<![CDATA[GhanaWeb News - Latest Ghana News]]>Tue, 20 Feb 2018 19:24:05 -0100Weebly<![CDATA[Girl, 9, violently defiled till intestines popped out; suspect granted bail]]>Thu, 02 Nov 2017 15:42:44 GMThttp://ghanaweb-news.com/1/post/2017/11/girl-9-violently-defiled-till-intestines-popped-out-suspect-granted-bail.html Source: myjoyonline. com - A 9-year-old was grisly defiled by a man in the Komenda Edina Eguafo Abirem District in the Central Region and was left to die after her intestines surged.
The vulva of the girl also swelled as a result of the gruesome act which happened some two months ago according to Joy News’ reporter, Richard Kwadwo Nyarko.

Some female police officers shocked at the incident, together with some senior officers, mobilised financial contributions and took the child to the Central Regional Hospital where she is receiving treatment.

The only support system available to the victim is the contribution she received from the police officers, the reporter said.
“It represents one of the worst form of abused cases that I have ever seen in my life; you cannot watch this picture twice,” he added.
Though the suspect, said to be in his 30's, was arrested and arraigned in a court, he was granted bail after he appeared in court Tuesday, October 31, 2017.
The victim, who is still undergoing medical treatment, has not been relocated and remains in the same community where the suspect has returned to.

#Justiceforkids: Girl 15; defiled, impregnated and abandoned

In the Yilo Krobo District of the Eastern Region, a 15-year-old girl at Klo-Agogo is pregnant after she was defiled allegedly by a 46-year-old mason in the same community.

The victim, a Junior High School pupil at the Presbyterian Basic School, is now four months pregnant while the accused, Joseph Nanor, has absconded.

The victim told Joy News’ reporter Kofi Siaw that the suspect took advantage of her and committed the act when she took his 3-year-old child to him. The toddler had gone to play in the victim’s home but no one had gone for her because it was getting late.

She was overpowered by the strength of Nanor and fell unconscious after the suspect struck her on the floor and defiled her.

The case was reported to the police after which personnel from the Domestic Victims Support Unit (DOVVSU) from Koforidua, visited the community once and never returned because the community is very far, the reporter related.

The accused is walking freely four months after committing the alleged offence.

The reporter said the victim still goes to school with the pregnancy despite her peers making a mockery at her predicament.

#Justiceforkids: Headteacher defiles 10-yr pupil, transferred to continue teaching

In the Sissala East District of the Upper West Region, Headteacher of Pieng Basic School who allegedly defiled his 10-year-old pupil, on March 31, remained at the post until September before he was removed from the school.

The only punishment meted out to Wiayugah Mumuni by the Ghana Education Service, is to transfer him to the United Basic School in Tumu in the same Region, to continue practicing as a Headteacher.

Wiayugah Mumuni

The victim has now been relocated to a different school outside the district, Rafiq Salaam reported from Wa.

After finishing the alleged act, the accused gave the victim GH?20 Ghana and warned her not to tell anybody about what happened between them.

The victim, however, narrated the incident to one of the female teachers at the school. The case was then reported to the police and the accused person was arrested.

The case is being heard at the Wa Circuit Court presided over by Justice Forson Baah Adjapong.

The Multimedia Group last week launched the #Justiceforkids campaign with the goal to pushing for justice for abused children.

The comprehensive campaign will educate children and adults alike with Radio and TV shows spotlighting the issue and the challenges that confront society today and shaping mindsets of the public.

Platforms under The Multimedia Group through will organise stakeholder fora that will lead to policy proposals that can be tracked and accountability demanded.

The campaign also seeks to create awareness amongst the general public and generate endorsements by notable personalities in society, speaking against child abuse.

Its objective is to push policy makers to make the necessary moves to ensure policy alignment to support victims and prosecute perpetrators.

<![CDATA[114 defilement cases recorded in Central Region]]>Thu, 02 Nov 2017 15:39:26 GMThttp://ghanaweb-news.com/1/post/2017/11/114-defilement-cases-recorded-in-central-region.html Source: starrfmonline. com - The Central regional Police command has expressed concerns over the increasing number of defilement cases in the region.
According to the command, by the second quarter of the year, it had recorded some 114 cases of defilement.

Public Relations Officer of the command, ASP Irene Oppong, who disclosed this to Starr News’ Central regional correspondent Kwaku Baah-Acheamfour, said though the figure represents a reduction from the previous years, the number is alarming.

She noted that in 2015, 212 cases had been reported about the same period while in 2016, 190 cases had been recorded.

ASP Oppong said these figures were for reported cases only and feared that there could be a lot that are not being reported.

She said the defilement figures from the region give two indications. First, crime is on the increase and also educational messages against the rape and defilement are not getting to the possible victims.

To correct this, she said the command is redirecting focus of rape and defilement education to target children, particularly girls who are most at risk.

She also added most of the cases of defilement are being investigated.

<![CDATA[Rwanda to help Ghana reform]]>Thu, 02 Nov 2017 15:35:01 GMThttp://ghanaweb-news.com/1/post/2017/11/rwanda-to-help-ghana-reform.html Source: classfmonline. com - The Rwandan government has offered its experience and expertise to support the reforms being undertaken by the Nana Akufo-Addo government in Ghana.
President Paul Kagame made the offer on Wednesday, 1 November 2017 when he met with Ghana’s Vice-President, Alhaji Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, on the sidelines of the ongoing Global Business Forum on Africa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The structural economic reforms being undertaken by the Ghana government include the implementation of a National Digital Property Addressing System, the issuance of a National ID card, the introduction of a Paperless Port system and e-registration of businesses.

They have already received commendation from international bodies such as the World Bank Group.

Rwanda is renowned for its business-friendly environment and is ranked highest in Africa as far as ease of doing business is concerned.

<![CDATA[Capital Bank boss in fresh scandal]]>Thu, 02 Nov 2017 15:33:30 GMThttp://ghanaweb-news.com/1/post/2017/11/capital-bank-boss-in-fresh-scandal.html Source: Daily Guide Africa - The man, whose alleged dubious deal caused the collapse of Capital Bank, is purportedly in a fresh financial scandal, robbing Ghanaians of their money running into several millions of Ghana cedis.
William Ato Essien and his alleged cronies, according to DAILY GUIDE’s sources, had virtually depleted the funds in a financial institution, making their customers stranded.

The emerging scandal makes the case of DKM microfinance a child’s play.

The depositors’ fund in the finance house has allegedly been looted by the directors who were said to have been appointed by Ato Essien, including Isaac Oheneba Osei Akoto, who was also cited in the Capital Bank scandal.

Part of the money allegedly found its way into other phony businesses purportedly set up by Ato Essien, including an insurance company.

Attempts to speak to the man at the centre of the unfolding scandal were not successful.

Interestingly, while the scandal was brewing, the Banking Supervision Division staff of the Bank of Ghana (BoG) looked on as if the scandal was plotted.

Ato Essien and other directors of defunct Capital Bank are under investigation by the BoG for corporate governance and other related charges, including siphoning of depositors’ funds.

An internal report of a probe into how Third Party Funds (TPFs) were used by the Capital Bank shareholders has revealed massive individual and corporate liabilities running into millions of Ghana cedis.

The report, which also looked at the segregation of liabilities of persons and/or individuals of the company, showed that even in 2014, the entire shareholders’ liabilities were hovering around GH¢56,788,289.00.

Capital Bank and UT Bank were recently taken over by GCB Bank under the BoG directive owing to insolvency.

According to the report, William Ato Essien, who controlled majority of the shares (52 %) of the bank, was sitting on a liability of GH¢29,529,910.28, while Dr Stephen Enchill with 11% shares had GH¢6,246,711.79 liability.

Isaac Osah Thompson-Mensah, Kinsley Attah Ghansah and Isaac Oheneba Osei Akoto, who all had 5% each of the shares, had liability of GH¢2,839,414.45 each.

<![CDATA[Akufo-Addo inherited 'corruption at its worst' – Rawlings]]>Thu, 02 Nov 2017 15:23:51 GMThttp://ghanaweb-news.com/1/post/2017/11/akufo-addo-inherited-corruption-at-its-worst-rawlings.html Source: classfmonline. com - President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo inherited a “national corruption at its worst” from the National Democratic Congress administration, former President Jerry John Rawlings has said.
To such end, he has called for a joint effort in the fight against corruption because he believes government would have a hard time doing it alone.

Speaking during a meeting with a delegation of political leaders from Sierra Leone led by former Vice-President Chief Sam-Sumana on Sunday, Mr Rawlings said each administration’s refusal to contain and punish corruption, invariably provided the climate and opportunity for the problem to eat deeper into the fabric of the nation to the extent that one could only succeed by doing things the wrong way.

He noted that the corruption crisis he faced when he first came to power in 1979 was not as bad as what is being confronted today.

“By the time this administration came into office, the country was literally drowning in the practice of corruption with impunity. This administration has, therefore, inherited national corruption at its worst,” Mr. Rawlings stated.

He further indicated that: “The current government owes its own survival to the anti-corruption crusade”, explaining that some administrations who found the integrity level of the AFRC/PNDC too high and intimidating made it a point to corrupt some of the country’s national institutions in order to survive.

Mr Rawlings said the revolution brought the best out of Ghanaians and recalled there were several efforts supported by Western powers to derail the process, including the deportation of one million Ghanaians from Nigeria under Shehu Shagari’s administration.

<![CDATA[Help me fight civil service corruption – Nana Addo]]>Wed, 01 Nov 2017 15:26:45 GMThttp://ghanaweb-news.com/1/post/2017/11/help-me-fight-civil-service-corruption-nana-addo.html Source: citifmonline. com - President Nana Akufo-Addo wants the new Council of the Civil Service to, among other things, deal with the scourge of corruption and partisanship known to fester within the civil service.
Speaking at the inauguration of the new eight-member Council of the Civil Service at the Flagstaff House on Tuesday, President Akufo Addo said the rot within the service needed to be addressed to ensure efficiency.

He charged the Council to deal with the problems that have bedeviled the Civil Service over the years, noting them as “corruption, excessive red tape-ism, excessive bureaucratization [and] in many cases, overt political involvement.”

“…It is part of the issues that you have to deal with to make sure that in your period, as you are responsible for seeing to it the Civil Service, stays on an even keel, and that these matters are successfully confronted.” President Akufo-Addo said he would be relying on the council for “good and honest advice” as well as counsel “devoid of partisanship… that will help me do my work well.”

The President previously criticised the poor attitude to work of such workers, describing them as “clock watchers”, among other things.

The Civil and Local Government Staff Association of Ghana (CLOGSAG), however, downplayed this assertion from the President.

Guidance from the council

President Akufo-Addo further expressed confidence that “the leadership of the body is in strong hands, and I am sure they will give direction to the Civil Service, and help us realize our objectives.”

“Help us do a good job for Ghanaians, because in all cases, at all times, it is their welfare that has to guide our actions,” the President added.

President Akufo-Addo, also described the service as a “strategic partner of the State, in being able to assist us to realise our objectives,” urged it to co-operate with Government in ensuring the implementation of its policies.

The Council is chaired by Justice Rose Constance Owusu, a retired Supreme Court Judge, alongside Nana Kwasi Agyekum Dwamena; Justice Henrietta Abban; Edwin P.D. Barnes; Isaac Kwame Asiamah; Isaac Bampoe Addo; Mary Imelda Amadu and Isaac Tetteh Adjovu.

<![CDATA[PPP is not my property – Dr. Nduom declares]]>Mon, 23 Oct 2017 00:08:06 GMThttp://ghanaweb-news.com/1/post/2017/10/ppp-is-not-my-property-dr-nduom-declares.html Source: 3news. com - Founder of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom says he is going to assume a new role of encouraging, supporting and educating the younger generation “to come to the frontline of our party”.
“I am now part of the older generation,” he affirmed.

Dr Nduom, who is a two-time presidential candidate for the PPP, expressed these at the 4th National Convention of the party held at the New GNAT Hall in Bolgatanga in the Upper East Region.

He took the opportunity at the Convention to thank the young Progressives who contested 2016 parliamentary elections and helped the fortunes of the party in various ways.

He also thanked his running mate, Brigitte Dzogbenuku, as well as “our members and supporters who gave hard earned money to push our campaign forward”.

But he revealed the reason behind his new role.

“The PPP is not Nduom’s property,” he mentioned on Saturday. “It is our party. Now it is there for you the young people to make it great and successful,” he said.

Dr Nduom founded the PPP in 2012 after falling out with the Convention People’s Party (CPP), on whose ticket he first contested to be President of Ghana.

<![CDATA[VRA played a key role in Ameri deal – Kwabena Donkor]]>Sun, 22 Oct 2017 23:55:30 GMThttp://ghanaweb-news.com/1/post/2017/10/vra-played-a-key-role-in-ameri-deal-kwabena-donkor.html Source: thebftonline. com - Former Power Minister, Dr. Kwabena Donkor, has emphasised the role the Volta River Authority (VRA) played in the 2015 agreement with AMERI, for the provision of a 250 MW power plant in the heat of the country’s power crisis, when he appeared before Parliament’s Mines and Energy Committee on Friday.
Addressing Members of the committee, he said the VRA was the technical adviser to the Ministry, and the custodian of the asset on behalf of the State.

The application for tariffs, which were set by the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission, was made by the VRA “as the lead agent of the State,” Dr. Donkor also noted.
“…therefore, from the very first meeting in Doha [in the United Arab Emirates], the Chief Executive of VRA was present. The VRA therefore, had a major role to pay, even though the government negotiation team as a whole took collective responsibility.”

“They [the VRA] furnished the ministry and followed up to the committee to brief the committee on how much it was going to cost if we had the resource and were to construct the plant ourselves,” he said.

The issue of tarrifs has come up in the past, with some staff of the VRA saying they are behind $11.5 million losses being incurred by the VRA monthly.

The plant has a tariff of 15 cents per kilowatt hour, but the same power is sold to the Electricity Company of Ghana at a cost of 5 cents per kilowatts hour, leaving a deficit of 10 cents per kilowatts.

Due diligence

Dr. Donkor assured that, due diligence was done ahead of the deal, although he did not have access to relevant documents.

He said he knew for a fact that, the Finance Ministry has a report “because one of the big lending institutions under-ruled the standby letter of credit and they would not do that without doing their due diligence.”

Best value for money

Meanwhile, the Africa & Middle East Resources Investment Group LLC (AMERI) has stated that, its 2015 agreement for the plants offered the best value for money despite government findings that the $510 million deal was bloated by $150 million.

AMERI, in a statement following an appearance, before the Mines and Energy Committee of Parliament on Friday, however, said the government had the right to review the deal if it suspected some wrong doing.

<![CDATA[Sack NPA boss for Atomic gas explosion – Namoale]]>Sun, 22 Oct 2017 23:51:04 GMThttp://ghanaweb-news.com/1/post/2017/10/sack-npa-boss-for-atomic-gas-explosion-namoale.html Source: citifmonline. com - Former National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament for the La Dadekotopon constituency, Nii Amasah Namoale, wants the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Petroleum Authority (NPA), sacked over the deadly gas explosion at Atomic Junction in Accra.
According to him, the NPA has failed woefully in its supervisory roles.

Speaking on Citi FM’s news analysis programme, The Big Issue, on Saturday October, 21, Mr. Namoale insisted that the NPA boss must go.

“I was surprised the NPA boss was not sacked and no NPA person has been sacked. I was expecting him to be sacked. This is because [President] Nana Addo promised that he was going to be a very proactive and effective president. 
They [NPP government] said the Atomic Junction gas explosion was going to be the last one, but there was gas leakage at Mawarko in my constituency – everybody was running helter-skelter. If it had happened, will that be the last one? Let us not use kid gloves to solve this problem.”

7 perish in Atomic junction gas explosion 

Seven people perished whilst 132 others sustained injuries, when a gas station at Atomic Junction near Madina went up in flames on Saturday, October 7.

The cause of the explosion is yet to be ascertained by the security service.

The Government has since announced some measures after a crucial emergency meeting to deal with the menace of explosions at fuel stations.

The measures include the closure of high-risk fuel stations which is ongoing, the cessation of the construction of new fuel stations to allow for proper safety audit, and the implementation of the cylinder re-circulation policy expected to happen within a year.

But the former legislator NDC legislator said if this had occurred in “advanced countries, the NPA boss would have resigned.”

“This is because when an LPG truck moves from Tema to go and discharge [gas] anywhere in the country, there are rules and regulations governing it. Who follows up to know whether the driver is doing what he’s supposed to do. So if I call for the head of NPA, I’m not calling because of politics,” the Namoale argued.

Ghana has seen about eight major gas explosions in the last four years, apart from the major fire and flood disaster that killed some 150 people in 2015, when a gas petrol/diesel station went up in flames at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle in Accra.

<![CDATA[Mahama congratulates Bastie, empathizes with ‘friend’ Bukom Banku]]>Sun, 22 Oct 2017 00:11:02 GMThttp://ghanaweb-news.com/1/post/2017/10/mahama-congratulates-bastie-empathizes-with-friend-bukom-banku.html Source: citifmonline. com - Former President John Dramani Mahama is empathizing with his friend, Braimah Kamoko, popularly known as Bukom Banku, over his recent defeat in a historic bout on Saturday night by boxer Samir Bastie.
Bukom Banku, whom John Mahama described as a friend and brother, suffered a humiliating defeat at the Bukom Boxing Arena after being knocked out by former amateur boxing team captain, Samir Bastie in the 7th Round.

John Mahama, who enjoyed massive support from Bukom Banku especially during the 2012 and 2016 election campaign periods, wished Bukom Banku good luck for his future bout.

While declaring the two fighters as “winners” of the night, John Mahama said he believes the Bukom Boxing Arena which he commissioned in the dying days of his administration in November 2016, will become an “incubator for the next generation of Ghanaian boxing champions.”

“Great night of boxing at the Bukom Boxing Arena yesterday [Saturday]. The patronage, entertainment and competitive spirit fulfills the purpose for which the facility was built. Congrats to winner Bastie, and better luck next time to my friend and brother Braimah Kamoko aka Bukom Banku. Both boxers were winners last night. I’m convinced that the Bukom Arena will become the incubator for the next generation of Ghanaian boxing champions,” John Mahama said in a Facebook post.

Bastie Samir emerged as a ‘new boxing hero’ after humiliating Bukom Banku who has nicknamed himself as the “African Mayweather.”

Samir, an undefeated former captain of Ghana’s amateur boxing team, ended Bukom Banku’s 28-0-0 unbeaten record on the exciting boxing night that drew thousands of enthusiasts including former boxing champions, Ike Quartey and Azumah Nelson.

Ahead of the much-anticipated bout, Bukom Banku vowed to knock Bastie out in the 6th Round, and said he was going to force him into a coma on the night, but that was not meant to be.

Meanwhile, Bastie Samir has thrown a challenge to Bukom Banku that he is ready to face him again if he [Bukom Banku] asks for a re-match.