The Gender, Children and Social Protection Minister Otiko Afisa Djaba has rendered an apology to President Nana Akufo-Addo and Ghanaians for her media war with the Northern Regional Chairman of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr Daniel Bugri Naabu.
Appearing on the Pulse programme on Joy News on Tuesday, the Minister said she rendered the apology when she was summoned to the presidency together with Bugri Naabu.
Madam Djaba also apologised to Ghanaians for her behaviour.
The Greater Accra Command led by the Regional Fire Officer, Deputy Chief Fire Officer Ebenezer Simpson has lamented over the unfortunate attitude portrayed by members of the public when it comes to fire issues.
The command together with the media today took a tour of the Central Business District of Accra to inspect the state of fire hydrants installed within that vicinity to as a result, be updated on how put such facilities to good use in case of emergency.
The team found goods displayed over the hydrants mounted at vantage points by the Ghana Water Company for use by the fire service in case of unforeseen circumstances.
Although the road network within the area was not all that bad, traders have turned them to display stands slowing both vehicular and human movement.
The DCFO noted although all five fire hydrants had water flowing through them, only the one at the Accra City Fire Station could flow up to the required gravity needed to fight fire.
He told the media his department would alert the water department and other stakeholders about the challenge at hand and see how best to manage them.
Some of the traders told the media what they know about the fire hydrants. They said whenever the need arises for the fire service to access the facility, they pack off their goods to make way for the fire personnel. But as the team arrived at the scene unexpectedly, a section of the traders tend to apportion blame on commercial drivers who also do business within the market for wrong parking.
By: Daniel Asuku
Joyce Dzidzor Mensah a one time HIV/AIDS Ambassador has made startling revelations about her late husband who according to some social media posts, died from an HIV infection.
According to a social media post by some people who seem to know the couple, the young man died after battling for his life in the hospital for sometime, until his unfortunate demise.
The late Edmund Akalilu a former student of Odorgonor Senior High School- who was married to Joyce for two years according to the former Ambassador, may have died through spiritual means.
Speaking to Afya Boadiwaa Fabregas on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, Joyce Dzidzor Mensah said she had no intention revealing the secrets about her late husband but due to the threats on her life by the friends of the late husband, she had no other choice.
According to her, the husband was into internet and sim box fraud but he was not getting the money he wanted so he together with some other friends visited a spiritualist who directed them to go and sleep in the cemetery.
She told Fabregas that the husband suffered before he died. ''He was moved from one hospital to the other but we could fathom what was wrong with him. Her mother who was also a medical doctor did her best but it yielded no results. We later took him to prayer camps but it also failed to yield any positive results.''
Joyce revealed further that, the late husband who was on blood transfusion became blind and paralyzed.
''He was on transfusion for sometime because he lost a lot of blood. Instead of the transfusion replacing the lost blood, it rather paralyzed and blinded him,'' she stressed.
She also denied having HIV/AIDS adding, I do not have the disease as speculated. How can someone who do not have HIV/AIDS infect someone with it? That is impossible.''
Former Youth and sports minister and MP for Odododiodio constituency Hon Nii Lantey Vanderpuye, has donated Football boots, Jerseys, balls and cash to 5 five colts football teams in his constituency.
In his speech he said, the association are unable to play the league so after some consultation with them they have decided to resume it so he decided to help them with their basic needs.
He added, so after giving them the equipment I decided to pay for the seasons officiating fee for all the teams.
He said he hopes that this gesture motivates them so we get players to play for the national teams.
The legislator and sports personality gave the assurance that, he will also continue to help other disciplines because there are lots of talents in his constituency that needs help.
According to him, talents in this country are underutilized and it was about time we give prominence to young talented people so we can raise a national team in the various disciplines.
By: Naa Darkuah Dodoo
The Akwaasa Wulomo at Ngleshie Amamfrom, Numo Kankam has appealed to residents in the area to respect the ban on drumming and noise making.
The ban on drumming and noise-making in the Ga traditional area started yesterday [Monday] May 8, 2017 and will end on June 8, 2017.
Speaking to the media in relations to the annual Shibaa and Nmaa Dumo rituals, the Wulomo admonished churches and other religious groups to allow their usual form of worship in churches to be confined to their premises and noise levels minimized to the prescribed decibels.
He appealed to the Christian community and the traditional authorities to respect each other and restrain their followers from making derogatory statements about the beliefs and practices of one another’s religion.
The period of the ban, is used to fast and pray for peace, progress and the welfare of the Ga-Dangme people in particular and the country as a whole.
The National Council of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), will hold a crucial meeting tomorrow [Wednesday], over the fracas between two of the party’s party members, Otiko Afisa Djaba and Bugri Naabu.
The Gender Minister and the Northern regional chair of the NPP have hit hard at each other following a confrontation between them over the weekend.
The Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Otiko Afisa Djaba in a media interview last week, accused the NPP Northern Regional Chairman, Bugri Naabu, of receiving goats and cows from individuals with the promise of securing appointments for them.
Mr. Naabu in response to the allegation alleged that Otiko Djaba had a hand in the death of the late Adams Mahama, the Upper East regional chair.
The brouhaha between the two has generated a heated debate and the NPP has gagged it members from making any further comments.
Speaking to Rainbow Radio, Obiri Boahen hinted that the party’s Council of Elders will meet over the matter.
A memorial service has been held at the Accra Sports Stadium in honour of the 127 football fans who lost their lives 16 years ago in the aftermath of a football match between Accra Hearts of Oak and Kumasi Asante Kotoko.
The lives were lost after Hearts scored two late goals to pip their bitter rivals Kotoko 2-1 in a Ghana Premier League mid-week tie on May 9, 2001.
The loss led to disappointed Kotoko fans throwing plastic seats and bottles onto the pitch.
The response to the crowd disturbance by the police was to fire tear gas into the crowd, resulting in a stampede which led to the deaths from compressive asphyxia of 127 people.
The departed were remembered with a wreath-laying ceremony at the Accra Sports Stadium after prayers were said for their souls.
In attendance at the ceremony was the Minister of Youth and Sports, Isaac Asiamah and his deputy, Pius Hadzide, the Director-General of the National Sports Authority (NSA), Robert Sarfo Mensah, members of the various supporters groups as well as the staff of the Ministry of Youth and Sports and NSA.
The memorial was preceded by a brief gathering at the RLG Hathiramani Sports Hall which was addressed by Mr Asiamah, Mr Mensah and Dr Prince Pamboe.
The Accra Regional Police Command has arrested two suspects in connection to black market trading of petrol.
The suspects, Razak Karimu, 35 and Shamsudin Sullemana, 25 were arrested Tuesday morning in the act of off-loading gallons of petroleum products from a VW Van with registration number GT. 7869 H.
The suspects were arrested together with the petroleum products. In all, 50 ‘’20 gallons of petroleum products were retrieved.
The Greater Accra Regional Commander DCOP Osaberima Oware Asare Pinkro III in an interview said this is the beginning to clamp down black market operators in the oil industry.
According to him, the regional command on April 4, 2017 received complaint from the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) to the effect that, some people have been selling petroleum products in gallons at Alajo junction against the provisions of the law. Besides contravening the NPA Act, the sale of the products in gallons is not safe as it is a fire hazard, he explained.
The suspects he added are now in custody and will assist the police in investigation.
The Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) had complained that the illegal activities if not checked will lead to more than 4,000 employees losing their jobs.
Meanwhile, the vehicle has been impounded.
About four horses plus a colt (young male horse) were left to stray along the Ridge Round About today [Tuesday].
The stray horses when our reporter visited the area were eating grass along the pavement near the Electoral Commission (EC).
Pedestrians who used the pavement did so with caution so as to avoid the animals from harming them.
Others had to scare off the animals with the fear of being attacked.
Studies have shown that, stray horses can cause serious or even fatal injuries to both the animal and other road users when involved in collisions.
It is the responsibility of owners to take good care of their animals but these horses were left abandoned.
When we visited the fences where the horses are kept, we did not meet anyone but residents told us that, the horses managed to move out of their stable because the owners were not available.
In some countries, the public are advised to call emergency numbers when they see stray horses.
Owners are also required to ensure that all fences or stable are properly maintained to prevent the horses’ from straying.
Hottest Ghanaian female musician, Lily M says she does not see any other female act as a threat.
Speaking in interview with Sokoohemaa on her Mid-Morning Show (Mother’s Day Edition), the sensational musician known for her ‘Strength of A Woman’ hit said, ‘’I don’t fear anyone and I don’t see anyone as a threat.’’
According to the musician who is originally known as Mavis Sintim-Aboagye, she fears no one or anything and is doing her best.
Lily M who is currently out with her hit single track “Odo Dea’ featuring Okyeame Kwame stressed that, ‘’I am in my lane and I don’t fear anything.’’
When asked the female musician she admires and would want to be like or better than her, Lily M described the question as a difficult one because ‘’all the female musicians are doing their best. They are all beautiful in their own way. Sherifa Gunu is being very fantastic. Wiyala is also doing her best. I cannot single out anyone. I will only say that, all of them are beautiful in their own way,’’ she added.