Month: September 2018

I’m Just Using Common Sense–Martin Amidu Fires

The Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu, has for the first time spoken openly about the challenges he’s facing in executing his mandate. Parliament passed a law in November in 2017 to establish the Office of the Special Prosecutor as a specialized agency to investigate specific cases of corruption, involving public officers and individuals in the private sector implicated in corrupt practices. But several months on, the office is yet to be fully effective after the noise that greeted the appointment of the man affectionately called ‘Citizen Vigilante’, for his anti-corruption campaigns. Speaking at the National Audit Forum organised by the Ghana Audit Service, the visibly frustrated Special Prosecutor said his office […]

Protests Against Bad Roads: Tarkwa Residents Stop Minister From Entering The Town

Some residents of Tarkwa, a gold miming town in the Tarkwa Nsuaem Municipality of the Western Region, led by their chiefs on Wednesday blocked the main Tarkwa Takoradi Highway in protest against deteriorating roads. They blocked the road and burnt tyres in front of the Anglogold Ashanti, Iduaprim Mines. Many road users were stranded as a result of the protest, as school children, workers and other road users were all denied passage. Bauxite, Cocoa and Manganese hauling trucks which residents believe are responsible for the fast deterioration of the highway, were not allowed to cross. Whilst some passengers alighted from their vehicles to support the demonstrators, others complained about the […]

Stop Allowances To Teachers And Nurses Trainees – Professor Adei To Gov’t

Government has been called to stop giving allowances to both nurses and teacher trainees and invest such funds in Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET). Professor Stephen Adei, Former Rector of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), said ‘it is time to put the required emphasis on TVET because of its critical role in national development. By technical and vocational education and training we are talking about aspects of learning directed towards the acquisition of knowledge, competences and know-how to undertake trades and occupations that require practical and applied skills as well as applied scientific knowledge as opposed to general arts or even basic science education’. Professor […]

Creation Of Regions To Go Ahead As Plan Despite Suits

The Electoral Commission (EC) says it will go ahead with planned activities towards the creation of the proposed six regions despite two separate suits seeking to stop the process. A non-governmental organisation, Strategic Thinkers Network-Africa (Stranek) has sued government and the EC on the decision to conduct a referendum in only the six regions in which the new regions will be created. The group wants the Supreme Court to interpret portions of the 1992 Constitution with respect to holding a referendum in the country. The applicant is seeking a declaration that upon a true and proper interpretation of the provisions of the Constitution, particularly articles 4(1), 5(1), 5(2), 5(3), 5(4) […]

Ashanti Region: Boy, 13, Found Hanging In Cocoa Farm

Ashanti Region: Boy, 13, Found Hanging In Cocoa Farm A 13-YEAR-OLD boy has been found dead in a cocoa farm at Awiaso-Akrofrom in the Adansi-Asokwa District of the Ashanti Region in what the police considered to be a suicide. Jeffery Kwadwo Owusu allegedly hanged himself at his grandmother’s cocoa farm behind their residence in the Awiaso-Akrofrom community with the reason yet to be established by law enforcement agents. Fomena District Police Commander, Supt Yaw Obeng Asubonteng, who confirmed the tragic incident, told DAILY GUIDE that Jeffery Owusu was a Class Five pupil at Abusco International School. He said reports indicated that the minor hanged himself on Wednesday around 3:30 pm […]

‘Better’ Version Of Double Track System At Wesley Girls, Univ Practice Shs

A different version of government’s policy solution to decongest senior high schools, is being implemented in two elite schools in the Central region. That policy known as the double track system, splits a class into two streams with one starting while the other waits. So a General Arts class of say 98 students, will be divided to have a first batch of 46 students known as the Green Track and the other known as the Gold Track. Green Track have begun the academic year while the Gold Track will replace them on November 8, 2018. The policy has become necessary because government does not have enough infrastructure to accommodate the […]

I Don’t Care Losing Votes Over Banking Sector Reforms – Akufo-Addo

President Akufo Addo is not bothered by the political ramifications of his government’s decision to reform Ghana’s banking sector as a result of the recent banking crisis that has hit the sector. This is the first time the president is speaking on the crisis in the banking sector that led to the collapse of seven local banks. “I think that I am required first of all to do what I consider right for our people. Why worry about the impact of it on my own political party support”, he stated. Speaking to the Ghanaian community in Kigali, Rwanda, President Akufo-Addo said he will continuously abide by his constitutional duty to […]

Unemployed Jailed Seven Years For Sexually Molesting Minor

A Circuit Court in Accra on Thursday handed down a seven year jail term on Prince Aboagye, 22-year-old unemployed for having sex with an eight year old girl at Atomic Down, a suburb in Accra. Aboagye charged with defilement had pleaded guilty. When the trial Judge, Mrs Abena Oppong Adjin-Doku enquired from Aboagye whether he had a girlfriend, he responded positively and explained that he and his girlfriend had broken-up. According to the convict, his former girlfriend was 18 years old. When asked by the judge if he knew the age of the victim, Aboagye guessed that she could be seven years old. The judge therefore convicted Aboagye on his […]