The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has urged British Airways, one of the world’s leading airlines, to upgrade the quality of the services it offers on the Accra-London-Accra route, as the airline prepares to commemorate 80 years of flying into Ghana.
According to President Akufo-Addo, “people complain about the movement (of flights to and from Accra) from Terminal 5 to Terminal 3 at Heathrow. Terminal 3 is not so convenient place as Terminal 5. There are also complaints about the quality of the planes (on the route) and the service. In some quarters, there is a feeling that you are taking us a little for granted in the way in which we are receiving your services.
“I think on an occasion like this, for when friends are speaking, I think we should speak frankly. I think am I am the proper person to let you know what the pre-occupations of our people are. These are matters that will be easy for you to rectify,” he added.
President Akufo-Addo made this known on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 when the Head of Middle East, Africa and Central Asia Sales at British Airways, Mr. Paolo De Renzis, paid a courtesy call on him at the Presidency, to congratulate him on his election as President of the Republic, and also to reinforce the commitments of the airline to growth of the aviation industry in Ghana.
The President noted that the co-operation between British Airways and Ghana has been good, explaining that “the patronage you have tells you about the confidence the Ghanaian people have in the airline. I want to congratulate you very warmly. 80 years of service is worth commemorating.”
In the presence of the Minister for Aviation, Hon. Cecilia Abena Dapaah; and the Managing Director of the Ghana Airports Company, John Attafuah, President Akufo-Addo stated that the vision of his government is to make Ghana an important aviation hub for the region and the continent.
The aviation hub, he added, will ensure that Ghana becomes the “place where aviation services will be guaranteed efficiently and competitively, and, that, we will have the infrastructure which will allow us to increase the volume of traffic that we have here, and expand the reach of our facilities at the airport. This is an important priority of our government.”
To this end, President Akufo-Addo hoped that the long, unbroken period of service between Ghana and British Airways will continue, hoping “that the years ahead of us will see the same level of fidelity on both sides.”
On his part, Mr. Paolo De Renzis stated that Ghana is one of the most important markets for British Airways, especially in Middle East, Africa and Central Asia.
“We have a longstanding relationship with the country. We are strongly committed to the market, and we appreciate your feedback. We will work very hard to improve the products and services to Ghana all the time,” he assured.
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The Algerian Ambassador to Ghana, Youcef Dilileche has paid a courtesy call on the Youth and Sports Minister, Hon. Isaac Kwame Asiamah.
The meeting according to him, was aimed at encouraging the two countries, to form a partnership in the training of managers in the field of sports and to develop the exchange of national teams and athletes.
Speaking to the media after the meeting, the Ambassador said, they look forward to that cooperation between the two countries.
‘’We will establish and develop this cooperation between the two countries. That means we are going to have a good political relation between the two countries…But we must give a good economic content and link the sports and culture of the two countries,’’ he said.
He added, the Minister expressed his readiness to study the drafted document and ‘’he expressed his will that Ghana is also ready to establish this cooperation with Algeria[...] and there are a lot of opportunities…’’
Ambassador Delileche indicated further that, they also discussed about sports infrastructure since it forms part of their cooperation.
‘’The infrastructure is very important because you cannot talk about sports without infrastructure of sports; there is a link between the two aspects,’’ he added.
Okyehene, Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin has slammed critics who have made claims that he's unconcerned about illegal mining aka galamsey.Speaking in an interview with Accra basd Citi Fm, the traditional ruler such persons as stupid and evil to suggest that he [Ofori Panin] wikll support illegal mining.“It’s either people are ignorant, or they have small minds, evil, mischievous, or playing or they are stupid to think that I will be involved in this [galamsey]. I grew up in Akwaita, I saw the destruction there after I came back from overseas. I saw the destruction in Tarkwa and Bogosu, I had been around this country, there is no town that we can represent and say that there was gold here and that town had benefited. So why anybody with my education and my reputation get down and tolerate this. When you see good people and they are honest and they go out and do their own things, it is different things from people obeying you and seeing your authority and going underneath to do something else,'' he statedAccording to him, galamsey activities begun within the Abuakwa states around 2009, adding that he waged the war against the activity.The traditional ruler indicated that a task-force he set up yielded little results, for which reason he complained to the duty bearers to help control the menace but that also proved futile.“It started around 2009, when we saw a bunch of people coming from the Akwatia area to our area, and they started doing their galamsey. We immediately sent them a message to stop it. I myself visited the President, Mills and told him that what is coming is quite dangerous and we need to stop. The president called the then regional minister, Ofosu Ampofo and told him that you need to do whatever you can to stop it. Ofosu Ampofo put his team together and confiscated some of their equipment.”According to the Okyehene, 15 days after the equipment including excavators were seized, they were given back to their owners while the galamsey continued unabated.“There is not one single person who matters in this environment that I have not talked to – the chamber of mines, the minerals commission, forestry commission, the president, MPs, among others.”
Violent clashes have erupted at the Agbogboloshie Yam Market in Accra, between some Konkombas and Dagombas over an alleged phone theft case. A joint military and police team have been deployed to the scene and are trying to restore calm. Three persons are reported dead following the clashes including a pregnant woman.
According to an eye witness account,the clashes started on Tuesday at dawn after a Konkomba allegedly stole a gas cylinder belonging a Dagomba. He said an argument ensued between the Kokombas and the Dagombas in the midst of the accusation and degenerated into a fight.
Prof. Kwamena Panford, a visiting lecturer and professor at the University of Cape Coast (UCC) says illegal mining aka galamsey is due to the failure of our economic systems to create jobs.
Our educational system he explained does not help us and can be part or factors leading to galamsey. However, they do not justify the cause of galamsey. What is happening is because we have failed to enforce our laws.
He slammed politicians, chiefs, the military and other security officials who he stated hand over riffles to foreigners who engage in illegal mining activities.
Prof. Banford said, ‘’the truth be told, traditional rulers, immigration officers are part of galamsey. They supply illegal miners with guns and equipment in return of gold. This is a blatant violation of our laws and regulations- and its’ about time we enforce our laws to deal with the menace once and for all.’’
Government must declare a moratorium and when they fail to listen, we can then apply force with the help of other security officers.
He has also urged government to go parliament, lay a motion or a certificate of urgency stating that galamsey is a threat to our national life and security and ‘’for the next six months or something, government can use the CID and other security agencies to deal with the problem.’’
He further called on government to create jobs for the unemployed youth and focus on the gold and mine industry with strict enforcement, training of Ghanaians so we will benefit immensely in that area.
On the decision by the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) to drag government to the International Criminal Court (ICC), he said, it is within their right to do so but he admonished them to dialogue with government so an agreement could be reached.
Private legal practitioner, lawyer Abraham Amaliba has expressed shock at the Kumasi Circuit Court's decision to fine the 13 Delta Force members GHc 2,400 for breaking away from lawful custody.The decision by the court shows that the action by the Delta Force was not a serious offence or crime, he suggested.This he posited will encourage other offenders to escape lawful custody, turn themselves in and plead for mercy.In his view, there should have been a custodial sentence for the offenders to serve as a deterrent for others.‘’The decision by the court shows that the offence was not a serious one. The court should have handed a more serious sentence to serve as a deterrent to others. In my view, a custodial sentence would have been the best.’’However, lawyer Gary Nimako, counsel for the accused persons who were facing charges of conspiracy to assault for raiding the Ashanti Regional Coordinating Council and assaulting the Regional Security coordinator disagreed with his learned colleague.According to him, the escapees who later turned themselves in to the police, had no intention to escape from lawful custody hence it was not proper for lawyer Amaliba to make such comments.‘’There was no intention on the accused to escape. Lawyer Amaliba do not have the facts so he’s just running radio commentary,’’ he said when the two were granting an interview with Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm.The 13 Delta Force members have been find by the Kumasi Circuit Court A Kumasi Circuit Court presided over by Justice Ekow Mensah has fined GHc2,400 or spend three years in prison. They have also been made to sign a bond of good behavior.Counsel for the 13 members, lawyer Gary Nimako pleaded guilty to the offense of escaping or permitting themselves to be rescued from lawful custody. He further pleaded that, the 13 are first time offenders, and that they voluntarily reported themselves to the police later that day.
Mr Abdul A.Lawal, Chairman of the Eastern Regional Football Association (ERFA), has said the region will be going for the 2015/2016 congress to account for their stewardship.
He said, the congress is a normal program which is scheduled annually before the region kick start their programs for the new Football calendar year.
Speaking to Rainbow Radio Sports he said as the head of the region he has to sacrifice to ensure that the standard of the game in the region would be raised.
Mr Awal, opined that any differences between the various stakeholders should not affect the smooth running of their activities, and the most important thing is for the people to be educated as regards the rules and regulations of Ghana Football.
‘’We will do our best to educate our people on the rules and regulations of Ghana Football so they will know that you either draw, win or lose in a game.’’
According to him, before coming into office, there were only 16 clubs in the whole region but we have increased it to 84 clubs and so 84 clubs would be represented at the congress. That is a widen achievement for us. The second aspect is that, we are unleashing young talents in the region.’’
He noted that the football played cannot be politicized adding they do not have any control over ownership and for a successful premiership, the various teams and owners should also do their best.
The ERFA he emphasized cannot be blamed for some challenges such as no premier football club currently hails from the or product produced by [ERFA]. he reminded that they have been given a mandate to work and when you go beyond that level, the FA will question you.
‘’Should the RFA be blamed if clubs are unable to raise funds for their teams, he quizzed.
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The 13 Delta Force members have been find by the Kumasi Circuit Court A Kumasi Circuit Court presided over by Justice Ekow Mensah has fined GHc2,400 or spend three years in prison.
The 13 Delta Force members were facing charges of conspiracy to assault for raiding the Ashanti Regional Coordinating Council and assaulting the Regional Security coordinator.
They have also been made to sign a bond of good behavior.
Counsel for the 13 members, lawyer Gary Nimako pleaded guilty to the offense of escaping or permitting themselves to be rescued from lawful custody.
He further pleaded that, the 13 are first time offenders, and that they voluntarily reported themselves to the police later that day.
The law governing the telecommunications industry would be reviewed by the end of 2017, the Ministry of Communications, Ursula Owusu Ekuful has hinted.
The new law she noted would bring clarity to the players in the industry and enhance fairness.
“We have policies in the past which drove the issuance of licenses to all manner of people for specific services which has brought a bit of regulatory confusion in this area and we are working towards clarifying that.’’
She added: “I’m sure by the end of this year we should see our way clear towards encouraging industry to also take up the various technologies available so that Ghanaians can get the best experience”.
According to her, the ministry would work hard to enable Ghanaians enjoy 5G network within the shortest possible time.
“The developed countries are talking about internet of things, they are talking about connected devices as well as 5G and we don’t want to be left out of it, we want to be on the fore front of it on the African continent. So we will do whatever we can to facilitate the process we will do that for the industry.”
A non-governmental organisation, Challenging Heights over the weekend rescued 17 trafficked children from the Volta Lake.
The children, aged between five and seventeen, were made up of four girls, and 13 boys.
This brings to 1,600 the total number of children the organization has rescued since it was established some 12 years ago.
Some of these 17 children have worked for nearly twelve years in servitude, working under very deplorable conditions.
In an interview with the media, the President of Challenging Heights, James Kofi Annan, called for urgent government action to address the situation.
He praised the Ministry of Gender for working towards the establishment of the Human Trafficking National Action Plan, but expressed disappointment that the government is failing to resource the various institutions such as the Ghana Police Service, and the Human Trafficking Secretariat, both of which are key if the country is to see an end to the problem.
Child trafficking in the fishing industry has been a problem for the Ghanaian government for several decades. It is estimated that there are over 21,000 working children on Lake Volta alone, and there are several thousands more going through various forms of abuse.
in 2016, the American government warned that Ghana risk losing a lot of the aid money if steps are not taken to address child trafficking in the country.
Challenging Heights works in several communities across Ghana, to rescue, rehabilitate and re-integrate children who have been affected by worst forms of child labor, including trafficking.
The organisation, which recently launched its new 5-year strategic plan, is also involved with the provision of livelihoods training and support for several hundreds of women who are affected by trafficking.
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