At least 50 people have died after an oil tanker collided with a car on a major road in the west of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The incident occurred near the city of Kisantu, between the capital Kinshasa and the port of Matadi.
One hundred people suffered second-degree burns, Atou Matabuana, the governor of Kongo Central region said.
"The flames spread rapidly engulfing nearby houses," the UN's Okapi radio reported.
Roads in the central African nation have often been neglected after years of war.
In 2010, 220 people were killed when an overturned oil tanker exploded and set fire to parts of a village in the country.
One witness told the AFP news agency that they had seen "53 charred bodies".
A doctor at nearby hospital treating the victims said it was a race against time to treat survivors.
"We are trying to help them, we are trying to rehydrate them but sadly there are those who are dying," Dr Tresor told the agency.
Mr Matabuana said local authorities had "taken measures to take charge of all the victims".
However, the pro-democracy group Lucha criticised the response the lack of ambulances in a tweet.
The city of Kisantu is about 75 miles (120km) south-west of Kinshasa.
Matadi, at the other end of the highway, is on an estuary that leads to the Atlantic Ocean and is the DR Congo's sole port.
Deputy National Organizer (NDC) of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Joshua Hamidu Akamba, has refuted being arrested by the police.
He disclosed to rainbowradioonline.com he has been invited by the police and asked to report at Tempane police command over allegations of him inciting students against President Akufo-Addo when he visited the Upper East region on a campaign tour.
A viral video capturing Mr Akamba inciting some students at Tempane High School, against the president has generated mixed reactions. The video saw the politician describe as despicable what he saw at the school.
He was slammed and asked to apologise but he refused saying: "Did you see the skins of the students? It’s such a shame. Even animals are not treated the way these students are being treated. Some of the students were chasing me and crying asking for just GHC1 to buy food. This is so bad.
“I don’t see anything wrong with urging the students to shame the President, what did the NPP not say and do to ex President Mahama calling him all sorts of names.”
Mr Akamaba was heard telling students of Tempane Senior High School in the Upper East Region that president Nana Akufo-Addo and the government must be blamed for bed bug attacks in their school.
He made the students show their bedbug bite scars to the cameras, promising them their headache will be over by 2020 if they vote out the NPP.
He was also seen encouraging the students to reject President Akufo-Addo as he is the cause of their predicament.
Some publications circulating on social media claims he has been arrested but reacting to these stories, the politician debunked them and disclosed he was only asked to report at the Tempane police station.
Ghanaian highlife musician, Kofi B has said the church established by Ofori Amponsah has turned into a beer bar.
The musician told Prince Dadzie aka Mr Handsome that, his colleague was not called as he claimed.
In his view, if Ofori Amponsah was truly called, he would not have abandoned the work of God and come back to do highlife music.
He also made claims that Ofori Amponsah established his church because of tithing and offertory that comes with church management.
He quizzed, ‘’why should some one called by God, abandon God’s work and come back and do highlife music? What wrong has God done to you to give up his work?
He made reference to Pastor Mensa Otabil, Tackie Yarboi and others who are still serving God.
‘’Ofori Amponsah was not ordained or called by God to serve as a pastor. He ordained himself. He rushed in becoming a man of God. He was not called. He established his church because of the offertory and the tithes. I never seen men of God abandon their work. The likes of Otabil and Tackie Yarboi are still working for God,’’ he said.
He insisted the musician failed in that regard because the work of God are for men with integrity and spiritually strong but Ofori Amponsah, from what happened, failed the integrity test as a man of God.
‘’The church is now operating as a pub where people go there to drink and engage in all kinds of activities. Why should a church be turned into a pub? God will surely come and judge us according to what we did on earth.
Ofori Amponsah, who stunned the world with his born again confession more than five years ago, came under heavy criticism over the decision to make secular music again, with the release of Alewa, a collaboration with Sarkodie.
He founded the Family of Faith and Love Ministries after his confession.
But in 2017, he indicated in an interview he was not called to become a pastor but did so out of frustration and broken heart.
This came as a surprise as some years ago, the ‘Otoolege’ hit singer announced that he was now a pastor and in fact built his own congregation, Family of Faith and Love in 2012.
“Ofori Amponsah is not an ordained Pastor. I just attend church. I love Jesus. It’s one part of me that I don’t think is going to change anytime soon… it’s not a registered church, I’m not an ordained pastor; I just love Jesus, that’s all,” he revealed.
Ofori Amponsah aka “Mr All 4 Real” is credited with 12 albums since he commenced music actively in 1999. He’s known for and received numerous laurels for widespread hits as 'Lady' and 'Otoolege'.
It was all fun, excitement and entertainment as DJ Slash, host of Total Request Live, on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, stormed Kantamanto to host his widely listen to radio show today (Saturday).
The host was mobbed by traders, market women and persons who had come to the popularly market to buy and sell.
As usual of him, DJ Slash treated listeners to amazing radio experience.
His skills and great love for what he does, amazed those who were present to see what he's been doing in the Adabraka studios of the multiple award winning station.
Ably supported by DJ Possible, DJ Slash gave opportunity to his loyal fans and listeners to request for any song of their choice for friends, family and loved ones.
Speaking to rainbowradioonline.com, the mob expressed their joy and appreciated the efforts of Rainbow Radio for bringing the show to their doorstep.
They also commended the host and the team for showing that, the station appreciates their listeners.
On his part, DJ Slash said, he was amazed for the love, support and loyalty by his fans and listeners in general.
The decision to host the show at Kantamanto he said was due to the growing interest listeners have developed for the show.
According to him, he saw it as an opportunity to thank his fans and to engage with them.
He has promised to replicate this in other communities and has therefore called on listeners to expect his train in their communities soon.
Former President John Dramani Mahama, has appealed to Ghanaians to stop describing every politician as liars.
According to him, if there is a political party infested with liars, it should be the ruling New Patriotic Party and not the opposition National Democratic Congress.
In his view, that notion is wrong, arguing not all politicians lie to win power.
He insisted the NDC only tell Ghanaians what they can do but NPP always lie their way into power.
Speaking to delegates in Gushegu as part of his Northern Regional campaign tour, Mr Mahama said: “If because you want to win power you make lofty promises, what you do is to shake the confidence of the people in democratic governance. So today you hear people say I won’t even vote again because politicians don’t tell the truth. Don’t say politicians don’t tell the truth, but say NPP don’t tell the truth".
He added: “the NPP in 2016 promised to provide every district with a factory, provide every village with a dam, provide 1 million dollars to every constituency and provide jobs to the teeming unemployed youth among many other lofty promises”.
He slammed the NPP for failing to fulfill their campaign promises.
Touting some his achieved promises, Mr Mahama made reference to the Eastern Corridor road which has now been abandoned by the government, building hospitals and CHPS compounds and expanding educational infrastructure like the E-Block Community Day Schools, among many others.
The NDC as a party he concluded has a track record of great economic performance compared to the incompetence being exhibited by the NPP.
Policy think tank, Institute for Liberty and Policy Innovation (ILAPI) is suggesting the Nation Builders Corps (NABCO) introduced by government to provide employment for graduates has not achieved any meaningful impact.
Executive director for the policy think tank, Mr Peter Bismark Kwofie, slammed government for wasting ghc30 million in training Nation Builders Corps beneficiaries without any measurable impact.
He has described as waste of public resources the advertisement of the passing out ceremony of NABCO.
The amount he noted could have been used to employ about 18,000 Ghanaians for a period of 10 years.
"We cannot waste the initial GH 30 million released for the program which could have been ploughed into employing 18,000 Ghanaians for a period of 10 years. First, MMDCE's were trained on this program without an expected measurable outcome at a huge cost of which the State does not want us to know of. The recruitment itself wasn't fair. There were high inequalities at the Districts and Constituencies. This is what Goal 10 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) frowns on, and NABCO did not achieve that," he posited.
He is also claiming that, "the flagship program of the government did not have expected impacts and the inconsistencies are signs of how unprepared the government is, to the creating of realistic opportunities."
Read below his full post on the subject
*THE PASSING OUT CEREMONY FOR NABCO TRAINEES IS A WASTE - _ILAPI_*
Advertising the Nation Builders Corp (NABCO) Trainees at the independent Square as an employment scheme is a waste of taxpayers contributions and populism. This is so sad that, we have to outdoor the trainees with a Ceremonial dress (clothe) at a cost. The NPP government has used taxpayers contributions to order for a ceremonial cloth for this! From the get-go, the headline is captioned for 100,000 trainees to be recruited but the policy has recruited 90,000 individuals. Again, it was speculated that, August 2018, trainees would start working and we are in October.
We cannot waste the initial GH 30 million released for the program which could have been ploughed into employing 18,000 Ghanaians for a period of 10 years. First, MMDCE's were trained on this program without an expected measurable outcome at a huge cost of which the State does not want us to know of. The recruitment itself wasn't fair. There were high inequalities at the Districts and Constituencies. This is what Goal 10 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) frowns on, and NABCO did not achieve that.
The flagship program of the government did not have expected impacts and the inconsistencies are signs of how unprepared the government is, to the creating of realistic opportunities.
1. Has the government now accepted ILAPI's argument that, NABCO is a training program and not an employment policy?
2. Do we need to waste money for a ceremonial dress of a 3 year politically motivated internship program?
3. What is the significance of this ceremony at the independence Square?
4. What is the cost of organizing this event?
5. Where is the ceremonial cloth printed?
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, left Ghana on Friday, 5th October, 2018, to attend the 5th Edition of the Financial Times Africa Summit taking place in London, United Kingdom from 7th to 9th October.
The Summit, being held on the theme “Africa Means Business”, is featuring “high profile speakers in business, politics and economics, as well as Heads of State committed to making business central to their development goals.” President Akufo-Addo will also hold meetings with CEOs of some important global enterprises, whilst in London.
On Wednesday, 10th October, 2018, the President will fly to Yerevan, Armenia, to lead the Ghanaian delegation to the 17th Summit of Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, which will take place from 11th to 12th October. Ghana, which has been an Associate Member of La Francophonie since 2006, will be admitted at the Summit as a Full Member. Ghana will then be only one of a handful of countries that enjoy full membership of both the Commonwealth and La Francophonie.
The President will, after the Summit, fly to Paris, France, for a series of meetings with some potential investors on Saturday, 13th October, 2018.
He will return to Ghana on Sunday, 14th October, 2018, and, in his absence, the Vice President, Alhaji Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, shall, in accordance with Article 60(8) of the Constitution, act in his stead.
President Akufo-Addo was accompanied by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hon. Shirley Ayorkor Botchway MP, and officials of the Presidency and the Foreign Ministry.
The Rebranding Africa Forum has presented the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, with the 2018 Governance Leadership Award, in recognition of his commitment towards enhancing the living standards of the Ghanaian people, and governing Ghana in accordance with the rule of law.
Receiving the award on Friday, 5th October, 2018, in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, President Akufo-Addo expressed his gratitude to the Organising Committee of the Rebranding Africa Forum for the decision to honour him with the Award.
“We are duly humbled, and I thank you most sincerely for deeming my leadership of Ghana, over the last 21 months, worthy enough to merit this award,” he said.
Delivering his remarks on the theme of the Forum, “Challenges and Opportunities of the Green Economy in Africa”, the President acknowledged that education, skills training and the provision of jobs are essential elements of “human well-being and ensuring social equity”, which are important components of the making of a ‘Green Economy’.
“Whilst we tread along the path of industrialisation and seek to shed the cloak of being described as ‘Third World’ countries, we also have a responsibility to take care of our environment,” the President added.
He explained that “this generation of Africans must understand that the degradation of the environment poses a threat to our very existence”, adding that “what we make of our natural resources would be what determines our existence.”
The President, therefore, urged all Africans to rise up to the occasion, and not allow illegal logging and illegal mining to continue.
“Security agencies on our roads, in our ports and along our borders should not look on unconcerned and allow illegal timber products just to pass without confiscation or with corrupt purpose. Let us ensure that the fines and punishments that are pronounced on perpetrators of environmental degradation activities are deterrent enough, and quickly delivered and effected,” he said.
President Akufo-Addo continued, “Yes, we must develop, and yes, we must industrialise. However, we are also obliged to leave our youth and our children with an enduring legacy of a richer, more stable, more secure and more peaceful world.”
Touching on the scourge and threats of terrorism to the peace and security of the Region, the President stated that “West Africa expresses its appreciation for the sacrifices of the Burkinabe people, who are in the frontline of the fight against terrorism, and are helping to guarantee the peace and security not just of their own country, but the region as a whole.”
Collective efforts, he noted, must be made to address the factors that fuel the activities of terrorists on the continent, such as underdevelopment, poverty, corruption, inequitable access to resources, youth unemployment, poor governance, human rights abuse, climate change, weak law enforcement and governance institutions, and the lack of free and fair elections.
“The time has come for Africa to hold its rightful place on the world stage. The time has come for us to build an Africa that is able to look after her peoples through intelligent management of the resources with which she has been richly endowed, and embark on a new path. This path offers a new Africa,” President Akufo-Addo indicated.