Zenu-Atadeka jail break: Escapee surrenders to police
One of the inmates who escaped from jail at Zenu-Atadeka in the Kpone-Katamanso municipality of the Greater Accra Region, Sumaila Karim has surrendered to the police. About 12 inmates on remand escaped from jail on Easter Day when a police officer opened the cell to put a suspect in custody. One of the inmates allegedly poured hot porridge into the face of the police officer, paving way for 12 suspects to escape.
Nzema East MCE confiscates smoked washed-ashore dolphins after Citi News report
Following Citi News' report on fishmongers in Axim preparing some of the dolphins that were washed-ashore last week for sale, the Nzema East Municipal Chief Executive, Frank Okpenyen, with the support from the Food and Drugs Authority and the Police have moved in to confiscate it. Speaking to Citi News in Axim, the MCE said he is working hard to retrieve all the dolphins that were washed ashore but taken by individuals to their homes for sale or consumption. Authorities are of the view that more of the dolphins are in the custody of individuals in the community as it estimates that about 132 of the dolphins that were washed ashore on Easter Sunday are in the hands of residents.
ECG proposes increment in tariff to support operational activities
The Electricity Company of Ghana says it needs more funds to support its operational activities. The Managing Director of the company, Kwame Agyeman-Budu at a public forum on Thursday, April 8, 2021, said while he is aware that the proposal will only materialize after approval from the Public Utilities and Regulatory Commission, he believes that it is critical for ECG to have access to more funds to enable it operate efficiently. A former ranking member of Parliament's Mines and Energy committee, Mutawakilu Adam has kicked against the proposal, insisting that the ECG has not demonstrated efficiency in its operations to merit an increase in tariffs.
It's not too late for Akufo-Addo to seek help from Mahama in managing free SHS
He said former President John Dramani Mahama would have performed well in managing the free SHS with his targetted plan. He was worried the quality of students being produced by the free SHS is not something we could be proud of and has asked the government to seek help. He said it was not too late for President Akufo-Addo to ask John Dramani Mahama for assistance in managing the free SHS policy.
NPP embarks on 'thank you' tour in northern Ghana's five regions
The National Executives, led by the party National Chairman, Freddie Blay, are also using the occasion of the tour to engage the structures of the party on ways by which they can support the Akufo-Addo government to deliver on its second-term mandate in order to enhance the party's chances of breaking the 8-year governance cycle. The Executives have already visited and interacted with party grassroots in the Greater Accra Region, Ashanti, Bono, Ahafo, and Bono East Regions during the first phase of this nationwide exercise. They are being accompanied by a Deputy National Youth Organizer, Joseph Kwayaja; the party's Director of Finance and Administration, Collins Nuntwiri Nuamah as well as Yaw Preko and Haruna Mohammed both of whom are Deputy National Communications Directors of the Party.
Resign over 'non-Akan' NPP flag bearer comment
The group said Mr Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu's comments flout the party's directives in connection with the NPP race ahead of the 2024 polls. It has been reported without his denial that the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs who happens to be the Fifth Akan leading the Party in Parliament has openly declared that the NPP must, as a matter of necessity, choose a non-Akan candidate in the 2023 primaries, because, not doing so, according to him, will solidify the thoughtless label he subscribes to that the party is an Akan party and that may affect us in the 2024 elections. It is very important for party functionaries like Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu and his likes to know that even though the NPP calls itself Danquah-Busia-Dombo tradition, we all are mindful of the fact that these three blocks do not adequately represent the NPP. Moreover, Akan cannot be restricted to Asante and Akyem.
Here is what Joshua Akamba wishes for Ken Ofori-Atta
Joshua's wish stems from the fact that he had held several meetings with owners and some staff of banks affected by the 2017 financial sector cleanup who had fallen so low down the social ladder. To the surprise of many, especially NDC party faithfuls, all three sailed through after gaining majority votes which suggested that some members of the NDC actually voted for them, when the party had made it known their nominations were not going to be confirmed. What came to the shock of many NDC party faithfuls was the unanimous approval of the Minister-designate for Finance Ken Ofori-Atta by the appointments committee when the party had popularly claimed it will do all in its power to disapprove his nomination.
Boakye Agyarko flares up over discussion on 2024 elections
He angrily expressed that the party's focus at this particular time should be a correction of the mistakes that made it lose some votes in the 2020 elections. Boakye Agyarko alleged that some 'queueing theory' has been introduced in the party politics which indicates who should be allowed to stand on the party's presidential ticket for 2024 and beyond. Narrowing his outburst down to the Majority Leader Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu who recently proffered a non-Akan as the solution to the party's perceived 'Akanistic' status, Boakye Agyarko expressed disappointment in him.
Ablakwa builds school block for village in North Tongu
The Member of Parliament for the North Tongu, Mr. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has built a six-unit classroom block for a village in his constituency. Mr. Ablakwa handed over the primary school to Morklikpo village on Wednesday, April 7, 2021. The North Tongu legislator is of the view that it is unacceptable for students to walk for long distances to access education.
Bauxite mining in Atewa will open doors to galamsey, illegal logging
Bauxite mining in Atewa Forest, no matter how small, will be a terminal cancer that will erode forest integrity and the ecosystem services they provide overtime. These reports show that Atewa Forest contains many endangered and endemic species that would be threatened with extinction if bauxite mining goes ahead. Instead of another biodiversity report, an independent Social and Environmental Impact Assessment is what is urgently needed to document how mining will impact on the forest, species, habitats, ecosystem services, livelihoods and access to clean water. If GIADEC is to fulfil its stated commitment to international best practices and standards, the Atewa Forest must be completely off limits to bauxite mining.
Akufo-Addo issues directives to boost Ghana's earthquake preparedness
The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has issued a number of directives to Ministries, Departments and Agencies in response to a report compiled by a committee of experts tasked to assess the country's state of preparedness for the occurrence of earthquakes. Endorsing the report and recommendations of the Committee, together with its action plan, the President noted that it is the collapse of structures during earthquakes that is responsible for human and economic losses. To the Ministries of Works and Housing and Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development, the President urged them to collaborate with the Ghana Institution of Engineers to develop a scheme that will entail home-owners retrofitting their homes to make them resistant to earthquakes, and compelling prospective home-owners to build in accordance with defined standards.
Citi FM to build girls' dormitory for BASCO orphanage
Another ray of hope will soon shine on the Baptist School Complex and Orphanage, as Citi FM Foundation pledges to build a girls' dormitory for the institution. Over the years, the Citi FM Foundation has supported the orphanage with cash donations, stationery, food items, toiletries, and other domestic items collected from the station's listeners and viewers, who make generous contributions towards the project. The BASCO girls' dormitory project is expected to commence soon, and Citi FM Foundation will be seeking the help of its cherished listeners and viewers to assist in this noble cause.
About 132 dolphins washed ashore in hands of residents
The Nzema East Municipal Assembly estimates that 132 of the dolphins that were washed ashore on Easter Sunday are in the hands of residents. The assembly in a statement indicated that some 200 dolphins were washed ashore, and it was able to retrieve 68. Though there are concerns that the dolphins may have been unsafe for human consumption, the Fisheries Commission's preliminary investigations into the dead fish washed ashore on parts of Ghana's coast indicate that stress factors caused their deaths.
Badu Akosa slams government over deplorable Takoradi-Tarkwa roads
A former Director-General of the Ghana Health Service, Professor Agyeman Badu Akosa has taken on the government for failing to fix the deplorable Takoradi to Tarkwa road. Professor Badu Akosa who was speaking after travelling on the 53-kilometre road from Takoradi to Tarkwa in the Western Region to mark this year's World Health Day said the government owes the mining communities answers for the poor road after all the royalties it has collected. There have been several protests by residents in the Western Region over their deplorable roads. Heavy-duty vehicles transporting cocoa, bauxite and Manganese for export to the Takoradi Harbor also use the road, putting pressure on that stretch of road. In September 2018, some Tarkwa chiefs led residents to block roads in protest bringing.
Two suspects arrested over Kasoa ritual killing
Two persons have been arrested by the police in connection with the alleged ritual killing at Kasoa in the Central Region. Two teenagers, Felix Nyarko and Nicholas Kini were earlier arrested by the Kasoa Divisional Police Command for allegedly killing 11-year-old Ishmael Mensah supposedly for money rituals at Lamptey Mills, a suburb of Kasoa. The two suspects were remanded to Police custody on their first appearance in court on April 6, 2021.
Kumasi: Residents and business operators call for dumsor timetable
Following the announcement by officials of the Electricity Company of Ghana that the intermittent power outages being experienced in the Ashanti Region may not end anytime soon, some inhabitants and business operators in the region have called for a load shedding timetable. Some inhabitants in the region say the power fluctuations have badly affected them and have thus called on authorities to release a load shedding timetable. Business operators who use electricity on a daily basis say they are among those who have been worst affected.
There'll be systematic power outages in May
Ghanaians would have to to brace up themselves for more power outages in May 2021. Ghanaians have in the past few months been experiencing intermittent power outages, sparking fears that the country may be returning to the days of unstable power supply popularly known as 'dumsor. The power transmission company also in a statement issued on Wednesday, March 31, 2021, called for calm saying, it has no intention of publishing a power rationing timetable.
Bawumia unveils fuel monitoring system to halt illegal activities in downstream petroleum sector
Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia on Wednesday, March 7, 2021 launched the National Retail Outlet Fuel Monitoring System to sanitise the supply and distribution of petroleum products in the country. Vice President Bawumia in January, last year, also launched the Electronic Control Cargo Tracking System to track and halt illicit activities in the distribution of petroleum products by oil tankers. The new fuel monitoring system innovation would help minimize the tax variance between the tax due from the NPA's official sales and the reported collections/receipts reported by the GRA. Vice President Bawumia gave the assurance that government would continue to create the enabling environment for businesses to thrive and help the consuming public to receive sufficient petroleum products at all times, and ensure quality petroleum products at competitive prices.
Roads Minister launches speed ramp audit
The Minister for Roads and Highways, Kwasi Amoako-Attah, has tasked a seven-member committee to audit all speed ramps on the country's roads. He argued that many of the ramps are a nuisance to motorists; insisting that all unauthorized ramps must be removed. Mr. Amoako-Attah also indicated that his outfit will embark on a decongestion exercise to get rid of structures that are situated within the country's road corridors.
Kasoa ritual killing: Samuel Attah-Mensah calls for stiffer regulation of media space
The Chief Executive Officer of Citi FM/Citi TV, Samuel Attah-Mensah, has called for stiffer regulation of the media space, following the suspected ritual killing of an 11-year-old boy by two juveniles. Reports have suggested that the two teenage suspects may have been influenced to take such action due to the content they watched on TV. Mr. Attah-Mensah on The Point of View on Citi TV said tighter regulation of the media space will end the dissemination of toxic content by the media. Speaking on the same programme, the Minister for Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah insisted that there are existing laws that can help regulators in Ghana's media space to deal with the issue of spiritualists, money doublers and fraudsters who advertise their activities on television.