The Ministry of Education (MoE) and Ghana Education Service (GES) have handed over a renovated girls’ dormitory block to the staff and students of Ghana Senior High School (GHANASS) in Koforidua in the Eastern region.
On the 17th March, 2016, the girl’s dormitory block of GHANASS was raised down by fire. The situation rendered most of the students homeless since the inferno consumed most of the rooms housing them.
This prompted an immediate visit by officials from the MoE and the GES to the school to ascertain the extent of the damage. The Sector Ministry has since built a dormitory for the affected students.
Expressing their delight about the project, the students said it has brought relief to the school authorities and served as a moral booster for the entire student body to study and concentrate in a conducive atmosphere.
They were grateful to the Ministry and GES for not reneging on their promises of renovating the dormitory when they visited them.
The Deputy Minister in charge of pre-tertiary education, Hon. Alex Kyeremeh, reiterated Government’s support for the development of education, promising government’s continuous support in ensuring that a conducive environment for teaching and learning is created at all times. He urged the students to protect the properties of the school at all times.
The Regional Minister for Eastern Region, Hon. Mavis Ama Frempong, was grateful to the Ministry for the quick response and other philanthropists for their kind gestures.
Headmaster of the school, Rev. Abraham Osei Donkor, said affected students were undergoing a comprehensive counselling by the school’s counselling unit.
Nigeria's trade union federation has said it will resist what it calls the "criminal" rise in the petrol price.
The government announced on Wednesday that the price was to go up by two-thirds, in a bid to ease crippling fuel shortages.
The Nigeria Labour Congress said the increase from 86 naira ($0.43; £0.30) a litre to 145 naira should be reversed.
In 2012, the government was forced to back down on a planned price rise after nationwide protests.
A subsidy, which has kept the price low, costs the government $6.5m a day, says the BBC's Isa Sanusi in Nigeria's capital, Abuja.
But recent fuel shortages have seen Nigerians paying up to 250 naira a litre on the black market.
Despite being one of Africa's largest oil producers, Nigeria has to import fuel to meet demand as Nigerian refineries are dilapidated and work at a fraction of their capacity.
"The main reason for the current problem is the inability of importers of petroleum products to source foreign exchange at the official rate due to the massive decline of foreign exchange earnings of the federal government," said Petroleum Minister Ibe Kachikwu.
"We expect that this new policy will lead to improved supply and competition and eventually drive down pump prices," he added.
Brazil's Senate is debating whether President Dilma Rousseff should face a full impeachment trial.
The majority of the senators have already said they will vote against the president.
If this is confirmed in a vote to be held later, Ms Rousseff will be automatically suspended from office.
She is accused of illegally manipulating finances to hide a growing public deficit ahead of her re-election in 2014, which she denies.
Ms Rousseff made a last-ditch appeal to the Supreme Court to stop proceedings, but the move was rejected.
What's happening now?
A lengthy debate is under way which precedes the actual vote. The Senate session opened almost 18 hours ago.
There are a total of 81 senators in the upper house. Seventy-one registered to speak during the debate and each has been given 15 minutes for their speech.
Only after all of them have had their say will the electronic vote take place. This is not expected to happen before 06:00 local time (09:00GMT).
The session has been a lot less passionate than that in the lower house on 17 April in which a overwhelming majority of the 513 lawmakers voted in favour of the impeachment proceedings going ahead.
The members of the lower house cited all kinds of reason for their decision with many saying they were doing if "for my family", "for God" or simply "the country".
By 03:55 local time (06:55GMT), 60 senators had spoken.
Of those, 42 - a majority - backed the impeachment trial in their speeches, 18 rejected it and one did not give an indication as to how he would vote.
Ten senators have yet to speak.
What do Dilma Rousseff's critics say?
In the Senate, the arguments given for the impeachment trial have been mainly economic.
Many blamed President Rousseff for the dire straits the country's economy is in.
Brazil is suffering from its worst recession in 10 years, unemployment reached 9% in 2015 and inflation is at a 12-year high.
Senator Aecio Neves, who lost to Ms Rousseff in the 2014 presidential election, said: "Populist governments always act with fiscal irresponsibility and when they fail they appeal to the old 'us vs them' argument."
"The poorest and most vulnerable in society, who need the government support the most, always end up paying the bill," he added.
Mr Neves said he would vote for an impeachment trial.
Ataides Oliveira of the opposition PSDB party said that "today, we're going to retrieve the country from the hands of the PT (Ms Rousseff's Workers' Party) and give it back to the Brazilian people".
Former football player turned senator Romario said Brazil was in "a very serious crisis" before revealing that "after much thought" he had decided to back her impeachment trial.
Senator Alvaro Dias said that "they [the government] have already stolen so much from us, don't let them steal our hope for a better future".
What do Dilma Rousseff's backers say?
Those arguing against the impeachment trial said it was tantamount to a coup d'etat.
Senator Telmario Mota said that "today we are seeing an attempted takeover of power which calls itself impeachment".
He added that the impeachment proceedings were "born of revenge, hatred and revenge".
Senator Fatima Bezerra from the Workers's Party called the proceedings "a farce". "Those who back this coup d'etat won't ever be forgiven," she warned.
Senator Vanessa Grazziotin of the Communist Party of Brazil said the impeachment process was just a pretext to put an end to the social programmes the Workers' Party had brought in.
Brazilian senator Vanessa Grazziotin, from Brazil's Communist party (PCdoB), delivers a speech during the debate in the Senate of a vote on suspending President Dilma Rousseff and launching an impeachment trial, in Brasilia on May 11, 2016.
Former President Fernando Collor de Mello, who himself faced impeachment proceedings in 1992, gave a lengthy speech about the injustice he said had been committed against him but failed to give an indication of where he stood on Ms Rousseff's impeachment.
If the vote goes against her, Ms Rousseff will be replaced by Vice-President Michel Temer while the impeachment trial lasts.
Her chief of staff, Jaques Wagner, said Ms Rousseff was "outraged by the injustice committed against her, but standing firm awaiting the Senators' decision.
She has promised to fight to the end.
"I will not resign. That never crossed my mind," she said during a speech on Tuesday.
Two persons at Tamale Mohammed Azeem aka Demanaa, a youth chief and Aziz a mortuary man at the Tamale Teaching Hospital are in police custody for allegedly conniving together to bury a body which was deposited at the facility- awaiting autopsy.
The suspects according Nyankonton Mu Nsem's Prince Kwame Tamakloe are being held for interfering with police investigation over the death of the deceased.
The deceased who was an electrician was electrocuted to death while working for a resident near Tamale Central market a month ago.
His body was deposited at the morgue awaiting autopsy to establish the true cause of death.
But Mohammed Azeem reportedly connived with Aziz to dispose off and subsequently bury the body secretly.
It remains unclear why the suspects buried the deceased while investigations was still underway to establish the true cause of death of the decease.
The suspects will soon be arraigned before court.
The Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development (MOFAD) says they have not renewed the license of any fishing trawler to engage in pair trawling in Ghanaian waters.
A statement signed and issued by the sector Minister, Hon. Sherry Ayittey said the Ministry together with its various stakeholders has since January 2009, ban pair trawling in Ghanaian waters.
The statement read ''the Ministry further wish to state that Regulation 11(1d) of the Fisheries Regulations, 2010 (L. I. 1968) prohibits any person to engage in pair trawling in the fishery waters of Ghana. Any person that contravenes Regulation 11 (1d) commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine of not less than US$250,000.00 and not more than US$2 million.''
The statement added ''the Ministry issued a Ministerial Directive effective 1st September 2015 that made it an offence for fishing trawlers to engage in mid-water trawling. The essence of the Ministerial Directive is to prevent fishing trawlers from catching the small pelagic fishes which are reserved for the artisanal fishermen.''
Below is the full statement from the Ministry
BAN ON PAIR TRAWLING
The Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development (MOFAD) wishes to inform the General Public, Fisheries Associations, Fishermen and Stakeholders that the Ministry through the Fisheries Commission has since 1st January 2009 not licensed or renewed the license of any fishing trawler to engage in pair trawling in Ghanaian waters.
The Ministry further wish to state that Regulation 11(1d) of the Fisheries Regulations, 2010 (L. I. 1968) prohibits any person to engage in pair trawling in the fishery waters of Ghana. Any person that contravenes Regulation 11 (1d) commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine of not less than US$250,000.00 and not more than US$2 million.
The Ministry wishes to assure the General Public, Fisheries Associations, Fishermen and Stakeholders that the Ministry has put measures in place to ensure that pair trawling does not take place in Ghanaian waters. The Fisheries Enforcement Unit (FEU) of the Ministry has fitted all fishing trawlers with vessel monitoring device which is connected to the Fisheries Control Centre of the Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) at Tema. The VMS enables the Fisheries Enforcement Unit to monitor the activities of all fishing trawlers at sea. The fitting of the vessel monitoring device on a fishing trawler is a condition for licensing or renewal of fishing license of a fishing trawler. Section 76 (2n) of the Fisheries Act, 2002 (Act 625) empowers the Ministry to suspend or cancel the fishing licence of any fishing trawler whose vessel monitoring device fails to work. In addition, Regulation 45 of the Fisheries (Amendment) Regulations, 2015 (L.I. 2217) requires that the master of a fishing trawler notifies the Ministry and the Commission immediately if the vessel monitoring device became malfunctioning.
The Ministry issued a Ministerial Directive effective 1st September 2015 that made it an offence for fishing trawlers to engage in mid-water trawling. The essence of the Ministerial Directive is to prevent fishing trawlers from catching the small pelagic fishes which are reserved for the artisanal fishermen.
The Ministry wishes to assure the General Public that it will continue to implement policies and measures that will ensure sustainable exploitation and conservation of the country’s fisheries resources for generation unborn.
Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development.
Embattled 2nd Vice Chairman of largest opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Sammy Crabbe has denied ever saying the NPP lacks the necessary structures to win elections and that he will work to ensure victory for their presidential candidate, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo.
Mr. Sammy Crabbe said regardless of the fact that the party is not adhering to the constitution by illegally suspending him, he will work hard to ensure that, Nana Addo wins the elections, however there is no way a party can win power without upholding the constitution of the party.
The suspended national officer, indicated, he was validly elected by delegates to ensure victory for the party in the upcoming general elections therefore he will not relent on that effort.
''I was elected to work for NPP to ensure victory for the party. It is my job to ensure victory for the NPP and i shall do that job regardless of what is going on. I will ensure victory for our presidential and parliamentary candidates; and i interact with them all the time. I don't need anyone to tell me to do what i was constitutionally elected to do. If someone hate me; that should not stop me from trying to do my duty. Our constitution unites us so we must work together to ensure that victory.''
Mr. Sammy Crabbe speaking with Rainbow Radio's Kwame Tutu on Frontline said it is wrong for anyone to describe him as ''suspended 2nd Vice Chairman'' of the NPP.
According to him, anyone who describes him as suspended 2nd Vice Chairman can be akin to someone endorsing a coup de tat.
Mr. Crabbe said he will continue to defend and uphold the constitution to unite the rank and file of the party so they work together towards victory 2016.
''It will be difficult for the party to win the elections if we do not uphold the constitution of the party which the framers wrote for us- and it will be more difficult for people to work towards victory 2016 if the the wrong committed is not corrected,'' he said.
Mr Crabbe was suspended by the NPP’s National Executive Committee in November last year after he failed to appear before the Disciplinary Committee of the party to answer misconduct charges leveled against him by two members.
He was suspended along with General Secretary Kwabena Agyepong. The two were accused of disregarding the constitution by describing the suspension of to Chairman Paul Afoko as unconstitutional.
Mr Crabbe is challenging his suspension and wants the Accra High Court to declare it unconstitutional.
One Mr. Emmanuel Akurugu, a caretaker cocoa farmer at Nimo Krom in the Western Region has allegedly has allegedly inflicted machete wounds on his 11 year-old son for killing his dog.
The caretaker, is said to have almost severed his son's hand after he angrily threw the machete at him.
Emmanuel Akurugu according to reports filed by Christopher Anto had gone to farm at the time his son reportedly hit his dog with a stick to death.
The farmer upon returning from the farm and meeting his dead dog; in anger threw the machete at his son which nearly chopped his hand off.
The victim is currently in a critical condition and on admission at the hospital with doctors standing by to ensure that he survives from his wounds.
Meanwhile his father is yet to be arrested for inflicting wounds on his son with a machete.
Thirty year-old Kwame Anane was severely beaten to pulp at Danyame a small community near Nkenkansu in the Ashanti for raping a mentally challenged woman.
Kwame Anane was seen at around 6:00 pm Tuesday evening with his car parked where the mad woman was.
He reportedly gave the mad woman food bagged in a black polythene and after she [mentally challenged] had finished eating, he [Kwame Anane] started having sex with her.
Some residents who monitored Kwame Anane from afar rushed to the scene, pounced on him and repeatedly assaulted him in turns until he fell unconscious.
He was later sent to the hospital to seek medical attention after attempts to resuscitate him failed.
According to Nyankonton Mu Nsem's Agyemang Tamakloe, Kwame Anane after he was revived this morning confessed that he was instructed by a spiritualist to sleep with a mad woman and bring her fluids so it is used to perform rituals to increase his wealth.
He is currently in police custody and will soon be arraigned before court.
Meanwhile, his wife in an interview with Agyemang Tamakloe said she can still not believe that his husband could do such a thing.