Saturday, December 31, 2016

Ghana To Miss Out On Sulphur Reduction In Diesel By January 2017 Deadline

The Chamber of Petroleum Consumers (COPEC) says Ghana is likely to miss out on the January 2017 deadline for the reduction of sulphur content in diesel from 3,300 parts per million (ppm) to 50 ppm.

According to the Chamber, although assurances had been given by the standards committee, made up of the National Petroleum Authority (NPA), Ghana Standards Authority (GSA), as well as other relevant stakeholders, committing the country to 50 ppm in January, we are likely to miss these assurances, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of COPEC, Mr Duncan Amoah, said. Mr Amoah made this known at COPECs end-of-year council review meeting held in Accra at the weekend.

According to him, although Ghanaians were paying high fees for fuel, low standard fuels which are harmful to public health and the environment were what were being made available to the consuming public.

The harmful effect high sulphur content fuel have on the environment and public health is a matter of public concern and we expect the government to take it more seriously than any other issue that confronts us, Mr Amoah told journalists after the meeting.

COPEC has thus called on the NPA and the GSA to give clear timelines to the promise to reduce the sulphur content as the Chamber and the public cannot accept dirty diesel beyond 2017.

NPAs response

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the NPA, Mr Moses Asaga, however, told the Daily Graphic in a telephone interview that the implementation of the standards could only take effect in the first week of April 2017 after a stakeholder consultation, public awareness and a subsequent gazetting of standards were done from January to March 2017.

According to him, following a standards review meeting that took place in Accra in October 2016, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) organised a sub-regional consultative meeting in Kenya with Ghana and Nigeria.

The meeting, he said, culminated into the Abuja Consultative Forum held on December 1, 2016 with Ghana, Nigeria, Cote dIvoire and Benin agreeing that Ghana should play a lead role in the attainment of a low sulphur content fuel across the sub-region.

The timeline at the meeting was that Ghana is to implement the programme by the first week in April 2017, followed by Nigeria in July 2017, while Cote dIvoire, Benin and other West African countries upgrade facilities at their oil refineries to enable them also to take off, Mr Asaga noted.

We will commence the stakeholder consultations and public education in January 2017 after which a paper will be presented to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which will then allow the NPA to gazette the reviewed standard for implementation to come into effect in April, Mr Asaga hinted.

Fuel tax

COPEC, he indicated, was similarly worried about the 17.5 per cent special petroleum levy, which Mr Amoah said was an added cost to the consumer.

He has thus called on the incoming government to consider a review of the tax as a priority in its 100 days achievable programmes.

Similarly, the council has also appealed for the introduction of a comprehensive transport fare policy for both the commuting public and transport operators.

The council observed that although fuel increases often saw upward adjustment in transport fares, the reverse was the situation when fuel prices went down, with no corresponding reduction in fares.

The time has come for the government to put in a place a codified document that spells out the margin of increases in transport fares, the council stated.


COPEC averred that the essence of deregulation was to ensure fair competition among the oil marketing companies (OMCs) and further allow the consuming public to have choices.

The policy, they said, had rather led to most OMCs benchmarking their prices to that of Ghana Oil Company (GOIL), a situation COPEC views as one meant to create a cartel.

Most OMCs often wait on GOIL to introduce prices before they also price their products using 0.5 to 10 price contrast and this is beginning to look like a semblance of a cartel, the group lamented.

Pricing variance of many OMCs is not much of a contrast and we at COPEC are insisting that whatever they submitted to the NPA within the window of the price change is what they must charge and not benchmark GOIL, Mr Amoah suggested.

We expect the NPA to be tougher, firmer and crack the whip where necessary, and as a matter of national concern publish the prices as submitted by the OMC so the public can be well-informed instead of allowing few OMCs to be controlling the market, Mr Amoah stressed.

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Ghanaians Devise Mechanisms To Deal With The Harmattan

The harmattan season has pushed many Ghanaians to adopt innovative methods to manage the weather with the wearing of heavy clothing, applying body moisturisers, and reducing the intake of chilled water and beverage.

Ms Evelyn Norvi Tualli, a student of the University of Professional Studies, Accra told the Ghana News Agency that the unfriendly weather condition associated with the coldness and dryness was worrying.

She said, as a preventive measure from catching a cold, which had the tendency of distracting her studies, she had decided not to take chilled liquids and also apply Shea butter to her body to avoid dryness and cracks.

Ms Edem Sedoameda, a student of the IPMC College of Technology, said the harmattan has brought intense coldness, dryness and lots of dust into the system making breathing very uncomfortable.

Ms Sedoameda said she had been managing the weather condition by applying oily pomade, wearing long and thick clothing to avoid any form of affliction that might come with the weather.

Meanwhile, Mr Mawuli Nuekpe, a French Teacher at Jesus and Mary School at Nima, said the weather was a very bad, Im currently suffering from a sore throat and that is making me feel uncomfortable.

As a preventive measure, Mr Nuekpe said he was going to the pharmacy to buy some medication to treat the sore throat.

The harmattan is a season where a hot, dry wind blows from the north-east or east of the Sahara usually carrying large amounts of dust transported during December through to February.

This year, it is heightened in the late December in the country which had been characterised by cloudy atmosphere especially during the mornings and evenings.

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Make National ID Functional By 2018 - Nduom

The Progressive Peoples Party (PPP) has charged the incoming New Patriotic Party (NPP) administration to adequately resource the National Identification Authority (NIA) so it works efficiently.

According to the party, such a move will support facilitate national growth.

Speaking at a news conference on Thursday, 29 December, founder and leader of the PPP, Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom outlined the importance of a national identification system.

He admitted that some progress has been made by the NIA but the Akufo-Addo-led New Patriotic Party government must ensure that it provides adequate financial, human and technical help so that the work can be completed by the end of 2017.

Dr Nduom said it will be useful in all areas including banking, broadening the national revenue base, criminal justice, voter registration and others.

The NIA was set up in 2003 under the Office of the President with the mandate to issue national ID cards and manage the National Identification System (NIS). This resulted in the passing of the National Identification Authority Act, 2006 (Act 707) to give it the necessary legal premises on which to operate. The National Identity Register Act, 2008 (Act 750) was also passed to give authorisation for collection of personal and biometric data and to ensure the protection of privacy and personal information of enrollees.

However, inadequate resources have stalled the work of the authority in ensuring that an efficient system is created.

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Mahama Swears In Auditor-General

John Mahama, outgoing President of the Republic of Ghana, has tasked the newly appointed Auditor General Daniel Domelovo to support ensure probity, transparency, and accountability in government.

Speaking during the swearing in ceremony in Accra on Friday December 30, Mr Mahama said: I want to congratulate you and to state that by the powers vested in me as the President of the Republic of Ghana, in accordance with Article 70 (b) of our constitution, I have appointed you as the Auditor General of Ghana.

He added: The Audit Service exists to ensure fine governance and, so, your responsibility, together with your team, is to deliver this to Ghanaians through the pursuit and application to the highest level of professionalism, accountability, probity and transparency in the public financial management system of Ghana.

We have been working on the National Anti-Corruption Action Plan, and the National Anti-Corruption Action Plan has three key principles: prevention, education, and prosecution.

Prevention and education are put first because we believe that the best practice is to prevent it from taking place, and, so, in discharging your job, your emphasis is not on sanctioning but creating the system that prevents misappropriation of public funds from taking place.

Of course when it has happened, it is vital for us to sanction whoever had undertaken that and so I hope that you will work with government to ensure that we are able to bring probity and accountability into our public service especially, and ensure that we minimise the misuse of government funds and property.

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Cindy Rice Not Plastic Rice

Management of Royal Bow Company Limited, importer and distributor of Cindy Rice, has denied reports suggesting its product is made rubber.

A video circulating on social media suggests the popular rice brand is artificially manufactured of plastic grains which makes it unwholesome. This has come at a time when Ghanaians prepare meals with rice to celebrate the Christmas and New Year festivities.

However, Royal Bow says consumers should disregard such unfounded reports. 

Royal Bow is a company that prides itself in offering proper nutrition from its products and has subjected the full range of its products to scrutiny and tests by the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) of Ghana and the Ghana Standards Board, noted a statement by Research and Brands Manager, Gbande Nikabs.

Products from Royal Bow have passed all these tests and are fully certified by all relevant regulatory bodies, the statement stressed.

It insists: Cindy Rice is milled, processed, packaged and shipped with strict adherence to quality and protocol that ensure that every batch is inspected and approved.

With a commitment to up to date technology, and better standards of practice, the public should remain assured of the quality of Cindy Rice and disregard any such media displaying otherwise.


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2 Gas Stations Closed Down

Two gas filling stations at Amasaman in the Ga West municipality in the Greater Accra Region which are operating under conditions considered to be a threat to human security have been closed down.
While one of the facilities, which was recently constructed, had liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) leaking from one of its cylinders, the operator of the second facility could not produce its operational licence.

Also, the floor of the second facility did not meet safety requirements, aside from the non-availability of fine fire-fighting equipment.


In separate operations yesterday, personnel of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS), led by the Greater Accra Regional Fire Commander, Deputy Chief Fire Officer (DCFO) Ebenezer Simpson, stormed the premises of the two facilities and instructed the operators to halt all activities until further notice.

DCFO Simpson explained that the move followed a report the Greater Accra Regional Fire Station received from the Amasaman Municipal Fire Station last Wednesday to the effect that a gas filling station had developed a leakage.

When I got the call last Wednesday, I asked the Amasaman Municipal Fire Station to respond swiftly to put the situation under control. The officers there were able to prevent the gas leakage from degenerating into any fire outbreak. Steps were taken to cool down the cylinder, while arrangements were made for a gas truck to discharge its content, he added.


It was observed that there were cracks in the vertical pipes below the gas cylinder in question, a sign that something might have hit those parts of the pipes, resulting in the cracks.

As of the time of the visit to that gas station around 2 p.m. yesterday, there was no activity going on there but the caretaker was at post.

DCFO Simpson explained that even though more investigations were being conducted to ascertain the exact cause of the near disaster, it was evident that the operators of the gas filling station did not do a test run before taking delivery of the first consignment.

The normal practice is that before a new gas filling station begins operation, there must be a test run using water. But in the case of this particular gas station, there was no test run before it took delivery of gas. This is what nearly caused disaster, he said.


At the second filling station, the operational licence was not displayed, as required by law.

Also, the delivery tubes for the gas were worn out and showed signs of leakage, with the platform on which the gas cylinder was mounted said to be substandard.

The floor is supposed to be a wooden platform to prevent friction between the gas cylinder and the ground. But, as you can all see, there is no such platform. The operators are doing their own thing and that is unacceptable, DCFO Simpson said.

Sharing the same premises with the gas filling station are a chapel and a shop, a situation that is frowned on by the law.

Even though there was a hand-dug well to serve as a source of water to fight any fire outbreak at the gas station, it was observed that the polytank mounted to supply water had traces of a leakage.

The Fire Service team posted a notice on the gas station, ordering the operator to stop work with immediate effect.


Last week Thursday, an explosion at a gas filling station near the Ghana International Trade Fair Centre claimed nine lives and left scores injured.

The disaster has made the public raise concerns over the siting of gas filling stations close to residential areas and the lack of a robust monitoring mechanism.

Taking a cue from that unfortunate incident, the GNFS resolved to embark on an operation to get rid of all illegally sited gas filling stations.

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Man Who Attempted To Kill Mahama Finally Gets His Freedom

Charles Antwi, the man who was once jailed 10 years for attempting to kill President John Mahama, has finally regained his freedom.

The 37-year-old man is to be released today December 30, 2016 from the custody of the Bureau of National Investigations where he has been since August 2015.

Charles Antwi, who was charged for possessing firearms without lawful authority, pleaded guilty to the charge with explanation, and was convicted on his own plea in late July 2015.

The man who hails from Diesoabaa, in the Brong Ahafo Regi, was on Sunday, July 26, 2015 found in the premises of the Ringway Gospel Assemblies of God Church, Osu, fidgeting on a seat he was sitting with a locally manufactured pistol and two rounds of ammunition.

He later confessed that he had wanted to kill the president at Church so that he would become the president of Ghana.

He was jailed by an Accra Circuit Court days after the incident, However, the jail term was quashed after an Accra High Court judge in a certiorari order ruled that Antwi, who has been declared mentally unstable after medical examination, should be taken to the Psychiatric Hospital for treatment.

Antwi was therefore placed in the custody of the BNI to enable him to undergo treatment at the Accra Psychiatric Hospital.

A human rights lawyer and counsel for Charles Antwi, Francis Xavier-Sosu, who appealed to set aside the sentencing of Antwi, confirmed to today that his client would be released later today as free man.

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Wage War On Narcotics CAF Tells Nana Akufo-Addo

A Tema based anti-narcotics organization; Creg Afful Foundation (CAF) has charged President-elect Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to wage war against the use of narcotic drugs under his administration.

In a statement to congratulate the president-elect, the Executive Director of Creg Afful Foundation Mr. Michael Creg Afful expressed worry about the increasing consumption of Indian hemp among school children in the country.

As we congratulate you (Nana Akufo-Addo) on your election as the president of the Republic of Ghana, we take this opportunity to also draw your attention to a very disturbing issue on the rise in the consumption of Indian hemp among school children and urge your administration to take urgent steps to curtail it to save the future leaders of Ghana from the devastating effect of narcotics drugs, Mr. Creg Afful stated.

He noted that Ghana was ranked 1st by the United Nations on the 2014 global rankings of countries where Cannabis Sativa, popularly known as India Hemp or marijuana, is largely smoked or used.

However, he said, Ghana dropped to 3rd position in 2015 but indicated that the country remained the number one consumer of Indian hemp in Africa.

During 2016 International Campaign Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking in Bolgatanga on June 26, the Upper East Regional Minister Hon. Albert Abongo expressed grave concern when he observed that the use of drugs was highest in the three regions in the north of Ghana stressing that it appeared to be increasing rapidly in the Upper East Region along with alcohol use amongst the youth and women, Mr. Creg Afful said.

He said drug menace in the three northern regions was not different in Greater Accra Region particularly in Ashaiman and Tema explaining that some unscrupulous persons were producing toffees and biscuits laced with Indian hemp and selling them to unsuspecting people.

The havoc that narcotic drugs have caused to the youth of Ghana is visible. We can testify of people we know who have gone insane and are on the streets because of Indian hemp whiles others are in psychiatric hospitals seeking treatment.

We believe the current situation should be of great concern to the incoming administration to tackle the drug menace, he stressed.

He blamed weak enforcement of the Narcotic Drugs Law 1990 (PNDC Law 236) which focuses on control, enforcement and sanctions of the use and trade of illicit drugs as the cause of the rise in the consumption of narcotics drugs.

Mr. Creg Afful called on the incoming Nana Akufo-Administration to resource the Narcotics Control Board (NACOB) and the Anti- Narcotics Department at the Ghana Police Service to enable them to execute their mandate effectively and efficiently.

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Health Alert: Food Vendors Sell Contaminated Salad

A health study has revealed that 98 per cent of salad samples prepared by street food vendors were contaminated with bacteria known as Escherichia coli which cause food poisoning.

The researchers also found that 90 per cent of the salads sampled were considered unsatisfactory for consumption based on the Ghana Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) food safety standards.

Apart from food contamination, we wanted to know how awareness of health risk of irrigated wastewater influence purchases and consumption of food prepared with hygiene practices, lead researcher with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK, Dr. Prince Antwi-Agyei, said.

We, therefore, interviewed 160 consumers of street food in two neighbourhoods in Accra, and also 160 customers who buy salad vegetables at three central markets, also in Accra, he added.

The group recommended that public health workers should intensify food safety education as the research revealed that people who eat outside pay little attention to hygiene.

Results of a study suggested that only two per cent of street food patrons consider health in making a decision on where to eat or buy food.

The researchers undertook separate exercises in Accra between September and December 2012 as well as June to August 2013.

They collected lettuce, soil and water samples from three wastewater irrigated fields.

The team also sampled salad vegetables from three central markets and also processed ready-to-eat salad from 80 street vending stalls (check-check sellers) and restaurants.

All collected samples were tested for the presence and levels of Escherichia coli (E. coli) at the laboratory.

Interestingly, the researchers found 46 per cent of people who eat outside buy food for taste, and 19 per cent because of convenience or proximity to the vending site.

While 28 per cent were based on friendship and 20 per cent on fine price, only 1.5 per cent considered the clean environment of the vending site.

Surprisingly, the level of contamination of street food was even more than contamination of raw produce directly irrigated with wastewater such as drain water.

Less contaminated salad was found in restaurants with valid hygiene certificate, though 60 per cent of salads sold at these restaurants were also unsatisfactory for consumption based on the FDA food safety standards.

For regulators, the research team recommended intensified hygiene inspection and monitoring.

The study also prescribed certification and improved environmental and food hygiene practices.

At hotels and restaurants, the researchers recommended that salad is prepared based on customer request or be refrigerated until ready to use.

Street food vendors should also prepare the salad in small quantities based on customer inflow.

They are urged to use disinfectants, avoid mixing left-over salad with freshly prepared ones and cover prepared salad to avoid contamination.

Consumers on the other hand, according to the research, can also contribute significantly to restoring food safety by buying food only from those who adhere to hygienic practices.

By Ghana Leaks Blog

Kingmaker Attacked With Firewood

The King maker of Damango in West Gonja district in the Northern region Alhaji Abass Dangba has been attacked with fire wood by some people suspected to be a members of over lord of Gonja land traditional area, Yagbon Wura Tutumba Borasa I.

This attack on Alhaji Abass Dangba comes after a candidate chosen and installed as king for Damongo by the traditional kingmakers was rejected and a different royal installed by the Yagbonwura, Overlord of the Gonja Kingdom, Adom News has gathered.

According to him, he was on motor bike and a members of the King (Yagbon Wura) push him on fire wood and started beating him with fire wood.

"I was on motor bike and they push me on some fire wood and they started beating my head with stick drying stick he said.

Alhaji Abass added that, the Police Commander for the area, ASP Seidu Wemah refuse to take his statement when he goes there to report the case.

"After they attack me and I went to the police station to report, I go there and those who were attack me were with the police commander and he told me to wait and I wait more than 3 hours so I later went back home " he added.

Alhaji Abass has appealed to government for protection but said for the moment they will defend themselves with sticks, cudgels and cutlasses.

Meanwhile, effort to reach the district Police Commander ASP Seidu Wemah to confirm the matter proved futile.

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Airlines Resume Flights

All Local and international airlines operating at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) have resumed full operation after they suspended their activities temporarily as a result; of the poor visibility posed by the harmattan, the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has said.

Some of the airlines that are operating at the moment are Africa World Airline (AWA), Starbow, Egypt Air, Emirates, Arik Air, Delta Airlines and Kenya Airways.

The temporary suspension of operations became necessary when the atmosphere became foggy as a result of the harmattan.

The situation got a lot of passengers stranded at the various terminals of the KIA party because flights could neither land nor take off.


But speaking to the Daily Graphic in an interview, the Director General of the GCAA, Mr. Simon Allotey, assured passengers that they could heave a sigh of relief as they could now travel with ease, since a lot of the airlines had started operation.

"With the exception of starbow, which cancelled a particular flight form Kumasi to Accra as a safety precaution, all the other are now operating fully.

"The Ghana Meteorological Agency (GMA) has assured us that the whether is clear above 1,000 metres and that airlines can fly without difficulty; he said.

Mr. Allotey said it was expected that the situation would continue to stabilize over the weekend and the rest of the days, emphasizing that passengers would be duly notified whenever there were changes in the weather condition in the coming days.


He also asked the various airlines to be proactive and give passengers prior notice whenever there were flight cancellations.

"But I must admits that sometimes these airlines do inform their passengers about the changes, but things could happen at any time, hence the need for close collaboration," he added.


In the last few days, many passengers had been left stranded at the KIA due to the temporary suspension of flights.

Even though the situation s not new, passengers got worried, since they had to cancel some vital meetings they were scheduled to attend.

In 2015, the hazy harmattan weather that engulfed the country for about three days compelled domestic airlines to suspend their flights.

Some passengers who were scheduled to travel to Kumasi, Tamale and Takoradi were stranded at the departure terminal at the KIA.

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4 Kids Escape Death

FOUR kids who were said to be asleep, miraculously escaped death when a salon car with registration number GS 3974-13 ran into the building in which they were sleeping â€" at a place called Fire Service Junction, on the Kpong-Akosombo highway in the Asuogyaman District of the Eastern Region.

The incident, which reportedly happened at about 2:00 am on Thursday, claimed no lives but seriously injured two people on board the vehicle.

According to eye witnesses, the speeding car veered off the road and rammed into the building because the dusty road had made visibility impossible to the driver.

Fire Commander Schandorf said that he had witnessed more than 10 of such accidents during his one-year stay at his current post and pleaded with the Ghana Highway Authority to take necessary measures to tar the road to prevent the reoccurrence of such accidents.

We have to water the road almost every week because the dust created is too much. When a car passes and you are a driver behind you wont see anything and this has caused a lot of accidents at this place. Some drivers drive into the valley, others into trees and today someone has driven into a building, he stated.

The two who were injured were rushed to the hospital.

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Parade, Wreath-Laying To Mark 31st December Anniversary

The Planning Committee of the 35th Anniversary of the 31st December Revolution announces that there will be a wreath laying ceremony and parade at the Revolutionary Square, Accra at 8am on Saturday December 31, 2016.

Leader of the uprising, Flt Jerry John Rawlings and other leading cadres will address the gathering.

This years anniversary is being celebrated under the theme, 31ST December â€" The Principles Never Change.

Sympathisers, members of the public and the media are all invited to participate in the short, solemn ceremony.

Thank you.

Anniversary Planning Committee

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KMA To Enforce Sanitation Bye-Laws

The Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) has vowed to enforce sanitation laws to enable it deal with persons who violate such bye-laws.

Authorities have directed city guards and environmental health officers from the KMA to arrest persons who defy sanitation laws and hand them over for prosecution.

Authorities have also tasked heads of sub-metros within the metropolis to enforce sanitation laws in their areas to get residents to comply with the assembly's laws.

Residents in Kumasi have recently raised concerns over how filth have engulfed parts of the city especially the central business district.

Speaking in an interview with Class News regional correspondent Hafiz Tijani, KMA Waste Management Director John Gorkeh Miah said concerted efforts are needed to be able to tackle sanitation issues in the regional capital.

We have nine sub-metros, we have officers there, and so we dont need to come from the centre to enforce the laws. We have had a series of meetings with the coordinating director. The supervision should commence from the sub-metro where there are challenges, then we will also come in. It is proper that the environmental health officers and metro guards will cooperate so that there will be sanity in all the metros, he stated.

As part of measures to ensure the city is kept clean, Mr Gorkeh said authorities have enforced the night cleaning, we have extended the time for Zoomlion sweepers adding: We have deviants, thats why the law is there and thats why we have encouraged environmental officers to arrest and prosecute those who will be found culpable to the issues of cleanliness.

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Fire Razes Down Two Leklebi SHS Blocks

Fire has razed down the Chemistry laboratory and the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) blocks of the Leklebi Senior High School (SHS) in the Afadjato South District of the Volta Region.

The disaster will affect the studies of over 650 students when they return to school early next year, especially when final year students are billed for the West African Senior School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE).

Speaking to the Daily Graphic after the disaster, the Headmaster of the school, Rev. Senanu Aseini, said it was a big challenge that had befallen the school.

Items destroyed

He said more than 100 laptops, 25 desktops, one digital camera, three projectors, one web camera among other appliances in the ICT laboratory, with all types of glassware, chemicals, distillation apparatus and protective equipment were destroyed by the fire on the night of December 24, 2016.

According to him, the entire Leklebi-Duga area had no lights from Saturday, December 24 till Christmas day.

Security detects fire

He said the schools security man on duty said he saw a flame of fire behind the ICT laboratory and detected that the electric meter had caught fire.

Rev. Aseini said the security officer raised an alarm to alert the community to support quench the fire but their efforts with bowls and buckets of water did not help.

He said at the time personnel of the Ghana National Fire and Rescue Service from Hohoe arrived at the scene, there was nothing to salvage from the laboratories.

The National President of the past students association, Mr John Smart Adzah, who visited the school after the disaster, appealed to the government and non-governmental organisations to urgently come to the aid of the school to restore the destroyed facilities.

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Ashaiman MCE Under Pressure To Revoke Last Minute Contract

Assembly members at the Ashaiman Municipal Assembly have ordered its outgoing chief executive Ibrahim Baidoo, to revoke a contract he had solely entered into at the blind side of Assembly members or face their wrath.

According to the Assembly members, the Municipal Chief Executive on 15th September this year, entered into a contract with Atomz Solutions Limited, without the involvement of the mandated committees of the Assembly.

A copy of the contract agreement available to Citi News indicates that, the Assembly on 15th September 2016, entered into a property rate collection agreement with Atomz Solutions Limited where the latter is expected to collect some revenues for the Assembly.

But Assembly members at the Ashaiman Municipal Assembly believe the contract did not follow due process and was done illegally by the outgoing chief executive Ibrahim Baidoo, and for that matter must be revoked immediately.

We wonder why the chief executive decided to enter into this agreement with the company without our knowledge. He did that alone which should not be the case, some assembly members lamented.

According to the Assembly members, they do not understand why he (the chief executive) could enter into such a legal binding agreement with a company in September 2016, without the knowledge of Assembly members and choose to conceal the contract from us till this very last hour when he is exiting his office before he decides to bring it to our attention of the house for discussion.

This raises doubts about this contract and we are going to make sure it is revoked. This cannot be happening in this 21st century. The people of Ashaiman deserve better and not these shady contracts one assembly member charged.

When brought to the fore at the Assemblys fifth ordinary meeting on Thursday 29th December, assembly members demanded the contract be revoked and be brought back for total scrutiny at the various committee levels at the Assembly.

Hon presiding member, we would want this contract withdrawn so that it can go through the processes before any considerations whatsoever.

The downhearted Assembly members in their presentations before the adjournment of the days meeting at the assembly, told the house we assume there is no such contract before us until it duly goes through the processes as mandated by law in the award of contracts of this nature. So we expect the contract to go through the processes and be brought back to the general assembly for approval or otherwise.

The Assembly members are also requesting the chief executive to make available full details of the Memorandum of Understanding of the contract to the house at their next assembly sitting.

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No Hooting, Heckling At Asantehemaas Funeral - Manhyia Warns

The Planning Committee of the Asantehemaas funeral arrangements is sending a stern warning to people who may attend the final funeral rites to refrain from hooting at dignitaries at the funeral grounds in Kumasi.

It further warned people to desist from making disparaging remarks about dignitaries saying such misconduct does not augur well for nation building.

The Chief of Staff of Manhyia Kofi Badu expressed worry about the incident that happened at the one week observation of Nana Afia Kobi Serwaa Ampem II where the outgoing President John Dramani Mahama was hooted at.

Mr Badu warned people who will be commiserating with the Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II to desist from such unruly behaviour.

According to the Chief of Staff, the incident caused the displeasure of the King His Majesty and the Committee has been tasked to ensure such embarrassing incident do not repeat itself.

The thirteenth Queen mother of the Asante kingdom will be buried on January 16, 2017.

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Stories Behind Africas Unusual Names

Traditional African names often have unique stories behind them. From the day or time a baby is born to the circumstances surrounding the birth, several factors influence the names parents decide for their children.

Whichever ethnic group you look at, these local names reveal a wealth of information about the bearer.

Here are nine different ways African parents name their children:

Events surrounding birth
Among several ethnic groups, picking out names can be influenced by positive or negative circumstances the family finds themselves in around the time a child is born.

Often, such names are complete sentences.

- Ayodele (joy has come home) is a unisex name for a baby whose birth brought happiness to their Yoruba parents in Nigeria.

- Yetunde or Yewande (mother has come back) is a Yoruba name given to a girl whose grandmother or other female relative died before she was born.

- Adetokunbo (crown/wealth has come back home) is a unisex Yoruba name often given to a child born abroad.

- Ajuji (born on a rubbish heap) is a Hausa name given to a baby after those born before it failed to survive. It is believed that giving the child a "terrible" name will deceive evil spirits into thinking the child is not loved and as a result, allow it to live.

- Kgomotso and Pumza (comfort) are given to babies born shortly after a death or tragedy in Sesotho and Xhosa families in South Africa.

- Kiptanui and Cheptanui are often given to babies whose mothers may have suffered extreme difficulties during childbirth among the Kalenjin ethnic group in Kenya.

- Kimaiyo and Jemaiyo are names sometimes given to baby boys and girls whose births coincide with men drinking locally brewed beer (Maiywek) among the Kalenjins.

- Misrak (east) was given to an Ethiopian baby girl whose father was in Japan at the time she was born.

- Lindiwe (we have waited) is an isiZulu name often given to a baby girl after a long line of boys.

Emotional warnings

Some names, especially in Zimbabwe, reflect the mood or circumstance of the family at the time of birth. Some of them serve as warnings or rebukes.

Nhamo means misfortune

Maidei asks the question "What did you want "

Manyara tells someone "You have been humbled"

Yananiso means bringing the family together

Sometimes these names are translated into English, where they can sound quite surprising, for example: Airforce; Kissmore; Brilliant; Psychology; Hatred; Nomatter; Jealous; Furious or Hardlife.

But this is not unique to Zimbabwe.

Gospel Mavutula from neighbouring Malawi was originally named Misery but decided it was too negative and changed it.

"I was born at a period when my parents were miserable," he told the BBC.

He said his parents, both teachers, had been experiencing pressure at work and problems with their neighbours and this influenced his birth name.

"I have avoided that scenario by giving nice names to my children," he added.

Day-born names

Even before parents select a western or religious name for their child, the baby already has a name.

Among some Ghanaian ethnic groups like the Akan, Ga, Ewe and Nzema, a name is automatically assigned based on the day the child is born. These day names correspond to the day of the week someone is born and so by default, everybody has one - though the name may not necessarily appear on official documents.

Monday - Kojo (male), Adwoa (female)

Tuesday - Kwabena (male), Abena (female)

Wednesday - Kwaku (male), Ekua (female)

Thursday - Yaw (male), Yaa (female)

Friday - Kofi (male), Efua (female)

Saturday - Kwame (male), Ama (female)

Sunday - Akwesi (male), Akosua, (female)

These day names can vary slightly depending on the ethnic group.

Faith-based names

Edem Adjordor, from Ghana, believes there is a higher power than black magic and so through his three-year-old son, he sends a strong message to those he considers spiritual enemies.

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3 NDC Supporters Commit Suicide Over Mahamas Loss

Three supporters of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), committed suicide after Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo was declared President of the 2016 December polls.

The three supporters, Sports Minister, Nii Lante Vanderpuiye said could not contain the pain of defeat hence they committing suicide.
The Minister said on Accra-based Starr FM Wednesday that the incident happened across the country. He however failed to name names and the locations where it happened.

We have reports of people committing suicide. Yes, Ive heard of about three across the country. People could just not stand it Even me, I broke down, he said.

Incumbent President John Mahama eventually conceded defeat to main rival Nana Akufo-Addo of the NPP later in the evening of Friday, December 9 as the latter had taken a commanding lead of over a million votes contrast with four of the 275 constituencies unaccounted for.

The President-elect, Nana Addo will take the oath of office to officially assume his position on January 7, 2017.

The defeat, he confessed came to the NDC party as a big blow hence the need on the part of the party leadership to assuage the frustrations of supporters of the NDC.

‘Were in a comfortable lead is to assuage the frustration of the supporters. [It was] to minimise their frustration because the rage that would have come with the straight [admittance] that we have lost, people would have committed suicide, he said.

And three of the staunch supporters of the party, he said could still not contain the defeat, hence committing suicide.
Some disappointed supporters of the NDC also wept uncontrollably when the President went to Somanya to cut sod for the construction of the Eastern University.

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Rob Kardashian Leaves Hospital After Diabetes Scare

Rob Kardashian just left the hospital after getting treated for symptoms associated with his diabetes.

TMZ broke the story ... Rob checked himself into West Hills Medical Center Wednesday night near Hidden Hills.

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Serena Williams Engaged

Tennis great Serena Williams and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian are engaged.

A spokesperson for Ohanian confirmed that he popped the question while the two were vacationing in Rome.

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Model UN conference on SDGs to take place in Accra

The eighth session of the Ghana International Model United Nations (GIMUN) Conference has been scheduled to take place at the University of Ghana, Legon.

Hosted by GIMUN Team in partnership with the United Nations Information Centre in Accra, the conference would draw participants from the various senior high and tertiary schools in the country.

Themed "Global Goals; Better People," participants would simulate the UN General Assembly as well as its specialized Commissions from January 3 - 7, 2017.

The conference would focus on how the adopted Global Goals encapsulated under the 17 Sustainable Development Goals would help better the lives of people across the world.

GIMUN Team Executive Chairman, Philip Gyamfi, says the programme would be one of the best model UN conferences to be held in Africa.

He said the conference would attract at least 1,500 "smart young people" from diverse professional backgrounds from different countries including Nigeria, Namibia, Equatorial Guinea, Tanzania, Uganda, Cameroon, Kenya, South Africa, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Sudan, United Kingdom and Zimbabwe.

Research fellow at Schepens Eye Research Institute, Dr Cyril N. A. Nyankerh, Assistant Director of Academic at American University of Nigeria, Dr Radda Abdullahi Abubakar, and Portfolio Manager at Royal Africa Holdings, Fadila Ahmad Abdulrazaq are few of the many young people expected to grace the conference.

The annual students conference is aimed at preparing young people for global assignments as well as offering them a unique platform to take sides on global issues.

It also creates awareness on the role the UN play in world affairs. The next generation of leaders are taught to continue the strive for a peaceful world.

Discussions for 2017 conference would focus topics such as Using Creative Arts, Vocational and Technical Skills to Reduce Global Youth Unemployment; Strengthening Partnerships between the United Nations and Relevant Regional Bodies in Peacekeeping Operations; and Role of Multi-stakeholders in Financing Post 2015 Development Agenda."

The others are "Ensuring Food Security in Crisis Situation; and Investing in Girls to End Child Marriage.

Diplomats who attended the 2016 edition of GIMUN included UN Resident Coordinator, Christine Evans-Klock, Director at UNU-INRA, Dr. Elias Ayuk, Chinese Ambassador to Ghana, Sun Baohong, Danish Ambassador, Tove Degnbol and Deputy Head of Missions of Royal Netherlands Embassy, Caecilia Wijgers.

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Church takes steps to address illicit drug use among youth of Krofrom

Activities that propel the use of illicit drug in Krofrom, a suburb in Kumasi could be grounding to the barest minimum.

This is the projection of residents of Krofrom-Columbia, one of the communities noted for high incidence of illicit drug use in the Kumasi Metropolis.

It follows the exploits of community-based church, Grace Community Church Worldwide which began fourteen years ago with aim of preventing the continuous recruitment of children into drug-related activities.

The church, feed over two hundred children every Sunday during community meetings while teaching them to avoid acts that will lure them into drug use.

Reverend Isaac Kankam Boadu Founder and leader of the church believes their efforts will transform the mindset of the youth for the better.

Where we are is close to Columbia [in Krofrom] where we have a lot of drug challenges. The reason why we are here today is to use as opportunity to talk to them [residents] about these issues.

Drug addicts are taught to abandon their drug related activities and turn to Christ.

We identify some of the children and sponsor them in school. Some are currently in junior high school, senior high and the university. This is to change many from the practice and give them a better future, Church administrator, Dr Bright Kankam explained.

This he says will reduce the menace in the future.
The church on Christmas day fed over thousand people, both from outside and within the Krofrom community and took them through Bible teachings.

It is surprising how things are turning out here. We really want these habits to stop. Government must support the churches to address this, one of the beneficiaries said.

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Tina Knowles Going On A Social Media Break

Tina Knowles said Wednesday she is taking a break from social media after she got involved in some drama regarding Jennifer Hudson, which she says was not done intentionally.

The controversy followed her daughters Beyoncé and Solange's "warnings" that she "might accidentally touch something when looking at other sites."

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Remove All Election Posters AMA To Parties

The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) has asked all political parties to remove their posters and other publicity materials from public facilities in accordance with the Assemblys by-laws because the elections are over.

A statement released and signed by Sam Ayeh-Datey, Metro Coordinating Director on Thursday December 29 said: The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) is concerned about the rampant erecting and pasting of publicity materials such as political parties paraphernalia and church posters at public places, premises and facilities, especially bridges and flyovers.

The AMA wishes to inform the general public especially the political parties that elections are over and they are, therefore, being reminded of the AMA cleaning by-law of 1995 section 4(1) of the Local Government bulletin, which states that, ‘No person shall affix posters for advertisement on any wall, tree or fixtures, other than: a) The spaces specifically provided or approved by the AMA for such purposes; or b) The property owned or occupied by the advertiser.

The statement added: It would therefore be appreciated if all publicity materials which have not been permitted by the Assembly are removed within three (3) days of publication or the Assembly shall be forced to do same and surcharge those found culpable for the cost of removal.

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Schools Up North To Stay Closed ...Over Indebtedness To Suppliers

Seniors High Schools (SHSs) in the Northern, Upper East and Upper West regions would remains closed when educational institutions re-open early next month because food suppliers have not been paid for three terms.

The food suppliers have threatened to cut suppliers to the schools if government fails to pay monies owed them, and to sue school heads to claim their monies.

The Northern Regional Chairman of the Parent Teacher Association (PTA), Alhaji Abdul Malik Salifu Husseini, who disclosed this to journalists, said the indebtedness of government to these suppliers was a source of worry for parents.

"These schools can no longer go to the suppliers for food and cannot also provide food for students on their own," Husseini said.

He said it was not surprising that the heads of the SHSs have threatened not to re-open schools for the second term, by not announcing a date for the re-opening.

Alhji Husseini said the postponement of the re-opening date for these schools would have adverse effects on the academic calendar.

According to him, several calls by the Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS) to government concerning the issue had not yielded results.

He, therefore, appealed to government to expedite action on the release of the grants to ensure that the school authorities pay all monies owed suppliers.

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Kenpong Survives Serious Accident (Photos)

Business magnate and CEO of Kenpong Group of Companies, Kennedy Agyepong aka Kenpong has survived an accident at Bunso Junction in the Eastern Region. 

It is unclear how the accident happened. His BMW z4 sports car crushed into another vehicle with Kenpong sustaining minor injuries and pains in parts of his body. He has subsequently been treated at the Nyaho Clinic in Accra and discharged. Kennedy Agyapong has under his Kenpong group of companies, travel and tour service, communications and construction firms.

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I Want To Go Home - JB Killer

Vincent Booso, the suspected accomplice in the murder of former Abuakwa North Member of Parliament (MP), Joseph Boakye Danquah-Adu, affectionately called JB, has broken his long silence over the death of the MP.

Booso, aka Junior Agogo, yesterday told the Accra Central District Court that he had no hand in the murder of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) MP, and so wanted to be freed.

According to him, Daniel Asiedu, 19, committed the crime, insisting that he had just been arrested and connected to it (crime).


Junior Agogo stated that he is tired of being in custody and that Augustines Obuor, their lawyer, had always advanced arguments about Asiedu aka Sexy Don Don, and not him (Booso).

Daniel Asiedu said Junior Agogo had spoken his mind.

Magistrate Stephen Owusu told Junior Agogo that the lawyer is for both of them.

He explained that the police had forwarded evidence they had gathered to the Attorney General and that if same was sent to the court and it is evident that he was innocent, he (Agogo) would be freed.

On the contrary, Mr. Owusu said if the AG found him culpable, he would be committed for trial at the High Court.

Non-Bailable Offences

He said the Supreme Court in its recent ruling, had phased out the era of non-bailable offences, adding that their lawyer knows what to do in order to secure bail for them.

Mr. Owusu urged Agogo to exercise patience, indicating that he would draw the attention of Obuor to that issue.

The judge wondered why the prosecution had failed to shave Junior Agogos bushy hair as instructed by the court two weeks ago.

Mr. Owusu said if the police do not have time to shave the hair of the accused person, some of the inmates know how to shave and could do it under the supervision of the police.

The case investigator, when questioned again by the magistrate, said there were no police officers to assist him to do that job because most of the policemen had been deployed for Christmas duties.

AGs Silent

Earlier, the prosecutor, Superintendent Francis Baah, told the court that the prosecution had forwarded all the documents to the AGs Department but had not heard anything from the state prosecutor.

Sitting continues on January 17, 2017.

The two are standing trial over the death of the legislator.

Sexy Don Don has been slapped with the charge of murder while Agogo faces the charge of abetment of crime contrary to his earlier charge of conspiracy to murder.

In the case of Agogo, the prosecution held that he at about 1:00 am on February 9, this year at Shiashie, East Legon in Accra, abetted Daniel to commit murder.

Daniel Asiedu, according to the prosecution, in the same day and time intentionally and unlawfully caused the death of the MP.

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I'll Never Sack Anybody As Had Been Speculated - Nana Addo

President-elect Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has urged Krobo settlers on Akyem lands to feel free and live peacefully with their families because he has no intention of driving them away as had been propagated by the outgoing National Democratic Congress (NDC).

The NDC told the Krobos during the electioneering campaign that if voted into power, Nana Addo would drive them away from the Akyem lands in the Eastern Region.

Konor of Odumase Krobo, I want to debunk the propaganda by my opponents that I will deal with Krobos on the Akyem lands when voted into power. I want to assure you all that I have no issues with anyone; all the Krobos are secure and should feel free to live wherever they are. Im determined to work with all people from all parts of the country and bring prosperity and progress to all, Nana assured.

Nana Akufo-Addo, addressing traditional rulers from Upper Manya, Yilo Krobo and Odumase Krobo on his Thank you tour on Wednesday, said he would never sack anybody as had been speculated.

According to the president-elect, he would not do anything that would jeopardize the peace and security of the country when sworn into office as president.

Rather, he is determined to work with any individual, respective of tribe, culture or religion and bring prosperity and progress to all parts of the country.

Nana Addo added, For that matter, I need peace and unity to work with any individuals to develop the nation.

Nana, who was accompanied by the Vice President-elect, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia and some party national executives, added that his government is going to open a new page with the Krobo State that would bring rapid development and progress to the area, adding that he would fulfill all promises he made during the campaign period.

Nana Addo gave the assurance that his government would offer some positions to people from the area and also open his doors to the chiefs to come and share ideas with him.

Konors Pledge

Nene Sakite II, Konor of Odumase Krobo, congratulated Nana Addo on his electoral victory in the December polls.

He also pledged his help for Nana Akufo-Addo and his government to achieve their goals in the interest of the nation.

The Konor, who was overexcited to receive Nana Addo, appealed to him (Nana) to fulfill the promises he made during the campaign period.

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Two Confirmed Dead In Car Crash At Daboya

Two people died while 12 others sustained injuries in an accident at Daboya in the West Gonja District of the Northern Region, DAILY GUIDE has gathered.

The driver reportedly lost control of a 15-seater mini bus with registration number AS 2304-15 which somersaulted, killing two women between the ages of 40 and 45 instantly.

The paper gathered that the passengers of the bus were travelling to Daboya to attend a wedding ceremony in the town.

The passengers, who sustained injuries, were rushed to the Tamale Teaching Hospital for treatment.

The bodies of the deceased were transported to the morgue of the hospital for preservation.

One of the injured persons is currently receiving treatment at the Damongo Hospital in the West Gonja District.

The West Gonja District Police Commander ASP Seidu Wemeh told DAILY GUIDE that the accident happened on Tuesday evening.

He explained that the bus veered off the road and somersaulted.

According to him, the police would launch a thorough investigation into the accident.

Some residents believe the gory accident could be attributed to the deplorable nature of the roads in the area.

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Woman Beheaded in Afghanistan After Entering City to Shop Without her Husband

A 30-year old woman was beheaded at a small remote village in the Latti in Sar-e-Pul province of Afghanistan after she went shopping in the city market without her husband or any male relative.

The Village of Latti is under Taliban control and a provincial Governor in Afghanistan revealed that the people who murdered her were Taliban fighters.

Under the Taliban rules women are not allowed to go alone to public places without any close male relative accompanying them.

Although her identity is yet to be revealed officials say the reason why the victim went to the market alone was because her husband was away in Iran and they do not have any children.

They havent made an arrest yet and the Taliban are denying any involvement in the death of the 30 year old woman.

This story gives me the chills, how very unfortunate. We can only imagine what her family and friends are going through now.

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Ghana To Usher In The New Year With Spectacular Display Of Fireworks

Finally, Accra will join the list of unbelievable cities around the world that celebrate the New Year with spectacular display of fireworks, fabulous music and dancing, and enjoyable food and drinks.

Themed ‘the festival of lights and music and organized by Mobile Network Operator, Tigo, the event will be the first of its kind in the country and will usher in the New Year in grand style.

Speaking about the novel event, the Commercial Director for Tigo, Tara Squire, explained 2016 has been an impressive year for the business and that together with Ghanaians they wanted to end the year on a big note and welcome the New Year with a big bang.

Its been a truly amazing year and with the help of our customers and various stakeholders we recorded amazing business results. This is our way of saying thank you to Ghana and ushering in the New Year by global standards just as we see in Dubai, Times Square in New York, and London just to mention a few of such fabulous cities.

He mentioned a series of activities have been lined up for the night including an absolutely ‘banging concert with thrilling performances and fireworks, which will light up Accras skyline. He promised revellers will be held spellbound by what Tigo had in had in store for them.

The first part of the event will feature some top notch gospel artistes like Obaapa Chistie, Cwesi Oteng, among others, who will treat revellers to great music. This will be followed by a countdown to midnight and the biggest and spectacular display of fireworks. Thereafter, Shatta Wale will ride on stage to usher in the New Year with thrilling performances from his repertoire of hit songs, he concluded.
Tara Squire also assured Tigo customers that 2017 will be unbelievable as Tigo plans to further strengthen its data speeds and network resilience.

The Tigo Luminous Festival of Lights and Music: Aseda Edition is open to the general public and starts at 7pm on New Years Eve at the Junction Mall in Teshie, Accra.

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Last Words Of Hollywood Legend Debbie Reynolds

Hollywood legend Debbie Reynolds died on Wednesday a day after the death of her daughter, telling family before a suspected stroke: 'I want to be with Carrie'.

The 84-year-old was rushed from her son Todd's Beverly Hills home at around 1pm after falling ill while planning her daughter's funeral. 

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NDC Electoral Fraudsters Granted Bail

Three men standing trial at a Kumasi Circuit Court over the printing of fake election observer accreditation cards have each been granted bail in the sum of GHȼ50,000.00 with two sureties to be justified.

Stephen Chandauk, Richard Gyan and Awuah Amoah Gyasi, were ordered to appear before the court on January 24.

They are facing charges of conspiracy, forgery and possession of forged official document, and pleaded not guilty.

They were remanded into prison custody during their first appearance in court.

Their other accomplice, whose name was only given as Sly and reported to be a known activist of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) is on the run.

The accused had been caught right in the act of printing the fake election observer accreditation cards at a printing press in Adum, Kumasi on December 7 â€" the voting day.

Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Asumadu Okyere-Darko, told the court, presided over by Mary Nsenkyire, that a total of 128 fake accreditation cards were retrieved when the police moved in to arrest them at about 1030 hours.

He said samples sent to the Electoral Commission (EC) for examination confirmed that the cards were indeed fake.

The prosecution said Chandauk, in his caution statement, claimed he was instructed to print the cards by fugitive Sly.

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Embattled Gbese Mantse To Be Sued If

The Gbese Dzase kingmakers have threatened to take legal action against embattled Gbese Mantse, Nii Ayi Bonte II to force him to abdicate his throne.

This comes on the back of a seven-day ultimatum given to Nii Ayi Bonte II to abdicate which expired yesterday (Wednesday).

The Gbese Mantse has come under intense pressure from some Ghanaians to abdicate after vowing to do same if the National Democratic Congress is defeated in the December 7 polls.

Meanwhile several efforts by some Ghanaians to get the chief to honour his promise has proved futile.

Spokesperson for the Gbese Dzase Kingmakers, Numo Okai Keteku in an interview said that they are currently discussing the next line of action with their lawyers to restore dignity to the throne.We gave him a week and he has not obliged to our request so we the Dzase are taking action to see to it that he is sanctioned for what he did in contravention of the chieftaincy law. We are taking legal action; we are seeing our attorneys and they have decided to take it on.

The kingmakers hope to get the Supreme Court to sanction the Gbese Mantse off his stool for contravening the chieftaincy laws.

While the group is twisted on ensuring he lives up to his word, two other groups are claiming that the chiefs speech was taken out of contest.

Gbese Mantse wont step down â€" Youth

Meanwhile, the youth of Gbese have rallied behind their chief saying calls on him to step down will not materialize.

According to the youth only the kingmakers of Gbese have the mandate to compel Ayi Bonte to abdicate.

The seven day ultimatum cannot work, because those giving the ultimatum are not coming from the Gyase house so how do they give such ultimatum. Those given the ultimatum are nobody. Who are they and what is their capacity He will never step down. He will only do that only when those who put him on the throne tells him to get down. Apart from the principal kingmakers of Gbese nobody can query him to step down, youth leader for Gbese, Nii Anan Agbo Meshack added.

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'Promise fulfilling president' cuts sod for Eastern Region University

President John Mahama has been decorated with beads and given a new title- promise fulfilling president- by traditional authorities in Yilo Krobo in the Eastern Region.

The new accolade came after the president cut sod for the construction of the Eastern Region university, Thursday.

The University of Environment and Sustainable Development as it will be called will be the first public university in the Eastern Region.

The sod cutting ceremony was to fulfill a promise President John Mahama made as part of his 2016 campaign.

"I will not take your support for granted. What is due you as your fair share of the national cake, I will make sure that you get it.

We have legislation of the Eastern University currently before parliament and that university in Kroboland will make the area a citadel of education in Ghana. It will specialise in Environmental Studies and Agriculture. We know majority of residents [here] are farmers and it will focus on research to help productivity, Mr Mahama said during his Accounting to the People tour in April this year.

Despite losing the election, President Mahama returned to Yilo Krobo to dig the ground for the commencement of the project, with only few days left for him to hand over power to the Nana Akufo-Addo led New Patriotic Party administration.

It was an emotional return for the president as some of the residents were seen wailing and exchanging pleasantries with the president, Joy FM's Eastern Region correspondent Kofi Siaw reported.

Some of the supporters are praying he returns as flagbearer for the party in 2020.

President John Mahama after cutting the sod stated that the university is expected to ensure equitable access to tertiary education.

"The university will feature general and specialised degrees in order to fill in the gaps and ensure the completeness of training for environmental and sustainable development professionals.

"...The university will also provide courses in urban architecture, natural resources and environmental economics, environmental policy and environment science will also feature as key areas of study.

The president said a complete modern institute of higher learning, with academic facilities, residential facilities for students, staff bungalows will be constructed on the site in Somanya.

"The university will be a multi campus institution. The main campus will be on this site and the second campus will be constructed in Donkorkrom on the Afram plains also in the Eastern Region," he said.

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Gov't pays ¢200,000 as hospital bills for victims of La Gas explosion

Government has issued a cheque worth 200,000 Ghana cedis to some major hospitals to cover expenses for the victims of the La Gas explosion which happened near the Trade Fair Center in Accra.

Minister for Health, Alex Segbefia handed over the cheques at a short ceremony in Accra Thursday.

This comes on the back of Governments promise to foot the hospital bills of victims of the gas explosion.

So far 11 people have died and several others injured with some still responding to treatment. The cause of the explosion is yet to be ascertained.

"As promised the president asked the ministry to foot the bills of the patients at the various hospitals.

"Today the Minister handed over cheques worth 200,000 cedis to four hospitals taking care of the victims," PRO for the Health Ministry Tony Goodman told Joy News.

According to him, 37 Military hospital got 125,000.00 cedis, Police Hospital got, 10,000.00 cedis, Korle Bu got 15,000.00. La General Hospital got 50,000.00 cedis and other medications as well.

There is no compensation for the family of the deceased persons, at least not yet.

"For us we deal with the living," Goodman said when he was asked if the family of deceased persons will be given some compensation.

The Fire Service is however yet to conclude its investigation on the fatal gas explosion incident which happened last week.

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Togbe Afede Fetes 1,300 Children

Agbogbomefia of Asogli and President of the National House of Chiefs, Togbe Afede XIV, on Boxing Day feted over 1,300 children from the Asogli State in Ho.

The annual event also attracted opinion leaders, elders and chiefs from the traditional area.

The children, mostly basic school pupils, were treated to fine music and offered the opportunity to interact with the chiefs.

Togbe Afede urged the children to be obedient and persevere in their academic studies to play useful roles in the society.

He said the Asogli State is ready to help needy but brilliant pupils and students and encouraged them to take advantage of the opportunity.

Togbe Afede announced an undisclosed package for pupils in the Asogli State who came first in last terms class examination.

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One Injured In Tanker Yard Explosion

A mechanic is battling for his life after he was reportedly caught up in a wild inferno which occurred at petroleum tanker and mechanic yard near Barclays Bank at Official Town, a suburb of Ashaiman in the Greater Accra Region.

The injured, whose name was only given as Nana Yaw, was said to have attempted to open a metal barrel containing petrol which unfortunately got ignited and exploded on Tuesday afternoon.

He sustained various degrees of injuries on his stomach, hand and body after the explosion and was rushed to the Tema General Hospital where he was currently receiving treatment at the emergency unit.

Attempts by some fuel haulage drivers, residents and passers-by to put off the fire were unsuccessful.

Properties worth thousands of cedis were destroyed in the wild inferno including an unspecified amount of money.

The situation was, however, brought under control by fire fighters from the Ashaiman branch of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) who arrived at the scene a few minutes after the incident.

Eyewitnesses told the DAILY GUIDE that at about 2:30 pm, Nana Yaw attempted to pour out fuel from the tank to spark a vehicle he had finished working on.

Before he could open a locker on the metal tank, the tank exploded with the force throwing him away. He sustained burns and was rushed to the hospital.

A witness at the scene advised that people must be extra careful with inflammable materials in the harmattan season due to the dry weather conditions.

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Severe Harmattan Fertile Ground For Fire Outbreaks GNFS

The Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) has appealed to the public to adhere strictly to basic fire safety measures to support reduce the occurrence of fire outbreaks in the wake of the intensification of the dry season, otherwise known as the harmattan.

Speaking to the Daily Graphic in Accra yesterday, the Deputy Public Relations Officer of the GNFS, Mr Prince Billy Anaglate, said in the last few days, the harmattan was gradually becoming severe, a situation which had made the weather become fertile ground for fire outbreaks.

He said often majority of the fire outbreaks reported annually nationwide occurred during the dry season, which normally started from late December and continued, sometimes, to early February the following year.

Mr Anaglate, therefore, underscored the need for members of the public to be extra cautious during the dry season. Prior to the Christmas festivities and with the onset of the harmattan, he said, the GNFS intensified its fire safety education and management interventions to reduce the prevalence of fire outbreaks during the dry season.

Between December 24 and December 26, 2016, as many as 48 fire outbreaks have been recorded nationwide, while around the same time in 2015, 72 fire outbreaks were recorded nationwide, he said. Mr Anaglate said although the figure was disturbing, the service had been encouraged by the fact that fire safety measures instituted were yielding results, but was quick to admit that the figures were still not acceptable.

He said the GNFS would not rest on its oars until fire outbreaks were reduced to the minimum, if not stopped entirely. Some preparations of the GNFS Mr Anaglate said the service had trained many firefighters and fire volunteers across the country in its effort to increase fire safety nationwide. What we have done so far is to train a lot of volunteers in those communities that we do not have fire stations and we train them also to serve as educators in the communities.

We have also trained them to ensure that they monitor the activities of palm wine tappers and farmers because we know at this period many people try to use fires to clear their lands, which has contributed to many fire outbreaks. he said. Mr Anaglate said the trained officers would patrol selected areas, including markets, to intensify fire safety education and prevent the indiscriminate setting up of fires.

He said the GNFS was well equipped and was ready to manage effectively unforseen circumstances of fire outbreaks but cautioned all stakeholders to put all hands on deck in the fight against fire outbreaks and explosions. Advice to the public Mr Anaglate appealed to members of the public to take stock of all their electrical appliances and replace old ones because the older an appliance or socket, the more susceptible those appliances were to fire.

He said Christmas lighting decorations should not be left on for too long, explaining that electrical gadgets could easily catch fire because of the dry weather conditions. We should ensure that all gas cylinders in enclosed areas such as rooms and kitchens are relocated to open spaces, he said.

He said those who had also placed stones or heavy items on their gas cylinders should take them off as they could increase the pressure on the cylinder, leading to an explosion. Mr Anaglate advised the public to be extra careful with the way they handled naked fires.

When leaving the home, people should ensure that all electrical equipment, except fridges, are switched off and unplugged, close all doors and windows tight, avoid the use of charcoal for cooking and for heating in the market, do not accumulate sawdust in the timber market as this is a potential source of fire outbreak, improper electrical connection must be avoided and proper use of candles must be adhered to by placing the candle in a ceramic bowl or an enamel bowl, he said.

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2 dead, 6 injured in bloody Prampram clashes

A bloody gun battle over a piece of land Thursday morning has left two people dead, with six others sustaining serious injuries.

Tema Regional Police PRO ASP Juliana Obeng confirmed the clashes in an interview with but the identities of the deceased persons are yet to be made public.

According to her, the clashes occurred between Miotso and Dawenya all within the Prampram enclave.

The factions were said to be fighting over a piece of land. Apart from the casualties properties running into several thousands of cedis were destroyed in the ensuing battle.

Cars were set ablaze as the reports of gun fire sent shivers down the spines of residents

At least 16 suspects have also been arrested for questioning and possible prosecution, ASP Obeng stated.

The place is also under police surveillance, she added.

The issue has been transferred to the Criminal Investigative Department for thorough investigations.

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

'Pastor' Steals Instruments From Church

A thief dressed like a priest has been arrested for stealing instruments from the Pentecost Church at Hemang in the Atwima-Kwahoman District of the Ashanti Region.

Presiding Elder of the church, Opoku Sarkodie who revealed this to Adom News said the robber unlawfully entered the church when the church had just closed from a convention Tuesday dawn.

He said the suspect stole musical instruments, three amplifiers, two microphones and one double equalizer valued at GH¢ 10,000.

Elder Sarkodie indicated that the taxi driver who picked the suspected robber by the road side was told by the robber that he is the pastor at the Pentecost church and was only conveying the instruments to another location.

When we closed from the convention, this fake pastor broke into the church and stole so many things in the church.

The suspect who boarded a taxi after stealing the instruments lied to the driver that he is actually the pastor and wanted to convey the things to the other church but was later arrested upon a tip off he stated.

Elder Sarkodie says the fake pastor has been arrested but the instruments have still not been found.

The police have begun investigations into the matter.

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We Will Never Forget Fallen Officers Inspector Kudalor

Inspector-General of Police, Dr John Kudalor has said sacrifices and hardwork of police officers who lost their lives in the line of duty will not go down the drain but will forever be remembered.

At a memorial held today at the Police Training School to honour police officers, Dr Kudalor revealed that at least 15 police officers have died this year while serving this country most of them by armed robbers.

Inspector Dr Kudalor joined President John Mahama and other police officers to pour out heartfelt condolences to families of the fallen heroes.

"These fallen heroes deserve our recognition and praise for their unflinching sense of patriotism and duty", the Inspector General of Police, John Kudalor said in a speech at the ceremony.

The ceremony also saw the commission of the Cenotaph by outgoing President, John Dramani Mahama.

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Over 6,000 Guests Expected At Akufo-Addos Inauguration

More than 6,000 guests are expected at the inauguration ceremony of President-elect, Nana Akufo-Addo on January 7, 2017. These will include some heads of states, members of the diplomatic corps and senior citizens.
The inauguration will be held at the Independence Square in Accra.

The spokesperson for the president-elects side of the transition team, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah at a press briefing on Wednesday, December 28, said the Information Services Department had also began receiving applications from media organizations for accreditation to cover the event.

Currently, the invitations have gone out to the heads of states and the heads of government agencies that will be joining us for that day. The Information Services Department is also requesting our friends in the media to also bring in applications for accreditation for the said day. The inauguration of the 7th Parliament of the 4th Republic will take place between 10:00pm and midnight on the night of the 6th January to the morning December and 7th January at the parliament house.

About 6,000 guests are expected for the swearing-in of the President-elect and this includes Members of Parliament and all the other state organizers that are required for an event like this one, he said.

‘Akufo-Addo to be sworn-in as President

Nana Akufo-Addo will officially be sworn-in as Ghanas President on 7th January 2016, after winning convincingly in the countrys just ended Presidential elections. 

He succeeds the National Democratic Congress (NDC) John Mahama who served just one term in office. Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) will take both the Presidential Oath and Oath of Office, which will be administered by the Chief Justice, Mrs. Georgina Theodora Wood, before an open Parliament.

This will be done in the presence of the new Parliament and its Speaker at the Independence Square. The incoming Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, will also take the oath of office.

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Next Gov't Must Institutionalize A Private Body To Focus On Peace Building- AMASS Ghana

The Office of Amass Ghana wish to extend its Christmas and New Year greetings to the fine people of Ghana, home and abroad.

Not forgetting the priesthood, the Muslim community, traditional authorities, CSOs, individuals and various political parties for their enviable role in the just ended general elections.

Amass Ghana over the years bought into your ideas of observing peace as a tool for togetherness and business-ridden in our society and such efforts cannot be downplayed.

Even when Ghanaians were pregnant with fear of violence at the time when the populace were prepping themselves to elect a president for the fourth republic. Notwithstanding, such anxieties were not succumb prior to the D-day because of the love we invested in ourselves as a nation.

Going into yet another new year with new government, expectations are weighing high but patients should be our hallmark.

We have demonstrated ourselves remarkably to the world's diaspora that democracy has gone down well with us and must continue to be observed in all times.

For this reason, Amass Ghana will continue to prosecute its peace and security mission with a call on the next government to institutionalize a private body that will focus mainly on peace building and security.


Mr. Benjamin Asalimba


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Forgive Us For Speaking Against You

The President of the Brong Ahafo House of Chiefs, Pimapim Yaw Kabrese, who doubles as Yejimanhene, has appealed to President-elect Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo to forgive all those who made disparaging statements about him in the run-up to the December polls.

Pimapim Yaw Kabrese made the appeal last Friday when Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo and his entourage paid a courtesy call on the regional house of chiefs to thank them and the subjects for supporting him.

It would be recalled Pimapim Yaw Kabrese and other chiefs in the Brong Ahafo Region openly threw their weight behind President Mahama.

The Omanhene of Sunyani Traditional Area, Nana Bosoma Aso Nkrawire IV, whose prediction for Mahama, caused confusion in the region was also present at the meeting.

Nana Bosoma Aso Nkrawire IV had predicted that President Mahama would win 80 percent of the total valid votes.

Addressing the President-elect and his entourage, Pimnapim Kabresey asked Nana Addo and the NPP to forgive all those who said negative things about him or the party.

He said Nana Addos conduct ensured tranquil elections in the country.

He called on the President-elect to appoint indigenes who have the requisite qualifications and expertise as ministers.

On his part, the President-elect thanked the people of the region for giving him their unflinching support.

He said the regions 57% popular vote enabled him to win the presidency.

Nana Addo also thanked the chiefs and people for voting for 20 NPP parliamentary candidates during the elections.

He said he would fulfill all his campaign promises and revive the cashew industry.

Nana Addo also reiterated his pledge to refund the deposits of all customers of DKM Micro Finance.

The President-elect was accompanied by Vice President-elect, Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia, Womens Organizer National, Otiko Afisa Jaba and some leading members of the party.

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