30-year-old labourer granted bail for stealing mobile phone

Tema, The Ashaiman Circuit Court has granted bail in the sum of GHC10,000.00 with two sureties to Michael Kabutey a labourer residing at Zenu a suburb of Ashaiman for stealing a mobile phone. Kabutey was charged with two counts of unlawful entering and stealing, and will reappear in court on September 9, 2021.

The Court presided over by Mrs. Eleanor Kakra Barnes Botchway granted the accused bail after pleading not guilty to the charge of stealing, and guilty with explanation to the charge of unlawful entry.

The court however entered a plea of not guilty for him for the charge of unlawful entering after listening to explanation to why he entered the complainant’s kitchen after receiving no answer for knocking on the door.

Chief Inspector Samuel Aperwah, prosecuting said, on August 19, 2021 at about 16:30 hours at Lebanon Zone Five, a suburb of Ashaiman, the accused unlawfully entered the kitchen of Mr Ernest Tsifodze, the complainant with the intent to steal.

Chief Inspector Aperwah added that the complainant returned home from work, and sighted the accused person opening his bedroom door through his kitchen window with the curtains folded to one side.

The facts indicated that the complainant who was then on the compound, run to the corridor and saw Kabutey with a back pack at his back, questioned him and followed him back into the bedroom.

Prosecution added that the accused then removed complainant’s wife’s phone valued at GHC450.00 from his pocket and threw it in a chair in the bedroom.

Complainant, prosecution said, arrested and handed him over to the Ashaiman North Police Station together with the mobile phone for investigation.


Source: Ghana News Agency

Mad rush for accident drinks at Asukawkaw mountain

Asukawkaw (O/R), Christmas came early for residents in the enclave close to the Asukawkaw Mountain following an accident involving a trailer truck loaded with soft drinks. The accident occurred on Tuesday at about 1600 hours killing the driver and mate, who got stuck in the truck after it veered off and plunged into a ravine.

The Ghana News Agency’s (GNA) visit to the accident scene saw residents from nearby communities ‘fetching’ the assorted drinks from the valley of the Asukawkaw mountain and parking them onto tricycles, baskets, basins and sacks for easy conveyance.

Some of the ‘beneficiaries’ who spoke to the GNA disclosed that the gesture was to prevent the drinks from going to waste, while they could make ‘good use’ of them.

Others said they were in a rush for the drinks because they wanted to start businesses in their communities with them, saying “one man’s misfortune is a fortune for the other”.

Madam Alima Sharifa together with some rescuers treated themselves to some of the drinks at the scene of the accident, as they did not see their action as an infringement of the law.


Source: Ghana News Agency

Youth urged to take farming as a career

Oyarifa (G/A), Nana Dwomoh-Doyen Benjamin, the Chief Executive Officer of Messiah Organics Chain, has advised the youth to take farming as a career to make a living, while helping to improve the economy of the country. He said the teeming youth engagement in agriculture would contribute to increasing food production for the local market and export to bring in more foreign exchange earnings to support development projects.

Nana Dwomoh-Doyen gave the advice in an interview with the Ghana News Agency when some students from the Bunso Agricultural Training College visited the premises of the Messiah Organics Chain at Oyarifa (Ghana Flag) in the Greater Accra Region.

The Messiah Organics Chain are into organic farming practices to save the soil for sustainable agriculture and to improve the health of consumers.

Nana Dwomoh-Doyen educated the students on the harmful effects of chemical fertilizer to the environment and the health of consumers and entreated them to share the knowledge they have acquired with farmers in their communities to promote sustainable agriculture.

He said the Messiah Organics Chain had started growing organic foods for domestic consumption and export, and appealed to the youth to venture into agriculture as a profession than to travel to the cities for non-existing jobs.


Source: Ghana News Agency

Railway line stealing syndicate busted, two jailed as four face trial

Juaso (Ash), The Konongo Divisional Police Command has busted a railway line stealing syndicate operating at Juaso and some communities within the Asante-Akim South District of the Ashanti Region. The syndicate, believed to have succeeded in stealing large quantities of railway lines and steel sleepers in recent times, was tracked through intelligence reports and the vigilance of the public. Those arrested are Yussif Hudu, who has been handed a four-year jail term, and Ibrahim Yakubu, also sentenced to three years imprisonment by the Juaso Circuit for stealing. Chief Superintendent Shaibu Osei, Konongo Divisional Police Commander, said four other members of the syndicate currently facing trial at the Court, included Tweneboah Malik, Kwadwo Gyamfi, Daniel Appiah and Samuel Baffour.

A considerable number of stolen railway lines and steel sleepers had been retrieved from the syndicate, following their arrest at separate locations within the Asante-Akim South District, the police confirmed.

Chief Superintendent Osei, briefing the Deputy Minister of Railway Development, Mr. Kwaku Asante-Boateng, who was on a working visit to the Region, said the culprits were picked up at Duampompo, Breku, Nnadieso and Asante-Praso, all near Juaso.

“The police had information that members of the syndicate normally operate in the bush, especially in communities with railway lines passing through them,” he disclosed.

They purportedly cleared the bush in the afternoon, and in the evening would cut the railway lines into pieces, thereby transporting them to the market for sale, the Divisional Police Commander added.

He called on the public, particularly residents of communities with railway lines passing through them, not to hesitate to inform the police of the activities of these unscrupulous elements.

Mr. Asante-Boateng, who is also the Member of Parliament for Asante-Akim South, expressed worry at the manner in which some selfish Ghanaians had made the stealing of railway lines and steel sleepers their business.

“The nation has lost so much through such thefts,” he lamented, saying those involved in such illegal business would be dealt with ruthlessly when caught”.

The Deputy Minister, in line with his tour of the Region, visited the Ejisu, Konongo and Juaso Police Stations, where he inspected some retrieved stolen railway lines and steel sleepers.

He also toured the Adum locomotive workshop in Kumasi, which had large retrieved pieces of railway lines kept after they were intercepted at Obuasi, Akrokerri and some parts of the Region.

It costs the government about five million dollars to construct one kilometre of railway line, according to the Ministry of Railway Development.


Source: Ghana News Agency

Family seeks help in finding missing 16-year-old apprentice at Aiyinasi

Aiyinasi (WR), A worried family at Aiyinasi in the Ellembelle District of the Western Region have called for public assistance in tracing their 16-year-old daughter. The missing girl, Stephanie Asamoah who lives with her mother at Nzema Aiyinasi, left home on Thursday August 19, 2021 and has since not returned.

The troubled mother, Stella Asamoah told the Ghana News Agency that, “my daughter is an apprentice hairdresser and last week, she went to work and came home at 4:30pm, meanwhile they always close from work at 5pm and when I asked her why was she at home around this time, she said she was coming to change her clothes and indeed she changed her uniform to wear a different attire and went back and until now, I have not seen her”.

Meanwhile, a complaints has been lodged with the Nzema Aiyinasi Police Station.

“I am begging Ghanaians to help me look for my beloved daughter…you can contact Christiana Gawu on 0247157305 or the nearest police station if you find my child”.


Source: Ghana News Agency

Greater Accra Secretary of Presiding members calls for healthy lifestyles

Accra, Mr Alfred Asiedu Adjei, Secretary of the Greater Accra Presiding Members has appealed to his colleagues to check their lifestyles by eating the right food and exercising regularly to avoid dangerous diseases.

That, he said could minimize the risk of cardiovascular system against the coronavirus and other communicable diseases.

“Honourable members, let us choose the path of good health, by taking good decisions on quality food, regular exercise and enough rest. Life is about the decision or the choices we make to achieve results, either positive or negative.”

Mr Adjei made the appeal during the two-day annual conference of the Greater Accra Association of Presiding Members in Accra.

The conference brought together all the PMs of the region to deliberate on issues on security, sanitation, health, good governance and development.

It also served as a training ground for members to strategise towards the growth and development of the region.

Sanitation and waste management also formed an integral part of their conference.

Mr Adjei said decisions were relevant in every aspect of life adding: “The hardworking Regional Minster has taken a good decision to transform Greater Accra and today, we are seeing ood results. The decision we take today affects us tomorrow.

“If you take a decision to throw the safety protocols to the dogs, COVID-19 awaits you, if you take a decision to often take in too much sugary foods and fats, diabetes candida infection and other sicknesses await you.”

Mr Adjei encouraged his colleagues to engage in regular exercises, limit starchy foods and take in a lot of fruits to avoid some of the killer diseases that created negative health issues for people.

He commended the Ga people for their successful celebration of the annual Homowo festival and urged them to continue to adhere to the Coronavirus safety protocols of regular handwashing, regular use of hand sanitizers and continuous use of nosemasks.

Dr Nana Ato Arthur, Head of Service at the office of Local government service called on the Presiding Members to be innovative towards the development of their Assemblies.


Source: Ghana News Agency

Regional Minister to support Ghanaian firms interested in mining

Enchi (WN/R), The Western North Regional Minister, Mr Richard Ebbah Obeng, has pledged to provide the needed support for Ghanaian companies interested in mining legally. He said this was part of government’s strategy to help create sustainable jobs for the unemployed youth in the Region and the country at large.

The Regional Minister made the remark when he paid a day’s working visit to Chrisphil Goldfield Company Limited in the Aowin Municipality.

The visit, was to enable Mr Obeng have first-hand information about the proposed community mining site, and also access their operations.

Interacting with management of the firm, the Regional Minister who was accompanied by the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of Aowin, Mr Samuel Adu Gyamfi and other dignitaries, expressed satisfaction for the progress of work made so far at the site and commended them.

“The current assessment I have done at Chrisphil Goldfield Company Limited indicates your preparedness to be considered as a community mining. I am tasking you to maintain such high standards in order not to attract any sanction from the government,” he added.

Mr Henry Okum, Operation Manager of Chrisphil Goldfield Company Limited, informed the Minister that delays in the acquisition of mining licenses had been a major challenge in the operations of the company.

He said Chrisphil Goldfield Company Limited has initiated appropriate measures and would adhere strictly to the rules and regulations governing the mining industry.

Mr Okum noted that “my outfit has begun a reclamation programme. We have so far planted more than one thousand trees of coconut on a degraded land”.

The Operation Manager appealed to the authorities in charge of the acquisition of mining licenses, to speed up the process to enable them operate fully, and contribute their quota to the development of Western North Region and Ghana.


Source: Ghana News Agency

Abirem Government Hospital in dire need of nurses and doctors

New Abirem (E/R), Dr Patrick Sakyi- Larbi, the Medical Superintendent of the Abirem Government Hospital has called on the Ghana Health Service (GHS) to post more nurses and doctors to the facility to promote quality healthcare system in the area. Speaking in an interview with the Ghana News Agency, he said staff attrition at the facility was putting workload on health professionals which he said was “nothing good to write home about”.

He said with the increment of Out Patient Department (OPD) at the facility, there had been congestions and pleaded with the Birim North Association of chiefs to support with the expansion of the hospital.

He said they would also need a hostel for visitors and relatives of admitted patients.

Dr Sakyi- Larbi mentioned lack of bungalows for health workers and lack of intensive care unit that hindered quality healthcare delivery to the people.

He said plans were in the pipeline to mount health post or a well- ness clinic at vantage points to ensure easy accessibility of healthcare services.

For the health workers to render quality healthcare services to patients who patronized the facility, he said the facility offered customer care training for the nurses following feedback from patients.

Dr Sakyi- Larbi therefore urged the public to eat healthy food and exercise frequently to avoid sicknesses.


Source: Ghana News Agency