Feature Article of Sunday, 26 March 2017Columnist: Damptey, Daniel DanquahThe rot at Kwabeng Divisional Police Command. ““Constable” Alhaji left the town only to resurface a year later, but this time as a Police “Constable”. On their way out of the house, “constable: Alhaji picked up something wrapped in a black polythene bag from the floor. Now, I have many posers for the Divisional Police Command at Kwabeng and the masses in the country. Mr. IGP, you must do well to find out why the Kwabeng Divisional Police should allow a civilian to be dressed in Police uniform?
Feature Article of Sunday, 26 March 2017Columnist: Osei, Nana YawKintampo Waterfalls Disaster: Superstition or Mystical Powers? The birthing of this article is necessitated by the urgent need to disentangle mystical powers from superstitious beliefs and accord such powers with the necessary respect. I am convinced to a very large extent that Europeans were afraid of African mystical powers, and strategically persuaded Africans to abandon their gods and mystical powers for Christianity in order to accelerate the looting of African natural resources. J. H. Neal, believed in Ghanaian mystical powers he encountered and wrote one of the bestselling books: “Ju-ju in my life”. Even though I concede that Kintampo waterfall disaster could be a natural one, we cannot also afford to disregard the mystical powers behind it as espoused by the Kintampo Chief.
General News of Sunday, 26 March 2017Source: Graphic onlinePolice arrest leader of Delta Force for Friday's mayhem in KumasiKwame Bamba, leader of the Delta Force group of the New Patriotic Party (NPP)A leader of the Delta Force group of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) which stormed the offices of the Ashanti Regional Security Coordinator in Kumasi, smashed windows and doors and threw him out of his office has been arrested. During the attack on Friday a member of the Delta Force sustained a deep cut and bled profusely but was hurriedly carried away by other members of the group to an unknown location. The group members petitioned the Ashanti Regional Minister, Mr Simon Osei-Mensah, about three weeks ago, expressing their displeasure with the appointment of Mr Adjei. According to the members of the group, they are not interested in the position of the Ashanti Regional Security Coordinator but insist that the person must come from the Ashanti Region. He stated that no arrest had been made and added that Mr Adjei was also safe.
They have promised to use bylaws as a strategy to fight teenage pregnancies and revise the initial fine of GH¢300 imposed on men who impregnate teenagers. This was also accepted after the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) agreed to sponsor a consultative engagement with the chiefs to fast track the process of wrapping up the bylaws. Discussants at the fora made various suggestions including a call by students to parents to provide their needs and help them when the fall victim to vices such as teenage pregnancies rather than raining curses on their wards. A district planning officer Madam Esther urged parents to let go their busy schedules and spend more time with their children since their absence makes them fall prey to misdemeanors. It was a day’s sensitization and knowledge sharing fora meant to address the soaring teenage pregnancies that has gained media attention and held at the Tumu district assembly conference hall.
General News of Saturday, 25 March 2017Source: mynewsgh.comOdike issues ultimatum to squatters to vacate his landAkwasi AddaiSquatters on a parcel land around the Santasi roundabout who were recently ejected by a combined team of armed police and military personnel but returned weeks later have been issued with the final ultimatum to vacate. But the businessman, who is determined to reclaim his land, has the squatters a week’s ultimatum to leave the place or he will use brute force to get them ejected. Mr. Odike secured the land from government to construct a multipurpose business complex and subsequently secured a permit to demolish makeshift structures used as houses of squatters mainly of northern extractionJustifying his action he said “it is work for government. We are constructing a car testing centre for DVLA, a mall and to make it a business centre. It is now time they vacate it for the land to be used for its intended purpose”.
General News of Sunday, 26 March 2017Source: GNANCCE intensifies Civic Education in Bawku schoolsThe commission had also embarked on post-election community engagement on good governanceThe National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) has intensified civic education in schools, on duties of the citizenry and the promotion of peaceful co-existence in the Bawku municipality and its environs. The move was aimed at sensitising school children on the duties of citizens that would promote peaceful co-existence and national cohesion for the development of the country in Civic Education Clubs in schools in the Bawku area. About eleven senior high and basic schools that had civic education clubs were educated on post-election community engagement and good governance which would prepare them to be good citizens and assume responsible roles to manage the affairs of the country. Mr Roland Azumah, the Bawku Municipal Director for NCCE, made this known in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) at Bawku to attest the Commission’s commitment to educate the young ones on their roles as responsible citizens. He said the commission was focused on intensifying civic education activities in the Civic Education Clubs in schools and would encourage excursions to the centre of governance including the Judiciary and parliament to enlighten and broaden their knowledge on governance.
Feature Article of Sunday, 26 March 2017Columnist: Quarshie, RichmondGhana’s democratic mazeFile photoBy Quarshie, RichmondGlimpse of the actual pictureGhana’s democracy, at best, is nothing more than an elaborate maze. Admirably, Ghana does not have the problem of leaders refusing to ‘go’ after their term. Having said this, Ghana has settled into a democratic maze that makes this examination necessary. As a nation, Ghana cannot keep-up a ‘democratic pretence’ whilst the impact remains in question. The democratic maze that is viewed in this glimpse strikes an urgent note that Ghana must make of its purpose, practice and impact rather than just revel in what she is said o have.
General News of Sunday, 26 March 2017Source: GNAOver 30 percent of Ghanaian disabled children not schoolingThere are more than 30 per cent Ghanaian children with disabilitiesCurrently, there are more than 30 per cent Ghanaian children with disabilities who are not enrolled in school, Sustainable Aid through Voluntary Establishment (SAVE-Ghana) has revealed. The Tumu based non-governmental organisation also noted that worldwide, more children 89 per cent went to school but that was not the case for children with disabilities. He said in Ghana, 16 primary schools participated in the campaign and that SAVE-Ghana marked the day together with pupils of the Tumu United Primary Schools. With support from the organisation, SAVE-Ghana supported a number of children with disabilities to access education and other economic ventures. Everyone should become aware of the fact that education is a fundamental right for all including children with disabilities”, he said.
General News of Saturday, 25 March 2017Source: Myjoyonline.comGalamsey makes me lose faith in Ghana - Baakoplay videoAbdul Malik Kweku Baako ,Editor-In-Chief of the New Crusading Guide newspaperEditor-In-Chief of the New Crusading Guide newspaper, Abdul Malik Kweku Baako says he is losing faith in the nation because of successive governments' failure to stop illegal mining popularly called, 'galamsey'. Commenting on the issue on Joy FM/MultiTV's news analysis programme Newsfile Saturday, Mr Baako, said the nation has sunk in a quicksand of galamsey because of the involvement of some political actors. "That is what makes me very sad and almost about to give up because it is a no hope situation. Officials of the Ghana Water Company have warned that the country risks importing water for consumption unless illegal mining activities stop. According to the Accra West Regional Director of the Ghana Water Company, Ing Peter Deveer, galamsey has badly polluted water bodies in the country resulting in an excessive increase in the cost of water treatment.
General News of Saturday, 25 March 2017Source: GhanaWebGhanaians are concerned about integrity of the Judiciary – Akufo-AddoPresident Akufo-Addo has revealed that a major concern among Ghanaians is the integrity in the judiciary. According to him the video expose by ace investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas has deepened this worry and damaged the image of the judiciary. It was badly damaged a couple of years ago by a video expose put together by ace investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas. He made these remarks in a speech he delivered at the 10th anniversary requiem mass of the late Chief Justice George Kingsley Acquah. The late Chief Justice George Kingsley Acquah was appointed Chief Justice on 4 July 2003 until his death in 2007.
Entertainment of Saturday, 25 March 2017Source: GhanawebBikes and Screech Festival: Bikers show off spectacular skillsplay videoA biker displaying his skills at the Bike and Screech FestivalBike lovers were held spell bound at the West Hills "Mall Invasion" of the Bikes and Screech Festival held recently. More than 200 high profile bikers stormed West Hills Mall, thrilled shoppers, and guests with a showcase of largely custom-built motorbikes and jaw-dropping biking antics. In the course of the exhibition, the bikers distributed thousands of made-in-Ghana chocolates to shoppers and spectators. The event which brought together motorcycles, bicycles and car enthusiasts from all over Accra had patrons experiencing some of the wildest stunts performed at the venue.
Entertainment of Saturday, 25 March 2017Source: asempanews.comMy choice of life partner is nobody’s business - Kafui DankuKafui Danku on KSM showKafui Danku has cut her critics down to size after they lambasted her for getting married to a relatively older man. “In life, people don’t get all they wish for. I wished I had conceived and given birth years ago, but I thankfully got that recently; but that is just how life goes,” she said. To drive the message home the talented actress added, “People say many things about my decision to settle down with my husband but what they forget is that I’m an adult and I made a choice to settle on him as my life partner. Other people make choices that I may not necessarily like, but its none of my business hence my choice shouldn’t be anyone’s business” she said on KSM show.
Politics of Saturday, 25 March 2017Source: citifmonline.comNana Addo commends France for assistance to GhanaPresident Akufo-Addo has commended France for its assistance to Ghana in the area of security. According to him, the bilateral relationship between Ghana and France will help bring massive development into the country. “Our country continues to benefit from French support in sectors such as health, rural water supply, agriculture, construction, telecommunication and industry for which we are grateful. “France agreed to support the African Union in the development of its collective security system, particularly the African standby force. The French Ambassador, Francois Pujolas, also thanked the President for his presence, noting the ceremony symbolizes the partnership between Ghana and France.
General News of Saturday, 25 March 2017Source: graphiconline.comMinister assures Presidency, Parliament of adequate securityAmbrose Dery, Interior MinisterThe Minister of the Interior, Mr Ambrose Dery, has assured the Presidency and Parliament that the security agencies are committed to employing effective measures to protect the security of the President and Members of Parliament (MPs). Mr Dery said the security personnel at the Presidency would receive further training to enhance their capacities. Mr Dery later told journalists that security measures would be improved at Parliament House to improve security for MPs. Speaking with journalists, Mr Boamah said MPs were representatives of people, hence the need for their security to be taken seriously. According to Mr Boamah, it was not every Ghanaian who would get the privilege of serving his people as an MP.
General News of Saturday, 25 March 2017Source: Starrfmonline.comShort dresses attract rape – Otiko cautions school girlsOtiko Djaba,Gender MinisterGender Minister Otiko Djaba has urged school girls to be responsible in their appearances since an inappropriate choice of dress can invite troubles for them. According to her, even though short dresses may appear fashionable, they could also attract rapists. “…The teachers who impregnate girls, this is a serious warning to you. It is an abuse of their rights and you are their role model you must not be the one abuses the rights of the young girls. If you wear a short dress, it’s fashionable but know that it can attract somebody who would want to rape or defile you.