Monday, February 29, 2016

'Evans Forced Me To Take Snapshots Of Our Sex Act '- 19-Yr-Old Girl


Agbedor Evans Mubarik, a staff nurse at the Salaga Government Hospital in the East Gonja District of the Northern Region, has allegedly been involved in a sex scandal with Mohammed Ramatu, a 19-year-old junior high school student.

In an exclusive interview with Daily Guide, Ramatu indicated that Evans forced her to take snapshots of their sex act, admitting that he was the boyfriend whom she had been in a relationship with for some time now.

She stated, “On that faithful day, Evans wanted to have sex with me but I refused and he took those pictures but promised to delete them later. “I am so shamed and frightened to go out of my room because Salaga is a small community and virtually we know ourselves and I cannot imagine what people will say about me.

According to sources, some family members of the girl had since reported the case to the Salaga police for the appropriate action to be taken.

An investigation by the paper indicated that Evans has more than 15 different pictures of various young ladies in the district that had fallen victim to his game.

Some youth in the Salaga township are currently in search of Evans, who they believe to be on the run since the incident occurred.


By Ghana Leaks Blog




Circle Traders Appeal For Adequate Compensation


The members of the Pedestrian Shopping Mall Traders Association at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle have appealed to the Minister of Roads and Highways to ensure that they are given adequate compensation before their relocation. 

Mr Charles Kwarko Ampomeah, the Chairman of the Association, told the that the GHC224, 679.00, which was being offered as compensation by the Department of Urban Roads to all the 315 traders was woefully inadequate and unacceptable.

The traders whose business location would be affected by the construction of the Interchange said they were not against the project, but they wanted a resettlement package that would take care of the challenges to arise and would make them continue with their businesses.

Mr. Ampomeah said in 2006, when most of them legally acquired and occupied the shopping mall, the cost of constructing a metallic container ranged between GHC1, 800.00 and GHC2, 000.00, beside the cost of the provision of electricity.

He, therefore, asked whether or not in arriving at the GHS224, 679.00, the Lands Valuation Division of the Lands Commission Secretariat, which worked out the compensation, took into account the cost of the structures, either metallic or wooden; the value of the land; the deprivation of livelihood; and the cost of repatriation.

Mr. Ampomeah said to date nobody had discussed with them where they were going to be re-located and wondered whether they would have to return to the streets or pavements to ply their trade or not.

He said they had been cooperating with the contractors and all the relevant agencies connected with the project to ensure its successful execution; but he stated that the source of their livelihood was at stake and thus called for a fair deal. 

 


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Some African Children Go Without Lifesaving Vaccines - WHO


One in five children on the continent still do not receive life-saving immunizations, the World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Office for Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean Region has said.

It said despite considerable progress in expanding access to vaccines in Africa, one in five children still lacked access.

The WHO in a report titled: “Fulfilling a promise: Ensuring immunization for all in Africa”, was released ahead of the first-ever Ministerial Conference on Immunization in Africa slated for Addis Ababa.

The report painted mixed picture of the state of immunization among African children in the areas of vaccine access, delivery systems and immunization equity and said on the positive side, there has been some strong progress in vaccination on the continent.

Routine immunization coverage has increased considerably across Africa with average Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis (DTP3) coverage increased from 57 per cent in 2000 to 80 per cent in 2014. DTP3 refers to the vaccine.

This immunization is recommended for all infants and the coverage rate of this vaccine is generally understood as the best way to measure overall immunization coverage.

Measles deaths have also declined by 86 per cent between 2000 and 2014. Because measles is a highly infectious virus, control requires more than 95 per cent coverage with two doses of Measles-containing Vaccine (MCV) across all districts.

In 2014, while the coverage of one dose of MCV in Africa was 74 per cent, coverage of two doses of MCV was only 19 per cent.

It said the introduction of new vaccines in Africa has also been a major success. The GVAP goal is on track to be met in large part due to the contribution of countries in Africa.

Many countries in Africa have introduced multiple new vaccines, such as pneumococcal conjugate vaccine and rotavirus vaccine, at the same time.

According to the report, the three important diseases, measles, rubella, and neonatal tetanus that have been eliminated or nearly eliminated in most regions of the world, remain widespread in Africa.

In 2013, Africa was home to 45per cent of global deaths due to measles. Although the world has made significant progress against neonatal tetanus, a quarter of African countries are yet to eliminate tetanus cases, representing 13 of the 23 countries not having reached this achievement worldwide.

It said many countries have fragile health systems that have buckled under sudden crises, such as armed conflict or major disease outbreaks, adding, “These systems need to be made more resilient in order to withstand future shocks”.

Despite these achievements, the report outlined some significant challenges saying one in five children still do not receive DTP3, the most basic vaccines they needed, adding, “While DTP3 coverage throughout Africa has improved, progress in recent years has slowed”.

It also expressed concern about the serious disparities within countries, where only nine countries in Africa reported DTP3 coverage greater than 80 per cent in all districts in 2014.

Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa, said for Africa to achieve its full potential and secure a bright future, we must unite to ensure that every child on the continent receives the vaccines he or she needs to survive and thrive.

“It is unacceptable that one in five African children lack access to lifesaving vaccines, and this report is an urgent wake-up call to Africans of all walks of life and at every level”.

Dr. Kesetebirhan Admasu, Minister of Health for Ethiopia expressed concern and said, “We can and must do more to protect all our children from devastating illnesses, not only because it is our responsibility to ensure healthier futures for our citizens, but also because it is a smart economic decision”.

Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, African Union Commission Chairperson, said “This is the begin of a new era of health on our continent, in which all countries commit to saving and improving children’s lives using one of the most powerful tools ever invented: vaccines. Africa’s unity on immunization is our best hope for a better future”.


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President Mahama To Visit International Trade Fair In Tamale


The sprawling city of Tamale is beaming with excitement and bustling with business activities with the commencement of the first ever international trade fair at the Tamale Sports Stadium.

The opening ceremony can best be described as an eye opener to the rich cultural heritage of the people in the northern region.

The President of the Republic of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama is expected to grace the occasion in the course of the week to exchange pleasantries with both local and foreign participants.

News about the President's visit, has sparked a lot of euphoria in the town.

The two weeks event, comes under the theme, "Two decades of international trade fair in Ghana : Exploring business opportunities in the SADA zone of Ghana" and expected to expose both local and international exhibitors to the huge untapped business and investment potentials in the zone.

Available statistics indicate that over 600 exhibitors from all walks of life are participating in the fair with some of the countries being South Africa, China, Nigeria, Nigeria, Syria, Togo and Turkey

Organizers intimate that this is the first time the Ghana Trade fair Company has recorded such an overwhelming number of exhibitors since 2004.

Close sources have revealed that there is an increasingly inflamed hurry for stands by both foreign and local exhibitors.

Opening the fair on behalf of the President, the Deputy Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, Hon. Justice Samuel Adjei demonstrated high optimism that the fair holds prospects to promote businesses, create jobs and grow young enterprises in the SADA zone.

Also speaking on behalf of the Northern Regional Minister, the Mayor of Tamale, Hon. Abdul Rahaman Hannan Gundadow said "Our expectation is that through this Trade Fair some of the exhibitors who are not doing businesses in the SADA zone will come over and set-up their businesses here. It is also our expectation that this trade fair will make it possible for some of the local businesses in the SADA zone to get market outlets in other parts of Ghana and the international market".

The Board Chair of the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority, SADA, Alhaji Adam Sulley, expressed delight at the massive turnout and stated that the successful execution of the SADA Business and Investment Forum, which provided a platform for all the 63 MMDA's to showcase business potentials in their respective districts districts, has played a phenomenal role in attracting the attention of the international and business community to the SADA zone as an investment destination with the prospects of reaping higher returns.

Mrs. Hannah B. A. Amoateng, Board Chair of the Ghana Trade Fair Company spoke emphatically that moving the trade fair from Accra to Tamale is in line with the company's rebranding agenda and ensuring equity in organizing trade fairs all parts of the country.

The SADA zone plays host to a vast wealth of business and investment potentials in commercial agriculture, tourism, irrigation, warehousing, industrial parks, real estate, renewable energy, financial institutions and education among others.

 


By Ghana Leaks Blog




Bishop Palmer Buckle On Homosexuals...


The Most Reverend Charles Palmer Buckle, Metropolitan Archbishop of Accra has stated that lesbians and homosexuals are all children of God whose basic human rights must be respected by all.

According to him, the human rights of all gays must not be abused but added that the Catholic Church is against the practice of homosexuality because it is against the law of God and humanity.

“We [Catholic Church] are clear on that, homosexuals, LGBT’s and the rest are children of God and they must be respected.

"They have a human dignity that nobody must be allowed to trample on that,” Archbishop Palmer Buckle told Nii Arday Clegg, host of Morning Starr Monday.

Archbishop Palmer Buckle added: “However, for the greater fine of humanity we the Catholic Church espouse and we say that marriage is for man and woman and remains for man and woman and children should be brought up in the family of man and woman.

“It is also not only our religious teaching that makes us stay by that, it is also a natural normal logical thing so this is where we are in the Catholic Church and I think we have made it very clear we are not going to condemn LGBTs as personalities...but we definitely say that is contrary to the greater fine of humanity for procreation and also for education and creation of people”.


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GITMO 2 SAGA: Govt Hot As A-G Fails To File Response


The Government represented by the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice is sweating over  the writ filed at the Supreme Court concerning the two GITMO detainees being hosted in Ghana as the AG has failed to file her answer within the stipulated fourteen (14) days.

What is likely to break the camel’s back is that, the apex Court has scheduled tomorrow 2nd March, 2016 to hear the case with or without the appearance of the defendants who are the Attorney General and the Ministry of Interior.

The writ, with suit number J1/7/2016, was filed by Margaret Bamful, an 86 year old retired Conference Officer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Henry Nana Boakye, a student of the Ghana School of Law, through their lawyer Nana Agyei Baffuor Awuah, an English and Ghanian trained Barrister, of DE MEDEIROS and Associates, an Accra based law firm.

According to the applicants, the President acted unconstitutionally in his failure to obtain the requisite ratification by an Act of Parliament or a resolution of Parliament when he agreed with the government of the US to transfer the two former detainees to Ghana.

They are  seeking among other reliefs a “declaration that on a true and proper interpretation of Article 75 of the1992 Constitution of Ghana, the President of the Republic of Ghana acted unconstitutionally by agreeing to the transfer of Mahmud Umar Muhammad Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Salih Al-Dhuby (both profiled terrorists and former detainees of Guantanamo Bay) to the Republic of Ghana without the ratification by an Act of Parliament or a resolution of Parliament supported by the votes of more than one-half of all the members of Parliament”.

They further seek a “declaration that on a true and proper interpretation of Article 58(2) of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana, the President of the Republic of Ghana who is under an obligation to execute and maintain laws of Ghana breached the Anti-terrorism Act of 2008 (Act 762) and the Immigration Act of 2000 (Act 573), both being laws passed under the 1992 Constitution of Ghana”.

An official search conducted at the Registry of the Supreme Court, on the 9th February 2016, revealed that the Attorney General and the Ministry of Interior were duly served with the Plaintiffs' Statement of Case on the 22nd of January 2016 but the Defendants as of the said date had failed to file a acknowledgement in breach of the Supreme Court Rules, 1996 (CI16) which gives a defendant who has been served with a writ and statement of case 14days to file a response.

The Supreme Court has however served on the parties a hearing notice informing same that with or without an appearance from the Defendants, the case shall be called for hearing on tomorrow Tuesday, 1st March 2016.

The motive behind the inability of the Attorney General to put in a answer remains unknown.


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No Cholera Record For Agona West


The Agona West Municipality recorded zero cholera cases in 2015 despite registering 600 cases with nine deaths in the previous year.

Mr Samuel Oppong, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) explained that a number of health measures were put in place by the Assembly, following the high record in 2014.

The measures included the full participation by Seventh Day Adventists (SDA) Church members in the National Sanitation Day Clean-up exercise; and the formation of a Cholera Response Committee, which educated the people on personal hygiene and environmental cleanliness.

Mr Oppong made this known when he addressed separate congregations of the SDA Church at Agona Nyakrom and Agona Swedru when they took their turn at National Sanitation Day Clean-up exercise on Sunday.

They spent seven hours each to desilt gutters, sweet the principal streets and also clear weed in public areas.

At Agona Swedru, the members cleaned the Sports Stadium, the Ghana Education Service office block and others areas.

Mr Oppong said the achievement made in 2015 and the first two months of 2016 could be attributed to the institution of National Sanitation Day Clean-up Exercise by the Government.

The MCE, who was accompanied by Mr George Freeman, the Agona West Municipal Environmental Health Officer, urged the residents to frequently wash their hands with soap, in addition to other hygienic practices to prevent cholera and other communicable diseases.

Mr Oppong commended the Agona Swedru and Agona Nyakrom Districts of the SDA Church for their regular participation in the clean-up exercises.

He asked the SDA members to encourage others who also conduct church services on Saturdays to join the clean-up exercise to ensure sound environmental health.

Pastor David Kwadwo Anshong, who is in-charge of the Agona Nyakrom District Branch, gave the assurance that they would continue to participate in the exercise to ensure clean environment.

He appealed to the residents to stop littering the streets to avert outbreak of diseases.


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11-Room Storey Building Demolished Without Court Notice, Driver Grabbed


An eleven-room storey building at an area called Oyarifa Gravel Pit belonging to one Rev. William Amoako Atta Junior has been demolished without any court notice.

The dispute over the ownership of the six plots of land in the area across two weeks ago when someone popped up to claim ownership of one plot of the allocated area where construction works were ongoing.

This compelled Rev. Atta to make a formal complaint to the Property Fraud Unit of the Ghana Police to resolve the matter.

According to him, the department of the Police Service told the two feuding parties to go and make a search on the land to identify the proper registered name on the land for redress.

He said the two weeks ultimatum that the department gave for the search report had not expired and the two had not met again over the issue, but to his surprise, his property was demolished on Saturday, February 28.

“When I received a call from some residents around that some people are on my land demolishing the 11-room storey building, I told the people to go to the police, but unfortunately when they brought the police, they met the driver of the grader machine with registration number E-BCJ7374 who was arrested and sent to the Ayimensah Police station near Abokobi in the Adentan Municipality,” he stated.

Rev. Amoako said he bought the land in contention from the Kpodo family at Oyarifa with proper documentation and did the necessary checks on the land before he started the building.

The Daily Heritage checks at the Ayimensah Police Station confirmed that the driver of the grader machine was arrested on the building site and is assisting in investigations.


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Freak Accident Claims One Life At Madina


An accident involving a military van and a Kia Rhino pickup on Sunday night at Firestone near Madina, resulted in the death of one person with three other persons being injured.

The dead has been identified as Miss Sarah Peprah, an occupant of the Military vehicle.

Her body has since been deposited at the Police Morgue for autopsy in Accra, whilst investigations continue.

Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Emmanuel Adu Buahen, the Madina Divisional Commander of MTTD, who confirmed the incident to the Ghana News Agency , said the two vehicles, a military pickup and a KIA Rhino pickup number GX 2156-14 were both heading towards Madina.

On reaching Firestone, the KIA Rhino pickup which was moving at top speed hit the side of the military pickup and somersaulted and fell on the pavement injuring the occupants of the military vehicle.
   
He said the Madina MTTU Police took the victims to the Police hospital around 11.55pm where Miss Sarah Peprah was pronounced dead, while the other three occupants were treated and discharged.
   
DSP Adu Boahen said the accident docket would be referred to the Attorney General's office for advice.


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Veep Commends Ghana Armed Forces


Mr Kwesi Bekoe Amissah Arthur, Vice President, has said government would resource the Ghana Armed Forces to enable it carry out its duties efficiently.

The Vice President disclosed this in an address read on his behalf at the Army Officers End-of-Year Dinner Dance held at its Mess in Accra.

The dinner dance provided an opportunity for the officers to socialize and interact with loved ones.

Mr Amissah Arthur noted that training, discipline and professionalism, had been the hallmark of the Ghana Armed Forces.

He said Ghana had always been among the first countries to be contacted to provide troops for peacekeeping operations in war torn countries.

This, the Vice President said, has brought respect to the Ghana Armed Forces and Ghana in general.

Mr Amissah Arthur said the year was a tense one and no one knew what each day would turn out in the areas of security.

He said the country has retained its stability because it had in the centre of events a disciplined force that was ready to enforce discipline.

Mr Amissah Arthur said government had initiated a number of projects including the provision of accommodation for young officers.        

The Vice President commended the personnel for their hard work which had resulted into a successful year.

He urged them to put their expertise to bear to combat any unruly behaviour before, during and after the elections.

Colonel Charles Agyemang Prempeh, President of the Mess Committee (PMC) said the year was characterized with many challenges which led to the death of some officers.

He gave the assurance that the Armed Forces would continue to perform its duties efficiently.


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Nana Yaa Jantuah Awarded Doctorate Degree


The Commonwealth University London Graduate School has conferred on Nana Yaa Jantuah of the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission, an honorary Doctorate Degree for her excellent performance in Corporate Public Relations.

Nana Yaa, who is the Director of Public Affairs of the PURC, received the award at a short ceremony, in Accra, on Friday, where eleven other individuals were also honoured with Doctorate Degrees by the Faculty of Business of the University. 

A citation signed by the Chancellor, Professor Michael read, “Be it known that Nana Yaa Akyempim Jantuah, having complied with all the requirements of the Faculty of the University and by the Authority of the University Senate, is hereby awarded the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) specialising in Corporate Public Relations (Honoris Causa) and is entitled to all the rights and privileges thereto appertaining in testimony whereof we have granted this Degree under our hands at Belize City”.

The elated laureate told journalists that: “I am happy with this award. It is a plus to all Ghanaian women who are working hard in their various fields; a sign that when given the occasion we can all rise to meet the challenge.

“I am, particularly, happy that my modest contribution in Public Relations generally and Corporate Public Relations, particularly, has been recognised by this great institution.

“I was not even aware that the university was observing my performance from a distance. I thank them for this award, which will spur me on in the profession”.

Nana Yaa also extended gratitude to her Alma Mater, the Ghana Institute of Journalism, she said, for “nurturing me to this level”.

“…It all started there and this award is an indication of the leading role the Institute continues to play in the development of communications experts”.

Ms Jantuah has practised Public Relations for about 25 years, starting as a Public Relations Officer at the Ghana Investment Promotion Council, and then to the Ghana Free Zones Board; and rising to become the Director of the Public Affairs of the PURC.


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India: Man 'Kills 14 Members Of Family'


A 35-year-old Indian man killed 14 members of his own family, including seven children and his parents, before killing himself, police say.

Reports suggest Hasnin Warekar laced his family's food with sedatives before slitting their throats.
Neighbours from the home in Thane, near Mumbai, were alerted to the attack by the screaming of the man's sister, who survived the attack.

Police say it is still unclear why Warekar carried out the attack.

Authorities are yet to question Warekar's sister, Thane police spokesman Gajanan Laxman Kabdule told AFP, as she was "in deep trauma" at a city hospital.

"He used a big knife. He killed his parents, his sisters and his sisters' children. He slit their throats" Mr Kabdule said.

The Press Trust of India news agency reported that the youngest victim was his three-month-old daughter, and the oldest his 55-year-old father.

He also killed six of his sisters' children, the report said.

The attack began in the early hours of Sunday morning, after everyone had gone to bed, he said.

'Doors bolted'

Television footage showed bodies being carried out of the home, covered in sheets.

The family had gathered for dinner in Thane, about 32km (20 miles) from Mumbai, on Saturday evening.

Thane police commissioner Ashutosh Dumbre said the accused "bolted all the doors of the house and murdered his family while they were asleep", using a knife that was found near his body.

Local media reports said the family members were drugged, but that has not been confirmed by police.

The victims' bodies were discovered on Sunday morning in the man's home.
Warekar is believed to have worked as an accountant in Mumbai.


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Pastor Shot Dead In Pulpit During Sunday Service


A pastor was shot and killed in the pulpit during a Sunday church service, police have said.

The Rev. William Schooler were gunned down in front of more than 20 parishioners at St. Peter's Missionary Baptist Church in Dayton, Ohio.
Witnesses said the shooter was sitting in a pew and opened fire as the pastor stepped into the pulpit.

A man who witnesses identified as the pastor’s brother was taken into custody, reports the WHIO.

“I just got everybody out of the church and we just kept hearing shooting and shooting,” said Alberta Blayth of Dayton.

The church member said she saw the accused shooter, the pastor’s 68-year-old brother Daniel Schooler.

The congregation fled the scene at around 12.30pm local time (5.30pm UK time).

A Schooler family member said Daniel Schooler struggled with mental illness.

"Bipolar, schizophrenic. He had a lot of things going on he was dealing with," said Joyce Napier, niece of the pastor and suspect.

"I don’t think he woke up this morning and said 'I want to kill my brother'. I just think the mental state and illness goes together and that’s what evil does."

According to the Dayton Daily News, Schooler was a Vietnam veteran who was principal of a local school for around 20 years.

He then served on the Board of Education and president of the local Baptist Ministers Union.


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Afforestation Project Proceeds In Jomoro


Coastal Sustainable Landscapes Project (CSLP) an environmental NGO, has in collaboration with some farmers in Navrango and Tweakor Number One planted a total of 7,073 various species of economic trees seedlings.

The seedlings include black Mahogany, Emere, Ebako, Prekese, Cassia, Guarea and Kyenkyen.

Mr Richard Adupong, Communication and Outreach Specialist of the NGO, made this known to the on Tuesday at separate meetings at Navrango and Tweakor Number One both near Mpataba.

The meetings were organized by the NGO in collaboration with the farmers at the instance of Mr George William Somiah, the new Jomoro DCE, to enable him familiarize himself with the projects.

He disclosed that a total of 407.79 hectares of farm land has been replanted in five communities including Adusuazo near Half-Assini, Tweakor Number Two and Fawoman.

Mr Adupong said a total of 18,907 tree seedlings have been planted in the five communities across the District from last year.

He said the three year United State Agency for International Development (USAID) funded Project aims at moving Ghana into low greehouse gas emission, high carbon sequestration development pathway in the land use sector among others.

Addressing the meetings, the regents of Navrango and Tweakor Number One, Nana Walter Cudjoe Adzokah and Nana Emmanuel Ayitey respectively, said a total of 175 farmers including 38 women are involved in the project at the area.

According to the regents, the NGO provided the seedlings free-of-charge to the farmers for cultivation in their farms.

They said the trees when matured would be their properties which will offer them great financial relief in future and expressed their profound gratitude to the NGO.

The regents said a Village Savings and Loans Schemes (VSLS) by the farmers was yielding fruitful results.

The VSLS thought was initiated by the NGO in 2014 and had helped many farmers with financial burdens.

Under the VSLS, the members make share purchasing of GHC 2.00 per head weekly for group savings for a period of time; loans are offered to members.

The regents appealed to the DCE to improve their road network from Navrango through Tweakor Number One to Tweakor Number two to facilitate the conveyance of their foodstuffs marketing centres.

They also called for a health facility in the area to save them from travelling 17 kilometres to Samenye for health care.

Mr Steve Dennison, resident Project manager of the NGO, commended the beneficiary farmers for embracing the project and urged them to educate their peers on the importance of the venture.

The DCE said he was happy to see the progress of the project and and urged the farmers to expand their farms.

The DCE had earlier visited some bee keeping and reaforestation farms in both communities and observed share purchasing meeting of the Village Savings and Loan Association (VSLA) at Navrango.

Other dignitaries were Mr Adams Welti, CSLP Programme Manager, Mr Joseph Cudjoe Mono, Assistant Community Liaison Officer, Ankasa Game and Wildlife Reserve and Mr Emmanuel Armoh, Community Development Officer, Jomoro District Assembly.


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Video: Rat And Fox Meat Disguised As Boneless Chicken Wings From China


For the past years, China has been accused of producing and selling many fake products including food.

Just a few months back, the fake plastic rice from China made headlines warning the public of its dangers to the health of consumers. Factories and sellers have been closed down and caught, but the production of fake rice does not stop there.

When you think that you’ve seen all the fake food from China—think again. Yet another revelation of fake products from China has surfaced on the internet.

This video shows several Chinese meat suppliers were caught selling fox and rat meat as ‘boneless chicken wings’ to the public. Tons of meat were seized, but apparently, 300,000 pounds of meat got through and is now circulating in the market.

According to the FDA, illegal containers that came from China were seized at the Customs Port of San Francisco, which contains rat meat to be processed in plants are resold as chickens.

“If you find that your chicken wings taste slightly different from usual, it is a fine bet that they might be counterfeit meat, but this can be easily hidden through the use of different ingredients and spices,” warns Jenny Brookside, FDA spokesperson.

Click 'Show Video' to watch the video


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National House Of Chiefs Hails 40-Yr Dev Plan, But


The National House of Chiefs has cast doubt over the successful implementation of the proposed 40-year national development plan if the winner-takes-all system as being practiced now persists.

According to the house, the situation where experienced civil servants are reshuffled every four years due to political transition will not support in the execution of any well-thought-out plan in Ghana.

The paramount chief of the Asokore Traditional Area in Ashanti, Nana Dr Susubiribi krobea Asante, made the observation when officials from the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC), led by its chairman, met the members of the house in Kumasi.

Nana Dr Susubiribi noted that the continuous over-marginalisation of the cocoa sector, which has the capacity to absorb the youth and keep rural-urban migration at bay, as well as make rural life enjoyable, was very disturbing.

The house also expressed worry about the fact that the 40-year plan was not structured to address private sector development, which needs serious attention.

The officials of the NDPC visited the house to brief Nananom, as well as solicit their views and inputs into the 40-year national development plan.

The NDPC has projected that over 95 per cent of Ghanaians would be living in the urban areas, hence the need to modernise agriculture to reduce pressure on urbanisation.

The Director-General of the commission, Dr Nii Moi Thompson, revealed that the introduction of the 40-year plan would not render political party manifesto meaningless; rather, it would help political parties to prepare their plans and programmes.

That would be done in line with the national plan to avoid duplication, he added.

According to him, infrastructural development, including roads and rail transport, would be prioritised.

“Ghana’s population is expected to hit 50 million in the next 40 years and that places huge challenge on how to provide adequate goods and services to meet demands of the time,” he said.

Dr Thompson said the interaction with the chiefs was very important, explaining their views and inputs as traditional authorities could not be underestimated.

 


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104-Yr-Old Granny Raped By 28-Yr-Old Man


A 28-year-old man identified only as Moses is in the grips of the Sogakope police for allegedly raping a 104-year-old grandmother at Dedenu near Yorkitikpo in the South Tongu district in the Volta region on Saturday.

The sexual assault took place while the old woman slept.

The suspect was arrested by villagers in the area upon a complaint lodged by the victim, and handed over to the police. He was on the run when he was accosted by the villages.

The old lady told Class News’ regional correspondent Emmanuel Atukpa that the suspect, upon entering her room, claimed he was there to deliver GHc100 sent by her son. As the frail grandmother, who had been widowed for 40 years, pressed for further details, the suspect, overpowered her, covered her face with a cloth and had sex with her.

The old woman later reported the case to the police and was taken to the hospital. She complained of severe waist pains.

The suspect, on the other hand, according to Atukpa, pretended he was dead while in police custody, and, so, was taken to the hospital. But upon hearing the doctor recommend he be put into the morgue, he suddenly started breathing.


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DVLA Pledges Support To KATANKA Automobile


The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) has pledged its preparedness to offer any help required of it to the KANTANKA Group of Companies, manufacturers of KANTANKA brand of vehicles.

“This is a fine begin and I am really impressed. If there is anything DVLA will be required to do in support, we will be willing to do so”, DVLA Chief Executive, Mr Noble John Appiah, has announced. 

He made the pledge when a management team from the DVLA paid a working visit to the KANTANKA Group of Companies to familiarise itself with the operations of the group.

The team was taken round the assembly plant where the KATANKA Group assembles vehicles, ranging from saloon cars to four wheelers. 

Mr Appiah praised the KANTANKA Group for the initiative it has taken to assemble vehicles in the country, and urged them to strive to improve upon what they are doing.

Mr Kwadwo Sarfo Jnr, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the automobile company, said in order to ensure that the vehicle produced can stand the test of time, they have set three of the vehicles aside for their own use so that any problem identified could support them improve upon what they produce subsequently. 

This, he said, would support protect the brands.

The Group Chairman of the company, Apostle Kwadwo Sarfo, narrated how the thought of vehicle manufacturing modestly started in 1992, and appealed to Ghanaians to give the company feedback after using the vehicles, so they can improve upon what they are doing.


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Turkish President Visits Ghana Today


Turkish President, H.E Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, will arrive in Accra today [Monday], for a two-day official visit.

Accompanied by his wife and over 150 business and government officials, President Erdoğan will hold talks with President John Dramani Mahama at the Flagstaff House.

The two leaders will hold a joint press conference, and also address a Business Forum.

President Erdoğan will also join President Mahama to cut sod for the official commencement of work on a new terminal building at the Kotoka International Airport.

President Mahama and his wife, Lordina, will host an Official State Luncheon in honour of President Erdoğan and his wife at the State Banquet Hall.

The Turkish leader will also hold discussions with the Speaker of Parliament and address the House, before visiting the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park with his wife.

His visit follows a 2013 visit to Ankara and Istanbul by President John Dramani Mahama and an earlier 2011 visit by former Turkish President, H.E Abdullah Gül.

The Turkish First lady, H.E Emine Erdoğan will also hold discussions with HE Nana Dr. Lordina Dramani Mahama and also visit the Osu Children’s Home.


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Tobacco Control Regulations Need Urgent Attention


Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) interested in tobacco control have called for the immediate passage of the Legislative Instruments (LIs) of the Part Six of the Public Health Act, 2012 (Act 851).

They said the passage of the LIs were long over-due, adding that; “we need to quickly play catch-up to save many of our youth from dying from tobacco-related diseases.”

The Public Health Act of which the Part Six – Tobacco Control Measures, was in 2012 passed into law by Parliament, prohibits smoking in public places.

Mr Oscar Bruce, a member of the Coalition on the Tobacco Control Legislation (CTCL) who read a statement on behalf of the partners at a forum in Accra, said the delay in adopting the tobacco regulations are hindering the implementation of the laws.

He said tobacco use, especially cigarette smoking has harmed and killed many people ever since the practice started.

“By 1995, it was killing some three million people every year and this led to the concept of putting in place structures to bring an end to the carnage, and the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) was initiated and was adopted by the World Health Organisation,” he said.

He said Ghana was among the first few countries to ratify the FCTC and through the efforts of civil society and other stakeholders the Public Health Act was passed.

“As you are all aware, a law can only be effectively implemented after Legislative Instruments have been passed by Parliament to accompany it.

“Thus, civil society and other stakeholders worked hard, just after Act 851 was passed, to draft such instruments and it will surprise all of you to know that about four years after they were drawn up these LIs are still waiting to be passed by Parliament.

Mr Bruce said this state of affairs was unfortunate because without the LIs it would be almost impossible to get people to comply with the provisions of the Tobacco Control Measures.

Mrs Olivia Agyekumwaa Boateng, Head of Tobacco and Substances Abuse Department of the Foods and Drugs Authority (FDA), said the LIs were presented to Parliament last year, but they were sent back to the Ministry of Health (MoH) for fine-turning.

She said the FDA, the Ghana Health Service, the MoH and the Attorney General Department are still working on the LIs, but could not give a timeline of their passage.

She urged the CSOs to continue with their advocacy role of educating the populace on the harmful effects of tobacco use.

Dr Akwasi Osei, Medical Director at the Accra Psychiatric Hospital and the Chairman of the occasion, called on health authorities to expedite action on the passage of the regulations to strengthen the hands of Ghanaians to cause the arrest of smokers at public places.


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Bishop Obinim Is A Gift To The Body Of Christ Prophet


Founder and leader of the Glorious Wave Chapel International, Prophet Emmanuel Badu Kobi has emphatically stated that Bishop Daniel Obinim of International God’s Way Church is a gift to the body of Christ, contrary to the recent criticisms the latter has faced.

Prophet Kobi was making this remarks when he met congregants of the International God’s Way Church, Tema Branch.

The respected and arm giving Prophet however registered his displeasure about the way some Ghanaians have taken Bishop Obinim into the gutters concerning series of verbal attacks he has been facing. He said most Ghanaians always reject any fine thing that come into the country.

“Ghanaians are always rejecting any fine thing that comes our way. They find all possible means to ruin it. But to some of us, we will never rise against it. Because what God has decided to use Bishop Obinim for, there are more on the way coming. As I came into the ministry, it’s about some few months that I was able to raise someone from the dead. But Obinim has been consistently raising the dead. It’s not all men of God who have this gift from God. This man is not just Bishop Obinim, he’s a gift to the body of Christ. It pains me to hear people talking against men of God. How many Pastors have been able to do what Obinim is doing here in Ghana.”

The benevolent Prophet however prophesied that a lot more of the miracles are on the way coming comparing him to celebrated Nigerian Prophet, TB Joshua, where a lot of people will chase him.

“I am standing here today to prophecy that God is going to use Obinim seriously from next year. People from across the world will chase him here in Ghana. People will look for him like they troop to Nigeria to look for TB Joshua. God is coming to use him in such a way that people will speak evil about him. Some will say he’s not from God. Others will say he’s using black powers but that can not discourage us. Because no one curse who God has blessed.”

Bishop Daniel Obinim has come under serious criticisms of late following his recent statement that he is able to turn into any creature to visit people in their dreams.

Prophet Emmanuel Badu Kobi is best known for his arm giving and generousity. He was not long ago revealed by highlife legend Daddy Lumba to have freely healed him from his long illness. He was also in the news not long ago to have been distributing cars to many celebraties and some Ghanaians. A typical example was a recent car he freely gave to Nicholas Omane Acheampong of ‘Aposor’ fame.


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Join The Fight Against Piracy


Ms Harriet Tagoe, Managing Director and Publisher, Afram Publications, has called on stakeholders in the publishing industry and authors to join hands in the fight against piracy.

She said the rate with which people are infringing on works by authors was very high and this made it difficult for many publishers to sell and get royalties for the writers.

Ms Tagoe was speaking at an annual author’s forum held in Accra to raise awareness on the basic rights pertaining to Intellectual Property and copyright laws.

Ms Tagoe said issues related to copyright and economic rights are of a major concern hence the need to protect works of creative writers.

Ms Sheila Djangmah, Documentation and Research Officer, Copyright Office, said

the copyright office shall embark on an educational exercise in second cycle schools to ensure that students become conversant with laws pertaining to infringement.

She said some police and customs personnel have also been trained to appreciate the copyright idea and support detect pirated works at the borders.

“All these together with the formation of a piracy committee for monitoring are to ensure people’s work are well protected and taken through the right procedures as far as copyright law is concerned,” she said.

Ms Djangmah said the Marrakesh Treaty, a treaty recently signed in Morocco, would facilitate the work of visually impaired persons and ensure that write-ups are turned into brails for easy accessibility.

She said it is a grave offence for anyone to reproduce, duplicate, extract and imitate a copyrighted item except for the person’s private use.

She said it is critical for writers to enter into proper agreement with their publishers, editors and illustrators to know the revenue, sharing of proceeds to avoid future problems.


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WhatsApp Will No Longer Work On Blackberry By End Of 2016


More terrible news for BlackBerry: WhatsApp has decided to end help for BlackBerry devices by the end the year.

In a blog post, WhatsApp celebrated its seventh birthday and did a little early spring cleaning at the same time. In addition to announcing that it will end help for BlackBerry devices (all of them, including BlackBerry 10) the company also announced Nokia S40, Nokia Symbian S60, Android 2.1 and 2.2, and Windows Phone 7.1 will also get the axe.

The devices “don’t offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app’s features in the future,” the blog posts says. “This was a tough decision for us to make, but the right one in order to give people better ways to keep in touch with friends, family, and loved ones using WhatsApp.”

WhatsApp recommends users upgrade to a new device in order to continue using its messaging service.

You might think losing one app isn’t a big deal, but this is WhatsApp we’re talking about here. The Facebook-owned messaging app has more than 900 million users and over 10 billion messages are sent through it every day. BlackBerry isn’t losing some small fry app, it’s losing a behemoth.

The news is the latest kick in the pants for BlackBerry, a company that once commanded about 70% of the smartphone market seven years ago, and now has under 1% according to Garnter’s latest research.

After rebranding itself from Research In Motion (RIM) to BlackBerry in 2013 and failing to launch any compelling BlackBerry devices running BlackBerry 10, the Waterloo-based company is now embracing Android.

The recent BlackBerry Priv, a slider phone with a physical QWERTY keyboard hidden beneath its screen and full help for Android apps, is a step in the right direction. Mashable chief correspondent Lance Ulanoff called the Priv “the best BlackBerry in a decade” in his review.

Although BlackBerry says it will remain committed to BlackBerry 10, the writing is on the wall. Android is the company’s future.

Sure, there’s still 10 months left before WhatsApp shuts it down for these platforms, but do you want to be using a ticking time bomb? If you’re still clinging onto a BlackBerry and use WhatsApp or use one of the aforementioned Nokia, old Android and Windows Phone 7.1 platforms, it might be time to consider upgrading to a new device.


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2 More Killed At Agogo


At least two more people have been killed in a latest shooting at Asante-Akyem Agogo in the Ashanti Region, with fingers being pointed at Fulani herdsmen.

The latest atrocity, which took place last Friday, has given cause to the local people to believe that they have been marked for extermination by the nomadic Fulani herdsmen.

The situation has therefore, sparked apprehension among the people amidst heightening tension, while the youth are thinking of defending themselves against aggressions and unlawful killings by the herdsmen.

There was gunfire in the bush in the Agogo community of Abrewanko near Nyamebekyere, around 4:30 pm, resulting in the death of Mustapha Ibrahim, 32 and Haruna, 20 years, believed to be Sissala, a resident hinted DAILY GUIDE.

It comes weeks after the killing of two of the inhabitants by the Fulanis in a renewed clash that erupted between them (herdsmen) and local farmers in the area.

David Atiah, 25 and another per­son were said to have been shot dead at close range by a Fulani herdsman following brief exchanges.

David Atiah was reportedly work­ing in his groundnut farm in the afternoon when he was allegedly shot by the Fulani who was keeping a herd of cattle.

The Fulani herdsman was also pur­portedly shot in the thigh by a native of Agogo in retaliation, but he survived the attack and was responding to treatment.

Before that incident, 30-year-old Akwasi Badu had been shot to death at close range on his farm by Aliu Baba, after the victim protested against grazing on his farm by cattle that were being tended by the teenager.

In the latest shooting incident, Mustapha was purportedly attacked and killed while working on his farm by a suspected Fulani for what a witness speculated to be a reprisal attack by the herdsmen to avenge the killing of their cattle.

He was found in a pool of blood with his body riddled with bullets.

His younger colleague, Haruna on the other hand, was found shot dead by members of the Abrewanko community while they were combing the bush for the suspects, an anonymous resident told DAILY GUIDE.

ASP Yusif Mohammed Tanko, Public Relations Officer of the Ashanti Regional Police Command, who confirmed the incident, told DAILY GUIDE the bodies of the deceased persons had since been deposited at the district’s Government Hospital.

He said the police had no evidence to relate the crime to the Fulani herdsmen as the case was still under investigation.

Paul Kinsley Aruweh Averu, the District Chief Executive for Agogo, also corroborated the dastardly act, but said the incident was an isolated case.

According to him, the deployment of security personnel to the area had subdued upheavals as the cattle of the nomadic herdsmen had been driven away from the communities where they were causing destruction to farms.


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Murderous Nigerian Pastor Sentenced To Death By Hanging


The Supreme Court has permitted the convicted General-Overseer of the Christian Praying Assembly, Chukwuemeka Ezeugo, a.k.a Rev. King to die by hanging.

In a unanimous judgment Friday afternoon, a seven-man panel of Justices ‎of the apex court led by Justice Walter Onnoghen, upheld the death sentence that was earlier handed to Ezeugo by the Lagos State High Court. Consequently, the court in its lead verdict that was delivered by Justice Sylvester Ngwuta, dismissed the appeal the convicted clergy lodged before it. King Justice Ngwuta who noted that “the ‎facts of the case could have been lifted from horror film”, resolved all the 12 issues Ezeugo raised in his appeal.”

“This appeal has no merit. The judgement of the court of appeal is hereby affirmed. The prison sentence that was earlier handed to the appellant is no longer relevant in view of the death sentence passed on him”, Justice Ngwuta held. It will be recalled that Ezeugo was convicted and sentenced to death by hanging on January 11, 2007, for the alleged murder of his church member, Ann Uzoh.

He was arraigned on September 26, 2006 on a six-count charge of attempted murder and murder. The charge against him was at the instance of the Lagos State Directorate of Public Prosecutions. During the trial, the prosecution had argued that the convict poured petrol on the diseased, Uzor and five others. Uzoh died on August 2, 2006, exactly 11 days after the incident.

In her judgment, trial Justice Joseph Oyewole who is now a Justice of the Court of Appeal at Calabar, said there was sufficient evidence linking the accused person to the commission of the crime. Consequently, Justice Oyewole convicted and sentenced Ezeugo to 20 years imprisonment for the attempted murder and death by hanging for the offence of murder. Dissatisfied with the judgment, Ezeugo took the case before the Lagos Division of the Court of Appeal. The condemned clergy, in his notice of appeal dated January 16, 2007, prayed the appellate court to set aside the judgment.

Aside 16 grounds of appeal he raised through his lawyer, Mr. Olalekan Ojo, he was subsequently granted leave to argue additional 16 grounds based an amended notice of appeal he filed on June 15, 2008. Ojo argued that his client did not commit the crime and was not at the scene of the incident.

He insisted that the deceased, Uzoh, had in two statements she made after the incident and before her death, stated that she got burnt in a generator accident and that the cleric was not responsible for her injuries. Ojo said the Investigating Police Officer, IPO, had tendered statements which stated that Ezeugo was not responsible for the burns that led to Uzoh’s death. He alleged that the trial Judge refused to admit in evidence, the statements he said exonerated Ezeugo of the crime.

The lawyer further contended had those “vital exhibits” been admitted rather than expunged by the trial judge, they would have operated to cast serious doubt on the case of the prosecution. He maintained that Justice Oyewole’s refusal to admit the exhibits in evidence “occasioned a great miscarriage of justice” against his client. Meanwhile, after due consideration of the case, a three-man panel of justices of the appellate court, in a lead judgment that was delivered by Justice Fatimo Akinbami, dismissed Ezeugo’s appeal and upheld the high court verdict.

The other members of the appellate court panel that equally concurred with the lower court’s verdict were Justices Amina Augie and Ibrahim Saulawa. Determined to save his life, Rev Ezeugo lodged an appeal before the Supreme Court. His appeal was challenged by the Lagos state government which through its Attorney General, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem and Director of Public Prosecutions, Mrs. Idowu Alakija, urged the apex court to dismiss it and uphold the concurrent verdicts of the two lower courts.


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Sunday, February 28, 2016

Early Marriages Increase In The Central Region


Available statistics from the 2015 Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICs) and the Ghana Demographic Health Survey Report 2014 puts the Central Region as the fourth highest with child marriage prevalence rate in Ghana.

It said more than 31 per cent of girls in the Region are married off before the age of eighteen.

By this report, it means that one out of every three girls in the Region marries before attaining the age of eighteen.

Mrs Thywill Eyra Kpe, Central Regional Director of the Department of Gender, said this at a capacity building forum for adolescent girls in the Gomoa West District on Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV), teenage pregnancy and early marriage.

The forum, organized by the Department of Gender in collaboration with the Regional Coordinating Council and funded by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) was on the theme: “Empowering the girl child to prevent SGB, teenage pregnancy and early marriage”.

It was aimed at building the capacity of young girls on the effects and prevention of teenage pregnancy, SGBV, and early marriage in the Central Region.

Mrs Kpe said the forum formed part of recommendations from two policy dialogues organized by her department for traditional leaders, heads of schools and other stakeholders on the chosen topic to empower the girls themselves to stand against any form of (SGBV), teenage pregnancy and early marriage.

The Ghana Health Service Report for 2015 also revealed that more than 13,000 teenagers representing 14.4 per cent of teenage girls in the Region got pregnant, showing a gradual decline from the previous years.

She said forcing girls into early marriages had the potential of denying the girl-child of her educational opportunities and skills development, exposing the victims to prenatal difficulties such as fistula, malnutrition, hemorrhage and high maternal deaths.

She said some cultural beliefs and practices such as female genital mutilation, widowhood rites, among others impacted negatively on victims and the society, and stressed the need for such practices to be discarded.

She said the UMFPA in 2008 indicated that 47 per cent of girls with no education were more likely to marry before their 18th birthday as compared to 15 per cent of girls who attended secondary school, an indication that the more educated the girl child, the less likely she would be involved in early marriage.

Mrs Kpe said with the high child marriage prevalence rate, SGBV as well as teenage pregnancy, there was the need for institutionalized and pragmatic measures to reduce the rising incidences.

She was, however, hopeful that with continuous efforts in empowering girls to understand the dare consequences of SGBV, teenage pregnancy and early marriages, reproductive health and rights; it would inculcate in them the need to protect themselves and consequently provide a better life and future.

The Regional Coordinator of DOVVSU, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) George Appiah-Sakyi expressed worry about the continuous increase in the cases of child abuse, defilement and non-maintenance and unlawful removal of children in the Region.

He said defilement rose from 209 in 2014 to 212 in 2015 with non-maintenance rising from 912 in 2014 to 938 last year.

He said DOVVSU would continue to partner various agencies to educate the public on the effects of SGBV and the need to report it.


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Paralegals System Should Be Legalized - CHRI


The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) at a roundtable has stressed the indispensable role of the paralegals system and the need for it to be legalized to bolster the fight for access to justice by poor detainees.

The discussion sought to increase knowledge of stakeholders like Ministry of Interior, Judiciary, Legislature, Attorney General’s (AG) Department, Legal Aid-Scheme, Ghana Police Service and Ghana Prisons Service on the role of paralegals in the country and the need to give it a legal backing.

Speaking on the theme: “Promoting improved access to justice for the indigent pre-trial detainees”, Ms Mina Mensah, Regional Coordinator of CHRI, Africa Office, urged stakeholders to consider charting and implementing a policy on the operations of paralegals in the country.

She said there was the need to come out with a legal backing to push for the proper functioning of paralegals in Ghana, stressing that other countries have been able to apply it their advantage.

“For instance if a suspect is charged with robbery instead of stealing, and there is someone to intercede on behalf of the person, then he/she can be granted bail by the police,” she said.

“For it is easier to get bail in the law court if it is stealing, but with robbery the first thing the judge will say is that, it is an offence that cannot receive bail,” she said.

Mr Akoto Ampaw, a legal practitioner, speaking about injustices in the courts, said promotion of paralegals would be a fine step for the nation, defending his position on the basis that the law presumes every citizen is innocent, stressing that every accused individual - whether rich or poor ought to have a lawyer.

“There is a massive inequality between those who can afford the services of lawyers and those who cannot, and that is why it is pertinent to promote paralegals to close the midway between the rich and indigent when it comes to legal services”, he said.

The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative Africa Office established in 2001 is an independent, non-partisan, international nongovernmental organisation mandated to ensure the practical realization of human rights in commonwealth countries.


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La Citizens Observe 68th Commemoration Day Of Sergeant Adjetey


La Citizen Network in collaboration with Gbotsui Foundation on Friday began the 68th commemoration day of the late Sergeant Cornelius Francis Adjetey, with a three-hour clean-up exercise at the La Enobal Two Junior High School.

The exercise which was supported by La Enobal Two Junior High School and Vision C Academy began around 0600hrs and covered the La Enobal Two School Park and the grave yard of Sergeant Adjetey.

The exercise involved weeding, sweeping and collection of waste rubbish by the students of the two schools, in addition to members of the La Citizen Network and the Gbotsui Foundation.

Speaking to the Ghana News Agency, Nii Amugi, the Country Coordinator for La Citizen Network, a community based civil society organisation embarking on developmental projects within La, said the clean-up exercise was among activities to mark the 68th Anniversary of the late Sergeant Adjetey, a citizen of La and an ex-serviceman and a veteran of World War II, who met his untimely death on February 28, 1948 at the Christiansburg Crossroad Shooting Incident.

The Country Coordinator who commended La Dade-Kotopon Municipal Assembly for providing logistics for the exercise, and expressed unhappiness at the dumping of refuse at old burial places.

He explained that due to this the two groups have started a monument site which is yet to be completed; the thought is to transfer the remains of the late ex-service man, to the memorial square which is located in front of the main road leading to the Osu Castle and La Palm Royal Beach.

He said this project would serve as a tourist centre for the people of La and all Ghanaians, adding that currently there no were funds to complete the memorial square.

“The project started in 2009 and till date is not complete due to financial challenges,” he stated.

Nii Amugi appealed to the government and benevolent individuals to help the activities of the La Citizen Network and its associates.

He also appealed to all and sundry, to promote the culture of honouring heroes and heroines, who have contributed in diverse ways towards Ghana’s development.

He announced that on Sunday February 28, the La Citizen Network and the entire La Community in collaboration with the Ga Adangbe Muslim community would offer prayers to climax the occasion.

It will be recalled that on February 28, 1948, World War II, soldiers who had fought with the Gold Coast Regiment of the Royal West African Frontier Force, organised a quiet demonstration marching to Christiansburg Castle, Accra, Gold Coast (Ghana), to hand in a petition to the colonial governor, demanding that they receive end of war benefits and pay which they had been promised.

Unfortunately, before reaching the Castle, the veterans were ordered at the Christiansburg Crossroad to disperse by a British Colonial Police Officer; however, when they refused, the officer opened fire on them, instantly killing three of the veterans; Sergeant Adjetey, Corporal Attipoe and Private Odartey Lamptey.

The incident led to a nationwide upheaval against British Colonial rule; subsequently accelerating the nation’s struggle for independence.


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MMDAs Given Ultimatum To Submit Cholera Control Proposals


Alhaji Collins Dauda, Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, has called on Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDA’s) in the Greater Accra Region to submit proposals on halting cholera the Region this year.

At a meeting in Accra, the Minister also gave the MMDAs a one week ultimatum to submit the cholera-halting programmes and strategies to the Ministry for review and implementation in their respective areas.

He said the country in 2014 recorded 28,975 cholera cases with 243 deaths of which majority cases were recorded in the Greater Accra Region.

This, he said, led to the institution of the National Sanitation Day (NSD) at the end of 2014.

He said the institution of the NSD would hopefully bring about a change of attitudes by the citizenry towards the indiscriminate dumping of refuse and littering and support revive the spirit of communal labour.

The Minister said the initial impact of the change of attitudes has resulted in the drastic reduction of cholera cases in 2015 to 692 with 15 deaths adding that it was still possible to prevent the outbreak of the disease.

He urged MMDAs to seriously undertake the NSD exercise in their various assemblies to promote environmental and public health in the country.

Alhaji Dauda said every citizen has the responsibility of keeping their environment and the country clean and the best way to keep the country clean is to encourage the participation of the NSD.

The NSD is slated for Saturday March 5, 2016 and is being observed nationwide on every first Saturday of the month.


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Ghana Likely To Suffer Shortage Of Water - Minister


Natural supply of water is at risk of depletion if measures are not taken early to arrest the growing rate of the reduction caused by natural and human factors, Dr Kwaku Agyemang-Mensah, Minister of Water Resources has warned.

Some factors responsible for the reduction are catchment degradation due to farming along water banks, climate change and seasonal variability and increasing population growth and urbanisation.

Dr Agyemang-Mensah, who is also responsible for Works and Housing, also blamed pollution caused by the discharge of waste water in to water bodies and illegal mining (galamsey) for the threat on the supply of natural water.

In a statement on the floor of Parliament on the current water shortage that has his parts of the country, the Minister assured the nation that the Ministry, with other stakeholders, is adopting measures to address the situation.

He said compliance of water protection regulations would be strictly followed and the buffer zone policy would be implemented.

Also, there would be more public awareness, sensitisation as well promoting school monitoring activities, promoting climate resilience and adaptation techniques.

Dr Agyemang- Mensah said the Ministry is undertaking various projects including the Sustainable Rural Water and Sanitation Project, the Northern Region Small Town Water and Sanitation Project, the Five District Water Supply Scheme and Strengthening Local Government Capacity to Deliver Water Services, to improve the quality of water supply in rural areas.

In the urban areas, the water coverage is estimated at 76 per cents, with an estimated capacity f 65 billion gallons per annum.

According to the Minister, the water needs of the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA) alone accounts for 65 per cent of the urban water demand, and addressing that contributes significantly to addressing the water problems in the country.

“The fine news is that GAMA now produces more water that is required for now,” the Minister said, but added that “the water supply challenges we are facing in some parts of GAMA is as a result of distribution network challenges and I am happy to announce in this connection that Government has secured a grant from the World Bank to address it comprehensively.”

The statement touched on the Kwahu Ridge, Konongo, Kumawu, Akim Oda- Akwatia-Winneba, Wa, Konongo, Breman Asikuma, Tarkwa, Yendi, Damongo, Offinso, Techiman Water Projects.

Dr Agyemang- Mensah cautioned that the “current condition of drought should be a wakeup call, and “we should commence to put in pragmatic efforts to safeguard our environment… we should protect ourselves from the negative effects of climate change.”

Mr Frank Annoh-Dompreh, MP for Nsawam-Adoagyir, said there is the need for implementation of water regulations, and called for more pro-activeness in addressing challenges of water and its supply by stakeholders.

Mr Richard Mawauli Quashigah, MP for Keta, appealed to the Ministry to go back and implement water supply programmes in some communities in his constituency under the Small Town Water Projects.

Mr Alexander Afenyo-Markin, who last week made a desperate call for urgent government assistance to his constituents, also lashed out at illegal mining operations that have polluted a number of water bodies, including the Rivers Offin, Densu and Pra.

He called for swift interventions to save the water bodies from further pollution.

Mr David Tetteh Assuming, Chairman of the Select Committee on Water Resources, Works and Housing, wondered why water shortages occurred in spite of the heavy annual rainfall and presence of many water bodies, adding that there is the need to capture a lot of water during the rainy season to be used in the dry season.


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Eastern Region Is Third Most Dangerous Place To Drive


Eastern Region has been ranked the third most risky place to drive in Ghana.

The Region, which holds 16.1 percent to national road accidents, comes after Ashanti Region which contributes 20.7 percent and Greater Accra, 17.4 percent.

Mr Kwasi Yirenkyi, the Eastern Regional Roads Safety Director, said this at a National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) stakeholders’ meeting in Koforidua.

He said even though the Eastern Region has put in a lot of efforts to reduce facilities on the roads, the number of crashes and deaths recorded are still worrying.

“If you look at the data on how we performed from 2014 to 2015, we did a lot better than 2014, so the performance was good, but if you look at the number of people, who died in 2015 and compare it to the population of the Region, then it is not good”.

"If 229 people died on our roads and then 271 were knocked down, I wouldn’t call that a fine situation...with 229 deaths we have a lot of work to do, we must bring down this figure drastically,” he said.

He blamed the situation on poor training of drivers and explained that, it is the responsibility of the transport unions to ensure that their members are trained in the basic principles of road safety.

He urged road users in the Region to always be on the alert, since the Eastern Region ranks among the top three most unsafe places to drive in the country.

On the way forward, Mr Kwasi Yirenkyi, said his outfit would intensify education at East Akyem and Birim Central Municipalities because those two areas have consistently been high spots of road carnage in the Region.


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Saturday, February 27, 2016

Video: Confusion At Accra Passport Office


Graphic Online has gathered information that the Passport Office in Accra has lost some substantial amount of data captured from Ghanaian passport applicants.

This has resulted in a delay in the processing of passport applications. Some sources have hinted that the problem was due to corrupted data.

As a result, some applicants have been contacted to come back to have their biometric data recaptured whilst others are oblivious of the problem and have been waiting at home for their passports.

Some of the applications affected dates back to October 2015.

On Friday February 26, 2016 confusion broke out at the Accra passport office at the old Ministry of Foreign Affairs building following agitations by enraged applicants against workers.

The applicants, some of whom said their biometric data had earlier been captured but had been called back to have them recaptured did not understand why they had to wait in queues for hours and days.

They accused officials and security personnel of taking bribes to favour some applicants while others were left standing in long queues unattended to.
They tried to forcibly enter the data capturing room.
Disillusioned, they confronted the security personnel who were restraining them from entering the offices.

This resulted in an uncontrolled scuffle between them and the police.
It took the support of additional personnel, police cum military deployed there to tranquil nerves and dismiss the agitated applicants from the premises.
An attempt by Graphic Online to speak with authorities at the passport office proved futile.

Some applicants who spoke to Graphic Online claimed they were being sidelined even though they had joined a long queue since last Monday.
Some had travelled long distances to Accra to have their passport processed.

They reported on the date indicated on their collection slips hoping to pick up their new passports only to be told that their information was corrupted and therefore needed to have them recaptured.


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Revive Agric To Salvage Economy From Collapse


Reviving the dwindling fortunes and ensuring modernisation of agriculture are the surest ways of turning Ghana’s ailing economy around in the short- and medium-term, Ken Thompson-Chief Executive Officer of Dalex Finance, has said.

He is of the view that unless government turns its full attention to agriculture through direct and potent policies, required infrastructure, finance and capacity, no sector can lead the change that government seeks in the short to medium-term.

“Provide the relevant infrastructure; e.g. roads, dams, post-harvest storage etc. Provide access to financing, high-quality seeds, fertiliser, and water for smallholder farmers while attracting private investment into large-scale farming,” he said.

Speaking at the third successive Chartered Institute of Marketing Ghana organised seminar, ‘An Evening With...” that came off at the Alisa Hotel, Accra, Mr. Thompson was very adamant about how bleak the future of this nation will be if government and critical stakeholders continue to pursue policies and programmes through political lenses.

Speaking on the topic ‘In the Abundance of Water...Ghana’s Economy In 2016’, he categorically stated that the country’s economic woes defy solution, mainly due to a fiercely competitive struggle for wealth by corrupt means.

According to him, despite a global economic slowdown, prices of commodities falling on the world market, and an appreciation of the US dollar, Ghana’s economic woes are self-inflicted and corruption is the catalyst.

“Every stakeholder is calling for their pound of flesh in salaries and allowances. Political Parties are playing the blame-game and not interested in real solutions. We are neither able to muster the courage nor the support to undertake the belt-tightening measures required,” he said.

A World Bank Report on Agriculture for development, published in 2008, stated that in the 21st century agriculture continues to be a fundamental instrument for sustainable development and poverty reduction.

The report added that using agriculture as the basis for economic growth in the agriculture-based countries, of which Ghana is included, requires a productivity revolution in smallholder farming.

But government’s attention to agriculture continues to fall every year. Statistics from the budget read by Finance Minister Seth Terkper recently showed that the allocation from petroleum receipts to agriculture in 2013 was GH¢4.6million while capacity building benefitted from GH¢32million.

In 2014, agriculture’s benefit increased to GH¢9.9million while capacity building benefitted from nothing -- but in 2015, despite agriculture rising to GH¢27million, capacity building rose sharply to GH¢136million.

From the government’s own annual budget statement, while agriculture grew by 5.7 percent in 2013 it growth shrank to 4.6 percent in 2014 and fell drastically to 0.04 percent in 2015.

While local production decreases and is gradually grinding to a halt, imports of food that could be produced locally continue unabated.

Import figures show that Ghana spent close to US$2billion on food, which includes rice, chicken and other poultry products, sugar, edible oil, canned tomato-paste, fish and wheat; and these, according to analysts and agriculture experts can be easily produced locally.

Apart from US$600million spent on importing rice, US$250million each is spent on sugar and edible oil. Another US$300million brings in fish while US$250million imports wheat, US$160million is spent on poultry and another US$100million on canned tomato paste.

“We fail to face up to our being broke; our borrowing is foolhardy, taxation is inequitable and we cannot feed our people,” he lamented.


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'Ghanaians May Experience Dumsor Again'


Ghanaians will have to brace themselves up for possibly another ‘dumsor’ experience in the coming month, as the Floating Production Storage and Offloading vessel (FPSO) Kwame Nkrumah will be shut down from the 15th to 30th March.

The Deputy Minister of Power, John Jinapor, who made the disclosure on Peace FM on Friday, said the move is to allow for the facility to undergo scheduled regular maintenance.

He said this meant gas will not be flowing through the pipes during that time.

“We are working to ensure that, during that period, the situation would be handled. It is a critical moment for us and we’re trying to work things around,” John Jinapor said.

He, however, failed to state clearly if shutting down the FPSO will cause another power challenge; as Ghanaians recently came out of a power crisis that hit the country for nearly four years.

The facility which operates in the Jubilee oil fields off the coast of Ghana has the capacity to process 120,000 barrels of oil per day and has a storage capacity of 1.6 million barrels, with an associated gas production capacity of 160 million standard cubic feet a day.

President John Mahama while presenting his state of the nation address on Thursday, February 25, boasted that he had successfully ended the power crises which saw lots of businesses collapsing and several people losing their jobs.


By Ghana Leaks Blog




Canadian Smuggles 38 Turtles In His Pants...


A Canadian man who smuggled 38 turtles in his pants has been given probation, a fine and has been banned from owning such reptiles for 10 years.

According to Canada's environment department, Dong Yan of Windsor, Ontario, had tried to bring the reptiles from the United States into the southern part of the province.

"The turtles were contained in plastic bags and taped to Mr. Yan's legs," Environment and Climate Change Canada said in a statement on Thursday.

Yan was convicted on Feb. 17 after he was caught during an inspection in 2014 when he tried to enter Canada through the Niagara border crossing, the department said.

Yan's probation is for two years, and his fine was C$3,500 ($2,600). He was also sentenced to 50 hours of community service and must notify the environment department of international travel. Yan was also ordered to write a letter about his experience "for publication as the department sees fit."


By Ghana Leaks Blog




Friday, February 26, 2016

1.5 Million People To Increase GDP


Over 200,000 people have signed up on the Timber Tree seedlings plantation projects across eight out of the ten regions to support sequestrate about Seven Thousand and Eighty (7,080) Carbon Dioxide per day in country.

The Carbon Credit Project inaugurated by Vision 2050 Ghana Ltd aims at reducing the number of tons of Carbon sequestrated by this tree between the years 2009 to 2015. About 150 Million Trees were also planted in 8 out of the 10 regions in Ghana.

Dr. Kofi Frimpong the chief executive in a statement indicated that “Vision 2050 Forestry is currently, seeking to use the Poverty Alleviation Carbon Exchange (PACE) as a platform to trade the sequestrated carbon in the existing 150million trees as well as the future 1 billion trees to be planted”.

He indicated that “1 billion trees to be planted by the FBR project in 1.5 million people Ghana will create jobs for over 1.5 million people; increase the nations GDP as well as the potential to move the nation above the expected middle income level”.

Below is the full statement:

CARBON CREDIT PROJECT IN GHANA

The Carbon Credit Project was started in Ghana by Vision 2050 Gh. Ltd from August 2008 to February 2010. 200,000 people signed up on the project with a registration fee of Ghc0.50p to Ghc1.0 and received Timber Tree seedlings of 100 to 10,000 seedlings per person. These persons were termed “FARM MANAGERS” who will be paid Ghc100 per tree for 20 years.

In all 150 Million Trees were planted on their lands which are in 8 out of the 10 regions in Ghana. These 150 million trees currently sequestrate about Seven Thousand and Eighty (7,080) Carbon Dioxide per day. This is exclusive of the number of tons of Carbon sequestrated by this tree between the years 2009 to 2015. This implies that, total carbon expected to sequestrate between 2009 and 2020 is Twenty Eight Million, Four Hundred and Twenty Six Thousand, Two Hundred (28,426,200) tons of carbon. A few of these farm managers were given financial assistance to manage the existing trees and to plant more trees. Another 100,000 people also signed up and paid between Ghc10 and Ghc35 and they also received Timber Tree seedlings of 100 to 10,000. Absentee Farmers also signed up and benefited 100 Trees per head from the company's industrial plantation.

In 2014 and 2015, GPS and GIS data of the Trees and the Farm Managers (Land Owners) commenced in the communities of the various districts in the Regions. The Farm Managers are expecting a Total Revenue of Ghc100 from each tree as financial assistance to enable them embark on short to medium term projects.

The final stage of the project is to convert these biological assets into liquid through the Forest Book of Records (FBR) which is an advanced and modified version of the Tree Investment Policy (TIP) and Buy Back agreement.

Under this agreement, institutions and cooperate bodies are encouraged to donate to pay for their carbon footprint or buy shares (Trees) to have a legacy and to make profits through the carbon sequestration which will be sold on the Carbon Stock Market.

2000 people are expected to participate in the Carbon Stock Market at a share price of Ghc20 per share. The closing date is March, 31 2016.

Already signed up farmers will not be allowed to own additional shares because the concept is towards the alleviation of poverty, however, they will receive automatic income of Ghc3,330 between now and 2020 to plant additional 1billion trees within the period. Opportunity will be given to new farmers to own shares.

Vision 2050 Forestry is currently, seeking to use the Poverty Alleviation Carbon Exchange (PACE) as a platform to trade the sequestrated carbon in the existing 150million trees as well as the future 1 billion trees to be planted. The system to support the FBR Carbon Exchange is under trials and will be completed on or before the end of March, 2016. Currently, the 150 Million Trees sequestrate 7,080 tons of Carbon per day and has a potential carbon yield increase of 5% per tree, per annum. The price of Carbon per ton on the World Market as at January, 2016 was 5 Euros which has a potential of increasing to 25 Euros by the end of the year.

The Vision 2050 FBR Carbon Exchange System is a higher version of all existing Carbon Trading Systems in the world because of its capability of coding the existing 150 million trees as well as future trees to be planted and linking them to investors globally with details of GPS and GIS data on the Trees and Farm Managers. Other capabilities of the System include;

Calculating the carbon sequestration daily on the 150million trees in kilograms and tons as well as carbon to be sequestrated from future tree to be planted. Calculate carbon sequestration area per hectare.

Calculate the full value of sequestrated carbon for each tree and retain 40% of the total sequestrated carbon in value for administrative services and poverty alleviation and release 60% as net gain for the investor.

Sending daily alert messages to carbon stock holders regarding their stock and value by close of each day.

Linking the payee to the drawer through PayPal or other reliable electronic medium of payment such as Swift Transfer etc. (Note: All the trees will be coded. Among other things then these codes will be used to generate Visa Cards for investors).

Generate share certificate for shareholders based on tree investment volume and value.

SALE OF SHARES

Trees are biological assets and Vision 2050 is therefore giving opportunity to the public (individuals, groups and organizations) both Ghanaians and foreigners to purchase Shares in the form of Trees for only Ghc20 per Tree for a period of 20 years plus one day.

Returns and Benefits for Investors

1. Huge earnings on investment every 3months based on the price of carbon on the world market. (Check our website: www.forestbookofrecords.com) for Financial and Economic Analysis

2. Legacy rights of tree for a period of 20 years plus 1 day 3. Social responsibility of paying for one's Carbon Footprints 4. Bragging rights of people who supported the following from the negative effects of climate change:

i. Those who will prevent famine, droughts and bush fires

ii. Those who will prevent properties from destruction through heavy storms and rainfall

iii. Those who will prevent the unbearable heat from the continuous depletion of the Ozone layer,

iv. Those who will promote the survival of rural farmers through various income generation channels

v. Those who will promote employment in the rural areas

vi. Those who will curb rural-urban migration

The 1 billion trees to be planted by the FBR project in Ghana will create jobs for over 1.5 million people, increase the nations GDP as well as the potential to move the nation above the expected middle income level. The initial planting of the 1 billion trees has already taken off at the AMEN Scientific Hospital Farms at Nkudua in the Sekyere Central district in the Ashanti region of Ghana.


By Ghana Leaks Blog




500 Sacked Recruits No Threat - Ghana Army


The Ghana Armed Forces has downplayed fears that some 500 army recruits it sacked on grounds of alleged misconduct about two months ago will pose a security threat to the country.

A lawyer and former minister under the regime of Dr Kwame Nkrumah, B.K. Senkyire, had urged the state to take steps to absorb the sacked recruits or risk possible revolt.

But speaking with Class News, the Director of Public Relations of the Ghana Armed Forces, Col Eric Aggrey-Quarshie, said the service carried out a thorough inquiry before the decision was made.

“The decision to sack them is not something that somebody just got up and said let them go. Several considerations were taken before that decision was arrived at. [If] somebody…wants to be a criminal, it doesn’t matter where he is, he will still be a criminal,” he asserted.

“We are always looking at what can happen today, but [for] the years ahead, we don’t look deep into that. … They started training, and in less than two months, they will not take instructions and they were saying that the training is too difficult, organising demonstrations; you want to keep such a people in the system?

“This [happened while they were] … under training, when he becomes a soldier …and when you take him on a [mission] and things are hard, what do you expect from such people?” he asked.

With regards to fears that these recruits might turn criminals, Col Aggrey-Quarshie said “even if they are not trained and they want to become criminals, they will… and if even they pass out and still want to become criminals they will”.


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500 Sacked Recruits No Threat - Ghana Army


The Ghana Armed Forces has downplayed fears that some 500 army recruits it sacked on grounds of alleged misconduct about two months ago will pose a security threat to the country.

A lawyer and former minister under the regime of Dr Kwame Nkrumah, B.K. Senkyire, had urged the state to take steps to absorb the sacked recruits or risk possible revolt.

But speaking with Class News, the Director of Public Relations of the Ghana Armed Forces, Col Eric Aggrey-Quarshie, said the service carried out a thorough inquiry before the decision was made.

“The decision to sack them is not something that somebody just got up and said let them go. Several considerations were taken before that decision was arrived at. [If] somebody…wants to be a criminal, it doesn’t matter where he is, he will still be a criminal,” he asserted.

“We are always looking at what can happen today, but [for] the years ahead, we don’t look deep into that. … They started training, and in less than two months, they will not take instructions and they were saying that the training is too difficult, organising demonstrations; you want to keep such a people in the system?

“This [happened while they were] … under training, when he becomes a soldier …and when you take him on a [mission] and things are hard, what do you expect from such people?” he asked.

With regards to fears that these recruits might turn criminals, Col Aggrey-Quarshie said “even if they are not trained and they want to become criminals, they will… and if even they pass out and still want to become criminals they will”.


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Ganja Man Caged


Isaac Oboso, a 28-year-old bicycle repairer at Anomabo in the Mfantseman municipality of the Central Region, who has allegedly entered into narcotic business, has fallen foul of the law.

The man, who appeared before a Cape Coast circuit court presided over by Kofi Amatawee on Tuesday, was charged with the offence of possession of narcotic drug.

He was therefore remanded into prison custody to re-appear on March 10, 2016.

Prosecuting, Chief Inspector Peter Paul Amoah said the complainant in the case is Nana Kwagyakwa, the Adontenhene of Anomabo Traditional Area, while the accused is a bicycle repairer in the area.

Chief Inspector Amoah stated that on February 3, 2016 at about 11am, the complainant and two other witnesses went to Anomabo near the old castle and met the accused person possessing some dry leaves suspected to be Indian hemp (ganja) and tinny wraps of whitish substance suspected to be cocaine.

Chief Inspector Amoah added that the complainant and the two other witnesses, who were not happy about what they saw, had no other option than to apprehend him and hand him over to the police at Anomabo.

The prosecutor said a search conducted on him at the police station revealed a black polythene bag containing 77 wraps of dry leaves suspected to be Indian hemp and 46 tinny wraps of whitish substance suspected to be cocaine.

The police officer pleaded with the court to remand him to enable the police take the substance to the lab for testing.


By Ghana Leaks Blog




Mahamas Refusal To Speak Again On Gitmo 2 Saga A Smart Move Security Expert


Security Expert, David Agbee has described as a smart move, President John Mahama’s decision not to comment on the controversial Gitmo saga in Parliament.

According to him, the issue as contentious as it is would have been resurrected if the President touched on the matter.

President John Mahama while delivering the State of the Nation address on Thursday, refused to make further statements on the case in which his government accepted and is housing two ex Guatanamo Bay detainees following an agreement between Ghana and the US government.

The two are Khalid Mohammed Salih al-Dhuby and Mahmmoud Omar Mohammed Bin Atef.

The president said in Parliament that because the Foreign Affairs Minister Hannah Tetteh had already briefed Parliament on the matter just a week ago, it was unnecessary to revisit the issue.

Minority Members of Parliament were ‘mad’  and disappointed at the Minister as she failed to open up when she appeared before the House to acknowledgement questions over the two terrorist suspects.  According to her, she was and is still not privy to the discussions that have gone on between President Mahama and the US Government.

Her invitation to the August House was spurred by concerns from Members from both sides of the legislature over the Gitmo detainees’ acceptance into the country without their knowledge.

Following the Foreign Minister’s disclosure of limited information, Members of Parliament were expecting the President to speak to the issue, but he let them down.

But speaking to Kasapa News, David Agbee who is Executive Director of the Ghana Institute of Governance and Leadership stated that President Mahama couldn’t have made a mistake of raking the issues that seem to have gone to rest.

He said Ghanaians have no option than to accept the fact that the two ex-detainees are here to stay with us at least for the next two years, as President Mahama can’t alter the agreement he entered with the US government.

“We’ll pay dearly if we send the two terrorists’ suspects out of the country as America, a country that we so much depend on will immediately cease the huge financial support it gives Ghana annually”.


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Ghana Experiencing Acute Shortage Of Psychiatric Medicines


Regional Co-ordinators of Mental Health Services in Ghana have lamented about severe and persistent shortage of essential psychiatric medicines for mental health patients in the country in the whole of 2015.

The reported shortage has in many ways affected mental healthcare delivery of the already lackadaisically supported Mental Health Services.

To this end, patients and facilities had no option but to resort to the open market, where prices of such medications are very expensive.

The situation also forced most patients and their caregivers to refuse review visits since they could not afford their medications, and in some cases not get it at all.

These revelations came out when the regional co-ordinators took turns to present their 2015 review reports at the recently held 2016 Annual Performance Review of the Mental Health Service in Ghana.

The review meeting, which was held in Ho, brought together representatives from the World Health Organisation (WHO) Ghana, the Ministry of Health (MOH), Ghana Health Service (GHS), the Ghana Psychology Council, the Ghana Psychic and Traditional Healers Association, the Regional House of Chiefs, as well as other stakeholders participating for the first time.

It was under the theme ‘Consolidating the new era of Mental Health in Ghana.’

The acute shortage was also confirmed by the Mental Health Authority (MHA) when the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr Akwasi Osei, presented a review report of the authority. He acknowledged that inadequate supply of psychotropic medicines nationwide, including at regional and community levels, was a major challenge of the authority in ensuring quality mental healthcare delivery.

The discussions at the review meeting indicated that the shortage was mainly due to the lack of funds, which was not forthcoming from the government, as well as bureaucratic procurement processes.

Dr Osei, therefore, assured that the authority is working on the Legislative Instrument (LI) for Mental Health Act 846, with a passing expected later in the year. More so, plans are far advanced to ensure the Mental Health Fund is well managed to support care.

Key directors will also be appointed to co-ordinate the various aspects of mental healthcare delivery, including the efficient supply of medicines.

That aside, the board of the MHA will ensure enhanced and persistent engagement with pharmaceutical companies for the local manufacture of some psychiatric medicines, otherwise known as psychotropics.

Board chairman of the MHA, Prof Joseph Bediako Asare, expressed his appreciation to the Department for International Development (DFID) and WHO for their immense support to the authority. He appealed to other agencies and corporate institutions to lend out any support necessary towards mental health improvement in the country.


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