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• From (2nd left), Solomon Ayiah with his colleague, John

Savage-Mensah (left), handing over the document

covering the cement to Naomi Quarshie

• The cement store

• Some residents

drinking from the

polluted water

• Odeneho Akrofa Krukoko II,

the Omanhene of Wassa Fiase

Traditional Area

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Today.” – Will Rogers

CONTENT

ANNIVERSARIES

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6th March.

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CVM lauds

Akufo-Addo

• For bringing peace to Dagbon

•James Kwabena Bomfeh (2nd L), acting General Secretary of CPP and Godfred

Yeboah Dame, Deputy Attorney -General

S/Court okays

Natl Cathedral

BY MUNTALLA INUSAH

muntalla.inusah@dailyheritage.com.gh

ASEVEN-MEMBER

panel of the Supreme

Court has dismissed a

suit challenging state

involvement in the

construction of a National Cathedral

and the setting up of the Hajj

Board, clearing the path for the

government to go ahead with its

construction.

The panel, chaired by Justice

Sophia Adenyira, in a unanimous

decision, said the decision of the

state had not breached any constitutional

provision and that the State’s

actions were to provide social cohesion

and unity since Christians and

Muslims make up 88 per cent of the

country’s population.

The panel, which also comprised

of Justices Jones Victor Dotse,

Anin Yeboah, Sule Gbadegbe, Vida

Akoto-Bamfo, Alfred A Benin, and

Samuel Marful-Sau, also ruled that

the plaintiff’s case raises no legitimate

issue requiring interpretation

and enforcement of 1992 Constitution.

The apex court also said on the

question of whether the state was

excessively entangled in religious activities,

nothing prohibits the government

from lending such support

and that the president at all instances

followed due process in the

allocation of the land for the project.

88.8%, are Christians and

Muslims

In the landmark judgement read

by the presiding justice, Mrs Justice

Sophia Adinyera, it was held that

per the 2010 population census,

88.8% of Ghanaians are Christians

(71.2%) and Muslims (17.6%) with

the traditionalist and other religious

bodies forming the remaining

11.2%.

The court said the applicant

failed to lead evidence to show that

the president had discriminated or

rejected a request from any other religion

other than Christians and

Muslims and traditional leaders.

According to the court, the construction

of the monumental edifice

is in tune with the social and political

objectives of the 1992 Constitution

and that the government’s

support does not constitute discrimination

against other religious or

non-religious groups.

Subject matter

Mr Bomfeh, the acting General

Secretary of the Convention People’s

Party (CPP), in March last

year, invoked the original jurisdiction

of the Supreme Court, arguing

that Ghana was a secular state and,

therefore, it was wrong for the state

to be “excessively entangled in any

religion or religious practice”.

Mr Bonfeh, therefore, wanted

the apex court to declare the building

of the National Cathedral and

state involvement in the Muslim pilgrimage

to Mecca unconstitutional.

The Plaintiff, through his

lawyers, was also seeking “a declaration

that the decision of the Government

of Ghana to purposely

endorse, assist, aid, partly sponsor,

and/or support the construction of

a national cathedral near the State

House of Ghana, for Christian interdenominational

church services

amounts to an excessive entanglement

of the Republic of Ghana in

religion and therefore unconstitutional’’.

Background

President Nana Akufo-Addo cut

the sod for the construction of the

National Cathedral on March 6,

2017, as part of events that marked

Ghana’s 60th independence anniversary.

Funding for the 5,000-seater edifice

is to be sourced from individuals

within the Christian community.

Plans by the government to demolish

houses, including those

housing judges, on the land around

Ridge in Accra to make way for the

construction of the cathedral generated

a debate, with the public divided

over the project

FOUNDER OF CONCERNED

Voters Movement (CVM), Mr

Razak Kojo Opoku, has lauded

President Nana Addo Dankwa

Akufo-Addo for showing his

statesmanship of instituting

proactive and administrative

measures to bring to an end the

long-standing chieftaincy dispute

between the feuding factions of

the Adani and Abudu gates.

According to him, the perfect

role played by President Akufo-

Addo towards the successful implementation

of the Dagbon

peace plan initiated by former

President John Agyekum Kufuor

will forever be one of the most

favourite initiatives for posterity.

"President Akufo-Addo's

tenacity, humility, tolerance, patience,

resolute will, the rigorous

behind-the-scenes negotiations

and commitment of resources towards

ensuring the peace of Dagbon,

performance of funeral

services for the two former overlords

of Dagbon and subsequent

enskinment of new Yaa Naa for

the Dagbon Kingdom have been

highly appreciated by the people

of Dagbon, Northern Region and

Ghanaians as a whole," he noted.

Adressing a press conference

to outline the various achievements

chalked up by the President

for the past two years of

assumption of office, Mr Opoku

described Mr Akufo-Addo as a

man "with the positive lasting

legacies."

He told journalists that during

two years of his administration,

President Akufo-Addo had

proven beyond reasonable doubt

that he is more committed to the

implementation of positive lasting

legacies to the benefits of current

and future generations of

this country.

He indicated that some of

these positive lasting legacies include

peace of Dagbon and enskinment

of New Yaa Naa.

Mr Opoku described Akufo-

Addo's Free SHS policy as an excellent

educational insurance

policy which is superior and evergreen

with the potential to completely

change the destiny of the

future generations of Ghana.

According to him, the Free

SHS has now become ace and

renowned global policy adopted

by other countries around the

world.

In the next three to ten years,

Mr Opoku predicted that,

Ghana's Data Literacy Index

would be one of the very best in

the world.

He opined that President

Akufo-Addo fully understands

and appreciates the concept of

Human Capital Development and

Empowerment

He averred that generation

upon generation would be very

proud and grateful to President

Akufo-Addo for the free SHS educational

policy.

In the implementation of the

successful enforcement of Article

36, Mr Opoku stated that "Any

serious-minded President just like

President Akufo-Addo will never

joke with the full implementation

of Article 36 of the 1992 Constitution."

He went on to indicate that

the economic and financial emancipation,

management of the national

economy, encouragement

of Private Sector Growth, creation

of enabling environment

for the advancement of the private

sector, employment opportunities

and the general wellbeing of

Ghanaians are rooted in Article

36 of the 1992 Constitution.

He mentioned that in line with

the implementation of Article 36

of the 1992 Constitution and

Ghana Beyond Aid agenda, the

NPP government under President

Akufo-Addo has successfully implemented

One District One Factory

Policy, NEIP, Planting for

Food and Jobs, Rearing for Food

and Jobs.

Others, according to him, are

NABCO, 20m Ghana Cedis as

seed money for the newly-created

regions, stimulus package to factories

that collapsed under John

Mahama's government and reopening

of Obuasi Gold Mine as

promised.


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03

Missing 136 bags of

GNFS cement found

BY FRANCISCA ENCHILL

CORRUPTION WATCH

(CW) investigation has got

result as 136 bags of

GHACEM cement donated

to the Ghana National

Fire Service (GNFS) by the

GHACEM Foundation for a project

which never made it to the project site

because they got sold have been repurchased

and returned to the Tema New

Town Fire Station.

The Tema Newtown Station, before

the expose’, claimed the cement never

made it to the premises of the fire station

because they lacked the space to

store it.

They, however, got space for storage

of the repurchased cement at the same

fire station after the story was broken.

Mr James Oheneba Yaw Kwarteng,

the current Public Relations Officer of

the service, denied that the cement was

ever sold despite CW evidence and confirmation

from the cement store that

the returned cement was freshly purchased

after the expose’.

According to him, an investigative

committee was set up by Chief Fire Officer,

Ekow Blankson, after the CW expose’

and the committee had submitted

a report which said at the time the best

option the Newtown commander,

Naomi Quarshie, thought she had was

to store the cement elsewhere.

According to Mr Kwarteng, the

Tema Newtown Commander will not

be punished although he admitted that

the act was wrong. “Upon hindsight, I

think she could have done better,” he

said.

Background

It would be recalled that CW last

year blew the lid off some 200 bags of

cement donated to the Fire Service

which ended up in a private cement

shop and 136 out of them got sold.

CW discovered that the 200 bags of

cement donated to the Tema New

Town District of the GNFS never made

it to any of the premises of the GNFS.

Instead, the cement ended up in a private

facility where 136 of the bags were

sold.

•The section of the compound where the new offices were supposed to be sited

The District Fire Officer (DFO), Naomi

Quarshie, who applied for and received the cement

on behalf of the GNFS, admitted in a

follow-up interview with CW that the 200 bags

of cement never made it to any fire station,

adding that the purpose for which she applied

for the cement had not been achieved.

The spokespersons for both GHACEM and

GNFS expressed concern about the development.

Solomon Ayiah, Ag. Director for Strategy

and Corporate Affairs of GHACEM, said the

company was embarking on their internal investigation

into the findings of CW.

The then PRO of the GNFS, Mr Elis

Robertson Okoe, told CW that a breach of procedures

in utilising or storing the cement has

punishable implications.

The GHACEM Foundation was established

in 2002 as the main driver of GHACEM’S Corporate

Social Responsibility

programmes under which over

5,000 communities have benefited

from cement donations.

CW Investigation

CW findings indicated that

some of the donations that are

made to some state institutions

are not used for the actual purpose

for which the requests

were made.

CW learnt that GHACEM

hasd over the years cautioned

institutions that benefited from

their donations to stick to the

purpose for which the donations

were made.

In 2005, Mr Morten Gade, Managing Director

of GHACEM, admonished beneficiaries of

the donations to use the cement for the purpose

for which they were awarded. He gave the

advice at a ceremony to present allocation letters

to communities in the Greater Accra,

Brong Ahafo, Upper West, and Eastern

regions.

CW investigation and findings

CW set out to find out what had become of

some of the donations made by GHACEM in

2017 to three state institutions –Tema General

Hospital, Eastern Naval Command of the

Ghana Armed Forces, and GNFS.

GNFS

The section of the compound where the

new offices were supposed to be sited

• Morten Gade, Managing Director of GHACEM

presenting the cement to the hospital

In 2017, the GNFS wrote a letter to

GHACEM for cement to construct two new

offices for officers because the station had limited

office space to serve as offices for the 30

staff members, a project the DFO said was to

promote effective work by GNFS personnel.

At the time of the donation, the Newtown

Fire Station had six offices and one conference

room. The offices were the Watch and Control

room, District Fire Officer’s office, Crew

Room, Administration office, the office of the

Second- In- Command (II IC) and the store,

which is the office of the store keeper.

At the time of filing this report, September

2018, the number of rooms at the station were

still the same, six offices and a conference

room, although GHACEM had said during the

donation that the GNFS was supported because

of the urgent need to provide offices for

personnel.

“We are particularly proud to support the

Tema New Town Fire Station of the Ghana

National Fire Service (GNFS) because of the

urgent need to provide offices for personnel

and also due to the fact that they fall within our

area of operation,” Solomon Ayiah said, according

to a Daily Graphic report of May 16,

2017.

CW discovered that the 200 bags of cement

given to the Tema New Town District of the

GNFS never made it to any of the premises of

the GNFS.

CW found that after loading the bags of cement

from the premises of GHACEM, the cement

ended up in a private facility.

CW visited the premises of the Tema Newtown

Fire Station to ascertain the stage of the

construction.

However, CW discovered that not even a

foundation had been laid to indicate an attempt

to construct the two offices.

Storage

After several days of failed attempts

to get the fire station to

disclose the whereabouts of the

200 bags of cement, the Newtown

station eventually called

CW investigator, Francisca Enchill,

to inspect the cement.

Before setting off to the said

location, the Station commander,

the DFO, explained that her station

lacked a storage facility to

store the 200 bags of cement, as

she originally sent for 50 bags

but had to take all 200 after

GHACEM refused to allow

them claim part and insisted they

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•Bereket Simon was arrested at

his home on Wednesday morning

Ex-spin doctor arrested in Ethiopia

A FORMER top Ethiopian government

minister, Bereket Simon,

who at one time wielded a lot of

influence, has been arrested over

the alleged misuse of public

funds.

Mr Bereket has served as the

communications minister, overseeing

the country's media output,

and at times acting as a government

spokesperson. He was also a

close confidante of former Prime

Minister Meles Zenawi, who died

in 2012.

He was picked up by police at

his home on Wednesday morning

around the same time as another

senior official was arrested, local

media are reporting.

They are both accused of corruption

in relation to an endowment

fund in Ethiopia's Amhara

region.

Mr Bereket was a founding

member of the ruling coalition,

the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary

Democratic Front

(EPRDF) and was a long-standing

cabinet minister in the governments

of the Mr Meles and his

successor Hailemariam Desalegn.

BBC

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Zimbabwe troops accused of

'systematic torture' of protesters

AGOVERNMENT-

APPOINTED

human rights group

in Zimbabwe has accused

soldiers of

using "systematic

torture" in a crackdown on protests.

The Zimbabwe Human Rights

Commission strongly criticised authorities

for using troops to quell

demonstrations.

Unrest broke out more than a

week ago following a sharp rise in

fuel prices.

A government spokesman defended

the crackdown, telling the

BBC: "When things get out of hand,

a bit of firmness is needed."

Reports have emerged of assaults

allegedly carried out by the military

in various parts of the capital,

Harare.

Soldiers in Harare were seen

beating a large group of minibus

drivers on Tuesday.

The BBC's Andrew Harding in

Harare spoke to a man who said he

and about 30 others had been

rounded up and beaten by soldiers

for "more than two hours".

The continuing violence raises

further questions about President

Emmerson Mnangagwa's control

over the military, which helped bring

him to power 14 months ago, our

correspondent adds.

President Mnangagwa has promised

that abuses against civilians will

not be tolerated. BBC

World news in 4 stories

•Analysts say President Bashir may be seeking

assistance in Qatar for Sudan's battered economy

Sudan's leader visits

Qatar amid protests

•President Joseph Kabila was supposed to

•Michael Flynn has admitted one count of lying to the FBI have stepped down nearly two years ago

• Protests erupted over a steep increase in fuel prices

SUDAN'S PRESIDENT

Omar al-Bashir is in Qatar

on his first trip abroad since

a wave of anti-government

protests began last month.

Sudanese officials say Mr

Bashir will discuss the peace

process in the restive western

region of Darfur, but

analysts say he is also seeking

assistance for Sudan's

battered economy.

Cuts to government

bread and fuel subsidies

sparked the demonstrations

against his government.

Anger at economic hardship

has been stoked by a

heavy-handed response by

the authorities that has led

to dozens of deaths, and the

protesters are now calling

for Mr Bashir to resign.

Overnight police clashed

with demonstrators who had

blocked roads in Khartoum

with burning tyres. BBC

Dangerous chemicals found in nappy tests by French authority

FRANCE'S NATIONAL

health agency Anses says it has

found chemicals in babies' nappies

that exceed safety levels.

Tests found substances that

are potentially dangerous to

human health, including the

controversial weedkiller

glyphosate, the agency said.

Anses said its nappy tests

were the first by any national

health and safety body in the

world.

It has called for rapid action

"considering the possible risks

these chemicals may pose" to

babies.

France's health minister

Agnès Buzyn said there was "no

serious or immediate risk" to

babies' health.

"Obviously we should continue

putting nappies on our babies.

We've been doing that for

at least 50 years," she told AFP.

But a joint statement by the

health, finance, and environment

ministers said the government

had given nappy

manufacturers 15 days to take

action.

The study was done on a

number of different brands of

single-use nappies available in

the French market.

Some 4,000 such nappies

might be used in the first three

years of a baby's life, Anses

said.

The report did not name the

brands it tested, beyond saying

it was representative of the

French market. Some nappy

brands available in France are

also sold in other countries.

BBC

•Disposable nappies are widely

used - but France says they may

contain hazardous chemicals


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DAILY HERITAGE FRIDAY, JANUARY 25, 2019

05

Editorial

Crime combat: Ghana Police must really up their game

THE RECENT gruesome murder of

investigative journalist, Ahmed

Hussein Suale and the kidnapping of

three girls in Takoradi have raised

concerns about the security situation

in the country and the need for the

Ghana Police Service and other

security agencies to overhaul their

strategies.

Indeed, the professional manner in

which journalist Suale was

assassinated gives cause for worry

because such contract killings are

alien to our dear country.

Such forms of killing are usually

prevalent in countries such as Mexico,

Columbia and Saudi Arabia.

Kidnapping is also another crime

that has never really been part of the

headache of our security agencies,

until recently. It is for these reasons

that many Ghanaians are worried

about recent happenings in the

country.

Many are, thus, calling on the

Ghana Police Service to redeem their

image by arresting the perpetrators of

these crimes.

Vice President of Policy Think

Tank, IMANI Africa, Selorm

Branttie, for instance is urging the

Police Service to embrace the use of

modern technology as an effective

way of dealing with the complex and

changing face of crime in the country.

“I believe that by time, for

example, there should be a division in

the police that is dedicated to social

media alerts such that you can issue a

police alert on social media platforms,

so that the general public can all be

partakers in ensuring that the right

thing is done. With our increasing

population, crime is evolving, and the

police have to get their act up, they

need external help,” he told Citi News

in an interview.

The DAILY HERITAGE

agrees with Mr Branttie and wishes to

add that the Police Service ought to

seek collaboration from established

intelligence bodies such the Federal

Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the

Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

and Bureau of National

Investigations (BNI).

Suffice to state that the FBI, CIA

and BNI have enormous experience

in dealing with such complex crimes.

Our security agencies, therefore,

need to tap into the experiences of

others to win the fight against these

criminals who want to seize the

country.

Awutu Bontrase residents

drink polluted water

THE DAILY HER-

ITAGE can report that

there is a looming health

danger at Awutu Bontrase,

a farming community

in the Awutu-Effutu-Senya District

of the Central Region.

The danger, the paper observed, is

imminent because about 5000 residents

are facing the threat of an outbreak of

water-borne diseases such as cholera

and hepatitis and vector-borne diseases

such as malaria and dengue as the residents

drink polluted stagnant water.

Investigations showed that for the

past five years, the residents in the

Awutu Bontrase had been fetching

water from polluted source for drinking,

washing, cooking and other household

activities due to the lack of potable

water in the area, which has affected

their health.

The residents, especially women and children,

walk more than half a mile to fetch very

dirty and stagnated water.

The health and sanitation situation of the

people in the area and its surrounding communities

are worsening by the day, and the situation,

according to the chiefs, elders and youth

in the area was as a result of the failure of the

government to provide the community with

sources of good drinking water.

Speaking in an interview with the paper the

youth in the community said; "We lack potable

water here and the source of water is muddy,

which ends up infesting us with all kinds of

diseases.”

The youth of Awutu Bontrase were very

angry with their Member of Parliament (MP),

Mr Nenyi George Andah, and District Chief

Executive (DCE), Mr Stephen Kwame

Quaye, for their inability to provide safe drinking

water for the people in the area

According to the aggrieved youth, they

• Some residents drinking from the polluted water

were sick and tired of sharing water with

cattle, goats, sheep and other animals in the

community.

"Our MP, George Andah, has disappointed

us. For that reason, we will advise ourselves in

2020 general election,” they fumed.

The youth threatened not to vote if

potable drinking water is not provided this

year.

Some students in the community said they

were struggling to cope with the situation as

they feared they might contract diseases from

the polluted water.

“We have to wake up as early as 4:00 a.m.

and walk about 2 to 3 kilometres to get potable

water. However, this search is a dream which is

never realised.

“This is hard for me….sometimes you’ll

not even feel like going to school again after

fetching water to the house. Even this water is

not good to drink; sometimes we buy pure [sachet]

water,” the students noted.

The Mmrantsehen

for Awutu

Bontrase community,

Nai Kwame

Larbi, appealed to

the government,

the MP and nongovernmental

organisations

(NGOs) to come

to their aid with

potable water in

the words, “We

are calling on government;

NGO’s

and corporate entities

to come to

our aid to construct

mechanised

boreholes to help

supply the entire

community. We are dying because we

share the same water with ducks and cattle.

Potable water is all we ask,” he said.

He also appealed to the government to

take their story as a matter of urgency.

According to him, their only source of

water is polluted but they have no choice but

to drink from it.

The chief added that the government

should be guided by the United Nation’s Sustainable

Development Goal six, which calls for

clean water and sanitation.

But, the Unity Community Chairman of

Awutu Bontrase, Charles Adu, and District

Chief Executive of the area, Mr Stephen

Quaye, jumped to the defence of the MP.

They stated that, "This is the first time

Bontrase is set to have access to potable water

and it’s by the efforts of George Andah.”

They confirmed the presence of engineers

in the area to ensure the town had access to

potable water.

I’m fit and alive

• Says Wassa Fiase Omanhene,

appeals to Akufo-Addo for his

reinstatement

BY MUNTALLA INUSAH

muntalla.inusah@dailyheritage.com.gh

THE OMANHENE of Wassa Fiase Traditional Area,

Odeneho Akrofa Krukoko II, has debunked speculations

making rounds that he was dead, stating that he

was rather out of the country for medical attention.

He said ever since he left the country for treatment,

he had heard a lot from persons who wanted him out of

the throne but thanked his elders and chiefs, who stood

in for him during his absence.

Addressing the media at his palace at Benso in the

Tarkwa Nsuaem Municipality of the Western Region, he

appealed to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-

Addo, the Minister in-charge of Chieftaincy and the

President of the National House of Chiefs to intervene

and help solve a long standing chieftaincy issue that had

seen a section of the Royal family standing against his

enstoolment at the Western Region’s House of Chiefs.

“Today, I have called for this news conference to tell

the whole of Ghana and the world that I Odeneho

Akrofa Krukoko II am alive and fit and ready to continue

from where I left off.

“I heard so much about all the lies that were going

on about me that I had kicked the bucket, but that will

not deter me from executing my task as the leader. It

wouldn’t have been possible without the able assistance

of my elders and chiefs as well as my ancestors, who

have stood by me since 1994 when I was enstooled as

the legitimate Omanhene for the chiefs and people of

Wassa Fiase.”

“It would be recalled that I was enstooled legally as

the Omanhene of Wassa Fiase Traditional Area and I

have performed my functions as the legitimate Omanhene

since then.

I have all cases

He pointed out a minor chieftaincy dispute that

rocked the area led to the cancellation of his name as a

member of the National House of Chiefs and that led

to a legal tussle but the Supreme Court has ruled in his

favour as the legitimate head of the Fiase Traditional

Area.

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News DAILY

HERITAGE FRIDAY, JANUARY 25, 2019

Shiabu to get Police Station in 6 months

BY PHILIP ANTOH

philip.antoh@dailyheritage.com

T

HE MINISTER of

Communications

and Member of Parliament

(MP) for

Ablekuma West Municipality

in the

Greater Accra Region, Mrs Ursula

Owusu-Ekuful has cut sod for the

construction of a police station at

Shaibu near Night Market a suburb

of Dansoman in the municipality.

The Shiabu one is one in three

that will be constructed in the municipality

within the next six

months, one at Opetekwei and the

other at Dansoman SSNIT Down

to complement the porous security

situation in the Municipality.

Speaking at a parked durbar at

Shiabu to announce plans for the

municipality, the MP said even

though the Municipality has a Divisional

Police Command, it is far

from it catchment areas and therefore

the need to construct new

ones to help resolve security issues.

Mr Owusu-Ekuful said funding has been secured for the project and within the next few days the

THE MINISTER of Interior, Mr Ambrose

Dery, has charged the new recruits

of the Inter 23 intake batch of Ghana Immigration

Service to continue to preserve

the tenets of professionalism, integrity,

loyalty and service to the nation and respect

for human rights of the people in

the country.

According to him, it behoves them to

guard jealously both the entry and exit

points of the country to ensure that these

points are well protected from external

control.

Mr Dery said the rapid changing trends

required a service and workforce dynamic

enough to meet the changing demands, especially

in the area of migration and national

security.

Addressing the gathering at the passingout

of 733 new recruits at Assin Fosu in

the Central Region yesterday, Mr Dery said

lessons learnt from the law establishing the

•Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, Minister for

Communications cutting the sod

Preserve professionalism in the service

• Interior Minister to new recruits

BY PHILIP ANTOH

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service ant its rules and regulations should

be guarded to ensure the growth of the

country.

"Make sure you don't depart from these

lessons because they are the commandments

in which you will be judged and accessed.

May you not be found to have

deviated from them, continue to make discipline

your hall mark as you start work,"

he stated.

“The Ghana Immigration Service continues

to deliver on its core mandate of

monitoring the entry, residence, work and

exit of persons in the country while ensuring

the security of our borders."

He added that as part of efforts to ensure

the broader scope and operations of

the service, in 2018, it launched a five-year

strategic plan which spans 2018 to 2022.

"By the end of this period, the service

is expected to have registered significant

gains in six thematic areas aimed at addressing

the human resource needs, equipment

and infrastructure, laws and policies,

ICT and most critical of all funding to

help realise all these goals.

Ghana Revenue Authority

Integrity. Fairness. Service.

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AND TAX STAMPS

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The Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) reminds all Commercial Transport Operators

that VEHICLE INCOME TAX (VIT) STICKERS for the FIRST QUARTER (i.e.) 1 ST

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SALE OF TAX STAMPS

contractor will move to site and

by the ending of June this year;

the police station will be ready.

“I called on you all to give

them the maximum support so

that within the next six months

the police station will be fully operational

to help resolve the issues

of crime in the area and thanked

the head pastor of Church of

Mechizadack, Rev Narty for providing

the land,” she stated.

The MP, as part of his tour visited

Ebenezer Senior School to

launch the Wolo E-Learning for

Communities in the country. The

platform was created to offer education

and skills training online.

The project is designed to offer

learning opportunities to millions

of African youth with the limited

access to educational opportunities.

Launching the project, the

minister said the platform is designed

in such a way to make sure

that students in remote areas

across the country get access to

teachers in well-endowed schools

in second circle institutions.

She added that the e-learning

initiative will help complement the

government effort of providing

free SHS so that those on the

awaiting list can take advantage of

the projects to learn.

The Municipal Chief Executive

of the Area, Mr George Blay said

the President Nana Addo Dankwa

Akufo-Addo is a co-chair to the

Sustainable Development Goals

and security is paramount on the

agenda.

Mr Blay said his deliberation

with the chiefs and opinion leaders

in the community came out

that security was paramount hence

the construction of the police station.

The Chief Executive Officer

of Wolo Afrique Limited, Mr Joe

Anim said the system is made to

ensure that people get access to

teachers from well-established

schools in the country to offer online

learning.

The headmaster of Ebenezer

SHS, Mr Kofi Mensah thanked

the Minister and the MCE for

launch such an enviable initiative

in their school and promised to

utilize the facility to achieve results.






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self-employed persons in the informal sector to ensure uninterrupted business

activity.

•The Minister of Interior, Mr Ambrose Dery, reviewing the parade together with

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Facts of good eating habits

• Balance your foods

To avoid getting too much of any

nutrient, try to eat foods from all food

groups in the healthy eating pyramid,

including low glycemic-load carbohydrates,

proteins, and healthy fats as

well as good sources of vitamins and

minerals.

• Eat plenty of fruits and

vegetables

These are all an excellent source of

fibre, healthy sugars, vitamins and

minerals. Fibre is useful in keeping

your cholesterol levels low and cleaning

out the intestinal tract. Vitamins

and minerals are required by the most

basic of metabolic processes in the

body.

• Avoid eating fast foods

They are loaded with salt, sugar

and bad fats that have no nutritional

value. While they may put an end to

your hunger, they are of no benefit to

your body.

• Choose low fat foods

The average diet contains more fat

than our body requires. Opting for low

fat options when available will help

balance the foods that are higher in

fats.

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&Env.

ESPA appeals for national

sanitation authority

THE ENVIRON-

MENTAL Service

Providers Association

(ESPA) has

called on the government

to fulfil

its promise to establish National

Sanitation Authority (NSA).

The Executive Secretary of

the ESPA, Nana Ama Ofori-

Antwi, was speaking at an advocacy

forum organized by ESPA

and the Business Sector Advocacy

Challenge (BUSAC) Fund in

Accra recently.

She observed that Ghana

ranks lowest in sanitation levels

among all lower middle-income

countries, although the country

is richer than most of them.

“The nation was one of the

lowest in terms of access to sanitation

worldwide and that it was

rather ironic Ghana sunk lower

than countries recovering from

wars. The lack of political will is

the challenge and not household

wealth, a change in behaviour

and not only constructing toilets,

is said to be critical decisions that

make sanitation paramount in all

policies,” she said.

“Environmental sanitation is

said to be among the most powerful

drivers of human development

as it affects quality of life –

improving health and raising

wealth. It cuts across all sectors

of the economy, including those

that concern health, environmental

protection, improvement

of human settlements and services,

tourism, and general economic

productivity,” she added.

She said although Ghana is

described as a lower-level middle

income country, the country aspires

to attain a higher middle-income

status by 2020. As a result,

a healthier and wealthier population

will tend to generate more

•Nana AmaOfori-Antwi

of all waste types, adding that

“there is, therefore, the need for

urgent action based on a clear

national strategy to manage this

trend, supported by sustainable

financing and active participation

of all stakeholders at all levels.”

“It is part of the national effort

to put in place appropriate

institutional mechanisms to oversee

the efficient and sustainable

management of waste across the

country, that the Ministry of

Sanitation and Water Resources

was created to lead the charge in

the formulation of appropriate

policies and legislation whose enforcement

will culminate in

sound and sustainable environmental

sanitation practices

“The nation was one of the

lowest in terms of access to

sanitation worldwide and

that it was rather ironic

Ghana sunk lower than

countries recovering from

wars.The lack of political will

is the challenge and not

household wealth, a change

in behaviour and not only

constructing toilets, is said to

be critical decisions that

make sanitation paramount

in all policies,” she said.

among the populace,” she

said.

She said despite this bold

initiative to create the new

ministry, ESPA, however,

considers the absence of a

National Sanitation Authority

as a major omission in the

quest to overcome the waste

management challenge facing

the country. This, she said,

could be a recipe for disaster

as the absence of a sanitation

is said to have accounted for

the failure of the combined

Ministry of Environment,

Science and Technology and

Ministry of Local Government

and Rural Development

to deal with the waste

“Environmental sanitation

is said to be among

the most powerful drivers

of human development

as it affects

quality of life – improving

health and rising

wealth. It cuts across

all sectors of the economy

including those

that concern health, environmental

protection,

improvement of human

settlements and services,

tourism, and general

economic

productivity.”

management situation in Ghana.

Madam Ofori-Antwi said the

authority would, among other

things, coordinate and manage

the policies of the ministry, play

a regulatory role in the sanitation

industry, help strengthen the

work of environmental health

professionals, and set up standards

and guidelines for operations

of such institutions as the

Ghana Standard Authority, and

Food and Drug Authority and

collaborate with other state agencies

with similar objectives to

deal with the sanitation situation

in Ghana.

It will also help implement

the policies of the ministry and

play a supervisory role in all activities

that are related to sanitation,

and it is expected to have a

long term vision other than the

four-year mandate of a government.


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News

DAILY

Danfa residents cry for SHS

BY PHILIP ANTOH

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Naa Ayeley Ankrah Foundation donates to Highly

Favoured Academy in James Town

High Court rejects GNFS

application against dismissal

of 2 pregnant women

THE CHIEFS and people of Danfa

in the Madina Municipality in the

Greater Accra Region are appealing

to the Minister of Education and

Ghana Education Service to speed

up process to construct a senior

high school (SHS) in the area to ease

the hardship of people travelling

long distance to access education.

According the chiefs, Danfa and

its four adjourning communities,

namely Otinibi, Addoteiman,

Kweiman and Amehia, have no

government secondary school and

therefore junior high school

graduates have to travel long

distance to West African SHS at

Madina or other places for SHS

education.

This made the chiefs and

opinion leaders allocated a six-acre

land at Danfa for the construction

of an SHS in the area.

On Saturday, January 12, 2019,

all the five chiefs in the communities

joined hands with the youth to clear

the land, which, according to some

sources, is gradually being

encroached upon.

Speaking on behalf of Nii

Amasah Dzani, the regent of Danfa,

Nii Neequaye Amasah said the royal

family and the chiefs had agreed to

use that land for the construction of

an SHS to lessen the burden of

both parents and students.

Nii Amasah added that the chiefs

would go the whole hog to protect

the land and called on the

government, the Ministry of

Education and the GES to speed up

the process of constructing an SHS

for the people.

The chief of Otinibi, Nii Adjei

Kweidza Mensah, said the land was

allocated to the government some

years back and so wanted the

ministry to either provide a fence or

construct a security post on it to

deter encroachers.

Nii Mensah again appealed to

the government to expand the only

existing government hospital in the

area, provide an ambulance and

renovate and refurbish the existing

junior high schools in the

communities to make learning more

friendly.

Frimpong Boateng critics exposed!

THE RECENT plot by some self-seeking

government appointees at the local levels,

individuals and organisations to tarnish

the names of the Minister for

Environment, Science, Technology and

Innovation, Prof. Frimpong Kwabena

Boateng, and members of the Inter-

Ministerial Committee on illegal Mining

(IMCIM) has completely failed.

Information available to Daily

Heritage absolutely exposed the recent

false media reportages made by those

self-seeking appointees, individuals and

organisations against Prof. Boateng who

doubles as the chairman of Inter-

Ministerial Committee and his team,

thereby taking these critics to the highest

cleaner.

However, the IMCIM was set up by

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-

Addo through the Ministries of Lands

and Natural Resources and Environment,

Science, Technology and Innovation to

collaborate effectively with the Operation

Vanguard joint security Task Force with

the motive of flushing out Illegal mining

activities across the country.

Since its inception, this paper

gathered that the IMCIM with its task

Force Team have been able to effect

arrest of foreign nationals and seized

their heavy duty mining equipment which

they use to operate illegally.

Our investigations have revealed that

the mining equipment which were seized

by the Task Force Team of the Inter-

Ministerial Committee on Illegal mining

were normally sent to Accra through

tracking.

The discovered that Prof. Boateng,

his secretary Mr. Charles Onuawonto

Bissue together with the leader of the

Task Force Team, Mr. Ohene Agyekum

whose core mandate is to make sure

Illegal mining activities in the country are

•Some chiefs

present at the event

•Prof Frimpong Boateng-Minister

for Environment, Science,

Technology and Innovation

•The cleared site

proposed for the

SHS

confirmed that those media

houses who are dinting the

image of the IMCIM have

been paid with huge sums of

monies by some group of

people with the intention to

discrediting the good work

of Prof. Kwabena Frimpong

Boateng and his team.

Investigations conducted

by this paper about the

recent raid carried by the

Task Force Team of the

IMCIM in the Apraprama

Forest Reserve at Kobro in

the Amansie Central District

of the Ashanti Region where

a mining firm called Heritage

Imperial Mining Company

who claimed they have

acquired the requisite

documentation from

Minerals Commission of

Ghana, the Forestry

Commission and the

Environmental protection Agency (EPA)

were later seen to be operating illegally

and were not permitted by law to

undertake mining activities in the forest.

This development, this paper

gathered had accounted for the seizure of

the mining equipment of the company

which were tracked to Accra and not sold

by the IMCIM as was published by some

media houses.

The IMCIM will continue to apply

the mining laws and will also continue to

collaborate effectively with the Operation

Vanguard Security Task Force Team to

fight illegal mining activities across the

length and breadth of the country which

flushed out have been highly commended

by the public for effective delivery of

service.

Through some government

appointees at the local level whose areas

illegal mining activities have been

sabotaging the operational activities of

the IMCIM, the Task Force Team with

collaboration of the Operation Vanguard

Team discharged their without fear or

favour.

In recent times, some media houses

have been reporting blindly and

publishing false and nasty stories about

the operational activities been carried by

the Inter-Ministerial Mining

Committee just to tarnish and defame

the chairman, Prof. Kwabena •US Frimpong Ambassador over to the years has caused total

Boateng and his secretary •Effect Mr. Ghana, Charles of Robert apollo destruction P the eye to water bodies and the

Onuawonto Bissue •A for section no reason. of the demonstrators

environment.

Jackson

This paper upon its findings can

BY MUNTALLA INUSAH

muntalla.inusah@dailyheritage.com

NAA AYELEY Ankrah

Foundation (NAAF), a nongovernmental

organisation has

made a passionate donation to

the Blessed and Highly Favoured

Academy in James Town.

The gesture according to the

foundation was to support the

underprivileged children to be

able have sound education to be

good role models and

ambassadors in future.

Naa Ayeley Ankrah, the

founder of NAAF told the

DAILY HERITAGE that

supporting child education is the

foundation’s objective even

though there are other targets.

Miss Ankrah said the gesture

was the foundations made

outdoor event since it was

KROMA MCE hits ground running

• Clears 3 month-old rubbish at Nungua Market just 3 days into office

BY MUNTALLA INUSAH

muntalla.inusah@dailyheritage.com

THE MUNICIPAL

Chief Executive

Officer of the

newly-created

Krowor Municipal

Assembly

(KROMA) has rallied his men to

clear a heap of rubbish dumped at

the Nungua Market for the past

three months.

Just three days into office, Mr

Joshua Bortey, the KROMA MCE,

with support from the Member of

Parliament for the constituency,

has mobilised resources to clear

the heap of rubbish which

hitherto posed a health concern.

Mr Bortey told the DAILY

HERITAGE after the exercise

which took two days that

sanitation issues in the area

remained on top of the assembly’s

priorities and that measures had

been put in place to regularly

ensure that rubbish is not

deposited at the market for a long

period before collection.

According to the MCE, the

•Miss Naa Ayeley Ankrah, founder of NAAF presenting the

items while Mr Nii Ankrah chairman of the Greater Accra

GPRTU and Mrs Jocelyn Ankrah both right look on

established a year ago. She urged

parents to be calmed with the

children so that “the children do

not become timid,” when they

grow, adding that children should

not also be forced into doing

something they have no passion

for.

•Mr Joshua Bortey, the KROMA MCE

addressing the media

assembly engaged the services of a

pay-loader and a tipper truck to

carry out the exercise, and that the

She said this is just the

beginning of greater things to

come and thanked her parents

and other team members for

their respective role in making

the project successful.

Mr Nii Ankrah, the chairman

of the Greater Accra Branch of

cost was high,

hence the need to ensure regular

clear-cut exercise.

the Ghana Private Roads and

Transport Union who is also the

father of Naa Ayeley said he

feels proud of her daughter’s

vision which the family supports.

He also called on parents to

give special attention to their

children and assured that people

should watch out of the

foundation.

He advised parents to send

their children to school since it is

through education that their

talents would be unearthed.

Mrs Jocelyn Ankrah, the

mother of Naa Ayeley said they

all fully behind their daughter

and thanked God for that vision

to support the underprivileged.

She urged parents not to

intimidate their children but

guide them to make good

choices for the future.

The chairman of the occasion

Rev George Serbawor expressed

•Heap of rubbish being cleared at the

Nungua Market

He explained that efforts had

been made and the assembly now

has two trucks, one from the

satisfaction at the turn of event

and urged parents who are not

ready to take responsibility not

to give birth.

The head teacher of the

academy, Master Enock

Neequaye Kotey said he feels

encouraged that his effort has

been recognised and that the

gesture will spur him on to be

able to train more children in the

area.

He however appealed to

stakeholders and philanthropists

who have education on their

heart to emulate the examples of

NAAF. Items such as soft drinks,

exercise books, note books, over

20 pieces of double-desks, foammaker

boards among others.

There were drama

performances, recitations, singing

and cadet performances by the

pupils.

government and another

from Zoomlion Ghana

Limited , and that it will

also need 10 containers to

support the exercise.

Mr Bortey told the paper

that the residents would be

sensitised to the need to

keep their environment

clean and that the assembly

would enforce the by-laws

and also deploy sanitation

officers to educate the

people in the community on

the need to be clean.

The MCE also told the

paper that, the electoral

areas would be categorised

into zones and provided

with tricycles on daily basis

to clear rubbish around as a

measure to keep the

community clean, as a

means to support the

President’s campaign of

making Accra one of the

cleanest city in Africa.

Some of the market

women expressed their

gratitude to the MCE for clearing

that heap of rubbish.

BY MUNTALLA INUSAH

muntalla.inusah@dailyheritage.com

TH HUMAN Rights Division of the

Accra High Court has dismissed an

application for stay of execution

pending appeal in the case in which the

Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS)

has been ordered to reinstate two of its

staff members who were sacked for

getting pregnant in the first three years

of their employment.

The High Court last year ordered

the GNFS to pay each of the victims

GH¢50, 000.00 as compensation.

In a landmark judgement, the court

declared as unlawful Regulation 33 (6)

of the Conditions of Service of the

GNFS that debars service women from

getting pregnant within the first three

years of their employment.

The State, according to the court,

did not demonstrate what it would lose

if the stay of execution was granted.

In his ruling after Jasmine Armah, a

State Attorney had moved for the

orders made by a different judge to be

set aside pending appeal, the court said

the orders of the High Court must

stand.

Court Orders

The Human Rights Division of the

Accra High Court ordered the GNFS

to pay GH¢50,000.00 as compensation

to each of the two Fire Service women

who were dismissed for getting

pregnant within the first three years of

their employment.

The court also ordered the GNFS

to reinstate Ms Grace Fosu and Ms

Thelma Hammond, the two women,

and pay them all their salaries and

benefits that had accrued during the

period of their dismissal.

It further awarded costs of

GH¢10,000.00 against the GNFS.

But, the fire service has since April

last year failed to carry out the orders

of the court and rather filed an

application for stay of execution.

The Court, in its ruling, dismissed

the application on grounds that the

GNFS failed to show the difficulty it

would have encountered reinstating the

women.

Petition

Regulation 33 (6) of the Conditions

of Service of the GNFS states: “A

female employee shall not be dismissed

on the ground that she is pregnant,

provided she has served the first three

years.’’

Ms Fosu and Ms Hammond,

however, became pregnant within the

first three years of their employment

and were, accordingly, dismissed by the

GNFS in 2014 and 2013, respectively.

Aggrieved by their dismissal, they

petitioned the Commission on Human

Rights and Administrative Justice

(CHRAJ), which in turn sued the

GNFS and the Attorney-General at the

Human Rights Court.

The applicants (CHRAJ, Ms Fosu

and Ms Hammond) argued that the

dismissal and Regulation 33 (6) were

against the fundamental human rights

of the two women, as stipulated in

Article 17 of the 1992 Constitution.

Article 17 (2) states: “A person shall

not be discriminated against on

grounds of gender, race, colour, ethnic

origin, religion, creed or social or

economic status.’’

GNFS’s defence

In its defence, the GNFS argued

that Regulation 33 (6) was necessary

due to the vigorous physical training

that new employees went through to

adequately equip them for their tasks.

“That vigorous physical training

that the employees go through may

adversely affect the foetus and the

would-be mothers if these employees

end up pregnant. A measure such as

dismissal is made part of the

conditions of service to prevent this

danger,’’ it stated.

The applicants

(CHRAJ, Ms Fosu

and Ms

Hammond) argued

that the dismissal

and Regulation 33

(6) were against

the fundamental

human rights of

the two women, as

stipulated in

Article 17 of the

1992 Constitution.

Court’s decision

In its judgement, the court held

that Regulation 33 (6) was

discriminatory to women on the basis

of gender, which is frowned upon by

Article 17 (2) of the 1992 Constitution.

“The second and third applicants

(Grace and Thelma) are women who

are protected under Article 17 of the

1992 Constitution. The right to family

includes their right to be pregnant and

they are entitled to the right to choose

when to become pregnant,’’ Mr Justice

Yeboah said.

The court was also of the view that

unlike their male colleagues, Regulation

33 (6) negatively affected the “marriage

and sex life” of the women during their

first three years of employment.

“The women employees are,

therefore, subjected to adverse

treatment. The GNFS discriminated

against the second and third applicants

(Grace and Thelma) on the ground of

gender,’’ it added.

“The exclusion itself amounts to

another act of unjustifiable

discrimination. The second and third

applicants (Grace and Thelma) are

entitled to compensation for the

unwarranted institutional onslaught on

their fundamental human rights — the

right to work and freedom from

discrimination.

“It is hereby ordered that the

GNFS pays each of the second and

third applicants (Grace and Thelma)

compensation in the sum of

GH¢50,000.00 for the trauma and

inevitable inconvenience of the

wrongful dismissal,’’ Justice Yeboah

ordered.


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JANUARY,

2019

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Diageo Plc appoints Opoku-Asare

as Head of Society, Africa

DIAGEO PLC has appointed

Mr Gabriel

Opoku-Asare, as

Head of Society

(Sustainability and

Responsibility) –

Africa Region.

His appointment takes effect from

February 1, 2019.

In his new role, Mr Opoku-Asare

will lead Diageo’s Sustainability and

Responsibility strategy across the beverage

giants’ 13 priority markets, comprising

four business units which are

Africa Emerging Markets, East Africa,

Southern Africa and Nigeria.

He will also be leading the agenda

to shape the future of the business and

accountable for driving and leading

programmes and campaigns which

focus on Water, Skills, Environment

and Local Raw Materials.

Additionally, he will be accountable

for regional supra national engagement

with opinion leaders at institutions

such as AFFRO, Africa Union, UNI-

TAR and UNDP.

Previously, he was the Corporate

Relations Director at Guinness Ghana

Breweries Plc (GGBPLC), a subsidiary

of Diageo Plc, where as a member of

the executive management team, he

strategically positioned the company’s

communications and sustainability

agenda to be recognized among its

peers as a leading, trusted and respected

consumer brands company in

Ghana.

Under his leadership the GGBPLC

• Gabriel Opoku-Asare, Head of

Society (Sustainability and

Responsibility), Africa Region

brand was recognised on various

awards platforms including the Corporate

Social Responsibility (CSR) Company

of the Year, CSR Manufacturing

Company of the Year, among others at

the Ghana CSR Excellence Awards,

Best Practices in Sustainable Manufacturing

at the AGI Ghana Industry

Awards,

Recently, he was adjudged CSR

Practitioner of the year at the 2018

Ghana CSR Excellence Awards for his

strategic leadership and relentless efforts

to drive and execute the company’s

sustainability agenda.

Before joining GGBPLC, he was

the Head of Corporate Affairs at

Unilever Ghana, a member of

Unilever Ghana Leadership Team and

a member of Unilever Africa Region

Sustainable Business and Communications

Leadership Team.

Gabriel holds a BSc in Land Economy

from Kwame Nkrumah University

of Science and Technology, a

Graduate Certificate in Public Relations

from Ghana Institute of Management

and Public Administration,

Masters in International Relations

from University of Leicester and Executive

Education Certificate in Shared

Value Strategy from Harvard Business

School.

The International Campaigns Director

for Diageo Africa, Damon

Ansell said, “We are very pleased to

have Gabriel join the Africa team. We

believe his knowledge and experience

in Stakeholder engagement, Public Policy

and Sustainable Development will

be invaluable to Diageo’s Africa ambition

as we continue to shape the future

of the business in Diageo’s developing

markets.”

Gavin Pike, Managing Director,

GGBPLC commenting on his appointment

said Gabriel’s has been a key

member of the Ghana Executive team,

who over the last few years has contributed

immensely to support the

business’ commercial and sustainability

agenda

“We can only wish him well on the

impressive career trajectory, as his appointment

once again underscores Diageo’s

growth plan for employees

across its markets and also reinforces

Diageo as a great place to work”, he

added.

Heroes of Change Season

5 nomination ends today

MTN GHANA Foundation

submission of

nominations for MTN

Heroes of Change Season

5 ends today.

The extension of

the closing date is to

enable the public nominate

more individuals

or groups who are

making a difference in

their communities

through social work.

Each nominee

stands the chance of

winning the ultimate

prize. The ultimate

winner will receive a

cash prize of GH¢

100, 000.00 to expand

their projects whilst

the category winners

would be awarded with

GH¢ 30, 000.00 each

to be invested in their

project. The rest of the

six heroes will each be

given GH¢10, 000.00

to support their projects.

Commenting on

the MTN Heroes of

Change Season 5, Mr

Samuel Koranteng,

Corporate Services Executive,

said “We are

extending the date because

we continue to

receive requests from

individuals and communities

to do so. We

want the public to

nominate more people

for MTN Heroes of

Change Season 5. We

want to honour individuals

who are brightening

lives in

communities through

their charity projects

and we want to showcase

their contribution

to the general public.”

He explained that

after the close of submission,

all projects received

will be reviewed

and shortlisted and be

pruned to 100 and

thereafter to 40 and finally

to 10.

He added that a

team will then be dispatched

into the communities

to

authenticate the stories

of nominees. The stories

of the top 10 finalists

will be filmed and

featured in a 13-week

television series after

which a grand finale

event will be held to

announce the ultimate

winner and the winners

of the various categories.

The final selection

of winners of the

MTN Heroes of

Change is done by an

independent panel of

judges with diverse experience

and expertise.

MTN Heroes of

Change Season 5 was

launched in November

2018. Since the inception

of MTN Heroes

of Change in July

2013, a total of 40

people have been identified

and recognised

on MTN Heroes of

Change platform for

committing their personal

resources to improve

their

communities and

brighten lives.

Four out of the

total number emerged

ultimate winners. They

are Dr Abrokwa-

Yenkyera, a plastic surgeon

and founder of

Grafts Foundation,

Madam Paulina Opei,

founder of the Save

Our Lives Orphanage,

Genevieve Basigha and

Naomi Esi Amoah of

Blessed Home Orphanage.

MultiChoice Group Ltd ready to be listed on JSE

MULTICHOICE GROUP Limited (MCG)

has released its pre-listing statement in

compliance with the Johannesburg Stock

Exchange.

Trading in MCG shares is expected to

commence on the JSE on Wednesday, February

27, 2019. As announced on September

17, 2018, MCG will include, amongst

others, MultiChoice Africa, MultiChoice

South Africa (MCSA), Showmax, as well as

the global digital platform security

provider, Irdeto and all their subsidiaries

and affiliates “the Group.”

Calvo Mawela, Group Chief Executive

Officer of MCG, said “We believe the listing

of MultiChoice provides an excellent

opportunity to invest in the leading

provider of video entertainment on the

African continent. MCG brings an incomparable

local and international content offering

to around 14-million households and

is one of the fastest growing pay-TV

broadcast providers globally. With strong

financials, the flexibility of an ungeared

balance sheet and deep local knowledge,

we hope to deliver excellent returns to

shareholders over time.”

The MCG management team is focused

on the growth opportunity across

Africa, a market of significant TV consumption

by global standards. Pay-TV and

Connected Video remain under-penetrated

on the continent compared to many other

markets in the world and MCG intends to

pursue both these avenues of growth.

Bob van Dijk, Naspers CEO, said

“MultiChoice Group is a pioneer in video

entertainment across Africa and we are extremely

proud to have built this company

into a major success from the time when it

was founded over 30 years ago. The

strength of the company’s leadership team,

alongside its compelling content, worldclass

technological capabilities and attrac-

•Calvo Mawela,

Group Chief

Executive Officer

of MCG

tive financial profile means that it is very

well positioned for future growth in an

evolving sector on the African continent.”

Content as a key driver of growth

MCG plays an important role in making

information and entertainment content

easily accessible to its customers in Africa.

In countries where celebrating culture is an

important driver of consumption, MCG

creates and showcases unparalleled local

content. Access to international content

from eight of the top ten US studios, including

movie and children’s content, is another

key pillar in the Group’s offering and

growth plan.

The Group is also the continent’s

largest funder of sport, providing leading

sports offerings and holding major international

as well as local sports rights. With

extensive production capabilities for local

sports events, the Group is an important

partner for many sports federations thus

making a major contribution to sports development.

World-class technology and infrastructure

MCG provides consumers with highly

advanced, best-in-class technology. Irdeto,

a digital platform security provider, is integral

in providing cutting-edge security solutions,

a key aspect of any pay-TV business.

Irdeto also provides security and software

services to numerous blue-chip clients

globally and, as such, is also a standalone

revenue and cash flow generator.

The Group’s development agenda and

investments have brought social and economic

benefits to the communities across

the continent. MCG employs more than 9

000 people across Africa and indirectly creates

economic prosperity for more than 20

000 people who are employed by partners

and suppliers.


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Politics

Do not mind anything that anyone tells you about

anyone else. Judge everyone and everything for

yourself —Henry James

Ghana, Hungary join forces to

boost water management

MINISTER FOR

Foreign Affairs

and Regional Integration,

Shirley

Ayorkor Botchwey,

(MP), on

behalf of the Republic of Ghana,

has signed a Memorandum of Understanding

(MOU) with Hungary

on cooperation in the field of

water management with a commitment

to work toward establishing a

framework for a swift and seamless

co-operation between the parties

on the basis of equality, reciprocity

and mutual benefits.

The signing ceremony took

place on Tuesday, January 22, 2019,

in Brussels, Belgium, on the sidelines

of the just-ended first annual

European Union (EU) – African

Union (AU) Ministerial Meeting.

Hungary’s Minister for Foreign

Affairs and Trade, Péter Szijjártó,

signing on behalf of his country,

pledged his support to the agreement,

in accordance with the national

laws and regulations in force

in the two countries.

Madam Ayorkor Botchwey also

met with her counterparts from

Malta and Portugal to explore possibilities

of further deepening of

bilateral relations between Ghana

and the two countries.

The EU-AU ministerial meeting,

the first annual inter – summit

forum, was an opportunity to take

stock of the implementation of the

outcome of the 5th AU – EU

•Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey Foreign Affairs Minister

interacting with the Hungarian delegation

Summit •Prof. •SIbrahim in Abidjan Musah, in November Director

Newman 2017, marking of Policy a Planning milestone and in reshaping

Programme the partnership for National into an

Kwadwo

even Kusi stronger, Reuse and mutually Recyclers beneficial

one, better adapted Association to a rapidly

evolving

global context.

The

meeting

brought together

Foreign

Ministers of

the European

Union

and their

counterparts

from over

fifty States

across the

African Region including Ghana,

Togo, Liberia, Senegal and Niger.

Participants deliberated on

peace, security and governance,

trade, investment and economic integration

as well as multilateralism,

which, they say, is the best recipe

for deepening cooperation.

To solidify this agreement, the

meeting, among others, adopted a

communiqué in which members

confirmed their common determination

to build on partnerships and

move towards an even stronger,

deeper and more political partnership

and friendship between both

Europe and Africa.

The meeting was co-chaired by

High Representative for Foreign

Affairs and Security Policy, Federica

Mogherini, and Minister of

Foreign Affairs and International

Cooperation of Rwanda, Richard

Sezibera.

Ghana Revenue Authority

Integrity. Fairness. Service.

DOMESTIC TAX REVENUE DIVISION

AMENDMENTS TO THE INCOME TAX ACT, 2015 (ACT 896)

ADAG 074

The Ghana Revenue Authority wishes to inform the general public that

following the passage of the Income Tax (Amendment) (No. 2) Act, 2018

(Act 979), the following amendments have been made to the Income Tax

Act, 2015 (Act 896).

1. The Income Tax (Amendment) (No. 2) Act, 2018 (Act 979) has provided

for new rates applicable to Resident Individuals. The new rates are:

a. ANNUAL INCOME

ANNUAL INCOME TAX RATES APPLICABLE TO RESIDENT

INDIVIDUALS

CHARGEABLE

INCOME

#OurTaxesOurFuture

RATE

TAX

CUMULATIVE

CHARGEABLE

INCOME

CUMULATIVE

TAX

%

First 3,456 Nil - 3,456 -

Next 1,200 5 60 4,656 60

Next 1,680 10 168 6,336 228

Next 36,000 17.5 6,300 42,336 6,528

Next 197,664 25 49,416 240,000 55,944

Exceeding 240,000 30

b. MONTHLY INCOME

MONTHLY INCOME TAX RATES APPLICABLE TO RESIDENT

INDIVIDUALS

CHARGEABLE

INCOME

RATE

TAX

CUMULATIVE

CHARGEABLE

INCOME

CUMULATIVE

TAX

%

First 288 Nil - 288 -

Next 100 5 5 388 5

Next 140 10 14 528 19

Next 3,000 17.5 525 3,528 544

Next 16,472 25 4,118 20,000 4,662

Exceeding 20,000 30

The schedules above are the annual and monthly Personal Income Tax Rates

applicable to Resident Individuals. These are the rates that should be used to

compute the tax for self-employed persons and Pay As You Earn (PAYE) for

salaried workers / employees.

2. Sub section 10 of section 116 of Act 896 provides for the taxation of

supply of goods, works or services by non-residents. The tax rates for

the supply of goods, works or services by non-residents is twenty percent


Act 896.

st January, 2019.

The general public particularly the self-employed, employers, employees,

accountants, auditors, paymasters and tax consultants must take note and

comply.

COMMISSIONER-GENERAL

www.gra.gov.gh


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President reopens Obuasi Gold Mine

• In fulfilment of campaign pledge

PRESIDENT NANA Addo

Dankwa Akufo-Addo has

re-opened the Anglogold

Ashanti gold mine in

Obuasi, which had been effectively

closed since 2014,

in fulfilment of a campaign pledge he

made to the people of Obuasi on July

15, 2016, in the run-up to the 2016

general election.

Addressing the chiefs and people

of Obuasi, on Tuesday, January 22,

2019, President Akufo-Addo noted

that upon his assumption of office, a

series of discussions and negotiations

took place, the end-result being the redevelopment

of the Obuasi mine.

“In order to help Anglogold

Ashanti secure the needed investment

for this project, Government had to

provide a number of fiscal incentives,

and guarantee the stability of the project

against changes in the legal environment,

especially in the early years

of the mine’s operations,” he said.

The President continued, “It is expected

that all the agreements reached,

including the vigorous implementation

of domestic content policy, will be

scrupulously honoured and performed.

The initial investment in the

redevelopment project is $881 million,

•President Nana Akufo-Addo cuts the tape for the

re-opening of the Obuasi Mine

with a total investment of $1.6 billion ment in the living circumstances of its

projected for the entire 22-year life of residents.

the mine. The whole investment package

Additionally, President Akufowas

has been approved •President by Parliament.” Nana Akufo-Addo Addo noted Volta that Region the government

With an estimated two thousand,

five hundred (2,500) jobs to be created,

he said he was confident that

Obuasi, a once vibrant town, would be

brought back to life with the improve-

expected to rake in some US$2.16 billion

in revenue over the next 22 years,

in royalties and corporate and withholding

taxes.

“I assure management and staff of

the mine that the sequence of events

that led to the closure of the mine will

not recur under the watch of this

Government. The days of forceful encroachment

on the concession of the

company, as witnessed between 2010

and 2016, are over,” he added.

Develop Obuasi

Touching on the “distressed state”

of Obuasi, the President indicated

that the time had come for Obuasi to

reflect the fact that it hosts the richest

gold mine in the country, and one of

the richest in the world.

Whilst acknowledging that mining

companies had, over the last few

years, complemented some of the

work of government, he said he expected

that Anglogold Ashanti would

do more this time to help transform

Obuasi, and bring it to par with welldeveloped

mining communities in

other parts of the world.

“When Government and mining

companies collaborate in an intelligent

and sustainable manner, more can be

done to transform mining communities.

I have no doubt that Anglogold,

under its current management, will be

a constructive partner in this journey,”

President Akufo-Addo added.

Concerning the lifting of the ban

on small-scale mining, he indicated

that with a considerable degree of success,

the Government had been able

to streamline and regulate the smallscale

mining sector.

“We are determined to ensure responsible

mining, and I appeal to you,

Nananom, to help Government in securing

for future generations a landscape

and vegetation on which they

can also survive and thrive. I am

happy to say that today, people are

fishing again in one of the famous

rivers of our country, the Ankobra,”

the President said.

As captured in the 2019 budget, he

told the chiefs and their people that

the contract for the construction of

the Obuasi-Anhwia-Nkwanta road had

been awarded to Joshob Construction

Limited, who is already on site working.

“Again, Government will soon accept

the Assets Relinquishment Plan

of Anglogold Ashanti, which will pave

the way for the start of the proposed

Obuasi Campus of the Kwame

Nkrumah University of Science and

Technology,” he added.

Parliament of Ghana

THIRD SESSION OF PARLIAMENT

(COMMENCEMENT) INSTRUMENT, 2019

KNOW YE ALL MEN that in exercise of the powers conferred on the Speaker by clause

(1) of Article 112 of the Constitution, I, Rt. Hon. Professor Aaron Michael Oquaye,

Speaker of Parliament, by this Constitutional Instrument, appoint Parliament House

Accra, to be the place, and ten o'clock in the forenoon of Tuesday, 29th January 2019 to

be the time at which the Third Session of the Seventh Parliament of the Fourth Republic

shall commence.

Given under my hand this 15th Day of January, 2019.

RT. HON. PROFESSOR AARON MICHAEL OQUAYE

(Speak of Parliament)


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Music should

go beyond

beat — Titan

BY ERICA ARTHUR

BUDDING GHANAIAN

versatile artiste Ernest Adu-

Gyamfi, known in showbiz as

Titan, is cautioning fellow

artistes and music lovers to

look out for messages in

songs rather than choosing a

song based on only the beat.

According to the artiste,

he is a messenger to the

music industry and has been

gifted with a voice to touch

on delicate issues in the society.

In an interview he said, “I

am a messenger. I am beyond

religion, language and other

such barriers. My music is

more than just words and

melodies on a beat; it’s a message

to my people who may

be going through some issues

at that very moment.”

Titan, who started his

music in church by playing

the keyboard, said he always

wanted a platform to express

himself and music is the only

craft that gives him that

space.

The artiste said he does

take pride in versatility, “I

want to treat the music market

to good music that goes

beyond beats -- music with a

message...If we will move on

as a people, we need to be

cautious about what we consume

and condone.”

He has worked with producers

like Paq, Tbeat of

DopeNation, Uglybeat and

some other talented producers.Titan

looks up to some

great acts in Ghana worthy of

emulation like Shatta Wale,

Stonebwoy, Samini, Sarkodie

and even some rising artistes.

He is inspired by nature,

daily happenings, saying anything

at all can trigger great

music depending on his

mood.

Titan also seems to be the

‘Falz’ in Ghana who wants to

address pressing social issues

in his songs.

Titan has a new song

dubbed ‘Over you’, on which

he featured two great crew

from Ground-up Chale,

Quamina MP and Kofi Mole.

“This new one paints a

more comic side of me. The

song is actually an experience

I had. The title ‘Over You’

means you can’t handle it as

in if you take my woman

from me because of her

beauty you’ll not be able to

handle her flaws.”

Darksta donates

to school children

BY ERICA ARTHUR

UK-BASED

GHANAIAN

Afrobeats artiste, Julian

Appiah, known

in showbiz as Julian

Darksta, on Saturday, January 19,

2019, donated stationery and food

to some primary and junior high

school students in Dansoman,

•Julian Appiah with the school children

Accra.

According to the artiste-cumbusinessman,

this initiative is an

annual project organised by the

Darksta Foundation and spearheaded

and financed by him.

He told the DAILY HER-

ITAGE that, “Darksta Foundation

donates to school children

every year in Ghana. We give students

stationery and provide a day’s

lunch. Our aim is to keep the

smiles on the faces of children we

touch. We do this yearly in January

in most of the schools in Ghana.

Last year we were in Akosombo

and this year we did it in Dansoman,

Shahara, Accra.”

The event saw close to 300

school children being given stationery,

food and some drinks to

take home as gifts.

Darksta has released songs like

‘Anytime’, ‘Bad Ronaldo’,

‘Progress’ and ‘Talk Talk’, which

are all produced by K’Adu

• Titan

Kofi Kinaata urges police to

rescue missing Takoradi girls

MUSICIAN KOFI Kinaata

has added his voice

to the campaign for the release

of the three girls kidnapped

in Takoradi.

The three are 15-year

old Priscilla Mantebea Koranchie,

Priscilla Blessing

Bentum, 21, and Ruth

Love Quayson.

Sources say a 21-yearold

lady at Nkroful Junction

in the Sekondi-Takoradi

Metropolis was also

kidnapped in August last

year.

This happened two days

after another girl, who was

kidnapped on August 15,

2018, was found about

hundred metres from her

house at New Site, near

Takoradi.

Recently, some residents

of Takoradi and relatives

of the kidnapped girls hit

the streets of Sekondi-

Takoradi to put pressure

on authorities to bring the

perpetrators to book.

Kinaata, in his tweet,

wrote: “I stand with my

sisters who have been kidnapped,

the families and

my people in #Taadi. I’m

confident our girls will be

found. I urge the police to

do more and speed up

their operation to rescue

our girls. Stand strong

Taadi. We will win this battle.”

Kinaata, a native of

Takoradi, is known for

songs like ‘Susuka’,

‘Sweetie Pie’, ‘Last Show’,

and ‘Single and Free,’.


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GTA to rate tourist sites

to improve standards

BY RAMSON

ACQUAH-HAYFORD

THE GHANA Tourism

Authority (GTA) has initiated

moves to bring all

tourism sites under its

ambit to ensure that the

facilities are closely monitored and assisted

to meet industry quality standards.

Currently, contrary to public perception,

many sites are not directly run

by the GTA. Some facilities are run by

the local assemblies and private investors.

The authority is therefore working

through the Ministry of Tourism, Arts

and Culture on a Legislative Instrument

(L.I) to get the needed backing to

execute the agenda of bringing all

major sites under its umbrella.

The Chief Executive Officer

(CEO) of the GTA, Mr Akwasi Agyeman,

disclosed this at a sensitisation workshop organised

by the authority in collaboration with

the Arts and Tourism Writers Association of

Ghana (ATWAG) in Accra.

“Ensuring the quality of standards of our

tourist attractions is a quest which needs the

backing of solid governmental policies,” he

said.

“Tourists coming into the country have to

be assured of safety, comfort and quality of

service at every tourist site. We have been

working to take care of this but a strong policy

with parliamentary approval would solidify

this move,” he added.

• The leadership of ATWAG and GTA. From left: Francis Doku, Vice

President, William Asiedu, President, ATWAG; Kwasi Agyeman, CEO

and Ekow Sampson, Dep. Director, Operations, GTA

According to Mr Agyeman, the main objective

of the L.I would be to help raise

tourist sites to a certain level so they could be

identified by their standards.

He said, “Just as hotels have 5-star and 3-

star ratings, we are hoping to have ‘A-site’ or

‘B-site’ depending on the quality of service

they have to offer.”

The president of ATWAG, Mr William

Asiedu called on all arts writers and bloggers

to embrace the new wave of technology that

has emerged in the journalism space.

He said that the new media is hitting us

fast and we cannot run away from it. “The

current generation of arts writers and bloggers,

we have, only need a laptop or a phone

and a few cedis to register their blogs and

they start disseminating information. Which

means information is spreading wide and fast

but thin, with regards to the knowledge it offers

consumers.”

“This is why we at ATWAG decided to

engage the GTA and other stakeholders to

have a discourse and come up with a clear direction

for all of us to follow,” he pointed

out.

Such workshops, according to the

ATWAG president will be held often to sensitise,

educate and guide tourism writers and

bloggers to give of their best at all times.

A tourism expert and CEO of Africa

Tourism Partners, South Africa, Mr Kwakye

Donkor challenged the Ghanaian media

to work with the tourism authority to promote

the country positively.

He noted that all the major media organisations,

including CNN and BBC do

not broadcast negative news to discourage

people from visiting their countries and

that is the attitude the Ghanaian media

should have in helping to promote the

country.

Mr Ekow Sampson, Acting Deputy

Director, Operations, GTA, took participants

through the authority’s activities last

year, which included international fairs,

Chocolate Day, work on tourist sites and

asked the media to help promote Ghana

as the best destination in Africa.

Mrs Roberta Dawson Amoah of the

Marketing Department, GTA, added her

voice to the call for positive stories in the

media to accelerate Ghana’s tourism drive.

The Head of Standards and Quality

Assurance, Mr Alex Boakye hinted that

GTA had introduced a digitised inspection

process to make inspection and approval

of tourism facilities less tedious for the authority

as well as players in the industry.

Mr Ben Anane Nsiah, who is in charge of

Planning, Development and Investment gave

the assurance that the GTA will continue to

invest in the country’s tourism infrastructure

in line with efforts to position Ghana as a top

tourist destination.

Mr Francis Doku, the Vice President of

ATWAG, thanked the GTA for hosting the

workshop and expressed the hope that the

existing relationship between the two bodies

will be strengthened for their mutual benefits.

Lazer features Tove

Lo on ‘Blow that

Smoke’ remix

MAJOR LAZER debuts the

remix of ‘Blow That Smoke’

featuring Tove Lo from

Nigerian producer E Kelly.

E Kelly has produced

several top charting records

such as: ‘So inspired’ by Waje

ft. Muna; ‘Say My Name’ by

Wizkid; Mr Eazi’s ‘Pour Me

Water’; and Loose Kaynon’s

‘Mo Ti De’ ft Maytronomy.

The remix follows a

string of releases from Major

Lazer collaborating with

African artistes, including

Burna Boy, Babes Wodumo,

Mr. Eazi, RAYE and Kizz

Daniel, plus Kranium.

Originally released in October,

‘Blow That Smoke’

continues to receive critical

acclaim. Rolling Stone describes

the song as “a

bouncy stomper with a West

African guitar riff and heavy

groove.”

Major Lazer also spoke

about the compilation this

year titled Essentials. Essentials

highlights Major Lazer’s

reach across the globe, and

the vast range of their influences

to date.

Upon the release, Billboard

hailed it thus: “It’s undeniable

how important and

multi-faceted Major Lazer’s

10 years have been.”

With three albums under

their belt, the band continues

to tour the world over, making

the world smaller by

making the party bigger. A

highly anticipated fourth

album is on the way, with

much more to come from

Major Lazer in 2019.

• MAJOR LAZER


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Maltavator Challenge Season

2 climaxes in Accra

THE SEASON finale of Malta

Guinness’s proprietary event, the

Maltavator Challenge, ended in

Accra over the weekend in a

thrilling style with six finalists selected

to represent Team-Ghana

in the Pan-African competition

of the Maltavator Challenge Season

Two.

The event is expected to be

held in Johannesburg, South

Africa, in February this year.

A total of 40 contestants

were recruited to participate in

the finale after a tour of four

cities, namely Accra, Takoradi,

Kumasi and Tamale, where 10

contestants each made the cut.

The Ghana finale of the

competition, held at the Lizzy

Sports Complex in Accra last

Saturday, took the 40 contestants

through some physical obstacle

courses and intellectual tasks

where the six finalists eventually

emerged.

The courses included obstacles

such as ‘weave run through

cones’, ‘high-knee runs through

tyres’, ‘scrambler or low crawls’,

hurdles, human maze, tyre flips,

‘balance run on a log’, archery,

monkey bars and box jumps.

A 24-year-old Level 300

KNUST student, Solomon Baba

Akumba, came out tops to be

crowned the season 2 winner

after beating the 39 other contestants

who were selected from

the four recruitment zones last

November.

Akumba was awarded a cash

prize of GH¢5,000, while second-placed

Samuel Osei Mensah

earned GH¢ 3,000 and Emmanuel

Gyeta went home with

GH¢ 2,000 for placing third.

Daniel Abotsi, Richard

Kuevorve and Precious Appiah

earned GH¢ 1,000 after placing

4th, 5th and 6th respectively.

The six finalists were also

awarded souvenirs from Malta

Guinness and smart watches

from Garmin Sports.

Brand Manager of Malta

Guinness, Roland Ofori, was full

of excitement about the passion

and the high level of competitiveness

from the

contenders who

came from

across the 10 regions

in Ghana.

Akumba, in

an interview,

said he was delighted

with his

win and was

looking forward

to conquering

Africa. According

to him, he

was not going

to get complacent

in his

training as he

readies himself

for the contest

in South

Africa.

•Solomon Baba Akumba, the overall winner

•The six finalists selected to represent Team Ghana

I'll recall KP Boateng

if he apologises —

Kwesi Appiah

Coach Cobblah names final

squad for U-20 AFCON

• FIile photo: The U-20 AFCON team

GHANA’S UNDER-20 head coach,

Jimmy Cobblah, has excluded former

Under-17 duo Gabriel Leveh and Najeeb

Yakubu as well as Manchester City

kid Amankwah Yeboah from Ghana’s

squad for the 2019 Under-20 AFCON

in Niger.

Amankwah Yeboah, an 18-year-old

centre-back, joined the team last week

and featured in their 2-1 defeat to

Hearts of Oak at the Tema Sports Stadium

last Saturday.

Coach Cobblah says he believes

Yeboah’s performance was below par in

the only match he played for the team

and has dropped him from the final

squad.

The Black Satellites are currently in

Niamey camping for the start of the

tournament on February 2. Gabriel

Leveh and Najeeb Yakubu have also

been dropped from the squad after several

days of strenuous training with the

team at their final camping base in Sogakope.

Ghana are in Group B alongside

Senegal, Mali and Burkina Faso.

Below is the list of Ghana’s final 21-

man squad:

Goalkeepers: Danlad Ibrahim, Frederick

Asare and Manaf Nurudeen

Defenders: Montari Kamahini,

Gideon Mensah, Maxwell Arthur, Fard

Ibrahim, Nathaniel Adjei, Ishaaku Kondah

Midfielders: Prosper Ahiabu, Emmanuel

Kumah, Enock Attah Agyei,

Michael Baidoo, Frank Arhin, Ibrahim

Sulley, Saliw Babawo, Mohammed

Kudus,

Strikers: Daniel Lomotey, Isaac

Atanga, Emmanuel Toku, Ibrahim

Sadiq.

BLACK

STARS

coach Kwesi

Appiah insists

he will

recall new Barcelona

signing Kevin-Prince

Boateng into the senior

national team if he

comes out to apologise

for misbehaving at the

2014 Fifa World Cup.

The 31-year-old is

serving an indefinite

suspension from Black

Stars after he and his

close pal Sulley Muntari were expelled from

the team in Brazil. Kevin was sacked after

being found guilty of "vulgar verbal insults

targeted at coach Kwesi Appiah".

But, there have been calls for the ban to

be lifted after Boateng stunned the world by

joining Barcelona. The forward has been recruited

by the Spanish champions on loan

from Sassuolo for the remainder of the season.

“Kevin-Prince Boateng is a Ghanaian and

currently he is playing very well and if you

look at our striking options, we have always

relied on Gyan so it is about time we all

• Coach

Kwesi Appiah

• Kevin-

Prince

Boateng

check (sic) and get (sic) at least four strikers

that we can always rely on,” Appiah told

Asempa FM.

“Kevin is one of the good strikers as I

have said, but in Brazil, he [Kevin] and Sulley

were suspended by the FA for their unruly

behaviour and I think Sulley has written a letter

to apologise and looking at how Kevin is

playing now, if he should write a letter to

apologise, I will invite him because it is about

the country, not about any individual.”

Kevin has been capped 15 times by Black

Stars and has scored two goals since his

debut against Latvia in 2010.


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Missing 136 bags of

GNFS cement found

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carry all 200 bags at a go.

She therefore got a cement

shop which was no longer in use

and took the decision on her own

to use the said place for the

storage.

She said she initially declined

showing CW investigator the

location because the shop had

been locked up as the caretaker

was out of town.

Commercial cement store

The CW investigator was led to

a commercial cement shop by

name Charteh Enterprise, at Tema

Manhean, a two-minute walk from

the Fire Station, at exactly 11:25

a.m. and the shop was fully

operational with the owner of the

shop actively doing business

contrary to the initial claim by the

DFO that the shop was not in use

for business purposes.

Upon further interactions, it was revealed

that the 200 bags of cement which never made

it to the premises of the GNFS were actually

offloaded to Charteh Enterprise from where

64 bags were taken and the remaining 136 bags

having been sold at the time of CW visit.

According to her, the 200 bags were

offloaded into Charteh Enterprise on May 31,

2017 after which 24 out of the 64 bags were

diverted for use within her station and 40 bags

sent to the Regional Headquarters upon a

request by the Regional Fire Officer, Frances

Rockson, for purposes different from what the

cement was meant for.

Reason for sale

The reason given for the sale of the

cement, however, was that it was to prevent

the cement from caking in storage. The owner

of the cement store told CW she would give

the service cement from her stock when they

needed it.

• The cement store

GNFS official statement

When the PRO of the GNFS, Mr Okoe,

was contacted on the service procedure for

storage of donations, he disclosed that per the

policy of the institution, donations received at

the district office must be

transferred to the Regional and

then to the National if both the

district and regional offices lack

the facility to store the donations

received.

He said the institution’s laws

did not permit officers to store

anything received in the name of

the service in private facilities as

they have enough storage space in

the service.

He explained that if the district

has no storage facility, the

donating company can decide to

store it for them till the district is

ready to use the items.

He indicated that the GNFS

follows the Public Procurement law for storage

and procurement like every other state

institution; hence a breach of the procedure

has punishable implications.

Other beneficiaries

The GNFS was not the only state

institution that benefited from the donations

by the GHACEM Foundation in 2017. Among

the beneficiaries were the Eastern Naval

Command and the Tema General Hospital.

However, the story was different when CW did

a comparative investigation to find out how the

two other institutions utilized the donations

they received.

Tema General Hospital

The Tema General Hospital received a

donation of 1,000 bags of GHACEM cement

in September 2017 to assist the institution to

rehabilitate an abandoned surgical unit.

When CW visited the hospital to ascertain

the stage of construction, it discovered that

the rehabilitation had not been done.

Reason

When CW contacted officials of the

hospital, it was revealed that despite presenting

a ceremonial cement to the hospital in 2017,

the facility had not been rehabilitated because

the hospital had been following the

• Eastern Naval Command Administration block under construction

procurement laws and had gone through the

necessary stages to get approval to commence

the project.

The processes required included an

assessment by engineers to determine whether

the abandoned building was strong enough for

rehabilitation or required demolition for a

completely new structure to be reconstructed.

Storage

When asked of the whereabouts of the

1,000 bags of donated cement, it was

discovered that the hospital, lacking the needed

storage facility for 1,000 bags, decided to keep

the entire 1,000 bags of cement under the

custody of GHACEM to ensure safety and to

prevent the cement from caking before the

hospital could put it to use.

Eastern Naval Command of

Ghana Armed Forces

The Eastern Naval Command, also located

at Tema Newtown, received 400 bags of

cement in August 2017 for the reconstruction

of their administration block after the collapse

of their existing administration block.

When CW investigator visited the Eastern

Naval Command, the foundation of the

administration block was near completion and

work was ongoing.

It was gathered that authorities were in talks

with the construction workers to work longer

hours for the construction to move at a faster

pace.

At the time of the visit this month, cement

blocks were being manufactured on their

premises.

Storage

Information gathered at the Eastern Naval

Command indicated that

authorities were concerned

about storage of the 400

bags, hence they went into

an agreement with

GHACEM to store all the

400 bags of cement at

GHACEM. They, thus, go

in for the number needed at

any point in time.

Reason

This move, they said,

was to prevent the stored

cement from caking for

being stored for too long as

the construction moves in

stages.

I’m fit and alive

• Says Wassa Fiase Omanhene, appeals

to Akufo-Addo for his reinstatement

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“Until 2005, a section of the royal

family stood against my

enstoolment, but since then I have

won all cases against my

enstoolment at the Western Region

House of Chiefs, the Appeal Court

of Justice and the Supreme Court of

Ghana respectively.

“It was upon this background

that the Western Region House of

Chiefs thought it prudent and legally

right to send my name and other

valuable documents to the National

House of Chiefs to re-insert my

name in the National Chieftaincy

Register.

“But ever since my documents

were sent till now, no effective effort

has been made and it is upon this

that I am calling on the President of

this land and the authorities involved

to come in and help solve this issue

amicably.

“l know he is a listening

president; to as early as possible

reinstate me to the National House

of Chiefs. My rights have been

abused for long, it's high time the

Chieftaincy Ministry took a critical

look at what is happening in Wassa

“I personally believe Nana Addo

Dankwa Akufo-Addo would not sit

for things to go bad before

addressing this issue that has

lingered for years,” he added.

Revive Bonsa Tyre Factory

Odeneho Akrofa Krukoko

mentioned that the happenings had

retarded and robbed the area of

development and therefore called on

the government to revive the Bonsa

Tyre Factory, Aboso Glass Factory

to provide job opportunities for the

youth, as well as construct health

facilities and a police station in the

area.

The Wassa Fiasemanhene, who

rubbished his death rumour, was

installed in June 1994 and "My name

was gazetted as Paramount Chief of

Wassa in 1996. I demand my name

to be reinstated to the National

House of Chiefs as soon as

practicable."

Youth warn

The Secretary for the Wassa

Fiase area, Prince Brukuroh, gave a

strong indication for a looming

danger amid non-stop violence in

the town if the status quo should

remain the same.

“The government, under the

ruling NPP and Nana Akufo-Addo,

should not wait for violence before

they dispatch troops to come and

plunge us into curfew. The things

that Odeneho has said so far are the

things that make peace fragile and

should be addressed as a matter of

urgency,” the youth secretary stated.

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