Friday, June 30, 2017

Venus Williams ‘At Fault In Car Crash That Killed Senior Citizen


Tennis superstar Venus Williams caused a car crash in Florida that landed an elderly man in the hospital â€" before he eventually died from his injuries two weeks later, according to a new report.

Jerome Barson, 78, suffered head trauma as a result of the June 9 collision and died this past Sunday in the intensive care unit, TMZ Sports reported Thursday.

Barsons wife told police she T-boned Williams SUV as it was traveling in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., after the athlete abruptly entered an intersection.

Barson claimed she did not have time to stop her vehicle â€" slamming into Williams car as a result.


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Taifa Residents Use 'Pure Water' To Quench Fire In A House (Video)


 
 
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Woman Shot To Death Hours After Writing On Facebook How She Went From Being Homeless To 'Making Six Figures'


A Florida woman proudly recalled on Facebook how she went from being homeless to "making six figures" just hours before she was shot to death early Thursday.

Makeva Jenkins was fatally shot at her home in upscale Lake Worth after writing on social media that "I'm in awe of how far I've come."

Jenkins, who was 33, wrote in the post late Wednesday night that "we overcame being homeless in 2013/2014 to reaching my six figure mark in 2015 to now making multi six figures."


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197 BRT Buses Idle - Only 48 On Road, As Routes Not Ready


One hundred and ninety-seven out of the 245 Aayalolo buses imported into the country for the Quality Bus System (QBS) have remained idle since 2016.

This means only 48 of the buses are being used for the service, which was initially known as the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT).

The 197 buses have remained idle because the corridors which are supposed to be developed for the QBS are yet to be implemented.

The Daily Graphic found out on a visit to the Achimota Bus Terminal that the buses were at the mercy of the weather, apart from the inability of the operators, including the state, to generate any returns on the investment.

Allocation

In a recent statement in Parliament, the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Hajia Alima Mahama, said GH¢1.7 million had been made available to facilitate the implementation of other corridors in the capital to pave the way for the rest of the buses to be put to fine use.

The amount, she explained, would cater for the provision of signage and other fittings. 

But the Public Affairs Manager of the Greater Accra Passenger Transport Executive (GAPTE), operators of the buses, Mr Fred Chidi, told the Daily Graphic that the amount was yet to hit the account of GAPTE.

So far, 48 buses have been deployed on the Amasaman-Ofankor-Achimota-Accra Central Business District (CBD) corridor, while the remaining are scheduled to be used on the Adentan-Accra CBD, Tema Beach Road-CBD and Kasoa/Mallam-CBD corridors which are yet to take full effect because the routes are not yet ready.

Patronage

Although the patronage of Aayalolo buses has increased after the buses started operations barely six months ago, the operators are not breaking even.

Instead of the expected 12,000 passengers boarding the buses daily to make it more profitable, only 9,000 currently patronise the 48 buses daily.

Mr Chidi said ideally, on the average, each bus should be able to pick 24 passengers from departure to the destination, but only 18 do so on average.

With the current 18 passengers per trip, we cannot break even. But can you imagine if we are able to make 24 passengers per trip on each bus daily he asked, adding that the operators had projected that by December this year, that target would be achieved.

Education and sensitisation

Mr Chidi attributed the high patronage to a lot of education and sensitisation the company had been embarking on over the period.

The QBS, which operates with the Aayalolo buses, was introduced to replace the BRT after efforts to implement the latter failed last year 

The QBS was introduced to support deal with the challenges associated with transportation on the major corridors of the cities, especially Accra. 

The reason we had low patronage at the time we started in December was the fact that Ghanaians were not used to a system where passengers would have to buy a card and go through validation and other processes. They found that cumbersome.

So we decided to embark on a lot of education through publicity on every means available to increase the level of patronage, he told the Daily Graphic.

Even though he admitted that after the peak hours only a handful of passengers boarded the buses on each ride, he emphasised that new strategies were being developed to increase the number to about 24 per ride.

Encroachment

Mr Chidi stated that one of the major challenges bedevilling the system was the encroachment of some of its terminals by trotro drivers and appealed to them to put an end to the practice.  

He said those who refused to obey the directive would have their vehicles clamped, adding, however, that GAPTE will continue to sensitise trotro drivers to put an end to the practice.

He used the opportunity to appeal to the public to continue to patronise the service to reduce congestion in Accra.

‘Move to BRT quickly

Sharing his perspectives on the BRT system, the President of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), Mr Ebo Hammond, said the implementation of the BRT system was long overdue.

He, therefore, called on GAPTE and other stakeholders to make frantic efforts to quickly implement the system before rolling out onto the other corridors.

He also said there was the need for GAPTE to consider the sale of tickets online, in addition to the card system, and not be stuck to only the card system in order to increase the level of patronage.

He further pointed out that education and sensitisation the service ought to be intensified.

City transportation system

At the inauguration of the Aayalolo bus system in December last year, then President John Dramani Mahama said the transport system in Accra was characterised by heavy congestion, particularly during the peak periods, heavy dependence on informal bus services and inadequate facilities for pedestrians.

He said the government had planned to improve and modernise the road transport delivery system, especially urban transport, through appropriate policies and regulatory measures which would encourage investments in mass transit system to become attractive to all classes of people.

He indicated that the Aayalolo bus system would support in diverse ways, including the reduction in travel time along the busy corridors which would be a major advantage to workers, emphasising that the buses would operate on a time schedule, which would enable travelling to be planned.

The Aayalolo bus service is the beginning of a greater effort to ease the intense traffic congestion in the big cities of Ghana, beginning with the Amasaman-Accra CBD corridor, he said.

Background

The BRT is under the Urban Transport Project (UTP) of the Ministry of Roads and Highways. It is jointly funded by the World Bank, Agence Francaise de Development (AFD), the government of Ghana and the Global Environment Facility Trust Fund at a cost of $95 million.

It is being implemented by the ministries of Local Government and Rural Development and Roads and Highways and the Department of Urban Roads (DUR).

Processes towards the implementation of the BRT were started in 2007. However, between 2008 and 2009, it faced many difficulties, including stiff resistance from private transport operators.

Earlier, the DUR had planned implementing an advanced type of BRT on the Accra-Mallam-Kasoa corridor.

That move resulted in the construction of a flyover across the railway line on the Graphic Road in Accra.


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Wanted Criminal Arrested In Ashanti Region


The Ashanti Regional Police Command has arrested a wanted criminal Yaw Boateng, 37 years old known as Ogu alias Ajangugya who was declared wanted two and half years ago in the Ashanti Region.

The Ashanti Regional Police Commander DCOP Ken Yeboah briefing the media named Seventeen (17) other wanted criminals.

They are Killer, Baby last , Solo, Adela Hamidu, Abdulai, Tofik (Medownwodown/Wadada occasionally seen at Aboabo), Kofi from Puano, Azumah Yahaya from Wa, Mallam Lawyer from Chiraa, Salou alias AK, Tanko Ex-convict, Issah Pozo, Bonty Killer alias Wunda/ Hyundai, Kwaku Sasraku, Nana Yaw alias Terrible West and Dragon.

DCOP Ken Yeboah appealed to the general public to volunteer information that can lead to the arrest of the following persons who are still on their wanted list.

In a related development, The Ashanti Divisional Police Command on Wednesday June 28, 2017 arrested two (2) suspected armed robbers at their hideout at the Asante Akropong near Abuakwa a suburb of Kumasi for their involvement in series of robberies at Kejetia and its environs. The two (2) suspects are Obediaba Joseph, 19 years and Salisu Yakubu, 20 years.

The Police Commander DCOP Ken Yeboah briefing the media said the Divisional Command had intelligence that the above suspects have in their possession some weapons and ammunitions which they keep in their rooms at Atonsu which they use for their criminal activities.

He added the Police patrol team armed with the above information proceeded to the said house and arrested the suspects Obediaba Joseph, 19 years and Salisu Yakubu, 20 years.

An immediate search conducted in their room revealed two (2) Mark 3 rifles, ten (10) AA live cartridges, eight (8) live ammunition and a hood (face mask).

DCOP Ken Yboah said when the suspects were interrogated, Salisu Yakubu claimed ownership of the weapons and the ammunition.

The second suspect Obediaba also confessed to police that about two (2) weeks ago he and three others, names not yet known robbed a woman of her Four Thousands cedis (Ghc 4000) at Kejetia and shared the booty among themselves.

Both suspects have been charged with preparation To wit Robbery and Possession of fire arms without lawful permission and are being processed to court.


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Send Gitmo 2 Back to US – Catholic Bishops


The Ghana Catholic Bishops Conference has reiterated calls for the government to send the two former Guantanamo Bay detainees, currently being hosted in the country, back to the United States.

The two, Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Salih Al-Dhuby, who were in detention for 14 years after being linked with terrorist group Al-Qaeda, were brought to Ghana in 2016, for a period of two years, after which they are expected to be reintegrated in their home country, Yemen.

But two Ghanaian citizens, Margaret Bamful and Henry Nana Boakye, subsequently sued the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, together with the Minister of Interior, accusing then-President John Mahama of illegally bringing in the two without recourse to the laws of the land. 

The plaintiffs were seeking among other reliefs, a declaration that on a true and proper interpretation of Article 75 of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana, the President of the Republic of Ghana acted unconstitutionally by agreeing to the transfer of Mahmud Umar Muhammad Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Salih Al-Dhuby.

After staying in the country for over a year, the Supreme Court a few weeks ago declared as unconstitutional the hosting of the two detainees without parliamentary  approval of the agreement for their stay.

The court in its judgement thus asked government to put before Parliament an agreement that will legalize the two detainees stay in the country, or they risk being repatriated within three the next months.

Following the Supreme Courts judgement, President of the Conference, Reverend Philip Naameh, has told Citi News the two should be repatriated once the Supreme Court has made provision for such a move.

Once it makes provision for the detainees to be taken back to the country I will help that because there might have been a reason why US did not want the people to come back to the US, so if the ruling of the Supreme Court is that either it goes back to Parliament so that it is legalized or the people are taken to the US , I will think that it is the most logical thing because we were saying we did not see that it was legal enough and it has been confirmed by the Supreme Court ruling and therefore if they will take them back to the US, we will have no issue with that.

The Conference had earlier cautioned that hosting the two in the country was dangerous. The Council, in a statement had indicated that, the move posed a major security threat to Ghana.

We expect our Government to focus a lot of attention on helping to secure peace and security in the country by dealing with the above-mentioned and related challenges and not to risk the security of our land by hosting two former terrorists, the Conference intimated.

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#NSMQ2017 Quiz mistress bag stolen


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The Quiz Mistress for the 2017 National Maths and Science Quiz (NSMQ 2017) Dr Elsie Effah Kaufmann had the shocklife of her after the finals of the contest when her handbag was stolen. The bewildered senior lecturer at the University of Ghana, Legon lost her valuables moments when the winners Prempeh College mounted the stage to receive t ...


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Govt, Unilever Announce Plans To Transform Oil Plantation


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The Government of Ghana and Unilever have announced a Joint Vision to transform the Twifo Oil Palm Plantation (TOPP) into a state-of-the-art sustainable palm oil plantation. Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia and Unilever Global CEO Paul Polman agreed a Joint Vision, outlining their support for the development of a sustainable palm oil industry ...


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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Rethink the fossil fuels use - UN body


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By Desmond Davies - London Bureau London, June 28, GNA - Countries around the world where the livelihoods of people depend on fossil energy should not lose the chance of development by restricting their use of fossil fuels, a UN official has said. Olga Algayerova, the Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), was ...


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Bawumia's Advisor Shouldn't Rope Ibrahim Mahama In Their Mess – Fmr DCE


The former District Chief Executive for Agona East, Dr. Martin Luther Obeng has slated the Technical Advisor to the vice president, Dr. Gideon Boako for accusing the Mahama-led government of selling 58 percent of Ghanas bauxite concession to Ibrahim Mahama, brother of former President Mahama.

According to Dr. Boako, the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has no business cautioning the NPP administration against leveraging Ghanas natural resources, specifically bauxite through its recent partnership with China.

Mr. Boako made the revelation while responding to former Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Inusah Fuseinis caution against governments partnership with the Chinese government.

I want to query the former Minister which part of the concession did they sell to the brother of the former President They sold 58 percent on 29th December 2016 when they were leaving office. The NDC government sold 58 percent of our bauxite concession to the former Presidents brother. The one they sold to him was it possible to mine or not They should stop this argument, he said.

But speaking on NEAT FMs morning show ‘Ghana Montie, Dr. Martin Luther Obeng noted that the accusation by the Economic Advisor to the Vice President is false. That is a lie. He should not rope Ibrahim Mahama in their mess.

He was emphatic that the Chinese government rather granted Ghana a loan and not partnership as purported by government officials.

They should come back again and tell Ghanaians that they went in for a loan. What they are saying that they are going into bauxite partnership. That is not true. What they are telling us is not true, he told host Kwesi Aboagye.


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Road contractors worried over process in awarding contracts


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The Ashanti branch Executives of Road Contractors of Ghana have raised concerns including delays in signing certificates from the office of the minister and neglect in the past by the previous regime. They also raised concerns about the ineffectiveness in the Tendering process in awarding contracts as most 'unqualified' people through the ...


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Bizarre killings in Bolga infuriate residents


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SPORADIC FIRING of live bullets amidst spraying of tear gas Friday evening, June 23, in Bolgatanga, led to the death of two men and another in a critical condition. The death of the two, Thomas Amisiaya and the other, whose name was given only as Peter, was as a result of an attempt by some residents of Yorogo, a suburb of Bolgatanga, who left t ...


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Reports Of Immigration Officers Keeping Stowaway Girls As Sex Slaves False - GIS


The attention of the Management of the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) has been drawn to a publication making rounds in the media of an alleged sexual exploitation on victims of human trafficking who were in the custody of the GIS.

This story is false, misleading and maligning.

The facts of the case are as follows:

In the past few months the GIS step up surveillance at the countrys land borders after the government placed a temporal ban on the use of the Kotoka International Airport for travels to the Gulf Regions of domestic servants.

Our vigilance at the borders paid off with numerous arrests and interceptions of human traffickers and their victims.

Within a period of three weeks about Ninety (90) Girls were rescued from being trafficked to the Gulf Regions.

The rescued Girls were given initial counselling by officers of the Anti-Human Smuggling and Trafficking in Persons Unit (ASHTIP) of the GIS who are trained professionals in the handling of trafficked victims and their statements taken in an effort to prosecute the alleged suspects [Traffickers].

For the safety of the victims and other security considerations, the victims were sent to a Safe House where a Social Worker and other professional handlers took adequate care of them.

At the Safe House, the victims were given further counselling and taught some training in soap making, parazone production, batik and beads making to give them alternative livelihoods when they are eventually reintegrated to their communities.

No Officer of the GIS lived in the Safe House with the victims and they were fed three times in a day.

Visits to the Safe House by the GIS is always under the supervision of a Senior Female Officer.

On Tuesday, the 27th of June, 2017 some of the victims agitated for their release and in the process about eight of the ladies escaped from the Safe House.

The rest of the victims were immediately brought to the Headquarters of the GIS and were processed and released to their families on Wednesday, the 28th of June, 2017. They were provided with money for transport to their various destinations.

Investigations by the GIS and thorough interviews with the victims revealed that some of the victims were in a rush to go home and therefore used various means to secure their release hence the unfortunate accusations of sexual assaults labeled against Officers of the GIS.

Indeed, no Officer of the GIS had sex with the victims and/or made any sexual demands on the victims.

Moreover, Officers of the GIS did not make any financial demands for their release. The publication of the untrue story and subsequent exposure of the location of the victims will seriously hamper ongoing investigations.

The fight against human trafficking does not end with mere arrests or interceptions but securing a conviction in the court of law will be a strong deterrent to the traffickers.

The media should be in the forefront in the fight against human trafficking and together we will win this battle. The doors of the GIS is always opened to the media anytime they have issues that demands our response.

The GIS wishes to admonish the media to always crosscheck with Service before reporting on such issues. Stories like this only seek to break the morale of the Officers and Men of the Service who are in the forefront of the fight.

Their sacrifices in the face of dire challenges along the borders must be commended and appreciated to make their work one of a national pride. The GIS would continually seek the help and cooperation of the media to fight this menace.

The High Command of the GIS is resolved to ensure security at the countrys borders for a tranquil development of the country and will therefore not relent in its fight against human smuggling and trafficking in persons or any other illegal cross border activity.


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Zambia promises bilateral corporation with Ghana


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The President of the Republic of Zambia, His Excellency Edgar Chagwa Lungu, has reiterated the commitment of the Zambian people to developing strong bilateral ties and exploring areas of co-operation with Ghana, under the leadership of President Akufo-Addo to the mutual benefit of the two countries. According to President Lungu, the margin of vi ...


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NALAG Swears In New Executive Members


The National Association of Local Authorities of Ghana, NALAG, has sworn in new executives to steer the affairs of the Association in their mandate as the National Executives Council (NEC) Members.

The two-day event which took place on 28th and 29th June, 2017 at the NALAG House, Okponglo, was organised to make up for the void that was created within the NEC due to the revocation of the appointments of Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) and Assembly Members (AMs) earlier this year.

Among the positions that were affected includes, the President, 1st and 2nd Vice President, Women Caucus Rep, Treasurer, Greater Accra, Upper East, Brong Ahafo as well as Ashanti Regional Reps.
Hon. Felix Mensah Nii Anang-La, MCE for Tema was appointed President of the Association with Hon. William Aduum, MCE, Kassena Nankana as 1st Vice President.

Chairing the event, Hon. Wisdom Kwesi Zor, Ag. President of NALAG, expressed delight in the new appointment because the transitional period of the new Government and the appointments of the new MMDCEs and Assembly Members had delayed the whole process of reconstituting the NEC.

The newly sworn in President challenged the entire NEC to work as a team in fostering development and better positioning of the Association. In his remarks, he stated that a huge responsibility have been placed on our shoulders to move the Association from its current state to a better position.

As part of his vision, he posited that trainings and capacity building for both members and staff will be an vital element of developing skills and improving better working conditions within the Assemblies and the Secretariat respectively.

The newly constituted executives is expected to appoint a new General Secretary who will steer the affairs of the Secretariat.


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Michelle Rodriguez Threatens To Leave 'Fast & Furious' Franchise - CNN


(CNN)Michelle Rodriguez is standing up for her female cast members. The actress announced on Instagram that she is prepared to leave behind her beloved role as Letty Ortiz in the hit "Fast and the Furious" franchise due to its lack of strong female voices in the series.


"F8 is out digitally today," she wrote in the caption of her Instagram photo. "I hope they determine to show some love to the women of the franchise on the next one or I just might have to say goodbye to a loved franchise. It's been a fine ride & I'm grateful for the opportunity the fans & studio have provided over the years ... One Love."


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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

TVOYDA Donates To GMSA, GIJ


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Accra, June 23, GNA ndash; The Volta Organized Youth Development Association(TVOYDA) has donated provisions worth 2,500 Ghana cedis to the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ) Chapter of the Ghana Muslim Students Association(GMSA) in Accra. Ms. Esther Quayson, the Communication rsquo;s Director said the donation was part of the organizati ...


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African Genius Awards Board Partners CDA Consult


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Accra, June 27-- The sagyefo Kwame Nkrumah African Genius Awards and development communication consulting firm Communication for Development and Advocacy (CDA Consult) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) towards the organization of the 2ndAfrican Genius Awards in December 2017. Under the terms of the MOU, CDA Consu ...


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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The DCE For Nadowli-Kaleo District Join Muslims For Prayers


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Kate Lankono joined the Muslims in Nadowli for this year 39;s Eid Mubarak prayers. The prayers took place at the Nadowli L/A park where hundreds gathered this morning for the prayers. Speaking at the event, the DCE thank Muslims for the strenuous spiritual cleansing and purification exercise. She also expressed her joy over the peaceful ...


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Research Fellows Call On Civil Society To Mobilise Domestic Resources to Achieve SDGs


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A research fellow at the West Africa Civil Society Institute, Mr. Solomon Amoah, has called for the mobilizing of philanthropy at the grass root level by civil society in Africa to drive a successful achievement of the sustainable development goals (SDGs) on the continent. He decried the rate at which foreign philanthropy has been overly ...


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Research Fellows Call On Civil Society To Mobilise Domestic Resources to Achieve SDGs


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A research fellow at the West Africa Civil Society Institute, Mr. Solomon Amoah, has called for the mobilizing of philanthropy at the grass root level by civil society in Africa to drive a successful achievement of the sustainable development goals (SDGs) on the continent. He decried the rate at which foreign philanthropy has been overly ...


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Balotelli Takes Wage Cut To Extend Nice Stay


Mario Balotelli has taken a 'considerable' pay cut to continue his career resurrection with Nice with a new one-year deal in the south of France.

The Italian striker ended speculation over his future by signing his new contract alongside club president Jean-Pierre Rivere and general manager Julien Fournier.

The statement on the Nice website announcing Balotelli's new deal the club credited the 26-year-old for not prioritising the financial aspect of the deal, adding: 'We are proud to have convinced the superstar to join us last year and to have seen him flourish on and off the field. 


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The DCE For Nadowli-Kaleo District Join Muslims For Prayers


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Kate Lankono joined the Muslims in Nadowli for this year 39;s Eid Mubarak prayers. The prayers took place at the Nadowli L/A park where hundreds gathered this morning for the prayers. Speaking at the event, the DCE thank Muslims for the strenuous spiritual cleansing and purification exercise. She also expressed her joy over the peaceful ...


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Monday, June 26, 2017

Akufo-Addo swears in Naa Toshie as DACF Administrator


President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has sworn in Ms Irene Naa Toshie Addo as the first female administrator of the District Assemblies Common Fund (DACF), with a charge to her to end the perennial delay in the disbursement of the fund.

 

She has to employ such measures as are necessary towards fulfilling the mandate of the fund and particularly find a way to resolve the perennial delays that have characterised the operations of the releases of the fund, he stressed.

 

Stressing the crucial role played by the DACF, the President was emphatic that its effective and efficient management was fundamental to the achievement of holistic national development.

 

DACF crucial to development

 

Speaking after swearing her in, President Akufo-Addo said one of the most critical offices in the local government structure was that of the DACF Administrator.

 

The framers of the Constitution, he said, were very deliberate in providing, by law, for the setting aside of funds specifically for district assemblies for development.

 

The wisdom of the architects of our Constitution is well structured; that is to say, an adherence to the bottom-up development approach. This approach places emphasis on the basic structures of our economy â€" the grass roots of our economy â€" with the belief that that will result in the total development of our country, he reiterated.

 

The Presidents insistence

 

The President said that was the approach used by the countries widely acclaimed as the Asian Tigers which resulted in the creation of considerable wealth and prosperity in those countries.

 

This is the reason my government is insisting on the policies of ‘one-district, one-factory, ‘one-village, one-dam, ‘one million dollars per constituency, ‘Planting for Food and Jobs and many more, he re-echoed.

 

President Akufo-Addo maintained that the surest way of achieving what the Asian Tigers achieved for themselves lay in the effective management and function of the DACF, which ought to be absolutely fundamental to the countrys development.

 

Strong woman with strong character

 

He described Ms Addo as a lady with a very strong character whose work he (the President) supervised then as Ghanas Foreign Affairs Minister while she was the Deputy Ambassador to the United States.

 

Earlier, he said, Ms Addo had practised in his law firm under his tutelage, describing her as a very fine young lawyer.

 

Between 2009 and 2017, the President recounted, she distinguished herself as a two-time Member of Parliament for Tema West, ending up as the First Deputy Chief Whip in Parliament.

 

I am very confident that this new administrator of the DACF will bring her considerable experience towards the effective and efficient management of the fund, thereby contributing to the development of our economy and society, he affirmed.

 

Ms Addos response

 

For her part, Ms Addo said she had a fair concept of the Presidents vision and programmes and acknowledged the fact that the Presidents yardstick was excellence.

 

I can pledge today before everybody that I will bring out my very best and make sure that your policies and everything that you believe in are achieved, she said.

 

 


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Support For Initiatives In French As Foreign Language


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Ghanaians engage their West African neighbors in economic, political and cultural transactions which foster the integration of the sub region. However, amajor challenge for its success remains the use of French language. This reality has long been identified by both the Ghanaian government and the Frenc ...


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Parliamentarians Extend Good Wishes to Muslims


Members of Parliament (MPs) have expressed fine wishes to Muslims as they celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr. They described the Ramadan as a period of spiritual and physical cleansing for Muslims.

 

The legislators cautioned Muslim youth against reckless riding of motorbikes and driving during the celebration to avoid any loss of lives and injury.

 

The MP for Salaga North, Alhaji Mumuni Alhassan, set the tone for the fine wishes when he read a statement on the Ramadan fast in Parliament last Friday.

 

Holiday

 

Alhaji Alhassan said the Islamic lunar calendar was not predictable because it ended with either 29 or 30 days.

 

Therefore, he said, it was difficult to fix the holiday a month before time.

 

Alhaji Alhassan said in other jurisdictions, three days were dedicated for the Eid-ul-Fitr celebration to cater for the unpredictability and give Muslims enough time to celebrate the occasion.

 

He, therefore, asked the government to consider increasing the one-day holiday for Eid-ul-Fitr to two days.

 

Alhaji Alhassan said the two-day celebration would give Muslims enough time for the celebration.

 

Besides, institutions would be able to plan for the celebration a month before time.

 

Alhaji Alhassan, however, said there should be a caveat for the additional holiday to be relaxed when one of the days fell on a holiday or on a weekend.

 

Significance of Ramadan

 

The MP for Wa Central, Dr Abdul-Rashid Pelpuo, said Eid-ul-Fitr marked the end of a spiritual exercise of fasting, and it was a period of deep reflection and soul searching.

 

Alhaji Pelpuo said the Ramadan fast was a blissful period as it was in that month that the Holy Qur'an was revealed to Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) on the Night of Power.

 

The MP for Bole Bamboi, Alhaji Yusif Sulemana, said the Ramadan fast was an obligation for Muslims to gain spiritual perfection.

 

He referred to Qur'an Chapter 2 versus 183, which says: "O you who believe fasting has been made obligatory to you as was made obligatory to those before you that you may attain piety."

 

Alhaji Sulemana asked the Muslim youth to celebrate the Eid-ul-Fitr in moderation by avoiding rough riding of motorbikes and driving since it was a period of reflection but not recklessness.

 

Reaction to the holiday request

 

The Majority Leader, Mr Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, said the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr should foster prosperity, peace and togetherness in the country.

 

He called for circumspection in the request for an additional holiday, otherwise other religious groups would also make other demands.

 

"Together we constitute one country. Let us cherish what we have," he said.

 

The First Deputy Minority Whip, Mr Ahmed Ibrahim, said additional holidays might not be too fine for a lower-middle income country like Ghana.

 

He said when Ghanaians began to make comparisons, the quiet coexistence among them would be affected.

 

 


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Just Like The Rest Of Us! Barefaced Beauty Rihanna Goes Through Checkpoint Barefoot


One of the most in-demand stars on the planet, Rihanna's always on the move.

And that was the case for the Umbrella singer on Saturday, as she was snapped arriving at LAX airport for a departing flight, passing through checkpoints as bystanders made way for the Grammy-winning artist.

The 5ft8 stunner, 29, let her natural beauty shine through as she did not wear makeup on the outing. The singer, clad in a pair of dark sunglasses with purple frames, had her wavy black tresses parted and down, wearing a sky blue velour tracksuit with pointy white boots.


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Floyd Mayweather Dons flamboyant suit for the 2017 BET Awards


Floyd Mayweather was the talk of Los Angeles on Sunday, after he made an appearance at the 2017 BET Awards sporting what can only be considered to be rather flamboyant attire.

Mr Money, never one to shy away from the limelight, turned up to the prestigious bash wearing a suit of red, green and blue, complemented with lavish helpings of his trademark bling.

Mayweather was present at the event, as he has been in recent years before, which celebrates African-American accomplishments in entertainment and sports.


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Ghanaian Muslims Must be Wary of Ideologists with Destructive Ends – Akufo-Addo


The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has admonished different Muslim sects to unite and ward off persons who try to infiltrate their religion with Islam-like ideas that end in destruction.

 

Addressing hundreds of Muslims at the Black Star Square in Accra Monday to mark this years Eid-ul-Fitr, the president reminded the Shia, Ahlu-sunna, Tijaniyya, and Ahmadiyya to come together. Religion is a double-edged sword that can be invoked for destructive purposes.

 

Consequently I urge all Ghanaian Muslims to be wary of ideologists who may provide a magnificent religion like Islam for selfish and destruct ends, he advised. He quoted from Quran 3: 103 to buttress his calls to the Muslim groups.

 

And hold fast, all together, by the rope which Allah (stretches out for you), and be not divided among yourselves, and remember with gratitude Allahs favour on you; for ye were enemies and He joined your hearts in love, so that by His Grace, ye became brethren Continuing to hand your hand in brotherhood and unity is the essence of Islam, President Akufo-Addo stated. Earlier, the president has touted the peace in the country and appealed to all to cherish this longstanding peace to advance the cause of all in Ghana.

 

President Akufo-Addo promised that he, as the number one gentleman in the country, will be fair towards all Ghanaians irrespective of their religious creed. He, therefore, advised all to emphasise on things that bind us instead of ones that divide us.

 

Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo Zongo Development Fund The president said the government is putting the necessary law together to establish the Zongo Development Fund and pave way for the utilisation of the 219 million cedis seed money.

 

He also announced that the Minister for Zongo Development and Inner Cities has embarked on a nationwide consultative process on how best the fund could be utilised for the benefit of those it was intended for.

 

As hundreds of Ghanaians are preparing to undertake this years Hajj pilgrimage, the President was confident that the religious exercise will be well organised without a hitch. President Akufo-Addo also advised Muslims to cultivate the habit of educating their girls and women.

 

In a speech read on behalf of National Chief Imam, Sheikh Osmanu Nuhu Sharubutu, Muslims were urged to maintain the culture of self discipline they observed during the fasting period. He noted that Ghana has attained enviable reputation as a calm nation and therefore admonished Muslims and non-Muslims to continue to behave responsibly and obey laws of the country wherever they find themselves.

 

 


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Give Us Jobs Now ,University Trained Teachers To Government!!


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The assembly of university trained teachers is calling on the government to as a matter of urgency get its members recruited by the Ghana Education Service to work as teachers in government schools. A lot of university trained teachers have been unemployed upon successful completion of their courses of study since 2011. It can be recal ...


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Beyonce and Jay Z's Twins Remain 'Under The Lights' In Hospital


Beyoncé and Jay Z's twins are reportedly still battling a number of premature birth issues, two weeks after their arrival. 

According to TMZ, the tots have been receiving treatment for jaundice 'under the lights' for the last week - although the illness is not idea to have long-term effect. 

It is not known when the musical couple will return home with their newborns, but the site revealed doctors are eager to keep them in care 'until they are stabilised'. 


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Happy Eid-Mubarak To All Muslims


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Exactly a month ago today, you embarked on your annual one month RAMADAN fasting aimed at renewing the Faith, Commitment and Obedience to Allah. A journey of a thousand mile indeed begin with a step. We have been very supportive with you throughout the your journey of spiritual and physical purity. Let me express my profound gratitu ...


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TUC Calls for Due Diligence in Airtel-TiGo Merger


The Ghana Trades Union Congress (GTUC) has urged the government to ensure that there was due diligence on the Airtel - TiGo merger; so that the state does not lose.

   Mr Eric Amoadu-Boateng, the Deputy Head, Organisation Department of the GTUC, said there was the need for government to check the tax records of each of the two companies before allowing them to go ahead with the merger; stating that "it is ultimately a political matter requiring governance decisions".

   Mr Amoadu-Boateng made the appeal in his presentation at the 2017 annual World Public Services Day celebration in Accra.

   In 2003, the United Nations dedicated the 23rd of June for the commemoration of the annual World Public Services Day.

   This year, the commemoration focused on the move towards amplifying tax justice campaigns through the unavoidable linkages of social economic contract tax payers and government.

   The event was organised by the Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII) in partnership with the Tax Justice Coalition and the Public Service International.

    Speaking on the topic "The Impact of Illicit Financial Flows (IFFs) Regimes and Public: Public Status", Mr Amoadu-Boateng said tax justice and IFFs were now topical issues in Africa; stating that it was about development, social justice and fighting inequality.

   He said the need to move away from aid and mobilize resources for development had become a concern to African governments in general and Ghana in particular.

   Mr Amoadu-Boateng said development aid and other facilities, mostly from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries, which were depended upon to fill the financing gap for development had resulted in unsustainable indebtedness and seemingly loss of sovereignty of African countries.

   He said current information showed that Africa was losing more from IFFs and harmful tax incentives and practices.

   He noted that the High Level Panel on IFFs indicated that the continent losses about $ 60 billion annually through IFF; also, an Action-Aid report on investment in Ghana found that the country was losing over $ 1.2 billion annually due to tax incentives.

   "In addition, 41 per cent of trade tax and 28 per cent of direct tax and VAT revenues were lost through exemptions in 2012," he added.

   He said the numerous abuses in the tax incentive system had been conceded by the government; declaring that 'tax is the price we pay for the things that make our society work'.

   "Thus, when citizens and companies pay taxes, we expect to benefit from the provision of definite public goods and services."

   He said society also required the state to have some resources to fund the physical and social infrastructure vital to our socio-economic development and security.

   "However, we find ourselves not investing enough in infrastructure that could deliver quality public goods and services, which are important in addressing inequality and poverty.

   "This is attributed mainly to our inability to rake in all the needed revenue from taxes."

He noted inequality was getting worse globally and that included Ghana.

   Mr Amoadu-Boateng cited the Ghana Statistical Service (2014), that income inequality as measured by the Gini Coefficient increased from 41.9 per cent in 2005/6 to 42.3 per cent in 2012/13; also 22 per cent of employed persons were poor.

   He said inequality was economically inefficient, politically corrosive, socially divisive, environmentally terrible and morally unjustifiable.

   He said the value of access to public goods and services was the greatest wealth workers and most citizens would ever have in their lifetime; stating that it provided opportunity for education, well being and social security.

 

 


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Parliament hit by 'sustained' cyber-attack


 
Parliament has been hit by a cyber attack, officials at Westminster say.

 

The "sustained" hack began on Friday night, prompting officials to disable remote access to the emails of MPs, peers and their staff as a safeguard.

 

 

 
 

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CODEO Wants End to Political Party Vigilantism


The Coalition of Domestic Election Observers (CODEO),a civil society organization in Ghana has appealed to the media to help advocacy to end the menace of political party vigilantism  which was threatening the democratic governance of the country.

     The Coalition appealed to the Ghana media to help the fight against the menace of political party vigilantism on the public agenda and make it the centre of public discussions on the media front.

    This was contained in a press briefing organized by the Coalition and addressed jointly by Messrs John Larvie and Nicholaus Akyire, both members of the CODEO Advisory Board after the first regional roundtable discussion on the menace of political party vigilantism in the Ghanaian politics at Koforidua.

    The participants at the roundtable discussion included the media, representatives of the security services, civil society organizations, the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), National Commission on Civic Educatiojn(NCCE) and representatives of the Political parties in the country.

    CODEO urged all stakeholders including the political parties, security services and the public to work together to ensure the end of political party vigilantism in the country.

    During the roundtable discussions, the participants blamed the inability of the security services in the country especially the police to provide equal and adequate security for the political parties and politicians during the electioneering process, which forced the political parties in opposition to raise their own security structures for their protection.

      The participants called for constitutional reforms to eliminate the winner takes all syndrome from the politics of the country and review the appointment of the leadership of the security services to guarantee their tenure of office.

    The participants also called for a collective efforts to provide jobs for the youth to support reduce the high unemployed young men and women who were easily recruited to serve in the various political vigilante groups in the country.

 

 


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Schwarzenegger and Macron Join Forces in Swipe at Trump


French President Emmanuel Macron has taken another swipe at Donald Trump over the US president's policy on climate change - this time backed up by the muscle of Arnold Schwarzenegger.

 

In a video on social media, Mr Macron is joined by the Terminator star as he vows to "make the planet great again".

 

 


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Over $200m Needed to Fix Old Schools - Education Minister


The Minister of Education, Dr Mathew Opoku Prempeh, on Tuesday told parliament that 8,268 basic schools across the country are in very deplorable state and need to be rehabilitated.

 

According to him, the ministry would need more than $200 million to undertake such an exercise.

 

He said with the onset of the raining season, the ministry had identified 20 ‘emergency cases â€" school buildings that are death traps across the country â€" and so need to give prompt attention to them.

 

He however, failed to mention those schools that have been identified as ‘death traps which he noted are ticking bombs ready to explode.

 

Mr Opoku-Prempah, fondly called Napo, made the disclosure in a contribution to a statement made on the floor of parliament by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament (MP) for Atwima Nwabiagya South, Emmanuel Agyei Anhwere, on the dilapidated nature of some basic school buildings in the country.

 

The minister said to arrest the situation, his ministry would present a proposal to parliament to consider an emergency formula in the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) for the purpose of rehabilitating such structures.

 

Mr Agyei Anhwere said that this year alone there had been several school buildings that had collapsed, resulting in the deaths and injuries of school children.

 

He cited an example of such occurrences at Breman Jamara in the Central Region and that which took the lives of eight children at Nkurankuran in the Eastern Region and causing serious injuries.

 

Mr Speaker, basic schools serve as the foundation for our education. 

 

The quality of our basic schools is what propels students into future radiance. How can we produce another generation of astute academicians, famous medical officers, revered lawyers and selfless leaders when the very foundation that is supposed to prepare and nurture them to climb the academic ladder are in ruins, Mr Agyei Anhwere said, stressing that the sad reality is that most of the basic schools in the country have become death traps for pupils and teachers rather than centres for knowledge acquisition.

 

The MP cited a primary school at Amadum Adankwame in his constituency in the Ashanti Region as one of such schools which need urgent rehabilitation.

 

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member for Upper West Akim, Derek Ohene Assifo Bekoe, appealed to the minister to in the interim, get some emergency fund in place so that when school buildings are ripped off in this raining season, they would receive immediate attention.

 

 


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Joy News' Seth Kwame Boateng wins EMY's Man of the Year Award


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Multimedia journalist, Seth Kwame Boateng has been adjudged the Man of the Year in the Communication Category at the 2017 EMY Africa Awards. The 2015 GJA Journalist of the Year upended competitions from other media practitioners including host of Drive Time on Joy FM, Lexis Bill to grab the award at the Saturday ceremony held at the Kempinski Ho ...


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Visa Interviews for Ex-Presidents Not New - US Embassy


The United States Embassy in Accra has said the policy whereby former presidents are required to appear in person for visa interviews is not new.

 

According to the embassy, the requirement is consistent with US law.

 

The embassy in Ghana has come under heavy criticism after Ambassador Robert Jackson disclosed in an interaction with Ghanaian parliamentarians that former Members of Parliament and even ex-Presidents desirous of traveling to the US for private business must show up in person to be interviewed.

 

But in a statement, the US Embassy said although the policy was not new, they have procedures to ensure that former presidents are extended appropriate courtesies.

 

Under U.S. law, travellers seeking a non-immigrant visa for travel to the United States must generally appear in person for an interview with a consular officer. U.S. law also designates limited exceptions under which the visa interview may be waived, such as for diplomats and officials travelling on official government business. However, under U.S. law, when a diplomat or official applies for a new visa for personal travel, that applicant must appear in person for an interview. This is not a new policy, the embassy said.

 

The statement added: In such limited and special circumstances as having a former president come in, we have procedures established to ensure the appropriate courtesies are extended.

 

According to the embassy, when a diplomat or official applies for a visa for personal travel, it is neither necessary nor appropriate for the applicant to be accompanied to the interview by protocol assistants.

 

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has hinted at reciprocating the policy

 

 


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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Presec Boys 'climb the ladder' to NSMQ17 semis after Ketasco man-marking


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Billed the biggest contest for bragging rights, the National Science and Maths Quiz last quarter-final clash saw the favourites Presec grab a tough win over Volta regional giants Ketasco. A contest so close for so long, it may be time for doctors and paramedics to set up camp at the NSMQ contests. Presec used the final round to establish a 9- ...


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Saturday, June 24, 2017

National ID Solution to Delay in Passport Acquisition – Bawumia


The acquisition or renewal of Ghanaian passports, especially for those outside the shores of Ghana, is a major challenge, but the introduction of the new national identification card will soon make such hassle a thing of the past, Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has said.

 

Dr Bawumia said this at a meeting with the Ghanaian community in China.

 

Many Ghanaians home and abroad have bemoaned the delay and hassle associated with the acquisition or renewal of passports, but Dr Bawumia is convinced the new national ID card is the best solution to the delay.

 

The National Identification project is expected to be completed within the first year of the NPP administration to build a database of Ghanaians and other nationals resident in Ghana.

 

The national ID will be linked to the databases of institutions such as the Police, National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), Passport Office, Immigration, courts, Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), and the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA).

 

Dr Bawumia, during the interaction, also reiterated the NPPs commitment to delivering on the promises made to Ghanaians.

 

On Thursday, the Vice President of China, Li Yuanchao, in a meeting with Dr Bawumia, pledged the help of the Chinese government to the Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo government's quest to undertake a massive transformation in Ghana's economic fortunes through win-win partnerships.

 

 


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IITA-CWMP Commended Immensely


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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has given thumbs up to the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) led Cassava Weed Management Project for training spray service providers at the grassroot level on the application and safe use of herbicides in Abia, Benue, Ogun and Oyo states. The t ...


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US Provided $300k for Gitmo 2 Upkeep - Loh


The United States (US) gave the Ghana government an amount of US$300,000 to cater for the two ex-Guantanamo Bay inmates being housed in the country for two years, Mahmud Umar Muhammad Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Salih Al-Dhuby, George Loh, a former Vice Chairperson on parliament's Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee, has revealed.

 

The former MP for North Dayi, who was a guest on Citi FMs The Big Issue, explained that the stay of the two in Ghana does not incur any monetary cost to the Ghanaian government as the US is providing for their upkeep as well as security surveillance.

 

This comes in the wake of a Supreme Court ruling which declared as unconstitutional, the decision for former President John Mahama to have allowed the US to bring two former Guantanamo Bay detainees to Ghana.

 

A seven-member panel chaired by Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo reached the ruling by a 6-1 majority, with only Justice William Atuguba dissenting on Thursday June 22.

 

It would be recalled that two plaintiffs, Margaret Bamful and Henry Nana Boakye, sued the Attorney General and Minister of Justice as well as the Minister of the Interior in 2016, accusing government of illegally bringing in the two former Gitmo detainees without recourse to the laws of the land.

 

The two plaintiffs, therefore, sought a true and proper interpretation of Article 75 of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana arguing that Mr Mahama as President acted unconstitutionally by agreeing to the transfer of the two without recourse to Parliament.

 

Mr Loh explained that it is now the duty of the Attorney General to draft a document to parliament to ratify the presidents decision or otherwise.

 

 


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Man Assaults Teacher Trainee


A 62-year-old Rastafarian, Haspinel Mclaren, has appeared before the Odumase Krobo Circuit Court for assaulting a teacher trainee at Somanya.

 

The accused person was charged for causing harm and pleaded not guilty when he appeared in court and was granted bail in the sum of GHc20,000.00 with one  surety.

 

The facts of the case as presented by ASP Richmond Akwasi Yeboah to the court  presided by Mr  Frank Yao Gbeddy were that the complainant, Isaac Owusu, 21, is a student teacher trainee of the Mount Mary College of Education Somanya on internship  at Okwenya Municipal Assembly Junior High School in the Lower Manya Krobo Municipality.

 

ASP Yeboah said the victim and seven other trainees  used to be  tenants of Mclaren, a US citizen resident at Okwenya until January this year when they vacated his house to a different location in the Okwenya town.

 

He said  on  May 22, 2017 at about 7:00 pm, Mclaren  alleged that Owusu and some of his colleagues owed him GHc21.00 being electricity and water bills.  ASP Yeboah said  armed with a machete, Mclaren went to the house where Owusu was staying to demand his money.

 

He said when Owusu  saw the accused person with the machete, he went into his room but the accused  forced himself into the room.

 

ASP Yeboah said Mclaren succeeded in inflicting deep cuts on Owusus palm and also hit Owusu in the head and ribs with his walking stick.

 

The prosecutor said after the complainant managed to free himself, he made a formal complaint to the police and  Mclaren was arrested.    

 

 


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School Children get a big Treat as They Bump into Akufo-Addo at Kumasi Airport


Excursions are fun activities that many Ghanaian school kids look froward to, especially as a long weekend approaches.

 

And these schools kids in Kumasi certainly got a treat when they bumped into President Akufo-Addo on Friday.

 

Posted by a presidential Staffer, Francis Asenso-Boakye via his Facebook page, these school kids during their excursion to the Kumasi Airport had a chance meeting with the president.

 

The children and their chaperones were excited at the encounter, with many selfies and photos being taken.

 

Meanwhile, President Akufo-Addo will be heading to Zambia on June 26 for a three-day state visit at the invitation of the Zambian President.

 

He will hold bilateral talks with President Lungu, as well be a special guest of honor at the opening ceremony of the 5th Zambia International Trade Fair.

 

 


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Enforce laws against foreigners who destroy Ghana's environment- EPA


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The Northern Regional Director of the Environmental Protection Agency Iddrisu Abu has called for more stringent punishment for foreigners who destroy the country rsquo;s environment. He said the problem of illegal mining has been compounded by the invasion of the country by foreign nationals who destroy the environment with impunity. Mr Abu s ...


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B/A Rent Office Received Over 200 Complaints From January To June 2017


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The Brong-Ahafo Regional Rent Control Office received a total of 135 complaints from landlords and 72 complaints from tenants between January to June 2017. 91 tenants also reported that their land lords issued forced eviction notices on them. Mr. Frank Adu Opare, the Regional Head, Rent Control, said these in an exclusive interaction w ...


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NSMQ Live: Aggrey, Anlo size up 2014 champs Mfantsipim 'red devils'


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Prez Akufo-Addo Appoints New M/DCEs & Re-Nominates M/DCEs


President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has appointed new Municipal/District Chief Executives.

The President, in accordance with article 243(1) of the 1992 Constitution and section 20(1) of the Local Governance Act 936 has nominated the following persons as Municipal/District Chief Executives.

1. Musah Issah has been nominated for the Gushegu District Assembly.

2. Abu Mohammed is to go to West Mamprusi District.

3. Hajia Hawa Ninehemah has also been appointed as Chief Executive for Bawku Municipal Assembly.

4. Kwasi Bonzoh has been appointed for Ellembele District and

5. Kate Ametefe for Adaklu District Assembly.

The President has at the same time re-nominated some persons for the position of Municipal/District Chief Executives.

The re-nomination of these MDCEs comes after there were agitations over the appointment of some of the listed persons, by mad supporters of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP).

The names of the re-nominated MDCEs are as follows:

1. George Kyei Baffour - Asante Akim Central Municipal Assembly

2. Abraham Mbanye - Sene East District Assembly

3. Felicia Aba Hagan - Abura/Asebu/Kwamankese District Assembly

4. Florence Governor - Ayensuano District Assembly

5. Ebenezer Tettey Kupaulor - Yilo Krobo Municipal Assembly

6. Jennifer Dede Afagbedzi - La Nkwantanang Madina Municipal Assembly

7. Sarah Dugbakie Pobee - Ada East District Assembly

8. J.K Alhassan - Bunkprugu-Yunyoo District Assembly

9. Ella Boateng - South Dayi District Assembly

10. Richard Collins Arku - North Tongu District Assembly

11. Andrew Teddy Ofori - Hohoe Municipal Assembly

12. Millicent Kabuki Carboo - Biakoye District Assembly

13. Leonelson Adzidogah - Akatsi South District Assembly

14. Emmanuel Louis Agama - South Tongu District Assembly

15. Eric Muah - Jomoro District Assembly.

The aforementioned names are requested to liaise with the Regional Electoral Commission to conduct their confirmation process.

It was contained in a letter signed by Local Government Minister, Hon Hajia Alima Mahama on Friday, June 23.


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Friday, June 23, 2017

Govt Seeks The Promotion Of Local Seed Production


The Minister of Food and Agriculture, Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto has hinted that government is ready to collaborate with the relevant institutions in the country to promote local production of quality seeds to meet the huge demand.

This is expected to complement government's effort as it seeks to increase the number of farmers enrolled onto the Planting for Food and Jobs, in 2018.

To this end, he said MoFA is currently collaborating with the Grains and Legumes Development Board and the Savanna Agricultural Research Institute (SARI) to devise means of increasing their capacity. 

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) seeking the production of 8000 metric tons of seeds by 2018, is soon expected to be concluded, between MoFA and the two institutions.

The development follows revelations by the Minister that "local seed producers do not have the capacity to meet the demand by the Ministry for the Planting for Food and Jobs Campaign."

He said it is unfortunate that the government has had to import seeds from neighbouring countries like Burkina Faso to supplement the huge demand under the Government's flagship policy geared towards increasing food production in the country.

"It was unfortunate that when seed dealers in Ghana were challenged to supply us with adequate seeds for our farmers, they were found wanting. We have had to import seeds from sister countries because we were in urgent need of them," the Minister lamented.

Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto made these remarks at a Panel Discussion on Ghana's Seed Sector organized by AGRA in collaboration with International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and Center for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Accra.

He noted that quality improved seeds are the bedrock of the Planting for Food and Jobs policy. He added that the only way to support farmers increase yields through lower cost of production is for the government to help them with the provision of quality seeds and inputs.

"Currently, only 11% of farmers in Ghana use improved quality seeds for production, a figure he observed, falls far below average for a country like Ghana that has the potential to produce enough to feed the West African markets and beyond".

The Panel Discussion brought together research institutes, development partners, and other stakeholders.


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Akufo-Addo To Turn Valves For Sankofa-Gye Nyame Oil On July 6


President Akufo-Addo is expected to turn the valves on the FPSO John Kufour on July 6 for Formal commercial production on the Sankofa-Gye Nyame oil and gas field.

Sources say even though production has already started, this would just be a formal ceremony to herald production on the field.

This would aid the production of 45 thousand barrels of crude in the first phase of production and up to 180 million standard cubic feet by end of next year.

The field is starting production, three months ahead of scheduled date. ENI holds a 44.44 percent stake in the field, while upstream trader Vitol holds 35.56 percent while state oil company Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) has a combined carried and participating interest of 20 percent.

The project could raise Ghanas oil output to around 200,000 barrels per day and gas production to more than 300 million standard cubic feet.

Production on Sankofa-Gye Nyame field could support increase electricity by 1000 megawatts.

Eni has been present in Ghana since 2009 through its subsidiary Eni Ghana, and with the start-up of OCTP Integrated Oil&Gas Development Project, the company has become one of Ghanas main operators.

In 2016, ENI obtained a new exploration license, Cape Three Points Block 4, adjacent to the OCTP Block.

The launch of OCTP will provide gas to Ghana for over 15 years and the resulting electricity will give a real boost to the countrys development.

All of this has only been possible thanks to the unwavering commitment of Ghanaian authorities and of our partners

Industry Responds

Energy expert, Ben Boakye is worried the necessary statutes has not been instituted for the Ghana really benefit from this oil field is still not in place.

Economist Dr Ishmael Yamson is, however, warning government not to see the extra revenue from the field as an reply to all its problems.

He believes that a lot more needs to be done to diversify the economy, to avoid the expected shocks of any oil price volatility.


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MP Describes Sale Of Admission Forms As ‘Unlawful


The Member of Parliament for South Dayi, Rockson-Nelson Etse Dafeamekpor, has said it is unlawful for tertiary institutions to be selling application forms, especially at rates that are becoming exorbitant for low income families.

The sale of admission forms to prospective applicants by public tertiary institutions, he insisted, contravenes Article 25(1)(c) and 38(1) of the 1992 Constitution.

"The right to seek access to higher education is constitutionally guaranteed. So, any attempt to condition that on economic grounds amounts to a nullity. There should be no economic bar; more so, there should be no economic condition to satisfy before I am granted the opportunity to access further education," he told the B&FT.

Article 25(1)(c) of the 1992 constitution stipulates that higher education shall be made equally accessible to all on the basis of capacity by every appropriate means, and in particular, by progressive introduction of free education.

Additionally, Article 38(1) also stipulates that; The State shall provide educational facilities at all levels and in all the Regions of Ghana, and shall, to the greatest extent feasible, make those facilities available to all citizens.

"The situation is this: if I am qualified, if I have aggregate 9, 9 ones or 9 As and I am supposed to go read medicine or go become a student in law and I have applied and I am supposed to be admitted but cannot be admitted because I have no money to purchase the admission forms, it means my right to access that education at that level has been denied me on grounds that I cannot afford."

He further appealed to government to review that policy and direct public institutions to stop selling admission forms, because within the terms of the various constitutional articles, it is a nullity.

"If somebody can test this, it will be fine because it serves as an economic bar to achieving my educational right… It is becoming a burden on the elected officers at the various constituencies," he said, alluding to the fact that families approach elected officials to query for money to buy the forms.

According to him, the other worrying trend is that the prospective applicants are being asked to apply through the banks, with the banks also slapping their bank charges in addition to the cost of the forms.

It is estimated that this year alone, about 400,000 individually qualified Ghanaians would purchase and successfully apply for admissions for various programmes of study in public universities and colleges.

It is further estimated that in the process, a total of about 1,800,000 application forms would be submitted to these 166 publicly-funded institutions of higher learning as it would include cross and multiple-applications.

"This means that, these publicly funded universities would realise in excess of about GhC450m amongst themselves, an amount that all describe as non-refundable," the MP said.


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Kenya Health Forum Hit By Cholera


 
Nearly 50 people have contracted cholera while attending a health conference in Kenya's capital.

The infected delegates were among hundreds who had gathered for the four day forum organised by the Ministry of Health at a Nairobi hotel on Tuesday.

 
 
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Ex-Presidents, MPs to queue for visa application; U.S Ambassador reveals


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From now onwards former Presidents and Members of Parliament (MP) are expected to join the queue like ordinary Ghanaians when applying for US visas for their private visits. The United States Ambassador to Ghana, Robert Jackson, said apart from the official travel for ex-Presidents and MPs, which goes through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in ...


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AWMA honours former Joy News Editor Dzifa Bampoh


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There were hardly any dry eyes when former JOYNEWS Editor was honoured by female media professionals today for exhibiting excellence and dedication over the last two decades in the media industry. Dzifa Bampoh was co-host of Newsnite on JOY 99.7 FM, until she parted ways last month with the Multimedia Group. She was honoured by the Alliance f ...


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Johnny Depp Talks Of Trump 'Assassination'


 
 
 
 
Actor Johnny Depp appeared to threaten US President Donald Trump during a speech at the Glastonbury Festival.

"Can you bring Trump here " he asked the audience, as he introduced a screening of his film The Libertine.

 
 
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Prince Harry Says No Royal Wants To Be King Or Queen


No-one in the Royal Family wants to be king or queen, Prince Harry has told a US magazine, but adds: "We will carry out our duties at the right time."

"Is there any one of the Royal Family who wants to be king or queen I don't think so," he told Newsweek.


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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Spiritualist Remanded For Fraud


A spiritualist who extorted money to the tune of GhC33, 000.00 from a man under the pretext of securing him an ancient schnapps bottle has been remanded into prison custody.

The accused, Francis Yeboah, pleaded not guilty to the charge of defrauding by untrue pretense before a Tarkwa Circuit Court.

He would re-appear before the court on Monday June 26 2017.

Prosecuting, Police Chief Inspector Faustina Celestina Anaman, told the court, that the complainant lives in Tarkwa got to know the accused person, through the late Ahohuhene of Dompim around November 2015 whilst seeking for an ancient schnapps bottle to purchase.

Chief Inspector Anaman said the accused person claimed in the presence of the late Ahohuhene that he had one of such bottles and was prepared to sell it to the complainant.

The Prosecution said Yeboah deceitfully showed a bottle wrapped in a calico and said that he needed money to perform some rituals before he could finally release it to the complainant.

He said Yeboah then collected various sum of money totalling Gh 33,000.00 but failed to provide the bottle.

Chief Inspector Anaman said the complainant became suspicious of the accused and reported the matter to the police and this led to the arrest Yeboah.


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Five NPP Gurus Behind NIB Suit - Hopeson Adorye


A member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) communication team, Hopeson Adorye has alleged that three NPP Gurus are behind the lawsuit against the National Investment Bank.

Speaking on Asempa FMs political talk show programme Eko sii Sen on Wednesday afternoon captured by Ghanapoliticsonline.com, said that he is having evidence to prove the allegation, but wants to first give the evidence to President Akufo-Addo before he makes it public.

The Commercial Division of the High Court, presided over by Mr Justice Amadu Tanko, on February 21, 2013, gave judgement against NIB in favour of Dominion Corporate Trustees Limited of Channel Islands, UK, for the recovery of the sum of US$60 million, plus interest, with effect from January 29, 2009, to the date of final payment.

The Court of Appeal, on July 4, 2013, stayed the execution of the judgement of the Commercial Court pending the outcome of an appeal filed by the NIB.

The bank, whose debt had doubled with a daily interest of $20,000), asked the Court of Appeal to quash the Commercial Courts decision because it was defective.

NIB lost the appeal and proceeded to the Supreme Court.

In its ruling Wednesday morning, the Supreme Court said Dominion Trustees had no capacity to have initiated the action and that the writ Dominion Trustees filed at the High Court did not indicate they were the real investors, reports Graphic Onlines court reporter, Emmanuel Ebo Hawkson.

Consequently, the Supreme Court ordered a cost of Ghc500,000 against Dominion Trustees which was represented by Mr Pianim, as its investment consultant.

The suit was commenced against NIB by Standard Bank Offshore Trust Company, which was later substituted by Dominion Corporate Trustees Limited, on behalf of investors, who had purchased promissory notes issued by Eland Ghana Limited and guaranteed by NIB.

During the trial, NIB led evidence to show that its Managing Director at the time, Mr Daniel Charles Gyimah, had signed the guarantee without any authorization from the board.

But According to Hopeson Adorye, apart from investment consultant Mr Kwame Pianim and Mr Gyimah, there are three more NPP gurus behind the suit, and their main intention is to collapse the bank.


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Seedlings shortage rocks gov't's planting for food, job policy


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Barely two months after it was launched, government rsquo;s flagship agricultural programme-planting for food and jobs- is gasping under shortage of seedlings. Seedlings for the cultivation of rice, sorghum in the north are in short supply and hampering the policy that seeks to create over 750,000 jobs. The situation is so dire the government ...


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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Fresh evidence: Notorious Nigerian kidnapper's family also hold Ghanaian passports


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Fresh evidence intercepted by Joy News shows that notorious Nigerian billionaire kidnapper did not only fraudulently secure a Ghanaian passport, but he also acquired one for the wife and two of his children. Chukwudidumeme Onwuamadike alias Evans was issued with a Ghanaian passport this year under a fake name, Asare Nelson in Accra. He was ar ...


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Six Traders Crashed To Death


Six traders died on the spot at Wansama , a village in between Mumuni Camp and Samreboi in the Amenfi West district when a Kia Rhino truck transporting them veered off into a River.

Eight other victims who sustained various degrees of injuries are on admission and receiving treatment at the Samartex hospital in Samreboi.

The deceased who are yet to be identified include a male and five females.

Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Daniel Atta Sarfo, Motor Transport and Traffic Department (MTTD) Commander in charge of Asankrangwa district who confirmed this to the Ghana News Agency said the incident happened at 1730 hours when the Kia Rhino truck with registration number AS 8772-10 was returning to Wassa Akropong from Wansama with the traders and their food stuffs.

He explained that the deceased hail from Kumasi in the Ashanti region and were from the ages of 22 and 40 years.

ASP Sarfo said the bodies had been deposited at the Enchi government hospital morgue in the Aowin district for autopsy.


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Saudi King's Son Mohammed Bin Salman Is New Crown Prince


Saudi Arabia's king has appointed his son Mohammed bin Salman as crown prince - replacing his nephew, Mohammed bin Nayef, as first in line to the throne.

King Salman's decree also means Prince Mohammed bin Salman, 31, will become deputy prime minister while continuing as defence minister.


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200 Disabled Persons To Manage Road Tolls From July 1 - Roads Minister


Over two hundred members of the Ghana Federation of the Disabled will be engaged to manage all toll booths across the country, Minister of Roads and Highways, Hon. Akwasi Amoako Atta has revealed

They will commence work on 1st July 2017 , the minister disclosed to Kofi Asante Enning host of on Kumasi-based Nhyria FM.

The ministry has started giving them training and two hundred and fifty of the members will be welcome with employment on that day which also happens to be public holiday so take note of that, he explained.

The minister had promised the Parliamentary Vetting Committee his decision to employ disabled persons to manage toll booths if given the nod.

Hon. Akwasi Amoako Atta speaking on the station discounted rumors that plans are under way by the government to increase toll booth charges.

The minister also revealed that government will automate the booths to prevent managers from diverting monies into their private pockets adding anyone found capable of cheating the system will not be spared by the law.

He however added that the construction works on major roads and other projects under the Ministry will resume immediately to facilitate accessible transportation across length and breadth of the country.


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Police Assistant And 2 Others Arrested For Robbery


A Community Police Assistant with the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD), Sosu Bernard 25, and two others namely, Isaac, a 35-year-old drivers mate 35 and William Ahiavi, a 26-year-old sprayer at Banana Inn, have been arrested for posing as security officers.

The suspects, according to the police wore police and military uniforms to engage in unlawful acts and terrorising of residents of Kasoa and its environs.

The three were arrested on June 17, 2017 and items including pepper spray, ammunitions, weapons and handcuffs were retrieved.

The three purportedly stormed Budumburam in the Central Region to apprehend victims they said were doing ‘illegal businesses.

The Kasoa District Police Commander, Superintendent Stephen Ahiatafu, confirmed to Rainbow Radios Kwabena Agyekum Banahene that several complainants about their operations had been received by the police and that they were being wanted.

Their modus operandi is to spray peeper into the eyes of their victims and robbed them of various sums of money. They have been detained and will soon be arraigned before court.


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AG Set To Orally Examine Woyome On June 29


The Attorney Generals office has initiated steps to orally examine businessman, Alfred Woyome, in the controversial GHc 51 million judgment debt saga. Documents sighted by Citi News indicate that, on June 2, 2017, an ex-parte motion to examine Mr. Woyome was filed.

The document noted that, Mr Woyome will be examined on issues pertaining to whether he owed any debts, whether he has property to satisfy the debt, and the manner in which he used the judgment debt money paid him, among others.

Thus, Mr. Woyome will be expected to appear before the court on June, 29, 2017 for the examination. A separate document also noted that, a charge has been placed on the property of Mr. Woyome, as sought by the Attorney Generals office.

The companies affected by the charge included Anator Holding Company Limited, AAW Management Consulting Services, Anator Construction Company Limited, Green Township Security Services Company Limited, Woyome Brothers International Limited, Stewise Anator Company limited and Stewise Shipping Compan Limited.

Background to Judgment Debt saga Mr. Woyome was paid GHc 51 million after claiming he helped Ghana raise funds to construct stadia for the hosting of the 2008 African Cup of Nations.

However, an Auditor Generals report released in 2010, held that the amount was paid illegally to him. Subsequently, the Supreme Court in 2014 ordered Mr. Woyome to pay back the money, after a former Attorney General, Martin Amidu, single-handedly challenged the legality of the payments.

Following delays in retrieving the money, Supreme Court judges unanimously granted the Attorney-General clearance to execute the courts judgment, ordering Mr. Woyome to refund the cash to the state.

Mr. Amidu himself, in 2016, filed an application at the Supreme Court seeking to examine Alfred Woyome, on how he was going to pay back the money, after the Attorney Generals office under the Mahama Administration, led by the former Minister for Justice, Marietta Brew Appiah-Oppong, discontinued a similar application.

In February 21017 however, Mr. Amdu withdrew his suit seeking an oral examination, explaining that the change of government and the assurance by the new Attorney General to retrieve all judgement debts wrongfully paid to individuals, had given him renewed confidence in the system.


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Notorious Nigerian Kidnapper Has Ghanaian Passport


The Inspector General of Police for the Nigeria Police Force, Ibrahim Kpotun Idris, has revealed that a top Nigerian kidnapper who was arrested by the Nigerian Police two weeks ago had a Ghanaian passport as well as properties and a family in Ghana.

The Nigerian IGP further stated that Chikwudubem Onwuamadike, known simply as Evans in Nigeria, has confessed to being a former drug trafficker. The Nigerian police chief said the suspect always charged his ransom in dollars.

Mr Idris made the revelation at the ongoing West Africa National Security Conference at the Kempinski Hotel in Accra on Tuesday, 20 June, 2017.

Last week, we arrested a kidnapper... He has houses in Ghana and his family is based here in Ghana and thats the only kidnapper that kidnaps and demands ransom in dollars. He has collected about $6million so far in ransom and he can keep his victim for as long as six months even if it means paying this ransom in instalments. Its sad that he keeps somebody for six months and doesnt release the victim until that money is paid in full, Mr Idris said.

I was told his family is in Ghana and he has two houses in Ghana and I even have the addresses. Finally, the importance of actionable intelligence sharing cannot be overemphasised as today, through some exchange of information; Nigerians are celebrating the arrest of the Nigerian-Ghanaian. I say Nigerian-Ghanaian because hes a Nigerian but he also has a Ghanaian passport and that is something you people have to look at, the Nigerian police chief cautioned.


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'Deteriorating' Teshie-Manet road causing miscarriages, asthma


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Residents of Teshie in Accra say their health is at risk because of the deteriorating nature of the Teshie-Manet link road which serves as a major link to places within the city. The 7-kilometre road is in such a deplorable condition that it is increasingly becoming difficult for commuters and motorists to use it. A visit by Joy News rsquo; J ...


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