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Minority NDC behind recent Bimbilla chieftaincy crisis – Nakpa gate

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The family of the late chief, Naa Salifu Dawuni, has cited the Minority in Parliament for being behind the recent tension in Bimbilla in the Northern Region.

The burial of the late chief last Wednesday instead of the originally planned Thursday stirred controversy with the Regent of Bimbilla accusing the Minister of Defence, Dominic Nitiwul, and Interior Minister Ambrose Dery of backing the Nakpa gate.

The Regent wanted the two summoned by Parliament.

But at a press conference on Thursday, the family of the late Nakpa-Naa rather pointed accusing hand at the Minority NDC in Parliament “whose acts of commission and omission,” they said, “precipitated and fanned the current chieftaincy crisis during their regime”.

The family said the NDC is only trying to “find scapegoats in some officials of the ruling NPP government”.

They expressed gratitude to the government and its leader, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, who is said to have ordered the release of Nakpa-Naa’s body to his family, for “demonstrating that they are truly an embodiment of the rule of law and natural justice and a respecter of the fundamental human rights of every citizen of this country”.

The family mentioned NDC Member of Parliament for Builsa North Constituency, James Agalga, who was a Deputy Interior Minister in the previous government, for the tension that surrounded the prior arrangements then of the burial of the late chief.

“We recall there was a pronouncement made by the Hon. Agalga, during his days as the deputy interior minister, banning with impunity, a section of butchers in Bimbilla from practising their trade.

“Without any basis, the pronouncement was subsequently enforced by the DISEC of the Nanumba North District. This was a case of the violation of their economic right with economic vulnerability of the innocent butchers as only a consequence.

“It has therefore become abundantly clear that Hon. James Agalga and the rest of the minority in parliament are bent on completing their unfinished executive fiat to halt the burial of this noble chief.”

Source: 3news.com|Ghana

Flowking Stone to dash fans with ‘Bronya Ade’

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Christmas is that time of the year when Christians and many others join family and friends to wine, dine and dance.

But hey, what song are you dancing to come this Christmas?

Well, you need not worry as award-winning hiplife artiste Flowking Stone says all is set for the release of his latest single for this year’s Christmas.

It is dubbed Bronya Ade.

“It’s a hiplife song, mostly made up of highlife beat. ‘Bronya Ade’ in Twi or Fante means ‘Christmas gift’.

“Since Christmas is just around the corner, I thought it good to do it for the fans. I featured Takoradi’s finest rapper, Ayesem,” he told 3FM’s Solomon Mensah, in an exclusive interview on Thursday.

He indicated that his yet-to-be-released song addresses the issue of people tagging secular musicians as devils.

“Basically, the song is about having fun. However, it also talks about the fact that when someone does secular music, it does not mean he/she is devilish.”

The song produced by ‘Fire Bon Dem’ beat maker, KC Beat, would be released Friday, October 20.

By Solomon Mensah|3FM 92.7|3news.com|Ghana

George Loh to contest Asiedu Nketia for NDC General Secretary?

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George Loh [L] says he will likely contest the 2018 NDC executive elections

Legal practitioner George Loh says he is “desirous” of contesting in the national executive elections of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in 2018.

Quizzed on the position he would be going for, the former North Dayi Member of Parliament said it could be the General Secretary or Deputy General Secretary position.

Though he made light of the exact position he will contest for on 3FM’s morning show Sunrise on Thursday, he was definite on the fact that he will join the race for the national executive elections.

The largest opposition party has scheduled July 27-29, 2018 as date on which members will vote to elect new national executives for the party ahead of the 2020 presidential primary.

The elections, according to the tentative timetable made available, will be preceded by branch elections in the last week of January, 2018. There will also be constituency and regional elections before the national executive elections, which are expected to be hotly contested.

Already, former Central Region Minister Aquinas Tawiah Quansah has declared his intentions to contest Kofi Adams for the National Organiser position.

With the current General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, and Deputy General Secretary Koku Anyidoho hard forces within the NDC, Mr Loh will need to do more to pull a surprise.

He has, however, not ditched his ambitions to return to Parliament, as he disclosed to host Winston Amoah.

It is too early, he said, as the current MPs are not even a year old in Parliament.

Source: 3news.com|Ghana

Ho Airport completion date pushed to March 2018

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The container currently being used as the Air Traffic Control Station

The completion date for the Ho Airport in the Volta Region has for the second time, been revised to March 2018 after contractors failed to meet the deadline seven months ago due to a number of factors.

Aviation Minister Cecilia Abena Dapaah who announced the new date blamed the delays in the project on delays in releasing funds to the contractor, activities of Fulani herdsmen and consistent rainfall, 3FM’s Mercydalyn Lokko reported Thursday.

Work on the 24million-dollar project started in September 2015 and was first scheduled for completion on November 4, 2016 but was revised to March 18, 2017 which was missed by the contractors.

An artist impression of the frontage of the airport

The facility, according to the Ghana Airport Company Limited (GACL), would have among others, a runaway of 1,900metres in length and 30metres wide, an aircraft parking area, a terminal building to hold at least 150,000 passengers a year, a VIP and VVIP facility, a parking area for the staff and nine-kilometer network of roads around the airport.

It is being constructed on a1500-acre land released by the Asorgli Traditional Area.

In December 2016, President John Mahama commissioned the first phase of the project – runway, and paved the way for the beginning of the second phase which included the construction of the terminal building for the airport.

READ: A-Plus mocks Mahama; describes Ho Airport as “Air-Kiosk”

But the project has since not been completed.

Answering questions in Parliament Thursday on the progress of work, Ms. Abena Dapaah said her ministry engaged the contractors together with the GACL at which it was relayed that the “contractor has requested for an extension of the completion date to March 2018 as a result of delays in payment”.

Aside the issue with payment, there has been some challenges with Fulani herdsmen, who she said have been “cutting the perimeter fence for their animals to graze”.

“As at August 2017, the overall project completion was 88.49 per cent. The value of work certified to date is 19.7 million dollars and payments have been executed. There is no outstanding payment,” she told Parliament.

She said the contract is currently on site continuing with work on the project.

But MP for Asawase, Muntaka Mubarak, rebutted the claim, insisting the contractor was not on site and asked the sector minister to crosscheck, 3FM’s Mercydalyn Lokko reported.

By Stephen Kwabena Effah|3news.com|Ghana

New regions will bring development – Dan Botwe

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Dan Botwe

The Minister for Regional Re-Organisation, Dan Botwe is hopeful if Ghanaians buy into the idea of adding at least four regions to the existing 10, it will boost the country’s development.

The Upper West is the last region created out of the Upper Region in 1983 by the then Head of State, Flight Lieutenant Jerry John Rawlings under the Provisional National Defense Council.

Dan Botwe told TV3 some Ghanaians have for decades been craving for additional regions for easy administration.

President Nana Akufo-Addo Thursday inaugurated a nine-member Commission of Inquiry headed by a retired Supreme Court judge, Justice S. A. Brobbey.

He said the inauguration of the commission sets the tone for his ministry to kick start processes to create the new regions.

“It will bring government to the people and accelerate development,” he remarked.

Constitutional steps to creation of new regions

Article 5 of the 1992 constitution of the Republic forms the constitutional bases for the formation of the Commission of Enquiry by the President. It states as follow;

(1) Subject to the provisions of this article, the President may, by constitutional instrument –

(a) create a new region;

(b) alter the boundaries of a region; or

(c) provide for the merger of two or more regions.

(2) If the President, upon a petition being presented to him and, on the advice of the Council of State, is satisfied that there is substantial demand for –

(a) the creation of a new region;

(b) the alteration of the boundaries of a region, whether or not the alteration involves the creation of a new region; or

(c) the merger of any two or more regions;

he shall, acting in accordance with the advice of the Council of State, appoint a commission of inquiry to inquire into the demand and to make recommendations on all the factors involved in the creation, alteration or merge.

(3) If, notwithstanding that a petition has not been presented to him, the President is, on the advice of the Council of State, satisfied that the need has arisen for taking any of the steps referred to in paragraphs (a), (b) and (c) of clause (1) of this article, he may, acting in accordance with the advice of the Council of State, appoint a commission of inquiry to inquire into the need and to make recommendations on all the factors involved in the creation, alteration or merger.

(4) Where a commission of inquiry appointed under clause (2) and (3) of this article finds that there is the need and a substantial demand for the creation, alteration or merger referred to in either of those clauses, it shall recommend to the President that a referendum be held, specifying the sues to be determined by the referendum and the places where the referendum should be held.

(5) The President shall refer the recommendations to the Electoral Commission, and the referendum all be held in a manner prescribed by the Electoral Commission.

Source: 3news.com | Ghana

Delta Force 13 sentenced to GHC23,400 fine; face 12-month in jail if…

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The 13 members of the Delta Force in court on July 13, 2017

The 13 members of the pro-New Patriotic Party vigilante group, Delta Force, who assaulted a public officer in Kumasi, have been handed a fine to the tune of GHC23,400.

Each of the them is to pay GHC1,800 and sign a bond to be of good behaviour for a 12-month period or in default serve 12 months in prison, the Kumasi Ciricut Court ruled Thursday.

The 13 were convicted and sentenced after they pleaded guilty to the new charges of conspiracy to commit crime to wit rioting leveled against them last week by police prosecutors.

Charges of assaulting a public officer, conspiracy to assault and causing unlawful damage, which the 13 convicts were facing, were dropped by prosecutors on October 10 on the advice of the Attorney General’s Department.

READ: Earlier charges against Delta Forces dropped

Fresh charges of conspiracy to commit crime and rioting were subsequently leveled against them and the case adjourned Thursday, October 19 for continuation.

When the case resumed Thursday, the convicts pleaded guilty to the charge in the Circuit Court presided over by JMs. Mary Senkyire to convict them accordingly.

Members of the Delta Force in March this year ssaulted President Akufo-Addo’s newly-appointed Ashanti Regional Security Coordinator, George Agyei who they said did not contribute to the victory of the party, hence cannot work with him.

Police later arrested 13 of them and on April 6, 2017, and were put before court.

Escape

Some other members of the group numbering eight stormed the KMA Circuit Court on Thursday, April 6 and freed the 13 members who were standing trial for assaulting the Ashanti Regional Security Coordinator, George Agyei.

The eight accused defied an order by the judge, Mary Senkyere, in open court after she had remanded the 13 in prison custody.

They verbally abused her and vandalized court property, exiting through a restricted area meant only for judges.

The eight were immediately arrested while a bench warrant issued by the Ashanti Regional Police Command resulted in the escapees turning themselves in for the trial to continue in their case.

They were put before court for escaping from lawful custody but were pardoned by the Circuit court presided over by John Ekow Mensah but were fined 2,400 each and made to sign a bond to be of good behaviour within six months. Failure to do so will lead them serving a jail term of three years.

The other eight who broke them out were charged with disturbances of court as captured in Section 233 of the Criminal Code and resisting arrest and rescue as captured in Section 226(1b) of same.

Discharged for lack of evidence

But they discharged by the Kumasi Circuit Court Two due to lack of evidence.

READ: Delta Force 8 freed for lack of evidence

Judge Patricia Amponsah freed the accused persons, following the Attorney General’s claim that it has no evidence to prosecute.

By Stephen Kwabena Effah|3news.com|Ghana

Official: Bawumia won’t attend RTP Awards

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Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia

The Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia would not attend the much publicised  7th edition of the Adonko RTP awards, his office has established.

The Radio and Television Personality Awards (RTP Awards) has over the years honoured radio and television presenters across the country.

There has been an advertisement by the organisers, running over a month, that said the Vice President would join other high profile personalities at this year’s awards.

Former President John Dramani Mahama and Rev. Dr. Boadi Nyamekye, Founder and Leader of Makers House Chapel, were mentioned as some of the dignitaries set to grace the occasion.

But in a Facebook post, the Director of Communications at the Office of the Vice President, Frank Agyei-Twum, was clear that Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia would not take part in the event.

“The Vice President has nothing to do with the 2017 RTP awards and will not be present at the said ceremony,” the post read.

The RTP Awards is organised by Big Events Ghana Limited and it is expected to be held this month.

Meanwhile, manager of the Swedru-based artiste, Patapaa, says the artiste will not perform at RTP Awards slated for this month.

Godfred Bokpin is reported to have said the ‘One Corner’ hitmaker, there is no contract between them and organisers of the Awards.

Patapaa is currently the man of the moment in the music scene in Ghana

 Source: 3news.com | Ghana

‘Mahama’s’ hospital at Garu-Tempane abandoned; thieves stealing materials

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One of the six district hospitals started by the John Mahama government to eliminate disparities in healthcare delivery in the country has been abandoned at the Garu Tempane in the Upper East Region.

In August 2013 the then Health Minister Sherry Ayitey cut sod for construction work to begin on the hospitals under the 175 million-dollar turnkey project at Dodowa, Kumawu, Sekondi, Abetifi, Garu Tempane and Fomena.

Four years on, only the Dodo District Hospital has been completed under the agreement signed between the Ministry of Health Ghana and NMS Infrastructure Limited from the United Kingdom.Construction work on the Garu Tempane District Hospital, which officially started in May 2015, was abandoned a year later by the contractors who left the site without explanation.

The site has been taken over by weeds and roofs of the buildings serving as offices have also been ripped off while thieves have taken advantage of the situation and lack of security at the site to steal building materials meant for the project.The Garu-Tempane district is the largest in terms of land and population in the upper east region but without a hospital. Residents currently rely on clinics and CHPS compounds which cannot handle certain cases.

Cases beyond those hospitals are awalys referred to either the Bawku Hospital or Bolgatanga Regional Hospital.

Youth want action taken

News of the construction of a district hospital for the people came as joy but their hopes of getting a modern health facility to handle their healthcare needs have now waned with the years of abandonment of the project.

Some youth in Garu-Tempane are now calling on the government to as matter of urgency ensure the completion of the stalled project.Member of Parliament for Garu, Albert Akuka Alalzuuga, told 3News in a telephone interview that the project at Garu-Tempane was suspended for the contractor, MNSI to complete the others in the southern sector.

At a news conference Wednesday, the youth of Garu called on the current government to call the contractor to order to complete the project, indicating the district needs hospital to take care of serious healthcare issues in the area.

Spokesperson for the youth, James Akasire, said items meant for the construction of  the hospital were being stolen by some residents and they blamed the contractor for the activities of these miscreants.

“We may sound mild and modest in our demands and presentation; we should not be misconstrued to mean a weakness. We shall closely monitor events and if no action is taken in respect of our demands we shall advise ourselves accordingly.

“We shall not hesitate to embark on massive street protest among other options,” he warned

The group said the Garu-Tempane District Assembly spent huge amount of money in paying compensations for the release of land for the project and that such investment should not be allowed to go waste.

“The contractor should explain why he had to cause the Garu-Tempane district Assembly to spend huge sums of money as compensation for land and the construction of residence to house him and some of his workers,” he said.

Some of the stolen iron rods at the Police station

Meanwhile, three people arrested for stealing iron rods from the project site have been given bail for investigations to continue into the matter.

By Tanko Mohammed Rabiu|3news.com|Ghana

Fomena AMASS closes down after fire disaster

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The Fomena T.I. Ahmediyya Senior High School in the Ashanti Region has been closed down, albeit temporary, following a fire outbreak that destroyed the girl’s dormitory.

This is the second time within two months that the school has been affected by fire at a girl’s dormitory. At least four fire incidents have been recorded in the school within a year.

This prompted school authorities to sanction an early midterm to enable the students go home for officials to assess the damage and consider the next available option.

According to sources, the latest fire outbreak started on Tuesday afternoon during classes hours and affected at least two big rooms housing about 90 girls.

Items such as beds, chop box, mattresses, books, bags, computers and others were completely burnt.

The Headmaster of the School, Abdulai Ayyub, who assumed duties just weeks ago, said the temporal closure of the school would afford the school authorities some time to put things right.

Abdulai Ayyub calls for support

“The students are expected back next week Wednesday” he disclosed.

He appealed to the government and stakeholders in education to come to their aid.

By Benjamin Aidoo |TV3|3news.com

Cocoa: Dr. Antwi-Danso upbeat about Ghana-Ivory Coast collaboration

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President Akufo-Addo welcoming President Ouattara [R] at the KIA Monday

International relations expert, Dr. Vladimir Antwi-Danso, has expressed confidence, the price of cocoa on the international market would see a drastic increase, if both Ghana and Ivory Coast prioritise integration across the cocoa value chain.

During a two-day official state visit by the Ivoirian president, Alassane Ouattara, to Ghana this week, Ghana’s president Nana Akufo-Addo announced that the two countries are working together to address the unfavourable global cocoa pricing regime to reduce the vulnerability of both nations to the volatility of the markets.

Speaking in an interview with TV3, Dr. Antwi-Danso who is the Head of Academic Affairs at the Ghana Armed Forces noted that the cooperation would boost the industrialisation agenda of the Akufo-Addo-led government, by adding value to the commodity.

He praised Alassane Ouattara for the reciprocal visit, saying it is an indication of realignment of the relationship between the two countries, following the ITLOS decision.

Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire collectively produced about 60% of the world’s cocoa.

Aside the economic gain, the health benefits of cocoa are numerous, including the provision of flavonoids to help the body process nitric oxide, which improves blood flow, helps lower blood pressure and improves overall heart health. flavonoids is substance in fruit and vegetables that may help protect people against some types of cancer or heart disease.

One student, One chocolate

The one student, one chocolate policy initiated by President Akufo-Addo seeks to create avenues to increase local consumption and increase demand for cocoa.

This in turn would form the need for farmer productivity to be encouraged through the adoption of hand pollination methods and irrigation processes particularly on large farms.

Senior Public Affairs Director at COCOBOD, Noah Kwasi Amenyah has also expressed the need for fertilizers to be provided at a subsidized rate instead of being given to them for free.

This, he said, he would push farmers to approach cocoa farming as a business.

Currently 17% of cocoa farms in the country are over aged, while 23% have been affected by swollen shoot virus, resulting in 40% of cocoa farms in the country being unproductive.

By Natalie Fort |TV3|3news.com