The National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) has admonished passengers to join the campaign to help reduce road accidents this Easter season.
Speaking to Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the Head of Communications at NRSC, Kwame Koduah Atuahene underscored the need for passengers to speak up against indiscipline on the part of drivers and not remain mute when drivers drive carelessly.
He said, some gruesome road accidents have been attributed to human errors, vehicle breakdowns, non-road worthy vehicles and environmental factors like poor weather and road conditions.
The reduction in accidents due to human factors and errors he added, can only be achieved if passengers ‘’ speak against over speeding, overtaken, and drunk driving. If the driver misbehaves, the passenger should speak against it, he said.
He urged all stakeholders including the police to ensure that drivers comply with road traffic regulations.
Some celebrities he revealed have also joined the campaign to reduce accident related deaths this Easter season.
The Commission, as of the end of November 2016, had recorded a total of 11,378 road crashes countrywide involving 17,746 vehicles, of which the total number of casualties stood at 12,154 comprising of 1,990 deaths and 10,154 injuries.
The figures, compared with those recorded during the same period in 2015 involving the total number of reported cases- vehicles, injuries and fatalities- showed increases of 14.88 per cent, 14.45 per cent, 33.74 per cent and 20.19 per cent respectively.
Host of Joy FM’s Newsfile programme, Samson Lardy Anyenini has escaped death after his vehicle was involved in an accident. According to Mr. Lardy in a Facebook post, he was on his way back to Accra from a court session in Tema when another car which was Tema bound collided into his. He said the driver of the other car died instantly after his car landed on top of his (Samson Lardy’s) and finally fell into a bush. “I was Accra bound after a court session in Tema. He was Tema bound. How his vehicle found itself on top of mine before it headed to the bush killing him I can’t tell,” he wrote on Facebook. He added, “All I saw was his car was in the skies. All I realized was I was alive after it landed on mine."
Per an arrangement between businessman, Mr Alfred Agbesi Woyome and the Attorney General, with regards to the refund of the GH¢51.2 million he owes the state, he was supposed to have made a second part payment of GH¢5million by April 1, 2017, but checks by Graphic Online indicates that no payment has been made as of now. Mr Woyome in a commitment letter dated October 27, 2016 to the Attorney General and signed by his lawyer, Mr Ken Anku said: “Our client has a clear intention to pay the said judgement debt and that Woyome, as a law-abiding citizen of Ghana, has and is always willing to pay the adjudged sum of money by instalment, given the opportunity, contrary to any perception otherwise.” On November 8, 2016, Mr Woyome in another letter to the outfit of the then Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Mrs Marietta Brew Appiah-Opong, proposed to pay the outstanding sum by quarterly instalments and subsequently refunded GH¢4 million which represented part payment of the GH¢51.2 million he owed the state. The second part payment was due April 1, 2017 but checks by Graphic Online at the AG’s office indicates that no payment has been made as of now. When Graphic Online contacted Mr Woyome via telephone on Wednesday afternoon for a comment, he deferred responses to his lawyer, Mr Ken Anku. Through his lawyers, he promised to pay the outstanding balance by quarterly instalments of GH¢5 million, commencing April 1, 2017. The Attorney General and Minister of Justice, then headed by Mrs Marietta Brew Appiah-Opong filed an application at the Supreme Court to request for an oral examination of Woyome but had to discontinue the application when the first GH¢4 million was paid. A letter dated November 7, 2016 and signed by a Chief State Attorney, Mrs Dorothy Afriyie-Ansah, acknowledged receipt of a cheque for GH¢4 million but five months afterwards, the second instalment was yet to be paid. On April 6, 2016, the Attorney-General initiated garnishee proceedings against the managers of the ADB, uniBank (Ghana) Limited and UT Bank, bankers of Woyome. As of the end of 2016, the garnishee had yielded the following amounts: GH¢966.58, GH¢29,515.95, GH¢1,008.70, US$98.17, US$32,779.68, US$223.08 and Euros 1,226.72 which have since been paid into the bank account of the Attorney-General’s office at the Bank of Ghana.
A former Member of Parliament for the Kade constituency, lawyer Ofosu Asamoah has posited that the fight against illegal mining popularly called galamsey is only a wish that will never come through due to the individuals involved.
The Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association (GIBA), the Ghana Journalist Association (GJA) and the Graphic Communications have joined forces in the fight against a canker that has bedeviled the country for years now, threatening the very existence of its citizens. This canker, illegal mining popularly known as galamsey has destroyed vast tracts of land and several water bodies. The group is embarking on a one million signature collection campaign to petition the president, Nana Akufo Addo and the speaker of parliament Prof. Mike Ocquaye to take action against illegal mining activities in the country. The one million signature petition is to draw government’s attention to the fact that the media is solidly behind government to fight Galamsey. Whatever decision government takes on galamsey, the coalition says it will support government fully. Government has pledged its support for the fight launched by the media in curbing the illegal mining activity.
However, lawyer Ofosu Asamoah has alleged that, some security officers who are expected to clamp down on these illegal miners mostly foreigners, are extorting money from them.
Speaking to Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, he gave an account of some military men who reportedly stormed an illegal mining site at Birim and instead of arresting them, ‘’they extorted money from the Chinese miners and allowed them to mine. They were in a white pick-up. The Chinese are mining right in the Birim River. Chinese and some residents are mining in the Birim River. This is worrying. We claim we want to fight galamsey but our security men expected to arrest the people are rather in support of their activities because of money.’’
According to him, residents’ close to the sites that the illegal miners operate, must begin to stand up against galamsey.
‘’Ghanaians must rise up against galamsey. They must stop them from destroying our water bodies. People must rise up to their civic responsibility. It is the citizens, the villages and the people who are directly affected by mining who must lead the way against galamsey so that, government will support where necessary.’’
The Chinese engaging in illegal mining were led by our own citizens to acquire the mining sites. Ghanaians front for foreigners to engage in illegal mining. So can we fight a menace being orchestrated by own people. ’’
The health of Kantamanto traders is at risk as they are living under unhygienic condition. The traders are flooded with spillage of hotel sewage which poses threat to their health.
Speaking in interview with Nyankonton Mu Nsem, The traders accused Grand View Hotel as the cause of the flooding. The traders complained that the drains are overflowing as a result of breakdown of the hotel's chamber and illegal construction over the sewage lines by the hotel management. This according to them gives unpleasant smell and makes it difficult for them to trade hence encountering loses at the end of the day.
Their efforts to solve the problem have gone down the drain with the Management of the hotel taking no action.
However, in an interview with the manager of the hotel, Frank Mensah refute the claims stating that, the spillage is rather coming from nearby houses in the market hence in consultation with the AMA to take swift action over the issue .
But, when contacted the PRO of Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) Numo Blafo said, they are not aware of the situation and so would send his men to the place to work on it.
By: Vivian Arthur
The Majority Leader in Ghana’s Parliament, Hon. Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu on the floor of the House Tuesday April 4, 2017 revealed-a high level of mistrust among the Commissioners of the Electoral Commission of Ghana (EC).
A report by Parliament’s Special Committee which he chairs, said, the seeming division could have negative implications on future elections if it is not resolved. “A general observation from the committee was that the Commissioners are not on good terms. It cannot be good for the conduct of elections. For instance when they appeared before us and we asked about the whereabouts of the Chairman, the Deputy Commissioner said : ‘my information is that she has travelled outside.’ Without informing others, they don’t know that she is outside the country. “The Deputy Commissioners did not know the whereabouts of the Chairperson of the Commission. It cannot be good for the image of the Commission. That is why we are saying that we should find a way of resolving the differences among them, but ultimately it will impact on the conduct of elections.”
But responding to the the Majority Leader, Communications Director for the EC, Mr. Eric Kofi Dzapkasu watered down the claim of division among the Commissioners.
He added, what the Majority Leader referred to was not enough to say the Commissioners are at war.
He said, ''when you visit the EC and observe how they work, there is no evidence that the Commissioners are at war. They meet regularly, come to work as expected and as I speak, there is an outstanding District Assembly Elections in the Brong Ahafo Region and the Commissioner are all around working. Some are currently in the region working. What the Majority Leader was referring to in Parliament cannot be enough basis to say there is some division. To the best of my knowledge, the centre is holing, the Commission is a united body and there is a cordial relationship among the Commissioners…However, what I will recommend is that, if there are such issues like that; going forward, we should observe how it plays out, because to the best of my knowledge, the division does not actually exist at the office and how we run the Commission.’’
The Deputy Minority Leader James Klutse Avedzi has stated that President Akufo-Addo could have nominated his Deputy Ministers earlier to enable the Appointments Committee vet them.
Speaking to Naa Darkuah Dodoo, our parliamentary correspondent immediately after they boycotted sitting for the vetting of the nominees, he lamented that, they [parliamentarians] are going for recess due to the Easter holidays and should they extend sitting, it will take them to the weekend of Easter.
‘’The president could have nominated the people earlier and the work would have been done earlier. We are going for recess; we are going for Easter and if we go beyond this week, it means that our sitting will take us up the weekend of Easter which is not good. Members should at least have two or three days to rest before we go for Easter activities,’’ he added.
He said, they proposed for the committee to rise today [Wednesday] ‘’but we have considered the plea by the Majority to go up to Friday,’’ he hinted.
He decried that parliamentarians are tired and should have taken a break.
Mr. Avedzi accused the Majority of deliberately delaying the process.
The number of Ministers appointed he noted ''is waste of time and resources''.
‘’Is a deliberate act by the Majority to delay the process so that the mass nomination and appointment can be approved by the House. This is waste of time and resources.’’
When asked if this could be described as financial loss to the state, he said: ‘’legally we are working so nobody can say that is financially loss to the state, but indirectly is a loss because this cost is something can be completely avoided.’’
The Minority on the Appointments Committee has staged a boycott our parliamentary correspondent, Naa Darkuah has reported.
Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Okudzeto Ablakwa said they were forced to boycott today’s vetting over the Majority’s decision to “surprise” them by holding the vetting in spite of an agreement to go on break today [Wednesday], ahead of Easter.
He said: “Our leader, the Minority leader [Haruna Iddrisu] expressed concern that what has been agreed at the Business Committee meeting and at the Appointments Committee meeting was that, we take a break and we will return in May to continue with the vetting of the remaining Deputy Minister nominees.” “What has happened is that, the Majority has sought to take us by surprise. Remember that we had expressed concern about the way we were being treated… We were not being supported to carry out diligent work. CVs will come a night to the day and some of them will come on the day. Everything is being rushed.’’
Our correspondent reports that Parliament is expected to go on recess by Friday, April 7, however the Appointments Committee may continue vetting the remaining 50 deputy ministerial appointed by President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
Two cases of cerebral spinal meningitis, CSM have been recorded this week at the Bole Senior High School.
The school has also called for government intervention to prevent spread due to over congestion at their dormitories
The Two CSM cases which have been recorded at the Bole Senior High School in the Bole District of the Northern Region, have affected two students, a male and a female who were rushed to the Bole Hospital for medical attention.
Nyankonton mu Nsem Prince Kwame Tamakloe, checks indicates that the Bole Senior High School has a student population of over 1,800 students and has limited students’ dormitories and in order to create space in the dormitories, the students normally bring out their chop boxes and hang their clothing on windows.
Headmaster of Bole Senior High School, Mr. K.K Ntoba, expressed worry about the student population and the number of dormitories in the school leading to the present situation.
Mr. Ntoba called on the Bole Health Directory to intensify education on the CSM disease, cautioning his students to sleep outside in order to prevent them from getting CSM.
He has however appealed to the government, old students and other stakeholders to come to the aid of the school to complete a dormitory block started by the past government.
He indicated that when the uncompleted dormitories in the school are completed, it would reduce congestion in the school “and there will be much space left to be used by the school for other activities.”
By: Prince Kwame Tamakloe
Fierce critic of President Nana Akufo-Addo, Mr. Joshua Hamidu Akamba has said, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Asante Apeatu cannot be blamed for the lawlessness and attacks on Ghanaians by the New Patriotic Party’s (NPPs), Delta and Invincible Forces because of an 'order' given him from the presidency.
He said, the president must announce the disbandment of these groups to allow the IGP act on that order.
In an interview with Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the maverick politician who is a Deputy National Organizer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), there was no commitment on the part of government in dealing with the issue.
The president during his three tour of the Ashanti region over the weekend assured the Asantehene, Otumfour Osei Tutu II that, the law would be enforced following the attacks from the vigilante groups.
According to President Akufo-Addo, “it will not be under my watch that people will take the law into their own hands, neither will it be under my watch that the laws of our land will not be enforced. That will never happen. The law will work without fear or favour.”
“I know this matter is a source of great worry for you, Otumfuo. Let not your heart be troubled. The incident has occurred, and I assure you that measures have been put in place to forestall the reoccurrence of this issue in Asanteman, and, for that matter, in any part of the country,” he added.
But Mr. Akamba believes the assurance given by the president, was a prank and meant to deceive Ghanaians.
He told the host that, ‘’the current IGP should not be blamed for the break of laws in this country…If we have a power organization like a political force; and under the current IGP a police officer could be assaulted and yet nothing has been done, then it tells you what kind of leadership we see today. What is the update on those arrested for attacking a number of tool booths in this country?
He said the IGP is willing to work but his hands are tired because of the strict orders he has received.
Mr. Akamba emphasized that those arrested by the police should have been processed for court, prosecuted and dealt with; as law establish.
‘’The willingness to disband the vigilante groups is not there. Kennedy Agyapong has also said that the groups should not be punished due to their loyalty and sacrifice for the NPP. The more the president talks about it, the more they [vigilante groups] attack people. This tells you the assurance given by the president was pretense. There is nobody willingly to fight it because if they try it, they will be exposed. So Ghanaians are the ones suffering.’’
The NDC he added has never sponsored, formed or sanctioned a vigilante group.
Mr. Joshua Hamidu Akamba did not mince words by stating that, these forces operate because they have the backing of senior members of government.
‘’I believe the country will be the end loser if we do not disband the vigilante groups. Nana Addo is the President of Ghana and not the President for the Invincible Forces or Delta Force. He is a human rights lawyer and so i will encourage him to deal with the situation. We are in a very dangerous situation and I will call on the president to deal with it.’’
On the suggestion that the members of such groups would be employed as National Security Officers, he said, ''I will not condemn it because when they are employed and go after someone unlawfully, we can question the National Security Minister but who do we ask if they attack people today?