Friday, October 31, 2014

FAGRO 2014 To Host Roger Johnson, President Of National Farmers Union, USA




The President of the National Farmers Union (NFU), USA; Mr Roger Johnson will for the first time participate in the National Food and Agric Show (FAGRO) scheduled to take place from Wednesday, November 12 to Friday, November 14 this year at the Kumasi Cultural Centre.

The NFU, a family farmers union founded in 1902 in Texas, USA, protects and enhances the economic well-being and quality of life for family farmers, ranchers and rural communities through advocating grassroots-driven policy positions adopted by its membership.

The NFU, which represents farmers and ranchers in all states, with organised divisions in 33 States, is very active in the legislative arena; pushing issues that benefit America’s farm families and consumers, such as Country-of-Origin Labelling (COOL), the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and trade issues.

Mr Johnson, in an email interview noted that NFU first connected with FAGRO in 2011 when a delegation from Ghana including key government officials and agric stakeholders visited the NFU headquarters in Washington, DC.

“Earlier this year, a delegation from Ghana joined the NFU at its annual convention in New Mexico and participated in a variety of farm risk management sessions with beginning farmers and ranchers from within and outside of the USA,” he added.

Mr Johnson said the NFU believes that the combination of rich natural resources and industrious, motivated citizens underscores the great agricultural potential of Ghana, adding that, with the ever-expanding world population, each and every nation needs to do what it can to better educate its farmers and help them meet the needs of consumers.


”NFU has common ground in seeking educational opportunities for those with a vested interest in agriculture and in forging strong network connections,” he said.

Mr Johnson encouraged FAGRO to continue seeking opportunities for farmers, especially beginning farmers and women.

The Exhibition Director of FAGRO, Ms Alberta Nana Akyaa Akosa said Mr Johnson, representing the NFU as a guest of honour at this year’s FAGRO, will address farmers and stakeholders at a lecture on the topic, “Changing Attitudes: Taking Agric as a Business.”

“Mr Johnson will also pay courtesy calls on key government officials, diplomats, educationists and stakeholders in the agric sector,” she said.

Ms Akosa noted that farmer organisations in Ghana could learn from the NFU by uniting to form a mother union to serve as a strong force in the country’s agricultural sector and playing a vital role in policies and legislations regarding farmers and the agric industry.


Lancaster University Celebrates Its First Anniversary In Ghana




Accra, 27 October 2014 - Lancaster University and its partner Trans National Education Ghana Limited (TNE) celebrated Lancaster University Ghana’s first anniversary with their education partners and special guests at an exclusive cocktail.

Co-Founder, Rakesh Wahi joined Provost John Grainger and Project Director Raghav Lalas well as the rest of the Lancaster Ghana team to celebrate the event at Holiday Inn in Accra on 27th October.

Lancaster University Ghana opened its doors a year ago on the 28th of October 2013. The university is the only one of its kind in West Africa and is committed to producing graduates who have skills and knowledge to meet West Africa’s industrial, societal and governmental needs. The university received its National Accreditation Board approval in September 2013.

The LUG campus allows students across Africa to access Lancaster’s academic excellence in teaching and research on the African continent. The students are taught by local and Lancaster academic staff. Students currently studying at the campus in Ghana, have a range of undergraduate courses in business and management, international relations, computer science, law and psychology. The university also offers Lancaster’s highly acclaimed, triply accredited Global MBA programme in Ghana along with a Masters in International Relations.

MrWahi mentioned that the Ghana campus is the group’s first education venture in West Africa and shared the vision of “creating a network of branch campus experiences in Africa, through quality teaching, state of the art infrastructure, research led curriculum and innovation in delivery of the curriculum”.

Professor Graingersaid that “Lancaster University Ghana is committed to providing quality programmes to ensure that Ghanaians as well as Africans have access to world-class tertiary education, without having to travel abroad.”

He added that “the students in Ghana have excellent support in the form of access to Lancaster’s extensive library databases along with senior academic delegation visits from Lancaster University UK’s various faculties, senior administration, registrar, and student union.”

Mr Lal mentioned that “The campus has now grown to over 200 students studying across seven disciplines.”

Mr Lal also mentioned that students had the opportunity to travel to Lancaster’s home campus in the United Kingdom for a cultural exchange programme in the summer and the Ghana campus hosted two delegations of students from Lancaster University this year itself.

“The Ghana campus is currently looking at its expansion plans in Accra and continues to focus on supporting students through its student life activities and career and employability centre,” said Mr. Lal.


Lancaster University celebrates first anniversary in Ghana




Lancaster University and its partner Trans National Education Ghana Limited (TNE) celebrated Lancaster University Ghana's first anniversary with their education partners and special guests at an exclusive cocktail.

Co-FounderRakesh Wahi joined Provost John Grainger and Project Director Raghav Lalas well as the rest of the Lancaster Ghana team to celebrate the eventat Holiday Inn in Accra on 27 th October.

Lancaster University Ghana opened its doors a year ago on the 28 th of October 2013. The university is the only one of its kind in West Africa and is committed to producing graduates who have skills and knowledge to meet West Africa's industrial, societal and governmental needs. The university received its National Accreditation Board approval in September 2013.

The LUG campus allows students across Africa to access Lancaster's academic excellence in teaching and research on the African continent.  The students are taught by local and Lancaster academic staff.   

Students currently studying at the campus in Ghana, have a range of undergraduate courses in business and management, international relations, computer science, law and psychology. The university also offers Lancaster's highly acclaimed, triply accredited Global MBA programme in Ghana along with a Masters in International Relations.

Mr. Wahi mentioned that the Ghana campus is the group's first education venture in West Africa and shared the vision of “creating a network of branch campus experiences in Africa, through quality teaching, state of the art infrastructure, research led curriculum and innovation in delivery of the curriculum”.

Professor Grainger said that “Lancaster University Ghana is committed to providing quality programmes to ensure that Ghanaians as well as Africans have access to world-class tertiary education, without having to travel abroad.”

He added that “the students in Ghana have excellent support in the form of access to Lancaster's extensive library databases along with senior academic delegation visits from Lancaster University UK's various faculties, senior administration, registrar, and student union.”

Mr. Lal mentioned that “The campus has now grown to over 200 students studying across seven disciplines.”

Mr. Lal also mentioned that students had the opportunity to travel to Lancaster's home campus in the United Kingdom for a cultural exchange programme in the summer and the Ghana campus hosted two delegations of students from Lancaster University this year itself.

“The Ghana campus is currently looking at its expansion plans in Accra and continues to focus on supporting students through its student life activities and career and employability centre,” said Mr. Lal.

  Story by Ghana/Myjoyonline.com


Unilever Ghana Foundation empowers 60 women in Sekondi




The Unilever Ghana Foundation has empowered 60 women with entrepreneurial skills to help enhance their livelihoods in Sekondi. 

This brings the total number of women trained in Ghana to over 1,000 and supports Unilever's commitment to empower 5 million women across the globe by 2020.

The three-day workshop for women micro entrepreneurs, provided participants with behavioral approach and attitudinal change skills, book keeping procedures, cash and working capital management, using the 10 personal entrepreneurial competences.

The women were also taken through persuasion, networking, persistence and demand for efficiency and quality, as well as, seeking opportunities, commitment to work and risk taking among others.

Chairman of the Unilever Ghana Foundation, Mr Andrew Evans Quayson said the programme has provided the women with opportunities to better livelihoods for themselves and their families, and they are able to contribute to the socio-economic development of their communities.

He added, more than 1,000 women entrepreneurs in Greater-Accra, Ashanti, Brong Ahafo, Volta, Western, Northern and Upper East Regions have so far been trained, and they have successfully grown their businesses. He also emphasized the importance of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in job creation and economies of both developed and developing countries

Head of Corporate Affairs at Unilever Ghana, Mr Gabriel Opoku-Asare said “we are delighted to assist this group of women, and to provide them with the necessary skills they need to keep moving forward with their businesses. Women play such an important role in sustaining local communities, so we hope that the participants in this workshop will be part of efforts to bring improvement and transformation to Sekondi and Western Region.”

At the closing ceremony, one participant professed, “attending the workshop has empowered her with knowledge to manage her business better and profitably”.

 
 


Minister Endorses Joy Dadi Bitters




Officials of Joy Bitters in a post with the minister after the meeting.

The Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Elizabeth Ofosu-Adjare, has overwhelmingly recognized the hard work of Joy Industry, producers of Joy Dadi Bitters â€" one of the locally produced alcoholic beverages.

She has therefore pledged the ministry's unflinching support for the company to ensure that its products become international brands.

According to her, the tourism ministry would introduce Joy Dadi Bitters at the forthcoming World Travel Market â€" the largest global trade festival scheduled to be held in London in November â€" as one of the best indigenous brands currently on the market in Ghana.

The minister also pledged to advertise Joy Bitters at the next National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFAC) slated for November 29, 2014 in Sunyani in the Brong-Ahafo Region.

She made the endorsement when officials of the company called on her at the ministry to donate some of Joy Industry's products â€" Joy Medication Soap, Joy Bitters among others â€" to the ministry.

The visit was also intended to see how best the tourism ministry and the company could work together in promoting made-in-Ghana goods.

'The reason why I am going to introduce your product in London is to tell the world that you are doing well on the domestic market and that you are helping to boost the economy of Ghana through job creation,' Ms Ofosu-Adjare pointed out.

'Joy Industry has good products and has continued to respect its corporate social responsibility over the years. And I feel the best I can do as a minister to encourage them is to advertise their products, particularly their bitters to the world,' she told Business Guide, on the sidelines of their brief meeting.

Chief Administrator of Joy Industry, Samuel Adongo, who addressed the sector minister, stressed how the company had over the years created employment for a significant number of Ghanaian youth, particularly those in the Eastern Region.

He told the minister that it was helping to boost development activities at Akwadum in the Eastern Region, where it operates.

He disclosed that aside job creation for the youth, Joy Industry had since the 10 years of its existence, been supporting cultural events and festivals like Odwira and Ohum.

'We have over the years supported the KUMAWOOD Awards, Odwira Festivals, Ohum Festivals and a host of TV series and sporting activities. We have also supported deprived communities by constructing schools for them,' he revealed.

Joy Industry was established 10 years ago at Suhum and later migrated to Koforidua, the Eastern Regional capital; and it is currently operating at Akwadum, near Koforidua. It began with the production of items like medicated soaps and ointments, among others.

It was until a-year-and-a-half ago that it started the production of Joy Bitters and the product is receiving huge patronage within the West African sub-region.

BY Melvin Tarlue
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



2nd Tier Pension Saga: GH¢1.6bn Grabbed… Pension Alliance Trust Unmasked




Jihad Hijazi â€" Pension Trust Board Member and Rosa Kudoadzi â€" Pension Trust Board Member

More issues continue to pop up on the management of the controversial tier-two of workers' pension, which has resulted in a nationwide strike by some public and civil service workers involving not less than 12 labour associations.

So far, the controversial tier-two scheme has accrued to GH¢1.64 billionâ€"far more than the almost GH¢450 million the Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Haruna Iddrisu, indicated at his recent press conference following the one-week long strike.

According to the Chief Executive of the National Pensions Regulatory Authority (NPRA), Laud Senanu, the GH¢1.64 billion figure represents contributions from the public, private sector workers as well as the interest accrued on investment of the funds.

Public sector workers are up in arms against government over the management of the tier-two pension scheme and are demanding full disclosure and a complete control over the management of funds accrued.

Government insists it had appointed Pensions Alliance Trust (PAT) to manage the funds on behalf of the workers, giving rise to the ongoing workers' strike.

Addressing a press conference in Accra yesterday, Mr Senanu said the workers' contributions were lodged safely into the Temporary Pension Fund Account (TPFA) at the Bank of Ghana, saying that the GH¢1.64 billion was in three components.

The first is the private sector workers' contributions which were paid to SSNIT and later transferred into the TPFA. That amount, he said, had netted a total of GH¢521,885,987.36.

The second is the public sector workers' contributions paid to the Controller and Accountant General's Department and later transferred to the TPFA, which had grossed  GH¢488,768,270.73; and the third is the investment component which had accumulated to over GH¢600 millionâ€"all amounting to GH¢1,641,11,027.70.

Pensions Alliance Trust
The Pensions Alliance Trust (PAT), the darling company of the government, has been rejected by the striking workers who are saying that they have their fund managers they are ready to roll with.

DAILY GUIDE's investigations into the current pension rumpus have made interesting revelations, including the composition of its board of directors.

First on the list is Emmanuel Botchwey, owner of Regimanuel Grey Estates, shareholder and director of Fortizâ€"the company which acquired Merchant Bank for GH¢90 million in a very controversial deal which took the nation by storm in the last quarter of 2013 and the first half of this year. The GH¢90 million was later given back to Fortiz to recapitalise Merchant Bank which has been renamed Universal Merchant Bank (UMB).

It would be recalled that during the discussions on the Merchant Bank acquisition and lately in the discussions over the state of the Tier 2 pension funds, policy think-tank, IMANI-Ghana, questioned the Bank of Ghana and government on whether it was true that part of the tier-two pension funds had been made available to the owners of Fortiz in their attempt to take over Merchant Bank.

Some other financial analysts were certain that the pension funds had been diverted into the purchase of the state-owned bank since Mawuli Hedo, a director of Fortiz, was also a director of Firstbancâ€"the administrators of the tier-two funds, kept in Temporary Pension Fund Account (TPFA) with the central bank.

Firstbanc as a group has been administrator of the TPFA since the year 2010 when the Bank of Ghana and government failed to transfer the tier-two contributions to fund managers, who by law are supposed to manage the tier-two.


We don't need foreign support to kick Campaore out - Burkinabes




Whilst millions in Burkina Faso clamour for their president, Blaise Campaore, to step down, their compatriots in Ghana have stormed their Embassy in Accra to demand same.

Burkinabes are gradually trooping to the Ghana Embassy to register their anger at his continuous stay in office. He has been in power for 27 years, and the people are angry and would not agree to Mr. Campaore's attempt to seek another five-year term in office.

Their request went haywire Thursday when thousands of protestors broke security barriers, set fire to the country's parliament house in the capital Ougadadougou, and vandalized property.

The Army later dissolved both government and parliament. The creation of a transitional government to serve until 2015 elections was announced by army chief Gen. Honore Traore, who said it would "be put in place in consultation with all parties".

President Blaise Campaore had earlier indicated in a tweet that he would not continue to stay in power following the violence in his country yesterday.

But today, Mr Campoare told newsmen he would stay in power for a year under the transitional government.

“We are not happy... we want Campaore to step down,” one of the picketers, Oumarou Ganemtora told Joy News' Kwakye Afreh Nuamah in Accra.

The World Bank in 2013 put the population of Burkina Faso at 16.93 million. According to the demonstrator, with their population and the level of dissatisfaction with Mr. Campaore's government, Burkinabes do not need any foreign support to “kick him out”, and dared him to be an intransigent leader.

The demonstrators in Accra had earlier demanded the closure of the Embassy here but the ambassador pleaded with them to allow the office to operate after meeting the leadership of the demonstrators.

The demonstrators agreed with the ambassador but insisted Blaise Campaore must step down.

"The situation is dire in Burkina Faso to the extent that kids who are taking their first steps are even willing to march against their president." Ganemtora pictured the mood back home.

"Blaise Campaore has up to the close of day today to step down", he demanded.

Meanwhile, a statement by opposition leader, Zephirin Diabre, urged protesters to occupy public spaces.

Demonstrators are angry Mr. Compaore has been seeking to amend the constitution to stay in power beyond next year. Story by Ghana | Myjoyonline.com| Isaac Essel | [email protected] | twitter @isaacessel


Citizens gear up for historic nationwide clean-up campaign




Ghanaians are gearing up for the first-ever nationwide clean-up exercise set for Saturday November 1, 2014.

It is part of government's initiative to rid the country of filth.

The nation has for the past few years been grappling with poor sanitation which has led to a nationwide outbreak of cholera. Over 150 lives have been lost to the disease.

A National Sanitation Day has thus been instituted by government to ensure that Ghanaians of all walks of life would, on the first Saturday of every month, devote attention to cleaning their environment.

Local Government Minister, Julius Debrah says a hotline would be provided later Friday for citizens to report cases of uncollected rubbish across the country.

The various Assemblies have been directed to lead Saturday's campaign.

Reports from Joy FM's correspondents across the country indicate that citizens are ready to take part in the clean-up campaign.

In Cape Coast Richard Kojo Nyarko reports that some women at the Kotokuraba market are gearing up for the event.

The residents, however, pray the initiative will not be a nine-day wonder.

He said security personnel have also promised to take part in the event.

In the Volta Region, especially residents in Anloga, Ivy Setordjie reports that the National Sanitation Day has coincided with the Hogbetsotso festival.

Even though they are enthused about the initiative, the residents say they would be attending a durbar of chiefs on Saturday.

The residents say they have had to embark on a comprehensive clean up prior to the festival day.

They have, however, promised to take part in the subsequent event.

In the Upper West Region, Rafiq Salam says the residents are ready to be part of the clean up campaign.

For them, however, the clean-up exercise is something they have been undertaking quite often and it is therefore nothing new to them.

The presidency has meanwhile given its full backing to the nationwide clean-up campaign.

The clean-up is expected to begin at 6:00 am and end at 9:00 am tomorrow.


Step out, mobilise and clean your communities - Mahama tells Ghanaians




President John Mahama has asked Ghanaians to step out in their numbers and fully participate in the maiden nationwide clean-up exercise on Saturday, “for a clean and secure living”.

The government has designated the first Saturday of every month beginning this Saturday, November 1, for a clean-up exercise simultaneously nationwide from 6:00 am to 9:00 am, to help address the country's sanitation challenges.

In a statement Friday, October 31, 2014, the President also called on recognized bodies to mobilize their members to lend support to the National Sanitation Day.

“Let me urge all political leaders, opinion leaders, especially traditional authorities, religious leaders, personnel from the security services, workers, students and other recognized bodies to mobilize their members to lend support to the National Sanitation Day by coming out in your numbers to participate fully in this maiden activity, and on the first Saturday of every month”.

The statement said, Government will continue play its part by investing heavily in infrastructural projects such as drainage, water supply and health care facilities across the country to change people's behavior and attitude towards proper sanitation and cleanliness.

“Sanitation is a public good and its impact affects everybody irrespective of one's ethnic, political, religious or geographical background. What this means is that it is our collective responsibility as Ghanaians to take the needed measures to ensure that we live in a clean, safe and healthy environment”.

The President further stressed on the need for Ghanaians to continue to “work together, as one unified community of people to ensure the sustainable cleaning of our environs and help make Ghana cleaner and safer”.     Story by Ghana | Myjoyonline.com | Jerry Tsatro Mordy | jerry.mordy@myjoyonline.com


Sole Commissioner Worried By False Claims




Sole Commissioner of the Judgement Debt has stated that most of the site plans and maps submitted by Volta Basin claimants to the Lands Commission for compensation from the state did not have merit. Mr. Justice Yaw Apau said evidence available to the Commission showed that those maps were drawn in 2003 and 2004, whereas these areas got inundated in 1965 following the construction of the Akosombo Dam.

“Some of the maps have no date. How could they have surveyed and mapped out these areas which are now under water,” Mr. Justice Apau said at the Commission’s sitting in Accra, during which the Executive Secretary of the Lands Commission Dr. Wilfred Kwabena Anim-Odamey appeared to testify.

Cabinet, in July 2008, approved a consolidated amount of compensation totaling GH¢138 million for various stools/families in Pai, Apaaso,Makango, Ahmandi and Kete Krachi Traditional Areas and about 57 groups were said to have benefited from the amount.

The Sole Commissioner questioned Dr. Anim-Odamey whether he was aware that Kojo Abban and Co-presented a map for Makango in the Northern Region, but the map was showing flooded areas in the Volta Region around the Peki area.

Dr. Anim-Odamey said as at the time of approval of the payment for the compensations, he was not in office as the Executive Secretary, he however, explained that it could be due to an oversight on the part of the staff of the Lands Commission.

He said the evaluation report on the Commission’s work on the Volta Basin Flooded Areas was damaging to it (Lands Commission) both locally and internationally, however Mr. Justice Apau assured him that the Commission was not relying on the evaluation report alone, that was why they were inviting the Lands Commission’s officials and the beneficiaries to enable them come out with a very fair report on the situation.

Also at the Commission's sitting in the matter of Victoria Addy and others versus the Attorney General (AG) and Sabat Motors were Mrs. Dorothy Afriyie-Ansah, Chief State Attorney at the AG's Department and Mr. Kweku Yiamoah Pentsil, a legal practitioner and former Counsel for Victoria Addy and co.

Mrs. Afriyie-Ansah recounted that default judgment was entered on January 27, 2007, but notice to set aside the default judgement was brought up by the AG’s Department on July 30, 2007.


Sanitation Day: Gov't tasks Assemblies to clear waste within 48hrs




Government has directed Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies to clear within 48hours, all waste that will be gathered during Saturday's nationwide clean-up exercise.

Local Government and Rural Development Minister, Julius Debrah said the Chief Executives will be held responsible for uncollected garbage after Monday, November 3, 2014.

The Ministry has set aside the first Saturday of every month beginning this Saturday, November 1, for a nationwide clean-up exercise from 6:00 am to 9:00 am, to help address the country's sanitation challenges.

Speaking on the Joy FM's Super Morning Show on Friday, October 31, 2014, Mr. Debrah tasked the MMDCEs to ensure that waste left behind after the exercise do not get back into drains when it rains.

“It's a directive that…anywhere at all that we'll see uncollected garbage or refuse, the District Chief Executive or the Municipal Chief Executive will have questions to answer,” he said.

Mr. Deberah said the Ministry intends to put out telephone numbers for the public to call and report cases of uncollected waste in any vicinity throughout the country for immediate action. 

“And once you call the number and you tell us the location, we will know which Chief Executive is responsible so he [or she] will not have an excuse…,” the Minister told Show host, Kojo Yankson.

Focus of Sanitation Day
According to Mr. Debrah, the first of the National Sanitation Day which comes off tomorrow will concentrate on ensuring enhanced sanitary conditions at various schools across the country. 

He, therefore, encouraged the public, particularly young men, to endeavor to visit community schools to join clean the environment while their female counterparts take up the responsibility to cleaning up their homes and immediate surroundings.

“Every month we will try and pinpoint something that will be the general angle so that at the end of the exercise we will be able to do an assessment.

“Our prime interest is to try and touch the hearts, minds the conscience of the Ghanaians so that we will all get involved and see if we can get it right this time round,” he noted. Story by Ghana | Myjoyonline.com | Jerry Tsatro Mordy | [email protected]


Abuse Of Public Office For Private Gain Rife In Ghana




A former Rector of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Professor Stephen Adei, has said the nation’s quest to achieve a high degree of accountability in the public service rests primarily on the shoulders of civil society.

“Given the current state of lack of political will, politicisation of media discussion of corruption and accountability, the only way to assure appropriate executive response lies with effective civil society demand for accountability,” he said.

He said it was disheartening for corruption, waste and abuse to be unearthed year after year with public display of those who were corrupt and yet citizens saw no outcome in terms of prosecution and sentencing of those involved.

“Many Ghanaians simply accept ‘go and come tomorrow’, accept and give bribe for public service and will not report bribery and corruption incidents because they believe that will not amount to much. It requires concerted efforts on the part of civil society leadership to change the situation,” he said.

Prof. Adei said this when he addressed the fifth Annual Accountability Lectures organised by the Audit Service in Accra yesterday. It was on the theme “Public Audit- Achieving Better Public Accountability.”

He said despite the work of institutions such as the Audit Service, Imani Ghana and the output of Mr Martin Amidu, it appeared yen tie obiara, to wit “we will not listen to anyone,” had become an official national anthem for many.

Prof. Adei stated, “They, therefore, abuse their public office for private gain with impunity. In Ghana, at present, our system of integrity, accountability and transparency is such that those who abuse public office for private gain are not likely to be detected, prosecuted and judgement enforced.”

For this reason, he said, people tended to abuse public office and displayed their ill-gotten wealth with little fear of sanction.

He said even if the government undertook investigation when high levels of corruption became public, as a result of the work of the media, there was no willingness on their part to follow through to the logical conclusion.

Prof. Adei said the greatest challenge in the sustainable development of Ghana today was the political and bureaucratic corruption and weak accountability system. The use of commissions, securing judgement in court against corrupt officials and the issue of presidential directives could all be smokescreens to prevent culpable public servants from being made to account for their wrongdoing.


ECOWAS Message on Burkina Faso Ill-timed: IMANI Ghana




Renowned think tank IMANI Centre for Policy and Education says a statement by ECOWAS Chair and Ghana's President John Mahama on the Burkina Faso unrest is 'ill-timed'.

Founding President of the think tank, Franklin Cudjoe, said President Mahama's press release Thursday  that stated ECOWAS will not recognise any person who overthrows Burkinabe leader Blaise Compaore illegally is unhelpful to citizens of the sub-region.

"ECOWAS leaders were not only sleepy, but tacitly approved the dangerous constitutional amendment supervised by the dictator Blaise Compoare to extend his illegitimate rule from 27 to 32 years. This message from ECOWAS leadership particularly smacks of a return to the pre-independence rhetoric that made the creation of political kingdoms a greater priority than development and fed the overwhelming urge of many leaders to remain in power long after the colonialists were gone", a statement from the Franklin Cudjoe said.

Read the full statement below:
The call by ECOWAS Chairman and President of Ghana that an 'illegal' overthrow of the Burkinabe authoritarian dictator Mr Blaise Compaore would not be countenanced by West African leaders came too late and frankly unhelpful to the citizens in the ECOWAS region.

ECOWAS leaders were not only sleepy, but tacitly approved the dangerous constitutional amendment supervised by the dictator Blaise Compoare to extend his illegitimate rule from 27 to 32 years.

This message from ECOWAS leadership particularly smacks of a return to the pre-independence rhetoric that made the creation of political kingdoms agreater priority than development and fed the overwhelming urge of many leaders to remain in power long after the colonialists were gone. At a time when the continent and sub region strives to liberate itself from the expansive powers of the state and the ravaging threat of Ebola, the last thing Burkinabes desire is entrenched dictatorship.

Whilst every citizen must abide by the rule of law, it is important to make a bold statement that the leadership of ECOWAS must be seen to challenge themselves to discard this dangerous political system and work towards integrating themselves into the present competitive global political and economic order.

The status quo in Burkina Faso which ECOWAS seemed to tacitly approve threatens to exploit, denigrate, and humiliate ordinary Africans who want to live in peace and be prosperous.

ECOWAS citizens should stand shoulder to shoulder by the citizens of Burkina Faso and say that these ideas as supported by ECOWAS leadership are as dangerous today as ever.

Meanwhile, Ghana and all other West African nations must secure their borders against any possible attempts to smuggle arms into Burkina Faso to perpetrate the illegality of Blaise Compoare. West African citizens must support Burkinabes but advice them to challenge the plunderous rule of law as supervised by Blaise Compaoare for several decades without losing their lives.


50% Of Plantain Production Goes Waste Every Week At Agogo




About fifty percent of plantain cultivated in Asante Akyem Agogo area of the Ashanti region go waste. Farmers in the district produce between fifty to seventy trucks of plantain every week, but lack of storage facilities is militating against the food production efforts.

Bad roads, coupled with non-availability of ready market are among challenges contributing to what has become a perennial problem for the farmers.

The farmers have had to sell their farm produce at cheaper prices while some get rotten.

Obaa Abena Fosua is farmer who owns 80 acres of land. She has devoted 10 acres for water melon and cultivates plantain on the rest.

She explained the frustration and experience of her fellow farmers to Luv Biz on our visit.

“Now the Plantain business is bad. We can’t sell even half of what we produce. We don’t have ready market for our production so they end up rotten”.

Because the roads are bad,the farmers engage tractors to cart their farm produce from the farm to the town.

A trip costs 600 Ghana Cedis. As expensive as it is, these farmers are left with no choice but to employ the services of these tractors.

“Paying 600 Ghana Cedis for a trip is too expensive and drains us. We are compelled to engage them because the KIA trucks can’t ply the over deplorable route,” Abena reveals.

“Russia Park” is the name of an open place where market women display their wares. At the time of visit, fingers of plantain have been arranged in array.

Abena is worried often, more than half of the heaped plantains don’t get sold. They are left at the mercy of the weather for weeks, hence get rotten and some sold at unreasonably cheaper prices.

“A bag of plantain is now 60 Ghana Cedis, how much will I pay my laborers.It is difficult to offset all these expenses,” she passionately tells me and adds the farmers need help.

Deputy Agriculture Director for Asante Akyem Agogo, Felix Sackietey has called on investors to come to the rescue of farmers.

The presence of an agro-processing factory, according him, is critical in the area to reduce the incidence of post-harvest plantain losses.

Farmers and other stakeholders have been meeting at Asante Akyem Agogo to deliberate on the state of agriculture in the region.

It was organised by Inform Ghana, a Star Ghana funded project which seeks to ease information sharing.

The group collaborates with civil society organizations, and media to establish an online platform for information exchange.

Project manager of Inform Ghana, Nehemiah Atiga tells Luv News improved media reportage on agriculture is expected through an online information exchange.

This should promote informed citizen engagement, advocacy and their ability to hold duty bearers accountable at the end of the day.

“Quality research is focused to build capacity for data producers (CSOs) and data consumers (Media) to share, access and utilize quality information on socio-economic and governance issues”, He says.


Boy, 9, killed by tipper truck




Nine-year-old boy, Emmanuel Mensah Sowah, was on Tuesday killed at Awutu Breku in the Awutu Senya West District of the Central Region when he attempted to cross the Kasoa-Winneba highway.

He was knocked down by a tipper truck with registration number GR1037- 13 which was carrying sand from Winneba to Kasoa.

The body has been deposited at the Winneba Truma Hospital for autopsy.

The driver, Joseph Annan, 40 years old, has been arrested by the Awutu Senya police and would soon be put before a law court in the area.

Briefing Daily Guide, an eye­witness, Maame Pokuah, said the incident happened at about 7:00 pm at a spot called Washing Bay when the boy attempted to cross the road to see his father who owns a shop across the road.

Maame Pokuah stated that on reaching the place the car knocked and killed him instantly, despite efforts by the driver to apply the brake.

She added that the deceased was a class two pupil at Divine International School at Akrampa near Awutu Breku.

The eyewitness revealed that the deceased had his intestines gush out - a scene that compelled onlookers who could not stand what they saw to break down in tears.


2 persons arrested with fake Goil coupons




Two persons were yesterday arraigned before an Accra circuit court for allegedly possessing 213 pieces of fake Goil fuel coupons valued at GH₵10,650.

They are Jonathan Ofoli Quaye, technician and Samuel Osafo Amponsah, supervisor.

The police have also intensified their search for the third suspect David Osei Amankwah, a businessman currently at large.

The two are said to have on October 10, this year, had in their posses­sion 213 pieces of Goil fuel coupons which were not gen­uine.

Amponsah is facing an additional charge of abet­ting.

The accused persons have both denied the charges preferred against them and have been grant­ed bail in the sum of GH₵12,000 with two sureties to reappear on November 26,2014.

Prosecuting, Supt. Faustina Annor Kwoffie told the court, presided over by Jenifer Myles

Anmed that the complainant in the case is an accountant at the Spintex Road branch of Goil Oil Services whilst Quaye and Amponsah are a technician and a supervisor respectively at the same place.

She said the manage­ment of the company had been noticing the circula­tion of fake Goil fuel coupons at their various outlets all over the country.

According to prosecu­tor, it was also detected that some of the pump attendants had been assist­ing the perpetrators to dis­tribute the fake coupons exchanging them with part of their daily sales unde­tected.

The police officer said all managers of Goil Serv­ice stations were alerted about the threat that the fraudulent transaction was posing to the company and were asked to put in some security control measures to curb the practice.

Supt. Annor Kwoffie said all staff of the compa­ny, including the pump attendants, were also warned to desist from encouraging the distribution of the fake Goil coupons, adding that in August 2014, Quaye and Amankwah supplied 114 pieces of fake Goil coupons in GH₵50 denominations worth GH₵5,700 to Amponsah and collected cash equivalent.

Supt. Annor Kwoffie stated that Quaye succeed­ed in pushing through the sale of all the fake coupons he took from Amankwah, maintaining that on Octo­ber 10, Quaye and Amankwah again went to supply another 99 pieces of the fake fuel coupons at the cost of GH₵4,950 to Amponsah, but he (Quaye) was arrested after the suspect through a witness in the case.

Prosecution indicated in their statements Quaye claimed he was given the coupons by Amankwah whose where­abouts could not be traced. Supt. Annor Kwoffie added that Amankwah admitted receiving the coupons from Quaye but kept them when he detected that they had been faked. 


Car 'boot' robbers nabbed




Two Robbers who decided to change the con­ventional way of robbing by hiding in the boots of cars to attack their victims have been remanded into police custody by an Accra Circuit Court.

The accused personsâ€" Victor Kwadwo Sablah, 31 and Dodzie Agbanyo, 30, both cab driversâ€"are fac­ing two counts of conspira­cy and robbery, charges they have denied.

They are said to have, on July 26, 2014 at East Legon in Accra, robbed one Essien Mishasha Ibono of her two mobile phones val­ued at GH₵900, a pair of ladies' shoes valued at GH₵50, an NHIS card, a driving license, house keys and a cash amount of GH₵4625.

Prosecuting, Inspector Grace Banda told the court presided over by Francis Obiri that the complainant in the case is a student resi­dent at East Legion, while the accused persons also live at Dansoman and Pig Farm respectively. She said at about 4:50am on the said date, the complainant and her sister charted a taxi cab, with registration number GW 6754-13 and driven by Sablah, from Osu to East Legion. On reaching a dark place at East Legon at about 5:25am, while the cab was in motion Agbenyo emerged from the boot of the car through an opening at the back seat with a knife in his hand.

He then threatened to kill the two sisters if they failed to surrender all they had on them.

Inspector Banda stated that the two sisters were subsequently robbed of the aforementioned items, adding that after the rob­bery they (the victims) were thrown out of the taxi.

The police officer said the complainant took note of the registration number of the car and reported the case to the police.

She indicated that on September 5,2014, one Kwaku Obeng was arrest­ed with the taxi and that during police interroga­tion, he (Obeng) stated that he was the driver of the cab but gave it to one Kwaku Appiah to work with it between 18th and 28th July.

Prosecution further told the court that Appiah was arrested and has confirmed that the cab was in his pos­session on the said date but at about 3pm on July 25, Sablah, who is a friend, col­lected the taxi from him as a spare driver and worked with it until 9am on July 26.

Inspector Banda added that Sablah, who was in custody in connection with an earlier robbery case using the same modus operandi, was interrogated and he admitted having collected the said taxi to work with it as a spare driver on July 25 but said he returned it at 10pm the same day.

Prosecution said on October 16, an identifica­tion parade was conduct­ed at the Regional CID in Accra and the com­plainant identified Sablah as the one who was driv­ing the taxi cab and Agbenyo as the one who emerged from the boot to attack them with the knife.


2 robbers jailed 100 years




The Agona Swedru Circuit Court has jailed two armed rob­bers 50 years each with hard labour for robbing a taxi driver of his cab and murdering him later.

Emmanuel Adjei, aged 24, a bus conductor and Kofi Gyan, a 20-year-old unemployed, received 50 years each on two counts of conspiracy to commit crime and robbery. The sentences will run concurrently.

They pleaded guilty and the court, presided over by Ms Abigail Anima Asare, convicted them on their own pleas.

The two accused persons would after their sentences face murder charges at a higher court.

Prosecuting, Detective Police Officer Abudulai Mohamed said the compla>r.ant in the case was John Ashiley at Jei Krodua, near He said Mr. Ashiley on May 27, 2014 reported of his missing taxi cab and its driver, Odartey Lamptey, to the Kasoa Millennium City Police Station.

The police officer said on 28 May, 2014, police at the Millenni­um City Station got information that Lamptey had been found dead in the bush at Adadi, near Kasoa.

He said the police rushed to the scene and saw the body lying in the bush with marks on his neck and blood oozing from the nose, mouth and ears.

According to the prosecution, the body was later identified by the owner of the taxi cab as his driver.

He said the Kasoa police inten­sified their investigations into the matter and upon a tip-off, heard that Adjei was using the deceased's taxi cab at Suame in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region.

The prosecution told the court that on 18 September, 2014, the police went to Kumasi and arrest­ed the first accused (Adjei) and upon interrogations confessed that they committed the offence.

He said it came out from the police investigations that the two accused persons, who hail from Agona Odoben in the Asikuma- Odoben-Brakwa district, hired the services of the taxi driver on May 27,2014 at Kasoa for some errands at the area, but murdered the driv­er near Adadi and escaped with the vehicle.

The prosecutor told the court that the second accused, Kofi Gyan, was arrested at his hideout at Tabita, near Akim Akroso in the Eastern Region.

He said a post-mortem exami­nation by Dr. Simon Aporo at the Pathology Department of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, revealed that the deceased was strangulated to death. 


World Bank admits late Ebola response; proposes an epidemic revolving fund




The World Bank is proposing a global revolving fund that will be used to fight epidemics across the globe and has called on Ghana to lead the crusade in setting up that fund.

Officials at the bank are distraught over the late response to the Ebola crisis that has claimed close to 5,000 lives

President of the World Bank Group Jim  Yong Kim, said the global community is guilty of a late response to the crisis.

He made the admission when he announced a $100 million World Bank support towards the fight against the global epidemic at the Flagstaff House in Accra, Thursday.

This brings to $500 million the total amount contributed by the Bank for the fight against Ebola

"I think that we as a global community including the world bank are all guilty of responding too late.  There is no question about it," he said.

He said the World Ban had to change its core philosophy due to the seriousness of the epidemic.

"The world Bank does not normally participate in these kinds of responses to epidemics. Our role is long term investments in health systems," he noted.

He said with his experiences with epidemics he had to make a case for the Bank to quickly intervene, albeit late.

Jim  Yong Kim, suggested the institution of the pandemic revolving fund to be managed by professionals who do nothing but to think about how to respond to epidemics and have substantial funds available to them."

He said if such a fund existed, the Ebola crisis would not have worsoned.

"The fact that that mechanisms doesn't exist is an indictment," he stated, adding, the "world must be ready for the next epidemic to protect the continent."

The Vice President Paa Kwesi Amissah Arthur acknowledged the contribution of the World Bank in the fight against the epidemic.

He also touted Ghana's immense role to fighting the canker.

He cited Ghana's readiness to offer its territories as the headquarters towards the fight against Ebola and pledged Ghana's continued support.


Photo of the week: Ebola's war on bush meat




Bush meat production  and the fight against Ebola in Ghana

Production and consumption of bushmeat is an old tradition among Ghanaians in many parts of the country.

Though  hunters are most at risk from potential  infection because of their contact with animals and bites they sustain.

The outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus has traced its source mainly from this old trade which needs to be suspended or closely monitored to enable golbal campaigners battling against the diseas to bring it under total control.

The deadly Ebola outbreak is threatening to dampen consumption for an irresistable delicacy - bush meat. Consumers may be finding it difficult to respond to the call to refrain or restrain themselves in enjoying this meat.

It is unsure who is wining this Ebola war on bushmeat as in Ghana there are no regulations on the production,marketing and consumption of bushmeat.

This picture was taken at Ekumfi Eyisam in the Central Region where bushemeat business is flourishing.


Thursday, October 30, 2014

NHIS Grinds To A Halt In Northern Region


Sylvester Mensah

Beneficiaries of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) in Tamale in the Northern Region are now required to make instant payment before their health needs are met.

This is because licensed chemical sellers and other health service providers in the metropolis have finally stopped serving National Health Insurance clients.

Apart from PK Gombila licensed chemical shop at Moshie Zongo in Tamale Township, the angry licensed chemical sellers have reverted to the cash and carry system.

Service providers in private health facilities have withdrawn their services to NHIS clients.

Some of them explained to  Citi News  that the National Health Insurance Authority owed them millions of Cedis.

Authorities of the Nalerigu Baptist Mission Hospital in Nalerigu in the East Mamprusi District recently served notice of rejecting NHIS card holders.

They also accused the NHIA of failing to reimburse them for services delivered NHIS beneficiaries.

It is against this worrying development that the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the Peoples National Convention (PNC) have jointly issued a statement condemning what they described as poor operationalization of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).

NPP Northern Regional Secretary, Sule Salifu and the PNC regional Communications Director, Seidu Abdulai Napodoo added their voice to calls on government to save the NHIS from total collapse.

'We call on the government to wake up from its slumber and ensure that the NHIS does not collapse because of inefficiency and corruption: we also call on the NHIS management to as a matter of urgency pay all monies due service providers to enable them restock and resume providing services to those on the scheme.'

The statement added, 'The fact that most service providers have withdrawn their services is a serious matter as hundreds if not thousands of people can no longer benefit from the scheme: they are suffering in silence and we call on all well meaning Ghanaians to speak up against the NHIS management maladministration.'


Gain Raises GHS 350,000 For Local Tech Startup




Ghana Angel Investor Network (GAIN) recently made their first investment of GHS 350,000 in Revo a local technology startup providing solutions for the education sector. GAIN, a network of high net worth individuals, was established by the Venture Capital Trust Fund (VCTF) to bridge the funding gap for very early-stage companies. VCTF recognized the need to provide a platform for established entrepreneurs to assist aspiring entrepreneurs with capital and mentorship.

GAIN launched with only 6 founding members and today has an impressive network of 24 investors, with a keen interest in startups. The GAIN network is diverse with investors having interests in sectors such as technology, agriculture, education and healthcare.

Revo Technology Solutions Ghana Ltd received seed funding of GHS350,000 in July following a pitch session held in February where they pitched for funding to promote their latest product the iLearn. The iLearn is a tablet loaded with custom content for JHS and SHS including the GES and WAEC approved syllabus textbooks and the PASSCO application, full of PAST QUESTIONS AND SOLUTIONS for all subjects from 1990 to 2013. This application allows the student to practice past questions as many times as they want and get instant results or grades shown plus other helpful analysis. The tablet also contains storybooks from great publishers to improve students’ reading capabilities and also help improve their English language and knowledge base. iLearn also has brain teaser tests and games for educative fun.

One of the founders of Revo, Archibald Annan expressed the company’s passion for education as social entrepreneurs and their dedication to promoting 21st Century Education in Ghana saying that they will indeed revolutionize teaching practices by making learning engaging and interactive for students.

Digitizing educational materials impacts the way an educator teaches, providing students digital content and the professional development to transform classroom instruction into an immersive, experience that inspires a student's natural curiosity. The founders recognized the necessity to offer a package that meets the needs of teachers and students which led to the creation of Revo’s E-Learning platform which creates the opportunity for teachers to post class notes online where students can have 24-hour access from any desktop, laptop or mobile device while parents can also follow class lessons from their desks at the office.

Following the investment, the founders are still working closely with the team at GAIN and the Angel investors and will continue to do so for at least 12 months. Leticia Browne, in charge of Investor Relations at GAIN, said that this is one of the key benefits of working with GAIN as through the GAIN network, entrepreneurs can tap into a wealth of resources via the pool of investors and mentors who are dedicated to assist in building innovative and sustainable businesses. Leticia goes on to say that this is the first of many investments of this kind, as GAIN are currently reviewing applications for their upcoming Angel Fair in November and its looking very promising.


NLA donates to VAG




The National Lottery Authority (NLA) has donated a cheque of Ten Thousand Ghana Cedis (GH¢10,000) to the Veterans Administration, Ghana (VAG) through the Ministry of Defence (MOD) for the centenary celebrations of the World War I.

Presenting the cheque at the Ministry of Defence on Wednesday, October 29, 2014, Lieutenant Colonel (RTD) Yaw Dzotefe-Mensah, General Manager in charge of Security and Special Projects at the NLA, reemphasized the NLA's willingness to donate more to MOD in the near future for the Veterans.

He stated that the NLA had been in touch with the 37 Military Hospital to provide the hospital with some assistance at its Cardiothoracic centre and other related areas.

The Chief Director of MOD, Alhaji Alidu Fuseini, receiving the cheque on behalf of MOD, thanked the NLA for their wonderful gesture.

According to him, he was not surprised at the gesture since the NLA had been an ally in supporting veterans in the country.

Lt Col (RTD) Dzotefe-Mensah also paid a courtesy call on the Deputy Defence Minister, Alex Segbefia, who conveyed his gratitude to the NLA for the donation.


Cash-trapped PIAC faces ejection




The Public Interest and Accountability Committee (PIAC) may soon become a white elephant if government does not resource it financially. 

The committee has a core mandate to monitor and evaluate compliance of the petroleum revenue management law and ensure prudent use of petroleum revenues but that mandate is under threat because PIAC is cash-strapped.

The committee is even faced with a headache of possible ejection from its offices for its inability to pay rent.

Chairman of PIAC, Major Daniel Sowah Ablorh-Quarcoo told Joy News the situation is deplorable.

"We have received an ejection notice from the office secretariat we occupy at  Asylum Down and this is because for the whole year of 2014 out of the budget that we presented, 50 per cent was approved and out of the 50 per cent we have received only 25 per cent.

"This you can see is seriously inadequate and for that reason we have not been able to do quite a number of the things that this committee is mandated to do."

Even though the law required the committee to hold public meetings to solicit public opinion on how to manage the petroleum revenue, Major Ablorh-Quarcoo said those meetings could not be held due to lack of funds.

The Finance Minister Seth Terpker told Joy News he is unaware of the dire situation PIAC finds itself in.

He was surprised why such an emergency situation had not been brought to his notice.

He assured however, that the government was not going to allow PIAC to collapse.

"It is not the intention of the Ministry of Finance to let an institution like PIAC lose its offices on account of budgetary constraints.

"Some releases have been made to the institution", he stated.


Burkina's chaos is no surprise- Aning




A security expert with the Kofi Annan International Peace Keeping Centre says Ghana has a major responsibility to resolve the chaos that has left governance in Burkina Faso grounding to a halt.

Dr. Kwasi Aning is convinced there will be a "gradual escalation" of the chaos that has left the West African country's Parliament in rubbles with angry protestors ransacking the state television.

President Blaise Compaore imposed a state of emergency Thursday, to end violent protests against his 27-year rule.

He also dissolved his government but the mass protests appear to be going on unabated.

The rioters set fire to the country's Parliament building in protest over high cost of living and a proposed amendment to the country's constitution to allow the president run for another term.

They are demanding Mr Compaore's immediate resignation. It is emerging that some soldiers have joined the protest which has claimed at least one life, BBC's Yacouba Ouedraogo reported.

Speaking to Joy News, Dr. Aning said he is "far from surprised" about the incidents happening in Burkina Faso.

According to him, a report from the West African Network for Peace building early this year had predicted there would be chaos in Burkina Faso if the status quo had remained.

He described as ad-hoc, measures being taken by Compaore to resolve the chaos.  

He said the measures are a "reflection of the desperation of the regime" insisting, "the state of emergency would not resolve this."

It is a dicey situation for West Africa, he observed with Ghana's president and ECOWAS Chair John Mahama expected to play a lead role in resolving the crisis.

He said the president and his team are by now consulting each other in a desperate attempt to find a solution.

Already the UN chief Ban Ki-moon's special envoy for West Africa, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, is expected to fly to Burkina Faso on Friday in an attempt to ease the crisis.


75 prostitutes and their clients rounded up




The Nungua Divisional Police Command in the Greater Accra Region has arrested about 33 sus­pected prostitutes, together with 42 of their male counterparts and clients, in some brothels at Nungua, suburb of Accra.

The suspects currently in police custody, according to police reports, were seen in action when the broth­els were raided in a joint swoop organised by the divisional com­mand and the district command from 10:30 pm to 4:00 am yesterday.

Others were also spotted on tables in a nearby market openly having sex with their partners.

Three operators of the brothels raided were also apprehended by the police.

They are Francis Atiapa, Daniel Atiapa and Richard Atiapa.

Divisional Police Command­er, ACP Victor Gyan Kyereko, who confirmed the arrest to Daily Guide, said the police received several complainants about the activities of the commercial sex workers and how some unscrupu­lous criminals gathered there to plan their robbery activities in the area.

Some of the suspected prostitutes with their counterparts were caught in the act while others waited for their turns to operate.

The brothels visited were located at Chris Berry Night Club and Abrafi Spot areas and some parts of Sakumono.

The suspected prostitutes, according to the commander, were between the ages of 13 and 32 years.

According to ACP Kyereko, "most of the suspected prosti­tutes were from Somanya in the East­ern Region, Kasoa in the Central Region and Agbogloshie in Accra, but travel to Nungua every evening to practise prostitution."

Items found in the brothels after the raid included a number of folded toilet rolls, boxes of condoms, jackets and an unspecified amount of money. Modus Operandi

ACP Gyan Kyereko explained that the ladies were kept inside the brothels by the operators while the men (clients) enter to pay their monies to them (operators), col­lect their condoms and toilet rolls and enter the chambers to have sex with them.

For a 'short time', the men were charged an amount of GH₵20 while GH₵50 was paid for 'full time'.

The suspects will be sent to court for prosecution when investigations are over.


Acting NSS Boss tours project sites in Accra




The Acting Executive Director of the Ghana National Service Scheme (GNSS) Dr. Michael Kpessa-Whyte has paid a working visit to the Scheme's project sites at Dawhenya and Nungua both in the Greater Accra Region to acquaint himself with progress of work.

At the Dawhenya farms, he inspected the living accommodation for Service Personnel on the farms as well as newly acquired agricultural machineries which include the Massey Ferguson Combine harvester, a maize dryer, and a planter acquired by the Scheme through a grant from Export Development and Agricultural Investment Fund (EDAIF).

He then interacted with service personnel and joined them in bagging and sealing of maize and other produce from the farms.

The Acting Executive Director joined the Service Personnel on the Dawhenya farm in husking and shelling of maize being harvested.  

He also inspected work on the vegetable farm where he interacted with personnel working on a sweet pepper and tomato plantation.

Dr. Whyte was impressed with the work being done on the farms by the gallant service persons, who have been posted to the farms as part of their service to the nation. 

He apologized to them for the delay in payment of allowances and assured them that they will be paid soon. He said that with their commitment to the projects, very soon the farms will be the number one preferred place of posting for service personnel. 

He also said that the current management of the Scheme will take entrepreneurship training seriously so that the youth can both be employed and also employ others in Agriculture. 

He also touched on how National Service Personnel and the Ghanaian youth in general can take advantage of the Youth Enterprise Support (YES) fund being rolled out by the government for the youth to start their own businesses.

At the Nungua farms, he was taken around the poultry farm as well as pens of the sheep and goats. Currently, there are over 15,000 birds among some of which are laying eggs and other that are being processed and packaged for the market.  

He was pleased with processing of the animal products that the Scheme sells in the market and advised the personnel working on the Nungua farms to take what they are doing seriously and use the best practices in handling the animal products. 

He assured them of the Scheme's commitment to the Youth in Agricultural project and asked them to diligently discharge their duties to the nation.


Labour rejects govt's olive branch: We won't call off strike




Striking labour unions have declined government's proposal to call off strike so that government could also withdraw its law suit against them.

Twelve public sector workers unions are on strike over the operationalization of their second tier pension schemes. The strike entered day 7 on Thursday leaving public hospitals deserted with pupils in public schools wandering about on their various campuses.

Government sued the unions for embarking on an illegal strike and prayed the court for some reliefs.

But at a meeting with the unions today, government pleaded with the workers to call off the strike so they would also withdraw the case from the court.

Deputy Communications Minister Felix Ofosu Kwakye said the labour unions have up to next week Tuesday to consider government's proposal. 

Nonetheless, the labour unions are resolute and would not back down on their demands.

Perpetual Ofori Ampofo, General Secretary of the Ghana Registered Nurses Association, told Francis Abban on Joy FM's Top Story Thursday that the unions want the case to go the full haul.

“Not at all, we are not calling off the strike,” she replied when asked if the striking unions will accept the government's offer.

“We are not afraid of going through the process of court, I think we made it clear yesterday. We are not afraid of that at all,” she emphasized.

Ms. Ofori Ampofo insisted that government should allow the four schemes opened by the unions to manage their pension funds instead of the Pensions Alliance Trust selected by the government and “forced down our throats”.

"The monies accrued so far should be sent to the respective custodians to be released to the fund managers", she said.

She warned that the strike will “escalate” if government takes an entrenched position.

The leaders of the unions today met the Ghana Police Service to discuss their demonstration slated for November 5.

Ofori Ampofo stated that government's decision to appoint a fund manager for them is a breach of the Pensions Act, and that the unions would therefore resist it.

But Felix Ofosu Kwakye vehemently debunked the unions' assertion that government breached the Pensions Act. “It is not accurate,” he maintained.

Rather, it is the labour unions that do not have the capacity under the law, as employees, to select a scheme manager, he stressed.

He said government would do everything within its powers to ensure that everything returns to normalcy for Ghanaians to have a breather.

Though Mr. Ofosu Kwakye claimed government is doing many things to ameliorate the effect of the strike, he fell short of mentioning any measures in place when pushed for evidence.

Meanwhile, government has been asked by labour to put its proposal into writing. Labour will also do same tomorrow before the two meet on Tuesday, Perpetual Ofori Ampofo said. Story by Ghana | Myjoyonline.com| Isaac Essel | [email protected] | twitter @isaacessel


Rot At National Service: Director Grabs 5 Mansions




The rot at the National Service Secretariat (NSS) appears to be more deep-seated than anticipated, as information reaching DAILY GUIDE indicates that a former Executive Director of the organisation acquired not less than five houses in four years before he was removed.

The director, who was removed after a series of complaints by the Board of the NSS, was later given a juicy appointment as a presidential staffer.

Trade Fair Site
Shortly after his removal from office, some concerned members of staff of the NSS wrote to President John Mahama to institute a probe into the activities of the NSS boss and purge the scheme of the 'institutionalised thievery and naked robbery of state funds by him and his cohorts'; but the said report never got to the presidency.

The report said the former NSS boss lived far above his means, acquiring flashy, expensive and luxurious carsâ€"Lexus, Mercedes Benz, Saloon cars, among othersâ€"as well as mansions in Abokobi, Oyarifa, Trade Fair Site, ACP Estates at Pokuase, Sakumono and other places in Accra.

It said in some cases, he used names of his friends as owners of those cars and buildings to cover his tracks.

Sakumono
The report cited, for example, that the former director claimed that a soldier friend had asked him to build the mansion near the Trade Fair Site in Accra for him.

It said in building all those houses, he used the Borehole Unit staff and equipment to drill boreholes for water without paying for the services.

Oyarifa
The report said in addition to the already mentioned fraud, the former executive director paid a whopping GH¢25,000 cash to his wife, bought a flat for her at Adenta and a car to compensate her after he was caught in marital crisis.

The NSS is currently embroiled in financial scandal of gargantuan dimension as the immediate executive director, Alhaji Alhassan Imoro, is facing charges of stealing to the tune of about GH¢86.9 million belonging to the Government of Ghana.

The alleged systematic stealing had been institutionalised with the immediate past management allegedly continuing where others had left off.

Financial Malpractices
Abokobi
According to the documentary report, copies of which have been made available to DAILY GUIDE , during the reign of the former executive director in question, names of non-existent service personnel were allegedly generated and inserted in  the payment vouchers of some regions, notably Greater Accra, Western, Central, Volta and Brong Ahafo.

Allowances paid to such 'ghost' personnel were withdrawn by the Regional Directors and paid to the big man in Accra.

The report said the massive fraud and stealing of state funds were perpetrated through his errand boy, a certain Gyamfi.


[Outside Source] - ARBITRARY STRIKE ACTION


NOTE: ARBITRARY STRIKE ACTION: WORKERS AT CONTROLLER ALSO PART OF THE STRIKE: DO NOT
EXPECT YOUR SALARIES TILL THEY RESUME.

YESTERDAY SOME GOVERNMENT WORKERS INCLUDING A CLOSE FAMILY MEMBER OF MINE
WHO WERE SUPPORTING THE STRIKE WENT TO THE BANK TO CASH THEIR SALARY.

THEY WERE TOLD BY THE BANK EVEN THE PAYMENT VOUCHERS WERE NOT IN.

THEY THEN CALLED THEIR INSIDE PERSON AT CONTROLLER ABOUT THEIR SALARY ONLY TO BE
TOLD THEY ARE NOT THE ONLY PEOPLE WHO CONTRIBUTE SNIT, WORKERS AT CONTROLLER

ALSO CONTRIBUTE SNIT SO THEY ARE ALSO ON STRIKE SO THERE IS NO ONE TO WORK ON THE
PAYMENT VOUCHERS.

THEN THEY REALISED HOW FOOLISH THIS NATION WIDE STRIKE IS WHEN THIS MATTER COULD BE DEALT WITH IN THE LAW COURTS.

WE HAVE NOT SEEN ANYTHING YET, WAIT TILL YOU GET AN ACCIDENT AND YOU GET TO THE
HOSPITAL WITH NO DOCTOR OR NURSE TO TAKE CARE OF YOU.

THEN YOU WILL UNDERSTAND YOU
ARE SUPPORTING AN ACTION AGAINST YOUR OWN SELF AND NOT THE PRESIDENT AND HIS
MINISTERS.

SO TAKE NOTE CONTROLLER IS ON STRIKE SO DO NOT EXPECT YOUR SALARY AS YOU SIT HOME.

GOD BLESS GHANA.

By: Noel Yaw Agbenu


GCAA requests report from Starbow to begin investigations



The Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), the regulator of the aviation industry in Ghana, says
it has requested an occurrence report from Starbow Airline and Air Traffic Control.

This would enable it to initiate mandatory investigations into the incident involving the airline, as stipulated in the GCAA Regulations.

"GCAA would like to assure the General Public that, as the regulator of Ghana’s air transport
industry, it does not compromise on it’s unbridled safety standards and will continue to ensure Safety and Security within the Accra
Flight Information Region (FIR)," a statement said.

At about 1750 hours on Tuesday, 28th October, 2014, a Starbow flight 124 with registration number 9GXBD with 73 passengers, including crew member’s en-route from Accra to Takoradi after take-off and at an altitude of about 6000 feet, experienced hydraulic warning signals and immediately followed the emergency procedure for landing back at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA).

"The aircraft on landing burst two tires in the process. All the passengers were evacuated safely except for two passengers who sustained minor injuries".


POLICE ARREST PASTOR FOR POSING AS SOLDIER



Reverend Sampson Adu, a reverend minister who claims to be a member of the Church of
Christ in Adjei Kojo, Ashaiman, but leads a prayer group called Triumphant Prayer Soldiers
at Tema Community 11, has been arrested by the police CID for posing as a soldier.

Reverend Adu was arrested around 2:20am Wednesday at Anyinam onboard a VIP bus with
registration number GT 4978-14, which was heading towards Kumasi.

He is now in the custody of the Criminal Investigations Department assisting with investigations.

Confirming his arrest to Daily Guide, COP Prosper Kwame Agblor, the Director General of the
Criminal Investigations Department (CID), said a
police patrol team stopped the VIP bus the suspect was travelling on to search it as part of their routine checks of vehicles plying the road
at dawn.

He said in the course of the search, Reverend Adu was spotted dressed in military uniform but
without his cap and belt.

When he was asked to produce his appointment certificate or card, he could not produce it.

Upon further interrogations, Reverend Adu then confessed that he was not a military man but a
man of God who received the uniform from a soldier friend he healed of stroke in 2012.

He added that the soldier he healed was on a peace keeping mission in Liberia and was yet to
return. No weapon was however found on the suspect.

COP Agblor added that the police have observed that lots of criminals have been using military
uniforms and police regalia for their nefarious activities, adding that the police would question
any person in these uniforms without permit.

Source: Daily Guide


ASPIRING ACTRESS IN 'CATCALL' VIDEO RECEIVING RAPE THREATS



Emily May, the executive director of Hollaback!, which sponsored the public service announcement featuring Shoshana Roberts, said
the actress has been hit with a slew of rape threats after the video came out.

The group is currently filing police reports about the online harrassment.

The woman who was filmed being catcalled 108 times while walking Manhattan streets has received rape threats online, according to the organization that sponsored the public service announcement.

“The subject of our PSA is starting to get rape threats on the comments. Can you help by
reporting them?” the group Hollaback! tweeted after a video showing aspiring actress Shoshana
Roberts getting catcalled appeared on YouTube.

The PSA was filmed with a hidden camera and two microphones that picked up unsolicited comments from men like, “Someone’s
acknowledging you for being beautiful — you should say thank you more.”

The 2-minute clip, which shows her strolling the streets for 10 hours during a day in August, has
received more than 4 million comments on YouTube — some calling her names that are not
suitable for publication.

Emily May, co-founder and executive director of Hollaback!, said her office has received about 10 threatening phone calls — and Roberts has been hit with disturbing emails from viewers that she is reporting to the police.

“Unfortunately, the behavior that we see on the streets, we also see online,” May told the Daily News. “We were horrified by what we were seeing but we weren’t shocked. It’s part of the culture. It’s part of something we’re looking to change the root cause of so people aren’t harrassing on the streets and on the Internet.”

Roberts did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
May is asking supporters to email, tweet and send screenshots of the nasty comments so her office can file police reports.

“It’s obviousy really upsetting,” she said. “Nobody wants to have to face this.”

Source: NY Daily News


20-YEAR-OLD GIRL RAPED BY FIVE MEN



A 20-year-old lady has been hospitalized after she was allegedly gang- raped by five men - an action which was videoed in a dark room at Sabon Zongo in Accra.

The victim, currently on admission at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, according to reports, was
raped by the suspects around 5:00pm on October 17, 2014 in the house of one of the suspects.

She is said to have attempted committing suicide after the incident.

The suspects, who she identified as Shamsu,  Awal, Fithiya, Victor and Wahab, are reportedly,
walking freely on the streets of Sabon Zongo because the Police have not been able to apprehend them.

The five suspects are said to have threatened to post the videoed of the victim on the internet if
she continues with the case at the police station.

Narrating the ordeal to Daily Guide, Mohammed Yussif, aggrieved father of the victim, said the family received information about the sexual assault the same day and reported the matter to
the police.

He said, "We were directed to the Ministries branch of the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU) by the Korle-Bu police
for investigations after a medical form was issued to the victim."

After lodging the complaint to the Ministries DOVVSU, the unit sent a signal to Korle-Bu police for the immediate arrest of the suspects
but since then this has not been possible.

Narrating how the incident occurred to the paper, the victim (name withheld) who spoke on
her hospital bed at the Korle-Bu hospital where she is currently on admission, said she lived in
the same area with the suspects.

"Awal was my classmate and it was through him that I became friends with the other suspects."

She narrated that on October 13, when she was celebrating her birthday, Awal in the company
of the other four attended the party.

"After the party, Awal told me that they had bought a gift for me but had forgotten it in the house so anytime I was free, I could pass by his house for it."

On October 17, 2014, the victim said she met Awal alone at a nearby internet cafe and after a
chat, he suggested that she followed him to his house for the gift.

The victim said she obliged and when she entered Awal's room the other four were already seated in there waiting.

"There, the five boys including Awal descended upon me and raped me in turns while they
videoed the action," she said.

After the act, the five men left the room and went into hiding.
The victim said she reported the matter to her family who in turn reported it to the Korle-Bu police.

"One inspector Owusu who was handling the case told us to arrest the boys ourselves and bring them to the station after efforts to apprehend them had proved futile," she said.

"Not satisfied, the suspects, upon hearing that the police were after them, stormed my house to threaten my mother that if I don't come for them to sleep with me the second time, they were going to put the video on the internet,"
she added.

Meanwhile, when the paper contacted DSP Peter Yembilla, the Korle-Bu District Police Com­
mander, he said the suspects had fled the area and were now wanted.

"The police have been to the area on two occasions to look for the boys but nothing has come out of the search so far," he said, adding
that "one difficulty the police are facing is that those in the area who know the suspects often shield them."

He called on residents to help the police to apprehend the suspects.

Source: Daily Guide


SHOPLIFTER STRIPPED AFTER STORE OWNER CATCHES HER



A female shoplifter was stripped to her waist by a merciless store owner after she was caught
stealing in her store.

The shoplifter, 28 year old Yu Chung, went into the store in China's Zhejiang province to buy clothes and stuffed some into her bag without paying for them.

The angry store owner, 39 year old Mei Hsueh, who caught her red handed, descended on her,
removed her top to prevent her from running away, then removed her bra and pushed her outside of her store.

"This thief was trying to steal my clothes to I took off some of hers.She'll think twice before
she does that again. It was meant to be a warning to all those thieves out there to show them that not all shops are a pushover." the store owner said

The police was eventually called and Yu was taken away. She has been charged with theft but no action was taken against the shop owner.


75 PROSTITUTES AND THEIR CLIENTS ROUNDED UP



The Nungua Divisional Police Command in the Greater Accra Region has arrested about 33 sus­
pected prostitutes, together with 42 of their male counterparts and clients, in some brothels
at Nungua, suburb of Accra.

The suspects currently in police custody, according to police reports, were seen in action
when the brothels were raided in a joint swoop organised by the divisional command and the
district command from 10:30 pm to 4:00 am yesterday.

Others were also spotted on tables in a nearby market openly having sex with their partners.
Three operators of the brothels raided were also apprehended by the police.

They are Francis Atiapa, Daniel Atiapa and Richard Atiapa.
Divisional Police Commander, ACP Victor Gyan Kyereko, who confirmed the arrest to Daily
Guide, said the police received several complainants about the activities of the commercial sex workers and how some unscrupu­
lous criminals gathered there to plan their robbery activities in the area.

Some of the suspected prostitutes with their counterparts were caught in the act while others
waited for their turns to operate.

The brothels visited were located at Chris Berry Night Club and Abrafi Spot areas and some parts
of Sakumono.

The suspected prostitutes, according to the commander, were between the ages of 13 and
32 years.

According to ACP Kyereko, "most of the suspected prostitutes were from Somanya in the Eastern Region, Kasoa in the Central Region and Agbogloshie in Accra, but travel to Nungua every
evening to practise prostitution."

Items found in the brothels after the raid included a number of folded toilet rolls, boxes of condoms, jackets and an unspecified amount of money.

Modus Operandi ACP Gyan Kyereko explained that the ladies
were kept inside the brothels by the operators while the men (clients) enter to pay their monies
to them (operators), collect their condoms and toilet rolls and enter the chambers to have sex with them.

For a 'short time', the men were charged an amount of GH₵20 while GH₵50 was paid for 'full
time'.

The suspects will be sent to court for prosecution when  investigations are over.

Source: Daily Guide


GHANAIAN SONGSTRESS LADY JAY ALLEGEDLY ABUSED BY HER MANAGER



Rising Ghanaian songstress Lady Jay is a victim of brutal attack allegedly suffered in the hands
of her own manager, Talal Sangari.

This comes just days after performing LIVE on The One Show on Viasat1.

Pictures of the artiste have surfaced on social media, showing swollen eyes and cheeks.

Although it is not clear what may have caused her manager to brutally attack her, there are
speculations that Lady Jay was "punched and headbutted over disagreement about money."

The victim later confirmed that indeed, her manager is responsible for her predicament. In a series of tweets, Lady Jay denied what she said were rumors being speculated by her manager that her 'abuse' is a campaign to
promote her upcoming single.

Talal has since gone into hiding, as Lady Jay receives medical attention. The police have began investigation into the incident and are in search of Talal.

Below is a series of tweets from Lady Jay. Although there are a few grammatical errors, it is obvious the message she is sending to her
fans: Talal Sangari who is my manager from creatures has injured and I was brutally hurt. I have heard he is going around saying that… this is a campaign towards my new single which is a lie.

…He has brutally assaulted me. I still going through this shock .. so don’t let his lies draw u in .. Thank you Lady Jay performed her single 'Oh My My My' LIVE on The One Show on Viasat1, last Thursday, 23rd October, when she was a guest on the show.


My Husband Pushed Me Into Sex Swaps For Business Deals



Christina Kelly says her investment- banker husband made her go the extra mile to help him land a client — pushing her into a partner - swap with the business honcho and his wild girlfriend.

The mom of two revealed details of the kinky alleged hookup — and every drug binge , extramarital pool fling and sex encounter in
between — in salacious Manhattan court papers targeting her husband, Jefferies & Co .
wunderkind Sage Kelly.

And now , she and her reputed real- life “ Wolf of Wall Street’’ hubby are “ the talk of the town , ’’ a Wall Street source said .

“ All the top Wall Street and hedge- fund guys are talking about it . They are all e- mailing it to each
other , ’’ the source said of Christina ’s 26 - page affidavit.

“ It is a complete bombshell and a shocking and wild read . It’ s just irresistible .

“ The most astonishing thing is that the complaint says Ben Lorello , who is head of investment banking at Jefferies — a top health - care banker and very powerful guy on Wall Street — was part of a cadre of guys who do cocaine all of the time, ” the source noted .

Another source added , “ We know what this is all about — this is revenge .” Christina Kelly alleges in nearly every page that her $7- million - a - year hubby is nothing but a coke - and Ecstasy - loving , booze - swilling , abusive spouse and dad who lives for seamy sex romps .

Christina , 39, said her husband, 42, was trying to woo Aegerion Pharmaceuticals honcho Marc
Beer the night she wound up having sex with Beer — and “ sexual contact ’’ with his prancing ,
big- breasted girlfriend , according to the papers .

The former Ralph Lauren event planner said the sex jaunt occurred in a hotel room at the Ritz - Carlton in Boston in 2012 after a booze- and cocaine - fueled evening .

“ Soon , Sage and I were having sex with each other on one bed, and Marc and his girlfriend
were having sex on the other bed, ’’ Christina says in her affidavit.
We know what this is all about — this is revenge .

“ Then , Marc said , ‘ Let ’ s switch, ’ ” she claims in the papers . “ Marc suggested that his girlfriend
and I have sex with each other .

“ Mindful of [Sage ’ s ] goal of securing business from Marc , I felt responsible not to disappoint
Marc . So , his girlfriend and I had sexual contact for a few minutes , while Marc and Sage watched .

“ Then , Marc ’ s girlfriend joined Sage on our bed, and Sage and she started to have sexual relations .

“ Then , I joined Marc on his bed, and he and I engaged in sexual relations , ’’ Christina said in
the sworn affidavit .

“ Following that evening , Marc Beer has been an important client of Sage and, presumably , a
substantial reason for Sage ’ s enormously successful career at his current investment bank , Jefferies and Company Inc . , ’’ she said .

Christina , a graduate of the tony Horace Mann school in Riverdale , said her husband of 12 years routinely pestered her into engaging in threesomes.

She also alleged his sexual conquests outside their marriage included a romp with the wife of
co - worker Dung Nguyen in the swimming pool at the Kellys ’ family vacation home in Sag Harbor, LI .

A few months after Boston , during a visit from Nguyen and his wife , “ I noticed Sage sitting on
the stairs in the shallow end of the pool , ’’ Christina said in the court papers .

“ I heard Jessica moaning , ‘ Oh, Sage . ’ ’’ Christina and Sage Kelly have two daughters , ages 10 and 6.

Christina noted that at least one of their kids ’ bedrooms overlooked the pool . ‘ I felt responsible not to disappoint Marc . So , his girlfriend and I had sexual contact for a few minutes . ’
- Christina Kelly

She also said Nguyen and a slew of other business associates of her husband did drugs with Sage — and she included names in her
affidavit.

The list also included Myriad Solutions CFO Mark Hosny, UBS ’ s Bjorn Koch , Sage ’ s boss Ben
Lorello , and the head of Seattle Genetics, Clay Siegall , the filing claims.

Beer said through a spokeswoman, “ Ms . Kelly’ s
accusations as to me are categorically false and baseless . I do not use cocaine or any other
illegal substance .

“ All of the allegations which Ms . Kelly has made regarding me and my girlfriend are ridiculous,  baseless and grossly irresponsible .”

Lorello said through a Jefferies rep that he also “ categorically denies all the allegations regarding
him raised by Ms . Kelly in her matrimonial case. ”

Nguyen said through the rep that he , too , “ categorically denied the allegations made about him by Ms . Kelly.”

Siegall said in a statement , “ Ms . Kelly’ s accusations as to me are baseless and absurd. I have never used cocaine in my life . The allegations as to me are completely and unequivocally false. ”

Messages to Hosny and Koch weren ’ t returned .
Sage Kelly hung up on a Post reporter Tuesday.
He has said in previous court filings that his wife ’s claims are an “ outrageous lie .”

“ While [she] and I used recreational drugs on occasion at certain social events in the past , the ‘ Wolf of Wall Street’ tale she tells this court is a work of fiction, ” he said in an August filing .

The tall , handsome Boston College grad won temporary custody of their kids after he secretly installed cameras in the couple’ s Fifth Avenue apartment that caught Christina drinking and
snorting coke, according to her suit.

Besides her admitted cocaine use, the petite blonde drunkenly drove her Range Rover into a utility pole in the Hamptons in 2010 with her
two kids in the car , Sage says in court papers .

She is currently on a conditional probation, he adds .
In a bid to get the girls back , Christina filed a countersuit claiming it ’ s Sage who is the real
danger to the kids .

She said he once slapped one of the little girls across the face for saying she was afraid she might pee herself — and routinely calls the kids “ f – k ing retard ’’ and “ f – k ing idiot.’’

“ Mommy , can you please tell Daddy to stop calling me a f – k ing retard?’’ one of the little girls
asked her , the filing says .

And Christina said one of her husband’ s pals also “ inadvertently left a bag of cocaine on a pool table’’ at the family’ s Sag Harbor home — and one of the kids stuck her finger in it.

Christina says she stopped the child before she could ingest it .
Christina said Sage was so into drugs that he once hosted “ Mushroom Day ” in the Hamptons
where “ he continually ingested [psychedelic ] mushrooms throughout the day . . . while the
children were present.”

He also urinated and defecated on himself in bed, she said in the papers .


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