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The Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) has summoned security and safety officers of Ministries of State in a day’s sensitization workshop on how to create and sustain awareness of the hazards of fire and enlighten the role of the individual in fire prevention. At the workshop, participants were given basic tutorials on fundamental causes of fire at the workplace and how to prevent them from occurring frequently. They were also taken through practicalities of attacking fire should they accidentally occur. Briefing the media on the need for the exercise, Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Director Safety, Mr. William Yawson referred to the former Foreign Affairs Ministry which was brought down by  an outbreak some six (6) years ago saying, it  was due to negligence on the part of staff members who left electrical gadgets on after close of work. This has made it considerable to have people working in those offices sensitized on fire safety measures. He entreated the public to be friendly with the fire service and have their emergency telephone numbers even stored on their cell phones to enable them reach the service in time of need. Participants also shared how educative and beneficial they saw the training. They wished for frequent training of such kind to help the larger society. By: Daniel Asuku                                                                                
The General Overseer and founder of the 12 Apostles Church, Koforidua, Prophet Joseph Adu has added his voice to the killings of security officers underscoring the need for culprits to be punished. The man of God says the offenders especially those who gruesomely murdered the late Major Maxwell Mahama should not be spared. According to him, investigations into these killings should be done diligently with enough evidence gathered to ensure that the offenders are properly punished. Speaking to Rainbow Radio’s Banahene, he said, the impunity and lawlessness in the country should be dealt with before they get worse. The judiciary he emphasized must be firm and work devoid of any politically manipulation so citizens will trust the institution. He called on the president to crack the whip on lawlessness so law and order will be maintained.   He further advised the various law enforcement agencies to be up and doing considering the level of lawlessness in the country.
The Minority NDC Caucus in Parliament is accusing the Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo led government of embarking on a massive transfer exercise of employers at the Youth Employment Agency (YEA) to various regions without recourse to the Public Services Commission Act 1994 and the YEA Act 887. In their view, such an exercise is a deliberate ploy to force the affected workers of YEA to resign. They therefore want the general public, the Public Services Commission, the Auditor-General, CHRAJ, the National Peace Council, Civil Society Organisations, International Labour Organisations, Christian Council of Ghana, the National Chief Imam and the National House of Chiefs to rise up and lead the charge in safeguarding  YEA from over-politicization being championed by the Justin Kodua Frimpong, the Acting Chief Executive. Ranking Member of the Youth and Sports and Culture Committee, Hon. Kwabena Woyome told journalists at a press conference that failure to safeguard the YEA will lead the country to the ditch. Meanwhile the Minority has challenged government to publish the list of deleted beneficiaries. According to them, the computerized system put in place by the previous management cannot be manipulated for fraudulent activities hence the allegation by the new management that the fraud occurred under the erstwhile government is questionable. “We are challenging the leadership to produce the names, E-zwich numbers, modules, youth employment numbers, regions and districts for the said ghost names for the Public to check if beneficiaries cannot be traced to the four cycles of the YEA.     “We are further challenging management to publish the said audit report of the internal audit agency it keeps referring to, together with the written responses of staff who were cited or implicated in the said report.”
The estranged wife of incoming Lesotho Prime Minister Thomas Thabane has been shot dead two days before his inauguration. Lipolelo Thabane, 58, was travelling home with a friend when both women were shot by an unknown assailant, the police say. The police add the motive is unknown and an investigation is continuing. The couple had been living separately since 2012 and filed for divorce which hasn't been granted yet. BBC southern Africa correspondent Karen Allen reports that neighbours claim there had been an incident earlier in the week when a group of unidentified men were spotted hammering on the First Lady's door. She won a high court battle against her husband to secure the privileges of a First Lady, instead of Mr Thabane's youngest wife, Liabiloe, reports the AFP news agency. Mr Thabane is now living with a third wife. Samonyane Ntsekele, the secretary general of Mr Thabane's All Basotho Convention party, told AFP that the prime minister was devastated by the shooting. "Everyone is traumatised by these developments," he said. The election took place earlier this month and was the third election in three years. There is a bitter power-struggle in the country and Mr Thabane still has enemies in the military, our correspondent adds. His inauguration is still expected to take place on Friday.   Source: BBC
International Relations and Security Expert, Irbard Ibrahim has appealed to the United Nations (UN) to intervene in the impasse between Qatar and its Gulf Neighbours and Egypt. This was contained in a statement signed by Mr. Ibrahim who doubles as the Executive Director of Irbard Security Consult.  ‘’As the UN looks into concerns raised by Saudi Arabia et al over Qatar's foreign policy decisions, I call on the UN body to initiate direct talks between Qatar and the countries involved and also conduct an independent inquiry into the allegations levelled against Qatar to bring matters to test,’’ the statement said.   Below is the full statement:     PRESS STATEMENT:   THE UN SHOULD INTERVENE TO END IMPASSE BETWEEN QATAR AND IT'S GULF NEIGHBOURS, AND EGYPT - Irbard Ibrahim   I have been monitoring with keen interest the aerial, land and sea blockade imposed on Qatar by key countries in the Arab World.   This is not the time to lay blame on any country. Saudi Arabia is the single most influential country in the Muslim World. Egypt is the largest Arab country in the world and UAE is one of the greatest business hubs in the world.   During this Holy Month of Ramadan, it is important to consolidate the ties of brotherhood among all countries and people of the world.   As the UN looks into concerns raised by Saudi Arabia et al over Qatar's foreign policy decisions, I call on the UN body to initiate direct talks between Qatar and the countries involved and also conduct an independent inquiry into the allegations levelled against Qatar to bring matters to test.   It looks like Qatar is not caving in anytime soon. Its leaders say they will not be cowed or intimidated into submission and it's foreign affairs' minister is building new alliances around the world to fend off the blockade. Only time will tell how things pan out eventually and what the fate of the Gulf Cooperation Council will be after this crisis.   A Middle East that is united will mean a better chance for global peace, stability and security.   All nations have a stake in this and Ghana should speak out and recommend dialogue and discourage the hardening of entrenched positions for the sake of international peace and security.   Signed Irbard Ibrahim Executive Director IRBARD SECURITY CONSULT    
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Medi-Moses Prostate Medical Centre and overseer of the Medi-Moses Prostrate Foundation, Dr. Degaulle Moses Dogbatsey has appealed to government to declare the month of September as prostrate awareness month. This he noted will help in creating awareness and educate people on prostate He made the appeal at a free prostate screening exercise for all men towards this year’s father’s day celebration under the theme: "Creating awareness about prostate illness; a collective goal for healthy growth and national development".  According to him, the level of prostate illness is increasing among men in Ghana hence the need to intensify efforts in reducing the growing rate of prostate enlargement among men. Ghana is said to have the highest rate of prostate cancer in the whole world, with an estimated number of 921 new cases occurring every year, with 758 of them resulting in death. An enlarged prostate means the gland has grown bigger. Prostate enlargement happens to almost all men as they get older. An enlarged prostate is often called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). It is not cancer, and it does not raise your risk for prostate cancer. Symptoms of enlarged prostate can include: a weak or slow urinary; stream; a feeling of incomplete bladder emptying; Difficulty starting urination; Frequent urination; Urgency to urinate; Getting up frequently at night to urinate among others. Dr. Medi-Moses underscored the need for men to be going regularly examination especially when they start experiencing these signs so the condition can be detected and treated.
  Journalists covering the trial of the two suspected murderers of the Member of Parliament for Abuakwa North, Joseph Boakye Danquah-Adu were today (Thursday, June 15) ejected from the courtroom at the Magistrate Court in Accra.   The presiding judge of the trial, Arit Asemoh directed Police officers stationed inside the courtroom to prevent all journalists from entering. The Police also evicted journalists who were already seated in the courtroom after the two suspects, Daniel Asiedu and Vincent Bossu, were ushered in.   Justice Asemoh gave no reason for his decision.   The suspects were in court today after the Attorney-General (A-G) had initially filed a nolle prosequi to discontinue the prosecution on May 30. However, they were rearrested by heavily armed policemen immediately after that court sitting.       Below are some significant events in relation to the case:   *February 8, 2016: Mr Danquah-Adu was murdered in cold blood at his residence at Shiashie a suburb of Accra.   *February 11, 2016: Daniel Asiedu, aka Sexy Don Don, was arrested by the police at his hideout at Agbogloshie in connection with the murder of the legislator. The police claimed Asiedu had confessed to killing the MP.   *February 16, 2016: Asiedu made his first appearance before the Accra Central District Court, presided over by Mr Stephen Owusu. He confessed to killing the MP and explained that he had gone to steal and did not intend to kill the MP.   *March 1, 2016: The lawyer for Asiedu, Mr Augustine Obour, prayed the District Court to order a psychiatric examination on his client, arguing that an interaction that he had with Asiedu showed that Asiedu was not mentally sound.   *May 10, 2016: Vincent Bosso, aka Junior Agogo, appeared before the District Court accused of being Asiedu’s accomplice.   *May 17, 2016: Asiedu and Bosso appeared together at the District Court for the first time. Asiedu was charged with murder, while Bosso was charged with abetment of crime.   *March 15, 2017: Asiedu and Bosso committed to stand trial at the Accra High Court by the District Court. Asiedu changed his story, claiming that he did not kill the MP but that he was framed up for a crime he did not commit. He was charged with three counts of murder, robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery. Bosso was charged with conspiracy to commit robbery.   *April 18, 2017: The trial of Asiedu and Bosso started at the Criminal Division of the Accra High Court.   *May 30, 2017: Accra High Court discharges Asiedu and Bosso after the A-G filed a nolle prosequi to discontinue the prosecution.   Credit: Graphiconline
The Member of Parliament for Builsa Constituency, Dr. Clement Apaak is of the view that, persons indicted the Auditor-General’s report can not make claims of being witch-hunted, should they fail to respond to queries from the report. The former presidential staffer explained, the mandate of the institution is very clear and when the Auditor-General completes a report, the departments and ministries are given queries to respond to findings, hence indicted persons have no recourse to make claims of witch-hunt. He said,  ‘’and so if you decide not to respond to the Auditor-General, and the final report get to Parliament, submitted to Speaker and assign it to PAC, you really have no recourse for any redress because you would have missed the opportunity earlier on, to respond to the queries brought against you by the Auditor-General. And within that context, I don’t think that any entity can claim about being witch-hunted because they would have had the right as rightly provided them by the Auditor-General, to respond to any queries against them,’’ he said. He was responding to a question on Rainbow Radio in how the orders of the Supreme Court to the Auditor-General may carried out without anyone making claims of a witch-hunt. The Auditor General has been ordered by the Supreme Court to, with immediate effect, begin surcharging persons found to have misappropriated monies belonging to the state.   The Auditor-General has also was directed by the court to take steps to recover all amounts lost to the state, and this covers private persons.   The  Attorney-General must also ensure enforcement of the orders including criminal prosecution where necessary. The Supreme Court order follows follows a suit filed by pressure group, Occupy Ghana in June 2016, seeking an order directing the Auditor-General to issue disallowances and surcharges to and in respect of all persons and entities found in relevant, successive reports to have engaged in misappropriation of state funds.    
A Member of Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC), Dr. Clement Apaak, has said the Supreme Court’s orders for the Auditor-General will give clarity to the role that the institution can play in terms of surcharging persons implicated in its report. Dr. Apaak said the relationship between PAC and the Auditor General is direct because the role of PAC is to look at the audited accounts of Ministries, Departments and Agencies as per the budgetary allocations given to them to spend on behalf of the people. The law he explained requires the Auditor General, to audit these departments’ ministries and agencies, and provide that report to the Speaker of Parliament and when the Speaker receives the report, he assigns it to PAC to scrutinize it, invite people to justify the findings. He was however quick to add that, the powers of PAC does not allow them to directly initiative prosecution and retrieval of monies from individuals who may have embezzled, misapplied or failed to account for funds. ‘’That is why we are very excited about this development even as we look towards the Speaker also activating processes after we have presented him with our report.’’ The MP said, ‘’Parliament is also looking forward to a review of the constitution to augment the powers of PAC as pertained in the Eastern part of the continent particularly Uganda where PAC can bring in police officers to its hearing and call the immediate arrest of public officials indicted in a report or those who fail to justify any suspected act of embezzlement. So we welcome the outcome of the case by OccupyGhana and we believe it is only going to enhance our work.’’ He lamented over the misuse, misapplication and embezzlement of colossal amount of money as captured in the annual report of the Attorney General, and stressed that the only equation to these actions is to hold indicted persons who use political cover to misappropriate state funds accountable. The Supreme Court yesterday [Wednesday] ordered the Auditor General to, with immediate effect, begin surcharging persons found to have misappropriated monies belonging to the state.   The order of the court follows a suit filed by pressure group, Occupy Ghana in June 2016, seeking an order directing the Auditor-General to issue disallowances and surcharges to and in respect of all persons and entities found in relevant, successive reports to have engaged in misappropriation of state funds.    
The Inspector General of Police, Mr. David Asante Appeatu has announced the intention of the police service to set up a fund to offer support for families of personnel who die in line of duty. The IGP made the announcement when the Interior Minister made an official visit to the police headquarters on Wednesday. Mr. Appeatu decried the recent killing of service men but assured personnel that their welfare is paramount to the police administration. “The recent killing of front line officers in the line of duty goes to confirm the increasing hazardous nature of the police profession…however, it is the dream of the current police administration to establish a police fund.” “This will give hope to personnel especially those in the front line and also reassure all that their welfare is of paramount importance to the administration,” he said.    
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