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GES has not treated me well, I'm hurt – Former La Presec head

The former headmaster of La PRESEC Senior High School, Mr Samuel Salamat, has described as unfair the treatment meted out to him by the Ghana Education Service (GES).

Mr Salamat was transferred to the Curriculum Research of Development Division (CRDD) at the Headquarters of the Ghana Education Service (G.E.S) in Accra from La PRESEC last week after reports that he requested parents of first-year students to contribute towards the purchase of desks.

In an interview with Accra-based Citi FM on Thursday, Mr Salamat said the decision by the GES to have him transferred without giving him a fair hearing was painful.

“It is unfortunate that despite the relationship I have with the Ministry of Education, they could not invite me to find my side of the story. I feel very very hurt,” he said.


Scammers target Baby Jet Airline

Baby Jet Airline (BBJ), an airline company owned by Black Stars skipper Asamoah Gyan is yet to begin operations but it appears scammers have already targeted their operations.

Gyan took to his Twitter handle a few hours after President Akufo-Addo disclosed that Gyan he has obtained a carrier license to warn persons to ignore messages on any social media page regarding recruitment by the airline.

According to him, such pages are being operated by scammers, adding that additional information about the company could be obtained from his business manager Samuel Anim Addo.

He tweeted: "kindly ignore any social media page talking about recruitment 4 BBJ, its a scam if you need info contact my team and @AnimSammy.


Four million Ghanaians 'mad' – Mental Health Authority

About four million Ghanaians, out of the estimated population of 28million are suffering from mild to severe mental illness, the Mental Health Authority (MHA), has said.

The Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the authority, Dr Caroline Amissah who disclosed this on the sidelines of the launch of a non-governmental organisation (NGO), Friends of Mental Health, in Accra on Monday, said one in every four persons in Ghana has a mental illness.

According to her, the four million persons were suffering from mild to severe mental disorders, including depression, anxiety disorders, bi-polar disorder and schizophrenia, with depression and schizophrenia as the lead mental disorders in mild and severe mental disorders respectively.

Mental health not a priority


Ayitey Powers ready to fight Bukom Banku or Bastie Samir

Veteran boxer Michael "Powers" Ayitey has proposed to fight the winner of the upcoming "Make-or-Break" bout between Braimah Kamoko and Bastie Samir tomorrow.

Powers, who lost twice to Banku, said he was assured by the promoter of the bout, Alex Ntiamoah Boakye of the Box Office Sports Promotion, that he would be up for another payday with either Bastie or Banku, depending on who wins on the night.

With Banku being tipped to carry the night due to his rich experience in the sport, it is not certain he will fight Powers for the third time in three years, should he win tomorrow.

"I am ready to fight the winner of the Bukom Banku and Bastie Samir fight because that was what the promoter told me and I am waiting," he told the Graphic Sports in an interview yesterday.


Fish production in Ghanaian waters declines

The Chief Director of the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development says there has been a decline in fish production in Ghana from the average of 289,000 tonnes a year to 203,000 tonnes over the past five years.

Mr Michael Arthur-Dadzie said the causes of decline were being observed even though the number of fishing boats, nets and fishermen had increased.

The chief director was speaking at the closing session of a 10-day training of 100 fisheries compliance observers as part of activities under West African Regional Fisheries Project (WARFP) to reduce illegal fishing and sustain fisheries management in the country.

Mr Arthur-Dadzie, who spoke on behalf of the sector minister,said: “Total fish production has hovered around 400,000 tonnes for many years and there are strong indications, however, of decline in fish production of important fish stock such as Sardinella, even though fishing capacity and efforts have been increasing.”



NDC shifts gear for 2020 polls

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has drawn a comprehensive plan of action to reclaim political power in the 2020 Presidential and Parliamentary elections.

The plan, which included all internal elections and the biometric re-registration of party members, was adopted at a National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting last Thursday. It was chaired by the National Chairman and Leader of the party, Mr Kofi Portuphy, and in attendance were representatives from all the 10 regions.

Details of plan

Disclosing details of the plan to the Daily Graphic in Accra last Friday, the Deputy General Secretary (Operations), Mr Koku Anyidoho, said branch elections across the length and breadth of the country were scheduled for the last week of January 2018 while March 24 and 25, 2018 had been set aside for constituency elections.


Davido pleads his innocence in death of close pal

Embattled Nigerian afro-pop act, David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido, has released a statement, through his lawyers, stating that his late friend, Tagbo Umeike, never entered his car.

He also released CCTV footages of the night’s events.

The statement by Davido’s lawyer, Norrison Quakers (SAN), entitled

The Unfortunate Death of Tagbo Umeike; Davido’s Story, reads in full:

“Our attention as solicitors to Mr. David Adeleke aka Davido, has been drawn to statements and comments both on the social, electronic and print media including but not limited to a very recent publication by national daily, wherein various statements credited to the Acting Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Mr. Edgal Imohimi, insinuating inter alia that our client has a case to answer in the unfortunate demise of one Mr. Tagbo Umeike.


Three armed robbers caught on CCTV jailed 75 years

It was a heartbreaking experience for Hafiz Ali’s father after he witnessed his son being jailed 25 years by the Accra Circuit Court for being part of a gang that robbed a liquor distribution company at Mamprobi and killing a guard in the process.

On his way to the vehicle that would transport him to prison, Ali saw his father and some relatives who witnessed his conviction. He broke down and in tears apologised to his father.

“Forgive me for all the troubles that I have caused you since I was born. I know I might not survive prison, but all I need is your forgiveness,’’ he cried.

It was a moving sight as the father walked with his handcuffed son to the awaiting vehicle. Even as he entered the vehicle, the father could be seen talking to his son and encouraging him to be strong.


Yakubu Shaibu, another member of the gang was also sentenced to 25 years imprisonment by the court, presided over by Mr Aboagye Tandoh, on Wednesday.


Ghana has exhausted its FM spectrums - NCA

Ghana has exhausted its Frequency Modulation (FM) Spectrums. To this end, the National Communications Authority (NCA) is not in a position to allocate new FM spectrums until further notice.

The NCA has accordingly suspended the receipt of new applications for FM broadcasting authorisation.

“The general public will be informed when the suspension is lifted,” a public notice, dated October 3, 2017, posted on the website of the NCA said.

FM authorisation

The NCA has so far given frequency authorisations to 505 FM radio broadcasting stations across the country.

Out of the number, 392 stations were operational as of June 30, 2017.

They included 31 public radio stations, five public (foreign) radio stations, 81 community radio stations, 22 campus radio stations and 366 commercial radio stations.

NCA director


JUSSAG to strike over unpaid rent allowance

The Judicial Service Staff Association of Ghana (JUSSAG) is threatening to lay down their tools if government fails to settle the rent allowances for its members.

According to JUSSAG, the outstanding allowance has been in arrears since January 2017.

A letter addressed to the Minister of Employment and Labour Relations and signed by the General Secretary of JUSSAG, Derrick Annan, said if government fails to make the payment on or before October 19, 2017, the leadership of the Association will be forced to declare the industrial action to demand what is due JUSAG members.

“We, respectfully, reiterate that the rent allowance entitled our rank and file is explicitly stated in our conditions of service, and has received approval of the Judicial Council.

This allowance has been outstanding since January 2017, and all efforts to receive payment have not yielded the needed response,” the letter stated.


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