CID invites Ken Agyapong over killing of Anas’ undercover partner

The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service, has officially invited Member of Parliament for Assin Central, the Honorable Kennedy Agyapong over the murder of investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas partner, Mr Ahmed Hussein-Suale, MyNewsGh.com has confirmed.


The police said they will leave no stone unturned in getting to the bottom of the murder. They said Mr Kennedy Agyapong is only being invited as a person of interest.

Mr Ahmed Hussein Suale who worked with the Tiger Eye Private Investigations operated by ace journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, was gunned down by unknown assailants at Madina on Wednesday.
Hussein-Suale was shot three times, twice in the chest and another in the neck late Wednesday night while driving home by unidentified men riding a motorbike. He is the first journalist in the country to be killed this year.
According. to the CID, it is following all leads, indicating that all persons suspected to be linked to the murder will be invited to assist in the investigations.


Kennedy Agyapong is expected to tell the police what he knows about the murder.
'I am innocent'
Meanwhile, even before his official invitation from the police cane, Kennedy Agyapong has stated emphatically that he knows nothing about the murder.
He spoke on NEAT FM’s morning show ‘Ghana Montie’.
He avers that the young journalist never offended him whiles alive so it’s unfortunate that he has been linked to his ‘unfortunate’ death.


“A friend called to tell me that there is something trending on social media that I engineered the killing of one Ahmed. First of all, the guy has never offended me in anyway,” he said.
“When I premiered the ‘Who watches the watchman’ at Oman FM premises, I was told that I know Ahmed very well because he has been coming to my station for money. So I ordered them to stop him [Ahmed] from coming there and ‘beat the hell out from him’ because he can fix secret cameras around. This is what I said,” the controversial lawmaker told host, Kwesi Aboagye in an interview.

Source: mynewsgh.com

Auditor-General submits special report to parliament

The Auditor-General has submitted a special audit report on Disallowance and Surcharge to Parliament, in fulfilment of the provision under Article 187 of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana.

A Statement signed by Mr Bernard Conduah, the Acting Public Relations Officer of the Audit Service and copied to the Ghana News Agency in Accra on Thursday stated.

The statement said the report seeks to draw the attention of Parliament and the citizenry to progress made so far on Disallowance and Surcharge, after the landmark decision of the Supreme Court on June 14, 2017, in a suit between Occupy Ghana and the Attorney-General.

It explained that the Attorney-General during the period, issued 112 Surcharge Certificates to individuals and organisations, and recovered a total of GHC67, 315,066.12 into government chest.

It said stakeholders and the public could access copies of the report from the website of the Ghana Audit Service at www.ghaudit.org.

Source:ghananewsagency.org

A Plus petitions Special Prosecutor to investigate ‘corrupt’ Ursula Owusu

Kwame Asare Obeng popularly known as Aplus has said if 2018 saw him stand up against corruption, 2019 is the year that will see him fight one-on-one with corrupt personalities in the Akufo-Addo government without fear or favour.

Consequent to that, MyNewsGh.com has confirmed that Aplus has authored a long petition addressed to the office of the Special Prosecutor Martin Amidu on alleged corruption involving Minister of Communication Ursula Owusu-Ekuful.

It is unclear what the content of the petition entails, but Ursula Owusu-Ekuful has been in the news for many good, bad and ugly reasons since she took over the Communication Ministry in 2017.

APlus who indirectly confirmed the petition to MyNewsGh.com said in 2019 he wont be intimidated by anyone including Communications Minister Ursula Owusu-Ekuful.

Last year, APlus was sued by the formerly loudmouthed minister because Aplus had suggested she was a “thief” over some alleged shadiness in her handling of Kelni GVG contract which he a called “stinking coverup”.
Aplus said, “Kwesi Nyantakyi is only being sacrificed to cover up the 89/178 million dollars GVG Kelni Stinking scandal.”

Ursula Owusu-Ekuful demanded an immediate retraction and apology and threatened suit but Aplus ignored her. She went ahead and sued him but later withdrew the suit under dramatic circumstances.
A Plus is now serving her notice that 2019 cannot be a year of rest for her and that she cannot intimidate him.

“There is not a single person in this country who is paid with tax payers money who can intimidate anyone.” he wrote.
“Do not allow them to intimidate you like how Ursular Owusu tried to do with a court case she never followed. She thought Kwame A Plus was one of those coward. (I’ve even prepared a petition to Martin Amidu against her. She thought it’s over. ??????????????????????????????Wanya!!!)” he said.
“When she realised she could not intimidate me she run to court to tell the court she can’t find me. Liar liar!!! So I walked to the court and picked the writ up myself and she never came back. She has to apologize to me for wasting my time. If she want to follow it I’m here and ever ready to face her.” he jabbed.
Activism against Asenso-Boakye, Jinapor

A-Plus’ utterances sparked some controversy in September 2017, when he accused President Nana Akufo-Addo’s two Deputy Chiefs of Staff, Francis Asenso-Boakye and Abu Jinapor of corruption.
It later emerged that the accusations had to do with the two putting pressure on the CEO of Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, Dr Felix Anyah, to back an on-site revenue-collection contract at the hospital to UniBank.

The Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) was later petitioned to investigate the case. They were eventually cleared of any wrongdoing after its investigations.

A-plus subsequently issued an apology for his comments, saying his approach was wrong.

Source: mynewsgh.com

Sam Korankye Ankrah reacts to Owusu Bempah, Badu Kobi’s death prophecies

Apostle General of the Royal House Chapel International, Reverend Sam Korankye Ankrah has rebuked the recent death prophecies by the so-called prophets.

According to the apostle, these prophecies are not from God but human manipulation taking advantage of the fear of people.
“All these are not from God. This is not the spirit of God. This is human manipulation taking advantage of your fears and your lack of faith and also what you want to hear. They are telling and manipulating you“, he stated.

He also added that people are defrauded by Pastors every day but they do not learn from it and continue to give their hard-earned money to them.
“People are listening to these warnings but they don’t take it. Every day things are coming out to warn us to sit up and work out our salvation with fear and trembling“, he added.

He, therefore, advised Christians to have faith in the word of God and be careful of these prophets.
“Put your faith in Christ and the word of God. Your prayer in your closet is enough. Salvation and the gift of the spirit is free. You shouldn’t be manipulated to give money to men of God”, he concluded.

Source: ghanapage. Com

My Assin constituents are lazy, ungrateful and wicked – Ken Agyapong spits venom

Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong has described his constituents as a bunch of lazy, ungrateful and wicked-minded people who do not want to work in order to fend for their families but are only interested in being dolled with money, MyNewsGh.com reports.

According to him, he has consistently made an effort to establish a factory in Assin to employ residents but they have in one way or the other sabotage the efforts to the extent that they left parts of the equipment to be stolen rendering it ineffective.
In a recent interview he granted a local journalist in the area MyNewsGh.com obtained the audio, a seeming angry businessman said he has been habouring the pain of the conduct of his people for long and the time had come to voice out his frustration.

“Truth be told, I will not establish the factory here. If you are serious and want me to buy your produce I will do that but to put up a factory here which will be destroyed I will never do that. I am not afraid of anyone and will speak the truth to your face. When they travel out of this town they are hardworking but when here they are lazy. I am not afraid of anyone. Will tell you straight else they will never change”, he angrily stated.

Explaining what has provoked his anger, the New Party (NPP) firebrand stated “I cultivated about 598 acres of rice which stretched from Assin Dompim to Assin Asempaneye with 800 workers but at the end, they didn’t even harvest 1000 bags of rice. You see that the Assin Nyankomasi fruit factory has also not functioned efficiently. One of the farmers said when he brought his oranges the guys who loaded the produce were not paid so he’s sending his produce to others in Burkina Faso. If you don’t change your bad mindset”.

Continuing his reason for lashing out at the constituents he said “When you are establishing anything here, the workers from the community feel they are doing you are favour. They are wicked-minded and hate to work. Look at the Dompem factory, later they allowed the machines to be stolen. I wanted to dash it to someone but they have stolen all the electrical panels. They used the ceiling to steal parts of the machine rendering the machine useless.

If you do not stop your wickedness, we will always come and distribute things to you this way and leave. I have haboured this issue in me for long. We all want to come home and develop but the mindset of residents of Assin makes it difficult for development to go on. I have seen you enjoy me coming around and dolling out money to you…carry on if that is what excites you. Unless you change, if you do not change, don’t expect anything good”, he advised.

Source :mynewsgh.com

‘Manufacturers must be responsible for management of plastic waste’

Manufacturers of plastic products must be responsible for the management of plastic waste across the country, the President of the Ghana Institution of Engineering (GhIE), Mr Steve Amoaning-Yankson, has stated.

The plastic waste problem, he said, had become a huge global issue with dire consequences particularly on fish and human lives and, therefore, called on policy makers, particularly legislators, to refocus their attention to tackling the plastic waste problem in the country from the end of the manufacturers.

Mr Amoaning-Yankson said these when he delivered the 49th presidential address of the GhIE at the Engineers centre in Accra on Monday, November 19, 2018.

Presidential address

The presidential address, which was on the theme: “Engineering effective delivery in sanitation”, is a landmark event on the calendar of the GhIE every year, during which the president of the GhIE addresses members on a specific subject matter and offers possible solutions to the problems associated with the sector.

Mr Amoaning-Yankson noted that the real culprit of the plastic menace had been let off the hook while the blame had been shifted onto individuals who had little control over the problem.

“If the plastic manufacturers are not ready to accept their responsibilities, then we have no option but to call on the government to ban the manufacture of plastics,” he stressed.

Sanitation

The GhIE president described as unacceptable the present state of sanitation after 60 years of independence and observed that sanitation in Ghana had been relegated to the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) who were already faced with lots of difficulties in terms of manpower and other resources.

To compound the problem, he said, all the sewage treatment plants in the country had broken down and the state of deterioration required huge sums of money for their rehabilitation.

Citing Tema and Accra as areas whose sewage treatment plants required urgent attention, Mr Amoaning-Yankson said the sanitation problem in Accra would have been better had the sewage system development which was started in the early 1970s under a World Bank support and abandoned, been pursued.

Solid waste management

Touching on solid waste management, the GhIE president proposed the adoption of recycling to manage waste to reduce the amount of waste to landfills.

By that process, he said, useful components of the waste stream which could serve as materials in the industry could be captured, citing for example that the Tema sanitary landfill site did not allow operatives to undertake those critical activities.

“A recent study under the Water and Sanitation Programme of the World Bank has established that Ghana loses $290 million annually on account of inadequate practices in the management of liquid waste,” he added.

Tackle problems

The Senior Minister, Mr Yaw Osafo Maafo, who attended the lecture noted that professional bodies such as the GhIE must look at prevailing problems in  the country, tackle such problems from the professional perspective and create the necessary contacts with the specific institutions responsible.

He expressed concern that many of the MMDAs had failed to explore the full benefit from property rates collected within their respective jurisdictions and called on the assemblies to be up and doing.

An agriculturist, Dr Foster Abu Sakara, who chaired the function said: “If indeed cleanliness is next to Godliness then by looking at some of the drains in the country, we are farther away from God as a people.”

‘Enforce Act criminalising begging, giving to beggars’

The Vice Chairperson of the Gender Committee of Parliament, Ms Abena Durowaa Mensah, has called for the enforcement of the Beggars and Destitute Act, 1969 (NLCD 392), which criminalises the act of begging and giving to beggars.

She also called for the formulation of a policy to protect children from being used as street beggars, warning that begging was illegal in the country and could lead to prosecution of both the beggar and the giver.

She said the policy should spell out sanctions for parents and guardians who pushed children into begging dangerously on streets.

Ms Mensah, who is the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin North, made the call in Parliament when she read a statement on: "Street Begging in Ghana; Child Exploitation".

She expressed worry about the growing phenomenon of street begging, especially in capital cities, and the disturbing use of children in that activity.

"Some years ago begging in Ghana was rare. Now, begging, especially in the capital cities, is happening on every street corner and every pavement in the central business districts, particularly Accra, Kumasi and Tamale.

"The number of children being pushed onto the streets keeps increasing by the day with those of Sahelian origin (fair skinned beggars) leading the charge", she said.

Children on streets

Ms Mensah said begging in Ghana had become a lucrative enterprise, "where the entrepreneurs sit either in their homes or under shades created at some corners of the street, and send children  onto the streets to beg for money from car owners and passengers, using the natural sympathy that flows for vulnerable children as a weapon for money-making."

She said the typical Ghanaian culture accommodated physically challenged people begging for alms and actually encouraged the giving of alms to the poor.

However, Ms Mensah said the attempt by some citizens and now foreigners to exploit this cultural orientation of Ghanaians, and worse of all, employ the services of children in the act, "is worrying, unacceptable and unconscionable’’.

"I respectfully call on this House to debate this phenomenon and help push for the creation of a comprehensive policy that could give protection to children on our streets, sanction parents in this exploitation business and help sanitise life on our streets", she said.

Begging hazards

Ms Mensah said children begging on streets faced a lot of hazards, which included rape, sexual abuse, victims of road traffic accidents and exposure to vices of drug abuse.

Besides, she said, the children suffered from dehydration, ate unhygienic food and did not have sanitary facilities.

"The children urinate on the streets and use the drains as toilet facilities. Road users, drivers and pedestrians experience interruption. It creates an unsafe driving environment where accidents are more likely", she said.

Recent developments

Ms Mensah recalled that on May 25, 2018, the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), in collaboration with the La Dadekotopon Municipal Assembly, embarked on an exercise to rid the streets of beggars, and indicated that children and adults were arrested and sent away to detention centres.

However, she said, within days, the children found their way back onto the streets but the two assemblies had gone quite on the issue.

"The time to discuss this issue is now. Either we debate it now and get a comprehensive and sustainable policy or risk being flooded with beggars on the streets, at the mosque, in church and even on the precincts of Parliament.

"It is worrying to have physically challenged people begging on the streets instead of getting some skills to be self sufficient.

It is even more worrying and in fact depressing to see children, who are the future of the country, being pushed onto the streets to be used as tools for evoking sympathy that produces money for irresponsible parents turned begging entrepreneurs", she said.

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NUGS PRESIDENT ELECT, TINKARO.

Congratulations, Mr. Tinkaro Osei Asare Richmond, the President elect for National Union of Ghana Students for the 2018/2019 academic year.

Tinkaro has held several leadership positions at the students'front which has given him the experience, knowledge  and exposure to bring an end to the numerous challenges that have been confronting the National Union Of Ghana Students over these past few years.

Leadership positions he has held over the years include, Minister of Youth and Student Mobilization at the Ghana Youth Leadership Parliament, President Local NUGS University of Ghana 2015/2016, Administrative Assistant, Ghana International Model of United Nations, Director of Public Affairs and Media Relations Dream Team Africa, Head of External Affairs Committee University of Ghana SRC  2015/2016 among other positions.

Congrats Tinkaro

 

By: Adu Mensah Kwaku Jnr

adumensah20@gmail.com

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Parents making savings from free SHS implementation – Finance Minister

A parent who has a child in a boarding senior high school (SHS) in Ghana is expected to save nearly GH¢6,045 over a three-year period under the free SHS (FSHS) programme, the Finance Minister, Mr Ken Ofori-Atta has said.

A break down by the Minister indicated that the immediate cash benefits to a parent with a boarding SHS student is GH¢2,015.22 and GH¢2,115.22 for a parent with a boarding Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) student.
Presenting the 2019 Budget Statement and Economic Policy of Government to parliament last Thursday, he said, a total of 271,000 aged between 16 -18 years, who would have been thrown onto the streets but for free SHS are now seated in classrooms getting an education and gaining training to give them a better future.
“For the first time in our history, the whole of Ghana is enjoying Free SHS. Under free SHS, students are entitled to; free meals (Both boarding and day); free boarding accommodation; and free textbooks,” he stated.
Mr Ofori-Atta said that in 2017, the FSHS provided over 90,000 additional teenagers the opportunity to get senior high school education and improve their opportunities for work in the future.
“In 2018, as a result of the innovative double track system, we have been able to accommodate 181,000 more students who otherwise could not have access to secondary education,” he indicated.
Funding
He said government inherited over GH¢120 billion of debt at very high interest rates and even though it has brought down interest rates considerably, “we are still saddled with a sizeable amount of expensive debt.”
He said in 2019, government will spend over GH¢16 billion of revenue (over 26.6%) on interest payments, explaining that if it was able to refinance its debt at a much lower interest rate, it can make some savings that can be used to fund the FSHS.
“This amount can be considerably reduced if we refinance our debt at much lower interest rates.
A ten percent reduction in the interest rates translates into over GH¢1.6 billion in savings; almost enough to pay for Free SHS in 2019,” he said.
Other interventions
The Minister said the school feeding programme had been increased to cover 2.1 million pupils from 1.6 million and the amount spent on each child increased by 25 per cent, while the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) programme, (a social cash transfer programme that provides cash and health insurance to the extremely poor) had added over 150,000 households.
He said the share of the District Assembly Common Fund (DACF) to persons with disabilities had been increased from two to per cent to three per cent.
Other reliefs
Mr Ofori-Atta outlined that the Capitation Grant had been doubled from GH¢4.5 to GH¢10.0; teacher and nursing training allowances have been restored; and electricity tariff reduced from 17.5 per cent for households and 30 per cent for businesses.
According to him, the National Insurance Scheme arrears of GH¢1.2 billion had been cleared and provided food crop farmers with 50 per cent subsidy on fertiliser under the planting for food and jobs program.
“We have provided jobs to 100,000 graduates under the Nation Builders Corps (NABCO) across every constituency in Ghana,” he added.
Social security
The Finance Minister said in line with government’s commitment to ensure retirement income security for every Ghanaian, it had taken steps to expand social security to cover the informal sector by charging the board of the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) to ensure the inclusion of informal sector workers.
In this direction, he announced that SSNIT was working with government to develop a policy framework to provide informal sector workers with a voluntary fully funded personal pensions scheme which will be launched in 2019.
Source: graphics.com.gh

Strengthen enforcement activities on open defecation MMDAs told

The Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources has asked the various metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies (MMDAs) to strengthen their enforcement activities against open defecation.

The Deputy Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Mr Micheal Gyato, who made the call, said the role of the MMDAs in ending open defecation must begin with the enforcement of stringent compliance laws which required all households to have toilet facilities.

“I want to urge the MMDAs to go the extra mile to enforce laws on open defecation and ensure the availability of household toilets in their areas of jurisdiction,” he stressed.

Mr Gyato was addressing a durbar to commemorate World Toilet Day yesterday at Jamestown in Accra.

World Toilet Day is an international observance commemorated in 139 member states of the United Nations on November 19 each year.

The theme chosen for this year’s global celebration was: “When nature calls”, and in Ghana the in Ghana the focus was on how to halt the annual cholera outbreaks in parts of the country and the need to adopt appropriate means to deal with the situation.

The celebration also placed emphasis on how to discharge liquid waste in a dignified manner, without causing harm to individuals.

The durbar to mark the day was attended by the CEO of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, Mr Mohammed Adjei Sowah; some traditional leaders of the Ngleshie Alata Traditional Area, students of selected schools in the Jamestown area, as well as civil society organisations in the sanitation sector.

Statistics

Mr Gyato said according to data on housing, only 15 per cent of Ghanaians currently had access to toilet facilities in their homes, while an estimated 35 per cent of urban dwellers patronised public toilet facilities.

He added that a staggering 19 per cent of the population defecated in the open.

Mr Gyato stressed that the data provided a strong reason the country needed to show a strong commitment to the fight against open defecation.

Government interventions

In his address, Mr Sowah said the celebration presented a perfect opportunity for the country to reflect on the journey to fighting open defecation.

He said the government, for its part, had introduced measures, including the provision of toilet facilities in cluster schools, to help fight the menace and prevent the possible outbreak of cholera and other diseases.

He said it was also supporting households to build their own toilet facilities and called for collective efforts by all to end open defecation in the country.

“The government wants to end open defecation and so we have decided to offer 70 per cent financial support to households which are ready to construct toilets.

“We don’t want a situation where people found indulging in open defecation will give the excuse that there are no toilets in their homes,” he said.

The Chairperson for the occasion, Dr Doris Yaa Dartey, a media consultant, called for behavioural change among the public in the quest to end open defecation.

She also called on traditional authorities to throw their weight behind the fight to end open defecation.

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