<![CDATA[GhanaWeb News - Latest Ghana News]]>Tue, 28 Mar 2017 20:11:25 -0100Weebly<![CDATA[Ghana made shea butter downgraded on international market]]>Sun, 19 Mar 2017 21:56:00 GMThttp://ghanaweb-news.com/1/post/2017/03/ghana-made-shea-butter-downgraded-on-international-market.html Source: Daily Graphic Ghana - Farmers and women groups engaged in the shea butter and groundnut business in the Upper West Region say they have lost about GH¢5 million in revenue after their produce was downgraded on the international market for containing traces of a chemical called pirimiphos-Methyl.
The chemical, they alleged, was being used by AngloGold Ashanti Malaria Control Ltd (Agamal) in their malaria control programme in the region.

According to the farmer groups, 22 tonnes of their last consignment exported by an aggregator, Ideal Providence Farms, was downgraded by 50 per cent due to high level of pirimiphos-Methyl residues.

“This led to a loss in value of about €11,000 and two more containers in detention. There are also reported cases of death of livestock after consuming contaminated groundnuts,” the group said in a petition which gathered close to 100 signatures.

The petition was addressed to the Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng,asking him to intervene in the matter which was threatening small industries and the livelihoods of more than 3,000 women and the Wechiau Community Hippo Sanctuary. The petition was also copied to relevant ministers and regulatory agencies.

The petitioner’s case

According to the petitioners, IDEAL Providence Farms, Guli Tihitaribu Women Co-operative Shea Butter Processing Association and the Namtiaha Women Association of Kperisi, they had recorded high level of pirimiphos-Methyl in their shea butter products exported.

“An investigation into the situation traces the source of the contamination to the residual effect of spraying pirimiphos-Methyl in the locality as part of the Malaria control programme of Global Fund implemented by AngloGold Ashanti Malaria Control Limited (Agamal).

According to the petitioners, they had drawn the attention of Agamal to how their project was affecting the shea butter export and local groundnut industry.

“Analysis has shown that the pirimiphos-Methyl (when sprayed) takes an average of six months to break down and thereby leaving residues in the shea butter.

“The last spraying of the area occurred on April 27, 2016 and up to date the residual effects of the spraying continues to show in the exported shea butter and groundnut sold in the local markets,” the group which belongs to the Ecological Organic Agriculture Platform of Ghana, claimed.

The petitioners want the next spraying exercise scheduled for April this year to be suspended, while they join hands to find remedies.

Agamal responds

Responding to the claims, The Public Relations Officer of AGAMaL, Ms Alberta Bosumtwi, admitted receiving a complaint from the groups about the residues of the chemical in their produce.

But she denied the allegations in an interview with the Daily Graphic, insisting that the company, which did indoor residual spraying, was not responsible for the contamination.

She said Agamal had several meetings with the forum and insisted on seeing results of tests that proved the claims, but that had proven futile.

“We also have the Ghana Standards Authority that can conduct the test to confirm the allegations or otherwise but they did not show us the result. We also offered to conduct a research to find out if there are other chemicals with the same active ingredients,” she explained.

Ms Bosumtwi said a market survey Agamal conducted indicated that the farmers were using other chemicals that had the same active ingredients, saying “it is possible the chemicals were used in storing grains or spraying farms,” she said.

“We are ready to collaborate with any independent body that will investigate the issue for an amicable solution,” Mrs Bosumtwi said.

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<![CDATA[A/R: Man, 31 caught having sex with a pig]]>Sun, 19 Mar 2017 21:49:08 GMThttp://ghanaweb-news.com/1/post/2017/03/ar-man-31-caught-having-sex-with-a-pig.html Source: mynewsgh. com - The Amansie West District town of Agroyesum in the Ashanti region has been thrown into a state of shock after a 31-year old resident reportedly committed bestiality.

Akwasi Ankrah who was allegedly caught having sex with a pig has since fled the community and his whereabouts till now unknown.
The Amansie West District town of Agroyesum in the Ashanti region has been thrown into a state of shock after a 31-year old resident reportedly committed bestiality.

Akwasi Ankrah who was allegedly caught having sex with a pig has since fled the community and his whereabouts till now unknown.

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<![CDATA[110 ministers: Akufo-Addo not ready to protect the public purse – Right Alliance]]>Sun, 19 Mar 2017 21:43:18 GMThttp://ghanaweb-news.com/1/post/2017/03/110-ministers-akufo-addo-not-ready-to-protect-the-public-purse-right-alliance.html Source: kasapafmonline. com - A non-profit civil society organization, Right Alliance says the 110 ministers appointed by the President of the Republic of Ghana; Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is a clear indication that he (Akufo-Addo) is not ready to protect the public purse as promised.
According to the Right Alliance, while it concedes it is within the President’s powers to appoint as many ministers and deputy ministers as he wants, several of the appointments are unnecessary with some of the portfolios “superfluous”.

“Apart from the position of some of the appointees being needles duplication of the roles and functions of others, the large size of government will be wasteful drain on the state coffers which the President describes as being in dire straits,” the non-profit organization noted in a statement signed its Executive Secretary, Sani Mohammed and released in Accra, Saturday.

Below is the full statement:

WE NEED A LEAN GOVERNMENT, NOT LEAN GHANAIANS

The Right Alliance-Ghana has noted with growing concern what appears to be the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo’s penchant for piling up ministerial appointments since he assumed office in January. So far, he has made a total of 110 and there are indications the number could go up.

While conceding that it is within the President’s powers to appoint as many Ministers and Deputy Ministers as he deems necessary to effectively deliver on his mandate, we believe several of the appointments are unnecessary and some of the portfolios rather superfluous.

Apart from the position of some of the appointees being needless duplication of the roles and functions of others, the large size of government will be a wasteful drain on the state coffers which the President describes as being in dire straits.

Moreover, he has publicly pledged and reiterated his commitment to protecting the public purse.

We at the Right Alliance-Ghana fail to see how an over-bloated government that will invariably necessitate an increased ministerial wage bill is a protection of the public purse.

It is on record that with the current number of Ministers and Deputy Ministers, President Akufo Addo has formed the largest government in the country’s democratic history since independence.

There is no evidence anywhere in the world that a large size of government has resulted in greater efficiency or performance. Indeed, most of the available evidence points to the contrary.

The attempt at explanation and justification by the Minister of Information, Mustapha Hamid, is not only grossly ridiculous but also an insult to the intelligence and sensibilities of Ghanaians.

We therefore join other concerned individuals and Civil Society Organisations to condemn this tendency of the President towards profligacy and call on him to halt the Ministerial appointments or even cut down on the number. We need a lean government, not lean Ghanaians.

#Long Live Ghana! #Long Live the Fourth Republic! #Long Live the Right Alliance- Ghana!

Signed

Sani Mohammed (Executive –Secretary- the Right Alliance-Ghana) 0202299114

Kwaku Badman (Director of Communications, the Right Alliance- Ghana) 0266382373

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<![CDATA[It’s unthinkable Akufo-Addo could have more Ministers than Chinese gov’t – Pratt]]>Sun, 19 Mar 2017 21:41:14 GMThttp://ghanaweb-news.com/1/post/2017/03/its-unthinkable-akufo-addo-could-have-more-ministers-than-chinese-govt-pratt.html Source: kasapafmonline. com - The Managing Editor of the Insight newspaper, Kwesi Pratt Jnr says he is puzzled that Ghana has more Ministers in government than the Chinese government vis-à-vis the comparative problems that both countries face.
Pratt argued that the Chinese government was in a better stead to throw in more Ministers into government, on the back of the overwhelming issues that threatens the Chinese state, hence “if China has less Ministers than Ghana, it does raise an important problem that needs to be addressed.”

Speaking on Radio Gold’s Alhaji and Alhaji programme Saturday, Pratt said the decision by President Akufo-Addo to settle on more Ministers in history because of Ghana’s problems is unthinkable, and must be condemned.

Enumerating the threats that China faces, Pratt said China is dealing with what you may describe as secession which is openly backed by the West, China is threatened with war over the South China Sea, China is threatened with economic decline; I mean the huge progress that China made and so on is slowing down, Look at the population of China( a quarter of the World’s population, look at the land mass of China and so on), thus on the basis of this, the decision by Akufo-Addo to go for an elephant sized government makes him the worst leader in history.

“…Different leaders at different levels and to varying degrees demonstrated a capacity to manage this pirate mentality. So we can say that President Mills managed this pirate mentality much better than Akufo-Addo is.

It is the extent to which leaders are able to resist pressure in the national interest which shows different qualities.

The pressure that Nana Akufo-Addo is under, President John Mahama came under the same pressure, President Mills came under the same Pressure, President Kufuor came under the same pressure but some managed to manage that pressure better than others. Indeed this is the highest number of Ministers in our history. It therefore means that that pressure which spins out of a pirate mentality, have been worst managed this time.”

President Akufo-Addo on Wednesday nominated 50 deputies and 4 others to serve as Ministers of State at the presidency and ministries.

This brings his total number of ministers to 110, the highest in Ghana’s history.

In a reaction to the criticisms of his “elephant sized government” President Akufo-Addo said, the unprecedented problems confronting Ghana demand a large government to face them.

“I don’t believe that my government in the Fourth Republic has big numbers in view of the swollen challenges,” President Akufo-Addo said in an interview with the Daily Graphic.

“These are the background and the circumstances that were facing my government and the people of Ghana, hence they need a new paradigm shift to solve the problems.

“We have a problem and what is the best way? It is better to have men and women capable of serving the nation’s interests and to work to grow the economy…If I succeed, you will soon find out the brouhaha is nothing compared to the success.”

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<![CDATA[Sack BoG Governor to rescue the cedi – NPP Chairman tells President]]>Sun, 19 Mar 2017 21:38:21 GMThttp://ghanaweb-news.com/1/post/2017/03/sack-bog-governor-to-rescue-the-cedi-npp-chairman-tells-president.html Source: kasapafmonline. com - The 1st vice chairman of the NPP in the Eastern Region has called on president Nana Akufo Addo to sack Dr. Ishahaku, the current Bank of Ghana Governor in order to rescue the marathon depreciating cedi.
He made the call in an interview with KW Radio’s during a weekend socio-political talk show dubbed “Board Issues” Saturday, 18th March 2017, in Kpong.

Alhaji Umar Bodinga is of the opinion that since Dr. Ishahaku contested on NDC party ticket as parliamentary candidate for Sabongida in the 2000 general elections, he could have the tendency of sabotaging the government.

Former president John Dramani Mahama appointed Dr. Ishahaku as acting Governor of the nation’s Central Bank after the retirement of Dr. Kofi Wampah, but just after the 2016 general elections, the former President made the appointment substantive.

This the NPP chairman believes is a diabolical plan by the NDC to make the New Patriotic Party government unpopular in handling the local currency.

“That is the reason why at the peak of the elections when NDC was about to leave power president Mahama brought Dr. Ishahaku to be governor of Bank of Ghana. The Cedi is depreciating because of the diabolic agenda of NDC member being the governor.”

He, therefore, called on President Akufo Addo to sack the Governor and bring in a competent person to put in place fiscal measures that would see the Cedi appreciating.

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<![CDATA[One dead, 25 injured in gory Winneba accident]]>Sun, 19 Mar 2017 21:29:51 GMThttp://ghanaweb-news.com/1/post/2017/03/one-dead-25-injured-in-gory-winneba-accident.html Source: starrfmonline. com - One person has been confirmed dead in a gory accident Sunday morning at Okyereko junction on the Winneba-Kasoa highway in the Central region.

Two others are also in critical condition and have been rushed to the Winneba Specialists and Trauma Centre for treatment.
The two are reported to be in coma due to the severe injuries they suffered.

The accident was occurred between two Sprinter Benz Buses with registration 
number AS 7393-16 and GG 2006-16 after an attempt by a VW Golf car to overtake on a narrow stretch forced one of the sprinter buses to veer off hitting the side of the other sprinter bus.

In all 25 passengers were on board the sprinter bus as those who suffered minor injuries have been treated and discharged from the hospital.

Winneba MTTD Commander ASP Charles Obiri confirming the accident to Starr News Central regional correspondent Kwaku Baah-Acheamfour said the Police are still conducting its investigations.

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<![CDATA[Two UCC students suspended for instigating bloody clash]]>Sun, 19 Mar 2017 21:14:42 GMThttp://ghanaweb-news.com/1/post/2017/03/two-ucc-students-suspended-for-instigating-bloody-clash.htmlSource: mynewsgh. com - University of Cape Coast (UCC) has rusticated two students for two semesters over their roles in the bloody clash between the Atlantic and Casely Hayford Halls of the university.
The two students, Augustine Awotwe Mintah and Prince Kwabena Agyemang were said to have instigated violent clashes between students of the aforementioned halls in November 2016, leading to a student sustaining life-threatening injuries.

Students from the two rival halls hurled stones at their opponents, resulting in more casualties.

A letter dated March 17, 2017, and signed by the Director of Academic Affairs, Jeff Teye Onyame indicated that the rustication of the students takes effect from the 2016/17 academic year.

According to the letter, the students are to stay away from the University campus during the period of their rectification.

They are however expected to resume their studies at the beginning of the second semester of the 2017/18 academic year.

Below is the letter of rustication:

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<![CDATA[16 feared dead; others missing in Kintampo waterfall accident]]>Sun, 19 Mar 2017 21:05:43 GMThttp://ghanaweb-news.com/1/post/2017/03/16-feared-dead-others-missing-in-kintampo-waterfall-accident.html Source: starrfmonline. com - Seventeen persons are confirmed dead at the Kintampo Waterfalls in the Brong Ahafo region after trees crashed on them following a heavy storm on Sunday.
Eyewitnesses say the heavy trees fell from the top of the waterfalls and landed on the people, mostly students who had gone to swim.

Officials of the Ghana National Fire Service and the Police including other disaster management officials have been to the disaster scene in a rescue effort.

“A huge tree fell at the top when the rains began and crashed the revelers,” an eyewitness told Starr News. “So far we have counted 16 people.”

“Most of them are students of the Wenchi Senior High School. Others are tourists. We are trying to save those who are trapped by cutting the trees with chainsaws.”

The Kintampo Divisional Police Commander, Chief Superintendent, Desmond Owusu Boampong has confirmed the incident and the death toll.

Several others have been rushed to the hospital for treatment.

The Kintampo Waterfalls is located on the Pumpum river, a tributary of the Black Volta, about 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) north of Kintampo municipality, on the Kumasi-Tamale road.

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<![CDATA[Chaos at UCC: Three students stabbed]]>Sun, 19 Mar 2017 21:00:11 GMThttp://ghanaweb-news.com/1/post/2017/03/chaos-at-ucc-three-students-stabbed.html Source: starrfmonline. com - Three people were stabbed on Friday following clashes between students of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and the University of Ghana, Legon, at the Cape Coast University.

The bloody chaos erupted after students of the Commonwealth Hall of Legon and Unity Hall of KNUST, who had been invited for a programme at UCC, had a misunderstanding over an issue.
Picture, Three people were stabbed on Friday following clashes between students of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and the University of Ghana, Legon, at the Cape Coast University
It is unclear what caused the dispute between the two student groups.

According to Starr News sources, several properties belonging to the host hall of UCC, Ogua hall, have been destroyed as a result of the melee.

Some students of some Halls of the UCC are reported to have joined in the fight leading to the several stabbing.

The Police were called in to restore calm by worried students after several hours of the bloody crusade.

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<![CDATA[GHANA IN A CHANGE, THE EXPECTATION AND EXPERIENCE]]>Sun, 19 Mar 2017 11:14:12 GMThttp://ghanaweb-news.com/1/post/2017/03/ghana-in-a-change-the-expectation-and-experience.html PRESS RELEASE - Ghanaian made a decisive change of regime with the expectation for better economic condition, improve government machinery cost cutting to create enabling environment for the economic job creation and infrastructural development as promise by the opposition at the time.
This objective was demonstrated through the over worming endorsement of this current regime in this regards it is incumbent on them to introduce policies that fulfill the expectation of Ghanaian, as civil society group it is our duty to offer the best alternative views to serve our people and as a watch dog to keep government on it toes to enable the ordinary Ghanaian attain maximum benefit they deserve as a citizen in term of management of the national purse.

It a worry to note that the few initiatives taken by the government will not yield the expected benefit the people envisage hence the regime change. As civil society group we wish to call on the government to reconsider his approach to the administration of the state else we are heading toward dish. 

Namely number of minister and deputy ministers appointed, record shows Ghana is one of the few country in sub Sahara Africa who has the highest number of ministers compare to it population size, the number of appointment of minster increases from regime to regime, but this regime has had the highest number of ministers compare to previous administrations, considering the country debt portfolio , level of unemployment and dependency rate, increase expenditure on government machinery will bring the economy to a hot if steps are not taken to correct the anomaly the economic will be affected greatly .
This Government has seen the highest allocation of resources to the office of the president in the history of this country 1.56b. Compare to 1.9m 2.0m to mention but a few. 
Allocation to the district assembly common fund has been cut according to the 2017 budget statement
Allocation to the education ministry has also been reduce when compare 2016 and 2017 budget.
It is has been difficult to identify the kind of administration this government hopes to run, is it bottom down approach Vic visa or lean government.

Backbone of good governance thinks this approach will weaken the economy fundamental since much of the resources would be channel toward administrative purposes than investment in the productive sectors of the economy to propel the needed growth.
We therefore call for the cutting down the size of government machinery to reflect on the aspiration of the people.
Thank you

EVANS AMOO
Executive secretary

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