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NDC sure to return to power — Amissah-Arthur

The former Vice-President, Mr Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, has assured the National Democratic Congress (NDC) party members that the NDC would surely return to power in 2020 and help revive the economy which was seriously facing challenges in the hands of the New Patriotic Party (NPP)- led government.

He, however, said winning the 2020 election would depend on unity among the party members from the grassroots to the national level, stressing that the party lost to the NPP due to factions and disunity in the NDC at the time of the last election.

He said, “we did not promise Ghanaians to do this or that when we were coming into power, but we delivered to the expectation of all Ghanaians, including the construction of roads and school infrastructure.

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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.

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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).


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.

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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.

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Vehicles stranded at Yeji as a result of closure of Buipe bridges

Hundreds of vehicles and passengers are stranded at the Yeji side of the Volta River in the Brong Ahafo Region, struggling to catch a ferry across the river to Makango on the northern bank of the river.

As of the time of filing this report, more than 200 vehicles, some loaded with goods, had been stranded for days, waiting to be given the green light to cross to the other side of the river.

Some motorists who spoke to the Daily Graphic indicated that they had spent more than three days in a long queue without getting the chance to cross to the other side.

The Yeji-Makango route is one of several others suggested by the Ghana Highway Authority (GHA) as alternative routes for motorists following the closure of the Buipe and Yapei bridges.

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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.

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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.”



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