Unregistered Gun Owners Likely To Face Life Imprisonment

Suspects found guilty of owning an unregistered gun or a light weapon could soon be handed life sentences.
That's according to the National Commission on small arms and light weapons.
The commission is currently undertaking consultations to review the existing 1962 legislation to respond to current challenges.
For instance, proposals made for consideration include one can apply to own a weapon at age 21 up from the current age of 18.
There is also a proposal to place geographical limit on weapons registered.  So that it would be impossible for weapons registered in Accra to be taken to Kumasi.
Executive secretary of the commission Jones Aplerh told  Joy News' Elton Brobbey, unaccounted for weapons in wrong hands threaten the security of the state and the law when amended would cater for all that.
He added the Commission is also looking into the number of weapons one can own.
At best, one person would only be licensed to own one weapon.


Ayittey Powers Apologizes To Fans For Losing Against Bukom Banku

Ayittey Powers

Defeated Ayittey Powers has apologized to his fans for his disappointing showcase with Bukom Banku last Thursday at the Accra stadium.
 Bukom Banku won a 12-round unanimous decision over rival Ayittey Powers to run his perfect record to 27-0 in a non-title “Judgement Day” bout.
 Powers who before the bout assured his fans of victory over Banku has rendered an unqualified apology to the many fans he disappointed on the night
“I just want to apologize to my fans because I wasn’t expecting something like this myself, went in there to win but only God knows what happened,” he exclusively told Joy fm
“I’m begging all of them, we should give everything to God because he knows best but I promise to bounce back again.
Ahead of the bout there were issues with Bukom Banko over weighing the required weight for their division.
According to Powers that was one of the many reasons that accounted to his loss and would want a rematch with Brimah Kamoko.


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Police Grab Robber Who Raped Pastor's Daughter at Gun Point

Jeff Appiah

Police intelligence has led to the arrest of an 18-year-old employed man who raped the daughter of a Kumasi-based pastor at gun point during a robbery incident.
Jeff Appiah who has admitted committing the crime, with the support of an accomplice at large, stormed the Dompoase-Kuwait residence of the pastor with locally manufactured pistols on May 5, 2014.
Police say the robbers broke into the home of the pastor and his family at 2:21a.m.
The armed men ransacked the Dompoase-Kuwait residence of man of God, robbed the family of GH¢ 700, three mobile phones.
They also raped the unidentified daughter of the pastor at gun point to the shock of the parents.
The traumatized daughter has since been seeking medical attention at a health facility in Kumasi.
According to Regional Crime Officer, Chief Superintendent Peter Baba, Jeff and his accomplice bolted after the attack on the family until intelligence led to his arrest at an Atonsu-Kuwait hideout.


AFAG Endorses NPP Boycott of National Economic Dialogue


The Alliance for Accountable Governance (AFAG) says it was a "good decision" for the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to boycott the National Economic Forum.
"AFAG finds the decision as [a] well thought over and respectful to the role of NPP's minority representation in parliament", AFAG said in a press release on Wednesday.
According to the pressure group, the opposition NPP has constantly drawn the attention of the ruling National Democratic Congress to economic decisions that would hurt the macroeconomic fortunes of the country.
"In all instances, it fell on deaf ears. The NDC have always used a larger majority representation to push its party's set economic agenda without recourse to the constructive inputs of the minority [NPP]", says AFAG.
The NPP leadership opted out of a National Economic Forum which was aimed at, among other things, building a consensus on how to improve Ghana's troubled economy.


Weija Water Plant To Be Shut Down Today

The management of Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) says the Weija Treatment Plant will be shut for two days beginning this Friday, May 16, 2014.
Management of the water company in a release issued Thursday said, the shutdown is to enable engineers carryout routine maintenance works on the Weija Treatment plant.
“The planned shutdown which will last from 6 am on Friday to 6pm on Saturday is to allow GWCL to install a valve on the Weija transmission line at Heavy wood, Odorkor in Accra. Subsequently, the installation of the valve would enable GWCL to isolate and repair a faulty pipeline at Kokroko near Awoshie Junction”.
This will interrupt the already deficient supply of water to consumers in western and central parts of Accra and management wants residents to store enough water for the period. The areas to be affected include: Kasoa, CP, Nyanyaano, Amanfro, Obom Road and Weija, Tetegu.


Parents Petition Ministry of Education Over Legon Road Saga

Minister of Education, Prof. Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang

Parents of pupils of the University of Ghana Basic Schools (UGBS), which is managed by the University of Ghana, Legon, have petitioned the Minister of Education, Prof. Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang, to "restrain" the university authorities from charging them the controversial road tolls.
At a press conference on Tuesday May 13, 2014, the "Concerned Parents of Non-Staff Pupils of University of Ghana Basic Schools" called for an end to what they described as "discriminatory fees" just for alighting and picking their children from the UGBS premises.
The aggrieved parents insist the best interest of their children was not considered by the university authorities before implementing the policy to charge them Ghc400.00 every year.
The University of Ghana authorities earlier this year begun charging tolls for unlimited access to university campuses.

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17.5% VAT charges on banking services

Government says the planned implementation of a 17.5 per cent VAT levy on banking services will not start next month as had been widely reported.
The date for implementation of the new VAT law, -January 2014- after it was passed  by parliament in December 2013 and assented to by president John Mahama same month, has been deferred until the public understands the levy.
The decision to charge 17.5% on financial services rendered by the banks has generated a huge public controversies, with some customers reported to be queueing at banks to withdraw their savings.
Some of the banks-Barclays and Ecobank- have begun circulating text messages informing clients that the policy will take effect from May.

NPP needs to target Zongo Communities in 2016 – Kwabena Agyepong

An aspiring General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Kwabena Agyepong, says the party needs complete overhauling to attract floating voters.
He also proposed the designing of a proper work plan to woo residents of Zongo communities whose allegiance to the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) is unquestionable.
This in Mr. Agyepong’s estimation will convince residents of Zongo communities and floating voters to change position and massively vote for the NPP in 2016.
Mr. Kwabena Agyepong was addressing the media on Monday March 25, 2014 at his Nima campaign office in Accra.
He told the enthusiastic crowd that the NPP needed visionary leadership to win the 2016 general elections.
He observed that there was a worrying disconnects between the party’s national leadership and the grassroot organizers.


Nigeria: Zenith Bank chief appointed governor of Central Bank

Nigeria’s President, Goodluck Jonathan has appointed the Managing Director of Zenith Bank PLC, Godwin Emefiele as the new governor of the country’s Central Bank.
Mr. Jonathan is reported to have submitted Mr. Emefiele’s name to the Senate for confirmation yesterday - hours after he announced the suspension of the governor, Sanusi Lamido for "financial recklessness and misconduct".
The Central Bank of Nigeria’s deputy governor, Sarah Alade, was subsequently named as acting governor of the bank.
Mr. Emefiele is however to take over fully as the substantive governor in place of Mr. Sanusi whose tenure elapses in June 2014.


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