The Ghana Airports Company Limited and Ghana Civil Aviation Authority have confirmed the incident of Starbow Airline Flight S9 104 which occurred at 1220 hours on Saturday at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA).
The aircraft skidded off the runway during its take-off run.
It was bound for Kumasi with 63 passengers and five crew members. One passenger sustained minor injuries and is currently under observation at the clinic.
The confirmation was made in a statement issued by the Emergency Operation Centre of KIA.
The statement said emergency procedures have since been activated at the Airport and investigations to establish the cause of the incident have begun.
Meanwhile, operations at the Airport are continuing normally, it said, adding that further updates would be provided as and when they become available.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Oxy FM, Alfred Kwame Larbi popularly called DJ Oxy, has the use of ‘juju’ in radio is extremely high and should not be disputed by anyone.
He says there are some journalists who have fortified themselves whereas some have mallams who protect them. Others have people who prepare charms for them, he added.
He was speaking on GH Entertainment on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm with host Agyemang Prempeh.
Using himself as an example, he said a former worker at his station, took his news team to a ‘juju’ man so they would be tied so he [worker] will shine and excel than his colleague workers.
DJ Oxy said there is hatred at multimedia and the use of ‘juju’ at Joy is high. That of Peace Fm is worse, he added.
He said the gospel truth is that, some journalists use ‘juju’ to kill each and made reference to the state broadcaster, GBC where a worker was killed through ‘juju’.
He was responding to claims by some individuals that the late Asempa afternoon political show host, Kwadwo Asare Baffour Acheampong aka KABA was killed through ‘juju’.
Controversial radio owner and entertainment critic, Alfred Kwame Larbi aka DJ Oxygen, has alleged that the reason why some individuals tormented and frustrated the late Kwadwo Asare Baffour Acheampong popularly called KABA, was the influence and how well he connected with politicians.
He said because the late KABA was extremely good at his work, politicians especially those in the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), wanted to use him for their bidding.
The NDC; when John Dramani Mahama was in power, there was a meeting that was held with KABA. At that meeting, there were two other presenters but I will not mention their names. It was only KABA who was from multimedia but the other two good morning show hosts were from other stations. The NDC said, although Radio Gold was projecting the NDC, we needed another neutral platform to project the NDC. If you think I am lying, you will realize that KABA gave the NDC opportunity on his show but was balanced. That is why you saw Ibrahim Mahama at the funeral. That was why Julius Debrah [Former Chief of Staff] cried. His tears were not crocodile tears. KABA became part of that plan and received a lot of gifts. That is why he started experiencing frustration and hatred at multimedia. They hated him,’’ he stressed.
According to him, there are some people shedding crocodile tears at the demise of KABA but failed to mention their names.
Act for Change (AfC), a non-governmental organization located at James-Town in the Greater Accra region has organized its annual ‘Forum Train’ with focus on teenage pregnancy.
Present at the ceremony were pupils drawn from some selected 1st cycle schools in the locality.
Mrs. Comfort Kwegyir-Aggrey from the Ghana Health Service in her presentation said, some factors influencing teenage pregnancy was lack of access to information on sexual reproductive health, peer pressure among others.
According to her, globally, it is estimated that 15,000,000 adolescents get pregnant annually.
In Ghana, about 57,000 cases of teenage pregnancies were recorded nationwide in the first half of 2017.
A total of 31 teenage pregnancy related deaths were also recorded during the period.
According to her, 13% of all births delivered are by adolescents and the ages ranges between 14 and 19 years.
Mrs. Kwegyir-Aggrey expressed concern about the high rate at which many a young girl were getting pregnant and dropping out of school.
She admonished parents to have time for their children and educate them so they are not misinformed.
She also spoke against unsafe abortion and encouraged parents to support their teenage daughters when they get pregnant and if possible make them go back to school after delivering.
In explaining the alarming rate of the menace, she said some reasons that lead to teenage pregnancy are: cultural practices, lack of education and information about sexual and reproductive health.
She however advised all and sundry to educate the youth particularly, girls and boys on the usage of contraceptives in order to tackle the menace.
Delivering the welcome address, Programmes Manager for the organization, Samuel Lamptey, said the event was purposely organized to bring young people (In and out of school) and key stakeholders from Ga Mashie to discuss and come up with realistic and applicable solutions to the Teenage Pregnancy increase in James Town and it's environs.
Member of Parliament for the Odododiodoo constituency, Nii Lantey Vanderpuye, encouraged the participants to focus on their education, avoid bad friends, pass their exams and build a better future.
He called on the NGO to develop a long term strategic plan in addressing teenage pregnancy within the constituency.
He charged AfC to move into the schools and organize such events to educate more pupils.
He pledged to offer support to the NGO and further called on the representative from the Ghana Health Service and the NGO to organize a similar forum for parents in the community.
The MP further commended the NGO for taking the bold step to address the issue of teenage pregnancy in the community.
He said the effort will go a long way to help reduce the increasing rate of teenage pregnancy in the constituency.
He however underscored the need for them to intensify their campaign to reach more schools and pupils so the impact would be felt more.
Meanwhile, AfC is preparing to organize a walk on December 23, 2017 to intensify the fight against teenage pregnancy in the community.
A former Youth and Sports Minister in the erstwhile John Mahama administration, Nii Lante Vanderpuje has said there is no linkage between government’s social intervention policy and the budget statement with regards to youth and sports.
He said, this particular government introduced the coordinated programme on economic and social development policies for the year 2017-2024 and it was the hope of Ghanaians that, the policy would be drawn out the budget.
During the debate in Parliament on youth and sports, the MP for Odododiodoo constituency referred to NPP’s policy programme on youth and sports and said, the party bemoaned the inadequate infrastructure, poor maintenance culture, within the sector but the connection between that policy document and the budget have no bearing.
He said if government had captured such a policy in the document, then he was expecting that, ‘’the financial policy of the government which focuses on youth and sports to have a bearing on this but you can’t really see the linkage between the economic and social policy document and the budget statement which was presented before this house.’’
Mr. Vanderpuye indicated that, the NPP complained about lack of infrastructure and that was why former President John Dramani Mahama constructed the Cape Coast Stadium and the Trust Sports Emporium which has stirred up the development of boxing in his constituency.
The 2018 budget he stressed has not said anything about sports infrastructure.
Former President John Dramani Mahama in his 2016 state of the nation address, promised to construct four more stadia in the Brong Ahafo, Volta, Eastern and the Upper East regions and because governance was a continuous process, he was expecting that he would have seen an indication from the current government to continue with it.
The 2018 budget he lamented did not also mention anything about the decision to convert the Winneba Sports College into a centre of excellence despite the stakeholders’ consultation and it being captured in the 2017 budget.
The legislator said the budget is an indication of expenditure and receivables but Ministry of Finance Ministry failed to capture the prize money of Ghana’s participation in AFCON 2017.
He was of the view that the money could be used to develop a sporting facility in Kumasi in the Ashanti region.
He slammed government for the amount of money allocated to the office of the president and wished the amount is slashed and invested in sports development.
‘’The amount of money going to the office of the president, the monitoring and evaluation office and other such offices all within the Flagstaff House, could be realigned and rather to build a multi-purpose sports gymnasium in this country so that, Ghana will have the privilege of also hosting international tournaments just like any other country. But the money is going to the Flagstaff House,’’ he said.
Concluding his submission, the legislator said looking at the budget, I can see clearly and it’s obvious that this government does not intend to spend on sports development in this country. Sports is the vehicle that harness all of us and bring us together and for once let us put aside our political caps but this government has no intention at all to do anything at all that will help in the development, management and the promotion of sports in this country.’’
Former President John Dramani Mahama has opined that Ghanaians are gradually getting disappointed in the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP).
According to Mr. Mahama the ruling party has failed in delivering their campaign promises they outlined in 2016.
He made specific mention of the one million per district which the party promised every constituency per year.
"Ghanaians are getting disappointed with the New Patriotic Party (NPP) because of the fake promises they continue to make.’’
“It is clearly evident that after the NPP took power, most people are getting disappointed because the things they promised to do are not what Ghanaians are seeing”.
He made the remarks at Tarkwa in the Western Region today [Saturday] when the party embarked on a unity walk.
The former president said the NDC in 2016 warned Ghanaians to be wary of the NPP since their promises were fake.
“NDC is a party which doesn’t lie, we don’t tell lies. We don’t promise on what we can’t fulfill and if we can, we will promise on that....... I do remember during the campaign period they promised to give each constituency one million dollars, but we were in power and I made them know such isn’t possible, but they said Oh they can do it”, he said.