Oko Vanderpuije charges African city authorities to ensure decent living

The Mayor of Accra Alfred Oko Vanderpuije has challenged City Authorities in Africa to strive to bridge the development gap to ensure decent living for all.
Speaking at the second Africa urban infrastructure investment forum in Luanda, Angola the mayor stated that City Authorities in Africa have an obligation to deliver basic services to the people irrespective of the circumstances.
The Mayor who was speaking on the theme innovative solutions to bridge the urban infrastructure gap made a strong case for city authorities to lay special emphasis on educational infrastructure. The forum will propose concrete steps to be taken to maximize the effectiveness of urban infrastructure development.
Alfred Oko Vanderpuije urged city authorities to adopt a vision of commitment in advancing the course of humanity.


Woman in labour Sacked From Hospital For Not Shaving Private Part

A midwife at Koforidua Zongo Health Centre in the Eastern Region has allegedly turned away a woman in labour for failing to shave her private parts.

Bushira Safinau, 25, was reportedly ordered by the midwife to go home and shave before she can be assisted to deliver at the health centre.

Heavily pregnant and restless with pain, the victim pleaded with the nurse to assist but her plea was rejected.

Unable to bear the discomfort and pain, she decided to go back home but delivered on her way.

The incident has infuriated members of the Zongo community in Koforidua, who describe the midwife’s conduct as unprofessional.

They say the unavailability of a professional hand to assist their pregnant neighbour during the delivery could have caused her death.

They added that the midwife responsible for the insensitive action should not be allowed to go scot-free.


2.9 million SSNIT membership records digitized

The Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) is expected to migrate over 2.9million membership records onto the OBS platform by the end of this year as part of its Operational Business Suite project (OBS).

The whole idea is to “convert all documents from paper to digital and to have a backup of digital information,” said Martin Benjamin-Addy, project lead of the Digitisation centre.

The OBS project is a tool to manage and enhance core operational activities, which include registration of employers; establishments and employees/workers; contribution-management; compliance enforcement; and payment of benefits.

At a media facility tour to the Contact Centre, Data Centre and Records Department, officials of SSNIT indicated their resolve to move from the manual way of doing things to digital, and so effectively serve the customer.


Ghana Experienced 4 percent Economic Growth in 2014

Ghana’s economy grew by four percent for last year. That’s according to the final GDP estimates released by the Ghana Statistical Service.

The 4 percent is the final growth for 2014 after it projected a 4.2 percent growth when it gathered about 70 percent of data for calculating the GDP estimates.

According to the Government Statistician, Dr. Philomena Nyarko, the reduction was influenced by declining import.

“The indications are that there were lower imports volumes in 2014 than earlier estimated. Marine fishing output also declined considerably," Dr. Nyarko said.

The services sector, had highest share of the annual GDP with 49. 6 percent, followed by industry with 28.4 percent, and agriculture with the least share of 22 .0 percent.

However, in terms of growth, services had a 5.7 percent growth, agriculture 4.6 percent, and industry, 0.9 percent.


Power Barge To Arrive in September

The first of two power barges to mitigate Ghana's power crisis is now expected to arrive in Ghana in September this year and not April as was originally anticipated.

Deputy Power Minister John Jinapor confirmed the rescheduling of the arrival date in an interview with Joy News, Wednesday.

He said the delay in completing the necessary paperwork for the barges led to the shift in date.

Government has signed a contract with Turkish company, Karpower to manufacture two emergency power ships to help solve Ghana's energy crisis.

Power Minister Dr Kwabena Donkor said the first barge was to arrive in Ghana in April.

However an official of Karpower, Patrick Odrisco, told Joy Business' Daryl Kwawu his company cannot meet the April deadline.

Odrisco hinted the earliest time they will be able to complete the first barge is September.


Dating Older Women Isn't Bad - EL

Popular rapper EL has revealed that he once dated an older woman and that he finds nothing wrong with it.

According to the 2015 VGMA Best Rapper, the woman was about five or six years older than him and very beautiful.

However, he had to let go of the relationship because she had to travel out of the country and he wasn't ready for a long distance relationship.

"I have been with an old woman and there is nothing wrong with it. I am just being hon­est. Yeah, I have dated an older woman before. She was about five or six years older than me; it wasn't that drastic. She is beautiful. We still talk to this day. She is presently outside the country but then she was in Ghana," he said on ZTV on Wednesday.

"We dated briefly three years ago. It didn't last for too long; a few months and she had to go and I don't do long distance. I was then in my late 20s and she was in her early 30s," he added.


KKD May Be In Trouble Again!

The Attorney General, Marrietta Oppong-Brew has disclosed that the rape case against broadcaster Kwasi Kyei Darkwah (KKD) may not be over yet. It was only dropped because the alleged victim was unwilling to testify.

The state filed a Nolle Prosequi Wednesday, indicating the state was no longer interested in prosecuting KKD, who was standing trial for allegedly raping Miss Ewuraffe Orleans Thompson.

The Airport Police arrested KKD on December 27, 2014 after a 19-year-old lady, Miss Ewuraffe Orleans Thompson, accused him of raping her in a hotel washroom.

State prosecutors had vowed to prosecute KKD even though the alleged victim, 19-yar-old Ewuraffe Orleans Thompson had written to them declaring her disinterest in the case.

They, however, beat a retreat when the case was called Wednesday.


'Child Actor' Prevented From Writing WASSCE

Young actor Emmanuel Darko, known as Cartoon in popular TV series Afia Schwarzenegger, was on Monday prevented from writing one of his papers in the ongoing West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

Emmanuel was one of eight final year students of St John's Grammar Senior High School in Accra who were prevented from writing the paper Monday.

The students were prevented from writing their Christian Religious Studies paper by school authorities because they showed up at the exam centre in bushy hair.

Young Darko, together with his mates, was filled with anger and disappointment over the school authorities’ decision but said they had no choice than to resit the paper next year.

The actor and his colleagues speaking to Joy News alleged that there were other students who wore artificial nails and eye-lashes but were allowed to write the paper.


Ghana's Energy Crisis To Last Longer

Government's numerous promises to end the power crisis will once again be far from fulfillment as emissaries sent to Turkey to find out the state of the power barges that would ease the crisis have come home empty handed.

According to a member of Parliament’s Finance Committee, Kwabena Amankwaa Asiamah, one of the emissaries, the power barges are still under construction.

This means the current load shedding exercise which has led to loss of lives, jobs, closure of businesses and affected the lifestyles of citizens may persist for a while longer.

Power Minister Dr Kwabena Donkor had in February this year listed the Turkey barges as one of the major interventions to ease the energy crisis in the country.

Numerous deadlines and promises by government officials, and allied institutions to resolve the crisis have all been broken.

But Dr Donkor sounded reassuring on his first public statement after he was appointed Power Minister.


South African High Commission Receive Arson Threats

Four persons on Friday threatened to burn down the South African High Commission in Accra in the heat of the xenophobic attacks on foreigners in South Africa.

South Africa's High Commissioner to Ghana, Ms. Lulama Xingwana, who disclosed this to the media in Accra on Monday, said the Commission has been receiving threats from persons she did not name.

She said four men stormed the High Commission's premises on Friday and forcefully tried to enter the offices but their effort was thwarted by the security attachment at the Commission.

“After that, they threatened that they will be coming back to burn the High Commission’s offices,” Ms. Xingwana revealed.

She said the threats have been reported to the police, “and we have received the support from the police to make sure that the premises are safe”.

The Commission has staff who are both Ghanaians and South Africans and must all be protected, Ms Xingwana said.


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