The body of a 26 year-old taxi driver was found inside his locked car dead, at Wassa Amenfi in the Western region.
The deceased has been identified as Agya Yaw a resident at Wassa.
Nyankonton Mu Nsem’s Prince Obeng Nframa said, residents became suspicious after the taxi in which the driver was driving stopped for more than hours without moving.
Some residents gathered the courage and moved towards the car and upon reaching there, they realized that Agya Yaw was dead, he added.
The situation he said, has created fear and panic among residents in the area.
A forty-two year-old cocoa farmer, John Sekyi, has reportedly butchered a colleague farmer, Oppong Gyesi, 58, over a cocoa farm which they have litigated over for years.
The incident occurred at Prestea Huni Valley near Bogoso where the suspect allegedly butchered the deceased, dragged the body into the bush and concealed the body under leaves.
A court is said to have ruled in favour of Oppong Gyesi and ordered the suspect no to set foot on the cocoa farm.
However, he defied that order, and sent someone on the farm-a situation that infuriated Oppong Gyesi who reported him to the police.
And so following that, the suspect trailed the victim into the farm and reportedly butchered him, our reporter Musa said.
Speaking to Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5fm, he said, the suspect is currently in police custody.
The remains of Oppong Gyesi has also been deposited at the morgue.
A woman from in the Futa in the Sefwi Wiawso of the Western region has allegedly stabbed her husband’s wife over their marital duties.
This emerged after both wives prepared supper for their husband and argued over whose meal he was supposed to eat.
Narrating the incident to Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.Fm, our correspondent, Christopher Anto said, the rivals, Mariama and Abena fought among themselves over whose meal their husband should eat.
According to him, Mariama after exchanging heated words with the rival, went inside picked a knife, and allegedly stabbed Abena in the left hand.
The victim is currently on admission in the hospital whereas, the suspect has been kept in police custody.
The Head Pastor of Christ Apostolic Church, Kasoa branch, Pastor Solomon Darkwa has underscored the need for government to deal with illegal mining popularly referred to as ‘galamsey’.
According to him, the current approach to the menace is not enough and if care was taken, Ghana will soon import water due to illegal mining.
He was speaking at the 100th Anniversary celebration of the Christ Apostolic Church held in Kasoa. 'Galamsey' he said has become a menace in our society and provides one of the stiffest challenges to public health.
Unemployment he added is also a contributing factor to the problem and it will be prudent for jobs to be created so young people will be able to have something doing. ''There should be an avenue for people engaging in 'galamsey'. When they stop engaging in illegal mining, then they should be an avenue for them to fall on. The church has a role to play and that is something we have started doing. We are giving the youth training in some basic skills and I will admonish other churches to do same.''
Illegal mining has destroyed a number of water bodies across the country with experts warning that, the situation if not checked, could have serious negative impact on the country.
Illegal miners adopt destructive strategies to extract gold from the bellies of the earth including the use of cyanides which pollutes nearby water bodies.
The Ankobrah River in the Western Region and Brim River in the Eastern region have been muddied due to persistent mining in them.
Ghana he lamented appears to be losing the fight against illegal mining, and has charged everyone to join the fight to curb the menace.
A study by the International Growth Centre (IGC), estimates that an amount of $250 million is required to reclaim lands and water bodies destroyed by ‘galamsey’ in the Western Region alone.
The amount the study said was a testament to the massive destruction ‘galamsey’ was causing to the environment.
Meanwhile, President Akufo-Addo has given an assurance that his administration will deal with the menace once and for all.
He told journalists in Kumasi Saturday that the “piecemeal” approach that has characterised efforts to end the menace has not been effective.
“We need a comprehensive policy which may even involve legislation.’’
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has appealed for the unalloyed support of residents in Zongo communities across the country for the success of his administration, as he seeks to improve their living and development standards.
According to President Akufo-Addo, the propaganda that made the rounds in the Zongos, in the run-up to the 2016 elections, to the effect that both the New Patriotic Party and he were “anti-Zongos”, has proven to be untrue, as the actions and policies undertaken by his government have been to the contrary.
“Right from the time of Kwame Nkrumah, Zongo communities have never been factored in the preparation of our national budget. The Appropriations Act for the first Akufo-Addo budget has been passed by Parliament. Zongo Development Fund is now part of our budget going forward from 2017. This money will help develop the Zongo communities,” he said.
He continued, “All these point to the fact that there is a government that has the development and the return of Ghana onto the path of progress and prosperity at its heart. This is the government that has the development of Zongos at heart. We want to create wealth and jobs for everyone. That is the task of my government.”
President Akufo-Addo made this known on Sunday, April 2, 2017, when he interacted with Zongo Chiefs and Imams in the Ashanti Region, as part of his 3-day tour of the region.
The Zongo Development Fund, as spelt out in the budget, will invest in education and training, improve infrastructure, health and sanitation, support local businesses and centres of culture and arts, and community policing and security.
“I want everyone to know that all that was said about me and the NPP were all lies. There is no iota of truth in any of them. I am grateful to God for giving me the opportunity to demonstrate to you that all that my government and my party mean well for you,” he added.
Recounting the relationship that existed between Amadu Baba, of the Muslim Association Party, Dr. J.B Danquah and Dr. K.A. Busia, which led to the formation of the United Party, President Akufo-Addo stated that “I want the friendship and bond between the NPP and Zongos to be rekindled under my era.”
He, thus, appealed for the support of Zongo communities across the country for his government, to enable him realise his vision of a “Ghana beyond aid” – a Ghana that is able to look after its people through intelligent management of the resources with which it has been endowed.
Madam Guitele Nicoleau, the Chief of Party on Learning on Thursday disclosed that less than two percent of children in primary two are able to read fluently in the Ghanaian and English languages.
She said about 20.4 percent of children in primary three read with minimum competency and proficiency in English.
Madam Nicoleau disclosed this during the opening of a two-month Ghanaian language materials development writers’ workshop on learner’s project held in Tamale.
The learner’s project is being funded by USAID and implemented throughout the country aimed at supporting the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service to improve on reading performance in the primary schools.
She said the project policies would improve on teaching and learning materials as well as training and coaching of teachers.
She said stakeholders of the project would be monitoring and evaluating as a means of measuring progress and produce evidence which would also increase support for reading at the district, regional and national levels.
According to Madam Nicoleau, 1,700 circuit supervisors and language experts would be benefiting from the districts, while about 6,700 schools and 22,800 teachers would also benefit.
She mentioned that 1.1 million classroom blocks from Kindergarten one-two to primary two pupils would also benefit from the project.
Mrs Cynthia Bosumtwi-Sam, the Acting Deputy Director of Ghana Education Service, said the project would solve the national challenges of less reading of children in the country.
She urged the Teachers and Directors of the schools to make use of the learning materials provided to them to enhance quality education in the country.
Dr. Paul Opoku-Mensah, the Senior Language Policy Advisor of Party Learning, stated that, Ghanaian languages should be used as a medium of instruction from Kindergarten to primary three to help the children learn how to read both the local and the English languages.
James Dobson, the Director of Education at USAID, encouraged stakeholders and other partners to support the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service to accomplish the goals of the project.
The Bawku Central Member of Parliament (MP), Mahama Ayariga says it will be an act of perjury for him to retract
According to him, he swore an oath and told what he [Ayariga] went through. ‘’So you swear an oath and then you say what you have personally lived. Those are facts.’’
He said, ‘’if someone evaluates it and says he doesn’t believe it, that is his conclusion based on his analysis. But the fact that you have lived through that and you said it under oath means it should stand.”
Speaking to Accra based Citi Fm, the MP said, if he makes the attempt by retracting what he said, it will be an act of perjury.
The decision by the House for him to apologise he posited raises serious legal issues.
The five member Joe Ghartey Committee set up to probe the bribery allegation that hit the Appointments Committee in their recommendations, called on the Speaker to reprimand the MP and further asked him to apologise.
But Mahama Ayariga says there are serious legal issues with the decision by the House.
‘’So if I now say I retract, would that not be perjury?
So they are a lot of interesting dynamics and I’m not sure whether legally people are averting their minds to the different strands of the law…A good lawyer should be mindful that this issue that I’m dealing with, traverses this area of law, that other area of law.’’
He added: “Maybe, the first thing you do is you comply with the decision of the House and then you institute legal challenges with those decisions so that you state to a court your grounds and the court will now examine all the other areas of law and then come to a conclusion.”
“That is why they should have allowed debate on the report, as discerning legal minds would have had an opportunity to draw attention to all these issues and that would have enriched the conclusion of the House when voting on the matter. But the restrictive process disabled the House from benefiting from additional wisdom in addition to the wisdom of the members of the committee.’’
Mr. Ayariga maintained that his hands were tied because the decision was a unanimous one.
“…the recommendations of the committee became the decision of the House and as a respectful member of the House, I then said… since you have already put the question and it has been voted and the decision has been taken that I should render an apology, I have to show respect to the 274 members sitting, so if you say I should apologize, I hereby apologize.”
“My rendition of an apology is pursuant to a decision of the House which binds me. I am bound by the decision of the House to render an apology, whether I like it or not, I am bound by that decision.”
Ghana will within the next three years receive between 1.1 to 1.2 billion dollars in credit from the World Bank Group.
The facility forms part of the World Bank’s 75 billion dollars development assistance facility to countries across the globe.
The allocation is calculated out of the 50 billion dollars allocation to Africa.
According to the Chief Economist for the Africa Region of the World Bank, Albert G. Zeufack, the support is to cushion countries against the adverse economic impacts following a sluggish economic growth in 2016.
Speaking at a media briefing, he said, ‘’2016 saw the worse growth performance for the region at 1.6 per cent.” “The region also declined in terms of per capita growth.’’
The 1.2 billion dollars facility will be disbursed over a three year period of 400 million dollars in each tranche when approved.
Ghana will have a four year grace period before repayment starts and the interest rate on the credit is 2.5 percent; payable within a twenty-five year period.
President Nana Akufo-Addo has decried the increasing rate of road accidents in the country.
According to the president, directives had been given to the Police Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) to work with the relevant institutions to check the indiscipline and disregard for road traffic regulations.
An award scheme he indicated would be instituted to reward transport unions whose drivers recorded the least accidents.
The NRSC recorded over 11,000 accidents this year; about 2,000 more cases from the 2015 figure of about 9,000.
The Commission said it failed to meet its 2016 target in reducing traffic-related deaths to 1,000.
Speaking at a meeting held with leadership of the various transport unions, President Akufo-Addo said a National Training Academy would also be established to help train drivers
This was part of the president’s Akufo-Addo three-day visit to the Ashanti Region.
Present at the meeting were officers from the Ghana Road Transport Coordinating Council, Ghana Private Road and Transport Union (GPRTU), Concerned Transport Operators, Inter-Country Transport Union, Commercial Drivers Association, Mighty Transport Union and Progressive Transport Owners Association (PROTOA).
The president was accompanied by some Ministers of State including, Mr. Allan Kyeremateng, the Trade and Industry Minister, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, Food and Agriculture Minister, Mr. Albert Kan-Dapaah, National Security Minister, Mr. Isaac Asiamah, Sports Minister, Mr. Ofori Asiamah, Transport Minister, and Madam Cecelia Abena Dapaah, Aviation Minister.
Also with him were Members of Parliament (MPs) from the region and national officers of the NPP.
Dr. Nana Ato Arthur has taken over from Dr. Callistus Mahama has officially as the new Head of the Local Government Service.
The brief ceremony was witnessed by the Chief Director of the Office of the Head of Local Government Service (OHLGS), Mr. Joseph M. Dasanah and members of Dr. Arthur’s delegation.
Dr Ato Arthur is a former Member of Parliament for Komenda Edina Eguafo Airem (KEEA) in the Central region.
Dr Ato Arthur is Development Engineer and Local Government Expert.
According to him, his main objective is to ensure transparency and accountability in the management of MMDAs, ensure that the proper fundamentals are in place to ensure smooth elections, position MMDAs strategically for the implementation of the 'One district one Factory program', help empower MMDAs on best practices in Development planning Management and ensure greater revenue through workable ICT Units in MMDAs
He holds a PhD in Development Studies from University of Bonn, Germany. 2009-2012, M.Sc. in Development Planning and Management from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana 1996-1997 and a Postgraduate Diploma in Regional Planning and Management, September, 1995- July, 1996 in Dortmund, Germany.
He also has a BSc.(Hons.) Agricultural Engineering, South China Agricultural University ,Guangzhou, China . 1985-1989, an Advanced Level Certificate from St. Augustine's College, Cape Coast. 1981-1983 and Ordinary level Certificate from Fijai Secondary School, Sekondi Ghana.From 1976 – 1981.
He was the leader of the Presidential Transition Subcommittee for Transition Activities on selected RCCs and MMDAs and covered Central, Western, Ashanti and Brong Ahafo.
He was the Member Of Parliament for Komenda/Edina/Eguafo/Abrem (KEEA) constituency from January 2013 to January 2017 and Central Regional Minister from May 2006 - January, 2009.
Before becoming a Regional Minister, he was Deputy Central Regional Minister from 2005 – 2006 and District Chief Executive from March, 2001 - May, 2005, KEEA District Assembly, Elmina.
Before taking up the political appointment, he was a Management Consultant with State Enterprise Commission in from December 1998 - March 2001 and an engineer with Irrigation Development Authority from March 1991 - 1998.