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Sep 26, 2017
The President of the Western Regional House of Chiefs Ogyeahoho Yaw Gyebi II has said the proceeds from our oil production has not reflected in our lives. According to the Paramount Chief of the Sefwi Anwhiaso Traditional Area, despite Ghana's oil wealth, it has not reflected in our lives and the region where the oil is being drilled have majority of the people largely impoverished. Speaking to Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm he said, as a traditional leader, I am not satisfied with the benefits accrued from our oil proceeds. He was however quick to add that Ghana’s oil exploration started not long ago as compared to other nations and I believe that the oil proceeds would be used for a good purpose. He specifically mentioned the free SHS, National Health Insurance Scheme among others. He reiterated a call on government to ensure that the region where the oil is being drilled, benefit immensely from the oil production. He said, we have to put pressure on government to pay attention to the Western region. Farmers and fisher folks whose job maybe destroyed as a result of the oil production should be given an alternative source of livelihood. He also advocated for skills training for the youth in the area to ensure they get jobs to do. ‘’Western region is about 10 percent of the entire population yet our contribution to the economy is over 50 percent. When you go to Tarkwa and other communities where gold is mined and now the oil, you will realize that we are contributing a lot to the economy. I am happy the president has assured that the GNPC headquarters would be relocated here but that should not be all. It should translate into skills training; we should also have packages for the chiefs, farmers and fisher folks whose lands have been affected due to the oil exploration,’’ he stated. Meanwhile, he has cautioned Ghanaians to be moderate in their jubilation over the ruling delivered by the Special Chamber of the International Tribunal of the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) on the maritime dispute between Ghana and Ivory Coast. ITLOS ruled in favour of Ghana in the maritime boundary dispute between Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire. The Special Chamber on Saturday September 23, 2017 in its judgment read by Judge Boualem Bouguetaia, President of the Special Chamber rejected Cote d’Ivoire’s argument that Ghana’s coastal lines were unstable and also ruled that Ghana has not violated Côte d'Ivoire's sovereign rights with its oil exploration activities.
Sep 26, 2017
Senior research fellow at the University of Cape Coast, Dr. Yamoah Tenkorang has admonished Ghanaians to minimize our jubilation so our bilateral relation with our neighbor is not affected following the ruling by the Special Chamber of the International Tribunal of the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) over the maritime dispute. ‘’We’ve won but we should minimize our jubilation. Over jubilation following the victory will amount to nothing. So let’s be careful how we jubilate otherwise, it may lead to a number of serious implications.’’ He also posited that Ghana did not pay much attention to the maritime dispute between it and Ivory Coast when it first started. Speaking to Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm he said, the dispute started many years ago however, we did not pay attention to it. He said, Ivory Coast in the past showed signs of a possible ‘oil war’ however we as a country failed to do what was necessary. Ghana he indicated went to the Special Chamber of the International Tribunal of the Law of the Sea (ITLOS).after the diplomatic negotiations failed to work. He said, the court rejected Cote d’Ivoire’s argument that Ghana’s coastal lines were unstable because of their inconsistencies. Ghana would have suffered gravely if the special chamber had ruled in favour of Ivory Coast including financially. According to him, our sovereignty and our precious resources were at risk and it was necessary for us to take the bold decision to issue the notice of arbitration to Ivory Coast. ITLOS ruled in favour of Ghana in the maritime boundary dispute between Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire. The Special Chamber on Saturday September 23, 2017 in its judgment read by Judge Boualem Bouguetaia, President of the Special Chamber rejected Cote d’Ivoire’s argument that Ghana’s coastal lines were unstable and also ruled that Ghana has not violated Côte d'Ivoire's sovereign rights with its oil exploration activities.
Sep 26, 2017
The Member of Parliament for Takoradi constituency Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah, has expressed great joy over the ruling by the Special Chamber of the International Tribunal of the Law of the Sea (ITLOS). ITLOS ruled in favour of Ghana in the maritime boundary dispute between Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire. The Special Chamber on Saturday September 23, 2017 in its judgment read by Judge Boualem Bouguetaia, President of the Special Chamber rejected Cote d’Ivoire’s argument that Ghana’s coastal lines were unstable and also ruled that Ghana has not violated Côte d'Ivoire's sovereign rights with its oil exploration activities. Commenting on the issue, the legislator said the ruling has brought finality to the matter which started right after Ghana discovered oil in large quantities. According to him, Ghana consistently maintained that our equidistance was stable and that position was adopted by the special chamber. Cote d' Ivoire's claim that Ghana and its coastal lines are unstable has also been rejected because it was not consistent, he added. The legislator added that the ruling has paved way for Tullow to resume operations at the TEN oil fields by December, 2017, after putting it on hold for two years due to the maritime border dispute between Ghana and Ivory Coast. Ghana dragged Ivory Coast to the Special Chamber of the International Tribunal of the Law of the Sea(ITLOS) in September, 2014 after negotiations with Ivory Coast over the disputed boundary broke down. ITLOS in its first ruling in 2015 placed a moratorium on new projects, the directive meant Tullow had to put on hold operations including drilling in the disputed area. ‘’But the ruling on Saturday will now pave way for work to resume,’’ the MP noted. He further indicated that Ivory Coast threw overboard diplomatic negotiations over the matter hence the need for Ghana to initiative the legal action.
Sep 26, 2017
Some chiefs and residents at Aburi have raised a red flag over how the police is handling the alleged cultivation of wee by a former Assemblyman for Pokrom-Nsaba Electoral Area, Kwaku Oduro a.k.a Dekay. The former assembly man was recently arrested for cultivating large acres of marijuana some few weeks ago. The suspect who is also a former constituency organizer for the New Patriotic Party in Akuapim south constituency is reportedly notorious for the cultivation and peddling of narcotic drugs in the area. Some of the residents who spoke to Francis Armah Frimpong our correspondent expressed their joy at his arrest but lamented that some leaders in the area are working closely with the police to get the suspect released without prosecution. One resident told Nyankonton Mu Nsem that he relocated to Nsawam with his family because he was scared that his children were going to smoke the wee and ‘’so I was happy he was arrested. I am coming back to the community with my family,’’ he added. One other person said, the suspect was insubordinate to authority in the community and has been engaging in several lawlessness mostly breach of public peace. He also indicated that an asylum would have to be constructed in the area should the suspect be released since the youth would be patronizing his wee.
Sep 26, 2017
The Ghana Police Service has dismissed rumours of a supposed terror attack on Accra mall. In a statement signed by ACP David S. Eklu Director-General/Public Affairs the police said, ‘’ “The Police this [Sunday] afternoon monitored information on social media that a group of terrorist had attacked the Accra mall.The police on receiving the information conducted a security checks on the mall and found the information to be false,” a statement from the police and sighed by Director-General of the Public Affairs Unit, Assistant Commissioner of Police, David E. Eklu added. The police further cautioned persons behind such false information to desist from it “since it has serious implications for the security of the whole country. The statement concluded that ‘’investigations are ongoing to identify those behind this false information for necessary action to be taken.’’
Sep 26, 2017
The Sekyere East District Assembly, in the Ashanti region has secured a partnership agreement with N-D Eco Limited, a private entity, to set up a $50 million multi-purpose factory for the production of diary, beef, leather and other related products, under government’s flagship ‘one-district-one-factory’ initiative. The Asokoremanhene, Prof. Nana Susubiribi Krobea Asante, handed over 150 acres of land to the Assembly and is expected to create over 1,000 direct and indirect employment for the people in the area. About 400 direct hands are likely to be employed in the factory whereas over 600 indirect income is expected to be generated for farmers and other residents in the district. The project will have a biogas plant, leather producing component, as well as diary and milk component in addition to an abattoir and veterinary center. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of N-D Eco Limited, Mr. Eugene Nyarko-Danquah said the project will start with about 20,000 cattle after the completion of infrastructural works within 8 months duration. Work is expected to soon commence on the project, he assured.
Sep 26, 2017
A group calling itself SO FAR SO GOOD ALLIANCE is set to stage a congratulatory walk in appreciation to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for the successful implementation of the free senior high school policy. According to them, the implementation has benefited a lot of candidates who would have stayed home due to the inability of their parents to support them financially. In a statement the group said, ‘’with the introduction of the free SHS, we are very proud to state that parents and guardians will no more pay for: ‘’Tuition fee, Admission fee, Library fee, Science centre fee Computer lab fee, Examination fee there will also be Free text books, Free boarding , Free meals for both boarding and day students ,’’ The statement further stated, ‘’students in Agricultural, Vocational and Technical institutions will also benefit from the programme.’’ Speaking to rainbowradioonline.com Convener of the group Sabastian Awuah said, ‘’the 2016 Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report, out of the 53 per cent of students who are able to complete Junior High School, only 39 per cent of them are able to complete Senior High School education. This clearly means that significant portions of Ghanaian youth are unable to progress from secondary school to the tertiary level. Secondary school education is very important to the development of our country because it is at the secondary level of education that the youth develop the ability to interface with the kind of global technology that people need to be abreast with in today’s world. With the commencement of the free SHS programme, this drawback will be effectively addressed. He added: ‘’Again, the free SHS programme falls in line with the attainment of the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Agenda, which aims to eradicate poverty, improve lives in a sustainable way for future generations. This singular free SHS policy is a demonstration that the Akufo-Addo Administration is committed to alleviating the plights of suffering Ghanaians. He admonished Ghanaians to rally behind the policy and the government to succeed. According to him, ‘’the walk is a thank you gesture in appreciation of President Akufo-Addo’s fulfillment of his flagship FREE SHS campaign promise. We really appreciate the relief the FREE SHS policy has brought to many Ghanaian parents/guardians and households. We also cannot underestimate the positive impact the FREE SHS programme will make on the development of our country. We thank President Akufo-Addo for his foresight in conceiving the policy and his commitment to making it a reality.’’ He also acknowledged the challenges encountered after the Implementation but was optimistic the policy will succeed. ‘’Even though the commencement of the programme, like every new initiative, was fraught with some challenges, we are happy with the untiring efforts being made by the indefatigable Minister of Education, Hon Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, Deputy Minister, Hon Yaw Osei Adutwum and the Free SHS coordinator, Mr William Darkwah and their able team in addressing those teething challenges. We trust that at the close of the placement exercise every student who passed their BECE would be placed in a secondary school so that no qualified student would be left behind. The success of the FREE SHS programme partly depends on the support of the Ghanaian public and all responsible stakeholders.It is for that reason that we invite you all to participate in the FREE SHS WALK scheduled to take place on Saturday, 30TH September, 2017 starting from the Obra Spot at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle at 6:00 am.’’
Sep 26, 2017
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been re-elected for a fourth term while nationalists have made a historic surge in federal elections. Her conservative CDU/CSU bloc has seen its worst result in almost 70 years but will remain the largest in parliament. Its current coalition partner, the social democratic SPD, says it will go into opposition after historic losses. The nationalist AfD has won its first seats and is set to be the third party, a result that sparked some protests. Dozens of demonstrators gathered outside the right-wing, anti-Islam party's headquarters in Berlin on Sunday night, some with placards saying "Refugees are welcome". Protests were also held in several other cities, including Frankfurt and Cologne. What does the result mean for Mrs Merkel? While her alliance has remained the largest party, it is the worst result for the alliance between the Christian Democrat (CDU) and the Christian Social Union (CSU) since 1949, when national elections were held in Germany for the first time after World War Two. Addressing supporters, Mrs Merkel, who has been in the job for 12 years, said she had hoped for a "better result". She added that she would listen to the "concerns, worries and anxieties" of voters of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) in order to win them back. Mrs Merkel also said her government would have to deal with economic and security issues as well as addressing the root causes of migration - one of the main reasons behind the AfD's result. "Today we can say that we now have a mandate to assume responsibility and we're going to assume this responsibility calmly, talking with our partners of course." Credit: BBC
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