The Ghana Grid Company (GRIDco) has announced that the Floating Production Storage and Offloading Vessel (FPSO Kwame Nkrumah) which was shutdown for by the operators of the facility for Mandatory inspection and maintenance will be restored on April 9, 2016.
This was contained in a statement signed by the Chief Executive of GRIDco, Ing. William Amuna.
The Atuabo Gas Processing plant to the Aboaze thermal enclave was curtailed following the two- week maintenance and operational shut-down.
Ing. William Amuna in the state said ''The Ghana Grid Company Limited (GRIDco) wishes to inform the General Public that information from Tullow Ghana indicates that the FPSO Kwame Nkrumah which was shutdown and maintained on Sunday, March 20, 2016 for a two (2)-week mandatory inspection and maintenance will now be restored on Saturday April 9, 2016.
''Power System engineers shall continue to take steps to mitigate any adverse effect arising from the shutdown,'' the statement added.
The current Vice-Chairman of the Ghana League Club Association (GHALCA) Isaac W, Koomson says he is going to operate a more transparent, responsible, accountable and ensure that the integrity of the association becomes intact.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with Nana Prempeh on Total Sports Review on Rainbow Radio, Mr. Koomson said he stands tall among all his other contenders because of his unparalleled record.
When asked if he was not undermining the integrity of the current executives of the current GHALCA administration which he is a member, he said, ''Iam not casting doubt on the past executives which am a member. I am saying that, individually my track records, and every where i have worked; my dealings with the clubs and association with club administrators can testify that when it comes to integrity and transparency, i stand tall among my peers am contesting with. And when you have this as an administrator of an association like GHALCA, it makes corporate world comfortable dealing with that association because the leader is incorruptible.''
He described himself as an incorruptible personality with a proven track record that can transform GHALCA to become an enviable association in the sports fraternity.
Highlighting his four points policy and programmes to Chair the association, he said he will ensure that the executive council of GHALCA work closely with the clubs which he described as ''Send Executive Council to Clubs and Clubs to the Council''.
His second policy he seeks to work on is to initiate a welfare scheme to assist persons especially when they are incapacitated after many years of service or retires.
He bemoaned the lack of welfare schemes to support especially sports administrators who are current living in a very deplorable state.
Mr. Isaac W. Koomson concluded that he will embark on an aggressive program through seminars and workshops to upgrade officials on modern trends of club administration.
The Vice Chairman is in competition with Chief Executive Officer of Ashanti Gold, Mr. Kudjo Fianu, Director of Brekum Chelsea, Mr. Oduro Sarfo and Mr. Kofi Poku, D' International of the Divison One League side.
President John Dramani Mahama has said that the completion and inauguration of the Shai Osu Doku District Hospital reflects an unwavering commitment to his 2012 social contract he had with Ghanaians in expanding access to quality healthcare country wide.
The President added, the 120 bed capacity hospital forms part of his government's policy to build a first class facility in every district of the country in order to improve upon access to healthcare for citizens.
''Our government adopted a policy to build a first class health facility in every district of our country in order to improve access to healthcare for our people... The completion of the Shai Osu Doku District Hospital reflects an unwavering commitment to my 2012 social contract with the people of Ghana to expand access to quality healthcare across the length and breath of of our dear country Ghana.''
President Mahama opined that, the newly constructed Shai Osudoku District Hospital, in the Greater Accra Region is one of its kind and as the President he felt happy commissioning the facility.
He noted, this district hospital is one of the seven (7) district hospitals being constructed by the government across the country.
Aside the Shai Osu Doku District Hospital which was commissioned today, there other ones coming up at Abetifi, Garu Tepani, Fomena, Secondi and Kumawu.
In his part, the Minister of Health, Alex Segbefia charged managers of the facility to take very good care of the facility to enhance longevity.
He said, the innovative design of the hospital is aimed at providing a therapeutic environment to aid patient recovery.
Mr. Alex Segbefia noted, government has signed a three year maintenance agreement between the constructor to provide maintenance for the facility but added efforts should be made to facilitate technological transfer to in-house technical staff to continue with the maintenance of the facility.
The new hospital was constructed by NMS Infrastructure and has a 21st Century equipment and facilities and its designed to be capable of expansion from 120 beds to 200 beds.
Private legal practitioner, Ace Ankomah has described the Bureau of National Investigation (BNI) as a lawless institution.
The lawyer argues that, the BNI is operating as if there is no law in the country or the laws of Ghana does not apply to them.
He posited that, the BNI since its inception has failed to uphold the constitution of the Republic of Ghana, a situation he blamed on the failure of successive governments to control the state security.
Lawyer Ace Ankomah said, Ghana needs a brave government to control the BNI and tell them straight in the face to stop their lawlessness.
''Successive governments have failed to control the so-called National Security and that is the cause of their disregard for the laws of state. We need a brave government to boldly tell them to stop what they are doing.''
He bemoaned the rampant unlawful arrest of persons by the BNI which led to the state paying for damages at an International Court in the United Kingdom, ''and yet no body seems to be controlling the BNI. It is time to subject National Security to the laws of this country,'' he emphasied.
Lawyer Ace Ankomah was of the opinion that, because staff at the National Security do not bare the cost or damages against persons who rights are violated, they continue to hide behind the state security to engage in lawlessness.
He also blamed the situation on undue political interference from government in power on the state security.
Lawyer Ace Ankomah was speaking in an interview on Rainbow Radiofollowing the arrest of the General Manager of Marble and Granites, Dr. Ayo Ani for allegedly taking pictures of party vehicles parked on land that belongs to a private company.
He described the arrest as unlawful and clear violation of Article 14(5) of the Constitution of Ghana which says that “A person who is unlawfully arrested, restricted or detained by any other person SHALL be entitled to compensation from that other person.”
The lawyer said Dr. Ayo Ani can sue for damages against the state since it will be libel to pay for: (i) damages for the breach of the person’s constitutional right to personal liberty,
(ii) damages for unlawful arrest,
(iii) damages for false imprisonment, and
(iv) damages for trespass to person (to the extent that there was any unpermitted physical contact with his body at any time.)
He suggested for individual persons who order for the unlawful arrest of persons to be prosecuted and charged to deter others from engaing in lawless and uphold the constitution of Ghana.
'' The court may also award Aggravated/Exemplary/Punitive Damages, which are damages on an increased scale, where the wrong done was aggravated by factors such as the wanton or reckless acts of another,'' the lawyer concluded.
The chief scribe of the ruling National Democratic Congress, Johnson Asiedu Nkekiah has admonished Ghanaians to rejoice over the deportation of the 3 South African ''mercenaries imported by the New Patriotic Party to prosecute their all-die-be-die agenda''.
According to him, it saddens his heart when Ghanaians fail to see the national security threat the invitation of the ex-police officers posed to the nation and rather focus on debating on the so-called violation of the fundamental human rights of the trio.
The General Secretary alleged that the trio were invited by the NPP to train their militants in the use of arms and ammunition, manufacturing of bombs and explosives to destabilise the country hence Ghanaians should be grateful to God for exposing the NPP.
Speaking in an interview with Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio, he called on the security agencies to investigate the number of young men and women that the South African mercenaries actually trained and not leave it at the 15 alleged by the NPP.
''Are you aware of the number of militants they [South Africans] had trained, what if they trained these militants in badges, can we link the increase rate in arm robbery to these training offered by the mercenaries, can we link the recent cases of contract killings to the training, Are there young people in the country already trained by these men and what are they actually doing with the skills acquired,'' Johnson Asiedu Nketiah quizzed.
He added these are the issues that Ghanaians have to focus on because the NPP invited the mercenaries to train their militants to foment trouble and blame it on the decision of government to shelter the two Guantanamo Bay detainees.
''They invited the ex-police officers at the time they started making unnecessary noise over the Guantanamo Bay detainees to train their militants in weapon handling so they are able to engage in violence on the blind side of Ghanaians and later blame it on President, but thank God that their evil plan was exposed.''
Johnson Asiedu Nketiah noted, the NPP has still not regretted their all-die-be-mantra therefore Ghanaians should be extremely careful of their schemes.
The three South African ex-police officers Major Ahmed Shaik Hazis (rtd), 54; Warrant Officer Denver Dwayhe, 33, and Captain Mlungiseli Jokani, 45 were picked up at the EL-Capitano Hotel training some young people in various security drills, including unarmed combat, weapon handling, VIP protection techniques and rapid response manoeuvres.
The NPP after the arrest claimed responsibility of inviting the trio to train security details of the presidential candidate Nana Akufo Addo and running mate, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia.
They were charged with five counts of conspiracy to commit crime Contrary to section 23 of act 29, unlawful training and Making false declaration contrary section 52(1) of immigration service act 2000.
But the trio pleaded not guilty to all the charges and were granted bail by an Accra Circuit Court bail in the sum of ¢20,000 each with sureties.
However, the BNI whisked them away few minutes after the court granted them bail a situation the NPP described as unlawful and contempt of court.
The trio were on Tuesday, 29th March, 2016 deported back to South Africa after the NPP decided to cite the BNI for contempt.
They were put on board South African Airways flight number 210, which departed around 9:26 am to Johannesburg that day.
A statement from the Immigration Service said the trio concealed their motive for their visit, ''and was therefore a breach of Section 52(1) (e) and (i) of the Immigration Act 2000 (Act 573). Their act is also a breach of the conditions precedent for the issuance of visas as contained in the instructions on Form B (Reg.3 (4) of the Immigration Regulation 2001 (LI 1691).''
A Deputy Chair of the Electoral Commission of Ghana has warned the media against the declaration of uncertified results in the upcoming November polls.
Madam Georgina Opoku Amankwa said when the media announce uncertified results and later that of the EC do not tally with what the media published, then they will doubt that of the EC and accuse the electioneering body of tampering with the results.
“It may be that you get access to some results and after calculating, it comes out that the Electoral Commission, which has access to all the results has something different results from yours; then people who might have heard you already would think that the figures might have been doctored by the Electoral Commission,” she said.
“We are therefore calling on the media not to declare the election results before the Electoral Commission.”
Madam Opoku Amankwa stated that Ghanaians are looking forward for a credible polls hence the need for the media to be circumspect in their reportage and desist from announcing uncertified results.
Some media houses have in previous elections announced what they claim to be provisional results even before the EC themselves announce the certified results.
In some cases, some political parties have also gone out of their way to declare themselves winners before the official results.
The Brong Ahafo Regional Police Command have arrested one Osman Barry a Burrkinabe national over the killing of a police corporal at Sawla-Tuna-Kalba districtof the Northern Region a week ago.
Osman Barry was arrested at his hideout at Anyimana a suburb of Techiman in the Brong Ahafo Region based upon a tip off.
The suspect and two other robbers shot and killed Corporal Yaw Lokpao, 34 while on duty at Kalba on the 25th March, 22016.
Osman Barry is a dealer in livesstock and gold at the Techiman market.
Confirming the arrest, the Municipal Police Commander for Techiman, Supt. Mohammed Yussif said, the suspect and his accomplice Mohammed Musah 32, shot and killed the corporal on their way from a robbery attack.
Mohammed Musah was arrested by the Sawla Police Command on 26th March, 2016 and currently on remand at the Tamale Central Prison.
Osman Barry would be sent the Tamale Regional Police Command today for further investigation.
General Secretary of the ruling National Democratic Congress has lambasted the opposition New Patriotic Party for posing as a masquerade to deny their knowledge of the engagement between the Electoral Commission and Superlock Technologies Limited (STL) in the 2012 general elections.
Johnson Asiedu Nketiah says the Israeli company was never contracted to transmit the 2012 election results as alleged by the NPP.
The role played by the Israeli company, STL has become a subject of debate among the two major political parties NDC and NPP after the Interior Minister in a portion of a statement issued in relation to the arrest of one of the three South African retired police officers weeks ago stated that he Hafiz had:
"A comprehensive report on the operations of Superlock Technologies Limited (STL),'' and in defining the role played by STL in the 2012 elections, Prosper Bani said: "STL is the company contracted by the Electoral Commission to transmit tallied election results."
The NPP has fed on this statement calling on the EC to come clean over the statement by the Interior Minister.
But speaking in an interview with Kwame Tutu on frontline Monday morning, the chief scribe of the ruling NDC said the Interior Minister, Prosper Bani goofed in stating that, STL was contracted to transmit the 2012 election result.
Johnson Asiedu Nketiah said, he cannot fault the Interior Ministry over the ''wrong statement issued'' rather he will fault the NPP for pretending to have no knowledge over the role played by STL.
He said, the NPP and all other political parties are aware that the EC contracted STL through a Transparent International Competitive Bidding to provide technological support to the EC in preparing our biometric register.
General Mosquito as he is popularly referred to chided the NPP for peddling falsehood over the role played by STL since 2012 till date.
He admonished Ghanaians to threat with competent the false impression by the NPP over STL since they are only trying to give the EC a bad name.
He added, the NPP is only feeding on the misinformation by Prosper Bani to ''give the dog a bad name which is purposely designed to win the heart of Ghanaians...The NPP and all other political parties are aware of the exact role played by STL so Ghanaians should blame the NPP for their lies. They did the same thing in 2012 which nearly triggered violence when some youth of the NPP stormed the office of STL in attempt to attack them over what their leaders told them.''