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Mahama is African Political Leader for 2016 – ALM

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Former President John Dramani Mahama will later today – Thursday to be decorated with the African Political Leader of the Year Award in Johannesburg, South Africa for his contributions towards deepening and enriching Ghana’s democracy and his towering status as one of Africa’s best.

The African Leadership Magazine, organizers of the awards said “Africa has found in you and leaders like you, the perfect Apostles of Good Governance and Democracy, who would help in spreading the gospel to the rest of the continent.”

Mr. Mahama is also expected to be presented with the Georgia Congressional Commendation from the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus during the event.

The organizers say the award is in keeping with a tradition of presenting the positive sides of the African continent, which hardly finds space on the global stage, and celebrating exemplary leadership and individuals who have contributed to shaping the global perception of the African continent.

Chairman of the International Advisory board of the ALM Awards, Ambassador Joe Beasley said “it is gratifying to know that Africa still have leaders like you bestriding the political space.”

He also noted that Mr. Mahama made a significant contribution to Ghana’s economic growth and development; spearheaded and completed some ambitious projects; went into the elections and respected the wishes of the electorate – a feat uncommon amongst many leaders in the continent.

The former President will deliver the keynote address at the event on the theme of the Awards Programme, “How can Africa win the progress race?”

By Martin Asiedu-Dartey||Ghana

Neonatal unit of 37 military hospital shutdown for 5 days

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The neonatal unit of the 37 military hospital has been closed down for the next 5 days for a routine fumigation exercise.

The unit would be reopened to the public on Monday, February 27.

The management of the hospital says the exercise would ensure the environment of operations is sanitized for better services.

Earlier, there were reports that some five babies had lost their lives at the hospital’s neonatal unit due to an infection.

But public relations officer of the hospital, Major Gariba Pabi has dismissed that information.

He explained the fumigation exercise is routine for all sensitive departments of the 37 military hospital which is scheduled over time.

‘‘I will tell Ghanaians that we have not experienced any mass mortality nor any infection at the unit. The thing is we are just embarking on a routine fumigation exercise to clear off insects and cockroaches that can have an effect on the health of workers and patients. The purpose is to make the place better off. The place is currently closed so by Monday it will be ready for use’’.

3Fm news reporter, Sarah Parku visited the place and reports that, three babies are still in incubators but transferred to other units for treatment.

By Sarah A. Parku|3Fm|Ghana

We’d save economy with comprehensive policies – Akufo-Addo

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President Akufo-Addo has outlined clear cut policies his administration would be implementing to salvage the Ghanaian economy, boost investor confidence and create jobs for the many unemployed youth in the country.

Addressing the House of Parliament on his first State Of The Nation Address (SONA), the president bemoaned Ghana’s current debt stock which he says hovers around 74% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Outlining what an Akufo-Addo government would do to save the economy, Nana Addo said “we will be embarking on comprehensive programs for industrial transformation for our country which include

  • Restoration and maintenance of a stable macro economy
  • Monetary and fiscal measures which would lead to reduction in interest rates and a reduction in the tax burden on enterprise
  • Provision of reliable and affordable power to enterprises and homes
  • Setting up of a stimulus package to support existing Ghanaian industries and improve their competitiveness
  • Implementation of the initiative through Public-Private Partnership to establish at least one industrial enterprise in each of the 216 districts in the One District- One Factory promise.
  • Development of strategic anchor initiatives as new pillars of growth for the Ghanaian economy including the establishment of the petrochemical industries, an iron and steel industry, an integrated aluminum industry, the expansion of the domestic production of the pharmaceuticals, the establishment of the vehicle assembly and automatic industry, the establishment of a garment enterprise… etc.

The president further indicated that plans are far advanced to start “the Takoradi to Paga railway connecting the Eastern and Western corridor will be initiated this year.”

By Martin Asiedu-Dartey||Ghana

Ghana’s Partey renews Atletico Madrid contract up to 2022

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Thomas Partey extends contract with Atletico

The Ghana international midfielder has committed his long-term future to the La Liga club by agreeing a three-year extension in the Spanish capital

Thomas Partey has signed a new contract with Atletico Madrid that will tie him to the club until June 2022.

The Ghana international’s previous deal was due to expire in 2019, but he has now opted to commit his long-term future to Atletico by inking a three-year extension.

“I am very happy with my new contract and grateful for the faith shown in me,” the holding midfielder stated.

“I have always been very fond of this club and I want to keep on developing at Atletico.

“I will give everything for this club.”

Partey, 23, joined Atletico in 2011 and went on loan to Mallorca and Almeria before making his official first-team debut in November 2015.

He has made 31 appearances in all competitions for the Vicente Calderon side, scoring three goals in the process.


Bimbilla regent blames police for recent conflict & killings

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Some of the 10 dead bodies after the shoot-out

The Secretary of the regent of Bimbilla, Alhassan Sualisu has blamed the security for the killings in Bimbilla.

He said after informing the police of the enskinment of the warrior chiefs, the police provided security to facilitate it and said traditionally, the enskinment takes place in the evening but upon the advice of the police and the BNI, the event was scheduled in the afternoon which they complied with.

Speaking to from Bimbilla, he said all the seven eskined chiefs got back to their respective villages without any problem but the security in Bimbilla informed the regent that some people threatened to disrupt the enskinment and wondered why the police did not apprehend those people.

He said they heard gunshots in some areas in Bimbilla which to the regent was not in any way connected to the enskinment which already took place “some hours ago”.

Mr. Sualisu blamed the security adding that they provided adequate security for the enskinment of the warrior chiefs.

He added that those eskined were lesser chiefs who are musketeers because the funeral rites of the warrior senior chiefs have been performed and no enskinment can take place for any senior warriors without their funerals performed.


Tigo partners TV3 for blood donation exercise to restock National Blood Bank

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The country’s leading television station, TV3 Network in partnership with mobile network operator, Tigo, will hold its annual blood donation drive aimed at increasing the stock of blood at the National blood bank that can be accessed by patients.

The event, which will be held at the premises of TV3 on Saturday, 18th February 2017 has over the years saved thousands of lives, who have had to depend on blood at critical times of their ailments.

In recent years, there have been reports of the National Blood Bank becoming empty due to insufficient stocks especially during special occasions where lots of accidents are recorded.

This year’s exercise is the third successive year TV3 has partnered Tigo; a partnership that both companies are looking at sustaining going into the future.

Commenting on the upcoming exercise, the Director for Corporate Affairs at Tigo, Gifty Bingley, said: “Once again we are committed to this cause as the National Blood Bank is in dire need of blood. This drive is part of our corporate social responsibility and employee programme in which we provide support for various causes in communities.”

She called on Ghanaians to take the Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to show love by donating blood, adding that it is a good humanitarian reason to help each other and save lives.

Participants are promised a great time of entertainment during the exercise and an interactive session with their favourite TV personalities at TV3.

By Martin Asiedu-Dartey||Ghana

Prez. taskforce embarks on failed search at Apsonic Auto Ltd for state cars

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Seat of government, the Flagstaff House

The presidential taskforce set up to retrieve state assets from the out-gone government has embarked on a failed trip to a warehouse belonging to Apsonic Automobile Company limited at Nungua in Accra on Thursday.

General Manager of the Company, Alhaji Rashid Adal in an exclusive interview with 3news said the taskforce said they were acting on orders from of the Chief of Staff.

The general manager, who was on his way to the flagstaff house to claim his documents which were left at the presidency to help ascertain the ownership of the cars in question at the time of the interview, has described the incident as unfortunate?

According to Alhaji Rashid Adal, he expects anyone in possession with a presidential car to submit it to avert the harassment of innocent citizens.

He said “I was in a business meeting at the Accra mall when my secretary called me and informed me of the taskforce entering my warehouse. I tried talking to the leader of the team but he refused so I quickly drove over to prevent them from going away with my cars.

“I was very angry because I expected them to ask for documents but the leader refused to listen insisting that they were asked from the flagstaff house to come for the cars so he wants the keys.”

He further indicated that “I then took the documents of all the cars and headed to the flagstaff house with them. I was asked to leave the documents behind for further examination, but later in the evening, I was called and the caller apologized and I was asked to come for my papers. I have been there but am told they are in a meeting”

By Sarah A. Parku|3Fm|Ghana
Twitter: @3newsgh



Curfew imposed on Bimbilla over recent shooting

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The Interior Ministry has slapped dusk till dawn curfew (4pm – 6am) on Bimbilla following renewed shooting in the township over the enskinment of a new chief.

The curfew according to sources takes immediate effect with security officers patrolling the town and its environs.

On Thursday sporadic shooting was heard ringing through the town forcing residents to run helter-skelter for dear life.

Our sources said the shooting started between two factions over the enskinement of a warrior chief by of the factions.
The opposing faction prevented the new chief from going to his village and this was infuriated the chiefs followers leading to the exchange of gunfire.

The regional police command has deployed officers to the town to maintain law and order. Residents who were home before the shooting began are stuck indoors.

Bimbilla is one of the towns in the Northern region which has a history of constant conflicts. Every now and then a curfew is imposed on the township with heavily armed security officers patrolling constantly.

A curfew that had been imposed on Bimbilla was reviewed a few weeks ago to give them some amount of freedom to go about their business but Thursday’s development has forced the hand of government to impose a new curfew on them.

By: Martin Asiedu-Dartey||Ghana

Renewed clashes in Bimbilla over enskinment of chief; gunshots fired

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Information reaching indicates that there has been sporadic shooting at Bimbilla in the Northern region forcing residents to flee the town for dear life.

According to sources, the shooting started between two factions over the enskinement of a warrior chief by of the factions.

The opposing faction prevented the new chief from going to his village and this was infuriated the chiefs followers leading to the exchange of gunfire.

The regional police command has deployed officers to the town to maintain law and order. Residents who were home before the shooting began are stuck indoors.

Bimbilla is one of the towns in the Northern region which has a history of constant conflicts. Every now and then a curfew is imposed on the township with heavily armed security officers patrolling constantly.

By: Martin Asiedu-Dartey||Ghana

Over 200 vehicles missing from presidency – Eugene Arhin

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Seat of government, the Flagstaff House

Government has justified the formation of the task force set up to retrieve all state assets from former government office indicating that over 200 vehicles cannot be found.

Speaking to TV3, presidential Spokesperson, Eugene Arhin said a recent inventory presented to the current administration indicates that several state vehicles and other assets cannot be found.

He said “when we came into office the transport officer indicated that from the total number of vehicles in the inventory, several cars cannot be accounted for. A total of

  • 196 Toyota V8 vehicles were expected – 74 found – 122missing
  • 73 Toyota Landcruiser Prado expected – 20 found – 43 missing
  • 24 Mercedes Benz – 11 found – 13 missing
  • 28 Toyota Avalons – 2 found – 26 missing
  • 6 BMW – 2 found – 4 missing

Just these five models account for about 208 vehicles that cannot be found. There are others like pick-ups vehicles etc that we have not even mentions and in total.

Prez. still travels in personal campaign vehicle
The presidential spokesperson further indicated that “the president of the republic currently has only one vehicle at his disposal. That is the BMW which was purchased in 2007 during the Ghana @ 50 celebrations. He drives only that vehicle.

“If he has engagements outside Accra, for example when he went to the Asantehema’s funeral, when he went this weekend to JB Danquah’s wreath laying ceremony, he was driving his own Landcruiser, the vehicle he used during the campaign.”

The task force & it mandate
Over the last few weeks government announced the formation of a task force to retrieve all state assets which are still in the possession of former government officials. The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) raised concerns about the task force indicating that its ‘Rambo style’ of operating should be condemned.

Mr. Arhin said “until the formation of the task force, the vehicles had not been returned. The Chief of Staff deemed it necessary to compose this task force made up of the Ghana Revenue Authority, the Ghana Police, the DVLA, the BNI and the office of the President to make sure we retrieve these vehicles.

“We’re doing all we can to retrieve them, it was not set up to witch hunt anybody, for what purpose?” he questioned.

By Martin Asiedu-Dartey||Ghana