Work on the six (6) uncompleted pedestrian bridges in Adenta will commence within a week, the Ministry of Roads and Highways has announced in a statement.
The Ministry as part of its temporarily measures, collaborated with the Interior Ministry and requested the Ghana Police Service to deploy officers of the Motor Traffic Unit to prevent further deaths.
The statement said, government regretted the deaths of residents who had been killed by speeding vehicles. The statement further said work had already been ongoing in recent weeks to address the situation and that procurement processes were now near completion.
This is coming few hours after angry residents blocked the Adenta Highway in protest of the increasing rate at which residents were being knocked down by speeding vehicles.
What infuriated the residents Wwasas the one which occurred on Thursday invoking a female student of the West African Senior High School.
The police fired rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse the angry residents who were demonstrating.
A pedestrian has been knocked down by a speeding vehicle on the Adenta highway today (Thursday).
The deceased is said to be a 22-year-old student of the West Africa Senior High School (WASS) who was attempting to cross the highway after going to the school to get registered for the gold track.
The incident has infuriated residents who have blocked the highway with burning lorry tyres.
The police have arrived at the scene to calm the situation down.
They have reportedly fired tear gas to disperse the angry residents who are demonstrating the lack of footbridges, a situation they decried has caused the death of some residents.
General Secretary of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, has endorsed former President John Dramani Mahama as the best candidate to win power for the umbrella family in 2020.
The chief scribe who is seeking re-election in the upcoming national delegates conference, told delegates to massively vote for him to help the party win the 2020 polls.
He told the delegates his decision to seek re-election is to bring onboard his experience to make the party win 2020.
‘’I want you to vote for me as general secretary. With my experience, I will help the party. If we should elect a candidate like Mr Mahama and Asiedu Nketiah as General Secretary, victory will be ours in 2020,’’ he appealed.
Mr Nketiah used the opportunity to explain reasons why he is seeking re-election despite being part of the leaders that failed to clinch victory for the NDC in 2020.
He blamed the new executives for being the cause for the party’s defeat.
“In 2005, when we went to vote, during that time the party was divided, yet I was still given the nod. We were in office, and three years after some executives were removed. For some of us the main ones, we were retained…because we were able to reason together we contested in 2012 and we won. We were dragged to court (by the NPP) and after eight months we were victorious. In 2014, some of the people that reason together with me were removed and new ones were brought on board, and we went to the elections and were defeated. So who is at fault, myself or the new ones that were brought on board?” he asked.
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has stated that, thus far, all allegations of corruption levelled against his appointees have been investigated by independent institutions mandated to carry out such investigations.
In addition to the establishment of the Office of Independent Prosecutor, in the fight against corruption in Ghana, President Akufo-Addo stressed that “there is also the attitude of those of us who are in office.”
He explained that “for instance, if members of my administration are indulging in corrupt acts, any time an allegation is made, I have seen to it that it is investigated.”
The President continued, “So far, investigations have not yielded any evidence (of appointees indulging in corruption), but it is important that it is known that people of my administration will be subject to scrutiny if they go off schedule.”
President Akufo-Addo made this known on Thursday, 8th November, 2018, when he spoke as a panellist on “Championing Investments: Presidential Investment Chats” at the ongoing Africa Investment Forum, organized by the African Development Bank, in Johannesburg, South Africa.
It will be recalled that the allegations against the then Minister for Energy-designate, Boakye Agyarko, at his parliamentary confirmation hearings were subjected to a bi-partisan probe in Parliament, which ended up exonerating him.
Again, allegations made against the then CEO of BOST, Mr. Alfred Obeng, to those levelled against the two deputy Chiefs of Staff, and against the then deputy Minister for Youth and Sports, Pius Enam Hadzide, and the Board Chairman of the National Sports Authority, Hon. Kwadwo Baah, were investigated by the Criminal Investigation Department of the Ghana Police.
Additionally, claims of extortion against the Trade Minister were investigated by a bi-partisan committee of Parliament, for which Alan Kyerematen was also exonerated.
Together with others, President Akufo-Addo indicated that “they have all been investigated, and no evidence has been adduced to suggest mildly the perpetration of any act of corruption.”
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says his Government does not see itself as a competitor to the private sector, nor will it substitute itself for the private sector in the growth and development of the country.
“The role of government, in our view, is to be a facilitator for the development of the private sector, and that has been the focus of our government,” he said.
President Akufo-Addo made this known on Thursday, 8th November, 2018, when he spoke as a panelist on “Championing Investments: Presidential Investment Chats” at the ongoing Africa Investment Forum, organized by the African Development Bank, in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Explaining the reasons for the modest successes chalked by Government, which has seen, for instance, economic growth rate increase from 3.6% in 2016 to 8.5% in 2017, the President indicated that his government has been keen on providing incentives for the private sector to thrive.
Some of these policies, he said, include a raft of tax cuts, the abolishing of nuisance taxes, reduction in utility tariffs, which, for example, have seen electricity tariffs for businesses reduced by as much as 30% and water tariffs also reduced by 10%.
Additionally, President Akufo-Addo indicated that his Government has established a clear perception about the rule of law in Ghana, stressing that “the rule of law working not just for Ghanaians but also for foreigners who decide to invest in our economy.”
A third area focus of his government, he said, has been the promotion of policies that are stimulating industrial and agricultural activity.
Thus far, Government is developing strategic industries out of Ghana’s abundant natural resources of bauxite and iron ore, has established an Integrated Bauxite/Aluminium Development Authority to assemble the relevant financial resources for the full exploitation and development of Ghana’s large bauxite deposits.
Growth in Agriculture
With agriculture growing by less than 3% in 2016, President Akufo-Addo stated that his government introduced the programme for “Planting for Food and Jobs”.
Through this programme, the President explained that Government, in the first year of the Programme, supported some 200,000 small holder farmers with inputs such as fertilizers, access to extension officers, improved seedlings and a marketing platform.
“This year, the programme has moved from 200,000 to 500,000 and the impact it has made in terms of yields of agriculture, i.e. the productivity of our farmers, as well as on its output is quite dramatic. We are seeing a much greater output of food stuffs in our markets across the country than we saw 3 or 4 years ago,” he added.
He continued, “That is the connection that we are trying to make to see how we can bring whatever authority that government has to support these initiatives with appropriate policy. Our goal is that, within 4 years, a million farmers will be in this programme.”
Ghana Beyond Aid
Again, with Government keen on improving the capacity of the state to manage the country and its economy, President Akufo-Addo indicated that the phenomenon whereby only some 6% of the population pay taxes does not inure to the benefit of the Ghanaian people.
As a result, the President noted that Government is initiating policies to broaden the tax net, explaining that “we believe we are capable of financing our own development out of our own resources.”
However, if only 6% of our people are within the tax net, President Akufo-Addo noted that “that already poses a major structural problem.”
The Bank of Ghana (BoG) has cautioned the public against unlicensed deposit taking entities.
The Central Bank in a statement which was issued and signed by Frances Van-Hein Sackey, Bank Secretary, admonished the public not to deal with the unlicensed entities.
The entities including Global Coin Community Help International Limited (G.C.C.H), Wealth Drive Ghana Limited (WDG), Devonshire Place Capital Ghana Limited, TCL Markets Ghana Limited, FX-Crypto Traders and Sonsis Susu Services have not been licensed to carry out activities of taking deposits from depositors, the statement added.
The Bank is therefore warning the public to be careful of deals with these entities as any business done with them would be at the risk of depositors. The Bank of Ghana said it will not be liable for the refund of any deposit lost by a depositor.
The Interior Minister, Ambrose Derry has discounted claims that the Ghana Police Service has completed investigations into the alleged sexual misconduct of some 46 Police personnel on United Nations Mission in South Sudan.
The Minister was responding to a question from MP for Adaklu, Agbodza Governs.
Asked why he claimed in his answer that investigations are still ongoing whereas the Police service had indicated they were done with investigations, the Minister responded urging the public to disregard such reports because the Ministry is still conducting probe into the matter.
Rainbow Radio’s parliamentary correspondent, Afia Kwarteng reported that investigations according to Ambrose Dery should be completed by end of the month.
He also revealed the said 46 Police personnel are still with the service until investigations implicates any of them.
He also announced on the floor of the House that the Ghana Police administration has dispatched a three-member team of investigators to South Sudan to investigate alleged sexual exploitation and abuse involving 46 police officers on a United Nations mission in South Sudan.
The said officers were allegedly involved in sexual misconduct and have been withdrawn to Juba.
Ambrose Dery told the house that urgent steps were being taken by his ministry and the Attorney-General to amend the Ghana Police Service Regulations 2012 (C176) to include sexual exploitation and abuse which are not explicitly captured under the current regulations.
He added that in line with the UN zero adherence policy on sexual exploitation and abuse, the detachment of the 46 personnel was repatriated on administrative grounds to Ghana on 30th May 2018.
One person is reported dead with two others severely injured after a clash between the two groups at Nakpachie in the Yendi Municipality.
About five houses have been torched in the conflict, forcing residents to flee their homes to Yendi and other surrounding towns, Rainbow Radio’s Prince Kwame Tamakloe has reported.
He said police and military personnel have been deployed to the area to maintain law and order.
Narrating the incident on Nyankonton Mu Nsem, Prince Kwame Tamakloe said, a dispute ensued on Wednesday, 7 November 2018 when a drove of pigs of a Konkomba man trampled the maize farm of a Dagomba man.
Enraged by the destruction, the Dagomba man shot and killed one of the pigs, sparking a conflagration between the two ethnic groups.
With the aid of his kinsmen, the pig farmer tried to snatch the gun from the maize farmer. A Dagomba man’s leg was shot in the struggle.
This led to a reprisal attack by the Dagombas. He added.
National Treasurer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Alhaji Abdullah Ahmed Abdulla, says he was forced to attack Asiedu Nketiah, the party’s General Secretary because he lied about him.
Alhaji Ahmed Abdulla told Kwame Tutu on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, Mr Nketiah is a liar and attributing the defeat of the party to him [Abdulla] and other executives was not only unfortunate but also irresponsible.
He blamed Mr Nketiah for running the party as a sole proprietor and doing things that affected the fortunes of the party.
Executives of the party he lamented are not paid but sacrifice their resources, time, experience and skills to manage affairs.
The national treasurer said: ‘’party work does not come with monthly pay. You do not benefit from any allowance and so if people should lie about you and denigrate you, you have to respond in equal measure. That is why I have decided to come out and respond to the lies peddled Mr Asiedu Nketiah. Asiedu Nketiah should stop peddling lies about me. He should focus on his campaign message and stop attacking my integrity. I will not keep quite like the others he has attacked, I will respond. Tell him to stop peddling lies about me.’’
He told the host a video circulating on social media which captured the chief scribe blaming him and some other party functionaries, of the party for failing to clinch victory for the NDC in 2016, infuriated him.
Highlife musician, Kwabena Kwabena, has said he will now concentrate on music career instead of campaigning for any political party.
The musician who campaigned for the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), in 2016 says he will no longer campaign for any party because of the bitter experience he has suffered over the past few years.
Kwabena Kwabena indicated that he has realized that, he is nothing without his craft hence his decision to focus on music.
‘’Honestly I should say there’ve been enough of politics and every other thing. My focus right now is my music because my little experience in the last few years, has revealed to me that I am nothing without my craft. I am nothing without my music and that is the most important thing for me right now.’’
‘’Ghana will still move forward but I [Kwabena Kwabena] will focus on my career. I want to focus on my career,'' he added.