General News of Monday, 20 February 2017Source: GNAWe’ll remove barriers holding back Persons with Disabilities - OtikoMinister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Otiko Afisa DjabaThe Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Otiko Afisa Djaba, has said government is committed to removing barriers that impede Persons with Disabilities (PwDs). Speaking at the first National Dialogue with Persons with Disabilities, organised by the Ministry in Accra, Madam Otiko Djaba said the Government would amend the Persons with Disabilities Act (Act 715), to bring it in line with the UN Convention on Disabilities. Government, she stated, would also ensure the passage of the required Legislative Instrument to Act 715, operationalise it in addition to that of the Mental Health Act, (Act 846), which was passed, in 2012. Madam Otiko Djaba stressed the importance of investing in the creation of an enabling environment for PwDs to realize their full potentials towards contributing to the development of the nation. “…we will, therefore, work towards the implementation of equal employment opportunities and advocate the appointment of PwDs into public office”.
General News of Monday, 20 February 2017Source: citifmonline.comAngry NDC MP rejects apology after his car was wrongfully seizedAlex Adomako Mensah, rejects apology after his car was wrongfully seizedGovernment’s task force mandated to retrieve state assets owned unlawfully, may have goofed when it wrongfully confiscated the personal vehicle of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament for Sekyere Afram Plains, Alex Adomako Mensah. He expressed his anger with the task-force which claimed that his Toyota V8 Land Cruiser was one of the supposed missing government vehicles. But the upset MP, said he will not let the matter rest until the necessary punitive actions are taken. Like in Mr. Adomako Mensah’s case, Mr. Adams was also not at his residence as he had travelled to the UAE at the time. But CID confirmed it had released vehicles back to Mr. Adams after investigations indicated they did not belong to the state.
General News of Monday, 20 February 2017Source: Starrfmonline.comAmend Ghana’s laws to ban homosexuality – Mike OquayeSpeaker of Parliament Professor Mike OquayeThe Speaker of Parliament Professor Mike Oquaye has called for the amendment of Ghana’s laws to completely ban homosexuality and make it illegal. Sam Korankye Ankrah, Prof. Oquaye said existing legislations are not clear of the illegality of the practice. “I trust that with your kind of insistence, the Parliament of Ghana…will find its way clear in strengthening the laws to ban homosexuality as they exist. As for this, may God forbid that it becomes a Ghanaian culture,” Prof. Oquaye said. Ghana’s laws are silent on homosexuality but persons found to be engaging in such acts are mostly attacked and brutally assaulted.
General News of Monday, 20 February 2017Source: Myjoyonline.comGender activist demands justice for woman stripped naked, beatenThe lady was stripped naked and kicked in her privateA gender activist is demanding justice for a young woman who was stripped naked and kicked in her private parts in the Ashanti regional capital, Kumasi for allegedly stealing GHS1,000. The disturbing video starts at a point where the young lady had been stripped of her clothes. Human rights lawyer Francis Xavier Sosu has urged the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) to step up its education of human rights to curb abuses as Social Justice Day is observed globally today. In Ghana human rights advocates have bemoaned the increasing abuses of some citizens’ human rights. Meanwhile, the Ghana Police Service has released a statement urging the public not to engage in mob justice.
The President has said on February 11 that his government would roll out the free SHS programme in September 2017. “There will be free textbooks, free boarding and free meals and day students will get a meal at school for free. Free SHS will also cover agricultural, vocational and technical institutions at the high school level,” added. Civil society organisations and political opponents have slammed government for considering the use of the Heritage Fund to finance the programme. President Akufo-Addo is expected to tell Ghanaians the state of the nation on Tuesday, but National Democratic Congress (NDC) Members of Parliament (MPs) want him to state how he is going to fund the free SHS programme.
- Dr. Apaak asksMP for Builsa South, Dr. Clement Abasinaab ApaakDr. Clement Abasinaab Apaak, National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament for Builsa South, has questioned the constitutionality of the President's State of the Nation Address (SoNA) without a cabinet in place. 3) There shall be a Secretary to the Cabinet who shall be appointed by the President”, Apaak said. He asks “What of the Constitutional requirement of a Cabinet Secretary? “Is it not strange that he has not appointed a Cabinet Secretary and has not decided on his cabinet. Arguing further Apaak said the SoNa will layout broad policy proposals and positions, these will have to go to cabinet, no cabinet or cabinet secretary.
Entertainment of Monday, 20 February 2017Source: Myjoyonline.comA poor man should seek money instead of wife – ActressNollywood actress, Bolaji OgunmolaNollywood actress, Bolaji Ogunmola, certainly has ideas about what she wants and how she wants it. Speaking with Potpourri on marriage and love, the black beauty emphatically affirmed that she cannot marry a poor man, saying a man that is poor should be searching for money not a wife. A man can’t have all the qualities of a good man and be poor. “If a man has all the prospects but poor, then his goal at that time should be finding money and not a woman. Bolaji Ogunmola added that, “I am single but not searching.
Entertainment of Monday, 20 February 2017Source: asempanews.comYvonne Nelson looks ‘smokin’ hot' in this pictureShe nailed itActress Yvonne Nelson is a perfect ten female who has it all; beautiful hair, face, waist, boobs, and of course legs. The beauty knows how to slay the perfect pose for a photo shoot. The model shared a striking photo by popular photographer, Bob Pixel, on her Instagram where she looks stunning. The olive body con dress plus her makeup, hair, and beach as the location made the shot picture perfect.
Business News of Monday, 20 February 2017Source: Graphic.com.ghChiefs, Imams express confidence in Alhaji AwalParamount Chief of the Kumbungu Traditional Area, Kumbung-Na Yiri, Alhaji Iddrisu AbuThe chiefs and Imams in the Northern Region have expressed their confidence in the ability of the Minister responsible for Business Development, Alhaji Ibrahim Mohammed Awal, to deliver on the core goals and objectives behind the creation of the ministry. StatementA statement, issued from the secretariat of the minister, said the chiefs and Imams stated this in Tamale when Alhaji Awal paid courtesy calls on them at their respective palaces and mosques. Alhaji Awal visited the Tamale Central Mosque, Masjidil Bayan, the palaces of Dakpema, the Gulkpena, the Chief of Tamale. AppreciationAccording to the statement, the leaders also thanked the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, for giving Alhaji Awal the opportunity to serve in that capacity as the maiden minister of the sector. The statement said the Gulkpena also called on Alhaji Awal to help businesses in the area to take advantage of the opportunities available to grow.
Regional News of Monday, 20 February 2017Source: citifmonline.comNew Takoradi residents complain of poor sanitationFile photoSome residents of New Takoradi have expressed displeasure about the indiscriminate dumping of human excreta into gutters, market places and in the sea by some members of the community. New Takoradi, a fishing community within the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan area, is noted for the outbreak of cholera and other communicable diseases due to the low level of public hygiene. LANET is under the Ghana anti-corruption coalition implementing the “I am aware” project in the area of sanitation, education and agriculture among others. Mr. Samuel Amissah Junior, Assembly member of the Poasi Upper New Takoradi area, assured the gathering of the Assembly’s plans to alleviate the numerous problems within the community. Mrs Mercy Quarshie, chairperson for the LANET, said the project was to make individuals take responsibility of their environment and monitor development in their communities.
General News of Monday, 20 February 2017Source: classfmonline.comVagina assault’: Disgruntled Otiko urges CID actionOtiko DjabaGender, Children and Social Protection Minister Otio Djaba has condemned the mob action and sexual assault of an alleged female thief in the Ashanti Region, charging the police to bring the perpetrators to book. Desperate pleas by the fair-skinned alleged lady thief, whose clothes were all torn off except for her red brassiere, did not deter her Twi-speaking accusers from unleashing instant justice on her. The irate crowd slapped, shoved, pulled and pushed the lady in every direction while groping her private parts. Intermittent shouts by one or two men, who pleaded on the lady’s behalf, did not help matters as the crowd kept violently slapping and kicking the alleged thief in the vagina. Meanwhile, human rights lawyer Francis-Xavier Sosu has said Ghana’s image across the world has been soiled by the inhumane treatment meted out to the young lady.
Business News of Monday, 20 February 2017Source: Graphic.com.ghNorth industrial area enclave dying due to bad roadSome portions of the road become muddy after rainfallAccra’s Light Industrial Area otherwise known as North Industrial Area which used to buzz with so much activity is now almost dead. This is due to the very bad nature of the main road that runs through the area and links it up to the Kwame Nkrumah Interchange and North Kaneshie residential areas. The road is so rough and riddled with potholes that using it is a nightmare, especially after rainfall. During the last visit of the Daily Graphic to the Light Industrial Area enclave last Thursday, it was noticed that an attempt had been made to improve on the road, although no major construction had begun. While the Daily Graphic still tries to find answers to why a once vibrant industrial enclave has been so neglected, we hope Urban Roads which is under the Ministry of Roads will rise to the occasion and fix the road before the industrial enclave becomes a ghost town.
Entertainment of Monday, 20 February 2017Source: Myjoyonline.comOhemaa Mercy rescinds decision to return Ghana Music Awards plaquesOhemaa Mercy rescinds decision to return award plaques(file photo)Gospel musician Ohemaa Mercy has rescinded her decision to return every single award plaque she has won from the Ghana Music Awards organisers. Her decision to return the awards followed a meeting between her management and organisers of the awards, Charterhouse. George Quaye generated a lot of controversies when he alleged that some gospel musicians sometimes attempt to bribe organisers to win awards. Speaking to Mike 2 on Adom Entertainment Hall, the manager for Ohemaa Mercy, Isaac Twum-Ampofo disclosed that they have resolved not return the plaques. He further explained that he is happy that George Quaye has finally shown remorse and has come public to apologise.
General News of Monday, 20 February 2017Source: GNAThree arrested for attempting to traffic 11 girls to Middle EastFile PhotoA combined team of Police, Bureau of National Investigation (BNI), and the Ghana Immigration Service personnel, have apprehended three people at Agona Swedru for allegedly attempting to traffic 11 girls to Saudi Arabia and other Arab states. The girls, aged between 14 and 22, were recruited from Kumasi, Togo and Volta North District of the Volta Region. Chief Inspector Arthur said the suspect told the security personnel during interrogation that his son brought the ladies for safe keeping at Agona Swedru. Chief Inspector Arthur said nine Togolese females involved in the trafficking, could not identify their hometowns where they were picked from by the suspect. Chief Inspector Arthur said the 11 girls and three suspects have been transported to the Ghana Immigration Service head Office in Accra for further action.
Regional News of Monday, 20 February 2017Source: Kasapafmonline.comOne shot in Aburi-Atwiasin chieftaincy disputeOne person has been injured in a shooting incident which occurred Sunday at Aburi-AtwiasinOne person has been injured in a shooting incident which occurred Sunday at Aburi-Atwiasin in the Eastern region over Chieftaincy dispute. The London based Queen mother of Atwiasin upon return to the area has made attempts to bypass the Kingmakers to install a new Chief but couldn’t succeed due to opposition by the kingmakers. The case was reported to the Akropong Traditional Council and subsequently to the Aburi Police following which the process was foiled. The action triggered confusion leading to gunshots allegedly fired by guards of the Queen mother with some of the pellets hitting one Kwame Asiedu who attempted to resist them, injuring him in the process. The Kingmakers headed by Oheneba Kwame Gyan are expected to meet Aburihene, Otobuor Gyan Kwasi II over the matter.