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The implementation of the mandatory towing fee that mandates vehicle owners to pay an annual mandatory towing levy has been suspended. A statement signed by the Minister of Transport Kwaku Ofori Asiamah said, ‘’the Ministry notes, particularly the  concerns regarding the quantum of ‘’Road Safety Fees’’ fixed by Parliament, the mandatory nature of the project, extent of sensitization of the project, as well as concerns of monopoly, amongst others. ‘’Whilst the Ministry acknowledges that the project  has been subjected  to a series of stakeholders consultation, feedback from public discourse suggests the need for further consultations to assist in public understanding of the rationale for the project,’’ the statement said. The statement added: ‘’In view of this, the Ministry has directed the National Road Safety Commission to further consult with the appropriate stakeholders on the above concerns, including the date for the commencement of the project prior to the implementation. The Ministry wishes to remind the public that, in accordance with LI 2180, no person may operate a commercial towing service without permit granted by the Minister or his representative,’’ the statement said. The statement called for calm on the issue stressing that stationary and broken down vehicles accounts for 21 percent of fatal vehicle crashes (accidents that lead to death) every year, on the average. It remains our expectation that, collectively, we can find the most effective solution to the concern in the larger public interest,’’ the statement concluded.        
President and National Programs Coordinator of the Sickle Cell Foundation, Professor Kweku Ohene-Frimpong has underscored the need for individuals suffering from sickle cell disease to take very good care of themselves and avoid things that may increase their pain. Sickle cell disease he told Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow 87.5Fm is a serious public health concern which should be given attention. He further said there was no proper way of maintaining or taking care of this disease, but people suffering from this condition should stay away from cold things, such as air conditioned rooms, bathing cold water, and other objects that will make them feel cold. Professor Ohene-Frimpong cautioned parents and health workers to screen babies’ right after birth because most of them die due to infections and also to be able to diagnose and begin proper treatment for sickle cell babies. According to him, a simple, painless blood test called the hemoglobin electrophoresis can be done by a doctor or local sickle cell foundation. This he stressed was important in detecting and treating infections at an early stage. He said, ‘’It is important to know if you carry the sickle cell disease. This will help in treating you as a sickle cell patient.’’ Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is a major genetic disease in most countries in Sub-Saharan Africa including Ghana. Sickle-cell disease (SCD) is a genetic blood disorder that affects the haemoglobin within the red blood cells. The recurrent pain and complications caused by the disease can interfere with many aspects of the patient’s life, including education, employment and psychosocial development.    In recognition of this, the WHO under the DNC Department, supervise and coordinate interventions relating to the prevention and management of SCD. WHO intends to support Primary prevention (genetic counselling, general public knowledge); Early detection - screening; reduce morbidity ; chemoprophylaxis, vaccines, clinical care of special groups (children, pregnant women); capacity building Human resource; improve quality of life of patients and build partnerships. Globally, June 19, is a day set aside to raise awareness of the disease and in conclusion, Professor Ohene-Frimpong called Ghanaians to join in efforts to create more awareness. By: Serkina Tanagidah (Intern with  Rainbow Radio)    
President Nana Akufo-Addo has assured Ghanaians that his government will not shield anyone found to have broken the laws of this country. Application of the laws of the land he said must occur without fear or favour, affection or ill-will and without recourse to the political, religious or ethnic affiliations of any citizen of the land. The president addressing a gathering at the Flagstaff House after the swearing-in of the newly appointed Chief Justice, Her Ladyship Sophia Akuffo said, ‘’when you fall foul of the law, you must be dealt with accordingly and the law enforcement agencies including the judiciary must ensure  this is done. He warned party supporters of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) to desist from doing so since his administration will not shield anyone. ‘’To persons perpetrating acts of lawlessness in the name of being members of the ruling party, let me make it clear to you that you will find no shield in my government from the law.’’ He again condemned the recent attack at Savelegu for example where allegedly a handful of party executives and youth tried to prevent the MCE who was duly appointed and requisite approval from the Assembly from working was unacceptable. He charged the police to deal with the culprits. ‘’I urge the police to do everything in their power to bring to book all those who fall foul of the law. We cannot have development which will bring jobs to our youth without order,’’ he said.      
The President, Nana Akufo Addo has charged the newly sworn-in Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo not disappoint him. He also admonished her to discharge her duties by proving that her appointment will not be in vain. Addressing a gathering at the swearing-in ceremony in Accra, Mr Akufo-Addo said Justice Akuffo has proved herself and did not disappoint after she was elevated to be a Supreme Court judge by former President Jerry John Rawlings some 22 years ago. “She has justified the confidence reposed in her by President Rawlings, she has now to justify the confidence I am reposing in her as Chief Justice,” he said On her part, Her Ladyship Sophia Akuffo said the nomination came "at a time when I had not even conceived or envisaged a life on the bench".   According to her, she was “passionate about integrity, the delivery of quality justice, and the development and stability of our nation and will strive to demonstrate such actions throughout my tenure…”   She emphasised: “The judiciary has diligently worked for and obtained a large measure of independence. This is however made incomplete by the lack of financial independence and that is an objective I would like to achieve during my tenure as Chief Justice”.     The swearing-in was heavily attended by leading personalities and power blocs in the country. Ag. Chief Justice William Atuguba led several other Supreme Court judges to the swearing in. Several 2016 flagbearers and high-profile politicians also looked on as Sophia Akuffo swore three oaths - Oath of Secrecy, Judicial Oath and Oath of Allegiance.    
  Police prosecutors in Cape Coast have discontinued the case against the first batch of seven suspects said to have taken part in the lynching of Major Maxwell Mahama Adam.   The move was to allow for the transfer of the case to Accra for prosecution. The seven, including the assembly man for Denkyira Obuasi, William Baah who is alleged to have incited others to kill Major Mahama were being held for the provisional charge of murder.   The others are Philip Badu, 30 a prison assistant, Yaw Annor, 32, mason, Kofi Badu, 29, farmer, Kofi Nyame, 29, farmer and Anthony Amoah, 23 a motor bike operator.   Prosecutors Prayer   Police Prosecutors had prayed the court to discharge the accused persons since the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) at the Police headquarters in Accra has taken over case.   The suspects first appeared before the Court on June 1, 2017 but the case was adjourned to Monday June 19 after the prosecutor, ASP Hilarious Avonyo, prayed the court to remand them for further investigations.   A Cape Coast District Court presided over by Rita Amoaninwah Edusah discontinuing the case, asked the police to allow those who had injuries access to medical care and to counsel.   The counsel for the accused persons, Mr George Bernard Shaw, agreed with the decision, saying he was hopeful the accused would be given adequate access to their counsel.   Major Mahama was brutally killed last month by some residents of Denkyira Obuasi in the Central Region as he went jogging.   All suspects, 52 in number are now in Accra. Credit: GraphicOnline
Football Administrator and owner of King Solomon FC at Nkawkaw, Alhaji Nasiru Mohammed has slammed some media houses for reporting that, he [Nasiru] was trafficking some ladies outside the country. Speaking in an exclusive interview with Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, Alhaji Nasiru who was on his way to Nigeria when the unfortunate incident occurred, wondered why a thorough investigation was not conducted before the story was published. According to him, he was detained for two nights before he and the others were brought to the Immigration Headquarters where he met some journalists and before he could say jack, the false story was everywhere that a human trafficker has been arrested. Some media houses had reported that the Immigration Officers at the Honuta Border Post in the Ho West District of the Volta Region have foiled a human trafficking attempt at Kpedze. According the media report, about 10 ladies were rounded up by the Immigration officers including the football administrator. The football administrator said his explanation was not taken and the ladies who were on the journey with him also denied knowledge of him, yet he was manhandled, humiliated and ridiculed for apparent reason. The use of the border posts, particularly the Togo border, has emerged as a new strategy by human trafficking syndicates to transport their victims to Arabian countries.   This is because the Immigration Officials at the Kotoka International Airport are preventing ladies with Arabian passports from using the place and due to recent reports of abuse of Ghanaian residents because of that, they have developed a new strategy in travelling by using the border. He said, as a football administrator who recruits talents for clubs, he was embarking on a journey to attend to a meeting where he was going to hold similar meetings. When asked if he will pursue the matter he said, he is currently discussing it with his lawyer but  will for now incur the wrath of God on those who fabricated the story against him including the media houses that published the false story. ‘’It was embarrassing and disgraceful. How can a football administrator traffic people out of Ghana. The Immigration claimed that they had information that the women on board the commercial bus, held Arabian visas and so they have come to apprehend them. I had no Arabian visa, I denied knowing the ladies and they also did same but they arrested and detained me for two days and subsequently transferred me to the headquarters and before I could say jack, the media had come to capture me as a human trafficker. I wondered why they failed to investigate the matter before publishing the story. It was unprofessional and I will only give those who did this to me to God,’’ he said.    
The Chairman of the 13-member committee set up to review the defeat of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Prof. Kwesi Botchwey has said the 67-page report which was said to be their work was terribly fake. He was responding to a question on the side-lines with Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm after the committee presented its 455 page report on the party’s defeat, on whether the committee became worried when news broke that its report had leaked. According the committee was not disturbed at all because they knew the report which was reported leaked contained no truth in it.   The Today’s Newspaper some few months ago published that it has laid hands on a leaked report by the committee which said for instance, at one of the committee’s meetings held outside Accra last month to put finishing touches to the report, its sources said the report nearly hit a snag as former President Dramani Mahama’s loyalists vehemently opposed the recommendation of having a new presidential candidate for the party in 2020.”   According to the paper, excerpts of the report also recommended that any future presidential nominee of the NDC must work in tandem with the party structures by bringing on board national and regional executives, polling agents and those at the grassroots to help in campaigning.   On why President Dramani Mahama should be replaced, the paper said the report pointed out that the 2016 flag bearer of the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, who is now the President, used his incorruptible mantra to the disadvantage of “our (NDC’s) candidate who was alleged to have endorsed corruption in his government.”   “The NPP won because their leader was acclaimed to be incorruptible while ours was tainted with corruption and bribery, so going into the 2020 elections we (Kwesi Botchwey Committee) propose that we elect somebody who can also claim to be incorruptible,” the newspaper said the report observed. But responding to this, Prof. Botchwey said, ‘’we knew we were acting in a principled way, we knew there was no leakage from the committee and above all we knew that, it was entirely fake. There was never a 67 page report that said anything they claimed. He described the report as co0mprenhensive and something that covers everything that caused their defeat.   He also dispelled claims that the committee recommended for the party to elect a new presidential candidate aside former president John Dramana Mahama saying: “It was not party of our mandate as a committee to recommend who should or should not stand as the party’s candidate in 2020, so, we didn’t recommend any such thing; not for former President Mahama or anybody else. It simply was not part of our mandate.’’
The 13 member Kwesi Botchwey led committee on Monday June 19, 2017 presented a 455 page report to the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) after months of reviewing what led to the terrible defeat of the umbrella family. Presenting the report, Prof. Kwesi Botchwey described the report as a fairly comprehensive and rigorous report which identifies all the factors that led to the defeat of the NDC in 2016. The committee held meetings with party leadership and executives and most importantly, visits to the regional and constituencies to listen to the rank and file of party supporters and members to review the causes for the massive defeat of the party. He admonished party supporters to rejoice because the report with its recommendation will bring end to the different views held by party supporters on what caused their defeat. The report he explained covers a wide varied of things that caused their defeat. Meanwhile, General Secretary of the party, Johnson Asiedu Nketia has revealed that NEC will start analyzing the 455 page report from Tuesday June 20, 2017.      Other members of the committee are: Rt. Hon. Edward Doe Adjaho, Alhaji Hudu Yahaya, Naval Capt. Asase Gyimah, Mr. Razak Abu. Dr. William Ahadzie. Dr. Ibrahim Zubairu, Mrs. Juliana Azumah-Mensah, Ms. Barbara Serwaa Asamoah. The parliamentary group includes: Rt. Hon. Alban Bagbin, Second Deputy Speaker, Hon. Haruna Iddrissu-Minority Leader, Hon. Sampson Ahi and Hon. Nii Lante Vanderpuje.   
President Nana Akufo-Addo’s nominee for the position as Chief Justice, Justice Sophia Akuffo has been approved by Parliament. Parliament on Monday 19, June 2017 approved the nominee after the Appointments Committee presented its report before the House.   The nominee was grilled last week Friday for six hours by the vetting committee and answered questions on a wide range of issues. In presenting the report, the chairman of the Appointments Committee and First Deputy Speaker, Joe Osei-Owusu, said the committee recommended her approval unanimously since there was no dissenting view.   “She exhibited a high standard of competence and integrity, forthrightness and independence of thought, astuteness in depth, and appreciation of the law, fairness, and selflessness. The nominee Sophia Akuffo qualifies to serve as the Chief Justice of the republic. Mr Speaker, it is the recommendation of the house by unanimity that the nominee be approved to take the seat of Chief Justice in Ghana,” he stated.    
President's Asset Retrieval Task Force Head, Daasebre Kwabena Ahenkorah has called for the immediate arrest of the  former Member of Parliament for Nkoranza South and former Deputy Local Government Minister, Emmanuel Agyekum for duping the state. In an interview with Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, he said, the former state official imported a $120, 000 vehicle but paid only GHc1, 000 as duty. He said the former Minister should have paid a total of GHc120, 000 (1.2 billion old cedis) for the vehicle but failed to do so and paid only GHc1, 000. He charged the Customs Commissioner to with immediate effect retrieve the car from him [Agyekum] ‘’because he imported the car from Dubai at a cost of $120, 000 but paid only GHc1, 000 as duty. He used state a car to dupe the state. The car should be retrieved from him. He duped the state and his V8 should be seized so he will be forced to pay for the duty on the car before it is released to him. He caused financial loss to the state. The car registration number is GR 4317, he has not paid a duty on the car, he was paid by the state when he was Minister and so he should be made to pay back.’’ Officials of the presidential Taskforce on the retrieval of state assets some few months ago, ransacked the Ashongman Estate residence of the former Deputy Local Government Minister, Emmanuel Kwadwo Agyekum on suspicion that he’s keeping state vehicles. The former government official denied the claims of keeping state vehicles but Daasebre Kwabena Ahenkorah maintained he [Agyekum] is keeping four stolen cars in his possession and has challenged him to deny the claims.    ''I have the documents and so he should deny my claims. He can go to court. I have worked on the car and I can tell you he duped the state for failing to pay duty on the car. I am challenging him to deny it. He has hidden the 4 stolen cars. He's still keeping the cars.''  
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