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Govt will enact and enforce laws on gender equality – MP

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Women in the country have been given full assurance that government will ensure laws that promote gender parity are enacted and enforced.

Deputy minister-designate for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation Madam Patricia Appiagyei who gave the assurance was interacting with 3FM on the sidelines of the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women currently underway in New York.

Madam Appiagyei who is also Member of Parliament for the Asokwa constituency and Chairperson of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Local Government said, for instance, most of the challenges confronting Ghanaian women in their quest for equity “would be addressed by the proposed Affirmative Action Bill”.

She maintains MPs have to “do some lobbying and talking to the right people to ensure the Bills that ensure gender parity, particularly the Affirmative Action Bill are passed into Acts (of Parliament) for full implementation because such laws will facilitate the attainment of gender parity”.

Asked of initiatives that would be implemented to ensure that Ghanaian women and farmers are not left behind with respect to innovation, the MP admitted legislative must supersede social norms. “First of all if the woman farmer doesn’t own the land but is only supporting the husband as pertains in the social practice, it becomes very difficult for them becoming financially empowered so there is the need to re-look at that aspect where the women can own their own lands, to increase their yields through reviewed legislative.

“We know they are also faced with financial challenges therefore we are looking at the enactment of laws that can help them access funding”.

Patricia Appiagyei also acknowledged critical roles played by education and technology. “If our children are well educated they can be directed as to the areas they can make impact especially with technology. We are also looking at mechanized farming with respect to ICT so that our women can increase their productivity.

This year marks the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). The conference is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.

The focus this year is on Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work.

Mercy C. Adjabeng |FM, 92.7//3news.com

Christian Council charges institutions to be proactive

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The Christian Council of Ghana has called on the various institutions to be proactive in their line of duties to avert further loss of lives.

The Council observed that most of the fatal accidents recorded in the country could have been averted if those in charge were proactive.

The General Secretary of the Christian Council of Ghana, Rev Dr. Kwabena Opuni-Frimpong was commenting on the Kintampo Waterfalls disaster which claimed 18-lives on the spot and wounded several.

Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia and Tourism Minister have visited the victims with the Wenchi Methodist Senior High School (WESS) being the hardest hit after 15 students died in the disaster.

Rev Opuni-Frimpong told Onua News on Tuesday that “we should be grateful to God because we allow things to happen before we act”.

He argued that when the disaster happened, the President, former President, First Lady, the Vice President and everyone in the country is talking “but if we were proactive, such things would not have  happened”.

Rev Opuni-Frimpong said “some of the things that happened are spiritual and we must leave that to God but others are physical which we can do something about them.

“The spiritual ones are in the hands of God but we can do that of the physical, for example broken down vehicles are left in the middle of the roads which kills people”, he added.

By Kweku Antwi-Otoo|Onua 95.1FM|3news.com|Ghana

Court convicts former NACOB boss

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An Accra High Court has convicted former Executive Secretary of the Narcotics Control Board, Akrasi Sarpong of contempt.

He was found guilty over his comments after a High Court granted bail to one Chief Sunny Ikechukwu Benjy Eke, a 53- year-old businessman, and his alleged accomplice, James Eleke Chukwu, 47, a second-hand clothes dealer in Accra.

The applicant, Chief Eke was arrested and remanded in Prisons custody in 2013 for allegedly attempting to smuggle 281,604 grammes of liquid cocaine with a street value of over $12.5 million into the country.

The drug was allegedly concealed in a 40-footer container filled with 1,946 boxes of shampoo import­ed from Bolivia in South America, to Ghana.

But Mr. Sarpong, unsatisfied with the bail, is quoted to have said that the terms for the bail were very unfortunate because Chief Eke was known to have jumped bail in Brazil. The applicants thus sued the Former NACOB boss for contempt

The court, presided over by Justice Charles Edward Ekow Baiden today held that Mr. Sarpong’s comment was meant to derogate the authority of the court that granted bail to the suspects.

Additionally, the presiding judge said the comments were wrong and unacceptable.

Mr. Sarpong was sentenced to sign a bond to be of good behaviour and in default, serve two months in prison with hard labour.

Second accused, a graphic journalist who published the said comments was also sentenced to pay a fine of GHC5, 000.00 and in default serve two months in prison

Background

Mr. Sarpong alleged that all international drug agencies were hunting for Chief Eke but could not arrest him until he was nabbed in Ghana.

He argued that the judge, in using his discretion as required by law, should have considered the past record of the suspect, which was public knowledge.

The NACOB boss said the fight against transnational organised crime is not for the security agencies alone but the whole justice delivery system in the country.

He warned that if the suspect escaped, nobody should blame NACOB because the board would use meagre state resources to monitor him (the suspect) as “he walks free on the streets of Accra, a situation which he could take advantage of to escape again.”

He said while the Judiciary upheld the 1992 Constitution and the rule of law, there was the need to understand that the characters involved in transnational organised crime, such as Chief Eke, could undermine democracy, promote impunity of the private sector against the public sector, engender corruption both in the public and the private sectors, as well as give cause for the rise of fake and wrong role mod­els.

“For NACOB, the condition under which the accused was granted bail was not the best, judging from his past record of jumping bail. Besides, we are aware that the wheel of justice is a slow process, but no matter how slow it is, justice is more likely to prevail than injustice,” Mr Akrasi Sarpong noted.

However, lawyers for the suspects urged the court to convict the NACOB boss for contempt.

In their affidavit in support of the motion for contempt, they stated among other things that the comments made and published in the Daily Graphic edition of June 20, 2016 were prejudicial and could affect justice delivery in the case.

It said it was necessary Mr. Sarpong is dragged before the court to purge himself of the charge of contempt.

Source: Starrfmonline.com

Govt clears health workers for recruitment

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Finally, clearance has been given for the recruitment of nurses and other health professionals who were granted financial clearance in December 2016.

The recruitment was suspended by government on February 16, 2016. The suspension affected over 8000 nurses and other health professionals across the country.

But in a letter dated March 20 signed by the Deputy Human Resource Manager of the Ghana Health Service, Peter Obiri-Yeboah on behalf of his boss asked regional directors of the service to resume the process.

The letter stated in part, “The honourable Minister of Health has granted approval for the recruitment of trainees and other health professionals who were granted financial clearance in December 2016 in line with the regional ceilings.”

Source: 3news.com | Ghana

Kintampo Waterfalls Disaster: Akufo-Addo leads one-minute silence for victims in Geneva

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Ghana’s leader Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Monday, March 20 led Ghanaians in Switzerland to observe a minute’s silence for victims of the Kintampo Waterfalls disaster.

The disaster on Sunday claimed 18 lives with several others receiving treatment for various degrees of injury.

Before meeting the Ghanaians, who came from Geneva, Zurich, Lausanne and Bern, President Akufo-Addo called for the tribute to the victims.

“I don’t want to introduce a sad note into our proceedings,” he conceded.

“Even though today is International Day of Happiness, something happened in Ghana which is a very sad occurrence for all of us and that is this freak accident which took place in Kintampo.”

The president had tweeted earlier on Monday to express his condolence.

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My deepest condolences to the families of all those affected by this unfortunate and tragic incident. (2/2)

— Nana Akufo-Addo(@NAkufoAddo) March 20, 2017

Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts Catherine Afeku accompanied Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia in the day to visit victims on admission at the Kintampo Government Hospital.

They also called on families of those who died.

President Akufo-Addo expressed hope of getting a favourable word from his deputy.

“Vice President is on his way there. I hope he speaks to me this evening to see what he has found,” he said.

“But it is a freak accident…and before I go on, I would like you to join me in standing up to observe a minute’s silence in memory of [the departed].”

After the gesture, he said: “May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed rest and abide in the bosom of the Almighty till the last day of the resurrection and we shall all meet again. Amen!”

Source: 3news.com|Ghana

Veep visits families of Kintampo disaster, promises govt’s support

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The Vice President, Dr. Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia on Monday visited three out of the 18 victims of the Kintampo Water Falls disaster at Kintampo in the Brong Ahafo Region.

The Vice President and his entourage made up of the Brong Ahafo Regional Minister Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh; Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Catherine Abelema Afeku, and Members of Parliament first visited chiefs of the area.

They then visited three bereaved families who have been identified as hailing from Kintampo.

Onua FM’s Awudu Issahaku who is following the entourage said the Vice President visited victims in their homes and later visited some of the survivals at the Kintampo Government Hospital.

“We have lost 18 young men and women at the prime of their lives who were in school trying to make a difference to their lives. We have lost them under very tragic circumstances. We will allow the necessary investigations to go on as we see what we can do for the affected families,” Dr. Bawumia told the devastated crowd.

The Vice President promised to attend the funeral and promised government’s support for the bereaved families to organize a befitting burial for the victims.

Meanwhile, the Kintampo Water Falls has been declared an emergency zone by the Regional Security Council. Police have taken over the place.

By Kweku Antwi-Otoo|Onua 95.1FM|3news|Ghana

Kintampo disaster update: The official statistics

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Officials have released statistics of the number of people who perished and those injured in the Kintampo Waterfalls disaster caused by a late Sunday afternoon rainstorm.

A total of 18 people have been confirmed dead by the Kintampo Municipal Hospital where the bodies and the injured were rushed to by the rescue team.

Trees atop the fall were swept to the ground by the rainstorm killing some revelers who were swimming at the time

The dead comprise 12 boys and six girls, of which 15 are from the Wenchi Methodist Senior High School who made a stopover at the waterfalls while returning from an excursion to the Northern Region.

A total of 11 students who were among the injured are on admission at the Emergency Ward of the Municipal Hospital.

Seven others who sustained multiple injuries are admitted at the surgical ward of the Hospital.

A teacher from the Wenchi Methodist SHS whose condition is critical has been transferred to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi while one student from the school has also been taken to the Holy Family Hospital at Techiman.

Officials of the Kintampo Municipal Hospital say five of those on admission will be discharged today.

Meanwhile, a number of people have thronged the hospital premises to find out the condition of their wards while others are there to identify their relatives who lost their lives to the tragic accident.

Watch below the devastation left by the rainstorm at the Kintampo waterfall.

By Larry Paa Kwesi Moses|3news.com|Ghana

Cloud full of calamities hangs over Ghana – Prophet

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A Kumasi-based prophet who is purported to have predicted Sunday afternoon Kintampo Waterfall disaster, has revealed to  Onua Fm morning show ‘Yen Nsem Pa’ that there are several grave calamities looming over the country which he said could only be averted by work of national prayer and fasting.

Prophet Oduro Gyebi who is also affectionately called by his followers as Eagle Prophet said the looming disasters are targeted at the youth and something must be done urgently to prevent “that tragedy”

Reports of Prophet Gyebi’s prophecy on Kintampo Waterfall disaster hit the mainstream media in the early hours of Monday. The prophet had in a short video predicted the disaster through a revelation he had, and warned any school that intended going any excursion to the
tourist site to cancel the trip.

At least 15 students of Wenchi Senior High School were among persons who lost their lives the waterfall disaster yesterday while on excursion there.

But Prophet Oduro Gyebi of God’s Crown Chapel insisted that the Kintampo disaster would have been averted if the school authorities had heeded his caution.

“I had the revelation seven clear days before the incident took place, and it was a caution prophecy. So God had revealed to me then that someone from the school was listening to me and I asked that person to alert the school authorities to cancel the trip, but the person did not take me serious, we have all seen the end result,” he lamented as he spoke to host of the morning show Bright Kwesi Asempa.

Moreover, Prophet Oduro Gyebi said Ghana is on the verge of suffering other calamities in the coming days, and called on religious leaders and government to declare a national prayer and fasting session for God’s intervention.

“Let us pray to stop this demonic disaster, clouds of calamity are hovering over us, there are people who went for all kinds of spiritual powers for political positions, so we must pray.”

By Bright Dzaka |Onua 95.1FM|3news.com

[Video] The ‘Conti’ clash at UCC

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A video of last Friday’s clash between students from three of Ghana’s universities that led to the stabbing of some students has emerged.

Students from the Commonwealth Hall of the University of Ghana, Unity Hall of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology as well as those from the Atlantic Hall of the University of Cape Coast clashed with those at the Ogua Hall of the same University.

The Ogua Hall students were said to have prevented those from the three halls who were attending the hall week of Atlantic from entering their hall, leading to the riot which also caused destruction to property.

Watch below how the students attacked each other with stones and other weapons at the Ogua Hall

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Let’s ask God to heal Kintampo disaster victims – Mahama urges

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Former President Mahama has asked Ghanaians to pray for the speedy recovery of the scores of people who were injured in Sunday’s disaster at the Kintampo Waterfalls in the Brong Ahafo Region that caused 18 lives.

In a Facebook message Monday to commiserate with the families who lost relatives in the tragic accident, the President Mahama said “Let’s also ask the almighty God to heal the injured and receive the souls of the departed into his kingdom.

“I am keeping the families of the Kintampo falls victims in mind and praying for them. Please comfort their families and pray for them,” President Mahama added.

A rainstorm late Sunday afternoon caused trees atop the waterfalls to fall to the ground of the fall where scores of revelers including students from the Wenchi Methodist Secondary School were swimming.

Meanwhile the Tourism, Arts and Culture minister, Chatherine Afeku is currently in Kintampo where she commiserating with the families of the deceased, visit the injured and assess the situation.

By 3news.com|Ghana