We’re not part of NDC’s demo – #FixTheCountry campaigners

A Fighter General of the #FixTheCountry Campaign, Commander Hardi Yakubu says the campaigners will not be part of the National Democratic Congress’s (NDC) demonstration for justice and others.

According to him, the FixTheCountry campaigners will not support any political party to gain electoral capital using the genuine concerns of the people.

The #FixTheCountry Campaign which started on the microblogging site, Twitter had some unhappy Ghanaians venting their displeasure over what many describe as a failure on the part of successive governments to improve the lives of the citizenry.

The campaign seeks to get the government to fix the country in areas such as the rising youth unemployment, dilapidated health system, skyrocketing home-renting structure, poor road networks among others.

Although the campaigners wanted to the campaign to the next level, by proposing a demonstration, they were denied the right to do so because according to the Ghana Police Service, the restrictions imposed on the country due to the covid-19 pandemic had not been lifted.

However, the Ghana Police Service provided security for the youth wing of the NDC during their ‘March for Justice’.

Speaking on Atinka TV’s morning show, Ghana Nie with Ekourba Gyasi Simpremu, Commander Hardi Yakubu said,”We are not going to be part of it. We will not help any political party to win the electoral fortunes on the back of the genuine concerns of the people, we are mobilising on non-partisan basis, NDC can go on with their demonstration, they have the right but we are not part.”

He said a new date, 4th August 2021 has been fixed for their long awaited demonstration, adding that preparations are underway towards the upcoming demo.

Commander Hardi Yakubu therefore called on all Ghanaians to put aside partisan consideration and join a non-partisan genuine platform that amplifies the voices of the people without any consideration for partisan benefits or elections

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March for Justice: NDC being hypocritical – #FixTheCountry Campaigner

A Fighter General of the #FixTheCountry Campaign, Commander Hardi Yakubu says it is hypocritical for the NDC to be appearing as if they are genuinely concerned about the issues concerning Ghanaians when they are part of the problems.

Although not part of the NDC’s ‘March for justice’, he said the #FixTheCountry Campaign supports anyone who tries to embark on a demonstration to register their frustrations.

The #FixTheCountry Campaign, which started on the microblogging site, Twitter had some unhappy Ghanaians venting their displeasure over what many describe as a failure on the part of successive governments to improve the lives of the citizenry.

The campaign sought to get the government to fix the country in areas such as the rising youth unemployment, dilapidated health system, skyrocketing home-renting structure, poor road networks among others.

Although the campaigners wanted to the campaign to the next level, by proposing a demonstration, they were denied the right to do so because according to the Ghana Police Service, the restrictions imposed on the country due to the covid-19 pandemic had not been lifted.

However, the Ghana Police Service provided security for the youth wing of the NDC during their ‘March for Justice’.

Speaking on Atinka TV’s morning show, Ghana Nie with Ekourba Gyasi Simpremu, Commander Hardi Yakubu said,”So long as the person is a Ghanaian, the person has the bonafide right to protest. We, however, find it very contradictory and very hypocritical that some of the things that the NDC itself was supervising and presiding over are some of the things that they are protesting against now.”

He continued that,” When the NPP was in opposition, a lot of things that they were speaking against are the things that they are doing now. So, this is the kind of situation we have in our political arena, where the two political parties are mainly engaged in a play of a political trend game; when they are in opposition, they know everything right under the sun, but when they are in government, they become deaf and dump to all the problems of the country

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Headless body of man found at Feyiase – Suspect arrested

Israel Agyei Manu — The deceased

Police in Kuntenase in the Ashanti Region have picked up a suspect in the death of a cab driver, Israel Agyei Manu, whose severed head was found metres away from his body last Sunday at Feyiase in the Bonsomtwe District in the Ashanti Region.

The police have named the suspect as Rashid Ibrahim, who has reportedly confessed to the crime.

He is said to have killed Manu who was also a headteacher of Rogel Montessori Basic School at Atonsu Kumasi.

Manu owned a Toyota Vitz vehicle with registration number GE 3170-21, which he used on part-time basis as a Bolt driver.

Confession

The police said the suspect initially gave an “untenable alibi,’ but later confessed to committing the crime and led police to retrieve the machete which he allegedly used to behead Agyei Manu at Feyiase New Site on July 4, 2021.

The suspect is in police custody pending arraignment.

Shocking incident

The Feyiase community was last  Sunday afternoon thrown into a state of shock when a headless body of a man was found in front of an uncompleted building at Feyiase New Site.

The man, who was later identified as Israel Agyei Manu, and believed to be in his mid-30s, was said to be a teacher of a private school at Atonsu and a part-time online hailing cabbie allegedly killed by some unknown assailants who requested his services.

The incident has thrown the community into a state of fear and panic as it was the first time such an incident was being recorded in the area.

Residents suspected an act of ritual murder and not robbery.

Lying some few metres away from the body was his head, and close to it were his mobile phone and wallet

Also, a Toyota Vitz, with registration number GE 3170-21, which he was said to be using for the cabbie services, was also found at the crime scene.

Assembly member

The Assembly member for the Feyiase Electoral Area, Mr Samuel Yaw Kwae, told the media that he received a call around 2p.m. last Sunday that a decapitated body had been found lying in front of an uncompleted building at Feyiase New Site.

He said he informed the police and together they went to the scene and found the body without the head.

Mr Kwae said the team searched the area and found the head about some 200 metres away from where the body was lying.

The head had wounds suspected to have been inflicted by machete.

Manu was said to be visiting his fiancée at Feyiase when he had a request for a trip and decided to drop passengers off.

The body of Manu has since been deposited at the morgue of St Michael Hospital at Pramso

US Embassy issues alert to Americans on NDC’s ‘march for justice’ demo

The United States Embassy in Ghana has issued an alert to all Americans especially those living in the capital over a planned demonstration by the main opposition National Democratic Congress against the government.

The Embassy told its citizens that the march is likely to draw a large crowd and disrupt traffic.

“Considerable police presence and heavy congestion are expected along the planned route, beginning from Accra Mall at 6 am and then moving south towards Parliament House throughout the day,” the alert said.

The embassy has asked its citizens to monitor local media for updates, exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings or protests, plan for alternate travel routes, and comply with all police and security service instructions.

The NDC’s march according to the party is to help raise awareness about the state of insecurity and lawlessness in the country.

The party also said Tuesday’s protest is to compel President Akufo-Addo to wake up from his slumber and act with urgency.

“The converging point of the march is the Accra Mall, then we proceed onto Liberation Road to OpeibeaHouse then through the Aviation Road through Lands Commission. From there, we proceed to the Flagstaff House through the Switchback road. From thereon, we will use the Ako-Adjei interchange to Parliament house,” the party said in a statement.

In a separate statement, the NDC also noted that the march is meant to remind President Akufo-Addo of his responsibilities toward the people of Ghana, especially in the area of public safety and security

Enough is enough! Review your ‘authoritarian’, ‘dictatorial’ tendencies – Otokunor to Akufo-Addo

President Nana Akufo-Addo must change his dictatorial ways which have dented Ghana’s democratic credentials, Deputy General Secretary of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), has said.

He told journalists during the party’s march for justice on Tuesday, 6 July 2021 in the national capital, Accra, that: “The people are here in their numbers, and I think that should be a loud statement to the government. The cause that we are fighting for, is a universal cause that transcends age. We are fighting against state-organised killing and murder and citizens’ suffering”.

“This should be a wake-up call”, Mr Otokunor said of the thousands of protesters, adding: “This should be a reminder that we need to change the cause”.

“President Akufo-Addo should review the authoritarian dictatorial tendencies that he has brought bare on our democracy,” he demanded.

In his view, the president’s style of governance has hurt Ghana’s democracy.

“The situation is so bad that you cannot sleep in your room and sleep in peace”, he complained, noting: “Everybody is worried”.

“People are dying”, he said.

“They are killing ordinary citizens. They are killing security officers”, Mr Otokunor added.

“We are not seeing the end to these investigations and the military and police are engaged in state-organised aggression on people”.

“That is worrying and the government must know that enough is enough”, he noted

We don’t know who killed the two protesters – Regional Min. tells C’ttee of Inquiry

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The Ashanti Regional Minister Simon Osei-Mensah has said the Regional Security Council(REGSEC) has no brief on the identity of the security personnel who shot and killed 2 persons at the June 29 protest against the murder of a social media activist in Ejura.null

He reiterated before the committee of inquiry that it has not been established yet who killed the two locals in the midst of the protest.

Footage from the scene on June 29 shows four soldiers moving in a horizontal line with a Police water cannon charging on the protestors.

The security personnel initially were shooting into the sky, but the demonstrators were unfazed and kept moving forward. The Military personnel then started shooting into the crowd.null

Two people were hit, and the crowd scattered, with some of the protestors running helter-skelter for cover.

Meanwhile in his account before the government committee of inquiry during the committee’s maiden sitting on Tuesday, July 6, the regional minister claimed that the violence in the community after the death of Ibrahim Mohammed was incited by one Abee Wakaz.

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Kaaka was attacked by his own brother – Police

Mohammed Iddrisu alias Kaaka was attacked by his own brother Baba Iddi preliminary Police investigations has revealed.

Baba Iddi has since been arrested, arraigned, and remanded into police custody and helping in police investigations.

It is recalled that on 26 June 2021, the police in Ejura received a complaint from one Haruna Mohammed that his brother, Kaaka, aged 45, had been ambushed and beaten by some unknown assailants while on his motorbike returning home.

Kaaka became unconscious and was rushed to the Ejura Government Hospital for treatment.

He was later transferred to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital for further treatment where he died on 28 June 2022.

The police has appealed to anyone who has any information on the incident to volunteer it.

Ministerial Committee On Ejura Incident Begins Sitting July 6

The three-member Ministerial Committee commissioned to conduct a public enquiry into the shooting incident at Ejura in the Ashanti Region will start sitting on Tuesday, July 6, at the Prempeh Assembly Hall in Kumasi.

The committee, which is chaired by an Appea Court Jusdge, Justice George Kingsley Koomsom will receive evidence from witnesses at its sitting, which commences at 10 am each day, a statement issued by the Committee, said.

The statement, signed by Kwabia Owusu Mensah, Media Liaison Officer for the Committee, invited the media to give coverage to proceedings at the sitting.

Minister of the Interior, Ambrose Dery, leading a government delegation on a recent visit to Ejura, announced the setting up of the three-member committee, saying it had ten days within which to work and give recommendations to the government.

The other members include Dr Vladimir Antwi-Danso, a security expert, and Ms Juliet Amoah, Executive Director of Penplusbyte, a Civil Society Organization (CSO).

Ms Maria Louise Simmons, a Principal State Attorney, is to serve as Secretary to the Committee.

The statement said the probe was necessitated by the June 29 disturbances and shooting incidents, which claimed two lives and resulted in four people sustaining various degrees of injuries.

Two young men, Nasiru Yussif and Murtala Mohammed, both in their 20s, who lost their lives in the tragedy, had since been buried.

The incident was triggered by the death of one Ibrahim Mohammed, alias Kaaka, 45, who was said to have been brutally assaulted while returning home on a motorbike three days before the disturbances.

Three accused persons, Ibrahim Issaka, Fuseini Alhassan and Iddi Mohammed, arrested in connection with Kaaka’s death, were remanded into police custody by the Asokwa District Court.

They were charged with conspiracy to commit crime and murder.

The court presided over by Mrs Akua Adu Boahen did not take the accused persons’ pleas when they made an appearance on Friday, July 2, and will re-appear on July 22, 2021.

Meanwhile, members of the Committee, accompanying a government delegation, including the Minister of the Interior, paid a fact-finding visit to Ejura on Monday

Ghana Water, Fire Service clash over lack of water in fighting Makola Fire

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The Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) and the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) have clashed over the unavailability of water in the fire hydrants in and around Accra Central Business District (CBD) to quench Monday’s inferno which gutted a three-storey building near Makola.null

While the GNFS says the unavailability of water in the hydrants affected their efforts to quench the fire immediately they got to the scene, the GWCL believes they could have moved to a nearby hydrant for water when the ones in and around the CBD were not working.

Fire gutted the three-storey building at Makola in the central business district of Accra on Monday, July 5, leaving many traders in sorrow over loss of wares.

Most of the traders deal in cosmetic products.

The fire, according to eyewitnesses, began at around 9:00 am in one of the shops and spread to others.

It took fire personnel almost 12 hours to bring the fire under control.null

Explaining further the extent of the damage caused by the fire, the Head of Public Relations at the GNFS, Ellis Robinson Okoe, told Maakye host Captain Smart on Onua TV and Onua FM on Tuesday that “there were no access roads to where the building was. All the fire hydrants are not working. No water was flowing and the distance was a factor”.

“The flexibility to the building was not there. Traffic also blocked us,” he added.

DO II Robinson Okoe said “we need hydraulic platform…helicopters…we will need more breathing apparatus to be able to fight fire but we don’t have them.”

But reacting to the no-water in the fire hydrants assertions, the Head of Communications at the Ghana Water Company, Stanley Martey, refused to accept them.

“We have to allow the technical people to talk when it comes to some of these things. The Fire Service will never accuse Ghana Water. It is the media that pushes them to say certain things.”null

He explained that “in Accra, every kilometre had fire hydrants so if you get to one and there is no water, you move to the second one.”

Mr. Martey added that “the demand for water is more than we are able to supply so we can’t get the whole of Accra water every time that is why we ration water.”

He said “[GNFS] had about nine fire tenders and at every point in time they needed water? Accra is complicated.”

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“Suspect in Kuntenase Murder Arrested, Confesses to the Crime.

Police in Kuntenase in the Ashanti region have picked up suspect Rashid Ibrahim for the cold-blooded murder of Israel Agyei Manu, headteacher of Rogel Montessori Basic School at Atonsu Kumasi and owner/driver of the Bolt service Toyota Vitz vehicle with registration number GE 3170-21.

The suspect who initially gave an untenable alibi to Police later confessed to committing the crime and led police to retrieve the machete which he allegedly used to behead the deceased at Feyiase New Site on 4th July 2021. The suspect is in Police custody pending arraignment before Court.

Police commend community members who volunteered their observation of the movement of neighbours and strangers alike to the Police, leading to the arrest. Police assure them of the strictest confidentiality and appeals to such informants to desist from blowing their cover by bragging about such exploits.”

We can stay in power if we deliver faithfully to Ghanaians – Freddie Blay

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The National Chairman of the ruling New Patriotic Party, Mr. Freddie Blay has reiterated his party’s commitment to delivering on its mandate to the betterment of the lives of the people of Ghana.null

According to him, the surest way the NPP can remain in power is to remain committed to these values – dedication and commitment to public service.

“We must remember that what will keep us in power is our dedication to deliver faithfully to the people of Ghana rather than our individual interest.”

He made the remarks in Ho on Sunday, July 4, during a sod-cutting event for the construction of a Volta regional secretariat of the NPP.

The National Chairman of the Governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), Freddie Blay has cut sod to begin the construction of the Volta Regional headquarters of the party in Ho, the regional capital.null

The project which is expected to be completed by the end of the year is estimated to cost about Ghc1.2 million. When completed, it will have offices for all regional officers, and an executive conference room. A second phase which includes a conference centre would commence soon after the first phase.

The project, initiated by the Regional Chairman, Makafui Woanyah is near Dave-Junction, off the Ho-Kpetoe road.

The National Chairman, Mr. Blay who described the initiative as laudable commended the regional chairman and his team for the vision of providing a permanent office for the NPP in the region, the stronghold of its opposition

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Brutalities, killings under Akufo-Addo ‘worse than COVID-19’ – Kofi Adams

Buem MP Kofi Adams has said the “recent happenings in the country are worse than COVID-19”, thus, justifying a demonstration by the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) on Tuesday, 6 July 2021 despite the threats posed by the pandemic in Ghana, especially with the recent confirmation of the Delta variant in Ghana.

The demonstrators are demanding justice for lynched social media activist Ibrahim Kaaka Mohammed and two other demonstrators who were killed by military gunshots at Ejura, Ashanti Region, as they marched to demand justice for their slain colleague Kaaka.

Justifying the demonstration, Mr Adams said: “Kaaka, who is gone, did not die because of COVID-19”.https://googleads.g.doubleclick.net/pagead/ads?client=ca-pub-4549410436183225&output=html&h=250&slotname=4705176708&adk=1921530005&adf=2366005940&pi=t.ma~as.4705176708&w=300&lmt=1625577527&psa=1&format=300×250&url=https%3A%2F%2Fmobile.classfmonline.com%2Fnews%2Fpolitics%2FBrutalities-killings-under-Akufo-Addo-worse-than-COVID-19-Kofi-Adams-25653&flash=0&wgl=1&dt=1625577525920&bpp=8&bdt=1298&idt=1114&shv=r20210630&ptt=9&saldr=aa&abxe=1&cookie=ID%3D8936ae9927596ff8-22bef26665c90095%3AT%3D1625577233%3ART%3D1625577233%3AS%3DALNI_MZzplqOx9ST9NviQf6QHo7q91eIIQ&prev_fmts=0x0%2C300x250&nras=1&correlator=360820375944&frm=20&pv=1&ga_vid=1689536011.1625577234&ga_sid=1625577527&ga_hid=1252664191&ga_fc=0&u_tz=0&u_his=1&u_java=0&u_h=892&u_w=412&u_ah=892&u_aw=412&u_cd=24&u_nplug=0&u_nmime=0&adx=56&ady=1593&biw=412&bih=797&scr_x=0&scr_y=0&eid=31060474&oid=3&pvsid=298854976838552&pem=724&ref=http%3A%2F%2Fm.facebook.com%2F&eae=0&fc=1920&brdim=0%2C0%2C0%2C0%2C412%2C0%2C412%2C797%2C412%2C797&vis=1&rsz=%7Co%7CEebr%7C&abl=NS&pfx=0&fu=0&bc=31&ifi=3&uci=a!3&btvi=1&fsb=1&xpc=SGR7dptm7a&p=https%3A//mobile.classfmonline.com&dtd=1148

“Those who died after him did not die because of COVID-19”, he noted.

Mr Adams also noted that the recent brutalisation of some civilians in Wa, the Upper West Regional capital, by soldiers, was another reason to hit the streets.

“The people in Wa, who suffered various forms of injuries were not harmed by COVID-19”, he said.

“The young man who lost his limb” as a result of the Wa military brutalities, “was not as a result of COVID-19.”

“If Ghanaians who deserve to be protected by the state are rather being killed and maimed by the institutions, then there is the need to draw the attention of the state to press the brakes,” he said

Let’s re-examine tax collection in informal sector – Bawumia to GRA, AMA

Vice-President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has said he had a meeting with some traders from Makola and Okaishie markets on Monday, 5 July 2021 on their concerns concerning the operation of the Ghana Revenue Authority and the Accra Metropolitan Assembly.

Present at the meeting were Yaw Osafo Maafo (Senior Presidential Advisor), Abena Osei Asare (Deputy Minister of Finance), Mr Amishadai Owusu Amoah (Commissioner-General, Ghana Revenue Authority), Mrs Georgina Kusi (Member of the Council of State) and other officials.

The traders, the vice-president said, “narrated stories of alleged intimidation, bullying and harassment by some Ghana Revenue Authority official and Accra Metropolitan Assembly officials through audits, seizures, shop closures, etc”.

He said a “re-examination of the manner of tax collection in this largely informal sector is needed”.

The Ministry of Finance, GRA and the city council were, therefore, tasked to come up with a “friendly system that will ensure easy assessment of and compliance with taxes for mutual benefit

Menzgold case adjourned to Sept. 2 over NAM 1’s cough

The Chief Executive Officer of Menzgold Ghana Limited Nana Appiah Mensah has been taken ill and has been asked to see his doctors.

Nana Appiah Mensah, affectionately called NAM1 was not in court on Tuesday, July 6, for the Case in which he has been arraigned for fraud.

Before the Circuit Court in Accra presided over by Her Honour Mrs Evelyn Asamoah, his lawyer Audry Twum holding Kwame Akufo’s brief said their client is “coughing.”

“My Lady, our client is not well. He has been coughing and we have asked him to see the doctors this morning. Our apologies to the court for his absence,” his counsel told the court.

Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Slyvester Asare, the Prosecutor in the case said the accused has always been in court and for the sake of his absence, he prayed for the case to be adjourned.

EIB Network’s Court Correspondent Murtala Inusah reports that the case has been adjourned to September 2, 2021, after the parties had approached the bench (judge) upon the prosecutor’s request.

The prosecution failed to file processes

At the last court sitting on May 27, the prosecution was unable to file processes as per the court orders.

Earlier, the court presided had ordered the prosecution to file the necessary processes prior to the May 27 sitting. The court warned it would be forced to strike out the case should the prosecution fail to do so.https://googleads.g.doubleclick.net/pagead/ads?client=ca-pub-8731784857660975&output=html&h=343&adk=124763032&adf=1827346561&pi=t.aa~a.86673156~i.21~rp.4&w=412&lmt=1625575742&num_ads=1&rafmt=1&armr=3&sem=mc&pwprc=7938084553&tp=site_kit&psa=1&ad_type=text_image&format=412×343&url=https%3A%2F%2Fstarrfm.com.gh%2F2021%2F07%2Fmenzgold-case-adjourned-to-sept-2-over-nam-1s-cough%2F&flash=0&fwr=1&pra=3&rh=310&rw=372&rpe=1&resp_fmts=3&sfro=1&wgl=1&fa=27&dt=1625575742686&bpp=15&bdt=4092&idt=-M&shv=r20210630&ptt=9&saldr=aa&abxe=1&cookie=ID%3Da7194831a247fb70-227c845766c900b8%3AT%3D1625575509%3ART%3D1625575509%3AS%3DALNI_MbwTz7lFAQVopyon2QGIgaMrQ9hjg&prev_fmts=0x0&nras=2&correlator=7115865126487&frm=20&pv=1&ga_vid=628740914.1625575510&ga_sid=1625575740&ga_hid=1878872465&ga_fc=0&u_tz=0&u_his=1&u_java=0&u_h=892&u_w=412&u_ah=892&u_aw=412&u_cd=24&u_nplug=0&u_nmime=0&adx=0&ady=1826&biw=412&bih=797&scr_x=0&scr_y=898&eid=44745303%2C31060474%2C31061218&oid=3&pvsid=2555045300386826&pem=691&ref=http%3A%2F%2Fm.facebook.com%2F&eae=0&fc=1408&brdim=0%2C0%2C0%2C0%2C412%2C0%2C412%2C797%2C412%2C797&vis=1&rsz=%7C%7Cs%7C&abl=NS&fu=128&bc=31&ifi=2&uci=a!2&btvi=1&fsb=1&xpc=qUgTcidJre&p=https%3A//starrfm.com.gh&dtd=116

But, ASP Asare said, the prosecution was unable to file the processes on time as directed by the court and “we submit that in all humility this is no deliberate attempt to delay this court.”https://googleads.g.doubleclick.net/pagead/ads?client=ca-pub-8731784857660975&output=html&h=343&adk=124763032&adf=2596165538&pi=t.aa~a.86673156~i.23~rp.4&w=412&lmt=1625575742&num_ads=1&rafmt=1&armr=3&sem=mc&pwprc=7938084553&tp=site_kit&psa=1&ad_type=text_image&format=412×343&url=https%3A%2F%2Fstarrfm.com.gh%2F2021%2F07%2Fmenzgold-case-adjourned-to-sept-2-over-nam-1s-cough%2F&flash=0&fwr=1&pra=3&rh=310&rw=372&rpe=1&resp_fmts=3&sfro=1&wgl=1&fa=27&dt=1625575742686&bpp=12&bdt=4093&idt=-M&shv=r20210630&ptt=9&saldr=aa&abxe=1&cookie=ID%3Da7194831a247fb70-227c845766c900b8%3AT%3D1625575509%3ART%3D1625575509%3AS%3DALNI_MbwTz7lFAQVopyon2QGIgaMrQ9hjg&prev_fmts=0x0%2C412x343&nras=3&correlator=7115865126487&frm=20&pv=1&ga_vid=628740914.1625575510&ga_sid=1625575740&ga_hid=1878872465&ga_fc=0&u_tz=0&u_his=1&u_java=0&u_h=892&u_w=412&u_ah=892&u_aw=412&u_cd=24&u_nplug=0&u_nmime=0&adx=0&ady=2309&biw=412&bih=797&scr_x=0&scr_y=898&eid=44745303%2C31060474%2C31061218&oid=3&pvsid=2555045300386826&pem=691&ref=http%3A%2F%2Fm.facebook.com%2F&eae=0&fc=1408&brdim=0%2C0%2C0%2C0%2C412%2C0%2C412%2C797%2C412%2C797&vis=1&rsz=%7C%7Cs%7C&abl=NS&cms=2&fu=128&bc=31&ifi=3&uci=a!3&btvi=2&fsb=1&xpc=FeJfJUvSKR&p=https%3A//starrfm.com.gh&dtd=156

According to ASP Asare, “the records will show that at the last sitting, we indicated and pleaded with the court as it is in the interest of justice” and that “this morning we are again on bended knees, although standing, we ask that you give us the necessary ear.”

He said, Prosecution will ensure that “we file the necessary processes. We pray that in the interest of justice, my Lady grants an adjournment to enable parties to put their house in order.”

On March 2, the court warned it would be forced to strike out the case.

The court said it was unhappy about the delay on the part of the prosecution to file the necessary documents to commence the trial.

On that day, ASP Asare, the prosecutor in the case, again prayed the court, to give them more time be to able to file their witness statement and other documents.

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NAMI was initially charged with abetment of crime, defrauding by false pretences, carrying on a deposit-taking business without a licence, sale of minerals without a licence, unlawful deposit-taking, and money laundering.

It is alleged that the accused had taken various sums of money, totalling GH¢1.6 billion from customers.

The State had previously on June 24, 2020, filed new charges against the CEO of Menzgold, also known as NAM 1 at the Accra Circuit Court.

ASP Sylvester Asare then told the Court that his directives were that he should hold on to the new charges and the plea taking of the accused.

Bail

The Circuit Court on July 26, 2019, granted NAM 1 bail in the sum of GH¢ 1 billion cedis with five sureties, three to be justified.

He had pleaded not guilty to all initial 13 charges levelled against him by the State. The state had since amended its charged sheet which is yet to be moved.

He is also to report to the police every Wednesday at 10:00 hours.

Source: Ghana/Starrfm.com.gh/Murtala Inusah

We’re tired of Akufo-Addo’s dictatorship’ – NDC supporters cry as they march

Members of the opposition National Democratic Congress have slammed President Akufo-Addo describing him as a “dictator” as they hit the streets of Accra to protest.

Supporters of the NDC are also decrying what they say is the growing injustice in the country under the leadership of President Akufo-Addo.

The party said the “march will also signal the beginning of public sensitization activities to compel the government to rid the security agencies of NPP hoodlums and misfits who have been recruited and are being used to terrorize innocent and peace-loving Ghanaians. The march will also be in solidarity with the silent majority of security personnel who are concerned about the undue politicization of recruitment and appointments to the detriment of professionalism and discipline”.

Meanwhile, the party’s General Secretary Johnson Asiedu Nketia has called on participants to observe the COVID-19 protocols as they press home their demands.

“As we march for justice tomorrow, in protest against the growing levels of insecurity, lawlessness and impunity under the Akufo-Addo/Bawumia government, it is important that we endeavour to observe all the necessary COVID-19 safety protocols in the interest of the health of protestors and the nation at large.

“This has become even more imperative, given the emergence of the deadly Delta Variant of the novel coronavirus in the country.

therefore wish to urge the Organizers of tomorrow’s demonstration to ensure strict adherence by all protestors to the following precautionary guidelines:

“All protestors should endeavour to wear face masks throughout the march. That is, from the converging point to the end-point,” he said in a statement on Monday.

It added: “Social distancing at arm’s length between rows of protesters should be maintained at all times throughout the march and physical contact avoided as much as possible.

“Protestors should endeavour to use hand sanitisers periodically in the course of the march Protestors should wash their hands at the end-point of March before dispersing

Police Arrest Illegal Tricycle Users In Cape Coast

Sixty tricycle riders, illegally operating in the Cape Coast Metropolis, were on Monday, arrested by the Central Regional Police Command during a special operation to clamp down on illegal acts.

The Operation was targeted at the tricycle riders many of whom are boys of school going age, as well as others operating without license or insurance certificates.

Regional Public Relations Officer (PRO), DSP Irene Serwaah Oppong, briefing the media, expressed concern about the rate at which people were being killed and maimed by tricycles in the Metropolis.

She explained that punishment for riders who operated against the law were either to pay a fine of 25 penalty units or serve a jail term of 30 days, depending on which one the court decides.

She said those arrested would be arraigned before court on Tuesday.

DSP Oppong said the law does not permit tricycles to be used for commercial purposes in the country and any person who goes contrary to it must face the consequences.

She disclosed that, 12 out of 25 riders arrested last month, were being prosecuted at the law courts.

DSP Oppong revealed that most accident cases recorded in the Metropolis within the first quarter of this year was caused by reckless and careless driving of these riders, and there was the need to expedite action to curtail further losses and damages.

She appealed to the public to desist from engaging tricycles for commercial purposes because it was harming a lot of lives and properties in the Metropolis.

“We are appealing to the public to stop patronizing tricycles since its usage was not safe for humans “.

DSP Oppong called on traditional and opinion leaders and all relevant stakeholders within the Metropolis to help stop the illegal usage of tricycles.

She commended Nana Conduah VI, Omanhen of Edina Traditional Area for his decisiveness in banning commercial tricycles in his area and called on other leaders to reciprocate this action to support the Police.

She further pledged the unflinching support of the Police in maintaining peace as well as law and order in the region.

The joint operation, was embarked on by officers from the counter terrorism unit, operations unit and others from the SWAT.

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Parliament Approved Allowances For Presidential Spouses – Oppong Nkrumah

The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, does not approve salaries and benefits for the Executive and, by extension, for the First Lady and wife of the Vice-President, the Minister of Information, Mr Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, has said.

He has, therefore, described as misleading, information making the rounds that President Akufo-Addo had given approval for Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo and Mrs Samira Bawumia to receive same salaries as Cabinet ministers.

While confirming that there had been an increment in allowances for the spouses of the President and the Vice-President, Mr Oppong Nkrumah emphasised that that was an approval given by the Seventh Parliament.

“The President does approve salaries and benefits for the Executive. Under Article 71, the First Lady and Second Lady are not office holders so no one can determine their benefits under that article.

“However, a committee only recommended that an arrangement for the spouses be made formal and that received approval from Parliament,” he indicated.

Precedent

Mr Oppong Nkrumah explained that an arrangement that was introduced by former President John Agyekum Kufuor during the start of his Presidency in 2000 had seen spouses of Presidents and Vice Presidents, since then, enjoy allowances, though there was no formal documentation to support that.

The allowances given the two ladies of the executive were considered as part of the privileges of the President and Vice President.

“President Kufuor, in his wisdom, instituted this because of the bad situations of some spouses of some former Heads of States then. Presidents Mills and Mahama even increased the rates of these benefits during their time.

“The truth of the matter is that all surviving spouses of Heads of State, current and former, have always received salaries. Lordina Mahama, Naadu Mills, Matilda Amissah-Arthur, Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings, Faustina Acheampong, Fulera Liman etc have all been receiving salaries since President Kufuor’s time.

“What has happened now is that the arrangement has been made formal but that was done legally based on the recommendation by the Emoluments Committee,” the Information Minister emphasised.

Recommendation, approval

Mr Oppong Nkrumah further said the Emoluments Committee, set up in 2019 and chaired by Professor Yaa Ntiamoa-Baidu, as part of its recommendations, proposed that the allowances given to the spouses of the President and Vice President be formally included in the review of the entitlements for the executive.

“That recommendation was then forwarded to the Seventh Parliament which then gave the approval and it is now to be implemented. It is, therefore, not true as it is being circulated that the President has approved of emoluments to the First Lady and Second Lady,” he stressed.

The Emolument Committee

The five-member committee was set up in June 2019 by President Akufo-Addo to make recommendations to him and to Parliament on the salaries and allowances payable, and the facilities and privileges available to article 71 office holders.

Under the chairmanship of Prof. Ntiamoa-Baidu and which also had former Majority Leader and former Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Mr Abraham Ossei Aidooh, the Chief Executive of the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission, Dr Edward Kwapong, the current Director-General of the Internal Audit Agency, Dr Eric Oduro Osae, and a former Managing Director, Donewell Life Insurance Co. Ltd, Mrs Stella Segbawu, the committee had two terms of reference.

They were charged to make recommendations in respect of emoluments and other privileges for article 71 office holders, as specified under the Constitution; and also to examine any other relevant matter which the Committee deemed appropriate to its work.
 
Similar committee, set up in the past, were at various points chaired by Prof. Miranda Greenstreet, Mrs Mary Chinery-Hesse, Mr Ishmael Yamson, Prof. Marian Ewurama Addy, and Prof. Francisca Edu-Buandoh.

In inaugurating the Ntiamoa-Baidu Committee, President Akufo-Addo, then, urged them to bring to the table the work and include in their deliberations, the work and recommendations of those previous committees to be able to establish consistencies

 

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Delta’ variant: 89 recovered; active cases 46 at Achimota School – GHS

At least two-thirds of the Covid-19 cases(89) recorded at the Achimota School in Accra have recovered, according to GHS.

In all 135 cases were recorded initially, but GHS reports 46 current active cases at the school.

All the 135 cases at the time of diagnosis were either asymptomatic or mild to moderate illness, the  Director-General of the GHS, Dr Patrick Kuma Aboagye said at a Press conference.

According to him, a “significant” number of the cases at Achimota School were the deadly Delta variant.

The Ministry of Information, on Friday, 2 June 2021, announced that the Delta variant had been found in a community within the country.

“At 10:00hours on Friday, 2 July 2021, the Covid-19 task force was advised by the Ghana Health Service that the Delta variant of the SARS-Cov-2 virus has been recorded within a community (ie non-arriving passengers) in the latest round of genomic sequencing”, the Ministry posted on its Facebook page.

One percent of the Population fully Vaccinated

Three hundred ninety-six thousand seven hundred fifty-nine (396,759) Ghanaian residents have received both doses of the AstraZeneca Coronavirus vaccine, official figures from the Ghana Health Service (GHS) show.

The figures announced by the Director-General of the GHS, Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboagye represents 1.3% of Ghana’s population of 30 million

Join us to fix Ghana; your rooftop, social media noise pointless – Blay to NDC

The better way to fix Ghana is for the opposition parties to join forces with the government party to fashion out good policies to develop the country instead of shouting on rooftops and social media, Chairman of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), Freddie Blay, has said.

Urging Ghanaians to ditch any #FixTheCountry-inspired protests while addressing a gathering in Ho, capital of the Volta Region, on Sunday, 4 June 2021, for a sod-cutting event toward the construction of the party’s regional head office, Mr Blay said the “better way to fix Ghana is not to shout on the rooftop and on social media but the better way to fix the country is by developing proper policies that will win the mandate of the people in elections and be allowed the space to deliver the mandate”.

The development of the country, Mr Blay noted, “must be a collaborative work between the ruling and opposition parties”.

“Despite the different political approaches and ideological differences, we must unite with a dedication to make our country a better place for the current and future generations,” he said.

Meanwhile, the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has urged all Ghanaians, particularly the youth and members of the party, to massively participate in Tuesday’s scheduled demonstration, which is being organised under the auspices of the youth wing of the party.

The planned demonstration and street protest, according to the NDC, is to help raise awareness about the state of insecurity and lawlessness in Ghana and compel President Akufo-Addo to wake up from his slumber and act with urgency.

The protest march, the party said, will remind President Akufo-Addo of his responsibilities toward the people of Ghana, especially in the area of public safety and security.

A statement signed by the General Secretary of the party, Mr Johnson Aseidu Nketia, said: “It will seek to draw attention of the government to the growing loss of public confidence in the hierarchy of some security agencies”.

“The march will also signal the beginning of public sensitisation activities to compel the government to rid the security agencies of NPP hoodlums and misfits, who have been recruited and are being used to terrorise innocent and peace-loving Ghanaians.

“The march will also be in solidarity with the silent majority of security personnel who are concerned about the undue politicisation of recruitment and appointments to the detriment of professionalism and discipline.”

The NDC stated that it intends to remind the Akufo-Addo junta that Ghanaians have had enough of the state-sponsored brutalities and harassment against innocent, peace-loving citizens.

The NDC said it is alarmed and appalled at the increased-spate of “state-sponsored brutalities, killings and harassment against innocent citizens being supervised by President Akufo-Addo, as was witnessed during the Ayawaso West Wuogon bye-election and the December 7 Polls in Techiman South and other areas, as well as the Gregory Afoko case and the recent murder of Ibrahim Mohammed, aka Kaaka by hoodlums belonging to the NPP and state-sponsored killings and maiming of some innocent youth of Ejura.”

“These issues are of grave concern to Ghanaians across the political spectrum. We, therefore, urge the public to join hands with the youth of the NDC in a common goal to restore sanity into the security services and the nation as a whole,” the statement added

Feyiase: Police arrests man who beheaded Bolt driver

The police command in Kuntenase in the Ashanti Region has picked up one Rashid Ibrahim for the cold-blooded murder of Israel Agyei Manu, headteacher of Rogel Montessori Basic School at Atonsu Kumasi and owner/driver of the Bolt service Toyota Vitz vehicle with registration number GE 3170-21.

The suspect, who, according to a statement by the police, initially “gave an untenable alibi”, later “confessed to committing the crime” and led the police to retrieve the machete which he allegedly used to behead the deceased at Feyiase New Site on Sunday, 4th July 2021.

The suspect is in police custody pending arraignment.

The police commended the community members, who volunteered their observation of movement of neighbours and strangers alike, leading to the arrest.

The police assured them of the “strictest confidentiality and appeals to such informants to desist from blowing their own cover by bragging about such exploits

You shoot NDC member, we shoot back – Hannah Bissiw to Govt

The National Women Organizer for the opposition National Democratic Congress(NDC) Dr. Hannah Bissiw says going forward whatever action the government takes against NDC members will be reciprocated.

According to her, NDC members will now stand up against any government-sponsored intimidation.

Speaking to EIB Network Central Regional Correspondent Yaw Boagyan after a handing over ceremony organized by Tertiary Education Institutions Network (TAIN) at the University of Education, Winneba, Ajumako Campus, over the weekend, Dr. Hannah Bissiw stated she’s learned never to file a report with the police whenever she’s assaulted because it will be a useless exercise.

The veterinary doctor by profession added that she’s resolved that anytime she’s physically attacked she’ll respond in equal measure.

“I was beaten at Ayawaso West Wuogon, I didn’t file a complaint with police because they did not give birth to me. In any case, it would have been useless. The President set up a commission and they bastardized the very commission that they set up and so if I’d gone to the commission to recount the pain that Akufo-Addo’s hoodlums and criminals put some of us through and reliving that pain it would have been a waste of time. From that time, I’ve learned that when you slap me I’ll slap you back, if you stab me I stab you back. We should stop this hypocritical attitude of saying that if you’re beating us and we’re not beating back then there’s peace in Ghana, it’s fake peace. There can never be peace without justice and when I say if you slap me I will slap back then I’m being violent what about you who is practicing the violence? I’m only telling you that we’re going to be diplomatic.

“Whatever the NPP government gives us we in the NDC shall also give back to them. If they give us love we shall also give them love, if they give us caning we shall also give them back caning, if they give us shooting we shall also give them back shooting.”
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Let’s ‘march for justice’ tomorrow – NDC to Ghanaians

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has urged all Ghanaians, particularly the youth and members of the party, to massively participate in tomorrow’s demonstration, which is being organised under the auspices of the youth wing of the party.

The planned demonstration and street protest, which has been scheduled for Tuesday, 6 July 2021, according to the NDC, is to help raise awareness about the state of insecurity and lawlessness in Ghana and compel President Akufo-Addo to wake up from his slumber and act with urgency.

The protest march, the party said, will remind President Akufo-Addo of his responsibilities toward the people of Ghana, especially in the area of public safety and security.

A statement signed by the General Secretary of the party, Mr Johnson Aseidu Nketia, said: “It will seek to draw attention of the government to the growing loss of public confidence in the hierarchy of some security agencies”.

“The march will also signal the beginning of public sensitisation activities to compel the government to rid the security agencies of NPP hoodlums and misfits, who have been recruited and are being used to terrorise innocent and peace-loving Ghanaians.

“The march will also be in solidarity with the silent majority of security personnel who are concerned about the undue politicisation of recruitment and appointments to the detriment of professionalism and discipline.”

The NDC stated that it intends to remind the Akufo-Addo junta that Ghanaians have had enough of the state-sponsored brutalities and harassment against innocent, peace-loving citizens.

The NDC said it is alarmed and appalled at the increased-spate of “state-sponsored brutalities, killings and harassment against innocent citizens being supervised by President Akufo-Addo, as was witnessed during the Ayawaso West Wuogon bye-election and the December 7 Polls in Techiman South and other areas, as well as the Gregory Afoko case and the recent murder of Ibrahim Mohammed, aka Kaaka by hoodlums belonging to the NPP and state-sponsored killings and maiming of some innocent youth of Ejura.”

“These issues are of grave concern to Ghanaians across the political spectrum. We, therefore, urge the public to join hands with the youth of the NDC in a common goal to restore sanity into the security services and the nation as a whole,” the statement added

Election 2024: NDC will be back into power with hard work and determination – Ablakwa

Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa Laugh Poe

• MP for North Tongu has said that the NDC is capable of winning election 2021null

• According to him, hard work and determination is the way forward if recapturing power will be possible

• He added that corruption is deeply seated in the NPP government

The electoral results from December 7, 2016, sent the ruling government at the time, National Democratic Congress (NDC) into opposition after the New Patriotic Party, led by their flagbearer, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, won power in the presidential elections that year.

The NDC, in their second attempt in 2020, led by John Dramani Mahama failed to convince electorate to vote them back into power. This, witnessed Nana Akufo-Addo retaining the presidential seat.

But according to the NDC, they will come back much stronger in 2024 to ensure victory in the Presidential election. The Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has noted, “it will take hard work and determination” for the NDC to break the 8-year-opposition cycle.null

Speaking at a meeting with members of the London South Branch of the NDC, under the theme: “The analysis, the way forward, 2024 Election Focus,” he noted that the ruling NPP has failed the country. He maintained that corruption has become the order of the day under President Akufo-Addo.

Mr. Ablakwa has therefore called on all members of the NDC to do their bit to ensure that they unset the ruling government come 2024.

The MP further intimated that although the road to recapture the presidential seat might be tough, all and sundry must get on board to ensure that they save the country from the NPP.

“President Akufo-Addo promised to protect the public purse, but what do we see now, there is actually a raid on the public purse,” Mr. Okudzeto said.

“Corruption is deeply seated in the NPP government with members of the government and their cronies siphoning from the public purse,” he added while expressing his disappointment in the government

.Source: www.ghanaweb.

First Lady Charges Ghana Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Mrs Akufo-Addo speaking during the congress

First Lady, Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo, has made a passionate appeal to the Ghana Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and other stakeholders to take the necessary actions to ensure Ghana meets her nutritional goals and achieves optimum health for all.

Speaking at the opening session of a two-day congress on the theme “Synchronizing the Frontiers of Nutrition and Dietetics for sustainable National Impact” Mrs. Akufo-Addo said “There is an urgent need, to ensure that the poor and vulnerable have access to the needed knowledge, resources, and services to achieve optimum nutrition. This calls for a great deal of work, which needs to be carried out, within a very limited timeframe”.

Referencing the 2020 Global Nutrition Report, the First Lady indicated that Ghana is on track to achieving the global targets for maternal, infant and young child nutrition and has made some progress towards reducing anaemia among women of reproductive age, low birth weight of newborn infants and stunting of children under 5 years.

The First Lady however said there was still a lot of work to be done despite these gains.

“Ghana still has not made much progress towards exclusive breastfeeding, reducing stunting and wasting in children and curbing diet-related non-communicable diseases such as adult obesity and diabetes,” she said.

Mrs Akufo-Addo urged all relevant stakeholders including the Ministries of Health, Finance and Economic Planning and Agriculture, to make adequate investments to ensure optimal nutrition in the critical 1000 day window, between the start of a woman’s pregnancy and her child’s second birthday and to ensure the poor and vulnerable are supported to achieve optimum health.

Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, Professor Anna Lartey, Director of Nutrition and Food Systems Division, FAO Geneva, Italy, Professor Matilda Steiner–Asiedu and the President of the Ghana Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Dr Kingsley K. A. Preko joined the virtual meeting.

A/R: Angry Ntonso youth clash with Zongo youth; several injured

Angry Asante residents in Ntonso in the Kwabere East district of the Ashanti region have clashed with the Zongo youth in the area.

The clashes started Sunday evening when the two youth groups met at a drinking pub known as NO SIZE PUB.

Early Monday morning, the Zongo youth started vandalizing the shops belonging to the Ashantis. The Ashanti youth in anger also mobilised and retaliated.

The two youth groups subsequently went on a rampage and destroyed properties including cars.

Several victims have in been injured and hospitalized.

The Police are currently in the community to maintain calm and order and to prevent further damage.

Fighters boycott ‘march for justice’ ; say NDC, NPP same

The group, together with #FixTheCountry campaigners, has been denied a right to protest for months over similar concerns.

The Ghana Police Service dragged them to court over fears that the march could be a super spreader event of the COVID-19 pandemic but permitted the NDC to go ahead with its planned protest on Tuesday, 6 July 2021.

To this end, the Fighters, in a statement, have asked: “So, why would the system be so obvious in its bias? In allowing the NDC to march, the establishment deliberately subdues and dismantles your power as citizens, further tying your hands to the rotten system where you continue to be denied your basic needs and rights”.

The group said the NDC, just like the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), are equal partners in creating and sustaining the anti-people establishment that oppresses the citizenry.

“Once we understand this fact, we are able to see why the system can deny us our #FixTheCountry demonstration and allow the NDC to march.”

The group said it has, therefore, decided not to participate in the NDC demonstration but will not hold it against anyone for participating.

Meanwhile, the Fighters said they will organise their own #FixTheCountry demonstration on Wednesday, 4 August 2021.

Violators of Fishing Regulations Will Not be Spared – Hawa Koomson

Persons who practice bad fishing practices in the country have been cautioned to desist from such acts or be severely dealt with.

Mavis Hawa Koomson, Minister in charge of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development (MoFAD), who gave the caution stressed that “enough was enough”. To this end, irrespective of one’s status or influence, the laws of the country will be allowed to deal with them to protect Ghana’s water resources and fishing industry.

She said “I will not be in bed with anyone who is caught for going contrary to the rules and regulations. You’ll face prosecution straight away. Even if you’re the son or daughter of the President, I’ll prosecute you because even the President is not happy with the illegality so he’ll support me.”

The Minister gave the warning when she engaged stakeholders in the fishing industry prior to the official announcement of the 2021 close season (ban on fishing). The meeting which was held in Keta in the Volta Region of Ghana brought together stakeholders from Anloga, Keta, Ketu South districts and other inland fishers in the region and beyond.

This year’s closed season which commenced on July 1, 2021 is expected to end on August 31, 2021. Artisanal fishers will be observing the ban on fishing from July 1, to July 31, 2021 while industrial fishers are observing it from July 1, 2021 to August 31, 2021.

According to the Minister Ghana have had to put in place the closed season because of activities of fisher folk, some of which were very grave fishing violations. Such as the use of carbides, light fighting, use of unapproved nets and pair trawling.

These activities have led to over-fishing that has reduced marine fishery resources to the point that some fish species are feared to have been totally depleted.

She added that the situation has also led to a massive destruction of the marine ecosystem and by extension which has some bad implications on human health.

“That is why we cannot spare any offender, such offenders must be brought to face the wrath of the law,” she reiterated.

Madam Koomson therefore appealed to all stakeholders to do all they can to adhere to the closed season. “It has nothing to do with politics, but replenishing the fish stock to avert the collapse of the fishing industry,” she appealed.

The meeting which had in attendance Awomefia of Anlo State, Torgbui Sri III, Municipal and District Chief Executives from the two coastal areas, fisher groups, a member of the Fisheries Committee in Parliament, and officials from MoFAD and Fisheries Commission also appealed to the artisanal fishers to observe the closed season to prevent international sanctions.

The Executive Director for Fisheries Commission Mr. Michael Arthur-Dadzie, said the closed season was important because it was the only means to replenish the fish stock without the use of unapproved remedies.

Mr. Seth Agbokede, the Volta Regional Vice Chairman for the Ghana National Canoe Fishermen’s Council (GNCFC) together with the National Fish Processors and Traders Association, Mrs. Cecilia Amedey indicated their groups’ readiness to support the efforts of the Ministry and the Commission aimed at ensuring the sustainability of the fishery industry.

They however appealed to the Ministry to as a matter of urgency remedy the issues of insufficient supply of premix fuel to landing beaches and cost of fishing implements

Akufo-Addo to pay for conjoined twins operation

President Nana Akufo-Addo has pledged to pay for the cost of operation of conjoined twins.

The conjoined twins are at the Ridge Hospital.

Chief of Staff, Akosua Frema Osei-Opare announced that Mr. Akufo-Addo has decided to take up the cost of the twins.

She made the announcement to the media

Afenyo- Markin Donates Third Police Station, Two Vehicles To GPS

Member of Parliament (MP) for the Effutu Constituency Alexander Afenyo Markin, has donated another modern building and two vehicles to the Ghana Police Service (GPS) to aid effective policing in his constituency.

It formed part of his social responsibility to help the Government check crime rates and increase the peace and security of the ever-growing communities in and around Winneba.

The facility, named Effutu North District Police Station, adds up to two others constructed and commissioned in Ntakofam and Essuekyir respectively all undertaken by the legislator to serve his constituents.

Mr Afenyo Markin who is also the Deputy Majority leader for the New Patriotic Party (NPP) indicated that it was his dream to make his constituency crime-free and complement the Government’s fight against crime.

He urged his constituents particularly, traditional leaders to support his efforts in developing the constituency irrespective of their partisan affiliations or views.

“The Effutu Constituency deserves better and this is one of the numerous projects I have undertaken, I intend to do more to benefit us all and I can only do this with your undying support” he added.

He also announced that discussions were underway for some investors to establish a tissue paper factory in the municipality which he believed would create jobs for his people.

Commissioning the structure, James Oppong-Boanuh, Inspector General of Police (IGP) said the jurisdiction of the Winneba Division; Effutu East and West were inadequate to ensure effective police visibility, crime prevention, and incident response.

He indicated that the new Police station was very timely and would cover about 14 towns which would in the long run ensure better, effective, and efficient police operations.

The IGP called for a civilian partnership to aid policing adding that modern security had become a shared responsibility.

He said the Police were both committed and determined to maintain law and order, respect and protect human dignity and uphold the rights of all persons.

He also promised to donate two laptops and printers to complement the MPs efforts.

For her part, The Regional Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Habiba Twumasi-Sarpong stated that the police station would boost the morale of Police officers as they execute their duties in a friendly working environment.

She said in terms of security, the Region was relatively calm because the command had put in measures to fight crime “but together with the public, the police are active partners to enhance safety and improve security for all”.

She further expressed her heartfelt gratitude to the MP for what she called ‘a kind gesture’ and urged all well-meaning persons to emulate so that together the country would become the future all wanted to see.

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NAPO To Serve On High-Level UN Advisory Group

The Minister for Energy, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, has been invited by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) to serve on its Mission 4.7 High-Level Advisory Group as an Honourary and Meritorious Member.

In the letter of invitation dated 23 June 2021 and co-signed by Dr Jeffrey D. Sachs, President of the SDSN and Ms Stefania Gianini, Assistant Secretary-General of UNESCO, it was revealed that the Mission 4.7 High-Level Advisory Group is a new global initiative to put into practice the bold vision articulated by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on education and Target 4.7.

“This invitation is only extended to those who have extraordinarily to supporting target 4.7 and quality education globally. This membership enables you to still continue your engagement with Mission 4.7 as the new Minister of Energy for Ghana”, the letter continued. The letter concludes by thanking Dr Prempeh for his continued and remarkable leadership in education.

Dr Prempeh, who is also popularly known as ‘NAPO’, served as the Minister for Education from 2017 to 2021 and was responsible for driving the NPP government’s flagship education policy, the Free SHS programme, which saw the student population of the country’s Senior High Schools jump from 800,000 in 2016 to over 1.2 million by the time he left office. Other important reforms implemented during his tenure include a new curriculum for basic schools, TVET and teacher reforms, among others.

In May 2021, Dr Prempeh was conferred with an honorary Doctor of Letters degree by the University of Education, Winneba, and in 2017 and again in 2018, he was voted Best Minister of the Akufo-Addo administration.  He was also the recipient of the 2020 Harvard Ministerial Medal of Achievement in recognition of his exemplary leadership style

Alan Kyerematen Donates GHC 20,000 & 1,000 Bags Of Cement Towards Building Of NPP Volta Regional Office

Hon Alan John Kwadwo Kyerematen, minister for trade and industry, has made a handsome donation to the Volta regional branch of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) on July 4, 2021.

At a sod-cutting ceremony organized by the region for the building of an ultra modern party office in Ho the regional capital, Alan Kyerematen who is a stalwart and a founding member of the NPP seen by many as the “darling boy” of the region, made cash donation of GHc 20,000 and material donation of 1,000 bags of cement.

Some party faithfuls who were present and could not hide their happiness and appreciation for the patriotic gesture by Alan Kyerematen kept shouting “jobs for the people, cash for the people”, “time aso ooo time aso”, etc.

The trade minister comes across as an Economist, a Lawyer and Trade / Development Expert of international stature.

Present at the sod cutting ceremony were the national chairman of the NPP, Mr Freddie Blay, as guest of honor, the national youth organizer Nana Boakye, Mr Fred Oware, former Volta regional chairman Mr Kenwood, Volta regional executives, the executives of all constituencies of the region and party members and sympathizers.

In the 2020 general elections, the New Patriotic Party performed creditably in the Volta region by way of increasing its total votes and winning the Hohoe parliamentary seat. It is expected that the new regional office complex will enhance party work and result in better performance in the region going into election 2024

We Are Connecting More Markets And People- Comodity Exchange CEO

The Ghana Commodity Exchange (GCX) says it has created the needed modern, interactive and appropriate technological marketplace that connect people with markets to trade in commodities.

Speaking at a press conference on Sunday 4th July 2021, the Chief Executive Officer of the exchange Tucci Goka Ivowi has enabled all users (farmers, cooperatives, buyers, brokers, merchants etc.) to trade on the platform anywhere in the country irrespective of location.

She said the exchange has a membership base of 220 members out of which 116 are brokers, 67 are associate members and 37 trading members adding that a further 320,000 smallholder farmers have been trained and are set to be onboarded in the coming weeks.

Providing updates on the progress of the exchange since its inception in 2018, Mrs Ivowii said the exchange is positioned as a national and regional exchange to formalize Ghana’s and West Africa’s agricultural sector and provide better access to agricultural and financial markets for participants.

She said GCX has been able to create the needed connection between Ghanaian smallholder farmers to agricultural and financial markets in Ghana and across the West Africa Region and beyond in a way that has created new opportunities to increase Ghana’s competitiveness in global markets.

“We started by trading in Ghana for Ghanaian farmers but in the next face, when you talk about the region we have started with landlocked countries. We are already dealing in cross-border trading with countries like Burkina Faso and Niger. The idea is to bring them formally to the exchange so we are increasing our reach in the West African market than the wider African market,” she noted

I will continue to be funny to save humanity – Alban Bagbin responds to LGBTQ+ activists

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• Alban Bagbin says he will continue to lead the against LGBTQ+ legalization in the countrynull

• He believes that homosexuality is against the natural order

• Bagbin has been criticized for his stance on the issue

Alban Bagbin, the Speaker of Parliament has reiterated his stance against the legalization of Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ+) activities in the country.

Parliament last week initiated a process to pass an anti-LGBTQ+ law that will make activism or any form of pro-LGTBQ+ activity illegal in the country.

Bagbin’s strong stance against the movement has been condemned and laughed off by pro-LGBTQ+ plus campaigners with one of them allegedly describing the Speaker of Parliament as ‘funny’.

Responding to this description, Bagbin said that he will not be cowed by such criticisms and will continue to pursue the agenda against the legalization of LGBTQ+.

He noted that their activities are not only against the values and beliefs of Ghanaian society but also an affront to the natural order.

“One of their activists said on social media that I’m a funny person. I will continue to be a funny person to make sure that the right thing is done. I’m pro-life and I will continue to be funny to ensure that lives are saved in the world. I will continue to be funny to ensure that this world created by God as a garden of Eden for us to enjoy will continue to be enjoyable by everyone,” he said.

Meanwhile, Bagbin’s comments and posture on the matter has been condemned by Professor Henry Kwasi Prempeh of the Centre Democratic Development.

In a Facebook post, Professor Prempeh wondered why Bagbin seems to be making himself a star out of the anti-LGBTQ+ movement in Parliament.

“How a Speaker, who is not a Member of Parliament, and has no legislative initiative or vote in the business of the House gets to make himself into the cheerleader for a bill, including personally guaranteeing its passage, just beats me.

“…He is cast more in the mould of the Speaker in Westminster, not the Speaker of the House of Representatives in Washington,” he said in a Facebook post.

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

Politics Is Vital Element Of Democratic Governance – Freddie Blay

Mr Freddie Blay, National Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), says party politics is a critical and vital element of effective democratic governance.

He said party politics was used to contest ideas in the people’s interest.

He said the vanquished political side should, therefore, demonstrate political maturity and desist from undermining the process through incessant propaganda.

He said President Akufo-Addo-Bawumia’s team was committed to delivering on their mandate.https://googleads.g.doubleclick.net/pagead/ads?client=ca-pub-9851803229604827&output=html&h=343&adk=3559006387&adf=3229197991&pi=t.aa~a.2816640267~i.9~rp.1&w=412&lmt=1625436848&num_ads=1&rafmt=1&armr=3&sem=mc&pwprc=1604435693&psa=1&ad_type=text_image&format=412×343&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.peacefmonline.com%2Fpages%2Flocal%2Fnews%2F202107%2F447825.php%3Futm_source%3Ddlvr.it%26utm_medium%3Dfacebook&flash=0&fwr=1&pra=3&rh=319&rw=382&rpe=1&resp_fmts=3&sfro=1&wgl=1&fa=27&dt=1625436848300&bpp=20&bdt=3873&idt=21&shv=r20210630&ptt=9&saldr=aa&abxe=1&cookie=ID%3Dfdd81e32433fcc36-22b9029362c900ab%3AT%3D1625436845%3ART%3D1625436845%3AS%3DALNI_MZ29l6kzeyn46RWDAralXl4lyVuVw&prev_fmts=0x0%2C412x343%2C412x343%2C412x343&nras=2&correlator=6738401766921&frm=20&pv=1&ga_vid=751182319.1625436847&ga_sid=1625436847&ga_hid=1448415181&ga_fc=0&u_tz=0&u_his=1&u_java=0&u_h=892&u_w=412&u_ah=892&u_aw=412&u_cd=24&u_nplug=0&u_nmime=0&adx=0&ady=1303&biw=412&bih=797&scr_x=0&scr_y=0&eid=31060957%2C31061380%2C31060474%2C31061383&oid=3&pvsid=1600563448172621&pem=361&ref=http%3A%2F%2Fm.facebook.com%2F&eae=0&fc=1408&brdim=0%2C0%2C0%2C0%2C412%2C0%2C412%2C797%2C412%2C797&vis=1&rsz=%7C%7Cs%7C&abl=NS&fu=128&bc=31&ifi=6&uci=a!6&btvi=3&fsb=1&xpc=ctwhrssWCp&p=https%3A//www.peacefmonline.com&dtd=106

Mr Blay said this when during the sod-cutting for the Volta Regional NPP Office Complex, laying of a foundation stone and signing of an agreement between the Party and the Contractor, Nyasmond Company Limited, in Ho.

“Today we are witnessing some political parties abandoning their manifesto and struggling to fix-Ghana agitation, stating that the best way to fix the country is not by shouting from rooftops and on social media.”

He said Ghana would be fixed by developing proper policies that would win the aspirations and mandate of the people “and that is what the NPP government is pursuing.”

“Let the edifice reflect the values of the NPP and be committed to accelerating development.”

He entreated party supporters to exhibit selflessness to deliver to the expectation of the people and detest the culture of enriching oneself, a recipe for disaster and remember to put Ghana first.

“Remember to work in the spirit of commitment of service to the region and nation as a whole.”

Mr. Fred Oware, CEO of Bui Hydropower, who represented the Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia, said the Volta region was striving for its rightful place in the annals of the political dispensation, recounting that “gone were the days when even wearing of T-Shirt in the region was seen as a taboo.”

He paid glowing tribute to the party’s forebears in the region, including the late Tommy Amematekpor, a former Presidential Staffer, for laying a good foundation for the advancement of the NPP.

“It is important at this juncture for the old and new to come together for a guaranteed future,” he said and pledged GHC20,000 and 500 bags of cement on behalf of the Vice President.

Nana Henry Boakye, National Youth Organiser of the NPP, said the 2020 elections presented the best results for the party in the region since inception, which he attributed to the Executives in the region.

He said the vibrant executives were giving the necessary visibility to the party and needed the support of all to succeed

Source: GNA

Most Cases Of Delta Covid-19 To Ghana Are From Liberia, Sierra Leone – GHS

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) says most international travelers arriving in Ghana with the Delta variant of coronavirus are from Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Director General of GHS, Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, made this known to the press in Accra on Sunday, July 4th, 2021.

He stated that therefore that “additional measures being implemented against arrivals from hot spot countries (Liberia and Sierra Leone.”

He stated that the delta variant has a higher transmission rate.

According to him, genomic sequencing for coronavirus in Ghana was being done by NMIMR, WACBIP and UHAS.

He noted that a total of 1,212 covid19 samples have been sequenced.

He reiterated that community detection of the delta strain was confirmed on July , 2021

Asamoah Gyan named Best Ghanaian Player of the Decade at Ghana Football Awards

• The 3rd edition of the Ghana Football Awards came off on Saturday July 6null

Asamoah Gyan scored Ghana’s first goal at the World Cup stage

• The former Sunderland striker has made over 100 appearances for the Black Stars

Black Stars striker, Asamoah Gyan has been named as the best Ghanaian player in the last decade.

Asamoah Gyan, over the past 10 years, has been one of the top players for Ghana after becoming the all-time top scorer for the Black Stars and Africa at the FIFA World Cup stage.null

The former BBC African Footballer of the Year was honoured at the 3rd edition of the Ghana Football Awards held in Accra on Saturday, July 3, 2021, at the Grand Arena.

Asamoah Gyan currently plies his trade for Ghana Premier League side Legon Cities FC, after leaving India’s Northeast United.

Gyan was also the first player in the history of football to score in nine consecutive international tournaments before Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo equaled the feat at the ongoing Euro 2020 tournament.

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Source: www.ghanaweb.com

Agbogbloshie onion market will be fenced – Henry Quartey

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• Some traders who were relocated from Agbogbloshie have commenced work at Adjen Kotokunull

• The relocation of the onion sellers to Adjen Kotoku is part of efforts to decongest Accra

• The Agbogbloshie onion market will be fenced after the ongoing demolition exercise is completed

After clearing the Agbogbloshie onion market which should be done in about a week and half, the next move of government is to fence the entire area, Greater Accra Regional Minister, Henry Quartey has said.

The fenced wall according to him, is to prevent the evacuated traders and other squatters from occupying the cleared land.

He furthered that there are several government projects that will be embarked in the area when clearing is finalised.

“We will clear all the debris. Immediately after that, we will erect a fence wall. After the fence wall, there are quite a number of projects that have been lined up,” Henry Quartey told the media on July 1.null

He indicated that the initial plan was to have the market cleared in 3 days but looking at the job on the grounds, it will take one and half weeks.

“Initially, we were hoping to do this [clean-up] in three days, but clearly, it appears we will be here for a week and a half, so we are able to clear everything and make it a ground zero,” he said in an interview with the media.

Henry Quartey noted that business is running smoothly for the traders who were relocated to Adjen Kotoku.

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Source: www.ghanaweb.com

Let us rescue Ghana from Akufo-Addo and Bawumia – Mahama

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Former President John Dramani Mahama has urged members and other sympathizers of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to work hard to return the party to power to rescue Ghanaians from what he said are the many challenges they are suffering under Akufo-Addo-Bawumia government.

The presidential candidate of the NDC in last year’s elections said this on Saturday, July 3 when he opened a three-day retreat for Communications Officers and members of the communications team of the NDC in Ho.

Mr. Mahama commended the party’s Communications Team for promoting and explaining the party’s ‘People’s Manifesto’ to Ghanaians, noting that the policies outlined in the manifesto became the most talked-about by Ghanaians because it reflected the aspirations of the people.

He also applauded the team for the reliance on facts and data. Mr. Mahama encouraged the NDC Communicators not to worry about the frequent resort to personal attacks and intimidation by the party’s main opponents.

Decrying the recent spate of murders in the country, President Mahama expressed his condolences to the families of Kaaka and two others who were killed in Ejura. He observed that the rising tension and general state of insecurity engulfing the country are reflective of the leader himself, noting that the situation is “unfortunate.”

“Mr. Mahama also urged his party’s members and other sympathizers to work hard to return the party to power to rescue Ghanaians from the many challenges they are suffering under Akufo-Addo/Bawumia government.

“The 3-day Retreat was put together by the National Communications Bureau of the NDC,” a statement said.

Source: 3news.com

Commodity Exchange Seeks To Transform Ghana’s Economy

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The Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Commodity Exchange (GCX), Tucci Goka Ivowi, stated that her outfit is working to transform Ghana’s economy through agriculture.

She made this known in an address to the media at the Information Ministry in Accra on Sunday, July 4, 2021.

According to her, “Our vision is to transform Ghana’s economy through agriculture”.

She stated that there were three priority areas the GCX was working with which include: access to storage, access to market and access to finance.

So far, she said GCX has established 10 warehouses in the country mainly in the Ashanti Region, and Bono Region.

She indicated that the GCX started with trading in Ghana but was now doing cross-border trading with countries like Burkina Faso.

She said the Exchange was ensuring transparency and fairness on the market.

She spoke about infrastructure challenges across the country for the agriculture sector.

She reiterated that it’s about 20 years that the Ghana Commodity Exchange has been in the process.

The Exchange is a private entity, with Government as the shareholder.

She said the Ghana Commodity Exchange will be open to private players.

In 2020, the Ghana Commodity Exchange suffered a lot with other entities due to coronavirus.

The Exchange, she said is regulated under the Securities Industry Act.

According to her, trading under GCX is done online.

GCX, she said, is a membership-based organization and that if people want to trade they first have to become members.

She revealed that GCX worked very closely with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture as well as the Ministry of Trade and Industry.

About 22,000 farmers have gotten better prices for their products through trading with GCX

He speaks like a parrot – Efia Odo hits back at Abronye

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• Efia Odo has received all kinds of verbal attacks from Abronye

• Abronye accused her of enjoying some benefits from the NDC government

• Efia Odo says Abronye talks loosely without evidence

For some time now, Efia Odo has become the ‘pet project’ for the Bono Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party, Kwame Baffoe, known popularly as Abronye DC.

Abronye has on Wontumi FM made all forms of allegations against Efia Odo as a retaliation to the actress’ activism on social media.

Abronye explicitly accused Efia Odo of being on receiving payments from the former Mahama government and enjoyed other benefits from elements in that government.null

He also by implication made some sexist comments which cannot be re-echoed on this platform as he failed to back none of them with evidence.

Efia Odo appeared on Angel FM on June 30, 2021, and she asked about Abronye’s abuse of her. The actress held no punches and described the loudmouth politician as a ‘parrot’ who speaks without basis.

She noted that Abronye’s incessant attacks are to scare her and make her abandon her mission to have the country fixed by the political class.

But she remains adamant that she is on a just cause and would not be swayed by the comments of Abronye DC.

She denied with utter conviction that she enjoyed salaries from the previous and rubbished claims that she used frequent Dubai during the Mahama era.null

“He is someone who is a parrot. Look at the way he talks and behaves. You are defaming me and lying on my name. How can you say that a certain man has bought a house for me when I made it clear when I first arrived in the country that I stay with my mother,” she said.

“I have never stepped foot in Dubai. Nobody has given me a ticket to Dubai and bought a house for me. I don’t need their support and I don’t want it. This is propaganda to take the focus from what we are doing. He wants to make it seem like I’ve gone to the President for money but that is not true,” she added.

Efia Odo had earlier made known her intentions of taking legal actions against Abronye for the comments he made against her.

“It’s time to start suing people for defamation of character,” Efia Odo tweeted on June 29, 2021.

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

Come and join us – NDC invites #FixTheCountry movement for July 6 demo

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• The NDC has received the backing of the Ghana Police Service to protest on July 6

• The party has invited the #FixTheCountry campaigners to join them

• But the the campaigners have turned down the invite

The National Democratic Congress has extended an invitation to the #FixTheCountry campaigners to join its “March for Justice’ protest scheduled for July 6, 2021.

The #FixTheCountry campaigners have been trying to hold a protest but the Ghana Police Service has become their impediment.

While the police have failed to provide them with security in accordance with the laws of the country to demonstrate, the NDC has managed to get the green light to protest on Tuesday.

Following the granting of their request, George Opare Addo, the National Youth Organizer has urged members of the #FixTheCountry campaign to leverage on the NDC’s platform and make known their grievances.null

“I have criticised clearly the decision of the government to prevent the #FixTheCountry movement from embarking on their constitutionally mandated right to demonstrate. I believe that with the police agreeing that they will be around to provide us security, it is time that they also look at the issues pertaining to the fix the country movement.

“But I am asking everybody, especially members of the Fix The Country movement to join hands with the NDC. We are fighting for almost the same thing. I will speak with their leadership and tell them where they can align with our views and opinions so that they come and then whatever they want to do they can use our platform to convey their message,” he said on Citi FM.

The invitation was however turned down by Oliver Barker-Vomawor who said that joining the NDC will be an affront to the principles on which the campaign was birthed.

He said, “one of the things we need to be mindful of is that #FixTheCountry is not a group or entity. When individuals speak, they speak on their own mandate, so I cannot speak for the collective but I think we need to discuss the role of all political actors, including the government and the NDC as well, as to their engagement in the mess we find ourselves.”

“Now if they are coming forth honestly and acknowledging their role in the mess, that’s fine but if they shift blame, then I don’t think that it aligns with the questions we are asking because we have said that the problems have been with the successive governments and that puts the NDC squarely in what we think is wrong with how this country has been run for some years. So just because they have been granted the chance to protest and ours was denied doesn’t mean our interests necessarily align,” he added.

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

John Mahama opens NDC Communicators Retreat

Former President John Dramani Mahama on Saturday opened a three-day retreat for Communications Officers and members of the Communications Team of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in Ho. 

Mr. Mahama who was the NDC’s Presidential Candidate for the 2020 elections commended the party’s Communications Team for promoting and explaining the party’s ‘People’s Manifesto’ to Ghanaians, noting that the policies outlined in the manifesto became the most talked-about by Ghanaians because it reflected the aspirations of the people. 

He also applauded the team for the reliance on facts and data. Mr. Mahama encouraged the NDC Communicators not to worry about the frequent resort to personal attacks and intimidation by the party’s main opponents. 

Decrying the recent spate of murders in the country, President Mahama expressed his condolences to the families of Kaaka and two others who were killed in Ejura. He observed that the rising tension and general state of insecurity engulfing the country are reflective of the leader himself, noting that the situation is “unfortunate.”  

Mr. Mahama also urged his party’s members and other sympathizers to work hard to return the party to power to rescue Ghanaians from the many challenges they are suffering under Akufo-Addo/Bawumia government. 

The 3-day Retreat was put together by the National Communications Bureau of the NDC

Scrap dealers rejected government’s money – Henry Quartey

• Before the relocation of traders at the Agbogbloshie onion market, government allocated an amount of money to the affected traders as transportation

• Scrap dealers were to get GH¢50,000 out of the GH¢100,000 to be disbursed to the traders

• These scrap dealers, according to the Greater Accra Regional Minister refused to take the money because they were not willing to move from the Agbogbloshie onion market

Greater Accra Regional Minister, Henry Quartey has averred that the GH¢50,000 allocated to the scrap dealers to help them cart their goods to the Adjen Kotoku market was rejected.

His comment comes on the back of claims that he (Henry Quartey) did not give them (scrap dealers) prior notice before directing the taskforce to demolish the Agbogbloshie onion market on July 1.

The scrap dealers who spoke to GhanaWeb’s Ernestina Serwaa Asante said they were informed that it was only the onion sellers who had to move to Adjen Kotoku to continue their business.

But the Greater Accra Regional Minister shot down this claim.null

He stated in an interview with the media that the scrap dealers were kept in the know about the July 1 deadline, just as the onion sellers and cattle rearers.

As of July 1, 2021, about 90% of the onion traders and cattle rearers had relocated to Adjen Kotoku.

When the news team visited the new market, the traders said business is picking up gradually contrary to what they expected.

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Source: www.ghanaweb.com

Former IGP sues Net 2’s ‘The Seat’ show host for defamation

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•The former IGP has sued a Net 2 Television staff for defamation

•David Asante Apeatu claims the defendant, Justice Annan made libelous statements against him on his’The Seat’ show

•These he said have marred his reputation and brought his name into disrepute


Former Inspector General of Police, David Asante-Apeatu has filed a lawsuit against Justice Kwaku Annan of Net 2 Television for defamation.

The suit filed by his lawyer; Samuel Appiah Darko, Esq states that, Mr. Annan who hosts a popular show; ‘The Seat’ on the Accra-based Television station, through his medium, made allegations against the IGP which have, among other things, brought his name and reputation into disrepute.

Portions of the suit state that the defendant (Justice Annan), had claimed the IGP was and is a fence for notorious criminals both in Ghana and Nigeria, that he harbours criminals, and that he (the IGP) is a criminal who has been working in cahoots with hardened international criminals to unleash terror on Ghanaians.

It also stated that some pronouncements made on his platform in June this year suggested that the plaintiff (Mr. Apeatu) is or was on the payroll of top criminals in Ghana and refused to, in his capacity as IGP, cause the arrest and prosecution of these criminals.null

The plaintiff claims by this suit, that the words uttered by Mr. Annan during his show were published despite his knowledge that they were false and having considered the benefits of popularity and increased viewership its circulation will bring to his platform; Net 2 Television.

He described the words as malicious and is therefore asking that the court charges the defendant for;

-General damages for libel contained in Mr. Justice’ speech and

-Aggravated damages arising from the libel published by same, as well as costs including the lawyer’s fees.

Below is the full document:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1EkTPWtA7wD0el36vFkdym9TGlWx0m72Q/preview

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

Coronavirus: Ghana’s rising active cases hit 1,674

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The number of active COVID-19 cases in Ghana has risen to 1,674, the latest figures of the Ghana Health Service indicate.

Of that number, 9 are in critical condition and 19 cases have been categorised as severe.

Since mid-March 2020, a total of 796 people have died of the virus.

Ghana has recorded a total of 95,914 since the virus entered the country last year, with 93,444 recoveries.

Regional breakdown:

Greater Accra Region – 52,710

Ashanti Region – 15,984

Western Region – 5,936

Eastern Region – 4,407null

Central Region – 3,551

Volta Region – 2,609

Northern Region – 1,660

Bono East Region – 1,446

Bono Region – 1,425

Upper East Region – 1,320

Western North Region – 916

Ahafo Region – 775null

Upper West Region – 500

Oti Region – 459

North East Region – 231

Savanna Region – 123

Meanwhile, the Delta variant of the pandemic has been detected in a senior high school in the national capital, Accra.

This was disclosed by the Director of Public Health at the Ghana Health Service, Dr Franklin Asiedu-Bekoe.

He said: “Yesterday [Friday], we had information that the school had actually detected a Delta variant and this, somehow, confirms what we were anticipating”.

“The parents of the students who have been infected have been informed”, he said.null

The Ministry of Information, on Friday, announced that the Delta variant has been found in a community within the country.

“At 10:00hours on Friday, 2 July 2021, the Covid-19 task force was advised by the Ghana Health Service that the Delta variant of the SARS-Cov-2 virus has been recorded within a community (ie non-arriving passengers) in the latest round of genomic sequencing”, the Ministry posted on its Facebook page.

It said the “relevant agencies are taking the necessary steps to ensure that spread is contained”.

The positive persons, it noted, “are in good health”.

“The task force will provide further details at 13:00hours on Sunday, 4 July 2021”, the ministry promised.

It urged the general public to “adhere strictly to the COVID preventive etiquette while going about permitted activities”.

About two weeks ago, six Delta variants of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 virus) were detected from all the samples taken between April and June 2021 at the ports of entry, the Ghana Health Service (GHS) disclosed.

A statement signed by the Director-General of the GHS, Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, on Tuesday, 22 June 2021, however, said at the time that “no Delta variant has been detected from samples taken from cases in the community”.null

According to the statement, the AstraZeneca and Sputnik V vaccines are effective against the deadly Indian strain of the Coronavirus detected, known as the Delta variant in Ghana recently.

In reaction to an online publication discrediting the potency of vaccines against the Delta variant of the virus, detected at the Kotoka International Airport, the statement noted that “reports that Sputnik-V and AstraZeneca vaccines are not effective against the Delta strain of SARS-Cov-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) are untrue”.

The statement revealed that according to data from the Public Health England (PHE), “two doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine are highly effective against hospitalisation due to the Delta variant and showed no deaths among those vaccinated.”

“A study conducted by Gamaleya Center suggests that Sputnik-V is more efficient against the Delta variant of coronavirus, first detected in India, compared to other COVID-19 vaccines,” the statement said.

“The data also suggest that the AstraZeneca vaccine is effective against symptomatic disease caused by the Delta variant,” GHS added.

The statement further reiterated the measures put in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus at the airport saying: “All passengers who test positive are put under mandatory isolation.”

“All positive samples are sent for further testing (genomic sequencing) to identify the variants”.

It added that variants sequenced from samples of positive cases at the Airport do not necessarily end up in the community

.Source: classfmonline.com

SEC Warns Ponzi Scheme Advertisers

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THE SECURITIES and Exchange Commission (SEC) has urged media outlets to desist from availing their platforms to individuals or groups of persons who engage in unlicensed financial transactions.

The practice of enticing unsuspecting members of the public through the media, with promises of maximum returns on investment, after registration with initial capital, should not be encouraged by the media, said Caliis Badoo, Head of Legal Department at SEC.

“Very unsuspecting people within the regions especially, are not abreast with information and so they fall for it, and people, we all know, want money,” he said.

Speaking at a forum to educate journalists on the capital market, Mr. Badoo indicated that the law mandates the media to protect the consumers of financial services.

According to section 144(1) of the Securities Industry Act 2016, (Act 929), non-licensed persons shall not publish or cause to be published an advertisement in connection with the conduct of activity or provision of a service that requires a license, approval, authorisation or registration under the Act.

Meanwhile, a licensee under the same act shall not publish or cause to be published an advertisement in connection with the conduct of activity or provision of a service which requires a license, approval, authorisation, or registration under this Act in a manner that is unclear, false or misleading in any material particular.

Regulations 39-44 of Legislative Instrument (LI) 1728 clearly stipulates that the offering applies to advertisements issued to the public, adverts offering the services of a licensee, offering to sell or purchase securities and all types of adverts, notices, circulars, photographs, films, videos, sound broadcasting, television, and websites or in any other manner.

He explained that the law provides a general principle concerning advertisement where there have to be the highest standards of accuracy, good faith, clear language, and describing clearly the nature of the investment or service offered.

Beyond issuing warnings to the culprits, the commission, he stated, would not relent on invoking its power of prosecution to deal with such persons who are liable to 250 to 500 penalty units or two to three years in prison.

Also present at the forum was the Director-General of SEC, Daniel Ogbarmey Tetteh, who underscored the need for the investing public to understand the intricacies of the capital market in order to make informed investment decisions.

He has, however, appealed to the media to help intensify public education on the capital market with the intention of protecting the investor.

“Let’s make sure that we put out correct or accurate information in order to keep the market well informed,” he said.

Fighting Corruption: Set Law On Filing Fees – Domelevo

The immediate-past Auditor-General, Mr Daniel Domelevo, has called for a law to set a ceiling as filling fees by political parties for elected positions as part of measures to deal with corruption in the country.

According to him, the filing fees charged by parties were one of the major causes of corruption as people who paid those fees tried to recoup them when they were voted into power.


Moreover, he said the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) could create a common platform for the political parties on radio and television for campaign activities so as to deal with the money spent on campaigning.

“These guys are not philanthropists. They try to recoup whatever investments they have made and they recoup with interests. I think we have to look at how we do our election financing,” he said at a lecture held in his honour in Accra last Thursday.

Dubbed the Domelevo Accountability Lectures, the event was organised by the Centre for Social Democracy with support from Friedrich Ebert-Stiftung (FES).

It was on the theme: “Can a public officer fight corruption without political backing?”.

Ministries superfluous

Mr Domelevo, who delivered the lecture via zoom, indicated that most ministries and their agencies were superfluous and that as a means of controlling government’s revenue there was the need to realign them to save the public purse.

He said for instance that there were the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service and the Ministry of Health and the Ghana Health Service and asked whether those two ministries could not be combined with their agencies.

Again, the former Auditor-General said the Ministries of the Interior, Defence and National Security could be combined as a means of controlling government’s spending,


“I think one Ministry of Infrastructure is enough to take care of roads, our railways, our aviation, etc. because there are departments that do professional works,” he said.

Moreover, Mr Domelevo said the creation of more regions and districts was a wasteful expenditure, adding that “the money used in building regional and district administrations could have given us better access to healthcare, education and the basic needs of the people”.

Collaboration

Mr Domelevo called for stronger collaboration among anti-corruption agencies and the media to fight the canker of the practice in the country.

“Corruption is one dangerous enemy that nobody can fight alone, and we can’t fight corruption quietly so we have to collaborate in fighting the canker.

“Most Ghanaians cheer you on when they see you fighting corruption but do not take any step to do something about the practice. This attitude must stop,” he said.

Institutions

A freelance journalist, Mr Manasseh Awuni, who was the keynote speaker, said the lack of political will did not only undermine the fight against corruption but created a hostile environment for individuals and groups that made the efforts to fight corruption.

According to him, Transparency International had come out with some key indicators to show whether there was political will to fight corruption or not and named them to include government initiatives to fight corruption, mobilisation efforts, application of credible sanctions and long-term public commitment and allocation of resources.
 
A Fellow of the CSD, Mr Mawuli Dake, said Mr Domelevo paid the price of fighting corruption by being hounded out of office.

The Director of Programmes at FES, Mr Michael Abbey, said his outfit was a social democratic organisation that sought to promote social democracy, economic development and security policy.

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KNUST: Free-for-all machete, knife, broken-bottle clash leaves Katanga, Conti students injured

Several students have been left injured in a violent clash between residential students of University Hall (Katanga) and the Unity Hall (Continental) of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) on Sunday, 4 July 2021.

A vetting process for the university’s SRC elections turned chaotic, resulting in the clash accompanied by vandalism, which left several properties damaged.

There were two raucous incidents which culminated in the clashes.

The first was an alleged attempt by a management team of one of the Conti aspirants to prevent the Kantangees from gaining access to the Great Hall.

He was subsequently beaten to a pulp.

Also, a decision by the Electoral Commission to postpone the vetting as a result of the marauding bahaviour of students from the two halls.

Bottles, machetes, knives and all manner of crude weapons started flying between the Kantangees and Continentals, degenerating into total mayhem.

Security personnel on campus had a tough time restoring calm to the campus

Ejura: Rising tension, insecurity reflective of Akufo-Addo – Mahama

Former President John Mahama has observed that the heightening state of insecurity characterised by murders and brutalities, is reflective of President Nana Akufo-Addo.

Decrying the recent spate of murders in the country, Mr Mahama, who was speaking at Ho, Volta Region, on Saturday, 3 July 2021, at the opening of a retreat for communicators of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), expressed his condolences to the families of lynched social media activist Ibrahim Kaaka Mohammed and the two others who were shot and killed by soldiers in Ejura, Ashanti Region, as they marched to demand justice for Kaaka.

He observed that the rising tension and general state of insecurity engulfing the country are reflective of the leader himself, noting that the situation is “unfortunate.”

The NDC’s presidential candidate for the 2020 elections, commended the party’s communication team for promoting and explaining the party’s ‘People’s Manifesto’ to Ghanaians, noting that the policies outlined in the manifesto became the most talked-about by Ghanaians because it reflected the aspirations of the people.

He also applauded the team for the reliance on facts and data.

Mr Mahama encouraged the NDC communicators not to worry about the frequent resort to personal attacks and intimidation by the party’s main opponents.

He also urged members of the NDC and other sympathisers, to work hard to return the party to power to rescue Ghanaians from the many challenges they are suffering under Akufo-Addo-Bawumia government.

The 3-day retreat was put together by the National Communication Bureau of the NDC

Tourism Minister Hints Of Fixing Roads Leading To Tourist Sites

Dr Mohammed Ibrahim Awal, Minister for Tourism Arts and Culture has disclosed that plans are advanced for all roads leading to tourist sites in the county to be fixed as a step to improve tourism infrastructure as well as patronage.

He indicated that government intends to invest heavily in the tourism sector to strengthen its base to create jobs and employment for an estimated one million youth in the country and called on all stakeholders to support the industry in that direction.

The Minister made this known when he paid a courtesy call on Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori-Panin, the Okyenhene at Kyebi, and met with industry players in Koforidua as part of a day’s working tour of the Eastern Region.

Dr Awal hinted that processes had begun to identify and develop two iconic tourists sites in the Eastern Region to international standards as part of the job creation drive and tourism and expressed hope that the traditional authorities would support the ministry to realize that goal.

He observed that the covid-19 pandemic had dealt a huge blow in the tourism sector disclosing that the sector recorded a decline of over one million tourist visits in 2019 to less than 300,000 tourists in 2020 “undoubtedly this has resulted in the loss of thousands of jobs as well, aside from all others” he added.

The Minister who later in the company of Mr Seth Acheampong Eastern Regional Minister and Mr Okraku Mantey, deputy Tourism Minister visited the Boti falls and the Bunso arboretum urged the management of Boti falls to gear up towards infrastructure improvement.

On domestic tourism, he said the Ministry was putting measures in place as part of post-covid-19 plans to ensure that at least one million Ghanaians every year would have visited tourist sites across the country.

Source: GNA

Why do you feel attacked when we speak the truth – Efia Odo to critics

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• Efia Odo has reiterated that the #FixTheCountry campaign isn’t politically motivatednull

• She has called on political figures to focus on the positive sides to the campaign

• The actress believes politicians always feel attacked by calls for Ghana’s development

Ghanaian actress Efia Odo, who is also a convenor of #FixTheCountry campaign, has once again come at her critics. This time, she has challenged “political people’ who have tagged the online protest which is aimed at demanding accountability from the ruling New Patriotic Party as ‘politically motivated’ to rather focus on the positive aspect of their call.

In a post sighted by GhanaWeb, Efia Odo, whilst responding to a submission by a Twitter user by name, Yaw Abban, expressed her displeasure about the politicization of important issues which ought to be discussed.

The Tweep wanted to draw her attention to the United States of America’s use of Zipline for the distribution of supplies and PPEs to some hospitals in their country in this pandemic era, a move Ghana had also adopted under the leadership of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.null

Yaw Abban who tagged the actress in his tweet wrote: “The US tapped into Ghana’s idea of delivering medical supplies using drones during the peak time of the pandemic. Guess the “show us the way” doesn’t apply @efiaodo1.”

The actress whose attention was brought to the words of Yaw Abban retweeted the post saying: “Why do you feel attacked when someone says show us the way? why must everything seem so negative to you political people? who doesn’t want a better way or a prospering way? if Americans can take ideas from us why can’t we also take ideas from them? not everything must be a fight!”

The comment made by the said Twitter user has generated mixed reactions, with some calling on the attention of Ghanaians to note that Zipline which is an American medical product delivery company is not locally owned.

“Zipline is even an American company. So which way did Ghana show the US? ” wrote Kwaku O.

Another added: “I think it’s about time you stop fighting for the people because they don’t want it. Every time you post something positive, somebody will come and try to put you in mud. They don’t want any change. They don’t want you attacking the system. They are comfortable.”null

A third wrote: “We need both, if @efiaodo1 is going to shed light on the “negative ” things going on in the country, another person will also do same with the “positive ” things. We celebrate the positives, try and fix the negatives. It’s the only way to develop as a country.”

Akufo-Addo pardons ailing Abuga Pele

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has granted presidential pardon to former Member of Parliament for Chiana/Paga Constituency Abuga Pele.

Abuga Pele was last month taken ill at the Nsawam Maximum Security Prison, from where he was transferred to the Greater Accra Regional Hospital and admitted at the High Dependency Unit (HDU) of the hospital.

He has since been discharged.

The former National Democratic Congress (NDC) MP was sentenced to a six-year imprisonment by an Accra High Court in 2018 for causing financial loss to the state while National Coordinator of the defunct Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Development Agency (GYEEDA).

He was said to have acted in a manner that resulted in the loss of GH¢4.1 million by government after businessman Phillip Akpeena Assibit had made false claims that he had secured a $65-million World Bank funding for the creation of one million jobs for the youth.

Abuga Pele was found guilty on two counts of abetment of fraud and five counts of wilfully causing financial loss to the state.

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Police To Provide Security For NDC’s Tuesday Demonstration

The Police is poised to provide the necessary security for the safety of the planned demonstration by the youth of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) on Tuesday, July 6, in Accra.

In a message posted on its Facebook page, the Police said the decision followed a meeting Mr James Oppong-Boanuh, the Inspector-General of Police, held with the organisers of the planned demonstration, at the Police Headquarters in Accra on July 2.

It said all matters relating to the march were discussed and agreed, including the routes and COVID-19 protocols.

It would be recalled that the NDC in a letter to the Inspector-General of Police, dated Wednesday, June 30, and signed by Mr George Opare Addo, its National Youth Organiser, declared the Party’s planned demonstration, dubbed: “A March for Justice Demonstration and Street Protest”.

“This is to notify you that the NDC through its Youth Wing will hold a demonstration and street protest dubbed, “A March for Justice” in Accra, on Tuesday, 6th July from 0800 hours in the morning to mid-day,” the letter said.

“This letter is sent your way in line with the Public Order Act. The Act (491) stipulates that the Police be notified under section (1) of any special event within the meaning of the Public Order Act.”

The letter said that the protest was to demand justice for “all persons killed and brutalized by state-sponsored thuggery and/or adventurism by police and military forces”.

It said the planned protest was also to seek social justice for the unemployed youth.

The protest would follow these routes: “One chapter would start from Madina, the other from the Accra Business District, the third from Osu and the last from Lapaz.

“We will all meet at the Jubilee House to present a petition to the President of the Republic, to the Inspector-General of Police at the Police Head Office and the Speaker of Parliament at Parliament Houses,” it stated.

“We are willing to meet with the Police for further discussions on the subject matter.”

The Police had earlier expressed their unwillingness to provide security for mass protestors in view of the threat such activities posed as COVID-19 super spreaders.

Source: GNA

GTA Urges Ghanaians To Patronise Tourism Sites

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Tema Regional Director of the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA), Charles Buabin, has called on Ghanaians to patronise various tourism sites in the country as COVID-19 restrictions are eased steadily.

He mentioned the Shai Hills Game Reserve and the Chenku Waterfalls at Shai Osudoku, Dodowa Forest, the Greenwich Meridian Line at Tema Community One, an imaginary line dividing the planet into two equal halves, East and West, as some tourism sites to visit in and around Tema.

Other sites he mentioned include the Sakumo Ramsar Site, a wetland of international importance; the Tema Manhean Fish Landing Beach; the African Ancestral Wall and Fort Vernon both at Prampram; and the Water Sport at Volta Estuary, and other notable recreational and hospitality facilities.

Mr. Buabin told the Ghana News Agency in Tema as part of the “#ExperienceGhana #ShareGhana” campaign being undertaken by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, the Ghana Tourism Authority, and other tourism industry players; to encourage Ghanaians to visit tourism sites to ultimately revamp the industry.

The campaign seeks to increase arrivals to 600,000 by 2022 and one million by the end of 2024 with a West African Regional Target aimed at increasing arrivals from 180,000 presently, to 400,000 by 2024.

Mr. Buabin noted that the tourism sector was the hardest hit by the outbreak of COVID-19 and brought national and global tourism to a standstill.

He said even though the sector was grounded temporarily with a rapid drop in demand and a surge in job losses as a result of the direct bearing that COVID-19 preventive restrictions posed, the situation was steadily picking up at all levels.

He said, to make up for the gap that had arisen as a result of the pandemic, the Ministry of Tourism had made it a policy to re-launch domestic tourism and to promote it aggressively for Ghanaians to patronise tourism sites and hospitality facilities.

He, therefore, reiterated the call for the public to patronise some notable tourism sites in Tema and its environs, and the country as a whole to not only enhance tourism but make Ghana the preferred tourist destination.

“Every country that has a strong tourism sector has to also be a formidable but complementary domestic tourism sector, and that is what the Ministry and the Authority are working at achieving,” he stated.

He noted that Ghana had a lot to offer and most Ghanaians did not exactly know the country so well, and as part of the recovery plan from the pandemic, it was needed to stimulate demand for the tourism sector, make it more viable and rebuild destinations by encouraging visits.

Mr. Buabin said, “We are of the view that national cohesion can be enhanced and achieved when a lot more travels go on in addition to feeding the hotels with a constant source of occupancy for people to become more conversant with the country”. 

GNA

Bawumia donates GH¢60K to 3 bereaved families, GH¢10K each to injured

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Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has led a government delegation to Ejura in the Ashanti Region to commiserate with the families of the three people who died in Ejura earlier this week.

The three, Ibrahim Mohammed alias Kaaka, was lynched while the other two, Abdul Nasir Yussif and Murtala Mohammed, died from gunshots fired at a crowd of demonstrators by soldiers following the death of Kaaka.

The Vice President’s visit on Friday, followed an earlier one on Thursday by the Minister for the Interior, Ambrose Dery.

The Vice President’s delegation, which included National Security Minister Albert Kan-Dapaah, Ashanti Regional Minister Simon Osei-Mensah and National Chief Imam Sheikh Usman Nuhu Sharubutu, called on the families of all the three victims, and also visited the injured.

At the bereaved families homes, Mr Osei-Mensah, who spoke on behalf of the Vice President, commiserated with the grieving families and assured them of the government’s quest to investigate the circumstances that led to the death of their loved ones for appropriate action to be taken.

Sheikh Nuhu Sharubutu led Islamic prayers for the three victims and also prayed to Allah to comfort the bereaved families.

Vice President Bawumia donated GH¢20,000 cedis to each of the three bereaved families, and also gave each of the injured GH¢10,000.

Dr Bawumia and the National Chief Imam later joined the Muslim community to observe Jummah prayers at the Ejura Central Mosque.

Ejura: Bawumia donates GHS60K to 3 bereaved families, GHS10K each to injured

The Vice-President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has led a government delegation to Ejura in the Ashanti Region to commiserate with the families of the three people who died in Ejura earlier this week.

The three, Ibrahim Mohammed alias Kaaka, was lynched while the other two, Abdul Nasir Yussif and Murtala Mohammed, died from gunshots fired at a crowd of demonstrators by soldiers following the death of Kaaka.

The Vice-President’s visit on Friday, followed an earlier one on Thursday by the Minister for the Interior, Mr Ambrose Dery.

The Vice-President’s delegation, which included National Security Minister Albert Kan-Dapaah, Ashanti Regional Minister Simon Osei-Mensah and National Chief Imam Sheikh Usman Nuhu Sharubutu, called on the families of all the three victims, and also visited the injured.

At the bereaved families, Mr Osei-Mensah, who spoke on behalf of the Vice-President, commiserated with the grieving families and assured them of the government’s quest to investigate the circumstances that led to the death of their loved ones for appropriate action to be taken.

Sheikh Nuhu Sharubutu led Islamic prayers for the three victims and also prayed to Allah to comfort the bereaved families.

Vice-President Bawumia donated 20,000 cedis to each of the three bereaved families, and also gave each of the injured 10,000 cedis.

Dr Bawumia and the National Chief Imam later joined the Muslim community to observe Jummah prayers at the Ejura Central Mosque

Kennedy Agyapong reveals three things a woman must have in marriage

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• Kennedy Agyapong says respect is crucial in sustaining marriagenull

• He believes that women must be good at sex and cooking to keep their marriages

• He is trying to inculcate those virtues in his children

Kennedy Agyapong, the Member of Parliament for Assin Central has itemized three qualities that he claims are key to successful marriages.

These three qualities, according to the NPP MP are, sex good, cook good and being respectful.

Speaking on the Attitude show on Net2 TV, Friday, July 2, Kennedy Agyapong argued that for a marriage union to stand the test of time, the woman must have these three things.null

He said women with such qualities tend to enjoy marriages as their husbands treat them well and grant their wishes and those who lack these qualities are seen as ‘ugly’ by their husbands as they offer nothing in the relationship.

“For a woman to succeed in marriage you must sex good, cook good and respect and you will the heart of the man. Whatever you say, he would give it to you. But you are not sexually good, you can’t cook and don’t respect, go to hell. You are out,” Kennedy Agyapong explained.

He added, “You can be the prettiest woman you’ll look ugly to your man because you don’t know how to cook. When it comes to sex too, you are bad. I say all these things to my girls because they are grown now. You must sex good, cook good and respect and that’s it. That is the gospel truth.

Any woman who wants a successful marriage must have these three things or forget it. Anyone who has these qualities is always successful and people envy her because everything goes well for her.”

Kennedy Agyapong further reveals that he and his wife are making a conscious effort to instil these virtues in their children.null

He indicated that, he has taught his children the repercussions of not having these qualities.

He said while most of his children have been responsive to his bid to inculcate these qualities, a few have not been welcoming.

Agyapong recounted an instance where his wife had to scold some of his children because they misbehaved.

Watch the video below

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

Zuma wants court to review 15-month sentence

With just two days to go before the deadline for South Africa’s former President Jacob Zuma to hand himself over to police, he has asked the country’s highest court to review its decision to sentence him to 15 months in jail.

On Tuesday, the Constitutional Court found him guilty of contempt after he ignored the court’s ruling that he should attend an inquiry looking into corruption while he was president.

In court papers filed on Friday, Mr Zuma has asked for the order to be “reconsidered and rescinded”, the AFP news agency reports.

He had been advised that “it will not be futile to make one last attempt to invite the Constitutional Court to relook its decision and to merely reassess whether it has acted within the constitution or, erroneously, beyond the powers vested in the court by the constitution”.

He has also appealed to the high court to get the Constitutional Court’s decision to be delayed while it considers his request for a review.

BBC correspondent Andrew Harding called Tuesday’s ruling a scathing and hugely significant judgement against the former president.

The Constitutional Court did not simply find him in contempt, but spelled out the many ways in which Mr Zuma had lied, sought to mislead the public, and ultimately tried to “destroy the rule of law”.

Mr Zuma’s advisors have said that he will always abide by the law

I’m still at post; ignore agenda against me – Ejura MCE

The Municipal Chief Executive for Ejura in the Ashanti region Mohammed Salisu Bamba has dismissed reports of his dismissal from office.

He said the reports are part of a grand agenda against him by certain individuals.

“From last week there were reports linking me to murder, then it was reported that I’d fled town, it was then again reported that I’ve been arrested and then today it is reported that I’ve been sacked. This shows that there’s a deliberate agenda by my detractors to defame me and get me out of office. I pity the online portals that have allowed their mediums to be used to peddle falsehood,”,” he told Ejura-based Naagyei FM Friday.

Two of Mr. Salisu Bamba’s bodyguards have reportedly been arrested in connection with the murder of an activist Ibrahim Kaaka in the town.

The opposition NDC has called for his removal after visiting the area on Thursday.

Starrfm.com.gh had earlier reported that the MCE had been sacked.

Meanwhile, Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia and the National Chief Imam have arrived in Ejura following the killings that took place there on Tuesday.

The two leaders are expected to meet the bereaved families and also engage the youth and opinion leaders of the community as part of efforts to restore calm.

Two residents who were part of a group of protestors who were demonstrating the killing of an activist in the community Ibrahim Kaaka were shot dead by security officers who had been deployed to restore calm.

The Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei-Mensah, has admitted he deployed security officers to the community based on intelligence he gathered.

Meanwhile, government has named a 3-member Committee of Inquiry which will conduct an inquiry into the circumstances that led to the killings.

The 3-member committee includes Justice George Kingsley Koomson, a justice of the Court of Appeal, Security Expert, Vladimir Antwi-Danso, and the Executive Director of Penplusbyte, Miss Juliet A. Amoah.

President Akufo-Ado on Wednesday ordered Interior Minister Ambrose Dery to conduct a Public Inquiry into the circumstances that led to the Ejura killings.

Source: Ghana/Starrfm.com.gh

Free SHS a disaster, second-cycle education expensive than before – Hassan Ayariga

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The Founder and Leader of All People’s Congress (APC), Hassan Ayariga has observed that second-cycle education remains expensive despite the government’s Free Senior High School (SHS) programme.null

He claims parents and guardians are now obliged to pay more under the governing NPP’s Free education than before.

“This is because they now pay private teachers and accommodation for their wards who are placed at far distance,” he said during the APC’s press conference on national issues.

According to him, the tons of trouble seen under the government’s flagship policy – Free SHS is overwhelming.null

“Students are unable to complete their syllabus before the semester end. Our academic standards have fallen below educational standards. Our children are becoming indisciplined and irresponsible,” he said.

He added: “Free SHS policy has become a disaster and Teachers, headmasters and parents cannot intervene because of fear of intimidation and dismissal.”

Dr. Hassan Ayariga had always maintained that the free SHS programme was fraught with many challenges and that the programme will produce dangerous graduates and professionals for Ghana

.Source: kasapafmonline.com

Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa loses father

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• Okudzeto Ablakwa has confirmed his father’s deathnull

• He said his father had been unwell for quite some time

• Randy Abbey first made the disclosure on the Good Morning Ghana show

Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa the member of Parliament for North Tongu has confirmed the demise of his father.

The death of the lawmaker’s father was first revealed by Randy Abbey, the host of Metro TV’s Good Morning Ghana who sent his condolences to Ablakwa and his family.

Randy Abbey further quizzed Okudzeto Ablakwa on why despite the event happening some three days ago, he had not made it public.null

“On behalf of the production, we send our commiserations. We found out that you lost your dad. For someone who is very active on social media I don’t know why it appears that the event occurred 48 hours ago and you have not posted it but we have heard it and sent our condolences,” Randy Abbey said on the show.

Okudzeto Ablakwa said that he prefers to keep family issues private and gave further details about his dad’s death.

He revealed that his father had been unwell for some time after he returned to Ghana from the United States of America.

“I like to keep out family matters from social media. He died at age 74 and unfortunately he was sick for a while since he left the United States…,” he said.

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

Ejura Clash: Stop inciting the masses! – Allotey Jacobs to Sammy Gyamfi, NDC

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Social commentator, Bernard Allotey Jacobs has censured the National Democratic Congress (NDC) over their Communications Officer’s comments regarding the Ejura incident.null

The NDC Communications Officer, Sammy Gyamfi has blamed the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) for the death of an activist and a resident at Ejura in the Ashanti Region, Ibrahim Mohammed a.k.a ‘Kaaka’.

Allegations

The NDC National Communications Officer is convinced the mob that attacked Kaaka are members of the ruling party stressing the killing of the activist is an indication of insecurity under the leadership of President Nana Akufo-Addo.

In an interview with Okay FM, Sammy Gyamfi alleged, “There is hardship in the country and people are afraid to talk because they are afraid for their lives. Today, they have killed Kaaka. NPP killed Kaaka. Kaaka stays in Ejura and has been on this #fixthecountry campaign. He has been talking about abandoned projects. Before he was attacked by a mob, he announced that he has been threatened by the known NPP members. He even published the threats. He was beaten by a mob.”

Allotey Hits NDC

In a quick reply on Peace FM’s ‘Kokrokoo’ programme, Allotey Jacobs condemned the allegations saying, “I would toll the line of Mr. Kan-Dapaah that there’s too much political intolerance in this country. Everything is attributed to either this party or that party. It is not helping”.null

He wondered why any person would politicize sensitive issues as that of the Ejura incident.

“As political leaders in this country, do we want to destroy this country . . . Are we helping this country? Are we building Ghana?”, he asked.

He advised politicians to stop inciting the citizenry because their actions are a danger to the lives of the populace.

He stated, “Where there is anger, there is no more wisdom. Everything that comes out of the person is either bloody or death or something far dangerous and that is what some politicians are doing. Inciting people to violence, that is what they are doing!”

”Ghana belongs to all of us. We have nowhere to go except this country . . . We shouldn’t be identified with violence and rioting. It leads to nothing . . . Always wanting to score cheap political points, let us stop it,” he warned

.Source: peacefmonline.com

Speaker directs Defence Committee to probe Wa brutalities within 4 weeks

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The First Deputy Speaker of Parliament who sat in for the Speaker on Friday, July 2, Joseph Osei Wusu has directed the Defence and Interior Committee of Parliament to investigate the circumstances that caused the Military brutalities in Wa.

The Committee has one month to investigate, collect and collate the facts and report to the House for further action.

“As proposed by the Minority Leader and seconded by the Majority leader  I direct the Committee on Defence and Interior to proceed to Wa to investigate, collect and collate the facts and report to the House within four weeks,” the Speaker said.

The Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu had appealed to the Speaker to send a delegation of members of the Defense and Interior Committee, to Wa to intervene in the Military brutalities in that part of the country.

Speaking on the floor of the House on Friday July 2, he said “I am urging you to request your committee on Defense and Interior to act expeditiously if it means visiting Wa to see for themselves.

“The development and the circumstances leading to the impunity must stop.

“I am seeking your leave as I raise this matter so that we can continue to co-exist. The continued conduct of the Military is undermining civil and public confidence in our Ghana Armed Forces who have a duty to protect us.. This is the conduct of a few of them, to be fair to them.”null

A group of military men were captured on camera in Wa in the Upper West Regional brutalizing civilians on the streets.

It is not immediately clear what may have warranted such an action by the men in uniform but eyewitnesses say they were in search of a missing mobile phone belonging to one of them.

According to one eyewitness, one of the soldiers is believed to have boarded what is referred to as “Yellow Yellow” or “Mahama Cambo” and lost his phone.

The incident is said to have started at 1:00 pm and lasted for close to an hour at the Wa main traffic Thursday afternoon.

Public Relations Officer of the Upper West Regional Coordinating Council, Cletus Awuni, who is said to have gone to find out from the military about their operations was also severely brutalized with his mobile phone also destroyed.

He was taken to the Wa Municipal Hospital but was later referred to the Upper West Regional Hospital.

Source: 3news.com

I don’t believe there is culture of silence in Ghana – Gyampo

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Lecturer at the Political Science Department at the University of Ghana, Professor Ransford Gyampo, has refuted claims that there is a culture of silence under the government of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in the strict sense of the term.null

He said, where he sits as a political scientist and a citizen within the military regime of the Provisional National Defense Council (PNDC) in Ghana, he cannot agree that there is such a culture in the country.

Dr Gyampo stated that the culture of silence as he knew it under the erstwhile military regime, when one makes any critical comments against the government, he or she will be picked up, brutalized, vanish and even murdered but in the current regime he and countless others are still speaking their minds without fear.

Hence, for fear of being picked up, brutalized, vanished and even be murdered for being vocal against the erstwhile PNDC regime, a lot of people adopted the mute approach by not speaking their minds when their freedom and lives were at stake, which induced the culture of silence in the country.

He however said that, since you are being vocal and critical against somebody, it is a natural reaction to be intimidated or heavily responded to by such individuals. That cannot suffice to be classified as a culture of silence in the right sense of the term.

Professor Gyampo made these pronouncements in an interview with Kwaku Tutu on the 100 Degrees programme on Onua TV.null

His comments come after former AngloGold Ashanti boss, Sam Jonah KBE insinuated that the country seems to be in a culture of silence.

At a Rotary Club function last weekend, Mr Sam Jonah said “What is baffling is that those who used to have voices on these things seem to have lost their voices. People speak on issues based on who is in power.

“Is our deafening silence suggesting that we are no longer concerned about issues that we complained about not too long ago, particularly when those issues persist….. The molestation of and in some cases assassination of journalists, murder of MPs, corruption, the harassment of anti-corruption agents.”

“We have just finished another election, the 8th in the series since the beginning of our fourth Republican democratic experiment. As usual, the accolades came in from all corners of the world, and we took them with pride. What we failed to tell the world is that some people lost their lives in the course of the election,” Sam Jonah said.

But Professor Gyampo said, “You see the culture of silence that we learned in political science and what happened during the PNDC revolutionary times when you speak against the regime, you will either get lost, vanish, intimidated, brutalized and even murdered. So if you don’t want to go through all the unfortunate things that can happen to you, then you better shut up. So when you say culture of silence in stricto sensu, I don’t believe it because I am still speaking my mind.null

“Sometimes you can have people doing things to silence you or to gag you but for me it is normal because you are speaking against somebody and the person has got the right to respond. Unfortunately, sometimes the person may not respond in equal measure but I understand the terrain so I don’t mind but generally I don’t think we can utterly describe what is going on as a culture of silence in the country” the political science don stated.

Dr Gyampo said as far as one is in his or her right to criticize others, he or she must be prepared for a backlash from the people one offends. He said one must be tolerant of the people he or she criticizes and those who hit back at critics must also be civil and decorous in their approach in order to advance a healthy discourse in the interest of the country.

He, therefore, disagreed with Sam Jonah for espousing the culture of silence statement that has caught fire in the country in recent times to describe President Akufo-Addo’s government.

“I have disagreed with him already, today won’t be the first time I’m going to say that because during the days of the real culture of silence, he wouldn’t have had the opportunity to say what he said. In my view, I think we have challenges, there are challenges that will make people cow into submission, that will make people want to coil into their shells, especially the fact that our politics is engaged in insults, mudslinging and vituperation and all manner of things that people say about people. These may be some of the challenges that will make people say: let me keep quiet and all that but I don’t think that is the culture of silence that I know in the country”, he espoused on 100 degrees

.Source: 3news.com

Ejura: Three suspects arrested over Kaaka’s death remanded

The Asokwa District Court on Friday, July 2, 2021, remanded into police custody the three suspects arrested in connection with the death of Ibrahim Muhammed, also known as Kaaka, who resided in Ejura in the Ashanti Region.

The suspects are to reappear before the court on July 22, 2021.

They were slapped with two charges; conspiracy to commit crime and murder.

During the court proceedings, the prosecutor, Chief Supt. Kofi Blagodzi, prayed the court to remand them into police custody to allow them to conduct a thorough investigation into the matter.

The magistrate, Her Worship Akua Adu Boahene agreed and subsequently remanded them into police custody.

About Kaaka’s death
Ibrahim Muhammed, died on Monday, June 28, 2021, after he was attacked by unknown assailants when he was returning home on his motorbike on Sunday at Ejura in the Sekyedumase District of the region.

It is alleged that he was attacked and killed because of his social activism, which some felt was denting the image of the governing New Patriotic Party.

This is because the 45-year-old was noted to be vocal on both local and national issues using his Facebook page.

His family said he had faced threats over his activism prior to the attack.

Following his burial, some residents of Ejura began a street protest but were confronted by armed police and military personnel, leading to the deaths of two persons who were said to have been shot by some soldiers.

The police claim the protestors had become rowdy and were pelting the security personnel with stones.

A three member-committee has been constituted to commence a public enquiry into the deaths and report to the Presidency within ten days.

Crew Onboard Ghanaian Vessel Freed By Pirates

Five crew members aboard Atlantic Princess who were abducted by pirates on May 19, in a fishing vessel near Ghana’s Tema Habour have been released.

They were freed after 40 days in captivity.

It follows successful negotiation and payment of an undisclosed amount of money.

All crew members are reported to be safe and in good health.

Ghana’s High Commission in Nigeria is currently facilitating processes for the successful repatriation of the crew to Ghana.

According to Commander Benning, a representative of the ECOWAS Multinational Maritime Coordination Centre, Zone F, the crew are expected to arrive in Ghana on July 6. However, the five crew members kidnapped onboard FV IRIS S on May 31, this year, are still in the custody of the pirates.

They have so far spent 30 days in captivity and are also expected to be released in the coming days.

With the release of the ATLANTIC PRINCESS crew and leaving five in pirate custody, authorities say, the pirates are likely to carry out more operations in the coming days to kidnap new crew for ransom.

Intelligence available already points to this fact where a suspected pirate action group set sail to sea on Sunday June 27, this year to attack vessels. Coastal law enforcement agencies as well as international partners are encouraged to increase surveillance and patrols within the Gulf of Guinea to deter pirate attacks or enable quick response in the event of a pirate attack.

All vessels transiting the Gulf of Guinea are advised to be extra vigilant, maintain sharp lookout especially at night, observe anti-piracy measures and report suspicious activities to the necessary authorities.

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Defence Minister Assures Ghanaians Of Maximum Security

Mr Dominic Nitiwul, the Minister of Defence has assured Ghanaians of a safe environment and asked the public not to panic under the current happenings of military misconduct.

He said what happened in Ejura leading to fatalities will never be covered while the Upper West military brutalities on civilians will be professionally handled to serve as a disincentive to others.

Mr Nitiwul told the GNA in an interview that he was disturbed about the unfortunate events saying, “No one can take the law into his own hands and misbehave. We are all equal before the law and there are no separate citizens who can use the law in their favour”.

He said Ghana was one but not two and stressed the need for the security apparatus to always exhibit high professionalism in dealing with the public to ensure that Ghana remained a haven to live to attract more investments.

“Normally, we don’t discuss security matters outside and that is why some members of the public might think wrongly that nothing is being done about military brutalities. We will ensure that all those who are personnel and misbehaved are punished” he said.

Mr Nitiwul said, currently there was a high powered military delegation to the Upper West Region concerning a video of military brutalities in circulation and that the President wants to see all brutalities investigated and perpetrators punished in this country.

“I assure Ghanaians that their safety is of paramount importance to the president and the country. We will make sure that personnel who misbehaved are punished to serve as a deterrent to others”.

He appealed to the public especially those in Wa, Ejura and other places that suffered or lived under dangerous security to remain calm since the government was not sleeping on the issues.

He said the public will soon appreciate the punitive measures that will be taken by the military high command against the erring personnel.

Meanwhile, Naa Fuseini Seidu Pelpuo IV, the overlord of the Waala Traditional Area, has appealed to the government to provide a compensation package for victims of the military brutalities of the military in Wa to alleviate their plight and to help settle their hospital bills.

He said the atrocities meted out to the people ought to be a concern to well-meaning citizens, and called for immediate and severe punishment for perpetrators of the atrocities.

Naa Pelpuo IV said this in Wa on Friday when a high powered delegation from the military headquarters in Accra led by Major-General Thomas Oppong Peprah, the Chief of Army Staff called on him.

Source: GNA

I disagree with the police; NDC youth must be allowed to demonstrate’ – NPP’s Nana B

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The National Youth Organiser of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), Henry Nana Boakye, popularly known as Nana B, has urged the Ghana Police Service to allow the youth wing of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) to organise their planned demonstration dubbed ‘March for Justice’.

The youth wing of the NDC had written to the police requesting protection for the protest set for July 6, 2021, in Accra.

In response, the police said it cannot provide protection for the youth group, citing among other things COVID-19 as an excuse.

“Restrictions imposed by the Executive Instrument (EI) 395 to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic have still not been lifted”, the police stated.

But speaking on Peace FM’s Krokookoo on Friday, July 2, 2021, Nana B disagreed with the position taken by the police.

According to him, demonstrations are a constitutional right, hence the police cannot deny any Ghanaian from exercising such right.

“I disagree with the police. If they [NDC youth] want to embark on a demonstration, they should be allowed to go. The police should sit down with the organisers and agree on the routes to use for the protest; it could be just one route. The police should be able to tell the organisers to provide the protesters with nose masks and hand sanitisers, so they can embark on the protest,” he said.

Police can’t stop us; the ‘March for Justice’ demo will come off

Meanwhile, the youth wing of NDC has rejected the excuses given by the police.

The National Youth Organiser of the NDC, George Opare-Addo, told Umaru Sanda Amadu on Eyewitness News that the police’s reference to the Executive Instrument put in place to contain the spread of COVID-19 as one of the reasons for denying them their right to protest cannot be accepted because it expired at the end of May 2021.

“The law that the police quoted, EI 395 expired on the 31st of March 2021. A new E.I. was passed and that one was for one month and that one expired on 31st May, so as of today, no new E.I. has been passed.”

“They [Police] know that they don’t have the power to stop us from embarking on our demonstration. It is only a court of competent jurisdiction that can stop us from embarking on a demonstration,” he added.

Mr. Opare-Addo also said the NDC intends to compel the police by an order of mandamus in court to perform its function of providing security for the demonstration

IGP has given us green light to ‘march for justice’ – NDC’s Opare Addo

The national youth organiser of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr George Opare Addo, has said the Ghana Police Service, at a meeting on Friday, 2 July 2021, “withdrew” its “earlier letter that they sent to us” saying they cannot provide security for the party’s ‘march for justice’ event “and they’ve agreed that it’s our legal right to demonstrate, so, they will provide the necessary protection that we need for the demonstration”.

“What we did at the meeting is that we agreed the routes we’ll be using for the demonstration”, Mr Opare Addo told Charles Akrofi on Class91.3FM’s 505 news programme on Friday, 2 July 2021.

The Inspector-General of Police, Mr James Oppong-Boanuh, wrote to the leadership of the youth wing of the NDC on Friday and invited them for the meeting at 4 pm.

The letter, signed by the Director-General/Operations of the Ghana Police Service, COP Kwaku Boadu-Peprah, said: “The Inspector-General of Police respectfully requests a meeting with the leadership of the demonstration, today, 2 July 2021, at 4:00 pm at the national police headquarters, Accra, for further discussion on security implications and arrangements for the intended demonstration”.

Prior to the meeting with the IGP, The youth wing had warned that it would defy a no-demonstration order by the police and proceed with the march on 6 July.

The group wrote to the Ghana Police Service informing it about the march in a letter on 30 June 2021.

The letter, signed by the NDC’s national youth organiser, Mr George Opare Addo, indicated that “this protest is to demand justice for all persons killed and brutalised by state-sponsored thuggery and/or adventurism by police and military forces”.

But the Ghana Police Service, in a letter signed by the Greater Accra Regional Commander, DCOP E. A. Sakyi stated: “The Accra Regional Police Command acknowledged receipt of your letter dated 30th June 2021 on the above subject matter [‘A March For Justice’ demonstration and street protest] and wish to inform you that restrictions imposed by the Executive Instrument (E.I) 395 to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic has still not been lifted.

“The Regional Command also refers you to section 4 of the Public Order Act 1994 (ACT 49) particularly concerning Public Health”.

“The Command, therefore, cannot provide you with the needed security during your intended demonstration and street protest please,” the letter added.

But in a counter-statement signed by Mr Opare Addo on 1 July 2021, the group indicated that the police does not have the legal right to restrain them from embarking on the demonstration.

“The general public is hereby informed that section 4 of Act 491 specifically clothes the Minister for the Interior with the power to impose a curfew in the country, and so far as we are concerned, no part of Accra is under curfew for which reason demonstration cannot be held as the police erroneously want us to believe”.

The statement continued: “The weakest of all reasons cited by the police was its reference to EI 395 in its letter. For the records, EI 395 was birthed on the strength of section 2 of the Imposition of Restriction Act, 2020 (Act 1012) and gazetted on December 23, 2020.

“It is instructive to note that section 4 of Act 1012 provides for ‘a restriction imposed under subsection (1) of the section (2)’ and shall be for a period of not more than three months. If the police was not meticulous and not preoccupied with petty partisan politics, it would have known that EI 395 expired in March 2021. In effect, there is no law as EI 395 to be adhered to”.

“We want to inform the general public, who have received notice of the ‘A MARCH FOR JUSTICE’ street protest with enthusiasm and eagerness that there is no law which gives the Ghana Police Service the power to stop demonstrations or protests”.

“In other words, the power to stop lawful demonstration does not rest with the police”.

“We have taken a decision to stand in for the several young people at the mercy of the injustices of the system; with lost hopes, no jobs, no opportunities and yet being killed and oppressed. The government must work for the generality of the people whose taxes finance the luxurious living and wishes of a select few in the public service,” the statement added

GETFund to use 60% of inflows to service debt

Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, Minister Of Education

The Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) will use GH₵866m from its total projected inflows of GH₵1.4bn in 2021 to service debt, a parliamentary report has revealed.null

The situation, according to the report of Parliament’s Committee of the Whole on the proposed formula for the distribution of the fund, will leave the institution with only 40 percent of its inflows to spend on projects and programmes for the year.

The Administrator of the fund, Dr. Richard Boadu, told lawmakers on the committee that the situation was of “grave concern” given that it will impact on other activities.

The committee suggested to officials of GETFund that since the fund’s inflows are tied to a percentage of projected revenues, which could sometimes experience shortfalls, the fund should focus on utilising its inflows to fund projects instead of resorting to borrowing.

Justifying the fund’s borrowings, GETFund officials said it allows the fund to adequately finance and complete its projects on schedule, which helps to avoid high variation costs caused by delayed completion of projects.null

This project variation cost, which typically adds 40 percent to a project’s initial cost, is much higher compared with GETFund’s average borrowing rate of 20.5 percent, they added.

This year GETFund will spend GH₵175m, constituting 12.2 percent of its projected inflows, on projects and programmes in tertiary education, with secondary education allocated GH₵74m and basic education GH₵66m.

The fund has also set aside GH₵30m for MPs Emergency Projects and Monitoring Activities

.Source: business24.com.gh

Ghana is in a state of lawlessness – Minority Leader

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· Haruna Iddrisu has condemned the actions of the military in Wa for beating up civiliansnull

· According to the minority leader the high rate of lawlessness in the country led by military personnel is very unfortunate

· He said no matter how angry the military was they shouldn’t have resorted to brutalizing the citizens


Minority leader, Haruna Iddrisu, has stated that the high rate of lawlessness in the country does not speak well of the eyes of the international world.

According to him, these acts of lawlessness are orchestrated by men and women in the military who are entrusted to protect the citizen.

Speaking on the floor of parliament on July 2, 2021, the minority leader said the killing in Ejura is not yet over and this shows that the military-civil relations are at their lowest end.

“Mr Speaker, to raise a matter of urgent public importance, there appears to be a worrying development in the country which bothers on the safety and security of Ghanaian citizens, largely led by men in uniform, the Ghana Armed Forces, we have not put Ejura behind us yet, we know that there were some excesses there that resulted in the loss of life, following the death of Ibrahim Kaaka and the only yesterday I watch some developments in Wa and there is an indication that Military-Civil relations are at its lowest end.null

“…you could see men in the Army humiliating and beating Ghanaian civilians, the rights and freedoms of those Ghanaians are guaranteed under the 1992 constitution. Whatever grievance any member of the armed forces has, we are a country governed by law, they cannot continue to take the law into their hands, we will not accept a state of lawlessness in this country by led by men in uniform,” he added.

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Background

Meanwhile, some armed soldiers have been caught on camera brutalizing residents of Wa in the Upper West Region on Thursday, July 1, over a missing mobile phone supposedly belonging to one of the soldiers.

According to one eyewitness, one of the soldiers is believed to have boarded what is referred to as “Yellow Yellow” or “Mahama Cambo” and lost his phone.

The incident is said to have started at 1:00 pm and lasted for close to an hour at the Wa main traffic.null

Several of the victims are said to have sustained various degrees of injury.

Two of them are currently on admission at the Wa Municipal Hospital.

A 29-year-old vulcanizer, who was a victim, is suspected to have developed a fracture in his right thigh during the assault.

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Source: www.ghanaweb.com

I ASKED MILITARY TO GO TO EJURA – A/R MINISTER SIMON OSEI MENSAH ‘CONFESSES

The source of an order for Military intervention in Ejura which led to the death of two people has finally been disclosed.

The Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei Mensah speaking in an interview on Peace FM’s morning show ‘Kokrokoo’ said the order came from him.

According to him, he received intel that the youth intended to set the police station and other houses on fire and so as the head of REGSEC he called for the Military to ensure nothing of that sort takes place.

I am the one who called the military to go to Ejura after I had intel that the irate youth were going to burn the police station and two other houses . . . So I called on the military to protect citizens and property,” he divulged.

Two dead

Reacting to the death of the two, the Regional Minister said “it’s unfortunate it ended in the death of two people but this is not the first time soldiers have been called on to assist the police in enforcing law and order. The death is unfortunate and sad…but let’s look at the other issues and deal with them wholistically”.

Political intrusion

Meanwhile, Simon Osei Mensah believes had there been no political intrusion from the #fixthecountry movement, things would not have escalated.

The politicians should also take some of the blame; if the #fixthecountry campaigners didn’t allege that their member has been killed, things would have taken a different turn…Kaaka is a liberal person and not part of the #fixthecountry campaigner; he fights for the development of Ejura

NDC WILL COME TO POWER NEXT 4 YEARS AND THEY WILL DO WORSE’ – SHATTA WALE REACTS TO KILLINGS IN EJURA BY MILITARY MEN

Ghanaian Dancehall music superstar and president of the Shatta Movement Empire, Shatta Wale has urged his fans and the youth of Ghana to stop putting their hopes in the government for an improved life.

Shatta Wale born Charles Nii Armah Mensah sent this message via his Twitter page in reaction to the recent unrest in the country following military killings of two young men who part of an irate group of aggrieved youth who stormed the street to demonstrate over the death of one the residents of community, Macho Kaaka who was a social activist.

As disappointed as he is just like almost every other Ghanaian, Shatta Wale although he did not mention specifically the opposition party’s name, National Democratic Congress (NDC), it was clear he was referring to the party and its leader, former president, John Mahama when he said that after four year, his brother will come and do the same and even do worse than President Akufo Addo.

The ‘Melissa’ hitmaker pointed to the fact that aggrieved Ghanaians can fight but they can lose their lives in the process and in the end, they will win nothing and quizzed if his fans want to die young.

Shatta Wale further urged his fans and followers to start winning for themselves now because they have the strength and mind

We’ll not accept state of lawlessness led by uniformed men’ – Minority condemns Wa military brutality

The Minority in Parliament has condemned Thursday’s military brutality on civilians in Wa by some soldiers who went on the rampage in search of a missing mobile phone.

Speaking about the issue on the floor of parliament on Friday, 2 July 2021, Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu urged the Speaker to cause the Defence and Interior Committee to go to the Upper West regional capital to find out the facts of the matter.

“We will not accept a state of lawlessness led by men in uniform”, The Tamale South MP thundered in parliament, adding: “I am asking the Committee to take up this matter because we risk cracking the civil-military relations that remain fundamental to our country’s peace and security.”

First Deputy Speaker, Joe Osei-Owusu, who was in the chair, tasked the committee to probe the matter.

Also, on the floor of parliament was Defence Minister Dominic Nitiwul, who condemned the brutality.

Meanwhile, Chief of Army Staff Major General Thomas Oppong-Peprah has rendered an unqualified apology to Wa overlord Naa Fuseini Pelpuo IV, for the brutish behaviour of the soldiers.

Maj. Gen. Oppong-Peprah explained that the soldiers, who misconducted themselves, were deployed to the area just about a month ago.

“Let me, first of all, apologise for whatever happened and to tell you that all those involved in this act will be brought to book. I want to reassure you that we wouldn’t let this one occurrence mar our relationship at all”, Maj. Gen. Oppong-Peprah said.

Already, the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) has indicated that it will deal with the soldiers captured on a mobile phone footage randomly stopping, searching and brutalising civilians.

A statement issued and signed by the Director of Public Relations of the Ghana Armed Forces, Colonel E. Aggrey-Quashie, on 2 July 2021, indicated: “This unprofessional conduct took place on Thursday, 1 July 2021 and at a time when the commanding officer of the soldiers, and the chairman of the Regional Security Council, were both out of town on official engagements”.

“Internal disciplinary measures have been instituted to deal with all those who will be found culpable in this unprofessional conduct by the soldiers,” it further noted, adding: “In view of the seriousness of the matter, the Chief of the Army Staff is leading a high powered military delegation to Wa to meet the traditional and opinion leaders to find an amicable way of resolving this unfortunate incident”.

“The delegation will also explore means to assuage the anger of the people and promote good neighbourliness”.

The army assured the locals of Wa and the general public that “their safety is paramount at all times, as such would not condone any professional conduct by any member of the force”..

Source: Classfmonline.com

You can’t stop our July 6 demo – NDC to Police

The youth wing of the opposition National Democratic Congress says its planned street protest in Accra will come off despite the decision of the Police not to provide security for the march.

According to the party, the basis for the police’s refusal to provide security for the protest is flawed in law.

“In the wake of recent developments of insecurity, killing of innocent citizens by security forces and growing unemployment; causing young people despair, the National Youth Wing of the NDC informed the Police of its scheduled demonstration and street protest in accordance with Section 1 the Public Order Act, 1994 (Act 491).

“The Police accordingly responded to our letter on June 30, 2021 in a letter with reference number 84/vol.17/104, and in a bizarre twist of events, informed us that the Police cannot provide security to protestors, and insufficiently referenced EI 395 and section 4 of Act 492, amongst others, as a smoke screen to impede the protest,” the statement said.

The statement warned the party will not allow itself to be intimidated by the government through the Police.

“The general public is hereby informed that section 4 of Act 491 specifically clothes the Minister of Interior with powers to impose curfew in the country, and so far as we are concerned, no part of Accra is under curfew for which reason demonstration cannot be held as the Police erroneously want us to believe.

“The weakest of all reasons cited by the Police was it’s reference to EI 395 in it’s letter. For the records, EI 395 was birthed on the strength of section 2 of the Imposition of Restrictions Act, 2020 (Act 1012) and gazetted on December 23, 2020. It is instructive to note that, section 4 of Act 1012 provides that “a restriction imposed under subsection (1) of section (2) shall be for a period of not more than three months”. If the Police Service was meticulous and not preoccupied with petty partisan politics, it would have known that EI 395 expired in March 2021. In effect, there is no law as EI 395 to be adhered to. We want to inform the general public who have received notice of the ‘A MARCH FOR JUSTICE’ street protest with enthusiasm and eagerness that, there is no law which gives the Ghana Police Service power to stop demonstrations or protests”.

The statement signed by the National Youth Organiser of the George Opare Addo noted te the Police does not have the power to stop lawful demonstrations.

“In other words, the power to stop lawful demonstration does not rest with the Police. We have taken a decision to stand in for the several young people at the mercy of the injustices of this system; with lost hopes, no jobs, no opportunities and yet being killed and oppressed. Government must work for the generality of the people whose taxes finance the luxurious living and wishes of a select few in public service.

“The last thing the NDC will succumb to, is an oppressive Police Service acting in faithful compliance of government’s wishes against the PEOPLE of GHANA. It is our DUTY to defend the people against the indiscretion of government assigns”.

Source: Ghana/Starrfm.com.gh

Let’s Uproot Suspicions Around Electoral Process — Oppong Nkrumah

The Minister of Information, Mr Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, has urged actors in the Ghanaian political space to fashion out a mechanism to tackle issues of suspicion during election.

He said suspicion around election processes triggered huge mistrust among political actors and could serve as a basis of violence if not curtailed.

Mr Oppong Nkrumah, who is also the Member of Parliament for Ofoase-Ayirebi in the Eastern Region, was speaking at a three-day National Stakeholders Dialogue on countering “Post-2020 Election Violence and Building Consensus for Greater Political Tolerance in Ghana” held at Ada.

The dialogue was organised by the National Peace Council with support from the Commonwealth Secretariat and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Proposals

He urged the participants, to among other recommendations, come out with proposals that would deal with the phenomenon of suspicion around electoral processes.

Mr Oppong Nkrumah bemoaned the situation where some unscrupulous persons used the very important electoral processes to achieve infamy.

Those individuals, he said, embarked on nefarious activities such as ballot box snatching and other activities that resulted in violence and associated offences.

Fact-checking

The minister appealed to the media to play its fact-checking role well during the election process instead of amplifying the interest of parties, which sometimes generated tension and could lead to violence.

He said the role of the media in the electoral process was not to amplify the suspicions and interest of parties or players but to do that which the nation required of them such as subjecting claims put out by political actors to scrutiny through fact checking.

The United Nations Development Programme Resident Representative, Dr Angela Lusigi, while recognising the significant progress and good track record Ghana had chalked up on elections, said the country must recognise that evolving tensions, misunderstandings and pockets of violence had marred recent elections.

She said it was time to change that negative trajectory and show Ghana’s good example to the rest of the world.

Dr Lusigi appealed to the stakeholders to make good use of the opportunity to work collectively to consolidate Ghana’s democratic gains as a nation.

She said by committing to dialogue and peaceful means of resolving differences and misunderstanding, safe spaces would be created for a better future for all.

Source: Graphiconline.com

Business At Agbogbloshie Over – Henry Quartey

Traders who have been relocated to Adjen Kotoku will not reoccupy the demolished Agbogbloshie Market, Mr Henry Quartey, the Greater Accra Regional Minister, said on Thursday.

“The business of Agbogbloshie is over and history, it’s not going to happen, everyone is going and there is no exception,” he said.

The Minster said this during a cleaning and decongestion exercise at the Agbogbloshie Onion Sellers’ Market, organised by the Greater Accra Regional Coordinating Council.

He said the place would be cleared to ground zero and walled to prevent reoccupation and encroachment.

He said it was shocking and disappointing to see a place within the capital in such an insanitary state and commended Zoomlion Ghana Limited for helping to clean the area.

“We can only thank God that for probably after 16 to 20 years, and under the able leadership of President Akufo-Addo, we have been able to do this,” Mr Quartey said.

He commended the President for supporting the initiative and said: “Mostly when we’re about to do this, there is intervention from the big house but we’ve been allowed to do our work and we can only thank the President.”

He applauded the security and supporting agencies including the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, National Disaster Management Organisation, and the National Ambulance Service, for their commitment and dedication to the task.

As part of Government’s “Let us make Accra work” agenda, traders at the Agbogbloshie Market were given 500,000.00 cedis as transportation to relocate to the Adjen Kotoku Market in the Ga West Municipality by July 1, 2021.

Source: GNA

Use Ban On Drumming For Farming — Agric Minister

The Minister of Food and Agriculture, Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto, has asked residents of the Greater Accra Region to observe the period between the ban on drumming and the celebration of the Homowo festival by taking to farming to help the region produce enough food.

The minister, who made the appeal at the launch of the, “Let’s make agriculture flourish in Greater Accra” campaign at the Military Academy and Training Schools in Accra last Friday, said the campaign, which was also known as “Homowo goes green,” was aimed at reviving the message and meaning of the ban and the celebration in line with government’s Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ) programme.

He noted that the history of the Ga Homowo festival was about ensuring food security and as such, the ban on drumming and noise-making was to enable the chiefs, priests and people of the region forgo merry making and concentrate on clearing their farms and get it ready for planting.

The minister said the meaning and significance of the ban, as well as names of certain suburbs of Accra, such as Abelenkpe (maize is last) emphasised that Accra in general used to be a food basket which needed a revival.

According to him, the campaign would be extended to all important festivals nationwide.

“Food farming is an honourable and lucrative business which should not be left to only a section of the people,” the minister said.

Planting for Food & Jobs

Touching on the Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ) programme, Dr Akoto said the programme had not only saved the country from hunger, but had enabled the export of food to neighbouring countries in return for foreign exchange.

He revealed that the government’s flagship programme, which started with 200,000 smallholder farmers barely four years ago, was now targeting some two million farmers this year and urged more farmers to join the PFJ.

“I urge more farmers to register in order to benefit from the subsidised prices of inputs and also increase harvest,” Dr Akoto added.

Beyond Homowo

The minister said beyond the Homowo goes green, the Greater Accra department of agriculture would support households, especially women and the youth, to produce and process selected vegetables to improve household nutrition.

“The project which is expected to cover all 29 districts of the region will focus on target crops, including vegetables such as tomatoes, pepper, onion, okro, cabbage and cereals such as maize and rice,” he explained.

Dr Akoto explained that series of training, home and farm visits would be undertaken by officials of the programme to the beneficiary farmers and farms to ensure that they applied good agronomic practices in their fields to produce quality crops.

The minister, who encouraged homeowners to take to backyard gardens, used the occasion to plant some maize seeds on parcels of land released to a group of farmers by the MATS.

Present at the ceremony were the Teshie Mantse, Nii Ashitey Akomfra who also planted some maize seeds; the Accra Regional Director of Agriculture,  Mr Eric Asameni; the Municipal Coordinating Director of the Ledzokuku Municipal Assembly, Ing John Tsikor; Commandant of the MATS, Maj General Charles Awity and other dignitaries.

Homowo

Homowo is a harvest festival celebrated by the Ga people.

The festival, which is celebrated in the month of August, is preceded by the planting of maize, referred to as Nmaa dum, which will be used in preparing Kpokpoi or Kpekple to celebrate the festival.

During this period, there is a ban on drumming and noise-making in Central Accra, the ban is enforced for six weeks and lifted to prepare for harvesting and feasting during the celebration.

The festival is celebrated in remembrance of the famine that once happened in the history of the Ga people.

 

Source: Graphiconline.com

If you come back ten times I will evict you 100 times – Henry Quartey to Agbogbloshie traders

Henry Quartey, Greater Accra Regional Minister   Large

The Greater Accra Regional Minister, Henry Quartey, has declared that he would chase out any squatter or trader who moves back to the Agbogbloshie market after the demolition exercise.null

He stated that security would be maintained at the Agbogbloshie market to ensure that no trader returns to the enclave.

Traders at the market which included Onion traders were moved to Adjen Kotoku after two decades of struggle by successive governments.

The effort to decongest the market which is also the hub of the largest e-waste is part of the ‘Make Accra Work’ project initiated by the Minister.null

Speaking after the final demolition exercise on July 1, Henry Quartey said it will be impossible for squatters and traders to return to the market because they would have a tough time with the security personnel dispatched to man the area.

He said, “You know when I started this, everybody said it cannot happen, but read my lips, nobody is going to come back here, it is done.”

“If they come back ten times we will move them hundred times. It’s not going to happen anymore, we are done,” Henry Quartey told the media

.Source: www.ghanaweb.com

Police investigations don’t show Kaaka was murdered because of activism – Tiwaa

Director-General, Welfare of the Ghana Police Service, COP Maame Tiwaa Addo-Danquah, has disclosed police investigations into the murder of social activist and #FixTheCountry campaigner, Kaaka Ibrahim Mohammed, do not support claims that he was murdered because of his activism.

She would however not disclose what the police found to be the motivation for the killing saying the matter is still under investigation.

“In terms of Ejura, Kaaka’s murder, they gave the impression that nothing was not being done (sic) and that the person was attacked by people who were angry because he was an outspoken person and all that but investigation has revealed that it is actually not the case and that because the case is still under investigations he [IGP] doesn’t want to compromise the investigation”, she said.

COP Maame Tiwaa was addressing the media after the Inspector General of Police had a close-door meeting with the Economic Fighters League and conveners of #FixTheCountry, Maame Tiwaa who requested to meet with him.

The purpose of the meeting, according to the activists was to discuss issues relating to the death of the colleague, foiled protests and what they term “selective application of the law”.

She said in all the meeting was fruitful, explaining the IGP was able to engage with the activist on almost all their concerns.

By 3news.com|Ghana

Akufo-Addo’s luxury jet: Ablakwa angry over Ofori-Atta’s delay in answering questions

Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, North Tongu MP

• Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa is unhappy about the delay for Ken Ofori-Atta to answer an urgent question filednull

• Ken Ofori-Atta went to parliament and pleaded for more time

• Ablakwa has warned that he will initiate a Vote of Censure on the finance minister


Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, North Tongu MP, is unhappy over the Finance Ministers delay in answering questions related to the cost involved in President Akufo-Addo’s recent trip abroad in a luxury jet which caused the country £15,000 per hour.

The MP is of the view that the Business Committee of Parliament is helping the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, not to appear before the House to account.

He, has, therefore, threatened to initiate a vote of censure against the Minister if he continues to delay in coming before the House to render accounts.null

Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa had filed an urgent question demanding answers from Ken Ofori-Atta on the cost involved with the use of a private jet for President Akufo-Addo’s trips instead of the presidential jet.

The questions were admitted by the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin and on June 1, 202, the first part of the question which had to do with the airworthiness of the falcon jet and was answered by the Minister for Defence, Dominic Nitiwul.

The second part of the question which involved cost and is to be answered by Ken Ofori-Atta is still pending because when the finance minister appeared before the house, he pleaded for more time to furnish the House on the cost of President Akufo-Addo’s recent trips.

Due to the minister’s plea, the question was subsequently taken off the Business Statement of Parliament, although the Minister had about two weeks earlier to prepare for the response.

But on Thursday, July 1, a memo from the former deputy education minister to the Chairman of the Business Committee of Parliament, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu read:null

“With all due regard, I do not need to remind your esteemed committee that our Standing Orders under the provisions of Order 64 are unambiguous, that urgent questions have a strict window of ten working days within which they shall be responded to. That window has long elapsed.

It is imperative that an unfortunate impression is not created that the Parliament of Ghana is happy to undermine its own constitutional mandate of oversight by appearing to be assisting ministers to evade accountability and in the process weakening the democratic efficacy of the legislative arm.

I am also deeply concerned that Parliament seems to be creating a category of a Super Minister who is not subject to the Standing Orders of the august House. Why should the Finance Minister be given the latitude at his own whim to respond to an urgent question whenever he so desires?”

Ablakwa further indicated that, Ken Ofori-Atta’s conducted regarding the urgent question is unacceptable and must not be condoned in any way.

The MP could not comprehend how computing the bills of the president’s trip will be too complex to produce.null

He, then, warned, “May I humbly serve notice that if the current contumelious hijack of Parliament by the Finance Minister is allowed to fester, a good number of my colleagues and I will not hesitate to exercise our mandate under Article 82(2)(b) of the 1992 Constitution to initiate a Vote of Censure on the Finance Minister.”

Read below his full memo.



Source: www.ghanaweb.com

GAF to deal with soldiers who assaulted Wa residents over missing phone

Ghana Armed Forces Gaf New Logo

• Ghana Armed Forces say it will deal with soldiers captured on video assaulting Wa residentsnull

• This was contained in a statement signed by Colonel Aggery-Quashie

• The soldiers were in search of a mobile phone


The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) has indicated that, it will institute an internal disciplinary measure to deal with some of the soldiers who were involved in brutalising Wa residents over a missing mobile phone.

In a statement signed by Colonel E. Aggrey-Quashie, Director Public Relations, the GAF condemned the acts by the soldiers and stated that, “such unprofessional conduct by the military will not be condoned by any member of the force.”

The statement explained further that, “[the] unprofessional conduct took place on Thursday, 1 July 2021 and at a time when the Commanding Officer of the soldiers, and the Chairman of the Regional Security Council were both out of town on official engagements.null

Internal disciplinary measures have been instituted to deal with all those who will be found culpable in this unprofessional conduct by the soldiers.”

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Some armed soldiers have been caught on camera brutalising residents of Wa in the Upper West Region on Thursday, July 1, over a missing mobile phone supposedly belonging to one of the soldiers.

According to one eyewitness, one of the soldiers is believed to have boarded what is referred to as “Yellow Yellow” or “Mahama Cambo” and lost his phone.

The incident is said to have started at 1:00 pm and lasted for close to an hour at the Wa main traffic.null

Several of the victims are said to have sustained various degrees of injury.

Two of them are currently on admission at the Wa Municipal Hospital.

A 29-year-old vulcanizer, who was a victim, is suspected to have developed a fracture in his right thigh during the assault.

This comes after soldiers opened fire on protesters at Ejura in the Ashanti Region, leading to the death of two people and four others injured.

The Public Relations Officer of the Upper West Regional Coordinating Council, Cletus Awuni, who was also a victim, told an Accra based Citi FM that, the soldiers dragged him out of a car and interrogated him for filming the incident.null

The GAF said, due to the seriousness of the matter, “the Chief of the Army Staff is leading a high-powered military delegation to Wa to meet the traditional and opinion leaders to find an amicable way of resolving this unfortunate incident. The delegation will also explore means to assuage the anger of the people and promote good neighbourliness.”

“The Ghana Armed Forces once again wishes to assure the people of Wa and the general public that their safety is paramount at all times, as such would not condone any unprofessional conduct by any member of the force,” the statement concluded.

Read the full statement below.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1xmNoC6-F3TfvPwZrJji-z8WzwAadJSl2/preview

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

I will not transfer your case to another judge – Chief Justice tells Opuni

Chief Justice, Kwasi Aning Yeboah, has declined a request by former Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) CEO, Dr Stephen Opuni, to transfer his case to a different judge.

The case is currently being heard by Supreme Court Judge, Clemence Honyenuga, who is sitting as an additional High Court judge.

The former COCOBOD boss has on two occasions pushed for Justice Honyenuga to recuse himself.

Both attempts have failed, and Dr Opuni ordered to open his defence on June 18, 2021.

However, Justice Honyenuga announced on Friday that he had received a copy of the petition sent to the Chief Justice.

Although he did not indicate the petition’s content or what it seeks to achieve, he announced that Mr Opuni has also filed another application at the Supreme Court seeking its intervention.

Reacting to the issue, the Director of Public Prosecution, Yvonne Attakora Obuobisa, said the state is not aware of the petition.

Justice Honyenuga then adjourned the case, adding that he awaits what decision the Chief Justice will take on the petition.

Earlier, JoyNews sources had indicated that Dr Opuni is seeking to have Justice Honyenuga removed from the case over allegations of bias.

Dr Opuni and businessman Seidu Agongo have been on trial since 2017 over an alleged $217 million loss caused to the state in the purchase of fertilizers.

But when the case was called on Thursday, July 1, 2021, Justice Honyenuga indicated he has received a copy of the Chief Justice’s response to Dr. Opuni’s petition.

According to him, portions of the response states, “your petition in respect of the above subject matter has been considered after serious thought. I have noticed from the petition that the learned judge has not made any prejudicial statements to infer that there is real likelihood of bias against you as an accused person; in the case in which you are yet to open your defence.

“In view of the fact that no serious allegation of likelihood of bias has been established, I will decline the invitation to transfer the case to another judge. This does not preclude you, in the exercise of your constitutional rights to report to the juridical process for the transfer you are respectfully requesting for.”

Justice Honyenuga after reading the letter indicated that he had every right to order Dr Opuni to now open his defence.

He, however, adjourned the matter because another application filed by Dr Opuni at the Supreme Court remains pending.

“I would in the circumstances adjourn this case to abide by the judgment of the Supreme Court. Consequently, this case stands adjourned to July 15, 2021,” he stated

Atik Mohammed Blames ‘Fix The Country’ Campaigners For Ejura Violent Clashes

Atik Mohammed has taken a swipe at the ”Fix the Country” campaigners over their claims that an activist, Ibrahim Mohammed, who was murdered at Ejura is a member of their movement.

Ibrahim Mohammed’s death was reportedly caused by a mob that assaulted him for his vehement activism on social media.

Before he passed away, Mohammed was said to have received threats from unknown persons warning him to stop his activism.

The ”Fix the Country” campaigners claim the deceased was one of them and purported his death had something to do with him exposing the poor governance of the President, hence supposedly accusing the government of masterminding the assault.

Speaking to host Kwami Sefa Kayi on Peace FM’s ”Kokrokoo”, Atik Mohammed blasted the campagniers for taking advantage of the Ejura situation. 

“The things we say here in Accra, how many people have been killed in Accra here?,” he questioned the campaigners.

He blamed them for the violence following Ibrahim’s death which resulted in the killing of two protesters and four others seriously injured when a joint team of the Military and Police went to Ejura and shot into a crowd of protesters.

“This (Accra) is where the real action takes place. So, people are not killed for expressing their views in Accra, is it in Ejura that the President and his officials will feel so offended by the activities of a party man? . . . and that the President has sleepless nights because of the social advocacy of this man to the extent that he will commission, I mean, sometimes thinking about some of these things is terrible. And it is simply because this group called ‘Fix the Country’, in fact they started this rumour-mill and it gained currency for us to now reach where we have reached today.”

“So, what has been done to those in Accra saying fix the country? Nobody has even laid a finger on you, much less someone residing in Ejura,” he further rebuked the campaigners.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/nkgOCpx3SdY

Source: Ameyaw Adu Gyamfi/Peacefmonline.com/Ghana

Blood-baying armed soldiers torture Wa civilians brutishly over missing mobile phone

Armed soldiers have been videoed randomly stopping, searching and brutalising civilians in Wa, the Upper West Regional capital, over a missing mobile phone.

Some of the locals were asked to lie in open sewers while others were doused with hot water or tasered.

It is not clear when the marauding soldiers went on the rampage but a video of the incident got widely circulated on social media on Thursday, 1 July 2021, a couple of days after some soldiers shot and killed protesters in Ejura, Ashanti Region.

One of their victims was the Public Relations Officer of the Upper West Regional Coordinating Council, Mr Cletus Awuni, who said: “They hit my head about three times and my back” and also tasered his hands and chest.

Narrating his ordeal on Thursday, Mr Awuni told Accra-based Citi FM: “This afternoon, I got a call that the military personnel were brutalising people in town. We saw that they were beating everybody. In the process of inquiring why people were being beaten, I was also beaten.”

“I called the military commander to find out what was happening and he said he didn’t know anything about what they were doing, so, the commander said he wanted to call the 2nd in command”.

“As we were speaking, people were being beaten, so, I decided to take a video and send it to the commander so he sees what the boys are doing”.

“They saw that I was filming them and they asked why I was filming them. I said I was on a phone call with their commander then they started beating me up.”

“They demanded that I delete the video and I told them I won’t delete it. They started using the taser on me to delete the video.”

“It took the intervention of one police DSP to shout at them that they are beating the PRO of the Upper West Regional Coordinating Council before they stopped beating me”, he narrated.

“They gave my phone back to me and I was driven to the hospital by my driver,” he explained.

Security in Ghana very good’, ‘I don’t feel threatened, unsafe’ – Head of EU Delegation

The Head of the European Union Delegation to Ghana, Diana Acconcia, has observed that the security situation in Ghana is top-notch.

“The general impression is that the security in Ghana is very good”, she told Ayekoo Ayekoo host Nana Romeo on Accra100.5FM on Thursday, 1 July 2021 in an interview.

“I have never felt, personally, threatened or unsafe in Ghana”, she noted.

On the other hand, Acconcia noted, “we know that the situation in the region is very challenging”.

“There are the bordering countries to Ghana where, unfortunately, the security situation has deteriorated and there is also a deteriorating situation in the Gulf of Guinea in terms of maritime security”, she pointed out.

She said the EU is working with the government of Ghana to insulate the cocoa-producing country from the instability surrounding her.

“So, the situation in the region is very challenging and we are working, as European Union, together with Ghana to ensure that these regional challenges are not going to spill into Ghana”, she added.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Wednesday, 9 June 2021, in his capacity as Chair of the ECOWAS Authority, paid a visit to Ouagadougou to sympathise with the President, Government and people of Burkina Faso, following a recent terrorist attack, which claimed the lives of 160 persons.

Nana Akufo-Addo said the fight against terrorism and violent extremism is a collective one and assured President Kabore and the people of Burkina Faso of the support of the countries of ECOWAS towards ridding the region of this menace.

Source: classfmonline.com

4 Suspected Armed Robbers Arrested With Gun At Banda Nkwanta

The suspects

Four suspected armed robbers have been arrested by a community watch volunteer group in Banda Nkwanta in the Bole-Bamboi district of the Savannah region.

Information gathered indicates that the suspected armed robbers were in possession of firearms and preparing to execute a robbery attack.

The suspects are Zakaria Hamidu, 32, Hamadu Amadu, 26, Osman Amadu 28 and Bukari Ali, 37.

The Savannah Regional Police Public Relations Officer, Supt. Adjekum Owusu, who confirmed the incident to DGN Online said police received information from one Kamal Deen Osman alias “eight eight” a community watch volunteer member of Banda Nkwanta indicating that on June 29, 2021 at about 7:20pm, he spotted suspect Zakaria Hamidu in Banda Nkwanta Mosque during prayers,  carrying something in a bag suspected to be a gun.

According to him, the suspect Zakaria went out to meet suspects Amadu Hamadu, Bukari Ali, Osman Amadu all Fulani descendants and one other person who escaped.

Supt Owusu said the community watch members arrested the suspects and when they conducted a search on them one locally manufactured  single barrel gun was found in the bag of suspect Zakaria Hamidu.

The suspects have been handed over to the Bole Police and will be arraigned before court after investigations

Bank of Ghana’s Domestic Gold Purchase Programme is a Gamechanger – VP Bawumia

The Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has hailed the decision by the Bank of Ghana to implement a Gold Purchase Programme designed to purchase locally-produced gold, describing it as a master stroke in the quest for stronger macroeconomic management and in providing a bulwark for the Cedi.

Addressing participants at the Ghana Gold Expo 2021 (Ghana Mining Week ’21), a mining policy forum, in Takoradi, on Thursday, 1st July 2021, Vice President Bawumia said the benefits of having a healthy amount of physical gold in a country’s reserves are varied and enormous, including shoring up the value of the local currency. The BoG decision, he indicated, is a “game changer.”

“The launch and implementation of the Domestic Gold Purchase Programme by the Bank of Ghana and the Community mining programme together are going to be a catalyst for the formalization of our Artisanal Small scale sector. The Domestic Purchase Programme by the central bank and other programmes by PMMC and Ghana Revenue Authority will in the coming years set everybody’s mind at ease regarding the volume and value of gold legitimately exported and reserved.

“Ghana is Africa’s largest gold producer, having overtaken South Africa in 2019. But Ghana’s extracted gold assets are based on the royalty take, limited dividends and corporate income tax.

“These fiscal gains are typically taken in cash, and about 80% paid into the Consolidated Fund. The Bank of Ghana holds moderate amount of physical gold of 8.7 tonnes as part of its reserves. For nearly 3 decades, almost 60 years, we have not added an ounce to our reserve holdings.

“But gold has now become the cornerstone of central banks’ modern reserve management. Central banks have become the third force behind jewellery and technology and investment sectors in the global gold demand in the past decade.”

Recalling his suggestion to the Bank of Ghana a year ago to consider exploring the possibility of purchasing locally-produced gold as a way of boosting the economy and shoring up the value of our currency, Dr Bawumia expressed delight that the Bank had taken the challenge up and implemented it.

“The Bank of Ghana spent a whole year carefully studying the entire gold production value chain and putting in place the necessary internationally acceptable procedures and has, since June 2021, begun a Gold Purchase Programme that will strengthen the future macroeconomic management and shore up the Cedi over time with real gold backing. The benefits are enormous and we can only hope and encourage the Bank to continue with this initiative.”

According to the World Gold Council, central banks acquired a record level of about 670 tonnes to boost their reserves. Gold has now become the cornerstone of Central Banks’ reserve management. In 2020, in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, Turkey was the largest annual gold buyer, adding 134.5 tonnes to its official gold reserves, followed by India (93.8 tonnes), United Arab Emirates (22 tonnes) and Qatar (9.18 tonnes).

Ghana’s entire gold reserves, at 8.7 tonnes, is equivalent to only 6.9 percent of South Africa’s gold reserve holdings of about 125.3 tonnes, despite being the largest gold producer in Africa and sixth in the world. The South African Reserve Bank has managed and held gold reserves since 1925 and purchases nearly all locally-produced gold. Other major players in the financial sector, such as the IMF and the World Bank, also hold large reserves of gold.

The BoG intends to focus its purchasing plans on artisanal small scale mining, which account for 50% of Ghana’s gold production. With government rolling out Community Mining Schemes and providing the miners with equipment and new technology that requires very little water, sometimes just a barrel, to extract the gold from the ore without using zero mercury or cyanide, the impact of a ready market for sustainably mined gold on the environment and the lives of the people in mining communities is expected to be far reaching.

Each Community Mining Scheme engages 3,000 miners, and with a projected 100 of such schemes by the end of the year, the incidence of galamsey and youth unemployment are expected to be significantly reduced, if not completely eliminated.

source:kessbenonline.com

Gov’t Invested GH₵450 Million To Tackle Flood – Asenso Boakye

Works and Housing Minister, Francis Asenso-Boakye has reiterated the government’s commitment to tackling floods which have been a burden to the country over the years.
 
He told parliament whiles addressing the increasing risk of flooding across the country that the Nana Addo-led government is keen on curbing the situation.
 
According to him, about GH₵450 million has already been invested in the National Flood Control and Priority Drainage Programme to tackle the situation.
 
“Clearly, this level of commitment to tackling the problem which has resulted in a reduction of flooding incidents in the past few years is unprecedented and commendable.” He said
 
Adding that “The government is also collaborating with the World Bank to invest more than $200 million to address solid waste and flood risk challenges in the Odaw Drainage Basin. The project will also see the development and implementation of a Flood Early Warning System to enhance community safety and resilience.”
 
Read below his full statement
 
 
STATEMENT BY FRANCIS ASENSO-BOAKYE (MP) MINISTER FOR WORKS AND HOUSING ON ‘ADDRESSING THE INCREASING RISK OF FLOODING ACROSS THE COUNTRY’.
 
Mr. Speaker, perennial flooding across the country poses a significant threat to government’s accelerated socio-economic development agenda. Lives have been lost, properties destroyed, people displaced, transport links disconnected, economic activities disrupted and livelihoods uprooted because of flooding. Flooding also impacts adversely on the mental health of victims and undermines their ability to contribute meaningfully to economic growth.
 
Ghana ranks highly among African countries most exposed to risks from multiple weather-related hazards. In the past three (3) decades, the country has experienced seven major floods. The devastating flood event in the Odaw Drainage Catchment on 3rd June 2015 led to an unfortunate loss of about 150 lives – may their souls rest in perfect peace – and about 50,000 people were directly affected to varying degrees.
 
Mr Speaker, the World Bank estimates that $3.2 billion (4.45% of GDP) worth of economic assets are at risk of flooding in the Greater Accra Region alone and this figure is expected to quadruple by 2050 without urgent action, (World Bank Press Release, 29 May 2019). One can only imagine the value of assets that are at risk to flooding across the country.https://googleads.g.doubleclick.net/pagead/ads?client=ca-pub-9851803229604827&output=html&h=343&adk=3559006387&adf=3229197991&pi=t.aa~a.2816640267~i.38~rp.1&w=412&lmt=1625169736&num_ads=1&rafmt=1&armr=3&sem=mc&pwprc=1604435693&psa=0&ad_type=text_image&format=412×343&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.peacefmonline.com%2Fpages%2Flocal%2Fnews%2F202107%2F447718.php%3Futm_source%3Ddlvr.it%26utm_medium%3Dfacebook&flash=0&fwr=1&pra=3&rh=319&rw=382&rpe=1&resp_fmts=3&sfro=1&wgl=1&fa=27&dt=1625169736313&bpp=33&bdt=3493&idt=34&shv=r20210628&ptt=9&saldr=aa&abxe=1&prev_fmts=0x0%2C412x343%2C412x343%2C412x343&nras=2&correlator=3124575421113&frm=20&pv=1&ga_vid=1797059859.1625169735&ga_sid=1625169735&ga_hid=1793353018&ga_fc=0&u_tz=0&u_his=1&u_java=0&u_h=892&u_w=412&u_ah=892&u_aw=412&u_cd=24&u_nplug=0&u_nmime=0&adx=0&ady=2788&biw=412&bih=797&scr_x=0&scr_y=2067&eid=42530672%2C31060474&oid=3&pvsid=1731085210452059&pem=38&ref=http%3A%2F%2Fm.facebook.com%2F&eae=0&fc=1408&brdim=0%2C0%2C0%2C0%2C412%2C0%2C412%2C797%2C412%2C797&vis=1&rsz=%7C%7Cs%7C&abl=NS&fu=128&bc=31&ifi=6&uci=a!6&fsb=1&xpc=lwuwFpsmsg&p=https%3A//www.peacefmonline.com&dtd=130
 
The causes of flooding in the country are multi-faceted. They include inefficient drains, undersized culverts and uncontrolled development in flood plains, wetlands and waterways. Additionally, indiscriminate dumping of solid waste into our drains by households contribute significantly to urban flooding. Across the country, we see new developments and buildings springing up in waterways and flood plains (buffer zones) blocking the flow of storm water and worsening the risk of flooding.
 
Mr. Speaker, on 24 and 25 June 2021, several areas in Kumasi experienced severe and devastating flooding. This affected commercial areas such as the new Kejetia market, Central market, Asafo market and Bantama High Street. Several shops and homes experienced flooding and goods worth millions of Ghana Cedis were destroyed. Similar reports have been received from Koforidua and Takoradi and indeed other parts of the country. Following my visit to the affected areas in Kumasi on Monday 28 June 2021, the increasing risk of flooding associated with climate change is clear and we as a nation need to take bold steps to tackle this challenge holistically.
 
Mr. Speaker, since taking office in January 2017, the government of President Akufo-Addo has invested about GH₵450 million in the National Flood Control and Priority Drainage Programme compared to the GH₵88 million invested by the previous government between 2011 and 2016. Clearly, this level of commitment to tackling the problem which has resulted in a reduction of flooding incidents in the past few years is unprecedented and commendable.
 
The government is also collaborating with the World Bank to invest more than $200 million to address solid waste and flood risk challenges in the Odaw Drainage Basin. The project will also see the development and implementation of a Flood Early Warning System to enhance community safety and resilience.
 
Mr. Speaker, while the government is making every effort to ensure flood risk is minimised, it is important to highlight that government alone cannot do this; it must be a shared responsibility. It is therefore incumbent on every citizen to complement the effort of government, take their own safety seriously and be more mindful of the manner in which solid waste is disposed of.

Additionally, individual homebuilders need to avoid paving all of their compounds and make room for storm water infiltration by introducing vegetation. I further wish to call on MMDAs to strictly enforce planning laws and Building Codes to prevent development in waterways, floodplains and wetlands. Where these are flouted, the MMDAs need to take decisive action to rectify the situation urgently in the interest of protecting the good people of Ghana.  
 
Mr. Speaker, Cabinet at its sitting on Thursday 24 June 2021 approved for the consideration of Parliament, the Bill for the establishment of the Ghana Hydrological Authority. The Authority will undertake hydraulic modeling to inform housing and infrastructural development planning across the country to ensure that they are steered away from flood prone areas. The Authority will also develop and promote higher drainage standards, including the use of nature-based drainage solutions.

Moreover, the Authority will ensure that flood risk assessments are undertaken for all major infrastructural developments, so they are resilient to both current and future flood risks. The proposed Hydrological Authority Bill will include a National Hydrology Fund which will facilitate the effective functioning of the Authority including attracting private sector participation in drainage provision.
 
It is my earnest expectation, Mr Speaker, that in view of the enormous advantages of setting up the Ghana Hydrological Authority, Parliament will lend its full support, when the Bill comes before this August House for approval.
 
Mr. Speaker, on that note, I wish to thank you for this opportunity.  

Source: King Edward Ambrose Washman Addo/Peacefmonline.com/Ghana

Ejura MCE knew Macho Kaaka – Sam Pyne confirms

Ashanti Regional Secretary of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Sam Pyne, has corroborated claims by some Officers of the largest opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) that an activist, Ibrahim Mohammed alias ‘Kaaka’, who was murdered at Ejura is a member of the ruling party.

Ibrahim Mohammed was killed last Friday for being vocal about issues affecting Ghana, particularly the Ejura area.

The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of Ejura is accused of masterminding the murder following reports that he and the latter had a hostile relationship.

The NDC Communications Officer, Sammy Gyamfi, addressing the issue in an interview on Okay FM, has blamed the NPP for the activist’s death saying, “there is hardship in the country and people are afraid to talk because they are afraid for their lives. Today, they have killed Kaaka. NPP killed Kaaka. Kaaka stays in Ejura and has been on this #fixthecountry campaign. He has been talking about abandoned projects. Before he was attacked by a mob, he announced that he has been threatened by the known NPP members. He even published the threats. He was beaten by a mob”.

Speaking on Peace FM’s morning show ‘Kokrokoo’, Sam Pyne revealed that the deceased was indeed a member of the ruling NPP.

He also confirmed his uncordial relationship with the MCE.null

He, however, shared limited information on whether or not the MCE had a hand in Kaaka’s death.

Sam Pyne also refuted claims that the NPP is behind the killing and stressed the Police should be allowed to do their thorough investigations.

Confirming to host Kwami Sefa Kayi, he said, ”I know him. He is an NPP activist. I’ve sent him on occasions. The time we allowed the MCE to go unopposed, one of the guys who was opposing it, he was one of them; so there is the history that he and the MCE have uncordial relationship.”

https://www.youtube.com/embed/csh4RUIxYLY

Source: peacefmonline.com

Speaker worried about seeming negative image of Parliament

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Ghana’s Speaker of Parliament, Alban S.K Bagbin, is worried about the apparent negative image of the August House, particularly following the chaotic events which ensued on the eve of January 7, 2021, leading to his election as the number three gentleman of the land and of Eight Parliament.null

According to the Speaker, the incident has left an embarrassing moment in the minds of most Ghanaians, and perhaps, affected the image of the legislature and thus, needed urgent steps through a coordinated communication strategy to correct it.

Addressing the opening ceremony for a two-day Communications Strategy Workshop, Mr. Bagbin, stressed the need for effective communication, as part of a positive image building for the Speaker and Parliament.

The workshop, which was made very intensive, was made up of participants from selected media houses, staff of Public Affairs Department of Parliament as well members of Speakers’ Secretariat, was held at Parliamentary Training Institute on the 12th floor of Parliament’s Job 600 building.

He directed that the Public Affairs Department of Parliament together with the Communications team at his secretariat, should liaise and work together in ensuring a good image of the Parliament House.null

He said, “for example, you all know about the events of the dawn of January 7, 2021, which led to my election as the Speaker of the Eighth Parliament of the Republic of Ghana”.

The Speaker stated that “those events have left a sour taste in the mouths of most Ghanaians,” adding, “it has significantly contributed to how parliament is perceived by most stakeholders”.

According to him, “As communicators, you know that the memories of that day will live on for a very long time together with the negativities associated with it if nothing is done about what happened”.

The Communications Strategy workshop was facilitated by the Communications Consultant for the Speaker, Gayheart Mensah with assistance from Mr. Mawuko Afadzinu – Head of Marketing and Communications at Stanbic Bank Ghana, including the Director of Budgets and Research of Parliament, Mohammed Hardi Nyagsi.

Source: theheraldghana.com

Planned Demo: We can’t provide you with security – Police to NDC

The Ghana Police Service has told the major opposition party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) that they cannot be provided with security during their planned demonstration.

The Police reminded the party that the restrictions imposed by the Executive Instrument (EI) 396 to contain the spread of the virus has not been lifted.

A statement by DCOP E. A Sakyi, Police  Deputy Regional Commander/AR said on Thursday July 1 that “The Accra Regional Police Command  acknowledged receipt of your letter  dated 30th  June 2021 , on the above subject matter and wish to inform you that  restrictions imposed by  the Executive Instrument (EI) 396  to contain the spread the COVID-19  pandemic has still not been  lifted. 

“The Regional command also refers to you to section 4 of the Public Order Act b 1994 (ACT 49), particularly concerning Public Health.

Closed season for fisherfolks starts today

The Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, Mavis Hawa Koomson has officially announced this year’s closed season for inshore and artisanal fishers along the coastal areas of Ghana.

The closed season which starts today, Thursday 1st to 31st July for canoe and inshore fishers and 1st July to August 31, 2021 for industrial trawlers was declared by the Minister at a ceremony held on Wednesday in Keta in the Volta region.

The symbolic closure ceremony was attended by leadership of fisherfolk from the Western, Greater Accra, Central and Volta regions who pledged their support towards the initiative and called on their colleagues to adhere to good fishing practices when the season finally opens.

While declaring the closure, the Minister indicated that the closed season was necessary in ensuring a reduction in excessive pressure and over-exploitation of fish stocks in the marine sub-sector.

She said, “We need to constantly remind ourselves that the Marine and inland sub-sectors have been confronted with challenges that have the tendency to overturn the benefits from the fisheries sector if no action is taken. Currently, it is evident that fishery resources are overexploited and there are signs that some fish species have depleted.”

She added that the expectation is that sustained implementation of the closed season will enable the sector to achieve long-term objectives of stock recovery.

The Minister also announced that government would provide some livelihood packages aimed that will support the fisherfolk as they observe the closed season.

“We have begun a process to ensure that you are supported during this period. We are already on the procurement process, so very soon, within a week or two, you will see us coming round to your regions, your fishing communities to give you something small to take care of your children. We would also come round with some fishing nets to share to you and it tells you that you cannot use an unauthorized net to go fishing.”

The Minister while in the region also led the distribution of some 192 outboard motors to the fishing communities in Ketu South, Keta and Anloga districts.

This year’s season closure is expected to be monitored closely by the Ministery with support from the leadership and other stakeholders in the sector in ensuring compliance by the fisherfolk.

Ghana to pay WAGL over $70m in another Judgment Debt

The Government of Ghana(GoG) is in another legal quagmire after a London Court of Arbitration awarded over 70 million dollars in Judgment debt against it for wasted cost incurred through a Gas Sales Agreement in 2015.

The dispute arises out of the termination by the claimant, West Africa Gas Limited
(BVI), of a Gas Sales Agreement dated 9 October 2015 (“GSA”) made between WAGL and the Republic of Ghana (“GoG”).

The Notice of Termination was received by GoG on 30 April 2019. It included the original invoice seeking a Recovery Fee in excess of US$ 1,000,000,000.

Documents available to Kasapafmonline.com reveals that West Africa Gas Limited went on the path of terminating the contract after what they claim were impediments put in their way by the GoG which ultimately frustrated the execution of the contract.https://googleads.g.doubleclick.net/pagead/ads?client=ca-pub-8731784857660975&output=html&h=343&adk=397432749&adf=4076219850&pi=t.aa~a.86673156~i.9~rp.4&w=412&lmt=1625164682&num_ads=1&rafmt=1&armr=3&sem=mc&pwprc=6320142137&tp=site_kit&psa=0&ad_type=text_image&format=412×343&url=https%3A%2F%2Fkasapafmonline.com%2F2021%2F07%2Fghana-to-pay-wagl-over-70m-in-another-judgment-debt%2F&flash=0&fwr=1&pra=3&rh=310&rw=372&rpe=1&resp_fmts=3&sfro=1&wgl=1&fa=27&dt=1625164682171&bpp=12&bdt=4555&idt=-M&shv=r20210628&ptt=9&saldr=aa&abxe=1&cookie=ID%3Df2145017f9605a3c-22aaf1af46c9002e%3AT%3D1625164679%3ART%3D1625164679%3AS%3DALNI_MZCAxz1BgfhOzjxeDHisLSzQjC1dg&prev_fmts=0x0%2C300x600&nras=2&correlator=3504931369260&frm=20&pv=1&ga_vid=326203482.1625164680&ga_sid=1625164680&ga_hid=569335483&ga_fc=0&u_tz=0&u_his=1&u_java=0&u_h=892&u_w=412&u_ah=892&u_aw=412&u_cd=24&u_nplug=0&u_nmime=0&adx=0&ady=1233&biw=412&bih=797&scr_x=0&scr_y=272&eid=21066435%2C31060474&oid=2&pvsid=2321807774039327&pem=562&ref=http%3A%2F%2Fm.facebook.com%2F&eae=0&fc=1408&brdim=0%2C0%2C0%2C0%2C412%2C0%2C412%2C797%2C412%2C797&vis=1&rsz=%7C%7Cs%7C&abl=NS&fu=128&bc=31&ifi=3&uci=a!3&btvi=2&fsb=1&xpc=X6MDdzwgA4&p=https%3A//kasapafmonline.com&dtd=77

At a ruling in January 2021, the London Court of Arbitration declared as follows;https://googleads.g.doubleclick.net/pagead/ads?client=ca-pub-8731784857660975&output=html&h=343&adk=397432749&adf=2019012887&pi=t.aa~a.86673156~i.11~rp.4&w=412&lmt=1625164682&num_ads=1&rafmt=1&armr=3&sem=mc&pwprc=6320142137&tp=site_kit&psa=0&ad_type=text_image&format=412×343&url=https%3A%2F%2Fkasapafmonline.com%2F2021%2F07%2Fghana-to-pay-wagl-over-70m-in-another-judgment-debt%2F&flash=0&fwr=1&pra=3&rh=310&rw=372&rpe=1&resp_fmts=3&sfro=1&wgl=1&fa=27&dt=1625164682171&bpp=11&bdt=4555&idt=-M&shv=r20210628&ptt=9&saldr=aa&abxe=1&cookie=ID%3Df2145017f9605a3c-22aaf1af46c9002e%3AT%3D1625164679%3ART%3D1625164679%3AS%3DALNI_MZCAxz1BgfhOzjxeDHisLSzQjC1dg&prev_fmts=0x0%2C300x600%2C412x343&nras=3&correlator=3504931369260&frm=20&pv=1&ga_vid=326203482.1625164680&ga_sid=1625164680&ga_hid=569335483&ga_fc=0&u_tz=0&u_his=1&u_java=0&u_h=892&u_w=412&u_ah=892&u_aw=412&u_cd=24&u_nplug=0&u_nmime=0&adx=0&ady=1659&biw=412&bih=797&scr_x=0&scr_y=272&eid=21066435%2C31060474&oid=2&pvsid=2321807774039327&pem=562&ref=http%3A%2F%2Fm.facebook.com%2F&eae=0&fc=1408&brdim=0%2C0%2C0%2C0%2C412%2C0%2C412%2C797%2C412%2C797&vis=1&rsz=%7C%7Cs%7C&abl=NS&fu=128&bc=31&ifi=4&uci=a!4&btvi=3&fsb=1&xpc=hhPPWBx47y&p=https%3A//kasapafmonline.com&dtd=114

i. The Respondent do pay to the Claimant the sum of US$ 68,584,623.37 as the
Recovery Fee under the GSA.

ii. The Respondent do pay the Claimant simple interest on the sum awarded in (i)
above from 22 April 2019 at the annual rate of 6.5% until payment.

iv. The Respondent do pay the Claimant’s Legal and Other Costs in the sum of
£200,000.

v. The Respondent do pay the Claimant the Arbitration Costs in the sum of
£153,108.88.

v. The Counterclaim is dismissed.

vi. All other claims, including the claim for a declaration and counterclaims are
rejected

This latest judgment debt comes after the country was hit with over 170 million judgment debt following a power contract agreement between the Government of Ghana and GCGP that was wrongfully terminated.

Below is the full judgment debt

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Source: Ghana/Kasapafmonline.com/102.5 Fm

Govt working to keep Ghana off money-laundering blacklist – Ofori Atta

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Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, has said his outfit will enforce policies to avoid Ghana from returning to the money laundering list

Ghana has been removed from the Financial Action Task Force’s money laundering list

After August 2021, the country could be delisted from the EU list of ‘money laundering’ countries


Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, has said the government is working around the clock to prevent Ghana from making its way back on the money laundering list of the Financial Action Task Force, Joy News has reported.

Ghana has been delisted for the Financial Action Task Force’s “Grey List” countries with weak money laundering policies.

On the back of this development, Finance Minister has said government is putting measures in place to avoid a blacklist.null

“The commitment from the Finance Ministry, Ghana Revenue Authority and the Bank of Ghana to give the appropriate resources to Financial International Center so that it becomes a best class organization is in process. So the strengthening of the FIC, awareness by the public and institutions so that self-regulation and declaration of penalty will be the way to go here,” Joy News quoted him.

Mr. Ofori-Atta believes Ghana being delisted from the money laundering list will raise investor confidence in the country.

“The international community has renewed its confidence in Ghana’s Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) regime. This is a great relief for the country, considering the economic consequences suffered by the country while on the list. This will boost confidence in the integrity of our financial environment and also boost foreign direct investment”, he stated.

On the other hand, Joy News has reported that Ghana is set to be removed from the EU list of ‘money laundering’ countries possibly after August 2021,

According to the online report, the “grouping” noted that there are still some processes that need to be completed before Ghana can be taken off its list, adding, “now that Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has removed Ghana from its list, there are no more requirements from the EU side.

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

We’ve possessed Agbogbloshie; it’s done! – Henry Quartey, as police fires shots, tear gas to ward off ‘criminals’

The police providing security for the relocation of onion sellers at Agbogbloshie in the Ablekuma Central to Adjen Kotoku had to fire warning shots and tear gas at some people it described as “criminals” on Thursday, 1 July 2021, the deadline for all the sellers to have moved.

The Operation’s Commander, DSP Kwesi Ofori, told journalists that: “It is a peaceful exercise that has been discussed and planned regarding the evacuation of onion traders from Agbogbloshie to Adjen Kotoku”.

“The market women have fully cooperated and they are not even here currently because they are even setting up at Adjen Kotoku. But it is some criminal elements that want to take advantage of the situation to mar the operation”, he said.

“You can see the security forces taking every step to protect the traders wherever they are. Some groups of criminals have intended to burn and disrupt their businesses and cause mayhem,” he noted.

Greater Accra Regional Minister, Mr Henry Quartey, is leading the relocation of the onion sellers as part of his ‘Let Make Accra Work’ pet project, which involves decongesting slums and removing unauthorised structures in the capital city.

He told journalists at the Agbogbloshie site that as of the deadline, more than 90 per cent of the sellers had moved and that “means they have shown good faith, they have done very well” and “I salute them”.

“This is the capital city of Ghana and this is what we find ourselves in”.

“We had intended to use three days to clear the place but from the look of the magnitude of filth, we may spend about a week in doing that job”.

“Now that we’ve cleared the place, we won’t allow even a single person to come to the site again. It is done. We are going to move on. We’ve taken possession of the land and we’ll put it to good use”, he said

Partnership With Toyota Tsusho Manufacturing Firm A Game-Changer – Alan Kyerematen

The Minister for Trade and Industry, Alan Kyerematen has described Ghana’s partnership with Toyota Tsuho as a game-changer after the official commissioning of the program.

Mr. Kyerematen led a team of high-powered government delegation to commission the ultramodern assembling plant for Toyota vehicles under the Tsuho Manufacturing firm.

The latest technological partnership, the third after Volkswagen Ghana and Kantanka Automobile Industries, is expected to help reduce import figures by a considerable percentage.

Speaking at the official commissioning ceremony, the Trade Minister highlighted the economical benefits of the partnership as part of five major reasons behind the deal.

“The government’s decision to establish automobile industry in Ghana was to achieve some strategic objectives which include the following; to establish a fully integrated and competitive industrial hub for automotive assembling in collaboration with the private sector; to generate highly skilled jobs in automotive assembly and the manufacture of components and parts, with spillover effects into other sectors of the economy; and to establish an asset-based vehicle financing scheme for locally assembled vehicles to ensure affordability for vehicle buyers;

“Again, government seeks to improve balance of payments through competitive import substitution and export market development; and improve vehicle safety and environmental standards; as well as transform the quality of the national road transport fleet and safeguard the natural environment”, he explained.

On the potential benefits Ghana stands to gain from the partnership, the Sector Minister described the latest deal as a step in the right direction.

“Ghana imports over 100,000 vehicles per annum, which makes motor vehicles among the leading imported commodities into the country, accounting for about 15% of the annual import bill. The development of the automotive industry in Ghana, therefore, is a game-changer for the Ghanaian economy aimed at significantly reducing our import bills and contributes towards improving the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP)”, the Trade Minister added.

The Minister also revealed plans by government to empower Ghanaians in the production of vehicular parts to ease the importation burden alongside ensuring job creation.

“In addition to this and to ensure the systematic progression of registered assemblers into manufacturing of vehicles, the government has prioritized the development of components and parts manufacturing through a local partnership with foreign multinational companies.

“In pursuit of this, the Ministry of Trade and Industry is collaborating with the Africa Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM) and other relevant stakeholders to develop and implement a comprehensive Supplier Development Programme aimed at creating viable domestic enterprises capable of supplying components for local assembly and the global supply chain,” Mr. Alan Kyerematen told the press.

Source: myjoyonline

People within Energy Ministry forged my signature when I was Minister – Agyarko

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Former Energy Minister, Boakye Agyarko, has said officials within the Energy Ministry forged his signature and filled forms with it when he was at the Ministry.

However, he said, he was able to detect the forged signatures due to his banking background.

“I saw a lot of things at the ministry. People forged my signature at the Ministry but because of my banking background I was able to detect it,” he said on Net 2 Wednesday, June 30.

He was speaking on matters relating to the $170 million judgement debt Ghana has been slapped with.

He said he is in favour of a thorough investigation into the circumstances that resulted in the $170million judgement debt payment.

Asked whether he supports calls for investigations into the causes of the payment of this debt, he said “By all means, So far as there is a crime why not. I am for investigations all thorough and through. People must be held accountable if found culpable. Lessons must be learnt.”

A London-based United Nations Commission on International Trade Law tribunal has ordered the government of Ghana to pay a contractually defined “early termination payment” of more than US$134.3 million plus interest and costs.

This follows the termination of the contract between the government of Ghana and an independent power producer, Ghana Power Generation Company (GPGC) in 2018.

This has resulted in accusation and counter accusations among officials of the present administration and the previous Mahama administration.

For instance, Former Power Minister Dr Kwabena Donkor told the Attorney General Godfred Yeboah Dame that the $170million judgment debt to the Ghana Power Generation Company (GPGC), was as a result of wrongful termination and not wrongful signing of the agreement.

The Pru East lawmaker told Dzifa Bampoh on the First Take on 3FM Wednesday June 23 that the agreement went through due process before it was signed.null

Mr Dame had said the decision by the signatories to sign such an agreement was uninformed.

“The fundamental question that we asked is why the agreement was entered into in the first place? Why did John Jinapor and his former boss execute the signatory of this agreement and afterwards set up a committee to review those agreements?

“It is because you yourself had realised that this was going to result in excess capacity,” he said.

“Indeed, the cost was very, very monumental. As per the report of the PPA Committee, if all the agreements signed by John Jinapor and his former boss had been allowed to run, each year, the nation was going to be exposed to payment to the sum of $586 million.

“Cumulatively, between 2013 and 2018 the nation was going to pay as much as $1.76 billion,” he told Joy News.null

Reacting to his comments, Dr Kwabena Donkor told Dzifa that “The awards was given for wrongful termination, not for wrongful signing. I am therefore surprised that the Attorney General does not deem it fit to confirm that whoever terminated will also be referred to the CID.

“The Ghana Power Generation Company (GPGC) was sent to cabinet, it had cabinet approval. Indeed, the Secretary to Cabinet wrote to Parliament on the 3rd of July 2015, and parliament approved the agreement.

“It went through the constitutional process set out for these agreements.

“This agreement had the lowest tariffs of all the emergency power purchasing agreements. It had the shortest duration, four years and that agreement did not require any financial security from the state of Ghana and therefore it was one of the agreements negotiated.

Source: 3news.com

Ejura shooting: ‘Be calm, don’t inflame tension, allow security agencies to handle issues’ – Chief Imam to Muslims

Chief Imam Sheikh Usman Nuhu Sharabutu has said in consultation with his elders, he has “noted with deep concern, the discomfort in the Muslim community of Ejura and surrounding areas” over the “loss of our dear brothers”.

“Equally, disturbing”, he noted, “is the tension that continues to rise following the unfortunate incident”, which led to the death of three Muslims in the Ejura community – one being through lynching and the two others being through shooting by soldiers during a protest to demand justice for their lynched colleague Ibrahim Kaaka Mohammed, a social media activist.

The revered Muslim cleric said “there is no doubt that the rising tension constitutes a threat to the existing state of harmony in the country”, adding: “While there is the need to empathise with the bereaved families, it remains a collective responsibility to maintain peace and stability in the country at all times”.

“I, therefore, call on all stakeholders to remain calm and allow the security agencies to handle the matter in line with the ethical principles of criminal justice”, he urged.

He said “in the spirit of peace and harmony, I further urge Muslims in Ejura and surrounding areas to desist from any act that may inflame passion among the Muslim youth”.

Furthermore, the Chief Imam said, “I call on the police to investigate the matter thoroughly and ensure that in the end, justice becomes the winner”.

“Finally, I pray for Allah’s perpetual mercy on the departed souls”.

His call for peace dovetails into a similar call by the National Peace Council.

In a statement signed by its Chairman, Rev Dr Ernest Adu Gyamfi, the council expressed “grave concern that three Ghanaians have lost their lives” in the recent disturbances in Ejura, Ashanti Region.

“The council condemns this unfortunate incident and calls on the relevant agencies to conduct thorough investigations into the matter without delay”, the statement from the Peace Council said.

The council noted, “with appreciation, the president’s directive” to the minister for the interior, “to conduct a public inquiry into the circumstances that led to the unfortunate occurrences”, saying: “We encourage the proposed committee to work within the terms of reference”.

The council has also expressed “its deep condolences to the affected families” and encouraged “all persons in the community to keep calm and allow the investigations to take their full course without hindrance”.

The council further appealed to the “media and all those who make statements on the matter, to exercise maximum restraint in their pronouncements

Komenda Sugar factory demo set for July 6

A group, Concerned Citizens of the Komenda Traditional Area, has written to the police about its intention to march in connection with, in its view, the abandonment of the Komenda Sugar Factory in the Central Region.

The group has scheduled its march for Tuesday, 6 July 2021.

It is billed to start from Komenda and Kissi simultaneously around 6:30 am and end at the Komenda Junction by 1:30 pm.

Its letter to the district police commander, signed by the convener Samuel Awudzah and two others, said the “focus of our intended demonstration is to create public awareness about the increasing deterioration of the new Komenda Sugar Factory, as a consequence of its neglect by the authorities whose duty it is to ensure its operationalisation after it was commissioned on the 30th May 2016.”https://googleads.g.doubleclick.net/pagead/ads?client=ca-pub-4549410436183225&output=html&h=250&slotname=4705176708&adk=1921530005&adf=2366005940&pi=t.ma~as.4705176708&w=300&lmt=1625148885&psa=1&format=300×250&url=https%3A%2F%2Fmobile.classfmonline.com%2Fnews%2Fgeneral%2FKomenda-Sugar-factory-demo-set-for-July-6-25535&flash=0&wgl=1&dt=1625148884438&bpp=6&bdt=3276&idt=716&shv=r20210628&ptt=9&saldr=aa&abxe=1&cookie=ID%3Da21d8d09e2e9702c-22b4dcd74ec9004e%3AT%3D1625148773%3ART%3D1625148773%3AS%3DALNI_MYCulkFpgmctOfCgGgS6zYG85tDXg&prev_fmts=0x0%2C300x250&nras=1&correlator=7864700931431&frm=20&pv=1&ga_vid=1619096165.1625148771&ga_sid=1625148885&ga_hid=1171476950&ga_fc=0&u_tz=0&u_his=1&u_java=0&u_h=892&u_w=412&u_ah=892&u_aw=412&u_cd=24&u_nplug=0&u_nmime=0&adx=56&ady=1362&biw=412&bih=797&scr_x=0&scr_y=0&eid=21066434%2C31060972%2C31060474&oid=3&pvsid=4147762769713330&pem=946&ref=http%3A%2F%2Fm.facebook.com%2F&eae=0&fc=1920&brdim=0%2C0%2C0%2C0%2C412%2C0%2C412%2C797%2C412%2C797&vis=1&rsz=%7Co%7CEebr%7C&abl=NS&pfx=0&fu=0&bc=31&ifi=3&uci=a!3&btvi=1&fsb=1&xpc=rCS1qjmrFq&p=https%3A//mobile.classfmonline.com&dtd=746

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