HISTORY: Al-azhariya Qualifies For Super Zonals For The First Time in Seven Years.

Al - azhariya made a history in the ongoing Inter Schools and Colleges athletics after qualifying to the Super Zonals which happened to be their first ever qualification since the school started to take part in the competition.

The school started to take part in such competitions since 2012 and yesterday (Tuesday) was a historical moment as Al - azhariya breaks all odds to qualify after their splendid performance.

Al-azhariya who were in Zone 2 competed with Prempeh College, Islamic Senior High, Kumasi Technical Institute, Konongo Odumasi, Fomena Amass, Kings College, Ghana Muslim Mission amongst others.

The Old Tafo based school didn't just qualify but exhibited a Super Fantastic performance to emerge the first runner's up after Prempeh College and qualified aftermath.

The School happened to be on the scoresheet after they were victorious in some of the events.

Nobles ones were Gatlin and Company who became 1st and 3rd in the 100m men's finals respectively whilst Osman attained the 4th position in the men's 110m hurdles.

Also, Al-azhariya happened to be the subject matter content during the bartons after they attained the 1st position in the 4×200m men, 2nd in 4×100m men, as well as 2nd in the 4×400m men.

There was something to write home about for Al-azhariya in the long distance events after Emmanuel Appiah emerged victorious in the Men's 1500m.

The School displayed a Good performance in the field events too which made them to accumulate a quantum of points before the proceedings was brought to an end.

After the total calculation and tabulation of the results, Al - azhariya were on record to have attained the 2nd position with 93 points leapfrogging giants ISSEC who were 3rd with 83 points, KTI with 72 points KOSS with 71 points and GMM who were 6th with 58 points. Prempeh was 1st 155 points.

It was joyful moment at Old Tafo and its neighboring localities after the school broke their 7 years jinx to qualify for the Super Zonals for the first time.

By: Fareed Mohammed Awal.


The Northern students must fix our priority of self development rather than placing it on the benefit of all. Certainly, it is the Northern Boy or Girl that you see often doing all the donkey work for others to benefit and is later abandoned.

I can state unequivocally that when you go to the bigger cities in this country (Ghana) like Kumasi, Accra, Sunyani and Techiman for instance, people you find doing the hard work are always the northerners. Apparently, I do often ask myself, why is it always the northerners? Is it that we don't deserve to enjoy the conducive work environment and the associated benefits like others from other parts of the Country?

One might think I am being tribalistic in this write up but that is my opinion and opinions they say are like noises.

Indeed, out of every ten people you see doing any dirty work nine or eight are always from the north. It is high time we went back, search for our priority and place it on self development rather than the humanitarian gains (development for all).

Let me not go far but descend to our various tertiary institutions. Our institutions, UEW-K, per my three years stay on campus, I got to realize that, my Northern brothers are being recognized than ever when it is time for students' politics. Campaigning, manifesto writing, Speech writing and defending cases at the students' court hearing are mostly done by my Northern brothers. Initially I thought the trend was going to change but it seems to be a going concern at all levels including the national level.

A classical example at the national level is the vigilante groups debacle in the country. Out of the various vigilante groups noted which the government is pretentiously fighting to disband, you will realize that 70 to 80 percent of the members are bearing the names of Northerners. Our politicians do use these groups to fight for their parochial interest. Vandalism, assassination and sabotage of their opponents are hallmarks of these people. This is done to secure victory for their pay masters. My question is, if in the process of distraction you perish your life, what benefit would your family who suffered in bringing you up will benefit? Absolutely Nothing. You might even be regarded as one of the foolish persons in this country when unfortunately you are being caught in the process.

My candid advice to my colleagues Northern Brothers and sisters, I know the general perception about our part of the country is that, "we are poor" but we have all it takes to break that bounds. According to Walter Elias Disney, he said " if you can dream it , you can make it" let's join hands together, say NO and fight hard to break that mischief myths in our minds, promote peace and the development of ourselves, our sector and the country, Ghana at large.

Thank You.

Yaro D Clifford




It is time I add my voice to the unending debate on campus, on the topic which set of leaders, lead UEW-K for the one year. Worldwide we are facing leadership crisis in business, industry, government, labour, education and even our churches and Mosques are all said to be starving from effective leadership of which UEW-K is not an exception.

We may have many people trying to fill the vacancies and take up the mantle of leadership but the question is, are they really out to fight for students interest and welfare or are out to create, loot and share?
In fact, civilization must experience progress, and progress depends on leadership. So you can see how sensitive and critical this area of leadership is. Much attention, dedication and commitment must be given to it since it seeks to address students problems and fights for their welfare.

Let me start this whole story by attempting to define who a leader is. A leader is someone who is in charge at his work place, performing the duties of leading a group of people. It all involves establishing a clear vision , sharing your vision with others for them to follow willingly, providing information, knowledge and methods of realizing this vision.

Over the past few years UEW-K has faced a lot of challenges in choosing leaders which has affected us negatively to a great extend. Because most of these leaders were resourced parsimonious and only a few were resource spendthrift.
Considering this trend you will see clearly how our only resource which is our finance has suffered because most of our leaders are resource parsimonious. In fact, we are here today because of the actions and inactions of our leaders and the caliber of people we choose to lead us.

Leadership is not about bold, big or diabolic you are is about wisdom, competence and the desire to serve humanity and leave a good mark for one self. I must however admit that diabolism is part of politics but in situation where it is extreme you must quickly distance yourself from such person's as they will have nothing good to offer at the end of the day. Such people must be booted and hooted out before they manage their way into office. Campus politics is very dynamic and flexible so you need inside knowledge and resourceful guidance before you can choose the right person to lead. Politics is a game of win or lose but you don't win an election at all cost. Just share your vision, sell your ideas and allow students to make their decisions.

We must not be giving monies , credit or even promise appointments before we support candidates. No we are above that. In fact, some of us suffered a lot before paying our school fees and SRC dues, so we must allow any greedy politician to squander, loot and share our monies. We must get value for our monies irrespective of who you are as our leader. Let's do the right thing so that we can hold leaders accountable for their spendings because it is one of the many qualities of a leader he must be held accountable. It's true everyone has a candidate he/she supports but let do our background checks well and know the people we seek to support very well before even convincing others to join us blindly as we have.

The last set of leaders we need is leaders with extreme diabolism, sugar quoted words and fake boldness and pretense just to convince us to put him/her in office to execute his devilish plans. This year propaganda must stop, dirty politics and politics of tribalism and regions of origins must stop. We are all human beings irrespective of your tribe or region we all deserve the opportunity to be leaders. And no candidate should hide behind any false and dubious ways just to seek students votes, let's come clean and do the right thing and we shall be voted for. Just be clear in your doings and allow students decide your fate.

Again we don't need media men to lead us, nor do we need people with packed CVs. We have seen SRC Presidents with packed CVs who have failed worth fully, some very bold and could bring the whole local assemble meeting to a hault even when they don't have a case. We need a committed, dedicated, visionary and above all God fearing people to lead us.

Follow students let's go back to the drawing board, think very well, subject our candidates to serious scrutiny and know why they really want power before we vote them. We deserve better services from our leaders but we must first make the right choices.

Moreover let's seek guidance and ask questions from those ahead then coupled with our own principles and beliefs then we can vote wisely.

Let's do clean politics and stop the propaganda and UEW-K shall work again. I also pray that the good Lord guide us through this elections. Students must be served and served well. Wishing all hopefuls the best of luck in your quest of seeking to become a leader. Students interest first my stands.
God bless students of UEW-K
God bless UEW-K and
God bless our homeland Ghana.

Wahidu Saaka
Accounting level 200

Ayawaso West Wuogon looked like Afghanistan – Mahama

Former President John Dramani Mahama has expressed disappointment in his successor, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, for describing the violence during the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election as an “isolated incident”.
He said if the president had borne the brunt of the violence, he would not have described the events as such.
The former president was commenting on the incident in an interview on Accra-based Radio Gold. Despite the widely condemned violence, President Akufo-Addo had congratulated the winner, Lydia Seyram Alhassan, in a statement.
The three-time leader of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) had described events during the by-elections as isolated.
The violence during the January 31 by-election led to gunshots fired, particularly around the residence of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) candidate.

Gunshots were fired at the residence of Delali Kwasi Brempong, whose party withdrew from the by-elections A scuffle at the La Bawaleshie Presbyterian Polling Station involving uniformed men said to be National Security Council operatives has received nationwide condemnation.
The masked men are believed to be trained militia of the NPP. They attacked all manner of persons including Member of Parliament of Ningo Prampram Constituency Sam Nartey George.
“It looked like Afghanistan,” Mr Mahama said in the interview on Friday. “You can’t believe this is Ghana.”

The former president had already met with the diplomatic community to apprise them of how events unfolded at Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency.
He said the issues have to be dealt with immediately.

This comes a day after President Akufo-Addo called on the leadership of both the NPP and the NDC to meet to voluntarily disband all militias within their folds.

Akufo-Addo wants NPP, NDC to disband vigilante groups or else… He said the security agencies will be on stand-by for an outcome of the meeting.
The president at the delivery of his State of the Nation address on Thursday said he will initiate a legislation on the matter if the parties are not able to come out with a feasible resolution.



President Akuffo Addo on Thursday during the presentation of our current state as a Nation touched on a very sensitive issue, political vigilantism, I know many a Ghanaian was keen to know what our president and commander in chief had to say on this disgraceful menace.

The president rightly condemned it in no uncertain terms and we at Crossfire Ghana want to congratulate him for that. Moving on, he hinted that he has directed his party, the New patriotic party, to meet with the National Democratic Congress to fashion out ways to cure this political canker.

He further said if they are not able to do it, he will present a legislative instrument to parliament to enact a law banning it. We were taken back by the suggestion or directive by the president. We say this because we expected the president to have said that he had authorised his party to disband their vigilante groups. We know in his last state of the Nation address, he condemned it. It was rife then his party's invisible, Delta and khandaha forces had tormented and forced his own appointees out of office. His party stepped in and nothing happened till they went to disrupt a court session. How then can parties who are beneficiaries of these criminal acts stop it?

We, on this note want to appeal to the president to begin from his own party by ordering for the disbandment of the known vigilante groups, then he can lead the crusade to get our parliament to enact a law to criminalize this canker.

We also wish to appeal to the police service to as a matter of urgency look for the killers of the Gentleman who was murdered in cold blood at the NDC Regional office in Kumasi.

We pray those who were caught on tape in the Ayawaso west WUOGON issue will be dealt with devoid of political consideration.
Thank you.

Nana Osei Tutu
(0244 506776)

Political Vigilantism

Ghana has suddenly become a society entrapped in a restless and relentless consumerism where materialism become the new religion and money the new God. It is against this background that every unemployed youth in the country wants to associate himself with powerful party bigwigs in order to put food on the table for their families. This informs the reasons behind the adventurous actions being taken by members in these groups.

Activities of these groups are very inimical to the peace of the country hence igniting a loud unending calls, emanating from well meaning Ghanaians to wage war against the very activities and existence of these political vigilante groups in Ghana. The activities of these private political party's security groups have taken center stage in our various media outlets in recent times. The existence of these groups, which stems from the various political parties in Ghana, notably, the two major parties; NPP and NDC, is being questioned as their activities breakdown the moral fibre of the country's security. Reasons behind the establishment of these groups are premised on what they termed "biased and ineffective security personnel" in the country. Against this backdrop, the two major political parties severally complained bitterly about neglect and unprofessional treatment meted out against their members by the national security personnel at a particular point in time. Ghanaians unanimously condemn these groups because there is no moral equivalence between the actions and inactions.

Extensive discussions regarding the activities of these groups remain unabated since NPP came to power. It does happens so because our punitive laws have been left to sleep on the books for far too long, because of the institutional enforcement inaction of men and women who are supposed to uphold these laws but are not doing so. The government and the security agencies are sleeping on their jobs.

The dastardly acts being perpetrated by these groups are everything objectionable in a democratic nation like Ghana hence the loud calls for their disbandment. The question I asked is that is it practically possible that we can disband these groups? Yes! This is possible if the government of the day portray that indeed they will serve the interest of the citizenry and not party members. It is also possible if the political parties come to consensus to undo this canker they have brought on Ghanaians.

Now the question of whether or not we should integrate members of these groups into the official national security services as a way of disbanding them is the bowl of contention between many Ghanaians. Another question which should not be an after-dinner conversation but rather a question of pressing practical importance is that where do we place these people after disbanding and rendering them jobless? Don't you think these guys will come together and form a larger and more powerful gang which will serve as a terrorist group as Boko Haram in Nigeria? I envisage this happening and when it happens, it's still the ordinary Ghanaian who will face the repercussions.

We have to as a nation, critically think and take swift measures against this canker that is militating against the very existing peace in this country.

I conclude by making a clarion call on the government and all politicians to serve the interest of the citizens and desist from the selective ways of dealing with the good people of the country. Politicians and leaders should also stop the pick and choose recruitment of their party fateful into our security services for that has been the very foundation for so many security crisis in Ghana.


The Return Of DUMSOR, The Bizarre Situation Of Wiamoase In The Sekyere South District Of The Ashanti Region

Dumsor is derived from two separate words from Ashanti Twi,the Akuapem Twi or Fante dialects of the Akan language :DUM(to turn off or quench) and SOR (to turn on or to kindle). So the term has roughly translates as "off and on".The term has also recently evolved into DUMDUM (off and off), due to the increase in the intensity of the power outages.

With all the negative effects Dumsor came with in 2001 and 2012-2016 ( for example ISSER in a report stated that Ghana lost about 1billion dollars in 2014 alone because of DUMSOR, also a woman in labour at Bawku Presbyterian hospital who gave birth and was on oxygen lost both her life and that of the unborn baby after power supply went off in February 2016), the previous government led by his excellency the former president promised and did end DUMSOR in 2016.

It is worth nothing that Ghanaians are beginning to experience another wave of Dumsor or load shedding whose schedule is not published as was the norm.
Ghana's Parliament is even divided on how to call it, this ushered in the term Dumsaa supposedly, the superlative form of Dumsor.

While officials of Ghana's energy sector regulators are claiming that Dumsaa is due to transmission failures, sector analysts believe Dumsaa is a matter of gross corporate liquidity mismanagement. With illustrious sons and daughters like the current chief of staff, Hon. Frema Opare, business mongul, Dr. Kwame Osei Despite, actor and comedian, Agya Koo, etc.

The situation of Wiamoase is even bizarre, the erratic power supply is worst than power supply experienced in neighboring country Nigeria, as inhabitants would put it, which make them wonder if they are really part of Ghana.

Dumsor occurs every day in Wiamoase since the beginning of the year and can take close to 12 hours before the lights are back. The unannounced Dumsor in Wiamoase has led to electronic equipments avoidably damaged, refrigerated food regularly spoiled, health and safety harmed, with clinics having no lights and, staff and students of Okomfo Anokye Senior High School are badly affected by this quagmire as the only senior high school in the town.

Counting their losses everyday, inhabitants of Wiamoase in the sekyere south of the Ashanti Region is calling on government to as a matter of urgency, resolve the power outages in the town or publish a credible time table for load shedding to avert any further damages.

Joshua Dedee


Ghana Is On The Verge Of Experiencing Civil Unrest Under President Nana Akuffo Addo

The recent frail and uncertain security situation in the country resulting in loss of lives of many innocent Ghanaians is so worrying and threatening to the peace of Ghana. The supersonic speed with which our beloved country descends into lawlessness and insecurity speaks volumes of a very weak and substandard leadership of president Nana Add and his security services. The prevalence of the current situation evokes a kind of blatant lawlessness, showcasing failure on the part of the president and his "men".

It is so saddening and worrying, the nonchalance and impunity with which these crimes are executed. This indicates an emboldening of the perpetrators behind them emanate directly from the half-hearted response from the president and his security agencies. It is abundantly clear that the government is unable to get hold on very germane issues that are frustrating and cutting short, the lives of citizens of the country.

Ghanaians are seeing their security service failing and are rightly apprehensive now than ever with the security situation we find ourselves. Recent escalating happenings have propelled Ghanaians to as a matter of urgency, take our personal security with all the seriousness it deserves. A litany of unpalatable happenings ranging from murder, kidnapping, violence attack by vigilante groups among others are the dominant news headlines in our airwaves. The urge for citizens to take the law into their own hands by trying to find solutions to their insecurity keeps growing. Though this act is objectionable in this 21st century, there seems to be no alternative hence the need to chart that path.

The current unwarranted and condemnable happenings in the country seems to suggest leadership failure to fulfilling one of their constitutional responsibilities, the more reason why Ghana is on the crossroad to experiencing its fair share of civil uprising. Nobody seems to be responsible for the fast growing never-ending violence being meted out on innocent Ghanaians daily. We must therefore be responsible for our own lives since all-die-be-die is not our position.

What is more threatening and indicative of a possible civil unrest is that the hoodlums and perpetrators of these acts when arrested, are defended and released by political party bigwigs. It therefore stand to reason that those who are very lucky to have aligned themselves to powerful political party's heavy-waits at the helm of affairs, can commit such crimes with impunity and go untouched. Very unfortunate for a democratic country like Ghana.

When all these things are possible, on what ground would one argue with me on my prediction? But it behoves me to clearly make stand conspicuous. I am not one of those religious charlatans and religious demagogues who take delight in prophesying on issues of election outcomes and predicting the register of impending high-level profile deaths. Far from that! The actions and inactions of this government and its vigilante groups ever since NPP won power, are charting a path that will lead to a civil uprising. There are litany of crimes and pockets of violence they executed ranging from beating-up people and locking offices, beating judges and freeing their members in court and most recently, the shooting incident at Ayawaso by-election. The yet to be investigated shooting incident at NDC Head Quarters in Kumasi today was also executed by some members of a yet-to-be-determined vigilante group.

The level of security deterioration in the country cannot be measured. This creates fear and panic among Ghanaians. I am aware they (NPP) will vehemently try to deny this but it is a common knowledge.

A question which is not suitable for after-dinner conversation but rather a pressing practical question of significant importance is, should the ordinary Ghanaian remain unarmed as law abiding citizens to lose their lives one day for no crime committed? Is that what this government wants? This is indeed practically impossible! But take note, my statement does not in any way suggests an advocacy for Ghanaians to arm themselves. It is rather the current state of Ghana that seeks to suggest that. Unless the president and the security agencies prove beyond incompetence, Ghanaians will begin to arm themselves in order to put up a deep spirited defence when attacked.

It must also be pointed out that one contributory factor that is pushing this country to welcoming an unfriendly guest, (civil unrest) aside the security crisis is the culture of silence. This slow but dangerous comrade of destruction which was introduced by this government is gathering momentum gradually. This reminds me of what Harry Truman once said "once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fears".

Majority of Ghanaians are forced by this government to remain tongue-tied for their jobs security. The hardship is so deeply rooted in the country yet the fear for losing one's life has made it difficult for one to talk about it. Almost all Ghanaians are moaning and the averse effect of it is very destructive more than volcanic eruption. All these things that are accumulating, will explode one day in this country when citizens are unable to contain them any more.

The signs are so glaring. Government must act swiftly to reduce the unending pressure being mounted on the good people of this country or else Ghana will in no distant time, have no option than to receive genocide as her unfriendly guest.


CID invites Ken Agyapong over killing of Anas’ undercover partner

The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service, has officially invited Member of Parliament for Assin Central, the Honorable Kennedy Agyapong over the murder of investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas partner, Mr Ahmed Hussein-Suale, MyNewsGh.com has confirmed.

The police said they will leave no stone unturned in getting to the bottom of the murder. They said Mr Kennedy Agyapong is only being invited as a person of interest.

Mr Ahmed Hussein Suale who worked with the Tiger Eye Private Investigations operated by ace journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, was gunned down by unknown assailants at Madina on Wednesday.
Hussein-Suale was shot three times, twice in the chest and another in the neck late Wednesday night while driving home by unidentified men riding a motorbike. He is the first journalist in the country to be killed this year.
According. to the CID, it is following all leads, indicating that all persons suspected to be linked to the murder will be invited to assist in the investigations.

Kennedy Agyapong is expected to tell the police what he knows about the murder.
'I am innocent'
Meanwhile, even before his official invitation from the police cane, Kennedy Agyapong has stated emphatically that he knows nothing about the murder.
He spoke on NEAT FM’s morning show ‘Ghana Montie’.
He avers that the young journalist never offended him whiles alive so it’s unfortunate that he has been linked to his ‘unfortunate’ death.

“A friend called to tell me that there is something trending on social media that I engineered the killing of one Ahmed. First of all, the guy has never offended me in anyway,” he said.
“When I premiered the ‘Who watches the watchman’ at Oman FM premises, I was told that I know Ahmed very well because he has been coming to my station for money. So I ordered them to stop him [Ahmed] from coming there and ‘beat the hell out from him’ because he can fix secret cameras around. This is what I said,” the controversial lawmaker told host, Kwesi Aboagye in an interview.

Source: mynewsgh.com

Your Mindset is the moulding block of your physiological being and future.

It has been a while ever since I dropped my ink for some emotional and psychological reasons but as the popular Ghanaian's community saying goes, the downfall of a man is never the end of this life, in bouncing back to my passion, I would want to share with my dear readers a piece which I have entitled " Your mindset is the moulding block of your physiological being and future ".

In my experience and research, I have come across many writers who laced their words on motivational thoughts of which most of them in their messages try in building the self conference ,perseverance and determination level of their readers and on that, I got to realized for myself that, the whole secret behind every successful person lies on two key words which I termed as The Determinants of Future. The first key word is Determination and the second word is Mindset. I will first want to torch on the Mindset and deal with the Determination in my subsequent piece to come.

With the issue of the Mindset, in simplicity means your future lies in your Mindset. One other thing I have realized is that, the mind has never ceased a minute from working although I used to believe what my grandmother told me some years ago that your Mind rest or stop working when you are asleep I wish it was today, I would have asked my grandmother a simply question which is, if it is indeed true then why is it that when you sleep and had a dream, you are able to recall vividly whatever transpired in the dream? You see, the point is, you may failed to put the thoughts from your mind into coherent and judicious use and working hard towards it but that doesn't mean you don't have great mind because the controller of your physical body is the Mindset.

Henry Ford once said, "whether you think you can or you can't either way you are right" hence to live and enjoy the future you desire to see yourself can never be attained if you cannot see it for yourself today in your mind's eye. In the quest to become one of the icon in the society, try as much as possible to see yourself to be the person you admire and desire to be, work hard towards it and I assure you will certainly become that person one day. The obligation therefore lies with you to decide what you want. Believe you can have it. Believe you deserve it. Believe it is possible for you. Close your eyes everyday for several minutes and visualize having what you want. Feel it. Believe it is already yours and finally don't forget to pray over it. That is what I termed as The Psychological Block for Physiological Development.

In the biblical context, Proverbs 23:7, of the Bible says, " As man thinketh in his heart, so he is" the big secret is in your thoughts to backed this point, one Buddha ever sighted that, " all that we are is the result of what we have thought. It is founded on our thoughts and made up of our thoughts " my dear reader I want you to use a minute to take a logical review of your life today. Are you the person you thought of becoming some days or years back? What was the strategy you used in your quest to becoming that person you desire to be? Has the strategy work for you? If your answer is No, one thing I would want you to know is that no matter how best your strategy may be it still requires a lot of effort to ensure that your chosen strategy achieved the result you expected and all this depends on the Mindset.

One brothers of mine Joseph Ziekye ever told me that, "where there is a vision, there is a provision". And after the conversation, I keep asking myself a question that, where would the provision come from? Is it going to come from within me or someone else? But with the little experience that I have had from my interaction with people, I got to know that indeed I have great values in me just that, I have failed at many times to realize those values and that is my problem, yours may also be the same or similar to mine but today, I want you to know that everything we do is from the mind so change your Mindset today and it will change your entire life, your future and your destiny but remember to keep most of your plans to yourself that is the secret because not everyone you associate with want your success.

I would like to conclude by eating the words of one popular Ghanaian motivational speaker Emmanuel Dei-Tumi " we are in the era of mind power not man power. Developed your mind".

By: Yaro D. Clifford

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