Don’t travel without informing Police – Court tells suspect

Accra- An Accra Circuit Court has remanded a David Frans, into Police custody for travelling outside the country without informing the Police whilst he was being investigated inn criminal matter.

The Police had commenced proceedings in court compelling Frans’s wife, Harriet who stood surety her husband to produce him in a matter of the issuance of dud cheque at the Nima Police station.

Chief Inspector Kwami Haligah arguing his case told the court that David was granted G0,000.00 Police enquiry bail by the Nima Police on January 18, this year.

According to Inspector Hailgah, Harriet Frans stood as surety for David. David was asked by the Police to report to on January 23, this year.

David since January 23, this year could not be traced hence the Police asked Harriet who stood as surety to produce him.

When David and Harriet were put before the court, it discharged Harriet and remanded David.

David’s Lawyer, Mr Gariba Apam, told the court that his client travelled and on his arrival in the country he appeared before the court.

The trial judge Mrs Jane Harriet Akweley Quaye advised David to inform the Police anytime he was travelling especially since investigations has commenced.

The judge indicated that laws in the country worked adding that one does not need to take the law in his or her hands.

David is expected to reappear on June 12.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Maj Mahama: First prosecution witness ends evidence in chief

Accra The first Prosecution witness in the murder trial of the alleged killers of Major Maxwell Mahama, Mr Sabi Kwasi, Warrant Officer II on Tuesday ended his evidence in chief.

Mr Sabi, answering questions during cross-examination on whether, he was working for the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) in Diaso, before the incident happened and that they were on official assignment.

He said the team of soldiers were sent to the area by the GAF to protect the C and G Mining Company and that, they were not there as private contractors as purported by the defence counsel.

GAF took us to the area to protect the company, so we are working for the State, he added.

Defence counsel suggested to the witness that one of the main sources of tragedy in the late Mahama case was the secret presence of the soldiers in the area.

He said it was for that reason that the police and leadership of the Denkyira Obuasi were not aware of the presence of the military team but the witness, who is also the Deputy to the late Mahama said he could not speak to that.

When asked whether their presence in the area was to prevent illegal miners from interfering with the work of the mining company, he said they were there to protect the company.

The court presided over by Justice Mariama Owusu, subsequently discharged the witness.

The State is expected to call its next witness on June 12.

The fourteen accused are standing trial at the Accra High Court for the death of the Major Mahama, an Officer of the 5th Infantry Battalion at the Burma Camp, who was on duty at Denkyira-Oboasi, when on May 29, he was lynched by some residents, who allegedly mistook him for an armed robber because he had a pistol in his back pocket.

The mob ignored his consistent plea that he was an officer of the Ghana Armed Forces.

The accused are William Baah, the Assemblyman of Denkyira Obuasi, Bernard Asamoah alias Daddy, Kofi Nyarko aka Abortion, Akwasi Baah, Kwame Tuffour, Joseph Appiah Kubi, Michael Anim and Bismarck Donkor.

Others are John Bosie, Akwasi Baah, Charles Kwaning, Emmanuel Badu, Bismarck Abanga and Kwadwo Anima.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Intensify education on waste segregation – Quartey

Accra- Mr Henry Quartey, the Deputy Minister of Interior, has called on waste management companies to intensify public education on waste segregation to help bring sanity in the environment.

He said a continuous awareness creation of proper waste separation, especially among children, is a positive way to ensure sustainable adherence to environmental sanitation.

The Deputy Minister made the call in Accra at a campaign dubbed Say No to Plastic to mark World Environment Day organised by the Department of Mass Communication and Journalism, BlueCrest University College.

He expressed worry over the manner in which seas were being turned into dumping grounds, especially with the disposal of huge volume of plastic wastes and urged the public to observe good practices to save the sea and the environment.

Mr Quartey said the sea is an immense maritime space for creating wealth and socio-economic development, adding that coastal population growth and unregulated human activities had impacted adversely on the productivity of the sea.

He said a clean environment was needed for the progress of the country and call for a holistic approach in addressing sanitation issues.

The Deputy Minister urged the Environmental Protection Agency, to enforce the provision of EPA Act 1994 (Act 490) and Environmental Assessment Regulation 1999, Legislative Instrument 1652.

He said the legislation gave authority to the Agency to prosecute environmental crimes nationwide,

He urged Ghanaians to be conscious of the negative impact of dropping plastic in the environment and admonished all to desist from the practice.

Mr Quartey said the country can reduce the amount of waste by replacing disposable items with reusable items such as shopping bags, food containers, baskets, paper boxes, and water bottles.

Dr Kapil Gupta, the Chairman of BlueCrest College Governing Council, said the campaign was part of the University’s Corporate Social Responsibility to sensitise the public to avoid dumping plastic waste in the environment.

He said waste management has become one of the biggest challenges confronting developing countries, stressing that increased population growth and rapid urbanisation has resulted in increased generation of volumes of waste in the cities.

Dr Gupta said there is the need for the country to recycle plastic waste, urging government to invest in waste management because waste is a resource

Source: Ghana News Agency

KMA launches initiative to regenerate biodiversity of Kumasi

Kumasi- The Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) has performed a ceremony to outdoor its flagship Keep Kumasi Clean and Green project, as part of initiatives to regenerate the city’s biodiversity and environmental consciousness among the people.

The project, which was launched as part of activities marking this year’s World Environment Day celebration, is designed to promote an integrated and comprehensive approach towards tackling environmental sanitation issues in the metropolis.

Mr Osei Assibey-Antwi, the Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE), stated at the launch that, the objective was to restore Kumasi to its former status as the ‘Garden City of West Africa’ while helping to sustain the ecology and biodiversity of the cultural city of the Ashanti Region.

An implementation committee, comprising civil society and religious organizations, traditional authorities and environmental youth groups has been set up to supervise the successful execution of the project.

The committee, chaired by Right Reverend Professor Osei Sarfo Kantanka, a former Methodist Bishop of the Kumasi Diocese, would be responsible for the supervision of planting of trees, installation of waste bins along the principal streets and creating environmental sanitation awareness amongst the people in Kumasi.

It would also be assisting the KMA to come out with innovative environmental responsive programmes for the benefit of the people and sustain the project.

Mr Assibey-Antwi said the Assembly has since last year planted over 10, 000 trees of varied species, including coconut and royal palm tree seedlings along some principal streets and water bodies.

This, he said, was in response to dealing with the changing climatic conditions, and explained that they were determined to resuscitate the depleting fauna and flora in the city, which brought life to the people.

Mr Anthony Mensah, who represented the Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Mr Joseph Kofi Adda, lauded the KMA for taking it upon itself to tidy up the city.

Touching on the commemoration of this year’s World Environment Day, he explained that the occasion was a clarion call on the citizenry to change their attitude towards environmental issues.

The Ministry, he said, would provide the Assembly with requisite logistical and technical support to boost its campaign of clean environment.

Mr Simon Osei-Mensah, Ashanti Regional Minister, took a swipe at those who littered the environment with impunity, saying the government would not condone indiscipline and would work to ensure that sanity prevailed in the Ghanaian society.

As part of the programme, two pick-up vehicles and four tricycles, as well as a number of waste bins donated by the Zoomlion Ghana Limited and other corporate organizations for the project were handed over to the KMA.

Source: Ghana News Agency

GHANAIAN GOVT PLEDGES SUPPORT FOR WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS

ACCRA– The 2018 Ghana Women Entrepreneurship Summit (GWES 2018) has opened in Accra with a pledge from the government that it will do all it can to support women entrepreneurs to thrive in their businesses.

Addressing the opening session here Monday, Deputy Trade Minister Robert Ahomka-Lindsay said the government was focusing on the physical infrastructure and regulations to create a conducive environment for women entrepreneurs to carry out their businesses.

He said the government was also working on a platform for commodity exchange to allow producers across the country to be directly linked to buyers seeking their products.

The two-day summit, organized by the National Board for Small Scale Industries (NBSSI), brings together key stakeholders to assess the progress of women entrepreneurs within the context of economic empowerment and to foster networking to enhance the overall productivity of women-led industries.

GWES 2018, which is being held under the theme, Ghanaian Women Entrepreneurs: From Voices to Action, will also provide the platform for discussions on finding innovative ways of accelerating the pace of women entrepreneurs in the country in the interest of job creation, industrialisation and socio-economic growth.

Ahomka-Lindsay said the government’s one-district, one-factory programme offered opportunities to entrepreneurs to live their dream in the production value chain and move Ghana to beyond Aid.

The government was working to simplify business regulations to make it easier for all entrepreneurs.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK