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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



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.


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||Ghana

Pope Francis congratulates President Akufo-Addo

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Apostolic Nuncio to Ghana with President Akufo-Addo

The Pope of the Roman Catholic Church, His Holiness Pope Francis, has sent a congratulatory message to the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on his assumption of the high office of the land, after his victory in the 2016 elections.

The message, which was delivered on behalf of the Pope by Archbishop Jean-Marie Speich, Apostolic Nuncio to Ghana, also indicated to President Akufo-Addo that Pope Francis had decided to send an envoy from The Vatican for Ghana’s 60th Independence celebration.

This decision by Pope Francis, according to Archbishop Jean-Marie Speich, was the first time in 40 years that a delegation had been sent by the Pope to witness Ghana’s Independence Day celebration.

This, according to the Papal Nuncio, was indicative of the high regard Pope Francis has for President Akufo-Addo, Ghana and her democratic credentials.

Archbishop Jean-Marie Speich made this known on Wednesday, February 22, 2017, when he paid a courtesy call on the President. He also urged President Akufo-Addo to announce the name of a new Ambassador from Ghana to The Vatican, as there isn’t one at the moment.

In his brief response, President Akufo-Addo, through the Archbishop, thanked Pope Francis for his message, and expressed his deepest respects and appreciation for the immense work being done by Pope Francis, especially for the year.

He also commended the Catholic Church for the invaluable support given to Ghana, in the areas of education, health and the provision of social services to the citizenry, over the years, particularly through the Catholic Relief Services.

President Akufo-Addo assured Archbishop Jean-Marie Speich that, in the tenure of his Presidency, he will deepen further the relations between Ghana and The Vatican, to the mutual benefit of its citizens.

Source: | Ghana

24 trafficked children rescued in Eastern Region – MP

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Thomas Ampem Nyarko

The Member of Parliament for Asuogyaman Constituency in the Eastern Region, Thomas Ampem Nyarko, has called on relevant institutions to intensify public sensitization on the risks of trafficking and child labour in the country.

Mr. Ampem Nyarko has also charged the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection to work with relevant stakeholders to provide the necessary psychosocial support to victims of trafficking, especially, child victims.

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) legislator made the call in statement on the floor of Parliament on Wednesday on the state of human trafficking in Ghana

The MP said “on January 24, 2017, the Anti-Human Trafficking Unit of the Ghana Police Service in collaboration with the  International Justice Mission, an American non-governmental organisation undertook an operation in some fishing communities in the Eastern Region  with an objective to rescue victims of human trafficking”.

He added that “in the course of the operation, 24 children between the ages of 7 and 17-years were rescued and 13 adults were also arrested and are currently assisting the police in investigations”.

Mr. Ampem Nyarko added that these operations happened on the Volta Lake from Labolabo through Kudikofe in the Asuogyaman District where he was a former District Chief Executive to Akateng in the Upper Manya District, all in the Eastern Region.

“Even though the focus of the operation was on human trafficking, the ages of the children bring to light the seriousness of the problem of child labour in this country,” the MP asserted.

The former DCE for Asuogyaman said what is more worrying is that, children as young as six years are victims of trafficking and child labour and are involved in fishing.

“Some of these child victims looked frail and malnourished and were virtually naked when they were rescued”, the legislator revealed.

Mr. Ampem Nyarko revealed that he is gathering information of a growing trend of people acting as agents and recruiting young ladies to go and work as house helps in Saudi Arabia and other parts of the Middle East and “stories of what they go through there are things I cannot say here”.

He told Parliament that “my interaction with the accused persons when I visited them in their police cells to facilitate their bail revealed to me their level of ignorance about child labour. Some could just not understand why teaching their children fishing could land them in police cells”.

He added that parents and guardians are culpable of giving out their children who are exposed to danger in diverse ways “and to this end, I believe the relevant institutions need intensive public sensitization on the risks of trafficking and child labour. We need to also support law enforcement agencies especially the Anti-Human Trafficking Unit of the Ghana Police Service and the Ghana Immigration Service. These institutions can work closely with community leaders to reduce the incidents of trafficking.”

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

Akufo-Addo picks Mahama’s ambassador as Secretary to Cabinet

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has appointed former Ghana ambassador to Australia under the Mahama regime, Mrs Mercy Yvonne Debrah-Karikari, as Secretary to the Cabinet, effective February 14, 2017.

She becomes the first woman in Ghana’s history to hold this position.

Her appointment, which was announced Thursday, is pursuant to Article 76(3) of the Constitution, the President of the Republic.

Ambassador Debrah-Karikari is a career diplomat, and was until her appointment, Ghana’s High Commissioner to Australia, with concurrent accreditation to New Zealand, Fiji, Papua New Guinea and other countries in the Pacific region.

She was appointed High Commissioner by former President John Mahama and commissioned in July 2014 together with 11 other ambassadors and high commissioners.

Career credential

Mrs Debrah-Karikari presented her credentials to Governor – General Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) on 20 August, 2014.

She served as Director of Administration at the then Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration.

She had previously worked at the Ghana Permanent Mission to the United Nations Offices in Geneva as Minister and Deputy Permanent Representative from 2007 to 2011.Prior to that she had served from 2004 to 2007 as the Director of the Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs where she was responsible, among others, for the administration and management of the offices of the Minister and Deputy Minister.

From 2000 to 2002, Mrs. Debrah-Karikari served at the Ghana Embassy in Bonn as Minister-Counsellor and continued at the Ghana Embassy in Berlin from 2002 to 2004 following the relocation of the Embassy to Berlin as a result of the change of the German capital city.

Before serving in Germany, she was Acting Director of the International Organizations and Conferences Bureau at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1998 to 2000, having returned from the Ghana Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York where she had been posted from 1995 to 1998 as Counsellor and Ghana’s delegate on the Second Committee of the United Nations.

Prior to the posting in New York, she had served as the Head of Chancery at the Ghana Embassy in Luanda, Angola from 1994 to 1995.

Since joining the Foreign Ministry in 1987, Mrs. Debrah-Karikari has also served in the Africa and Policy Planning Bureaux of the Ministry.

She studied at the University of Ghana from 1988 to 1989 for her Masters degree in International Affairs (LECIA) and at the University of Cape Coast from 1979 to 1984 from where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Diploma in Education.

She had earlier had her secondary education at Wesley Girls High School, Cape Coast from 1971 to 1976 and the Tema Secondary School from 1976 to 1978.

She is married to Dr Paul Debrah-Karikari, a consultant neuroradiologist and her interests include sports, gospel music, movies and charity work.


Police opens Tamale Teaching Hospital CEO’s office locked by NPP group

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The office of the C.E.O of the Tamale Teaching Hospital Dr Prosper Akanbong has been opened after almost forty-eight-hour closure by some members of the New Patriotic Party vigilante group Kandahar in Tamale.

His office was opened exactly at 11:29am Thursday, February 23, 2017 led by two female officers from the Criminal Investigative Division of the Northern Regional Police Command together with the Head of Security at the Tamale Teaching Hospital Alhaji Baba Zakaria.

Dr Proper Akanbong who was also present when the door was opened, left shortly after making his first entry to his office in about forty eight hours.

Some members of the Kandahar vigilante youth group arrived at the facility around 2pm 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.

Ibrahim Abdul Hak, a member of the group, who confirmed the group’s action to claimed the office was locked to prevent the C.E.O from harm.

At the hospital on Wednesday February, 22 2017 morning, the atmosphere was rather quiet with most of the management being absent from duty for fear of their lives.

Head of Human Resource, Mohammed Misbao, Head of Pharmacy Hamidu Abdulai, Director Medical Affairs Dr Abbas have been on the list of some groups for several allegations but none of them was at the premises during the incident.

By Zubaida Ismael ||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

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

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Have you ever wondered why there is so much corruption in Ghana?

From the politician to the trotro mate to the market woman, everyone is corrupt. The policeman, student union executives, and the journalist. So how does a nation progress when corruption permeates every fibre of the society?

No one is afraid; no one fears nor respect the laws or the institutions because with money everything and everyone can be bought. A people who purport to be very religious seem to have very little respect for religion.

As we mark our 60th anniversary, perhaps it’s time to inculcate the African traditional religion in our institutions in order to curb corruption.


Watch also: Ghana, a throwback story [episode 2]

By Ayerkie Narnor||Ghana


Daboase residents begin 6-day exorcism to chase out evil spirits

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Traditional authorities at Daboase in the Wassa East District of the Western Region are leading residents for a six-day spiritual exercise to exorcise what they say is evil spirit which has brought bad omen to the township.

Following a Tuesday directive by the Tufuhene, residents of the town on Wednesday morning dumped solid waste from their respective homes with egg on top, on the main road in front of the Daboase Senior High School.

That spiritual exercise was said to have triggered ‘evil spirits’ in two students to manifest, causing them to chant and speak in strange language. It took the intervention of one of the teachers who is a pastor, to exorcise the spirits

The school which is few metres from where the exorcism took place

Students and teachers of the school are now living.

The Tufuhene, who is the Regent of the town, has warned against the removal of the refuse and the eggs, which is said to be threatening the health of the people, especially the students. It can only be swept on Monday, February 27.

Residents of the town, environmental officers as well as the school authorities are tightlipped on the matter as they fear any action they take against the directive could have spiritual consequences on them aside sanctions from the traditional authorities.

When contacted, the Wassa East District Environmental Director, Daniel Lamptey, who expressed concern over the matter said they will petition the traditional authorities for something to be done about the exercise.

By Paa Kojo Peters|Connect FM||Ghana