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Two Brothers Drown In Black Volta

Two children believed to be biological brothers on Tuesday afternoon drowned in the Black Volta River at Daboya in the North Gonja District of the Northern region.

The boys aged 4 and 8 got drowned while attempting to retrieve a gallon being washed away by the strong waves of the water.

The lifeless bodies of the boys were retrieved on Tuesday evening by a local search party and have since been buried on the shores of the river in accordance with local traditions.

According to eyewitnesses, the children went to the riverside to wash their clothes. The younger attempted to fetch water with a gallon but the waves swept it away.

In an attempt to retrieve the gallon, he drowned and his senior brother who rushed to his rescue also drowned in the process.

The District Chief Executive for North Gonja confirmed the incident to Graphic Online and said the bodies were buried in accordance with tradition, explaining that it was abominable to bury persons who drowned in the cemetery or homes.

 

Source: Graphic.com

I Have Good Connections At The Presidency; No One Can Touch Me – Lebanese Galamseyer Brags (VIDEO)

The government has made giant strides in the fight against galamsey after the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the Akufo-Addo administration launched a full-scale attack on the menace.

Spearheaded by the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, John Peter Amewu, his outfit has shut down several illegal mining concessions leaving destroyed machinery in their wake.

In a video intercepted by GhanaWeb however, a Lebanese national, Mr. Yahaya, claiming to be of Ghanaian descent, is seen and heard bragging to an undercover investigative journalist under the guise of a local concessioner that he has strong ties at the seat of government, and as a result, should be granted concessions in an area to mine.

Determined to be sure of how deep the Lebanese man’s connections are, he warned him of the activities of the Environmental Protection Agency in quelling undertakings of illegal miners in the country. But the Lebanese just shrugged and urged the ‘concessioner’ to simply give him the EPA boss’ number and everything would be alright.

“…for this one I don’t have any problem, you get me, nobody can touch me…. Just give me the boss’ number and don’t worry… I will let them come to the flag house (Jubilee House). As for connections, I have… I have very good connections, nobody can disturb me,” he stressed rather confidently.

Mr. Yahaya further noted that he was in partnership with Aisha Huang, an alleged suspect who was earlier accused of being the leader of some Chinese galamseyers in the country.

The Lebanese national also hinted that the boss of the Operation Vanguard, a taskforce set up to enforce government’s campaign against illegal mining activities in the country, was his friend and as a result would be able to gain his permission to carry out his galamsey activities.

Having liaised with the chiefs and other traditional leaders in the various galamsey flashpoints, government has been able to minimize drastically, the activities of illegal miners, or so it seems.

Although the fight against the menace is not entirely over, government appears to have given a major blow to the illegal miners following an indefinite ban on all small-scale mining activities across the country.

With this recent development however, many will begin to doubt whether the fight against the galamsey menace will be won at all.

 

 

Source: Ghanaweb

Market Women Bare Teeth At KMA Boss

Some traders at Nana Afia Kobi Ampem Market in Kumasi, commonly referred to as ‘Abenkyi Market,’ have petitioned five bodies to bring the Chief Executive of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA), Mr Osei Assibey Antwi to order before things get out of hand.

The organisations and individual petitioned were Asantehemaa, Ministry of the Local Government and Rural Development, Ashanti Regional Minister, National Security and the Bureau National Investigations.

At a news conference, Janet Boamah, an executive member of the traders’ association accused Mr Assibey of not doing much to improve the market named after the late Asantehemaa, Nana Afi Kobi Serwaa Ampem II, who happened to be the biological mother of the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.

They appealed to the petitioned bodies to act immediately to prevent the collapse of the market.

According to them, the refusal by the KMA boss to give ears to their grievances after several letters to solve the debilitating problems at the market amounted to gross disrespect to the people.

They mentioned insanitary condition, poor lightening system, removal of Western Region drivers from the market to the Adehyie and Acheamfuor markets among others as some challenges facing the market.

They said insecurity at the market had exposed the traders to criminals who constantly attack and rob them of colossal sums of money.

“We are of the strongest belief that the KMA boss does not have the interest and the stability of Nana Kobi Serwaa Ampem at heart,” they stated in the petition.

Reacting to the allegations in a radio interview, the Public Relations Officer of the KMA, Mr Godwin Okumah Nyame refuted the allegations and said the assembly was in the process of making the market a vibrant business centre.

 

Source: Daily Heritage

6 Armed Robbers Jailed 118 Years

Six armed robbers, including an 18-year-old hairdresser, have been sentenced to a total of 118 years’ imprisonment by the Kumasi Circuit Court for attacking a fuel station in Kumasi and bolting with GH¢11, 200.

The convicts — Kate Appiah (hairdresser), Emmanuel Ampabeng, 34; Kofi Gyima, 32; Kofi Nti, 30; Kwadwo Owusu, 30, and Richard Kwabena Kyere, 28 — were slapped with the jail terms after they were convicted on two counts of conspiracy to rob and robbery.

On May 12, 2016, the robbers, wielding guns, attacked the Petroland Fuel Station at Nkoranza in Kumasi, subjected one of the attendants to severe beatings and tied the security man on duty before taking a safe containing GH¢11,200 and a car battery.

It was also established that it was the same robbery gang that attacked a cement shop at Asenua, also in Kumasi, on May 25, 2016, making away with a safe containing GH¢6,583 and also causing harm to the security man on duty.

Sentences

The court slapped Gyima, Nti and Owusu with a 25-year jail terms each, while Ampabeng and Kyere will each serve 20 years in prison.

Kate Appiah was given three years on the basis that she was a young offender.

The court, presided over by Mrs Mary Nsenkyire, ordered her to serve her sentence in a juvenile correctional centre.

All the accused persons had pleaded not guilty to the charges levelled against them, but the court ruled that the prosecution proved its case beyond reasonable doubt.

In delivering her judgement, Mrs Nsenkyire said the sentences were to serve as a deterrent to armed robbers who had decided to create insecurity in Kumasi and the country as whole.

She described the method adopted by the robbers to perpetrate their scheme as “disturbing”.

Facts

According to the facts of the case, as presented to the court by Chief Inspector Hannah Acheampong, the convicts were arrested at their hideouts at Kromoase in Kumasi on June 24, 2016 after a thorough investigation by the Ashanti Regional Police Command, in collaboration with the Accra Regional Command.

She said the robbers had, for some time, been terrorising residents of Kumasi and were responsible for a wide range of criminal activities in the metropolis.

A search conducted on them revealed that they were in possession of three cars — a Ford, a Toyota Corolla and a black BMW — believed to have been used for their operations.

The police also retrieved from a nearby bush three safe boxes.

 

Source: Graphic Online

Samira Bawumia: We Need To Fight Child Trafficking

Second Lady, Samira Bawumia has condemned the trafficking of children and has called on all to fight against ‘this menace’.

In a post on her instagram platform, she said “no child should be subjected to the harrowing conditions of child trafficking. We need to fight this canker until every child gets justice and is free”.

According to her, “it has never been easy for anyone who has stood against injustice” therefore it is important for all to “collaborate to bring to an end, this menace”.

“Together, we can end child trafficking” she added

 

Source: Peacefmonline.com

ECG concession: ACEP worried over delays following BXC suit

The Africa Center for Energy Policy (ACEP), has said Ghana may miss the deadline for the completion of the concession agreement for the takeover of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG).

This is after a disqualified concessionaire in the bid, BXC Consortium, sued the Millennium Development Authority (MIDA) over perceived unfairness.

Though BXC is not seeking to place an injunction on the takeover of ECG by Meralco Consortium, a company led by Manila Electricity Company from the Philippines, the hearing of the case may force a halt in the process.

Speaking to Citi News, Executive Director of ACEP, Ben Boakye, remarked that “if the injunction is granted, it could jeopardize the timing of this concession arrangement. Mind you, we have up until September to conclude the process.”

BXC was deemed to have one or more conflicts of interest situations, hence its disqualification from the bidding process.

The Coordinator of the BXC consortium in the ECG takeover, Daniel Azu, however, insisted that MiDA’s reasons for disqualification were completely flawed and baseless as evidence emerging suggests that it was done to favour Meralco Consortium.

Ben Boakye, who described the turn of events as disappointing, believes the takeover may suffer some timing challenges due to the legal action.

“It is quite disappointing the turn of events. Why did it happen and could it not have been averted from the beginning with a company that has gone through pre-qualification?” he questioned.

BXC’s contract with ECG 

BXC Ghana Limited is a Chinese company registered in Ghana and a subsidiary of Xiaocheng Electronic Technology Stock Co. Ltd.

The company is engaged in the business of manufacturing and deploying highly efficient pre-payment metering systems and management of power supply across the world.

BXC Consortium was established in Ghana in 2010.  It has over the years trained and used Ghanaians to implement major projects in Ghana.

In September 2011, BXC Consortium and the ECG signed an agreement for 10 years, where BXC was expected to engage in System Loss Reduction in the Teshie and Bortianor areas; the commercial aim of which was to share proportional losses recovered by the project, while technically improving the infrastructure and deploying more modern systems of power distribution management.

Selection of Meralco

The Meralco Consortium was said to have had the highest combined technical and financial score and was therefore designated as the preferred bidder.

The company has a distribution network which covers a third of the Philippines and serves a customer population in excess of six million. It will be recalled that CH Group recently pulled out of the list of bidders leaving BXC Company Limited and Meralco Consortium.

Negotiations were expected to soon commence finalizing all the agreements related to the implementation of the ECG PSP Transaction.

Per the compact, the Millennium Challenge Corporation is expected to inject about 418 million dollars into ECG, whiles Meralco will invest about 500 million dollars.

By: Kojo Agyeman/citinewsroom.com/Ghana

Goil pursues MMT, others over GH¢12m debt

Oil marketing company, Goil, is hopeful that it will be able to recover the estimated 12 million cedis owed it by state transport company, Metro Mass Transport (MMT), by the end of the year.

It follows what the company says is its plan to recover its debts and invest the proceeds into its business from this year [2018] onwards.

Goil says the reduction in margins on sale of fuel coupled with delayed payments of debts such as the 12 million cedis owed it by the Metro Mass Transport (MMT) Company; means there is the need to reduce the impact on the financial strength.

The Managing Director of Goil, Patrick Akorli maintains that all other recoveries should be completed by the end of the year.

Mr. Akorli’s comment was in response to a question on the impact of the prevailing market price increases and how it is affecting the profit margin of Goil, at the company’s Annual General Meeting on April 25, 2018.

“If the prices of fuel are to be going up, as shareholders of GOIL we will be happy of this situation and also because our margins are increasing, but that will affect the whole economy too. This will also affect us indirectly. We are hopeful that very soon things will change and our margins will grow.”

“It is not only Goil whose margins are not increasing it applies to all other OMCs. But the company is working to outdo others within the market,” he explained.

Citi Business News understands that the MMT’s indebtedness have largely been associated with the refueling of cars at bulk supply stations which the government and management of the transport company have failed to pay for.

The development has been the case for some time now and it is reported to have affected the bottom-line of the OMC.

Goil records 39 million cedis profits

The financial statement presented to shareholders at the AGM showed that in 2017, Goil as a company recorded a profit after tax of GH¢39,335,000; compared to the GH¢35,256,000 recorded in 2016.

But the Group, recorded a profit after tax of GH¢65,089,000 cedis in 2017 up from the GH¢53,648,000 it recorded in 2016.

By: Pius Amihere Eduku/citibusinessnews.com/Ghana

Gov’t to establish research fund for Universities – Nana Addo

President Akufo Addo has announced that the government will establish a new initiative which will see the establishment of a research fund for academic and development purposes.

According to the President, this new initiative will be remarkably different from the Book and Research allowances University lectures currently enjoy.

Speaking at a special congregation ceremony at the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA), Nana Akufo Addo said the government is committed to research which inures to the benefit of the country hence his administration’s resolve to establish such a fund.

“Government is committing itself to the establishment of a research fund for the sole purpose of funding relevant and sector-specific research work in our institutions of higher learning. This is an addition to the book and research allowance,” Akufo-Addo said.

It is unclear if the president’s announcement is the same as one promised by the Minister for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Professor Frimpong Boateng in December 2017.

While speaking at a technology exhibition of the Kristo Asafo Church in Accra, Professor Frimpong Boateng assured that the government was putting in a lot of effort to develop research in the country.

He said the government would allocate 1% of the country’s GDP for the purpose.

Currently, the country’s GDP is estimated to be $45.5 billion.

Meanwhile, President Akufo-Addo while speaking at the special congregation to confer honorary doctorate degrees on the Founder of UPSA, Nana Opoku Ampomah and CAF President, Ahmad Ahmad, President Akufo-Addo has announced that government will soon rename the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) after Mr. Nana Opoku Ampomah, thus the school will be known as the Nana Opoku Ampomah University for Professional Studies.

By: Jonas Nyabor/citinewsroom.com/Ghana

Three police officers arrested for renting out AK47 riffles to armed robbers

Three police officers stationed at the Weija District Police Commander have been arrested by the Greater Accra Regional Police Command, Anti Robbery Squad for allegedly hiring out their assigned AK47 rifles to armed robbers.

A source close to the police has told Adom News that the police officers who work at Kokrobite and Weija, hired the guns to the robbers over the weekend for robbery.

A man close to the Weija District Police Command (name withheld) said after the police officers handed over the guns to the robbers, they were involved in a serious accident on their way for the alleged robbery activities.

The source said the robbers had to be rescued by an ex-police officer who overhead the suspects saying they had left their guns behind, causing him to prompt the police.

The full names of the suspects are not yet known but the source said two of them go by the names Biggie and Stanley.

Weija District Police Commander, DSP Joseph Afuakpah told Adom News’ Kofi Adjei that the incidence was a big blow to them but said he wasn’t in the position to further speak to the matter as the it was now in the hands of the Anti-Robbery Unit of the Ghana Police Service.

DSP Joseph Afuakpah however said the case including the three police officers have been handed over to the Regional Police Command for further investigations.

UDS students raise red flag over ‘passport fraud’

University for Development Studies students in Wa Campus seeking travelling passports have raised red flag over the local National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) moves to “defraud and extort” money for processing the national ID.

But the NUGS President, Mr Isaac Opoku, has since denied the allegation saying every money collected was spent on intended purpose or item of which all the passport seekers were fully aware.

A large number of UDS students stormed the Ghana News Agency (GNA) office last week with files of petitions, receipts and memos, accusing the NUGS secretariat of fraud and extorting money from unsuspecting passport applicants.

They explained that NUGS supports students to process passports and in so doing advertised this year that the process would cost each interested student GH¢100.00 for the purchase of the form.

The students produced several of their receipts to the GNA to support their claim.

The students said: “we have exhausted all internal mechanisms to ensure transparency and sanity in our student leaders.”

But the NUGS President Mr Opoku when contacted on Sunday told the GNA that the total amount of GH¢150.00 the Secretariat charged per student and non-student was used for the entire processing cost.

He explained that part of the money was used to purchase the passport forms, transport the applicants to Tamale [where the passport is acquired] and pay per diem of the driver that conveyed the passport seekers.

He added that some of the money was used to pay allowances of persons engaged in the registration of the applicants and advertisements they put out as well as follow-ups to ensure every applicant had his or her passport.

He said the GH¢150.00 claimed was informed by previous years’ experiences where students were charged GH¢90.00 and GH¢80.00 for the processing of the passports, but encountered difficulties wherein the end many of the applicants failed to get their passports and never also had their monies refunded.

However, in a petition by the UDS chapter of Youth Parliament to the Local NUGS UDS Campus, Wa Campus, called for an open forum on the passport issue among other alleged financial irregularities.

The letter addressed to the NUGS Secretariat also requested the President to appear before it to explain the matter, which according to the students he failed to respond to their demand.

The petition dated 9th April and jointly signed by Seidu Ayisha, Speaker of Youth Parliament as well as Atitianti James, Clark of Youth Parliament stated inter alia: “What informed the decision for charging students GH¢100.00 for traveling passport.”

“Give an account of all revenue and expenditure for the 2017/2018 local NUGS with all necessary documents backing it.”

According to the students, attempts to get the NUGS President to also appear before the Judiciary Board to explain matters proved futile.

The students also said they were then compelled to petition management of UDS to impress upon NUGS to address the students’ body in an open forum of which the local Union refused.

The GNA cited an internal memo dated 16th April by Vice Dean of Students and addressed to SRC/NUGS Presidents on the subject: “Open forum to account for students.”

The memo said: “Please, Article 2 infer, “the Supremacy of the Constitution”, I write to inform SRC/NUGS that the entrenched decision taken to disregard Management directive is grossly viewed with discontent.

“In furtherance of this SRC, the constitution preamble dictates your conduct: “we the students of the University for Development Studies acknowledge the necessity for us to have rules regulating our affairs and conducts on campus; desiring to maintain a disciplined environment and creating solidarity and fraternity amongst students, lecturers and workers of UDS: resolving to abide by democratic principles: and wishing to create acceptable avenues for communication and resolution of conflicts”.

The memo continued: “It must be noted that your stance was discussed and Management took the decision to schedule 16th April 2018 in the interest of the University.

“Your action is a gross violation of the principles and wishes to create acceptable awareness for the communication and resolution of conflicts which the student body is requesting for your defiance is an affront to Management.”

Mr Opoku has debunked all the allegations and said he was ready for any proper procedure for scrutiny.

He said about 40 to 50 passport seekers were registered by the NUGS Secretariat, but only five passports were outstanding which he had been making regular follow-ups to get them.

Source: GNA
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