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Daughter of Asante-Akyem Central MP hangs herself in a hostel

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An 18-year-old Adwoa Agyarkwa Anyimadu- Antwi , a student of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, was found hanged in a hostel Friday morning in what is suspected to be a suicide.

The deceased is the daughter of the Member of Parliament for Asante Akyem Central, Kwame Anyimadu-Antwi, and was a first year student of the university  where she was studying chemical engineering.

Her body has since been deposited at the KNUST Hospital.

A family source who confirmed the incident to 3News Friday evening declined to give further details.

Unconfirmed reports say she hanged herself because she could not endure the stigma of having failed one subject.

The suicide note said to have been left by Adwoa

Adwoa was said to have left a suicide note in which she apologised to her parents for not being the kind of girl they wanted her to be.

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Xenophobic: Ghanaians in SA safe – Ayorkor Botchway assures

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The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway  has assured the nation that Ghanaians living in South Africa are safe following xenophobic attacks in South Africa.

She told Parliament today that the Ghana Mission in South Africa is taking the safety of Ghanaian communities there seriously, visiting shops owned by Ghanaians in Pretoria.

According to the minister, about 10 houses belonging to Nigerians tagged as drug dealers have been burnt down.

Ghanaians there have been told not to open their shops, she said, and have also been informed on the need to activate early warnings using social media groups.

Addressing the media,  she said the target of the angry South Africans is largely directed at Nigerians, Pakistanis , Somalis and Zimbabweans.

There have been violent protests in some parts of South Africa over claims that nationals are being enslaved in their own country and are also being deprived of job opportunity.

Meanwhile, Muntaka Mubarak, MP for Asawase is of the strong opinion that it is high time the rest of Africa rose and sent signal to South Africans that they even have more establishments in other African countries more than others have on their soil.

He suggested that if the xenophobic attacks do not stop, then Africans should also stop purchasing South African products in their respective countries.

But Ayorkor Botchway told the media, Muntaka’s suggestion should be the last resort that could be taken at a higher level by ECOWAS.

By Owoahene Omari Acheampong | Onua FM|3news.com

N/R: Chiefs apologise to Tamale Hosp. over attack by Kandahar boys

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The Regent of Dagbon, Kampakuya Na Abdulai Yakubu Andani, has sent a delegation of chiefs from the Northern Regional Traditional Council to the Tamale Teaching Hospital to render an unqualified apology to management.

The august visit by the delegation led by the Guntingli Naa Kamaldeen Shahadu was to also assure the staff of the Hospital of their preparedness to defend and protect them against any further untoward action by any youth group in the region.

Other members of the delegation were Secretar to the Gukpegu, Chief Mohammed Rashad Abdulai, Secretary to the Chief of Commence, Dakpama Mohammed Abdul Rashid, Registrar of the Northern Regional Traditional Council, Mohammed Adam Garba.

“The Regent together with the overlords of the other kingdoms in the northern region have also asked us to render an apology to staff and to assure you that last Tuesday’s incident will be surely be the last of its kind,” Naa Kamaldeen Shahadu told management of the hospital.

He said the traditional council was pleased with the fact that management did not allow Tuesday’s near violence action to affect healthcare delivery.

“It is with great joy that the Regent sends us to you to first of all thank you, the management, for not allowing the actions of our sons deter you from attending to the sick,” he said.

Some members of the Kandahar vigilante youth group stormed the Hospital at about 2:00pm Tuesday 22 February 2017 claiming they have intelligence that some other youth group was planning to storm the facility to forcefully eject the C.E.O from his office.

They consequently locked the office of the chief executive and it was until Thursday at about 11: 29am that the office was opened following an intervention by the Police.

The delegation revealed the Regent Kampakuya Naa Abdulai Yakubu Andani summoned the Northern Regional Police Commander, DCOP Ken Yeboah, to instruct them to make sure staff and the facility is protected.

Chief of Wurishie Adam Lansah advised management to work together by protecting the image of the facility, stating the fact that the reasons given by the vigilante group, Kandahar,  reveals there are bad nuts among staff who provide falsehood to the public.

The delegation was saddened by the absence of the Chief Executive Officer, Dr Psper Akangbon at the meeting, and pleaded with management to deliver the apology  message to him.At the meeting were director of Medicals, Dr Abass Adam, Head of Human Resource Mohammed Misbao, Director of Pharmacy, Hamidu Abdulai, Deputy Administrator, Tanko Iddrisu, Director of Finanace Karim Kuuri, Acting Public Relations Officer Ahmed Fareed.

Responding to the delegation, Dr Abass Adam said some doctors and nurses fled the hospital as a result of the Tuesday incident but assured the chiefs that management will facilitate their return to the work.

“Our doctors who aren’t from here left. We called them and assured them of their safety but your coming will boost their confidence and we believe they will return soon once we send this information to them,” he said.

The delegation took the opportunity to tour the various wards and interactyed with some nurses and patients on admission.

By Zubaida Ismail|3news.com|Ghana

C/R: Teachers account for 5.9 per cent teenage pregnancies

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Mrs Thywill Eyra Kpe, Central Regional Director of the Department of Gender, has expressed worry and described as threatening the trend that suggest that teachers were among the top groups of people who impregnated teenage girls.

“This is a bit threatening because we expect that the teachers will be custodians of these children and play the role of the parents during the day.

“But if we find these same teachers who are supposed to teach the children to have good morals impregnating them, then its big challenge,” she stated.

Mrs Kpe expressed this sentiment in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) following a survey by the Ghana Health Service (GHS) that some 5.9 per cent of primary and secondary school teachers were responsible for all teenage pregnancies in the Central Region in 2016.

“The Ghana Education Service has a stronger responsibility to monitor their teachers properly and give them sanctions where it is due to serve as deterrent to other,” She stated.

The survey which was done in collaboration with the Department of Gender sought to find out which group of persons were impregnating the girls.

The Central Region recorded 12,048 teenage pregnancy cases in 2015 as against 13,355 in 2014 but the GHS said it was still unacceptable.

The Region has consistently been named among the top three regions with the highest teenage pregnancy rate in the country.

Mrs Kpe explained that the aim of the survey was to identify other stakeholders which could be engaged apart from the girls, parents and the community in the fight against teenage pregnancy in the Region.

She said the purpose of the research was not for punishment but for targeting and advocacy but indicated that the Department would engage the GES and together as stakeholders identify how the problem could be handled to prevent future occurrences.

Small-scale farmers topped the chart as they were responsible for 986 teenage pregnancies, representing 19.3 per cent followed by drivers who also impregnated 676 of the 12,048 teenage pregnancies.

The rest were small scale miners who were responsible for 397, representing 7.8 per cent of those pregnancies, while unemployed men were responsible for 353, which was 6.9 per cent.

Source: GNA | Ghana

Prez Akufo-Addo can’t fail us; he must deliver – radio presenter insists

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Nana Yaw Opare

News anchor and co-host of ‘Yen Nsem Pa’ morning show on Onua FM, Nana Yaw Opare has joined host of identifiable groups and individuals calling on President Akufo-Addo to make good, promises he made during the 2016 elections.

Yaw Opare underscored: “Nana Addo’s government cannot, will not and must not disappoint Ghanaians. He has six potential presidents in his government, so if he does not live any legacy I will be disappointed and people in my village New Jejeti shall also be disappointed.”

Trade and Industry Minister John Alan Kwodwo Kyerematen, Minister for Railways and former Second Deputy Speaker Joe Ghartey, and Minister for Regional Reorganization and Development and MP for Okere Dan Kweku Botwe,  Energy Minister Boakye Agyarko, Senior Minister Yaw Osarfo Marfo and Dr Frimpong Boateng all contested and exhibited potential to lead the country on the ticket of the NPP.

Nana Yaw Opare maintained that “the NPP touted they have the men and Ghanaians can see the men, some of whom contested him (Nana) to be at his position and these people we know are high ranking in our society with a lot of experience in governance, so why won’t this government perform.”

The radio host asserted, “I am saying that Dr Bawumia our current Vice President has made us know that they have what it takes to turn this country round, Asempa [referring to regular host of Yen Nsempa], this is the time they should show us that they did not just talk but can walk the talk. Ghanaians are waiting and watching, if this government fails, with all these people, they have no excuse my brother. The promises must be fulfilled,”

By Bright Dzakah |Onua95.1FM |3news.com

Security operatives must be serious about the president’s security – analyst

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A security analyst and chairman of the Civic Forum Initiative (CFI), has bemoaned the security lapses involving president Akufo-Addo’s security detail.

A video that went viral of a cameraman facing president Akufo-Addo directly to take his shots, during the president’s maiden state of the nation address, has generated huge discussions in the media.

Many have questioned why there seems to be continuous breach of security protocol around the president of the republic, particularly at public functions.

Speaking with 3FM News, Major General Nii Carl Coleman (Retd) charged the security operatives to do more, in providing adequate security for the first gentleman of the land.

“I have serious concerns with the way we handle our security generally. It looks like in this country everybody thinks that he or she has a right to do whatever he wants to do, he is doing his duties. You present serious security dilemma for the security operatives if you don’t adhere to the rules of the game.”

He added, “The security operatives need to go back to the drawing board as far as their security plans are concerned. This is the number one gentleman of the land and we must ensure that everything possible is done to give him that protection”.

Major Gen. Coleman believes it will be too risky for the country if the security allows people to get too close to the president especially at public functions.

“Getting too close to the president is a serious risk, and I don’t think that anywhere in this world where they take security serious will allow such things to happen”.

He noted “And I have always said that in this modern times, you don’t need to be that close to be able to get a good shot, we should keep them away as far as possible and at the same time allowing them enough room  to do their work”.

By Collins Essuman |3FM|3news.com

Watch: Ghana, a throwback story [episode 4]

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Ghana will in days celebrate 60 years of freedom, 60 years of absolute control over her resources, 60 years of economic growth and development, 60 years of enriched national identity, 60 years of independence.

Or is Ghana about to celebrate 60 years of neocolonialism, 60 years of institutionalized corruption, 60 years of self hate that causes us to flee from our country to the West in search of ‘better living conditions’, 60 years of highly acquired foreign taste that leaves us continuously chained to the shackles of our slave masters?

Ghana turns 60 in a few days, 60 years of what?

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Watch also: Watch Now: Ghana, a throwback story [episode 3]

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By Ayerkie Narnor|3news.com|Ghana

 

 

Nana Addo picks Kokofu as FC boss, Dr. Nsiah GHS director, Osei Prempeh GOIL CEO

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Former Member of Parliament for Bantama, Henry Kwabena Kokofu, has been appointed the Chief Executive of the Forestry Commission while Dr Nsiah Asare has been given the Ghana Health Service directorship job, 3News can confirm.

An investment consultant, Stephen Amoah, who is also the Ashanti regional Organiser of the New Patriotic Party has been appointed by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to head the Microfiance and Small Loans Centre (MASLOC)

Former Member of Parliament for Nsuta-Kwamang , Osei Prempeh is also to head GOIL as the Chief Executive Officer

 

By 3news.com|Ghana

Local Gov’t Minister meets AMA management

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Local Government Minister, Hajia Alima Mahama has called on management of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) to familiarize herself with its activities.

The Minister who was recently sworn into office thanked management for the assistance offered her during her vetting preparation.

The Metro Coordinating Director, Sam Ayeh –Datey briefed her on some general activities the Assembly have been engaged in and some of the challenges being faced. Various members of management also took turns to brief the minister of their respective sectors. Issues discussed at the meeting included decentralization, de-silting of storm water drains, congestion, encroachment, mounting of illegal structures, revenue mobilization, and boundary disputes among others.

Hajia Alima Mahama, urged AMA management to keep up the good work and assured the Assembly of her maximum support.

By 3news.com|Ghana

Woman cries foul; claims infection at 37 Military Hospital killed her baby

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A woman who lost her newly born baby Tuesday due to what she claimed to be infection at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) of the 37 Military Hospital in Accra has threatened to pursue the matter to its logical conclusion.

According to the woman (name withheld), after delivery Monday, the baby was taken to the NICU unit for monitoring where it was given oxygen, noting she was consequently asked to go home and come back the next day.

“Before I left, the baby was in a good condition; both the nurse and doctor confirmed she was in a good condition,” she told host of Sunrise morning show on 3FM, Winston Amoah on Thursday.

“Unfortunately, when I came back on Tuesday to breast feed my baby, they were just tossing me and asking me to wait for the doctor. I waited for a very long time. Finally, when I met the doctor around 11:30am, she asked me if I knew the baby was not breathing properly before she was brought to the ICU. I said yes I knew about it.

“Then she [the doctor] told me suction was done and the condition had improved. She added that before she left on Monday, the baby was in a good condition but when she returned this morning she was told the baby had died. Then she said she was sorry,” the traumatised woman narrated.

According to her, there were other babies who died at the NICU due to the infection at the place, claiming the hospital was fumigating the unit at the time because of the infection .

READ: Neonatal unit of 37 military hospital shutdown for 5 days

“There was an infection in the hospital and the place was being fumigated. My baby wasn’t the only one that died; there were other babies,” she claimed, adding she has lost confidence in the hospital.

Earlier, there were reports that some five babies had lost their lives at the hospital’s Unit due to the said infection but the hospital has since denied the claim, explaining that the ongoing fumigation exercise is a routine one to sanitize the place.

Public Relations Officer of the Hospital, Major Gariba Pabi told Onua FM Wednesday he was only aware of the death of the woman and not the others claimed by the woman.

He said it was unfortunate the death of coincided with the infection at the hospital.

By Sarah Parku &Mercy C. Adjabeng|3news.com|Ghana