CitiNewsRoom News Summaries from June 12, 2021
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Restore Kumasi to its Garden City status
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Restore Kumasi to its Garden City status


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An Ashanti Region historian who is also the Manhyia Palace Museum Historian, Sarfo Kantanka, explains that due to the greenery of Kumasi, Queen Elizabeth in 1961 described the place as the Garden City.

Sarfo Kantanka added that some of the previous ways of preserving the environment should be reintroduced in order for Kumasi to be restored to its past state of being the Garden City.

Some inhabitants of the Ashanti Region spoke to Citi News about some of the measures required to restore Kumasi's Garden City status.


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Friendly: Côte d'Ivoire hold Ghana in Cape Coast – Citi Sports Online


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The second test for Charles Akonnor and his team proved a lot better as the Black Stars drew 0-0 against the Elephants of Ivory Coast at the Cape Coast Stadium.

Ivory Coast attempted to steal the game at the depth but the heriocs of Lawrence Ati-Zigi handed Ghana a deserved draw at the Cape Coast Stadium.

Ghana will now play against Ethiopia and South Africa in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers in September.


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Euro 2020: The moment Christian Eriksen collapses in Denmark vs Finland [VIDEO] – Citi Sports Online


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Christian Eriksen collapsed and received CPR on the pitch as Denmark's opening Euro 2020 match against Finland was suspended just before half-time.

English referee Anthony Taylor called medics on to the pitch and Eriksen underwent prolonged treatment.

Eriksen seemed conscious as he was stretchered off by medics, after several minutes of medical attention.


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Euro 2020: The moment Christian Eriksen collapses in Denmark vs Finland [VIDEO] – Citi Sports Online


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Christian Eriksen collapsed and received CPR on the pitch as Denmark's opening Euro 2020 match against Finland was suspended just before half-time.

English referee Anthony Taylor called medics on to the pitch and Eriksen underwent prolonged treatment.

Eriksen seemed conscious as he was stretchered off by medics, after several minutes of medical attention.


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10-man South Korea see off Black Meteors 3-1 [VIDEO] – Citi Sports Online


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South Korea's Olympic team brushed aside the Black Meteors of Ghana in a friendly game, beating them 3-1.

Continuing their Asian tour, the Black Meteors played South Korea in the early hours of Saturday, June 12, 2021 after two humiliating defeats at the hands of Japan.

An early headed goal by Lee Sang-Min started the dominance of the Asian giants as they took the Black Meteors through a torrid time.


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Murtala Mohammed slams Chief Justice over 'controversial' GLC petition against Ayine
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Murtala Mohammed slams Chief Justice over 'controversial' GLC petition against Ayine


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The Member of Parliament for Tamale Central in the Northern Region, Murtala Mohammed, is the latest to take on the Chief Justice over his petition to haul Bolgatanga East MP, Dr. Dominic Ayine before the Disciplinary Committee of the General Legal Council.

Murtala Mohammed believes the focus should rather be on attempts by the Chief Justice to discourage freedom of speech, rather than comments made by Dr. Ayine during the hearing of the election petition case.

The Minority in Parliament has already called on the Chief Justice to reconsider his petition against Dr. Ayine.


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Ghana XI vs Ivory Coast: Dede Ayew, Thomas Partey start; Abalora dropped – Citi Sports Online


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Black Stars head coach, Charles Akonnor has dropped Asante Kotoko's Razak Abalora in favour of Lawrence Ati-Zigi in Ghana's game against Ivory Coast at the Cape Coast Stadium.

The starting eleven sees the return of Ghana's first and second team captains, Andre Ayew and Thomas Partey ahead of the key international friendly game.

Alexander Djiku comes in for the injured Nicholas Opoku who was substituted at first half against Morocco.


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Current system of collecting royalties for musicians outmoded; let's use technology
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Current system of collecting royalties for musicians outmoded; let's use technology


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A former President of the Musicians Union of Ghana, Alhaji Sidiku Buari, is worried about the limited use of technology to monitor music plays for the collection of royalties accrued in Ghana and to a larger extent, Africa's music industry.

The issue of music royalties remains a big subject for Ghanaian musicians for years unending.

Sharing his riveting story on Citi TV's FootPrints program hosted by Samuel Attah-Mensah, the award-winning Ghanaian music mogul said until such a time when technology is prioritized in the collection of music royalties, Ghana will always lag behind in the music industry advancement.


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Ghana vs Ivory Coast: Match tickets on sale as fans anticipate come back to stadium – Citi Sports Online


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The game is expected to have 25% of the total capacity of the Cape Coast Stadium after easing of restrictions following the COVID-19 pandemic.

The last meeting between the two countries was at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations final in Equatorial Guinea where the Ivory Coast won 9-8 on penalties after extra time.

The game is scheduled for 17:00 kick-off on Saturday, June 13, 2021.


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'It is irresponsible to use middlemen to get Sputnik-V vaccines from black market'
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'It is irresponsible to use middlemen to get Sputnik-V vaccines from black market'


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The Health Ministry has also justified why the government must procure the vaccines using this means, even at an overpriced value, saying it was compelled to rely on the market for the vaccines after it failed to procure supplies directly from the Russian government.

The Minority in parliament is demanding the immediate termination of any contract between Ghana and any entity for the procurement of Sputnik V vaccines.

Ranking Member on the Health Committee, Kwabena Mintah Akandoh says, revelations about the government procuring vaccines at $19 per dose instead of $10 smacks of financial impropriety and cost inflation stating that there is no justification for the government to procure the Sputnik V vaccines at such a cost.


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'Sputnik-V procurement contract not convincing; it must be re-examined'
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'Sputnik-V procurement contract not convincing; it must be re-examined'


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Managing Editor of the New Crusading Guide Newspaper, Abdul Malik Kwaku Baako Jnr., wants the government to re-examine its agreement to purchase Russia's Sputnik V vaccines from S. L Global Limited as suppliers.

The veteran journalist was worried about the way the government is handling the procurement processes, saying they smack of suspicion, and thus called on the government to come clean on it.

Despite these explanations, the Minority in parliament demands the immediate termination of any contract between Ghana and any entity for the procurement of Sputnik V vaccines.


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World Day Against Child Labour: CHRAJ wants root causes tackled
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World Day Against Child Labour: CHRAJ wants root causes tackled


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The Commission made the remarks in a statement to mark, 'World Day Against Child Labour' on June 12, 2021.

World Day Against Child Labour was established in 2002 by the International Labour Organization to raise awareness and activism towards Child Labour prevention.

It is estimated that 152 million children between ages 5 to 17 are in child labour, of this 64 million girls and 88 million boys are in child labour globally, this accounts for almost one in 10 children worldwide.


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Ghana vies for ARSO presidency – Citi Business News
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Ghana vies for ARSO presidency – Citi Business News


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Ghana is contesting for the presidency of the African Organization for Standardization, the intergovernmental body in-charge of harmonizing standards and conformity procedures to facilitate seamless intra-trading.

The furthest Ghana had been in the leadership of ARSO in the organization's 44-year journey is the treasury portfolio, despite being a member-state since its formation in Accra in 1977.

The tenure of the next ARSO presidency will run between 2022 and 2025.


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Two persons arrested over alleged kidnapping at Abeka Lapaz
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Two persons arrested over alleged kidnapping at Abeka Lapaz


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Police have arrested two suspects, Abdula Saeed and Kudjo Akorlor for their alleged involvement in a kidnapping incident.

The two were arrested in their hideout at Abeka Lapaz in Accra after a sister of the victim reported the incident to the police.

Osei is being held on two counts of kidnapping his kids aged 11 and 7, and two counts of engaging in domestic violence to wit - a conduct or behaviour that endangers the safety and well-being of another person.


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We'll kick against Adjei-Mensah Korsah's approval
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We'll kick against Adjei-Mensah Korsah's approval


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The Minority Leader in Parliament, Haruna Iddrisu, has served notice that the caucus will block the approval of Martin Adjei-Mensah Korsah as a Deputy Minister for Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development.

The Minority Caucus was not present during the vetting of the nominee on Friday, June 11, 2021, except one of them.

According to Haruna Iddrisu, the Minority was determined to boycott Mr. Adjei-Mensah Korsah's vetting due to the Techiman South election violence their absence was largely due to communication that Parliament was not sitting on Friday to enable all MPs to go to their constituencies to plant trees as part of the Green Ghana campaign.


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Suspend intended strike and meet us on June 16
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Suspend intended strike and meet us on June 16


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The National Labour Commission, has instructed the Technical University Teachers' Association of Ghana, to suspend its intended strike and appear before it on Wednesday, June 16, 2021.

TUTAG has declared an indefinite strike effective Monday, June 14, 2021.

The National Executive Committee of the striking Senior Staff Association of Universities of Ghana has resolved to resume work on Monday, June 14, after nearly two weeks of being on strike.


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5 police officers arrested for alleged extortion granted bail; 2 still in custody
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5 police officers arrested for alleged extortion granted bail; 2 still in custody


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The five police officers who were arrested for alleged extortion have finally been granted bail.

According to him, while three of the officers are out of custody, two are still in custody because they failed to meet the bail conditions.

The Accra Circuit Court 2 had earlier denied bail to the five officers who were arrested after a complaint of alleged extortion was filed against them.


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Global Civil Society to governments, cocoa companies
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Global Civil Society to governments, cocoa companies


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A group known as the Global Civil Society wants the government, together with chocolate and cocoa companies, to start living up to the decades-old promise to ending child labour in the country.

The Global Civil Society in a statement bemoaned that the cocoa sector has been conspicuously quiet on the topic.

It asked the sector to come up with ambitious plans to develop transparent and accountable solutions for current and future generations of children in cocoa communities.


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Cargo truck skids off flyover at Kwame Nkrumah Interchange
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Cargo truck skids off flyover at Kwame Nkrumah Interchange


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A cargo truck believed to be carrying gallons of engine oil on Friday night, June 11, 2021, skidded off one of the flyovers at the Kwame Nkrumah Interchange in Accra.

The DAF truck with registration number GT 5557 - 11, which at the time was carrying two containers loaded with bags of rice and sugar, was climbing the flyover from the Old Obra Spot stretch of the road when it tumbled through the railings with the head, with one of the containers crashing down onto two stationary buses, flattening one and grazing the other.

According to the eyewitness, the driver of the vehicle lost control of the truck while trying to use the overpass, but the heavy load made steering of the truck difficult.


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“I love Ghana Jollof”: Timothy Fosu-Mensah reveals – Citi Sports Online


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Former Manchester United defender, Timothy Fosu-Mensah has professed his love for popular Ghanaian delicacy Jollof and Ghanaian music, highlighting King Promise as one of his favourite artistes.

The 23-year-old joins a number of football talents that have arrived in Ghana after the end of various league seasons ahead of the Euros.

In an interview on Happy FM, the defender revealed his love for Ghanaian music, insisting Afrobeats artiste King Promise is his favourite at the moment.


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