GHALCA to meet Youth and Sports minister over GFA saga

Accra The Ghana League Clubs Association (GHALCA), is set to meet the Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr Isaac Kwame Asiamah to find solutions to the crisis, that has hit the Ghana Football Association (GFA), following the recently aired Anas Expose, which has halted all football activities in the country.

The seven member team is made up of chairman of GHALCA, Mr Kudjo Fiano, with an executive member Mr George Amoako.

They would be accompanied by Mr Wilson Arthur, Mr George Afriyie, Messrs Ernest Kufuor, Kweku Eyiah and Nana Sam Brew Butler.

They would dialogue with the sports minister on the need to allow GHALCA to handle the situation in a bid to bring an everlasting peace to football in the country.

The clubs today in our emergency meeting have decided as custodians, to handle the matter at hand. We cannot sit unconcerned, Mr. Fiano noted after the meeting.

The former Ashanti Gold CEO noted that after meeting with the sports minister, they were hopeful of having a mutual understanding to pave way for the clubs to handle the issue to bring back a good football to the people of Ghana.

About 42 representatives voted for this decision and I think it is a step in the right direction he added.

Source: Ghana News Agency

CSIR partner media to promote Science, Technology and Innovation

Accra- Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) remain the basic tools in addressing economic challenges, and eliminating food insecurity and malnutrition, Professor Victor Kwame Agyeman, Director General of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has said.

He indicated that the promotion of STI would also enhance sustainability in environmental management and therefore, emphasized the need to, harness STI, through adequate funding and research, to enhance national development.

Prof Agyeman was speaking at a function to constitute a Press Corps that would be trained and engage in the promotion of CSIR’s activities as it prepared to mark its 60th Anniversary celebration with a year-long activity.

He said it was also in order, that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo placed science and technology application at the centre of development to ensure that STI was mainstreamed in all socio-economic activities.

The DG said the Government’s commitment towards increasing the STI research funding from the current 0.35 per cent of GDP to one per cent, when implemented, would be a big boost to research work, as researchers would be motivated to find local solutions to the nation’s problems.

The Council, as part of its anniversary celebrations, has planned various media and civil society engagements to highlight the importance of science to the society.

It would also organize open days for all of its 13 Institutes located all over the country, to enable the public to get to know its achievements over the 60 years of existence.

Students, particularly females, would be interacted with to popularize science among them, while the lives of eminent scientists would be celebrated with an awards and send-off ceremony.

Prof Agyeman said the science for Development Press Corps, was therefore being formed to help the Council to propagate its STI and research work and findings, as a critical tool for national development.

He noted that at 60 years, some of the 13 research institutes of the Council still had laboratory equipment dating back to the 1970s and 1980s, noting that: to ensure that CSIR made the necessary impact on national development, there must be continuous efforts to improve the scientific and technological base in these institutions for research and development.

The DG asked the media to constantly communicate and demonstrate the evidence of science in the ordinary lives of the people and contribute in various ways to enhancing, understanding and appreciation of science and technology in the socio-economic activities.

Professor Rose Maama Enstua Mensah, Deputy Director General of CSIR in a presentation, noted that the Council had over the years lived up to its vision of leading science for wealth creation by producing and releasing various varieties of crops and animal species to help in poverty alleviation and hunger in the country.

These varieties included, maize, of which over 80 per cent of the varieties being grown in Ghana was developed by CSIR.

Other varieties of rice, plantain, sweet potatoes, cassava, pepper, cowpea, groundnut, tilapia production, grass cutter, broilers, among other food crops that were highly patronized in the country and in many African countries were developed by the Council.

The CSIR have also been working in the area of building and construction materials like the Pozzalina cement production, plastic concrete blocks, biogas technology and traditional medicine research.

We have been working hard, both with academia and industry to impact and improve nutrition and value addition in food production over these years, Prof Mensah noted.

Mr Affail Monney, the President of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA), described CSIR as a leader in research in the country and appealed to the media to highlight the various innovative products and findings of the Council.

He said the Council had more leads that the media could follow up and write about to help inform policy makers, development partners and the public on the research achievements of the institution.

He advised the media practitioners to move away from the excessive political reportage into a more development oriented ones, especially in STI reporting, advocating the needed resources towards STI activities to catapult development.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Ghana Revenue Authority donates to National Chief Imam

Accra – The Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) on Monday made a donation of some items to Sheikh Dr Osmanu Nuhu Sharubutu, the National Chief Imam.

The items include; 200 bags of rice (25kg), 100 cartons of mackerel, 100 gallons of oil and 50 cartons of tin tomatoes.

Mr Kwasi Bobie Ansah, Assistant Commissioner in-charge of Communications and Public Affairs said the gesture was part of the GRA’s Corporate Social Responsibility.

He revealed that even though some of them were not Muslims, the management of the GRA knew that one month of fasting was not easy and that the donation was to show love and brotherhood to the Muslim community in the country.

As Muslims prepare to end the month of Ramadan, we know that they have prayed for peace, unity and stability for our country and we must also show love to them as brothers and sisters.

Mr Bobie said citizens could not pay their taxes when there was no peace and that for Muslims to fast for one whole month praying for peace, They must be supported.

He said early this year, the management of the GRA solicited the support of Dr Sheikh Sharubutu during their tax campaign to engage the Muslim community in educating them on how to fulfil their tax obligations.

Mr Bobie also took the opportunity to explain to Ghanaians on the importance of acquiring a Tax Identification Number (TIN) and the Tax amnesty giving to Ghanaians from 2014 to 2017 which would expire on August 31, 2018.

Sheikh Sharubutu thanked the management of the GRA for the gesture and for remembering the Muslim community during the month of Ramadan.

He said the month of Ramadan was important to Muslims as the Holy Quran was revealed to Prophet Muhammad during that period.

Sheikh Sharubutu prayed for the management of the GRA, the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and his Vice Dr Mahamudu Bawumia and the entire country for peace, unity, stability and wisdom.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Court orders arrest of Social Worker over Visa fraud

Accra – An Accra Circuit Court ordered the arrest of a Social Worker, Mina Amissah for failing to appear in court to answer some charges of fraud levelled against her.

Mina is standing trial with Michael Anderson, a businessman.

The two are said to have collected GH22,000.00 for 22 applicants with the intent of providing them with Canadian and United States of America visias.

Anderson has pleaded not guilty to the charge of conspiracy and defrauding by false pretenses.

The court presided over by Mrs Jane Harriet Akweley Quaye admitted Anderson to bail in the sum of GH30,000.00 with one surety to reappear on June 18.

When the matter was called Chief Inspector Agartha Asantewa told the court that she did not know why Mina did show up in court hence prayed the court for a bench warrant for her arrest.

The facts as narrated by Chief Inspector Asantewa was that Mr Brain Damein Yeboah is a co-pilot based in Canada whilst Mina resides at Takoradi in the Western Region and Anderson lives at Haatso, Accra.

On April 18, last year, Mr Yeboah discussed with a friend that he needed someone to assist him with travelling documents in order to send a nanny to Canada.

Chief Inspector Asantewa said the said friend then introduced him to Mina.

Prosecution said Mina told Mr Yeboah that she has an uncle at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs who assists people with acquisition of visas.

Mina in her bid to convince the complainant showed some visas she claimed her uncle had worked on to Mr Yeboah.

Mr Yeboah became interested and quickly organized 22 passports of his relatives, friends and a nanny and then paid GH17,000.00 to Mina through her Fidelity bank account and later sent her GH5,000.00 to Mina’s husband in the person of Patrick Amissah through Mobile money to facilitate the acquisition of the visas.

Prosecution said Mina promised the complainant that she would secure the visa within seven weeks.

The Prosecution said five weeks after they had received the money, Mina sent copies of invitation letters to the complainant with the assurance that the visas were at the final stage and they would be issued in a few days.

After persistent demands by the complainant, Mina and Anderson returned 21 out of the 22 passports with no visas in them.

According to prosecution the money were however not refunded. On January 1, this year the Director General in charge of the Criminal Investigations Department was petitioned and Mina was invited.

Prosecution said Mina in her caution statement said she gave the passports to Anderson who claimed to be working with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to secure the said visas.

Prosecution said Anderson told the Police that Mina and her husband gave him GH 12,850.00 not GH22,000.00 and he (Anderson) received only 21 passports.

Meanwhile Prosecution said Mina’s husband has refunded GH5,000.00 to the complainant.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Court orders arrest of Social Worker over Visa fraud

Accra – An Accra Circuit Court ordered the arrest of a Social Worker, Mina Amissah for failing to appear in court to answer some charges of fraud levelled against her.

Mina is standing trial with Michael Anderson, a businessman.

The two are said to have collected GH22,000.00 for 22 applicants with the intent of providing them with Canadian and United States of America visias.

Anderson has pleaded not guilty to the charge of conspiracy and defrauding by false pretenses.

The court presided over by Mrs Jane Harriet Akweley Quaye admitted Anderson to bail in the sum of GH30,000.00 with one surety to reappear on June 18.

When the matter was called Chief Inspector Agartha Asantewa told the court that she did not know why Mina did show up in court hence prayed the court for a bench warrant for her arrest.

The facts as narrated by Chief Inspector Asantewa was that Mr Brain Damein Yeboah is a co-pilot based in Canada whilst Mina resides at Takoradi in the Western Region and Anderson lives at Haatso, Accra.

On April 18, last year, Mr Yeboah discussed with a friend that he needed someone to assist him with travelling documents in order to send a nanny to Canada.

Chief Inspector Asantewa said the said friend then introduced him to Mina.

Prosecution said Mina told Mr Yeboah that she has an uncle at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs who assists people with acquisition of visas.

Mina in her bid to convince the complainant showed some visas she claimed her uncle had worked on to Mr Yeboah.

Mr Yeboah became interested and quickly organized 22 passports of his relatives, friends and a nanny and then paid GH17,000.00 to Mina through her Fidelity bank account and later sent her GH5,000.00 to Mina’s husband in the person of Patrick Amissah through Mobile money to facilitate the acquisition of the visas.

Prosecution said Mina promised the complainant that she would secure the visa within seven weeks.

The Prosecution said five weeks after they had received the money, Mina sent copies of invitation letters to the complainant with the assurance that the visas were at the final stage and they would be issued in a few days.

After persistent demands by the complainant, Mina and Anderson returned 21 out of the 22 passports with no visas in them.

According to prosecution the money were however not refunded. On January 1, this year the Director General in charge of the Criminal Investigations Department was petitioned and Mina was invited.

Prosecution said Mina in her caution statement said she gave the passports to Anderson who claimed to be working with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to secure the said visas.

Prosecution said Anderson told the Police that Mina and her husband gave him GH 12,850.00 not GH22,000.00 and he (Anderson) received only 21 passports.

Meanwhile Prosecution said Mina’s husband has refunded GH5,000.00 to the complainant.

Source: Ghana News Agency