and Export Companies (BIDECs) and Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs). As a result, changes in prices at the pumps almost every two weeks are not dictated by government but are a direct response to changes of prices of petroleum products on the world market and the strength of the Ghana Cedi (GHS) against the US Dollar (USD), as well as the keen competition amongst the various players competing to sell their products to the motoring public.
  3. Areas of the price build-up of petroleum products controlled by Government is in the form of the taxes and levies imposed on these products. It is important to note that the sum of the taxes on petrol in January 2009 was only 28 pesewas per litre and rose to about 146 pesewas per litre by December 2016. This represents a 426% increase in the taxes and levies. From January 2017 to date the sum of taxes has increased by only 30% from 146 pesewas to 190 pesewas per litre.
  4. Prior to assumption of power by this government the Special Petroleum Tax (SPT) was an ad valorem tax of 17.5% on the ex-depot price of petroleum products. The rate was reduced by Government to 15% in March 2017 and was further converted to a specific tax of 46 pesewas in February 2018. At today’s price of GHS6.52 per litre, the SPT would have been about 83 pesewas per litre, if not for the earlier interventions made by government. This shows that the current Government envisaged the hardships of Ghanaians and took proactive steps to reduce the burden accordingly.
  5. To add to the above, the government has on several occasions between December 2017 and February 2020 intervened in the pricing of petroleum products by either reducing or completely removing the Price Stabilisation and Recovery Levies (PSRLs) in the price build-up to cushion consumers from the impact of rising prices of products on the world market. These interventions have cost government about GHS510 million in revenue loss over that period.
  6. As mentioned above, the price of fuel is also influenced by the exchange rate. The exchange rate saw rapid depreciation of about 237% between January 2009 and December 2016 when it moved from around GHS1.22/USD to GHS4.10/USD. From January 2017 to date, the exchange rate has moved from GHS4.1/USD in January 2017 to around GHS6.2/USD representing a depreciation of just about 51%. Under the current Government, it has depreciated at a slow rate and in recent times, almost remained stable when most currencies were trending downwards moving from around today; this is about 51% depreciation.
  7. The price of petroleum products on the world market is something government has no control over and it is not Government that dictates the prices of fuel at the pumps in Ghana as it did before July 2015. It is worthy to note that the price of petrol on the world market in December 2016 was about $504 per metric tonne. This has increased by about 55% to around $783 per metric tonne today. If prices on the world market today were at the levels they were in December 2016, the price of petrol for example would have been about GHS5.49 per litre.
  8. The ex-pump price of petrol saw a cumulative increase of about 357% between January 2009 and December 2016 (from GHS0.82/Lt to GHS3.75/Lt). However, the price has increased by only about 60% from January 2017 to date (from GHS4.06/Lt to GHS6.50/Lt).
  9. All of the above point to the fact that indicate that the prices of petroleum products would have been much much higher today if the NDC was still in power. Kwasi Obeng-Fosu
    PRO – Min of Energy

Hon. George Mireku Duker – MP, Tarkwa-Nsuaem led a team from the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources and Minerals Commission on a day’s working visit to Shama District.

The purpose of the visit was to engage stakeholders in order to regularize the exploitation of industrial Minerals in the district.

His delegation was well received and led around the entire engagements by the Hon. Ebenezer Dadzie, Shama DCE and Hon. Samuel Ericsson Abekah, MP for Shama.

Hon. George Mireku Duker

As part of my engagements:

  1. He paid a courtesy call on the Acting President of the Shama Traditional Council and Chief of Yabiw, Nana Kwamena Wienu II to seek his blessings & inform him of the visit’s intent to regularize clay mining in Shama.

Nana Kwamena Wienu II in his speech, made a passionate appeal, asking the Ministry to do all we can, to help them optimize gains in the exploitation of clay to the maximum benefit of the district in a responsible and sustainable manner.

In her speech, the Acting Queen Mother of the Traditional Council and Queen mother of Nyankrom, Nana Gyanfuaba, thanked my outfit, for embarking on such an important tour in Shama.

She made a request, asking the Ministry to help them secure an office space for the Administrator of Stool Lands within the district.

  1. Meeting with the District Security Council (DISEC) at the Shama District Assembly, where I admonished them to exercise the full force of their powers to flush out illegal clay miners within the district.

He urged them to support the course of the Ministry and the Government to regularize the Sand and Clay Mining Industry which is the major mining activity in the district.

  1. Meeting with the Leadership of Sand, Clay and Quarry Operators.

He also admonished them to shy away from illegal exploitation of the mineral and access the necessary licenses to operate legally & responsibly.

Among the numerous challenges facing them, I stated the-now digital online application of mineral rights by the Minerals Commission will make acquisition of licenses very easy and faster.

He further indicated government’s commitment to support them with mining equipment.

It was very worrying to realize that, almost all clay and sand mining activities in the Shama district are not licensed. Worse of it all, is that, registered tiles manufacturing companies in and around Shama are buying the illegal commodity.

He once again charged the Miners, to, as a matter of urgency, seek the necessary licenses and certifications to undertake their operations in comformance to the Minerals and Mining Act 2006, (Act 703) and its related regulations.

The Miners indicated that, this is the first time a Minister responsible for Mining has met them, and they are very committed to adhere to all procedures to Mine.

  1. Visited some mined out areas at Daboase Junction and it was very appaling, seeing lands degraded without being reclaimed, which has flooded and led to some deaths.

He reiterated Government’s commitment of making mining attractive and outlined some interventions that has been rolled to curb illegal mining.

He seized the opportunity to inform the Miners of government’s efforts to support their operations through a Mineral Development Unit at the Agricultural Development Bank in the interim.

This step, is to help mitigate the influx of Foreign Nationals in the small-scale mining architecture through financing models.

The Ministry will liase with the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture to help convert the abandoned mined pits into Fish ponds, which will help minimize the dangers that these pits impose on the community.

This in my view, will help create an alternative Livelihood for the teeming youth. He said.

Special thanks to Deputy CEOs of the Minerals Commission, Mr. Samuel Tika and Ms. Shirley Kyei, Mr. Peter Awuah, Technical Director of Mines and other officials who accompanied me on the tour.