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17
Jan
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GBC boss fired

The Director General of Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC), Dr Akuffo Annoff-Ntow, has been asked to proceed on leave with immediate effect.

Various media sources quoted the GBC Board Chairman, Rev Prof. Emmanuel Addo-Obeng, as saying Dr. Anoff-Ntow is being asked to proceed on leave because of his poor handling of the television licence fee issue.

Prof. Addo-Obeng said the decision was taken on Monday and said the regulator – National Media Commission (NMC) – had been officially notified about the decision.

He said “the duration for the leave will depend on consultation with the NMC.”

The Board Chairman said on Radio Ghana operated by GBC, “We are going to immediately engage NMC to discuss a whole lot of issues affecting GBC and the future of the state broadcaster,”

Rev Prof. Addo-Obeng further explained that one board member and two directors of GBC are supposed to steer the affairs of the corporation until the issues are ironed out.

Wed
17
Jan
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Seven arrested and detained over killing of two police officers

Seven suspects believed to have shot and killed two police officers at Drobonso near Kumawu in the Afram Plains have been arrested and detained by the police.

Another officer suffered serious gunshot wounds during the attack and is on admission at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital.

Commissioner of Police (COP) Ken Yeboah, the Ashanti Regional Commander, announced the arrest in a press statement, he signed in Kumasi.

The deceased – Inspector Adolph Mutse and Constable Prosper Asinyo, were returning from night patrol duty when they were shot dead at a road block mounted by the suspects.

COP Yeboah indicated that the seven were picked at different locations – Kwamang, Jema, Yeji, Techiman and Prang and three guns together with 17 live cartridges seized from them.

Fri
05
Jan
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First Aid Kit charge: Drivers can file for refund – Transport Ministry

The Ministry of Transport has indicated that, vehicle owners who have already been charged for the unapproved First Aid Kits by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA), can file for a refund.

This follows a directive by the board of DVLA that halted the implementation, after the Transport Ministry said the DVLA acted arbitrarily in implementing the policy.

Speaking on Eyewitness News, a Deputy Transport Minister, Titus Glover, said potential claims should be “looked at case by case,” whilst reiterating his earlier assertion that the situation was totally unacceptable.
“They should make an application. So long as the board has instructed that they should stop it entirely. It should be looked at on a case by case [basis], and if you make the application, why not,” the deputy Minister stated.

The DVLA halted the charges on the instructions of the Ministry of Transport.

Thu
04
Jan
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Over 15,000 queue for 500 Immigration Service jobs

Nearly fifteen thousand youth have converged on the El Walk Stadium in Accra undergoing a recruitment procedure to enroll into the Ghana Immigration Service.

Out of this number, only five hundred are expected to be selected to join the Service nationwide, according to Citi News’ Felicia Osei.

Ghana’s youth unemployment has reached alarming levels as thousands of graduates pass out from the universities each year.

The applicants, made up of mostly unemployed youth are being taken through various stages including screening, body and height check.

The huge number of applicants has caused severe vehicular traffic as job seekers queue from the gates to gain entry into the stadium.

The Ghana Immigration Service on Wednesday cautioned the public to be wary of fraudsters parading themselves as officials of the Service in the ongoing recruitment exercise.

Tue
02
Jan
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Special TV Licence Courts to operate from January 4, 2018

Special TV Licence Courts to start sitting every Thursday with effect from 4th January, 2018, has been approved by the Chief Justice.

They will adjudicate TV licence cases in all the regions, sitting from 8:30am to 4:00pm, a letter addressed to the Director-General of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) by the Judiciary Secretary, Justice Alex Poku-Acheampong has said.

The letter dated December 11, was in response to an earlier one by the GBC to the CJ in November requesting for the designation of special courts to adjudicate TV licence cases.

The letter reads in part:
“We write to acknowledge receipt of your letter dated 6th November, 2017 in respect of the above-mentioned subject.

“This is to inform you that the Honourable Lady Chief Justice has granted your request for the establishment of Special TV Licence Courts as indicated in the attached document.

Tue
02
Jan
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Nana Addo approves Special Prosecutor Bill, others

President Nana Akufo-Addo has assented to five key Bills which were passed by Parliament in 2017.

The Bills include the Office of the Special Prosecutor Bill, the Zongo Development Fund Bill and the three National Development Authority Bills.

The approval of the Development Authorities Bills by the President will see the creation of the Coastal, Middle Belt and Northern Development Authorities, the latter of which replaces the controversial Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA).

These authorities will champion the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) campaign promise of disbursing $1 million to every constituency to address pressing needs.

The three development authorities will be under the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme (IPEP), which is expected to receive an annual allocation of $275 million.

The Zongo Development Fund Bill sought to establish the legal framework for the implementation of the Zongo Development Fund.

Tue
02
Jan
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42 People arrested for illegal mining

Forty-two suspected illegal miners were arrested on the River Offin at Manso Asaman and Essienkyem in the Ashanti Region in December last year.

The illegal miners were arrested by the police, in collaboration with the Amansie West District Assembly and the Ghana National Association of Small-Scale Miners.

Some of the illegal miners were arrested by the team on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

The team also seized and destroyed 86 pieces of mining equipment in the course of the arrests, in line with the Minerals and Mining Act, 2006 (Act 703).

Importance

Briefing the Daily Graphic, the Amansie West District Chief Executive, Mr William Bediako Asante, said 17 other illegal miners who had earlier been arrested and put before court were each fined GH¢12,000.

He said four of them who could not pay the fine were serving jail sentences of four-and-a half months each.

Tue
02
Jan
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Juju man arrested for possessing fake currencies

The Wassa Akropong district police command has arrested a juju man for allegedly defrauding by false pretense.

According to ASP Olivia Adiku, the Western Regional Police PRO, at about 1430 hours on Sunday December 31, one John Opoku and three others from Wassa and Kwame Dikrom, assisted by Military Patrol Officers, arrested Mallam Latif Abdul Mumuni for defrauding them to the tune of GH¢81, 000.

The said Mallam took GH¢81,000 from the complainants to enable him to uncover some gold buried by their dead (complainants) Grandparents.

She said after buying some items for Mallam Latif to fulfill his part of the agreement he failed and rather gave them various denominations of fake currencies in US dollars, Euro, CFA and Cedis, all amounting to GH¢1.5 milion.

The complainants later realised that the notes were counterfeit and reported the matter to the police.

Mon
11
Dec
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Gunmen kill four, injure eight at Bunkpurugu

Unidentified gunmen last night opened fire on a crowd killing four persons and injuring eight at Najon in the Bunkpurugu district of the Northern Region.

An eyewitness told Radio Ghana correspondent Murtala Issah that, the gunmen invaded the community on motorbikes at about 7 pm, picked out a crowd at the market square and started shooting sporadically.

Spokesperson for the Northern Regional Police Command, ASP Yussif Tanko, has confirmed the incident. He explained that two men died on the spot while two others died at the Bindi hospital.

ASP Tanko said the injured are receiving treatment at the Baptist Medical Center at Nalerigu, but added that the gunmen and their motive are yet to be identified. He said the police are investigating the matter.

The Bunkpurugu district has seen communal, land and chieftaincy disputes in the past.

The area is one of the remote parts of Ghana with high levels of poverty and poor telecommunications network.

Mon
11
Dec
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Fire Raze Down Konongo-Odumase SHS Dormitory

Konongo-Odumase Senior High School (SHS), which gutted fire on Saturday, December, 9 around 7: 45 pm has misplaced over 100 students.

The situation which forced some of the students to spend the night in the school’s Assembly Hall, had all the dormitory burnt into ashes.

Briefing the media on the incident, the Konongo-Odumase Divisional Fire Commander, Emmanuel Richard Mensah, indicated that, the fire which started in the the boys’ dormitory at about 7:45 pm and spread to other parts of the building, burning almost everything including students beds and other equipment into ashes.

According to him, there were no casualty recorded as the incidents occurred while the students were studying during prep.

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