• Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Some Communities in Ningo -Prampram dire need of infustructure

Kpankyredor, Ahwiam and Kopodor are communities located in the Ningo-Prampram District of the Greater Accra Region 30 minutes’ drive from the national capital, Accra with no access to basic amenities.

With a population of about  fifteen thousand (15,000) inhabitant in these communities, access to potable water, quality education and proper road network is seem to be miles away despite their proximity to the national capital. The people in these communities have had to share the only source of water– a polluted pond– with nomadic heads men and their cattle. Otherwise, school children have to walk long distances in search of water before attending classes every morning.

Due to the lack of health facilities in these communities, residents have to journey miles to close-by towns in order to acquire healthcare on bad roads.  However, owing to the high rate of poverty among the people living in these communities, most of them result to depending on the chemical stores for their medical needs. Neo-natal and maternal deaths are rife in these three communities because it is difficult to transport women in labor on appalling roads to the nearest healthcare facility.

Mr. Francis Teye Addotsu,  Assemblyman for Ahwiam electoral area in an interview with wisetvonline.com  complained that it is not only the lack of  health post and portable water that is negatively affecting  the communities,  but the deplorable roads that link Kpankyredor, Ahwiam and Kopodor to the main Tema Motorway/ Aflao  highway and the Ningo and Prapram  township, most children of school  going  age have dropped  out of school because they have to walk long distances to attend school.

He pleaded with the Department of Feeder Roads and the District Assembly to as soon as possible rehabilitate the roads to make access to healthcare and school much easier. Mr. Addotsu is also calling Ningo-Prampram District Assembly to come to the aid of these communities and provide them with health post to save lives.

On her part, the Paramount Queen Mother of Ningo, Naana Dugbakuwor Dugba, said that the under development in her traditional area is very worrying. She said the high school dropout rate among girls has resulted in the high rate of teenage pregnancy in her area. The District rate of teenage pregnancy of 13.5% was higher than the national 11.8% rate and the Regional average of 6.1% the queen mother lamented.

The Paramount Queen Mother of Ningo also asked opinion leaders, illustrious indigenes and corporate organizations to join in the fight and help to dissuade teenage girls from selling their womanhood for food and indulging in sexual activities that will hamper their health. She also appealed  for acollaborative effort to build a health post for the area.

The District Chief Executive (DCE) of Ningo-Prampram, Mr. Jonathan Teye Doku, explained that plans   were far advanced for the construction of a chips compound and also to build a mechanized borehole to serve the needs of the people in these affected areas. He continued that the District Assembly was in touch with the education and health directorate in the district to intensify the campaign and against teenage pregnancy prevalence rate the district.

 

Mr. Teye Doku added that, “Ningo-Prampram fast  becoming  a cosmopolitan area with a lot of people moving in there it is imperative to improve infrastructure in the area to attract investors to the district”.

 

Source:Emmanuel Brew Daniels/wisetvonline.com

Galamsey fight: Akufo-Addo will kill you, if you joke with it – Min tells DCEs

 

Municipal and District Chief Executives have been warned not to joke with the fight against illegal mining in order not to incur the wrath of President Akufo-Addo.

According to the minister for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Prof. Kwabena Frimpong Boateng the President is resolute and serious about the fight against illegal mining and expects his appointees to play their part in that regard.

He said performance of MDCEs in mining districts will be measured by their effort in helping curb the menace.

Professor Frimpong Boateng made the comments Monday at Kyebi during the inauguration of Municipal and District Committees against illegal Mining for nine (9) mining Districts in the region namely; East Akim, West Akim, Denkyembour, Atiwa, Fanteakwa, Birim north, Birim Central, Akyemansa and Kwaebibirim.

“We are here to inaugurate district committees against illegal mining activities, DCE is the head. You are supposed to make sure that mining activities are done correctly and so it is going to be part of the key performance indicators of DCEs. If the President himself has put his job on the line to stop it, who are you, who am I as a minister to joke with it, it is a very serious matter and let us take it as a survival issue, it is our survival, this is very serious, if you joke with it, the President will kill you, I’m telling you,” he warned.

According to him, the Eastern Region is becoming recalcitrant to the fight against the menace hence the need for the committee to work extra hard.

“I am sad because Eastern region appears to be probably the most difficult region as far as galamsey is concerned and this is the region of our President, the home of Okyenhene Amoatia Ofori Pannin, so what is happening”.

He bemoaned how Ghana has lost its virgin forests as water bodies are being polluted despite its importance to human survival.

“The forest is dwindling, we’ve lost close to 80% of the virgin forests that we had in Ghana. We have degraded the land and we know that about 10% of surface area in Ghana is degraded, that is about 23,000 Square Kilometers. And to out this right, we did the calculation, we need about $650 billion to reclaim the degraded lands in Ghana, where are we going to get the money from,” he wondered.

 

Source:kasapafmonline.com

National Security Seizes $3.2m Luxury Cars At MCE’s House

 

Some Of The Cars

The National Security has impounded two luxurious Mercedes Benz vehicles with street value of $3.2 million allegedly smuggled into the country through the Aflao border.

The two vehicles- Mercedes Benz 300 SL, (white colour), which costs about $1.8 million and Mercedes Benz 190 SL black [$1.4 million], did not have the required documentation covering their importation into the country, Aflao Sector Commander of the Customs Division of Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), Frank Ashong, has confirmed to Myjoyonline.com.

The estimated duty to be paid on the said vehicles is GHȻ900,000.

The vehicles were impounded by security operatives, together with officials from the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) on January 10, 2018 at the residence of Ketu South Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Elliot Edem Agbenorwu.

Mr Agbenorwu, however, denied knowledge of how the smuggled vehicles got to his residence.

He said he does not reside at his official residence because it’s under renovation.

The MCE added that he suspected that some people were using the house as a conduit to smuggle vehicles into the country and therefore alerted the security agencies.

It was based on this that the vehicles were impounded, he explained to Myjoyonline.com.

The notice of seizure sighted by Myjoyonline.com noted the coupe convertibles were smuggled into the country in contravention of Section 121 of the Customs Act 2015, (Act 891).

According to a source, investigations revealed that the vehicles were imported into the country allegedly by a prominent businessman (name withheld) based in Accra.

He is reported to have lied to the officers that one of the vehicles, Mercedes Benz 300 SL, valued at $1.8 million, was to be presented to the President Nana Akufo-Addo as a gift in order to escape the payment of duty on the cars.

According to Customs Act 2015, (Act 891), failure by the importer to produce appropriate documentation covering the vehicles could attract sanctions, including “(i) Forfeiture to the State of the goods in respect of which the offence is committed” and “(ii) A fine of not more than two thousand, five hundred penalty units or a term of imprisonment of not more than five years or both.”

Further details would emerge soon.

 

Source:dailyguideafrica.com

EOCO Clears EC Top Officers

 

It has emerged that the three top officers accused of misappropriating GH¢480,177.87 of the Endowment Fund of staff of Electoral Commission (EC) have been cleared by the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO).

Georgina Opoku-Amankwaah, Deputy Commissioner in-charge of Finance and Administration; Kwaku Owusu Agyei-Larbi, Chief Accountant and Joseph Kwaku Asamoah, Finance Officer, were hounded out of office by the EOCO on the instructions of the EC chairperson, Charlotte Osei, over the alleged malfeasance, and their continuous absence from office is beginning to raise eyebrows since nothing was found against any of them.

Recently, Ms Opoku-Amankwaah, frustrated by alleged manipulation of the EOCO investigation, defied the ‘stay at home’ order and returned to work only for the anti-graft body to chase her out.

She said she was tired of the embarrassment being visited on her by her continued interdiction and decided to resume work, saying that under the law, it is only the President of the Republic who can send her packing.

However, the EOCO officers said they were still investigating the alleged misappropriation of the EC’s Endowment Funds, even though at that time the investigation was said to be over.

In July last year, Ms. Opoku-Amankwaah, Mr Kwaku Owusu Agyei-Larbi and Dr Joseph Asamoah were asked to proceed on leave over a reported missing GH¢480,000 from the Fund, after Ms Charlotte Osei had asked EOCO to investigate the matter.

Even though no adverse findings were made against them, the EC chairperson was said to be manipulating the EOCO.

Ms Osei is said to have indicated that she was not ready to work with any of her deputies, as well as the finance director.

Interestingly, she, together with her two deputies – Georgina Opoku Amankwaah and Alhaji Amadu Sulley, in-charge of Operations – are being investigated by a five-member committee set up by the Chief Justice, following petitions filed against them on allegations of abuse of office and conflict of interest under Article 146 of the 1992 Constitution.

Even despite the damning allegations, which are being probed, the EC boss is still at post.

AG’s Report

DAILY GUIDE has sighted an official report from the Attorney General’s Department indicating that the affected officers might not have anything to do with the alleged malfeasance and that it is rather two others who could be charged, if there was any action to be taken in the matter.

The report, dated January 10, 2018, indicates that the focus of the EOCO investigation was on Samuel Yorke Aidoo, the then Director of Finance, as well as Ishmael Pensah, a former Chief Accountant, who no longer works with the EC.

In fact, the title of the docket, which reads, ‘The Republic vrs Samuel Yorke Aidoo and Ishmael Pensah,’ shows that the affected officers were mere witnesses in the whole matter and Mrs. Osei is captured as the officer who had filed the complaint before the EOCO.

The said report to the EOCO, signed by Evelyn D. Keelson, a Chief State Attorney, on behalf of the AG, concludes, “We are of the view that until a comprehensive audit is conducted into the Endowment Fund of the staff of the Electoral Commission, it will be difficult to firmly establish the commission of any malfeasance.”

According to the report, Charlotte Osei, Georgina Opoku-Amankwaah, Kwaku Owusu Agyei-Larbi, Joseph Kwaku Asamoah, Samuel Yorke Aidoo and Ishmael Pensah gave statements to the EOCO in the matter and it came to light that the GH¢480,177.87 was to be transferred into an Investment Fund Account at NDK Financial Services from the period of March to October 2014 from the Controller and Accountant General’s Department.

“The amount of GH¢480,177.87 was, however, never transferred into the Investment Fund Account at NDK for the required period of March to October 2014,” it maintained.

According to the report, out of the GH¢480,177.87, only GH¢354,016.57 was transferred into the NDK account to cover arrears of investment from July to December 2013, instead of the intended period of March to October 2014, adding, “contributions received from the Controller and Accountant General’s Department for the period July to December 2013, therefore remain outstanding.”

The report said that investigations failed to show what happened to the EC staff contributions for the period July to December 2013, to which contributions for March to October 2014 were applied.

According to the report, Mr. Yorke Aiddo had said in a statement that the money was used for operational activities at the EC when the commission was cash-strapped and the then EC chairman, Dr. Kwadwo Afari-Gyan and Mrs. Opoku Amankwaah were aware of the situation.

It further said investigations did not address what happened to the GH¢126,161.3, being the difference between GH¢480,177.87 and GH¢354,016.57 applied in July to December 2013, adding that the EOCO investigations were restricted to GH¢480,177.87.

“The evidence shows that as at March 1, 2014, the opening balance of the main account of the commission stood at GH¢131,499.82, out of which GH¢110,950.00 was transferred from the main account into the operational account.”

The report said that out of the transferred amount of GH¢110,950.00, only GH¢86,730.00 was used on activities of the commission and the expenditure was covered by payment vouchers.

“In the light of the foregoing, we are unable to establish whether or not any money has been dishonestly appropriated. It is also difficult to determine the specific amount of money which is lost or remains unaccountable,” the AG report said, adding, “This is because there has not been any proper audit of the Staff Endowment Fund.”

The AG said a draft audit report on the docket concluded that GH¢480,177.87 was used for operational activities of the commission but there was no evidence to that effect on the docket.

 

 

Source:dailyguideafrica.com

GHc320,000 Teshie CHPS compound abandoned since 2016 [Audio]

 

Residents of Teshie Camp Two in the Greater Accra Region, are yet to benefit from a Community-Based Health Planning and Services, otherwise referred to as CHPS Compound built for the community about a year and a half ago.

The GHc320, 000 facility remains unused after it was inaugurated in 2016.

Due to this, residents of the area have had to battle a dusty road and a longer distance to access healthcare at the LEKMA Hospital.

Citi News’ Anass Seidu visited the community and filed this report.

Citi FM has put the spotlight on several health facilities that have either been fully or partially completed, but are not fully functional.

A typical examples is the $217 million University of Ghana Medical Centre, the first phase of which has been completed, but the facility is not in use due a tussle between the school and the Health Ministry over who should manage it.

Click below for the report:

 

Source:citifmonline.com/Ghana

$650bn Needed To Reclaim Galamsey Lands

 

The Minister for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Professor Kwabena Frimpong Boateng, has stated that Ghana will need about $650 billion to reclaim lands and vegetation cover destroyed by illegal miners, popularly called ‘galamseyers.’

Prof Frimpong-Boateng, a renowned heart surgeon, said even with $650 billion, it could take the country more than six years to reclaim all lands and vegetation since the country has already lost about 10 percent of its vegetation cover.

The minister, who is also the chairman of the Inter Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining, said this when he inaugurated five District Committees Against Illegal Mining (DCIM) at Kenyasi in the Asutifi South District of the Brong Ahafo Region last Thursday.

He said the setting up of the district committees showed the commitment of the government to effectively tackle illegal mining in the country.

The committees have been mandated to handle all illegal mining issues, train illegal miners on responsible and sustainable mining, designate small-scale mining sites and manage good relationship between small-scale miners other mineral right holders, according to the minster.

The five committees included Tano North, Asutif South and North, Dormaa East and Dormaa Central.

Prof Frimpong Boateng said: “The government has allocated some amount of money for your operations so I call on all Ghanaians, especially those in mining communities, to help tackle ‘galamsey’ to prevent further degradation of the vegetation cover.”

He called on the National Secretariat for Inter –Ministerial Committee, DCIM, Operation Vanguard and other interest groups, not to be complacent and continue to work hard.

“We have to address the canker now so that gradually we take measures to ensure foreigners do not come here and smuggle our gold and degrade our land and our forest.”

Deputy Minister for Lands, Forestry and Mineral Resources, Barbara Oteng Gyasi, said the six-month moratorium the government placed on illegal mining has yielded positive results.

She disclosed that the ministry was planning to establish a plant pool with equipment confiscated from illegal miners to assist 1,350 registered legal small scale companies when the ban is lifted.

The deputy minister also said that the government has developed a five-year Multi-Sectoral Mining Integrated Project (MMIP) to, among others, create alternative jobs for the youth mostly engaged in illegal mining.

 

Source:dailyguideafrica.com

Indian Remanded Over Alleged Defilement Of 3-Year-Old

 

The Indian man who is alleged to have sexually abused a three-year-old girl in a swimming pool in Tarkwa, has been remanded into police custody after the case was recalled.

He was charged with indecent assault after he allegedly inserted his fingers into the genitals of the three-year-old girl in a swimming pool, when he had said he was teaching her to swim.

The judge sitting on the matter had earlier convicted him to a fine of GHc1,200 and GHc4,200 as compensation to the victim, but the mother of the victim rejected the compensation.

The case has thus been recalled by the judge, and will be heard again on Wednesday in the wake of a Citi News report on the matter.

Background

When the Indian national, along with a counterpart offered the swimming lesson, the mother of the children initially hesitated, but she agreed after the strangers convinced her that learning to swim early was the best way.

While the Indians were with the girl, the mother was filming them with her phone and in between the session, the woman noticed her daughter was crying, but she misinterpreted it as a reaction to the fear of being in the pool.

The doctor who conducted medical examinations on the three-year-old girl concluded her genitals were bruised by the penetration of a finger.

The police were involved, but the mother of victim suspected an attempt to cover up the matter.

Her attempts to get the Tarkwa Police to follow up on the issue proved futile, forcing her to fall on the Nsuta Police to effect his arrest.

Her confidence in the police began to shrink after their suspicious conduct with the bosses of the Indian suspect.

According to the woman, who spoke to Citi News, in the course of pursuing the matter, the Indian suspect sought an out of court settlement, but soon changed his mind, saying he was ready to face the court.

She also lamented how the police prosecutor impressed on the judge that presided over the matter in court to fine the suspect rather than to jail him.

She said she was forced watch the police negotiate the compensation from an initial GHS8,400 suggested by the judge, to GHS4,200.

‘Defiled’ 3-yr old girl at risk of long-term trauma – Doctor

Dr. Joseph Darko, the Physician who examined the three-year-old girl alleged to have been sexually violated in a swimming pool at Tarkwa in the Western Region, is worried about the potential trauma the girl could grow up with.

Speaking on Eyewitness News, Dr. Darko said, “the implications of such an action will probably not be felt now. Apart from the pain the little girl went through, she probably will also [suffer] the long-term effects of what has happened.”

 

Source:citifmonline.com

GBC Board Letter Confirms ‘Sacked’ Director-General Was Victimised

 

‘Sacked’ Director-General of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation Dr. Kwame Akuffo Anoff-Ntow was victimised over the implementation of the controversial TV licence fees, a letter from the Board has confirmed.

The Director-General was asked to proceed on leave, a Ghanaian political euphemism for sacking.

The Information minister Mustapha Hamid had accused Dr. Kwame Akuffo Anoff-Ntow of single-handedly taking a decision requesting the Chief Justice to designate special courts to prosecute TV licence fee defaulters.

The decision to prosecute caused a social media uproar and ultimately led to a reversal of the entire plan to collect TV licence fees and prosecute defaulters.

Dr. Anoff-Ntow was also a casualty of the fiasco.

But details of a GBC Board letter confirms Dr Anoff-Ntow’s decision was not single-handed.

The Board was emphatic that the Director-General “did not take a unilateral decision since his action was a result of the decision of the previous Board whose term ended in September 2017”.

The Board in a letter to the Information minister Mustapha Hamid, signed by Board chairman Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Adow Obeng said it was of the opinion that the “right processes were followed” when the Director-General asked for a special court.

But after the January 10th letter, the Board would do an embarrassing u-turn five days later asking the Director-General to proceed on leave.

In a January 15th letter, the Board said: “there was no authorization by this Board or the previous Board to invoke any processes for the prosecution of defaulters”.

In an emphasis, it said the Director-General “did not seek authorisation before embarking on such a major policy intervention that has far-reaching implications”.

The Board Chairman Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Adow Obeng said he had been directed that the embattled D-G hand over to him.

The Board chairman’s claim that authorisation was not sought is however also contradicted by an 11 September 2017 letter to the Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo in which the D-G sought her assistance on the prosecution of defaulters.

The Board was aware of this letter or at least the chairman was copied.

The Information minister Mustapha Hamid was also aware of the TV licence fee collection project launch scheduled for Tuesday 31 October 2017 at GBC. He had been invited by the Director-General in a letter dated 24th October 2017.

The Board Chairman was also expected to feature in the launch.

The proceed on leave move has been condemned as illegal while commentators have urged Dr. Anoff Ntow to proceed to court.

The GBC Director-General is appointed by the National Media Commission which has the final say in his stay in office or otherwise.

But it was the Board which had previously backed its Director-General that would later sack him.

Timeline of GBC TV licence brouhaha

11th September 2017: Director-General writes letter to the Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo seeking her assistance on the prosecution of defaulters.

24th October 2017: The Information minister Mustapha Hamid invited to the TV licence fee collection project launch.

11th December 2017: Chief Justice sets up special courts for prosecution of TV licence defaulters.

30th December 2017: Chief Justice letter is leaked to media triggering backlash against GBC and government.

5th January 2018: Information minister Mustapha Hamid blames Director-General for TV licence fiasco

10th January 2018: GBC Board letter clears Director-General of unilateral action and suspends TV licence collection and prosecution.

15th January 2018: Director-General asked to proceed on leave

 

Source: myjoyonline.com

Manhunt for 7 Kwabenya police station escapees begins

The Police have begun a manhunt for some seven suspects who were freed from police custody by a group of armed robbers on Sunday dawn.

The armed robbers set the inmates who were in cells at the Kwabenya Police District Headquarters free after shooting the officer on duty to death.

The Greater Accra Regional Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Efia Tenge, in a statement copied to citifmonline.com revealed that the suspects were six Ghanaians and a Nigerian.

“The Accra Regional Police Command is on a manhunt for seven (7) suspects who escaped from the Kwabenya Police cells this dawn, Sunday 21st January 2018 together with some armed men who facilitated their escape.

In the process, one Police officer sustained gunshot wounds but unfortunately passed on whilst receiving treatment at the 37 Military Hospital,” the statement said.

The escapees are aged between 20 and 34.

List of escapees

  1. Dickson Ofori
  2. Chibuzor Akwabu
  3. Edem Rockson
  4. Prince Oseis
  5. Emmanuel Kotey
  6. Kofi Darko
  7. Attah Kwadwo

The Greater Regional Police Command has also called on the public to volunteer useful information that will help in the arrest of the escapees.

Meanwhile, the suspected armed robbers who carried out the nefarious act are at large.

 

citifmonline.com

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