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Photos: Essipong Stadium left to rot after promises to complete the project

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The Essipong Stadium has been in a deplorable state since it hasn’t had renovations since its completion for the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations.

Due to the non-maintenance culture endemic in Ghana, the facility was left to virtually a total ‘decay’.

Roofing systems have been torn, exposing the steel frames to corrosion. Washrooms, office spaces, hostels have all suffered some magnitude of deterioration.

The former Minister of Youth and Sports, Isaac Kwame Asiamah disclosed that the renovation of the stadium will be carried out in two phases.

The initial phase which is costed at GH¢17,969,447.10 will cover the replacement of existing defective roofing sheets, sandblasting corroded roofing steels, and application of a heavy-duty coating system to guard against further deterioration of the metal structure from the mid-west to the south stand.

In 2021, Asiamah again revealed that the government will spend over US$3 million to complete the first phase of the renovation of the sports infrastructure.

Presenting the 2022 budget in Parliament on November 17, 2021, the Finance Minister, Ken Yaw Ofori-Atta announced that a number of some National stadiums are undergoing renovation which the deplorable Essipong Sports Stadium is now at a 90% completion stage in relation to its renovation.

However, some residents were not pleased with the Finance Minister’s statement as they believe, the renovation been done at the Essipong Stadium is nowhere near 20% complete not to talk of 90% according to their observation.

A Twitter user said inter-school games were organised at the Essipong stadium where each student was charged to pay GH¢2 as a gate fee.

The user added that more than 5000 students participated during the school competition for five days.

He wrote; “When inter-schools games are organized in the region, each Student pays GHC2 as a gate fee. More than 5,000 students fill this stadium per day when there’s a school competition.

“The competition is held for 5 days and these 5,000 students pay 5 cedis for the week.”



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Osinachi doesn’t sing ‘Ekweme’ at night from the mortuary; Hospital debunks claim

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Despite reports that the morgue attendants have heard her sing mostly at night, the management had refuted the claims.

According to infoguidenigeria.com, the spokesperson for the National Hospital in Abuja said the claims cannot be medically and scientifically proven.

Medically, there is nothing like that; it’s just an imagination of people. Somebody that is dead and is a corpse, how would such a person be singing in the night?

“There is no medical backup to that; it’s an imagination that may be due to the church she attended while alive, and the songs may just be giving people ideas, but there is no proof in any way. It just can’t be proven in any way,” Dr Taiwo Haastrup told journalists.

He added that “Somebody that is dead is dead and has become a corpse; it’s inside a morgue, it can’t sing and can’t move so it’s an imagination of people.

Osinachi sorrowfully died on April 8, 2022, after her husband allegedly kicked her in the chest.

Some news portals first reported that Osinachi died from throat cancer until award-winning gospel artiste, Frank Edwards opened pandora’s box of mysteries surrounding the gospel artiste’s death.

Before Frank Edward’s disclosure, Osinachi was hospitalised for five days before she passed on.

So that unreasonable human being finally put off a shining light”, he said in a social media post to blame her husband for having a hand in her death.



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Govt sets up 3-member committee to find solution to Bulgarian Embassy land saga

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This move comes as an outcome from the meeting between the Bulgarian Ambassador to Nigeria with accreditation to Ghana, Yanko V. Yordanov and the Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel A. Jinapor in Accra.

The Minister said: “You will recall that Justice Retired Kwasi Anto Ofori-Atta recommended that I use my good offices to find an amicable solution to this issue and this is what has culminated to this meeting with the Bulgarian Ambassador.”

“I look forward to building a relationship that goes way beyond the land matters into discussing bigger issues.”

The Minister expressed his profound gratitude to the Envoy for his leadership, sense of solidarity and corporation and on behalf of the Government and people of Bulgaria.

The Minister also thanked the President for showing tremendous skill and diplomacy in his leadership and his involvement in dealing with the matter.

He assured the Envoy that the desire of the President Akufo-Addo in solving the matter is one that he in his capacity as the Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, will follow through to the letter.

The Bulgarian Ambassador to Ghana, Yanko Yordanov thanked the Minister for Lands and Natural Resources and the President of the Republic for their personal intervention and commitment in resolving the impasse between the Bulgarian Embassy and the Private Developer.

“Bulgaria is thankful to each and every Ghanaian institution, Parliament and especially the Presidency and I’m very hopeful that with the support of these institutions, we will find a lasting solution to this,” he said.



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Gospel musician Joseph Matthew says he’s not a Christian

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In an interview on Hitz FM, the singer said “I am not a Christian, {but} I sing to glorify the name of God and Jesus Christ.”

The ‘Hallelujah’ singer pointed out that Jesus Christ referred to His followers “disciples” and not “Christians.”

In a bid to substantiate his assertions he said, “a Christian is an individual who belongs to a religious group called Christianity.”

Matthew’s point of view has generated debate among social media users. Some support his claims whereas others describe him as “confused.”

Responding to the section that thinks he is disoriented, the singer said “I think we {are} living in a generation where we are seeking the truth. We are tired of being told what to do. Now we can get the scriptures, we can learn it ourselves.

“If you do not understand what I am saying, you can go and google. Don’t take my word for it. If I am telling the lie, the scriptures are there,” he added.

In his most recent song, ‘Blessed,’ released on the April 23, 2022, the singer is heard singing, “God has already blessed me, I don’t need any Holy water on my head.”

The lyrics caused a controversy among many people. They were asking if the ‘Nyame Ye’ hitmaker was taking a swipe at Pastors who are fond of anointing Church members with ‘Holy Water.’



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