• June 20, 2021

    Upper West REGSEC Imposes Curfew On Fertilizer Movement

    The Upper West Regional Security Council (REGSEC) has imposed an indefinite curfew on the movement of fertilizer and other farm inputs in the Sissala East Municipality and Sissala West District of the Region.

    Dr Hafiz Bin Salih, the Chairman of the Upper West Regional Security Council, said the measure was to stop the practice of smuggling fertilizer out of the country to ensure that local farmers in the Region had enough to purchase.

    “No vehicle will be allowed to carry fertilizer in the Sissala East and West area and those intending to buy in large quantities must do so with a police escort. All fertilizer movement must be done within 6am to 6pm.”

    Dr Bin Salih said this at the weekend during a meeting with input dealers and other stakeholders at Tumu as part of measures to safeguard agricultural activities in the Upper West Region.

    He expressed remorse over the engagement of citizens in illegal smuggling of fertilizer to neighbouring countries like Burkina Faso, especially from the Sissala West and its neighbouring areas, which, he said, was an impediment to the progress of agriculture in the country.

    “It’s disheartening to note that intelligence got to us that smuggling was taking place, particularly in the Sissala West, and we got alarmed as some 45 Rhino truckloads of fertilizer, each carrying about 300 pieces of fertilizer, were carted into Burkina Faso” he said.

    “The scale of the act of smuggling led to the Ministry of Agriculture withdrawing names of dealers who had records of dabbling in smuggling in previous years.”

    Dr Bin Salih, who highlighted other measures to safeguard agriculture, said: “All farm inputs coming into the region must first report to the Regional Coordinating Council for us to know the vehicle, the quantity, and the destination, once they get into the Sissala area, we expect the consignment to be offloaded into shops and sold to the public”.

    “Anyone found flouting this rule will have the fertilizer confiscated, sold and the vehicle involved impounded and auctioned.”

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • June 20, 2021

    ECOWAS countries urged to manufacture Covid 19 vaccine

    The Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has emphasized the need for the countries in the sub-region to manufacture their own Covid 19 vaccine.

    Acknowledging the effort being made by some countries in the region to produce the vaccine, President Akufo-Addo said “We need, as a community, to contribute to the global discourse on access and availability of vaccines for all the peoples of the world”.

    He made the call during the opening session of the 59th ECOWAS summit in Accra on Saturday, June 19,  2021.

    “Through the COVAX initiative, all the countries in the Region have taken delivery of some vaccines, supplemented by direct procurement by some Member States. I thank foreign friends of the Community who have contributed to funding the initiative. We note, however, that the quantities received are woefully insufficient. We must, thus, continue to work on the purchase and production of vaccines in our Region. We have to encourage Members of our Community, Nigeria, Senegal, and my own country, Ghana, which are making the effort to produce their own vaccines. We cannot afford to be naked the next”, he stressed.

    The ECOWAS chair said the pandemic has had a devastating effect on economies in the sub-region, hence the need for close collaboration among member states to address the concern.

    He added that “The recent decision of the G7 to provide more vaccines to developing countries is commendable, just as is its decision on the taxation of multinational companies. It is a first step towards addressing the illicit flow of funds, in which these multi-national companies play a major part, and which lead to the huge exodus of resources from our Continent. There is still more to be done”.

    President Akufo-Addo also urged countries in the sub-region to work hard to achieve strong economic growth, based on the construction of resilient economies.
    “Let us continue to focus on the implementation of programmes and projects, in all areas of national life, to ensure job creation and the well-being of our peoples”.

    This he said requires strengthening of regional integration by pursuing the free movement of goods and people, and the development of the economic infrastructure and human capital bases.
    “In this regard, the entry into force of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), on 1st January 2021, offers us a historic opportunity to enhance our levels of intra-regional trade, and inspire the momentum for rapid economic growth. We have to rise to the occasion, and change our destiny”, he explained.

    He added that work on the community’s single currency must also continue, “According to our programme, the new convergence pact and the new roadmap for its implementation will be submitted for adoption during this Summit”.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • June 20, 2021

    Prez Akufo-Addo expresses condolences to Zambia over Kaunda’s death

    Akufo-Addo expresses condolences to Zambia over Kaunda’s death

    President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has on behalf of Ghanaians extended sincere condolences to the President, government and people of Zambia over the loss of their first President, Kenneth Kaunda.

    “On behalf of the Govt & people of Ghana & on my own behalf, I extend sincere condolences to the President, Govt & people of Zambia on the loss of their first President & one of the icons of Africa’s independence movement, Kenneth David Kaunda. May his soul rest in perfect peace,” President Akufo-Addo posted on Twitter.

    Kenneth Kaunda died on June 17 aged 97 in Lusaka, Zambia.

    He was admitted to a military hospital in the capital, Lusaka, on Monday suffering from pneumonia. His aides said he did not have Covid-19.

    In the 1950s, Kaunda was a key figure in what was then Northern Rhodesia’s independence movement from Britain.

    He became president following independence in 1964.

    As head of the left-leaning United National Independence Party (UNIP), Kaunda then led the country through decades of one-party rule.

    “I am sad to inform we have lost Mzee,” Kaunda’s son, Kambarage, wrote on his late father’s Facebook page, using a term of respect. “Let’s pray for him.”

    “I learnt of your passing this afternoon with great sadness,” he wrote on Facebook. “On behalf of the entire nation and on my own behalf I pray that the entire Kaunda family is comforted as we mourn our first president and true African icon.”

    The government declared three weeks of national mourning with all forms of entertainment suspended.

    The Nelson Mandela Foundation said Kaunda’s contribution to the struggle against colonialism and apartheid would not be forgotten.

    Another tribute came from Kalusha Bwalya, former captain of the Zambian national football team, who said Kaunda had made “an immense impact”.

    Kaunda – popularly known as KK – was a strong supporter of efforts to end apartheid in South Africa. He was also a leading supporter of liberation movements in Mozambique and what is now Zimbabwe.

    In later life Kaunda turned his attention to the fight against HIV after one of his sons, Masuzyo, died from an Aids-related disease.

    “We fought colonialism. We must now use the same zeal to fight Aids, which threatens to wipe out Africa,” he told Reuters in 2002.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • June 20, 2021

    Jurgen Klinsmann ‘absolutely’ keen on Spurs job

    Jurgen Klinsman

    Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Jurgen Klinsmann says he has called chairman Daniel Levy about the vacant manager’s job and would “absolutely” take it.

    Spurs sacked Jose Mourinho on 19 April but have endured a chaotic search for a replacement.

    Talks with ex-Roma boss Paulo Fonseca ended on Thursday and Gennaro Gattuso is also out of consideration amid a fans’ protest.

    “Spurs is still in my heart,” Klinsmann told BBC Sport.

    Asked by Gary Lineker during the BBC’s Euro 2020 coverage on Friday if he would like the job, the German added: “Absolutely would I consider that, but if he doesn’t want to I cannot force it.”

    The 56-year-old enjoyed two spells at White Hart Lane, winning the Football Writers’ Association Player of the Year award in 1994-95 after scoring 30 goals in all competitions that season.

    He returned to the club during the 1997-98 campaign and scored nine goals in 15 games to help Spurs avoid relegation.

    Klinsmann won the World Cup 1990 and Euro 96 as a player with his country, and led Germany to the World Cup semi-finals as manager in 2006.

    He spent five years as manager of the United States and has also had spells in charge of Bayern Munich and most recently Hertha Berlin.

    “I called him [Levy] after he let Mourinho go,” added Klinsmann.

    “I said ‘Daniel, what’s the case now?’ and he said ‘I have so much to do right now, I have to sort things out at the club and let’s talk later on’.

    “Then I saw all the different names walking in and talking and walking out. And the same still.”

    Earlier in June, Spurs had been in advanced talks with former Inter Milan and Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, while also trying to persuade their former manager Mauricio Pochettino to leave his role at Paris St-Germain.

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  • June 20, 2021

    BoG must sanction banks that flout new directives on fees and charges – Banking Consultant

    A Banking consultant, Dr. Akwasi Atuahene, has called on the Bank of Ghana to take action against financial institutions that fail to implement its new directives to stop deducting some charges and fees on the accounts of customers.

    The Central Bank in a statement on Friday, June 18, 2021, directed banks and Specialized Deposit-Taking institutions to desist from implementing seven different fees and charges, and also stop engaging in some practices that do not auger well for the banking sector.

    The fees and charges, and practices which are identified by the central bank as unfair include, Credit Insurance Premium Overcharges, Maintenance Fees on Savings Account, among others, Over the Counter (OTC) Withdrawal Charges as well as the requirement by some banks for borrowers to make them part owners in some assets they present for use as collateral for loans.

    Speaking to Citi News, Dr. Atuahene urged the various banks to adhere to the directive as customers had been ripped off for a very long time.

    “Some customers are ignorant, and they [banks] know we cannot report them to anyone and even if you report, it was going to take a long time. They were debiting customers GHS5 or GHS10, and they make huge profits. Meanwhile, the person has made deposits on their accounts, and you are using the same money to trade. So the banks are not being fair to their customers. I think the Bank of Ghana is only telling them now that they have to be fair to customers. It will be good for customers. The banks were milking people.”

    Dr. Atuahene said the directive by the Bank of Ghana “is a step in the right direction and must be enforced to the letter. And if people report any deviant to them, they should take action against any such bank.”

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • June 20, 2021

    Akufo-Addo’s speech at 59th ECOWAS Ordinary Summit [Full text]

    President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, ECOWAS Chair, on Saturday, June 19, 2021, opened the 59th Ordinary Summit of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government in Accra.

    Speaking at the opening session, Nana Akufo-Addo touched on a number of issues affecting the sub-region especially terrorism.

    He stressed the need for member states to find ways to collectively fight terrorist attacks in the sub-region.

    He also urged them to find strategic ways of fighting COVID-19.

    Below is President Akufo-Addo’s full speech:

    I welcome Your Excellencies to your second home, Accra, Ghana’s capital, for the 59th Ordinary Session of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

    I acknowledge with gratitude the presence of the representatives of the African Union and the United Nations, and Members of the Diplomatic Corps, and, most especially, that of Louise Mushikiwabo, our Rwandan sister, who is the Secretary-General of La Francophonie, and our Special Guest. I say a hearty akwaaba, our word of welcome, to each of you, and I hope you are enjoying the famed Ghanaian hospitality.

    On behalf of the Government and people of Ghana, I thank all ECOWAS Member States and all AU Member States for the support of Ghana’s recent successful candidature for a non-permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council for the years 2022-2023. Ghana received the highest number of votes on the day, i.e., 185 out of 190 votes. It would not have been possible without your active support. I assure you, Excellencies, that Ghana will make sure that Africa’s voice is heard loud and clear in the deliberations of the Security Council, both on matters affecting our Region and the Continent, and on global issues, and we will consult broadly to define Africa’s interests.

    Africa’s Common Position on UN Reform, based on the Ezulwini Consensus, is one matter Ghana is determined to urge on the global agenda. We will work to solicit the backing of countries around the world for this long, overdue reform. We believe it is time to correct the longstanding injustice that the current structure and composition of the UN Security Council represents for the nations of Africa.

    Excellencies, let me congratulate warmly our brothers and colleagues, H.E. Mohamed Bazoum and H.E. Patrice Talon, who have been elected as Presidents of the Republic of Niger and of the Republic of Benin, respectively, since our last Summit. I offer them my and the Community’s best wishes for their success during their terms of office. I commend also the Republics of Cote d’Ivoire and Cape Verde for the conduct and outcomes of their latest legislative elections. Our Region continues to strengthen its democratic credentials through the holding of successful elections.

    Excellencies, the Agenda for this meeting has been well defined. At our Extraordinary Summit, in February 2021, you entrusted me with the task of leading the reflection on the institutional reform of our Organisation. The purpose of the reform is to improve the performance and operational efficiency of ECOWAS Institutions, in order to ensure the implementation of integration programmes for the economic and social development of the Region.

    The reform focuses on the optimal structure of the Commission and other Institutions, on modalities for the allocation of statutory positions, and on streamlining ECOWAS’ operating costs. These were the subjects of several meetings at the ministerial level, and their conclusions will be presented to us for our adoption or otherwise during our Closed Session.

    Furthermore, as part of the consolidation of our solidarity and pursuant to the decision taken at our last Extraordinary Summit, we will consider, for adoption, a rotation mechanism that will enable the various linguistic groups of our Community and each Member State a fair, orderly opportunity to lead and represent the Community in regional, continental and global affairs.

    The importance of all these issues is an indication of the richness and depth of our Community. I remain convinced that the quality of our discussions and the decisions we take together will, as is customary, be commensurate with the ambitions we have for our Region.

    I hope we can agree quickly on these matters so that we will have the time to delve into and take decisions on the great issues, which face us, of terrorism, violent extremism, democracy, peace and security, health and the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, and the rapid economic recovery of our Region from the effects of the pandemic.

    Unfortunately, we are still confronted with serious security challenges with deadly terrorist attacks and kidnappings, not only in the frontline countries, namely Mali, Nigeria, Burkina Faso and Niger, but also in the coastal countries of our Region, such as Cote d’Ivoire. Recently, the terrorist attack, which resulted in the death of some one hundred and thirty-two (132) civilians, including children, in Burkina Faso, on 5th June, is the latest such outrage. I went, in the name of the Community, to Ouagadougou, on Wednesday, 9th June, to commiserate with President Roch Marc Christian Kabora, and offer our condolences, sympathies and support to the Government and people of Burkina Faso in their dark hour.

    Excellencies, these developments should reinforce our collective commitment to pursue and implement, with renewed vigour, the decisions taken at our Extraordinary Summit on Terrorism on 14th September 2019. This concerted effort, which must be a major issue and a priority objective for the Community, is the best way for us to address this security challenge. It is a matter of dignity and sovereignty, which affects all nations in the Region. None of our countries is insulated from the threats of terrorism.

    Whilst thanking the countries that have already contributed to the ECOWAS Regional Security Fund, I appeal to other countries, who are yet to contribute, to do so.

    We must also pay urgent attention to the growing threat to maritime security in our Region. Acts of piracy and maritime destabilisation are on the rise in the Gulf of Guinea, thus affecting trade in our Community, and increasing the cost of imported products. We must operationalise the maritime centres we have established in the Region, and agree on the way forward to combat these acts of piracy. We cannot hand over control of the Gulf to pirates.

    Excellencies, we will have the opportunity to discuss the political situation in Mali, with a view to assessing the progress made since our last decisions taken at the Emergency Summit held here in, Accra, on 30th May, when we suspended Mali from our Organisation, pending the restoration of democratic rule. We will hear a report from the ECOWAS Mediator on the Malian Crisis, His Excellency Goodluck Jonathan, former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and the President of the ECOWAS Commission, His Excellency Jean-Claude Kassi Brou, who went together to Mali after the investiture of Colonel Goita.

    One issue of concern for all of us has to do with the pandemic of COVID-19, which continues to ravage the world and our Region. The strong measures taken at national and regional levels, since the outbreak of the pandemic, have enabled us to contain and mitigate, with the blessing of the Almighty, its impact in our respective countries, the tragic deaths we have recorded, notwithstanding.

    We need, as a Community, to contribute to the global discourse on access and availability of vaccines for all the peoples of the world. Through the COVAX initiative, all the countries in the Region have taken delivery of some vaccines, supplemented by direct procurement by some Member States. I thank foreign friends of the Community who have contributed to funding the initiative. We note, however, that the quantities received are woefully insufficient. We must, thus, continue to work on the purchase and production of vaccines in our Region. We have to encourage Members of our Community, Nigeria, Senegal, and my own country, Ghana, which are making the effort to produce their own vaccines. We cannot afford to be naked the next time.

    The recent decision of the G7 to provide more vaccines to developing countries is commendable, just as is its decision on the taxation of multi-national companies. It is a first step towards addressing the illicit flow of funds, in which these multi-national companies play a major part, and which lead to the huge exodus of resources from our Continent. There is still more to be done.

    Excellencies, beyond these challenges, we must work to achieve strong economic growth, based on the construction of resilient economies. Let us continue to focus on the implementation of programmes and projects, in all areas of national life, to ensure job creation and the well-being of our peoples. This requires that we strengthen our regional integration by pursuing the free movement of goods and people, and the development of our economic infrastructure and our human capital bases. In this regard, the entry into force of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), on 1st January 2021, offers us a historic opportunity to enhance our levels of intra-regional trade, and inspire the momentum for rapid economic growth. We have to rise to the occasion, and change our destiny.

    Work on the Community’s single currency must also continue. According to our programme, the new convergence pact and the new roadmap for its implementation will be submitted for adoption during this Summit.

    Excellencies, the world continues to value the work of our Organisation, which is held up as a model of regional engagement on the Continent, and we must continue to do whatever is required to strengthen it, and help realise its objectives.

    Excellencies, I conclude my address by, again, welcoming you to Accra, and wishing our meeting success. I, hereby, declare the 59th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government open.

    I thank you for your kind attention.

    Je vous remercie de votre aimable attention.

    Muito obrigado pela sua atenção!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • June 20, 2021

    Investigations into how examiners’ details leaked still ongoing – WAEC

    The West African Examinations Council, WAEC, says an ongoing investigation into how the contact details of some examiners for the 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) leaked, would be concluded soon.

    WAEC’s response comes only after Education think tank, Africa Education Watch, launched its 2020 WASSCE Report titled ‘An independent assessment of the conduct of the 2020 WASSCE by WAEC on Wednesday, June 16, 2021, criticizing the Council for doing little to ensure the prosecution of officials who engage in exam malpractices over the years.

    The report investigated and documented irregularities that characterized the conduct of the 2020 WASSCE by WAEC.

    With a review of relevant literature on previous WAEC examinations’ reports in Ghana, the report further discusses the root causes, symptoms, and effects of WAEC’s perennial examination malpractices in Ghana, and recommends policy and administrative remedies to improve the conduct of examinations in Ghana and beyond.

    The 2020 WASSCE Report by Africa Education Watch mentioned general exam malpractices and called for the prosecution of implicated WAEC Officials to deter others.

    “Furthermore, the fact that all questions leaked unto the social media platforms at the dawn before the exam (the very time questions are transported from the WAEC depots) lends some credence to WAEC’s position that questions leaked when they were in the custody of the GES/Ghana Police after they have left their custody (strong rooms). This corroborates a June 2014 police investigative report which cited Lance Corporal Prince Opoku for complicity in leaking examination papers when detailed to escort WAEC examination materials from Konongo depot to examination centres at Asiwa” the report partly said.

    Speaking to Citi News, the Head of Legal at WAEC, Rev. Victor Brew, said, although he couldn’t give full details on the cases, he could confirm that one person has been picked up by the police in relation to the leakage of examiners’ contact details.

    “Talking about investigations into the leaked examiners’ list, we actually had engaged the CID unit to handle the matter. Somebody has been picked up, others are being investigated and of course, with issues of investigation of this nature, it is a matter in the nature of security and so you will not expect me to tell all the details of what we have done, so I think it is fair to indicate that investigations have commenced and are still ongoing, somebody has been picked up, and so let’s see how it goes.”

    Background

    The 2020 WASSCE for the first batch of Free Senior High School (SHS) students was marred by a lot of controversies. Some persons circulated the yet-to-be-written WASSCE papers on social media, with many alleging it was an attempt to ensure that the first batch of Free SHS beneficiaries passed.

    The details of some examiners of WAEC were released, whiles some invigilators were also manhandled by some students, who allegedly engaged in exam malpractice.

    WAEC punches holes into Africa Education Watch’s 2020 WASSCE report

    Meanwhile, the West African Examinations Council has discredited portions of the 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) report released by Africa Education Watch.

    The Council says portions of the report that touched on the leakage of a mathematics paper and the widespread details of examiners and the methodology itself are fraught with inaccuracies.

    In an interview with Citi News, the Head of WAEC’s Legal department, Rev. Victor Brew, said, “There are a number of inaccuracies in this report that was launched by Africa Education Watch, and we are prepared to speak to these factual inaccuracies. For example, the mention of the leakage of the Mathematics paper in the 2020 WASSCE, and the fact that WAEC had not done much to deal with the matter is not true. It is not true that we did not do anything about the purported leakage.”

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • June 20, 2021

    West Africa records over 700 terrorist attacks between 2020 and 2021 – ECOWAS

    Despite the significant efforts made by ECOWAS Member States, particularly those on the frontline, terrorist attacks doubled between 2020 and the first five months of 2021.

    Dr Jean-Claude Kassi Brou, the President of the ECOWAS Commission, said over that period, there had already been more than 700 attacks and more than 2,000 civilian and military deaths, with an increase in the number of displaced persons.

    He said those attacks occurred largely in Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger and Nigeria, spreading to other coastal countries.

    Dr Brou said this in his address at the 59th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government in Accra.

    The Session was formally opened by Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Chair of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government.

    It is being attended by all ECOWAS Member States, except for Mali, due to a military coup d’état there.

    Dr. Brou said the implementation of the Regional Plan of Action to Combat Terrorism, which ECOWAS leaders adopted in September 2019, had commenced and should complement the significant efforts made by each Member State.

    “It would be appreciated if the planned funding could be mobilised to speed up its implementation,” he said.

    He said in keeping with the usual practice, the 59th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government would consider the reports of the Council of Ministers as well as specific reports submitted to ECOWAS leaders for guidance and decisions.

    “In this respect, the preparatory work for this Summit centered on five major issues. Unfortunately, the security issue is still a concern for our region,” he said.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • June 20, 2021

    Police service not a sanctuary for making unjustified wealth – COP Tiwaa tells recruits

    The Director-General of Welfare of the Ghana Police Service, Commissioner of Police (COP) Mrs. Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah, has called on families of newly recruited police officers to limit their expectations and financial demands on them.

    She said the recruits should be allowed to concentrate on their work, and support their families with financial and material resources in line with their earnings.

    She said undue demands might compel them to engage in unprofessional activities, which may trigger unpleasant consequences.

    “They [Police officers], have taken national and organisational oaths to serve mother Ghana,” she stated.

    COP Mrs. Addo-Danquah was speaking at the passing-out parade of 581 new recruits at the Police Public Safety Training School at Pwalugu in the Talensi District of the Upper East Region.

    She said continuous guidance and advice to the recruits would help them to succeed, reminding them that the profession demands a lot of sacrifices.

    “It is not a smooth terrain, and you will soon appreciate this observation when you get posted to various Police Regions, Divisions, Districts, and stations to commence your post-depot practical attachments,” the COP told the recruits.

    She told the recruits that they had chosen a career, which called for selfless service to humanity, commitment, and sacrifices, and indicated that it was not a sanctuary for them to make unjustified wealth.

    “Therefore, desist from corrupt practices, which tend to bring the image of the Service into disrepute. Never forget the motto of the Service– ‘Service with Integrity.’ Avoid bad association and put on the cloth of patriotism, humanity, courtesy, honesty, civility, and commitment to the career you have chosen. You will excel in every endeavour of your career when you consistently observe these professional virtues,” she advised.

    She entreated them to bring the knowledge acquired over their period of training to bear on their work, after which they would be assessed by their various commanders to ascertain their suitability for the job.

    She cautioned that any unsatisfactory performance would attract the needed sanction under the regulations of the Service.

    “I, therefore, urge you to work diligently to guarantee your confirmation into the Service as Police Constables.”

    COP Maame Yaa Tiwaa congratulated the recruits, especially General Recruit (G/R) Wonder Segbedzi of the Regional Police Training School in Ho for emerging as the overall national best recruit, G/R Ebenezer Nkrumah for being the best recruit in the Pwalugu Police Training School, and Recruit Hannah Arthur for her outstanding performance as the best female recruit.

    Mr. Stephen Yakubu, the Upper East Regional Minister, said President Nana Akufo-Addo’s vision to change Ghana through his flagship policies and programmes aimed at also transforming the security systems, the economy, and general living conditions. This, he noted, could only be realised in a peaceful atmosphere.

    “All of you will be responsible for upholding the law and protection of all our citizens, residents, and visitors. We all want to sleep and wake up peacefully, which is only possible if we take up those roles seriously.”

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • June 20, 2021

    ‘Resolve TUTAG’s concerns within 60 days’ – NLC orders government

    The government has been directed by the National Labour Commission, NLC, to resolve the grievances of  Technical university teachers in the country.

    This was made known in a statement issued by the Technical University Teacher’s Association of Ghana (TUTAG) after meeting with the NLC.

    “TUTAG is happy to announce that the government has been directed to resolve all issues [raised by TUTAG] within 60 days. (ie 2 months). The order was given after the National Labour Commission observed that our strike was legal,” the Association noted in the statement.

    Members of TUTAG began a nationwide strike on June 14, 2021, to demand the payment of their 2018/2019 Research arrears, negotiation of their conditions of service, among other issues.

    The association however announced the suspension of the strike on Saturday, June 19, 2021, after receiving a favourable response from the Minister of Education, Osei Yaw Adutwum.

    “After listening to the Education Minister, we observed that there are still individuals in political positions that citizens can trust. From our observations of his verbal and non-verbal communication, we could see the natural sincerity that was oozing from both this verbal and non-verbal communication. Our encounter with Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum was the beginning of the shift of TUTAG from mistrust to mutual trust, hence the decision to reconsider our position.”

    In its statement, TUTAG noted that: “Though our strike has been declared legal, and we could have decided to remain on strike till all our issues were resolved, we wish to inform the Education Minister that our decision to suspend the strike with immediate effect was based on our trust and confidence in his assurances. The word worthy of note is “suspend”. We are only suspending the strike to give Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum the benefit of the doubt”.

    According to TUTAG, besides the assurances of the Education Minister, it has also secured two important documents that would facilitate the resolution of its demands.

    They include a letter from the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) to begin negotiations on the 29th of June 2021, and a ruling from the National Labour Commission that contains timeliness within which the issues should be resolved.

    Click here to read the full statement from TUTAG

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • June 20, 2021

    Why provide police protection for MPs in a ‘safe’ country? – Franklin Cudjoe asks Ambrose Dery

    The President of IMANI Africa, Franklin Cudjoe, has questioned Interior Minister, Ambrose Dery’s stance that there is no cause for alarm as Ghana is relatively safer than other countries in the sub-region.

    Recent reports of robbery attacks have put fear in some citizens, who have called on the government and the security agencies to up their game to arrest the situation.

    Commenting on the issue, the Interior Minister vehemently rejected the assertion that the government has lost the fight against crime.

    He insists the recent incidents of crime do not mean that crime is on the increase.

    “We want to do better than we are doing now, but believe me, Ghana is safe; that is why all the other countries are running to Ghana,” he said.

    The President of IMANI Africa finds it hard to accept Ambrose Dery’s position on the matter.

    He wonders why there was the need to intensify security for Members of Parliament at some point, while in the case of the ordinary Ghanaian, he or she has to be merely grateful for the relative peace and security in the country.

    “The Interior Minister suggests that Ghana is relatively safer than other countries. He was the same person who suggested that the country wasn’t safe, so we needed police protection for the MPs.”

    “What informed this type of talk? In one breath, MPs need to be provided with police protection because the country is not safe and in another, the country is relatively safe. It appears as if the citizenry is lost in all these conversations” he lamented.

    Recent crimes

    Two bullion vans were attacked by robbers at two different places this week. One occurred at Jamestown in Accra, while the other one took place near Gomoa Dominase in the Central Region.

    Two persons –a police officer and a trader—lost their lives in the robbery attack at Jamestown, while an unspecified amount of money was stolen by the robbers.

    With the incident that occurred in the Central Region, the bullion van crew managed to escape the attack unhurt.

    There have been other cases of robberies and killings reported in other parts of the country.

    Some persons have suggested that the bullion van attacks and other daylight robberies recorded in the country in recent times show a failure on the part of the country’s security agencies.

    Increasing robberies signify a breakdown in law and order; let’s blame Nana Addo – Haruna Iddrisu

    The Minority leader, Haruna Iddrisu, has blamed the increasing reports of armed robbery incidents in parts of the country on what he calls a “breakdown in law and order.”

    According to him, the President has failed to ensure that Ghanaians are safe to go about their daily activities. The Minority Leader also called for major reforms in the police and security setup, adding that the sector needs to be adequately resourced.

    Ghana Police 

    But the Managing Editor of the New Crusading Guide Newspaper, Kweku Baako Jnr. believes the security agencies, especially the Ghana Police Service, must be commended for their selflessness in tackling the country’s security challenges despite the limited resources at their disposal.

    “It is not fair to say the police are not doing anything at all. I think they are doing a lot within the constraints of limited resources. It is better to encourage them instead,” he said.

    Mr. Baako however, believes that the suggestion that there’s a state of insecurity in the country following the recently reported cases of crime is “a bit of an exaggeration“.

    ‘They can run, but we’ll get them’ – Kofi Boakye on Jamestown bullion van attack

    The Director-General in charge of Legal and Prosecution for the Ghana Police Service, COP Nathan Kofi Boakye, had promised that they will do everything possible to arrest perpetrators behind the Jamestown bullion van attack.

    According to him, the arrest of the said criminals is non-negotiable for the service.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • June 20, 2021

    Lewandowski scores as Poland hold winless Spain

    Robert Lewandowski scored his first goal of Euro 2020 as Poland held Spain to keep alive their hopes of reaching the knockouts.

    Poland knew that a defeat would mean they could not progress from Group E and they fell behind towards the end of the first half when Alvaro Morata’s close-range finish was given by VAR after initially being ruled out for offside.

    But Lewandowski, who had struggled to make an impact in Poland’s opening-game defeat to Slovakia, equalised early in the second half when he thumped home a header.

    Spain had the chance to retake the lead soon after with a penalty, awarded by referee Daniele Orsato after he had checked a challenge on Gerard Moreno on the pitchside monitor, but Moreno compounded to slam his effort against the post before Morata sent the follow-up wide.

    Manchester City forward Ferran Torres headed wide as Spain pushed in the closing stages, while Morata was denied from point-blank range by Poland goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny late on.

    Spain are third in Group E with two points, with Slovakia second on three and Sweden top with four. Luis Enrique’s side play Slovakia in their final group game on Wednesday (17:00 BST) while Poland take on Sweden at the same time.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • June 20, 2021

    Dogboe beats Lopez by majority decision

    Isaac Dogboe took another step towards his dream of a second world title after beating Adam Lopez via a majority decision in Las Vegas.

    In a very close fight, Dogboe got the victory on the judges scorecard to make it two wins in his last two fights. Dave Morreti scored it 95-95, while Don Trella and Chris Migliore scored it 97-93 and 96-94 respectively for Isaac Dogboe.

    Dogboe was in the ring for the second time after back to back defeats to Emmanuel Navarrete in 2018 and 2019, defeats which cost him the WBO super bantamweight strap. He defeated Chris Avalos via an eighth round TKO in July 2020 in his last fight.

    Dogboe started on the front foot and shot ahead on the scorecards but questions were asked of his conditioning as he fizzled out and allowed Lopez into the fight from the sixth round. The fight was up for grabs by the tenth and final round as both corners reminded the two boxers of how close the 9 rounds had been.

    The Compubox numbers suggests Lopez threw more(527 to 487) and landed more(152 to 134)- 29% to Dogboe’s 28%. Dogboe however did more with body punches (31 to 25) and that coupled with his volume of activity in the early rounds was enough to convince the two judges.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • June 20, 2021

    Kofi Kinaata And Lawyer Ntim Clash Over MzVee

    Ghanaian singer cum rapper, Kofi Kinaata and comic actor, Lawyer Ntim have clashed in a hilarious comment section.

    MzVee who is currently promoting her latest song Baby posted a video and asked “who is your baby?.

    In the comments session, Lawyer Ntim tagged MzVee as his baby and in reaction to this Kofi Kinaata who also has a crush on her warned him not to cross his lane.

    Read the hilarious reaction below;

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  • June 20, 2021

    I will go mad if … – Bulldog shockingly reveals

    Artiste manager, Lawrence Nana Asiamah Hanson, aka Bulldog, has revealed he will run mad if he stops working with Shatta Wale.

    This is because he said they are in a blood contract as an artiste and his manager.

    His revelation comes on the back of claims that Shatta Wale, born Charles Nii Armah Mensah Jnr, had fired him as his manager.

    But setting the records straight, he said Shatta Wale is now a huge brand, hence the need for other persons to get on board for the job to be successful.

    “I used to do everything with the brand at first; graphics, PR among others and I was the one who brought all the other guys; Nana Dope, Chris Koney together but I am still the artiste manager,” he explained on Accra-based Neat FM.

    Bulldog stressed their contract is for life and if he stops, he will run mad and vice versa if Shatta Wale does.

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  • June 20, 2021

    GTA Begins Domestic, Regional Tourism Campaign Tour

    The Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) has started its domestic and regional tourism campaign dubbed, ‘Experience Ghana, Share Ghana’ with a promotional tour of the capital city, Accra.

    The four-day tour is aimed at building confidence and whipping up public interest in domestic and regional tourism.

    Mr. Jones Aruna Nelson, Acting Director, Corporate Affairs of GTA, said the tour started on Thursday, June 17, with staff of the GTA and that on Friday, June 18, staff of the Ministry of Tourism Arts and Culture and other agencies would have their turn.

    He said staff of the Ghana Tourism Federation together with other stakeholders would go on the tour on Monday, June 21, with the media having a feel of the experience on Tuesday, June 22.

    Mr. Nelson said the tour would be opened to the public next week, saying, “The public will have the opportunity to experience Ghana with discounted tour packages and a chance to win prizes by sharing the activities they engaged in through postings on all social media platforms.”

    He, therefore, encouraged Ghanaians to get on board to “experience Ghana and share Ghana.”

    As part of efforts to re-enforce the message of the #SeeGhana, #EatGhana, #WearGhana, #FeelGhana, the GTA launched the ‘Experience Ghana, Share Ghana’ campaign to encourage the public to travel and experience Ghana through the country’s attractions, food, clothing, music and dance.

    Some activities lined up for the campaign are: Travel Share and Win Campaign, Discover, Write and Win, PANAFEST/Emancipation, Book and Tour, Taste of Ghana (Gastronomy Fair), Meet In Ghana Travel Show, Screening of tourism videos on VIP coaches, and December-In-Gh.

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  • June 20, 2021

    Highlife music will be there for long time – Ebo Taylor

    Legendary Ghanaian Composer, Ebo Taylor, has stated that the highlife music genre has not lost its relevance in the Ghanaian music industry.

    According to him, the uniqueness of highlife music still holds and will continue to be felt for ages, despite varied opinions shared by many industry players about its gradual fade-out.

    “People have the notion that highlife is fading out. Well, I don’t know what it means to people, but highlife has a long way to go; it will go on,” he said.

    Speaking in an interview on Prime Morning on the Joy Prime channel Friday, June 18, Ebo Taylor indicated that he sees highlife music represented in the modern age.

    “Some of them are sort of represented in modern highlife, I see one or two people,” he emphasised.

    His comments follow recent claims by some music players that Ghana is gradually losing its unique highlife music genre.

    In his “State of the Industry” address on June 2, 2021, Dancehall Artiste, Shatta Wale argued that “one of the things I find to be a major setback in the Ghana music industry is a unique genre that can be solely attributed to us as a people.”

    He entreated his colleague musicians to focus on producing more highlife music, a statement which has since received opposing views.

    For Entertainment journalist, Arnold Asamoh Baidoo, the industry’s setback is not the absence of a unique genre.

    In his view, it would be beneficial for the industry to solve the many issues it has, which will in turn help to facilitate the growth of the industry.

    Mr. Baidoo argued that the call for one genre in the industry is a fallacy, citing Nigeria and South African music industries as having many genres yet filled with global artistes.

    “Go to Nigeria; they do not have one genre of music. Sunny Ade took juju music to the Grammys, Femi Kuti; another Grammy-nominated artiste took Afrobeat, Burna Boy who recently won a Grammy took Afrobeats,” he said on United Showbiz.

    Life outside music

    Ebo Taylor, however, revealed that his life out of music has been rough.

    The father of 14 continued that “it is very difficult for a musician to keep a family. There are boys in the family who want to be like the father and they don’t know how to do it.”

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  • June 20, 2021

    Not abomination – GHAMRO on taking royalties from churches

    The decision by the Ghana Music Rights Organisation (GHAMRO) to collect royalties from churches for performing Gospel songs was thought to be a move that would be fully embraced by players in the sector.

    Instead, the announcement by the Chief Operating Officer of GHAMRO, Abraham Adjartey, last month has rather created disunity among Gospel artistes as they remain divided over the move, with some believing it is sinful.

    However, Mr Adjartey has told Graphic Showbiz it is not an abomination to collect royalties from the churches.

    He explained that the decision was not born out of malice or to cause disaffection between the churches and musicians, but had legal backing in Section 49 of the Copyright Law, Act 690 of 2005 and regulated under L.I. 1962 of 2010.

    “It is rather interesting the opposing views we are getting from the sector, but that should not have been the case. The truth is that there’s nothing abominable or sinful about collecting royalties from the churches.

    “Besides, the churches are not even against it after many engagements with them, but unfortunately it is some Gospel artistes who feel that what we intend to do is abominable. Perhaps, the gospel artistes should be enlightened about the legal functions of GHAMRO so it doesn’t look like we are witch-hunting the church or God’s people,” he said.

    Some Gospel artistes, including Patience Nyarko and Eric Jeshrun, who have spoken about this matter are of the opinion that the enforcement of the law will destroy the relationship between them and the churches.

    “If the churches ask Gospel artistes to stop recording or singing their songs or even ask every artiste who has commercially recorded songs belonging to them (church) to pay royalties to them, that money will be so huge that Gospel musicians cannot pay,” Patience Nyarko is reported to have said in an interview with Accra-based radio station Onua FM.

    Eric Jeshrun also said he was in doubt about the appropriate approach and system GHAMRO would adopt to collect the royalties.

    On the same platform, he pointed out that GHAMRO should educate and prepare the minds of the churches through the Christian Council since it had administrative problems.

    However, speaking to the above issues, Mr Adjartey said GHAMRO had already engaged some of the churches and they had agreed and negotiated on the fee to be paid every year.

    “Just like every organisation, I acknowledge that GHAMRO has challenges but that should not deter us from doing what the law empowers us to do. Besides, this is not the first time this conversation has come up so it should not be a subject for discussion now,” he added.

    Gospel artiste Bernard Amankwah told Graphic Showbiz that it was a matter of concern that some Gospel artistes were against the collection of royalties.

    “At this point, GHAMRO needs nothing more than the support of stakeholders but unfortunately, the opposite is happening. I agree with assertions that GHAMRO should have proper structuring but that should not be enough to discredit this good initiative,” he stated.

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  • June 20, 2021

    Stay true to your music roots to win Grammys – US based artiste tells Ghanaian musicians

    Grammy-nominated artist, Stokely Williams, has urged Ghanaian musicians to stay true to their music roots and be themselves if they are aiming a Grammy Award.

    According to the USA music star, technology has connected musicians worldwide, hence sticking to the Ghanaian rhythm will propel musicians far in the music sphere.

    The former lead singer of popular band, Mint Condition, said that many US-based artistes love the ‘new sounds’ coming from Africa.

    Speaking with KMJ on Joy Prime‘s Showbiz Now, he added that music genres such as the Afrobeats and Highlife must be well represented on the map.

    “I think [to win a Grammy] you have to continue being yourself. It’s the technology that connects us. We get everything so much quicker so its all about bridging the gap.”

    “We are discovering people from home and collaborating with them. It’s about being who you are. That’s how natural it is and you will shine anyway,” Stokely Williams said.

    He urged artistes to continue making music their own way because there is a lot for people to discover from Ghana and Africa as a whole.

    The singer revealed he has an album titled Sankofa, which features Lynx Entertainment artiste KiDi. He revealed he came to Ghana not only to visit but also to shoot a music video for the song they collaborated on.

    Talking about his yet-to-be released album Stokely said, “my new album is pretty much ready. I’m gonna have Kidi on it. We will shoot the music video in no time and I love being home.”

    Stokely has worked with Usher, Prince, Janet Jackson, Johnny Gill and is currently looking forward to release his new album dubbed Sankofa.

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  • June 20, 2021

    Stop painting us black – Guru to women ahead of Father’s Day

    Father’s Day is usually not celebrated with the fanfare that greets Mother’s Day, something that many men complain about.

    For many people, the irresponsible and bad behaviours of men is the reason why people shun the day. But as the world prepares to celebrate Father’s Day on Sunday, June 20, Hiplife artiste Guru is pleading with mothers to stop creating enmity between children and their fathers.

    According to him, men should not be the enemy when there are issues between parents. “Most women pollute the minds of their children and make men the bad ones when there is a separation.

    “They create tension between the father and the children by telling them stuff they shouldn’t even hear, painting the men black. I can say that there are wonderful fathers out there who can take better care of the children than some mothers but they have been painted black,” he told Graphic Showbiz.

    Guru said fathers shape children better by disciplining them in a way most mothers cannot do. “The women themselves know that fathers are the best when it comes to disciplining children. You cannot take away the role of fathers, we make sure the home is safe and provide for the family,” he said.

    Wishing all fathers a Happy Father’s Day, Guru also cautioned men who are not responsible to be serious.

    “To all men who are not responsible and have neglected their roles as fathers, I want to tell them it is not too late to start being responsible. I am responsible when it comes to playing my role as a father and I want all men to do same,” he stated.

    Away from that, Guru also explained why he has not been too active on the music scene lately saying he has been engaged in other businesses.

    “Sometimes, you need to do other businesses so that you don’t go broke. It is always advisable to do something else apart from your main job so that when the music is not paying, you can rely on that,” he said.

    The Lapaz Toyota hitmaker also said he is putting finishing touches to a new song he intends to release by the end of this month.

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  • June 20, 2021

    Sarkodie Jumps On Sista Afia’s ‘Sika’ Single With Steady Bars

    Award-winning Ghanaian rapper Sarkodie has been featured on the remix of Sista Afia’s ‘Sika’ hit single.

    The original version of the song featured rising music sensation Kweku Flick, was the first hip-hop track by the versatile singer, which made waves across the country.

    Sarkodie known for his ruthless rap vibes, once again dazzled on the remix version of the track which was released on Friday.

    The video directed by Yaw Skyface, is of high value considering its intriguing cinematography and would certainly be a contender for the video of the year.

    The new single is readily available across various music digital platforms and music lovers can go out there and enjoy this banger.

    Sista Afia is expected to release her second album later in the year featuring some top international artistes.

     

     

     

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  • June 20, 2021

    Cameroon Musicians Persecuted For Singing About Politics

    Cameroon’s internal conflict in the English-speaking regions is a sensitive topic and artists singing about it sometimes face persecution.

    Gospel artist Evangelist Daisy Ruth fled the country after soldiers started looking for her after her song was widely shared online.

    “The final time the pastor just advised me that wherever you are it would be preferable you just look for your way out and that was how I fled,” she told the BBC.

    Another artist Wams Mr Klassic was performing at a concert when he was asked to end the show and he was interrogated by police.

    “I was asked if I was a secessionist,” he told the BBC.

    Songs about the conflict have been shared on social media with artists writing how it could have been avoided.

    The English-speaking North-West and South-West regions have been plagued for four years by a bloody conflict between armed groups demanding the independence of the two regions and government security forces.

    Listen to the full interview with the musicians on BBC’s Focus on Africa:

     

     

     

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  • June 19, 2021

    Enimil Ashon: Knowledge without character

    This article is prompted by a WhatsApp post and a sermon.

    Like most WhatsApp messages, this was one of the thousands of unsolicited posts which daily inundate us on the many platforms created by classmates, course mates, church mates and work mates.

    Once a while, however, a particular post pops up that either makes or mars your day. The one reproduced below, authored by a Raymond Darku, made my day.

    As I chewed on it, here comes Bernard Avle – yes, our own Mr Avle with no ecclesiastical titles – preaching on Citi FM. It was a special service to mark three years of Citi TV and this brilliant broadcaster preached as if instead of baby milk, his mother fed him exclusively on pages from the bible.

    I will come to it by and by, but first let’s read Raymond’s post.

    I did not find large billboards announcing life changing programmes with pictures of prophets

    I did not find Swiss TV preachers sharing the gospel on Sundays or any other days

    I did not find a Swiss General Overseer of a large charismatic church’s picture anywhere

    I found the values of Christianity living in most Swiss people

    I found most Swiss people keeping to their word

    I found most Swiss people orderly and decent…

    As you go to church today or on any other day, remember that the true measure of Christianity is in its application in life on a daily basis and not in the size of our churches or visibility of our General Overseers. It is in what influences our actions on a daily basis.”

    The first part is Ghana, as it is. The second part is Ghana as it should be. We are one of the countries with the largest number of churches and mosques anywhere, and perhaps the largest number of religious broadcasts. There is no church denomination which does not have a paid for slot on radio and television

    A friend, Captain Andy Sam says, “Ghanaians are like the devil; he knows scripture”.

    I’d rather we taught our children about Lawyer Mensah Sarbah who returned the legal fee paid him by the Aborigines Rights Protection Society because he felt he didn’t work for it. I will teach about Father Andrew Campbell, not as a Christian priest but because he is a male and Ghana version of Mother Teresa.

    He has cared so much and for so long about the marginalized that even in his retirement from active pastoring, he has gone to live among lepers at the Weija leprosarium!

    It is good to be born again, but the Bible itself insists that my works should advertise my faith.

    Western Europe and the United States of America may not be your idea of paradise, but I have enough reason to admire their culture of personal moral protocols. Stacks or newspapers are on put on display. No-one is watching but the people pick up their copies and faithfully drop their coins in payment. The commuter trains, trams and buses are on many occasions without a ticket inspector, yet the people dutifully pay, mostly swiping their seasonal tickets as they get on board.

    The problem, I think, is that most of us are in a hurry to own a car and move from a flat or rented apartment into our own three or four bedroom house which even with ten years saving, we cannot afford.

    Simple. The moment we are put in charge of a project, the first thing we look for is, which contractors and suppliers can kick back into our personal bank account.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • June 19, 2021

    Don’t just add up to the numbers – Maame Tiwaa tells female police recruits

    Female police recruits have been charged to prove their worth and justify an increase in their quota into the service by the police administration.

    Addressing 581 recruits at the passing out ceremony at the Police Public Training School at Pwalugu in the Upper East Region, the Director-General of Police Welfare COP Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah (Mrs) noted that Ghana is on its way to achieving the United Nations gender ratio.

    “The United Nations recommended gender ratio in uniformed officers is 40%. It is heartwarming to reveal that female recruits passing out today constitute about 34% of the total recruits strength. This means altogether, Ghana is gradually inching towards meeting the uniformed officers gender parity”, she stated.

    In respect of that, she urged the new recruits especially the females to live up to the task in order to achieve the needed results.

    “Don’t just be part of the added numbers but contribute towards achieving results in our core mandate”, she admonished them and congratulated Recruit Hannah Arthur for her outstanding performance and adjudged as the Best Female Recruit.

    COP Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo Danquah advised all female recruits not to relent in their endeavors and continue to make themselves and their families proud.

    “Never relent in your endeavors and continue to make yourselves, female police officers and your families proud”, she stressed.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • June 19, 2021

    N’tl Security Operative, Immigration Officer, 3 others get bail after attack on sand winners

    The Koforidua Circuit Court has admitted five(5) accused persons including an Akyem Abuakwa chief who claims to be a National Security Operative to bail in the sum of GHC200,000 cedis with 2 sureties.

    The accused persons are Nana Barfuor Sarpong, Nana Barima Twum Tarbiade II, both sub-chiefs in Akyem Abuakwa.

    The rest are Jonathan Martey ,Eric Yaw Obeng ,Victor Ahenkora Koranteng ,and others at large .

    They were arraigned before court on Friday June 19, 2021 on seven charges which are; conspiracy to commit crime to wit kidnapping, Kidnapping, causing unlawful harm, stealing, conspiracy to commit robbery, robbery, possession of firearm and ammunition

    The case has been adjourned to 19th July 2021.

    The Prosecuting Officer Cyril Boateng Keteku, Assistant State Attorney explained to the court that, the first complainant in the case, Osae Kwame, 59, is a farmer while the second complainant Alhassan Zakari, 39, is also a farmer.

    The third complainant Samuel Astu Forson is Chief of Adeiso also Executive Officer of Summertide sand winning Company.

    He said the accused persons are Nana Baffuor Sarpong who claimed to be National Security Personnel attached to Forestry Commission as training Coordinator and timber monitoring officer.

    The second accused person Nana Barima Twum Tabirade claimed to be boundary Chief of all Akyem lands. The third accused person Jonathan Martey is a driver to Nana Barfuor , the fourth accused person Eric Yaw Obeng claimed to be aide to the Nana Barfuor, while the fifth accused person Victor Ahenkora Koranteng claimed to be Immigration Officer.

    The other accused persons are at large.

    On June 15, 2021, at about 2:00 pm, the first complainant Osae Kwame was returning from his farm to Adeiso town to buy food for his farm labourers but met the accused persons who were in convoy of three pick-up vehicles and a Jeep vehicle with registration number GS 9835-19 , stopped by him, handcuffed and abducted him into one of the Pick-Up vehicles and drove him to Tank Akuraa a farming community near Adeiso .

    Police upon receipt of distress calls about the incident rushed to the village and rescued him but the accused persons sped off from the scene and invaded the sand winning site of Summertide Company at Obeng Yaw village also near Adeiso amidst sporadic firing of gunshots.

    The second complainant Alhassan Zakari was shot on the left leg during the indiscriminate firing of gunshots.

    They violently arrested five(5) persons at site, whisked them into their vehicles and drove away to unknown location.

    The owner of the site alleged he later detected that the accused persons stole Ghc96,000 at the site during the gun violence.

    The five persons arrested by the accused persons were later rescued by Kyebi Police after wireless message was activated by police.

    At about 4:20pm, the accused persons were arrested by the Adeiso Police.

    A search conducted in a Jeep vehicle belonging to Nana Barfuor Sarpong who claimed to be National Security Operative detected one Ak47 assault rifle, one pistol and three(3) spent shells which were retrieved by the Police.

    The victims -Alhassan Zakaria and Bright Apam who sustained gunshot wounds on their legs were receiving treatment at the Eastern Regional Hospital in Koforidua.

    Meanwhile, the Eastern Regional CID has taken over the case.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Source :Ghana/Starrfm.com.gh/Kojo Ansah

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