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Former Sports Minister under the erstwhile Mahama led administration, Edwin Nii Lante Vanderpuye had his home raided by some operatives from the National Security Tuesday afternoon. According to reports, the operatives raided the house in search some vehicles suspected to be state owned. Confirming the incident to Accra based Citi Fm, the MP for Odododiodoo said the situation has left his wife, who is currently the only occupant of the house distraught.   The only vehicles currently in the house, were ones he purchased from a public auction some four years ago and another; which is an official vehicle he used while serving as minister in the former government, but bought it before he left office, he revealed. According to him, the documents to the car are available and will lodge an official complaint to the police when he returns back from UK where he is currently.   “The only vehicle I have which used to belong to the state, has been sold to me when we were leaving office. I bought it and paid for it, a Toyota Avensis. I used it when I was a deputy minister and a minister. The process started in December, and ended before we left office in January, but I finally got all the documentations somewhere at the end of January and also I didn’t have all the money to pay the customs so when I finally got the money, I paid the customs duty and got the clearance and everything before I re-registered the vehicle between February and March 2017,” he said. “I paid over GH¢30,000 as the value and when we had paid that amount of money, we were told to pay duty to the GRA and that one too was done, about GH¢29,000 in all, about ¢GH50,000 I paid on that vehicle,” he added. 
 The Ashanti regional chapter of small scale mining association have voiced out against the NPP government pragmatic measures put in place to stop illegal mining in the country. The members of the association held a press conference today [Tuesday] April 25, 2017  to express their grievances to President Nana  Akufo- Addo .  The spokesperson for the group Mr Frank Osei said the group will also petition the Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II over government’s fight to halt illegal mining, popularly known as galamsey, across the country. At an emergency meeting held at the TUC Complex in Kumasi Tuesday, an executive member of the Ashanti Regional artisanal miners’ chapter, Frank Osei, said the issue of illegal mining has been blown out of proportion. He accused government of giving the miners a bad name. “We have been demonised and it is not good for a government that wants to solve the escalating unemployment problem in the country” he stated. The meeting by the group was to discuss issues affecting their operations with the major one being government’s clamp down on illegal miners. Also on the agenda was arrangement for a meeting with the Asantehene to petition him on the fight against galamsey. “We are going to meet Otumfuo and petition him so he can intervene on this…We want the government to understand that we are ready to corporate so that the environment is protected as we continue our work,” Mr Osei said. Enormity of destruction caused by illegal mining on the environment across the country has triggered response from government and civil society groups to end the canker. Almost all of Ghana’s rivers and water bodies have been polluted by the activities of galamsey as well as destruction of forest covers and farmlands.   By:  Kwabena Amoateng 
A group calling itself Concerned Youth of Atiwa in the Eastern Region on Tuesday April 25, 2017 held a demonstration demanding that the President, Nana Akufo-Addo appoints a District Chief Executive (DCE) from Atiwa East to represent the region. According to the group, they will resist any appointment from Atiwa West. With placards, the group numbering about two hundred demonstrated through some principal streets in the area to press home their demand. Spokesperson for the group, Dr. Samuel Ofori speaking to the media said, al the previous DCEs appointed over the past 16 years hailed from Atiwa West hence the need for government to appoint one from Atiwa East.  “We are aggrieved because the previous governments have not been fair to Atiwa East people simply because it has been 16 years now, the nomination of the DCE have been coming from Atiwa West. It is not as if we have not been contesting, we always contest the position, but the fact is, there are some greedy bastards who for their interest they always want it to go Atiwa West so that they can manipulate people.’’ “Now we are not going to sit down and watch the President, Nana Akufo-Addo to take a person from Atiwa West again. The nominees that we presented, 2 from Atiwa East and 2 from Atiwa West; the competent two are from Atiwa East. We want Nana Akufo-Addo to sit down to analyse things and gather proper information and come out with a name from Atiwa East. We want an active member who can go round and listen to the grassroots members. The government must sit up and take the right decision.’’    
A senior State Attorney George Sackey has stated that the five Chinese and their Ghanaian counterparts arrested last month for mining illegally on River Ankobra at Dawule in the Western Region abused Ghana’s immigration laws. The Chinese made false representation contrary to section 23 (1) of the criminal offences Act, 1960, Act 29, and Section 52 of the immigration Act, 2000, Act 573, the State Attorney said. According to him, the accused “conspired to undertake small scale mining operation without license contrary to section 23 (1) of the criminal offences Act 1960, Act 29”. Six other offences were brought up against the six suspects  and they are: “undertaking small scale mining operation without license contrary to section 99 (2) of the Minerals and Mining Act, 2006, Act 703”, “engaging in mining activity using methods not known or approved by the Environmental Protection Agency contrary to section 27 (3) of the EPA Act, 1994, Act 490”, “pollution of water contrary to section 24 of the Water Resources Commission Act, 1996, Act 522”, “pollution of water contrary to section 23(1) of the criminal offences Act, 1960, Act 1996, Act 522”, “conspiracy to commit offence to wit, causing intentional and unlawful harm and damage to property in a manner likely to cause danger to life contrary to section 23 (1) and 172 (2) of the criminal offences Act, Act 29, 1960”, and “causing unlawful damage intentionally and unlawfully to property in a manner likely to cause danger to life contrary to section 172 (2) of the criminal offences Act, 1960, Act 522.” Presiding judge Justice Edward Amoako Asante, on Monday dismissed for the third time, a bail application filed by counsel for the five Chinese nationals and their 5 Ghanaian counterparts. He ordered for the suspects to be released from police custody into prison custody and to reappear before it May 3, 2017.   The five Chinese facing trial are Dong Cheng, 30, Hung Jian, 51, Ning Guorui, 42, Yin Biquiang, 46 and Li Zilong, 44. Their Ghanaian counterparts are Eric Owusu, 28, Kwabena Adjei, 50, Nana Adu, 42, Kwesi Owusu, 28 and Kofi Darko, 21. 
The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Tuesday, 25th April, 2017 begun its sitting considering the Auditor-General’s report on foreign exchange receipts and payments of Bank of Ghana for the half year ended 31st December, 2015.   Chair of PAC James Klutse Avedzi who is the Member of Parliament for Ketu North, reminded the Governor of the Central Bank that, the committee in conducting its work, has the powers and privileges of the High Court or Justice of the High Court at trial.   ‘’This include the power to; 1. Invite witnesses and examine them on oath, affirmation and or otherwise; 2. Compel witnesses to produce documents that are likely to provide information on its deliberations and 3. To supine a witness to appear before it,’’ he added.   The Deputy Minority Leader said the Auditor-General in exercising its mandate under the 1992 constitution, conducted an audit into the forex exchange receipts and payment of Bank of Ghana for the half year ended 30th June and 31st December, 2015. This report was laid before Parliament and referred to the PAC for examine and report…The committee seeks to examine these two reports of the Auditor General.’’   The committee he stressed is not embarking on a witch hunting. It is not a witch hunting exercise; our mission is to ascertain the truth in the issues raised by the Auditor General in its report.   Peddling of falsehood or deliberate misinformation could have legal consequences, he warned.   Other members of PAC in the seventh parliament are MP for Lambussie/Karni, Edward Kaale-Ewola Dery, who is the vice chairman; MP for Keta, Richard Quashigah; MP for Karaga, Alhassan Dandawa; MP for Ningo-Prampram, Samuel Nartey George; MP for Builsa South, Dr Clement Apaak; MP for Aowin, Mathias Ntow; MP for Kumbungu, Ras Mubarak; MP for Komenda/Edina/Eguafo/Abrem, Samuel Atta-Mills and MP for Ejura/Sekyedumase, Mohammed Bawah Braimah for the minority.   The rest are MP for Bibiani/Anhwiaso/Bekwai,Kingsley Aboagye-Gyedu, who is the ranking member; MP for Afigya Kwabre North, Nana Amaniampong Marfo, who is the deputy ranking member;  MP for Atwima Nwabiagya North, Benito Owusu-Bio; MP for Bunkpurugu, Solomon Namliit Boar; MP for Fanteakwa South, Kofi Okyere-Agyekum; MP for Mpohor, Alex Kofi Agyekum.     Others are MP for Dormaa East, William Sabi; MP for New Juaben North, Kwasi Boateng Adjei; MP for Nanton, Mohammed Hardi Tufeiru; MP for Kade, Kwabena Ohemeng-Tinyase; MP for Lower West Akim, Eyiah Kyei Baffour; MP for Nhyiaeso, Kennedy Kwasi Kankam; MP for Afigya Sekyere East, Mavis Boadu-Nkansah; MP for Gomoa West, Alex Kwodwo Kom Abban and MP for Effutu, Alex Afenyo-Markin.
The Ghana Highway Authority has announced a partial closure of Apenkwa Bridge on the N1 Highway to vehicular traffic and the traveling public. A statement issued the Ghana Highway Authority said, the closure is to allow for emergency repair works on the bridge for a period of twenty-five (25) days. Works on the bridge will start on Monday, 24TH April, 2017 at 10am to Thursday, 18th May, 2017, the statement said. ‘’Motorists from Tetteh Quarshie going to Achimota, Tesano and Accra are advised to use the slip road at the right hand side of Dimples Interchange or use slip road at Abofu. ‘’Motorists from Tetteh Quarshie heading to Lapaz, Mallam Interchange or Kasoa will be diverted onto the East Bound Lane of the N.1 Highway (I.E From Mallam to Tetteh Quarshie Bound). Motorists from Circle going to Achimota, Ofankor or Nsawam, will be diverted to reduced their speed when approaching the work zone area,’’ the statement explained.   ‘’Motorists and pedestrians are therefore advised to adhere to directional and safety signs that will be placed at appropriate sections. Any inconvenience caused is deeply regretted the statement concluded.
The Coalition of Unemployed Bonded Diploma Nurses will be marching to the Flagstaff House if they are not given clearance to work in the various health institutions nationwide. The members gave the hint when they granted interview to Nyankonton Mu Nsem’s Nhyiraba Kwabena Essilfie when he went to the Ministry of Health-where the nurses have picketed. According to the nurses, they will carry out their threat if their concerns are not addressed. They have also slammed the Minister for claiming that, they are not government trained nurses. ‘’We are trained government nurses. We trained at the various training schools across the country,’’ one of the nurses said.   The nurses slept at the premises of the Health Ministry on Monday in protest against what they term, undue delays in their posting.
Fast rising Nana CallBack originally known as Kenneth Osei Owusu has released another single tilted ‘Showers of Blessing’. The talented rapper has been in the game since 2000 and was part of defunct music group, Mframa. The musician is now doing his solo project and have four singles to his credit which are, ‘Wakyino, Ohene Kesie’, ‘Y3simu Akye’ and ‘Showers of Blessing’ which I'm currently promoting, he told rainbowradioonline.com. Nana Callback is a Ghanaian who hails from the Eastern region, Kibi to be precise.    He is now working with KB Production and DannyFii Abrantie of Rainbow Radio is his manager
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Minerals Commission, Dr. Tony Aubynn has reiterated that, mining in Ghana would be reserved for only the licensed individuals and companies. Media campaign in the fight against illegal mining popularly referred to as galamsey, has intensified with the clergy and other civil society groups joining. He said government will ensure that individuals will not have the opportunity to mine where they are not given permission especially those who do so in water bodies. ‘’ Just like the Minister [Lands and Natural Resources] had said, we will not allow individuals or companies to mine without a license especially those mining in water bodies. It is illegal to mine in a water body…Government is putting in the needed investment to allocate lands for licensed miners.  We have employed researchers to help us in that regard,’’ he stated. He commended the effort of the media in the campaign against galamsey stressing, illegal mining is a threat to lives and our environment. ‘’I will commend the media for the efforts. Illegal mining is dangerous to humanity and I think we should all join the fight to save what we have left.’’   The fight against galamsey is not a nine day wonder adding, ‘’the response has been positive.’’ He told the host that the campaign is premised on these pillars ; enforcement, use of technology and policies; and alternative livelihoods. ‘’We are not only using the police or army to combat illegal mining but we also have enforcement, the use of technology and policies; alternative livelihoods including a tree planting exercise at the areas affected by illegal mining,'' he said.      
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