Student remanded for possessing narcotic drugs

Accra A 22-year old Student, Latif Hamidu Abdul, was on Tuesday remanded by an Accra Circuit Court for possessing two compressed slabs and 47 sachets of dried leaves suspected to be cannabis sativa without authority.

Latif pleaded not guilty to the charge in the court presided over by Mr Aboagye Tandoh to reappear on June 5.

Superintendent Patience Mario, Prosecuting, told the court that the complainant is No. 43524 G/CPL. Prince Kumashie, a police officer, stationed with the Baatsonaa Divisional Police Motor bike patrol squad.

She said the accused Latif resides at Lashibi and a student of IPMC.

On May 14, at about 1430 hours, the complainant on his routine patrols within Baatsonaa met Latif with a bag pack on a royal motorbike with registration M-10-AS 2391 at Texpo market on the Spintex Road.

The prosecution said the Police officer suspected a crime and arrested him.

A search conducted in his back bag revealed two compressed slabs and 47 sachets of dried leaves, all suspected to be Cannabis sativa.

Superintendent Maria told the court that the complainant called Baatsonaa Divisional patrol team to the scene to assist him.

The prosecution said the police then escorted the accused to the Baatsonaa Police Station together with the exhibits for investigation.

In his caution statement, the accused claimed ownership of the exhibits.

He disclosed to Police that the stuff was brought to him by one Scratch from Dzemeni in the Volta Region.

According to the prosecution the exhibits are being forwarded to Police Forensic Laboratory for examination and report.

Source: Ghana News Agency

PRESIDENT: GHANA TO SET UP A CASHEW DEVELOPMENT BOARD

ACCRA– Ghana will have a Cashew Development Board by the end of June, 2018, to regulate the country’s cashew nut industry, says President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

The President said this when he met traditional rulers in Sunyani, the capital of Brong-Ahafo Region (Province), about 370 kilometres north of here, at the weekend to round-off his three-day official visit to the region. e was accompanied by some Ministers of State and Members of Parliament.

President Akufo-Addo said in the current cashew crop season, the government, through the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, would supply 2,775,000 cashew seedlings to be planted on 13,400 hectares of land across the country.

In addition, 900 agricultural extension officers would also be engaged to provide technical support to the cashew farmers.

He said the government recognized the contributions of farmers in the region towards the achievement of national food security, adding that 15 per cent of the resources under the Planting for Food and Jobs (PfFJs) Programme were being invested in Brong-Ahafo.

The government also recognized the important role of traditional authorities towards national development and advised the chiefs and queens to continue supporting the government to facilitate accelerated national development.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

GFA release list of referees for mid-week clashes

Accra- The Zylofon Cash Premier league resumes this week with mid-week actions across all eight centers, on Wednesday 23rd May, 2018.

At the Cape Coast Sports Stadium, referee Cecil Fleischer would be at the center as Ebusua Dwarfs play host to AshantiGold, with assistance on line one from Ben Wormawor and Ben Samari manning line two.

A.D Mohammed and Annan Lomotey would play the fourth referee and match commissioners role respectively.

In the match involving Dreams FC and Eleven Wonders at the Dawu Park, referee Solomon Mordey would be officiating from the center with support from Kwesi Brobbey, A. F Zakari and Maxwell Hanson as first, second and third referees respectively, with Ewudzie Sagoe as the match commissioner.

Referee Charles Bulu would be in charge of the game involving Berekum Chelsea and Medeama SC at the Berekum Park, as David Laryea runs on the line one with assistance on line two from James Osae as Issaka Afful acts as the fourth referee with M. I. Salisu as match commissioner, whiles at the Wa park referee McLord Arhin would be the man in the center as WA All Stars take on Inter Allies, with Emirana Ayambila and Joseph Ayambila being referees one and two respectively, with support from Kyereme Yeboah as fourth the referee and A. S. Seidu as match commissioner.

Accra Hearts of Oak, would welcome West African Football Academy (WAFA) to the Kumasi Sports Stadium with referee Prosper Adii at the center man with assistance on line one from Dawood Ouedraogo and Freeman Awulo assisting from line two with Bernard Dumfe and Osei Tutu being fourth referee and match commissioner respectively.

In the other game involving Bechem United and Liberty Professionals at the Bechem park, Nathan Anafo would take the center with Samuel Asiedu and Augustin Akugre running both flanks as assistance referees one and two with Dally Gagba as fourth referee and G. T. S. Inkum as the match commissioner with the game involving Karela United FC and Aduana Stars scheduled for the Anyinase park having referee Emmanuel Boateng being ably assisted on both flanks by Kennedy Bentil and Sumaila Salifu, with Kenny Padi and Charles Darkwah as fourth referee and match commissioner.

In the match billed to be a cracker for the week, Kumasi Asante Kotoko would take on Elmina Sharks at the baba Yara sports stadium, Kumasi with referee Daniel Laryea to handle affairs with assistance from David Adjin and F. D Ocansey as referees one and two with J A Amenya as the fourth referee and as the match commissioner Wilfred Kwaku Osei.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Akufo-Addo orders for the arrest of Kwesi Nyantakyi

Accra- The President, Nana Akufo-Addo has ordered for the arrest of Mr. Kwesi Nyantakyi, President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service, for fraud and influence peddling.

Reports reaching GNA Sports desk indicates that, the order was in connection with undercover investigations conducted by ace investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, which would be premiered on June 6.

According to Mr Abu Jinapor, the Deputy Chief of Staff, President Akufo Addo has had the privilege of viewing excerpts from the Anas expose, where Mr Nyantakyi was supposedly seen attempting to use the President’s name and that of the Vice President Dr. Bawumia’s name and other senior officials of governments to induce supposed potential investors into the country, to part with various sums of monies.

The president as a responsible citizen and the chief custodian of the laws and an enforcer of our laws, has had to consult and evaluate the content of this investigative piece, the president after consultations is fully satisfied that a prima facie case is established for criminal investigations to be launched into the conduct of the GFA president.

Mr Nyantakyi, has been the GFA president since 2005, is also the Vice President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

Source: Ghana News Agency

Five-Year Strategic Plan to eradicate kayaye in the offing – Madam Otiko

Accra� A Five-year Strategic Plan to eradicate head porters (kayayee) from Ghana’s cities is being developed by the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, through the support of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

Madam Otiko Afisah Djaba, the Sector Minister, said the mapping of ‘kayayee’ was ongoing in the major markets across the country to gather data to inform the decision.

She said the Ministry was working with the GRATIS Foundation and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology to manufacture robust trolleys for ‘kayayee’.

We also plan to link these vulnerable women to small holder farming through the Planting for Food and Jobs initiative, Madam Djaba stated on Tuesday, when her Ministry took its turn at the ‘Meet-The-Press’ series in Accra.

The Meet-The-Press engagement was to afford the Minister an opportunity to render account of her stewardship over the past 16 months and the way forward.

Madam Djaba said the Ministry had developed a Porterage Module to link women in rural communities to the government’s initiatives such as the One Village, One Dam; and the One District, One Factory to make them economically independent.

She announced that the Ministry had initiated a programme dubbed Operation Get off the Street Now for a Better Life.

She said the objective was to reduce the phenomenon of persons living on the street; adding that, data collection to create a database was ongoing with 4,098 children already registered.

She said a document on the framework and strategies on disability mainstreaming in the Metropolitan Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) had been developed.

She noted that the provisions in the document served as a guide to the MMDAs on how to include disability issues in their development plans.

In the area of human trafficking, the Minister mentioned the finalisation, printing and dissemination of a National Plan of Action on Human Trafficking, which gives detailed implementation plan in fighting the menace in Ghana.

Madam Djaba said the Ministry had undertaken consultations on a number of bills and regulations to reflect the broader views of the public and government priorities for women, children and the vulnerable.

She said the Foster Care and Adoption Regulations were at the final stage of passage in Parliament, while the Affirmative Action Bill had been re-submitted to Cabinet for consideration and approval.

She noted that four bills � the Aged Persons, Social Protection, Persons with Disability and the Ghana School Feeding Bills would be taken through stakeholder consultations and subsequent submission to cabinet for approval.

She explained that existing legal documents and policies such as the Domestic Violence Act, the Human Trafficking Act, the Children’s Act were being translated into voice format in 11 Ghanaian languages for easy access by the public.

Within the period under review, she said to ensure the achievement of the Ministry’s mandate, a number of boards had been constituted in line with Acts of Parliament, to advise and provide technical support to the Ministry.

These include the Ministerial Advisor Board, the Human Trafficking Management Board, the Domestic Violence Management Board, the Cancer Board, the Adoption Board and the National Council on Persons with Disability Board.

She said as part of their efforts to ensure that all vulnerable and poor persons had access to quality health care, 550,000 Livelihood Empowerment against Poverty (LEAP) beneficiaries had either been registered unto the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) or had their expired cards renewed.

She said the Ministry also re-launched the re-registration of 13,000 Prison Inmates onto the Scheme.

She said under the LEAP programme, the Ministry continuously made six successive bi-monthly payments to beneficiary households in 2017 and had conducted three payments as at May 2018 covering a total of 213,044 households nation-wide.

Madam Djaba said the Gender Ministry was working to make life better for the vulnerable and excluded to ensure that, no one was left out or behind in the socio-economic development of the country.

My Ministry is responsible for the vulnerable, the excluded, the disadvantaged, the marginalised, the extreme poor, and the neglected. We need to break the barriers of social cultural norms, taboos and harmful traditional and cultural practices. We must look after each other as a community of Ghanaians.

High profile dignitaries at the event were Dr Mustapha Abdul Hamid, Minister of Information and his Deputy Mr Perry Okudzeto.

Source: Ghana News Agency