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Sep 26, 2018
The Northern regional chairman of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), Sofo Azoka says the campaign tour by Nana Addo in Tamale and its environs was witnessed by children. Aid to Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo, Musa Superior has described as historic Nana Addo's tour of the Northern region as residents welcomed the opposition leader in a rousing way. Musa Superior said: ''Tamale was undoubtedly unmatched. The crowd was huge, thick and historic. In fact, it was the biggest after Kumasi since we began the National Campaign tour. Akufo-Addo's convoy drove nearly 4 hours from Savelugu, which normally will take under 30mins to travel to Tamale.  ''At the Zogbeli JHS Park, the people danced happily whilst waiting for Akufo-Addo. By 7pm, the slowly driven convoy arrived at the Park. The people became uncontrollable when Nana stepped out of his car. Some cried! We ended the historic gathering at 9:10. It was fascinating and a super endorsement of the NPP.'' But responding to the comments by Musa, Sofo Azoka said, the huge crowd which the NPP is happy about were children below the voting age. The outspoken politician said he would resign as presidential candidate for the NPP the moment he returns to Accra due to his unpopularity.  ''When you ask his aids, they will not tell you the truth. So i want you to ask Nana Addo that, how many people came out to meet him? The NPP should speak the truth, they were not able to pull a massive crowd.'' Sofa Azoka said due to the suspension of Paul Afoko as national chairman, the faction within the party has deepened with followers of Afoko silent. ''Afoko has the majority in the region and those people are silent....Ask the security  in the region, they will tell you that when Nana Addo toured the region, nobody came out to meet him apart from small small boys. They should speak the truth for once. They were disappointed in the number of people that came out to witness Nana's campaign tour. Ask them how many hours they spent in the area, nobody came out to meet Nana Addo.'' When asked if he was not being mischievous with his comments considering the photos available to the public on Nana's tour, Sofo Azoka said the pictures are old pictures meant to deceive the public.  
Sep 26, 2018
The Minority leader, Hon. Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu has described the press conference organised by the Majority's side as a ''shadowboxing''. The Majority leader addressing the press yesterday described as ''erroneous and deliberately misleading impressions created by the NPP Minority around the reasons for the recall of Parliament slated for today the 1st of September, 2016.'' The recall by the Minority was done in accordance with  Article 112 (3) of the 1992 Constitution and Order 38 (1) of the Standing Orders of Parliament. The move is intended to begin an impeachment proceedings against President Mahama over his acceptance of a Ford car gift presented to him by a Burkinabe contractor when he was Vice President. Hon. Osei Mensah is reported to have said on Accra based Citi Fm that he did not know why the House was recalled. But Alban Bagbin in his address yesterday said, the Minority lied, because the motion through which the Minority presented to the Speaker, is filed and signed by the Minority Leader Hon. Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu. The Minority leader in response to that said what the Majority leader did was infantile. The Majority also said the move by the Minority is borne out of clear mischief and a desperate attempt to throw as much dirt at President John Dramani Mahama ahead of the December 7 elections. However,  speaking in an interview with Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5FM, Hon. Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu said he finds it unnecessary the press conference the Majority held because President Mahama has urged his accusers to take him on if they believe he faulted by receiving the gift. He said the President has said he would come and respond to any queries regarding the matter, and so if the Minority has initiated such a process, why should the Majority raise concerns over the matter. He described as senseless the press conference held by the Majority. The Ford saga he revealed is before the Public Accounts Committee and per the rules of Parliament, there should be an independent committee to investigate the matter.    
Sep 26, 2018
Some angry residents at Kwamedodoo in the Upper West Akyem District of the Eastern region stormed the Adeiso police station Wednesday afternoon demanding for an immediate evacuation of Fulani herdsmen in the area. Reports filed by Nyankonton Mu Nsem's Prince Kwame Tamakloe has it that, the Fulani herdsmen have destroyed farmlands belonging to residents in the area. The herdsmen he said have also inflicted machete wounds on some of the residents after they confronted them over their grazing activities. According to Prince Bening, the residents can no longer go to farm for fear of being attacked by the Fulani herdsmen. He said, tension is currently rising between the residents and the Fulani herdsmen with residents threatening to take the law into their own hands should the police fail to protect them. The police has assured the residents of maximum protection.
Sep 26, 2018
The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. John Kudalor has re-assigned some 90 police officers nationwide. The Nima Police Divisional Police Commander, ACP Nuhu Alhassan Jango, ,  is heading to the Eastern region as second-in-command. The posting according to the IGP takes immediate effect. Other postings from the list of 90 officers include, ACP Peter Gyimah Community Policing Unit, Ashanti Region who is also heading to the Wenchi Division as second-in-command. Mr. Kudalor has made major changes in the Police Administration since he assumed his role. This is the fourth reshuffle he has undertaken.  
Sep 26, 2018
The heads of the Mampong Nurses and Midwifery College in the Ashanti Region, Cape Coast Nursing and Midwifery Training College, and the School Dispensary Optics, Oyoko in the Eastern Region, have been suspended by the Ministry of Health for charging unapproved fees. The suspended heads levied students with items including cement, electronic systems, and stationary for the 2016/2017 academic year, the Ministry of Health has revealed. Addressing the press on Wednesday, sector Minister Alex Segbefia said “Thus practice has escalated to the extent that some schools are adding extra items as additional levies for the academic year, e.g. cement, electronic system fees, stationary among others. We are unhappy about this practice because the exorbitant nature of such fees is defeating the purpose of getting those genuinely interested in providing healthcare into the institutions as against those who can afford it. This will ultimately result in the production of professionals whose dedication to duty will be in question.”  He also used the occasion to warn other institutions to desist from the practice. Meanwhile, the Board of the  Mampong Nursing and Midwifery College, has also been dissolved since it’s 4-year term has elapsed.  A new board is to be re-constituted in due course, the Minister said. The Ministry he revealed has asked schools charging unapproved fees to refund it to all affected students.  ” We have also learnt that some of the Christian Health Association of Ghana (CHAG), schools are charging an extra amount of Ghc500 as logistic support which is unacceptable. We ask that such monies should be refunded to the students with immediate effect. In view of these, the heads of the above institutions are to step aside for further investigations into this scandal.'' “The Ministry of Health will not tolerate any institution under its mandate disregarding laid down policies and procedures,'' the Minister warned. The Ministry further asked the heads of the various institutions to take note of the following; “Only the approved fees from the Ministry of Health as agreed on with Conference of Heads Health Training Institutions (COHHETI) should be charged. For the avoidance of doubt, approved fees for the 2016/2017 academic year, is Ghc1,400 without the above mentioned items. However, only schools that opted for the Cafeteria Services can charge additional Ghc600 for feeding as agreed by COHHETI. Fees for additional items such such as feeding fees, books, accommodation, uniforms, sports kits, etc; should be considered as optional, and should not be made compulsory for students.”  “It added that; ” where there is the need to charge for additional fees as indicated above, approval should be sought from the Health Training Institutions Secretariat of the Ministry of Health before students are levied. It is the hope of the Ministry that, all institutions would adhere to the directives above to ensure coherence and uniformity in the fees charged by Health Training Institutions. All heads must adhere to this directive.''  
Sep 26, 2018
Brazil's Senate has voted to remove President Dilma Rousseff from office for manipulating the budget. It puts an end to 13 years in power of her left-wing Workers' Party. Ms Rousseff denies the charges. Sixty-one senators voted in favour of her impeachment and 20 against, meeting the two-thirds majority needed to remove her from the presidency. Acting President Michel Temer will serve out Ms Rousseff's term, which ends on 1 January 2019. Mr Temer, from the centre-right PMDB party, is expected to be officially sworn in later on Wednesday. 'Coup d'etat' Ms Rousseff had been suspended in May after the Senate voted to go ahead with the impeachment process. Infographic showing the stages taken to remove Rousseff from office She was accused of moving funds between government budgets, which is illegal under Brazilian law. Her critics said she was trying to plug deficit holes in popular social programmes to boost her chances of being re-elected for a second term in October 2014. Ms Rousseff fought the allegations, which she said amounted to a coup d'etat. She argued that her right-wing political rivals had been trying to remove her from office ever since she was re-elected. Born in 1947, grew up in an upper middle class household in Belo Horizonte Her father was Bulgarian immigrant and an ex-communist Joined left-wing movement against Brazil's military dictatorship which had seized power in 1964 Detained in 1970 and imprisoned for three years Subjected to torture including electric shocks for her role in the underground resistance Came to political prominence as the protege of Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who governed Brazil from 2003 to 2011 Sworn in as Brazil's first female president in 2011 Re-elected to a second term in 2014 Impeached on 31 August 2016 "From the day after I was elected, several measures were taken to destabilise my government. And you have been systematically making accusations against me," she said when she defended herself in the Senate on Monday. She said that she was being ousted because she had allowed a wide-ranging corruption investigation to go ahead which resulted in many high-profile politicians being charged. Analysis by Daniel Gallas, BBC South Americas Business Correspondent Dilma Rousseff's impeachment trial in the Senate has raised important questions about Brazil's democratic institutions. Was she ousted for having committed a crime - or was that just a pretext to remove a president who had lost control of the economy and politics? Her fiscal manoeuvres were thoroughly examined during the sessions, but it was not just that which was on trial. Her government policies, her U-turn on the economy after the election and corruption in her party were constantly part of the debate. Also, as the trial unfolded, Michel Temer's interim government started its work reforming the economy and outlining new policies. Senators - and Brazilians - knew that the question of condemning Ms Rousseff went beyond just deciding technically whether she was guilty or not. Read Daniel Gallas' analysis in full But senators who voted in favour of her impeachment said it was Ms Rousseff and the Workers' Party who were corrupt and needed to go. Brazilians have been divided on the issue, with many expressing their support and loyalty to Ms Rousseff while others have taken part in large demonstrations demanding that she stand down. Mr Temer, who will govern until 1 January 2019, has promised to boost Brazil's economy, which is going through its longest and deepest recession in the past quarter of a century. His critics have already warned that he plans to cut many of the popular social programmes introduced by the Workers' Party. Source: BBC
Sep 26, 2018
Member of Parliament (MP), for Trobu constituency in the Greater Accra Region who doubles as ranking member on the Education Committee in Parliament, Hon. Moses Anim has lambasted the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC), for failing to provide a better  policy on education to enhance teaching and learning in the country. The legislator speaking in an interview with Kwame Tutu on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm said, education must produce two outcomes namely, quality teaching and quality learning outcomes to produce good results. In improving the quality of education in Ghana, the legislator said the core factors that needs to be considered are access, teaching and learning materials, supervision as well as contact hours. In policy wise, the current administration is lacking behind, the legislator said. He expressed his displeasure on the part of  government for failing to release Government of Ghana's support to the various district educational offices. He chided Ghanaians for allowing the NDC to sheepishly change the four year period for Senior High Schools to three years, a move he maintained has contributed to the poor results of students.  Meanwhile, the NDC MP for Ablekuma Central who also doubles as Chairman for the Parliamentary Select on Roads and Transport, Hon. Theophilus Tettey Chaie disagreed with his colleague MP stating that the performance of the ruling NDC is far better than that of the NPP. He said, the NPP is only creating an impression that education under the NDC is heading into a ditch. He however did not rule out challenges confronting the sector. Teaching in Ghana became unattractive under the NPP but today, teachers are receiving better packages under the NDC, he said. He also debunked claims that the change in period from four to three years is causing students to perform poorly at WASSCE.
Sep 26, 2018
An Environmental NGO-WACAM has punched holes in the current Minerals and Mining Act, which it says, are weak ensuring a win-win situation for all the partners, most especially the communities where mining occurs.   According to WACAM, the Act 703 has not been able to address the challenges in the sector, especially the mining communities.   It has also noted that the limited scope of Act which has not made the country benefit from windfalls of minerals on the world market,  has no protection of the environment which is destroyed with impunity by mining companies.   Launching a Sample Mining Bill, in Accra, which is an alternative to the weak Mineral and Mining Act that takes into concerns the limitations of the current Act, the Acting Executive Director of WACAM, Mrs. Hanna Koranteng said the current Act has no component of Human Right Auditing, and lacks clear access to justice by the mining dwellers.   She noted that, various governments have not been helpful and have ignored the concerns raised by the mining dwellers as their crops and farms have been taken over by mining companies, water sources polluted with its attendant getting sick, lamenting that, access to food has become a threat as the farming lands have been polluted with seeping cyanide and other chemicals used for the mining activities.   To what extent has mining benefited the country and its economy, Mrs. Koranteng quizzed, adding that it is woefully inadequate yet could have benefited hugely compared to other countries.
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