Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett and the Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange have jointly endorsed the “Year of Return, Ghana 2019”.
The Year of Return is an initiative of the government of Ghana which is intended to encourage people of African descent to visit Ghana.
Both Ministers commended the President and people of Ghana for taking this initiative to cement Ghana’s Pan African Legacy dating from the relationship amongst leaders of the Caribbean and Ghana.
Honourable Grange said Jamaica looks forward to a successful year of return. “We will work with Ghana towards a successful year. Jamaica observes the international Decade of People of African Descent and so it is very timely that we work together.”
She added that “as Jamaicans, we’re proud to see that our Reggae music will form the soundtrack for the Year of Return.”
The Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture of Ghana, Hon. Catherine Afeku led the delegation made up of Members of Parliament (MPs) and representatives of Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA). The delegation included Hon. Alex Agyekum, Hon. Kobla Wayome, Hon. A.B. A Fuseini, Hon Kofi Amoakohene and Mr. Akwasi Agyeman of GTA.
Hon. Afeku said Ghana is ready to welcome the global African family home. “The ease of Visa acquisition, upgrades of Tourism and hospitality facilities, capacity building are all being tackled through an inter-ministerial committee with anticipated positive results.”
Come March 2019, the Jamaica-Ghana Homecoming Festival (Jagha) will feature as part of the activities to commemorate the year of return and celebrate African survival.
China: Police Loot Church, Bury Bibles, Detain Members As Persecution Escalates
China's total Christian population is now thought to number anywhere between 25 million and 100 million people.
Chinese authorities have launched yet another brutal attack on Christianity, looting the donations box of a church, buying Bibles, and detaining the senior pastor before shuttering the building.
The raid, led by the deputy governor of Zhecheng county and involving armed SWAT and anti-riot police, took place at True Jesus Church in Anping town.
According to Bitter Winter, 60 vehicles, surrounded the church with the police blocking off all the intersections leading the building. Authorities claimed that the church was in contact with foreign countries and was thus engaging in illegal activity. They ordered an immediate shut down by any means possible.
Anticipating the raid, 60 church members attempted to prevent authorities from entering the building by overturning benches at the entrance. Despite their efforts, 100 plainclothes officers stormed into the building, immediately broke into the donations box, and demanded to know where the church funds were held.
"As soon as they entered the church, they smashed the donation box and pocketed the money, which totaled thousands of RMB," said one member of the congregation. "They also questioned us about where all of our church's money was kept."
Then, officials ordered the officers to remove all surveillance cameras located inside the building, before mercilessly beating members of the congregation. "Fifteen believers were beaten to the ground, moaning in pain," Bitter Winter noted.
One believer, who was in her sixties, was beaten so badly by the authorities that she suffered two cracked ribs. Another elderly church member who attempted to help her was also beaten. The outlet also reported that officers slapped the face of a paralyzed believer in her seventies and knocked several others unconscious for at least half an hour.
Before leaving, authorities buried Bibles, hymnbooks and Christian literature in a large pit outside the church.
In an attempt to "Sinicize" Christianity and infuse it with "Chinese characteristics," China has arrested hundreds of pastors and church congregants. Additionally, dozens of churches have been demolished, with officials claiming that curtain buildings must be torn down due to new zoning laws.
In late March, authorities shut down a 1,000-member house church in Beijing, changed the locks and demanded that members in attendance sign a letter stating that they will no longer attend the church.
Last year, authorities in Beijing also banned one of the city's largest house churches, Zion Church, claiming it had refused to register with the government and was thus illegal.
However, the church's pastor, Jin Mingri, said officials never asked his church to register with the government "No [government] department has asked me to register the church in the past 10 years," he said.
Because of these atrocities, China ranks as the 27th worst country in the world when it comes to Christian persecution, according to Open Doors USA's 2019 World Watch List.
Chief Imam worships With Christ The King Church Ahead Of 100th Birthday Celebration.
The National Chief Imam, Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharubutu on Sunday, April 21, 2019, joined congregants of the Christ the King Church in Accra in worship ahead of his 100th birthday celebration on Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019.
The gesture got a lot of people on social media praising him for promoting unity among the various religious sects in the country.
The Chief Imam had also been joined by the Vice President, Alhaji Dr Mahamudu Bawumia and fellow Muslims at the Central Mosque in Abossey Okai for Jummah prayers and a special thanksgiving prayer on Friday, 19th April, 2019.
The special thanksgiving prayer was to thank the Almighty Allah for the blessings He has bestowed on the National Chief Imam.
On Tuesday, April 23, a public lecture would be held to honour the Chief Imam, which would be delivered by Dr Mohammed Ibn Chambas, the United Nations General Secretary’s Special Representative for West Africa and the Sahel.
He will speak on the theme “Advancement of modern Ghanaian society through peace, tolerance and development.” The special guest for the lecture is the Vice President of the Republic, Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia.
A number of national leaders, including some former Presidents, are also expected to attend.
President Akufo-Addo Assures Of Equitable Distribution Of Infrastructure Across New Regions.
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has reiterated his commitment towards ensuring that infrastructural projects are equitable distributed across the newly created regions, and not concentrated solely at the regional capitals.
According to President Akufo-Addo, “when I presented the Constitutional Instruments to the heads of delegations of the newly created regions, I indicated that developmental projects will not only be centered at the regional capitals.”
He continued, “There is going to be equitable distribution of regional infrastructure in every region. You, in Atebubu, will also receive your fair share of the infrastructure.”
The President was speaking at an interdenominational church service at Atebubu, in the Bono East Region, on Sunday, 14th April, 2019, when he commenced his 2-day tour of the newly created region.
Addressing the congregation, President Akufo-Addo noted that even though it has taken decades for the Bono East Region to be created, “we believe that God’s time is the best, and God ordained it to be that it should be during Akufo-Addo’s time, as President, that this region is created”.
Affirming his commitment to strengthening the capabilities of the Bono East Region, and, thereby, quicken its pace of development, the President indicated that the building housing the Regional Co-ordinating Council (RCC) will be sited in Techiman, the capital of Bono East.
“The local government staff required to ensure the smooth operation of Bono East region, such as the Regional Chief Director, Regional Planning Officer, and the Regional Budget Officer, are already in place in Techiman. I will present eight vehicles to the Bono East Regional RCC on Monday, when I arrive at Techiman,” he added.
The President admonished the congregation and residents of Atebubu and the Bono East Region, in its entirety, to support the new regional Minister, Hon. Kofi Amoakohene, who will, in turn, work to bring growth and development to the region.
Whilst in on his tour of the Bono East Region, President Akufo-Addo paid a courtesy call on the Amantin hene, Nana Owusu Acheaw Obrempong II, Atebubu hene; Yeji manhene, Nana Pemapem Yaw Kabrese V; and the Supreme Leader of the Tijaniyya Muslim Council of Ghana, His Eminence Sheikh Khalifa Ahmad Abulfaid Abdulai Maikano Jallo.
The President commissioned a National Health Insurance Authority office in Atebubu, and also commissioned a newly constructed female ward at the Atebubu Government Hospital.
A Portion Of Adentan Footbridges On The N4 Highway Is 82% Complete.
According to www.georgebritton.com, a contracted construction company, First Sky Construction Company Limited is expected to fork out the construction of the one of the footbridges on the N4 Highway, precisely, Madina to Adentan Highway, as work is 82% complete.
First Sky Construction Company Limited(First Sky Limited) last year signed a contractual agreement with the Ghana Highways Authority, funded and inspected by the Government of the Republic of Ghana to construct ramps to footbridges at the Adenta-Ritz Junction(CH.8+204)
The signed and documented contractual agreement comes at the back after residents of Adentan-Madina amassed in their numbers to stage an unwarranted and uncontrollable demonstration to advocate for the construction of the footbridges on N4 Highway
A total of 195 persons, including children and students, have since the beginning of this year been killed on the multiple highway with a speed limit of 100 kilometer per hour, according to the residents due primarily to the unavailability of safe crossing facilities on the road.
Lack of safety measures on the highway for pedestrians, nonfunctional street and traffic lights have been identified as the cause of most of the knockdowns on the highway constructed 11 years ago by the government.
These deaths triggered a campaign early this year for the six uncompleted footbridges as well as the street and traffic lights to be fixed but the government appeared adamant despite the cries of the residents.
Currently, the Adentan - Ritz Junction portion of the project, stretching about 9.5 km, is 92% completed with footbridge ramp, news men at georgebritton.com can undoubtedly confirm that to its readers.
The Resident Engineer, Mr Shamsu Deen Isah, told www.goergebritton.com that the projects were at different levels of development because every contractor had their individual work programme, which is within the timeframe they had been given to work.
He said a contractor may decide to complete with one side of the road before the other side while some may want to do both sides concurrently so one should not expect to see the same level of development at all sites of the projects.
Mr Shamsu revealed that, all contractors experienced some challenges, which led to the redesigning of the six projects, adding that, the levels of redesigning varied for each contractor, which partially interrupted the progress of work.
Mr Shamsu Deen Isah stated that, inasmuch as those challenges existed, all contractors would complete work as scheduled with some finishing earlier than the six months duration and others finishing right on time.
Though footbridge projects are capital intensive, government hopes to construct many more footbridge and access routes across the country. However, Good roads are essential for the development of a country. Today, the government is building more and more roads to gain access to the remotest parts of the country, which is welcome.
In spite of the phenomenal growth of virtual connectivity resulting from flourishing telecommunications, a good and reliable transport network remains key to national development.
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