COVID-19 vaccines to arrive in Ghana by close of week
Ghana will be taking stock of the COVID-19 vaccines by the close of this week. On whether Ghana was paying for the vaccines, Dr. Amponsa-Achiano said, COVAX "Is supplying us vaccines for 20% of our population free of charge." "COVAX is giving us about 12.4 million, African Union is giving us almost 8 million, we have the Tony Blair Foundation and other bilateral agencies giving us some vaccines. So we have a deficit of about 12 to 13 million. And so I know the Minister of Health is working with partners on this. And the vaccines are not going to be supplied within a week or two. I'm sure that come close to the year, we should have made some inroads," he added.
Ayine apologises after 'scandalous' comments against Supreme Court
Former Deputy Attorney General, Dominic Ayine has apologized to the Supreme Court as well as its justices who presided over the Election Petition case last week over statements he made that had the potential of impugning their integrity. "I have looked at what I said that day and I have come to the conclusion that I went overboard. I crossed the lines with respect to the remarks that I made in terms of attributing impropriety to the Supreme Court of the Republic of Ghana." After the court rebuked him on Monday , he told the press that he had carefully assessed his statements of last week and have realized that he "Crossed the line."
Chief Justice on dismissal of Mahama's application
When reading the Supreme Court panel's ruling of a review application, Chief Justice Kwesi Anin-Yeboah said the panel was restrained by its mandate to "Administer justice in accordance with law and accepted justice." The Supreme Court's rulings are binding on all other courts and Justice Anin-Yeboah warned that he and his fellow justices "Must ensure that it is not opening Pandora's Box that can become a stepping stone for abuse of court processes at other levels of the judicial system." "The interest of justice is not only the interest of one party in the dispute but must necessarily be an outcome arrived at through the proper balance of what the law has prescribed as the duties of the court to all parties and the duties of the parties to each other."
SCEF steps out to protect street children from COVID-19
The Street Children Empowerment Foundation in partnership with Send a Smile e.V and the Bikergirl Foundation has distributed hygiene packs and other items to some street-connected children in Accra as part of this year's Sharing is Caring Outreach. The outreach which was under the theme Mask Up, Step Out and Show love was led by rescued street children who helped officials of SCEF and Bikergirl Foundation to provide COVID-19 education to their peers. "''Not only is it our moral responsibility to look out for these children, but it is also now in our collective interest as a society to ensure, that the children do not become exposed to the virus.
Former NPRA boss backs calls for review of retirement age
A former Chief Executive of the National Pensions Regulatory Authority, Daniel Aidoo Mensah has justified calls for a review of the compulsory retirement age for public servants and judicial officers. "At the time we were doing the pension reform, there was discussion about the retirement age. The general consensus was that, we may have to review it but that was an entrenched provision in the Constitution, so we could not review it. I think there is a need to look at the pension age because it can have serious effects on pension benefits." The Minister-designate argued that extending the compulsory retirement age will ensure the sustainability of the national pension scheme.
Supreme Court sets March 4 to deliver judgement on election petition case
The Supreme Court has set March 4, 2021, to deliver its ruling in the 2020 Election Petition case. After several days of failing to convince the court to have his case reopened, John Mahama, through his legal team was given permission by the Supreme Court to file his closing address ahead of the ruling. The court earlier described Mahama's application for review of the court's decision refusing him to reopen his case as "Wholly and without merit".
I have no interest in NDC's Election Petition
Former President, John Dramani Mahama is in court to seek for re-run of the 2020 election because to him, no political party won the polls. John Dramani Mahama has lost all applications filed in the court including a petition to reopen his case to allow Jean Mensa testify for the elections which were run in 2020. Mr. Mahama says the apex court made fundamental errors of law, including the ruling being per incuriam of constitutional provisions, statutes, and previous decisions of the Supreme Court.
Hold Akufo-Addo responsible for LGBTQI activism in Ghana
In his view, the President should be held responsible for LGBTQI activism in Ghana because he failed to strongly oppose such activities when he granted an interview some years back. President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in an interview with Aljazeera noted that homosexuality was illegal in Ghana because there were not enough activists pushing for its legalization. Referencing these pronouncements, the legislator said the President should be held responsible for the recent activities of the LGBTQI in the country.
Decide on your conscience and your judicial oath -Tsikata to SC judges
The seven justices of the apex court of Ghana unanimously dismissed the application of the petitioner, for the case to be re-opened in order to subpoena the Chair of the Electoral Commission, Ghana, the First Respondent, to testify in court as a "Hostile witness". Mr Tsikata questioned the basis of the ruling, indicating that the justices themselves were surprised when the First Respondent closed its case without calling its witness, Jean Adukwei Mensa, to testify. He said the judges failed to aver their minds to the statutes of the court and ruled in contrast to the law.
COVID-19: Infectious disease expert worried over Ghana's herd immunity chances
Dr. John Amoasi, an infectious disease professional, has expressed concern with the fact that Ghana will not be meeting the 70 percent mark for the segment of the population vaccinated against the coronavirus. Ghana would have to vaccinate at least 70 percent of its population to achieve herd immunity but Dr. Amoasi noted on the Citi Breakfast Show that the exclusion of persons under 18-years-of-age will see Ghana fall below the herd immunity mark. "We need to be interested in trials of this vaccine in the population under 16 and in other vulnerable population like pregnant women if we ever want to achieve this herd immunity."
NPP shared contracts among members like 'toffees'
"Before the elections, we had called to complain and raise issues with the way and manner contracts were being awarded especially through parliamentary candidates under the Ministry for Special Initiative which was passed through the Development Authority." He further stated that the NPP breached the Procurement Laws that are supposed to abide by everyone to eliminate corruption in the country to suit themselves. "So yesterday we revealed that the NPP indeed were sharing contracts under the authorities like toffees, like 'Maasa so you have letters boldly written on the letterhead of the NPP to companies and without rigorous'," Mr Suhuyini stated.
Retract and apologize publicly for the contemptuous comment
It comes on the back of his "Predetermined agenda" comments after the dismissal of the petitioner's motion to have his case reopened. Dr. Ayine in his post-hearing address to the press on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 said petitioner's team had made it clear in the petition that there were a number of infractions contrary to what he says are attempts by the Court to limit the petition to a single issue petition. The apex court said it will not be exacting punitive actions against him, but until the matter is struck out the contemnor ought to apologized publicly for the harm that has been caused the bench and the profession.
A/R: Five suspected armed robbers behind Fomena bullion van attack arrested
The Ashanti Regional Police Command has arrested five persons suspected to be involved in the Fomena Bullion Van robbery attack in the region. COP Akwasi Mensah Duku added that information reaching the command reveals that, the suspected leader John Appiah, in collaboration Martin Tei, one of the suspects who have been arrested were involved in the ambulance robbery attack that led to the death of the driver of the ambulance at Aseseeso in the Eastern Region. The Ashanti Regional police command further stated that the group has also been involved in bullion van attacks in various parts of the country.
Mahama's application for review to reopen case lacks merit
"We dismiss the instant application as being wholly without merit," Chief Justice, Kwasi Anin-Yeboah said in a ruling he read on behalf of the nine panelled Supreme Court justices constituted to hear the case. An earlier attempt by Mahama to reopen his case failed as the justices of the Supreme Court said they were not convinced by the arguments advanced by his legal counsel. Mr. Mahama through his legal team claimed the Supreme Court's earlier ruling was a travesty of justice as it was fraught with errors hence the filing of the latest review application.
We're not against administration of approved COVID-19 vaccines
The Church of Pentecost has declared support for the administration of approved vaccines in the fight against COVID-19 and has told its ministers not to use their platforms to promote myths, controversies and falsehoods about the vaccines. The church further advised its members to be wary of depending solely on social media for information especially about the vaccines as it is saturated with false information. "Because social media is saturated with fake news, the Church public is advised to avoid depending mainly on social media for information without checking from reliable sources," the statement signed by the Chairman of the Church of Pentecost, Apostle Eric Nyamekye.
Security Council closes down Ho Central Mosque over dispute
The Ho Municipal Security Council has closed down the Ho Central Mosque for two weeks because of litigation over the Regional Imam position. "We went there to maintain peace and to ensure the orders given by the Security Council and the Regional Police Commander were adhered to." For this reason, the security council is treating the Central Mosque into a security zone to avert clashes.
Break the 8: New campaign posters for Bawumia 2024 re-emerge
A sample of the new posters for Dr. Bawumia for presidency in 2024. Using the hashtags #HeWillBreakThe8 #BawumiaEverywhere and #EverywhereBawumia, the Break The 8 campaign seems to be gaining some attention as a new flyer with the face of Vice President Bawumia on it, and the signature elephant symbol of the party in the background. Although there has not been an official statement from the NPP on the new poster, or its source, there is no denying the fact that the subtle campaign for the election of Dr. Bawumia as president in 2024 is rife.
John Mahama cooking up lies in court to look good for 2024
"Mahama went to court only to make a name for himself hence making up the lies been told in court," said Dr Adomako. According to him, the former President of Ghana should come out to apologize to all persons of his party for spewing lies and using them as a hoodwink for his 'selfish' agenda for the 2024 elections. "The former President's witnesses in court is a clear indication that, he never took the court case seriously and that his witnesses are people, you can trust to do diligent work." He said.
37 Military, Ga East hospitals release COVID-19 autopsy reports for research
COVID-19 autopsy reports from the Ga East Municipal Hospital and the 37 Military hospitals in Accra have been released to provide pathological evidence for better understanding and improved management for COVID-19 in Ghana. "A management approach that recognizes early-onset ARDS/DAD , and aggressively treat or prevent further damage to the lung may improve the survival of patients," the report published in the African Journal of Laboratory Medicine said. "Most of these patients presented with respiratory symptoms of varying severity with decreased saturation on intranasal oxygen in association with other constitutional symptoms such as fever, headache, malaise, generalized weakness and collapse," the report indicated.
Hawa Koomson's nomination a 'gamechanger' for Fisheries ministry
Mavis Hawa Koomson was also particularly bashed for her poor articulation of the English language. According to ghanaguardian.com, the self-styled fisherman maintained that MPs on the vetting panel must know that the "Fisheries ministry is not about fluency of the English language but it is about touching base with the fishermen and speaking their language. That's All.". Mavis Hawa Koomson came under a lot of backlash after her vetting at Parliament's Appointments Committee particularly for her poor show and her defence of her poor English-speaking prowess that English is not her mother tongue.