StarrFM News Summaries from October 22, 2020
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Akyem Batabi Church collapse: Death toll rises to 16
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Akyem Batabi Church collapse: Death toll rises to 16


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The death toll in the church building collapse at Akyem Batabi in the Eastern Region has risen to 16.
The collapse of the uncompleted three-storey church building occurred Tuesday at about 2:30 pm.
Prophet Akoa Isaac has told Police in his statement that he was sick and lying in his residence on the same compound of the Church when he heard the collapsing of the church.


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V/R: Pay attention to our roads now -Weta chiefs to Akufo-Addo
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V/R: Pay attention to our roads now -Weta chiefs to Akufo-Addo


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The Chiefs and people of the Weta Traditional Area have called on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to as a matter of urgency expedite action towards the asphalting of some major roads within the area.
Speaking at the commissioning ceremony of the Ketu North Municipal hospital at Weta on Tuesday, 20th October, 2020 the Paramount Chief of the area, Torgbuiga Akpo Ashiakppor VI told the President that vehicular and human movement in the area would increase once the hospital start full operation, thus the need for government to pay attention to the roads.
Torgbuiga added that, "Mr. President, the road network within the Weta Traditional Area linking its environs is of major concern to the users and since this is the year of roads, a programme very dear to my heart, we are calling on you to help put the following roads in good shape for us in good time. The Agbozume through Ehi to Dzodze road, Weta through Ehi to Penyi, Weta main town to the rice farm site and many others contained in the document I would serve you with."


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Pope Francis calls for civil union laws for same-sex couples
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Pope Francis calls for civil union laws for same-sex couples


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Pope Francis has called in a new documentary for the creation of civil union laws, giving his clearest support to date for the rights of same-sex couples while breaking from the official teaching of the Roman Catholic Church.
Officially, the church teaches that homosexual sex acts are "Disordered." Francis's predecessor, Benedict XVI, called homosexuality an "Intrinsic moral evil." In 2003, under John Paul II, the church issued a lengthy document laying out the "Problem of homosexual unions." The document, issued by the Vatican's doctrinal office, said that "Legal recognition of homosexual unions or placing them on the same level as marriage" would amount to "The approval of deviant behavior."
"The Church cannot support the acceptance of objectively immoral relationships. Individuals with same-sex attraction are beloved children of God and must have their personal human rights and civil rights recognized and protected by law. However, the legalization of their civil unions, which seek to simulate holy matrimony, is not admissible."


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Ghana is ready for AfCFTA
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Ghana is ready for AfCFTA


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The Minister for Trade and Industry, Alan Kyerematen has given assurances that given the structures in place, Ghana is ready to take advantage of the African Continental Free Trade Area.
"I say we are ready on two grounds. First, we have introduced institutional frameworks that make us ready and I believe you recall that the President has introduced an inter-ministerial facilitation team made up of critical sector ministers who are supposed to provide strategic guidance and support to make Ghana ready for the AfCFTA. There is national steering committee that is coordinating and guiding the support that will be given to the private companies and other stakeholders."
President of the Association of Ghana Industries, Dr. Yaw Adu Gyamfi expressed the readiness of industries under the association in utilizing the opportunities presented by the AfCFTA. He described the citing of the AfCFTA Secretariat here in Ghana as huge opportunity for Ghanaian businesses to leverage on the production of goods and services for export.


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Reactivate Atuabo Free Port if you win
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Reactivate Atuabo Free Port if you win


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Some Chiefs in Nzema have appealed to the National Democratic Congress Presidential Candidate to reactivate the botched Atuabo Free Port Project.
Speaking at Nkroful in the Ellembele Constituency of the Western Region, Chief of Nkroful Nana Kwesi Kutuah V asked that the next NDC government reactivate the multi-million dollar free port project.
In his response, the Flagbearer of the NDC in the December 7th polls assured the chiefs and people of Nkroful Atuabo that when voted into he will do all that he can to reactivate the Atuabo free port project.


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Lekki Massacre: No fatality recorded
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Lekki Massacre: No fatality recorded


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Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, says no death was recorded in the Tuesday night attack in the Lekki toll gate area of Lagos State.
Sanwo-Olu, who admitted that soldiers opened fire on #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki toll gate area last night in a bid to disperse them, said he is currently engaging the leadership of the Nigerian Army on the development.
"We personally visited the hospitals that took in these patients. 10 patients at the General Hospital in Lagos, 11 patients were at the two locations of the Reddington Hospitals both in Lekki and Victoria Island," he said, adding others sets were at various hospitals in the Lekki area.


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Youth in Afforestation Programme has generated over 81k jobs
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Youth in Afforestation Programme has generated over 81k jobs


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The Minister for Lands and Natural Resources Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh has disclosed that the Youth in Afforestation programme that was launched by the President Akufo-Addo in August 2018 has so far generated about 81,362 jobs.
The Minister said, "To create jobs for the youth whiles ensuring sustainable management of the natural resources, the following interventions were undertaken from 2017 to date: Linking Youth Employment to plantation development, Providing alternative livelihood programmes for communities in mining areas and forest-fringed communities, Facilitation and Promotion of Community Mining Scheme".
Mr. Asomah-Cheremeh said the Community Mining programme that seeks to promote responsible mining within mining communities is expected to create 126,000 jobs effective June 2020.


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My second term will focus on skills training and jobs
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My second term will focus on skills training and jobs


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The NDC's John Dramani Mahama says his next government will focus on initiatives that will create and provide jobs, and also introduce free Technical and Vocational Training.
According to the former President, the NDC will continue to provide the needed infrastructural and development projects that it is noted for, but his main focus will be on skills training and providing jobs.
Speaking at Bonyere in the Jomoro Constituency of the Western Region, Mr. Mahama said the NDC's one million jobs plan and free TVET and National Apprenticeship Programme are important because the failure to create jobs for the teeming youth could prove disastrous for the nation.


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Slain MP begged his attackers to follow him home for money
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Slain MP begged his attackers to follow him home for money


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The court hearing the case against the suspects in the murder of the late Mfantseman MP Ekow Kwansa-Hayford has been told by police prosecutors that the lawmaker begged his alleged killers to follow him home for money because he had run short on cash.
"So they pounced on him and collected his Samsung galaxy 850 mobile phone and demanded money. The late MP told the robbers that he had used up all his money as he was returning from campaign tour. He pleaded with them to take him to his house to give them money but they refused and shot him, killing him instantly," Chief Insp.
According to him, among those who were shot happen to be the late MP who was identified after the robbery incident when police got to the crime scene.


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ECOWAS C'ssion to Nigerian Security
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ECOWAS C'ssion to Nigerian Security


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"ECOWAS Commission notes with concern that demonstrations by Nigerian youth calling for police reform, particularly the abolition of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police, accused of misconduct by those demonstrating, have turned violent. ECOWAS Commission expresses its condolences to the families and friends of those who have lost their lives during the protests and wishes the injured a speedy recovery.While ECOWAS Commission recognizes the right of citizens to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly and protests, it is also of the view that those rights should be exercised in a non-violent manner."
"In this regard, ECOWAS Commission calls on all protesters to remain peaceful in the conduct of their demonstrations. It also urges the Nigerian security operatives to exercise restraint in the handling of the protests and act professionally," the statement signed by the ECOWAS Commission President said Wednesday.
ECOWAS PRESS RELEASE. #ENDSARS PROTESTS IN NIGERIA. ECOWAS Commission notes with concern that demonstrations by Nigerian youth calling for police reform, particularly the abolition of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police, accused of misconduct by those demonstrating, have turned violent.


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#EndSARS: Akufo-Addo calls for calm in Nigeria
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#EndSARS: Akufo-Addo calls for calm in Nigeria


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Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo who doubles as the Chairman of ECOWAS has called for calm in Nigeria following the chaos that has erupted between protestors and security officials.
The statement comes in the wake of calls on ECOWAS President Nana Akufo-Addo to comment on the chaos in Nigeria.
"ECOWAS Commission notes with concern that demonstrations by Nigerian youth calling for police reform, particularly the abolition of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police, accused of misconduct by those demonstrating, have turned violent. ECOWAS Commission expresses its condolences to the families and friends of those who have lost their lives during the protests and wishes the injured a speedy recovery.While ECOWAS Commission recognizes the right of citizens to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly and protests, it is also of the view that those rights should be exercised in a non-violent manner."


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Beyonce's aid to Nigerians angers some on Twitter
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Beyonce's aid to Nigerians angers some on Twitter


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Beyonce had in a statement said she was working with organisations to support those protesting.
"Who told Beyonce that we are hungry? Sis just lend your voice like Riri and co.," Papi Jay tweeted.
Some defended Beyonce saying she was offering support.


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E/R Church collapse: death toll now 10; Police begins investigation
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E/R Church collapse: death toll now 10; Police begins investigation


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The death toll from the Church Building Collapse incident at Akyem Batabi in the Eastern region has increased to 10 out of the total number of 17 victims retrieved as of Wednesday.
The collapse of the uncompleted three-storey church building occurred Tuesday at about 2:30pm.
Prophet Akoa Isaac has told Police in his statement that he was sick and lying in his residence on the same compound of the Church when he heard the collapsing of the church building.


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Akufo-Addo's populist slant versus Mahama's transformational approach


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One is to take a long-term approach of providing adequate facilities such as classrooms including even roads to the schools, availability of teachers, and appropriate curriculum to make the Free SHS available and accessible which is the Mahama quality approach.
Akufo-Addo opted for a populist approach as against the transformational approach by Mahama and made it appear as if it is a privilege he had given to Ghanaians.
There are two possible approaches; the populist by-way-of opportunity, quantity, and instant gratification which is the Akufo Addo approach as against the progressive, transformational by-way-of availability, accessibility, and quality Mahama approach.


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Black Tuesday: 49 killed as protests turn bloody
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Black Tuesday: 49 killed as protests turn bloody


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The hoodlums, who have been attacking protesters in Abuja, became emboldened on Tuesday, when they killed six protesters at Waru, Wumba and Kubuwa.
Five persons, including two policemen and three #EndSARS protesters, were also killed during a clash involving policemen attached to Orile Police Division and some protesters in the Orile area of the state.
One Ugo Njoku, who chronicled the Orile attack on Whatsapp, gave the total number of deaths recorded to be five, adding that "DPO ordered police officers to shoot directly at the protesters. Three people fall dead while several others sustained injuries and are rushed to hospitalThe two officers killed are the trigger-happy policemen that shot at the protesters."


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ParkNWatch moves to Laboma Beach
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ParkNWatch moves to Laboma Beach


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Your favourite Saturday night movie hangout has just gotten bigger as it moves to the Laboma Beach at La for its latest edition.
The HypeFlix ParkNWatch event which has been a mainstay at the Ghana Club for several editions will on Saturday October 24, move to the popular and comfortable Laboma Beach.
Laboma beach is located on Teshie-Nungua road, adjacent Labadi Beach Hotel.


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Akufo-Addo should've commented on Nigeria by now
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Akufo-Addo should've commented on Nigeria by now


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He added: "But a public statement that shows the people of Nigeria that they are not alone should have gone out by now while the diplomacy continues. A public statement will provide reassurance and tell the Nigerian people that they are not alone in this".
The governor of Nigeria's commercial hub, Lagos, has announced an indefinite 24-hour curfew in the state saying that protests against police brutality have "Degenerated" into violence.
Lagos has seen some of the largest of the recent wave of protests in Nigeria spearheaded by young people.


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Election 2020: Judge me by my records
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Election 2020: Judge me by my records


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President Nana Addo-Dankwa Akufo-Addo has appealed to the chiefs and people of the Afife Traditional Area, in the Ketu North constituency to vote and retain him as President at the December 7 polls to enable him continue with the development of the area and Ghana at large.
President Akufo-Addo made the appeal when he addressed a durbar of Chiefs and people of Afife on Tuesday, during his one day tour of the Volta region.
"At the time, I had no experience of being a President and so I had to make promises to assure the good people of Ghana that I was capable of handling the affairs of the country. But today, I want you to judge me by my records having been in office for almost four years," he added.


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Frank Acheampong's sterling display saves Chinese team from Relegation
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Frank Acheampong's sterling display saves Chinese team from Relegation


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Ghana international Frank Acheampong put up a sterling performance to keep his club Tianjin Teda in the Chinese Super Super League after holding Shenzhen Kaisa to a 1-1 drawn game, completing a 3-1 aggregate victory.
Captain of the side Frank Acheampong expressed his excitement at Teda's survival.
"I'm so happy we escaped relegation, I have had incredible seasons with Teda and if the team will be relegated, not at a time I'm captain of this great club. I told my team mates we could do it and I'm glad we saved our dear club. The fans, management and everyone is happy and we're grateful to God".


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What Mahama's reviewed Free SHS will be like
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What Mahama's reviewed Free SHS will be like


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This for sure was an improvement after the REVIEWS. In addition to this, and to free parents from other related costs, the free school uniforms, free leather school sandals, and free exercise books programs were introduced.
The above narratives draw us to a point that when Mahama and the NDC make the point that the Free SHS program will be REVIEWED, it means the program will be made better just like the other social intervention programs introduced by the Kufuor administration in the education sub-sector.
Expanding the Free SHS program to cover students in PRIVATE SHS in underserved/deprived areas to absorb the excess students thereby solving the problem of double-track.


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