Onipaba Ezekiel has been a well know journalist in the media fraternity since his carrier.He comes from the Brong Ahafo region of Ghana. Ezekiel started his carrier and precisely his media work at B/A with Nananom 92.5 FM in Goaso.He then had the opportunity to work with Bohye Multimedia and Sunsum 98.7FM in Kumasi.
He proved of being a hard-working presenter on the field of sports, religion and entertainment programs at Gye Nyame fm 94.5 FM and Bohye 95.3 FM.He has been marked with his supportive ability to work as a team player.
Ezekiel is currently working with Class Media Group, part of it station in Kumasi,Adehye 99.1 FM and Kumasi 104.1 FM.
He is the executive director of Destiny Talent Consult and a Life Policy Analyst.
Ezekiel dreams to help equip the youth for development in Ghana.As a life policy analyst in Ghana,he holds a precious and predominant gift by God to help the youth to progress with good objectives.
The Director General of the National Communications Authority (NCA) has disclosed that some radio stations are yet to settle their authorisation fee even after they were given a general amnesty last year.
Joseph Anokye said while some of radio stations who almost had their authorisations revoked last year “have come in to remedy the situation, other defaulting stations have not.”
Answering questions during the Communication Ministry’s Meet The Press series in Accra, Thursday, he said, “as at last week we had actually written to all those affected by the sanction per the recommendations of the Electronic Tribunal.”
In September last year, the
whom it said have violated various aspects of the Electronics Communications Act (2009), Act 775. NCA sanctioned 131 FM Authorisation Holders
A further 13 FM Authorisation Holders were issued with reprieves as pertains to their authorisations.
The Authority also revoked completely the Authorisations of 21 FM stations whose authorisations had expired over several years and were operating illegally.
“They had also failed to apply for renewal three months before the expiry of existing authorisation and as stipulated in their Authorisation.
“The FM broadcasting stations in question also did not respond to a notice the NCA sent to them to regularise their operations earlier this year,” the NCA explained in a release.
The Communications Minister told Parliament that the authorisations of radio stations that were revoked will be re-issued to new applicants.
After a lot of hue and cry, the affected stations went to the Communications Electronic Tribunal , which settles issues in the communication space.
According to Mr Anokye, “The Electronic Tribunal decided that at the time that the sanctions were made, the authorization had actually expired and so there was no basis of fining them.
“This means that if the authorization had expired you have to make decisions appropriately, and that is what we have done.”
In December 2017, however, the NCA Board of Directors granted an amnesty to defaulting radio stations.
In a related development, Mr Anokye clarified that there is no way an FM radio station can operate in the country without the NCA’s knowledge.
He said they have the Broadcast Monitoring Center which gives the Authority an overview of the broadcast space both radio and on television across the country.
Ethiopia has restructured its army, the Ethiopian National Defense Force, ENDF, state affiliated media FBC reported on Thursday.
According to the report, under the new measure, the ENDF’s regional command had been cut down to four from six. The new commands are Northern, Eastern, Western and Southern Commands.
FBC also cited Lieutenant General Mola Hailemariam, chief of special operation at the defense force as confirming that military positions have also been realigned to the latest development.
The ENDF has also set up a committee tasked to reestablish a naval force and a special operation command. The issue of a naval force came up strongly in the wake of Ethio-Eritrea peace deal signed in July 2018.
With the two countries having agreed to reestablish all ties of diplomacy, trade and people-to-people relations, Ethiopia has secured access to the Ethiopia’s vast coast along the Red Sea.
The army had till early this year been routinely accused of leading government crackdown on anti-government protests in the Oromia region.
It is reputed as one of Africa’s most equipped armies. It has huge responsibilities given the volatility of the Horn of Africa region where till recently there was tense military standoffs and the issue of insurgents in Somalia, where Ethiopian forces are deployed.
Even though most regional states have their security setup; the army is usually called in when insecurity goes out of the hand of local security apparatus. Earlier this year, it took the army to depose leader of the eastern Somali Regional State, SRS.
The Defense Ministry is led by the country’s first female sector minister, Aisha Mohammed, with Gen. Seare Mekonnen as the head of the armed forces.
Wa Naa, Paramount Chief of Wa, gave Samini a ribald welcome this week at his palace on Tuesday, December 11, exactly 11 days to Samini’s 7th Album “Untamed” release.
It’s been 8 years since Samini visited home, Wa. And for the past years, Samini’s fans and natives have longed for his homecoming and concert; but due to very tight schedules and ‘unfavorable’ calendars, Samini couldn’t make a return home until recently.
In the midst of a mammoth crowd that thronged the Wa Naa’s palace, Samini reaffirmed his connect with the indigenes and his dagaati roots.
Samini after paying a courtesy call on the Paramount Chief was enstooled as Pibilii Naa, a local parlance which connotes “King of The Little Rocks”.
The name “Pibilii” was derived from one of the native villages in lieu with Samini’s clan lineage, and as well a Chief among the well-meaning and industrious youths of Wa, his hometown. Pibilii is a small town in Mangu, where Samini’s Father comes from. Mangu is a town in Wa.
Waa Naa however made a plea to Samini to use his platform and network to support upcoming music talents from Wa and Upper West Region so as thy could reach mainstream and global standards (as him). The Paramount Chief pledged to give Samini a land for a studio project that would facilitate the churning of musicians from Wa and its environs.
Samini in a grandeur was clothed in a new Royal 3-piece traditional smock, known as “fugu” with matchup royal shoes made from scarce leather. He was blessed by the Chief and made to ride on a horse from the Paramount Chief’s palace.
Ahead of his 7th studio album launch, titled “Untamed”, Samini shot a music video for the lead single (an intro) in the Chief’s Palace, to accentuate his belongingness and direct connect with his roots.
Also set for December 22 is his annual festival, Saminifest. Aside Saminifest, the international music icon, Samini, also announced a homecoming music festival in Wa henceforth, annually, to keep the connect with his fellow Wa indigenes.
Managing Director of the Ghana Stock Exchange (GSE) Kofi Yamoah says he doubts report that Agricultural Development Bank (ADB) is working to delist from the market.
This follows an earlier report by JoyBusiness that the new majority owners of ADB are looking at pulling the bank off the market. But Mr.Yamoah said he does not think this would happen.
He said, “I have been privy to conversations the capital requirements are concerned which I believed that before December 31, 2018, they (ADB) would be able to meet that deadline and I also have privy to the conversation that the company would continue to be a listed company and so I have no doubt…”
Minimum Capital Requirement
Meanwhile, ADB is moving fast to ensure that it meets the new capital requirement of GHS 400 million.
The Bank is, therefore, seeking to hold an extraordinary general meeting next week to seek shareholders’ approval to raise the required funds to meet the capital level put forth by the Bank of Ghana before the December deadline.
It is also hoping to use other capital raising methods to raise the needed capital to cover any shortfall that may result from the rights issue.
ADB is also looking at the conversion of a subordinated debt of GHS150, 000,000 owed the Bank of Ghana into equity as part of the capital raising process.
Ghana have been handed a tough group comprising Senegal, Mali and Burkina Faso for the 2019 Africa U20 Cup of Nations.
The Black Satellites drew their West African neihbours at a ceremony in Niamey, Niger on Thursday evening.
Ghana will be based in Maradi and will open their campaign against Burkina Faso who are making a third appearance.
The Young Stallions’ best performance in the history of the tournament was in 2003 where they finished fourth.
Jimmy Cobblan and his boys will then take on 2003 third-placed team Mali in the second group fixture before facing Senegal in the final group game.
The 2019 Africa U20 Cup of Nations will run from 2-17 February with the four semi-finalists qualifying for the FIFA U20 World Cup in Poland.