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Sale of multiple lands deter investors - Minister

Accra, June 16, GNA - Mr Ismael Ashitey, the Greater Accra Regional Minister has called on the Chiefs and Family Heads to avoid multiple sale of lands, since that tendency deter businesses from investing in the Region.

He urged the Chiefs to assist and cooperate with all potential investors willing to invest in the Region to create job opportunities for the teeming youth.

The Regional Minister made the call on Saturday at the commissioning of the Villa Angelia Hotel, a 21-bedroom facility with the state-of-the art amenities located in Osu, Accra.

He commended Dr Chidi Anyaegbu, the Founder of the Hotel for putting up the facility to complement government’s efforts at creating avenues for job creation.

He said the facility would create employment and income opportunities in the area, adding that government would continue to create the enabling environment for the private sector to strive.

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Supreme Court dismisses application in Martin Amidu eligibility case

The Supreme Court has dismissed an application by Dr Dominic Ayine, former Deputy Attorney-General, seeking to file a supplementary statement of case in the challenge of the eligibility of Mr Martin Amidu to hold the Office of Special Prosecutor.

The Sole Judge, Mr Justice Gabriel Pwamang, held that the application was not supported by the rules of the court and the court does not find any merit in it.

Justice Pwamang further held that Dr Ayine could only file for amendment of his statement of case.

The court, however, did not award cost against the applicant.

The former deputy Attorney-General in his opinion stated that Mr Amidu, who was 66 years old, was too old to hold public office, under which the Special Prosecutor’s position fell.

Dr Ayine held further that “any other interpretation would result in an unlawful amendment of Article 199 of the Constitution by legislation.”

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President launches Action Plan to combat Anti-microbial resistance

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Wednesday launched Ghana’s Anti-microbial Resistance National Policy and Action Plan, calling on Ghanaians to effect change in the handling of antimicrobials to combat the resistance phenomenon.

Noting that though antimicrobials had, over the course of many years, been used to prevent and treat microbial infections, he pointed out that the significant gains made in the field of infectious disease, animal and crop health, as well as livestock and aquaculture was being threatened by the increasing case of resistance.

Launching the two documents at the Accra International Conference Centre, President Akufo-Addo was emphatic that the phenomenon of anti-microbial resistance was a grave threat to the realisation of the Sustainable Development Goal 3, which demanded that countries ensured healthy lives and the promotion of wellbeing for all at all ages.

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GES urged to rethink on mobile phone use in SHS

Mr Kenneth Ashigbey, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ghana Telecommunications Chamber has called on the Ghana Education service (GES) to re-consider its stance against the use of mobile phones in Senior High Schools.

Speaking at the 87th Speech and prize-giving Day celebration of the St Augustine’s College in Cape Coast on Saturday, Mr Ashigbey said mobile phone usage could be properly regulated in schools to advance academic work of students

The anniversary celebration which was on the theme: “The role of technology in preparing students for the future global economy” brought together people from all walks of life including; old boys, staff, parents and other distinguished personalities from across the country.

Mr Ashigbey said allowing SHS students to use mobile phones must not be a problem because students could be guided on the effective use of the internet and its profitability.

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Yamoransa to get modern kenkey factory under 1D1F

Yamoransa, the hub of the kenkey making industry in Ghana would soon benefit from an ultra-modern kenkey processing factory under the government’s industrialisation strategy to expand local economies.

The facility would be fully furnished with state-of-the-art equipment and facilities including; washrooms, borehole and grinding machines to aid the processing of large quantities of hygienic kenkey for the local and international markets.

Mrs Comfort Garbrah, the Assembly Woman for Yamoransa Electoral Area who announced this at a durbar to mark the international Women’s Day said the construction of the factory would be facilitated by the Mfantsiman Municipal Assembly with support from the Chiefs of the area and the private sector.

The women would also be given periodic training programmes on healthy ways of preparing kenkey, branding, financial literacy, book keeping, customer service and other empowerment programmes to promote their businesses.

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Bottled Water Companies Threaten Shutdown Over Tax Stamp Frustration

Members of the National Association of Sachet and Packaged Water Producers have threatened to shut down their production should the enforcement of the Tax Stamp Law impact negatively on their operations.

They said the current frustration was due to the fact that members had not been able to acquire the tax affixing machines as of the eve of the enforcement of the Tax Stamp law.

A statement issued by the Association’s National Executive Committee in Accra, on Wednesday, said it had been confirmed that none of their member companies had been able to acquire the tax affixing machines at the moment.

It said members were also not in the position to acquire the machines, and, therefore, resolved at an earlier meeting in the day, that producers could access the government tax affixing machine at the Tema Port, in the interim.

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Ministry of Justice given clearance to employ 50 state attorneys

Ms Gloria Akufo, the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, has said the Ministry of Finance has given clearance for the appointment of 50 new state attorneys.

She said the figure is not enough to meet the required state attorneys and other staff of the Attorney Generals Department.

Ms Akufo was addressing staff of the Attorney General Department and other institutions under the Ministry of Justice in the Eastern Region at Koforidua as part of her tour of offices of institutions under his Ministry in the country.

She said she was aware that many of institutions under her Ministry were facing challenges and urged them to prioritize their needs and sent it to her office so that she could make a presentation to the presidency for support.

Ms Akufo said she prefer promotions to be based on performance because that promotes high productivity than promotions based on number of years served.

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Government Secures $40m From World Bank To Support Free SHS

The government of Ghana, under the Secondary Education Improvement Project (SEIP) has negotiated an additional $40m from the World Bank to support the Free Senior High School (SHS) Policy, the Minister of Education has said.

Dr Mathew Opoku Prempeh said this in a speech read on his behalf at the 68th Speech and Prize Giving Day of St. Mary’s Senior High School in Accra.

He said the amount received from the World Bank will be used to upgrade facilities in 75 SHS’s in the country, adding that, the government is “continuing with physical works on the existing Community Day Schools in the country.”
Dr Opoku said the Free SHS had increased enrollment at the Secondary level hence the need for government to invest in infrastructure.

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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.

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Two robbery suspects jump to their death, three others arrested

A daring escape bid by two suspected robbers in handcuffs – jumping from a storey building at Sepe in Kumasi, turned tragic as they died of serious injuries sustained.

They were identified as Mohammed Lukeman and Awudu Usman.

Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Juliana Obeng, the Ashanti Regional Police Public Relations Officer, told journalists that the deceased were members of a robbery gang, terrorizing residents of the city.

Three of thier colleagues, Emmanuel Fosu, alias “Alhaji”, Farouk Amadu, alias “Burger” and Saliu Yakubu, alias “Baba Tunde”, have been arrested and detained.

The deceased had told investigators after their arrest that they had been keeping guns for the robbery attacks in a house and had led the police to the place only to make the daring escape attempt.

ASP Obeng indicated that the gang was linked to series of robbery in the metropolis and the arrest of the members was based upon intelligence.


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