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March salaries to delay; we can’t keep borrowing to pay staff – UG

The University of Ghana, Legon will be unable to pay its workers their March 2018 salaries on time due to the government’s failure to release subventions.

No timeline has been given for when payment will eventually be made.

A memo, sighted by Citi News, from the University Registry also revealed that the University has been borrowing money for the past two months to pay salaries.

The memo, which was signed by the Registrar of the University of Ghana, Legon, Mercy Haizel-Ashia said the “processing and release of the compensation subvention for January and February has been delayed.”

“Therefore, payment for March 2018 salaries cannot be made as scheduled. It is not possible to borrow for a third month to pay salaries,” the memo added.

Assurances have been given that “efforts are being made by management to ensure that the delay does not prolong.”

Payment of salaries at the university is normally effected by the 25th day of the month.

Mon
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Opuni, Seidu Agongo trial begins today

Former COCOBOD boss, Dr. Stephen Opuni, will make his first appearance in court today [Monday], for among others allegedly causing financial loss to the state in a fertilizer supply deal.

Dr. Opuni and Siedu Agongo, the CEO of Zeera Group of Companies and Agricult Ghana, which also belongs to Seidu Agongo, are cumulatively facing some 27 charges, including abetment of crime and conspiracy to commit crime.

Some key National Democratic Congress executives and the family of Dr. Opuni have described his prosecution as witch hunting, indicating their preparedness to stand by him.
The Attorney General about two weeks filed the 27 counts including a charge of causing financial loss to the state.

Seidu Agongo, CEO of Zeera Group of Companies and Agricult Ghana Limited, is said to have been a beneficiary of a supposed fraudulent fertilizer contract worth over GH¢43 million.

Mon
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Armed robbers now using Tramadol to be bold - COP Ken Yeboah

The wanton abuse of drugs especially Tramadol is partly to blame for the increasing cases of robberies in the country, officials of the Ghana Police Service have revealed.

According to the Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana, the drug is approved for the management of pain but the rapid increase in its use by the youth is worrying.

“The strengths approved for use in Ghana by the FDA are the 50mg and 100mg oral capsules,” not 200mg/250mg as it has found to be circulating in markets in the country”

Ashanti Regional Police Commander, COP Ken Yeboah on Kumasi-based Abusua FM, told host Kwame Adinkra that the drug is being abused by these criminals you use it and become fearless.

“If they take the drug, they become bold and sometimes want to engage us in a shootout. Some of them are pushed into this as a result of societal pressure, greed and mentors”, he stated.

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KMA moves to regulate operations of waste collection tricycles

To regulate the use of tricycles in waste collection, the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) has launched branded tricycles for the collection and disposal of waste in the metropolis.
The measure is also to check indiscriminate littering and dumping of solid waste by operators of waste collection tricycles, which has gained a lot of popularity in Kumasi in recent times.

In addition, the move is to ensure that tricycles used to cart solid waste are not used to transport food items.

Orange colour

The KMA has branded the solid waste tricycles in orange to help the public identify and use them accordingly.

The assembly has also issued identification numbers and tags to all the waste collection tricycles in a bid to regulate and monitor their activities, while the riders are to wear prescribed protective gear in the discharge of their duties.

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Deputy Speaker calls for ‘shoot-to-kill’ policy against illegal miners

Ghana’s security agencies should be given the power to shoot anyone caught engaging in illegal mining practices, the First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Joseph Osei Owusu has clamoured.
In recent years Ghana has chalked some successes in the fight against illegal mining, popularly known as galamsey.

Government has made the menace one of its primary aims, and has put in place measures to ensure that the country does not lose any more lands and water bodies to such illegal operations.

Last year, an anti-galamsey taskforce made up of police and military named Operation Vanguard was launched to fight the activities of 'galamseyers' and to protect the environment.

The task force has since made many arrests, although there are still some illegal miners who have proved to be recalcitrant.

The First Deputy Speaker of Parliament believes the best way to stop the act is to give the Police the power to shoot offenders.

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Ghana 61st Independence Day marked in regions, districts

The 61st independence anniversary was marked with parades in the regional and district capitals throughout the country yesterday.
This year’s celebration was on the theme: “Ghana Beyond Aid.”

From Tarkwa, Akwasi Ampratwum-Mensah reports that participants from first and second cycle institutions in the Tarkwa-Nsuaem Municipality in the Western Region converged on the Tarkwa and Aboso (T&A) Park to perform the march past in commemoration of the anniversary celebration parade yesterday.

Also present at the function and participating were representatives of the various political parties, voluntary organisations, cadet corps, artisans, assembly members and heads of department, with a mass band from Presby regiment and Fiaseman Senior High School regimental group providing inspirational music.

In Koforidua, George Folley reports that 1,184 schoolchildren took part in the parade at the Koforidua Jackson Park.

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8 Die in Gomoa Dominase Junction accident

Eight persons have been confirmed dead in an accident at Gomoa Dominase Junction on the Winneba-Accra highway in the Central Region on Saturday, March 3, 2018.
Five of them died on the spot while the three others died while on admission at the Winneba Trauma and Specialist Hospital.

Twenty other passengers who sustained varying degrees of injury are receiving treatment at the same hospital.

Overtaking

Preliminary investigations by the police indicate that the driver of a Sprinter Benz Bus, with registration number GS 8702-12, overtook a vehicle ahead of him and unfortunately ran into the Hyundai H100 (with registration number GX 2894-17) whose occupants had attended a wedding ceremony at Kasoa and were heading towards Agona Swedru.

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Martin Amidu officially begins work today

The Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu, will begin work on Monday, according to Joy News sources in government.

Mr Amidu was sworn into office by the President two weeks ago and is expected to lead government’s anti-corruption crusade.

Mr Amidu received an overwhelming endorsement from Parliament’s Appointments Committee after his vetting last month.

His office, sited at Labone in Accra has been specially selected to ensure adequate independence from other ministries, in the discharge of his duties.

First cases

Mr Amidu has reportedly hit the ground running by going for details of a high-profile corruption case that rocked the country in 2011.

Details are sketchy, but Daily Guide newspaper reports that the Special Prosecutor, who is noted for his stance on corruption issues, appears to have settled on the Woyome GH¢51.2 million scandal as his first national assignment.

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10 armed men storm automobile company in stunning daylight robbery

At least 10 armed men have stormed Royal Motors, an automobile company in Accra, making away with the company's sales in a stunning daylight robbery Tuesday morning.

Myjoyonline.com's David Andoh, who spoke to eyewitnesses reported the robbers trailed a bullion van that had entered the Industrial Area premises of the company to collect the company's sales made the previous day.

The van dropped off a cashier who was detailed to count the money and later contacted the driver to come pick him up.

Soon after, the suspects in a car drove into the premises. They attacked a security man in his cubicle, took his phones and roughed him up.

While at this, one of the suspects entered into the secretary's office under the pretext of negotiating the purchase of a motorbike.

Although the conversation was meant to distract the secretary, it was the beatings outside that finally caught her attention.

Mon
26
Feb
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Most young ladies in Ghana abusing contraceptive pills - FDA reveals

The Food and Drugs Authority is raising concerns over what it has seen to be the growing trend of most young girls in Ghana abusing contraceptive pills.

Research conducted by DKT International show that most of the young women who abuse these contraceptive pills suffer from mild to severe side effects from high blood pressure and even death in most cases.

"One month they will take it three times. They have serious issues with their periods. That's what they normally come to me for education on what to do. They haven't received any education and they refuse to read the leaflet," a woman who dispenses drugs at a pharmacy, Joyce Kyeremateng Abebrese, revealed to Joy FM.

Greater Accra regional health director, Dr Linda Van Otoo, says most of the unsafe abortions were from young and unmarried ladies who got pregnant through unsafe sex.

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