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Robbers seize GH¢450,000 cocoa cash at New Edubiase

The Chronicle - Ven, 14/12/2018 - 19:31
Robbers seize GH¢450,000 cocoa cash at New Edubiase

By Agnes Ansah

Two people have been shot, with one in critical condition, and rushed to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi, when four armed robbers opened fire on officials of Yankopa Cocoa Limited, a cocoa purchasing company, whilst they were paying for cocoa purchased from farmers at New Edibaise, in the Adansi South District of the Ashanti Region.

An eyewitness told The Chronicle that the robbers deliberately started set off fire crackers, popularly known as ‘knockout’, to deceive people at the premises of the company.

In the midst of the firing, they started their robbery operation by firing real gunshots, hitting the two officials whose names were not known at the time of going to press last night.

An unconfirmed report says the robbers made away with GH¢450,000, which had been withdrawn from the ADB Bank earlier in the day to pay the farmers.

The incident, which happened yesterday, saw staff of the nearby district assembly rushing to hide in their offices, after realising that armed robbers had struck at the place.

More on Monday!

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Robbers seize GH¢450,000 cocoa cash at New Edubiase

The Chronicle - Ven, 14/12/2018 - 19:04

 

By Agnes Ansah

Two people have been shot, with one in critical condition, and rushed to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi, when four armed robbers opened fire on officials of Yankopa Cocoa Limited, a cocoa purchasing company, whilst they were paying for cocoa purchased from farmers at New Edibaise, in the Adansi South District of the Ashanti Region.

An eyewitness told The Chronicle that the robbers deliberately started set off fire crackers, popularly known as ‘knockout’, to deceive people at the premises of the company.

In the midst of the firing, they started their robbery operation by firing real gunshots, hitting the two officials whose names were not known at the time of going to press last night.

An unconfirmed report says the robbers made away with GH¢450,000, which had been withdrawn from the ADB Bank earlier in the day to pay the farmers.

The incident, which happened yesterday, saw staff of the nearby district assembly rushing to hide in their offices, after realising that armed robbers had struck at the place.

More on Monday!

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Aisha Huang’s video played in court

The Chronicle - Ven, 14/12/2018 - 18:17

 

Video recordings of mining activities carried out by Aisha Huang, aka Galamsey Queen, and four others, have been played and tendered in court. Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Charles Adaba, case investigator, tendered the video recording captured on a pen drive in court when he continued with his testimony.
Led by Ms Mercy Arthur, Senior State Attorney, ASP Adaba explained that the area where Aisha and her four accomplices mined was in a deplorable state, so the police hired drones to capture the activities at an area known as School Mu, a suburb of Bepotenten in the Ashanti Region.
ASP Adaba also tendered in evidence a request by the police to the Registrar General’s Department concerning the business operations of Aisha.
The case investigator said the request by the police was dated on June 29, last year.
According to ASP Adaba, the police received a response from the Registrar General’s Department.
The court, presided over by Mr Justice Ekow Baiden, after subjecting the response from the Registrar General’s Department to scrutiny, noted that covering letter from the department accompanying the response had not been tendered.
The court, therefore, requested the prosecution to produce the official cover letter accompanying the response from the Registrar General’s Department in court at the next sitting.
ASP Adaba earlier said when investigations commenced on the activities of the accused persons, the police visited the mining sites.
According to the case investigator, the Odikro of the area informed him that Aisha came with various documents, indicating that she had been given a mining concession.
ASP Adaba said later Aisha brought in various equipment to commence mining in four areas at Bopotenten.
He said Aisha Huang and her four accomplices, Gao Jin Cheng, 45; Lu Qi Jun 39; Habin Gao 26; and Zang Pan 23, have been accused of engaging in illegal mining in the Ashanti Region.
Aisha, aka Yaa Asantewaa, has additionally been accused of providing mine support services without valid a license from the Minerals Commission.
They have all denied the charges.
Aisha Huang, and four others accused of engaging in illegal mining at Bepotenten in the Ashanti Region, is on bail with four others who have all pleaded not guilty and are on GH¢500,000 bail each, with a surety each to be justified before the court presided over by Mr Charles Ekow Baiden.
The matter has been adjourned to December 19.

Source: GNA

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Prampram chief shot dead

The Chronicle - Ven, 14/12/2018 - 18:09

 

From Inusa Musah, Ashaiman

Nene Atsure Benta III, Mankralo and Senior Divisional Chief of the Prampram Traditional Council in the Ningo-Prmpram District, was shot in the ribs yesterday evening, on his way from the Greater Accra Regional House of Chiefs, Dodowa.

The unknown goons, according to information The Chronicle gathered from Dodowa, were on two motorbikes, when they shot Nene Benta III, who was in his Mrecedes Benz saloon car with registration number GT 6618 T. The killers reportedly escaped through the bush after the hideous act.

Jonathan Paa Nii Doku, District Chief Executive (DCE) of Ningo-Prampram, and the District Police Commander, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Issah Mohammed Cantona, both confirmed the killing of Nene Atsure Benta III, adding that information on the tragedy was scanty.

The late Nene Atsure Benta III was destooled by Nii Nartey IV, Prampram Stool Father, on Wednesday, a day before his untimely death, for allegedly disobeying the him (Stool Father).

The Stool Father, dressed in red, poured libation at the stool house to traditionally and customarily denounce the stool of the late Nene Benta III, who the Stool Father claimed had been disrespectful to him and his authority.

The official rites Nii Nartey IV performed at Prampram last Wednesday drew a lot of indigenes to the stool house to either protest or support the Stool Father’s action.

Gunshots were allegedly fired in front of the stool house by unknown persons, when its frontage of was overwhelmed by the angry crowd.

The Chronicle, on Thursday afternoon, called Nene Benta III about his destoolment, but in his response, he pleaded to speak on the matter after he had closed from a meeting at the Greater Accra Regional House of Chiefs.

Later in the evening, at about 5:45pm, news broke that Nene AtsureBenta III had been gunned down.

 

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HIV/AIDS ravages Obuasi

The Chronicle - Ven, 14/12/2018 - 17:46

 

From Frederick Danso Abeam, Obuasi           .

The Obuasi Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Mr. Elijah Adansi Bonah, has reminded residents in the Obuasi Municipality that the menace of HIV/AIDS is serious, taking into account the prevalence rate of 5.2%.

He has, therefore, urged the residents to avail themselves to the free testing of blood in health facilities.

“There is no way for complacency; we should not take things for granted,” he charged at a special ceremony to commemorate World AIDs Day at Obuasi.

The MCE said it was because of the seriousness of the Obuasi case in the pandemic that the Municipality decided to give the World AIDs Day a special promotion.

As part of the celebration, the Obuasi Government Hospital, in collaboration with AngloGold Ashanti Obuasi Mine, organised a free blood test to help people know their HIV status.

The day was celebrated under the theme: ‘Know Your Status: Treat to Suppress and Stop New HIV infections’.

Mr. Adansi Bonah was emphatic: “Let us all be serious and go for tests to know our status.”

Mr. John Okwan Addae, Wellness Officer at the AGA Health Foundation, Obuasi, also impressed upon everyone to avail himself or herself to testing to know their HIV status, since “we cannot hide a positive status.”

He said the prevalence rate in the Municipality was high, and that people should embrace pragmatic efforts to help reduce the current rate of 5.2%.

Mr. Jones Agyemang, Planning Officer at the Obuasi East District Assembly, who represented the District Chief Executive, noted that HIV affects the development of the nation.

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No free stores @ Kejetia … Otumfuo’s Rep tells traders

The Chronicle - Ven, 14/12/2018 - 17:43

 

From Sebastian R. Freiku, Kumasi              .

The Chairman of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) Validation Oversight Committee, Nana Agyenim Boateng I, has emphasised that the allocation of shops at the redeveloped Kejetia project would not be free.

He explained that at a meeting with stakeholders of traders and transporters on the roadmap for the resettlement of traders, adding that the allocation of the shops would attract some fees, and that they would be allocated to genuine shop owners and tenants who have duly been validated and verified as such.

Nana Agyenim Boateng, who is the Chief of Amoaman and representative of the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, on the project, also debunked rumours that the stalls and shops had already been allocated upon payment of monies to the committee.

He announced that the KMA, as owner of the facility, was bound to manage the project and has been empowered to form a company for the running of the facility, for which it (KMA) had evolved flexible payments via financial institutions, to enable traders afford accessing the shops upon allocation.

The Chief said that no allocation had been made yet, even though the validation and verification exercise was over, except that the Committee was trying to clear little doubts about claims by some tenants, stressing that the validation and verification was not automatic allocation.

The Committee Chairman said additional names which find themselves in the register would not be tolerated by the committee.

Nana Agyenim Boateng explained that the exercise is for the purpose of identifying true owners and tenants of shops, and that about 40,000 traders had so far been registered, against 998 original shop owners and 573 tenants.

He said there are 9,500 unlockable shops and 443 lockable stores, and added that a total of about 25,000 shops would be constructed on completion of the Phase Two of the Kejetia Redevelopment Project in three years.
He gave the assurance that the allocation process would be done in transparency, and that priority would be given to genuine shop owners and tenants.

The Amoamanhene also said the validation for the Central Market was 90% complete, and pointed out that the contractor and consultant were working out the modalities for the reopening of the facility shortly.

Osei Assibey Antwi, Mayor of Kumasi, gave the assurance that all registered persons duly validated and verified would be have their shops allocated to them without any problems.

He gave the reassurance that the allocation of shops would not be done in secrecy, since all stakeholders were duly represented on the Validation Oversight Committee.

The membership of the Committee is made up of Nana Agyenim Boateng I, Chief of Amoaman; Ohene  Owusu Afriyie, Apagyahen, both representatives of the  Kumasi Traditional Council; Alexander  Sarfo Kessie, Convener of the KMA Trade and Industry Sub Committee, and Ms. Juliana Nsiah, Estate Unit, KMA.

Others include Ms. Deborah Okrah, Central Market Manager; Ms. Theresa Osei Tutu, Consultant – Avangarde Design Services; Patrick Adu Gyamfi, Solicitor-KMA; Nana Yaa Foriwaa, Market Queen, Kumasi Central Market, Mr. Elvis Owusu, Rep of Kejetia Occupants Association, Nana Brasiamah, Regional Ghana Private Road Transport  Union (GPRTU) Chairman, and Ms. Yvonne Naboo, Deputy Director, KMA (Member/Secretary).

Pix: Nana Agyenim Boateng, Chairman, Validation Committee

 

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Letter to Snr. Opupulepu (32) More on the Aftermath of the Umbrellas Lot Casting.

The Chronicle - Ven, 14/12/2018 - 17:40

 

Dear Snr. Opupulepu, Hmmmm, I am sure by the love and mercy of Yahweh, you are do fine. I am very do fine. Senior, hmmmmm!… the things that are coming out of the after-after of the Umbrella Concert Party’s lot casting is huuhuudious to say the smallest.

Senior, you know I am a descendant in line of the Prophet Daniel who slept with lions. And I sometimes have powers to prophesy things before they even get to be prophesied. Unfortunately, my prophesy powers do not extent to forecasting lotto numbers. Any numbers I pick always avoid being among the winning numbers. When I have the numbers and I do not stake, they come; when I stake, they don’t come. That is my fate with prophesying lotto numbers.

Remember in my last letter to you I suggested the need to declare null and void the whole lot casting rituals of the Umbrella Concert Party. And, indeed, as they say, the word indeed is the word indeed.

There is a certain Agya Adu, a died-in-the-wool Umbrella person, one who uses umbrella in rain and in shine, sleeps and baths with umbrella, in fact, when he smiles, his face looks like an open umbrella.

This Agya Adu took the decision to decide to contest for the position of aplanke to Gen-Sec, which is currently, as always, occupied by the Mosquito General Asi-Adu Ke Nkatie. This revolutionary and stone-cast Pan Africanist had warned his father, even when he was a day-old, never to bestow on him any abrofuo name. 

When he entered the shrine, he found his face alright, but above a certain strange name. In fact, the born-again, die-again, resurrected again believers had contacted some pastor and baptised Agya-Adu by water and by the Spirit, through proxy baptism in absentia, and bestowed upon an abrofuo name. And like Saul became Paul, so did his surname also change.

Agya-Adu became Justice Yeboah, former documents very invalid; in fact, he went, he saw and was shocked. He, of course, went on protestation and demonstration to claim his sacred identity back. He campaigned the length and bread, sorry, breadth of this village with the name Agya-Adu, and made that name define his face. Here he was, his face facing a different name.

Senior, there was another problem. Those who plotted Agya-Adu’s downfall plotted it well, well. For they picked a taboo-infested name that all Umbrella people abhor, loath and fear to associate with; the name was Justice, and the Umbrella people remember how a certain Justice unjustifiably removed their cherished Shallot (Keta Onions) from the lot-casting stool.

And it was Justice that threw Akoo Ti Brofo Son of Gun and others into jail for simply proposing the rather harmless way of raping female judges. You only have to inform the female judge of your letter of intention before the event occurs.

So it was very natural that many were those who decided not to vote for Justice Yeboah, even though his face looked like Agya-Adu. No one trusts Justice in the Umbrella family. So, therefore, Agya-Adu, who was the leading contestant for the aplanke Gen-Sec, fell from Adom to dry grass.

Strangely, he has decided to make friends with the enemy to right the wrongs done to him. Agya-Adu is seeking the help of Justice to declare the whole lot-casting null and void. The Whiteman, they say, will speak Twi when in trouble.

You also know that cat-eater, Koku the Bull, who attempted to stage a palace coup against the Mosquito-General, but failed. He was reminded straight in the face by a certain Adjei Coka that there is an adage that says that the fact that you are longer than your father’s height does not mean you are any more ancient than him. Senior, do you hear of a certain man who claimed that the marathon-long lot-casting process by the Umbrella people was due to the happenings that the Great Leopard, Nana Odinihuni, has made to happen in Ogyakrom, lately.

This clearly exhibits the mind-set, the brainwork, the outward and inward looking of these Umbrella people. They would blame anything, but themselves, for their own self-inflicted short comings. If they grow rotten teeth due to irresponsible dental hygiene, they will blame the dentists for not forcing then to scrub their teeth and wash their mouths daily.

They are claiming that it was because of Free Senior High School (SHS), One District, One Factory, and creation of more quarters in the village that they could not simply cast lots in good time. It took one full day, minus eight hours, for a little over 9,000 of their principal adult jokers to decide who leads them in opposition in perpetuity, in an exercise which would have taken the same number of day-nursery pupils to do and do perfectly well with such orderliness and harmony within half an hour.

Talk about the long duration of lot-casting by these Umbrella people, and I believe there was a great reason for that. Some people swore that the whole shrine was filled with the fumes of ogyateshie, that strong and powerful alcoholic liquor that could knock off an elephant with only one tablespoon.

Some swore that the liquor was distilled there in the shrine, while others swore it was because of the numerous libations poured out to the gods in there. Others claimed that barrels of ogyateshie were transported through Teshie, to evade tax, into the shrine for all to drink and be merry.

So, when the highly drunk jokers were going to cast lots, they would walk three steps forward, thirty steps backwards, go round in circles, and walk North, South, East and West in squares until they locate the ballot. And this takes a lot of time.

Senior, Togbe Xornametor was there, alive and kicking, and, for the first time, he spoke words of wisdom. One could not say his status at the shrine, whether he was an emissary of Nana Odinihuni, or representing himself as the foundation stone of the Umbrella Concert Party. I want to suggest that Togbe’s association with Odinihuni had put some shine in him. For the first time, he talked like King Solomon. (Please do not let him know I said this about him or he will boom at me.)

Senior Opupulepu, people have an indirect way of insulting their elders. Some of these Umbrella people flocked round Miss Xornametor, a Municipal Police of the Castle branch and first daughter of Togbe Xornametor, and expressed love to her mother, the Foundress of the Umbrella Concert Party. They claimed they want her because her long absence has made them like orphans.

Can you imagine, after they saw her off with only 3.1% of total lots cast in her bid to hold the Umbrella flag and lead them to victory in the village lot-casting?

The 3.1%, Senior, was well calculated, because Mrs Xornametor had founded, created and brought to birth a group of wild women called 31 Women. So, to them, anything 31 is for her, but instead of giving her 31% they chose 3.1% to humiliate her. Now they are crying, for who? Tweaaaa! In fact, I said Tweaaa!

Senior, I am now Dan on this matter; sorry I am Done.

It’s Me.

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Legal opinions split over Article 66 (2) as Mahama pursues 2nd term presidential bid

The Chronicle - Ven, 14/12/2018 - 17:39

 

It is difficult to comprehend how two lawyers who sat in the same class in Law School, and were taught by the same lecturers, will differ in opinion and interpretation of the same law that is couched in simple language for simple understanding.

The raging debate about the eligibility of former president John Dramani Mahama to contest another four-year term in office has seen two legal luminaries, Dr Eric Oduro Osae and Prof Kwaku Azar, having divided opinions over the interpretation of Article 66, clause (2) of the 1992 Constitution.

Article 66 (2) of the 1992 Constitution says: (2) A person shall not be elected to hold office as President of Ghana for more than two terms.

To the understanding of the ordinary Ghanaian, this means a person can occupy the highest seat in Ghana for a maximum of two terms. As a result, former presidents Jerry John Rawlings and John Agyekum Kufuor can no longer be presidents of Ghana.

On the other hand, John Dramani Mahama, who has already done one term in office, is eligible to do one more term.

However, Dr Eric Oduro Osae, Dean of Studies and Research at the Institute of Local Government Studies, and a Governance Analyst, has said that former president Mahama is eligible to serve two four-year terms, contrary to popular understanding that the former president has only one term to do.

The Governance Analyst explained that Mahama’s exit from office in 2016 nullifies his first term.

Dr Eric Oduro Osae further muddies the waters for the uninitiated in law, by stating that even former presidents Jerry John Rawlings and John Agyekum Kufuor are eligible to stand for the office of president again, since eight-years had elapsed since they served their respective two-year terms.

On the other hand, Prof Kwaku Azar, a U.S. based Ghanaian Accounting Professor, in a social media post responding to Dr Eric Oduro Osae’s legal effusion, stated: “I learn something new every day. Today, I learnt from Dr. Oduro Osae, who is the Dean of Studies and Research at the Institute of Local Government Studies (ILGS), that a break in the two terms renders the earlier term obsolete, giving former presidents the opportunity to restart the two terms all over. While learning new things is clearly useful, let us keep in mind that not every new thing that we learn is true. Da Yie!”

Obviously, from the above post, Professor Azar seems to differ from Dr. Eric Oduro Osae’s elucidation of Article 66 (2) that former presidents who have served two terms already can put themselves up again to be elected.

Whilst the legal luminaries confront the issue of Article 66 (2), which is in no doubt that former President Mahama deserves at least one more term, The Chronicle disagrees with his wish to enter the political fray.

Despite the constitutional correctness of Mahama’s second term presidential bid, The Chronicle vehemently opposes his second coming. Former presidents should be seen as national assets and beyond partisanship. Former presidents should be cast in an advisory role and seen as statesmen, upon whom the whole nation falls in times of crises for succour.

It is in this view that we see the entry of former president Mahama into the political fray as exposing him to the hazards of partisan politics. As a presidential candidate, he lends himself to the vicissitude of political mudslinging, which subtracts from his high pedestal statesmanship function. This is advice to the former president, but the call is solely his to make.
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Buhari’s Minister of State for Environment resigns

The Chronicle - Ven, 14/12/2018 - 17:38


MINISTER of State for Environment, Ibrahim Jubril, has resigned from the Federal Cabinet.

Jibrin who has been appointed as the new Emir of Nasarawa State attended a valedictory session at the Federal Executive Council, FEC, presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Council Chamber, Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Cladded in his turban attire at the FEC, President Buhari who addressed him as His Highness, appointed him to say the Muslim opening prayer before the commencement of the meeting. He was declared Emir on Friday, December 7th, following his selection by the Nasarawa Emirate Council and subsequent approval by Governor Tanko Umaru Almakura. President Buhari has in a tweet by His media aide, Bashir Ahmad, congratulated Jibril on his new appointment.

The tweet read: “President Buhari congratulates the Minister of State for Environment, Hon. I.U Jibril on his selection as the 13th Emir of Nasarawa Emirate. “He urges him to build on the legacies of his predecessor and promote peace and unity in the emirate.”

The Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Haruna Osegba, had announced that Almakura approved Jubril’s selection “following the meeting of the Nasarawa state traditional council of chiefs where the traditional Council ratified the selections that were done by the various kingmakers.”

He is the fifth minister to resign from Buhari’s cabinet since he assumed office in 2015.

Credit: vanguardngr.com

 

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Fighting corruption is not an economic policy -Obi tells Buhari

The Chronicle - Ven, 14/12/2018 - 17:35

PEOPLES Democratic Party, PDP, Vice presidential candidate, Mr. Peter Obi, on Tuesday, lampooned the anti-corruption policy of the President Mohammadu Buhari-led federal government, saying the country has receded in attempt to frighten and muscle the opposition with anti-graft campaign.

The Anambra state former governor told the federal government that fight against corruption was not economic policy, and could boomerang when it is fought with intent to be vindictiveness.

Obi spoke at the 3rd South East Economic Summit with the theme, “South East Nigeria: An Investment Destination.” He gave an instance that when peoples’ businesses that employ thousands of people and which render crucial services to the society are shut down in guise that they were established through corrupt means, the nation would lose more than the value of the looted money, if any. He blamed the nation’s poverty on over dependence on oil revenue to the detriment of other resources, arguing that oil has become a declining asset which many nations are dumping. Obi gave the example of Venezuela, which he noted has the largest deposit of oil in the world, with 23 million population but is economically a failed nation because it failed to adopt modern economic model like developed countries that run knowledge-based economy. He said “Nigeria in the past three years actually came down from GDP of 520 billion to a GDP of less than 400 million, and that was why I was worried when people say we are doing well… fighting corruption is not an economic policy; it’s a disaster…”

Credit: vanguardngr.com

 

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Govt not responsible for lack of electricity –Fashola tells Nigerians

The Chronicle - Ven, 14/12/2018 - 17:32

 

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola has stated that federal government is not responsible for non availability of electricity.

Fashola disclosed this while speaking at the Nextier Power Dialogue on Wednesday night in Abuja.

The minister, while acknowledging that there were problems in the power sector, explained that it was not the Federal Government’s problem if citizens in the country do not have electricity, especially since the sector was privatised.

Fashola said, “There are problems without a doubt and we must deal with them. But let me remind you, all of the assets that the Ministry of Power used to control for power have been sold by the last administration before I came. And so if you don’t have power, it is not the government’s problem. Let us be honest.

“The people who are operating the power sector, generation and distribution are now privately owned companies. I am here because I am concerned. If your telephone is not working, it is not the minister of communication that you go to. Let us be very clear.

“So for those of you who want to weaponise electricity, face the businessmen who have taken it up. Let us be honest. If your bank over-charges you interest, is it the minister of finance you go to? So let’s be clear. This is now a private business by Act of parliament 2005”.

Credit: dailypost.ng

 

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Reps threaten to boycott Buhari’s 2019 budget presentation next week

The Chronicle - Ven, 14/12/2018 - 17:29

Members of House of Representatives have threatened to boycott session Wednesday, next week meant for the presentation of 2019 appropriation bill by President Muhammadu Buhari. The threat was a reaction to some uncomplimentary remarks on them attributed to the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udo Udoma.

The Minister was alleged, Wednesday to accuse the Legislature of stifling efforts to lay the budget, saying they have not given them a date.

But upon resumption of plenary and subsequent reading of a communication from President Buhari which requested the House to designate Wednesday for the laying of the document, the House erupted in anger against the Minister.

Members who were livid with the Minister said he deliberately lied against them to bring the institution of the legislature to a state disrepute and ridicule and subtly cover up the incompetence of the executive arm.

They wondered why an arm that only completed work and approved the budget estimate last week Friday would turn around accused the lawmakers of dereliction of duty.

Much as the arguments went, the House relying on the intervention of the Speaker, Hon. Yakubu Dogara resolved that should the Minister fail to tender public apology, retracting his alleged statement before Tuesday next week, the House would be forced to take a decision on the matter.

In a related development, President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed the Minister of State for Power, Works and Housing, Suleiman Hassan to take charge of the Environment Ministry following the resignation of, Alhaji Ibrahim Usman Jibril.

Credit: vanguardngr.com

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Best Farmer receives Toyota Hilux prize

The Chronicle - Ven, 14/12/2018 - 17:26

 

By Bernice Bessey             .

The Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) has presented a Toyota Hilux pick-up to 58-year-old Charles Gyamfi, a cocoa farmer, at Anokyekrom in the Brong Ahafo Region.

The Chief Executive of the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD), Joseph Boahen Aidoo, presented Mr Gyamfi with this year’s reward items, thanking him (Mr Gyamfi) for his invaluable contributions to this nation.

The farmer was presented with a Toyota Hilux pick-up vehicle, a motorised slasher, a motorised pruner, a motorised sprayer, a set of protective clothing, 20 litres of Akate Master for 50 acres (2 rounds), three hundred (300) sachets of fungicide for 50 acres (3 rounds), a carton of Pyramid Chocolate products, and a glass plaque.

While presenting the reward items, Mr Aidoo congratulated the Best Farmer and urged him to continue to adopt best sustainable farming practices, which will, in turn, enhance his yield.

He said the pick-up, which is valued at GH¢207.000, is to help the Best Farmer in his farming activities. “This vehicle, which is being given to you today, among other items, is to facilitate your work as a cocoa farmer, and to acknowledge your contributions to the cocoa industry in Ghana.”

COCOBOD is deeply interested in the welfare of all cocoa, shea and coffee farmers, Mr Aidoo added.

It will continue to work with all key stakeholders to ensure that farmers get adequate technical support in managing their farms, and equally receive the right payments for their produce.

In accepting the honour, Charles Gyamfi acknowledged the immense contribution programmes from COCOBOD, such as the Productivity Enhancement Programmes (PEP) and the artificial hand pollination initiative, have made to his farm.

He credited such programmes with the boost he has had in yields and proceeds.

Mr Gyamfi has been a cocoa farmer for decades, and has 100.88 hectares of mixed and hybrid cocoa farms in Anokyekrom and Sankore, both in the Brong Ahafo Region.

COCOBOD also rewarded other farmers at the farmers’ day event. Ekua Brenya from the Ashanti Region was awarded the Most Enterprising Female Cocoa Farmer; the Most Promising Young Cocoa Farmer was Paul Osei Tuffour from the Brong Ahafo Region; Rose Duku from the Brong Ahafo Region was named 2018’s the Best Coffee Farmer; and Akua Bantong from the Northern Region was the Best Shea Nut Picker.

Regional and District Best Cocoa and Coffee Farmers, as well as, Shea Nut Pickers all over the country were rewarded by COCOBOD, for their hard work and contribution to national development.

 

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GMWU fumes at local mining contractors …says it will bite them over poor conditions of service

The Chronicle - Ven, 14/12/2018 - 17:22

 

By Agnes Ansah/All pix by Eric Owiredu                     .

The Ghana Mineworkers Union (GMWU) is warning local mine contractors to better the conditions of service of its members or face their wrath.

Mr Kwarko Mensah Gyakari, National Chairman for the group, stated that though the group supports the governments’ agenda of giving local contractors the opportunity to invest and own shares in the mining and manufacturing industry, it would not sit unconcerned while its members suffer.

“There is an agenda by the government to have local content in the manufacturing and mining industry, of which the Ghana mine workers support that agenda, because it empowers our own Ghanaian colleagues who have money to invest in the mining industry, but our worry is the manner in which the these new contractors are treating the workers there.”

Mr Gyakari made the comments at the National Executive Council meeting in Accra yesterday.

The meeting was convened to reflect on what the group had done for the past 75 years for the economy and the mining communities in which they operate.

Explaining why the group was not in bed with local miners, Mr Gyakari indicated that when its members worked for Goldfields and other major mining companies, its members were being paid well and had good conditions of services, but that’s not same when it comes to working with local contractors.

He stated that the salaries and conditions of services of its members have been slashed down drastically.

“Meanwhile, they are doing the same work that they used when they worked with Goldfields and the others,” he lamented.

He also indicated that when their members are put on one or two years’ contract, their conditions of services are usually not given before the expiration of the contract, and then they are re-recruited as new employees. In this situation, their conditions of services are never given them, he said.

“As we are talking, all most all the contractor workers have not been able to complete their 2018 negotiations, and it’s all because of the idea of involving locals in the industry,” he disclosed.

But, in our attempt to improve local content, we shouldn’t lose sight of the workers wellbeing,” he cautioned.

Mr Gyakari, therefore, beseeched his members to unite and work together and be strong with the machinery of government behind them.

He also used the opportunity to communicate the union’s celebration of its 75th Anniversary next year, and urged all its members to help make the celebration a memorable one.

“They have achieved a lot as miners of this country, and for that matter all of them must be part of the celebration.”

Mr Prince William Ankrah, General Secretary of the Union, who also spoke at the function, commended the government for the ban and the sustained fight against illegal mining, and also for the new benchmarks it has established as a prerequisite for engaging in small scale-mining, going forward.

He indicated that though illegal mining caused colossal damage to the environment, more worrying was the fact that despite the ban, illegal mining was flourishing in some remote forest areas of the country, even when it had been banned, he observed.

He said the union had always recognised the importance of small-scale mining in both the national and local economies, particularly in mining communities, by way of livelihoods sustenance and employment creation.

Therefore, it believes that the new benchmarks, if implemented to the letter, will go a long way in streamlining the activities of the small-scale subsector of the industry, for the mutual benefit of the stakeholders.

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Report ‘corrupt bosses’ in your offices for prosecution -CHRAJ

The Chronicle - Ven, 14/12/2018 - 16:16


Mr Siddique Ubeidu, the Upper West Regional Director of Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) has urged public workers to report and expose superiors engaged in corrupt practices for prosecution.

“If you think your boss is corrupt and you are afraid of being transferred or demoted, you can report and signal the Commission and we shall come to your aid and your identity shall not be revealed,” he said.
The move, he said, would help in promoting national peace and security, boost economic development and improve living conditions of many citizens living in abject poverty.
The National Anti-Corruption Action Plan (NACAP) contains the Whistle Blowers Act, which empowers CHRAJ to protect the identity of individuals or group of individuals who report public officials involved in corrupt practices.
Mr Ubeidu, who was speaking during this year’s International Anti-corruption Day in Wa held under the theme: “Strengthening collective efforts to fight corruption”, quoted several articles from the constitution to make buttress his call.
Chapter Six of the 1992 constitution says that the state shall take steps to eradicate corruption, but also maintains that the enjoyment of fundamental rights and freedom of Ghanaians are linked to their obligation to fight corruption.
Drawing from the spirit of the constitution, he said CHRAJ is permitted by law to deal with corruption, but the citizenry ought to report people involved in the practice to the Commission to enable it execute its constitutional mandate.
“You can fight corruption by reporting corrupt practices to the Police, Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO), CHRAJ and other anti-corruption agencies for investigations and action to be taken against these alleged corrupt practices,” he said.
He said many roads, hospitals, schools and other public facilities are in bad conditions due to corrupt acts and called on the public to report and expose perpetrators of the social menace for the sake of peace, security and national development.
Madam Janet Niworo, a Staff from Public Education Department of National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), said corruption weakens economic growth and slows down social advancement because of its negative consequences on investment.
“Tax invasion, coupled with corruption and avoidance has an effect on the needed resources for development,” she said.
The NCCE does not investigate or prosecute corrupt victims but educates the public about the importance attached to fighting corruption in the society.
According to the anti-graft campaigners, corruption continues to pose a serious threat to national development, peace and security and urged Ghanaians to make bold declaration that seeks to resist and reject corruption.
“It is incumbent on all of us to galvanize our collective efforts and eradicate corruption in the country”.
Government was implored to pass the Right To Information Bill into law to ensure that citizens have easy access to public information for effective implementation of NACAP.
The 2018 International Anti-Corruption Day forms part of the United Nations Convention against Corruption. It is a day observed around the world to draw the attention of the public to the urgent need to fight corruption in the society. GNA

 

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KEJETIA ROADS TO OPEN FOR XMAS

The Chronicle - Ven, 14/12/2018 - 16:12

 

From Sebastian R. Freiku, Kumasi                           .

The Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) has announced the re-opening of the road network around the Kejetia/Central Market Redevelopment project to help ease vehicular and human traffic in the city during the impending Christmas festivities.

A statement issued and released by the Public Relations Officer, Mr. Godwin Okumah Nyame, on behalf of the Chief Metro Executive said the said road networks would be open to traffic on Sunday December 16, 2018.

It said the roads include that linking Kejetia and Dr. Mensah, Pampaso and Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital Roundabout and the Kejetia to Suame Roundabout.

As a result, the KMA has directed all traders selling on pavements and streets along the named roads to relocate to the Race Course, Nana Afia Kobi Market and other satellite markets in the metropolis, latest by close of tomorrow Friday December 14, 2018, to avoid infringing on the law.

The Assembly also cautioned motorists who would ply the re-opened roads to be cautious driving around and follow the directions of personnel of the Motor Transport and Traffic Department of the Ghana Police Service, who would be deployed there on daily basis.

The KMA, however, emphasised that the re-opening of the roads must not be misconstrued to mean the official opening of the Kejetia Market project.

 

 

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UNDP Launches Mobile App for Cocoa Tree Registration 

The Chronicle - Ven, 14/12/2018 - 16:10

 

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), with support from Mondelez Cocoa Life Program, has launched a mobile application to facilitate tree registration in reserve cocoa landscapes in the Asunafo North and Suhum Municipalities in the Ashanti and Eastern Regions respectively.

The tree registration is to help farmers or those who plant trees, secure proof of ownership from the Forestry Commission, as per the current policy on tree tenure/ownership in Ghana.

The exercise is expected to encourage farmers to plant more trees in their farms to improve the country’s forest cover.

“As cocoa farmers, securing ownership of trees in our farms is what we have all been pushing for. So this registration exercise is very important to us”, stated Mr. Daniel Amponsah, a Cocoa Farmer in Kasapin Community, Asunafo North District. 

Speaking   on   the   importance   of   the   mobile   application, Mr Kwame Asumadu, a Forest Management and Conservation Specialist at UNDP emphasised that the mobile application is to ease tree registration process in o#-reserve landscapes.

“We had dialogues with various stakeholders to design a registration form to be used by farmers to register planted trees in our reserve landscapes. To minimize the multiple tasks in such a tiring process, we decided to develop a mobile application to facilitate the data collection and storage processes”, noted Mr Asumadu.

He added that the registration exercise will involve both planted and naturally-occurring trees to serve as an incentive to enhance the conservation of biological diversity in the landscape and the maintenance of the environmental conditions necessary for optimum production of cocoa.

To facilitate the tree registration, 45 community-level enumerators have been trained to embark on the registration process.

They were particularly trained on the application of the mobile app and how to collect bio data, farm size and tree data for each farmer and farms.

It is expected that about 300,000 trees would be registered for farmers in the two districts. The exercise would be carried out in the remaining 10 Cocoa Life districts where local economic trees were supplied to cocoa farmers.

These districts are; Ahafo Ano North, Amansie West, Sekyere East (Ashanti   Region); Awutu   Senya (Central Region); Fanteakwa, West Akim, New Juaben (Eastern Region); Bia West, Juabeso and Wassa East (Western Region).

The tree registration initiative falls under a project entitled; “Environmental Sustainability Project (ESP II) in Cocoa Landscapes’’.

The project has since 2014 supplied over 1.5million economic tree seedlings to more than 10,000 farmers in 560 communities across 5 regions of Ghana for planting to increase tree and carbon stocks on their farms.

This falls in line with the project’s principal objective to help cocoa farmers adopt environmentally sustainable and climate change resilient cocoa production practices, and to conserve ecosystems and natural resources in cocoa landscapes.

 

 

 

 

 

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Gospel musician Donnie McClurkin survives car accident

The Chronicle - Ven, 14/12/2018 - 16:07

American gospel musician and minister Donald Andrew ‘Donnie’ McClurkin has been involved in accident.

The Grammy Awards winner took to Facebook to announce the unfortunate incident.

In the post, the ‘King of Urban Gospel’ noted that he passed out when driving on the highway, sustained injuries, but was grateful to God for being alive.

Read his full post below;

Was in a serious accident at 12:50am this morning…passed out while driving on the highway. Totaled the car…hospitalized, going through a myriad of tests…..

But I’m alive!!!

Lost consciousness driving…but two human angels followed my swerving car with their emergency blinkers onto stop traffic ….drove behind me until my car crashed into the middle concrete island. I remember none of it except those two angels pulling me out of the passengers side of the crumbled TOTALED car..airbags deployed…crushed metal and Fiberglas!!

I AM ALIVE!!!!

Somewhat mangled, stitches on left thumb, sprained wrist, hurt knee, but I’m still here! God and two angels saved my life! I owe them…

Credit: citinewsroom.com

 

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I’m Stonebwoy, Shatta Wale put together –Cynthia Millz

The Chronicle - Ven, 14/12/2018 - 16:04

 

Female dancehall sensation, Cynthia Millz says her talent is a combination of Stonebwoy and his controversial archrival, Shatta Wale. 

She told Adomonline.com that she brings to the music scene something that is yet to be experienced adding, she has more to give music lovers than what the two male artistes have given so far.

The new dancehall queen, born Cynthia Millz and signed to Greater David Hallmark /Red Panther music label, is out with her maiden single, “PAPITO.”

Cynthia Millz grew up in Swan Lake, a suburb in North Kaneshie in Accra. She is also a branded Afro dancehall artiste that beams with a lot of confidence and talent.

She was groomed and nurtured under the supervision of famous acts in the genre, including Mr Logic, the popular Ghanaian dancehall activist and former manager of Shatta Wale, the late Vybrant Faya, Episode, Jupiter, Shegah, AK songstress among others.

Credit: myjoyonline.com

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Ghanaians gradually losing interest in gospel music –A.F Benjamin

The Chronicle - Ven, 14/12/2018 - 16:02

 

Budding gospel musician AF Benjamin believes strongly that Ghanaians are gradually losing interest in gospel music.

The singer, who professionally launched his career with the single “Great You Are,” attributed several reasons for his belief that Ghanaians are losing interest in the genre.

According to him, the lack of passion, no waiting on God for direction, little investment of time and resources, poor quality of production and lack of appropriate platforms for the gospel musicians to thrive and grow among others as some of the reasons.

Benjamin, born Aggrey-Fynn Benjamin, explained in a press release that, “The time invested in production lately is little, look at the kind of songs we produce, see a song like “Borborliborbor”. The production is not the best. Most artists now don’t even go for waiting to hear from the Lord, they do as they wish leaving God behind.”

He added that: “We as gospel people lack the needed platforms as well. How many gospel centred shows do we have in this country. We need to sit up, cross our T’s and dot our I’s so we can propel the gospel to the ends of the earth.”

The ‘Chosen One’ as he is sometimes called, expressed optimism about the future of gospel music in Ghana as he strongly believes that even though there are challenges, the industry has grown tremendously over the years and still has more room to cover.

AF Benjamin, with support from his team, is readying a host of spirit-filled songs, audiovisuals and activities aimed at entrenching his brand and to resound the needed enthusiasm needed to thrust the gospel music industry.

Credit: myjoyonline.com

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