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Innovative insurance products will attract Ghanaians-Kelly Gadzekpo


Ghana’s Insurance industry should see increased penetration with the introduction of more innovative insurance packages.

This is the assertion of CEO of Enterprise Group, Keli Gadzekpo.

According to him, the low insurance penetration levels of the country can be reversed if the insurance industry comes up with policies that are tailored to meet the specific needs of people.

Speaking to Citi Business News on the matter, Mr. Gadzekpo was of the view that insurance policies such as funeral packages will help increase the number of insurance holders in the country.

Mr. Gadzekpo made these comments at the sidelines of the launch of Transitions Funeral Home.

The Enterprise Group has partnered Transitions Funeral Home, to launch a comprehensive funeral management wing to offer efficient and effective funeral arrangements for the dead with the provision of all funeral necessities.

The ultramodern facility, which houses all the needs for funeral celebrations, comes with hearses, caskets showroom, embalming room, a mortuary, a three hundred and sixteen expandable capacity Chapel and reception facilities.

The General Manager of Transitions Funeral Home, Jodene Smith said the high cost of organizing funerals in Ghana should be reversed if the funeral home sector attracts more investments and well regulated.

She noted that, the company provides pre-funeral services, an insurance product suitable for the needs of an individual and a family.

Madam Smith noted that the services provided by the company included embalming, washing, dressing, beautification, a hearse service, a Chapel and reception facilities among others saying, the company puts everything together as a package.

She stated that, at the time of death, the client or family member needed to call and inform Transitions Funeral Home and they would be available to move the departed to the premises of the funeral home for further and better preparation towards the funeral celebrations.

She said the company, which had been in operation since 2012, had provided services to many families.

Jodene Smith urged the public to choose Transition for a bouquet of funeral products and services.

Mr. Keli Gadzekpo, said Transitions was a very significant addition to the range of products and services because as a company, “we want to be at your advantage from cradle to grave, thus when you are born to when you depart.”

He said: “We set the Transitions up so that you will not have to worry about the many things you have to do in preparing for a funeral.

To benefit from the range of services provided, there are two options; thus buying an assurance policy in preparation for the unfortunate or as soon as it happens, you call the Transitions team and the services will be delivered.”

Mr Gadzekpo urged other potential investors who may join the funeral management industry to approach it with all dignity because the bereaved family were most vulnerable during the incidence of death.

By: Anita Arthur/citibusinessnews.com/Ghana

 

 



Published on 2017-12-14 20:04:30 at Source

Gov’t grants Trasacco Valley residents ‘paid access’ to Motorway


Residents of Accra’s plush Trasacco Valley, can now heave a sigh of relief after the Ghana Highways Authority granted them paid temporary access to the Tema Motorway on Thursday.

The residents had for several months complained about the lack of an approved route from the area to the Motorway, making it extremely difficult for them to commute from their homes to the Central Business District and other parts of the capital.

The only alternatives involve enduring hours of frustrating vehicular traffic through the East Legon tunnel or the road in front of Emmanuel Eye clinic.

But the Highways Authority in response to a petition from the residents of Trasacco Valley on the matter, have granted them temporary access to the Motorway which is to make their movement relatively easier and faster.

The swift response follows an intervention by the Citi Breakfast Show team, which recently tackled the issue widely from all angles on the show.

As part of the access route, the Ghana Highway Authority has since mounted a toll barrier to ensure easy entry and exit from the community.

The Officer in Charge of Operations for West Trasacco Residents Association, Lloyd Ashley, told Citi News that the residents will ensure that the temporary access is made permanent for the area.

“If you look at the network of roads within the environs, it can’t contain the traffic within the environs, that is why we were pleading for Urban Roads and Highways to open a route like this, and see whether it can be made legalized, unlike the illegality that it was in the past. It has been considered, and today we are happy that it has been opened with a toll booth so that residents and other commuters on this part of the road will pay before having access to the motorway,” he said.

“It is temporary, but with the engineer and the community, we are coming together to make it more accessible, redesign the whole thing to make the motorway safer and permanent,” he added.

While commending government for addressing their problem swiftly, Lloyd Ashley said the long-term plan is also to help motorists driving from Tema to Accra to easily exit the motorway at the new access route.

Drivers of salon cars will pay 50 pesewas, while drivers of SUVs pay GH¢ 1.00 to use the access route.

By: Jonas Nyabor/citifmonline.com/Ghana



Published on 2017-12-14 18:36:36 at Source

New Video: NanaYaa releases visuals for ‘My Hunny’


Female singer NanaYaa has released the much-anticipated video for her current banger ‘My Hunny’.

The video for ‘My Hunny’ was directed by J Wills and tells a story of a happy woman who tells her friends how happy she is for meeting a man who appreciates her love.

One thing about ‘My Hunny’ video is that it shows the other side of the singer.  Fans will see their vocal queen doing more dancing than in any of her videos.

So far upon release few weeks ago, ‘My Hunny’ is tipped to be the biggest Hi-life song this holidays and even the New Year.

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Published on 2017-12-14 18:33:33 at Source

Gov’t grants Trassaco Valley residents ‘paid access’ to Motorway


Residents of Accra’s plush Trassaco Valley, can now heave a sigh of relief after the Ghana Highways Authority granted them paid temporary access to the Tema Motorway on Thursday.

The residents had for several months complained about the lack of an approved route from the area to the Motorway, making it extremely difficult for them to commute from their homes to the Central Business District and other parts of the capital.

The only alternatives involve enduring hours of frustrating vehicular traffic through the East Legon tunnel or the road in front of Emmanuel Eye clinic.

But the Highways Authority in response to a petition from the residents of Trassaco Valley on the matter, have granted them temporary access to the Motorway which is to make their movement relatively easier and faster.

The swift response follows an intervention by the Citi Breakfast Show team, which recently tackled the issue widely from all angles on the show.

As part of the access route, the Ghana Highway Authority has since mounted a toll barrier to ensure easy entry and exit from the community.

The Officer in Charge of Operations for West Trassaco Residents Association, Lloyd Ashley, told Citi News that the residents will ensure that the temporary access is made permanent for the area.

“If you look at the network of roads within the environs, it can’t contain the traffic within the environs, that is why we were pleading for Urban Roads and Highways to open a route like this, and see whether it can be made legalized unlike the illegality that it was in the past. It has been considered, and today we are happy that it has been opened with a toll booth so that residents and other commuters on this part of the road will pay before having access to the motorway,” he said.

“It is temporary, but with the engineer and the community, we are coming together to make it more accessible, redesign the whole thing to make the motorway safer and permanent,” he added.

While commending government for addressing their problem swiftly, Lloyd Ashley said the long-term plan is also to help motorists driving from Tema to Accra to easily exit the motorway at the new access route.

Drivers of salon cars will pay 50 pesewas, while drivers of SUVs pay GH¢ 1.00 to use the access route.

By: Jonas Nyabor/citifmonline.com/Ghana



Published on 2017-12-14 18:36:36 at Source

H1N1 outbreak: KUMACA students, staff received vaccines – GES


The Ghana Education Service (GES) has stated that some students and staff of the Kumasi Academy, the epicentre of the dreaded H1N1 Influenza outbreak have been vaccinated.

The recent update comes after the Minority Chief Whip in Parliament Muntaka Mubarak urged families of the four students who died as a result of the scourge to sue the government of Ghana for negligence.

According to him, the government’s handling of the respiratory illness at the school since the outbreak had been woeful.

He went further to claim in an exclusive interview with Starr News’ Parliamentary Correspondent Ibrahim Alhassan that students and staff of the Academy were yet to be vaccinated since the confirmation of the existence of H1N1 Influenza strain in the school by the Minister of Health Kwaku Agyemang-Manu.

“That’s the way to go. We need to hold people responsible for their action…if anybody is going to [sue] I will be happy to support,” he stated.

But in a statement issued Thursday, the GES contradicted Minority Chief Whip’s claim that the student and staff of the Academy were yet to be vaccinated.

“The Ministry of Health, Ghana Health Service and the Ministry of Education met with the WHO Ghana Representative soon after press briefing on 7th December 2017 and arrangements have been made to procure and air lift anti-viral agents (Tamiflu) and vaccines for use. Some students and staff have already received vaccinations,” the statement signed by the GES’ Director-General Prof. Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa stated.

It continued that Tamiflu is expected in the country by 15 December 2017 and the vaccines by 16th December, 2017 noting “The situation is under control and there have not been new reported cases.”

In respect of Damango Senior High School, Bawku Senior High Technical School, Koforidua Senior High Technical School and Tampene Senior High School, where meningitis is suspected to have caused the deaths of some students, the GES said they are awaiting the medical reports from the Ghana Health Service, including their recommendations on the way forward and will update the public accordingly upon receipt.

The GES said it is monitoring the situation in all senior high schools across the country.

“We therefore appeal to parents and the general public to remain calm as we implement all the necessary safety measures in this regard,” the statement by the GES’ Director General said.

Source: Ghana/Starrfmonline.com/103.5FM

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I composed ‘Biegya’ for Criss Waddle – Stonebwoy – Citi Showbiz


About a year after controversy of who the original owner of the song ‘Biegya’ was, dancehall artiste Stonebwoy has revealed that he composed the song.

According to him, he composed the song and gave it to Criss Waddle because he felt he was the one who could perform better on the song.

Talking about how he arrives at the final product of his songs, he said he does a lot of assessment before he decides to jump on a song.

I have had a number of songs that after getting the creative idea, I realise that it is beautiful but I can’t churn that out. A song like ‘Biegya’, I felt I’m not the one to churn out so I was like, ‘Waddle, why not take this song so I’ll be the one to feature on it?’ I wrote the song. I didn’t mean to say this but it’s because you’ve asked me that’s why this issue is out. I have written a couple of songs for some people. Sometimes, you tune it around a little to suit what you stand for,” he said.

He made this revelation when he spoke to Sammy Flex of Zylofon FM on their morning show ‘Showbiz Agenda.’

Last year there was a tussle between Shatta Wale and Criss Waddle when Criss said Shatta had stolen his song.

Accordng to Criss Waddle, he was the first to have recorded a song with that title only so he was surprised when he realized Shatta Wale had a released a song with same title.

By: Kwame Dadzie/citifmonline.com/Ghana



Published on 2017-12-14 17:46:23 at Source

Central Music Awards 2017 slated for December 26 – Citi Showbiz


The 6th edition of Central Music Awards will come off 26th December, 2017 at the Centre for National Culture in Cape Coast.

The award scheme organised by Candymania Entertainment is the biggest event in the Central Region aimed at recognising the contributions of hardworking and outstanding Musicians in the region.

Earlier in the year, nominations were opened for musicians to file for the various categories.

Later, a nominees’ jam was held at Agona Swedru to give musicians the platform to interact with their fans ahead of the main ceremony of December 26, 2017.

This year’s Awards will witness additional categories such as Gospel Artiste of the year, Hip Life song of the year, Hip hop song of the year, Dancehall and Reggae songs of the year.

According to Candyman Lucas Mensah, Chief Executive Officer of the awards, this year’s CMA promises t be an improvement up the previous ones.

“CMA started small and by God’s grace we have made great improvements. Being in our 6th year, I am hopeful we will see a lot of positive chances. We’re still growing,” he told Citi Showbiz.

Categories for the 2017 CMA are as follows:

Artiste of the year
Song of the year
Best Rapper of the year
Producer of the year
Most popular Ghanaian Song of the year
Collaboration of the year
Best Video of the year
New Artiste of the year
Female Vocalist of the year
Male Vocalist of the year
High Life Song of the year
Hip Hop Song of the year
Hip Life song of the year
Dancehall Song of the year
Reggae Song of the year
Gospel Song of the year
Hip-Gospel Song of the year
Promoter of the year
Gospel Artiste of the year
Lifetime Achievement Award

Founded in 2011, Central Music Awards (formerly Obama City Awards), has awarded artistes such as Teephlow, Okortor Perry, Kobby Symple, eShun, Renner, Kofi Kinaata, Ebo Taylor, Bessa Simons, among others.

By: Kwame Dadzie/citifmonline.com/Ghana



Published on 2017-12-14 16:31:04 at Source

UEW: VC found guilty of financial malfeasance


The Vice Chancellor (VC) of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW), and the Finance Officer (FO), have been found guilty of procurement and other financial malfeasance by the High Court at Winneba.

As a result, Professor Mawutor Avoke, VC and Dr. Theophilus Senyo Ackorlie, Finance Officer have been automatically relieved of their positions at the university.

A cost of Ghc8, 000 has also been awarded against the university.

All payments made to Paa Nii Lamptey of Paa Badu Construction Ltd. – a construction company – by the accused persons must be refunded to the university and a forensic audit conducted on all aspects of the North Campus Road, since according to the court was a create, loot and share affair, disguised as a contract.

Background

A private citizen, Kofi Kwayera, last month sued the University of Education Winneba (UEW), and the Education Ministry for what he said was the unlawful extension of the school’s Governing Council’s tenure.

In a writ, he also accused the Governing Council of misappropriating the funds of the University after the expiration of two tenures in 2013.

The suit came months after the Member of Parliament for Effutu, Afenyo Markin, called for the immediate withdrawal of thousands of certificates issued by the University of Education, Winneba, since 2013.

The MP argued that, such certificates and degrees had been invalidated by the fact that an “illegal” University Council caused them to be issued without proper legal authority.

The plaintiff, represented by Member of Parliament for Effutu Constituency, where the University is located, Afenyo-Markin, had his reliefs upheld by the court, pending the determination of the case on Friday.

The court asked the accused persons to step aside for a new governing council chaired by Professor Emmanuel Nicholas Abaka to be sworn into office.

The new board also discovered some acts of malfeasance being perpetuated by the same accused persons and also urged them to step aside.

Later, some vital documents were found missing at the offices of the accused and the council ordered EOCO to investigate them including the corruption charges.

Per Thursday’s ruling further criminal action can be taken against the accused persons and also they cannot return to their post in their previous capacities.

 

Source: Ghana/Starrfmonline.com/103.5FM

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Central Music Awards 2017 slated for December 2017 – Citi Showbiz


The 6th edition of Central Music Awards will come off 26th December, 2017 at the Centre for National Culture in Cape Coast.

The award scheme organised by Candymania Entertainment is the biggest event in the Central Region aimed at recognising the contributions of hardworking and outstanding Musicians in the region.

Earlier in the year, nominations were opened for musicians to file for the various categories.

Later, a nominees’ jam was held at Agona Swedru to give musicians the platform to interact with their fans ahead of the main ceremony of December 26, 2017.

This year’s Awards will witness additional categories such as Gospel Artiste of the year, Hip Life song of the year, Hip hop song of the year, Dancehall and Reggae songs of the year.

According to Candyman Lucas Mensah, Chief Executive Officer of the awards, this year’s CMA promises t be an improvement up the previous ones.

“CMA started small and by God’s grace we have made great improvements. Being in our 6th year, I am hopeful we will see a lot of positive chances. We’re still growing,” he told Citi Showbiz.

Categories for the 2017 CMA are as follows:

Artiste of the year
Song of the year
Best Rapper of the year
Producer of the year
Most popular Ghanaian Song of the year
Collaboration of the year
Best Video of the year
New Artiste of the year
Female Vocalist of the year
Male Vocalist of the year
High Life Song of the year
Hip Hop Song of the year
Hip Life song of the year
Dancehall Song of the year
Reggae Song of the year
Gospel Song of the year
Hip-Gospel Song of the year
Promoter of the year
Gospel Artiste of the year
Lifetime Achievement Award

Founded in 2011, Central Music Awards (formerly Obama City Awards), has awarded artistes such as Teephlow, Okortor Perry, Kobby Symple, eShun, Renner, Kofi Kinaata, Ebo Taylor, Bessa Simons, among others.

By: Kwame Dadzie/citifmonline.com/Ghana



Published on 2017-12-14 16:31:04 at Source

Proposed Western North Region backed by Aowin, Suaman districts


Some residents, stakeholders and opinion leaders in the Aowin and Suaman districts of the Western Region have overwhelmingly endorsed proposals to split the Western Region at the second public engagement by the nine-member Commission of Enquiry at Enchi on Wednesday.

They cite, among other reasons, the administrative inconveniences created by the wide gap between the north and the south and the lack of a corresponding development to match the contributions of the northern part of the region to the country.

During the second public engagement which had representations from the clergy, educationists, representatives from the trade unions, traditional rulers and other political actors, not a single opposing view was made to the Commission from the hundreds who were gathered there.

Speaking to Citi News, the Acting Principal for the Enchi College of Education, Philip Ntaah bemoaned the administrative inefficiencies they have had to deal with for years, due to the travelling time and preparations for mandatory visits to Sekondi/Takoradi.

“I am a Head of an institution. But I feel strongly demoralized because it takes a longer period for us to commute from our offices to the regional office. Let’s take the case of Bia East, if the regional director of education should visit the regional office for a meeting that will last for 30 minutes at least once every fortnight, it is likely he will spend more than five days. This affects efficiency in the office,” he said.

A former Member of Parliament for the Aowin Suaman Constituency, John Kweku Ackah noted that the proposed split was long overdue stating that “people from the northern part of the Region have yearned for the creation for long.”

“At the Consultative Assembly gatherings for the adoption of the 1992 Constitution, we thought that people will one day yearn for new regions of which Justice Brobbey, the chairman of this Commission of Enquiry was a member. Ahead of the referendum at that time in March 1992, people from the north of the region presented a petition [for a split]. We thought [the split] could be added to the constitution but we were told parliament will later regulate it. So for a very long time the western people from the north have yearned for the creation of a new region. It is not surprising that people have gathered today to ask for what should have been done long ago,” he added.

The Vicar General of the Catholic Diocese of Sefwi Wiawso Rev. Monsignor Simon Asamoah, believes the delivery of sermons in amalgamated languages affects the level of comprehension of some of the sermons which the creation of the Western North Region could address.

He opines that “this is not a problem with the Catholics alone, it is same with Methodist and other churches that, their leaders are brought from Sekondi Takoradi where Fanti is the dominant language. When we come to this area, it becomes difficult for the Sefwi Speaking congregants to really understand the language. So I think when the region is divided, it will help us to really develop our own language and have sermons in the form that will be best understood by our people”

The District Chief Executive for the Aowin District, Samuel Adu Gyamfi reiterated the concerns of the citizens, lamenting the low levels of development with respect to roads despite the contribution of the area to the state.

By: Obrempong Yaw Ampofo/citifmonline.com/Ghana



Published on 2017-12-14 16:00:29 at Source

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