Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Demolish Indian Hemp Camps Nationwide

Mr Kwadwo Adjei-Darko, a former Minister of Local Government and Rural Development has appealed for the demolishing of Indian hemp camps in the country to save the lives of adolescents who are the future leaders.

He stressed the need for the Police Administration and the Narcotics Control Board to embark on a national operation to demolish such camps popularly called weed bases and secretly set up in various communities across the country by illegal drug peddlers and addicts.
This has over the years drawn many youth into smoking the drug and destroyed their lives.

Mr Adjei-Darko made the appeal at a ceremony to inaugurate and hand over a Junior High School Complex constructed by the Council of Brong-Ahafo Association of North America (COBAANA) to the Ayakomaso Methodist Basic School in the Sunyani West District to help formal education services delivery in the area.

The facility, estimated at the cost US$100,000 consists of a three-unit classroom block, an office, a dining hall and Information Communication Centre (ICT)

He lamented the situation had contributed to high rate of crime in the country and needed to be dealt with all seriousness to support minimise all forms of crime.

Mr. Adjei-Darko urged parents and guardians to prioritise and invest in their children and wards education for them to obtain not only quality education but to study to the highest level.

He entreated parents to give proper upbringing to their children, so that they would become respectful and responsible children who would not misconduct themselves outside the home to dishonour the family and the nation in general.

Mr Adjei-Darko advised parents not to help or shield their children in wrongful acts but lead exemplary lives worthy of emulation by the children.

Right Reverend Daniel Kwasi Tanor, Bishop of the Sunyani Diocese of the Methodist Church Ghana implored teachers to limit the use of mobile phones during classes and concentrate on teaching the children to acquire quality education.

He urged the staff and the pupils to practise the culture of maintenance to sustain the beauty of the school.

Nana Yaw Adu Sompremo I, the chief of Ayakomaso thanked the members of the Association for the gesture and appealed to them and the Sunyani West Assembly to collaborate to construct a toilet facility and a fence wall for the school to improve sanitation and also prevent the children from running away during school hours.

Mr. Alex Ankamah, President of COBAANA commended the government for the implementation of the Free SHS programme to ensure all basic school children in the country would have unhindered access to secondary education to acquire the necessary academic and professional training skills to lead responsible adult lives.

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Blacks Wear Kente To Fight Trump

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus wore traditional African kente cloth to Tuesday nights State of the Union Address to protest President Trumps alleged shithole countries comment.

Wearing kente cloth to the #SOTU with my fellow @OfficialCBC Members to stand in solidarity with people from you-know-what countries, Rep. Bobby Scott tweeted before the speech.

The colourful cloth is associated with Ashanti royalty in now modern-day Ghana and has a history in West African nations associated with the slave trade.

The members appeared unenthusiastic while watching the speech, and did not applaud when President Trump touted his record with African-American unemployment.

African American unemployment has been declining for a decade yet its still double white unemployment, Congresswoman Alma S. Adams tweeted during the speech.

Would POTUS be celebrating if this stat were the other way around

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Withdraw Legal Profession Regulations from Parliament - Prez Told

The Association of Law Students has petitioned President Nana Akufo-Addo to cause the withdrawal of the controversial Legal Profession Regulations 2017 from Parliament.

The Association wants the President to impress on Members of Parliament to vote against the regulation.

The General Legal Counsel laid the Regulations in Parliament in mid-December 2017, in reply to a Supreme Court order for a clear admission procedure into the Ghana School of Law, and call to the Ghana Bar.

The proposed LI in question, among other things, states that the General Legal Council will conduct an entrance exam for the admission of students to the school, and conduct interviews for all applicants who pass the Ghana School of Law Entrance Examination.

The LI is expected to become Law in February, 2018.

But the law students maintain that if the document is passed in its current form, it will restrict access to legal education.

The President of the Association, Noah Tetteh, said, we are asking for students to be allowed to go to the law school, and directly after that, there should be an examination that they will take and if they pass that exam, then those who make it will be called to the Bar as lawyers. We are asking for the intervention of the President. Take away the exams. Take away the interview and allow students to go straight to the law school to be trained as lawyers.

Noah Tetteh stressed that, the Legal Council should be more focused on improving the quality of legal education and not restricting access.

The Act which regulates Legal education has been there since the inception of legal education in Ghana. It is not about restricting peoples access to the law school that will churn out quality lawyers in Ghana. Its about allowing people to go to the law school to improve facilities to improve their education. That is the reason why we petitioned the President.

Protest from students

A group calling itself the Concerned Law Students had earlier submitted a petition to Parliament against the new LI, describing it as a deliberate attempt by the GLC to frustrate them, something they considered a violation of their rights.

Ken Addor Donkor, the leader of the group, said the proposed LI was an attempt to kill the dreams of law students.

Exams, interviews barred for Law School

When the Supreme Court declared the interviews unconstitutional, it said the requirements are in violation of the Legislative Instrument 1296, which gives direction for the mode of admission.

The Justices in delivering their judgment, also indicated that their order should not take retrospective effect, but should be implemented in six months, when admissions for the 2018 academic year begin.

The plaintiff, Professor Kwaku Asare, a United States-based Ghanaian lawyer, went to court in 2015, challenging the legality of the modes of admission used by the Ghana School of Law.

According to him, the number of people who were admitted into the Ghana School of Law was woefully small considering the number of people who possessed LLB.

The Ghana Law School has been criticized for being overly rigid considering that it serves 12 schools providing LLB degrees.

The current training regime limits the intake into the Ghana Law School to under 500 of the about-2000 LLB graduates annually.

In his suit, Professor Kwaku Asare prayed for a declaration that GLCs imposition of entrance examination and interview requirements for the Professional Law Course violates Articles ll (7) 297 (d) 23, 296 (a) (b) and 18 (2) of the 1992 Constitution.

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IEA Calls For Passage Of RTI Bill

The Institute of Economic Affairs, a policy think tank and research institution, has asked the government to pass the Right to Information (RTI) Bill into law to enhance transparency and accountability in the petroleum resource management.

Presenting the outcome of the 2017 Petroleum Transparency and Accountability (P-TRAC) Index Report in Accra, on Tuesday, Professor John Asafu-Adjaye, a Senior Research Fellow at the IEA, said the passage of the RTI Bill into law would improve disclosure of information on the award of contracts and licences in the oil and gas sector.

He cited the recent petroleum agreement signed between Ghana and Exxon Mobil of the United States to undertake oil and gas exploration in the Deep Tano Basin as a case in point, which was shrouded in secrecy because details of the contract was not made public.

The Report also called for the Marine Pollution and the Ghana Extractive Industries Transparency bills to be presented to Parliament for passage into law.

The IEAs P-TRAC Index project, which started in 2011, provides quantitative indicators to track progress in the governance of the oil and gas sector aimed at promoting transparency and accountability in the sector.
Prof. Asafu-Adjaye noted that, if Ghana wanted to be a major player in the petroleum industry, then these bills must be passed into law so that oil companies would fulfil their responsibilities and not take the nation for a ride.

He said the passage of the Petroleum Revenue Management Act (PRMA) was not enough to ensure transparency and accountability in the petroleum sector, hence the need to pass those bills into law to complement the PRMA.

He added that portions of the Citizens Budget should include; information on the governance of the petroleum resources so that the ordinary Ghanaian would understand issues pertaining to the sector.
However, he noted that, the passage of the Petroleum Exploration and Production Bill into Law by Parliament in 2016, had improved the availability of information on petroleum resource management.
He said currently, individuals could easily find information on petroleum issues and revenues on the Ministry of Finances website and in the Budget Statement as well as the Public Interest and Accountability Committees Annual Report.

Prof. Asafu-Adjaye said the methodology used to conduct the P-TRAC Index closely followed conventions proposed by the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) and the World Banks Guide on Resource Revenue Transparency.

He indicated that the Index was based on four aspects of the oil and gas value chain, namely; Revenue Transparency, Expenditure Transparency, Contract Transparency and Management of the Petroleum Funds.
IEA defined ‘Transparency as the provision of information to the public and the extent to which international best practices were used in the management of the oil and gas resources.

It also defined ‘Publicly Available Information as data that can be freely obtained from the relevant government agencies websites, or which can be obtained in hard copy form upon request or information that is published on a regular basis in national dailies.

Mr Samuel Okudzeto, a member of the Council of State, contributing to the discussion on petroleum management, said Parliament was supposed to build its capacity to scrutinise petroleum contracts so as to prevent corruption.

He stated that Parliament had the Public Account Committee, with the mandate to call institutions put in charge of the management of petroleum revenues for questioning.

Mr. Okudzeto criticised the two major political parties, the National Democratic Congress and the New Patriotic Party whose Members of Parliament had dominated the Legislature for the past 25 years for failing to pass the RTI Bill into law, describing their actions as a conspiracy theory meant to deny Ghanaians access to important information.

Dr. Eric Osei-Assibey, a Senior Lecturer at the University of Ghana and Adjunct Fellow of the IEA, who chaired the function, said the countrys petroleum funds (Heritage Funds) had not yielded the needed dividends.

He noted that, the nation had invested about US$625 million of the countrys petroleum funds in the United States of America at an interest rate of 2.25 percent, which had yielded a paltry US$25 million dollars within a period of five years.

Dr Osei-Assibey said it did not make sense for the nation to invest in such a low profit investment product, while Government continued borrowing at over 10 percent interest rate on the international monetary market.

The presentation of the P-TRAC Index Report attracted some members of Parliament, Ministers of State, the diplomatic community, senior citizens and the media.

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Debt Owed 24 Road Contractors Overpaid By ¢25m In 2016– Auditor-General Report

The Auditor-Generals 2016 report has revealed grave questionable transactions at the Roads and Highway Ministry, leading to an overpayment in excess of over ¢25million to some contractors.

The report showed that instead of ¢75,053,875.39 quoted to be the total debt owed some 24 companies as at December 31, 2016, the Chief Finance Director at the Ministry paid ¢100,679,315.28 prior to the end of 2016, representing an excess payment of GH¢25,625,439.89.

In the report, each one of the companies were found to have received more money than was due them for the various services they discharged to the state.
The companies included:

(a) Anastasia Company (GH) Limited was paid ¢1,840,545.48 instead of ¢853,069.41 for bitumen surfacing of the Gwollu-Jeffisi feeder road.

(b) G.S. International Developers GH Limited which rehabilitated some selected roads and Motorway was given ¢7,810,886.32 instead of the actual ¢2,619,495.60 debt owed it.

(c) Justmoh Construction Limited which provided an emergency Asphaltic overlay of some selected roads was owed ¢175,343.24 but was paid ¢21,572,095.68.

Incensed by the revelation, the Auditor-General rejected the Road Ministrys claims and directed it to initiate the process for the recovery of the overpayment.

Delving into details of the report on Corruption Watch on Joy FMs Super Morning Show Wednesday, panelists questioned why the Controller and Accountant General Department looked on while public funds were grossly misappropriated.

"How did we allow the Chief Director's account to have so much money to the extent that it could pay as much as 100 million to contractors " Finder newspaper Editor, Elvis Darko who broke the story asked show host Kojo Yankson.

The Editor was convinced the payment was a repetition of the infamous Woyome scandal involving the National Democratic Congress (NDC) businessman Alfred Woyome who was "wrongfully" paid GHS51.2million by the past administration for no work done.

But a lecturer at the University of Ghana Business School, Dr Justice Nyigmah Bawole has blamed the country's poor record keeping for the overpayment.

"Corruption is an enterprise [and] the enterprise is engaged in for profit and sometimes when it is even clear that these could be errors we want to look on," he said.

Dr Bawole stated proper contract administration is "completely missing" in Ghana's public sector, a development he believes is fueling corruption.

But he did not rule out the ambition of people who are crooked on making huge monies off the state.

"Some people want to beat the system, they will want to take advantage of the system and if they know they can get [what they want], they will do it," he said, blaming systemic lapses for the overpayment.

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I'm Not A Quitter, Says Theresa May

Theresa May has responded to questions about her future as prime minister, saying: "I'm not a quitter."

Speaking before arriving in China on a trade mission, she referred to Brexit and the "domestic agenda", adding "there is a long-term job to be done".

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DVLA, EPA, 11 Others To Go Off Govt Payroll

About 13 state institutions will soon be weaned off the Government Payroll, the Chief Executive Officer of the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC), Dr. Edward Kwarpong has stated.

The move, according to him, will lead to government checking its wage bill which currently absorbs about 50% of revenues collected. It is also aimed at attracting some Best brains into the public sector and improve productivity.

In our bid to control the wage bill, we have asked definite organizations and corporations that were set up like a commercial venture to also wean themselves off the Single Spine Salary Structure; wean themselves off government subvention and when they do that they will be allowed some space to choose their salary levels, Dr. Kwarpong told Starr Business Osei Owusu Amankwaah.

He continued it will also ensure that organisations operating in a more business-like manner are sustainable and profitable.

In that regard, he said you cannot compel them to come unto the Single Spine Salary Structure because they are no longer dependent on the consolidated fund, they are no longer subverted. So immediately they would want to improve on the conditions of service and attract the best of talent Dr. Kwarpong added.

Nonetheless, he maintained that the Commission will exercise strong oversight responsibility over the companies to ensure proper financial management.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Pensions Regulatory Authority (NPRA), the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA), Energy Commission are among the companies who are finalizing their processes.

There is one institution whose name I will not mention. After they [were] given the green light to wean off, immediately they were increasing salaries 100 percent. We said yes, do you have the ability They said yes. So good no sweat. But it has implication for the rest of the institution in the public service because we compare; workers keep comparing their conditions with others.

So in the same sector, I am still on the single spine because I am depending on government subvention; you have gone solo; independent, and then you double your salary you know the kind of tension; yes you have weaned off yourself from government subvention but we still want to maintain a definite level of control to ensure that it doesnt cause any agitation for improvement in condition of service for similar institution that cannot be weaned off immediately, Dr. Kwarpong said.

The government is twisted on making the autonomy of state agencies a standing policy going forward. The move is also part of efforts by the government to rationalize expenditure and lessen the debt profile of the economy.

The Commission is currently working on other proposals to give the final approval to some agencies.

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State Of The Union: Trump Hails 'New American Moment'

A bullish US President Donald Trump has proclaimed a "new American moment" as he delivered his maiden State of the Union speech to Congress.

In a primetime address, the Republican leader said he was "extending an open hand" to Democrats to work together.

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My Client Sells Onions Not Grenades- Lawyer

Defence Counsel for one of the three persons who were arrested in connection seven grenades at Kwashieman has told an Accra Central District Court that his client sells onions in large consignments at Agbogbloshie market and not grenades.

Mr George Asamaney, counsel for Osman Alhassan, in a bail application argued that charge of possession of explosives was not indictable under the law and prayed the court to admit his client to bail.

He said it was false that his client was unemployed, adding Alhassan sells large quantities of onions on the market.

Mr Asamaney made the submission when Ismail Ali Musah, 32 years, Abdul Karim Yakubu, 30 years, and Osman Alhassan 33 years, appeared before the court.

They have been charged with possessing explosives.
Arguing the bail application, Mr Asamaney said his clients freedom had been curtailed since he was arrested on January 15, this year.

According to him whenever one was arraigned, the court had the discretion to admit that person to bail pending trial and also the accused is given the opportunity to plead to charges.

He said on this score his client after his arrest has not been given the opportunity to plead.

Defence counsel argued that the court can only decline bail when it was satisfied that the accused person would not appear before it to stand trial.

According to defence counsel, his client has a fixed place of abode and has sureties in court to execute his bail terms.

Mr Asamaney said Alhassan was arrested in his house after Musah had visited him.

Prosecuting, Detective Chief Inspector Simon Apiorsornu strongly opposed to the bail application saying discreet investigations was still on going.

Mr Apiorsornu said it would be premature for the court to admit the accused persons to bail.

Prosecution explained that if the accused persons were admitted to bail they might temper with investigations adding that as we speak now we have to be travelling with the accused persons and if they were released on bail we would have not them in our custody to assist investigations.

According to prosecution the matter before the court was of national security and the accused persons were before the lower court for only committals.

Prosecution noted that the freedoms spelt out in Chapter 5 of the 1992 Constitution were not absolute.

The Prosecution said those freedoms were subject to limitation considering chapter 14 of the 1992 Constitution.

Prosecution said accomplices of the accused persons were scattered and the Police were doing all it could to bring them to book.

The court presided over by Mr Ebenezer Kweku Ansah declined the bail application, saying since one does not easily come by grenades the issues at hand had security implications.

According to the judge, he was mindful of Article 14 of the 1992 Constitution and Section 96 (4) (9) Criminal Procedure code.

The matter has been adjourned to February 16.

The case of prosecution was that the three accused persons were arrested in a house behind the Kata Hostel at Kwashieman following a tip off.

The Prosecution said the Police arrested Yakubu at the Kata Hostel with the seven grenades and when he was quizzed, he disclosed that he bought it from Musah and Alhassan.

According to Prosecution, Yakubu led the Police to arrest Musah and Alhassan.

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GTDC CEO Calls For Partnership

The Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Tourism Development Company (GTDC), Mr. Kwadwo Odame Antwi, has called for closer partnership from various bodies towards the tourism sector at the second edition of the Ghana Travel Awards Tourism Awards held at the Holiday Inn Accra City Hotel on Friday, 25th January, 2018.

The event hosted by Jumia Travels was to celebrate the success of the Ghanaian hospitality and travel industries and their contribution towards the promotion of tourism.

Speaking at the event, the CEO of Ghana Tourism Development Company, Mr Kwadwo Antwi applauded efforts by Jumia Travels and stakeholders in the hospitality industry to promote tourism.

He emphasized the need for such efforts and the role of GTDC as the investment wing of the Ministry in the tourism development.

Mr Antwi touched on the various projects started by the Ghana Tourism Development Company and need for close partnership with private investors.

GTDC is embarking on projects like Centre of the World, our flagship project to construct an iconic monument at Tema, we have secured a land for the project with agencies like the Ghana Port and Harbours, The Tema Development Company and some key stakeholders with some of Ghana's well known architects to give a face lift to the many lists of natures gift to us" he said.

He further stated the enormous benefits the Marine Drive on completion will be to the economy of Ghana in job creation.

The project is one governments is committed to, to develop the 241 acres of land into a tourism enclave with hotels, parks, museum and event centres and it is our closer efforts in enhancing greater service delivery that will make Ghana a great destination for tourism." He further added.

He called on the public, investors, tourism promoters to call on his offices any day with whatever questions and suggestions to develop the country.

He thanked the organizers for the event and congratulated all recipients of awards.

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PURC Calls for Inputs Into 2018 Major Tariff Review

The Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) is urging the public to submit their inputs in respect of the Major Tariff Review on or before the deadline of 31st January, 2018. 
    The PURC, in a statement signed by Mrs Mami Dufie Ofori, the Executive Secretar, said the move for inputs was to create an environment of transparency and fair hearing for all stakeholders of the utility service industry.

    The PURC said it had initiated the process for the examination and approval of electricity and water tariffs for 2018 in accordance with the PURC Act, 1997 (Act 538). 

    The 2018 Major Tariff Review commenced by way of soliciting inputs from all stakeholders of the Commission and the general public. 

    The Commission has subsequently received proposals from the utility companies: Volta River Authority; Ghana Grid Company Limited; Electricity Company of Ghana; Northern Electricity Distribution Company; Ghana Water Company Limited; Enclave Power Company, and Ghana Chamber of Telecommunication including the Government of Ghana. 

    Analysis of the received proposals is ongoing, the statement said.



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Gitmo 2 Now Married In Ghana; One A Father - US Ambassador Confirms

It has finally been confirmed that the two ex-Guantanamo Bay detainees- Mahmud Umar Muhammad Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Salih Al-Dhuby are now married and living with their wives in Ghana.

The two married in Ghana though not to Ghanaians but a Moroccan and Yemeni which happened within the period they were integrated into the country as part of the arrangements between the US and Ghanaian governments.

One of them is now a father whereas the wife of the other is expected to put to bed anytime soon according to the US Ambassador to Ghana, Robert Jackson.

Both of them tried to begin businesses, I dont know how successful those businesses wereI can tell you both of them are married now and one has a child. The other is expecting a child imminently. So they are just into a normal life after being in Guantanamo for 16 years. We did a very a very thorough screening to ensure that people who were not potential terrorists, he revealed to Maxwell Suuk of

He also disclosed that the US government has severe ties with the two and whatever happens is between them and the government of Ghana adding that any dealings with the two who have now acquired refugee status ended on January 6, 2018.

If the government Ghana wishes to relocate them to a third country, they need to discuss that with the two refugees under the international law. We have no role in that and no objection to it. At this point we consider it as a matter between the government of Ghana and the two, he said.

Meanwhile, veteran Journalist Abdul Malik Kweku Baako has revealed that the two traveled to Ghana on non-citizen ID cards issued by the International Committee of Red Cross regarded as the United Nation Convention travel document.

He added that Muhammad Bin Atef is now married to Morrocan national who is highly pregnant and Salih Al-Dhuby married to a Yemeni he has a child with but said both returning to the US is not an option to be considered or negotiated.

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About 1,000 Illegal Miners Arrested So Far

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A total of 999 illegal miners have so far been arrested by the joint military/police taskforce (Operation Vanguard) that has been assigned the job of tackling illegal mining (galamsey) to save the environment. Squadron Leader Robison Omane-Agyei, Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the taskforce, said 170 excavators had also been seized and ...

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Water Shortage Hits Tarkwa

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As the entire nation awaits the announcement of water rationing by the Ghana Water Company, Some Residents of Tarkwa are already feeling the effects. About 75 percent of residents are without portable water for about three and half weeks now, a situation they say, it 39;s been more than a decade since they experienced this. Residents are spo ...

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Tribute By Prez Akufo-Addo At The Funeral Of Hugh Masakela

I had to come, and came from the AU Summit in Addis Ababa on my way back home to Accra, so I could express my condolences to Barbara and his family in person.

Coming here, it was difficult to believe the news. But being here, at this service, it is clear to me that the news is, indeed, true. Masakela is gone, Masakela is no more. All that energy, all that vitality, all that zest for life, (what the French call joie de vivre), all that infectious sense of humour, all that loud laughter, all that love of beauty in all its forms, all that passion and belief in a higher destiny for mankind, especially for the African people, all that charisma â€" they have all been extinguished. That is the way of mortal man. We each have our beginning, we each have our ending. It is what you do in between that matters.

What an wonderful life he lived, and did virtually everything he wanted to do. We met a long time ago, nearly 50 years ago. Predictably, for both of us at the time, it was at the bar of Keteke, then the hottest night club (or disco, as they were then being called) in Accra. He was already a legend â€" King Kong, and Grazing in the Grass had seen to that. But, he wore none of that. Simple, straightforward, he exuded fun and warmth. Many drinks later, we became firm friends, and looked out for and saw each other at various clubs across the world â€" New York, London, Paris, Lagos, Abidjan, Lome â€" wherever we were together, we would meet and party. Nobody partied like Masakela.

From the beginning, that is what I called him â€" Masakela â€" and he called me Nana. It never changed. For some reason, I could never come to terms with Hugh or Bra Hugh. He was Masakela, unique and compelling.

He bore his exile with dignity. He never lost his belief that the inhuman system of apartheid would be dismantled, and that South Africa would, one day, be free. And he did his best to ensure that happened. He was one of the most prominent of the South African exiles, who kept the struggle alive before the eyes and conscience of the world, and he did it largely through his incredible music. Trumpet, cornet, flugelhorn, his voice â€" he made magnificent music out of each of them. And when his idol, the iconic Nelson Mandela, greatest of all Africans, walked out of prison, his joy was without end. I came here to visit with him when he returned home, and that was my first experience of South Africa. He took me to the recording studio in downtown Johannesburg, where he had recorded in the old days with Dollar Brand (Abdullah Ibrahim), and the others. In fact, on the day we went, the new diva, Sibongile Khumalo, was actually in the studio, and he introduced me to her.

I was fortunate in my friendship with him and his great friend, that other great figure of African music, Fela Anikulapo Kuti (Fela Ransome Kuti of earlier years). They made exhilarating company, and left me with marvellous memories. One such was at dawn, in Lome, capital of Togo, when, after leaving the nightclub ‘Z, we went to the beach, behind the Sarakawa Hotel, and, sitting on the shores of the Gulf of Guinea, looking out across the Atlantic, Masakela played for us for one hour. It was like a song of praise to all that was magnificent on our African continent. Even Fela was moved, and every time I think of it, it brings tears of joy to my heart.

His love of Ghana was such that he became a Ghanaian, and, for me, a member of my family. My wife Rebecca, my sister Mamaa, her daughter Khadija, my brother Bumpty, his wife Irene, our mutual friend Sabah Bedwei Majdoub, Joe Ampah, his widow Rosalind, and the talented Accra musicians â€" Francis Fuster, The Todd brothers, Frankie and Stanley Todd, Sol Amarfio, the late Faisal Helwani, the outstanding Ghanaian music producer â€" we were all his family, to whom he remained faithful to the end. He even married, for a time, the beautiful Ghanaian woman, Elinam Cofie. South Africa will always have to share Masakela with us in Ghana, and, indeed, with the rest of Africa.

There are some people who cross your life, and you know that it is a privilege to share the same time and space with them. Masakela was one such. I feel truly privileged to have lived at the same time as him, and to have been blessed by his friendship.

Last year, he did what we had both talked and dreamed of for decades â€" he played at my inauguration, as President of the Republic of Ghana, on 7th January, 2017. He played on two occasions that day â€" at the official lunch, and at the incredible party my brother gave for me and my wife, Rebecca, that evening, both, unforgettable occasions. Indeed, several diplomats told me, on the news of his death, that that was the first and only time they heard him in flesh, a memory they would always cherish.

I am reluctant to quote Shakespeare â€" he wrote some 500 years ago, and has since been extensively quoted. But the reason for that is his mastery of the English language, which allows him to find the appropriate words for each occasion. This is how Mark Anthony described Brutus, one of the conspirators against Julius Caesar:
This was the noblest Roman of them all. All the rest of the conspirators acted out of jealousy of great Caesar. Only he acted from honesty and for the general good. His life was gentle, and the elements mixed so well in him that Nature might stand up and say to all the world, This was a man.

Masakela, you were the man. Rest in perfect peace. God bless.

Damirifa Due.


Johannesburg, 30th January, 2018.

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Indian Community Commemorate Freedom 70 And 69th Republic Day

DELHI PUBLIC School International (DPSI), Tema and its parent company, B5 Plus Company - steel and iron rods manufacturer - have joined hands with the rest of the Indian Community in Ghana to celebrate India's 69th Republic Day and Freedom 70.

Activities commemorating the two events, which are critical milestones in the history of India, commenced with a series of classical dance performances on Thursday, January 25, at DPSI campus in Tema.

Later on Friday, January 26, a special ceremony was held in Accra at the residence of the Indian High Commissioner to Ghana, for the Indian community, and students from various Indian learning institutions were given the platform to perform India's rich cultural dances and recite poetry to the admiration of all gathered.

India became a republic on January 26, 1950. This was the second major milestone in its nation-building process after it gained independence two years earlier.

Special prizes were given to the students; notably those from DPSI whose performances were adjudged to be fantastic.

On the occasion at his residence, the Indian High Commissioner, Birender Singh Yadav, read a speech delivered by the President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, to Indian Communities around the world on the 69th Republic Day celebration.

The speech appealed to Indians to be each other's keepers, help their government to build a better and prosperous nation for all Indians and to be innovative and fight for equality for all, especially between boys and girls.

"A happy and equal-opportunity nation is built by happy and equal-opportunity families and communities; families where girls have the same rights and the same access to education and healthcare as boys," according to the Indian President in his speech as read by the High Commissioner.

Director of DPSI and Chairman of B5 Plus Company, Mukesh Thakwani, said the celebrations were vital moments for Indians.

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GJA Clarifies Housing Scheme For Journalists

The Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) and the lead sponsor of the 22nd GJA Awards, Koans Estate Limited, have clarified doubts regarding the proposed housing scheme for journalists named the, Media Village project.

According to the two entities, panic in the media regarding the cost and quality of the buildings to be put up at the proposed Media Village, located at Pampaso, near Nsawam, is justifiable as due diligence was being undertaken to ensure that it is a win, win situation for both parties.

Kofi Anokye, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Koans Estate, addressing the media at the prize presentation ceremony for award winners, said the housing solutions company is excited to be part of the Media Village project, which seeks to provide affordable housing units for journalists in the country.

He said the housing project is not a joke but a reality which is already benefiting some Ghanaians in other institutions.

One of your members got to know of the price of the houses when he came to cover the unveiling of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) project, the first company we designed a similar project for its staff, he said.

Mr. Anokye noted that when the journalist, Kwasi Agyeman, got to know the cost, which was highly subsidized, he told the leaders of the GJA and the partnership was formed during the 22nd GJA awards ceremony.

Explaining the details of the project, he said the housing unit would be designed like a boys quarters with a tailed bath and toilet, and a kitchen on a 70×100 plot of land.

It will not be fenced and it will not have a living room but will have electricity connection and water, he disclosed.


GJA president, Affail Monney, together with the other executives and awards committee members, presented an amount of GH¢2,000 to the winner in each category.

The journalists who were recognized for their work in the anti-galamsey fight also had a cash prize of ¢1,000 each.

Portia Gabor of TV3 received ¢5,000 for being adjudged the Most Promising Young Journalist of The Year as well as an additional ¢2,000 for winning in the news reporting category.

Kwame Sefa Kayi, Journalist of The Year 2016, will have a three-bedroom house worth GH¢200,000 at the Media Village as his prize â€" making him the first journalist to own a house at the village.

By Ghana Leaks Blog

India Outcry After Eight-Month-Old Baby Raped

An eight-month-old baby girl has been raped, allegedly by her cousin, in the Indian capital Delhi.

Police say she is in a vital condition after being admitted to hospital on Sunday. They have arrested the 28-year-old cousin.

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I Have 22 Girlfriends; When You've Been A Dog All Your Life, God Gives You Daughters - Quincy Jones

Quincy Jones said in a recent GQ interview that he has 22 girlfriends and they all know each other. But what is an 84-year-old man doing with 22 girlfriends though

The record producer said he was serious and further revealed he has women in different countries. 

He said: "I got 22 girlfriends...Hell yeah. Everywhere. Cape Town. Cairo. Stockholm - she's coming in next week. Brazil -Belo Horizonte, São Paulo, and Rio. Shanghai - got a great girl over there from Shanghai, man. Cairo, whew."

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Dont Get Involved In The US, North Korea Bluster - African Leaders Urged

African leaders have been warned not to allow themselves to be dragged into the competing bluster between the United States of America (USA) and North Korea.

Professor Emeritus Divine Edem Amenumey of the Department of History, University of Cape Coast (UCC) said Africa stands to lose far more than what was experienced in the second world war should there be another world war.

If African leaders choose to allow themselves into wars that do not concern us, then we do not have a future but if we are able to detach ourselves from what does not concern us, we have a future he said.

Tensions between the US and North Korea are said to be the most serious threat to world peace at the moment and by implication, could plunge the world into another world war.

This, Prof Amenumey said, was very sensitive and an critical issue that ought not be left in the hands of Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un who he described as two megalomaniacs with bloated egos.

He urged historians and those in the academia to take up the task of educating the wider public on the situation and in turn exert pressure on Government to take the appropriate decision on the matter.

He said it was imperative for African leaders to examine earlier accounts, versions and interpretations and be guided by them in order to make informed decisions that would benefit their people and make the continent a safe haven.

Prof Amenumey was addressing participants at the second International Conference on revisiting Africa and the Second World War organised by the Department of History, UCC at the weekend.

The conference, which sought to re- examine the African dimensions of the Second World War and its impact on African countries, societies and people in all their various categories brought together participants from all parts of Africa.

Topics discussed included, participation of Africans in the theaters of the Second World War, demobilisation and discontent, the effects of the war on African societies, politics, and economies; and the ways that the war contributed to decolonisation in Africa.

The Emeritus professor said though Africa did not directly contribute to the causes of the Second World War, the continent was subjected to the predatory nature of the war.

He said the war also led to military recruitment, exploitation of the colonial economy to help the imperial war effort, and the unleashed social traumas that escalated quotidian struggles inherent in the colonial situation.

Prof Amenumey said aside slave trade and colonisation, the two world wars, especially the second World war exerted a long lasting impact on Africa and constituted the cataclysmic episode in colonial history.

He said in spite of the fact that the war provided the background for the eventual emancipation of Africa; former colonial powers still enjoyed residual influence on the policies of their former colonies.

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Tourism Ministry Outlines Plans For US$50 Million World Bank Grant

The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, on Monday, outlined various programmes and activities, which the $US50 million World Bank grant would be used for.

Addressing the media at the Meet-the-Press Series in Accra, Madam Catherine Ablema Afeku, the Sector Minister, said the grant was given under the Ghana Tourist, Arts and Culture Sector Improvement Project.

She said the grant would help the Ministry and its agencies to improve sector productivity, create jobs and wealth creation.

Madam Afeku said it was the first time the Ministry has receive such a colossal financial help from the World Bank and that it would go into empowering women and youth in the creative arts value chain, and ultimately, to enhance the tourism experience in the country.

Madam Afeku commended the Finance Ministry for facilitating the process, saying it was upon incessant pressure from their outfit that secured the grant.

She said the World Bank and the Finance Ministry would supervise the utilisation of the funds to ensure the judicious application of the funds on targeted projects.

Other projects which the funds would be applied include; supporting reforms in the Ghana Tourism Strategy and Sector Development Implementation Roadmap and ensure the creative industry is involved and engulfed in the development plan of the Ministry.

It would foster inter-sectoral stakeholder linkages, efforts coordination and capacity building to create skilled workforce in the hospitality, tourism and creative arts sector, as well as facilitating beach sanitation and commercialization and help macro and small scale enterprises within the sector for job creation.

More so, the Minister revealed that, the funds would help the Centre of the World project at Tema under the auspices of the Ghana Development Tourism Company.

Madam Afeku said the project would be marketed locally and globally to attract people to have their weddings and engagements there as well as advertise goods manufactured locally, as well as linking the Centre to the rest of the world so as to rake-in more revenue for the state.

For instance, the Tema Golf Club could be accredited to host golf tournaments at the Centre of the World through a Memorandum of Understanding and transform the Golf Club into a first-class golf resort, transform the Presbyterian Church at the Centre into a religious tourism site and develop passenger and cruise ship terminal and construct an iconic tower there, she said.

The Minister said the Governments vision was to make Ghana a tourism destination hub, therefore, all efforts are geared towards investing in projects that would support achieve that feat.

She said the Accra Tourist Information Centre had been renovated and would soon be commissioned as a convention and business bureau with the aim of attracting major events to Ghana.

Madam Afeku said the Centre has three major restaurants to promote the Eat-Ghana initiative and a Customer-Call Centre where both domestic and foreign tourists could make enquires on various tourist destinations in the country.

By Ghana Leaks Blog

June 3 Disaster Could Happen Again – Assemblyman Warns

The June 3 disaster could happen again if Local Government authorities fail to institute measures aimed at desilting the Odaw River, Assembly Member for Odawna electoral area, Hendrick Kinna has said.

Mr. Kinna made this known when he was queried by Eyewitness News Host, Umaru Sanda Amadu on measures government had taken to avert a similar disaster from recurring.

Its been three years since the flooding and fire disaster which claimed about 150 lives occurred.

Following the incident, the then Metropolitan Chief Executive of Accra, Alfred Okoe Vanderpuijie, had assured residents that such a disaster will never occur again as the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) will complete the desilting of the Korle lagoon and create more drainage systems within Accra.

However, almost three years down the line, Mr. Kinna said most of these promises had not been realized, adding that enough was not done to forestall similar incidents in the future.

Residents safety not guaranteed

Mr. Kinna further pointed out that the safety of residents cannot be guaranteed during the rainy season, despite previous assurances from the government at the time, saying I cannot tell whether they will be safe because we do not know the amount of rain that will come in.

He indicated that though a subsidiary of Jospong Group , Dredge masters was subsequently contracted to desilt the Odaw River , it failed to complete its work, thus leaving most of the drainage systems around the Odawna area still choked.

He therefore called for the swift intervention of the Local government, saying We are still waiting for the Local government to get dredge masters to desilt the filth in the Odaw- the Dredge masters were doing this so they have to continue their work.

A GOIL fuel station near the GCB Bank towers at Circle in Accra was gutted by fire when a fuel tanker exploded amidst severe floods.

Over 150 bodies of persons who were seeking shelter at the fuel station due to the heavy rain and flooding were burnt to death.

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Revealed: Bread Seller Aided Kwabenya Jailbreak

A bread seller near the Kwabenya District Police Headquarters is alleged to have aided the jailbreak that led to the shooting and killing of an officer and escape of seven inmates.

Identified as Nancy Dentah, the trader is reported to have initiated contacts between inmates and the armed group that staged the bloody attack last two weeks.

Police sources say preliminary investigations revealed she smuggled her phone to a Nigerian inmate identified as Chibuzor Akwubar in the cell, hours before the attack.

The bread seller is among the 12 suspects who have been arrested in connection with the attack. They also include three of the seven escapees.

The Police will arraign all of them Tuesday, Director-General of Police Public Affairs ACP David Eklu has said. He told Joy FM some of the suspects were arrested for aiding and abetting.

One of them is believed to be the one who shot Inspector Emmanuel Ashilevi, he said, stating the police are working to arrest the four other inmates who escaped.

Inspector General of Police (IGP), David Asante-Apeatu has said the police will honour the memory of the officer every year to bolster the confidence of the others to discharge selfless services to the country.

Our colleague has not died in vain and his name is going to be engraved in gold at the cenotaph and every year we are going to celebrate him, the police chief said at the one-week celebration of the passing of the officer.

There are calls for the government to organize a state burial for the fallen hero as was done for slain soldier Major Maxwell Adam Mahama last year.

ACP Eklu said no decision has been taken on that, noting there are several types of burial for police personnel based on ranks and circumstances of death.

But the Police Public Affairs Director-General did not rule out the impact of a state burial on the police force.

Giving Mr Ashilevi a state burial will boost the morale of officers, he said, adding it emboldens the personnel to do their work without fear or favour.

Already, Interior Minister Ambrose Dery has assured the police administration the government was putting in place measures to improve the welfare of police personnel.

But security analyst Adam Bornah has asked the police to go beyond the Interior Minister to initiate talks with the Finance Ministry because it is in charge of the budget.

When the budget was read, security was not part of the highlights, he said, adding Ghana was not going anywhere until we resource the police service.

By Ghana Leaks Blog

Man Dies After Being Sucked Into MRI Machine

An Indian man died after being sucked into an MRI machine while visiting a relative at a hospital in Mumbai, police said Monday.

Rajesh Maru, 32, was yanked towards the machine by its magnetic force after he entered the room carrying an oxygen cylinder, the city's police said in a statement.

"We have arrested a doctor and another junior staff member under section 304 of the Indian penal code for causing death due to negligence," Mumbai police spokesman Deepak Deoraj told AFP.

By Ghana Leaks Blog

GHC8m Defamation Suit Against Kennedy Agyepong Exempys Afia Akoto

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Deputy Head of Masloc Afia Akoto has been exempted as the third defendant in a cent;8 million defamation suit brought against Member of Parliament for Assin Central Kennedy Agyepong. The exemption comes after Madam Akoto signed terms of settlement including a retraction and an apology. ldquo;I write to sincerely and unreservedly retract who ...

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OFF THE RECORD:The Nine Most Awkward Moments Of The Grammys

LAST nights Grammy Awards was full of glitz and glamour as the great and the fine of the music industry gathered to hand out gongs.

Lady Gaga, Beyonce and Bruno Mars were among the many stars who trod the red carpet at New York's Madison Square Garden at the 60th ceremony.

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World Hunger Up: United Nation Warns...

United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, has warned that hunger is on the rise across the world with Africa registering the highest rates.

He was speaking during an event organised on the margins of the African Union Summit under the theme: Renewed Partnership to End Hunger in Africa by 2025 â€" Five Years Later: Taking Stock of Progress and Lessons in Light of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Secretary General said agricultural and livestock productivity in Africa was under threat, largely due to conflict and climate change.

He added: Climatic shocks, environmental degradation, crop and livestock price collapse and conflict are all interlinked.

Against this backdrop, Mr. Guterres urged governments to adopt national agricultural policies and investment plans that focus not only on agricultural sector development but on poverty, hunger, and resilience to climate change.

Climate change adaptation should be promoted as an integral part of conflict prevention, with special attention to sustainable agriculture and pastoralist and semi-pastoralist livelihoods. It is vital to highlight that the majority of undernourished people in Africa live in countries affected by conflict, he said.

The UN Chief stated that sustainable and inclusive agricultural growth was important to achieve both SDG1 on poverty and SDG2 on hunger and that it also influences many other goals.

In the same light, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said, Hunger-fighting initiatives in Africa need to be deepened and broadened to put the continent back on track to eliminating the scourge of undernutrition.

Achieving zero hunger in our lifetime is still possible, he added, noting however that this will require a redoubling of current efforts and a push for political commitment and timely concrete actions.

In his remarks, Ethiopian Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, said his government has made significant progress in fighting hunger.

The P.M. stated, among other things, that; In recent years we have managed to overcome food security challenges by increasing our domestic purchasing power and that their use of indigenous approaches will continue until goal of zero hunger is achieved.

The event was jointly organised by Ethiopias Ministry of Agriculture and the African Union Commission, with help from FAO and the ECA.

Other participants included President Alpha Condé of Guinea; former heads of state; African Ministers of Agriculture; leaders of civil society organisations and the private sector.

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AMA Appoints Desmond Appiah As New Chief Resilience Officer

The Accra Metropolitan Assembly in partnership 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) has officially announced the appointment of Mr. Desmond Appiah as Chief Resilience Officer (CRO) of Accra.  

The appointment of a Chief Resilience Officer is an essential step of Accras resilience-building effort and its partnership with 100 Resilient Cities â€" Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation. The 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) organization is part of a $164M commitment by The Rockefeller Foundation to build urban resilience in 100 cities around the world. Accras engagement with 100 Resilient Cities kicked off in 2014 with a Resilience Agenda-Setting Workshop.

As Chief Resilience Officer, Mr. Appiah will play a leading role in city-wide resilience building efforts to support the city prepare for, withstand, and bounce back from the ‘shocks â€" catastrophic events like fires, floods, and disease outbreak â€" and ‘stresses â€" slow-moving disasters like environmental degradation, ageing infrastructure, and unemployment, which are increasingly part of 21st century life. Mr. Appiah is the second person to hold the Chief Resilience Officer position in Accra, and is working to continue the progress made by his predecessor. 

Speaking about Mr. Appiahs appointment, Accra Mayor Mohammed Adjei Sowah said, Desmond has broad experience working across the West African sub-region, as well as in Europe and the United States, in the design and implementation of systems that help long-term sustainable development goals. We are pleased to welcome him on board to lead the development of Accras Resilience Strategy."

As Chief Resilience Officer, Mr. Appiah will report directly to Mayor Sowah and shall oversee the development and implementation of a comprehensive Resilience Strategy for the city. The position will be fully funded by 100RC.

Commenting on his new role, Mr. Appiah said, The challenges faced by a rapidly growing city like Accra are many and multifaceted. Developing and implementing strategies that ensure an appreciation of integrated approaches or linkages and interdependencies in the planning process, will decide the way cities like Accra can become resilient through harnessing the opportunities that such growth can present in the immediate as well as the longer term.

The CRO is an innovative feature of 100RCs resilience building program, specifically designed to break down existing barriers at the local level, account for pre-existing resilience plans, and create partnerships, alliances and financing mechanisms that will address the resilience vulnerabilities of all city residents, with a particular focus on low-income and vulnerable populations. Mr. Appiah will receive personnel and technical help provided by 100RC; and utilize resilience building tools from private, public, academic, and NGO sector organizations that have partnered with 100RC.

Desmond Appiah joins a network of peers from cities across the globe that will share best practices and surface innovative thinking, said Michael Berkowitz, President of 100 Resilient Cities. Accra will become a global leader in resilience, and he will be an asset for Accra and other cities around the world.

Responding to these opportunities and challenges, the citys resilience initiative looks at urban planning, innovative financing schemes, communication technology, and trans-regional development to address issues as far-reaching as environmental degradation, public health, affordable housing, unemployment, road safety and establishing the nexus between these parameters. Mr. Appiah will be charged with fostering a citywide dialogue that ultimately cultivates a holistic view of resilience.

About Desmond Chris Appiah

Mr. Desmond C. Appiah comes to the CRO position from the Accra Metropolitan Assembly where he is the Chief Resilience and Sustainability Advisor. He has worked in Europe, the United States of America and across the West African sub-region with various industries, non-governmental and parastatal organizations as well as development partners to design and develop progressive management systems that help long-term sustainable development goals.

In Europe, he worked with blue-chip manufacturing enterprises to develop and implement strategies for proactive management in meeting environmental, health and safety standards and manufacturing quality specifications. He also led initiatives to meet governmental standards on the Climate Change Levy targets which further aided the attainment of improved energy use mix requirements and standards.

In the United States, he worked on initiatives that promoted improved environmental compliance within Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region III and supported by Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP).

In Ghana, Mr. Appiah has worked as a consultant, providing quality, health, safety and environmental management for clients in various industries. He was a UNIDO National Expert in Quality Assurance offering advice to selected companies to enhance operational performance and efficiency. He has also been an advisor on major development projects to enhance efficiency, promote prudent resource management in energy, forestry development, product quality, employee well-being and environmental stewardship.

Desmond holds an MS in Environmental Protection & Safety Management (St Josephs University), MSc in Energy & Sustainable Development (De Montfort University), B.A (Hons) in Geography & Resource Development (University of Ghana), a PG Certificate in Group Crisis Intervention and has attended many professional development seminars.

About 100 Resilient Citiesâ€"Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation 

100 Resilient Cities - Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100RC) helps cities around the world become more resilient to social, economic, and physical challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century. 100RC provides this assistance through: funding for a Chief Resilience Officer in each of our cities who will lead the resilience efforts; resources for drafting a resilience strategy; access to private sector, public sector, academic, and NGO resilience tools; and membership in a global network of peer cities to share best practices and challenges. For more information, visit:

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Timetable For Water Rationing To Be Made Public

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Residents across the country who are hard hit by water shortages may have to look to God for redemption According to the Communications Director of the Ghana Water Company Limited, Stanley Mantey the rate of evaporation of water bodies across the country has become alarming and unless there is rain, there will be consequences for some communitie ...

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Monday, January 29, 2018

Annul Legal Profession Regulations

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The Association of Law Students rsquo; Presidents has urged the annulment of the Legal Profession (Professional and Post-Call Law Course) Regulations, 2017 currently before Parliament 39;s Subsidiary Legislation Committee. In a petition addressed to Speaker, Professor Mike Aaron Oquaye, the Association has raised grave issues with the Regulatio ...

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Even God Will Not Be Happy With Messing Up The City--Accra Mayor On Church Posters

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Accra Mayor, Mohammed Adjei Sowah has condemned how some churches and corporate institutions advertise their institutions and events. Citing a the posters and banners of an upcoming programme of General Overseer of Perez Chapel International, Bishop Charles Agyinasare, dubbed ldquo;Festival of Miracles rdquo;, Mr. Sowah stated it is unac ...

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Luv FM Tops Radio Stations In Kumasi

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Your super station, Luv 99.5 FM continues to stride away from its peers in English Language radio broadcast in the Ashanti Region. The station emerged top in the niche market , having placed a respectable 4th overall in the 2017 GeoPoll Ghana Media Measurement Report. Alongside, sister station, Nhyira 104.5, Luv FM joined He ...

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Sunday, January 28, 2018

Russia Seeking To Deepen Economic Relations With Ghana

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The Russian Federation has pledged to support the political dialogue and co-operate on various economic and investment projects in efforts to strengthen relations with the Republic of Ghana. The Foreign Affairs Ministry said on its official website that both countries, through collective and persistent ways, would make noticeable contributions i ...

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Saturday, January 27, 2018

TMA To Wall All Public Schools In Tema

The Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE) of Tema says he would promote an agenda of infrastructural development within the Metropolis as part of restoring Tema to its past glory.

Mr. Felix Mensah Nii Annan-La says the TMA under his stewardship would pursue a sustained development on all facets of infrastructure in the Metropolis.

He said this during a sod-cutting ceremony for the construction of a fence wall at Community Seven Number One Basic School as well as six other public schools in the Metropolis.

He said, What we require as an Assembly is your help and assurance that as residents, teachers and parents, we shall uphold our civic responsibilities at all times and also help the Tema Restoration Agenda.

Pledging the construction of a twelve storey classroom block for the school in addition to the walls, the MCE assured that the TMA would continue to make fine use of revenue realized from rate payers in Tema.

He observed that as a result of the implementation of policies such as the School Feeding Programme, enrolment in basic schools had increased and facilities overstretched therefore there is the pressing need for the Assembly to modernize, expand and in some instances, completely overhaul the existing facilities to accommodate our children.

Mr. Annan-La said, as part of the Tema Restoration Agenda, the TMA was committed to providing access to quality education for every child in the Metropolis, adding that our commitment hinges on the fact that a nation can only progress when its people are educated and have skills to help themselves.

The Tema Metropolitan Director of Education, Mrs. Margaret Nsiah Asamoah, said the situation in most of the public schools within the Metropolis posed as an occupational hazard to students and teachers, because the schools had become dumping sites for refuse with people regularly encroaching their lands.

She observed that teachers and students would feel safe to teach and learn respectively, and therefore urged the community members to help the TMA by taking care of the school facilities.

The Head Mistress of the Community Seven Number One Basic School, Madam Gloria Agbeshie, said the school was in the middle of the Community and without walls so the children easily went out of the school into the community.

She said, Even in the evening, smokers settle here and the most annoying thing is when they finish smoking they would smear the place with toilet, making the children to clean up fecal matter most of the time before they begin learning.

Madam Agbeshie added that, Others use the school as a walkway, with people walking through to their destinations and then thieves and furious people run through the facilities at anytime, so the construction of the wall is really a dream come through.

The Tema Metropolitan Engineer, Mr. Maxwell Adu-Boateng, said the TMA had a plan to wall 36 public schools in the Tema Metropolis.

He said, the first phase of the project which would be completed in three months would see the walling of Adjetey Ansah Basic School, Manheam, Tema Newtown, Community Seven Number One Basic School, Kotobabi Basic School, Batsona, Lashibi School Complex, Lashibi, among others.

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President Leaves Ghana For AU Summit

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo left Ghana on Saturday to attend the African Union (AU) Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The President will join some 40 other African leaders for the 30th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Governments of the Union that would run from Sunday, January 28, to Monday, January 29, 2018.

The Biannual Summit, under the theme; "Winning the Fight against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa's Transformation," is expected to reflect on the issues of security, politics, institutional reforms, continental free trade amongst other pressing matters.

President Akufo-Addo was accompanied by officials from the Presidency.

He is expected to return to the country on Wednesday January 30, 2018.

Speaker of Parliament, Prof. Mike Aaron Oquaye will act as the President until his return.

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Weed Out Unqualified Students Or Face Consequences - Ministry Warns University Colleges

The Ministry of Education has directed private university colleges to do self-auditing to ensure that the right students are admitted before it cracks the whip on those that are guilty.

Minister of State in charge of Tertiary Education, Prof. Kwesi Yankah, who gave the directive, said an ongoing audit report on randomly selected private university colleges in the country revealed a disturbing and an embarrassing state.

He said even though the academic auditing was still ongoing, the report had indicated that 20 per cent of students admitted by the private university colleges did not provide information as to whether they even wrote the WASSCE, not to talk of whether they got the required grades.

Flouting laid down rules

Speaking at a forum in Accra for managers of private university colleges yesterday, Prof. Yankah said there were cases of irregularities in admission requirements right through to examination malpractices.

He said, for instance, there were cases of candidates admitted to private university colleges on whom there were no records of their West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) results on file.

Unqualified candidates

Prof. Yankah said there were instances of candidates admitted with grades E8 and even F9, adding that, that was a practice such institutions had been perpetuating because nobody had cracked the whip on them.

He said there were also cases of students with certificates from unaccredited institutions being admitted and also cases of students with foreign certificates, not certified by the National Accreditation Board (NAB), being admitted.

Prof. Yankah described the outcome of the ongoing auditing as also defeating the crusade of government that this is a country of integrity with a highly qualified human resource base.


He said one way out was for the private university colleges themselves to undertake, self-pruning and self-cleansing.

Check your records and if you realise that some students are not properly admitted, get rid of them. If you wait for us to come, the consequences would be disastrous for the very existence of that university, Prof. Yankah warned.

He said the government was not ready to compromise on standards in education and would, therefore, not endorse mediocrity.

Go three years back and check. Students you have admitted with F9 and E8, get rid of them, he directed, warning further that if an external authority was forced to do the auditing and such records were found, it would be horrible for the guilty institutions.

He told the managers of private university colleges that they had been given the first-hand option to do self-auditing to ensure that no such students were admitted and also to ensure that no such students applied for admission, before they matriculated their students.

Prof. Yankah said the NAB would continue the academic auditing to ensure that all private universities were following laid down regulations.

He said it was required that, you subject yourselves to self-censorship, adding that the final outcome of the report would be disastrous for the defaulting universities as their names would be splashed in the newspapers.

Prof. Yankah noted that the impact of such a move would be unimaginable for the affected universities as it would have implications for their subsequent admissions.

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Trump: 'America First Policy Is Not America Alone'

President Donald Trump has told global finance leaders he will always put the US first when it comes to trade, but "that does not mean America alone".

"The US is open for business," he said in his inaugural address to the World Economic Forum in Davos on Friday.

But he continued to attack "predatory" trade practices, warning partners that the US would not tolerate unfair trade.

Mr Trump's election campaign centred on America First, aiming to protect local manufacturers from foreign competition.

This policy appeared to contradict the Davos conference's goal of promoting globalisation and co-operation.

Mr Trump lauded the economic achievements of his first year in office, including cutting corporation tax and lowering the unemployment rate, and said the US was more attractive than ever to foreign investment.

"I'm here to deliver a simple message - there has never been a better time to hire, to build, to invest and to grow in the United States. America is open for business and we are competitive once again," he said.

Taking credit for the strong economy in the US, he urged foreign investors to "bring your money, your jobs, your businesses to America".

As he was speaking, latest figures for US economic growth were released, showing a slowdown in growth from 3.2% to 2.6% in the final quarter of last year.This meant annual growth for 2017 was 2.3%, up from 1.5% in 2016 but below the president's 3% target.

By Ghana Leaks Blog

Anti-Ghanaian Names: Parliament Asks Births And Deaths To Reverse

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Parliament has summoned the Local Government Minister and officials of the Births and Deaths Registry to respond to questions on plans to bar Ghanaians from registering some local names. Legislators, including Haruna Iddrisu and Joseph Osei Owusu, are unhappy at the directive and demanded the legal basis for which the Registry has issued ...

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All Vehicles Across The Country Recalled For Re-registration

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The Government will soon commence the re-registration of all vehicles plying in the country in line with the provisions of the Road Traffic Regulations 2012, and for proper inventory. The move, which would be done by the Ministry of Transport in collaboration with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA), would enable Ghana to obtain a ...

By Ghana Leaks Blog

Kumasi Metro Assures Relocation Exercise Would Be Done Fairly

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The Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly , has rejected assertions by some traders in the metropolis that it has adopted a ldquo;lackadaisical approach rdquo; in the ongoing relocation exercise of traders and transport operators. The Assembly has also asked members of the various traders rsquo; associations to desist from any intended plan ...

By Ghana Leaks Blog

Friday, January 26, 2018

Kumasi Metro Assures Relocation Exercise Would Be Done Fairly

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The Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly , has rejected assertions by some traders in the metropolis that it has adopted a ldquo;lackadaisical approach rdquo; in the ongoing relocation exercise of traders and transport operators. The Assembly has also asked members of the various traders rsquo; associations to desist from any intended plan ...

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Poor Condition Of Service Harming KATH Mortuary Attendants

Mortuary assistants at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) have decried what it describes as poor conditions of service.

According to them, the meager salary as well as allowances given to them have left them perpetually resigned to hardship.

A mortuary attendant with the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) speaking to Abusua FMs Osei kwadwo disclosed that, working conditions are so horrible that we have to buy working gadgets using our own pocket money.

According to him, majority of mortuary assistants at the KATH are casual workers and are not paid by the Controller and Accountant General but from the internally generated fund.

Poor conditions of service are making the work difficult for us. The conditions are so bad that sometimes the same hand gloves have to be used for several days before new ones are provided for us and mostly we buy it with our own pocket money.

He adds, aside the poor conditions of service, the sanitation as you see around here is very terrible which is harmful to our healththe situation is disheartening and something has to be done about it.

The mortuary attendant reveals, most of the workers have been there for over 10 years and they are still casual workers.

He therefore called on government and Ministry of Health to come to their aid and improve their conditions of service.

By Ghana Leaks Blog

Rapper Flavor Is 'Taken To Hospital After Being Punched In Face And Kicked On The Ground'

Singer Flavor Flav was attacked in Las Vegas.

The 58-year-old reality TV star was punched in the face and kicked when on the ground while at the South Point Casino in Las Vegas on Tuesday evening.

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Oprah's No Presidential DNA Remark Doesn't Mean She Won't Run

There's a lot of buzz Oprah Winfrey will definitely NOT run for President in 2020, based on a recent interview she did ... but there's one crucial fact everyone's leaving out.

Oprah told InStyle she doesn't "have the DNA" to run for the White House -- which seemed to shut the door on the speculation that started after her Golden Globes speech. 

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More Details About The Escape Of Cell Inmates

It has now been established that the six suspects, who were freed by armed robbers during the attack on the Kwabenya Police Station last Sunday, which led to the death of Inspector Emmanuel Ashilevi, were hardened armed robbers.

According to information, only one of the suspects was involved in stealing.

Reports said four of the suspects were remanded into custody by courts while three others were about to be arraigned before court by the police.

The six armed robbers have been identified as Dickson Ofori, 24, Chibuzor Akwabu, 34, a Nigerian, Emmanuel Kotey, 21, Prince Osei, 27, Kofi Darko, 21, Atta Kwadwo, 20 and Edem Rockson, 32.

Dickson Ofori, 24

Ofori, according to police reports, single-handedly attacked a house at Ashongman and shot two of the occupants.

He allegedly stormed the house on December 6, 2017 around 3:30am and robbed the victims of items such as laptops, mobile phones and WIFI device.

Two occupants of the house raised an alarm when he was about to attack another victim but Ofori fired gunshots indiscriminately.

Some mad residents, who came to the rescue of the victims, disarmed him and later handed him over to the police.

The items and the weapon were recovered by the police.

He was remanded into police custody to reappear on January 26, 2018.

Chibuzor Akwabu

Akwabu, in the company of seven others, reportedly attacked Atomic Gas Filling Station on November 10, 2017.

However, police received information on their activities and rushed to the scene.

The armed robbers, upon seeing the police, opened fire.

The police returned fire and in the process Akwabu was hit by a bullet.

He was later captured and sent to the police hospital for treatment.

Upon his discharge from hospital, police arraigned him before court and he was remanded to into police custody to reappear on January 17, 2018.

However, on the said date, the suspect was sent to court but the judge was absent.

The police planned to arraign him before court at a later date but he escaped from cells.

Emmanuel Kotey

Kotey on December 20, 2017 hired the services of an Okada rider from Abom Junction near Pokuase to Katapor area near Amasaman.

Midway through the journey, he allegedly sprayed pepper into the eyes of the rider and snatched the motorbike from him.

Kortey later took the motorbike to Asamankese in the Eastern Region and was arrested through intelligence on December 28, 2017.

He was remanded to reappear on January 25, 2018.

 Edem Rockson, 32

Suspect Edem allegedly stole a Ford salon car from a shop at Kwabenya.

Until his arrest by the Kwabenya police, the suspect was on remand at the Nungua Police Station for committing a similar offence.

He usually enrolls as an apprentice at mechanic shops.

In the course of his work, he gets access to keys of vehicles that have been brought to the shop by the owners for repair works.

He usually steals the keys to the car and while everybody is away, he takes the vehicle to a hiding place.

Edem used this tactic to steal a Ford vehicle from his master at Kwabenya and sold it at a cost of GHC2,000.

The Kwabenya Police had information that the suspect had been arrested for a similar offence at Nungua.

He was to appear in court on January 24, 2018.

Suspects Osei, Darko and Kwadwo are friends who were in possession of a long cutter screw driver, pistol and some deadly implements at the Kwabenya Roundabout in the wee hours of November 17, 2017.

Police reports indicated that the Kwabenya police received a tip-off that the three friends had planned to attack a victim at Kwabenya and apprehended them.

The aforementioned items were concealed in a bag.

They were remanded into custody to reappear on January 24, 2018.

Meanwhile, the Accra Regional Police Commander DCOP George Alex Mensah, when contacted, said efforts were underway to get the perpetrators arrested.

He urged the public to volunteer information that would lead to their arrest.

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Occupy Ghana Petitions AG Over Blacklisted Names By Births And Deaths

Pressure Group, Occupy Ghana, has written to the Attorney General, Gloria Akuffo, to complain about the blacklisting of definite names such as Nana, Nii, Junior, among others from being registered by the Births & Deaths Registry.

Occupy Ghana in the letter argued that, the Registrys action has no basis in law, and charged the Attorney General to take steps to address the issue since it is a gross violation of the rights of Ghanaians.

We have however checked that Act and all relevant laws including the Regulations passed under the Act. We have not seen any provision that either supports this policy or gives the Registrars of Births and Deaths any power to refuse to register any name. We believe that this stance is a gross violation of the rights of Ghanaians to determine names (particularly Ghanaian names) as they deem fit for their children, subject to the right to change ones name at any time later in life, the letter said.

Occupy Ghana in the letter, which was also copied to the Local Government Minister, called on the Attorney General to order the Registry to stop such acts, else they will proceed to court within the next 30 days.

We therefore write to put you on notice, in accordance with section 10 of the State Proceedings Act, 1998 (Act 555), that we intend to begin civil action against the Republic within thirty (30) days of the date of this letter if this illegality is not addressed forthwith, the letter read.


Persons who wish to register names such as Nana, Naa, Junior and the likes were turned away by the Births and Deaths Registry with a reason that such names are  considered as titles and not names.

The Registrar at the Births and Deaths Registry, John Yao Agbeko, justified the action saying the law governing the Registrys operations â€" Act 301 (1965) â€" gives them the power to undertake such exercise.

There is a law that regulates the activities of the Births and Deaths registry, that law is the Births and Deaths Registration Act 301 of 1965. In this act we have a function for the Minister to do a regulation. In the regulation, there is a function for the registrar to come out with a mode of operation.

So even though you will not read it in the act, the regulation allows the registrar to come out with the mode of operation to manage the place and that is what we have done. That is why if you go to Tamale, the one over there will tell you that you cannot register that name. If you pick that same name and you run to Accra, in order to do same, you will be told you cant do it, he explained on the Citi Breakfast Showon Thursday.

Blacklisting ‘title names illegal â€" Ace Ankomah fumes

A private legal practitioner, and member of Occupy Ghana, Ace Ankomah, had earlier described as illegalthe Births and Deaths Registrys blacklisting of definite names.

Sharing his view on the matter on the Citi Breakfast Show on Thursday, Ace Ankomah said what the Registry is doing is not in the law, and it is also not in the regulation that was supposed to have been made under the 1965 Act.

This nonsense must stop!

What the law says is that, they should have a mode of operation. The Births and Deaths Registry has no power to make law. Having a mode of operation must comply with the law. So if the fundamental law does not give you a definite power, you cannot be claiming that you have written your own mode of operation to make that power to yourself. So it does not exist, it has no legal basis, that nonsense must stop, he fumed.

Below is the full statement from Occupy Ghana:

The Attorney-General & Minister for Justice

Ministry of Justice and Attorney-Generals Department


Dear Madam,


Our attention has been drawn to the implementation of an alleged policy by the Registrars of the Birth and Death Registry that refuses to register the birth of children whose names include names such as Maame, Pappa, Nana, Naa, Junior, Nene, Nii and Ohemaa as well as decide the order in which names must be written, giving prominence to foreign names over indigeneous Ghanaian names. The Registrars claim that they are empowered to do this on the basis of the Registration of Birth and Death Act, 1965 (Act 301).

We have however checked that Act and all relevant laws including the Regulations passed under the Act. We have not seen any provision that either supports this policy or gives the Registrars of Births and Deaths any power to refuse to register any name. We believe that this stance is a gross violation of the rights of Ghanaians to determine names (particularly Ghanaian names) as they deem fit for their children, subject to the right to change ones name at any time later in life.

We therefore write to put you on notice, in accordance with section 10 of the State Proceedings Act, 1998 (Act 555), that we intend to start civil action against the Republic within thirty (30) days of the date of this letter if this illegality is not addressed forthwith.

We however believe that this cause of action will not be necessary if all Registrars of the Births and Deaths Registry will be directed to desist from these acts and stop refusing to register such names as they have no basis in law.

Yours faithfully,


The Minister
Ministry of Local Government


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STATEMENT: GWCL To Ration Water As Dry Season Affects Supply

The Management of Ghana Water Company Limited wishes to announce that with the onset of the dry season, we are experiencing some challenges with water supply in Accra and most parts of the country.

We are sorry to inform the consuming public that, the situation has led to intermittent water supply in most Cities and Towns in the country.

It must be emphasized that during this season, a number of consumers resort to the use of treated water for keeping lawns green, for commercial washing of vehicles etc. The dry season is on and consumers with greater dependence on rainwater have also compounded the problem by taking to treated water use. These practices ease the pressures in the pipelines thereby causing low pressure and no flow in some areas, especially areas located in high elevations.

Management of GWCL is very much concerned about the serious impact of the water situation in the Country and wish to assure the general public that, the company is working assiduously to undertake the necessary steps aimed at improving the water delivery in the Country.

To support the company through this important period, consumers are advised to strictly observe the following water conservation measures:

- Cease indiscriminate watering of lawns with treated water,

- Moderate the use of treated water for car washing through the use of buckets instead of hosing,

- shut all taps when not in use,

- Repair all leakages in your homes, like overflowing reservoirs and dripping taps, valves, etc

- Report all burst pipes and leakages immediately to the nearest GWCL district offices, Customer Service centres, Fault Offices, and via the GWCL customer App which is also available on google playstore on android cell phones and applestore on iPhones and Tablets or GWCL whatsapp lines (0555123393, 0555155524, 0207385088, 0207385089, 0207385090. You can google locations, pictures and videos of the burst

- Report all persons engaged in illegal connections, by-passes, and all malpractices against GWCL

Management of GWCL, wishes to advice the general public that it is doing its utmost best to solve the water situation in the country but as patriotic citizens, we need to desist from Antisocial and unacceptable behaviors like the use of in-line pumps, illegal connections, and by passes. Let us pay our bills promptly and support GWCL to serve you better.

The cooperation of the general public is greatly appreciated.

By Ghana Leaks Blog

Akwasi Ben, Young boyfriend Of Eduman 'kitchen stool sextape' girl speaks

A 17-year-old young man believed to be the embattled boyfriend of the lady at the center of the Breman Eduman leaked video has finally spoken after the incident had gone viral on social media.

Akwasi Ben, the alleged boyfriend revealed that his girlfriend told him that she was related to the Headmaster, Robert Sepey, which explained why she frequented his house on a daily basis.

He said the lady told him that Mr. Sepey was her uncle and it was only normal for a niece to go to her uncles house to support out with a few chores.

Akwasi Ben added that the young lady also told him that she was a virgin and had not had intercourse with anyone.

The young man bemoaned that he had become the laughing stock in the town ever since the video went viral because he always bragged about how chaste his girlfriend was when he met with some of his friends.

The 17-year-old boyfriend of the young lady alleged that at a point, the headmaster advised the young people to stay away from premarital sex.

Not too long ago, a video went viral on social media involving the headmaster of Breman Eduman D/A Basic School, Robert Sepey, and a former female student of the school.

The video has sparked nationwide debate with many people calling for the head of the headmaster while others argued that the head teacher should be absolved of all guilt because the act was consensual.

The young lady has also opened up on the issue after days of silence and revealed that the headmaster at the center of the leaked video was her boyfriend and confirmed that the issue was not one of rape.

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