General News of Tuesday, 31 March 2020Source: www.ghanaweb.comWe have never neglected students abroad – Scholarship secretariatDirector of the Scholarship Secretariat, Kingsley AgyemangThe Scholarship Secretariat has denied allegations of neglect by some of its beneficiaries in India. Director of the Secretariat, Kingsley Agyemang, in a phone interview with GhanaWeb, said though this is the first time the secretariat was sending students to India, students on scholarship abroad have never been neglected under his watch. “Students abroad have never been neglected… all students abroad even write to eulogise the secretariat for the unmatched service delivery that we give them,” he said. According to Mr Agyemang the students were asked to open local accounts in India because the charges the Secretariat was getting from Fidelity Bank was too much. However, upon further complaints from the students after the one-month period ended, the students were moved to a different school.
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According to Hon Peter Mensah, in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, the government isn’t seeking to worsen the conditions of citizens by unleashing violence on them. Speaking to OTECNEWS in an interview on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, Hon Peter Mensah emphasized that the security agency must not intend to terrorize the citizenry. The Techiman North DCE is, therefore, asking the public to cooperate with the outfit in its quest to ensure the effectiveness of the lockdown restrictions. President declared a partial lockdownPresident Nana Akufo-Addo Friday, March 27, 2020, declared a partial lockdown of Accra and Kumasi effective 1 am on Monday, March 30, 2020. The lockdown which affects Accra, Tema and Kumasi will last for two weeks.
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General News of Tuesday, 31 March 2020Source: 3news.comIgnore EC and SP, focus on coronavirus – Asiedu Nketia to NDC membersJohnson Asiedu Nketia, NDC General SecretaryThe General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia has cautioned members of the party, especially its communicators, to stay off ploy by the Electoral Commission and the Special Prosecutor to divert attention from the infectious covid-19 pandemic. He also mentioned the Special Prosecutor’s invitation to some personalities to assist his office in investigating the so-called Airbus scandal. “Accordingly, the NDC is by this statement urging all its communicators to avoid being drawn into matters that are irrelevant to the fight to stop the spread of the pandemic. “Finally we urge all state institutions to act in ways that reinforce rather than undermine the view of His Excellency the President that Covid-19 poses an existential threat to the people of Ghana. We shall overcome.”Send your news stories to and via WhatsApp on +233 55 2699 625.
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General News of Tuesday, 31 March 2020Source: www.ghanaweb.comEngage us in coronavirus fight – Private health practitioners to governmentMembers of SPMDP addressing the pressPrivate health professionals have appealed to the government to engage their services in the fight against coronavirus. The Society of Private Medical and Dental Practitioners, Ghana is calling for an effective collaboration between the government and private health operators in dealing with the coronavirus. It urged government to involve private health practitioners in capacity building activities and also use some of their facilities as screening and testing centres. “We urge the government to actively involve in private health practitioners in training activities to build capacity of health staff in screening, case management and contract tracing”. They also reiterated the importance of strict adherence to the preventive protocols advised by the government and health officials.
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General News of Tuesday, 31 March 2020Source: www.ghanaweb.comCoronavirus lockdown: Woman cries after police officer hits her with a stick at CMBplay videoBusiness is going on as usual at Tudu and CMB despite the lockdownA woman who had gone to CMB in Accra to purchase some foodstuffs to sell on Tuesday morning found herself in tears. Asked why, she said a police officer hit her with a stick after directing her to use a different route. As soon as I turned, he moved towards me and hit me with a stick!” the tearful woman told a UTV reporter. Unlike other markets in the region, Tudu and CMB have recorded a huge number of traders and patrons despite the partial lockdown which took effect 1:00am on Monday. Persons considered to render essential services which include food vendors and foodstuffs sellers, however, are allowed to keep operating their businesses.
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General News of Tuesday, 31 March 2020Source: www.ghanaweb.comCoronavirus: 3 fully recovered, 31 more discharged for home management – GHSDr. Badu Sarkodie is Public Health Director at the Ghana Health ServiceThe Ghana Health Service has disclosed that some 3 persons out of the 161 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus in Ghana have tested negative after several tests. According to the service, some additional 31 persons who were under mandatory quarantine have significantly responded to treatment, shown no symptoms and have been discharged from admission. Information on the GHS official COVID-19 update page said,"Three (3) of the confirmed cases have fully recovered and reverted to negative status for COVID-19 after repeat test following recovery from symptoms. As at 31st March 2020, additional thirty-one (31) confirmed cases have significantly improved with no symptoms and have been discharged from admission for home care pending repetition of laboratory tests. This brings up to a total of 161 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Ghana, including five 5 deaths as of 31 st March 2020 at 15:00Hr.
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General News of Tuesday, 31 March 2020Source: MyNewsGh.comLock-down Net 2 TV journalist beaten by security agencies at Trabuom near KumasiAdu Poku ChristianThe District Chief Executive (DCE) for Afigya Kwabre South in the Ashanti Region, Adu Poku Christian has been beaten by armed policemen who were enforcing the lockdown in the area. According to MyNewsGh,the DCE and some journalists were whipped with vehicle fan belts and horsewhips by the enraged security officers. An eyewitness and aide to the DCE said,“A pickup vehicle was overloaded with some of the security men without recourse to the social distancing protocols. When the DCE sought to find out why and if he could be of help, the commander became angry and violent. Send your news stories to and via WhatsApp on +233 55 2699 625.
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General News of Wednesday, 1 April 2020Source: peacefmonline.comCoronavirus lockdown: We might not be friendly again - PoliceFile photo of policemenDespite the government’s announcement of a lockdown in some parts of the country, it seems some Ghanaians have set out to disregard the directive. The Ghana Police Service is therefore warning that they will not be lenient with anyone who takes them for granted. However, the directive did not affect a section of the public who were described as essential service providers. These essential service providers included health professionals, media, bankers, members of the Executive, Legislature and the Judiciary, fuel station workers, among others. But some Ghanaians who do not provide any essential service have taken to the streets to go contrary to the lockdown directive.
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Mr Mahama made these suggestions when he was joined by the Chief Imam and his entourage for Friday Prayers last week. “Clearly”, Mr Mahama said, “businesses, especially in the tourism and hospitality sector, are already struggling quite early into this pandemic”. Mr Mahama also reiterated the need to act while the country prays to God for deliverance from the ravages of the virus. According to Mr Ofori-Atta, measures are, therefore, required to close the fiscal gap of GHS11.4 billion (2.9% of revised GDP). Both Mr Ofori-Atta and the President have also announced a GHS1 billion stimulus package for small scale enterprises and households.
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General News of Tuesday, 31 March 2020Source: www.ghanaweb.comPrampram residents defy social distancing advice over ‘unusual’ water shortageplay videoResidents of Ningo-Prampram have for about a month been experiencing a major water shortageResidents of Ningo-Prampram have for about a month now been experiencing a major shortage of water supply to the area due to reasons unknown to them. According to them, the unusual nature of the shortage has sent the area into a crisis and are therefore calling on authorities to quickly address the situation. It was said by a resident it took the intervention of the NPP parliamentary candidate for the area, Alex Martey to supply the residents with water supply on that day. The 8-minute-long video captures some residents of the area with almost all their water storage items out in the open to fetch water from the tank. The GWCL says the development will allow for technicians to undergo maintenance work at the Kpong Water Treatment Plant.
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Boxing News of Tuesday, 31 March 2020Source: www.ghanaweb.comDon’t wait for boxers to qualify for Olympics before you support them - Joseph Agbeko tells gov'tJoseph AgbekoTwo-time bantamweight world champion, Joseph ‘King Kong’ Agbeko has called on authorities to invest in the national boxing team, the Black Bombers even before they qualify for the Olympic Games. The Black Bombers struggled to qualify just two of its boxers for the Tokyo Olympic Games which has been postponed to July 2021. According to Agbeko the inability to raise funds for qualification games has culminated in Ghana’s poor form at the global tournament. In a recent interview sighted by GhanaWeb, the former IBF champion questioned why authorities wait for boxers to qualify to the Olympics before they invest in them. Agbeko said, “You do not have to wait for them to qualify before you say we are taking them to Cuba or wherever.
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General News of Tuesday, 31 March 2020Source: www.ghanaweb.com51 Ghanaian students on govt scholarship cry over neglect in IndiaThe Engineering laboratory at Godavari Institute of Engineering and TechnologySome 51 Ghanaian students who received government scholarships to study in India say they are losing their motivation to study due to the treatment they’ve been receiving since they landed in the foreign land. The students who have been in India since August 2019, say authorities failed to carry out a proper investigation on the institution they were to study at. They only found out on arrival that the school, Godavari Institute to Engineering and Technology, was actually a college with an unhygienic environment. “Most of the students started falling sick, it can be stated that about 90 percent of the students were frequently visiting the hospital or getting admitted, why? After several complaints, Ghana’s High Commission to India sent some persons to ascertain the situation after which they were moved to a different school but that also came with its own issues.
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General News of Tuesday, 31 March 2020Source: classfmonline.comGHS80m home scholarship for 70K students as VP launches online systemDr Mahamudu Bawumia, vice president of GhanaGhana’s Vice-President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has launched the Scholarship Secretariat’s Online Scholarship Application and Administration System, www.scholarshipgh.com, in Accra. In line with the strategic directive of the government, the Secretariat initiated processes aimed at increasing access and ensuring transparency in its scholarship awards and administration processes. For the 2020/2021 academic year, the Scholarships Secretariat and GETFund have made a provision for Eighty Million Ghana Cedis (GHS80,000,000.00) to students in local tertiary institutions. “The launch today of this Online Scholarship Application and Administration System is a proud moment that will revolutionise scholarship administration in Ghana and beyond. “With this new system, the government is seeking to ensure transparency in the scholarship awards and by this, the risk of corruption will be reduced as all workflow regarding scholarship application will be streamlined.
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Sports News of Tuesday, 31 March 2020Source: ghanacrusader.comI could have been a kick boxer - Justice BlayKumasi Asante Kotoko midfielder, Justice BlayKumasi Asante Kotoko midfielder, Justice Blay says he would have been a kick boxer if had he not ventured into football. The energetic midfielder who is on loan from Medeama maintains that he loves the sports and that was an option before he entered into football. “If i didn’t turn a professional football player, i would have been a kick boxer.” Blay told Vision One“God willing after my playing career, I want to enter coaching in order to impact my knowledge on the coming ones.”The 27-year-old further emphasized that health care is a big priority fir him and will like to build a hospital in his home town in future. “I want to build a hospital and church in my village before i retire from football,” he added. Blay could sign permanently for Kotoko after his loan deal with a $70,000 transfer fee being currently discussed between the Reds and MedeamaSend your news stories to and via WhatsApp on +233 55 2699 625.
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General News of Tuesday, 31 March 2020Source: www.ghanaweb.comEyes on the Ground: Residents of Lawra Dikpe report unauthorized routes from Burkina Faso to Upper Westplay videoA picture of one of the routes to and from Burkina FasoSome residents of Lawra Dikpe in the Upper West Region of Ghana, have expressed concerns about how exposed they are, in the wake of a recorded case of the Coronavirus pandemic in their region. Speaking to Ghanaweb, one such resident, Sawaare Jacob, explained that though efforts are being made to monitor the country’s borders, including those in the Upper West Region, there are other routes that people may still use as entry points into the country from neighboring Burkina Faso. A video captured by this resident, showed a pathway in Lawra Dikpe that links to Burkina Faso. The only barrier at this route is a stream which people will have to cross to and from both countries. Meanwhile, the Upper West Region recorded its very first confirmed case of the Coronavirus,Watch the video below:You can also send us videos of happenings in your community via our WhatsApp number below.
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