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Rainbow Radio - Items filtered by date: Tuesday, 22 May 2018
Small scale mining is a major contributor to the socio-economic prospects of the rural poor in developing countries. In Ghana, small scale mining is backed by the Minerals and Mining Act 2006 (Act 703). The licensing and operations of small scale miners is regulated by the Small-Scale Gold Mining Law, 1989 (PNDCL 218). Section 21 of PNDCL 218 defines small scale mining as ‘the mining of gold by any method not involving substantial expenditure by an individual or group of persons not exceeding nine in number or by a co-operative society made up of ten or more persons’.However, with the recent inflow of foreign investments into the small scale mining sector, small scale mining has expanded to include substantial expenditure. On the other hand, small-scale mining regulations have failed to keep pace with the level and rate of investments and mining activities in the sector. Following the widespread devastation of water resources and forest reserves as a result of the activities of small scale and some illegal mining activities, the government of Ghana, in January 2017 placed a ban on the activities of small scale mining. Some of the environmental challenges of small-scale mining include land degradation, contamination of surface and groundwater resources, un-reclaimed landscape, abandoned pits, adits and shafts, and depletion of arable land resources. The use of mercury in gold amalgamation for gold extraction poses serious health threats and is harmful to a wide range of ecological entities (Harada, 1995).It is against the back ground of these challenges and the resulting unfavorable public perceptionof small scale mining, that the Government in January 2017 placed a ban on the activities of small scale miners. However,any ban on small scale mining must take into account the potential benefits of same to the Ghanaian economy. Small scale gold mining has aided and continues to be a major contributor to the economic and social development of Ghana. It accounts for about 30% of the nation’s gold production and employs approximately one million Ghanaians (directly and indirectly). Among other benefits, small scale mining prevents rural-urban migration and is the main supplier of gold to our local jewelry industry.A ban on small scale mining therefore should be viewed as a means through which the deleterious effects of small scale mining will be abated whilst the government reviews and modifies the current substantive and procedural laws to effectively curtail the harmful effects of small scale mining. From a professional point of view the best way to address the situation is to employ sustainable mining practices. This could be done by bringing together experts in the mining and environmental sectors to come up with best practices for the small-scale mining sector. Doing this will involve the regularization of the small-scale mining sector through updated policies and regulations and theimplementation ofeffective reclamation of previously mined lands. Sustainable mining practice will require that miners understand the unintended consequences of their work, and importance of protecting the environment, their health and the community in which they work. It will eliminate indiscriminate and unwarranted excavation of un-mineralized lands. It will also require small scale miners to engage the services of experts and the requisite technologiesand adopt best practice in their operations. The best way for small scale miners to demonstrate good faith is to properly locate and define their mineral resource and to maintain and work it in full compliance with all legal requirements and with due regard for the environment. Mere excavation of areas of land which has not been previously tested and shown to contain mineral deposits often raises a serious question in the mind of stakeholders as to the good faith of the miner. Any interference with surface resources should, in all cases, be limited to that which is necessary to determine, delineate and extract the mineral resource. Needless destruction of surface resources in this era of awakening consciousness of the environment is almost certain to create conflicts. Effective reclamation should be embarked upon by the government to reclaim and remediate abandoned mine lands created as results of illegal and some small-scale mining operations. Effective reclamation will include mine waste characterization, which will design and plan the reclamation process. Mine waste characterization will restore abandoned mine lands to farmlands for agriculture use. Conclusion The government should regulate the mining sector by enacting updated policies and regulations to keep pace with modern technology and investments in the small-scale mining sector. In doing so, we should be guided by the Native American proverb, ''We don't inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” Inas much as small scale mining creates employment, benefits the economy and meets our need for gold, the responsibility devolves upon us to mine in a sustainable way so as not to compromise the ability of future generations to meet their own needs where it relates to the use and enjoyment of the nation’s natural resources. Authors: John Asafo-Akowuah and WilliamTettehBotchway, AURIFER Group
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Deputy Chief of Staff, Abu Jinapor, has revealed that the Criminal Investigation (CID), has commenced probe into the alleged defrauding by false pretense on the part of Ghana Football Association (GFA), Kwesi Nyantakyi, who purportedly used the name of President Akufo-Addo and his Vice, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, for monetary benefits. The GFA president who is currently out of the country is alleged to have used the names of the two most important gentlemen of the land, to induce potential investors. President Akufo-Addo after watching the yet to be premiered ‘’Number 12’’ film, a latest work by Anas, reported the issue to the CID upon an advice by his legal team. Addressing the media at the Jubilee House today [Tuesday], Abu Jinapor said, the president is committed in the fight against corruption and will not spare anyone found culpable in the video. He indicated that the president of GFA ‘’attempted using the president’s name, his vice president and some other senior officials of government, to induce supposed potential investors into the country to pat with various sums of monies and the president[Of Ghana] as a responsible citizen… has had to consult and evaluate the content...The president after this consultations is fully satisfied that, a prima facie is being established for criminal investigations to be launched into the conduct of the president of GFA and any other accomplices that may exist.’’ He said, I can confirm that, the CID has since commenced investigations into this matter.’’ Abu Jinapor emphasized that President Akufo-Addo is committed to the fight against corruption and will ensure that all efforts are employed to eradicate the canker. Although the ‘Number 12’ film, a latest work by Anas is yet to be screened, the GFA President has been the first big shot to be implicated. A quote attributed to him and from Tiger PI read: ‘’I’II also suggest that he finds a gift for Mr. Asenso. He’s very close to the president and reminds him of discussions he’s had with people. The president is 72.’’ Another one read: ‘’Uhuh! And it’s cool money. We can charge 20%, 25%. Then among us, we agree that this person gets this percent. Everybody should be sorted out then there would be peace. You understand.’’
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Cynthia Lamptey Approved as Deputy SP

Parliament has approved Madam Cynthia Lamptey as the Deputy Special Prosecutor. The Chairman of the Committee Joe Osei-Owusu expressed satisfaction in the answers given to questions by members of the committee when Mrs. Lamptey appeared for vetting on Wednesday, 16 May 2018. He said the committee unanimously gave approval to Cynthia Naa Korshie as deputy Special Prosecutor. She will be assisting Martin Amidu who is the Special Prosecutor. The Office of the Special Prosecutor is a specialised agency to investigate specific cases of corruption involving public officers, politically exposed persons and persons in the private sector involved in the commission of corruption and to prosecute the offences on the authority of the Attorney-General. The establishment of the Office of the Special Prosecutor was one of the key campaign promises of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP).
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Prez has ordered the arrest of GFA Prez

President Nana Addo has ordered the immediate arrest of the head of Ghana Football Association, Kwesi Nyantakyi for defrauding by false pretence. Information gathered by rainbowradionline.com has it that, the President Akufo-Addo issued the order after a security briefing on Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ latest investigative expose on Ghana’s football scene. Although the ‘Number 12’ film, a latest work by Anas is yet to be screened, the GFA President has been the first big shot to be implicated. A quote attributed to him and from Tiger PI read: ‘’I’II also suggest that he finds a gift for Mr. Asenso. He’s very close to the president and reminds him of discussions he’s had with people. The president is 72.’’ Another one read: ‘’Uhuh! And it’s cool money. We can charge 20%, 25%. Then among us, we agree that this person gets this percent. Everybody should be sorted out then there would be peace. You understand,’’
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Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin has forcefully declared that Ghana will never legalize same sex marriage. The longest serving legislator made the remarks after the issue came up for discussion on the floor of parliament today [Tuesday]. The Second Deputy Speaker said, Ghana will not be misled, pressured to legalize same sex marriage. He was responding to concerns raised by some legislators on the topic. The Member of Parliament for Ledzokuku, Bernard Okoe Boye, Helen Adjoa Ntoso (M.P for Krachi west), and Hon. Emmanuel Kwasi Bedzrah, who is the member of Parliament for HO west, made statements on the topic which has been on the minds of citizens, as to whether Ghana will accept it or not, and even went further educate the public on some of the negative effects homosexuality brings onto people who engage in it. Member of Parliament for Kpandai, Matthew Nyindam, who doubles as Deputy Majority Chief Whip in parliament ‘’I don't see those who engage into homosexuality as only mentally challenged but they also need prayers. They are really suffering from spiritual illness.’’ Mr. Bagbin, on his part commended the legislators for their stance on the issue. Mr. Bagbin, who is considering his intention to contest the presidential primaries when the National Democratic Congress (NDC), gives the green light hinted of a possible guideline from parliament on the subject to bring an end to the brouhaha. He said: ‘’we will not be misled…The future of the world belongs to Africa. We will not be misled again. This is the strongest indication from the house and if need be, we will move to a motion one day and resolve to give direction to the country. This is a matter that people are trying to force on us [but] we are no longer the small boys and girls of any country and so we will not take it.’’ He added: ‘’…we are looking forward to leadership and if need be, for us to come to the House to debate it and resolve to give a clear indication to everybody that Ghana will not compromise on our stance against homosexualism or lesbianism or gayism or whatever.’’
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The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection has opened Human Trafficking Fund Account with seed money of GHc500, 000, the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Otiko Afisa Djaba has announced. The Minister who took her turn at the ‘Meet the Press’ today [Tuesday] said, as part of efforts to combat human trafficking, the ministry has also supported four shelters which are rehabilitating rescued victims of trafficking with an amount of GHc27, 800. She also disclosed that shelter and rehabilitation services for 159 rescued child victims and 7 adults have been established. Meanwhile, the ministry has finalized, printed and disseminated its National Plan of Action on Human Trafficking to give detailed implementation plan in fighting the menace in Ghana. On securing the inclusion for persons with disability, the minister disclosed that, a framework and strategies on disability mainstreaming in MMDAs has been developed. The provisions in the document she added will serve as a guide to MMDAs on how to include disability issues in development plans. The school feeding programme has been expanded and the number of beneficiary pupils has been increased from 1,671,777 to 2,174, 000 representing 30 percent and a figure of 501, 536 pupils. She said. An amount of GHc 285 million has been released to pay for arrears owed caterers under the programme, she concluded.
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The case of a final year student of the Mozano Senior High School in the central region Portia Donkor, who was burnt to death during prayers has been transferred to the Attorney Generals Department. The Breman Asikuma District Police Commander, ASP Emmanuel Donkor Baahon, disclosed on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm today [Tuesday] that, the case has been transferred to the Attorney Generals Department for proper studying of the docket and will then give an advice on it. ASP Donkor added that, it is after that, that the case will be sent to Cape Coast High Court for trail. He however added that, the suspect, prophetess Efua Eguama is still on remand for proper investigations. Efua Eguama , 45, the Prophetess and leader of the African Faith Church at Breman Bedum whose church the girl’s family had visited is said to have poured oil on the girl in the course of the church service . She is said to have lit a candle and given to the girl to hold as part of the fortification process to help her pass the WASSCE exams. The cloth of the student however caught fire in the process causing her to suffer severe burns and had to be sent to the Breman Asikuma hospital as the fire could not be readily quenched, and later transferred to the Korle Bu Teaching hospital where she passed on. By: Vivian Arthur
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The Public Relations Officer of Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), ,Mr. James Lartey has said that, apart from banning the six herbal medicines suspected to have been laced with a substance for treating erectile dysfunction, it is going to take drastic regulatory sanctions against the producers of such drugs. The FDA ordered the recall of six herbal medicines from the market after investigations revealed that, they have been laced with a substance for treating erectile dysfunction. The drugs including X Plus Men Power Bitters Syrup, Laud P Capsules, Vigoupe Capsules and Time Natural Capsules. Speaking on frontline today, Mr.Lartey said, the drugs have this active ingredient for sexual enhancement and it is not supposed to be a herbal product and so when the regulatory sanctions is applied on them, it will serve as a deterrent to others. ‘’As an institution, we will take a drastic regulatory sanction apart from banning the drugs to serve as a deterrent to others. The law says that, it is offence to put on the market products that have not been approved by the FDA. When you read Sections 118 and 123 of the Public Act, it is clear that, it is an offence to put unapproved drugs on the market.’’ He also stressed further that the law frowns on the sale of products with ingredients that have not been approved by the FDA. By: Vivian Arthur
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The Ministers of Interior and Defence have jointly assured the nation of full collaboration between the two institutions to promote security and peace in Tamale and the entire country . Hon Ambruce Dery Minister of Interior gave the assurance in Parliament today in a joint statement by his Ministry and the Ministry of Defence to Parliament on the violent clashes between some military and Police personnel in Tamale last week Wednesday . The two ministries he told parliament held a meeting and a decision was reached to dispatch a team of high powered delegation of police and military capos and it was suggested for them to organized a durbar after which a guideline was reached for the full implementation of sanctions for those who breached the law. “Meanwhile from the preliminary investigations, the two institutions have agreed to hold regular joint durbars and other activities to enhance interaction and cooperation between the two institutions. “Currently, full operational cooperation and collaboration have been restored in Tamale and the entire Northern Region as pertains in the other regions of the country,” he told parliamentarians. Investigations have been initiated and I wish to assure the house that anyone found culpable will be punished as by law established, he said. “They held a joint durbar with the rank and file of the two institutions and agreed to fully implement existing guidelines regarding the handling of personnel on disciplinary issues and breaches of the law. “The adherence of this will forestall future occurrence of such incident…a preliminary investigation has been carried out as a prelude to detailed investigations to be carried out by the five-member team to seek the causes of the clashes,” he said. The police and military he added are committed to working to ensure that citizens are safe and have called for the maximum cooperation from the general public. On his part, the Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu was happy the Interior Minister gave a strong assurance that the peace and safety of Ghanaians is guaranteed. He urged the security institutions to work together to avoid such unwarranted incidents in the future. Deputy Majority Leader, Madam Sarah Adjoa Safo, commended the two ministries for responding to the summon by the speaker swiftly. The assurance given by the ministries is ‘’well taken and we urge that they should continue with whatever they are doing to arrest the situation to the satisfaction of Ghanaians who are worried about the incident.’’
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The queen mother of textile and fabric distributors at Rawlings Park, Comfort Boahen, has said traders are not enthused at the decision by former President John Dramani Mahama to contest the presidential race. In an interview with Nyankonton Mu Nsem’s Casablanca Nana Ama Bekoe, Madam Booahene slammed Mr. Mahama over his decision to contest despite his abysmal performance as president. In her words, the former president brought untold hardship on traders due to the depreciation of the Ghana cedi against the United States dollar when he was in charge as president. ‘’We are not enthused about Mr. Mahama. The traders do not even want to hear the name Mahama. When he was president, the cedi depreciated against the dollar. We have not forgotten about what happened under the National Democratic Congress (NDC).’’ Traders from neighbouring countries including Liberia, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Gambia and others came to Ghana to purchase fabrics but due to the depreciation of the cedi, they have stopped coming. She also alleged that the former president and his wife, Lordina Mahama were slashing the annual budget into two for their personal use. ‘’Some chief executives who were meeting him [Mahama] in his house and allowing him to slash our annual budget into two so he and the wife will use; we have not forgotten about that,’’ she said.
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