Thursday, March 31, 2016

OWASS Student Killed


AN eighteen-year-old Senior High School student of Opoku Ware Senior High School in the Ashanti Region was yesterday stabbed to death following a confrontation between two men over a lover.

The deceased, identified as Isaac Kwesi Amponsah, according to an eyewitness account, was trying to separate the two men who were fighting when one of them stabbed him in the process.

The two men, identified as Justice Abban and Frank Kwabena, aka Taller, 43, were fighting over a woman at Olebu in the Ga West Municipality.

Suspect Justice Abban, who allegedly pulled the knife to stab the schoolboy, according to the eyewitness account, was severely beaten by some neighbours before he was handed over to the police.

He is currently receiving treatment at the Police Hospital under heavy security.

The eyewitness indicated that the incident occurred around 7:30am yesterday morning.

The woman the two were allegedly fighting over is currently at large and is yet to be identified.

According to DAILY GUIDE’s source, the woman was in a relationship with Justice Abban for some years and they had a child.

Early this year, the woman allegedly travelled to her hometown and upon her return, broke up with Justice and decided to move in with suspect Frank Kwabena Owusu, her new lover.

This did not go down well with suspect Abban and so he often fought Frank over the issue.

Around 7am yesterday, suspect Justice Abban, armed with a knife, asked two of his friends—Samuel Offei aka Okotor, 42, and Solomon Agyeman, 43—to escort him to the house of Frank Owusu to attack him.

On arrival at suspect Frank’s house, the witness said, Frank was not in the house but he was called back to the house by suspect Abban.

Fight

When Frank returned, suspect Abban immediately picked a fight with him and so some neighbours, including Amponsah, a friend to Frank who lived with the mother behind Frank’s house, upon hearing the noise, came to separate the two rivals.

In the course of the separation, suspect Abban pulled the knife and stabbed Isaac Amponsah in the neck.

The witness said Isaac Amponsah, after the attack, attempted to run away from the scene but suspect Abban pursued him and stabbed him again in the middle of the street.

The victim then fell on the ground and died on the spot.

After committing the act, suspect Abban attempted to run away but residents chased and apprehended him. They then subjected him to severe beatings before handing him over to the police.

Later, personnel of the Police Crime Scene and the Amasaman District Police Command visited the scene to pick up the body of Isaac Amponsah to the Police Hospital morgue for preservation.

Arrest

The Amasaman District Crime Officer, DSP Happy Addai, when contacted, said police investigations led to the arrest of suspect Samuel Offei (Abban’s friend) and Frank Owusu, one of the rivals, to assist them to investigate the matter.

Concerning the woman, the Amasaman District Police Crime Officer said she was also on the run and had been declared wanted.

The matter is still under investigation.


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Education In Chereponi In Danger . . .Supervisors Stranded


Monitoring and supervision of teachers’ daily activities in Chereponi in the Northern Region has been abandoned due to lack of funds.

The district Education Director has noted that, monitoring and supervision has come to a standstill in the district due to lack of funds and GIPC administrators.

“If teachers are not occasionally trained they will never build their capacity. From January to March 2015, the fund was GHc599 which cannot even fill my tank. How do I move around to monitor the teachers?” he questioned. 

Adding that – “The circuit supervisors according to him are using – “their own motors they borrowed money from the bank to buy, how can I forced them to use their small salaries to fuel it to the field. These circuit supervisors are using their little salaries for their loan payments, with this, monitoring will come to zero.”

The District Director also warned that, he shouldn’t be held responsible if students fail their exams in the district because several attempts to get funds from government have been unsuccessful.

Meanwhile, the District Chief Executive, Hajia Nakobu has promised to resolve issues so the teachers will return to the classrooms - "Apparently the situation has come to my notice and as a mother for all, education is in my core. I will see to it in a shortest possible time."


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Herbalist Gives 63 Students Scholarship In Tamale


As part of effort to fortify vulnerable young girls in northern region through education, Dr Hajia Salamtu Obrahim Taimako, a herbalist who has never tasted education has giving scholarship to 63 brilliant but needy students to pursue Agric course at Business College International (BCI).

The scheme will last for a decade – in every year, twenty people will benefit from the ‘Taimako scholarship’.

The students who will be studying at BCI expressed delight for the opportunity given them whiles pledging to fully utilize it well.

They however commended Dr Hajia Salamtu for her kind gesture - “May the Good Lord blessed Hajia Taimako scholarship program."

Director of the school, Mr Taimako also expressed happiness that beneficiaries of the scholarship will enroll in his school for better education.

“More than half of Northerners cannot push their children to senior high school due to poverty, but rather force them into marriage and ( kayayei) business, which I saw the need with Hajia my mother to help education in the region,” he said. 


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Building More Community Day Schools Is Commendable - Educationist


Dr. Nana Kwaku Asiedu, the Principal of the Foso College of Education, has lauded the Government for building more Community Day Schools (CDS) towards improving the standards of education.

The schools, he said, would bridge the education infrastructural gap between the urban areas and the rural and reduce the over concentration of schools in the cities.

Dr Asiedu said this during the maiden Speech and Prize Giving Day of Gyaase Senior High School (SHS) at Assin-Bereku in the Assin North District of the Central Region.

It was on the theme: "Quality Community Secondary Education; Impact and Challenges".

He said if the CDS were given the requisite modern teaching and learning facilities, their graduates would rub shoulders with their counterparts from the prominent well-resourced schools.

Dr Asiedu, however, said many of the community Senior High Schools were faced with several challenges such as lack of accommodation for teachers, insufficient textbooks, libraries, unmotorable roads, furniture and classrooms. 

Dr Kofi Blankson, the Municipal Chief Executive for Assin Central, promised that the Assembly would donate 100 dual desks to help the School.

He urged teachers, parents and guardians to closely monitor the use of the Internet by pupils and students to prevent them from being exposed to the negative influences of the information tool.

Mrs. Mary Williams, the Headmistress of the School, said the theme was chosen to demonstrate their promise to graduate disciplined and hardworking children who would grow up into responsible adults.

She expressed her commitment towards working hard to achieve excellent results in the West African Senior Secondary Certificate of Examination to the Board and Staff of the School.

She enumerated some of the challenges of the School as inadequate dormitories and teachers’ accommodation; lack of a library, a modern Information and Communication Technology (ICT) centre and Science laboratory and urged the Ministry of Education to assist them.

Mrs Williams expressed concern about the huge unpaid fees, which she said, had hit GHȼ60,000.00, and appealed to defaulting parents to quickly settle their debts.

The students entertained the audience with displays in cultural drumming and dancing, as well as poetry recitals.

Prizes and certificates were presented to deserving students.


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Northern Muslim Leaders Call For New Committee To See To The Bimbila Conflicts


Muslim leaders in the Northern Region are calling on government to set up a new committee to see to the Bimbila conflicts. 

Addressing a press conference, Sheikh Amin Bamba said - “The protracted chieftaincy conflicts that are raging on in three of the four traditional areas of the northern region; Dagbon, Bimbila and Bunplugu have had a negative consequences on the lives of not only the people of the Dagbon traditional area but the people of the northern region as a whole.”

“It is rather sad that, the Nanumba royal family who are the brothers to the Dagbon royal family have not learnt a lesson from the negative consequences of the Dagbon conflicts and have plunged themselves into a similar conflict which has begun to worsen the situation,” he lamented.

According to the leaders - Dagbon traditional area can only resolve these conflicts when “traditional leaders and politicians work hand in hand.”

They therefore appealed to government to set up a new committee to see to the Bimbila conflicts and the leaders of the two royal family Abudu and the Andani Gates to re-commit themselves to the peace processes with the view to find lasting solution to the family dispute in the interest of people of Dagbon over whom they exercise their leadership.


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Dont Patronise Smuggled Vehicles From Togo


The Tamale Sector Commander of the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), Chief Collector Seth Dwira, has expressed worry over the smuggling of vehicles from Togo to Tamale which denied the country the needed revenue.

He has, therefore, advised prospective vehicle buyers in the Tamale metropolis to cross-check with Customs to know whether or not the appropriate duties on the cars they intended to purchase had been paid before buying them.
 
Mr Dwira, who expressed this concern at a press soiree in Tamale over the weekend, warned that the owners of such vehicles would be made to pay the duties and 300 per cent penalty on them or the cars would be seized when they were intercepted.

He, therefore, appealed to the media to assist his outfit by reporting on issue of smuggled goods and cars as it had become a canker in the region.

Revenue

Mr Dwira announced that in spite of the increase in smuggling of cars into the region, his outfit was able to collect GH¢39 million as import duties in 2015, exceeding the target of GH¢25.7 million set for last year.

The Head of the Tamale Medium Taxpayers Office (MTO) of the GRA, Mr Roland Miah, said his outfit also collected GH¢33,707,508.12 revenue for the year 2015, exceeding the target of GH¢25, 772,482.49 and representing an increase of 30 per cent.

He attributed the increase in revenue mobilisation to various strategies adopted by the office which included frequent visits to taxpayers premises to ensure prompt payment of taxes, as well as vigorous pursuit and mopping up of tax arrears and tax education.

He said the Tamale MTO had set a target of GH¢42.50 million for 2016 and stated that they hoped to achieve the target through the same strategies adopted for 2015.

Challenges

Mr Miah noted that in spite of the successes chalked up, his outfit was faced with a major challenge of low self-assessment of chargeable income by taxpayers, since the law allowed some of them to estimate their own chargeable income or profits and pay taxes based on these estimates for the year.

“As a result, some taxpayers even go as low as possible to declare zero profits. And those who are charitable enough assess themselves to about 50 per cent of the tax that they previously paid,” he stated.

Small taxpayer office

The Head of the Tamale Small Taxpayers Office (STO), Alhaji Haruna Sachibu, said his outfit was able to exceed its revenue target of GH¢16 million by collecting GH¢21 million which represented a nine per cent increase.

To achieve the target set for 2016, Alhaji Sachibu said the STO intended to widen the tax net by exploring, identifying and registering 104 new taxpayers, and added that the Taxpayer Services Unit had rolled out programmes in that regard.

He said later this year, the GRA would introduce electronic point of sale devices to support capture sales electronically to avoid under-declaration of sales by taxpayers.


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State Drops Narcotic Charges Against Dr Wampahs Son-in-law


According to Accra-based JOY FM, the state has dropped charges against British fugitive David McDermott who was suspected to be dealing in narcotics.

This according to reports was announced by a state prosecutor in court - when the case was called on Wednesday.

The state says it wants to concentrate on a case for his [David McDermott] extradition which is pending at the High Court.

42-year-old David McDermott who is a son-in-law of outgoing Governor of the Bank of Ghana, Dr Henry Kofi Wampah, was arrested in Ghana on March 11.

He was arrainged before an Accra Circuit court on March 14 and charged with illegal possession and dealing in narcotics - He pleaded not guilty to all the charges and was remanded.


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I Was Not Forced Out - Dr. Wampah


Out-going Governor of the Bank of Ghana, Dr. Kofi Wampah has denied being forced out office as speculated.

According to the governor it is not accurate that he had to take his early retirement, because of  a recent crisis in the microfinance sector. Neither is it related to the controversy around his family after it emerged his step-daughter had married a British fugitive, David McDermott.

Speaking to Joy Business,  the governor explained that; “I had communicated to President John Mahama as far back as January of my intention to take my early retirement”  the governor added. 

Dr. Wampah announced last Tuesday, his intention to retire from office by Friday.This is four clear months before the end of his contract on August 5 this year.  

Dr. Henry Kofi Wampah says his decision was personal and also to allow his successor more time to work in an election year.

He denied the fact that had a frosty relation with some senior officials in government that is why he had to move on.


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We Will Consolidate Our Lead Principal


The Principal of Jackson College of Education, Mrs. Theodosia Jackson, has affirmed the College’s quest to bring unparalleled quality education to Ghanaians.

At a press briefing on the achievements of the College, Mrs. Jackson indicated that the College will deepen its giant strides in the area of academic excellence to make Ghana proud on the international front.

“We will not compromise on quality; we will place premium on affordable higher education to Ghanaians to stimulate growth in education”.

“We’ve received domestic and international honours from many revered awarding institutions for our unquestionable lead in the dispensation of immeasurable high standard education in the country.”

“We believe education remains the life blood of every nation and hence, our resolve to charting the course of equipping Ghanaians with the requisite academic knowledge that will enable them solve societal needs”.

It is worth noting that Jackson College of Education remains the first Private College of Education accredited to run Diploma in Basic Education by Distance Learning. The College has become a preferred place of study because of its distinct academic laurels.


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Patronise HIV Voluntary Services To Stay Healthy


Mr Nuhu Musah, the Technical Coordinator of the Technical Support Unit (TSU) of the Ghana AIDS Commission, has urged Ghanaians to continue patronising the HIV Voluntary Services (HVS).

He said though the infection rate of the disease had reduced, it was necessary for Ghanaians to patronise the HVS, previously referred to as Voluntary Counselling and Testing (VCT) to know their HIV status to live healthier lives.

Mr Musah made the call when the Ghana AIDS Commission (GAC) organised an HIV counselling and testing programme to end the Easter celebrations at the Kamina Barracks, in Tamale.

The event was part of the UNAIDS’s global target to end AIDS by 2030,with a short-term target to be achieved by 2020 - known as 90-90-90 fast track targets.

Ghana was among the countries to adopt the 90-90-90 targets during the 25th African Union (AU) summit, in South Africa, in 2015.

Mr Musah explained that the target was to ensure that 90 per cent of all persons living with  HIV would get to know their status HIV; for 90 per cent of all persons diagnosed with HIV infection to receive antiretroviral therapy and be sustained on it; while 90 per cent of all persons receiving antiretroviral therapy would  have their viral loads suppressed.

He said it was the desire of the Director-General of the GAC for all regions to utilise all public gatherings, especially during traditional festivals, to test as many people as possible to achieve the first 90 per cent target.

“This is just the beginning, we would continue to organise similar activities throughout the year to ensure that Ghana achieves the first 90 per cent target,” he stated, and advised Ghanaians to make sure they know their HIV status for early treatment.

Madam Iddi Abiba, the Tamale Metropolitan Public Health Nurse , explained the importance of voluntary testing, saying, “It helps the health personnel to choose when to enroll those who test positive on treatment and to advise them on how to stay healthy even with the HIV infection.”

Chief Alhassan I. Amadu, the Northern Regional Population Officer, and a member of the Regional AIDS Committee, advised against stigmatisation and discrimination, which he said, impeded access to treatment.   

He urged traditional and religious leaders to use their positions to support fight against new HIV infections by lending their help to the first 90 per cent campaign.


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Dredge Masters Fight Accra Floods


Dredge Masters Limited, a local company with expertise in dredging, has started dredging the Alajo-Korle lagoon waterway in Accra.

Speaking to DAILY GUIDE, the Operations Manager of Dredge Masters, Sena Adiepena, said the exercise which started in the last quarter of 2015 was to support direct water into the drains so that it flowed freely into the sea without causing any casualties to life and property.

The Operations Manager explained that the project was running concurrently in three sections:  Alajo-Caprice, Odaw canal and Korle lagoon.

He indicated that the company had taken delivery of heavy duty dredgers such as Water Master which could perform a triple duty of suction dredging, back and front dredging while in the water, a fleet of trucks and other earthmoving devices.

The Operations Manager did not say when the project would be completed but mentioned that the company would be at the job for some time to ensure that flood water flowed freely along the waterway into the sea.

Mr Adiepena was happy that a lot of public sensitisation was taking place to encourage members of the public to manage their waste properly and not dump waste in drains.

He explained that the practice had the effect of delaying the dredging process, which according to him was about 30% done.

Some of the fishermen at the Korle lagoon in James town, Accra, who spoke to DAILY GUIDE, said they were happy about the progress of work, stating that the dredging that had taken place had made it possible for their fishing boats to set sail freely.

The Communications Manager for Dredge Masters, Roland Walker, bemoaned the conduct of Ghanaians in waste management, saying that it was wrong to pour indiscriminate waste into drains. He added that the recent rains in Accra had revealed a number of weaknesses with regard to waste deposits.

Mr Roland Walker expressed hope that with the high level of expertise of the Dredge Masters staff, a lot would be achieved to end floods in Accra.


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Prudential Rewards Outstanding Agents With A Luxury Overseas Trip


Prudential Life Insurance Ghana has rewarded 30 of its best performing agents with a luxury week-long holiday to Kenya and Dubai. The agents received the prize after making an outstanding contribution to Prudential Ghana’s strong growth over the past year.

At an awards ceremony at the La Palm Beach Hotel, Mark Buadi and Solomon Adeti from Tema, and Dennis Cosmos Gonzalves from Koforidua were revealed as Prudential Ghana’s best performing agents. A further 124 were rewarded with electronic gifts, shopping vouchers and weekend trips to beach resorts in Ghana.

The number of agents working for Prudential Ghana has risen from 300 to 800 since the business was launched in 2014.

Emmanuel Aryee, Chief Executive of Prudential Ghana, said: “Prudential Ghana is going from strength to strength.

Our agents are extremely critical to us and so we are pleased to recognise their outstanding performance, which has contributed to our strong growth. I look forward to continuing to work with them as Prudential Ghana continues to grow and provides customers throughout the country with innovative and high-quality products.”

Solomon Adeti, one of Prudential’s best performing agents, said: “Prudential is the best place to be if you are pursuing a career as an agent because hard work is rewarded.

We are grateful for the recognition and are looking forward to working with our colleagues to make Prudential even more successful.”

 


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14 Arrested At Kwahu Easter


THE Nkawkaw Divisional Police Command in the Eastern Region grabbed 14 suspects on different charges over the weekend during the Easter celebration at Kwahu.

Some of the suspects—Frederick Oppong, 23, Bright Asirifi, 21, Kwaku Antwi, 21 and Adamu Yakubu, 24—were arrested for pickpocketing, assault, and snatching of mobile phones.

One Samuel Adjei was busted for unlawful entry into someone’s room while another suspect, Victor Asante, 22, was also apprehended for possession of 11 wraps of Indian hemp. Two others were grabbed for snatching cars.

Chief Supt James Sarfo Peprah, the Nkawkaw Divisional Police Commander, briefing DAILY GUIDE, said 23 drivers were also arrested with DVLA cars but were released after they were schooled on DV plates.

Chief Supt Sarfo Peprah indicated that the suspects, currently in police custody assisting in investigations, were arrested in a swoop across the Kwahu Ridge during the Easter festivities.

The Nkawkaw Divisional Police Commander further stated that the suspects would be put before court this weekend.


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Meningitis Cases Drop


The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has begun to see some decline in reported cases of meningitis in the country following massive education and vaccination exercises across the country.

The latest vaccination exercise took place at the Jirapa, Nandom and Nadowli Districts of the Upper West Region following the outbreak of Neisseria meningitis Type W, which affected over 50 people and claimed more than 15 lives in the region.

Director of Public Health Division at the GHS, Dr Badu Sarkodie, speaking to DAILY GUIDE, said plans put in place by the health service and its development partners had helped in the success of reducing the incidence of meningitis in the country.

He said, “We had 200,000 vaccines for the three districts. It is coming down significantly. In Brong Ahafo Region, I don’t think there is anybody in the hospital with meningitis and in the Upper West Region anytime you apply the vaccine the load has come down so I can say for the past two weeks or so no one has died of meningitis.”

Dr Sarkodie was optimistic that with the measures and education, the country would soon see an end to meningitis cases.

Neisseria meningitis was recorded as an outbreak in parts of the Upper East and West Regions two years ago, but was controlled using vaccines.

Current statistics show that about 550 people have been infected by different strain of the disease including pneumococcal, meningococcal and Neisseria meningitis, with about 100 lives lost.


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Sacked Army Recruits Picket @ NDC Headquarters


Over 36 dismissed Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) recruits have gathered in front of the head office of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in Accra.

The army recruits are protesting over their dismissal from the service, asking the NDC party to intervene on their behalf.

According to them, they will also head to the headquarters of other political parties to press home their demands.

The GAF in December last year sent home the recruits who were undergoing training due to what it described as gross misconduct.

It barred all the 501 recruits who were sacked while undergoing training at the Army Recruit Training School at Shai Hills in the Greater Accra from partaking in the exercise.

According to a statement from the GAF dated February 24, 2016, it explained that ‘the cessation of the training at the Army Recruits Training School became necessary because the recruits “without due authorization dressed up in their outing attire (black trousers and white shirt) staged an unauthorized assembly on the school square and later marched to the instructor’s accommodation demanding to be sent home because the training was strenuous, a situation the recruits considered as maltreatment’.


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Instagram Adds Longer Video


Photo and video sharing app Instagram Tuesday announced a major change in how videos can be presented. They can now be as long as 60 seconds, up from the former 15 second limit.

Instagram made the switch in a week that followed a large online backlash to a new way of presenting photos. The new algorithm showcases posts Instagram thinks you want to see, instead of whatever the latest photo is.

Instagram announced this last week, and many users idea the changes would commence this week, which Instagram corrected online. The changes are being tested with a small group of users, and won’t be rolled out for weeks, if not months out, Instagram spokesman Gabe Madway said.

A Change.org petition to stop the changes has attracted over 300,000 signatures. Celebrities like John Mayer and Kendall Jenner chimed in, saying to leave everything like it is now.

“We're listening and we assure you nothing is changing with your feed right now,” Instagram said in a tweet. “We promise to let you know when changes roll out broadly.”

Sue Bryce, a Los Angeles photographer with 75,000 followers on Instagram, spoke out against the changes.

"I didn't like it when Facebook did it either," she says. "I love linear timelines. I follow people I like and I like 95% of my feed daily because I'm a huge advocate for engagement --that's what social is. What is the point of following someone and never liking anything or commenting. They will never know you are there."

Meanwhile, the new video usage rules began rolling out Tuesday, and Instagram says they will be available to the entire network of 400 million monthly users “in the coming months.”

Instagram says time people spent watching videos on Instagram increased by more than 40 percent in the last 6 months.

- See more at: http://www.myjoyonline.com/technology/2016/March-30th/instagram-adds-longer-video.php#sthash.4k57eY6C.dpuf


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18-Yr-Old Arbiter Meets Untimely Death


A genuine attempt of an 18-year old senior high school student to separate two men who were fighting over a lady has resulted in his untimely death.

The deceased, Isaac Kwesi Amponsah, a student of the Opoku Ware Senior High School, was stabbed in the neck when he went in to separate two rivals engaged in a brawl, The Finder has gathered.

The suspect, Justine Abban, 32, a driver, who hails from Saltpond in the Central Region, was engaged in a fight with one Frank Kwabena Owusu, a.k.a. Taller, when the deceased tried to broker peace between the two.

Confirming the incident to The Finder, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Effia Tenge, Public Relations Officer of the Accra Region Police Command, stated that the incident took place at Oshuiman, a suburb of Amasaman, at about 6.30am yesterday.

The Finder gathered that the suspect chased the deceased and stabbed him in the neck.

According to her, the police got the information at about 8am and proceeded to the scene. On arrival, they rushed the victim to the Police Hospital but he was pronounced dead.

However, the victim was subjected to beatings from a mob that held him down till the police arrived.

The lady at the centre of the scuffle and Frank are currently at large. The body of the deceased has since been deposited at the Police Hospital.


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Father Of Murdered Boy Wants Wheel Of Justice To Move Faster


Mr Yaw Frimpong, the father of a 20- year old student, Samuel Asimeng Frimpong, who was stabbed to death, at Kukurantumi, has expressed his disappointment with the pace of the court proceedings, saying it is too slow.

According to him, two years after the death of his son, the suspect, Joseph Cudjoe, who was granted bail, was allegedly walking free, while he and the rest of his family, were still grappling with the pain from their loss.

Speaking to the Ghana News Agency , Mr Frimpong, a farmer, therefore, appealed to the prosecution to speed up the process for justice to be done on behalf of his son.

According him, since the death of his son no relative of the suspect, whose father is alleged to be a police officer, had visited him to console him, while they did not attend the burial and funeral of the deceased.

It would be recalled that on February 1, 2014, Frimpong, aged 20,  then a final year student of the Christian Heritage Secondary Technical School, Kukurantumi, engaged in a  quarrel with the suspect Cudjoe, 22 , a second-year student of the Christian Institute of Professional Studies, also at Kukurantumi.

According to report, after the two had been separated, the suspect who lived in a rented room in the town, rushed home and returned with a bayonet, with which he allegedly stabbed the Frimpong several times in the neck and finally slit his throat.

The victim, who bled profusely, was pronounced dead on arrival at the Tafo Government Hospital.

The suspect later presented himself to the Tafo District Police and he was arrested and arraigned at the Court. He was, however, granted bail later.

Meanwhile, the Koforidua Circuit Court B, presided over by Abdul-Razak Musah, has ordered the Police Forensic Laboratory to furnish the Court with the DNA analysis to enable the court to proceed with the case.

The case has been adjourned to April 27, 2016, for hearing.


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Obinims Spiritual Father Dead?


Rumours are that the acclaimed spiritual father of the founder and leader of God’s Way International Ministries, Bishop Daniel Obinim is said to be dead.

The incident is said to have occurred last night when residents reportedly heard gun shots after which they went to see the fetish priest, Komfo Yaw Appiah flat on one of his gods.

Rumours are that the Komfo Yaw Appiah behind his shrine was heard mentioning the name ‘Obinim’ prior to his death.

According to reports, relatives of Komfo Appiah are not ready to comment on the happening.

The spiritualist earlier this month said he bestowed spiritual powers on bishop Daniel Obinim and added that Obinim had ignored him.

He was however ready to face Obinim squarely should Obinim try to compete him in any form.


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Ghana Risks Missing The SDGs Targets - CSO


Ghana risks missing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targets if she fails to bridge the developmental gap between the north and the south,  Mr Bismark Adongo Ayorogo has said.

Mr Avorogo, who  the Executive Secretary of the Coalition of the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) Zone Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), said this at various meetings with leadership of  Parliament, Mr Oppong Fosu, the Minister of State in charge of Development Authorities,  the leadership of the New Patriotic Party, Mr Albert Abongo,  the Upper East Regional Minister.

The SADA Zone CSOs are made up of Chiefs and Representatives of Civil Society Organizations drawn from the Volta, Brong Ahafo, Northern, Upper East and Upper West Regions which form parts of the Northern Savannah Ecological Zone.

Mr Ayorogo said one of the major goals of the SDGs was to address extreme poverty adding that research had proven beyond reasonable doubt that the Northern Ecological Zones were poverty endemic.

Whilst commending Government for introducing SADA and undertaking several initiatives to create more viable opportunities for the areas, he said there is the need for Government to be more proactive by ensuring that SADA got more resources to implement its programmes and policies.

He said Ghana would have been a middle income country and not a lower middle income country if the disparities between the North and the South were addressed and   cited for instance that whilst Section 18 of the SADA Act 805 of 2010 states that the sources of funds of the Authority include moneys appropriated for the Authority by Parliament and the levies on non-petroleum imports as may be approved by Parliament; the 2013 and 2014 budgetary allocations made to SADA were not disbursed.

“There was no budgetary allocation to SADA for capital projects in the 2015 and 2016 Budget Statements and Economic Policies of the Government. Five years after the passage of the law there has not been any levy on non-petroleum imports to fund SADA”, he said.

The group in a petition read by one of its leading members, Mr Milton Aberinga, demanded that the government should make a minimum allocation of 200 million Ghana cedis to SADA in its 2016 Supplementary Budget Statement to Parliament to revitalize the Authority.

It said there is the need for Government to facilitate the passage of a Legislative Instrument (LI) to give greater impetus to the operations of the Authority, government’s compliance of ACT 805, the need for government to retrieve all monies wrongly paid to individuals and companies who failed to deliver on their promises,  prosecute people whose actions and inactions contributed to causing financial loss to the authority and insulate SADA from  partisan and political interference . 

Responding to the Coalition’s concern on budgetary allocations to SADA, the Majority Leader, Mr Alban Bagbin Sumana, said Parliament had raised similar concerns before the Executive.

He said budget preparation and appropriation of resources was the sole responsibility of the Executive arm of Government with Parliament either approving or disapproving it and advised the group to direct the issue of budgetary allocation to SADA to the Executive.

The Coalition was further assured that once there is an allocation, Parliament under its current leadership, driven by the shared concerns, would not hesitate to give the needed approval.

On the Coalition’s demand for a Legislative Instructive ( LI) for the SADA ACT, the Majority leader explained that LIs were not generated by parliament and said  SADA had to initiate the process and develop it before  sending it  to parliament through the Executive for approval.


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Help Reduce Abortions Queen Mothers Told


The Southern Zonal Manager of Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana (PPAG), Nana Amma Oforiwaa Sam, has urged queen mothers to use their influence to intensify family planning education towards reducing unwanted pregnancies and abortions in their communities.

She explained this would support reduce the fertility rate in their communities and the risk of women dying from complicated pregnancies and dangerous abortions.

Mrs Sam was speaking at a meeting with some selected queen mothers engaged in the efforts at reducing the maternal mortality and morbidity rates in the Eastern Region.

The project is being implemented by PPAG, in collaboration with the Ghana Health Service, with funding from Ipas Ghana.

The project which started in 2012 involves the use of the queen mothers to promote safe abortions and family planning in their communities, while referring those who needed services to the health institutions in their communities.

The queen mothers appealed to the project coordinators to motivate more midwives in public health institutions to give the needed help to those they referred to them.

Ipas, founded in 1973, is a global non-governmental organisation dedicated to ending preventable deaths and disabilities from dangerous abortion.

Through local, national and global partnerships, Ipas works to ensure that women can obtain safe, respectful and comprehensive abortion care.


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Accra Records Over 237 Deliveries During Easter


Some major hospitals in Accra recorded over 237 deliveries during the Easter festivities according to official sources.

The Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital registered 124 newborns during the period with a greater percentage of the mothers going through normal and safe delivery, hospital sources told the Ghana News Agency on Tuesday.

The two labour wards, one and two, of the Hospital registered 77 male babies and 47 newborn females from Friday 25 to Monday 28.

Hospital officials say 77 of the babies came through ‘normal’ deliveries while operations were performed on the remaining 47.

Four sets of twins were born during the period while three sets came in the course of normal delivery but health officials said they performed caesarian section on one set.

Mrs Veronica Mensah, Principal Nursing Officer at the Labour Ward, said the facility did not record any death involving a mother but noted that some babies gave up during the period, though she could not immediately give out any figures.

The Mamprobi Polyclinic recorded 37 deliveries, Madam Ruth Lartey, the Midwife in charge, told the Ghana News Agency said on Monday.

She said out of the 34 deliveries, 19 were males and 16 were females and they were all normal deliveries.

She said Easter Friday saw the highest deliveries with 15 births with Easter Monday following with seven as at 1030hrs, adding: "The day is still young and there are more clients likely to deliver before the close of work."

The ward had only 14 beds and sometime mothers had to deliver on the floor when the cases outnumbered the beds, she said, and called for expansion of the ward.

"This clinic since its establishment in 1975 has not seen any expansion and the population around it is growing".

Madam Lartey said the Polyclinic transferred emergency cases and pregnant women who needed an operation to the Ridge Hospital and the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital for attention.

At the Ridge Hospital, Ms Susanna Asamoah, Principal Nursing Officer in charge of Labour ward said 76 births were recorded between Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

This included 21 males and 23 females while a total of 32 babies made up of 15 males and 17 females were also born through caesarean sections.

Speaking in an interview with the Ghana News agency, she said the hospital did not record any death during the period adding that "there were however some of the mothers who underwent caesarean sections who were still on admission for more monitoring’’.

At the La Polyclinic, Mrs Vivian Ogun, Principal Nursing Officer in charge of maternity, noted that the hospital recorded a total of 30 births between Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

This, she said, included 16 males, 14 females and three others who were born through caesarean sections.

She noted that although most of the mothers had been discharged, some were still on admission for monitoring due to some complications encountered during the delivery.

She added that most of the mothers, especially those who gave birth on Easter Sunday were very happy because they felt they had given birth to "special’’ children who had something in common with Jesus Christ who resurrected on Easter Sunday.

Ghana recorded a decline in its Maternal Mortality Rate by 49 percent between 1990 and 2013 but was still far behind the Millennium Development Goal 5 by the end of 214, according to United Nations report.

More than half of infant deaths in Ghana happen within the first month of life, and the newborn death rate has not improved in recent years, says UNICEF.

Malnutrition is a significant indirect cause of child mortality, contributing to one-third of all childhood deaths, it added.

Although levels of malnutrition in Ghana have dropped, 23 percent of children are stunted while 57 percent are anaemic.

Nutrition is particularly poor in Northern Ghana, where almost two in every five children are stunted and more than 80 percent of children suffer from anaemia.


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Naked Woman Strolls Around Museum In Germany...


Controversial performance artist, Milo Moire, 32, is up to her antics again. She was seen in her birthday suit at a museum in Muenster, Germany walking around with a baby in her arms. Moire, who stripped off as part of her Naked Life exhibition, was filmed holding a naked baby while looking at paintings of nudes.

On her reason, Moire said she wanted to show "a naked infant safe in the arms of a naked woman" at the exhibition.

She added: "This direct confrontation with live nude art challenges others to reflect on familiar forms of perception. "How close may a form of representation in art approach real life?"

Moire is no stranger to art-related controversy, she was criticised last year for pushing paint-filled eggs out of her vajayjay. Her Plop-Egg exhibition last year was slammed by critics for being "absurd, gratuitous, trite and desperate" but her website described her work as "volcanic explosions of colour from her vajayjay".


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Nurse Loses License Over Patient Pe*is Pics


An upstate New York nurse who snapped photos of an unconscious male patient’s penis and sent the lewd snaps to her co-workers has surrendered her medical license.

Kristen Johnson, 27, agreed to give up her license Monday after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of sharing unlawful surveillance photos, according to Syracuse.com.

As part of a plea deal that nixed the felony charges in the case, the blond nurse who used to work at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse also agreed to spend three years on probation.

Johnson was arrested last May following a nine-month investigation launched by the Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office because her colleagues reported that she had sent them inappropriate cellphone pictures multiple times.

Along with photos of the male patient’s privates, authorities also discovered some shots of a fellow nurse cleaning out a comatose female patient’s gastrointestinal blood clot, according to Syracuse.com.


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The Royal Bank Assists Young Madrid Football Club


The Royal Bank has presented three sets of Jerseys with Hoses, three sets of Training Vests, 20 branded Polo Shirts and  five footballs to Young Madrid Football Club. The Club is located at  Kwashieman in Accra.

This was after the bank has received a request from the Young Madrid colts football club, made up of under 13s, 15s and 17, for logistics support.

Making the presentation, Deputy Managing Director, Retail Banking of the Bank, Mr Charles Otoo, explained that The Royal Bank by giving a helping hand to the Young Madrid FC, is enough indication that the bank shows interest in what the club is doing by taking young people to shape up their footballing talents in the country and also prevent them from ending up on the streets.

He challenged the boys not to be happy with only wearing football Jerseys instead, they should set targets with how many goals they want to score, how many assists, great passing of the ball , tackles or blockings they are going to make to support their team succeed.

He admonished them to take their education seriously Head of Marketing and Corporate Affairs of the Royal Bank, Dr Kwame Baah Nuakoh, expressed admiration for the club’s honesty when they returned an earlier sponsorship money to the bank, because they could not embark on a planned trip to Togo to participate in an under 15 competition for the promotion of Drugs, HIV/AIDS and Peace Awareness tournament in 2013.

He said it was a rare display of honesty.

The Team Manager of Young Madrid Football Club, Napoleon Baah-Mintah lamented they had been using the earlier kits  The Royal Bank bought for them  three years ago which are  almost faded, adding the assistance from the Bank again  has come at a very fine time.

Young Madrid Football Club was founded in 2002. Currently the club has over 70 juvenile players and competes in the Ga South Juvenile Football League.


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Surgical Negligence Girl Dies


The eight-year-old girl who was left bedridden with a gaping hole in her intestines from a surgical procedure that went wrong has died.

Little Priscilla Pomaa, the class two  pupil of the Chiraa Model Primary School, lost her battle with life on Monday, March 10, 2016, at her home in Chiraa in the Brong Ahafo Region and has since been buried.

Priscilla prior to her death endured months of pains from the hole in her intestines from an appendicitis operation that did not go well last November.

The mother of Priscilla, Mary Adumaa, who confirmed the incident to TV3 online, said she has left everything to God.

It could be recalled that DAILY GUIDE published a story about little Priscilla, who after an appendicitis operation, suffered repercussion when she was given food after the operation that left her bedridden.

Priscilla’s mother said after her daughter was given food, her stomach became reddened and later developed into a sore, causing the surgical stitches to open.

She said four other surgeries that sought to correct what the mother of the girl claimed were negligence on the part of the doctors failed, the doctors were said to have declared they had “exhausted the level of their professional knowledge” on the girl’s condition.

Sleepless nights arising out of pain, passing excreta through the gaping hole in her stomach through the opened intestines was the agony of the girl and her mother before her passing.

Meanwhile, management of the Sunyani Hospital where Priscilla had her surgery will be responding to the allegation made against the doctors of the facility.

Madam Adumaa claims doctors who operated on her late daughter failed to properly stitch the girl’s wounds created as a result of the operation leading to the swelling of Priscilla’s stomach brought other complications that led to a hole in her intestines and later the death of the once healthy-looking girl on March 10, 2016.


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Tumu Water System Owes VRA 99,930 Ghana Cedis


The Tumu Water System is indebted to the Volta River Authority (VRA) to the tune of GHC 99,930.00.

Mr George Kanton, the Water Board Manger, said the debt was hampering the operations of VRA, and it is envisaged that the water system would soon be shutdown.

He said out of the 1,123 subscribers to the Tumu Community Water System, only 306 subscribers were metered leaving a chunk of more than 800 residents unmetered saying this was affecting efficient revenue mobilisation.

Mr Kanton, who made these known in an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Tumu, said the growing population in the Tumu Township had overstretched the water system that was meant for a population of about 2000 inhabitants.

He pleaded with water users to bear with them especially during this dry season as the water table has fallen far lower than expected.

Mr Kanton said the Board was finding it difficult to breakeven and meet other operational costs as many users have found ways to avoid paying for the water through illegal connections.

He said the Board has initiated several measures including pipe audits, double checking tariffs and site visits to support address the shortfalls.

Mr Kanton called on water users to pay their tariffs regularly and on time for the Board to settle their indebtedness with the VRA and improve water supply.


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Robber Killed At Beach


A MEMBER of an armed robbery gang that was reportedly robbing merrymakers at the Titanic Beach at Community 3, Tema on Easter Monday was shot dead in a gun battle between the armed robbers and the police.

The incident happened at about 8:40pm when a police patrol team deployed to ensure security at the beach was engaged by the robbers who were carrying out an operation at the beach.

The robbers reportedly opened fire after they spotted police officers on three motorbikes approaching. The police returned fire and killed one of the five criminals while the remaining fled.

A search conducted on the deceased revealed a lady’s purse with two Samsung phones and a locally manufactured pistol with an empty AS cartridge.

The lifeless body of the unidentified robber has been deposited at the police morgue for autopsy and preservation as efforts are underway to find his relatives.

Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Juliana Obeng, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Tema Regional Police Command, who confirmed the incident which occurred on March 28, 2016 toDAILY GUIDE, disclosed that the robbers were being tracked and that everything was being done to arrest them.

According to her, operational measures put in place by her outfit to ensure law and order before, during and after the Easter festivities led to the foiling of the operation of the gang at the beach.

“Police personnel in the region worked day and night to carry out these measures to near perfection and the security situation in the region remained quiet and predictable,” she noted.

However, on Monday, 28th March, 2016, which was a holiday, there was an exchange of gunfire between a police motorbike patrol team and a group of five suspected robbers, which resulted in the death of one of the robbers.


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Andanis, Abudus Must Respect The Peace Roadmap


The Leadership of the Muslim Community in the Tamale Metropolis has urged the Andani and Abudu Royal Families in the Dagbon Chieftaincy conflict to show magnanimity and respect the decisions agreed on at the Committee of Eminent Chiefs.

Leaders of the Tamale Central Mosque and Ambaria Muslim Community, under the auspices of  the Northern Regional Chief Imam, made the appeal at a media conference in Tamale to express their concerns, views and recommendations on protracted conflicts in the region.

Sheikh Amin Bamba, Spokesperson of the Leadership of the Muslim Community in the Tamale Metropolis, appealed to the leaders of the Andani and Abudu Royal Families to recommit themselves to the peace process to find a lasting solution to their family’s dispute.

He urged the Government to take steps to enforce or implement all the relevant decisions arrived at during the negotiations at the Committee of Eminent Chiefs, mediating the conflict, which is led by the Asantehene.

Sheikh Bamba also spoke about the chieftaincy conflicts at Bimbilla and Bunkpurugu in the Region, saying the former was beginning to widen adding, “If the necessary steps are not taken early, it will become complicated and engulf the whole of the Nanumba Traditional Area”.

He appealed to the Government to urgently set up peace committees for the Bimbilla and Bunkpurugu conflicts to help the people to achieve enduring and lasting peace.

Sheikh Bamba said, “We are, therefore, initiating consultations among Muslim leaders in the Region to strategise and help the efforts of the Committee of Eminent Chiefs in resolving the Dagbon conflict and other committees that might be set up to bring peace to Bimbilla and Bunkpurugu, and the region as a whole”.

He also appealed to the youth to concentrate their efforts on acquiring education and skills and not to waste their energy on conflicts that would only jeopardize their future.

On the 2016 General Election, he urged political parties to expand their security units to incorporate peace building and manage conflicts within and beyond the  parties.

He appealed to the security agencies to demonstrate fairness and professionalism in the handling of conflicts that may arise in the run up to the elections to enable them to win the trust of all political parties to ensure quiet elections.     


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Akufo-Addo Congratulates President-Elect Of Benin


This is to congratulate the leader of the main opposition political party in Benin, M. Prince Talon, on his election as President of the Republic, after securing an overwhelming 65% of valid votes cast in the presidential-run off.

I also commend his main challenger, the incumbent Prime Minister, M. Lionel Zinsou, for graciously conceding defeat, a step which will further consolidate democracy in that country. The quiet nature of the polls has demonstrated the determination of the people of Benin to living in a democratic state where they alone, through the ballot box, will have the power to choose who their leaders are.

As the leader of the pro-democracy wave in sub-Saharan Africa, in the wake of the collapse of the Berlin wall, and the country gaining a reputation as the ‘laboratory of democratisation in Africa’, it is my hope that President-elect Talon’s administration in Benin, over the next four years, will be characterised by the strict adherence to the rule of law and democratic accountability, as well as working hard to improve further on the living standards of his people.

I wish the President-elect and the people of Benin the very best of luck, and pray for God’s guidance and the country’s success in the years to come.

……signed……

Nana Akufo-Addo

2016 NPP Presidential Candidate


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Group Warns: Collins Amankwa Must Apologise To Wontumi Or Else . . .


A group calling itself ‘Wontumi Fun Club’ is demanding an unqualified apology from Member of Parliament for Manhyia North, Collins Owusu Amankwa to the Ashanti Regional Chairman of the NPP, Bernard Antwi Boasiako.

The group noted that the NPP lawmaker must do so on OKAY FM the platform they claim the lawmaker tarnished the image of the party chairman on.

This comes after Collins Owusu Amankwa had accused Chairman Wontumi as affectionately called in politics of mismanagement of party funds– he is also believed to have tarnished the image of his regional chairman in the media.

Although Mr Amankwa has been remorseful for his actions and apologised to Chairman Wontumi privately - the group says he should replicate the same apology on OKAY FM publicly.

“We have learnt from a credible source that, Hon. Collins Owusu Amankwa has rendered an apology to Chairman Wontumi and we understand Chairman has accepted his apology. We wish to state it clearly that, Hon. Collins Amankwa will only get our side of forgiveness as he wishes, if he apologize to Chairman Wontumi and us on the same media platforms he accused chairman wrongly,” - Ibrahim Alhassan chairman of the group said in a statement.

The statement also read – “We never had anything against him till he ventured into that act which seems to tarnish the image of our able chairman and we shall never forgive him as he wishes if he does not apologies through that same media he pressed his allegations against chairman.

“ . .Per our source, we understand, chairman Wontumi has decided to let it go, but, for us, we can't forgive him, if he does not apologize on the same OKAY FM and other media stations he attacked chairman.

“ . . We want to state it clearly that we duly wish for a united front to wrestle power from the incompetent Mahama-led administration, but, we’ll deal with persons or individuals who want to take advantage of this our wish,” the statement said. 


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African Leaders Urged To Fight Terrorism


Lieutenant General Dr Abdul Rahman Danbazau (Rtd), the Nigerian Minister of the Interior, has called on African leaders to collectively support to combat terror threats and attacks.

He said the poor intelligence networks in Africa posed a severe problem in combating terror attacks, thus the need for strong security institutions to do effective policing to curtail the situation.

Lt. Danbazau said this when he delivered a lecture on: “Terrorism, an Emerging Security Issue in Africa: Perspectives, Challenges and Way Forward,” in Accra.

He said to fight terrorism in Africa, there was the need for high levels of intelligence to identify a threat relative to the amount of force required to neutralize it.

“When this is done on time, it helps policy makers to better implement policies that accurately specify the grievances that motivate terrorist groups and their supporters,” Lt Danbazau said.

He said the various terror attacks, which were threats to nation building, had thrived because of the porous nature of Africa’s borders, poverty, inadequate infrastructure and poor intelligence network.

Lt Danbazau said terrorist groups used more planned and organised models and with the emergence of ISIS and other terror groups such as Boko Haram and Al-Qaida, their financing models had become more complex and sophisticated.

The technological advancement and proliferation of financial instruments had made it difficult to trace and counter their flow of funds since this was what such groups used to lure more people to fight their cause, he said.  
He, therefore, called for massive education on terrorism because ignorance had also been a major factor contributing to the attacks.

Lieutenant Danbazau, however, urged governments and state actors to implement poverty reduction strategies to support fight attacks, strengthen border managements to effectively manage the movement of goods and persons and provide adequate infrastructure and equipment.

“Do not leave out traditional rulers in this fight because they live in communities where most of these attacks take place and, as such, can play vital roles in the fight against terrorism.

Mr Benjamin Kumbour, the Minister of Defence, expressed gratitude to the Lt Danbazau for his lecture and advised African leaders to move a step further in fighting terrorism.


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Emma Wenani To Speak At 5th Africa Hr Leaders Conference


Director of Human Resource Management at Global Media Alliance, Emma Wenani has been nominated as one of the speakers for the 5th annual Africa HR Leaders Conference organized by OML Africa at the Best Western Premiere Hotel in Accra.

Under the theme “Evolve, Execute, Add value”, the 3 day conference will have speakers to address audience, particularly, HR practitioners and business leaders on different pressing topics concerning human resource management from March 30 to April 1, 2016.

Ms. Wenani will be speaking on talent utilization under the topic “Add value to Get Value- Getting your talent to work for you”.

Having practiced Human Resources for over a decade and rising through the ranks, Ms. Wenani sees this as a great opportunity to share experiences and support nurture young talents in the HR industry.

“As a Human Resource practitioner who has had the opportunity to manage people with different backgrounds and capabilities, I have come to the realization that many people go silent on their talent without noticing.

However, in the business world today, talent is one key thing that can set an individual apart from his or her cohorts in the same field of work.

I am very passionate about this topic I will be speaking on. I believe highlighting this topic will support people find purpose or their talents and creatively utilize them to add values to their professions. This will eventually translate into excellence at the individual’s level and profitability at the organization’s level’.

Ms. Wenani holds an MBA in Human Resource Management from the University of Ghana and a combined major degree in French and Sociology from the University of Nairobi. Her passion for stringing words together, leadership, and personal development has earned her diverse experience in Human Resource, Public Relations, and Writing.

Prior to Joining Global Media Alliance where she manages HR processes for over 300 staff across 9 business entities, Ms. Wenani held the position of Public Relations Officer for the Nairobi Stock Exchange right after her position as the Assistant Editor to the NSE quarterly magazine, the Exchange.

 


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GNFS Signals New Direction, Fire Prevention Now Major Thrust


The Chief Fire Officer, Dr. Albert Brown Gaisie, has signaled a new direction as the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) makes fire prevention a major thrust of its operation.

He said focusing more effort on how to substantially roll back the rising incident of fire outbreaks across the country was an urgent priority.

Dr. Gaisie was addressing personnel of the service at Tepa in the Ahafo-Ano North District as part of his four-day working visit to the Ashanti Region.

He had earlier paid separate courtesy calls on the Regional Minister, Mr. Alexander Ackon, and the Chief Executive of Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA), Mr. Kojo Bonsu.

He is in the region to assess the operational challenges facing the service and devise appropriate strategies to efficiently deal with these.

Dr. Gaisie counseled the firefighters to up safety education to support people to do the right things to prevent fires, telling them to reach out to everybody - in the homes, work places and schools.

He said this was critical to protect lives and stop the destruction of property through fires.

The Chief Fire Officer called for the people to heed safety education – to be extra careful in their handling of naked fire and the use of electrical appliances.

He applauded the Omanhene of Tepa, Nana Adusei Atwenewa Ampem, for releasing a 20-acre stretch of land for the establishment of a fire training institute to train fire volunteers.

He appealed for increased public help to ensure significant reduction in fire disasters.


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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Investment in Good Seed Business Will Improve Food Security - Dan Acquaye


Government has been urged to pay particular attention to the seed production and distribution sub-sector of the agribusiness industry in Ghana, given its implications for food security in the country.

Though the agriculture industry still remains the single largest employer in Ghana, yields over the past years have consistently come short of the required targets to feed the growing population.

To improve yields and food security, while cutting back on the 1.5 billion the country already spends on importing basic foods each year, there needs to be some significant investment in the seed production and distribution business in Ghana as a crucial part of the larger effort towards agriculture mechanisation.

This was discussed at a 2-day Entrepreneurship for Commercial Seed Incubation Business (ECOSIB) training programme in Kumasi, organised by Agri-Impact Consult together with its international partners.

Dan Acquaye, the Executive Director of Agri-Impact Consult, said Africa imports over $50 billion of foods annually and “there exists enormous opportunities for joint business growth and development in Africa if governments double investment in the seed sector and adopt innovative technologies and help policies that will create space for the private sector to improve productivity and provide opportunities for the youth, thereby, reducing unemployment in Africa.

He believes it is time for innovation in the seed sub-sector of the agribusiness industry through the creation of private sector space, the provision of seed business incentives and the development of practical options for public-private-partnership in agribusiness trade and seed value chain financing.

The owners and representatives of the seed businesses who were present at the ECOSIB training programme were taken through several capacity building lessons aimed at increasing access and availability of superior quality seeds to smallholder farmers in Ghana.

Funded by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and the USAID, the purpose of ECOSIB is to build the technical & managerial competencies of SMEs in seed business and develop a cadre of seed business entrepreneurs with the requisite skills to engage in commercial seed production and distribution of quality seeds in Ghana.

The Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa-FARA, USAID, KNUST, Ghana Grains & Legumes Development Board and Crop Research Institute are key partners for the ECOSIB programme.


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UTAG Bares Teeth At Govt ...Over Salary Migration And Ban On Employment


Anger has taken the better part of the members of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG), with the former re-echoing its caution to government to rescind its decision to migrate lecturers unto the Integrated Personnel Payroll Database 2 (IPPD2).

The warning was also against the sought for financial clearance from government before the various universities could recruit lecturers, saying it defeats the autonomous nature of universities.

The association not long ago held a news conference in Accra and gave government March ending ultimatum to halt it intensions.

Government, after the fiat, issued financial clearance for University of Education, Winneba to be able to recruit 46 lecturers and also insulated University of Ghana, Legon from the IPPD2 salary migration after evaluating and finding its payment system robust.

However, in an exclusive interview with the New Crusading GUIDE, Dr. Harry L. Agbanu, President of UTAG insisted that the immunity of salary migration should be extended to all universities and not only University of Ghana.

“Whatever made University of Ghana pass the evaluation test could be recommended to the other universities to free them too from the salary migration policy”, he stated.

He noted that Ghanaian Universities with it high rankings in the world has attracted foreign students from different countries and thus a direct control from government would slow things and decrease their standing to make them unattractive.

He explained that migrating universities onto the IPPD2 meant they could not have the free hand to recruit lecturers to run new programs and sustain the old ones, a situation that could make the universities stand still and collapse them eventually.

According to him, there would be no need for University Councils and Vice Chancellors if the policies are implemented because their jobs would be what government would execute.

Already, he said, the financial clearance from Government before a university could recruit lecturers has had grave consequences on the universities staff strength, saying lecturers have died, resigned, incapacitated, retired and needed to be replaced.

Dr. Agbanu rather supported government to (if the need be) implement the monitor and advise policy known as interface, to check malfeasances in the universities rather than trying to take over the jobs of University Council and Vice Chancellors.

Comparing staff strength to the number of students, Dr. Samuel Bekoe, the immediate past National President of UTAG pointed out that UEW alone needed not less than 300 lecturers, describing the clearance given for the recruitment of 46 lecturers as  woefully inadequate.

Granting only 15 percent of the request of a University is like a drop of water in a hot frying pan, he said, adding that some department nearly collapsed but for the engagement of retirees and part timers by the University Council.

Aside restraining the powers of the council, Mr. Bekoe, also the President of UTAG in UEW believes what the universities would impact on students would be biased knowledge should government continue with its suggested policies.

Citing the current situation of having to seek for financial clearance as an example, the UEW UTAG President questioned where his institution would get money to pay part timers and retirees when almost all Internal Generated Funds (IGF) were being paid to government chest.

He called for the abolishment of sought for financial clearance and the migration of salaries unto the IPPD2 but endorsed the interface system though he saw it as an intrusion on the affairs of the University.

UTAG has scheduled a National Executive Meeting for Wednesday 31st March, this year, ostensibly to discuss the issue about the Salary migration, ban on recruitment and the intension of substitution the Book and Research Allowance for the already cabinet approved Research Fund.


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Woman Is Sentenced To Death For Cutting Out Her Lover's Heart


A young woman who cut her lover's heart out and slashed his throat has been sentenced to death by a Bangladeshi court, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

Fatema Akhter Sonali, 21, acted out of revenge after the man refused to marry her and secretly kept recordings of the couple having sex, prosecutor Quazi Shabbir Ahmed said.

She had also found video footage of him having sex with other women on his laptop, Ahmed said.

"It's rare for a woman to be sentenced to death. But her case was exceptional," he told AFP.

"She admitted to the court she killed her lover, Emdadul Haq Shipon, for refusing to marry her and for keeping a recording video of their sexual intercourse in his laptop."

The judge delivered Sonali's sentence on Monday in a packed court in the southwestern city of Khulna.

In her confession, Sonali said she spiked a soft drink with 20 sleeping pills and gave it to Shipon, a 28-year-old part-time lift attendant at a hospital.

When he fell unconscious, she bound his hands and feet before killing him by slitting his throat.

Sonali then cut open his chest and removed his heart.

"She told the court that she was curious to see how big his heart was. She said a man must have a big heart to carry out such audacious crimes," said Ahmed.

Sonali committed the murder in March 2014 and can challenge the sentence in a higher court.

If her execution goes ahead she will be the first woman to be hanged in Bangladesh, according to Tipu Sultan, a deputy inspector general of prisons.


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One Shot Dead In Gun Battle At Tema


Tema Police Command has mounted a manhunt for four armed robbers who engaged them in gun battle at Sakumono beach in Community 3 on Easter Monday.

The robbers, numbering about five, opened fire at the police for attempting to arrest them following a tipoff.

The patrol team then responded with fire and shot one of the armed robbers who were escaping the scene.

The patrol team according to Adom News’ Kwame Yankah was providing security at Sakumono beach, Community 3 on Easter Monday.

A search conducted on the robber revealed a locally manufactured pistol, an empty AS cartridge and lady’s purse with two Samsung mobile phones.

A statement signed by Tema Regional Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Juliana Obeng, indicated that, the command put in place strategies to ward off any security threat before, during and after the Easter festivities.

“The plan worked to near perfection until some gunmen decided to attack merrymakers at Sakumono beach,” she said.

According to her, the unidentified robber was taken to Police hospital for treatment but was pronounced dead by doctors on arrival.

The body has since been deposited at the Police morgue for autopsy and preservation.
Tema Regional Command is appealing to the public to support identify the deceased and whereabouts of his accomplices.


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Nigerian Family Prays On The Deck Of A Ship After Being Rescued


Why risk the lives of your children like this? Is Nigeria that terrible that you would put them in a boat in the risky waters to take them to another country? 

1500 Europe-bound African men, women and children were rescued in the last 48 hours off Libya shores by Libyan Coast Guard and MSF Sea. The illegal African migrant were stranded at sea on the verge of drowning as they were cruising on rubber boats towards Europe. Among those rescued by MSF Sea is this Nigerian couple and their children.

Reports say that illegal immigration is surging especially with the begin of spring, which is very suitable for immigration by sea. There are currently at least 300 thousand migrants in Libya waiting for a chance to be smuggled by boat to Europe.

Photo credit: France-based photographer, C Stramba-Badiali


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BoG Governor Kofi Wampah To Step Down


According to Reuters, Mr Wampah has told President John Mahama of his intention to leave by the end of this month, to enable his successor settle in before presidential and parliamentary elections planned for November.

"I told him (President Mahama) I wanted to leave office early and we have agreed that I will exit at the end of March," Wampah said. "It is just fair to leave early in order to give enough room for my successor, whoever it might be, to settle down before we get to the elections," he added.

Mr Wampah said he expected one of his two deputies, either Millison Narh or Abdul Nashiru Issahaku, to serve as interim central bank governor until the President chooses a permanent successor.

Once considered a rising star in Africa, Ghana, which exports cocoa, gold and oil, has been dogged by large budget deficits, ballooning public debt and inflation that consistently tops government targets.

Mahama appointed Wampah amid serious fiscal imbalances caused mainly by election spending in 2012 and a burdensome public sector wage bill that complicated the bank's task of managing the money supply.

Wampah responded with a string of monetary policy reforms, including tighter foreign exchange liquidity management to slow inflation.

The bank held its benchmark interest rate at 26 percent in its latest rate decision last week.

IMF PROGRAMME

As a member of the economic management team, he also helped negotiate a $918 million programme with the International Monetary Fund last year aimed at re-establishing macro-economic stability.

"Its unfortunate that Wampah is not going to be there to complete the IMF program through the election period," said Joe Abbey, director of the Accra-based Centre for Policy Analysis.

"I've found him to be somebody who is able to stand his grounds even if that didn't seem to be the most palatable position to take," he added.

While the cedi currency has for the first time in several years withstood the seasonal first quarter pressure to rally, it has lost 94 percent of its value against the dollar since Wampah was sworn in January 2013.

Consumer price inflation meanwhile slowed in February, but still stood at 18.5 percent.

Such crippling figures have earned Wampah heavy criticism from some quarters.

He has also faced calls for his resignation this year over what some said was the bank's failure to effectively monitor DKM Microfinance, a small firm that lost millions of cedis in its customers deposits before it had to be liquidated.

Wampah dismissed suggestions that he was being forced to step down due to the controversy surrounding the company's collapse.


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What's The Best Exercise For YOUR Body Shape?


Most of us will look back on school sports days as a mixture fun and dread.

Some were great at running around the track but struggled when it came to field events like the shot and discus.

Others excelled at the likes of javelin but could barely breathe by the end of the 1500 metres. 

But there's a simple reason why some sport and exercise is easier than others - body shape.

Although there is no hard and fast rule, your build does make a contrast to the kind of sports which suit you best. 

Choosing to concentrate on exercise regimes which work with your natural body type and shape will support you get best results with less risk of injury, says physiotherapist Sammy Margo.

Writing for medical blogging site The Hippocratic Post, English football’s first female physio at Barnet FC explains why it is most beneficial to stick to exercises which suit your body type.

IF YOU ARE A SLIM AND LIGHTWEIGHT (ECTOMORPH)

People who have lightweight frames and carry less fat often find that they excel at distance sports which need endurance such as marathon running, triathlon and hill walking.

Repetitive loading doesn’t require intense bursts of power but it does require stamina.

Bearing in mind that running loads between 12-15 times your body weight, a lighter frame means that the overall punishment on the joints is reduced.

Ectomorphs need to ensure that they take in plenty of calories before exercising – slow release carbohydrates are best. 

This is because people with slim lightweight frames typically have a basal metabolic rate several times faster than the average person so they burn fuel more quickly than normal. 

They can find it difficult to put on weight or maintain muscle mass. 

Special care has to be taken that they get the right amount of nutrition to allow them to maintain muscle.

Ectomorphs often have smaller joints which are not supported by bulky muscles so they can suffer joint injuries. 

Contact sports can result in more joint injuries so rugby scrums may not be ideal. 

Gradual incremental training can support to build up muscle around joints and consistency is key.  

PEOPLE WHO ARE HEAVIER AND CARRY MORE FAT (ENDOMORPH)

People with naturally more powerful physiques who store fat easily will do better at sports needing power and body weight such as weight lifting, discus, wrestling, hammer throwing and contact sports like rugby. 

They tend to find it easy to build muscle mass and fat stores which may be needed for a more explosive one-off event.

Loading is easier for short periods of time needing higher energy, but because of their greater bulk and weight, endomorphs may tire over long distances. 

Joints muscles tendons and ligaments can handle the heavier loading as they are more robust but too much loading on joints for long periods will also cause wear and tear problems, like osteoarthritis, later in life.

Muscle can turn to fat if fitness levels drop as an endomorph gets older, making them more prone to health problems such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes. 

MORE MUSCULAR WITH LOW BODY FAT? YOU'RE A MESOMORPH

These ‘ideal athletes’ will do well in sports needing power and strength such as 100m run, sprint cycling, boxing, weightlifting

Their natural power, along with minimal body fat, allows them to excel in any sport if they have the commitment and discipline to train and make the most of their natural gifts. 

Mesomorphs respond well to cardio and resistance training and have a versatile and adaptable body type which can handle loading as well as being able to go the distance in endurance events.


By Ghana Leaks Blog


STATEMENT: SA Ex-Police Officers Concealed Their Motives GIS


The Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) has explained that they repatriated the three South African ex-Police officers who were arrested in Ghana for training the security detail of the Flagbearer and running mate of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), because the three concealed the true reasons for their visit.

This, according to the GIS, was a breach of Section 52(1) (e) and (i) of the Immigration Act 2000. 

The three, Major Ahmed Shaik Hazis (rtd), 54; Warrant Officer Denver Dwayhe, 33, and Captain Mlungiseli Jokani, 45, were charged with conspiracy to commit crime and unlawful training. 


They were put on board a South African Airways flight number 210, which departed around 9:26 am to Johannesburg on Tuesday morning.

In a statement signed by the GIS Director, the GIS noted that the fact the three South Africans were overseeing security drills contradicted their stated purpose for coming to Ghana.

“They were training 15 Ghanaians out of Accra in security drills, which contradicts the express purpose for their coming to Ghana, which was to attend meetings.”

“Additionally, it is the view of the GIS that the training exercise conducted by the three at the El Capitano Hotel in the Central Region to a group that did not invite them, is clearly a confirmation of the attempt to hide the motive for their visit and was therefore a breach of Section 52(1) (e) and (i) of the Immigration Act 2000 (Act 573). Their act is also a breach of the conditions precedent for the issuance of visas as contained in the instructions on Form B (Reg.3 (4) of the Immigration Regulation 2001 (LI 1691),” the statement added.

The GIS also indicated that the three South Africans did not know exactly who exactly invited them to Ghana, but the available evidence points to McDan Shipping Ltd as the organization that invited them.

“On the face of the documentation examined, it was clear that the three individuals were not sure of who actually invited them. The NPP as a legal entity did not invite the three South Africans to Ghana and there is no documentation to contradict this fact. The evidence available points to McDan Shipping Ltd and the Danquah Institute as the invitees. As earlier indicated these institutions are not security organisations.”

It was in view of these points that the Director of Immigration acting in accordance with Section 20 of the Immigration Act 2000 revoked the visas issued to the three South Africans.

Find below sections of the GIS statement

Repatriation of three South African nationals

FINDINGS

The three (3) SA nationals were issued B1 (Business) visas which prohibits any form of employment. Their individual hosts had indicated in their respective invitation letters that subjects were to “travel to Accra for a series of business meetings” with them.

MlungiselelI Jokani and Denver Dwayne Naidu who are both employees of GLAEXEC PROTECTION SERVICES LTD in South Africa were invited by Dr Daniel Mckorley of McDan  Shipping Company Ltd by a letter dated 2/03/16.  Hazis Ahmed Shaik an employee of iMvula Quality Protection (Africa) (Pty) Ltd on the other hand was invited by Nana Attobrah Quaicoe of the Danquah Institute by a letter dated 22/12/15.

Hazis Shaik was first to arrive in Ghana. He came on board a South Africa Airlines plane, [Flt no. SA 52] at around 9:40pm on the 5/03/16 on a Republic of South Africa passport number M00052092. He indicated on his disembarkation Card that Movenpick Hotel –Accra was his contact Address in Ghana.

The two other individuals invited by McDan Shipping Ltd arrived in Ghana around 10:15pm on 14/03/16 on South African Airlines, [Flt No. SA 209] and were both travelling on Republic of South Africa passport numbers M00096231 and A05213410 respectively. They both indicated on their disembarkation cards that Alisa Hotel-Accra was their contact Address in Ghana.

WRITTEN STATEMENTS

In their own hand written statements, taken under caution at the BNI and in the presence of their Lawyer, the three (3) individuals indicated that they were engaged by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to come to the country and conduct training for fifteen (15) bodyguards from the party in VIP security drills. Hazis who was identified by the other two as their leader, indicated in his statement that he was “engaged to provide VIP protection training to the protection security officers of the Leader of the Opposition party in Ghana, the NPP. This was my reason for being in Ghana”. This statement does not conform with the purpose of their invitation [“travel to Accra for a series of business meetings”] which they indicated on their application for visa to the Ghana Mission in Pretoria, South Africa.

Based on the aforementioned findings the GIS draws the following conclusions;

The two organizations which extended the invitation to the three South Africans are not known to be registered security companies.


The series of meetings indicated in the invitation letters, on the strength of which the visas were issued, were to be held in Accra with the two organizations.

On the face of the documentation examined, it was clear that the three individuals were not sure of who actually invited them.


The NPP as a legal entity did not invite the three South Africans to Ghana and there is no documentation to contradict this fact. The evidence available points to McDan Shipping Ltd and the Danquah Institute as the invitees. As earlier indicated these institutions are not security organisations.

They were training 15 Ghanaians out of Accra in security drills, which contradict the express purpose for their coming to Ghana, which was to attend meetings.

Additionally, it is the view of the GIS that the training exercise conducted by the three at the El Capitano Hotel in the Central Region to a group that did not invite them, is clearly a confirmation of the attempt to hide the motive for their visit and was therefore a breach of Section 52(1) (e) and (i) of the Immigration Act 2000 (Act 573). Their act is also a breach of the conditions precedent for the issuance of visas as contained in the instructions on Form B (Reg.3 (4) of the Immigration Regulation 2001 (LI 1691).

In view of the foregoing, the Director of Immigration acting in accordance with Section 20 of the Immigration Act 2000 (Act 573) has revoked the visas issued to the three South Africans. The Director has further ordered their repatriation to South Africa in line with Section 21 of the Immigration Act 2000 (Act 573).

Signed: DIRECTOR OF IMMIGRATION


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Under-Funding Undermining Quality Healthcare


Healthcare Service Providers in the Central Region have expressed their concern  over how the quality of service is being compromised by the under-funding of health services. 

At an annual review conference, at the University of Cape Coast, the health providers said  because of the huge debts to creditors, the suppliers of health commodities were refusing to supply essential medicines and medical supplies to the Regional Medical Stores and health facilities.

Dr. Samuel Kwashie, the Central Regional Director of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), in a speech read on his behalf by his deputy, Mr. Lucio G. Dery, attributed  the situation to National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) claims in arrears of about eight months. 

He said the working capital of the health facilities had also been locked up because of the financial situation.

He, therefore, urged stakeholders to play their roles to ensure that all forms of direct and indirect financial barriers preventing the vulnerable from accessing affordable and quality  healthcare were removed as a matter of urgency.

The conference was organised by the Central Regional Directorate of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) to assess the performance of the 13 branch schemes in the Region for 2015.

Dr. Kwashie said under the circumstances, it was the vulnerable who suffered the most, explaining that, “The National Health Insurance Fund is a National Healthcare and Developmental Resource and the Stakeholders must strive to protect it”. 

He said that under the present circumstance, the NHIA fund was ailing, saying, all stakeholders were partly to blame  for the problem; having contributed in one way or the other.

Dr. Kwashie said it was clear that the NHIS Fund had been abused: from the NHIA Card-Holder, through the Healthcare Provider to the Fund Manager and the Purchaser.

The Regional Director, therefore, advised the more than 50 NHIA workers who participated in the conference, that as they were reviewing their past performance, each stakeholder must subject himself or herself to introspection, and eschew all forms of acts, omissions and commissions, which were not in the national interest.

Dr. Kwashie said for the fund to be effectively sustained to be able to perform its functions well, all stakeholders must put a genuine hand to the wheel to ensure that the NHIS fund was really sustained and protected to benefit all who those needed it. 

This, the Regional Director called for improved stakeholder engagements in addressing effectively the factors negating the purpose and vision of the NHIA fund. 

Dr. Kwashie called on the NHIA to improve upon the timeliness of the releases of the fund and claims payment to service providers and ensure timely credentialing of health facilities, especially CHPS zones, and other lower level facilitates, in particular. 

He emphasised the need for a joint action and a more open clinical auditing and action between the NHIA and providers. 

The Government, Dr. Kwashie said, must effectively engage all stakeholders on the practical expansion and efficient accountability of the Fund to cope with the reality of the time.

The theme for the conference was, “ Reaching Out To The Vulnerable -The Role Of The Stakeholder”. 


By Ghana Leaks Blog


Confusion Rocks GREL


The operations of the Ghana Rubber Estate Limited (GREL) could grind to a halt if the over 8,000 rubber farmers in the Western and Central regions carry out their threat of ceasing rubber supply to the company.

The rubber farmers, who thronged the streets of Agona NKwanta in the Ahanta West District on Thursday, expressed their grievances about unfair treatment meted out to them by GREL.

According to the farmers, GREL was paying them a paltry GH¢1, 400 for one ton of rubber, a price they claim was far below the world market price for rubber.

They claim per the world market price, farmers should be paid nothing less than GHC4, 000 for a ton of rubber.

John Cobbinah, Chairman of the Western Region Rubber Farmers Association (WRUFA), who spoke to The New Crusading GUIDE, described the action of GREL as unfortunate and disgraceful.

He claim neighbouring Cote d'Ivoire was paying even higher for its farmers' rubber than Ghana, stating that a cedi equivalent of GHC5, 600 was being paid for a ton of rubber in Cote d'Ivoire.

He alleged that GREL was taking advantage of its monopoly in the rubber industry in the country to cheat rubber farmers.

He explained that beside the price mechanism, GREL was engaged in practices which deprived rubber farmers of getting fair value for their produce.

He said there was always a huge contrast between the quantity of rubber weighed by individual farmers at their farmers and quantity weighed by GREL after it had been taken to the company's weighing bridge, alleging that, values from the company's weighing bridge were
suspicious.

That apart, he said GREL deducted a whopping 58.5 per cent value from their cup lump (rubber) before pricing it, with explanation that the 58.5 per cent was the water component of the rubber.

Mr. Cobbinah was also not happy that GREL together with the Agriculture Development Bank (ADB) and the National Investment Bank (NIB) have agreed to charge a 25 per cent compound interest on government loans given to rubber farmers while the general rate of government loans to farmers was 10 per cent.

He, therefore, urged government to open up the rubber industry to investors in order to break the monopoly of GREL and ensure healthy competition in the sector.

That, he said, would protect the interest of rubber farmers especially against arbitrary and unfair pricing of their produce.


By Ghana Leaks Blog


CENAB UK Donates Roofing Sheets To Displaced Residents In Sene West Constituency


Coalition to Elect Nana Addo and Bawumia (CENAB UK) on Easter Monday 28th donated 20 Packets roofing sheets to Kyeamekrom in the Sene West Constituency.

Residents of Kyeamekrom were seriously affected by a rainstorm on the 28th of February which displaced almost the entire community and also affected living conditions badly.

Mr. Joseph Mackay Kumah, the New Patriotic Party parliamentary candidate for Sene West Constituency who donated the roofing sheets on behalf of CENAB UK admonished them to distribute the roofing sheets fairly among residents.

He then added that, residents need not to sell their sovereignty or harmonious community by accepting the agenda of some greedy politicians.

They should listen to the messages of politicians and determine the best person or a party which will bring significant change and developments to support transform the constituency and the country at large.

He further advised them to use the Easter Monday which is a special day to pray to the Almighty for his protection and blessings.

Nana Paul Mensah, the Odikro thanked Mr. Joseph Mackay kumah and CENAB UK for their generosity at a moment when all hope were lost, and added that the fine people of Kyeamekrom will never forget they generous gesture.


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Lynncare Ftes The Needy On Easter


A Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) dubbed Lynn Care Foundation on Good Friday, gave a treat to some underprivileged children at Tema Station in the Greater Accra Region.

The treat, according to the Founder of the NGO, Madam Linda Dadson was to show love and care for the poor and vulnerable in the society in line with the spirit of the Easter season.

Hundreds of the street children including porters around Tema Station, were fed with hot meals and some cold drinks.

In what appeared to be a party mood, the children were full of smiles as they enjoyed their delicacies.

They were also given some first aid drugs and some used cloths.

Speaking to the media after the assistance in Accra, Madam Linda Dadson stated that children would become effective future only when they were assisted with their education and their talents developed.

She said it was in this regard, that the NGO, besides creating awareness and giving counselling on HIV/AIDS was also assisting orphans and needy children to attend school.

The founder noted that they will continue to extend their wings to all the 10 regions and also educated parents especially the porters on upbringing of their children.


By Ghana Leaks Blog


South African Woman Outraged Over Brothers Ill-treatment In Ghana...Thankful To NPP


A sister of one of the three South African ex-Police officers who were detained in Ghana, is insisting that her brother Major (rtd), Ahmed Shaik Hazis is not a criminal.

In an interview with Citi News, Nimala Abboy said she was outraged about the treatment meted out to her brother and his colleagues.

She said “my brother has his own security company and does security, VIP protection and body guarding and that is what he does for a living.” 

She added her family members were outraged by “the way they [his brother and the two others] were treated and we didn’t understand the charges that were brought against them but we just rejoiced that they are on their way home and we are just happy that there was no real case against them.”

According to Abboy, Major Hazis came to Ghana to only conduct business “and that is what he came to do and nothing illegal or nothing outrageous as being stated.”

She was thankful to the “the NPP for standing by them [3 ex South African Police officers] and for the group of attorneys that represented them [in court]. We are very grateful and thankful for their support.” She also said their family is elated his brother has finally been released to return home. “We are very excited as a family because we know that justice has been done in this case because they are innocent, they were not guilty of any criminal activity, we just want to thank the Lord Jesus for answering our prayers because he intervened in this matter and we are very excited to know that our relatives are coming home.” 

The 3 SA ex-Police officers were put on board South African Airways flight number 210, which departed around 9:26 am to Johannesburg on Tuesday morning. 


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