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Chiefs battle over who qualifies to be Otumfuo’s chief palmwine tapper

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Nana Ampofo, a lawyer by profession and a former Member of the Council of State under the Rawlings administration, abdicated in 2000 in the midst of a chieftaincy issue before the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, for resolution. Nana Bosomprah, a Ghana Cocoa Board driver, succeeded Omanhene eight years after his abdication in 2008.

Goaso in the Ahafo Region is ‘boiling’ with a battle of words over royalty, with the present Omanhene arguing that the immediate predecessor was not a royal.

Nana Agyei Ampofo, the immediate previous Omanhene of Goaso in the Ahafo Region, and Nana Kwasi Bosomprah, the current Omanhene, are in a heated debate over who qualifies to the Goaso stool.

While Nana Ampofo, 77, claims to be a royal and so qualified to take the throne, Nana Bosomprah, 58, denies this.

Nana Ampofo, a lawyer by profession and a former Member of the Council of State under the Rawlings administration, abdicated in 2000 in a chieftaincy issue before the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, for resolution.

Nana Bosomprah, a Ghana Cocoa Board driver, succeeded Omanhene eight years after his abdication in 2008.

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Battle of words

The battle of words began on January 12, 2024, when the former Omanhene held a news conference in Goaso to respond to Nana Bosomprah’s purported remark that he (the former Omanhene) is not a royal and signed a paper to that effect before climbing the stool.

He alleged that since Nana Bosomprah became Omanhene, he has done everything to anger him with baseless accusations.

Nana Ampofo traced his pedigree, saying, “I’m telling Nana Bosomprah that I’m a royal of Goaso, and secondly, I abdicated the stool of my own volition.”

Despite his claims, Nana Ampofo stated that Nana Bosomprah’s family is not the sole royal family in Goaso.

Alleged assassination

The previous Omanhene told of an attempted assassination in Kumasi one night during the chieftaincy conflict, implicating those close to the present Omanhene.

He also accused Nana Bosomprah of conducting an authoritarian administration in the palace, denying his subordinates a say in important things.

Nana Bosomprah fires back

Nana Bosomprah responded a day later by calling a news conference and insisting that Nana Ampofo is not a royal.

Although the Omanhene denied mentioning anywhere that Nana Ampofo drafted a letter stating that he is not a royal, he did claim that several individuals in town have copies of the letter.

According to Asante legend, Goasohene is the principal palm wine tapper for the Asantehene.

Going on to trace his history, the Omanhene stated that only his family was chosen as the Asantehene’s principal palm wine tapper.

“I challenge Nana Ampofo also to trace his lineage to show that Otumfuo’s chief palm wine tapper can be chosen from his family,” he told the media.

Nana Bosomprah denied being dictatorial and plotted to murder Nana Ampofo.

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Minority seeks investigation into GH¢68.5 million reportedly spent on photocopying WASSCE ‘Pasco’

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Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, Minister of Education, said in Parliament on Monday, March 4, that the government used the money to photocopy old questions for SHS students to enable them study sufficiently for the WASSCE. Mr. Adutwum informed Parliament that the government acquired the previous questions from Messrs Kingdom Books and Stationery at a unit price of GH¢78.00 during the peak of the COVID-19 outbreak to assist pupils ahead of the WASSCE.

The Minority in Parliament is pushing for an inquiry into an alleged GH¢68.5 million spent on photocopying old questions for WASSCE candidates in 2020 and 2021.

The Ministry of Education allegedly spent GH¢33.6 million in 2020 and over GH¢34 million in 2021 for this reason, both through single-source procurement.

Speaking to the media, Ashaiman Member of Parliament Ernest Norgbey urged the Special Prosecutor to thoroughly investigate what the caucus believes is a potentially corrupt practice.

“We cannot countenance this, and this is fraud. If this is not corruption, what else will be corruption? A photocopy costs GH¢78 per paper, and GH¢59.10 per paper, totalling GH¢68.5 million, what are we doing? And so, we in the Minority are taking strong exception to this, and we are saying that the Special Prosecutor must look into this matt
Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, Minister of Education, said in Parliament on Monday, March 4, that the government used the money to photocopy old questions for SHS students to enable them to study sufficiently for the WASSCE.

Mr Adutwum informed Parliament that the government acquired the previous questions from Messrs Kingdom Books and Stationery at a unit price of GH¢78.00 during the peak of the COVID-19 outbreak to assist pupils ahead of the WASSCE.


“To help prepare the final year Senior High School students for the 2021 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), the Ministry has procured 446,954 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) questions from Messrs Kingdom Books and Stationery at a unit price of GH¢78.00. The procurement will be funded from the Free Senior High School Account

“Mr. Speaker, in 2020, Government through its efforts to help students amidst COVID-19 to prepare for the 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination procured 568,755 past questions for students to try their hands on before sitting for the actual exams.”

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Political scientist tells Akufo-Addo: Be tough and consent to anti-gay bill

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Prof. Seidu emphasised that as president, Akufo-Addo's first role should be to defend Ghana's national interests and cultures. He emphasised the necessity for the president to consider Ghanaians' aspirations, even if they differ from those of the international community. "LGBTQ activists in America and Europe are extremely powerful and are putting pressure on their governments to impose these attitudes and habits on other nations, therefore I believe that the president [Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo] puts Ghanaians' interests before any other country.

Professor Alidu Seidu, Head of the Political Science Department at the University of Ghana, has encouraged President Akufo-Addo to resist international pressure and sign the Human Sexual Rights and Family Values Bill.

Parliament enacted the measure on Wednesday, February 28, 2024, making LGBT activities illegal, including promotion, advocacy, and funding.

In an interview with Citi News, Prof. Seidu emphasised the significance of President Akufo-Addo prioritising national interests while upholding Ghana’s cultural norms, which typically prohibit same-sex unions.

He emphasised the power of LGBTQ lobbyists in America and Europe, highlighting the tremendous pressure they exerted on their governments to impose similar attitudes and practices on other countries.

Prof. Seidu emphasised that as president, Akufo-Addo’s first role should be to defend Ghana’s national interests and cultures.

He emphasised the necessity for the president to consider Ghanaians’ aspirations, even if they differ from those of the international community.

“LGBTQ activists in America and Europe are extremely powerful and are putting pressure on their governments to impose these attitudes and habits on other nations, therefore I believe that the president [Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo] puts Ghanaians’ interests before any other country.

“It is his utmost responsibility to protect our national interests and culture as president. And so if the people of Ghana are saying this is what they want but the international community is saying that it is not what it wants, he has to weigh the options.”

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Power crisis: We had a maintenance hiccup – ECG boss

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"We are experiencing major maintenance issues; the current issue has nothing to do with fuel." You rely on a power plant to generate around 360 megawatts, and at 4 p.m., the gas emergency safety valve malfunctions. What are you doing? It's a machine. "The machine failed us and we kept on saying that it's a machine issue that we were trying to fix," he said. Recognising the impact of the mechanical breakdown on the power supply, he apologised for the lack of timely contact with the public. "I must apologise to Ghanaians, when it started we should actually have the confidence to have a chat with everybody and put out a statement."

Samuel Dubik Mahama, Managing Director of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), has ascribed frequent power disruptions in Accra and other locations to maintenance concerns rather than fuel-related problems.

Numerous neighbourhoods have been experiencing inconsistent power supply for several weeks without prior notification from ECG.

Speaking on Starr FM on Thursday, February 29, 2024, Mr Mahama informed listeners that ECG is working hard to rectify the issues and restore electricity to the impacted areas.

According to him, the current challenges are mostly related to severe maintenance concerns, not fuel shortages.

“We are experiencing major maintenance issues; the current issue has nothing to do with fuel.” You rely on a power plant to generate around 360 megawatts, and at 4 p.m., the gas emergency safety valve malfunctions. What are you doing? It’s a machine.

“The machine failed us and we kept on saying that it’s a machine issue that we were trying to fix,” he said.

Recognising the impact of the mechanical breakdown on the power supply, he apologised for the lack of timely contact with the public.

“I must apologise to Ghanaians, when it started we should actually have the confidence to have a chat with everybody and put out a statement.”

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