Ghana Must Tap Into Nigeria’s Petroleum Sector Experiences – Dr Prempeh

The Minister for Energy, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh has expressed his commitment to strengthening the relationship between Ghana and Nigeria to tap into the latter’s rich experience in the petroleum sector for the mutual benefit of the two countries.

Dr Opoku Prempeh was speaking following a visit to Abuja where he met with his Nigerian counterpart.

The two ministers centered their discussions on leveraging on the experience of Nigeria with which has decades of discovery know-how.

ECOWAS
The minister who is also the Chairman of the Committee of Energy Ministers of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), said there is the need for collaborative efforts and drawing of useful lessons Nigeria has accumulated over the years.

With Ghana recently joining the comity of oil producing nations, he said, “there is the need to take lessons from Nigeria and learn from all the mistakes they made regarding the signing of petroleum agreements and maximizing their quota of local content and local participation, something Ghana is still getting a grasp on.”

He said it was heartwarming that he and his Nigerian counterpart deliberated their positions on the global conversations around energy transition and what the implications were for developing countries such as Ghana and Nigeria.

Powering industrialization
Dr Prempeh said whilst it is important to recognize the need to gravitate towards clean energy, “African countries must make this move organically, in order to use available fossil fuels to power the industrialization agenda across the continent.”

The Minister and the Nigerian Minister of State for Petroleum Resources also discussed the need for the African Petroleum Producers Organisation (APPO) to protect the interest of petroleum resource rich nations.

“We both shared our commitment to support the APPO, which are championing the cause for Africa to be dealt with fairly when it comes to decisions such as prices and importation of petroleum products,” he said.

Going forward Dr Prempeh said he is looking forward to hosting his counterpart in Ghana to continue the discussions.

Collaboration vital
For his part, the Nigerian Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, commended the Dr. Prempeh for the move and called for more collaboration.

Ghana and Nigeria over the years have collaborated in many areas especially gas and power supply as well.

 

Source: graphiconline.com

Don’t go to church 24/7 because of witches, work hard rather – Kennedy Agyapong tells youth

Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong, has advised the youth not to spend most of their time at religious centres praying and casting out demons when there is work to be done.null

According to Kennedy Agyapong who believes in hard work, pastors always take advantage of the weak to dupe them of their hard-earned income.

He said, “Don’t rely on any pastor for your destiny, the moment you go to the Pastor, he knows you’re vulnerable so they begin to put fear in you. When you have the money you give it to them by the time you realize you’re broke.”

Speaking at a ceremony to mark his 61st birthday ceremony, the parliamentarian said, “If you doubt me think about this, go to church 7-days in a week but the very day I go to church, I’m given a front seat because they know Kennedy Agyapong has arrived so everything will be sorted.”

The businessman stated that he would have been dead by now if there were indeed witches who hunt people because of his bragging lifestyle.

According to Kennedy Agyapong, it was high time the youth of the country took their destiny into their own hands instead of pushing blame on people.null

“There is no witch anywhere; when you fail in life and you attribute it to your mother, father but when you were smoking jar, was your grandmother there. When you were stealing from your boss, were they there,” he said as monitored by GhanaWeb.

He added, “If there were witches, I would have been dead by now because I run my mouth.”

He, however, attributed his source of wealth and life on earth to God because “When I go to bed I don’t know where my spirit goes but I know there’s a superior being and he is God, who will not make anyone toil in vain.”

Watch video below

https://cdn.jwplayer.com/players/UiQapIEa-eqk5XVg5

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

2 Jailed 25 Years Each For Robbery

The Nkawie Circuit Court has sentenced two friends to 25 years imprisonment each for conspiring to rob a couple at gunpoint at Abena Ntiriwaa near Adiembra in the Atwima Mponua District of the Ashanti Region.

Kwame Agyei, alias Pizaro, 36, and Adamu Abu, alias Rasta, 23, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit crime and robbery.

The Court, presided over by Michael Johnson Abbey, convicted the two on their own plea.

Detective Inspector Anthony Acheampong, prosecuting, told the court that Agyei and Abu were farm labourers at Agogoso near Adiembra.

He said on May 31, 2021, the accused persons, who often worked on a farm near the cottage of the couple, noticed that they had sold their cocoa produce.

The two later met at the house of Abu, where they conspired to rob the couple.

On June 1, at about 1250 hours, they attacked the couple with a locally made pistol and a cutlass and managed to take away GHC1,640.

A report was made to the Nyinahin Police, who traced them to their hideout, upon intelligence, and arrested them.
GNA

AstraZeneca, Sputnik V vaccines effective against an Indian strain of coronavirus – GHS denies report

Kuma Aboagye Vaccines.jfif

• GHS has denied reports that AstraZeneca and Sputnik V vaccines are not effective against the Delta strain of COVID-19null

• This was contained in a press release copied to GhanaWeb

• Prof Gordon Awendare had said, vaccines may not be entirely effective against the Delta variant


The Ghana Health Service (GHS) says it is untrue for anybody to suggest that the AstraZeneca and Sputnik V vaccines are not effective against the new Indian Delta strain of COVID-19 which has been detected in Ghana.

Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, Director-General, GHS, in a statement copied to GhanaWeb indicated that the claims were not backed by data.

“According to Public Health England (PHE), two doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine are highly effective against hospitalization due to the Delta variant and showed no deaths among those vaccinated.null

A study conducted by Gamaleya Centre 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 read in parts.

Professor Gordon Awendare, Head of the West Africa Centre for Cell Biology and Infectious Pathogens, WACCBIP, University of Ghana, told Joy Prime on Monday, June 21, that the AstraZeneca and Sputnik V vaccines may not be entirely effective against the Delta variant.

“Now we have to be looking at the right vaccines. All this while, we’ve been fixed on AstraZeneca and Sputnik V but we have to shift towards more of Pfizer and others which have a better chance of protecting against this variant. Because the future is, we are going towards these aggressive variants,” he said.

But the Ghana Health Service (GHS) rejected this claim.

Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboagye’s statement noted the data available to the GHS “suggest that the AstraZeneca vaccine is effective against symptomatic disease caused by the Delta variant”.null

He assured Ghanaians that, “in the midst of global supply shortages, the MOH and GHS are diligently working with Government to ensure that adequate vaccines are procured to protect the population. The MOH, GHS and the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) are working collaboratively to ensure that vaccines that come into the country are safe and effective.”

Dr Kuma-Aboagye, then urged, “Ghanaians to take advantage of [the] vaccination when their turn is due while entreating the general public to adhere to the COVID-19 prevention protocols i.e., wearing of face masks, practising of hand hygiene and physical distancing as part of the strategies.”

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1DS1gwvQ0gkD_VohO39C4Gp7799KG0kWS/preview

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

I have no presidential ambition – Okudzeto Ablakwa

Cropped Okudzeto Ablakwa?resize=960%2C540&ssl=1

• Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa says he has no presidential ambitionnull

• He indicated that people are luring him to accept the challenge

• But Okudzeto Ablakwa says he does not want to rush to make any mistake


Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has dined reports that suggest he has a presidential ambition even though some well-meaning Ghanaians want to lure him into it.

According to him, becoming the President of Ghana is not something that he is aiming at.

Speaking on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen monitored by GhanaWeb, Ablakwa explained, “I have seen insatiable ambition destroy a lot of people so I don’t believe in electing or positioning yourself or self-aggrandizing when it comes to the issue of positions in any organization.”null

He continued: “It is one of the things I see a lot. Anytime I roll out an intervention, people align it to presidential ambition but my view on leadership is that every generation has its own leaders.

Leaders emerge from the people and if you make a mistake and think that you are better than everybody else and should be a leader, you will be disappointed.”

Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa indicated that he could have contested for the parliamentary seat in about six constituencies but settled for North Tongu because the people wanted him to serve.

“You should never see yourself as cut out for anything because I see that to be ignorance and self-distracting,” he said.Source: www.ghanaweb.com

Government to establish one million enterprises nationwide – Akufo-Addo

Akufo Addo 202012121213131231

• Government has promised to establish one million enterprises across the countrynull

• The move is hinged on government’s commitment towards industrialization, value addition and job creation

• The One District – One Factory initiative was introduced by the Akufo-Addo government in 2017

The Akufo-Addo administration has pledged to establish one million enterprises across the country.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo speaking at Kwaso in the Ejisu Municipality following the commissioning of a One District – One Factory initiative pointed that the move formed part of his government’s agenda towards industrialization; value addition and job creation.

On the back of the president’s pledge, Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre, Yofi Grant, has disclosed that Ghana is targeting to raise US$3 billion in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) for 2021.null

Addressing journalists at a press briefing on Sunday June 20, Yofi Grant revealed the country has so far accrued US$780 million in FDIs for this year.

“For every country, foreign direct investments are recognised as very important to its economic and socio-economic development. In Ghana, I dare say that over the past few years we have upped our game and our economy has become more attractive.

“Indeed, I dare say that since 2017 Ghana’s economy grew by 8.1% and through 2019 we had an average growth of 7%. This symbolises a country that is walking the talk and doing all it needs to do to become one of the fastest-growing economies in the world,” Yofi Grant told journalists.

He continued, “Foreign Direct Investments grew. Our FDI in 2017 was $4.9 billion; it dropped marginally in consonance with the drop in global FDIs in 2018 to US$3.54 billion. In 2019, it further dropped to $1.01 billion.

“The interesting thing however is that, despite the negative impact of COVID-19 on global economies, Ghana saw an increase in FDIs in 2020 to $2.65 billion,” he stressed

.Source: www.ghanaweb.com

I’ll beg Nana Addo to sack non-performing MMDCEs after 6 months – Henry Quartey

The Greater Accra Regional Minister, Henry Quartey, has vowed to cause the dismissal of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives in the region who do not perform satisfactorily in their roles.

According to him, the performance of MMDCEs in Accra will be assessed every six months, after which recommendations would be made for the dismissal of the low-performing officials.

He insisted that the job of MMDCEs is not limited to the confines of their offices but on the ground, and that they must be ready to be on the field to work.

Mr. Quartey said he will plead with President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to sack any MCE who fails to perform creditably after the six-month duration.

“I don’t know about other regions, but in Greater Accra, if you are confirmed as an MCE, I want to go and kneel down before Mr. President that six months into your administration and you are not performing, we will sack you.”

“As an MCE, we expect you to work hard. Don’t sit in your office and do capacity building. Go to the field, that is where the work is. We will try and get an appraisal to the Local Government Minister, every six months, and if we think you are not doing well, we will sack you.”

Henry Quartey, since assuming office under his ‘Let’s Make Accra work campaign, has undertaken several initiatives to provide lasting solutions to everyday challenges in the region, with the view to transform the national capital.

He has supervised the removal of unauthorized traders along some major streets, the pulling down of unauthorized structures, and carried out decongestion exercises and other sanitation drives aimed at ridding the capital of fifth.

Although these initiatives have won him the admiration of some Ghanaians, the Minister believes the totality of these efforts should not be viewed as political vindictiveness.

“There is a vision the President has for the region, so as a servant of the President, we have to ensure that he is able to realize his vision. Various stakeholders have thrown their support behind me. It shouldn’t be seen as political vindictiveness. We need to see how best we can create an enabling environment in Accra for all of us to live in this region”.

Henry Quartey gave assurances that the efforts to making Accra work are sustainable and not “a nine-day wonder”, explaining in details his longterm plans for sustainability

1D1F: Akufo-Addo inspects GHS36 million watermelon juice and rice factories in Walewale

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has expressed satisfaction with work so far undertaken on the construction of a GH¢36 million watermelon juice factory, being established in Walewale in the North East Region.

Touring the facility on Tuesday, 22nd June 2021, at the commencement of his 2-day tour of the North East Region, President Akufo-Addo visited Champion Foods and Beverages Limited, a wholly-owned Ghanaian beverage manufacturing, distribution and marketing company.

The President was informed that the company is employing the use of PET line technology, as compared to the Tetra Packs technology, and it is being financed with a facility from the Ghana EXIM Bank.

With minor construction works to be undertaken, President Akufo-Addo was informed that the overall project is 90% complete, with offices and staff accommodation at 80% completion, and plant, equipment, and machinery all on site ready to be installed.

Full operationalization of the factory has been deferred to March 2022, with the company having installed a 10 metric tonnes per hour facility.

It is expected that, upon completion, the company will create direct employment opportunities for 300 Ghanaians and over 2,000 indirect workers, including farmers and aggregators, to be engaged in an out-grower scheme, covering parts of North East, Northern and other Regions of the country.

1D1F TAMANA RICE FACTORY

The President also visited Tamanaa Company Ltd., a rice farming and processing company located in Nasia near Walewale, which is also operating under Government’s 1-District-1-Factory initiative.

As a result of the support received from Government, the company has been able to expand its operations, by adding a 250-metric ton per day rice milling facility, to its already existing 40 metric ton per day plant.

So far, some 148 workers have been employed, with the company generating a turnover of some $1.5 million annually. The company markets 60% of its rice as parboiled and the remaining 40% as non-parboiled under the brand name Nasia Star Rice.

Tamanaa company currently engages over 4,000 rice farmers and aggregators operating in the West Mamprusi, East Mamprusi, Savulugu, Nanton and Mamprugu-Moagduri Districts

Govt Raises GH¢1.86bn

Ken ofori-Atta

GOVERNMENT HAS raised GH¢1.86 billion from the sale of a seven-year bond to tackle the country’s debt burden.

Proceeds from the bond, which drew near-record demand, would help refinance the debt of a five-year bond which is due to mature.

The long term bond, expected to offer both safety and liquidity, was snapped up by investors who oversubscribed it by 3.3 per cent with the interest cost of the debt instrument going down by 6.4 per cent from 24.5 per cent to 18.10 per cent.

This means significant savings for government on its interest payment aimed at restructuring its debt.

This debt re-profiling is understood by experts to give the government the economic space to repay debts that are falling due.

Government plans to issue a gross amount of GH¢21,430.00 million, of which GHȼ17,301.00 million is to rollover maturities.

The remaining GH¢4,129.00 million is fresh issuance to meet government’s financing requirements, according to the Ministry of Finance.

Per the Ministry’s issuance calendar for April to June, 2021, the government aims to build benchmark bonds through the issuance of the instruments of the 91-day and 182-day will be issued weekly; and the 364-day bill will be issued bi-weekly also through the primary auction, with settlement being the transaction date plus one working day; securities of two-year up to seven-year will be issued through the book-building method

Court slaps GH¢4000 on NDC over Techiman South case

Christopher Beyere Baasongtiqq.png

• The NDC and the NPP MP for Techiman South are in court over the 2020 polls

• The NDC is to pay a GH¢4000 fine

• This was reduced from GH¢7000 after the lawyers of the NDC argued against it


A GH¢4000 fine has been slapped on the National Democratic Congress (NDC) by the case management conference of the Techiman South Parliamentary Election petition, by the Wenchi High Court.

Christopher Beyere Baasongti, who represented the NDC in the parliamentary elections of 2020 at the constituency, had sued the current Member of Parliament, Martin Adjei-Mensah Korsah, and the Electoral Commission, praying it to quash the declaration of the MP as winner of the polls.

Listening to the case at the case management sitting on Tuesday, the court partially granted the petitioner’s motions for an amendment of his suit, on the grounds that “no proper collation” was done in the 2020 Techiman South Parliamentary elections as well as another relief, the portal reported.

But the petitioner, Christopher Beyere Baasongti, rather received a punitive cost of GH¢7,000.00 which was later reduced to GH¢4,000.00, following a series of legal arguments.

The court also said it was also for the delay in the court proceedings.

Peter Mac Manu, the 2020 election Campaign Manager for the New Patriotic Party (NPP), who was also in the court, explained that the NDC is deliberately trying to delay the process of the court.

“The judge did not allow all the [NDC’s five] motions to fly. Rather, he gave them two [out of the five] to go and amend… They repeated some of the dismissed motions already ruled on, and because of that they were initially awarded a cost of GH¢7,000, and after several pleadings for review, the judge settled on GH¢4,000 against the petitioner.

“I think we’ve been moving on, but the NDC should stop the up and down, amendments and motions. This should be avoided as far as possible,” he said.

However, the NDC did not make any comments.

The case will be recalled on June 30, 2021, for further hearing.

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

2nd Most Peaceful Country And So What? Rampant Bullion Vans & Mobile Money Operators Attacks – Pratt ‘Rubbishes’ Report

Seasoned Journalist, Kwesi Pratt Jnr. has rubbished the survey that Ghana is the second peaceful country in Africa.

Ghana has been ranked the second most peaceful country in Africa in the 2021 Global Peace Index report by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP).

The country is also ranked 38th in the world out of 163 countries.

The IEP is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit think tank dedicated to shifting the world’s focus to peace as a positive, achievable, and tangible measure of human well-being and progress.

But Kwesi Pratt has taken the report with a pinch of salt.

According to him, the security situation in Ghana, which he described as being worse, is a clear contradiction with the survey.

“When you look at mobile money operators who have been shot, in fact two have been shot just this morning and you look at the bullion vans attacks and so forth, and someone tells us Ghana is one of the most peaceful countries in the world; what does that mean?”, he asked, asserting that “we, the citizens, are all living in fear and panic. The way things are going is very dangerous”.

Mr. Pratt stressed that hearing Ghana is second peaceful country in Africa got him annoyed.

“They should stop saying those things . . . Ghana is second peaceful country in Africa and so what?”

https://www.youtube.com/embed/FZvF7em0DmU

Source: Ameyaw Adu Gyamfi/Peacefmonline.com/Ghana

Nobody Can Punish Dr Ayine For Expressing His Opinion About Independence Of The Judiciary – Sammy Gyamfi

National Communications Officer for the largest opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Sammy Gyamfi says Dr Dominic Ayine has done nothing wrong in his presentation at the CDD organized forum to warrant the Chief Justice, His Lordship Justice Kwasi Anin-Yeboah to write to the General Legal Council of Ghana to punish him [Ayine].

Sammy Gyamfi in an interview on Okay FM’s ‘Ade Akye Abia’ Morning Show on Tuesday, 22nd June 2021 said that the 1992 Constitution allows Dr Dominic Ayine to offer his opinion on the ruling of the Supreme Court on the 2020 election petition.

“Ghana is a democratic country and so the 1992 Constitution which is being used to govern the country allows everybody to express their opinion or the freedom of expression. In view of this, anybody can express their opinion or views after a judgment has been given on a case”.

“The opinion may not favour the Chief Justice, or it may not base on law, and it may be wrong, but that is the opinion of someone and the person is entitled to it and the law says that the person cannot be persecuted or harassed for expressing their opinion”.

According to Sammy Gyamfi, it is unfathomable for the Chief Justice to write to the General Legal Council of Ghana to punish Dr Dominic Ayine for expressing his opinion on the verdict of the Supreme Court on the 2020 election petition when other lawyers expressed their opinion on the same verdict of the Supreme Court.

“Lawyers from both NPP and NDC expressed their opinions; while the NPP lawyers supported the ruling of the Supreme Court on the 2020 election petition, the NDC lawyer, Dr Ayine disagreed with the ruling of the Supreme Court and that has angered Justice Anin-Yeboah to write to the General Legal Council to punish Dr Ayine,” he wondered.

“We in the NDC would have understood Justice Anin-Yeboah if his petition to the General Legal Council is based on the fact that he [Dr. Ayine] has denigrated and insulted the 7 judges who sat on the 2020 election petition, but he did not rebuke the Supreme Court. Dr Ayine was talking about his confidence in the Judiciary and nobody can punish anybody about his or her opinion on an issue,” he argued.

Watch Video Below

https://www.youtube.com/embed/7h1l5ihQqOQ

Source: Daniel Adu Darko/Peacefmonline.com

Mpohor MP boasts of new Police officers he helped recruit

The officers in the image were facilitated into the service by the MP

The Member of Parliament for Mpohor in the Western region John Kobina Abbam Saani has posted images of some new police officers he helped to get into the service.

According to the lawmaker, he facilitated the recruitment of the five new officers who passed out over the weekend.

“As always, I was filled with much joy and satisfaction, when the gentlemen and their families paid a courtesy call on me yesterday, 20-06-21, to show gratitude for having facilitated and supported their recruitment into the distinguished service. I was particularly super glad to know that Master Emmanuel Nyarko of Obrayebona received the best shooter award at the graduation ceremony,” he wrote on Facebook.The MP being introduced at a rally by the President during the 2020 polls

He said the move is part of efforts in creating jobs in his constituency.

Some Ghanaians have in recent times raised concerns over the seemingly partisan nature of the Police force and other security agencies.

Below are details of the write up on the Facebook wall of the MP

MORE JOBS FOR THE YOUTH: The JOHN SANIE Agenda.

Last Friday, 18-06-21, five gallant young men from the Mpohor District, namely: Messieurs Simon Inkoom (BOPP), Emmanuel Nyarko (Obrayebona), Godbless Agbasah (Mampong), Stephen Abekah (Tumantu) and Nabot Nyarko (Senteaw), successfully graduated from the Upper East Regional Police Training Schhol in Pwalugu to become full-fledged Police Officers.

As always, I was filled with much joy and satisfaction, when the gentlemen and their families paid a courtesy call on me yesterday, 20-06-21, to show gratitude for having facilitated and supported their recruitment into the distinguished service. I was particularly super glad to know that Master Emmanuel Nyarko of Obrayebona received the best shooter award at the graduation ceremony.

Gradually, we are fiercely tackling, and shall eventually eradicate the canker of youth unemployment from our society.

Source: Ghana/Starrfm.com.gh/103.5FM

Over Forty SHS Students Contract COVID-19

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has confirmed that forty-one students belonging to a school (name withheld) in the Greater Accra Region have contracted COVID-19 and are undergoing treatment.

Speaking with Beatrice Adu on the Big Bulletin on Monday (21 June), Asiedu-Bekoe Franklin, a physician epidemiologist at the GHS said the issue was detected four days ago and had initially begun with five students from the same dormitory.

He said after contact tracing, forty-one tested positive to COVID-19.

“Actually, that is about four days now and five students started showing symptoms and we identified their contacts and that was over ninety contacts. We did a test and the number of students who tested positive were forty-one.”

He added, “The forty-one affected students are asymptomatic and are confined in a dormitory because most of them were dormitory mates. Only the initial five showed symptoms and are doing well now,” Asiedu-Bekoe said.

Information from the Ghana Health Service website indicates that, Ghana has recorded 95,059 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 93,005 recoveries and discharge. The number of active cases stands at 1,260 with 45 new cases and a COVID-19 death toll of 794.

Africa is in the middle of a full-blown third COVID-19 wave and there is need for more vaccination, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said.

The total infections have crossed the five million mark and at least seven African countries have run out of vaccines.

“Africa needs millions more doses here and now,” WHO’s Africa Regional Director Matshidiso Moeti said.

South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia, Ethiopia and Egypt have recorded the most virus cases in the continent.

Uganda and Namibia are experiencing a deadly third wave, with dozens of fatalities recorded daily. A total of 136,030 people have succumbed to the virus in different African countries, according to WHO.

The Delta variant is in 14 African countries while the Beta variant, first detected in South Africa, is in 25 countries.

The WHO says there’s no clear timeline on when more vaccines will be available but there is an urgent need for them.

Source: Asaase Radio

Agbogbloshie Onion Sellers Demonstrate At NPP HQ

Onion sellers at Agbogbloshie in Accra have thronged the governing New Patriotic Party(NPP) headquarters protesting against the planned relocation of their market centre by the Regional Minister. The onion sellers want the Minister, Henry Quartey to shelve the relocation plan for now and give them ample time to prepare themselves for the exercise.

Meanwhile, they have debunked allegations by the Greater Accra Regional Minister that they have contracted a spiritualist to have him killed.

Speaking to Kasapa News, the traders said the Minister should not pay attention to the lies being peddled around, since they have no such intention of killing him as it’s been rumoured.

“We beg the Minister, and we never said we will not relocate so he should not out of anger move us forcefully. He should give us 2-years so that by then we can pay off the loans we’ve injected into our business. There is no truth in the claims that we are using a spiritualist to kill him, never, we can’t do that,” one of the traders stated.

More soon…

Source: kasapafmonline.com

Transport operators hint at increasing fares again

Members of the Private Road Transport Operators have hinted at increasing fares again.

The decision, according to them, follows the recent three per cent hike in the price of fuel at the pumps.

According to the group, the government is also making frantic efforts to increase road tolls, complaining that “transport operators are going to bear the brunt should it be implemented.”

The group further expressed its disappointment with the government for its inability to have kept the “assurances given to transport operators that it will ensure that fuel prices and spare parts remain stable.”

The transport operators, in a statement, entreated customers and the general public to bear with them, explaining that their transport business is reeling under a lot of pressure following the rising cost of inputs.

Commercial transport operators recently announced a 13 per cent increase in fares which took effect on 5 June 2021.

They explained back then that the hike was “to accommodate, predominantly, an increase in the price of fuel”.

The reviewed transport fares covered inter-city(tro-tro), inter-city (long-distance) and shared taxi vehicles.https://googleads.g.doubleclick.net/pagead/ads?client=ca-pub-4549410436183225&output=html&h=250&slotname=4705176708&adk=1921530005&adf=520316108&pi=t.ma~as.4705176708&w=300&lmt=1624371160&psa=0&format=300×250&url=https%3A%2F%2Fmobile.classfmonline.com%2Fbusiness%2FTransport-operators-hint-at-increasing-fares-again-25290&flash=0&wgl=1&dt=1624371159897&bpp=3&bdt=1897&idt=632&shv=r20210617&cbv=%2Fr20190131&ptt=9&saldr=aa&abxe=1&prev_fmts=0x0%2C300x250%2C300x250&nras=1&correlator=2510407797055&frm=20&pv=1&ga_vid=1860494323.1624371160&ga_sid=1624371160&ga_hid=874401774&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=2032&biw=412&bih=797&scr_x=0&scr_y=733&eid=31060474%2C31061218&oid=3&pvsid=3968994018193665&pem=427&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=4&uci=a!4&btvi=1&fsb=1&xpc=zHRCeQOPNz&p=https%3A//mobile.classfmonline.com&dtd=652

PRESS RELEASE JOINT STATEMENT BY PRIVATE ROAD TRANSPORT OPERATORS ON DECISION TO INCREASE LORRY FARES FOLLOWING THE FATHER’S DAY 3% FUEL PRICE GIFT AT THE PUMP, ON MONDAY, 21ST JUNE, 2021.

Following the Father’s Day 3% gift of increase in fuel price at the pump, Ghana Committed Drivers Association, Concern Drivers Association and True Drivers Union, wish to inform our numerous customers and the general public of our resolve to also adjust upward our lorry fares.

The percentage increase will soon be announced. As a result of the 3% increase in fuel price, a gallon of fuel, which was sold for GHC 27. 22 pesewas is now being sold for GHC 28. 035 pesewas. The resolve to adjust upward our lorry fares is in fulfilment of our statement issued on 16th May 2021, in which we announced 20% upward adjustment in lorry fares.

In that statement, we said, “We have therefore resolved that any time fuel prices, spare parts, and other levies relating to road transport go up, we will also adjust our lorry fares to reflect the increment”. We also said “It is our considered view that we will only go by the decision to increase lorry fares twice yearly if the powers that be can also ensure that prices of petroleum products and spare parts are not increased in the course of every year so as to guarantee stable prices and lorry fares”.

As we speak, the government is making frantic efforts to increase road tolls and transport operators are going to bear the brunt should it be implemented. We are deeply disappointed in the government for its inability to have kept assurances given to transport operators that it will ensure that fuel prices and spare parts remain stable.

We wish to entreat our customers and the general public to bear with us in this situation as our transport business is reeling under a lot of pressure following astronomical increases in our input cost.

Thank you.

Signed

Charles Danso (Chairman, Ghana Committed Drivers Association)

Yaw Barimah (PRO, Truth Drivers Union)

William Osei (Chairman, Concern Drivers Association

Mustapha Hamid appointed CEO of National Petroleum Authority

President Akufo-Addo has appointed Dr Mustapha Hamid, the former minister of inner-city and zongo development, as the chief executive officer of the NPA

Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, chief executive of the National Petroleum Authority

 Dr Mustapha Hamid, the newly appointed chief executive officer of the National Petroleum Authority

President Akufo-Addo has appointed Dr Mustapha Abdul-Hamid as the chief executive officer of the National Petroleum Authority (NPA), one of the most sought-after positions in government.

The NPA oversees all operations in the multibillion-dollar downstream petroleum sector.

The appointment takes effect from 1 July 2021. The news was communicated in a letter dated 17 June.

Dr Hamid, 50, previously served in the first-term government of President Akufo-Addo as the minister of information and subsequently as the minister for inner-city and zongo development. He also served as the deputy national campaign manager for President Akufo-Addo’s successful second-term bid in 2020 and was in charge of campaign communications.

The NPA currently boasts over 5,000 service providers and, according to 2020 estimates, an annual sales value of between GHC24 billion and GHC28 billion (US$4-US$5 billion), which is roughly 7% of Ghana’s GDP. The industry works closely with international suppliers such as BP, Glencore, Vitol and Trafigura to supply approximately 80% of the petroleum products currently consumed in the country.

Dr Hamid will champion the mission of the NPA, which is to regulate, oversee and monitor the downstream petroleum industry in Ghana “for efficiency, growth and stakeholder satisfaction” and to ensure that its vision, which is to be a “catalyst for economic transformation and growth in Ghana”, is achieved.

Think tank boss

Dr Hamid succeeds Hassan Tampuli, the immediate past NPA chief executive, who was elected as the MP for Gushegu on the ticket of the New Patriotic Party in December 2020, and has since been nominated to serve as a deputy minister of transport.

Dr Hamid served as leading spokesman for Nana Akufo-Addo from 2008 until 2017, when he became the information minister and presidential spokesperson.

Before that, he was the executive director of the Danquah Institute and a lecturer at the University of Cape Coast.

Celebrated for his honesty and integrity, Dr Hamid has gained a reputation over the years as a trusted loyalist and close confidant of President Akufo-Addo.

Mustapha Abdul-Hamid entered Tamale Secondary School in 1987 to sit for his Advanced level examinations. In 1991 he entered the University of Cape Coast to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree, eventually majoring in religious studies.

He subsequently obtained an MPhil and a PhD in religious studies from the same university.

Key contributor

The institution that Dr Hamid will be leading was established by an act of Parliament, the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) Act 2005 (Act 691), to regulate the downstream petroleum industry in Ghana.

As a regulator, the NPA ensures that the industry remains efficient, profitable and fair and, at the same time, that consumers get value for money. The downstream petroleum industry in Ghana encompasses all activities involved in the importation and refining of crude oil as well as the sale, marketing and distribution of refined petroleum products in the country.

Commercial activities of the industry include: importation, exportation, re-exportation, shipment, transportation, processing, refining, storage, distribution, marketing and sale of petroleum products. The petroleum industry is one of the key subsectors and a major contributor to Ghana’s gross domestic product.

Since the establishment of the National Petroleum Authority in 2005, the Authority has supervised the acceleration of the petroleum downstream deregulation process by facilitating the removal of restrictions on the establishment and operations of facilities, as well as on importation of crude oil and petroleum products.

In June 2015, the NPA successfully implemented the final phase of the deregulation process – price liberalisation. This involved the full removal of control over pricing of petroleum products by the government.

Private importers, distributors and retailers are empowered to set ex-refinery and ex-pump prices with no intervention by the government. The Ghana downstream petroleum industry boasts over one million metric tonnes’ worth of state-of-the-art storage infrastructure.

Given the country’s position on the coast of West Africa, as well as the country’s democratic credentials, security and stability, Ghana’s downstream industry is well placed to store strategic stocks of petroleum products efficiently as well as serve as a reliable point for exportation to neighbouring, land-locked countries.

This is evident from the rising volumes of petroleum products that Ghana is exporting

18-year-old woman dies during sex on wedding night

An 18-year-old woman died while she was having sex on her wedding night after suffering a heart attack.

Cops said the young bride was consummating her marriage with her new husband, 29, when she started to feel unwell and collapsed at the couple’s home in the city of Ibirite in Brazil on Thursday evening.

The husband dashed out to call his neighbour for help and ordered a taxi to take his wife to hospital, O Tempo reports.

But the taxi driver refused to take the couple, who have not been identified, to the hospital.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=1624305129&psa=1&format=300×250&url=https%3A%2F%2Fmobile.classfmonline.com%2Fworld%2F18-year-old-woman-dies-during-sex-on-wedding-night-25279&flash=0&wgl=1&dt=1624305128357&bpp=7&bdt=869&idt=933&shv=r20210616&cbv=%2Fr20190131&ptt=9&saldr=aa&abxe=1&cookie=ID%3D6dfa1817c46b86ce-22313e010ec90045%3AT%3D1624305026%3ART%3D1624305026%3AS%3DALNI_Ma2Pptgo4BFuhFpiK7OO-HSL-LDNQ&prev_fmts=0x0%2C300x250&nras=1&correlator=6184027334615&frm=20&pv=1&ga_vid=2024919138.1624305025&ga_sid=1624305129&ga_hid=1732708769&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=1233&biw=412&bih=797&scr_x=0&scr_y=0&eid=42530671%2C21066435%2C31060474%2C31060839%2C31061048&oid=3&pvsid=1909462804820444&pem=751&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=CQC3SD5iiK&p=https%3A//mobile.classfmonline.com&dtd=959

A second taxi was called, but the driver also refused to help and said the husband needed to call the emergency services instead.

When paramedics finally arrived, they found the woman struggling to breathe and confirmed she had suffered a heart attack.

She sadly died on the way to the hospital, G1 reports.

The husband claimed it took an hour for the ambulance to arrive at the couple’s house.https://googleads.g.doubleclick.net/pagead/ads?client=ca-pub-4549410436183225&output=html&h=250&slotname=4705176708&adk=1921530005&adf=520316108&pi=t.ma~as.4705176708&w=300&lmt=1624305129&psa=1&format=300×250&url=https%3A%2F%2Fmobile.classfmonline.com%2Fworld%2F18-year-old-woman-dies-during-sex-on-wedding-night-25279&flash=0&wgl=1&dt=1624305128365&bpp=6&bdt=878&idt=1014&shv=r20210616&cbv=%2Fr20190131&ptt=9&saldr=aa&abxe=1&cookie=ID%3D6dfa1817c46b86ce-22313e010ec90045%3AT%3D1624305026%3ART%3D1624305026%3AS%3DALNI_Ma2Pptgo4BFuhFpiK7OO-HSL-LDNQ&prev_fmts=0x0%2C300x250%2C300x250&nras=1&correlator=6184027334615&frm=20&pv=1&ga_vid=2024919138.1624305025&ga_sid=1624305129&ga_hid=1732708769&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=1935&biw=412&bih=797&scr_x=0&scr_y=0&eid=42530671%2C21066435%2C31060474%2C31060839%2C31061048&oid=3&pvsid=1909462804820444&pem=751&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=4&uci=a!4&btvi=2&fsb=1&xpc=DoTfEModdl&p=https%3A//mobile.classfmonline.com&dtd=1039

But the emergency services said the first ambulance was cancelled and then the second arrived within 21 minutes, according to reports.

The bride’s body showed no signs of foul play or violence and her tragic death is being treated as accidental, cops said.

The neighbour reportedly told the police she didn’t hear any screams or noises before the woman died.

And post-mortem examination found the woman had a history of bronchitis.https://googleads.g.doubleclick.net/pagead/ads?client=ca-pub-4549410436183225&output=html&h=250&slotname=4705176708&adk=1921530005&adf=387235050&pi=t.ma~as.4705176708&w=300&lmt=1624305129&psa=1&format=300×250&url=https%3A%2F%2Fmobile.classfmonline.com%2Fworld%2F18-year-old-woman-dies-during-sex-on-wedding-night-25279&flash=0&wgl=1&dt=1624305128372&bpp=6&bdt=884&idt=1144&shv=r20210616&cbv=%2Fr20190131&ptt=9&saldr=aa&abxe=1&cookie=ID%3D6dfa1817c46b86ce-22313e010ec90045%3AT%3D1624305026%3ART%3D1624305026%3AS%3DALNI_Ma2Pptgo4BFuhFpiK7OO-HSL-LDNQ&prev_fmts=0x0%2C300x250%2C300x250%2C300x250&nras=1&correlator=6184027334615&frm=20&pv=1&ga_vid=2024919138.1624305025&ga_sid=1624305129&ga_hid=1732708769&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=2637&biw=412&bih=797&scr_x=0&scr_y=0&eid=42530671%2C21066435%2C31060474%2C31060839%2C31061048&oid=3&pvsid=1909462804820444&pem=751&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=5&uci=a!5&btvi=3&fsb=1&xpc=ZwW801fPHG&p=https%3A//mobile.classfmonline.com&dtd=1170

The couple had been married during a ceremony at the husband’s farm earlier in the day.

The devastated man said he wasn’t sure if he could continue living in the same city in Brazil following his wife’s death.

It comes after a Colombian woman died after having sex for five hours while taking drugs.

The 32-year-old was said to have complained of feeling unwell before going into cardiac arrest in Cali, Colombia.

The woman is believed to have lost consciousness and begun “convulsing”, El Periodico reports.

Her male partner reportedly called for help, but emergency services took too long to arrive and he decided to wrap her in a sheet and rush her to the University Hospital del Valle in a taxi, it is claimed.

But medics couldn’t save her and she died shortly after arrival.

Source: news.com.au

FixTheCountry case adjourned to June 25

An Accra High Court has adjourned to Friday, 25 June 2021, to rule on some objections raised against the Attorney General in the matter of the Republic versus the conveners of the #FixTheCountry campaigners.

Attorney General Godfred Yeboah Dame, on Monday, 21 June 2021, read an application “seeking an order directed at the organisers and conveners of an intended demonstration dubbed #fixthecountry protest March, their associates, agents, assigns and workmen, prohibiting the conduct of the said demonstration on grounds of public safety, public security, and public health, till the restrictions imposed on large public gatherings are lifted by law.”

He was, however, interrupted by a lawyer for the conveners, Mr Julius Asinyo, who objected to the motion.

Mmr Asinyo argued that the proceedings were civil in nature and should have been instituted and led by the police and not the Attorney General.

Mr Dame counter-argued that the police service is a public service per the Constitution and must enjoy the legal services of the legal representation of the Attorney General.

The High Court will rule on this objection on Friday, 25 June 2021.

The #FixTheCountry campaigners want to demonstrate against the government for what they describe as economic hardships and are also demanding better governance.

The police, however, want to stop them with the excuse that the ban on mass gathering is still in force to prevent further spread of the coronavirus

Withdraw petition against Ayine – NDC to Chief Justice

Chief Justice Anin Yeboah

The National Democratic Congress has slammed Chief Justice Kwasi Anin-Yeboah, describing his petition to the General Legal Council against lawmaker, Dominic Ayine, as an attempt to suppress free speech.

Dr Ayine is reported to have said the Supreme Court failed to apply the rules of procedure during the trial. He is also believed to have raised concerns over the regular dismissal of the petitioners’ applications during the case.

He made the comments at an event organised by the Centre for Democratic Development (CDD) and the KNUST.

The petition by the Chief Justice urged the GLC to probe the lawmaker over the comments and apply the necessary sanctions.

Addressing a Press Conference on Monday, the General Secretary of the NDC, Johnson Asiedu Nketia called on the Chief Justice to immediately the petition against the MP for Bolgatanga East.

“Public confidence in the judiciary must be earned and not forced on us. How many times have you heard any court telling anybody that I’m going to give a judgment but I’m warning you not to talk about it?” Mr Asiedu Nketia popularly known as General Mosquito said.

He added that “The judiciary, like parliament or executive, is not above criticism…Our laws and constitution protect the integrity and independence of the judiciary and not the sensibility of a judge. The notion that the judicial arm of gov’t is beyond reproach is a fantasy that can’t be sustained.”

Mr Asiedu Nketia also accused the Chief Justice of targeting NDC affiliated lawyers and called on him to stop the witch-hunt.

“It’s no coincidence that virtually all the lawyers who have been reported to the disciplinary committee of the General Legal council by the Chief Justice, Justice Kwasi Anin Yeboah in recent times are aligned to the NDC. What is the Chief Justice’s personal interest in the punishment of NDC affiliated lawyers that his he’s so keen to initiate unwarranted actions against them

Seek ‘wise counsel’ and act within 48hrs – Ashanti youth groups to Heward-Mills

Some youth groups in the Ashanti region have threatened to shut down branches of the  Lighthouse Chapel International in the region over a critical sermon delivered by the leader of the church Bishop Dag Heward-Mills which appeared to attack the Ashanti Monarch Otumfuo Osei Tutu.

The said sermon, which has found its way onto social media, is said to be questioning the impact of the influential king on his subjects and community.

According to the group, the popular televangelist has slighted the revered traditional leader and must go beyond an apology to atone for his sins.

“We are calling on Bishop Dag to seek wise counsel within 48 hours. Otherwise, none of his churches in the Asanteman enclave will be allowed to operate. Also, we are warning all and sundry who hide behind religion and politics to push this evil agenda against Asanteman and his royal majesty Otumfuo Osei Tutu. We will let them know that we will meet them up with brute force” the General Secretary of one of the groups Kwabena Frimpong said.

Bishop Dag Heward-Mills has however apologised over the sermon.

In an apology, the Preacher said: “I am deeply saddened that a message I shared at a conference, nearly 20 years ago, has been taken out of its context and circulated by persons who have previously declared that they will maliciously cause our churches in Kumasi to be closed down.

“I wish to apologize to His Majesty Otumfuo Nana Osei Tutu II for any disrespect, insult or harm caused him or his royal court. Please accept my profound apologies for the statements I made”.

Bishop Heward-Mills has been in the news lately following reports of some misunderstanding between him and some of his pastors which has ended up in court. The pastors accuse the church of not paying their social security

E/R: Man, 34, stabbed to death with kitchen Knife by family member

A 34-year-old man Kwame Frimpong has been stabbed to death at Akyem Oda -Nkwanta in Birim Central Municipality in the Eastern Region.

The deceased was stabbed multiple times with a kitchen knife in both left and right ribs by the suspect Nana Kwame, 36, who is a family member.

The body has been deposited at Oda Government Hospital mortuary for preservation and autopsy.

The Public Relations Officer of the Eastern Regional Police Command DSP Ebenezer Tetteh told Starr News, preliminary investigation by Police indicate that the deceased and the suspects were extended family members and natives of Oda Nkwanta.

The Suspect is a Carpenter while the deceased is a Farmer.

About a week ago, the suspect’s friend, who is a farmer in the community, needed a labourer to clear his farm. The suspect recommended the now deceased Kwame Frimpong to him.

The farmer was not impressed with the haphazard work done by Kwame Frimpong and expressed same to Nana Kwame.

On June 18, 2021, around 2:00 pm, the suspect met the deceased at a funeral ground in the Akyem Oda- Nkwanta and rebuked him for the poor work done.

This created misunderstanding between the two and as a result led to a fight in which they slapped each other.

A few hours later, around 6:30 pm, the suspect met the deceased by the roadside in the town and stabbed him twice with a kitchen knife under both the left and right ribs of the deceased.

Sensing danger, the suspect picked his motorbike and escaped from the town.

The victim was rushed to Oda Government Hospital for treatment but died shortly on arrival.

The body is being preserved at the hospital morgue, awaiting autopsy.

DSP Tetteh said efforts are underway to arrest the Suspect

Akufo-Addo promises 1m Enterprises across Ghana

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has promised that his government will establish One million Enterprises across the country as he commissions a 96,000 metric ton capacity processing plant of Premium Foods Limited.

According to the president, the move forms part of his government’s commitment to Ghana’s industrialization; value addition and job creation drive.

He made the statement at Kwaso in the Ejisu Municipality where he commissioned a new factory of Premium Foods Limited under the 1 District 1 Factory initiative.

Meanwhile, the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC), is targeting to raise $3 billion in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) for the country in 2021. This was disclosed by the CEO of GIPC, Mr Yoofi Grant at a press briefing on Sunday in Accra.

According to Mr Grant, $780 million in FDI had already been raised so far this year.

“For every country, foreign direct investments are recognised as very important to its economic and socio-economic development. In Ghana, I dare say that over the past few years we have upped our game and our economy has become more attractive. Indeed, I dare say that since 2017 Ghana’s economy grew by 8.1% and through 2019 we had an average growth of 7%. This symbolises a country that is walking the talk and doing all it needs to do to become one of the fastest-growing economies in the world.

“Accordingly, Foreign Direct Investments grew. Our FDI in 2017 was $4.9 billion; it dropped marginally in consonance with the drop in global FDIs in 2018 to $3.54 billion. In 2019, it further dropped to $1.01 billion. The interesting thing however is that, despite the negative impact of COVID-19 on global economies, Ghana saw an increase in FDIs in 2020 to $2.65 billion

5 Taskforce Gang In Court For Robbery

Five accused persons who are Okyeman Environmental Taskforce members including two sub-chiefs involved in a shooting incident at Adeiso, have been granted bail of GHC200,000 with 2 sureties each after they were put before Koforidua Circuit Court, in the Eastern Regional capital.

The suspects were arraigned before the court on Friday, June 19, 2021, on charges of robbery, kidnapping, conspiracy to commit crime to wit kidnapping, possession of firearm, and causing harm.

The suspects, Nana Sarpong Baffuor Awuah, 59; Nana Barima Twum, 59; Jonathan Martey, 39; Eric Yaw Obeng, 49; and Victor Ahenkora Koranteng, 37 have been asked to reappear before the court on July 19, 2021.
The suspects last week, stormed the Tank Akuraa community near Adeiso, on several land-winning concessions and unleashed brutalities on some workers who had questioned and resisted their operations.

They reportedly kidnapped one Osae Kwame, a sand winner, and threw him into a Nissan Pick Up but was pursued by the youth who rescued him.
Later the taskforce members attacked the summer tide sand winning Company site at Obeng Yaw village, also near Adeiso, amidst the firing of guns and arrested five workers and shot two.
They reportedly shot the thigh and legs of two of the workers on duty who had questioned why they retrieved the over GHC96,000 from his accountant.

The victims are 25-year-old Razak Hassan and Bright Apaw, 30.

Police Encounter

The Police from Adeiso responded to distressed calls about the incidents but the Taskforce failed to stop when signaled by Police where they were given a hot chase but to no avail.

The angry community then mounted roadblocks and attacked the task force.

Sensing danger, Okyeman Mponuahene, Barima Twum Tabriade and Okyeman Akwansrahene went to the Adeiso police station to seek refuge in a Jeep Patriot SUV with registration number GS 9835-19 which had three tyres deflated.
But the angry youth and sand winners massed up at the Police station seeking the release of the two chiefs for instant justice.

A search in the Jeep SUV which belongs to Akwansrahene, Baffour Sarpong who also claims to be National Security Operative, contained one AK 47 assault rifle with 3 magazines and 7 Pump-action cartridges.

The five suspects including the two chiefs were whisked to Asamankese Divisional Headquarters by the reinforcement team where they were granted Police inquiry bail.

Victim Narrations

Samuel Atsu Forson, one of the persons whose concession was attacked explained that the suspects intimidated and extorted money from the workers.

He explained that they alerted the firm’s drivers, who blocked the main Adeiso road with their tipper trucks to aid the police and some residents in arresting the suspects.

Narrating the incident further, he said the police retrieved AK-47 assault rifles, ammunition, a pistol, police and military uniforms, and other accouterments when they searched their vehicles.

Court

They were, however, paraded before the court, presided over by Mercy Addai Kotei, where they pleaded not guilty to all the charges slapped on them by State Attorney Cyril Keteku.

Their plea for bail was admitted and granted bail of GH¢200,000 each with two sureties.

FROM Daniel Bampoe, Koforidua

ECOWAS Pushes Single Currency To 2027

Dr Jean-Claude Kassi Brou

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has adopted a new road map to launch its single currency in 2027.
President of the ECOWAS Commission, Dr Jean-Claude Kassi Brou, told a press conference that the new road map was agreed by the heads of state of ECOWAS at the 59th ordinary summit in Accra on Saturday
“Due to the shock of the pandemic, the heads of state had decided to suspend the implementation of the convergence pact in 2020-2021,” Dr Brou said.
“We have a new road map and a new convergence pact that will cover the period between 2022 and 2026, and 2027 being the launch of the Eco,” he said.
Dr Brou said the heads of state had asked the ministerial committee to look at the new roadmap and the convergence pact, taking into account the lessons from the Covid-19 pandemic.

GNA

215 Suspected Criminals Arrested

The Accra Regional Police Command has embarked on an enhanced operational exercise in Accra and arrested 215 suspected criminals, seventeen being women.

The operation follows disturbing incidences of violent crimes in Accra, the recent being the bullion van attack which led to the killing of a policeman and a woman on Monday, June 14 at Jamestown, the pig farm robbery and killing of 43-year-old man, and the Honey Suckle forex bureau attack and shooting.

The Regional Public Relatioms Officer, DSP Efia Tenge, who briefed the media during the weekend, said the three-day operation which begun on the June 17, 2021 will end on June 20, 2021.

“The Ages of suspects ranges between 17 and 52 years and  areas of focus for the exercise include Korle-Bu, Tesano, Amasaman, Nima, Dansoman, Abokobi, Accra Central, Teshie, Madina, Bastona, Jamestown, Osu and Lakeside,” she pointed out.

The exercise is part of a series of exercises by the command since the beginning of this year, the PRO explained, adding the three-day operation will tackle violent crimes, drug peddling and street robberies.

Items intercepted during a search included wrapped narcotic substances, sharp implements, mixtures of concoctions laced with narcotics, tramadol, etc.

“The operation also targeted and impounded 168 motorbikes, believed to be used in facilitating the robberies.

“The arrested suspects have been detained and undergoing various levels of screening for possible connection to recorded crimes under investigation,” she revealed.

DSP Tenge said the Accra Regional Police Command would protect lives and property within the region.

“We have also opened our doors for continuous public cooperation and volunteering of useful information in stemming crime,” she added

Afriyie Akoto Selected Chairman Of Ghana-Cote d’Ivoire Cocoa Initiative

Ghana’s Minister for Food and Agriculture, Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto, has been elected the first Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Ghana-Côte d’Ivoire Cocoa Initiative at its first meeting in Abidjan today (21st June 2021).

The two countries unanimously elected Dr Afriyie Akoto to chair the Committee for the next fifteen (15) months.

His Chairmanship will span the remainder of the current cocoa season which ends in September 2021 and continue until the end of the next cocoa season in 2022.

The Steering Committee is the highest decision-making body of the initiative. It is responsible for formulating rules and regulations; ensuring the smooth implementation of the charter and functioning of the Secretariat; approve all budgets and work programmes of the Initiative; approve the rights and responsibilities of member countries and resolve conflicts among the member countries.

Dr Afriyie Akoto in an earlier address described the meeting as historic and important since it seeks to ensure that the vision by the Presidents of the two countries – Excellencies Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of Ghana and Alassane Ouattara of Cote d’Ivoire – are realised.

Dr Afriyie Akoto, however, expressed concern about the “dragging of feet” by some participants, which he noted is unfriendly to efforts to ensure that the Living Income Differential (LID) initiative is fully realised.

He charged the participants of the meeting to ensure that all parties share the burden of compliance with the dictates of the initiative, as that is the only means to achieve the vision of President Akufo-Addo and his Ivorian counterpart.

The meeting was attended by all members of Steering Committee.

Also present was the Chairman of the Food and Agriculture/Cocoa Affairs Committee of Ghana’s Parliament, John Osei Frimpong and his ranking member, Eric Opoku as well as a delegation of senior Ivorian government officials

Armed boys in viral video charged

The three gun-wielding boys captured in a viral video have been charged by the police.

Two of the three in the video – together with a pastor brother of one – were arrested by the police in Obuasi on Thursday, June 17.

They were quickly transferred to the Ashanti Regional Police Command for interrogation.

Emmanuel Dakorah, 26, alias Obour, and Richard Suleman, 28, have been charged with causing fear and panic.

They are expected to appear before a Kumasi court on Tuesday, June 22 as they seek bail.

Brother of Obour Reverend Alfred Dakorah, whose pump action gun was brandished in the video, has been granted a police enquiry bail.

His pump action gun has, however, been seized by the police.

The gun-toting boys’ video started circulating on social media as the perpetrators of the deadly attack on a bullion van in Jamestown on Monday, June 14.

But they came out to claim innocence, invoking curses on all those who shared their video.

Source: 3news.com

GIPC To Organize Ghana Diaspora Investment Summit On 23rd And 24th Of June This Year

The Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC) will on 23rd and 24th June 2021, hold the maiden Ghana Diaspora Investment Summit at the Kempinski Gold Coast City Hotel.

The event, themed “The New Normal, leveraging Diaspora investments to build back better” will create an avenue to foster partnerships between local and Diaspora investors, and showcase Ghana as a choice destination for doing business, to spur the inflow of Diaspora Direct Investments.

The two-day programme will bring together various primary stakeholders to steer conversations on the Ghana-Diaspora business relationship.

Chief Executive Officer of GIPC, Yofi Grant who disclosed this at a press briefing in Accra on Sunday, said the summit provides Ghana with the opportunity to partner persons in the diaspora to the benefit of the country.

“A lot of Diasporas have consistently expressed interest in either living or establishing a business in Ghana. It is, therefore, our expectation to convert these opportunities to viable economic activity that will benefit the nation and the continent as a whole” said Yofi Grant, CEO of the GIPC.

“I’m confident that the summit will thus open the door for partnerships and encourage sustained home-based investments by persons in the diaspora, as we consider them as our partners in development”, he added.

The summit is consistent with the recent “Beyond the Return” initiative, which is a follow-up to the “Year of Return” campaign that was launched in 2019. It is expected to engender a more constructive interaction with Africans in the diaspora and all people of African descent in areas such as trade and investment, as well as skills and knowledge development.

It will be recalled that while commemorating the “Year of return”, President Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo stressed the need to effectively mobilize and engage the diaspora as active partners in the nation’s development.

This Mr Grant said GIPC has since made conscious efforts in creating awareness and allow for a greater contribution from diasporas, including the setting-up of the Diaspora Investment Desk (DID) at the GIPC.

The Ghana Diaspora Investment Summit is being held under the auspices of the President, His Excellency Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo and supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Ministry of Information, the Diaspora Affairs Office at the Office of the President, Diaspora Africa Forum, and Beyond the Return Secretariat under the Ghana Tourism Authority.

Among the host of esteemed speakers include; the Secretary-General of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Secretariat, H.E Wamkele Mene, Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Ibrahim Mohammed Awal, and the Chief Executive Officer of the GIPC, Yofi Grant.

There will be exhibitions and opportunity to pitch projects during the two-day summit. Interested persons should call 050 572 3242 or Email: did@gipc.gov.gh.

Additionally, interested participants can follow the GIPC on its social media platforms @gipcghana on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linked In and YouTube for a link to register, or catch the live event on 23rd and 24th June 2021 from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM each day

Vaccine deal with ‘middleman’ Sheikh Ahmed Dalmook has serious challenges – Kweku Baako

Abdul Malik Kweku Baako 2021

The Managing Editor of the New Crusading Guide newspaper, Kweku Baako Jnr seems confused over some deals the country is involved in as far as purchasing of the COVID-19 vaccine is concerned.null

Ghana is securing some 3.4 million doses of Russia’s Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccines through Sheikh Ahmed Dalmook Al Maktoum; acting as the middleman.

Ghana has negotiated for the vaccines at $19 per dose instead of the ex-factory price of $10 per dose and according to a report by a Norwegian tabloid Ghana was being shortchanged by Sheikh Ahmed Dalmook Al Maktoum.

According to Kweku Baako, the deal to purchase this vaccine is not clear to him.

“How many people are we dealing with . . . ?” he sought to know.

Parliamentary approvalnull

The renowned Journalist further indicated that the Russia-Sputnik deal with Sheikh Ahmed Dalmook Al Maktoum “has serious challenges and I hope we’ve not gone far with that deal”.

This is “because it must go to parliament in accordance with article 181:5 (of the 1992 constitution). The agreement might have been signed but it cannot be effective until it gets parliamentary approval”.

“. . but I learnt there are other deals making the whole saga confusing; it is not good enough,” he added.

Overpriced purchase of Sputnik V vaccines

Responding to a media publication regarding the overpriced purchase of Sputnik V vaccines, the MoH said the move was against the background of non-response from direct channels and global shortages of the vaccine.null

It confirmed the MoH on March 9, 2021, responded to an offer from the private office of Sheikh Ahmed Dalmook Al Maktoum of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for the supply of a total quantity of 3.4 million doses of Sputnik V vaccines, at a unit cost of US$19.

“The unit price was negotiated at a meeting held at MoH, with representatives from MoH and Office of Dalmook Al Maktoum, who had travelled to Accra for the purpose. The MoH, after ascertaining the type and nature of the vaccine, through the delivery of 15,000 doses, placed an order for the supply of 300,000 doses of the vaccine at a cost of US$5,700,000,” the statement said.

“This is yet to be delivered. This undertaking includes an option to opt-out of any obligations if supply conditions are not met,” the statement added.

A report by a Norwegian newspaper published on June 3, 2021, alleges that the Ghana government has signed a contract for the purchase of Sputnik V vaccine with an Emirati official which it said was involved in the controversial Ameri power deal and a Norwegian citizen charged with money laundering in Norway.

The newspaper alleges that Ghana is buying the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine produced in Russia for $19 per dose from businessmen instead of $10.

Source: peacefmonline.com

Don’t Surprise Me Again – Bagbin Cautions MPs

The Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, has cautioned the leadership of both majority and minority against springing surprises on him while presiding on the floor.

The caution follows some dramatic scenes on the floor Thursday evening during the presentation of the report of the Appointments Committee on some 12 deputy ministerial Nominees including a deputy Education Minister-designate Gifty Twum Ampofo.
 
The minority shot down an attempt by the majority to secure an expedition of approval since a member of the Appointments Committee Alhassan Suhuyini voted against her approval at the Committee level.

The Speaker ordered a headcount which was disrupted by the majority side.

Addressing the MPs on Friday, the speaker charged leaders on both sides to adequately brief him during pre-sitting meetings and not make moves on the floor that may undermine his authority.

He warned the MPs that Thursday’s episode must not repeat itself.

Source: starrfmonline.com

Armed robbers Kill Mobile Money Vendor…

A mobile money vendor has been shot dead by armed robbers at Okorase near Koforidua the Eastern Regional capital. The 36-year-old Solomon Arhin Prost was gunned down Saturday, June 20,201 at 11:14pm. He was shot on his way home after closing from work.

The deceased was reportedly walking home with his friend when they were attacked by the robbers and run helter-Skelter. The friend however escaped unhurt.

According to a witness Mohammed Shaibu, he heard gunshots while in his room but a few minutes later he heard the victim who had been running towards his house shouting for help. But he came out of his room to see the victim lying in a supine position in a pool of blood wearing black shorts with a white shirt with gunshot wounds on the chest.

Two black backpacks containing cash of GHC 8,290.30, One HP Laptop with charger, one Infinix Mobile Phone, One Itel Mobile phone, one Android mobile phone, two small itel mobile phone, one pendrive, a modem, earpiece, and some bank documents were found lying beside the victim.

Police who visited the scene upon receipt of the information after taken inventory of the crime scene conveyed the victim to St. Joseph Hospital where he was confirmed dead by the medical Doctor on duty Dr. Benjamin Sam.

His body has been deposited at the morgue of the same Hospital.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.15~rp.1&w=412&lmt=1624261112&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%2Fsocial%2F202106%2F447009.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=1624261112602&bpp=17&bdt=4639&idt=17&shv=r20210616&cbv=%2Fr20110914&ptt=9&saldr=aa&abxe=1&cookie=ID%3D5d7c0f14f53c83f1-22db77a509c900a3%3AT%3D1624261036%3ART%3D1624261036%3AS%3DALNI_Mb_hVdohGmAgcMmB945H8L8kgYcOQ&prev_fmts=0x0%2C412x343%2C412x343%2C412x343&nras=2&correlator=596649403774&frm=20&pv=1&ga_vid=1692026855.1624261036&ga_sid=1624261036&ga_hid=1300501109&ga_fc=1&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=1961&biw=412&bih=797&scr_x=0&scr_y=585&eid=31060975%2C31060474&oid=3&pvsid=2657505343859335&pem=505&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=9&uci=a!9&btvi=3&fsb=1&xpc=fXXXLOrMSu&p=https%3A//www.peacefmonline.com&dtd=132

The murdered Solomon Arhin was a teacher at Behenase RC Basic school near Tinkon in Akuapem North Municipality. He was also a member of the Pentecost International Worship Center (PIWC) of The Church of Pentecost in Koforidua.

The Resident Minister of PIWC-Koforidua Pastor Musa Yahaya led members of the church to commiserate with the bereaved family.

Kingsford Kalefe, Headteacher of Behenase Basic School described the deceased as a hard-working and industrious young man. He called on the Inspector General of Police to intervene to ensure that the perpetrators are arrested

The national Chairman of Mobile Money Agents Association of Ghana (MMAAG) Dela Abotsie said robbery attacks on their members is one too many therefore wants a collaborative effort to curb the menace.

The Public Relations Officer of the Eastern Regional Police Command DSP Ebenezer Tetteh said an investigation has commenced into the incident.

The deceased left behind a pregnant wife and two children.

 
 

Source: kasapafmonline.com

How I Made My First Million Dollars – Dr Kofi Amoah Reveals

Ghanaian businessman, Dr Kofi Amoah has disclosed the secrets behind his early success as an entrepreneur. According to him, he faced a lot of setbacks in trying to earn his first million dollars, so he increased his target to two million and that came faster.

He told television show host Doloris Frimpong Manso (Delay) that he got the first idea for success from attending a lot of seminars. In an interview on the Delay Show, Dr Amoah said at one of such seminars, a speaker said an ideal business was one where you earn money while sleeping.

When pressed further by the host, Dr Amoah said he made the vast majority of his wealth by facilitating the entry of global remittance service provider, Western Union, into Africa. He said he got the idea because he encountered difficulty in sending money to his mum in Ghana in the ’90s.

Dr Amoah, said as the Chief Executive Officer of Progeny Ventures he had to travel across the continent to advertise and sign-on agents. Western Union started its African operations from Ghana in 1995. Twelve years on, the company had expanded its operations to almost all 54 African states.

He said among the many countries he signed onto the money transfer service were Eritrea, South Africa and Ethiopia.

Source: graphiconline.com

Why do you need police protection for MPs living in a safe country?’ – Franklin Cudjoe to Ambrose Dery

Franklin Cudjoe IMANI GIZ

• Ambrose Dery says in downplaying claims of insecurity in the country said Ghana is safer than other countries in the sub-regionnull

• He assured that the police is trying its best to deal with the criminal activities in the country

• Franklin Cudjoe has however criticized him for the statement

Franklin Cudjoe, the President of IMANI Africa has responded to claims by Interior Minister Ambrose Dery that comparatively, Ghana is a safer country than most countries in the sub-region.

The bullion van robbery in Accra, coupled with recent robberies has heightened fears of insecurity in the country with the head of the Inspector General of Police being called by some people for not being proactive with his mandate of protecting Ghanaians.

Government has also been faulted for not doing much in ensuring that Ghanaian the lives of Ghanaians are safe from the actions of criminals.null

Ambrose Dery in responding to critics compared the situation in the country with the other countries in the West African sub-region that are dealing with issues of terrorism and political unrest.

“What we should know is that the criminals continue to change the modules and we have to be changing with them and the police is doing all it can. We have not lost control. I always want to emphasise that, we need to go to neighbouring countries to see what is happening there, but we are not in the same league with them.”

“We want to do better than we are doing now, but believe me, Ghana is safe; that is why all the other countries are running to Ghana.”

But Speaking on Citi FM, Franklin Cudjoe questioned the relevance of Ambrose Dery’s comment and quizzed why members of parliament will request police protection in a state where security is apt. . “The Interior Minister suggests that Ghana is relatively safer than other countries. He was the same person who suggested that the country wasn’t safe, so we needed police protection for the MPs.”

“What informed this type of talk? In one breath, MPs need to be provided with police protection because the country is not safe and in another, the country is relatively safe. It appears as if the citizenry is lost in all these conversations” he lamented.

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

2021 Global Peace Index: Ghana ranks 2nd Most Peaceful Country in Africa

Ghana and peace

Ghana has been ranked the second most peaceful country in Africa in the 2021 Global Peace Index report by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP).

The IEP is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit think tank dedicated to shifting the world’s focus to peace as a positive, achievable, and tangible measure of human well-being and progress.

A look at the snapshot of the global state of peace as captured in the report, Ghana is ranked 38th in the world out of the 163 countries reviewed. Ghana scored 1.715 which represents a two point move upwards from the previous Global Peace Index report.

Other African rankings

Mauritius, the only African country ahead of Ghana in the Peace index on first position in Africa ranked 28th in the global space. Botswana took the third place in Africa and was ranked 41st on the global peace index.

Iceland is ranked number one as the most peaceful country in the world with a score of 1.1. New Zealand, Denmark, Portugal and Slovenia are ranked second, third, fourth and fifth respectively.

Least peaceful countries

The five least peaceful countries in the world, according to the 2021 global peace index are Iraq (ranked 159th), South Sudan (ranked 160th), Syria (ranked 161st) Yemen (ranked 162nd) and Afgahanistan (at the bottom ranking163rd)

COVID-19 impact on peace

As part of the key findings of the 2021 Global Peace Index, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic which has wreaked massive economic havoc around the world also had “a significant impact on levels of conflict and violence”. The level of civil unrest the report says “rose in 2020, fuelled in large part by responses to coronavirus restrictions”. Over 5,000 pandemic-related violent events were recorded between January 2020 and April 2021 worldwide.

“The deterioration in militarization and improvement in ongoing conflict were both influenced by the COVID-19 pandemic, which had a major negative impact on economic activity, human movement, and international relations in 2020. The pandemic had a noticeable impact on the violent demonstrations and political instability indicators, with 25 and 46 countries respectively recording deteriorations on these indicators,” the report further highlighted.

Global peace deterioration

According to the Index, “the average level of global peacefulness deteriorated by 0.07 per cent in the 2021 Global Peace Index. Although a relatively small deterioration, this is the ninth time in the last 13 years that global peacefulness has deteriorated”.

The report notes that “in the past year, 87 countries recorded an improvement in peacefulness, while 73 countries recorded a deterioration. Three countries recorded no change in their overall score. The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region remained the world’s least peaceful region. It is home to three of the five least peaceful countries in the world. However, it recorded the largest regional improvement over the past year”.

Europe the report says “remains the most peaceful region in the world. The region is home to eight of the ten most peaceful countries, and no country in Europe is ranked outside the top half of the index”.

The GPI and IEP

The 2021 Global Index report is the 15th edition of the Global Peace Index (GPI), which ranks 163 independent states and territories according to their level of peacefulness. Produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), the GPI is the world’s leading measure of global peacefulness.

The report presents the most comprehensive data driven analysis to-date on trends in peace, its economic value, and how to develop peaceful societies. The GPI covers 99.7 per cent of the world’s population, using 23 qualitative and quantitative indicators from highly respected sources, and measures the state of peace across three domains: the level of Societal Safety and Security, the extent of Ongoing Domestic and International Conflict, and the degree of Militarization.

IEP achieves its goals by developing new conceptual frameworks to define peacefulness; providing metrics for measuring peace; and uncovering the relationships between business, peace and prosperity as well as promoting a better understanding of the cultural, economic and political factors that create peace.

IEP is headquartered in Sydney, with offices in New York, The Hague, Mexico City, Brussels and Harare. It works with a wide range of partners internationally and collaborates with intergovernmental organizations on measuring and communicating the economic value of peace

How Israeli security forces ‘kidnapped and tortured’ a businessman on Ghanaian soil

Kwesi Pratt Jnr   New

• Kwesi Pratt has criticized the Israeli government, calling it an apartheid governmentnull

• He says the Israeli security should not an example for Ghana

• He narrated how Israeli forces allegedly kidnapped and tortured a businessman in Ghana

Veteran journalist Kwesi Pratt Jnr has given a detailed account of how a businessman who was en route to Ghana was, in his words, kidnapped by Israeli security forces at a place with close proximity to Ghana’s Kotoka International Airport.

Kwesi Pratt said on Pan African TV that the businessman was coming to Ghana to undertake a business activity but was apprehended by Israeli officials and taken to a residence in Accra where he was allegedly tortured.

Pratt narrates that the said businessman was ‘smuggled’ out of Ghana on the blindside of the country.

“Two years ago, a businessman who [was] coming into Ghana to carry out a business was kidnapped a few kilometres into the Kotoka International Airport and was taken into [a] private residence and tortured. He was smuggled out of this country by Israeli forces. Is this criminal activity what we want [to] emulate?”null

Kwesi Pratt further hit out at the Israeli nation and accused them of committing crimes against humanity.

He said that Ghana must not consider emulating the Israeli security setup as it is targeted at abusing rights and perpetuating apartheid.

“Israel is a rogue and apartheid state. Its security services are not to promote human rights or a democratic state but to promote apartheid and commit all kinds of heinous crimes. The insecurity we are talking about in Ghana has been partly perpetrated by the Israeli security services. The Israeli security services do not present an example we should emulate,” he said.

Kwesi Pratt was commenting on the security situation in the country which has been triggered by the robbery of a bullion van at Jamestown in Accra.

A police officer and a trader were killed in the robbery. The Ghana Police Service has placed a GH¢20,000 bounty on the killers.

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

You may want to scare a Zongo boy but not with long beard – Asiedu Nketia ‘cautions’ Chief Justice

Asiedu Nketia Johnson New2021

• Asiedu Nketia is unhappy with the decision by the Chief Justice to haul Dr. Dominic Ayine before the GLCnull

• He says the Chief Justice is trying to gag lawyers from commenting on issues

• He says the NDC will resist any attempt to silence its members

Johnson Asiedu Nketia, the General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress has issued yet another caution to Chief Justice Kwasi Anin Yeboah over his petition to the General Legal Council over some comments made by a former Deputy Attorney-General, Dr Dominic Ayine.

Asiedu Nketia in an interview with Adom TV reminded the Chief Justice that the respect and confidence of legal practitioners must be earned and not forced.

He maintained that the NDC will resist any attempt by the Chief Justice to gag them or frustrate its members.

“You earn the faith and belief of the people; you do not force it. What is Dr Ayine going to explain and to whom because I don’t even know who is the chairman of the council,” he said.null

“We have realized the Chief Justice is trying to intimidate Dr Ayine but we also want to tell him that you may want to scare a Zongo boy but not with a long beard,” he said.

Dr Dominic Ayine has been dragged to the GLC by the Chief Justice after making some statements which he considers to be an attack on the Supreme Court.

The Chief Justice said that Dominic Ayine’s comments in which he accused the Supreme Court of bias were unbefitting of a lawyer.

“These comments are made against the backdrop of the Supreme Court discharging Dr. Ayine on a charge of contempt for similar comments made against members of the Supreme Court during the Election Petition hearing. Dr. Ayine apologized profusely when he appeared before the Court on the contempt charge and admitted to having made comments which were unbecoming of a Lawyer of his standing and a former Deputy Attorney-General.

“His Lordship the Chief Justice, therefore, finds his alleged disparaging comments totally unacceptable and would like you to investigate this matter further,” the petition averred.

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

Dag Heward-Mills apologises to Otumfuo over ’20yr old’ critical sermon

Bishop Dag Heward-Mills

Popular televangelist and leader of the Lighthouse Chapel International Bishop Dag Heward-Mills has apologized to the Ashanti Monarch Otumfuo Osei Tutu over an old sermon that appears to have provoked some Ashantis.

The said sermon, which has found its way onto social media, is said to be questioning the impact of the influential king on his subjects and community.

Some indigenes of the Ashanti region have raised concerns over the message with some retorting that Ghanaians do not pay taxes to the king hence he owes nobody a responsibility of development.

In an apology, the Preacher said: “I am deeply saddened that a message I shared at a conference, nearly 20 years ago, has been taken out of its context and circulated by persons who have previously declared that they will maliciously cause our churches in Kumasi to be closed down.

“I wish to apologize to His Majesty Otumfuo Nana Osei Tutu II for any disrespect, insult or harm caused him or his royal court. Please accept my profound apologies for the statements I made”.

Bishop Heward-Mills has been in the news lately following reports of some misunderstanding between him and some of his pastors which has ended up in court. The pastors accuse the church of not paying their social security

Peter Amewu ‘incurs wrath’ of CLOGSAG

Peter Amewu Parliament 202121

The Civil and Local Government Staff Association, Ghana (CLOGSAG) says it is not enthused about the recent comment attributed to the Minister of Railways Development, John Peter Amewu, to the effect that all civil servants are sacked when a government is voted out.null

CLOGSAG said the comments are simply a violation of the 1992 Constitution and it will be good for Mr Amewu to educate himself on the difference between civil servants and public servants.

“Mr. Peter John Amewu was full of himself when he was proposing an ‘utopian government’ where all workers in the civil service are sacked because there is a change in a democratic dispensation,” Executive Secretary of CLOGSAG Isaac Bampoe-Addo said in a rejoinder to the news report on the Minister.

“If this is the policy he deems good, a well discerning civil servant would question it and point out its deficiencies.”

Find the rejoinder below:

REJOINDER

RE: I WISH ALL CIVIL SERVANTS ARE SACKED IMMEDIATELY GOVERNMENTS ARE VOTED OUT- AMEWU (ARTICLE 1289329)

In an article on the GhanaWeb dated 18th June, 2021, the Hon. John Peter Amewu, the Minister for Railways Development is reported to have made certain derogatory remarks about civil servants and by extension the Civil Service.

By the report, the Minister noted as follows:that “civil servants fail to implement the vision of Government; that “regardless, they remain untouched while governments are changed; that “Mr. Amewu would prefer the dismissal of all civil servants for the effective operation of a new government who would have a new set of civil servants”.null

For the avoidance of the doubt, the Article quoted him as saying

“I come to government, I come out with good policies….unfortunately, the people voted me out of power because they think my policy is not good. Unfortunately, the people who are supposed to implement remain there. They must also go so that we stop this nonsense of allowing people who work in the system destroy the system and the blame is put on a politician. We can’t allow that to continue”.

It is normal for a person who poses a silly question to expect nothing less than a silly answer. Civil servants, as we are, we would not describe a system as nonsense or categorize all civil servants as destroying the system.

Mr. Peter John Amewu was full of himself when he was proposing an “utopian government” where all workers in the civil service are sacked because there is a change in a democratic dispensation. If this is the policy he deems good, a well discerning civil servant would question it and point out its deficiencies.

The Minister who had headed two ministries in the past four years, did not seem to know the difference between the public servant and the civil servant. Workers at the Railways are not civil servants but could be public servants. It would be necessary to distinguish between the civil service and the public service by referring to Article 190 of the 1992 Constitution of the Republic of Ghana. Broad generalization of all public servants as civil servants is quite erroneous.

The assertion by Mr. John Peter Amewu that as a politician he comes to government with good policies that are not implemented by civil servants being the reason for a politician to be voted out of power is quite preposterous.

The Minister cannot consider himself as the only repository of knowledge else when he left the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, the ministry would have collapsed.

Could he sincerely say, that as the Minister for Energy, he would have succeeded without using the civil servants in the ministry?null

Mr. Peter Amewu should tell the world his educational and professional background as well as experience in Lands and Natural Resources, Energy and Railways Development. Is it not the civil servant that guided him in his vetting in Parliament? Shame.

He should realize that politicians do not necessarily need any educational or professional qualifications. Neither do they need any experience on the job.

For politicians of his type, all they do is to distribute essential commodities and money to their constituents to influence their voting pattern.

The dynamics of governance show that it is a continuum and not an event. To say, the least, his proposal for every government to select its own civil servants indicates that governance is an event.

Is it even easy to pick engineers, architects, human resource managers and accountants with many years of experience like picking oranges and mangoes?

It is not fair to be simplistic in saying that the downfall of politicians could be ascribed to non-implementation of their policies by civil servants. What about politicians who alienate themselves from members from their constituencies or fail to fulfil their promises?

The Minister should be aware that the politician is a creation of the 1992 Constitution so is the civil servant. A careful analysis of his utterances depicts violation of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana.

The development of a nation is not only a function of politicians and civil servants. Apart from the Executive, Legislature and Judiciary, the media is often referred to as the fourth estate. The traditional rulers and religious bodies play a role in facilitating growth and development of a country.null

The Civil and Local Government Staff Association, Ghana (CLOGSAG) is not enthused about the low opinion of civil servant professed by Mr. John Peter Amewu.

It is significant to remind ourselves of the famous quotation by the Late Nathan Anan Quao …which reads:

“it takes the perfection of civil servants to move the country forward and not politicians”.

The Association would continue to be a catalyst in achieving this noble objective.

At this time of our national development, it is better to create an enabling environment that would bring the Government and Workers together than to make statements that would destroy the harmonious labour relations existing between them.

Meanwhile, CLOGSAG would wish to assure its members that it would not stand aloof for any politician to truncate their service.

Continue with your good deeds and God will shower its blessings on you.

Long Live Ghana!null

Long Live CLOGSAG!!.

signed

ISAAC BAMPOE ADDO

EXECUTIVE SECRETARYSource: 3news.com

Juneteenth becomes official federal holiday in US

Juneteenth, a day marking the end of slavery in the US, is now officially a federal holiday.

President Joe Biden recently signed a bill into law, paving way for Juneteenth to be observed as a public holiday.

He signed the bill into law at the White House.

In a statement to sign the bill, Mr Biden said “great nations don’t ignore their most painful moments.

Vice President Kamala Harris stated that “we have come far, and we have far to go, but today is a day of celebration

Government to provide new sickle cell medicine under NHIS

Hydroxyurea, a modifying therapy for sickle cell is expected to be provided under the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).

The move, according to Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, is to help improve the physical health of people living with sickle cell in Ghana.

“This is a promise that has been fulfilled by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo,” he said in a post on Facebook.

“As the world marked Sickle Cell Awareness Day on 19th June, I am pleased to announce that at a meeting I chaired on June 8, 2021, with stakeholders including Professor Ohene Frimpong, President of the Sickle Cell Foundation, the Minister of Health, the National Health Insurance Authority and Novartis, it was agreed that hydroxyurea, a modifying therapy for sickle cell will now be provided under the NHIS to improve the physical health of people living with it.

Some judgements are insult on judicial integrity – Manasseh Azure Awuni tells CJ

Chief Justice Kwasi Anin Yeboah

• Manasseh Azure Awuni says some judgements are an insult to judicial integritynull

• He is of the view that they are even serious than Dr Ayine’s comments on the Election Petition

• Some public institutions are charging the citizens for access information by using the RTI law


Manasseh Azure Awuni, an Investigative Journalist, has observed that some judgements by the courts in Ghana are an insult to judicial integrity.

An Accra High Court in a judgement directed the National Communication Authority (NCA) to accept GH¢1,500 from the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) for the information it requested regarding the number of radio stations operating in the country as of the end of the third quarter of 2020.

Since the Right to Information (RTI) Law was passed in 2019, concerns have been prevalent over how state agencies have gone about its implementation.null

Some citizens in their quest to access information have sometimes been met with resistance by state officials charging monies to provide information, the latest victim being the MFWA.

MFWA had prayed the High Court, among other reliefs, to declare that the amount of GH¢2,000 demanded by the NCA to generate the information constitutes constructive denial, refusal, failure or neglect, and breach of Applicant’s right to information under Article 21(1) (f) of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana.

But the court was not convinced and slashed only GH¢500 from the NCA’s proposed amount.

Though the RTI law allows for some fees to be charged, it requires that this is done in line with the Fees and Charges Act. However, the Parliament has yet to decide on the approved amounts.

In a post on his Facebook timeline to Chief Justice Kwasi Anin-YeboahManasseh Azure Awuni linked the judgement by the High Court to Dr Dominic Ayine being hauled before the General Legal Council’s disciplinary committee over comments he made on the 2020 Election Petition.null

Manasseh Azure Awuni wrote, “Chief Justice, some judgments insult the integrity of the judiciary more than Dominic Ayine‘s words. Take note, sir.”

Samson Lardy Anyenini, recently announced 2019 Ghana Journalist of the Year, has also expressed his dissatisfaction with the unregulated fees charged for acquiring information from state departments and agencies.

Lardy Anyenini opined on Newsfile that public institutions charging fees for public information demanded by the citizens makes “nonsense of the law”.

https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fmawuni%2Fposts%2F10218535181681917&show_text=true&width=500

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

Sir John’s boy Charles Owusu resigns from Forestry Commission

Charles Owusu 1?resize=768%2C590&ssl=1

• Charles Owusu says he has resigned from the Forestry Commissionnull

• He says it has nothing to do with the death of Sir John

• He has appealed for support for the commission

Charles Owusu, head of monitory at Forestry Commission has revealed that he has resigned from the commission.

Making the disclosure on Peace FM, Charles Owusu wished the company well and urge Ghanaians to embrace the Green Ghana project.

He paid tribute to the late Chief Executive Officer of the Commission, Sir John for elevating him to the position he held before his resignation.

He disclosed that the resignation has got nothing to do with the demise of Sir John but would not disclose the reason for his resignation.null

“The time has come for some of us to take a step away and allow the Forestry Commission to do their job. I have tendered in my resignation. I was already working with the Forestry Commission but when Sir John was made CEO, he offered me some of his duties as head of monitoring.

“Sir John is no longer alive and it is not because he is not alive I can’t everything so I have resigned. I wish the commission well and I hope everything they doing will be a success,” he said.

Charles Owusu came under public scrutiny following non-adherence to coronavirus protocols at the funeral of Sir John.

He revealed later that he was arrested and granted by the Ashanti Regional Police Command.

“I went to the Ashanti Regional police headquarters. I went with other family members from Wonoo. We were about five. We were invited two days ago by the Mamponteng police that the GMA had petitioned the IGP over the breaches at the funeral so we should be investigated. “I had a conversation with them and they told us the signal is from regional command. I was not feeling well so we asked for some days and went this morning.

“The case is before the Regional Police CID. We were quizzed on the provisions we made. After the conversation, the police informed me that I have been arrested so I need someone to bail me. I was in charge of the funeral so I decided to step up and avail myself as the family member,” Charles Owusu narrated.

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

Parents of Police recruits urged to limit financial demands on them

COP Maame Yaa Tiwaa 5

The Director-General of Welfare of the Ghana Police Service, Commissioner of Police (COP) Mrs Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah, has called on families of newly recruited Police Officers to limit their expectations and financial demands on them.null

She said the Recruits should be allowed to concentrate on their work, and support their families with financial and material resources in line with their earnings.

She said undue demands might compel them to engage in unprofessional activities, which may trigger unpleasant consequences.

“They have taken national and organisational oaths to serve mother Ghana,” she added.

COP Mrs Addo-Danquah was speaking at the passing-out parade of 581 newly recruited Police Officers at the Police Public Safety Training School at Pwalugu in the Talensi District of the Upper East Region.

She said continuous guidance and advice to the Recruits would help them to succeed and reminded them that the profession demanded a lot of sacrifices.

“It is not a smooth terrain and you will soon appreciate this observation when you get posted to various Police Regions, Divisions, Districts and stations to commence your post-depot practical attachments,” the COP told the Recruits.https://9ecc56cfe3e8289bd6fab60f9b21a8b7.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

She told the recruits that they had chosen a career, which called for selfless service to humanity, commitment and sacrifices and indicated that it was not a sanctuary for them to make unjustified wealth.

“Therefore, desist from corrupt practices, which tend to bring the image of the Service into disrepute. Never forget the motto of the Service ‘Service with Integrity.

“Avoid bad association and put on the cloth of patriotism, humanity, courtesy, honesty, civility and commitment to the career you have chosen.

You will excel in every endeavour of your career when you consistently observe these professional virtues,” she advised.

She entreated them to bring the knowledge acquired over their period of training to bear on their work after which they would be assessed by their various Commanders to ascertain their suitability for the job.

She cautioned that any unsatisfactory performance would attract the needed sanction under the regulations of the Service.null

“I, therefore, urge you to work diligently to guarantee your confirmation into the Service as Police Constables.”

The COP congratulated the Recruits, especially General Recruit (G/R) Wonder Segbedzi of the Regional Police Training School in Ho for emerging as the overall national best recruit, G/R Ebenezer Nkrumah for being the best recruit in the Pwalugu Police Training School and Recruit Hannah Arthur for her outstanding performance as the best female recruit.

Mr Stephen Yakubu, the Upper East Regional Minister, said President Nana Akufo-Addo’s vision to change Ghana through his flagship policies and programmes aimed at also transforming the security systems, the economy and general living conditions.

This, he noted, could only be realised in a peaceful atmosphere. “All of you will be responsible for upholding the law and protection of all our citizens, residents and visitors. We all want to sleep and wake up peacefully which is only possible if we take up those roles seriously.

Source: GNA

ECOWAS To Reduce 15-Member Commission To 7 From March 2022

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) will from March 2022 reduce its current 15-member Commission to seven.

The decision, which was taken at the ended of the 59th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government in Accra is aimed at cutting down cost.

The new seven-member structure Commission, which takes effect from March 2022, will consist of the President, the Vice President and five other Commissioners.

The Session, which was formally opened by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Chair of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government, was attended by all ECOWAS Member States, with the exception of Mali, due to a military coup d’etat there.

The Accra Meeting adopted the reconstituted ECOWAS Council of the Wise for Preventive Diplomacy, with Dr Goodluck Jonathan, a former Nigerian President as the Chairman.

Dr Jonathan is currently serving as the ECOWAS Chief Mediator in the Malian crisis.

The reconstituted Council consists of 30 members, two from each of the 15-Member States of ECOWAS.

Ghana’s representatives to the Council are Mrs Gifty Afenyi-Dadzie, a former member of Council of State and Dr Williams Collins Asare, a former Country Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

The 59th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government in a communique urged the Malian Transition Government to abide by the transition programme and hand over power to an elected civilian administration in 2022.

The Session reaffirmed its commitment to intensify the fight against terrorism and insecurity in the Sahel.

To address the issue of piracy at sea, the Accra Meeting reiterated ECOWAS leaders’ commitment to strengthen maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea.

The Session extended the mandate of the ECOWAS Mission in The Gambia (ECOMIG) to ensure the security of their December 2021 polls.

With regards to efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the West Africa region, the Session tasked the West African Health Organization (WAHO) to intensify its efforts in the local production of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The Accra meeting agreed to launch the ECOWAS single currency, the Eco by 2027.

Abuja will host the next ECOWAS regular Session in December.

Source: GNA

Apologize on your knees or risk forfeiting your license to practice – NMC to Sefa Kayi

Kwame Sefa Kayi Turns

• The NMC, after hearing a complaint case brought to it by lawyer for a former DVLA boss, has ruled that Kwame Sefa Kayi errednull

• The NMC has therefore ordered that he begs the former DVLA boss or risk forfeiting his license

• The NMC also wants him to offer an apology on air


The National Media Commission has issued an order to award-winning broadcaster and host of Accra-based Peace FM’s Kokrokoo Morning Show, Kwame Sefa Kayi, to apologize for claims made against Yao Amegashie, a former DVLA boss, some years ago.

Specifying the nature of the apology, the NMC has asked the ace broadcaster to go on his knees and offer his apology to the former Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority boss or risk losing his license to practice on air.

In a report by ghanaguardian.com, Sefa Kayi further claimed that Yao Amegashie was asked to proceed on leave in 2001 after former president, John Agyekum Kufuor, came into office but was recalled to the same position in 2009 when the National Democratic Congress’s John Evans Ata Mills became president.

This, Yao Amegashie held, were non-factual claims by Kwame Sefa Kayi, and offensive to his person.null

Following this, the former DVLA boss ordered his Lawyer, Dometi Kofi Sokpor, to report Kwame Sefa Kayi to the Disciplinary Committee of the NMC.

Several years after deliberating on the case, the Committee is said to have found Kwame Sefa Kayi guilty, with a ruling that he begs Yao Amegashie over the false claims.

As part of the ruling, the broadcaster is expected to go on air and announce that all the words he said about Amegashie were false and then ensure that the same apology is published on Peace FM’s official website.

This, the report added, is for the world to know that what he said about Amegashie were from his own imaginations and not realistic.

In its explanation, the NMC said that the only time it can revoke a license of a media practitioner is when such a person flouts its orders, especially since they cannot impose fines as would the courts.

The mandate of the National Media Commission is to, among other things, regulate and bring sanity to Ghana’s media.Source: www.ghanaweb.com

I am proud of your sleepless nights just to make this country work – First Lady celebrates husband

First Lady Rebecca Akufo Addo

• It’s Fathers’ Day and the First Lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo, has sent her wish to her husband, the presidentnull

• She touted what she said are the sleepless nights the president has just to make this country work

• She also celebrated all fathers for their commitment and dedication to making lives better


The country needs fixing; at least that is the assertion of a lot of Ghanaians today but in celebrating her husband on the occasion, the First Lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo, eulogized the president, praising what she described as his sleepless nights just to make the country work.

In what appears to be a subtle commentary on the ragging #FixTheCountry campaign that has swept through social media in the last months, the First Lady, used her Fathers’ Day wish to the president, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, to tell the world how the Number One man is literally breaking his back to fix the country.

In a Twitter thread, Rebecca Akufo-Addo wrote, “Over the last four years having watched and prayed for my husband as father of the nation, I have had a close view of the sleepless nights, the countless overstretches and the physical strain to make this country work. @NAkufoAddo remains a father we all would be proud of.”null

She also celebrate all the towering efforts of fathers across the country, stressing that it is a day that reminds us of the “commitment and dedication” of all fathers.

“Every Fathers’ Day is a reminder of the commitment and dedication the journey of fatherhood requires. A lifetime of commitment to providing for us and giving us the adequate protection needed to grow,” she wrote.

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

Govt grants import duty exemptions totaling GHs435m to 36 companies

Akufo Addo 20202312121331

• Nana Akufo-Addo says his government gave some 36 companies exemptions on their import dutiesnull

• He explained that this is to make them competitive brands even beyond the shores of Ghana

• He spoke during the commissioning of a factory under the 1D1F


The president, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has disclosed that a total of 36 companies in Ghana benefitted from duty import exemptions.

He explained that these companies, all who fall under the One District One Factory (1D1F) program of government, benefitted from the initiative that amounted to a total of GHs435 million.

He said that such measures were put in place to help such business thrive and to expand into cross-border markets.null

Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo was speaking on Thursday, June 17, 2021, during the commissioning of the new factory of Premium Foods Limited, a company operating under Government’s 1-District-1-Factory initiative.

Speaking at the site of the factory, located at Kwaso in the Ejisu Municipality of the Ashanti Region, President Akufo-Addo explained that the establishment of the factory is a concrete manifestation that the new paradigm of economic development of insisting on value-addition industrial activities within a conducive and business-friendly environment is making headway.

“Government remains committed to support private sector enterprises like Premium Foods to become globally competitive and thereby take advantage of market integration frameworks such as the African Continental Free Trade Area, whose Secretariat has been established and commissioned in Accra.

“To this end, government as at December 2020, has granted import duty exemptions to 36 companies under the 1D1F program amounting to some GHs435million. The main sections that have benefitted from the exemptions are agro processing, ceramics manufacturing, hardware manufacturing and vehicle assembling plants,” he said.

Speaking at the event, Tom Gambrah, the Managing Director and Founder of the PFL, indicated that it is a humbling feeling for the company since it has exceeded its expectations since its inception.null

“At our inception, we hoped to create 5,000 jobs. By 2012, we had created 25,000, direct and indirect jobs. When this new plant reaches full capacity, we would have created 100,000 sustainable jobs in the value chain,” he said.

He also explained how much of a help rural producers have contributed to their business, adding that they believe in the capabilities of the local industry to help the business thrive.

“Our business depends on rural producers who supply the raw material. Thousands of farmers depend on us to provide a market for their harvest, allowing them to pursue higher yields without fear of the uncertainties of trade,” Tom Gambrah said.

Over the years, Premium Foods has supplied blended fortified and non-fortified products, and ingredients to global organizations, including international relief organizations, and multinational food and beverage manufacturing companies across Africa, including “Feed the Future” programme, under the US Government’s Global Hunger & Food Security Initiative, the statement from the presidency.gov.gh stated.Source: www.ghanaweb.com

Agbogbloshie onion sellers backtrack, beg Henry Quartey for time to relocate

Greater Accra Minister Henry Quartey

• Henry Quartey has accused the onion sellers of showing bad fate and vowed to move themnull

• The onion sellers are now pleading with more time to evacuate

• July 1 is the deadline for their relocation

The onion sellers at Agbogbloshie who had earlier threatened not to relocate have gone back on their words and are now pleading for ample time to move their products and other properties to Adjen Kotoku.

After initially agreeing in a meeting with Greater Accra Regional Minister, Henry Quartey to move, the trades made a u-turn and as per reports sought refuge in some members of parliament to offer them protection.

The MPs, according to The Regional Minister, after being briefed on the plans made by his outfit for the traders withdrew their support for the traders and back the relocation.null

With their political protection and Henry Quartey vowing to move them in the face of spiritual machinations on his life, the traders are now begging for enough time to move to the new marketing site secured for them.

Some traders according to a Citi FM reportage are pleading with Henry Quartey to extend the July 1 deadline for their resettlement.

“It is unfair for the Minister to give us short notice to relocate. We pleaded with him for more time, but he did not heed to it. Besides, the stalls that have been provided are not good enough for selling onions. We have not said that we’ll not move; we are only begging for more time to put things together,” a trader said.

Another trader said “1st July is a few days away, we won’t be ready by then. We are pleading with the Regional Minister to give us some more time.”Source: www.ghanaweb.com

Best policing is not wearing bulletproof and helmet always – Police PRO

Superintendent Sheila Abayie Buckman, Director Of Public Affairs, Ghana Police Service

• The Police PRO says it is not proper for police officers to be wearing bulletproof jackets and helmets every daynull

• She says the police is working hard to apprehend every criminal

• Constable Emmanuel Osei was killed on Monday, June 14, for providing escort for bullion van


Sheilla Kessie Abayie-Buckman, Director of Public Affair, Ghana Police Service, has said that, it would not be appropriate for the police to be seen every day by the public wearing bulletproof jackets and helmets when going about their duty.

According to her, when the police are seen by the public wearing their bulletproof jackets and helmets, it has an impact on the public that they give protection to.

“Look at this, if you saw every police officer wear the bulletproof jacket and the helmet, what will you say? The best practice does not indicate that every police officer must at every time, wear these things,” she said while contributing to a discussion on Joy FM’s Newsfile on Saturday, monitored by GhanaWeb.

Abayie-Buckman explained, “because it also impacts on the people to whom we are giving protection. So, we are doing the right thing…”null

The wearing of bulletproof jackets among police officers on duty, has become topical recently after the unfortunate killing of Police Constable Emmanuel Osei by armed robbers while transporting money in a covered bucket truck often described in Ghana as a bullion van.

The late Emmanuel Osei, experts say, would have survived the bullet wounds if he had been in either bulletproof or helmet.

The Police PRO noted that her outfit considers every feedback from the public “through the media and we look at the best practices so that the police service will not only be the best police service for Ghana but internationally recognized and you can say proudly everywhere that ‘I trust my police service’ and that is exactly what we are doing.”

Sheilla Kessie Abayie-Buckman further urged the media to paint the picture right “such that those that are not so right, they can be made right and those that are right, let our citizenry hear about them so they can give the necessary support.”

She assured the public that the police is working so hard to get the criminals associated with the recent murder situations in the country arrested.Source: www.ghanaweb.com

FULL TEXT: Akufo-Addo’s address at 59th Ordinary Session of ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State

Akufo Session4.jpeg

• President Akufo-Addo has called for a collaborative effort from ECOWAS countries to be vigilant against terrorismnull

• He also urged neighbouring countries to help with the production of COVID 19 vaccines in Africa

• High on the agenda of the ECOWAS meeting will be the address of the security issue in Mali last month

I welcome Your Excellencies to your second home, Accra, Ghana’s capital, for the 59th Ordinary Session of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). I acknowledge with gratitude the presence of the representatives of the African Union and the United Nations, and Members of the Diplomatic Corps, and, most especially, that of Madam Louise Mushikiwabo, our Rwandan sister, who is the Secretary-General of La Francophonie, and our Special Guest. I say a hearty akwaaba, our word of welcome, to each one of you, and I hope you are enjoying the famed Ghanaian hospitality.

On behalf of the Government and people of Ghana, I thank all ECOWAS Member States and all AU Member States for the support of Ghana’s recent successful candidature for a non-permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council for the years 2022-2023. Ghana received the highest number of votes on the day, i.e., one hundred and eighty-five (185) out of one hundred and ninety (190) votes.

It would not have been possible without your active support. I assure you, Excellencies, that Ghana will make sure that Africa’s voice is heard loud and clear in the deliberations of the Security Council, both on matters affecting our Region and the Continent, and on global issues, and we will consult broadly to define Africa’s interests.

Africa’s Common Position on UN Reform, based on the Ezulwini Consensus, is one matter Ghana is determined to urge on the global agenda. We will work to solicit the backing of countries around the world for this long, overdue reform. We believe it is time to correct the longstanding injustice that the current structure and composition of the UN Security Council represents for the nations of Africa.
null

Excellencies, let me congratulate warmly our brothers and colleagues, H.E. Mohamed Bazoum and H.E. Patrice Talon, who have been elected as Presidents of the Republic of Niger and of the Republic of Benin, respectively, since our last Summit. I offer them my and the Community’s best wishes for their success during their terms of office. I commend also the Republics of Cote d’Ivoire and Cape Verde for the conduct and outcomes of their latest legislative elections. Our Region continues to strengthen its democratic credentials through the holding of successful elections.

Excellencies, the Agenda for this meeting has been well defined. At our Extraordinary Summit, in February 2021, you entrusted me with the task of leading the reflection on the institutional reform of our Organisation. The purpose of the reform is to improve the performance and operational efficiency of ECOWAS Institutions, in order to ensure the implementation of integration programmes for the economic and social development of the Region.

The reform focuses on the optimal structure of the Commission and other Institutions, on modalities for the allocation of statutory positions, and on streamlining ECOWAS’ operating costs. These were the subjects of several meetings at the ministerial level, and their conclusions will be presented to us for our adoption or otherwise during our Closed Session.

Furthermore, as part of the consolidation of our solidarity and pursuant to the decision taken at our last Extraordinary Summit, we will consider, for adoption, a rotation mechanism that will enable the various linguistic groups of our Community and each Member State a fair, orderly opportunity to lead and represent the Community in regional, continental and global affairs.

The importance of all these issues is an indication of the richness and depth of our community. I remain convinced that the quality of our discussions and the decisions we take together will, as is customary, be commensurate with the ambitions we have for our Region.

I hope we can agree quickly on these matters so that we will have the time to delve into and take decisions on the great issues, which face us, of terrorism, violent extremism, democracy, peace and security, health and the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and the rapid economic recovery of our Region from the effects of the pandemic.
https://cec547fee202ec1aead6525a18693b1b.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

Unfortunately, we are still confronted with serious security challenges with deadly terrorist attacks and kidnappings, not only in the frontline countries, namely Mali, Nigeria, Burkina Faso and Niger but also in the coastal countries of our Region, such as Cote d’Ivoire. Recently, the terrorist attack, which resulted in the death of someone hundred and thirty-two (132) civilians, including children, in Burkina Faso, on 5th June, is the latest such outrage.

I went, in the name of the Community, to Ouagadougou, on Wednesday, 9th June, to commiserate with President Roch Marc Christian Kabora, and offer our condolences, sympathies and support to the Government and people of Burkina Faso in their dark hour.

Excellencies, these developments should reinforce our collective commitment to pursue and implement, with renewed vigour, the decisions taken at our Extraordinary Summit on Terrorism on 14th September 2019. This concerted effort, which must be a major issue and a priority objective for the Community, is the best way for us to address this security challenge. It is a matter of dignity and sovereignty, which affects all nations in the Region. None of our countries is insulated from the threats of terrorism.

Whilst thanking the countries that have already contributed to the ECOWAS Regional Security Fund, I appeal to other countries, who are yet to contribute, to do so.

We must also pay urgent attention to the growing threat to maritime security in our Region. Acts of piracy and maritime destabilisation are on the rise in the Gulf of Guinea, thus affecting trade in our community, and increasing the cost of imported products. We must operationalise the maritime centres we have established in the Region, and agree on the way forward to combat these acts of piracy. We cannot hand over control of the Gulf to pirates.

Excellencies, we will have the opportunity to discuss the political situation in Mali, with a view to assessing the progress made since our last decisions taken at the Emergency Summit held here in, Accra, on 30th May, when we suspended Mali from our Organisation, pending the restoration of democratic rule. We will hear a report from the ECOWAS Mediator on the Malian Crisis, His Excellency Goodluck Jonathan, former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and the President of the ECOWAS Commission, His Excellency Jean-Claude Kassi Brou, who went together to Mali after the investiture of Colonel Goita.
null

One issue of concern for all of us has to do with the pandemic of COVID-19, which continues to ravage the world and our Region. The strong measures taken at national and regional levels, since the outbreak of the pandemic, have enabled us to contain and mitigate, with the blessing of the Almighty, its impact in our respective countries, the tragic deaths we have recorded, notwithstanding.

We need, as a community, to contribute to the global discourse on access and availability of vaccines for all the peoples of the world. Through the COVAX initiative, all the countries in the Region have taken delivery of some vaccines, supplemented by direct procurement by some Member States. I thank foreign friends of the Community who have contributed to funding the initiative. We note, however, that the quantities received are woefully insufficient.

We must, thus, continue to work on the purchase and production of vaccines in our Region. We have to encourage Members of our Community, Nigeria, Senegal, and my own country, Ghana, which are making the effort to produce their own vaccines. We cannot afford to be naked the next time.

The recent decision of the G7 to provide more vaccines to developing countries is commendable, just as is its decision on the taxation of multinational companies. It is a first step towards addressing the illicit flow of funds, in which these multi-national companies play a major part, and which lead to the huge exodus of resources from our Continent. There is still more to be done.

Excellencies, beyond these challenges, we must work to achieve strong economic growth, based on the construction of resilient economies. Let us continue to focus on the implementation of programmes and projects, in all areas of national life, to ensure job creation and the well-being of our peoples.

This requires that we strengthen our regional integration by pursuing the free movement of goods and people, and the development of our economic infrastructure and our human capital bases. In this regard, the entry into force of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), on 1st January 2021, offers us a historic opportunity to enhance our levels of intra-regional trade, and inspire the momentum for rapid economic growth. We have to rise to the occasion and change our destiny.
null

Work on the Community’s single currency must also continue. According to our programme, the new convergence pact and the new roadmap for its implementation will be submitted for adoption during this Summit.

Excellencies, the world continues to value the work of our Organisation, which is held up as a model of regional engagement on the Continent, and we must continue to do whatever is required to strengthen it and help realise its objectives.

Excellencies, I conclude my address by, again, welcoming you to Accra, and wishing our meeting success. I, hereby, declare the 59th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government open.

I thank you for your kind attention.

Je vous remercie de votre aimable attention.

Muito obrigado pela sua atenção!
Source: www.ghanaweb.com

We know the solutions for crime issues but we are not committed to it – Kweku Baako

Abdul Malik Kweku Baako 2021

• Kweku Baako Jnr says there is an abundance of solutions to the cases of crime in the countrynull

• He believes that the lack of commitment to implement them is the biggest setback these documents have received

• He also stressed the fact that the country is insecure and as such, the police should admit it and fix the mess


The Editor-in-Chief of the New Crusading Guide, Kweku Baako Jnr, has explained that it is not the lack of solutions to tackle issues of security in the country, but the commitment to implement them.

In the past week, issues of crime and security have become topical after two bullion vans were attacked by armed robbers, with the first leading to the killing of a police constable and a civilian woman.

The police have since come under a lot of pressure to do something about the security situation in the country but Kweku Baako Jnr says the solutions are already there.

He explained that there are several documents that proffer the way out but there is the need for leadership across the divide to commit to implementing them, adding that this is not a present challenge.null

He also stressed that the attempt by the police administration to infer that there is no insecurity in the country because the numbers of cases of crime aren’t so abundant should not be entertained.

“The police service and other security agencies are working to cure this mischief because they realize that it has an impact on people’s sense of security as well as the economic development of this country. And I have to be very honest that this is not the first time this country has been challenged or confronted with this phenomenon and each time, the various administrations that have come and gone, including the police administration itself, regardless of the leadership, they’ve all recognized these things.

“I have this report here, dated March 1997, it’s the Justice Archer report. It was in recognition of the state of the Ghana police, not just morale and equipment; the training, the recruitment and all that.

“Each one of these documents here [referring to a number of documents he had earlier made reference to], is a clear recognition of authorities in this country, law enforcement authority, political leadership, security leadership that we have a problem. So, it’s not as if because not everybody feels insecure, it means there’s no problem. There is!

“There is a challenge for law enforcement and security management of this country and I believe, if we have to be honest, is that all these things, if we read all, you’ll see that we know what to do. It is how to do it – the commitment that we must show to operationalize these fine documents,” he said.

Kweku Baako Jnr made these known on the Saturday, June 19, 2021, edition of NewsFile on the JoyNews channel and monitored by GhanaWeb.

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

Terrorism: None of our countries is insulated – Akufo-Addo cautions ECOWAS leaders

Ghana leader Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has charged West African leaders to come together and enforce decisions taken on September 14, 2019, at the Extraordinary Summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on terrorism.null

He said recent developments in the region should reinforce the collective commitment “to pursue and implement with renewed vigour the decisions taken at [the summit]”.

President Akufo-Addo made these remarks on Saturday, June 19 when he opened the 59th Ordinary Session of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of Ecowas in Accra.

Heads of state of all the countries in the region, except suspended Mali, are in Ghana’s capital for the summit.

It comes on the back of recent terrorist attacks in countries such as Mali, Nigeria, Niger, and Burkina Faso, where about 132 civilians including children were killed a fortnight ago.

Ghana’s President, who is also the Chair of the Authority, intimated that he was in Ouagadougou a few days after the terrorist attack on Saturday, June 5, 2021, to commiserate with the government and people of Burkina Faso “and offer our condolences, sympathies, and support”.

But he insisted that the time is up for the implementation of collective measures to staunch terrorism in the sub-region.

“These concerted efforts, which must be a major issue and a priority objective for the Community, is the best way for us to address this community challenge.

“It is a matter of dignity and sovereignty which affects all nations in the region. None of our countries is insulated from the threats of terrorists.”

He appealed to countries that have failed to contribute to the Ecowas Security Fund to do so as that will ensure that the fight against terrorism in the sub-region is sustained

.Source: 3news.com

Let’s Promote Sexual And Reproductive Health Among Adolescent Girls – Gender Minister

Mr Sarah Adwoa Safo, Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, has said that the promotion of good sexual and reproductive health and rights was a critical prerequisite for human development, particularly for adolescent girls.

She said sexual and gender-based violence was a major factor undermining the health, dignity, security and autonomy of victims, who are mostly women and girls.

As a result, she said Government had prioritized the improvements in the health status of adolescents and children through various interventions.

She said, “government through the Ministry has initiated various interventions to ensure that adolescents grow up attaining their full potential and contribute meaningfully to national development.”

Mrs Safo said this at the National Gender Equality Clinic organized by the Ministry through its Department of Gender [DoG] with support from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) on Friday, in Accra.

She said the Clinic seeks to engage adolescents on issues of gender equality, sexual and gender-based violence, sexual and reproductive health rights and provide them with the requisite information on life skills, including career development.

It is also aimed at bringing change in the gender equality narrative by involving males and creating a network of adolescents to debunk gender equality myths.

She said adolescence was the transitional period between childhood and adulthood with specific health and developmental needs and rights, and during this period, adolescents were at risk of substance use and abuse; unsafe sex, teenage pregnancy, and teenage parenting; school underachievement, failure, dropout and delinquency, crime, and violence.

“In Ghana, adolescent girls are most vulnerable to harmful traditional and cultural practices, sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) of all forms and unwanted pregnancies. “

Available statistics indicated that in 2019, 14, 920 cases including rape, defilement, incest, and compulsory marriage were reported to the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU) of the Ghana Police Service.

The sector Minister said the District Health Information Management system (DHIMS) of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) recorded astounding numbers of adolescent pregnancy cases in 2020 with 2,865 girls between 10 and 14 years and 107,023 girls between 15 and 19.https://googleads.g.doubleclick.net/pagead/ads?client=ca-pub-9851803229604827&output=html&h=343&adk=3559006387&adf=3974360050&pi=t.aa~a.2816640267~i.30~rp.1&w=412&lmt=1624128000&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%2F202106%2F446956.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=1624128000495&bpp=26&bdt=4569&idt=26&shv=r20210616&cbv=%2Fr20190131&ptt=9&saldr=aa&abxe=1&cookie=ID%3Decbf3fadcdef0ce6-226135b209c900ba%3AT%3D1624127998%3ART%3D1624127998%3AS%3DALNI_MY2F9s3Lql6V3RPcgGWU6NmXw1bvw&prev_fmts=0x0%2C412x343%2C412x343%2C412x343%2C412x343&nras=3&correlator=6594569690946&frm=20&pv=1&ga_vid=883129353.1624127999&ga_sid=1624127999&ga_hid=393804966&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=3200&biw=412&bih=797&scr_x=0&scr_y=0&eid=31060474%2C44744170&oid=3&pvsid=158424364981744&pem=79&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=7&uci=a!7&btvi=4&fsb=1&xpc=r63LqfcMG5&p=https%3A//www.peacefmonline.com&dtd=205

A regional breakdown of this report across the country indicates that Ashanti, Eastern and Central regions recorded cases of 17,802, 10,865, and 10,301 respectively.

“In 2020, adolescent pregnancy saw a sharp rise with thirteen (13) teenage pregnancies recorded every hour in Ghana. This change was attributed to the impact of Covid-19 pandemic. This revelation is indeed alarming and needs immediate attention.”

Mrs Safo said it was time to help the adolescents develop their knowledge and skills, learn to manage emotions and relationships and acquire attributes and abilities necessary to enjoy their adolescent years and assume adult roles.

“It is an opportune time to inculcate the values of an equal society where males and females are seen as partners in development, as well as empower them to make informed choices about their lives.”

She urged adolescent parents, to take responsibility and take advantage of the natural connection they have with their children to correct, direct, discipline and advise them in love towards attaining their full potential.

Ms Faustina Acheampong, Head, DoG, said the programme which brought together more than 100 youth from all the regions were part of Ghana’s effort towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly goal 5, which urged state actors to achieve gender equality and empower women and girls by 2030.

She said women and girls constituted more than half of the world’s population yet, they were regularly discriminated against.

However, it was necessary for society to acknowledge that the potential for growth and prosperity could be achieved when women and girls were empowered and afforded equal opportunities as men and boys.

Source: GNA

COVID: ‘We can’t afford to be naked the next time; let’s produce our own vaccines’ – Akufo-Addo to ECOWAS

President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana has urged his fellow heads of state of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), which he chairs, to endeavour to put in the necessary infrastructure and investment to enable them to produce their own vaccines, when the need arises, so that the continent is not caught unprepared and dependent on the western world the next time a pandemic à la COVID-19 strikes.

Currently, the continent is struggling to come by COVID-19 vaccines for her citizens due to the global scramble for them.

Speaking at the opening session of the 59th ECOWAS summit in Accra on Saturday, 19 June 2021, President Akufo-Addo said: “All the countries in the region have taken delivery of some vaccines, supplemented by procurement by some member states”.

“I thank foreign friends of the community who have contributed to funding the initiative.”

“We note, however, that the quantities received are wholly insufficient”, he complained.

“We must, thus, continue to work on the purchase and production of vaccines in our region”, he urged.

The Ghanaian leader said: “We have to encourage members of our community such as Nigeria, Senegal, and my own country, Ghana, who are making the efforts to produce their own vaccines”.

“We cannot afford to be naked the next time”, he warned.

In a recent speech at an SDG forum at the Jubilee House, the seat of Ghana’s presidency, Mr Akufo-Addo confessed thus: “We have obvious difficulties as far as the [COVID] vaccination programme is concerned”.

“Unfortunately, we are the victims of this worldwide shortage of vaccines that poor and less-advantaged nations are experiencing by not having access to the vaccines”.

“So, that, of course, is a major challenge for us, the procurement logistics and the issues involved in it.”

A member of Ghana’s COVID-19 response team,Dr Bernard Okoe Boye,also noted that the government is considering other options to get vaccines for the country.

“What is happening to Ghana is a global issue. So, what we are doing is that this government is engaging directly with other European countries who have stock of AstraZeneca and are not deploying them that much. So, we will continue to explore,” he said.

He continued: “It will be difficult to speak and state the specific date because with this Africa platform that we are using and the direct Russia government engagement people are talking about, they tell us that it will take six or 12 months before the vaccines will come and remember in a year, a lot can happen

Cost of Akufo-Addo’s 9-day trip question’ll definitely be answered – Bagbin

Speaker Alban Bagbin has said the question filed by North Tongu MP Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa about the cost of President Nana Akufo-Addo’s recent 9-day international trip on a chartered flight, will definitely be answered, denying media reports that he had rejected the question.

Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta appealed to the house for more time to collate his figures on the trip when he appeared in Parliament on Thursday, 17 June 2021.

Denying claims that he had rejected the question, Mr Bagbin said in the house that: “Let me disagree with what has been put on social media that the honourable speaker rejected the questions”.

“There is no iota of truth in that publication”.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=1624127743&psa=0&format=300×250&url=https%3A%2F%2Fmobile.classfmonline.com%2Fnews%2Fpolitics%2FCost-of-Akufo-Addo-s-9-day-trip-question-ll-definitely-be-answered-Bagbin-25245&flash=0&wgl=1&dt=1624127742548&bpp=4&bdt=3424&idt=469&shv=r20210616&cbv=%2Fr20190131&ptt=9&saldr=aa&abxe=1&prev_fmts=0x0%2C300x250&nras=1&correlator=4160648127134&frm=20&pv=1&ga_vid=1547096516.1624127743&ga_sid=1624127743&ga_hid=1075933239&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=1315&biw=412&bih=797&scr_x=0&scr_y=786&eid=21066428%2C31060972%2C31060474%2C31061334&oid=3&pvsid=3219899151164464&pem=970&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=%7C%7CEe%7C&abl=CS&pfx=0&fu=0&bc=31&ifi=3&uci=a!3&fsb=1&xpc=XCFfyOg0L0&p=https%3A//mobile.classfmonline.com&dtd=496

“The questions were admitted and forwarded to the ministers and the ministers have indicated to me their readiness to come and answer the questions, so, it will be no problem”.

“The business committee should do the right thing and get them programmed for the minister to come and answer.”

Mr Ablakwa also denied the media reports.

“Kindly disregard and treat with contempt the fake news in circulation, claiming that the Rt. Honourable Speaker has rejected my urgent questions to the Defence and Minister of Finance on the state of the presidential jet and the total cost of President Akufo-Addo’s recent profligate luxury travels to France, Belgium and South Africa, respectively.”

Meanwhile, Defence Minister Dominic Nitiwul has he intends to petition the National Media Commission in connection with an attribution made to him by the media, in relation to a story about the presidential jet which, in his view, was calculated mischief.

According to him, the reports by the media that he had said President Nana Akufo-Addo could not shower in the Falcon, and, thus, it was not fit for his international travels, were wrong, since, they were couched out of wrong inferences from his comments on the floor of Parliament.

“I said ‘no president can shower in this aircraft’. I never said Akufo-Addo or John Mahama or Kufuor”, Mr Nitiwul explained to Paul Adom-Otchere on Metro TV’s Good Evening Ghana programme on Thursday, 17 June 2021.

“In fact, three presidents have used this aircraft – Mills, Mahama and Akufo-Addo”, he noted.

“I was very amazed they [media] chose to say: ‘Akufo-Addo cannot shower in it’” he noted.

“Why didn’t they say ‘John Mahama could not shower in it’? Why didn’t they say ‘President Mills could not shower in it’? Why didn’t they say that? That’s why I said it was pure mischief”, he stressed.

In his answer to parliament on Wednesday, 16 June 2021, the Bimbilla MP said: “This aircraft will carry a load of 11 persons minus the crew. When this aircraft is travelling to the eastern part of the USA or Asia, it will not load a crew of more than eight plus the luggage”.

“So, it depends on where it is going”, he noted.

Secondly, he added, “I have also said the aircraft has to do refuelling stops and, also, in this COVID-19 [era], when you are travelling to multiple destinations like the president’s recent travels, the Falcon couldn’t have been taken because he would have had to do technical stops, which are not desirable”.

“And when he is travelling with more than 20 people like he has been doing for business trips that brought huge sums of money to this country, he will need more than just a Falcon, otherwise, the others would have to go a day ahead before the president to prepare themselves.”

“In fact, the president would also have to go a day ahead because no president can shower in this aircraft. He cannot move from this aircraft straight into a meeting”, Mr Nitiwul said.

In the heat of the controversy, the Minority in Parliament said President Akufo-Addo could have used Ghana’s “airworthy” presidential jet, Falcon 9Gexe, instead of chartering the £15,000-per-hour “lavish, ostentatious and extravagant” AJC320neo flight he recently used for his 9-day trip abroad that cumulatively cost the Ghanaian taxpayer £345,000 (GHS2,828,432.80). “Today, we want to present to you further evidence that we are definitely certain that the presidential jet is available, in good shape”, Mr Ablakwa told journalists on Friday, 28 May 2021.

According to him, on 11 May 2021 – five days ahead of his 9-day trip – the president used the presidential jet to Uganda to attend the ceremony swearing-in of President-elect Yoweri Museveni.

Denying claims that the Falcon cannot travel long hours without refueling, Mr Ablakwa said the president’s Uganda trip on the presidential jet was 5h:4m while his Paris trip took six-and-a-half hours.

“The Minority insists that the Falcon could have been used”, Mr Ablakwa stressed. “One, the Falcon is airworthy and it took this same president to Uganda only a few days prior to the 16th of May when the president departed to Paris with this rather luxurious monster; the most outstanding, extravagant, luxurious airbus aircraft to be manufactured – the Airbus AJC320neo, which originally was manufactured to take 150 people at the minimum but it has been reconfigured to take only 17 people so a luxurious empire can be created”, he said.

In the Minority’s view, instead of the president using the chartered flight, which has a master bedroom, an en-suite bathroom with showers, dining facilities for all 17 passengers and sophisticated IT connectivity installations, he could have opted for other chartered flights from the same company, Acropolis Aviation.

“First of all, our contention is that the Falcon is available”, he stressed, emphasising: “It’s airworthy”.

“If it can take you to Uganda safely, it can take you to Paris safely and Brussels, Belgium safely”, he argued. “So, the point we are trying to emphasise is that in this time of austerity, where the president himself has said: Times are rough; let’s bear with him’, … the president himself embarked on this trip to go and beg for debt forgiveness and this is how you go and beg for debt forgiveness when the person you are going to beg for debt forgiveness from doesn’t travel in such luxury, in such ostentation”, noting: “The level of extravagance, the extreme opulence that the president displayed is condemnable, unconscionable”.

“How do you think these western leaders will perceive African leaders? No wonder they have very little respect for a lot of our leaders but we cannot continue this way”, Mr Ablakwa said

Ghana needs a leader like Atta Mills – Tsatsu Tsikata

Tsatsu Tsikata   SC1

• Tsatsu Tsikata says Ghana needs a leader who is not vindictive and thinks about the national interestnull

• He believes late President John Evans Atta Mills typifies that

• He has appealed to the country’s leaders to learn from him

Legal luminary, Tsatsu Tsikata has proffered that Ghana needs a leader whose main preoccupation will be to execute a national agenda and not champion partisan or regime agenda.

Tsatsu Tsikata in a TV interview noted part of the reasons the country’s progress has been slow-paced is because successive governments tend to focus on implementing their plans for the country instead of focusing on completing the works of their predecessor.

He singled out late President Professor John Evans Mills for praise as a leader who was neither vindictive nor partisan and had the national interest at the heart of any move he made.

Tsatsu Tsikata said that, unlike other leaders who come into government with a mindset to prosecute members of the opposing party, late President John Evans Atta Mills was only concerned with what could benefit the country.null

He, therefore, appealed to leaders to take a cue from the Mills concept and focus on things that will impact the country positively.

“I look forward to the days in this country where we can actually have leaders like President Mills who are not pre-occupied with trying to prosecute and jail people from other side but say that we are all in this country together, lets see how we can enhance what has gone on before.

“Let’s see how what happened under President Rawlings, Kufuor, Mahama should be continued. That is not really what our records show we have been doing except for the example I gave,” he said.

Tsatsu Tsikata in the same interview spoke about his incarceration under the Kufuor regime and mentioned that the testimony by the states Star witness Jude Arthur untrue.

He said, “the judge had asked us to come early that day so we went at 8 o’clock earlier than usual. One of the first odd things that I noticed was that Attorney General Joe Gartey at that time, had come with his full team and he had been in court for the last one and half years but suddenly that day he is there with a full team of five people. I thought perhaps because we had been applying that what he said in the Supreme Court should be brought, so maybe he was coming to explain something about that. To cut a long story short, things turn in a different direction when the judge actually sat.”

He also added, “originally, the prosecution said they had issues with the viability of the project but then, when we went to the Supreme Court the Attorney General was saying they had no problem with the viability of the project. That was why we were insisting that the records of what the Attorney General had said in the Supreme Court should be now part of the records of the High Court proceedings together with whatever testimonies the IFC was going to be given. So we were not at the stage where judgement really should be expected.null

“I did not act on my own as an individual or GNPC didn’t just act on its own as a corporate body. We had Merchant Bank not only as a financial advisor, at that time Jude Arthur was the Managing Director of Merchant Bank, they were not only our financial advisor; they were trustees of GNPC in respect of that project. So, Merchant Bank, and specifically Jude Arthur was actually representing GNPC’s interest on the Board of Valley Farms.”

He continued: “In fact, they introduced the project to us so in terms of viability we were insistent that the records of the IFC together with what the Attorney General had admitted in the Supreme Court would set to rest the matter of viability and that was never allowed.

“Jude Arthur was the key prosecution witness against me and what was interesting was that his testimony was in many respect shown as false.

“Because we managed to get under subpoena, records from Merchant Bank regarding how the Valley Farms project became part of their work in the first place because the imp…Source:

 www.ghanaweb.com

Don’t just add up to the numbers – COP Maame Tiwaa tells female police recruits

Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo Danquahhh

Female police recruits have been charged to prove their worth and justify an increase in their quota into the service by the police administration.null

Addressing 581 recruits at the passing out ceremony at the Police Public Training School at Pwalugu in the Upper East Region, the Director-General of Police Welfare, COP Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo Danquah noted that Ghana is on its way to achieving the United Nations gender ratio.

“The United Nations recommended gender ratio in uniformed officers is 40%. It is heartwarming to reveal that female recruits passing out today constitute about 34% of the total recruits strength. This means altogether, Ghana is gradually inching towards meeting the uniformed officers gender parity”, she stated.

In respect of that, she urged the new recruits especially the females to live up to the task in order to achieve the needed results.null

“Don’t just be part of the added numbers but contribute towards achieving results in our core mandate”, she admonished them and congratulated Recruit Hannah Arthur for her outstanding performance and adjudged as the Best Female Recruit.

COP Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo Danquah advised all female recruits not to relent in their endeavours and continue to make themselves and their families proud.

“Never relent in your endeavours and continue to make yourselves, female police officers and your families proud”, she stressed

.Source: dailymailgh.com

Integrity of WAEC is at stake – UCC lecturer tells government

Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum

The government of Ghana has been urged to stay away from interfering with the work of the West African Examination Council (WAEC).null

Jonathan Otchere Asante, a senior lecturer at the University of Cape Coast (UCC), made this known in an interview with Eric Ahianyo on the Morning Update on TV XYZ.

His comments come on the heels of a research findings by education Think Tank, Africa Education Watch, that has revealed damning revelations about the education sector.

The think tank wants the government to break the monopoly enjoyed by the West African Examination Council, WAEC, in assessing students and conducting examinations in Ghana.

Presenting the report, the Executive Director of Africa Education Watch, Kofi Asare, said independent international examining bodies should be given the opportunity to assess students in the basic education level so as to promote healthy competition in the examination space.

“The Education Ministry must set up a regulator of assessment to regulate WAEC and other assessment bodies before their activities become ungovernable. We need to break the WAEC monopoly. WAEC operates in other countries, but they do not have a monopoly in Nigeria, for instance, ” he said while pointing to examination malpractices in recent times.

But contributing to the development, Mr Asante backed the education think tank, saying reports of examination malpractices had become rampant in recent years, especially when the Free SHS policy was launched.null

“I think that it’s quite revealing… Most of the things that have come up are solid and more factual,” Asante said.

Jonathan Otchere also suggested that like WAEC, any activity that has many human intervention along the value chain is compromised, urging government not to get closer to the activities of WAEC.

He said the research indicates the “integrity of the [WAEC] certificate is at stake.”

Touching on the malpractices, he said ” Students attacking invigilators… Was created by the panicky situation that was created by the government. ”

Government has been blamed for buying past questions for SHs students and assuring them their examination questions would be from the books.

Source: myxyzonline.com

Coronavirus: Support efforts by West African countries to manufacture vaccines – Akufo-Addo

• President Akufo-Addo has been addressing the 59th ECOWAS Ordinary Summit in Accranull

• He called for support for countries in the region who want to produce their own coronavirus vaccines

• The Summit is being attended by 15 Heads of State, excluding Mali


Ghana’s president and Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has applauded the frantic efforts being made by some member countries to manufacture their own vaccines, while urging support for same.

The president, speaking at the opening session of the 59th ECOWAS Ordinary Summit in Accra, said that this move is laudable as it aims at tackling the situation at hand instead of waiting on foreign aid.

He explained that the coronavirus pandemic has devastated a lot of economies in the sub-region, calling for the need to encourage collaborations among countries in the region to deal with the situation, reports citinewsroom.com.

“All the countries in the region have taken delivery of some vaccines, supplemented by procurement by some member states. I thank foreign friends of the community who have contributed to funding the initiative.https://9a1b5f8a99fb75a3da4d420b4e384e2e.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

“We note, however, that the quantities received are wholly insufficient. We must thus continue to work on the purchase and production of vaccines in our region. We have to encourage members of our community such as Nigeria, Senegal, and my own country Ghana who are making the efforts to produce their own vaccines. We cannot afford to be naked the next time,” he said.

This 59th ECOWAS session is deliberating among other things, the pertinent issues threatening the peace and stability of the West African sub-region, as well as proffer solutions to them.

Fifteen Heads of State except Mali, which has been suspended from the regional bloc following the recent political upheavals in that country, are attending the summit.

They include the President of Liberia, George Manneh Weah, President of Guinea, Alpha Conde, Burkinabe President, Roch Marc Christian Kabore, Sierra Leonean President, Julius Maada Bio, President of Guinea Bissau, Umaro Sissoco Embalo and President of The Gambia, Adama Barrow.

A former Nigeria president, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, who is the ECOWAS Special Envoy mediating Mali’s political crisis, is also attending the summit.

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

Deputy Ministers: 3 DROPPED 12 Get The Nod

PARLIAMENT YESTERDAY approved 12 more Deputy Ministers of State after three of the nominees were dropped from the report of the Appointments Committee over what the Speaker described as “miscommunication and lack of information” between the leaderships of the House.

The nominees, whose approvals were put on hold by Parliament, were Gifty Twum-Ampofo, Deputy Minister-designate for Education; Amidu Issahaku Chinnia, Deputy Minister-designate for Sanitation and Water Resources; and Diana Asonaba Dapaah, Deputy Minister-designate for Attorney General and Justice.

There was no reason assigned for the deferment of approval of the nominees, but wrangling over one of them, Gifty Twum-Ampofo, prolonged the approval process that started on Thursday evening, thereby forcing the leaders of both the Majority and Minority to go into conclave.

Minority Chief Whip, Mohammed-Mubarak Muntaka, raised preliminary objection to the procedural motion moved by the First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Joseph Osei-Wusu and seconded by the Deputy Majority Leader, Alexander Afenyo-Markin, asking for amendments to the Committee’s report.

Those who received approval are Andrew Kofi Egyapa-Mercer, Deputy Minister-designate for Energy; John Ntim Fordjour, Deputy Minister-designate for Education; George Mireku Duker, Deputy Minister-designate for Lands and Natural Resources; Kofi Amankwah-Manu, Deputy Minister-designate for Defence; Naana Eyiah Quansah, Deputy Minister-designate for Interior; and Hassan Sulemana Tampuli, Deputy Minister-designate for Transport.

The rest are Dr. John Ampontuah Kumah, Deputy Minister-designate for Finance; Frederick Obeng Adom, Deputy Minister-designate Transport; Mavis Nkansah-Boadu, Deputy Minister-designate for Roads and Highways; Evans Opoku Bobbie, Deputy Minister-designate for Youth and Sports, Mohammed Hardi Tufeiru, Deputy Minister-designate for Food and Agriculture; and Tina Naa Ayeley Mensah, Deputy Minister-designate for Health.

This figure brings to 24 the number of deputy ministers approved so far by Parliament, with 16 more to go.

On Wednesday, 21st April, 2021, President Akufo-Addo submitted to Parliament nominations of a Minister of State and 39 Deputy Minister-designates for consideration and approval in accordance with Article 78 (1) and 79(1) of the Constitution.

Speaker Bagbin subsequently referred the nominations to the Appointment Committee for consideration and report pursuant to Order 172 of the Standing Orders of the House.

He told the newly approved appointees that their primary duties were to the people of Ghana as “the representatives of the people.”

“That is your primary duty. The people elected you to represent them in Parliament. You own that primary duty to the people and to Parliament that given an additional responsibility by His Excellency, the President, is secondary.

“If you decide to sacrifice the mandate and the legitimacy of the people of that of His Excellency the President you do that at your own peril,” the Speaker admonished

Mahama’s aide Joyce Bawah Mogtari gives birth to triplets, social media users show her love

Joyce Bawa Mogtari, Special Aide to former President has received tons of congratulatory messages on social media following her delivery of triplets.

The former Deputy Minister of Transport is seen in a picture in a Facebook adorned in a white dress carrying one of the babies while her husband, Hudu Mogtari, a former CEO of Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) and ex Mahama carry the rest.

Social media users have expressed their joy for the lawyer cum politician who’s now a mother of four.

Below are some of the comments

https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fkyushao%2Fposts%2F4440587379338447&show_text=true&width=500https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fevansq2%2Fposts%2F2258584410942710&show_text=true&width=500https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fpermalink.php%3Fstory_fbid%3D304762991386791%26id%3D110575650805527&show_text=true&width=500

https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fhajia.shamima.3%2Fposts%2F350605723157784&show_text=true&width=500

https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fsulemana.hanan.7%2Fposts%2F4272608066149439&show_text=true&width=500

Police man found dead at Flagstaff House barracks

The late Inspector Emmanuel Kofi Nunekpeku

The late Inspector Emmanuel Kofi Nunekpeku

A policeman was found dead in his room at the Flagstaff House police barracks on Friday morning.

Inspector Emmanuel Kofi Nunekpeku was found dead lying in a prone position on his bed at about 10:25am.

Graphic Online gathers that it was the wife, who is also a police personnel who discovered the husband’s body in the room at Block E, Room 35.

The wife, Sergeant Faustina Nunekpeku of the Police Hospital Public Relations Department reportedly visited the husband and found him dead in bed.

Accompanied by another police officer, they reported the incident at the Cantonments police station.

The police visited the scene of the incident and inspected the body.

No marks of assault were detected to suggest any foul play Graphic Online gathers.

The body has been deposited at the Police Hospital morgue for preservation and autopsy

Our fight against crime is not at pace with what the criminals are doing’ – Atik to National Security

Atik Mohammed   New FSHS

Atik Mohammed, Executive Secretary of the Mass Action Movement, has urged the leadership of National Security to upgrade their security tactics to clamp down on criminals in the country.null

According to him, crime has become sophisticated, so to fight it demands a high level of sophistication.

He was commenting on the recent criminal activities in the country which involve recent armed robbery attacks on bullion vans.

There have been two bullion van attacks within the week.

On Monday, June 14, a Police officer and a woman in her forties were shot dead by armed robbers who attacked a bullion van at Jamestown in the Greater Accra Region.

The driver survived by gunshot wounds while two other women on the vehicle escaped unscathed.

Another bullion van attack reportedly happened on Thursday, June 17 on the Kasoa road.null

The occupants escaped unhurt amidst gunshots from the assailants.

Expressing concerns over the recent happenings, Atik Mohammed charged the National Security to train more experts to be proactive in fighting crimes.

He stated, “It is just not enough to change labels. You go and change BNI to NIB. It doesn’t imply that their work has become unique or you’ve taken it to the next level. You merely changed labels and changing of labels does not fight crime. I would have expected that the BNI early on used to do their work in this form but [AB] we have introduced a new technology. We have trained people to become experts in areas where we didn’t have experts in earlier.”

Atik Mohammed asked, ”what are our security agencies doing to make sure that they are at par? In fact, with crime, you always have to be ahead. What are they doing to equip themselves well enough to be ahead of these criminals?”

“Society is growing; it’s modernized. Crime is keeping pace . . . The truth is that it is outpacing [the way] even though there is modernity but crime is also trying to keep pace. But our management of crime or fight against crime is not at pace with what the criminals are doing. When you look at our security architecture, it’s lagging behind,” he emphasized

.Source: peacefmonline.com

Robbery Attacks: ‘Police Are Not God’ – Sam Pyne To Ghanaians

NPP Ashanti Regional Secretary, Sam Pyne has called on Ghanaians to assist the Ghana Police Service in fighting crimes.

In recent times, crimes have been happening in regular succession and this has become a serious matter of concern to the citizenry.

On Monday, June 14, 2021, a Police officer was shot dead in broad daylight by armed robbers who attacked a bullion van he was escorting in a vicinity at Jamestown, Accra.

The robbers also injured the driver of the van and killed a trader while two women on board escaped unhurt.

Another bullion van on the Kasoa road was attacked yesterday.

Days ago, there was another report of armed robbers’ attack at a forex bureau in Osu, Accra.

Speaking on Peace FM’s ‘Kokrokoo’ programme, Sam Pyne expressed worry over the recent spate of criminal activities in the nation.

He believed winning the fight against corruption is the responsibility of all and sundry, opining the Police cannot solely fight against crime.

He advised the citizens to provide intel on criminals so as to nip crime in the bud.

“Fighting crime, the Police are not God . . . We have to provide an intel to the security agencies to work with. We know those who engage in such things . . . It will be difficult for the security agencies if you don’t give them the intel . . . It is difficult to read the mind of a criminal before he commits the crime. So, when people talk about prevention, it’s the duty of all of us,” he said.

Source: Ameyaw Adu Gyamfi/Peacefmonline.com/Ghana

You are being irresponsible – Kweku Baako tells Okudzeto Ablakwa over Akufo-Addo’s luxurious jet

Abdul Malik Kweku Baako 2021

• Baako says Ablakwa should wait for the Finance Minister to answer his questions on the cost of President Akufo-Addo’s trip to France, Belgium, France and South Africanull

• He says his conduct are not befitting of a member of parliament

• Kwakye Ofosu however disagrees

Abdul Malik Kweku Baako Jnr, the Editor-in-Chief of the Crusading Guide newspaper has chided the Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, for misconducting himself with his public commentaries on the use of a luxurious aircraft by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

Baako on Metro TV’s Good Morning Ghana lost his cool and took on Ablakwa for acting in ways which in his view are inappropriate for a member of parliament.

He noted that Ablakwa is not respecting the standing orders of Parliament with his commentaries on the issue.null

Baako fumed that having submitted questions on the cost of President Akufo-Addo’s trip to France, Belgium and South Africa, Ablakwa should have waited for the Finance Minister to answer the questions before running to the media.

He suggested that his conduct is prejudicial and shows a lack of faith in the parliamentary process.

“What he did was irresponsible. You set questions before Parliament, expecting answers and you are out there. You can’t ask questions and go out there.

“I heard Ablakwa talking about 200,000, 2.8 million and all that, it is needless. Completely needless at this stage. He ought to wait for the Minister of Finance to come to the house and give answers relative to the financial package. It’s a needless reaction that reflects what Ablakwa has been doing all along. He didn’t need the minister of Defence’s reference to cost. The Minister’s answer was not an answer to Ablakwa’s question which is tailored for the Minister of Finance.

But Felix Kwakye Ofosu, a member of the National Democratic Congress dissented to the views by Kweku Baako.null

Kwakye Ofosu argued that Ablakwa like every other Ghanaian has a right to free speech and could use every legitimate platform to air his views on issues.

“Parliament is not the only forum he could use. There are other platforms that he can use as a Ghanaian and he did that,” he said.

Okudzeto Ablakwa in a reaction to Dominic Nitiwul’s statement on the trip suggested that the country was bound for destruction under the Akufo-Addo regime.

He tweeted, “How on Earth can the Defence Minister tell Parliament cost doesn’t matter in considering which aircraft to charter for the President! We are really doomed!!!’ he posted.

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

Don’t surprise me again – Bagbin cautions MPs

newmont ghana

The Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, has cautioned the leadership of both majority and minority against springing surprises on him while presiding on the floor.

The caution follows some dramatic scenes on the floor Thursday evening during the presentation of the report of the Appointments Committee on some 12 deputy ministerial Nominees including a deputy Education Minister-designate Gifty Twum Ampofo.

The minority shot down an attempt by the majority to secure an expedition of approval since a member of the Appointments Committee Alhassan Suhuyini voted against her approval at the Committee level.

The Speaker ordered a headcount which was disrupted by the majority side.

Addressing the MPs on Friday, the speaker charged leaders on both sides to adequately brief him during pre-sitting meetings and not make moves on the floor that may undermine his authority.

He warned the MPs that Thursday’s episode must not repeat itself

VGMA must apologize to Shatta Wale – Bulldog demands

newmont ghana

Outspoken artist manager and owner of Bull Haus entertainment Bulldog says organisers of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) must apologise to Dancehall artiste Shatta Wale before he attends any of their events.

According to the manager of Shatta Wale, the scheme for so long has disrespected his artist and they have to apologize before Wale rejoins the scheme.

Speaking on Starr Chat with Nana Aba Anamoah, Bulldog said “Shatta Wale will not attend the VGMA until VGMA come to apologize to him. They have consistently disrespected Shatta. If he decides to join the scheme again I will concentrate on farming that will mean my journey with him will come to an end.

Father Burns Daughter’s Hand for ‘Stealing’ GHC10

An eight-year-old girl has been hospitalized at the Walewale hospital in the North East Region after her father burnt her hand with fire for allegedly stealing GHC10 belonging to her grandmother.

The victim was accused by her stepmother that she had stolen GHC10 from the grandmother and reported her to the father.

The father of the survivor, Alhassan Maijida is said to have beaten her severely with a stick resulting in her sustaining injuries on the eye as well.

The incident which happened on Wednesday, June 16, 2021, at Kparpiri near the West Mamprusi municipality left the little girl traumatized.

DGN Online gathered that the victim denied the allegation and was vindicated by the grandmother but that did not stop her father from subjecting her to severe beatings.

After the torture, the victim was abandoned by the father and stepmother for days until an uncle visited their home and realized the victim was in a bad condition and took her to the Wulugu health centre and was later transferred to the Walewale hospital for treatment.

The sister of the victim’s mother, Aminatu Salifu told a journalist that she was called by a doctor at the Walewale hospital and that when she arrived at the hospital and saw the little girl she could not control her tears.

“ I asked her what happened to her and she told me her father put her hand in fire and that she was innocent of the allegation that she stole GHC10 belonging to her grandmother.”

Madam Aminatu lamented about the absence of the victim’s father at the hospital adding that it shows he is not remorseful about what he did to the little girl.

“This man has no patient so we will take care of the child and I will ensure that my sister leaves the marriage for good and never return to this kind of marriage .”

Meanwhile, the mother has refused to report the matter to the police for fear of her being punished because it’s alleged that the Mampurugu tradition does not accept wives reporting their husbands at the police station

Government Is Vigoursly Pursing Afforestation Schemes- Lands Minister

The Minister, Samuel A Jinapor says government is actively and vigoursly pursing afforestation schemes in an effort to restore the nation’s forest cover.

Speaking at a UK-Ghana press conference held today, Friday 18th June, 2021 as part of the UK Minister of State for Business, Energy and Clean Growth RT. Hon. Anna-Marie Trevelyan’s visit to Ghana.

The Minister touched on the Green Ghana Day which was held on June 11 2021 where at least 5 Million trees were planted in a day nationwide as parts of efforts to role out the continuous green initiative to make Ghana much Greener.
Mr Jinapor highlighted three key activities being persued by the Ministry notably efforts at dealing with illegal Small Scale Mining, curbing illegal harvesting of trees and the aggressive afforestation program.

Earlier at a close door meeting with the outgoing UK High Commissioner to Ghana, Ian Walker discussions centred on how to further strengthen UK-Ghana collaborations among others.
The outgoing envoy at a recent farewell meeting with the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo stated ” although I leave after 4 years , I have a genuine sense of taking Ghana with me in my heart”.

Wife ‘Killer’ Gets GH¢200k Bail

PRINCE CHARLES Dedjoe, the businessman arrested for allegedly murdering his wife, has been granted bail by an Accra High Court.

The accused person through his lawyer Nkrabea Effah Dartey had been pushing at the High Court to grant him bail after he was remanded into police custody by the Madina Magistrate Court when he appeared before it for committal.

A General Jurisdiction division of the Accra High Court presided over by Justice Ernest Yao Gaewu granted the accused person bail in the sum of GH¢200,000 with two sureties yesterday.

Mr. Dedjoe, as part of the bail condition, was ordered by the court to be reporting to the police once every two weeks pending the trial.

He will appear before Madina District Court on June 18 for the committal proceedings.

Whilst in custody, the accused tried to prevent the family of his late wife from going ahead to organise a burial ceremony for the deceased, but the court dismissed his application.

‘Murder’

Mr. Dedjoe, Chief Executive Officer of Chadeco Group Of Companies Limited, was arrested on Independence Day after his father-in-law reported the alleged murder of his daughter to the East Legon Police, Accra.

The 43-year-old woman, Lillian, according to police’s initial information, died after reportedly slipping and falling off the stairs at their East Legon home.

However, the father of the deceased, according to the police, later accused the suspect of assaulting his daughter, leading to her death.

The couple was married for some years, a union blessed with two children.

The relationship however, reportedly, turned sour, leading to the wife suffering alleged assaults from the man

You can run but cannot hide – COP Kofi Boakye warns Jamestown bullion van robbers

Head of Legal and Prosecutions at the Ghana Police Service headquarters Nathan Kofi Boakye, a Commissioner of Police (COP), has warned perpetrators of last Monday’s robbery at Adedenkpo near Jamestown that their time will be up “very very very soon”.

“I want to emphasise to the nation that very, very, very soon all those involved in this bullion robbery and especially those who committed it, they will be arrested very soon,” the former Ashanti Regional Police Commander stated.

“They can run and run and run but they cannot hide.”

COP Kofi Boakye gave this assurance on Friday, June 18 when 320 new recruits of the Service passed out in the Ashanti Region at the Regional Police Training School in Kumasi.

He said the Inspector General of Police (IGP), James Oppong-Boanuh, has put in “innovative” strategies to help combat the menace that currently confronts the nation.

He also called on the new recruits to start nosing around for information that will help in arresting Monday’s criminals.

“It is incumbent on all of us including you – the new recruits – to help us achieve this objective, starting from now and you have a duty of arresting these criminals who killed one of us.

“This is non-negotiable and we cannot compromise on the need to arrest these criminals.”

Monday’s attack on a bullion van left the police officer on escort duty, Lance Corporal Emmanuel Osei, dead and a by-stander, Efia Badu, also hit by a stray bullet.

The driver is on admission at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.

Armed Young Men In Viral Video Arrested – Police

Three of the four young men recently seen in a viral Video brandishing guns have been arrested by the police in the Ashanti Region.
The police have asked the public to help provide information on their criminal activities.

A fourth person in the video is being looked for by the police.

They are currently in police custody pending further investigation. The Deputy Ashanti Regional Police Commander, DCOP David Agyeman Adjem said the police is appealing to the public to provide any information of criminal activities against them.

Already, the young men, one of whom has been identified as Obour has been explaining on social media that they are not criminals.

Obour said the video doing the rounds on social media was recorded a long time ago and that it happened in Wa in the Upper West Region.

According to him, they were engaged in small scale mining (galamsey) and were involved in an altercation with a rival group and after overpowering the rival group, they brandished the guns on social media.

more to follow…

Source: graphiconline.com

Defence Minister to petition NMC over his defence of Akufo-Addo’s luxurious private jet

Dominic Nitiwul, Defence Minister GEG

• Dominic Nitiwul is unhappy that the media misled the public over his response to a question on Akufo-Addo’s travelnull

• He says, he will be reporting the media to the NMC

• He described headlines after his appearance in Parliament as “comedy”


Dominic Nitiwul, the Defence Minister, has expressed his displeasure over media reportage after he appeared before Parliamentarians on Wednesday, June 16, to answer an urgent question filed by Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa concerning President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s luxurious travel abroad in a £15,000 per hour private jet.

According to him, media houses misquoted his response to the North Tongu MP’s question in Parliament.

Nitiwul told Paul Adom Otchere on Good Evening Ghana that he never said President Akufo-Addo wanted to shower in the sky, hence the decision for the state to hire him a luxurious £15,000 per hour private jet for his recent trip abroad.null

“I said that no President using the [Falcon] can shower in the aircraft. No president can freshen up; I never said Akufo-Addo or Mahama or Kufuor, no I never said that.

In fact, three Presidents have used this aircraft before; President Mills used it, President Mahama used it and President Akufo-Addo has also used it. I was very amazed that [the media] chose to use the word Akufo-Addo cannot shower in the aircraft,” he explained.

He asked, “Why didn’t they say, John Mahama or President Mills couldn’t shower in the aircraft, why didn’t they say that?”

Dominic Nitiwul is of the view that it was mere mischief and propaganda by the media to single out President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in their reportage and not President Mills or Mahama.

“There are three Presidents that have used this aircraft and I said no President; why did they pick Akufo-Addo’s name, what is the motivation to pick Akufo-Addo’s name?null

Were they trying to ridicule him to the people of Ghana? Why didn’t they say John Mahama?” he asked further.

Dominic Nitiwul said if he wanted to mention President Akufo-Addo’s name in his answer to the Parliamentarians, he would have done that.

“I was talking generally and not talking about a specific person nor specific period,” he noted.

The Defence Minister claims that he was shocked to have seen a headline that inferred his response in Parliament because in giving an answer to the urgent question filed by Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, he never mentioned Akufo-Addo cannot shower.

“…I was hit with some propaganda headline that Nitiwul says Akufo-Addo cannot bath in a presidential jet. Obviously wrong, misleading. I saw it on my phone, on joy online, and people started sharing. I was so shocked and like what sort of journalism do we have in Ghana. I didn’t say that. Even if you wanted to infer, quote what I have said [as the headline] and say that you are inferring.null

I thought journalism should be higher than this. I thought that in journalism school, you are told not to think for the interviewer but rather quote what the interviewer has said…No minister would have said Akufo-Addo couldn’t shower in the Falcon; it is too silly and basic,” Nitiwul indicated.

He described the headline as “comedy”.

“You don’t reduce this very important topic to comedy…I think [journalism] standards have been lowered. I am actually going to petition the National Media Commission (NMC) so that at least they can use that opportunity to reaffirm what they teach journalists…yes you can infer but do the right thing by saying you are inferring. It is unfair to Akufo-Addo, unfair to Nitiwul and particularly, you are doing propaganda,” he stressed.

https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?height=314&href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FGoodEveningGhanaOfficial%2Fvideos%2F318620786554684%2F&show_text=false&width=560&t=0

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

Why Okudzeto Ablakwa’s question on Akufo-Addo’s luxurious aircraft ‘disappeared’ from Parliament

• Okudzeto Ablakwa had filed a question on the cost of President Akufo-Addo recent trip to France, Belgium and South Africanull

• The question was admitted by the Speaker but on the day of Ofori-Atta’s appearance, the question was omitted from the list

• It emerged later that Ken Ofori-Atta requested for time to answer the question

Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, the Member of Parliament for North Tongu had reason to complain after a question he posed to Ken Ofori-Atta, the Minister of Finance, over the cost of President Akufo-Addo’s trip to France, Belgium and South Africa was expunged from the list of questions to be answered by the minister on the floor of parliament on Thursday, June 17, 2021.

The question had earlier been advertised in the provisional order paper of parliament on Tuesday, June 15 and was due to be answered by Ken Ofori-Atta.

But on Thursday, when the Ofori-Atta appeared before the house, that particular question and another one posed by the Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, on payments by the Bank of Ghana to the government in the fight against coronavirus were missing from the order paper.null

Okudzeto Ablakwa raised a question over the disappearance of his question but no answer was given as the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, was unavailable and had the second deputy speaker acting.

“Coming to the House today and looking at the order paper, the question that was advertised for the Honourable Minister responsible for Finance on the cost of the President’s recent trip to France, Belgium and South Africa is conspicuously missing on today’s order paper and Mr Speaker, I am wondering what is the cause of this rather strange development,” he said.

It, however, emerged that later the deletion of the questions was at the behest of Ken Ofori-Atta who had requested time to get the needed information to furnish the house.

“So, Honourable Ablakwa, I will persuade you that the question will be rescheduled and the Minister of Finance will come and respond to it, Mr Speaker,” Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu assured.

Ofori-Atta was expected to address the cost element of the trip after Dominic Nitiwul had justified why an aircraft was rented instead of the use of the presidential jet.null

“Again, when he (Akufo-Addo) is travelling with more than 20 people for a business trip, as he has done and brought huge sums of money for this nation, he will need more than just a Falcon, otherwise, the others would have to go a day ahead before the President to prepare themselves,” he added.

“Also in this Covid era, when you are travelling to multiple destinations like the President’s recent trip, Falcon jet couldn’t have been taken because we would have had to do technical stops which is not desirable. When he is travelling with more than 20 people like he has been doing that has brought huge sums of money to this country, the President may need not just the Falcon.

“In fact, the President would also have to go a day ahead because no president can shower in this aircraft. He cannot move from this aircraft straight into a meeting,” he stated

.Source: www.ghanaweb.com

It Was A Good Day For Russia’ – Trump Blasts Biden-Putin Summit

Former US President, Donald Trump has reacted to Joe Biden’s summit with Russian president Vladmir Putin in Geneva. 

Trump joined Fox News “Hannity” on Thursday, June 17, for an exclusive and wide-ranging interview, hours after President Biden held a closed-door summit with Russian leader Vladimir Putin in Geneva, Switzerland.

Trump told host Sean Hannity he is upset that Biden didn’t score any wins during the summit, while in claiming Putin and Russia came out tops.

Trump highlighted the fact Biden stood by his decision to assent to the NordStream II pipeline’s completion while canceling a Canadian-American pipeline project. 

He said Russia will receive an undue windfall from oil sales to Germany while Chancellor Angela Merkel continues to underpay her country’s own dues to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), which balance will instead continue to be subsidized by the United States.

“We gave a very big stage to Russia, and we got nothing. We gave up something that was unbelievably valuable. I stopped the pipeline, NordStream II, and the pipeline was stopped, and it was given back [to Germany and Russia] and nothing was gotten for it,” Trump said.


“I think it was a good day for Russia. I don’t think we got anything out of it.”

Hannity went on to point out Biden’s near-simultaneous canceling of the North American pipeline and approval of the North Sea connection killed as many as 10,000 U.S. jobs “with the stroke of a pen” 
 

With reports also circulating about Biden’s 51-year-old son Hunter’s purportedly lucrative business deals in Russia and Ukraine, Hannity asked Trump what would happen if his own son Donald Jr. was being scrutinized for business dealings in Russia/Ukraine while he as the president made policy decisions that benefitted Moscow.

“Well, you just have to read the news,” replied Trump. 


“For five years, from the day I came down the escalator, we have been under investigation, and it turned out to be all full stuff. It was a terrible thing with the Russia, Russia, Russia, which actually made it difficult to deal with Russia,” he said.

“It was a phony deal created by [California Rep. Adam] Schiff and [Hillary] Clinton and all of these people. It was a disgrace, an absolute disgrace that it should happen, and it really was dangerous and very bad for our country.”

Trump added that Hunter Biden was reportedly paid $183,000 per month for being a member of the board of a Ukrainian energy company.

“But he admits that he knows nothing about energy. The whole thing is just terrible. The money from Russia, $3.5 million from the wife of the former mayor of Moscow,” he said.
 

When asked about whether Biden is showing signs of frailty as of late, with host Sean Hannity pointing to public statements where the 78-year-old Delaware Democrat appears to lose his train of thought, Trump said the current President’s age should not be a problem.


“[H]is age is not the problem,” said Trump, who himself turned 75 this week. 

Trump said his good friend and Home Depot co-founder Bernard Marcus is 92 and still at “100 percent.”

“Look, I hope [Biden] has no problems. I want him to do well. I want him to go out and do well. I think the election was unbelievably unfair, but I want this guy to go out and do well for our country

Let’s stop copying blindly – Opanyin Agyekum On Parenting

Opanyin Agyekum Peace

Professor Kofi Agyekum, Dean of the School of Performing Arts of the University of Ghana, has cautioned parents against giving too much freedom to their children.null

Professor Kofi Agyekum, popularly called Opanyin Agyekum, speaking on the spate of current crimes in Ghana admonished parents to train their children well.

He noted that there is a vast difference between child rearing and child training, explaining most parents are rearing their children instead of training them.

He expounded that, with child rearing, the parents overpamper their children which encourages bad behaviours because of the little to no parental discipline.

“There is too much freedom today, so we have left the children,” he said on Peace FM’s ‘Kokrokoo’.null

Opanyin Agyekum also expressed worry over the over-indulgence of children on social media.

He wished parents could turn back to the primitive ways of disciplining children because too much copying from Western culture is spoiling them.

To him, parents should train the children to sift what they watch or concern themselves with on social media because the children learn a lot of things on social media, therefore should they be exposed to the bad ones, they will potentially turn into social misfits.

“We must inculcate the spirit of sifting in the children to tell them not everything on social media is for them to know or see,” he advised.

Source: peacefmonline.com

Involve the youth in governance for inclusive development – Bagbin

Mr Alban Bagbin, Speaker of Parliament, has called on the country to learn from the Denmark experience on involving the youth in its democratic governance for inclusive development.

He said Denmark had placed priority on its youth development and appointed some of them as advisers to Ministers to ensure social democratic governance.

Mr Bagbin said the sustainability and long-term vision of any democratic policy depended on the youth, and urged African leaders to give prominence to the youth to equally and effectively participate in all areas of leadership.

The Speaker of Parliament made the call on Wednesday at a webinar forum on “Inclusive Party Governance and the Future of Democracy” organized by the Institute for Democratic Governance in collaboration with the Embassy of Denmark and the Ghana Centre for Democratic Development.

He said it was imperative for leadership of political parties to engage the youth in policy formulation from the beginning to the end and not push the decisions on them, saying, “The youth understand their own problems”.

“We need to create opportunities for the youth to participate in governance to gain the needed experience and contribute to nation-building in future”.null

Mr Bagbin pledged to partner with civil society organizations to reach out to all political parties to institute a collaborative engagement with the youth in policy decisions to strengthen democratic values.

He said Ghana and Denmark shared common democratic values and both were committed to expand the frontiers of democracy, adding that even though there were threats in practicing democracy, there was the need to work together to ensure inclusive governance.

Mr Mogens Lykketoft, former Speaker of Parliament in Denmark, said his country had a strong engagement with the youth, citing youth involvement in addressing the menace of climate change in recent times. He said the young generation was vibrant and willing to participate in democratic governance, stressing that there was the need for countries to give the youth more opportunities to explore through learning and take up the leadership mantle in future.

Mr Emmanuel Ametepey, Executive Director, Youth Advocates Ghana, urged government to create the enabling environment for the youth to participate fully in democratic governance and not only be used for political campaigns and violent activities.

He commended government for initiating the free Senior High School policy to ensure access for all students, but called for an expedited action on expanding infrastructure to address the challenges of congestion in schools.https://f3ed00c016465d2920d8b15a29533ee4.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

“There is the need to a build a culture that will embrace long-term learning in schools to improve students’ performance for socio-economic development”, he said.

Mr Ametepey called on authorities and civil societies to continue to educate young girls on their sexual and reproductive rights to be productive in life since some of them dropped out of school due to teenage pregnancy.

Ms Malene Bentsen Laursen, the United Nations Youth Delegate, said non-inclusion of the youth in policy making had gradually led to a negative shift in the tone of public debate on national issues with 57 per cent of them saying that they are less likely to participate in the democratic process.

She noted that several protest movements had sprung up to fight for their rights and hence called on politicians to give recognition to the concerns of young people and allow them to engage in policymaking, adding that inclusive governance was a way of overcoming challenges in the democratic process in both Ghana and Denmark.

Ms Laursen urged political leaders to take responsibility of ensuring that political debates were organized effectively and not allow race, tribe or any form of affiliation to be a hindrance to the inclusion of the youth in decision making.

Source: GNA

Akufo-Addo is messing up, criticize him as you did to Mahama – Clergy told

Founding Member of the Ghana Clergy Association and the General Overseer of Elim Glorious Church Rev. Dr. James Mensah, has challenged other men of God to criticize the ruling government because they have disappointed Ghanaians.

The man of God stated that just as former President Dramani Mahama was criticized when he was in power, the current President should also be called to order.

‘The NPP promised Ghanaians they would deliver leadership that would transform lives and create better economic opportunities, but what we see today is that Ghanaians are getting poorer’, he opined.

He told Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that Ghanaians are struggling to survive, and the ruling party must take steps to change the narrative or forget their quest to break the 8.null

He added that Ghanaians had a lot of hope in the President, but he has failed woefully but quickly added that things could change if the ruling government put in measures to address the economic hardship in the country.

To him, Ghanaians voted for the NPP because they were fed with the Mahama’s administration.

However, they have lost hope all because the promises by the NPP seems not to be working.

Source: rainbownradioonline.com

We can’t kill you – Onion sellers tell Henry Quartey

Onion sellers at Agbogbloshie in Accra have debunked allegations by the Greater Accra Regional Minister, Henry Quartey that they have contracted a spiritualist to have him killed.

Speaking to Kasapa News, the traders said the Minister should not pay attention to the lies being peddled around, since they have no such intention of killing him as it’s been rumoured.

“We beg the Minister, and we never said we will not relocate so he should not out of anger move us forcefully. He should give us 2-years so that by then we can pay off the loans we’ve injected into our business. There is no truth in the claims that we are using a spiritualist to kill him, never, we can’t do that,” one of the traders stated.

Another trader said: “I have never heard anywhere that someone is planning to use a spiritualist to kill him, we are all Ghanaians and respect authority. So if that is the rumour then that is very unfortunate.”

The Traders further said they cannot be a hindrance to the development agenda of the Minister through his ‘‘Let’s Make Accra Work’ campaign.null

The Greater Accra Regional Minister, Henry Quartey in an interview with NET 2 TV disclosed that nothing can stop him from his intended plan of relocating the onion sellers even as they are plotting to have him killed by a spiritualist.

“Whether they like it or not, we will move them because we have made an alternative arrangement for them. I have heard they have gone to some mallam (spiritualist) to kill me,” the Minister narrated.

He continued “They are kidding. They should tell the mallam to return to his hometown because so far as God exists, nothing will happen to Henry Quartey, and by July 1, 2021, we shall move them.

Source: kasapafmonline.com

Police Nab Driver Who Knocked Down Teacher And Dumped Her In The Bush

An unlicensed driver has been charged with the murder of a 27-year-old teacher of De Youngsters School, Adentan, after he knocked her down with his vehicle and abandoned her in a bush at Abokobi leading to her death.
The suspect, Emeka Adams, 42, was arrested nine days after he had allegedly knocked down the teacher and abandoned her.

He is alleged to have committed the crime at the Adentan-Dodowa traffic intersection at about 7 p.m. on June 7, 2021 while he was in charge of a Hyundai Sonata Saloon vehicle with registration number GB 2126-20.

Investigation

Briefing the Daily Graphic after the arrest of the suspect, the Public Relations Officer of the Accra Regional Police Command, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Mrs Effia Tenge, said after knocking down the teacher, the suspect picked her up under the pretext of taking her to a health facility for treatment.

However, she said police investigations showed that the suspect allegedly abandoned the teacher in a bush at Abokobi, instead of taking her to the hospital.


The body of the victim, she said, was later found in the bush at Abokobi and the police were informed. The police retrieved the body and conveyed it to the Police Hospital Morgue for autopsy and preservation.

Police intelligence, she said, led to the arrest of Adams last Wednesday and the vehicle was also found in his possession.

In another development

Two suspected robbers alleged to have attacked a motorcycle rider with machetes and made away with the motorbike have been arrested at the Tunga Childrens Park at Dansoman in Accra.

They are Mawuli Amegbo and Sule Mohammed. The machetes used have also been retrieved.

Mrs Tenge said the suspects were arrested at about 8a.m. last Sunday.

She said they were arrested after the victim raised the alarm when he was attacked by the suspects with two others currently on the run.

When the victim cried for help, some eyewitnesses came to his aid and pursued the robbers while others tried to contact the police.

 

Source: graphiconline.com

Govt Pays $937.5m To 3 Ipps For 4 Years’ Excess Capacity Charge

The Minister of Finance, Mr Ken Ofori-Atta, has told Parliament that the government paid $937.5 million to three independent power producers (IPPs) for excess capacity charge between 2017 and 2020.

He said out of the amount, AKSA was paid $347 million, Karpower $359 million and Cenpower $251 million.

Giving a breakdown of the payments, Mr Ofori-Atta stated that AKSA was paid $35.7 million in 2017, $59.4 million in 2018, $136.8 million in 2019 and $115.3 million in 2020.

In the case of Karpower, he said, the company received $65.5 million in 2017, $108.9 million in 2018, $138 million in 2019 and $46.8 million in 2020.

With regard to Cenpower, the finance minister indicated that the company received no payment in 2017 and 2018 but was paid $86.5 million in 2019 and $144.8 million in 2020.

Urgent question

Mr Ofori-Atta disclosed these when he answered a question by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament (MP) for Tamale North, Mr Alhassan Sayibu Suhuyini, who asked which IPPs had received payment from the government for excess capacity charges and how much was paid to the companies in the last four years.

The MP also sought to know the quantity of megawatts (MW) that was determined to be the excess power for which the $937.5 million was paid.

In response, Mr Ofori-Atta described the latter question by the MP as a “legitimate question” but told the House that he had to go and prepare to furnish the House with the accurate answer.

He, however, told the House that the power sector was a crucial area, for which reason the government had been negotiating with the three IPPs to bring down the cost of excess capacity charges.

“Mr Speaker, we have gone a long way with AKSA, Karpower and Cenpower and co, so that the whole issue of take-or-pay will be reviewed and we’ll come down to more tolerable and sustainable levels,” he said.

McKinsey & VRA

On the question why McKinsey and Company Inc. Ghana and the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) agreed to suspend a June 2018 contract, which was aimed at increasing tax revenue collection, Mr Ofori-Atta said the two entities signed a three-year service agreement which would have ended in 2021.

However, because of a leadership change at both the board and the management levels of the GRA in 2019, the McKinsey agreement, among others, was reviewed to ensure that it was in line with the new strategic direction.

The finance minister said after the review, the GRA and McKinsey mutually agreed to change the focus of the agreement from supporting only the immediate need to increase revenue collection in the 2018/2019 fiscal year to a long-term objective to create a sustainable revenue collecting entity.

“Mr Speaker, the new contract, therefore, represents this new strategic direction and is focused on three areas of digitisation, performance management and supporting the creation of a transformation office to build internal capacity,” Mr Ofori-Atta said.

The finance minister said per the contract agreement, McKinsey had been paid $7 million up-to-date and the new contract summed up to about $9 million.

Answering an urgent question by the Minority Leader, Mr Haruna Iddrisu, on total amount of temporary advances from the Bank of Ghana (BoG) to the government of Ghana for the 2020 financial year, Mr Ofori-Atta said the devastating impact of the pandemic required urgent actions to contain its negative and harsh impact on lives and livelihoods.

The minister said as part of measures to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on public finances, the Governor of BoG, the Controller and Accountant General and he triggered the central bank’s asset purchase programme, in line with Section 30(6) of the BoG Act, 2002 (Act 612) to provide the government with GH¢10 billion through the purchase of the government of Ghana COVID-19 Relief Bonds to help finance COVID-19 and related residual expenditures.

He said since the facility was raised under Section 30 of Act 612, which related to borrowing under emergency, it was structured as a long-term facility and not subjected to Section 30 (3) where repayments were to be done within three months after granting the advance.

“The terms of the COVID-19 relief bonds programme are as follows: programme size GH¢10 billion, tenure 10 years or two-year moratorium and repayment (amortising after repayment),” he said.

Mr Ofori-Atta said the GH¢10 billion was issued in two tranches, with the first tranche issued being GH¢5.5 billion on May 15, last year, and the second GH¢4.5 billion issued on September 9, last year.

“Mr Speaker, consequently, the first repayment (principal and domestic interest due) will be reflected in debt repayment schedule for the 2022 budget statement and economic policies of the government.

“Mr Speaker, the GH¢10 billion was the clear major transactions that were done from our own drawdown of deposits and from the BoG,” the finance minister said.

Mr Ofori-Atta added that there were no temporary releases from the central bank to the government last year.

Source: graphiconline.com

Vice President Bawumia/UK Minister For Africa Co-Chair Fifth UK-Ghana Business Council

Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia and Mr James Duddridge, UK Minister for Africa, have virtually co-chaired the fifth UK-Ghana Business Council (UKGBC).

A statement issued by the British High Commission in Accra, copied to the Ghana News Agency, said the meeting built UKGBC 2020, which supported more than £223m of investment in Ghana’s infrastructure.

It said the UK Government announced a new programme of support for Ghana Revenue Authority and noted that the meeting reflected on the achievements of the UK-Ghana partnership over the past year, including support for the security sector following the recent visit of Madam Priti Patel, the UK Home Secretary.

The statement said since the last meeting of the UKGBC, the UK-Ghana economic partnership had supported more than £223m of investment in infrastructure across the country, the biggest UK investment into infrastructure in Ghana in a generation.

“This investment has significantly developed the country’s critical infrastructure, combining UK support and expertise with Ghanaian skills and entrepreneurship to build roads, bridges, hospitals, water infrastructure, airports and the expansion of Kumasi market,” it stated.

The statement said Council members discussed the progression of key projects that had grown out of the work of the UKGBC, such as supporting work to create jobs and build a sustainable industry in the auto, garments and pharma sectors through the UK’s £12m JET programme and the ongoing the construction of the Tema to Afloa road.

It said the £80.3m projects, supported by UKEF, would improve transport links across the country and ultimately West Africa whilst creating skilled jobs for Ghanaians.

The statement said Mr Iain Walker, the outgoing British High Commissioner to Ghana; Emma Wade-Smith, the UK’s Trade Commissioner for Africa; Sir Graham Wrigley, Chairman of the CDC Group and Louis Taylor, Chief Executive Officer of UK Export Finance also attended the Council.

Ghana’s side included Mr Alan Kyerematen, Minister of Trade and Industry; Mr Dominic Nitiwul, Minister of Defence; Mr
Joseph Osei Owusu, the Minister of Public Enterprises and Mr Yaw Osafo Maafo, the Senior Adviser to the President.

It said delegates welcomed the signing of the UK-Ghana Trade Partnership Agreement, recognising it as the foundation for a strengthened trading relationship securing tariff-free access for products sold in British shops as well as supporting jobs in Ghana and helping both nations to build back better from COVID-19.

Speaking after the meeting, Mr Walker said: “Today’s fifth UK-Ghana Business Council UK recognised the long and enduring partnership between our nations and the real progress we have made since the Council was established in 2018.

“Together, the UK and Ghana have worked to encourage economic diversification, seen new investment in manufacturing and improved tax policy and signed a Trade Partnership Agreement that will support Ghana’s own priorities in trade and investment, and ensure that our mutual partnership strengthens.”

The statement said during the meeting, the UK Government announced a new support programme for the Ministry of Finance and Ghana Revenue Authority to increase tax revenue and strengthen the country’s tax policy and administration.

Mr Duddridge reiterated the UK’s full support of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) and again welcomed Ghana’s successful hosting of the AfCFTA Secretariat.

The statement said both Council Chairs acknowledged the challenges and opportunities ahead as both Ghana and the UK continued the fight against climate change and collaborate to build a cleaner, greener future.

Established in 2018, the UKGBC functions as a high-level forum to promote bilateral relations and strategic partnerships between the Ghanaian private sector and UK counterparts.

The aim is to promote trade and investment for the mutual benefit of each nation and enhance economic growth.

The UK-Ghana Trade Partnership Agreement will provide Ghana with tariff free access to the UK and restore the terms of trade that applied until 31 December 2020.

Total UK trade with Ghana was £1.2 billion in 2019.

The Agreement restores Ghana’s duty free, quota free access to the UK.

It will allow the UK to further deepen its relationship with Ghana and pursue common interests.

BHM Construction International is said to be a civil engineering company specialising in airports and roads.

The Tema to Afloa road – border with Togo major upgrade will be their first project in Ghana.

UKEF is the UK government’s export credit agency and a government department, working alongside the Department for International Trade as an integral part of its strategy and operations.

Working with more than 100 private credit insurers and lenders to help UK companies access export finance -a particular class of loans, insurance policies or bank guarantees that enable international trade to take place as easily and securely as possible.

Held in Glasgow, Scotland in November 2021, the COP26 summit will bring parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Source: graphiconline.com

Bank Of Ghana Launches Domestic Gold Purchase Programme

The Bank of Ghana has launched a domestic gold purchase programme to help shore up the country’s foreign reserves.

The move will enable the Bank of Ghana (BoG) to buy gold from selected local aggregators and mining firms and pay in the local currency at the prevailing market price.

The Bank hopes to double its gold holdings in the next five years from 8.7 tonnes to 17.4 tonnes, the Governor, Dr. Ernest Addison said.

Dr. Addison, who launched the programme, said it would allow the BoG to grow its foreign exchange reserves to foster confidence, enhances currency stability, creates a more attractive environment for foreign direct investments and economic growth.

He said the programme would also enable the Bank to leverage its gold holdings to raise cheaper sources of financing to provide short term foreign exchange liquidity.

He said the Bank had engaged domestic mining firms in collaboration with the Ghana Chamber of Mines to buy refined gold from their refineries.

So far, only one gold aggregator has been selected for the programme after an independent due diligence was conducted.

However, in the near-term, other gold aggregators will be eligible to participate in the programme once a roadmap is developed to ensure they meet the governance, risk, compliance and supply chain requirements.

The Governor said the domestic purchasing programme had the potential to improve the small-scale gold mining sector by ensuring they receive a fair purchasing price for their gold, provide an incentive to formalise and move away from damaging environmental and social practices.

It would also lead to a route to formalise and improve ability to sell into formal gold markets and thereby reduce their vulnerability to illegal actors in the domestic and international gold supply chains.

The Governor of the Bank of Ghana, last year announced that a decision has been taken to increase the country’s reserves.

The Bank of Ghana ‘s foreign reserves has grown steadily over the last years to current levels of almost US$11.00 billion, but the portion of gold reserves has remained unchanged at 8.77 tonnes with the average value of gold reserves held as a percentage of Gross International Reserves (GIR) at 6.14 percent.


GNA

Ghana is safe; go to other countries and see what’s happening’ – Ambrose Dery

The Interior Minister, Ambrose Dery, has vehemently rejected the assertion that the government has lost the fight against crime.

He insists the recent incidents of crime in the country does not mean that crime is on the increase.

Reports of robbery attacks with the recent being the killing of a police officer escorting a bullion van in Accra and other criminal activities, have put fear in some citizens, who have called on the government and the security agencies to up their game to arrest the situation.

For instance, the Minority in Parliament has urged President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to demonstrate leadership in dealing with the recent rise in violent crimes in the country.

The Ranking Member on the Defence and Interior Committee in Parliament, James Agalga, who addressed the media on the caucus’ behalf stressed that the killing of policemen in such attacks was further worsening the police-to-civilian ratio in the country.

“Four more years for Nana [Akufo-Addo] has begun with a rise in crime. Ghanaians no longer feel safe compared to our immediate past. Violent crime-related cases, particularly robbery, are shaking the foundations of our nation, and it is only fair and a duty for us to call on the Nana Akufo-Addo administration to up its game.”

“We are calling on the President, Chairman of the Security Council, Commander-in-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces to ensure the peace and security in a country that has remained an oasis of peace in a troubled region is not compromised.”

The Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, also said there was a breakdown in law and order in the country.

But the Interior Minister disagrees, insisting that government is on top of issues.

He, however, said the government will do more to ensure the safety of citizens.

“What we should know is that the criminals continue to change the modules and we have to be changing with them and the police is doing all it can. We have not lost control. I always want to emphasise that, we need to go to neighbouring countries to see what is happening there, but we are not in the same league with them.”

“We want to do better than we are doing now, but believe me, Ghana is safe; that is why all the other countries are running to Ghana

Zambia’s First President Kenneth Kaunda Passes On

Kenneth Kaunda, Zambia’s first president and one of the last of the generation of African leaders who fought colonialism, has died aged 97. Kaunda was admitted to a military hospital in the capital, Lusaka, on Monday suffering from pneumonia.

His aides said he did not have COVID-19. In the 1950s, Kaunda was a key figure in what was then Northern Rhodesia’s independence movement from Britain.

He became president following independence in 1964.

As head of the left-leaning United National Independence Party (UNIP), Kaunda then led the country through decades of one-party rule.

He stepped down after losing multi-party elections in 1991.

“I am sad to inform we have lost Mzee,” Kaunda’s son, Kambarage, wrote on his late father’s Facebook page, using a term of respect. “Let’s pray for him.”

Zambian President Edgar Lungu said the country was mourning “a true African icon”.

“I learnt of your passing this afternoon with great sadness,” he wrote on Facebook. “On behalf of the entire nation and on my own behalf I pray that the entire Kaunda family is comforted as we mourn our First President and true African icon.”

Another tribute came from Kalusha Bwalya, former captain of the national football team, who said Kaunda had made “an immense impact”.

Kaunda – popularly known as KK – was a strong supporter of efforts to end apartheid in South Africa. He was also a leading supporter of liberation movements in Mozambique and what is now Zimbabwe.

In later life Kaunda turned his attention to the fight against HIV after one of his sons, Masuzyo, died from an Aids-related disease.

“We fought colonialism. We must now use the same zeal to fight Aids, which threatens to wipe out Africa,” he told Reuters in 2002

Withdraw your officers if banks fail to buy armored bullion vans – Sefa Kayi to IGP

Host of Peace FM’s morning show ‘Kokrokoo’, Kwami Sefa Kayi, affectionately called Chairman General, has backed the IGP’s calls on banks to buy armoured bullion vans for the transport of currencies.null

The IGP, James Oppong-Boanuh, in a statement to the press, reminded the banks of an earlier agreement between them and the Police to purchase fortified bullion vans to safeguard his officers.

“The IGP is also reminding the Association of Bankers to provide fortified armoured vehicles for carting currencies by the close of June 2021 as earlier agreed between them and the Police Service, lest the Police withdraws its officers for escort duties’,’ the statement read.

The reminder follows the murder of a Police officer at Jamestown on Monday, June 14, 2021.

Police Account

“Preliminary investigation shows that unidentified armed men on a number of motorbikes crossed the bullion van which was on a pay/collection errand at about 1100 hours and shot at the police officer who was on escort duty on the van, killing him instantly. The armed men also fired sporadically in the air and on the driver, who sustained gunshot wounds and is responding to treatment.

“A hawker was also killed by the armed men when one of two ladies on the bullion van stepped out of the van and run towards the deceased seller’s direction. Both ladies on the van, tellers of Mon-tran escaped unhurt but were sent to the hospital to be treated for trauma. Crime scene experts have already visited the scene of crime and are going through the necessary procedures,” the Police recounted.null

As a result, the IGP has directed the Director-General of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to take over the investigations.

Withdraw Your Officers

Mr. Sefa Kayi insists the IGP should be true to his word and withdraw his Police escorts if the banks don’t meet the deadline.

He believed the banks have what it takes to purchase armoured bullion vans, so any of them that fails to comply with the directive should face the penalty.

”As for me, I support the IGP that, by the end of this month, if you don’t provide security . . . he should withdraw all the Policemen. Because it’s like taking your children out there to die,” he stressed.

Source: peacefmonline.com

Ken Ofori-Atta asks for more time to respond to Akufo-Addo’s luxurious travel – Ablakwa

• Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa says Ken Ofori-Atta has asked more to be able to respond to his question in Parliamentnull

• The order paper of the House did not contain the question he asked regarding the President’s luxurious travel

• He described the event on Thursday as sad day for accountability and good governance


Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, the North Tongu MP has stated that the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, has asked for more time to enable him to prepare adequately to respond to an urgent question concerning President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s luxurious trip abroad in a £15,000 per hour private jet.

The Minister was supposed to tell Parliamentarians on Thursday, June 17, the exact cost of the President’s trip abroad which the Minority alleged to have cost £15,000 per hour, but the order paper of the House communicated something different.

Earlier, the Business Committee had fixed the Finance Minister’s response to Okudzeto Ablakwa’s question to the controversial luxurious trip of the President on Thursday, but the question was not part of the things the Minister was supposed to respond to.

Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa was unhappy and he questioned the Speaker why the question was conspicuously missing on the order paper.null

He said, “Coming to the House today and looking at the order paper, the question that was advertised for the Honourable Minister responsible for Finance on the cost of the President’s recent trip to France, Belgium and South Africa is conspicuously missing on today’s order paper and Mr Speaker, I am wondering what is the cause of this rather strange development.”

But in a post on his Facebook timeline, the MP noted, “very surprising that Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta is asking Parliament for more time to respond to my urgent question on the full cost of President Akufo-Addo’s recent luxury travels to France, Belgium and South Africa.

The question had been advertised in the Provisional Order Paper for a response today [Thursday].”

Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa added, “this is terribly disappointing after his Ministry has had more than a two-week notice to prepare an answer for Parliament and the people of Ghana.

Sad day for accountability and good governance.”

https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fokudzetoablakwa%2Fposts%2F4027279537353933&show_text=true&width=500

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

Customs intercept 3 rifles hidden in personal effects at Tema Port

Officials of the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority, have intercepted three rifles concealed in some consignments at the Golden Jubilee Terminal of the Tema Port.

The officials say the rifles were hidden in barrels that contained items declared as personal effects.

Speaking to Citi News, an Examination Officer with the Customs Division of GRA, Charles Okrah, said investigation is underway to unravel how the rifles were mixed up with the personal effects.

“We found three weapons concealed in a consignment. They were concealed in three barrels as part of personal effects. As an examination officer, it is our duty to examine every consignment to ensure that what a person has declared to Customs is the same as it is at the Port so that we can check what they have paid for as against what they have declared to us. It’s part of the job we do every day. We found three weapons. We have handed them over to my boss. Investigations are underway,” he added.

This comes on the back of heightened surveillance in parts of the country following information picked up about a potential terrorist attack in Ghana.

There are reports of a potential terrorist attack in Bolgatanga in the Upper East Region and Tamale in the Northern Region.

The Upper East Regional Security Council has however allayed the fears of inhabitants following the alert issued.

GRA confirms seizure of 436 pistols and ammunition at Tema Port

This is not the first time weapons have been seized at the Tema Port.

The Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) in October 11, 2020, seized pistols and ammunition at the Tema Port.

The arms and ammunition were concealed in personal effects made up of clothing, shoes and bags among other items.

A statement from the GRA at the time said the Authority in collaboration with some state authorities at the Tema Port impounded a 20-footer container containing 436 pistols, 26 packs of 50 pieces of ammunition and 1(40millimetre) piece of pepper spray, that were illegally imported from Turkey into Ghana.

GRA in the statement signed by its Director of Communications and Public Affairs, Florence Asante, stated that the arms were detected during a physical examination on October 9, 2020, at the Terminal Three facility by officials of the Tema Command of Customs

I Don’t Know You Anywhere – Afoko Tells State Witness

Gregory Afoko, one of the two persons standing trial for the murder of the New Patriotic Party’s Upper East Regional Chairman Adams Mahama has through his lawyers denied knowing one Robert Atule, a Prosecution Witness in the ongoing trial.

The witness, who is the State’s sixth witness, said he is a friend to Afoko and like brothers in the Bolgatanga Estate where they both lived until the incident of May 20 that led to the death of the late Mahama.

While being led by the Chief State Attorney Marina Appiah Opare to give his Evidence-in-Chief, the witness said, he met with Afoko a day before the incident who had expressed to him (witness) the grudge between his elderly brother Paul Afoko, the National Chairman of the NPP then and the Regional Chairman.

The witness said, acting as a senior brother to Afoko, he asked him to come over to his office to calm him down if he had in mind of doing something untoward, but the witness said Afoko never came as agreed.

Under cross-examination from Lawyer Stephen Sowah Charway, holding brief for Osafo Buabeng, put it to the witness that, he does not know Afoko anywhere, but the witness disagreed saying “I know him and we know ourselves.”

Counsel further put it to the witness that, his testimony to the court about meeting Afoko somewhere on May 19, 2015, a day before the alleged acid incident was never true and it was an after taught.

But, the witness said “If he is saying so, I can’t say yes or no. But, I know that I know him and I met him.”

To this end, counsel ended his cross-examination of the six witnesses who were subsequently discharged by the court for the next witness to be called on June 24.

Deteriorating health

Meanwhile, the Lawyer for Afoko has concurred with the state’s request to the court to remand the accused persons to the Nsawam Prison custody.

The accused persons have been in the custody of the National Investigations Bureau.

According to counsel, his client, who has had surgery on his arm is having his health deteriorated at the NIB custody and wants his client transferred to the Nsawam Prisons where he can have enough ventilation and move freely.

According to him, “considering he is almost held in low ventilation at NIB custody, we believe sending him to Nsawam to enjoy some fresh air and walk around will benefit him,” and prayed the court accordingly.

Even though counsel for the second accused person Andrew Kudzo Vortia preferred his client to be in NIB custody for easy accessibility, the court said bo5th accused persons should be moved from the NIB custody to Nsawam.

The case has been adjourned to June 24.

Source: kasapafmonline.com

IGP Must Apologize For ‘Irresponsible’ & ‘Needless’ Comment About Killing of Police Officer – Obiri Boahene

The Deputy General Secretary of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Obiri Boahen has described some comment made by the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), James Oppong-Boanuh as “irresponsible” and “needless”.
 
The IGP noted that despite the alarming rate of insecurity in the country, citizens should be modest in their expectations from the police.
 
He explained that several developed countries are still battling crime, therefore, the recent spate of crime rise, however alarming, is not peculiar to Ghana.
 
He was responding to calls for his retirement during a visit to the family of the late Constable General, Emmanuel Osei, who was killed by armed robbers on Monday afternoon.
 
“We are doing what we can to protect the people of Ghana. There is no society in the world where there is no crime. Even in the USA, UK and Sweden, where they, more or less have everything, they still have crime. The only place that doesn’t have crime is heaven and we are not in heaven,” he said.
 
But Obiri Boahene in an interview with NEAT FM’s said the security is a ‘failure’ – after condemning his comments.
 
“He has to apologize to Ghanaians and the bereaved family. This is unacceptable,” he noted.

Listen to interview below

https://www.youtube.com/embed/f-VzMXlkZlU

Source: King Edward Ambrose Washman Addo/Peacefmonline.com/Ghana

NCA Wins RTI Case Against Media Foundation For West Africa

The National Communications Authority (NCA) has won a case which was filed by the Media Foundation for West Africa (MWFA) against the Authority. Today, the High Court of Accra (Human Rights Division) upheld the legal submissions of the NCA and dismissed all the reliefs claimed by MFWA again NCA in respect of the former’s request for information

It will be recalled that on 22nd July, 2020, MFWA made a request to the NCA to provide the full list of all Authorised FM stations as of the second quarter of 2020, indicating the dates of first Authorisation, dates of last Authorisation renewals, locations, and operational status (on air or off air); full list of all Authorised television stations as of the second quarter of 2020, indicating the dates of first authorisation, Dates of last Authorisation renewals, locations, and operational status; an explanation for the recent replacement of the published 2020 second quarter report titled: ‘List of Authorised VHF-FM Radios in Ghana as at Second Quarter 2020’ which contained columns for date of first Authorisation and date of last Authorisation renewal, with one that now excludes the dates of first authorisation and dates of last Authorisation renewals.

The MFWA also requested for the full list (name of company, name of radio station, location and frequency number) of all FM radio stations that were shut down following the 2017 FM Spectrum Audit and in line with the 2018 decision of the Electronic Communications Tribunal.

The NCA, upon assessment of the above requests by the MFWA, asked MFWA to pay a fee of GHS2,000.00 in accordance with law. MFWA however refused to pay the said service fees charged by the NCA and subsequently filed an action at the High Court of Accra (Human Rights Division) against the NCA.

The High Court presided over by Justice Gifty Agyei Addo ruled that the request for the NCA to provide an explanation for the discharge of its mandate in publishing quarterly reports was untenable and violates the Right to Information law. The Court also held that MFWA had failed to establish any basis for the claim that its request is in the public interest; the Court upheld NCA’s contention that the public interest argument was an afterthought.

The High Court again held that the request made by MFWA was personal to the NGO, and that the said requests must to be paid for by MFWA. Accordingly, the Court ordered MFWA to pay GHS1,500.00 to the NCA before the permitted information requested can be answered.

The NCA wishes to stress that the Authority will endeavour to execute its mandate as set out by law. The Authority’s doors are always opened to engage with its many stakeholders, provided this is done through due process.


Source: National Communications Authority

Does Akufo-Addo take his bath every six hours? – Okudzeto Ablakwa to Nitiwul

Akufo Addo   Luxury Travel

• Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has questioned if President Akufo-Addo bath every six and half hoursnull

• He could not comprehend why the government will be concerned with the President taking his shower to enable the country hire £15,000 per hour private jet

• He claims the President could have used the Presidential jet for his recent trip aboard and not to incur additional cost for the country


Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, the North Tongu MP says it is ridiculous for Dominic Ntiwul, the Defence Minister, to tell parliamentarians that Ghana decided to hire President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo the luxurious £15,000 per hour private jet because he needed to take a bath in the sky.

He questioned the number of times the President takes his bath when working from the Jubilee House in Accra.

Dominic Nitiwul in answering an urgent question in Parliament filed by the Minority Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs on why President Akufo-Addo hired a £15,000 per hour private jet recently for his trip abroad said:

“This aircraft will carry a load of 11 persons minus the crew. When this aircraft is travelling to the eastern part of the USA or Asia, it will not load a crew of more than eight plus the luggage. So, it depends on where it is going. Secondly, I have also said the aircraft has to do refuelling stops, and also in this COVID-19, when you are travelling to multiple destinations like the president’s recent travel, the Falcon couldn’t have been taken because he would have had to do technical stops which are not desirable.”null

Nitiwul added, “the president works hard enough to rake in money for the country, hence deserves more than a Falcon.

When he is travelling with more than 20 people like he has been doing for business trips that brought huge sums of money to this country, he will need more than just a Falcon, otherwise, the others would have to go a day ahead of the president to prepare themselves. In fact, the president would also have to go a day ahead because no president can shower in this aircraft. He cannot move from this aircraft straight into a meeting,” Nitiwul justified.

But speaking to Joy FM, Wednesday evening, monitored by GhanaWeb, Okudzeto Ablakwa asked, “when the President is on land, in Accra, working as President, does he take his bath every six and half hours?

Accra to Paris is just six and half hours, why is having a shower so important [to the President].”

Ablakwa averred that Ghana bought its presidential jet the same year France bought its presidential jet, that is, 2010, “they are still using the Presidential jet”.

When asked if it is the same specifications, Okudzeto Ablakwa said, “no, that’s another spec”.https://d8ace8ef393c830174ed976014ef2e67.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

He, however, pointed out that the analogy is that France is still using the Presidential jet they bought in the same year that Ghana bought its own.

He further stated that, before the Falcon was bought, Ghanaians were made aware that the lifespan of the aeroplane was at least 20 years and 2021 is the eleventh year of the plane and “[the] presidential jet is in serviceable condition, there is nothing wrong with it”.

Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa noted that the government’s explanation is just a “post-facto rationalization just to justify an unjustifiable £15,000 per hour [private jet the country hired]”.

He added that President Akufo-Addo could fly back to Ghana to refuel the Falcon if he was afraid of contracting COVID-19 as the Minister claimed in Parliament.

“Look, I have been part of a presidential delegation [before], when you land for refuelling, you are given an option to disembark or you stay in the aircraft. Often President Mahama and Mills have stayed on board, so, this COVID excuse is a non-starter […] Accra to Paris, you don’t need to refuel. The only other challenge will be Paris to Johannesburg. Now, all you do is travel from Paris to Accra; six and half hours, you refuel and you go to Johannesburg for five and half hours. So this COVID excuse is a total non-starter,” Okudzeto Ablakwa explained.

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

Armed robbers attack 5 Kumasi gold dealers; shoot 2 for refusing to surrender gold

Robbery230?resize=1000%2C600&ssl=1

Two persons have been shot in the leg after they resisted attempts by armed robbers who came to rob them of their cash at Motikrom in the Amanse South District of the Ashanti region.null

According to an eyewitness who spoke to MyNewsGh.com, the armed robbers stormed the small town at about 1:30 am and sounded several warning shots before they started their robbery expedition.

They are said to have robbed five gold dealers of their valuables including huge sums of monies but the two who got shot in the leg are said to have resisted the robbery hence the shooting in their legs.

They have since been sent to the St. Martin’s government hospital, Manso Agroyesum where they are receiving treatment but one is said to be in a critical condition.null

Our source says the Police got to the scene just after the armed robbers had left and spent an hour before leaving the scene.

Meanwhile, a victim of the robbery incident has reported the case to the Police and investigations are ongoing to bring the perpetrators to book.

Source: www.mynewsgh.com

STC drivers killed in a car crash

CAR ACCIDENT FILE PHOTO

• An accident has occurred on the Akim Asafo road in the Eastern regionnull

• Two people died on the spot

• Passengers involved in the accident were rushed to the nearby hospital for medical care

STC driver and his co-driver have died in a car accident at Akim Asafo in the Eastern region on Wednesday, June 16, 2021.

The accident occurred at about 2:30 am after the STC bus with registration number GE 8136-16 rammed into an abandoned articulated truck with registration number GC 7150-11.

The deceased drivers have been identified at Victor Quest and Joshua Tay.null

Their bodies have been deposited at the Suhum Government Hospital for preservation and autopsy.

Meanwhile, the passengers aboard the bus have been rushed to the Kibi Government Hospital for medical care.

According to the Eastern Regional Police Command, the STC bus was moving from Kumasi to Accra while the articulated truck was heading towards Kumasi but was abandoned on the road after it developed a mechanical fault.

The Deputy Public Relations Officer of the Eastern Regional Police Command, Sergeant Francis Gomado stated that it is about time there is a rapid response system to tow broken down vehicles from the road to prevent deaths on the highway

.Source: www.ghanaweb.com

Police shouldn’t buy and hire out Bullion vans to banks – Kweku Baako on recent robberies

Kweku Baako Ndc Boycott

Editor-in-Chief of the New Crusading Guide, Kweku Baako has supported the Inspector General of Police’s order to banks to provide armoured bullion vans for carting currencies or else he will withdraw his men from escort duties.null

The IGP, James Oppong-Boanuh issued a statement to remind the bankers that the directive will take effect by the end of June, 2021.

The statement followed the murder of a Police officer at Jamestown.

Armed robbers on a number of motorbikes attacked a bullion van at Jamestown, killing two people including the Police officer, Emmanuel Osei, and hurting the driver before absconding with some money.

An account by the Police read; “Preliminary investigation shows that unidentified armed men on a number of motorbikes crossed the bullion van which was on a pay/collection errand at about 1100 hours and shot at the police officer who was on escort duty on the van, killing him instantly. The armed men also fired sporadically in the air and on the driver, who sustained gunshot wounds and is responding to treatment.”

“A hawker was also killed by the armed men when one of two ladies on the bullion van stepped out of the van and run towards the deceased seller’s direction. Both ladies on the van, tellers of Mon-tran escaped unhurt but were sent to the hospital to be treated for trauma. Crime scene experts have already visited the scene of crime and are going through the necessary procedures.”

The IGP has directed the “Director-General Criminal Investigation Department to take over the investigation into the attack on a bullion van at Adedenpo, a suburb of James Town in Accra on 14th June 2021, which led to the murder of a police officer”.null

He also threatened the banks will forfeit Police protection should any fail to purchase an armoured van when the ultimatum elapses.

“The IGP is also reminding the Association of Bankers to provide fortified armoured vehicles for carting currencies by the close of June 2021 as earlier agreed between them and the Police Service, lest the Police withdraws its officers for escort duties,” the statement read.

Making submissions on Peace FM’s ‘Kokrokoo’, Kweku Baako stressed it is in the right order for the IGP to caution the banks against using ordinary vans to transport currencies.

He also dissented to views that the Police should procure the armoured vans for the banks.

“I disagree with the idea that the Police should buy and hire it. I disagree with it; I don’t get where that drift is coming from. But rather, the banks, it is in their own interest,” he asserted.

Source: peacefmonline.com

Bridging Agriculture and Road Networks in the Upper West Region

Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, Minister for Food and Agriculture together with the Minister for Roads and Highways, Hon. Kwasi Amoako Atta, received a delegation of Chiefs and elders from three (3) Constituencies in the Upper West Region, specifically, Sisaala East, Sisaala West and Wa East Constituencies on Wednesday, June 2, 2021.

The meeting convened at the behest of Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto was in response to a petition by the Chiefs on matters relating to the improvement of roads network in the three communities which are widely regarded as major contributor to the Country’s agricultural growth and development.

The concerns expressed by the Chiefs were deemed as germane by the two ministers, requiring urgent attention and consideration.

Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto and the Minister for Roads and Highways therefore pledged on behalf of Government, to address the road infrastructural challenges confronting the people in the respective constituencies in order to as well help boost agriculture in the respective areas and Ghana as a whole.

The Minister for Food and Agriculture particularly expressed his profound gratitude to the people of the Sisaala enclave for their massive contribution to the government’s flagship Planting for Food and Jobs programme.

The Paramount Chief of Pulma and Gandawii Traditional Area in the Sisaala West District, and Leader of the delegation, Kuoro Osman Deiwia Nankpa III, expressed his joy and appreciation to Government for the swift intervention, pledging that they would work in collaboration with the government to ensure that all the major developmental challenges confronting their respective communities are addressed.

Also in attendance were Members of Parliament for the three constituencies; Hon. Mohammed Adam’s, MP for Sisaala West, Hon. Amidu Chinnia, MP for Sisaala East and Deputy Minister-designate, Water and Sanitation, Hon. Dr. Godfred Seidu Jasaw, MP, Wa East.

Others include Mr. Asante Krobea, Technical Advisor, MoFA and Mr. Samuel Banini, Chief Engineer, Ministry of Roads and Higways.

‘We need an IGP who will make Ghana a living hell for armed robbers’ – Kwaku Azar

IGP James Oppong Boanuh

• Kwaku Azar has charged the IGP to make Ghana a hell for armed robbers

• He says even though we have not been to heaven before, the IGP can make Ghana safe for Ghanaians

• The IGP had started that apart from heaven, crime is everywhere in the world


Prof Stephen Kwaku Asare a. k. a. Kwaku Azar has charged the Inspector-General of Police to make Ghana a living hell for armed robbers to operate.

His comments come after the IGP, James Oppong-Boanuh, told journalists after he visited the residence of the late Police Constable General, Emmanuel Osei, who was shot by some armed robbers on Monday, June 14, while he was providing escort to a bullion van that crime is everywhere apart from heaven.

The IGP indicated that, despite the alarming rate of insecurity, Ghanaians should lower their expectations from the police because crime is experienced everywhere including developed countries so, the recent spate of crime is not peculiar to Ghana.

“We are doing what we can to protect the people of Ghana. There is no society in the world where there is no crime. Even in the USA, UK and Sweden, where they, more or less have everything, they still have crime. The only place that doesn’t have crime is heaven and we are not in heaven,” James Oppong-Boanuh said.

“So, if any so-called security analyst is saying that we are not on top of our game and that’s why these things are happening, he does not know what he is talking about,” he charged.

Reacting to this in a post on his Facebook timeline, the US-based Ghanaian Professor wrote:

“The IGP has reminded or is it assured, us that ‘the police are doing what they can to protect Ghanafuo. There is no society in the world where there is no crime. Even in the USA, UK and Sweden, where they, more or less have everything, they still have crime. The only place that doesn’t have crime is heaven and we are not in heaven.’

We may not be in heaven but we need an IGP who will make the country a living hell for armed robbers.”

Adam Bonaa, a security analyst, in an interview on Joy FM, monitored by GhanaWeb, called for the resignation of the IGP, James Oppong-Boanuh, due to his inability to bring an end to the rise in daylight robberies in the country.

He said, “I am putting the blame at the doorsteps of the Police IGP and I am advocating that he should go, he has reached retirement, they have given him two extensions so he should go home for more enthusiastic, energized officers who are within the 60 years limit to take over and probably put a bit more enthusiasm into the Ghana Police.”

https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fkwaku.azar%2Fposts%2F4760746793941296&show_text=true&width=50

0Source: www.ghanaweb.com

Prof Gyampo calls for IGP’s retirement over ‘Heaven’ comments

Professor at the University of Ghana, Legon Ransford Yaw Gyampo says the Inspector General of Police (IGP), James Oppong-Boanuh, must retire from service.

This follows comments made by Mr Oppong-Boanuh in reaction to criticisms about the recent spate of robbery attacks in the country.

“We are doing what we can to protect the people of Ghana,” the IGP indicated.

“There is no society in the world where there is no crime. Even in the USA, UK and Sweden, where they, more or less have everything, they still have crime. The only place that doesn’t have crime is heaven and we are not in heaven.”

But Mr Oppong-Boanuh has received flak for these comments with many asking him to retract them and apologise.

Taking to his Facebook page on Wednesday, June 16, Prof Gyampo stated that the IGP must learn the art of public speaking especially in times of sorrow.

“The IGP must learn the tact of communication, particularly in times of sorrow.

“We need no soothsayer to tell us we are not in heaven. He must learn the art of public speaking and be politically smart in his utterances.

“Actually, he must retire,” he demanded

Cop killer’s case adjourned due to lack of jurors

The case of Eric Kojo Duah, aka Sakora, the man accused of killing two police officers at Buduburam in the Central Region, on August 28, 2019, has been adjourned to July 1.

The adjournment came as an Accra High Court had indicated that it had some challenges with the empanelling of the jury.

In a trial by indictment, a seven member jury are expected to join a High Court judge to hear the matter.

Kojo Duah has been charged with murder for allegedly murdering Sgt. Michael Dzamasi, a service driver, and L/Cpl Awal Mohammed, at a spot called Big Apple at Buduburam, near Kasoa.

Another accused person, Michael Osarfo Ani, has been charged with abetment to commit murder.
The two were committed to stand trial at the High Court by the Kaneshie District Court.

Prosecution said Duah allegedly shot Sgt Dzamesi and L/Corporal Awal, both attached to the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service at Budumburam, who were on taskforce duties on the Kasoa-Winneba Highway.

It said Duah, in the company of his friends, using an unregistered Toyota Camry vehicle, and driving recklessly, allegedly shot the unarmed policemen after refusing to stop when the security officers signalled them to do so.


GNA