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The National House of Chiefs appears to be divided over calls on the Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Freddie Blay to apologise to the President of the House, Togbe Afede and the entire House over alleged ‘insulting’ comments.

A statement purported to have been issued and signed by Ogyeahoho Yaw Gyebi II, Sefwi Anhwiasohene and Chairman of the Governance and Development Committee of the National House of Chiefs, which called on Mr. Blay to apologise to Togbe Afede over his ‘palm wine business talk’ comments, is making the rounds in both traditional and social media.

Interestingly, Ogyeahoho Yaw Gyebi has distanced himself from the statement, saying neither him nor the committee issued any such statement to call on Mr. Blay to apologise to Togbe Afede and the House.

Speaking to Accra-based Accra FM on Saturday on the matter, the Sefwi Anhwiasohene, who is also the president of the Western Regional House of Chiefs, said that he was surprised that the statement had been attributed to him.

He disclosed that the committee, which he chairs, did not even meet to discuss the matter and wondered why the House of chiefs would author and issue a statement in his name without his knowledge.

Ogyeahoho Yaw Gyebi stated that he is not the spokesperson or registrar of the National House of Chiefs and could therefore not have issued a statement on behalf of the House.

“Per the structures of the House, even if the committee had met on the matter, the outcome of the meeting would have been forwarded to the standing committee of the House and not to the public as in this case.

“I’m very surprised; I just bought Ghanaian Times newspaper today and read the story which was attributed to a statement they said I signed.”

Impersonation

Ogyeahoho Yaw Gyebi II told the radio station that he only got to know of the statement in the Ghanaian Times.

He said owing to the development he decided to contact the registrar of the House.

“I know nothing about that, so I called the Registrar [of the National House of Chiefs] and he told me that the Vice President of the National House of Chiefs told them that they should put my name under the statement because I’m the chairman for Governance. At the Governance subcommittee, even after a meeting or deliberation on an issue, we don’t have the authority to communicate it to the public, we have to forward it to the Standing Committee,” he stressed.

He could not fathom why his own people issued a statement in his name when he actually had no knowledge of it.

“I’ve not met or discussed this issue with anyone, so why should they write a statement [in my name]?” he queried.

Palm Wine Talk

Togbe Afede questioned Mr. Blay’s decision to purchase 275 buses for all the NPP constituency offices prior to the party’s National Delegates’ Conference in Koforidua in the Eastern Region.

“Some time ago, it was one party building a multi-million-dollar headquarters, we all sat down and did not complain. And recently, an aspiring chairman of a party is buying several 275 vehicles.

“These are matters that should attract Nananom’s attention. And I’m very happy that at least the latest one has attracted the attention of the Special Prosecutor. Unfortunately, the canker has spread so deeply,” Togbe Afede was reported to have said.

But Mr. Blay, who insisted that plans for the purchase of the buses began 11 months ago, described Togbe Afede’s statement as arrogant palm wine talk.

 

Source: dailyguideafrica.com

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Former Ghanaian dance champion Alex Ofori passes on

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The late Alex Ofori was a former Ghanaian National Dance Champion

•The late Alex Ofori was a choreographer and a fashion model

• He became much popular after winning the Ghana National Dance competition in 1988

• The late dancer has been eulogized by popular Ghanaian media personality, Mr. Kwasi Kyei Darkwa

Former Ghanaian National Dance Champion, Alex Ofori, has reportedly passed on.

The late Alex Ofori who shot to fame after winning the Ghana National Dance competition in 1988, has worked with the likes of Slim Buster, who won the championship in 1987, Ebenezer Ako Nai who also won in 1987, Terry Ofosu Bright, aka Sir Robot who won in 1989 and Reggie Rockstone among others.

Announcing his demise on Facebook on June 16, 2021, veteran broadcaster Kwesi Kyei Darkwa (KKD) stated that the dance champion brought so much excitement and joy to Ghanaians whenever he got on a stage or dance floor.

He also eulogized him paving the way for new dance talents the country currently possesses.

“Rest in peace ALEX OFORI, Former National Dance Champion- Great Embassy Double Do, Dancer-Choreographer & Fashion Model. You brought so much excitement & joy to our motherland wherever you got on a stage or dance floor. With the likes of World Dance Champion Adjetey Sowah, unique breakdancer Reginald Osei aka Reggie Rockstone, Show dancers Firekiller, Como Basto, Carlos Alberto, Tee Pee & many enthusiastic young talents of the 80s & 90s, you helped turn what was your passion into a mainstay of live shows & television entertainment. Today, those talents you shared with the world just for fun, your labor of love has become a popular profession.”

“You & your colleagues paved the way for the talent we enjoy in dance choreography at national events & in numerous music videos. Life: How unpredictable you are. & how fragile we are,” he wrote on Facebook.

It can be recalled that the late Alex Ofori once represented Ghana at the World Dance Championship series at the London Hippodrome.

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Source: www.ghanaweb.com

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VIDEO: Kennedy Agyapong celebrates 61st birthday in Dubai with his 16 daughters

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Assin Central MP, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong celebrating his birthday with wife and children

• The Assin Central MP was swamped by his beautiful daughters at his 61st birthday party in Dubai

• Kennedy Agyapong turned 61 on June 16, 2021

• The lawmaker received and unwrapped some expensive gifts from his children

Assin Central MP, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, joined his daughters in Dubai to celebrate his 61st birthday on June 16, 2021.

In a video making rounds on social media, the outspoken lawmaker was captured in a plush restaurant, swamped by his beautiful daughters and wife.

With the exception of Arnell, who is alleged to have been ‘disowned’ by Mr. Agyapong, the rest of his 16 beautiful daughters were seen seated at a dinner table with their father having a nice time.

Beaming with smiles, Mr. Agyapong one-by-one unwrapped the gifts presented to him by his children.

The all-white birthday party was climaxed with a kiss from his wife.

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Source: www.ghanaweb.com

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One shot as sand winners clash with Okyeman taskforce at Adeiso

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Sand winners and Taskforce clash in Adeiso

One person has been shot in a clash between the Okyeman Environmental Protection task force and sand winners at Adeiso in the West Akyem Municipality in the Eastern region.

The task force stormed the Tank Akuraa community near Adeiso, arrested and handcuffed one Osae Kwame, a sand winner and threw him into a Nissan Pick Up but were pursued by the youth who rescued him.

Later the taskforce members attacked Summertide sand winning Company site at Obeng Yaw village, also near Adeiso, amidst the firing of guns and arrested five workers and shot one other.

Armed police responded to the distress calls about the incidents but the Taskforce failed to stop when signalled by Police.

They were given a hot chase but to no avail.

Information spread through the Communities leading to the youth mounting roadblocks and attacked the task force.

Sensing danger Okyeman Mponuahene, Barima Twum Tabriade and Okyeman Akwansrahene went to the Adeiso police station to seek refuge in a Jeep Patriot SUV with registration number GS9835-19 which had three tyres deflated.

The angry youth and sand winners massed up at the Police station seeking the release of the two chiefs for instant justice.

Due to the tension, Adeiso District Police command called on the Divisional Command for reinforcement to contain the situation.

A search in the Jeep SUV which belongs to Akwansrahene, Baffour Sarpong, contained one AK 47 assault rifle with 3 magazines and 7 Pump-action cartilages.

The five (5 ) suspects including the two chiefs were whisked to Asamankese Divisional Headquarters by the reinforcement team where they were granted Police enquiry bail.

The Public Relations Officer of the Eastern Regional Police Command, DSP Ebenezer Tetteh confirmed the incident.

He said the Regional Police Command has dispatched a team to the troubled area to help resolve the matter to restore calm.

Okyeman Environmental Protection Taskforce was formed over a decade ago to fight against illegal mining, illegal sand winning and illegal chainsawing.

Source: starrfm.com.gh

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