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A six year-old girl, Dorcas Dartebia, has been diagnosed of spondylosis (spine fracture or defect) at Kofi Asare in the Upper West Akyem District. Reporting the incident on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, Rainbow Radio’s Prince Collins Bening, described the condition of the little girl as severe. According to him, the six year girl walks over five miles to school and walks the same miles back from school on daily basis. Prince Bening indicated that doctors, who examined the little girl, attributed her condition to long the distance she had to walk to and from school. According to Bening, Dartebia fell on her face when she was taking her bath in a bathroom some few days ago, and was rushed to the Adeiso Government hospital to seek medical care but was referred to the Nsawam Government Hospital. However the parents have told the hospital they are unable to cater for her medical bills. The girl is unable to walk and experiencing severe pain, Bening added. Spondylolysis is the medical term for a spine fracture or defect that occurs at the region of the pars interarticularis. The pars interarticularis is region between the facet joints of the spine, and more specifically the junction of the superior facet and the lamina. It is more common for a child or young adult to have a spondylolysis (pars fracture) without having spondylolisthesis, whereas adults are frequently diagnosed with spondylolisthesis without spondylolysis. Although it is confusing, both of these conditions are frequently seen in combination, and the treatments for both conditions are often the same. However, it is much more common for adults to be treated surgically; children with spondylolysis/spondylolisthesis rarely require surgery unless the slippage is severe. Back pain is the most common presenting symptom, particularly in adults. Children may or may not have significant back pain; the predominant symptom(s) may be difficulty walking, postural deformity, and/or hamstring tightness. Adults frequently have leg pain, numbness, and/or weakness (sciatica, radiculitis, or radiculopathy) while children rarely have leg symptoms.( http://www.uscspine.com/conditions/childrens-spondylolysis-spondylolisthesis.cfm)
An Executive Committee Member of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Albert Commey, has challenged the decision by government to dissolve the association. The decision by government he lamented is unlawful because the FA is an association limited by guarantee and it takes their members to dissolve it. But if an outsider [government] intends to dissolve it, it must be premised on an illegal or fraudulent activity. Our membership is 22 and only 4 have been implicated. Does it therefore, mean we have done something wrong? He was not happy the few people implicated is informing government to dissolve the GFA because ‘’it will not inure to the benefit of stakeholders.’’ The Ethics Committee of GFA he said have taken steps to probe the matter and no member implicated will be shielded but attempts are being made to dissolve the GFA for some political reasons. ‘’When a problem occurs, we use the internal mechanism to resolve them. You don’t go around saying you want to dissolve the GFA. I don’t trust politicians…because they can abuse power. There are a lot of mechanisms and I have heard some people are behind the attempt to dissolve the GFA for their own selfish interest.’’ He continued: ‘’we should exercise restraint and stop lumping all of us together. We have to take time and investigate this matter…Some of us decided to be above reproach but we are being called criminals because of some few individuals.’’ Albert Commey said he is confused as to whether to remain in the game of football due to the fallout from the Number 12 expose. On the way out when there is no president or vice he said: 'In the event where there is no GFA president and the vice, the rules and regulations allow the membership to elect someone to act in the capacity as head for the body until we are able to go for an early congress and elect a new leader.' ‘’The law does not allow for the GFA to be dissolved. So if the Ghana Bar Association is faced with a crisis, will the government of Ghana remove its leadership and appoint its own people? I don’t think that is the best,’’ he concluded.
The man who has been granted the lawful attorney to stand in for Anas Aremeyaw Anas in the GHc25 million defamation suit against Kennedy Agyapong, the Assin Central MP, Listowell Yesu Bukarson says the legislator will not be able to provide evidence for even half of his allegations leveled against the investigative journalist. Listowell Yesu Bukarson, who is also a journalist said, the maverick politician have leveled about 12 allegations against Anas Aremeyaw Anas but he will not be able to support them with the needed evidence. He said, the quest to also unveil Anas will be an interesting request because if [Agyapong] will demand to unveil Anas, then he will probably have to see Anas through his face. Kennedy Agyapong has, in the past week, been publishing materials in his bid to discredit the investigative journalist, who has released an explosive piece on the rot in Ghana football. Anas last week through his lawyer, Mr Kissi Agyebeng, sued Mr Agyapong for the award of general damages for defamation in the defendant’s publications. But the MP says he was scared about the suit. He reiterated his resolve to unmask Anas Aremeyaw Anas in court. The legislator said he will not accept any decision by Anas not to appear in court and will be willing to pay GHc25 million should he lose the case in court. Mr Agyapong is currently on a business trip in China and has not been served with the writ but Mr Yesu says he will be served when he arrives in Ghana. Anas he emphasized is not perturbed but focused and will only end his quest to expose rot in society when corruption is eradicated in Ghana and the globe. ‘’Anas is very strong, focused and determined. Anas is very relaxed and anyone attempting to write anything negative about Anas will be wasting his or her time,’’ he added.
Assin Central Member of Parliament, Kennedy Agyapong, has gone berserk threatening to expose any individual who will try to discredit him over his quest to expose Anas Aremeyaw Anas. The maverick politician says he will use any information available to him, to expose even his New Patriotic Party (NPP) members if they come his way as he tries to expose those he refers to as''corrupt journalists''. An interview on Accra based Asempa FM from China where the MP is on a business trip, Kennedy Agyapong said, he has always being accused of trading in cocaine but he wants his accusers to bring fresh information about him to the public because the tag of him dealing in cocaine, is nothing new. ‘’If you have any new information about me, bring it out. Because accusing me of trading in cocaine is nothing new. So bring any information about me out before I will start exposing your dirty secrets. From where the story is is unfolding, anybody who will try to discredit me in my quest to expose all the corrupt journalists, if I have got any information about you; I respect the NPP but no NPP member can stop me from exposing evil, corrupt journalists that are parading all over the country as if they are honest.’’ Kennedy Agyapong has also threatened some five journalists who he noted are corrupt journalists and being bought houses to push an agenda for some people. He was reacting to the suit filed against him by Anas Aremeyaw Anas who is demanding GHc25 million for defamation. The MP has, in the past week, been publishing materials in his bid to discredit the investigative journalist, who has released an explosive piece on the rot in Ghana football. Anas last week through his lawyer, Mr Kissi Agyebeng, sued Mr Agyapong for the award of general damages for defamation in the defendant’s publications. A journalist, Mr Listowell Yesu Bukarson, has been granted the lawful attorney to stand in for Anas. But the MP says he was scared about the suit. He reiterated his resolve to unmask Anas Aremeyaw Anas in court. The legislator said he will not accept any decision by Anas not to appear in court and will be willing to pay GHc25 million should he lose the case in court. Mr Agyapong indicated his interest was to expose the alleged corrupt dealings of Anas and has challenged Kwesi Nyantakyi to come out and tell Ghanaians how he [Anas] demanded $150, 000 from him [Nyantakyi] so he will kill the case.
It was a painful experience for Obiri Yebaoh, as he watched his father die in a car in front of a hospital because of the popular ‘No Bed Syndrome’. The late was turned away by six hospitals because these hospitals told the family there were no beds to accommodate the deceased. A 70-year old man, Anthony Opoku Acheampon, died in his car at the LEKMA hospital after six other hospitals refused to admit him due to lack of beds. The incident he said happened on 3 June 2018 when his brother, Ishmael Opoku received a phone call from his mother to come home and assist in taking his father to the hospital because he was complaining of headache and dizziness. At midnight, Mr Opoku and his mother drove his father to the C&J Hospital at Adabraka where the nurse turned them away with the no bed excuse without even administering first aid. They left C& J Hospital to the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital where the same excuse of no bed was cited. From Korle Bu, they made trips to Korle Bu Polyclinic, the Accra Regional Hospital, the Police Hospital and the LEKMA Hospital where his father eventually died. All the hospitals they visited turned him away over claims that there was no bed. At the LEKMA hospital, Mr Opoku recalls his mother knelt before a doctor and pleaded that his father be attended to but the doctor refused to take care of him insisting there was nothing he could do. Mr Acheampon died in his son’s car after all attempts to get him medical treatment failed. The story has sparked outrage on social with one of Ghana’s finest legal brains, lawyer Ace Ankomah charging Ghanaians to call for an end to this human rights breach. Make a date with Kwame Tutu tomorrow [Tuesday] as he speaks to Obiri Yeboah on the story that led to the death of his beloved father.
Deputy Roads and Highways Minister Mr Kwabena Owusu Aduomi, says the challenges confronting the nation in maintaining and constructing quality roads is the lack of finances. Mr Aduomi, speaking in an interview with Kwame Tutu said, the lack of funds has also affected the maintenance of existing roads which are deplorable state across the country. ‘’We are unable to maintain our roads due to lack of funds. We will need to devote enough resources to maintain our roads. Every government including the governing NPP must invest in the roads sector,’’ he said. The tour by the president to the various regions he stated revealed one major request from the traditional rulers and that was the call on government to repair the deplorable nature of their roads. Government he announced is committing resources to convert all unmotorable roads to motorable roads. The ministry he lamented does not get their projected budget and usually get half of the amount; a situation he said makes it difficult for them to work. He called for an urgent need for the country to find other innovative ways to fund road projects because relying on budget alone will not be effective. ‘’Ghana has over 74,000 Kilometers of road but we’ve only managed to asphalt just about 23 per cent. Meaning, all the remaining percentage are gravel roads and when it rains, some are unable to ply them. We have a huge deficit to work on. We may consider using our oil resources to repair our deplorable roads. Majority of our roads are in deplorable state and we will need to invest a lot of money to work on them,’’ he charged. He revealed to the host that, majority of the contractors are being owed and so they are unable to move to their respect locations to work. The previous administration left over 4 billion Ghana cedis debt between the road and consolidated fund, he said. That of COCOBOD is about 5 billion Ghana cedis, he added. ‘’Government is facing a huge challenge. We will need to clear all these debts before we can get the work done,’’ he concluded.
The Chamber of Petroleum Consumers-Ghana has congratulated President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for dismissing the Bulk Storage and Transportation (BOST) MD, Alfred Obeng. The decision by the president COPEC said shows that Nana Addo is an incorruptible individual. The statement said: “The president has indeed demonstrated his aversion for corruption and we believe all others in other key positions will take a cue and not engage in acts that only serves their pockets to the disadvantage of the institutions they have been appointed to.” The statement further asserted that, “It is COPEC’s firm belief that the president’s master stroke to give BOST a new MD will not only boost public confidence but also boost the confidence of the business community in the company to ensure the Global Major Oil Traders all of whom had withdrawn from carrying out any business with the company, will now find a good reason to renew business operations with BOST.” Below is the full statement CHAMBER OF PETROLEUM CONSUMERS-GHANA BOST HAS BEEN GIVEN A NEW LEASE OF LIFE THANK YOU MR PRESIDENT. The Bulk Storage and Transportation (BOST) under the immediate past Managing Director-Alfred Obeng Boateng has over the past one year been saddled with one serious scandal after the other, following largely from series of bad management decisions by the past Managing Director. Scandals such as the decision to carelessly dump over 5 million litres of contaminated oil onto the market through unlicensed firms received strong bashing, opposition and disgust from Copec, Acep, IES and the entire public. Ghanaians would have thought, that huge scandal would have made the past MD to sit up and desist from any further acts against the Public good and the company he had been appointed to head but that was not to be. He single-handedly decides a few months later to go trading off and selling over 1.8 million barrels to two companies at a rate way below the then prevailing market rates leading to huge financial losses to BOST itself and the state at large. Copec once again raised issue with this unfortunate sale after an initial publication by the Herald newspaper. Several press conferences by a section of the staff aligned to the past Md failed to convince the discerning public who simply could not understand how crude that Ghana paid +$4.6 /barrel for, was sold cheaply 8 months after for -$2 /barrel at a time when world market prices were only going up and we could have easily made a lot more if we had allowed others to bid. Subsequent discussions shifted from the substance of the matter to personalisation of a national issue bothering on apparent corruption and wrongful disposal of a national resource contrary to the provisions of the Public Asset Disposal Act. Death threats and name callings followed with very wild and unsubstantiated allegations being thrown out there to suggest some of us had personal interests in the matter which clearly was far from the truth, part of the death threats ended in court. Thankfully several public-spirited lawyers including the distinguished Lawyer Martin Kpebu came to our defense for no fee whatsoever. Our stakeholder Council remained resolute and unwavering though some of them were called unpalatable names in the heat of the discussions. For the avoidance of doubt, CopecGhana has been involved strongly in several serious matters of serious national importance all of which never bothered on anything personal but at all times for the public good and this particular one was no different. Critical Issues such as Leading a demonstration on fuel pricing which subsequently saw the Ministry of Finance reduce the SPT and fuel price by extension. Mandatory Road towing programme which had to be shelved eventually after leading a charge against the wrongful implementation module which saw all of us and other progressive forces bring pressure to bear on the module, leading to its cancellation. Issues of bad or quality fuel on the market. Public Safety in and around fuel and lpg stations. High diesel sulphur reduction from the previously dirty 3000ppm to current cleaner 50ppm, Several other lead discussions on TOR must work, NPA, Ghana Gas, GCMC, The Ministry of Energy etc has been done without any personal interests whatsoever as we never raise these issues out of malice. Our records from the former regime to the current regime will amply demonstrate our commitment to ensuring public good at all times. The President’s Inaugural address admonishing all of us to be citizens and not spectators continues to serve a good catalyst for our continuous appraisal of critical state institutions whose gain or loss affects the ordinary Ghanaian directly. It is our firm belief that the president’s master stroke to give BOST a new MD will not only boost public confidence but also boost the confidence of the business community in the company to ensure the Global Major Oil Traders all of whom had withdrawn from carrying out any business with the company, will now find a good reason to renew business operations with BOST. It is our firm belief further that the new MD who until his appointment also served as the Director-Upstream at the Ministry of Energy will bring his rich experiences to bear on the company as we are aware some of the very senior experienced hands who have been at the company are being prepared to Deputize and provide institutional support for the new administration. We use this opportunity to also commend the BOST Board for standing up to the past MD in his bad dealings that only brought bad press to the company. The president has indeed demonstrated his aversion for corruption and we believe all others in other key positions will take a cue and not engage in acts that only serves their pockets to the disadvantage of the institutions they have been appointed to. Copec and other allied bodies will continue to monitor events downstream and will at all times make useful contributions for policy makers to formulate and improve standards in the oil industry in Ghana. Our eyes and ears continue to be firmly fixed on key petroleum matters and we will not hesitate at any point in bringing to the attention of Authorities of any critical issue that affects our collective well being and the public good at all times. We finally call on the president to ensure any wrongful gains made by the past MD is returned to the state after which he can be redeployed to anywhere his publishing experiences could be useful for. Once again we say THANK you Mr President for giving BOST a new lease of life. Signed Duncan Amoah Executive Secretary CopecGhana
Ghana Football Association Executive Member, Albert Commey, has admitted that it is no secret that there are certain corrupt practices within the GFA. Speaking on Frontline Show on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm today [Monday], the executive member said that he personally does not like the method used to unearth these corrupt practices. Considering the weaknesses and strengths of every individual, it is not good if people are deceived into accepting bribes and being captured on tapes, he lamented. Emphasizing he said, "As one of my strengths, I don't take money that does not belong to me. I prefer to help others without any implied favours. Others have money as their weaknesses but have strengths in other fields. He expressed his disgust with all that is happening in the GFA and pleaded that the necessary investigations be done so that the few culprits would be brought to book in order not to lump up the many innocent uncorrupted members with the few corrupt ones. By: Priscilla Obeng Asantewaa (Intern, Rainbow Radio)
The president for the Western region House of Chiefs and Omanehene of Sefwi Anwhiaso, Ogyeahoho Yaw Gyebi II, has commended government for the ban on small scale mining. He told Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, it was encouraging for the president to assure Ghanaians that, his administration will ensure strict enforcement of the ban on small scale mining. The ban he disclosed has helped hence the need for authorities to put in place strict measures before the ban is lifted. According to him, the days of illegal miners destroying our water bodies are over. The measures he stressed will help preserve their water bodies, forest reserves and vegetation. Ogyeahoho Yaw Gyebi II, further described as worrying the defiance of others on the part of foreigners especially Chinese nationals to still engage in illegal mining. The traditional ruler also described roads in the Western region as deplorable as compared to all the various regions in Ghana. The deplorable nature of the roads he said has affected the smooth delivery of healthcare and affected agriculture. ‘’Our roads are in deplorable state. And we are extremely happy that President Akufo-Addo has cut-sod for the construction of some major roads in the region.’’ President Akufo-Addo on his three-day tour in the Western region cut-sod for the construction of the 25 kilometre Asankragua – Fordjuorkrom feeder road, in the Amenfi West constituency, in the Western Region, in fulfilment of a campaign pledge he made in the run-up to the December 2016 elections. The road, which is scheduled to be completed in 24 months, will serve the Asankran Breman, Suroano, Breman, Oda Akotoamso, Asiedukrom, Awudikrom, and Fordjuorkrom communities. The president also cut-sod for the construction of the construction of the 24.3km Kojina-Chirano-Akoti Road in the Bibiani/Anhwiaso/Bekwai constituency. The Chief commended Nana Addo and asked for asked God to strengthen and give him longlife and prosperity so he can deliver on his campaign promises.
The Minister of Food and Agriculture, Dr. Afriyie Akoto, will be presenting a total of 216 of these brand new pickups to the 216 district directors towards the implementation of the Planting for Food and Jobs programme. Ridwan Issah Khalifa, special aide to the agric minister said, the current administration upon assuming office realized that the agric officers were constraint due to transportation. The agric officers were limited in resources including vehicles and so through assistance from the Canadian government, the agic ministry has purchased the 216 pickups. ‘’The processes started last year and the pickups are ready to be handed over to the agric directors so they will work with them so they can assist farmers in remote areas where agriculture remains the bedrock of their activities,’’ he said. The situation in the past he lamented was extremely bad and directors were hiring taxis to help them work. It was a terrible situation. This is the reason why we initiated this project, he added. When asked about the cost, he said, ‘’I cannot give the exact figure but the Canadian government gave us $1.5 million and we have used part of that money to purchase these pickups. The pickups he said will give farmers rapid response to their needs and there will be reduction in post harvest loses and army worm invasion.
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