Saturday, January 20, 2018

Fulani Association Runs To UN Secretary General

The Fulani Association of Ghana has called on the United Nations to come to their aid and stop the Ghanaian government from using brute force in reigning in their cattle-herding activities.

Additionally, the Association has condemned the shoot-to-kill strategy adopted by a joint military and police task force â€" Operation Cow Leg â€" in dealing with their cattle, a situation the Fulani say is robbing them of their livelihood.

The Fulani also want a halt to what in their view are unwarranted atrocities meted to the Fulani in the country.

We wish to seize this opportunity to appeal to His Excellency the Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr António Guterres to see to the protection of Fulanis in Ghana as provided by the Charter of the United Nations, Chairman of the Association, Professor Sheikh Osman Baro said at a press conference in Accra on Friday, 19 January.

His call follows recent unrest in Agogo which led to the shooting of three soldiers and a police officer by some Fulani herdsmen.

A retaliatory answer by the Operation Cow Leg task force has led to the killing of several cattle in the Agogo area.

But the Fulani Association, while condemning the unrest, insists that the shoot-to-kill strategy should be stopped and the affected families compensated.

The Fulani community has, therefore, appealed to President Nana Akufo-Addo to ensure that individuals whose cattle have been shot and killed are adequately compensated.

We equally wish to appeal to His Excellency to ensure that adequate compensations are paid to the innocent victimised Fulani families who have lost their cattle during the said joint operation and other atrocities, Prof Baro said.

Prof Baro called for collaboration in decision-making on issues that concern the Fulani in the country and suggested dialogue towards resolving the issues of nomadic herdsmen in Agogo

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Community Police Arrested For Stealing Motorbike

A Community Policing Assistant attached to the Dansoman Division of the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service, has been arrested for allegedly stealing a motorbike.

Joseph Aboagye, who has been working with the police since 2016, was arrested last Thursday by the Dansoman police upon intelligence.

That was after the law enforcers had discovered that one of the accident motorbikes that they had parked at the station was missing.

The investigator in-charge of the case apprehended a taxi driver in connection with it (case) and in the course of investigation, it came to light that the taxi had been hired to carry the motorbike to the house of Aboagye.

He has been detained by the police while efforts are being made to recover the motorbike.

Confirming the story to DAILY GUIDE, ASP Efia Tenge, Accra Regional Police Public Relations Officer, said the incident occurred last Wednesday, January 17, 2018.

She said sometime last year, the motorbike was involved in an accident and brought to the station.

It had not yet been released to the owner because investigations were not over yet, saying that Aboagye is part of the personnel investigating that accident case.

Recently, the MTTD discovered that that particular motorbike had been stolen and informed the district investigators to conduct investigations into the matter, leading to the arrest of Aboagye.

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Scaremongering Pastors Will Capitalize On Bawumias Ill-Health To Cause Panic – Baako

Editor-in-Chief of the New Crusading Guide Newspaper, Abdul Malik Kweku Baako has expressed worry over the possibility of some prophets and men of God capitalizing on information about the ill-health of Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, to create unecessary panic and fear in Ghanaians.

The Presidency in a statement Friday January 19 revealed that the Dr. Bawumia was unwell and under medical observation.

Speaking on the development on Joynews Newsfile program Saturday, Mr. Baako said that regardless of the fact that the presidency may have released the statement for fine reasons, the implications may involve religious persons dwelling on the issue to make all manner of absurd predictions and comments.

I think that those who issued the statement may have very fine reasons for why they did so. it is not something that must attract routine, these churches and pastors and things, I have had a challenge with some of them. The scare mongering that comes with this religious thing, it worries me, I have to be very honest with you. So now people are going to capitalize on it and do all sorts of prophetic scare mongering and things, I have a difficulty with that, he told panelists on the show.

He expressed optimism about the Presidents recovery, maintaining that there is absolutely no cause for panic.

Lets hope for the best... I believe in God, Allah exists, he is very powerful but as far as I'm concerned, theres no cause for alarm, he stated.

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Fulani Saga: Dont Put The Law In Your Own Hands

The Brong-Ahafo Regional Police command has advised residents in the region to remain peaceful and avoid taking the law into their own hands to attack Fulani herdsmen and their cattle.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Kwame Tachie-Poku in an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Sunyani on the issue stated that the Police had introduced adequate security measures to protect farmers, especially in cattle rearing areas and the general public.

He said the Police had held several meetings with the Chiefs, opinion leaders, the Fulani community heads and the Municipal and District Security Councils to discuss how best they could handle cattle to prevent destruction of farmers crops in their areas to avert violence.

DCOP Tachie-Poku urged the general public to report to the Police in their locality about any cattle spotted in their farms and other farms for prompt and necessary action to be taken.

He said some youth at Atebubu had arrested and handed over a suspected Fulani man to the Police for allegedly shooting and killing one Morro Fuseini, a 56-year-old farmer.

DCOP Tachie-Poku said medical report from the Atebubu Government Hospital however, indicated that the deceased did not die of an alleged gunshot wounds.

He explained that on January 13, this year at about 1700 hours an Assembly man of Atebubu Nyomuase, Shaibu reported that Fuseini had been shot at Bolga Nkwanta, near Atebubu and had sustained gunshot wounds.

DCOP Tachie-Poku said the Police visited the scene and found the deceased lying on the road beside his bicycle with blood oozing from the mouth but could not identify any gunshot wounds.

He was conveyed to the Atebubu Government Hospital but died shortly after arrival, the Regional Police Commander added.

DCOP Tachie-Poku said the body of the deceased had been deposited at the Hospitals morgue while Police was still conducting investigations.

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US Shutdown Begins As Senate Fails To Pass New Budget

The US government has begun a federal shutdown after the Senate failed to agree on a new budget.

Despite last minute bipartisan meetings, the bill to fund the government until 16 February did not receive the required 60 votes.

It is the first shutdown ever to happen while the same party, the Republicans, controls Congress and the White House.

In response, the White House accused Democrats of holding lawful citizens hostage over their reckless demands.

They put politics above our national security, military families, vulnerable children, and our countrys ability to serve all Americans, spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.

But Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer said President Donald Trump had turned down two bipartisan compromise deals and did not press his party in Congress.

It was unclear which way the vote would go as the midnight deadline approached, with Republicans and Democrats split on key issues.

The House of Representatives voted 230-197 on Thursday night to extend funding until next month, but the measure failed to pass the Senate by a margin of 50-49.

Five Republicans voted against the bill while five Democrats broke ranks to help it.

The last US shutdown happened in 2013 and lasted for 16 days, during which many federal employees took a forced leave of absence.

Many government offices will close as federal law requires agencies to shut down if Congress has not allocated money to fund them.

National parks and monuments are also likely to face closure.

But essential services will still run. These include national security, postal services, air traffic control, inpatient medical services, emergency outpatient medicine, disaster assistance, prisons, taxation and electricity generation.

In the hours before the vote, President Trump sounded pessimistic, tweeting that it was not looking fine for our great Military or Safety & Security on the very risky Southern Border.
He invited Chuck Schumer, a fellow New Yorker, to the White House for last-ditch talks but they failed to find sufficient common ground.

Emerging about an hour later, Mr Schumer told reporters some progress had been made, but a good number of disagreements remained, including a contrast in opinion regarding the Democrats desire to extend talks for another five days.

Blame game begins

Anthony Zurcher, BBC News, Washington

The game of chicken ended with a head-on crash.

Republicans are anxious to label this the Schumer shutdown and, essentially, theyre right. Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer and his fellow Democrats (with the support of a few Republicans) blocked a bill that would have kept the government open â€" at least temporarily.

Determining responsibility and apportioning blame, however, are two decidedly different endeavours.

Democrats will argue that they had a deal with the president on their bipartisan compromise that included immigration reform â€" only to have him back away during that fateful obscenity-laden Oval Office meeting last week. Republicans will frame this as liberals putting undocumented immigrant protections over military readiness and health insurance for poor kids.

The blame game began at midnight, and the winner has yet to be decided. Generally, the loser in these types of showdowns is the party entering the fight with the lowest popularity â€" terrible news for Mr Trump and the Republicans.

The fine news, for both sides, is that their political bases will be thrilled they are playing hardball. Midterm election years, like 2018, tend to encourage this kind of rally-the-base manoeuvres.

Now that the line has been crossed, this could become a protracted, ugly fight.

Whats the problem

The main bone of contention has been Democrats demands for more than 700,000 undocumented immigrants who entered the US as children to be protected from deportation.

These Dreamers, as they are known, were granted temporary legal status under a programme established by former President Barack Obama.

In September, Mr Trump announced he was ending the programme and allowing Congress until March to come up with a replacement.

The Republican president and congressional conservatives have been using the issue as a bargaining chip in an attempt to wring concessions from Democrats.

Mr Trump wants funding for tough new border controls, including his proposed US-Mexico wall.

Republicans added a sweetener to the bill in the form of a six-year extension to a health insurance programme for children in lower-income families.

But Democrats want this programme extended permanently.

The legislative negotiations went up in flames last week after Mr Trump allegedly complained the US was letting in immigrants from definite shithole countries.

What could be the political fallout

Neither party wishes to be held accountable for closing the government as midterm elections loom in November.

A Washington Post-ABC poll taken before the vote suggested that by a 20-point margin more Americans blame President Trump and his party for the imbroglio, rather than Democrats.

But the shutdown is problematic for 10 Democratic senators who are up for re-election this year in states won by Mr Trump.

How did we get here again

They are likely to face voters this autumn amid a hail of attack ads claiming they closed the US government to support illegal immigrants.

Democrats will hope to focus criticism on the president and the Republicans ability to govern.

What happens in a shutdown

Many federal agencies will close down but essential services will continue to run.

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said that over 50% of his department would not go to work, and some maintenance, training and intelligence operations would come to a halt.

National parks and monuments could face closure, which provoked an inflamed public reaction during the last shutdown in 2013.

Prior to the vote, the Trump administration was reportedly making contingency plans to keep the national parks running if no deal is reached.

Visa and passport processing could also be delayed.

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Ghana May Import Water From 2030 - Lands Minister

Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Hon. John Peter Amewu has indicated a likelihood of Ghana importing water from other countries if measures are not put in place to curb negative practices having effect on the countrys water bodies.

According to the Minister, Ghanaians are gradually digging their own graves with degradation and destruction of the countries lands, indicating that the country would have been in a much worse state if earlier generations engaged in such illegal practices.

Speaking at the launch of 'Water for Rural Africa' (WRA), a Non-Governmental Organisation geared towards championing the United Nations SDGs, the Minister noted that the current trend of finding a place of abode is continuously denying thousands of Ghanaians access to portable water on daily basis.

He also emphasized that although President Akufo-Addo is working very hard to stop illegal mining; Galamsey, which is polluting our water bodies, the next generation of Ghanaians would have to import water from other countries if the trend is not stopped.

"Research has estimated that if the stern destruction of our forest, the approach to climate issues and our resistance to conduct environmental Sustainable packages continue then by 2030 we may as a country, Ghana, be importing water," he said

Hon. Amewu added that "As Ghanaians it is our basic estimation that water would become a basic necessity but currently it is a very scarce necessity because of our own actions and inactions."

Mr Donald Senanu Agumenu, President of the WRA said over six million people are living without clean water, and over 23 million people without toilet and urged all African leaders to be positive towards addressing the menace since development was human centered.

He called on corporate bodies to cooperate with government and the African continent at large, to adopt necessary strategies needed to champion this global issue.

Dr Jemima Yakah, Lecturer at the Department of Agricultural Extension Department, University of Ghana, also called on African leaders to adopt proactive strategies to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals 6; Access to safe water and sanitation and sound management of freshwater ecosystems are essential to human health and to environmental sustainability and economic prosperity.

She said the SDGs 6 ensures access to water and sanitation for all, and that, it was imperative for African authorities to provide quality and accessible water to all in rural communities.

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Seven Fulani Appear In Court Over Cops Murder

Seven Fulani arrested in connection with the murder of two police officers on the Drobonso-Kumawu road were on Friday put before the Asokwa District Court.

Abdulai Musah, Osmanu Issaka, Mohammed Issaka, Issah Jawo, Alhaji Ali Issah, Suleiman Adams and Aliu Amadu are facing provisional charges of conspiracy and murder.

Their pleas were not taken and they were ordered to be held in police custody to make their next appearance on February 02.

Their three other accomplices identified as Alhaji Buba, Gariba and Fuseini are on the run.
The deceased officers â€" Inspector Adolf Mutse and Constable Prosper Ashinyo were shot and killed, while returning from night patrol duty.

Constable Enoch Okyere, another officer, suffered serious gunshot wounds during the attack and is on admission at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital.

Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Asumadu Okyere-Darko told the court presided over by Mr Peter Oppong-Boahen that the accused persons met to plan the attack on January 09 in the house of Suleiman Adams at Techiman in the Brong Ahafo Region.

They had plotted to wage war on officers of the security services over the on-going operation to forcibly remove nomadic Fulani herdsmen and their cattle from the Ashanti portion of the Afram Plains.

Mohammed Issaka reportedly offered to providing funding and promised each person cash of GH¢60,000.00 together with 30 cattle.

He was said to have made down payment of GH¢1,000.00 to the five persons who carried out the January 11 attack that left the pair dead and their colleague hurt.

The plea for bail by lawyers for the accused persons was refused by the court.

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CONFIRMED: Bawumia In UK For Medical Leave

Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia is in the United Kingdom (UK) for 'medical leave'

A statement signed by Chief of Staff, Frema Osei-Opare indicated that the Vice President left the country on Friday, 19th January, 2018, on the advice of his doctors.

He was accompanied by the second lady, Samira Bawumia.


Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia was taken ill on Friday.

According to a statement from the presidency and signed by Eugene Arhin, Director of Communications, the Vice President "in the early hours of Friday, 19th January, 2018, reported feeling unwell".

He was later discharged after undergoing medical tests and observation. 

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I Will Not Proceed On Leave - GBC D-G Tells Board

The Director-General of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC), Dr. Kwame Akuffo Ntow, has refused to proceed on leave despite the GBC Boards directive to do so.

Reports say the former has declined to submit to the instructions of the Board insisting its only the National Media Commission(NMC) which has the power in his case to alter his terms of appointment.

Dr. Akuffo Ntow in a letter addressed to the Board Chairman drew the attention of the Board Chairman that under his terms of contract, it is the NMC which is the only body with the authority to appoint and alter his terms of appointment.

He said under the circumstances, he cannot act on the Boards directive until an express directive from the NMC on any such decision to proceed on leave.

This comes on the heels of the Ghana Journalist Associations (GJA) statement asking the National Media Commission (NMC) to as a matter of urgency, intervene in the developments at GBC and recall the Director General of the state-broadcaster,  Dr Kwame Akuffo Anoff-Ntow from leave.

GJA had argued that the decision by the GBC Board to query Dr Anoff-Ntow to proceed on leave was unconstitutional and ought to be overturned.

Dr Anoff-Ntow was asked to proceed on leave following his alleged poor handling of issues in the controversial TV license matter.

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Truck Runs Over Policeman, Drags Him 40 Meters To His Death

A police officer was at dawn of Friday killed after being dragged beneath a cargo truck for about 40 meters at a snap checkpoint at Gomoa Abotsia in the Central Region.

Emmanuel Asamoah, the 43-year old driver of the truck with registration No. GT 6675 â€" C, who went into hiding initially, has been arrested by the police while the remains of the victim, G/LCpl Danso Animon of the Cape Coast Operations Unit, has been deposited at the Trauma Hospital at Winneba for onward transfer to the Police Hospital in Accra.

According to the police, the fatal accident occurred at about a quarter past midnight while G/LCpl Danso and three others were manning the checkpoint.

A police situational report sighted by Graphic Online said the Mercedes Benz cargo truck which was loaded with copra from the Nzema area dangerously and recklessly ran over the metal barricade. The deceased Officer who was then checking vehicles from the Accra direction was run over.

The driver of an oncoming Man Diesel cargo truck with registration No.GR 3284 - Y driven by one Osman Yussif carrying 400 bags of rice from Tema towards Mankessim who saw the Benz truck approach his direction, fell on its right side with the goods while trying to avoid a head-on collision.

It took a heavy duty towing vehicle from Kasoa to restore traffic flow.

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Nigerian Handbag Snatcher Jailed 10 Years

An unemployed Nigerian, Onwuzurike Christian, who feigned a gun-made lighter to aid him threaten and snatch the handbag of a lady at Nmai Dzorm in the Greater Accra Region has been jailed 10 years by an Accra Circuit Court.

Police prosecutor, Chief Inspector K. Adu told the court that on January 13, this year at about 5:30am, Kennedy Abanyo, an auto mechanic and Charles Abankwa, a mason, were walking home around Saleem Estate at Nmai Dzom when they saw the convict running away with a ladies handbag while the owner (the lady) screamed after him for help.

According to him, Kennedy and Charles gave Onwuzurike a hot chase.

The court presided over by Mrs Abena Oppong Adjin-Doku, heard that the convict realizing he was being chased ran into one Maame Akua Asieduas room and hid himself in her wardrobe.

Chief Inspector Adu said both Kennedy and Charles entered the room and arrested the convict.

A preliminary search on the convict revealed a lighter that looked like a pistol, which he (the convict) used to threaten the victim before snatching the bag which contained medicine, pomade, a phone charger, a bunch of keys, GH¢12 and other items.

Chief Inspector K. Adu told the court that a later search conducted by the police at the convicts residence found a 42-inch flat screen television, two laptop computers and four mobile phone but he could not clarify how he acquired them.

He said the convict in his caution statement admitted having committed the act.  

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Intervene In Agogo Crisis - Fulani Community To Akufo-Addo

Members of the Fulani Association of Ghana have expressed their discontent with how the violent clashes between local farmers and nomadic herdsmen in the Asante Akyem North and Sekyere Afram Plains districts of the Ashanti Region are being handled by the government.

They said they are being maltreated by the police-military task-force and the larger populace following clashes between the Fulanis and farmers in some communities, particularly in Agogo and its environs in the past weeks.

Addressing the press in Accra on Friday, head of the Fulani Community in Ghana, Professor Sheikh Osman Barry appealed to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to intervene in what he described as unwarranted atrocities being meted out to the nomadic Fulani herdsmen in some parts of the country.

The Association heavily lamented how the innocent herdsmen are the ones often attacked whenever the cattle are reportedly destroying farms, whiles the real owners including politicians and other influential persons in society, are left off the hook.

Sheikh Barry, while condemning the unrest, demanded the shoot-to-kill strategy be stopped and the affected families compensated.

We equally wish to appeal to His Excellency to ensure that adequate compensations are paid to the innocent victimised Fulani families who have lost their cattle during the said joint operation and other atrocities, he stressed.

Prof Sheikh Osman Barry also called on the General Secretary of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, to intervene in the plight of the Fulani Community in Ghana, indicating that the hostile way they are being treated is unacceptable.

He urged collaboration in decision-making on issues that concern the Fulani and suggested dialogue towards resolving the issues of nomadic herdsmen in Agogo.

His call follows the recent attack on some four members of the task-force; three military officers and a police officer, who sustained gunshot wounds.

According to Police in the area, the assailants believed to be nomadic herdsmen, lay in wait and shot at the security personnel who were in the bush as part of measures to evict the herdsmen and their cattle from Agogo.

Government subsequently dispatched about 200 personnel drawn from the military and police service to Agogo and Sekyere Afram Plains districts to flush out the nomadic herdsmen who are reportedly terrorizing residents of those areas.

The Deputy Minister of Information, Curtis Perry Kwabia Okudzeto said the joint security team has been tasked to push back the herdsmen from new areas they have occupied, arrest perpetrators of recent acts of violence for prosecution, and augment the efforts of Operation Cow Leg, an ongoing security operation aimed at dealing with the activities of herdsmen in the area.

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Obama, Trump Haven't Spoken In A Year

A year since they last met, President Donald Trump and his predecessor Barack Obama haven't spoken, the first time in decades two successive presidents have avoided communicating in the 12 months after handing off power.

Ties between presidents -- if not always friendly -- are usually at least existent. 

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Two NPP Nasara Contestants Share Their Thoughts

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An aspiring National Coordinator of the Nasara of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has called for calm among the rank and file of the Moslem wing of the party, as it embarks on the exercise of electing polling station executives for victory 2020. Suleman Alhassan Atakpo made the call in a statement released in Accra after the National Execut ...

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Donald Trump Announces The Winners Of His 'Fake News' Awards

Donald Trump has announced the winners of his self-proclaimed "Fake News" awards, with The New York Times topping the list. 

But shortly after the US president tweeted a link to a website run by the Republican National Committee, his partys political arm, it returned an error message, having apparently crashed. 

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No Fulani Group Shot Security Men

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A Fulani group, Tabital Pulaaku International Ghana has raised questions about the alleged shooting of three soldiers and a police officer by nomadic herdsmen at Agogo in the Ashanti Region. The group has challenged the account of events given by the police, saying the four security personnel were not shot by the herdsmen as the public wa ...

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I'm A Victim Of Social Media Pressure - Katy

Katy Perry says she is a "victim" of social media because of society's pressure to share every move online.

The singer and American Idol judge says Instagram and Twitter are proof of the "decline of civilisation".

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Commuters Worried Over Increasing Accra-Kasoa Vehicular Traffic

Some commuters along the western corridor of the Accra/Kasoa road and beyond have expressed worry over stressful long hours spent in vehicular traffic during the prime times.

The residents noted that even though much more road works had been done to enhance the movement of motorists, the situation was worrying at the pick time when people are rushing back home.

Some drivers and passengers in an interview with the Ghana News Agency on Friday said the situation was unbearable as they had to wait for longer hours in vehicular traffic especially in the evenings before they reach their destinations.

The traffic during prime time starts mounting from the Obetsebi Lamptey roundabout through Kaneshie First Light, Dansoman Junction, Odorkor, Sakaman Junction to Malam Junction.

An observation made by the also showed that after the McCarthy Hill and Weija Junction traffic lights another huge one spans from Kasoa Barrier to the Tuba toll booth.

A driver who identified himself Alidu, a driver told the that due to the long hours spent in traffic on that road he normally closed early to avoid wasting fuel.

After loading a batch of passengers around 1700 hours, I choose not to come back to Accra till the following morning because even at the said time I get to Kasoa at almost 2000 hours, I cannot come back again and be in traffic, he said.

Master Osei, another driver, said: I have to swallow a bitter pill by returning from Kasoa after spending long hours in traffic because I stay at Weija.

Madam Susan, a trader said after waiting for 30 minutes in a queue before getting a vehicle, she had to be in traffic for close to three hours before finally getting home, which was too much for her.

Ms Esther Fosu, a worker also expressed worry about the situation urged the appropriate authorities to do something to remedy the situation.

The Kaneshie to Kasoa road in the early 2000s posed lots of challenges to travellers and motorists who travel from Accra to Central Region on daily basis.

The construction of the N1 road eased commuters from challenges, but some of the problems still persisted with regards to traffic during prime time in the afore mentioned areas.

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KUMACA: 4 Arrested Over Missing Weapons

Four persons have been arrested by Police after two guns, including a pump action gun belonging to the Kumasi Academy allegedly went missing from the school.

A source in the school disclosed that the four suspects including the store keeper have since been detained and assisting police in investigations.

Abusua FMs Osei Kwadwo reported that the missing weapons were left in the care of the schools store keeper.

School authorities and the Police have remained tight-lipped over the matter but the development has since raised security concerns in the school and the area as well.

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Ankaful Prisoners Defraud Woman

The Accra Regional police are investigating the case of two prisoners at the Ankaful Prisons, who have allegedly defrauded a 45-year-old woman to the tune of GH¢8,300.

They are Joseph Addoa, 30 years old, serving 40 years in prison, and Yaw Bio Yakubu, 57, also serving 25 years for robbery.

Yakubu was initially sentenced to life imprisonment but it was later reduced to 25 years.

Joseph Addoa, according to police reports, persuaded the victim that he is an importer and succeeded in collecting the aforementioned money through mobile money.

Narrating the incident to DAILY GUIDE, the victim, (name withheld), said sometime in August 2017, she received a call from Addoa, who introduced himself as an importer and through their subsequent telephone conversations, he proposed marriage to her.

She said a month later, Addoa demanded financial assistance from her to clear his car spare parts from the harbour.

According to the victim, Addoa furnished her with five mobile money numbers to deposit an amount of GH¢8,300 into them.

Addoa allegedly went ahead to tell the victim how much money should be paid into each of the mobile money accounts; and on October 10, 2017, the victim did as he had directed.

Later, the victim said Addoa was still demanding more money and it was at that point that it dawned on her that Addoa might be a fraudster, and reported the matter to the Accra Regional Police Command.

DSP Savior Ahiamadi, the crime officer in-charge of operations, confirmed that since the victim did not know the identity of the said Addoa after reporting the matter, the police asked her to persuade the suspect to come down and act as a guarantor while she sold her parcel of land and any money that would accrue, she would give it to him to clear the goods.

The victim, following the advice of the police, persuaded Addoa in one of their telephone conversations to come down and act as a guarantor for her to sell her land but he immediately gave an excuse that he was busy attending to some vital issues in Kumasi and that he would send his nephew to stand in as a guarantor for the land to be sold.

On December 27, Addoa sent one Kwame Mustapha to meet the victim to sign the land documents and was arrested by the police.

The victim again called Addoa to report that his nephew did not turn up and so the following day, Addoa sent one Stella Hadzah â€" a nursing mother he claimed was his sister â€" to sign the documents.

It was after Hadzah had been arrested that the police and the victim got to know that Addoa was a prisoner serving his jail term at the Ankaful Maximum Prisons.

Police investigations later revealed that he used Mustapha and Hadzah for his nefarious activity, but they were also innocent.

Mustapha, according to the police, was promised a contract by Addoa, after he (Addoa) had defrauded him of GH¢50.

The police said on January 2, 2018, Addoa was identified at the Ankaful Prison and he mentioned Yaw Bio as the master-mind behind the act and with the support of the prisons wardens, the mobile phone allegedly used for the nefarious activity was seized.

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3-Yr Old Girl ‘Sexually Abused By Indian In Swimming Pool

The mother of a three-year-old girl who is alleged to have been sexually abused by an adult Indian National in a swimming pool at  Tarkwa in the Western Region, desperately wants justice for her daughter.

The victims mother suspects attempts by the police to cover up the matter.

How did it happen

It all started when two Indian nationals swimming in the pool asked to teach the children how to swim. The mother of the children initially hesitated, but she agreed after the strangers convinced her that learning to swim early was the best way.

While the Indians supposedly taught her daughter how to swim, she filmed the process with her smartphone.

‘Little girl cries

In between the session, the woman noticed her daughter was crying, but she misinterpreted it as a reaction to the fear of being in the pool.

Unawares to her, the Indian, was sexually abusing her, and the cries were cries for help.

The doctor who conducted medical examinations on the 3-year-old girl said her genitals were bruised. She had sores around her genitals, around the vagina and the hymen had sores around it, the doctor said.

Of the psychological state of the girl and her mother, he said they were traumatized. He noted that the mother had on two occasions taken to drinking due to the incident.

‘Police case

The mother of the victim, returned to the Tarkwa Police after an initial report to them with the medical report. She also hired a private detective to support track down the Indian molester who she had captured in a video on her phone.

Her attempts to get the Tarkwa Police to follow up on the issue proved futile, forcing her to fall on the Nsuta Police to effect his arrest.

Her confidence in the police began to shrink after their suspicious conduct with the bosses of the Indian suspect.

‘Out of court settlement

According to the woman, who spoke to Citi News in the course of pursuing the matter, the Indian suspect sought an out of court settlement, but soon changed his mind, saying he was ready to face the court.

‘Dont jail him

To further hurt her heart, she lamented how the police prosecutor impressed on the judge that presided over the matter in court to good the suspect rather than to jail him.

She said she was forced to bitterly watch the police negotiate the compensation from an initial GHS8,400 to GHS4,200.

‘Seeking justice

She is seeking justice for her 3-year-old daughter whose genitals have been bruised by an Indian national, and betrayed by law enforcement body in her own country to sell her daughters rights for GHS4,200.

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NCA Fraud: Gang Of 5 Hot

An Accra High Court trying five former National Communications Authority (NCA) board members yesterday heard how the authoritys help for the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) was captured in the minutes of the boards meeting but the deal for which they are being tried was not recorded.

Mrs. Asafu-Adjei, first prosecution witness (PW), who is the Director of Legal Administration at the NCA, told the packed court that the Cyber Surveillance System deal, which the accused persons claim was going to be used for anti-terrorism, could not be traced in any of the minutes of the boards meetings, even though $4 million was paid out.

The payment was said to have been carried out without the boards approval; and the then National Security Coordinator, Yaw Donkor, was also not aware of the deal.

The immediate-past board members, including Eugene Baffoe-Bonnie, Chairman; William Mathew Tetteh Tevie, former Director General of the NCA; Dr Nana Owusu Ensaw, former chairman of finance sub-committee of the NCA board; Alhaji Salifu Mimina Osman, former National Security Deputy Coordinator on the NCA board, as well as George Derek Oppong, private businessman/Director of Infraloks Development Limited (IDL), have been charged with wilfully causing financial loss to the state and stealing.

The witness, continuing with the evidence-in-chief, explained to the court how the NCA, apart from its mandated monitoring duties, also provided some financial help to some state institutions subject to the approval of the governing board of the authority.

She said the state broadcaster was one of such institutions.

According to Mrs. Asafu-Adjei, the Minister of Communications occasionally writes to the Authority to provide some institutional help to agencies under the ministry and that these requests come in the form of letters directed to the Director General; and subject to the approval of the board, payment is affected.

She said in 2015, for instance, the NCA board approved a request from the Communications Minister to help the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation to procure some equipment and My Lord, the board considered the request and approved GH¢2.252,313.61 for the said procurement.

She told the court that aside the institutional help given to the GBC â€" which is duly captured in the minutes of the NCA boards meeting â€" there is no other institutional help approved by the board.

The NCA lawyer, who was being led in her evidence-in-chief by the Director of Public Prosecutions, Yvonne Attakora Obuobisa, told the court that until late last year when a Cyber Security Unit was created at the Information Communication and Technology Department of the NCA, the Authority had nothing to do with Cyber Security as it was not part of its original mandate.

She said at no point in time in 2015 did the NCA board meet to discuss issues of procuring a Cyber Surveillance System, nor a contract between the Authority and Infraloks Development Limited (IDL) â€" which explains why it did not appear in any of the minutes of the boards meetings, the procurement plan, or the budget.

Mrs. Asafu-Adjei concluded her evidence-in-chief by stating that in any case, where there is the need for institutional help which hitherto was not budgeted for, the board would have to consider their request, approve it, before funds are made available.

She said, however, that that did not happen with the purported NCA-IDL contract.


In his cross-examination, Thaddeus Sory, counsel for Eugene Baffoe-Bonnie, suggested to the witness that she had never been happy with his client and if she had the opportunity, she would ‘pay him back, to which the witness said could not be true.

Mrs. Asafu-Adjei earlier told the court at the last sitting that in July 2015, she was asked to proceed on leave with immediate effect as she had accumulated 154 leave days.

She said when she returned from her leave on March 23, 2016, she was stripped of her duties as Director of Legal Administration and made to serve as Director of Policy and Innovation until there was a change in administration in 2016.

Mr. Sory then sought to insist that the witness was seeking revenge for the decision by testifying against the witness; but the witness parried the suggestion, saying she had a fine relationship with Mr Baffoe-Bonnie.

Counsel (Mr. Sory): As a very fine friend of the Board Chairman, why did you not find out why you were treated differently from other colleagues who had accumulated longer leave days

Witness (Mrs. Asafu-Adjei): I couldnt be bothered. I didnt query anybody especially when I needed it.

Counsel: Why did you not query for it earlier if you so needed it

Witness: My leave had been deferred. If they (defence lawyers) had access to my file they would notice that my leave had been deferred and I was sometimes recalled from leave so I took a few days leave instead of the full 36 days.

Asked whether she notified the Public Procurement Authority about the irregularities in the NCA-IDL contract for it to be investigated, she recalled telling the court that the NCA did not have an thought about the deal and she only got to know about it when investigators showed it to her.

Mr. Sory then put it to her that the request for the Cyber Surveillance System came as a request from the National Security as an institutional support, but she said it is a notorious fact that the National Security has a huge financial capability to help itself.

She said even if the request came, it would have gone to the board and minutes of the boards meeting would have reflected it.

Agbesi Dzakpasu, who is representing Mr. Tevie, started his cross-examination and questioned the authenticity of the NCA budget tendered in evidence since it did not contain any figures; and the witness said that was the style of the then secretary who prepared the budget.

Sitting continues on Tuesday, January 23, 2018.

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North Volta Welcomes Commission Of Enquiry On New Regions

Hundreds of residents in Nkwanta South District, poured on the principal streets to welcome the Commission of Enquiry overseeing the processes for the proposed creation of new region out of existing Volta Region as part of its public hearing yesterday [Thursday].

The group made up of mostly students held placards with inscriptions such as Yes to Oti Region, Oti Region has arrived with others clad in a branded T-shirts with the inscription Oti Region Unity and Development boldly written on them.

While the enthusiastic crowd sang and cheered, some of the finest motor riders in the area took turns to exhibit their skills as the procession moved along.

The Commission, led by Allan Brobbey is holding public hearings in the area to seek the views of the people on the proposed split of the Volta Region.

The said event was be hosted at Nkwanta Senior High School and lasted for about five hours.

The Commission engaged with chiefs and people from about five traditional councils in the catchment area to seek their opinions on the split. Thursdays reception was in stark difference to what occurred when the team visited the Regional Capital, Ho for its maiden event.

Unlike some persons living in the Southern part of the country who have expressed some opposition to the creation of a new region out of the Volta region, the people in the northern section appear to have wholly welcomed the move.

The committee had earlier had a similar rousing welcome during their exercise in Kete-Krachi. They are expected to join the people of Kpasa in the Nkwanta North District on Friday before finally heading to the Jasikan District.

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Media Must Eschew Corrupt Practices - Pastor Ransford Obeng

The head pastor of the Calvary Charismatic Centre (CCC), Rev. Ransford Obeng has called on the media to eschew all forms of bribery to be in a better stead to expose acts of bribery, corruption, fraud and dishonesty that are thwarting developmental efforts of the country.

He said as the fourth estate of the realm, it was incumbent to expose all forms of corrupt and fraudulent practices in every aspect of society and that they could only have the moral high ground to do so when they are not tainted with such vices.

Rev. Obeng made the call during a press conference to brief the media about a three-day Spiritual Empowerment programme at the CCC at Ayigya in Kumasi, beginning from Friday January 19 to Sunday, January 21, 2018.

The three-day conference would be addressed by Rev Dr Mensah Otabil of the International Central Gospel Church (ICGC) at the church premises in Kumasi.

Pastor Obeng noted that the media should not be exempted from the ongoing corruption scrutiny by society and urged the media to ensure that they played a pivotal role in eradicating what he called cancer from the society.

According to the head of CCC, it is prudent for media personnel in the country to be circumspect in the kind of reports they put out for public consumption and ensure that the truth, objectivity and impartiality were their guiding principles in their profession.

He encouraged the media to always ensure that the reports they churned out will not endanger the peace, stability and coexistence of the people.


Corruption has eaten deep into our society and the society is now being built on lies. A successful society is built on truth but in Ghana lying and stealing is what is building the society and this is the biggest problem in the country.

Pastors and members steal from the church, public sector workers are stealing from government and the same thing is happening in the private sector, he added.

He called for attitudinal change and adoption of fine habits such as being truthful in every situation in order to build the Ghanaian society on the foundation of truth.

He further called on the public and private sectors to join in the fight against corruption and make Ghana a corruption-free country in order to promote the socio-economic development agenda of the government.

Activities of Fulani herdsmen

On the activities of the Fulani herdsmen, Rev. Obeng appealed to the security agencies to provide adequate protection for the citizenry for them to go about their duties without any fear of interference.

The head of CCC suggested that the Fulani herdsmen should be made to go back to where they came from as they did not have the right to operate in the country and cause further mayhem.

Pastor Otabil

Rev Obeng used the opportunity to commend Pastor Otabil for setting the pace for the establishment of excellence in private universities in the country.

He is a man of wisdom who walks the talks with the establishment of the first private university and this has paved the way for the setting up of more private universities in the country to promote easy access to tertiary education, he added.

He was optimistic Pastor Mensah Otabils yearly visit to CCC would assist in transforming the lives of the Christian community in Kumasi, tap from the wisdom he is endowed with and further bring them closer to the Lord.

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Scores Disappointed At Journalists Performance During Presidential Encounter

Scores of Ghanaians on Thursday expressed disappointment on the performance of some of the Journalists who participated at Presidential Media Encounter at the Flagstaff House in Accra.

A Presidential Media Encounter is a topmost opportunity for Journalists to scrutinise the President on behalf of the citizenry on relevant national issues, but the opportunity slipped by as most of the questions asked were inept, Mr Prince Nii Abbey a Human Resources Generalist told the Ghana News Agency in an interview.

As ordinary citizens we reposed our confidence in the media to query idea provoking questions only to be disappointed with their immature comments, commentaries and praise-singing questions, he said.

Mr Abbey, who works with Microfinance Company in Accra said based on his assessment 60 per cent of the questions asked by the Journalists who had the opportunity to participate were not deep enough.

He however commended few Journalists who stood-up to the occasion and probed the governments performance over the past one year.

Mr Francis Adzoror, a worker at the National Health Insurance Scheme also said that professional journalists in media houses should be carefully chosen to attend such events.

The likes of Kwesi Pratt and Bernard Avle of Citi FM at least gave us hope that we still have some journalists to trust in setting the agenda, he said.

Mr Kwame Osei, an electrical engineer said efforts of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to meet the press was a total futility based on the performance of majority of Journalists who exhibited their incompetence.

Most of the Journalists he said linked heavily on how to build relationship with the government than asking the underpinning questions.

Mrs Albertina Eshun an entrepreneur said the media was doing the State more harm than fine as currently most media houses had turned to propagate political partys agenda instead of pursuing national interest.

She therefore called on Journalists to change their attitudes towards building a better positive and united country and stand-up as the fourth estate of the realm.

Mr Godfred Awadzi, a worker at Ghana Publishing Corporation said that definite questions from some prominent journalists were very relevant.

However, he also acknowledged that most questions from other Journalists were not relevant, adding that the questions lacked merit, failed to focus on developmental issues and scrutinise the Presidents administration.

He encouraged all Journalists to research thoroughly next time and come out with relevant questions that can draw out and support the government to stay on course for national transformation.

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4 Picked Up In Connection With Missing Weapons At KUMACA

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Police at Asokore Mampong in the Ashanti Region; have arrested four persons believed to be behind the disappearance of two short guns and a pump action gun belonging to the Kumasi Academy. It is unclear why school authorities were keeping the weapons in the school. Citi News understands that one of the suspects, the store keeper ...

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Opinion: Oil Shine Hides Manufacturing Woes

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This year, Ghana marks 11 years of oil discovery and eight years of production, within which a minimum of US$17.1 billion in upfront investments have been made in the three producing fields and the Atuabo Gas Plant, all in the Western Region. Although production volumes are beginning to ramp up (as more fields come on stream), earnings have not ...

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Joe Anokye Confirmed Director-General of NCA

The Public Services Commission has confirmed Mr Joe Anokye as the substantive Director-General of the National Communications Authority (NCA).

His confirmation comes barely a year after President Akufo-Addo appointed him as the acting Director General of the communications regulator.

The confirmation was done in accordance with the advice of the Governing Board of the NCA and given in consultation with the Public Services Commission.

Background of Joe Anokye
Mr Anokye is a Telecommunication Executive well vested in a wide range of Telecommunication Management, Telecommunication Networks and Cyber Security platforms in both public and private sector. He has over twenty-two (22) years hands-on technical and management experience across Africa, Europe, Asia, and North America.

From January 1997 to February 2016, Mr. Anokye worked on several contracts at NASAs Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) in Greenbelt, Maryland â€" USA as a Senior Telecommunications Consultant, including supervising NASAs Global Mission Telecommunication Wide Area Network (WAN) technical team.

During his time at NASA, Mr. Anokye worked collaboratively with Telecom and Network engineers from Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, German Space Operations Centre, Canadian Space Agency, Australias Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization and many other national Space Programs like the Jet Propulsion Lab in California. 
In recognition of his efforts, he received the 2007 Employee of the Year Award from the NASA Information Technology Services contract at Marshal Space Flight Center (MSFC) in Huntsville - Alabama, for outstanding technical services to the NASA Mission Telecommunications Network.

Mr. Anokye was a premier Cisco Technical Instructor from 1999 through 2016 in Washington D.C, USA Metropolitan Area teaching and mentoring many Telecommunications, Network, and Systems engineers who work with governmental and private institutions within the security, financial and regulatory areas amongst others. From 1999-2001, Mr. Anokye did consulting work for Sprint Nextel (Managed Network Services) and was the Network Technical Engineer responsible for major accounts like KMART, Charles Schwab, UNICOR and Federal Prisons Industries to name a few.

As the principal network architect, he developed the Telecommunications Master Plan from which a design was made to install the network infrastructure to help the ICT systems used for the Year 2011 Population Census of Bangladesh, a country with a population of over 140 Million. In addition to the plan, Mr. Anokye provided local and continuous technical help for the implementation in Bangladesh. He was the Chief Technology Officer of JMAT Systems, LLC, an Information Services company established in 2007 and headquartered in Greenbelt, Maryland, USA offering Information Technology and Security Services to commercial, state, and Federal Government customers.

Within Africa, Mr. Anokye has also worked on various Telecommunications Networks projects in Africa, primarily in Ghana and Liberia. In Ghana, he has consulted for the Merchant Bank and in addition, trained on behalf of CISCO, staff of Ghana Telecom, Merchant Bank Ghana Ltd and the telecommunication wing of National Security of the Bureau of National Communication.

Mr. Anokye obtained his first degree in Geodetic Engineering from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and his MBA from the University of Maryland University College, USA.

A talented and accomplished Technology Executive, Mr. Anokye has a proven record in leading technology transformation, improvement initiatives and aligning technology services with business objectives.

He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Ghanas communication industry and will be instrumental in efforts to expand Ghanas communication network to help our developmental objectives or local and international organisations, including the Volta River Authority, Ashanti Goldfields, VOIP International Gateway for NITEL ‐ Nigeria, Sun Solaris installation & configuration for Ghana Telecom, GCB and Ministry of Finance and VOIP gateway for Westel (now Airtel). He has also been instrumental in the initiation and development of Internet Services in Ghana, Togo, Nigeria and Gambia.

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Today Marks 4th Anniversary Of Late Komla Dumor...Herbert Mensah Pays Tribute

Herbert Mensah, President and Board Chairman of the Ghana Rugby Football Union (GRFU), has paid tribute to the late Komla Dumor.

Today, January, 18 marks the fouth anniversary since the Ghanaian ace journalist passed on to glory.

He worked for BBC World News and doubled as a presenter of its programme "Focus On Africa".

Four years down memory lane, Herbert Mensah has remembered his late colleague describing him as a great personality.

Komla Dumor's legacy in the journalistic fraternity lives on.

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Stop Sale Of Admission Forms In Excess Of Vacancies - Public Universities Urged

The Ministry of Education has asked tertiary institutions to stop exploiting the desperation of students by selling far more admission forms than the number they can admit.

It said it was an unacceptable practice where for instance, a university knew it could admit only 2,000 students at a time but sold over 10,000 admission forms because students were desperate to secure admission.

In an interview in Accra, the Minister of State in Charge of Tertiary Education, Prof. Kwesi Yankah, noted that the sale of admission forms, ordinarily, was supposed to be a token to cover the cost of stationery. He, therefore, proposed that the way out could be that the cost of admission forms would be levied on only students who finally got admitted.

Prof. Yankah also expressed concern that apart from selling more admission forms than the number of students the universities could admit, they also resorted to annual increases in the cost of the admission forms.

Cost of admission forms

The public universities have increased the sale of admission forms for undergraduate and diploma courses for the 2018/2019 academic year as prospective applicants struggle to raise funds to pursue tertiary education.

Currently, the University of Ghanas undergraduate admissions for the 2018/19 academic year online application e-voucher is being sold at GH¢200, also an 18 per cent increase on the previous years cost of GH¢180, while the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), which sold its admission form at GH¢170 last year, is selling it at GH¢180 this year.

The University of Cape Coast is, however, selling its scratch card for the 2018/19 admission of applicants into its undergraduate, diploma and certificate programmes at GH¢220 same as was sold in 2017/2018.

Prof. Yankah said the situation was even more serious considering the fact that majority of the prospective candidates bought admission forms of all the public universities in the hope that if they missed out in one university, they could secure admission in the other.

Maintain cost of forms He has, meanwhile, directed all public universities to revert to the selling price for last academic years admission forms pending a meeting to be held between the management of the universities and the ministry.

Private universities With respect to the private universities, Prof. Yankah urged the managers to take advantage of the goodwill of the government in the education sector to charge moderate fees.

He asked the private universities to bear in mind that it was for fine reason that the government waived the 25 per cent corporate tax slapped on them.

Prof. Yankah explained that the thought was to lessen the burden on the private universities to enable them to exercise moderation in charging fees.

He said the scrapping of the 25 per cent tax was to enable the private universities to use their surpluses to expand their frontiers in the areas of libraries and scholarships.

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PARENTS FROM HELL: Couple who Raped Their 12-Yr-Od Daughter ‘Every Other Day

A RUSSIAN couple accused of raping their 12-year-old daughter allegedly told police: "Better us than some maniac."

The couple, both aged 34, face up to 20 years in jail following accusations they turned their child into a sex slave.

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People Who Clearly Dont Care Anymore

The society we live in has a lot of expectations about our behavior, the way we look and dress, and other aspects of our lives. Were used to living in a world full of rules we have to follow, and most of the time we feel OK about that. But every now and then, we all get the feeling that we just dont care what other people think about us anymore. Some people feel it from time to time; some are born with this feeling and live their whole lives like that.

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Ho Airport To Be Handed Over In March

The Amandi Holding Limited, contractors working on the Ho Airport project, will officially hand over the facility to the government in March this year.

This follows completion of work on the $25million project funded by the Ghana Airport Company Limited (GACL) to boost economic activities and tourism in the Volta Region, Dr Archibald Yao Letsa, the Volta Regional Minister, said at a press soiree organised by the Ministry of Information in Ho.

The project, which was scheduled for completion in September 2016, has 1,900 metres runway, traffic control tower, 1,150 capacity passenger waiting area, an ultramodern airbus terminal and an automatic fire detection system.

The airport, with the slogan, Ho Airport, the New Destination is expected to host domestic and commercial flights and open up the region for growth.

2018 is going to be very exciting because the airport will be operational. It will be an action year as the region opens up for investors, Dr Letsa stated.

He said the necessary foundations had been laid for rapid economic and infrastructure growth in the region and hinted of the resumption of work on the Ho dual carriage and the Eastern corridor roads.

Mr Perry Okudzeto, a Deputy Minister of Information, said the government recognised the role of the media in the development of the country and was building more bridges for mutual benefit.

He said 2017 marked a good start for the government with the launching of projects and programmes to improve agriculture, education and job creation, among others, and called for help from the media and the citizenry.

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Tema Motorway Squatters To Be Evicted Before April

The Ministry of Roads and Highways has announced plans to evict squatters dotted along the Accra-Tema Motorway.

The exercise, according to the sector Minister, Mr Kwasi Amoako-Atta is expected to be completed before April 2018.

Speaking on Citi FM Thursday, Mr Amoako-Atta said the move is to pave way for the expansion of the Motorway.

He explained that, the highway, will be expanded from the current four lanes to six lanes over a 30-month period.

We are going to expand the motorway from the current 4 lanes to 6 lanes. It will take about 30 months because it will be under construction this year. We need to create the right of way and clear everybody for the contractor to carry out this work. [This will be] up to the end of March. Announcements will come [to that effect]. We are going to clear the squatters on both sides, Kwasi Amoako-Atta said.

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Weve Not Been Paid – GETFund Contractors Contradict Nana Addo

Some contractors working on projects for the Ghana Education Trust Fund [GETFund], have disputed the claims by President Akufo-Addo that the government has paid more than half of the 1.6 billion cedis owed contractors in the country.

According to them, despite being entitled to about 800 million cedis of the total debt owed contractors, most of them have not received any payments from the government for almost two years.

Speaking at Wednesdays Media Encounter marking his first year in office, President Akufo-Addo had said that his government had settled most of the arrears owed contractors which were accrued under the previous administration, and was working towards ensuring that the remaining debts are cleared soon. 

Im being urged to pay contractors, Im paying them. In 2017, nearly one billion cedis of which the government of Ghana provided three hundred peculiar million and the Road Fund provided some 660 million of the 1.6 billion owed road contractors was cleared. In January this year, we have dispersed 125 million out of the remainder of 600 million to the contractors, Nana Addo said.

Additionally, we have paid 826 million of the 1.2 billion loan contracted by the previous administration for which the Road Fund was used as collateral. It is vital to note that all these debts were accrued under the previous administration. I will also point out that much of the statutory arrears that we met have been cleared.

However, responding to those claims by the President on Eyewitness News, the head of the GETFund contractors, Daniel Tanoh, said  contrary to what the President told the media, many of the claims that had been submitted for payment had not been honoured.

GETFund contractors do not agree with what the President said. Its not true that GETFund has paid even one-fourth of what the President said. For that reason we disagree with what the President said. The Ministry of Finance is supposed to give money to GETFund to pay contractors. As I speak, since July 2016 till date, those that have placed their claims to GETFund have not received their payments, he said.

According to him, the government, when it first assumed office in January 2018, made a few payments to contractors, but the negligible amounts released at the time failed to cover the 800 million cedis owed them.

GETFund contractors are expecting almost 800 million out of the 1.6 million, and since 2016, there are some claims that have not been catered for. When the new administration came into office, they made three payments. They selected a few [of the claims] â€" the 50, 000 15, 000, 20, 000 â€" many of those were paid leaving the huge ones. I can say with all confidence that a few contractors were paid but majority of them were not, he insisted.

‘Sad day for contractors

Daniel Tanoh stated that, since the President announced that the contractors had been paid, they had come under intense pressure from creditors who were also demanding payment.

He added that they had written to the management of GETFund for a meeting to discuss how best to resolve their challenges.

After what the President said, weve started receiving calls from our creditors. If the President is saying they have paid contractors, then why are we not paying those we owe. Today is a very sad day for contractors. We are not happy, he lamented.

We have presented a notice to the administrator of GETFund that on Tuesday January 23 at 10:00 am, the leadership of the GETFund contractors will be meeting him to see the way forward as to how our payment issues will go. If GETFund were not owing contractors, I dont think wed have such letters.

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Full Text: Akufo-Addos Address At 2nd Media Encounter

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Welcome to the seat of the Presidency of our country, ladies and gentlemen of the media, and I wish you all a happy New Year. The start of a new year is the ideal time to take stock of the year that has just ended, and look forward to the new one. When we gathered here last July for my first interaction with the media, I promised that I would ...

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Angry Minister Stops Increment In University Admission Forms

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The Minister of State in charge of Tertiary Education, Professor Kwesi Yankah has sent out a strong message to public universities to desist from increasing the cost of admission forms for the next academic year. This comes on the back of reports that some public tertiary institutions have increased the cost of admission forms for undergr ...

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UK Gets Minister For Loneliness

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Since Britain voted to leave the European Union more than a year ago, Europeans have mockingly said that the decision will result in an isolated, lonely island nation. But Britain, in fact, already has a serious problem with loneliness, research has found. More than nine million people in the country often or always feel lonely, according ...

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Kim And Kanye We're Not Selling Baby Pics ... It's Just Immoral

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have been offered multi-million dollar deals to provide first photos of their new baby ... and they have REJECTED all of them.

Sources familiar with the offers tell TMZ, various websites and magazines started making offers months ago.

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Im Paying Road Contractors; Clearing Mahamas Debts – Akufo-Addo

I am being urged to pay contractors. I am paying them. In 2017, nearly GH¢1 billion (GOG â€" GH¢300,400,156.75; Road Fund- GH¢664,091,476.88) of the GH¢1.6 billion owed road contractors was cleared. In January this year, we have disbursed GH¢125 million out of the remainder of GH¢600 million to the contractors", President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo said at a media encounter at the Flagstaff House on Wednesday, July 17, 2017, to commemorate his 1-year in office.

In his introductory remarks, President Akufo-Addo stated that his government has paid GH¢826 million of the GH¢1.2 billion loan contracted by the previous administration, for which the Road Fund was used as collateral.

It is critical to note that all these debts were accrued under the previous administration. I will also point out that much of the statutory arrears, that we met, have been cleared, that is debts to the NHIS, the District Assembly Common fund, and the GETFund, he said.

President Akufo-Addo pointed out that the salary arrears, that were paid to teachers last week, to the tune of GH¢14 million, were accrued from 2013 to 2016.

The regimen we have in place now is to pay government bills as they come due, and not accrue arrears. We are resisting the temptation to award contracts, when funds are not available to pay for the certificates as they come up. Those who conduct business with government will find that things are being done differently, he assured.

President Akufo-Addo revealed further that his administration has had to subject 11 billion cedis of arrears, bequeathed his government in 2017 by the Mahama administration, to a process of audit review and validation.

The audit service has certified payments to the tune of GH¢5.5 billion, and rejected about GH¢5.7 billion cedis, representing a potential savings of 51% on these outstanding commitments. This shows the validity of our criticism that so much of contracts awarded in the Mahama era were inflated, he said.

The President continued, I have promised to protect the public purse, and I am doing just that. Those who have done honest work, and at honest rates for the government, will get paid and paid on time so their profits do not get swallowed up in bank interests, and, thereby, threaten the collapse of their businesses.

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WARNING: Huge ‘Potentially Hazardous Asteroid Heading Towards Earth 

A gigantic asteroid around the size of London's Hyde Park will hurtle past our planet in around two weeks time.

The 2002 AJ129 asteroid has been classed a 'potentially hazardous' by Nasa and will fly past at speeds of 67,000mph (107,826kmh).

This makes it nearly 15 times faster than the world's quickest manned aircraft - the hypersonic North American X-15, which travelled at 4,520mph (7,300kmh).  



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Market Women Would Have Done Better At The Flag Staff House – Political Science lecturer

Political Science lecturer, Professor Ransford Gyampo, has described the performance of journalists who attended President Akufo-Addos media encounter as abysmal.

According to him, the media failed to query thought-provoking and follow-up questions when they got the opportunity to meet the president on his first anniversary in government.

The encounter which was the second since the president came to office, also falls on his first year in office and to ensure diversity, selected media men and women from the ten regions were given the opportunity to query the president questions regarding his performance so.

However, the famed academic says the journalists were disappointing in their roles of asking the president thought-provoking questions.

In his view, market women would have done a better job than the journalists who were at the Flagstaff House.

Most of the questions were not thought-provoking and I think if the President had gone to the market, they would have done a better job he said.

Professor Gyampo who was speaking on Asempa FM after the presidents press encounter has therefore asked for the exercise to be scrapped.

He maintains that if government starts organizing Peoples Assembly as was done in the erstwhile Kufuor administration, government would get the true picture on the ground.

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Public Hearing On Creation Of New Regions Draws Divergent Views In Ho

Public hearing by the Commission of Enquiry on the creation of a new region out of the Volta Region attracted a myriad of arguments both for and against the proposal in Ho on Tuesday.

People with varying dispositions, some bearing placards with interests in the subject thronged the GM Afeti auditorium of the Ho Technical University to submit their views to the Commission.

Dr Kweku Addeah, the Secretary to the petitioners said underdevelopment fuelled the desire of people from Northern Volta to call for a region since colonial times and cited the United Nations and previous governments as bodies that had received their plea.

He stated that colonial policy, monopoly, and tribalism drew a line between the "developed south and undeveloped north" of the region, leaving the latter in need of basic social amenities.

Dr Addeah said owing to the distance, access to facilities in Ho posed huge challenges and the area continued in stagnation decades after it voted to join the then Gold Coast during the plebiscite, compelling chiefs and opinion leaders from the eight districts of Northern Volta to resort to formal petitions.

He noted that their ancestors occupied and held political authority over the land long before the European colonialists arrived and said there was enough documentation to that effect.

He said the people were hopeful that the creation of the proposed Oti Region would bring rapid development to the area.

Dr Obed Asamoah, a former Attorney General and a member of the concerned citizens of Santrokofi, Akpafu, Likpe and Lolobi (SALL) backed the petition saying it would allow for the creation of new districts towards development.

Mr Dzigbordi Adjima, a member of a Volta citizens group said some districts had been left out and that the move was a "dangerous" division along ethnic lines.

Other inputs against the creation of the new region said resourcing district Assemblies would solve the development challenges and not necessarily the creation of a new region.

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Illegal Charges ‘Killing Patients At Trafalgar

It was unclear who the targets of the in-charge of the gynaecology ward of the Volta Regional Hospital (Trafalgar) was, but the Ghana News Agency established that her hot exchanges are normal happenings in the ward.

Her screeches of God will punish all of you. He will pay you all in the same measure, yes, My God will, in the early hours of Monday were therefore habitual.

But investigations by the revealed that illegal medical charges are key drivers of such vexations, with nurses sometimes in ‘boiling disagreements with account officers over patients bills.

Some other times, the arguments are between patients and account officers or nurses over alleged high charges.

Checks by the indicate that some account officers in the Hospital are exploiting patients, by charging them high bills, without issuing receipts.

The practice is for officers to walk to the patients and mention the bill to them with options for negotiation on the amount and mode of payment-a deal.

C.K. (not his real name) a Security Officer told the that his wife, who was discharged from the ward after suffering pregnancy complications, was given a bill of GHC150 by an Accounts Officer for tests she allegedly underwent at the laboratory.

He said when he asked the Officer why the test was not covered by the National Health Insurance Scheme, he (Account Officer) told him that the bill could be negotiated, and that he should mention how much he could afford.

The Security man said he told the Finance Officer that he had only GHC50.00 on him to transport his wife home, but the Finance Officer insisted they shared the amount, so his Boss would be given something.

The Security man said when he requested to know the Boss being referred to, the Finance Officer retreated and said his Boss would not like to meet him and that they could leave without paying the bill, and cautioned them not to tell anyone about what transpired, because he was only trying to help.

Mary, believed to be in her thirties, is still enduring the hostile environment in the gynaecology ward due to her inability to pay her bill of GHC540.000, after being treated of childbirth complications.

After series of arguments with the nurses and account officers over the alleged high illegal bill, her sister took the bill away with no sign of returning soon.

When the went undercover and contacted one stalky man in glasses said to be the Finance Officer who prepared the bill, he said three pints of blood and some laboratory tests were components of the GHC540.000 bill.

He however asked the reporter how much he could pay and that they could negotiate the money involved, depending on the pocket of the Reporter.

The Finance Officer said he could take GHC300.00 to cancel the cost of blood, urging the Reporter to go and come back and pay for Mary to go home.

When the Reporter returned with GHC100.00, he said the amount was not enough and that the Reporter should make it GHC200.00, but stressed he could not give receipt covering the GHC200.00 because it is illegal and his Boss will take something.

Meanwhile, Madam Innocentia Gborgblorvor, Nurse Manager at the Hospital told the that they dont sell blood to patients.

She said patients were only requested to look for people to replace blood used for them.

Dr. John Tampouri, the Medical Director of the Hospital said clients were to pay only certified bills at banks located at the Hospital and not to accounts officers or finance officers and assured that the issues would be investigated

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EOCO Acted Lawlessly In EC Stand Off- Fuseini Fumes

The Minority in Parliament has condemned the manner in which the Economic and organized crime office (EOCO) backed by some police personnel descended on the deputy commissioner of the electoral commission, Madam Georgina Opoku Amankwa, to forcibly evict her from office.

Madam Georgina Opoku Amankwa reported to work on Monday 15 January 2018 despite directive by EOCO to step aside for investigations to be carried out into claims of misappropriation of GHS480,000 meant for workers fund.

Her presence in the office caused a scene as officials from the EOCO stormed the EC office to impress on her to leave.

Reacting to this development, Ranking Member of Parliament on the communications committee Alhaji A.B.A Fuseini, saying the incident should not have happened in the first place and slammed the investigative body for engaging in such act.

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Meet The Press 2018: He Was A Good Opponent...- Akufo Addo Pays Tribute To Alhaji Bature

Member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and Editor of the Al-Hajj newspaper, Alhaji Iddrisu Bature passed away earlier this month at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.

He was 60 years.

Paying glowing tribute to him during the meet the press encounter; first in the year 2018, at the Flagstaff House, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo said it was sad that Alhaji Bature is no longer around to give strong criticisms and to keep his administration on its toes.

I am particularly downhearted about the demise of Bature, he was a fine opponent and it is sad that he is no longer here to keep me and everything we are doing on our toes. We wish him safe and mercy and rest in the arms of the almighty he said

He also asked all present at the event to observe a minute silent to journalists who has passed away.

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Minister Warns Against Facebook Impostors

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The Employment and Labour Relations Minister has cautioned Ghanaians to be wary of their dealings with individuals who operate social media accounts bearing his name. Ignatius Baffour Awuah said he has no Facebook account, adding everyone claiming to be him on the site is purely a scammer. The Sunyani West MP is the latest prominent pe ...

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Cash For Seat Committee Suspends Sitting

The Ameyaw Cheremeh Committee, probing the allegation of illegal levies and collection of monies by the Ministry of Trade and Industry, on Tuesday suspended sitting because witnesses invited for the day did not show up.

The Committee of Inquiry, dubbed; the Cash for Seat Probe, had invited 23 expatriate businesses that sponsored the GEBA Awards last December, but none of them was present to testify when the Committee sat at 1000 hours, at the Parliament House, in Accra.

The Chairman of the five-member bi-partisan Committee and Member of Parliament for Sunyani East, Mr Kwasi Ameyaw Cheremeh, said the Committee gave the witnesses 1000 hours.

We have written to them, we gave them 1000 hours to appear before us, unfortunately we have waited up till now, it is 1110 hours, none has shown up. So we are unable to continue the work of the Committee for the day.

We will adjourn and probably re-contact them to appear before us at a later date. We will give them that opportunity to appear before us, he said.

Spokesperson for the Committee and MP for Adentan, Mr Yaw Buabeng Asamoah, told journalists that the absence of the witnesses was not officially communicated to the Committee.

Though no reason had been assigned for their absence, he said an option of an in-camera hearing "has never been closed".

He said, however, that option must be justified on merit, adding that the absence of the expatriate business leaders affected the pace at which the Committee gathered the evidence, which "puts pressure" on the committee to complete its work.

He said sittings would continue as soon as discussions were concluded with the invited expatriates and a date would be fixed for the meeting.

As soon as we have a road-map, as soon as we have fixed a date convenient to the Committee and to them, we will inform you.

...We have given them sufficient information, we will go back and sort it out and we will meet them, Mr Buabeng Asamoah said.

The Committee was set up on January 5, after an emergency recall of Parliament.

This followed a motion by Minority Chief Whip, Alhaji Mohammed Mubarak Muntaka, for parliamentary probe into alleged levies and collection of monies by the Ministry of Trade in connection with the organisation of the 2017 GEBA.

The Ministry was accused of collecting monies and levies to allow participants sit close to the "President" at that event.

The Committee, which began work on Thursday, January 11, 2018, has up to Tuesday, January 24, to submit its report, but Mr Asamoah said the time schedule was tight.

So obviously if we hit a roadblock I wouldn't be surprised if there is an extension, he said, adding that there was a lot of work to be done to gather evidence to prepare a report for Parliament.

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Kim Kardashian And Kanye West Welcome Baby Girl via Surrogate

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have welcomed their third child. 

Their surrogate gave birth to a 'healthy' baby girl at 12.47am on January 15 weighing 7lb 6oz. They have not yet revealed the name of their daughter.

The 37-year-old announced the news in a message on her website titled, 'She's here! We're so in love.' 

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Donald Trumps Bizarre Hair Style Finally Explained

President Trumps bizarre hairdo is the result of scalp-reduction ­surgery, careful styling held in place by strong hairspray â€" and too much cheap dye, according to a new book.

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