”Live your lives off social media, it’s toxic there” — Stonebwoy advices

Reggae Dancehall artiste Stonebwoy has advised Ghanaians over the constant use of social media.

In a post on Twitter, the Bhim Nation boss stated that social media has gradually become a toxic environment where most individuals insult each other.

“The toxic level on social especially Twitter is actually very dangerous to your mental health,” he tweeted.

He further advised his followers to live their lives outside social media.

The father of two was speaking to the recent wake in hate speeches and personal attacks rendered to unsuspecting netizens and media personalities by some unscrupulous users.

A very recent one was when social media blogger Nat Hyde body-shamed the newly wedded wife of broadcaster Nathan Qwao.

Source: Modern Ghana

Major roads in Cape Coast to be blocked on Independence Day

Cape Coast, – The Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police service will on Sunday, March 6, temporarily closed four major roads in Cape Coast for the Independence Day celebrations.

The move is to ease human and vehicular traffic to and from the venue before and during the 65th Independent anniversary celebration.

The roads are Pedu junction-Abura highway, Jukwa-Pedu junction, Kwamina Walker road -Cape Coast Sports Stadium and University of Cape Coast-Stadium-Abura.

There would be diversions to the closed roads, while MTTD officials would be deployed for effective traffic management in the area.

Inspector Isaac Evans Ettie told the Ghana News Agency that security men would be stationed at vantage points to conduct searches and assist invited guests to the parade grounds.

He said access to the stadium had been limited to the vehicles of some designated guests and the security services, adding that unauthorized parking would not be allowed.

Inspector Ettie charged motorists to use alternative routes and urged the public to cooperate with security officers.

Invited guests to the Independence Parade were also encouraged to carry their invitation cards to the venue to enable them to access the vehicle parking lots.

The Independence Day celebration has in recent years been moved from Accra, where it had been held all these years, to Tamale in the Northern Region, Kumasi in the Ashanti Region and now to Cape Coast, in the Central Region.

The decentralization of the national event is to bring meaning, experience and the story of the country’s independence closer to Ghanaians across the country.

After decades of political struggle by the ‘Big Six’, Dr Kwame Nkrumah, who later led the Convention People’s Party (CPP) in the push for independence, became the first Prime Minister of the colony from 1954 to 1956, and subsequently became the first President when Ghana finally gained independent on March 6, 1957.

On the eve of Ghana’s Independence on March 5, 1957, Dr Nkrumah declared Ghana as an independent country from British colonial rule at the Old Polo Grounds in Accra.

Beyond the normal parade and speeches on Sunday, the event ground is expected to be flooded with personalities in traditional wear, mainly Kente to showcase the rich culture of Ghana.

Thousands of very important personalities, including high-ranking members of the security services will join the President on the dais, while notable organizations and schoolchildren will march at the event.

Source: Ghana News Agency

GNFS embarks on safety campaign in Tema

Tema, – The Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS), as part of its duties in firefighting, has launched a safety campaign to create awareness on fire safety, especially within the Tema Area.

The GNFS Tema Regional Commander, Assistant Chief Fire Officer (ACFO) Grade I Doris Lamptey in an interview with the Ghana News Agency at Tema during a float to launch the campaign said the service was upbeat to create awareness to curb the frequent fire outbreaks.

“We don’t want the fires to escalate before we are called, so we want to educate the public to help curb fires to its minimum, adding that so many activities could start a fire and that ‘ is why we want to educate the people’.

She said the campaign was not going to be ‘just a one-day show, our surveillance intelligence indicates that since the beginning of the year, there has been a high incidence of fire outbreaks in the slums.

“This is just the beginning but we are going to move into all the slums within the Tema region with this form of awareness and education to ensure that fires within the slums are curtailed,” she said.

ACFO I Lamptey also expressed concern that most people do not call the right GNFS emergency numbers when there is a fire outbreak, as some call different jurisdictions, making it difficult for them to respond and locate quickly.

She advised that every individual should know the GNFS emergency numbers of 192 and National Number of 112 in times of emergency to enable them to act promptly and prevent fire outbreaks from causing harm to lives and properties.

“The GNFS exist to serve the people of Ghana, to save lives and properties, by preventing and managing undesired fires”, and urged the public to keep their surroundings clean.

“Fire safety is a shared responsibility and not only the duty of the GNFS but every individual,” she added.

ACFO I Lamptey urged the public to have confidence in the ability of the GNFS and seek its services during emergencies, “do not attempt to face the fire outbreak without calling the GNFS. Do not wait until situations get out of control before you call”, she added..

Source: Ghana News Agency

Treason trial: “my berretta pistol is licensed”- Dr Mac Palm

Accra, – Dr Frederick Mac Palm, an accused person in the ongoing treason trial has told the Accra High Court that the Beretta pistol retrieved from his bedroom is licensed and his.

The Chief Executive Officer of Citadel Hospital is not holding the gun to cause harm to any government official but for his personal protection, Mr Ephraim A. Vordoagu, his counsel revealed this during a Cross-examination of Mr Francis Aboagye, the tenth prosecution’s witness.

The gun was among the alleged weapons retrieved from Dr Mac Palm upon his arrest on September 20, 2022, at the Hospital located at Alajo.

However, Dr Mac Palm has denied ownership of the other weapons namely: the locally made pistols and the Improvised Explosive Devices and others that were allegedly retrieved from the facility.

The High Court hearing the trial heard that Take Action Ghana (TAG), a Non-Governmental Organisation, was formed to mobilise Ghanaians both home and abroad to seek the betterment of the country.

“TAG uses modern, a digital technological platform to mobilise citizens both home and abroad with a common goal to make Ghana better for us and generations to come.

It is an organisation that seeks to mobilise individuals to belong to a particular… such as trotro drivers, taxi drivers, civil servants, police, army, nurses, doctors, teachers, Ghanaians, abroad, engineers, scientists, economists, finance, unemployed, young graduate, pastors and imams to be placed on one major platform to share their grievances relating to important issues such as education, health, agriculture and many other socio-economic issues of national interest that will arise from time to time,” he indicated.

Mr Aboagye, of the National Intelligence Bureau, disagreed with the Defense Counsel and said it was Camouflage, adding that the mission statement idea was developed by one Dr Albert Sam and sent to Dr Mac Palm on August 12, 2019.

The defence counsel said that there was no point in time that any of the accused persons including Dr Mac Palm made an announcement expressing interest or intention for the removal of the government in power and stated that the witness’ investigation did not also prove the contrary.

The lawyer said Dr Mac Palm wanted to exercise his constitutional right to engage a counsel and did not make any confessions but the witness said it was false, as the accused person did not indicate that he wanted to exercise his constitutional rights during his interrogation but he confessed particularly when confronted with the facts as narrated by Kafui.

The Defense Counsel challenged that what the witness was saying about his client was conjecture and imaginative.

In a rebuttal, Mr Aboagye said it was not a conjecture and his imagination and whatever he said in court was factually supported and consistent with his professional ethics.

Again, Defense Counsel said it was Staff Sergeant Sule Kwadwo Awarf who planted the said sketch which had vital security installations allegedly targeted by the accused persons.

It is false that Staff Sergeant Awarf planted the sketch because the investigation team went to the place in the company of Dr Mac Palm’s relatives.

Dr Mac Palm is standing trial with nine others: Ezor, Bright Alan Debrah, alias “BB,” Freight Manager, Johannes Zikpi, signaler with the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), Warrant Officer Class Two (WO2) Esther Saan, Corporal Seidu Abubakar, Corporal Sylvester Akanpewu, Lance Airforce Corporal (LAC) Ali Solomon, Colonel Kojo Gameli and Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Dr Benjamin Agordzo.

They are being held over charges including conspiracy to commit a crime, high treason, possession of ammunition and abetment.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Legal Aid Commission Dormaa Central resolves over 1,000 cases through ADR—Director

Dormaa Ahenkro (B/R), – The Legal Aid Commission (LAC) in the Dormaa Central Municipality has resolved more than 1,000 cases through the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) mechanism since the start of operation in 2014, Mr Simon Gyabaah, the District Officer has stated.

The ADR mechanism ensures quick arbitration, negotiation and mediation of cases among parties and helps to prevent parties from lodging cases at the law courts to check the backlog of unresolved cases in the courts.

Speaking in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) at Dormaa-Ahenkro in the Bono Region about the activities and challenges of the Commission, Mr Gyabaah said tenancy and rent issues were usually the most frequently reported cases, constituting 50 per cent of total cases while debt cases covered 25 per cent and the rest related to issues of marriage and child maintenance.

He said the Commission under the Ministry of Justice and Attorney-General aims to become “the leading agency delivering professional legal services to the poor, partnering harmoniously with stakeholders in the justice delivery system to achieve a just and equitable society.”

Mr Gyabaah said the Commission should have operated in all districts nationwide but that had not been possible because of inadequate resources, including office accommodation and other logistics.

He said the District Assemblies were to provide office spaces to the Commission to enable it to operate in fulfilment of its mandate.

The three sister regions of Bono, Bono East and Ahafo have only six offices, Sunyani, Dormaa-Ahenkro, Techiman, Atebubu, Goaso and Duayaw-Nkwanta.

He said because of the lack of offices in the districts people had to travel long distances from communities such as Nkrankwanta in the Dormaa West District, Wamfie, Dormaa East District and communities around the Berekum enclave, including Berekum, Sampa and Drobo to Dormaa-Ahenkro to access the Commission’s services. 

He explained the Commission offered legal services such as advice to individual clients and parties who breached the law by providing and recommending lawyers for the less privileged free of charge and also doing public education and sensitisation on individuals’ rights and responsibilities concerning the law.

Mr Gyabaah said the Commission did not deal with criminal cases such as stealing, rape, defilement and murder but rather focused on matters of inheritance, insurance, tenancy, compensation, land, debts, marital and child maintenance cases.

He said matters supposed to be referred to courts were first referred to the regional office of the Commission in Sunyani before they could be sent to any Court of competent jurisdiction in Sunyani.

Mr Gyabaah appealed to individuals and organisations for logistical and financial assistance to enable the Commission to function efficiently.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Stop disturbing the people of Abirem with your bloody polling station executives election – NDC to NPP

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) branch in the Abirem Constituency has condemned the bloody violence recorded during the New Patriotic Party (NPP) polling station executives’ election in the Constituency.

The Constituency is one of many that has witnessed violence since the start of the election processes for the NPP to elect polling station executives.

In a press release from the opposition party, it says it is dissatisfied with the approach and manner in which the current NPP polling stations executive elections are being marked by excessive violence and vote-buying.

“The people in the Abirem constituency are worried about such growing development and living in fear, which is portraying politics not as a friendly enterprise but rather deterring dignified people in our society from joining in political activities and related issues. We, therefore, condemned the barbaric act in our body politics in the constituency and the nation as a whole,” part of a press release issued by the NDC branch in Abirem reads.

In the release issued by the Communication Bureau of the NDC branch in Abirem Constituency, it calls on the Police to arrest perpetrators and ensure peace prevails in the constituency.

“The NDC in Abirem Constituency is strongly calling on the police command to investigate this matter and to bring the culprits to order before it degenerates into something unexpected.

“We also call on the traditional council (Nananom), clergy, and opinion leaders in the District (Birim North) to take note of these happenings and act for peace to prevail in the Abirem Constituency and the District as a whole,” the release concludes.

Source: Modern Ghana

Tema Ministers Organization inducts new officers

Accra,—The Tema Ministers Organization (TMO) has sworn in new executives to steer the affairs of the Association with a call on Ghanaians to seek and promote a national agenda for development.

The Association also rallied churches in Tema to support the call by government to make cleanliness part of the life of every citizen as the nation strives to achieve a clean and healthy environment.

In an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) on the sidelines of the Service at the auditorium of the Adonai International Ministries, Tema, the President of the TMO, Bishop Richard Ahiagbedey, said one of the challenges Ghana faced was how their representatives did not understand the need to work together, which affected progress.

“As a result, we must have a-twenty-year national agenda, and let’s move from ‘the partisan thing’ because it hasn’t helped us; …we must forget about Jack trying to do it all, it doesn’t work anywhere.” he said.

Bishop Ahiagbedey observed that Ghanaians were one people, but partisan politics sometimes made it look as though they were enemies. “But if we all come together to pursue the same agenda, that would enhance our nation in the areas of education, health, infrastructure, agriculture and industry, and that would make us a better people.”

The Bishop said, for Ghanaians to be able to build the country, they should respect authority, whilst those in authority respected the views of those they were ruling, “Because we are in it together; governance is not for only the Executive, Judiciary or the Legislature, so we should seek each other’s interest.”

The Rt. Rev. Thomas Forson of the Methodist Church, in a sermon to admonish the new leaders before the induction, hinted that integrity was one of the many qualities that ensured good leadership in every endeavor of life.

In linking the sermon to the nation, the Cleric said, “A lot of people in Ghana don’t have integrity, but good leaders must practice and value integrity, because people don’t follow leaders who lack integrity,”

Rt. Rev. Forson said Integrity involved practicing what one preached, being consistent and dependable, and living in such a way that others would trust you.

The Presiding Member (PM) of the Tema Metropolitan Assembly (TMA), Mr. Joseph Koto, representing the Mayor of Tema, Mr. Yohane Ashitey Amarh, asked church leaders to assist government by urging their congregants to take the “Operation clean your frontage” seriously in order to help government achieve her aim of making Accra the Cleanest city in West Africa.

TMO is an organization of pastors in Tema with the vision of bringing pastors together to fellowship, foster unity and help each other to fulfill God’s call and purpose for their lives, and to build the kingdom of God in Tema.

The newly inducted members of the executives would serve for a four year term.

They are: Rt. Rev. Dr. Richard Ahiagbedey, Presiding Bishop, Adonai International Ministries (President), Rev. Kaku Mieza, General Overseer, Christian Redemption Ministry (Vice-President), Rev. Vincent Tagoe, Senior Minister, Dynamic Word Ministries (General Secretary), and Rev. Daniel Ayer, Assistant Pastor, Christ Pentecostal Ministry International (Assistant General Secretary).

Others are; Rev. Ebenezer Ayeh, Minister-in-Charge, Priesthood Worship Centre, Assemblies of God (Financial Secretary), Rev. Mrs. Ivy Tagoe, Senior Minister, Oak Royal Chapel International (Treasurer), Apostle Dr. Francis Owusu, Senior Minister, Anointing Chapel International (Welfare Chairperson), and Bishop Frank Adjei Danso, International Missions Director, Victory Bible Church (Member).

Source: Ghana News Agency

Do not attack Police, Police property—COP Bonga Appeals

     Tamale, – The Northern Regional Police Command has appealed to the public, especially residents of Tamale, not to attack Police officers or Police property when misconduct occurs in the course of duty.

     Commissioner of Police (COP) Mr Timothy Yoosa Bonga, Northern Regional Police Commander, who made the plea, said, “The Police property you attack and destroy is your own property. We do not even have enough. So, do not attack us and destroy your own property.”

     COP Mr Bonga said the Police Administration had channels to discipline its officers and urged members of the public to report any misconduct on the parts of Police officers so that the officers involved would be appropriately sanctioned.

     He was speaking at a forum organised in Tamale on Wednesday by the Northern Regional Security Council for various stakeholders to engage with the security agencies in the region to reach a common ground to foster collaboration towards enhanced security and peace in the region, especially Tamale.

     Participants included the Paramount Chiefs of Nanton, Tamale, and Sagnarigu, the Chiefs of Lamashegu, and Banvim, religious leaders, representatives of the Regional Peace Council, Political Parties, Dagbon Forum and some teacher unions and members of the Regional Security Council.

      The recent shooting incident at Lamashegu, a suburb of Tamale, that involved some Police officers and some members of the public necessitated the meeting.

     COP Bonga cited several incidences of Police misconduct in Tamale and instances where the Police also came under unprovoked attacks from some residents of Tamale, saying this was not healthy for effective policing.

     He touched on the Lamashegu shooting incident, which occurred on February 13, and said it left one person dead, and eight others injured, adding six of the injured had been treated and discharged while two remained on admission.

     He reiterated that the Police Administration did not condone misconduct and would not shield any officers, who misconducted themselves and indicated that all Police officers alleged to have misconducted themselves in the region were facing disciplinary proceedings while others were also being prosecuted.

     Nanton-Naa Bawa, the Paramount Chief of Nanton Traditional Area, who represented Ya-Na Abukari (II), Overlord of Dagbon, expressed hope that the engagement would lead to lasting peace between the security agencies and the people in Tamale for enhanced collaboration to fight crime.

     He advised the Police to always liaise with the chiefs whenever suspects resisted arrest.

     Alhaji Shani Alhassan Saibu, Northern Regional Minister, expressed the need for members of the public to work together with the security agencies to ensure peace and security in the region.

Source: Ghana News Agency