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Ghanaian journalists and clergy have become dumb dogs; unable to criticize government – Agyinasare

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Ghanaian journalists and clergy have become “dumb dogs,” unable to criticize government – Agyinasare

Journalists and clergy have become dumb dogs: Presiding Bishop of Perez Chapel International, Bishop Charles Agyinasare has described the media in Ghana as well as Christian and Muslim clergymen as dumb dogs who are afraid to criticize governments when they go wrong.

The media, Bishop Agyinasare said, has especially failed to be watchdogs of the government on behalf of the citizens, leading to a series of mismanagement of state resources by successive governments.

Delivering a virtual sermon on Sunday, July 19, 2020, the revered preacher said politicians don’t feel accountable to Ghanaians because those expected to hold them to account are not doing their jobs.

“Our governments behave as if the monies for development are from their personal pockets, instead of knowing that it’s the Ghanaian taxpayer’s money, our politicians don’t respect our citizens and our taxes, they don’t feel accountable to us so they mismanage our meagre resources, unfortunately for us, our journalists who are supposed to be watchmen who should hold public figures to account so that they do the right thing do not see any evil, they don’t hear any evil and they don’t speak any evil. They have become dumb dogs…”

“In the same way our clergy who should be saying it on the rooftops, because many of these politicians go to church or to the mosque but as pastors, we have also become dumb dogs and if you are a pastor and you talk they say you talk too much…we must come to a place where irrespective of our political affiliations, we must tell our government you cannot use our financial resources recklessly like this,” he said.

Explaining further, the outspoken preacher said since the tenure of former President Jerry John Rawlings to the current Akufo-Addo administration, there have been projects which have been abandoned by governments in power because it wasn’t started by them.

Among some projects listed by Bishop Agyinasare include the 86 unused vehicles procured under the Rawlings’ regime, the affordable housing project under the Kufuor era as well as the community day schools under the John Mahama administration.

“In 1999, just before President Rawlings tenure ended, he had imported 110 vehicles and they used a few and they were left with 86 of them, new ones, the Kufuor government came, did not use it…then Kufuor left power, he built affordable housing, he started this project, there were some that were completed but not inhabited, he wanted to bridge the housing deficit, as of 2017, John Mahama was in power, those buildings had still not been inhabited.”

“Then John Mahama also did affordable housing units and built schools, some of the schools have been left in the bushes, meanwhile we have school children learning under trees in some of these localities. Some of the affordable houses have been completed, the government must finish it so that people can move into it, and we are not moving into it, we’re playing politics,” he added.

 

–: ABC NEWS

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Uber removes cancellation fees it charges on cancelled trips

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Uber removes cancellation fees it charges on cancelled trips

Ridesharing giant Uber has announced the removal of cancellation fees it charges on trips that are cancelled by either drivers or riders.

In the circular sent to all stakeholders, the company explained that after careful study of the market, it has come to realise that removing the trip cancellation charges will ensure that the Uber platform remains the best option for all.

Now going forward if you are 5 minutes late, drivers may choose to cancel the request with no penalty.

The circular reads:

Cancellation fees on Uber have now been removed. This means that no charges will be applied on cancelled trips.

At Uber, we are always monitoring market dynamics and fare structures to ensure our app continues to be the best option for you.

Our data shows that cancellation fees often dissuade you from taking a trip; removing them will have a minimal impact on drivers’ overall earnings while encouraging you to take more trips.
Please note, if you are more than 5 minutes late drivers may choose to cancel trips at no penalty to them.

This new development will definitely be welcomed by the users of the Uber app.

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Things are not as bad as today as they were when NDC was in power – Kofi Bentil

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Things are not as bad as today as they were when NDC was in power - Kofi Bentsil

Things are not as bad as today as they were when NDC was in power – Kofi Bentsil

A Vice President of IMANI Africa, Kofi Bentil, has said that though things are not what Ghanaians expect under the Akufo-Addo administration, but they are far better than they were under Mahama.

Sharing his views on the botched FixtheCountry demonstration with its concomitant issues on JoyNews’ Newsfile on Saturday, May 8, 2021, Mr. Bentil indicated that much as there appears to be a lot of challenges in the system now, they cannot be worse than when John Mahama was in power.

“Things are bad but they’re not as bad as they were under Mahama. I repeat, things aren’t good but they are better than we experienced under the NDC. Our expectations have not been met but one cannot say that what we went through under Mahama was better than now. No!” he emphasized.

A group of Ghanaians, it could be recalled, began a social media campaign aimed at asking the leadership of this country to fix the system since, in their views, things have gone bad.

Dubbed ‘FixtheCountry’, the people behind it have raised issues with water supply, electricity supply, unemployment, increase in taxes and levies, general economic situation in the country as the drive behind this campaign.

A street demonstration towards baring their teeth to the Akufo-Addo administration over the aforementioned issues has been put on hold due to a restraining order against them by the Ghana Police Service citing COVID-19 restrictions.

 

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I Will Never Go Hungry Even If Kwaku Oteng Sacks Me From ABN – Captain Smart

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I Will Never Go Hungry Even If Kwaku Oteng Sacks Me From ABN – Captain Smart

I Will Never Go Hungry: The  30 days suspension of Captain Smart from Angel Broadcasting Network ABN has caused a stir among Ghanaians and people are talking and wondering why Captain Smart who recently resigned from Adom FM and joined ABN has to be put on suspension.

Well, the obvious reason may be the firebrand journalist’s continuous attack on politicians whom he feels are corrupt and not helping the nation.

Paul Adom Otchere, host of Good Evening Ghana on Metro TV had an interview with Captain Smart on his show largely on his suspension from Angel Broadcasting Network. In the interview, Smart made it clear to his critic in the industry who were rejoicing at his suspension that he will never go hungry even if the founder of the media company sacks him.

He also revealed that his suspension is for a month and that after it has expired he will go back to the radio station and continue his work as usual.

He said, “I have brain, my brain is working so there is no way I will go hungry even if the president of ABN decides to terminate my contract”.

“If Kweku Oteng says he cannot work with me again, Praise God, I will leave and will never get hungry because I’m not a lazy person, Yes my brain works. So I called Doc and he said people in government are calling him and the government is using the Ghana Revenue Authority because they say I talk too much” he added.

 

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