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Sekondi-Takoradi Catholic Diocese gets a new Bishop

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A solemn ceremony was held at the Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Cathedral in Takoradi to mark the Episcopal ordination and installation of Most Reverend John Baptist Attakruh as Bishop of the Sekondi-Takoradi Diocese.

He is the fifth Bishop of the diocese which was created by the Holy See on 20th December, 1969 as a territory detached from the Archdiocese of Cape Coast.

The solemn celebration started with the presentation of the Bishop for ordination by two Priests, after which the Papal Bull appointing Bishop Attakruh as the Chief Shepherd of Sekondi-Takoradi was read in Latin and Fante.

The Principal Consecrator, Monsignor Henryk Mieozyslaw Jagodzinski, Apostolic Nuncio to Ghana and two Co-consecrators, Most Rev. Philip Naameh, Metropolitan Archbishop of Tamale, President of the Catholic Bishop’s Conference and Most Rev John Bonaventure Kwofie CSSp. Metropolitan Archbishop of Accra laid their hands in turns, followed by the other Bishops.

The new Bishop was presented with the Book of the Gospels and his head anointed with chrism, followed by the investiture of His Symbols of Office, a Ring, Mitre and Pastoral Staff.

The Apostolic Nuncio was assisted by Archbishops Naameh and Kwofie to place Bishop Attakruh on his Cathedral or throne amidst applause.

He was welcomed into the fraternity of Bishops with a bow from his colleagues. Priests and Religious paid homage to him while dignitaries at the ceremony congratulated him.

In a homily, Most Rev Charles Gabriel Palmer -Buckle, Archbishop of Cape Coast, said the new Bishop was a Mystery gift from God to the Bishop himself, the church, diocese in particular and the nation in general.

He asked him to take heart and not be afraid and continue to love the church, feed and tend the “sheep of God” with love as Christ Jesus asked Simon Peter to do.

Archbishop Palmer-Buckle urged him to be a shepherd to the people of God, the church and diocese of Sekondi-Takoradi and resolved as a good shepherd to seek out the sheep that stray and gather them into the fold of the Lord.

“Guide, guard and protect the Diocese in the way of salvation and against any form of evil and feed the people with the word of God at all times”, he added.

“The evil one will always try to mess with you, but I pray that you shall always overcome”

Archbishop Palmer-Buckle asked the priests, religious and lay faithful to welcome the Bishop by supporting and assisting him to execute his mandate as the shepherd of the Diocese.

He asked them to pray for him and tasked the Bishop to rekindle the spirit of faith, love and hope in the people to build the Diocese together peacefully.

The Apostolic Nuncio Jagoddgzinski in a goodwill message, described Bishop Attakruh as his first son since he was the first to be ordained by him and told the new Bishop to be a Bishop for the present and future, adding that ” I know it is not easy to be a Bishop but with God’s blessing you will be able to shepherd the sheep of Christ”.

Most Rev Philip Naameh on behalf of the Catholic Bishops Conference congratulated and welcomed Bishop Attakruh to the fraternity of the conference and pledged their spiritual support to him to begin his Episcopal journey.

He described him as a mystery gift to the church and called on the priests, religious and lay faithful to collaborate and support the Bishop in his Episcopal journey.

Most Reverend John Baptist Attakruh expressed his gratitude to Apostolic Nuncio Henryk Jagodzinski and the Bishops who graced the occasion for their prayers and support and pledged to be a good shepherd to the flock of the Lord.

He called on the priests, religious and lay faithful to be the yeast in the dough, salt and light of the world and be true servants to serve the common good of Ghanaians.

Until his appointment as Bishop, Bishop Attakurah was the Apostolic Administrator of the Sekondi-Takoradi Diocese.

He was born on 13 October 1957 at Juabo in the Amenfi Central Municipality of the Western Region.

He entered St Teresa’s Minor Seminary in Amissano near Elmina for his secondary education in 1972 to 1979.

He joined the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) of the New York Province and had his novitiate formation in Benin City, Nigeria from 1980 to 1982.

He proceeded to Institute de Philosophies, Saint Pierre Canisius in Kinshea in the Democratic Republic of Congo from 1982 to 1985.

After his philosophical studies, he returned to Ghana and undertook his theological studies at St Peter’s Regional Seminary Pedu, Cape Coast as a seminarian of the Catholic Diocese of Sekondi-Takoradi from1985 to 1989.

He obtained a Diploma in Theology from the University of Ghana Legon in 1987.

Most Rev. Attakruh was ordained a priest for the Catholic Diocese of Sekondi-Takoradi on Sunday 39th July 1989 by the late Most Rev. Charles Kweku Sam.

His first appointment was to the Immaculate Conception Parish, Asankragwa as an Assistant priest.

The Sekondi Takoradi Diocese since its creation has had five Bishops, Most Rev. Joseph Amihere Essuah, Most Rev Charles Kweku Sam, Most Rev. John Martin Darko all of blessed memory, Most Rev John Bonaventure Kwofie and now Most Rev. John Baptist Attakruh.

The occasion was graced by Archbishops and Bishops from all the Catholic dioceses in the country, representatives from the Methodist and Anglican Churches, Government officials, Muslim community, Chiefs and Queen mothers and lay faithful from the Sekondi-Takoradi Diocese.

Source: GNA

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National: 2023 Budget: TUC to reject government’s salary projection of ₵44.9m

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After several attempts to reach an agreement with government over an increment in their base pay, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) is expected to meet government on Wednesday to finalise a deal.

But before that meeting gets underway, the Trades Union Congress is warning that it will not accept government’s projections in the 2023 Budget.

The Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, reading the 2023 Budget in Parliament projected compensation of employees at GH¢44,990 million (5.6% of GDP).

Earlier, government also proposed a 12% salary increment during the last negotiation with Organised Labour but it was turned down.

 

Speaking on JoyNews’ PM Express on Tuesday, Deputy General Secretary of TUC, Joshua Ansah stated that they would not agree to the projected figure.

According to Mr Ansah, government must expect a fight if they turn up at the meeting with the same proposal.

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“There is no way Organised Labour is also going to accept what has been put in the budget. Well, if the government has made up its mind that it is the way it thinks that he can actually force down the throat of workers, then we are in for a big fight, because there is no way government can pay anything below what we are expecting,” he said.

He noted that Organised Labour will not compromise on their demand for 60% increment in their base pay.

Meanwhile, the President of the Ghana Medical Association, Dr. Justice Yankson says government has created a problem by not reaching an agreement with the labour unions earlier.

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He believes the current mess could have been prevented.

“These are some of the problems that sometimes we create for ourselves. We had a whole period in which we could have sorted these things, we waited to the last end. Now we can see that we are on a collition course, it is clear,” he said.

Source: Myjoyonline

 

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Politics: Wenchi High Court throws out petition against NPP MP’s 2020 election victory

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A Wenchi High Court has thrown out a petition against New Patriotic Party (NPP) legislator in the Techiman South 2020 election.

The petitioner was seeking the nullification of the poll which saw the NPP candidate, Martin Agyei Mensah Korsah, emerge victorious.

But at the hearing Wednesday, the court explained that the NDC 2020 Parliamentary candidate, Christopher Bayere, who was pursuing the matter, failed to prove the burden of petitioning.

The court was attended by some leaders of the NDC including General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia.

Wenchi High Court throws out petition against NPP MP’s 2020 election victory
He was sighted leaving the court premises a few minutes before the judgement.

The NDC Parliamentary candidate had contested the EC’s verdict which gave the NPP’s candidate victory with 49,682 votes representing 50.2 percent of the total valid votes cast, whilst the NDC’s candidate had 49,205 votes representing 49.8 percent of the total valid votes cast.

The NDC Parliamentary candidate insisted that the figures were not a true reflection of the election.

According to him, per the pink sheets of the NDC agents at each of the 267 polling stations, he garnered 50,306 votes in the Parliamentary election whilst the 1st Respondent polled 50,013 votes.

Wenchi High Court throws out petition against NPP MP’s 2020 election victory
Electoral Commission fined in 2021

In August 2021, the Electoral Commission of Ghana was fined GH¢4,000 by the court after the Court refused to grant the EC’s request for a stay of proceedings in the dispute on July 30, 2021.

Wenchi High Court throws out petition against NPP MP’s 2020 election victory
The EC’s application for a stay of proceedings was to enable it to file a motion to challenge the ruling of the Court at its previous sitting, when it granted the petitioner a motion to amend the title of the writ.

TCounsel for the EC, Emmanuel Addae said the stay of proceedings was to enable him to file supplementary statements in support of the application filed by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) candidate, Mr Christopher Beyere Baasongti.

However, reacting to the EC’s stay of proceedings, the Counsel for the petitioner, Justin Teriwajah argued that the motion was frivolous and unnecessarily geared towards delaying the adjudication of the case.

Source: Myjoyonline

 

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Football: Asamoah Gyan’s run, Bagbin’s dance and Black Stars fans’ clean-up as fans celebrate S. Korea win in style

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It was the much-needed win for Ghanaians who were largely sitting on tenterhooks for the final quarter of the game.

And from the reactions, after the South Koreans netted a quickfire double between the 58th and 61st minutes, something had to definitely happen.

Kudus rose to the occasion, found himself at the end of a Gideon Mensah cross and curled the ball past the goalkeeper to restore Ghana’s lead and eventually sealed the game for Black Stars.

Asamoah Gyan’s run, Bagbin’s dance and Black Stars fans’ clean-up as fans celebrate S. Korea win in style
The 68th-minute winner triggered a thunderous celebration across the country and on social media.

Despite late attempts from the Koreans, the game ended 3-2 with Ghana earning a vital win in Group H.

Asamoah Gyan’s run, Bagbin’s dance and Black Stars fans’ clean-up as fans celebrate S. Korea win in style
Alban Bagbin

The jubilation started right from Ghana’s legislative arm where the Speaker, Alban Bagbin was caught on camera dancing to one of the goals on the day from his office.

The ecstatic Speaker punched the air while clad in his Black Star jersey in the company of other officials of the House.

Asamoah Gyan runs

Former Black Stars captain, Asamoah Gyan was on punditry duty at SuperSports TV.

However, the ethics of being on a live set could not suppress his excitement when the deciding goal was scored.

Filled with elation, the former skipper run out of the set in jubilation shouting atop his voice.

His iconic goal celebration was his response when asked about his reaction to some moments of the game.

Fans in clean-up mode

Now, supporters of Japan’s national team have been earning praise in Qatar for their zeal toward cleanliness after each game.

This win seems to have presented Ghanaian fans with the opportunity to emulate this off-pitch tradition.

While many celebrated the win at full-time, other fans were seen moving boxes around to collect the waste left by their colleagues.

South Korea’s Son not in selfie mood

Another interesting sight came from an official from the Ghana dressing room posing for a selfie.

The subject Son Heung-min was almost in tears after his team lost at full-time.

Otto Addo’s side will now face Uruguay in their last game looking to secure qualification to the next stage of the competition.

Source: Myjoyonline

 

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