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An accident on the Achimota-Ofankor Highway has claimed 8 lives, Rainbow Radio has gathered. The accident according an eyewitness account occurred after a Sprinter Benz bus the passengers were travelling on fell from the flyover onto the overpass. The accident is said to have happened around 6am. The driver is said to have lost control of the vehicle after one of his tyres burst.
Major parts of Accra were flooded after the heavy rainfall on Tuesday morning in the nation's capital. A lot of people who were travelling from home in the early hours of the day were stranded in traffic in all parts because the flood waters had covered major roads. Some vehicles developed faults as a result of the heavy downpour. Residents in flood prone areas were also not spared from the downpour as some were seen salvaging their properties.
Former Deputy Attorney General under former President John Dramani Mahama, Dr. Dominic Ayine has challenged the appointment of Martin Amidu as Special Prosecutor at the Supreme Court. The legislator is seeking for a declaration that by a true and proper interpretation of Articles 190(1)(d), 199(1), 199(4), and 295 of the 1992 constitution, the retirement age of all holder of public offices created pursuant to Article 190(1)(d) is sixty (60) years, anyhow not beyond sixty(65) years.; A declaration that by a true and proper interpretation of Articles 190(1)(d) and 199(4) of the 1992 constitution, no person above the age of 65 years is eligible for employment in any public office created under Article 190(1)(d; A declaration that by reason of his age, (66 years), Mr. Martin Alamisi Burns Kaiser Amidu is not qualified or eligible to be approved by Parliament as the Special under Section 13(3) of the Office of the Special Prosecutor Act, 2018 (Act 959); A declaration that by reason of his age, (66 years), Mr. Martin Alamisi Burns Kaiser Amidu is not qualified or eligible to be approved by Parliament as the Special Prosecutor under Section 13(3) of the Office of the Special Prosecutor Act, 2018 (Act 959); A declaration that by the reason of his age, (66 years), Mr. Martin Alamisi Burns Kaiser Amidu is not qualified to be appointed by His Excellency the President of the Republic as the Special Prosecutor under Section 13(3) of the Office of the Special Prosecutor Act, 2018 (Act 959); A declaration that any purported nomination by the Attorney General or approval by Parliament or appointment by His Excellency the President of the Republic of Martin Burns Kaiser Amidu as the Special Prosecutor under Sections 13(3), of the Office of Special Prosecutor Act 2018, (Act 959), is unconstitutional, and therefore, null and void; In the event Martin Amidu Burns Kaiser Amidu has already been vetted and approved by Parliament and/or approved by His Excellency the President of the Republic as the Special Prosecutor under Section 13(3) of Office of the Special Prosecutor Act 2018 (Act 959) prior to the final determination of this suit, an order annulling such nomination, approval and appointment.
Chief Justice Her Ladyship Justice Sophia Akuffo has called for a broader consultation between between government, parents and education experts on the Free Senior High School Education policy to ensure its success. The success of the flagship education policy she stated would require more sacrifices and not just dialogue. Speaking at the 108th Speech and Prize Giving Day of Wesley Girls High School in Cape Coast, the second female CJ noted that just as parents have their roles in ensuring the sustenance of the Free SHS programme, the state also has its duty to play. “It’s imperative to engage with school managers in frank and open dialogue with a view to ensuring the overall success of the policy,” she said. She added: “The challenge of increasing access to SHS education while maintaining and even improving standards requires very nimble thinking and constant innovations. Sacrifices are being made to make this quality education free.” President Akufo-Addo has says even though there may be challenges in the implementation of the free senior high school policy, he is determined to make it succeed at all cost.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) MP for Kintampo North constituency, Mr. Kwasi Etu-Bonde, has underscored the need for government to improve upon our road sector. A good road network he posited would help improve upon the agric sector and generate more revenue for the state. Speaking to Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, he asked government to also consider what he termed ‘’demand driven’’ approach towards sustainable agriculture., Touching on the flagship agric policy, ‘Planting for and Jobs’, he said the policy only focuses on planting and jobs, with no clear direction on how best the farmers can sell their produce. According to him, if government is able to do that, we will reduce the importation of basic staples. ‘’If we do not concentrate on agriculture marketing, then we should forget it,’’ he said. He said, ‘’ Agriculture is one sector that can really turn things around in this country but the government seems to be paying only lip service to it.’’ Government, has argued that the programme has registered suppliers to distribute farm produce to public institutions to ensure availability of quality food in a timely manner to Ghanaians. , It has revitalized the National Buffer Stock Company to procure, store and distribute the outputs from the Planting for Food and Jobs and other programmes of the Ministry. But the legislator says the claims by authorities cannot be entirely true.
Mr. Martin Amidu, the nominee for the Office of Special Prosecutor is expected to be grilled for hours by Parliament’s Appointment’s Committee tomorrow [Tuesday]. His vetting is expected to be the longest in history, Minority Chief Whip, Muntaka Mubarak has hinted. The Minority had earlier promised to grill the former attorney general who fell out with his party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC). Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, asked the nominee to prepare himself for the ‘fire’ ahead of him tomorrow. He said the minority members of the Appointments Committee will undertake their constitutional responsibility of subjecting the nominee to scrutiny when he appears before it. But Mr. Amidu in a statement said he will personally have nothing to lose or win when he appears before the committee tomorrow. He also indicated in his statement that he would have been overwhelmingly endorsed through a national referendum but the Special Prosecutor Act (Act 959) gives the power to the Parliament of Ghana. He said: ‘’One thing I know from the outpouring of support for the President’s nomination of my humble self as the Special Public Prosecutor is that if the President’s wishes were put to a national referendum, all the 275 constituencies of the country will return an overwhelmingly positive endorsement for his choice. But the Office of the Special Public Prosecutor Act (Act 959) gives the power of approval to the Parliament and it is important that everyone complies with the Act and the instructions issued by the Committee for the public hearing. Only two outcomes are possible after the public hearing – to approve or disapprove the President’s nominee. Whatever the outcome, I will have nothing personally to win or lose. I accordingly urge every Ghanaian unable to attend the hearing personally to stay calm and await the outcome. I will forever remain grateful for the outpouring of support across the country on the occasion of the President’s announcement of my nomination for approval as Special Prosecutor,’’ he added.
The nominee for the office of Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu, has served notice to persons who have expressed interest in attending his vetting that, only limited persons would be able to attend. The former attorney general says he has given out all the invitation cards on first come first served basis. In a write up on his website, the anti-corruption crusader said he’s been receiving numerous calls from interested individuals who wanted to attend his vetting. Martin Amidu will face the vetting committee tomorrow [Tuesday]. His vetting is likely to be the longest in Ghana’s history, Minority Chief Whip, Muntaka Mubarak has predicted Below is the full statement THE NOMINEE FOR SPECIAL PROSECUTOR IS SORRY THAT ONLY A LIMITED NUMBER OF PEOPLE CAN BE INVITED TO THE PUBLIC HEARING As the days to the public hearing of my nomination approval by the Appointments Committee of Parliament on 13th February 2018 as the Special Public Prosecutor approaches, I have been inundated with endless calls from chiefs, friends and well-wishers from all over the country wishing to attend my nomination approval hearing. Unfortunately, the letter written from the Parliamentary Service inviting me “to appear before the Committee at its public hearing on Tuesday, 13th February, 2018 at 10:00a.m. in Committee Rooms 1-3, New Parliamentary Office Complex, Parliament House, Accra” with an attached Notes for Nominees, which limits the number of “supporters of the Nominee that will be allowed at the venue for the Public Hearing.” Consequently, only a limited number of invitation cards were given to me for the purpose which I have already distributed on a first call basis whether or not I knew the caller personally. The notes also prohibit drummers and dancers from entering the venue for the public hearing. Accordingly, I wish to appeal to all Ghanaians who would have wished to attend the public hearing of my nomination approval in person whom I have been unable to send or give an invitation card, to instead participate in my nomination hearing by viewing the event on television should it be telecast live or replayed after the public hearing. This will enable me to comply with the Notes for Nominees attached to my invitation for the public hearing. I am sorry I have no control over the number of well-wishers or spectators allowed to personally attend such public nomination hearings. I hope the members of the public who have contacted me for invitation cards will forgive my inability to invite more than the permissible number allowed me. One thing I know from the outpouring of support for the President’s nomination of my humble self as the Special Public Prosecutor is that if the President’s wishes were put to a national referendum, all the 275 constituencies of the country will return an overwhelmingly positive endorsement for his choice. But the Office of the Special Public Prosecutor Act (Act 959) gives the power of approval to the Parliament and it is important that everyone complies with the Act and the instructions issued by the Committee for the public hearing. Only two outcomes are possible after the public hearing – to approve or disapprove the President’s nominee. Whatever the outcome, I will have nothing personally to win or lose. I accordingly urge every Ghanaian unable to attend the hearing personally to stay calm and await the outcome. I will forever remain grateful for the outpouring of support across the country on the occasion of the President’s announcement of my nomination for approval as Special Prosecutor. Martin A. B. K. Amidu 11th February 2018
The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) has denied claims that it has initiated plans to present the body of the late military officer who died alongside the late Ebony Reigns before the martial court. It was widely circulated on both traditional and social media that, the military has sanctioned the late officer because he was on an official assignment after taking a sick leave from official duties. But a statement from the military has disputed the claims. The statement said: ‘’In the instant case of this Airman, it is stressed that investigations are being instituted to unravel the full circumstances surrounding the sad incident. ‘’It is therefore inaccurate and malicious for anyone to insinuate that the body of the late LAC Vondee Atsu has been detained till it serves a sentence passed by a court martial,’’ it added. Below is the full statement PRESS RELEASE Issued by the Public Relations Directorate, General Headquarters, Burma Camp, Accra Tel: +233-302775665 Fax: +233-302772241 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Release No.F1 11February, 2018 RE: FALSE PUBLICATION ABOUT THE GHANA ARMED FORCES IN RESPECT OF THE LATE 203615 LAC VONDEE FRANCIS ATSU The Ghana Armed Forces {GAF} has noted with deep concern the false publication which has gone viral on social media after the late Airman 203615 LAC Vondee Atsu Francis died in a tragic road traffic accident with the popular music artiste Ebony. The reports which alleges some actions taken by GAF are not only false but demonstrates insensibility towards the emotions of the rank and file of GAF and the family of the deceased Airman. Following reports of the accident, the mortal remains of the late LAC Vondee Atsu Francis was recovered on Friday afternoon to the 37 Military Hospital where the corpse was formally identified by the family in line with GAF Standard Operating Procedures. GAF owes a responsibility to the family of the deceased Airman to preserve and produce the mortal remains for burial and funeral rites. All military personnel who get involved in accidents are first evacuated as soon as practicable irrespective of where the accident occurred. Recent cases include the evacuation of the corpse of the Late Cpl Fletcher Carl who died in a road traffic accident on the Bolga – Bawku road, and the medical evacuation of officer cadets who were involved in a road traffic accident in the Volta Region. After the evacuation, investigations are conducted to among other things determine the circumstances that led to the accident with the view of putting measures in place to if possible avoid or minimize occurrence of similar incidents. In the instant case of this Airman, it is stressed that investigations are being instituted to unravel the full circumstances surrounding the sad incident. It is therefore inaccurate and malicious for anyone to insinuate that the body of the late LAC Vondee Atsu has been detained till it serves a sentence passed by a court martial. At this moment of national grief, we expect the public to mourn and sympathize with the bereaved families and also respect their sensibilities instead of exacerbating their pain with such a fabricated story. The Military High Command takes this opportunity to extend their condolences to the bereaved families while wishing the injured a speedy recovery. SIGNED E AGGREY-QUASHIE Colonel Director Public Relations Note to Editors For favour of publication, please. Cc: All Media Houses
Justice Stephen Allan Brobbey, the Chairman of the Commission of Inquiry looking into the proposed creation of the new regions, has observed that chieftaincy disputes have the potential to impede the quest for new regions. He urged chiefs in areas where the regions are to be created to endeavour and resolve the various chieftaincy disputes and land litigations. He also urged the public to bury their political differences and embark on vigorous campaigns to be able to meet the constitutional voting requirement for the exercise. Mr Brobbey, who is a retired Supreme Court Judge, gave the advice during a public hearing on the creation of the Bono East Region at Nkoranza in the Brong-Ahafo Region. He told the people that the Commission would have nothing to do if the people failed to obtain the 50 percent votes and the 80 percent voter turnouts during the referendum as required by the constitution. Mr Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh, the Brong-Ahafo Regional Minister, said the proposed splitting of the region would facilitate equitable distribution of development project particularly, in underserved communities. He admitted that there are still deficits in educational and health facilities in the region hence the need for the people to forge ahead in unity and contribute their quota for the creation of the regions. Mr Charles Konadu Yiadom, the Member of Parliament for Nkoranza South, said partisan politics slowed down development processes and advised the people to guard against that. Oheneba Adjei Baffoe, the President of the Nkoranza Traditional Council, said the proposed creation of the Bono East Region will reduce illegal migration among the youth in the area. He expressed optimism that if the Bono East is carved out, employment opportunities would be created for the youth to get jobs. Professor Kwasi Nsiah-Gyabaah, the Vice Chancellor of the Nkoranza campus of Anglican University, lauded the proposed carving out of the Bono East region which would promote the growth of education in the area. With the creation of the new region, the Vice Chancellor said universities and other tertiary institutions would spring up to enable students to easily access quality education. Nana Kwadwo Adjei-Duffour, a former Deputy Brong-Ahafo Regional Minister, expressed worry about bushfires which had become annual ritual in the area affecting food production. He said there is the need to beef up security in the area to address the problem, saying that could be done if the region is created. Source: GNA
The Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has said government is doing all in its power to provide the necessary logistics and resources to the Ghana Police Service to enable it discharge its duties effectively, especially in the wake of reports of indiscipline and lawlessness. According to him, practical support, such as increased recruitment, rehabilitation and equipping of police stations across the country to standardize the infrastructure, as well as provision of protective gear, guns and ammunition would soon receive prominent attention. He made the remarks in a speech he read on behalf of the President Nana Akufo-Addo at the 47th Cadet Officers’ Graduation Parade at the National Police Training School at Tesano, Accra on Friday February 9, 2018. “We aim to build a robust, effective, efficient and disciplined police force. The policy of my government on law and order is to focus more on proactive and preventive policing, rather than reactive. We will do so by increasing both visibility and capacity. An initial amount of GH¢800 million, in the short term, will support the important task of reducing crime and increasing public safety “Negotiations have just been completed for the rollout of Phase II of the Alpha Project, which will involve the deployment of 8,700 CCTV cameras in all 216 districts, with three command centres in Accra, Kumasi and Tamale.” “In line with our plans to equip the Police better, at least, 1,000 new vehicles will be procured for the service this year. Already 200 pick-up vehicles have been allocated under Operation Calm Life, with 200 saloon vehicles to be delivered in six weeks’ time, with more to come. “We are also on course to set up Special Police Units. Resources have been allocated for police kits, including protective gear and adequate quantities of other essential equipment, including guns and ammunitions. We also expect the Police to strengthen engagement with the communities they serve. We see that as being a more sustainable way of reducing crime,” President Akufo-Addo emphasized. “This year alone, our programme is to recruit 4,000 more police personnel. We know that what matters most is not the number of police officers we recruit, but the number of officers we deploy, and how effectively they are deployed. We are improving the data analytics of the service to make policing more efficient and alive to modern trends in crime.” The President challenged officers and men of the Ghana Police Service to work hard at redeeming its image, with the Service consistently ranked low in the annual corruption perception rankings of the Afrobarometer Survey. “This is not right and it can no longer be the status quo. Citizens can only have confidence in the Police Service when our men and women in uniform are seen to be honest and would enforce the law without fear or favour. “We all sleep, feeling safe, when the men and women of the Police Service work to keep our nation and our streets safe. The issue of law and order is particularly germane at this time when indiscipline, lawlessness and outbreaks of mob justice are threatening the rule of law.” In all, 132 Cadet Officers were commissioned to the rank of Assistant Superintendent of Police.
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