CDD Boss Supports Partisan Lecturers

Executive Director of the Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), Prof. Gyimah Boadi has made a strong case in support of lecturers who want to do partisan politics.

In his view, making public declarations about one’s political affiliation as a lecturer is more preferable to the clandestine political activities senior lecturers engaged in on the various campuses; sometimes hiding behind students political groupings such as TESCON for NPP and NDC’s TEIN.

He was commenting on a group of lecturers from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology called “KNUST NPP Frontliners” with the goal of helping the opposition party to offer policy alternatives and ideas to help improve the country’s socio-economic development.

Some have criticised the senior staff at KNUST for their decision but Prof. Gyimah Boadi told Joy News “I am glad that the group is coming out… but it comes with a big challenge to all”.


'YFM kidnap victim suffering from bipolar disorder,' doctors suggest

Takoradi-based YFM presenter, Ms Ada, who was reportedly kidnapped five times and sexually assaulted, is too traumatised to leave hospital, doctors say. Presently, a team of doctors, psychologists and the police have begun interviewing the presenter but her condition is such that it is difficult to solicit any meaningful information from her, Dr Boateng Duah who has been taking care of her told Joy News Wednesday.
The team is seeking to get information on exactly what happened to the lady whose employers believed she was kidnapped after pictures suggesting her assault went viral. The presenter was found Tuesday after she went missing for about a week. She was reportedly raped by a gang of five and her nude pictures distributed on the internet.


YFM presenter was not raped; she was acting a movie

The YFM presenter who gripped the entire nation with an allegation of abduction and rape may have been acting a movie with the Ghanaian populace being gullible spectators.

The Inspector General of Police whose men went on a wild goose chase following a media frenzy on the matter, has ordered that the Takoradi-based radio presenter, Adaeze Onyinyechie Ayoka, be brought to Accra for further investigations.

It is turning out to be a spectacularly well planned and executed fraud perpetrated on the Ghanaian people.

Joy News is learning that Ada, as she is popularly called, is on her way to Accra.

An informant led investigations show that Ada is frequently seen in Accra in the company of some male friends.

In the latest sighting, she along with five men patronised an unnamed hotel in Abbosey Okai, a suburb of Accra


Akuse Police arrest 5 rioters in Yilo Krobo demo

Police in Akuse have arrested five persons who were alleged to be part of a group who embarked on a violent demonstration in the Yilo Krobo Municipality.

The demonstrators were arrested for breaking the public order law which required that they inform the police before going on the demonstration.

The group was demanding the whereabouts of the mortal remains of their late paramount chief which went missing for several days.

According to Joy FM's Eastern Region correspondent Kofi Siaw the demonstrators torched lorry tires and mounted road blocks.

The Akuse District Police Commander, ASP Francis Ackah told Siaw the police will pick up more of the demonstrators who have gone into hiding.

Tension has been mounting in the area following the disappearance of the mortal remains of the late paramount chief of the area, Nene Ologo Dawutey .


Dumsor: Over 12,000 workers lose jobs in first quarter

More than 12,000 people have lost their jobs between January and April 2015 alone due to the crippling power crisis in Ghana.

This was revealed by the Ghana Employers Association at the launch of the National Employment Policy, Wednesday.

The Employment policy amongst other things is to help create decent jobs to meet the growing demand for employment and to improve the quality of jobs for those already in employment.

The policy is set to be implemented across sectors, ministries, departments and agencies as well as local government institutions.

Even before the policy will be fully operational, the Executive Director of the Association, Mr Alex Frimpong said government must as a matter of necessity address issues relating to the power crisis, skills mismatch and the ever increasing cost of doing business in Ghana.


Tolon DCE decries high dropout rate of girls

The District Chief Executive (DCE) for Tolon, Seidu Abubakari, has decried the high rate of girls’ school dropout in the country.
Although interventions such as the school feeding programme and the capitation grant have helped increase enrolment, the DCE expressed his alarm at the dropout rate of girls in the country’s schools.
The DCE decried this situation at the distribution of school uniforms, sanitary pads, sandals and writing materials among other things to girls in the District.
Mr Abubakari said the disturbing trend compelled Government to introduce the Girls Participatory Approach to Student Success (GIRLS PASS) to increase girls’ enrolment in the country.
The policy which provides these girls with books, uniforms and sanitary pads, he explained, is not just to retain the girls in school but also to encourage them to study hard and obtain good results.


Ga fetish priests don’t like to deal with non-Ga MPs – NPP Chairman

Greater Accra New Patriotic Party (NPP) Chairman, Ishmael Ashittey, is justifying a controversial decision announced by the party to allow only Gas to contest in the region, saying it is important in fostering good relationships with fetish priests.

“You see, we have some customs and have to be dealing with the chief, the high priest…they will not like to deal with somebody who does not understand their traditions and customs,” Ishmael Ashittey told Joy News on Friday.

The NPP had planned to reserve seats in the coastal constituencies in the Greater Accra Region to be contested by Ga indigenes except in exceptional circumstances:

They are Ngleshie Amanfrom, Ablekuma South, Odododiodio, Korle Klottey, La Dade Kotopon, Ledzokuku, Krowor Tema East, Tema West, Kpone Katamanso, Amasaman, Obom and Domeabra.


Waterville drags Ghana to Int. court over €25m

Waterville Holding Ltd has dragged Ghana to the International Court of Arbitration seeking to challenge a Supreme Court ruling ordering it to cough up €25million judgment debt deemed illegally paid.

Speaking to Joy News Saturday, deputy Attorney-General and Minister of Justice Dominic Ayine confirmed the escalation of the legal dispute thought to have been resolved.

According to the deputy Attorney-General, government does not "see how an arbitral tribunal outside this country and specifically in London, can now reopen the matter and determine whether or not we are entitled to collect the money from them".

Waterville had being trying to use a Ghanaian court to delay the refund of the money by filing a stay of proceedings but the High Court dismissed the application and ordered Waterville to file its defense in 14 days.


Ghana Bar Association pushes for land reforms

Ghana Bar Association (GBA) is pushing for reforms in the Land Administration Act to make it mandatory for all land transactions to be certified by a lawyer before a sale can take place.

The Association is optimistic that this, when implemented, will address the issue of fraudulent sales of lands and also ensure investors’ confidence in the system.

The land conveyance act of 1973 which currently regulates the sale of land, gives the right to own a land to every Ghanaians.

President of the Ghana Bar Association, Nene Amegatcher, at a meeting with the leadership of Parliament said the Act has brought in its wake fraudsters selling lands indiscriminately.

The current law, he said, has allowed just anyone to handle the sale of land in the country and so we have “estate agents” who put themselves across and represent clients, and receive monies on their behalf.


Goldfields Ghana to lay off 200 workers

About 200 workers of mining firm, Goldfields Ghana are set to be laid off before the end of June.

According to management, the move has been influenced by the rising cost of production which has been compounded by the energy crisis, challenging business environment and the marginal hikes in utility tariffs.

The recent layoffs could bring the total number of retrenched Goldfields workers to about 700.

Some 500 workers had been already laid off between the end of last year and early this year.

Country manager at Goldfields Ghana, Alfred Baku told Joy Business, the marginal hikes in utility tariffs announced yesterday could worsen the situation in the coming months.

Although Alfred Baku acknowledges that the situation might put a lot of burden on the families of the workers, keeping them at post will affect the company’s productivity.


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