834 aspirants seek NDC constituency executive positions in Volta

Ho, Oct. 11, GNA- The Constituency Executives positions of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) have attracted a total of 834 aspirants in the Volta region.

Among them are a total of 135 females.

Mr James Gunu, Regional Secretary of the Party, who disclosed the developments to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) said all were successfully vetted with a non-significant number of disqualifications.

He said the constituency elections would be held from October 22 to October 23 in all except Hohoe.

“We have a different strategy for taking back Hohoe,” he noted.

He said the nomination, filing and vetting processes, which have been digitised, had been “very smooth.”

“What is heartwarming is the enthusiasm and the growing desire for people to serve the Party, to see the Party regain power in 2024.

“We can see clearly that everybody is fed up with this Government”

Regional Executives’ elections for the Party have been slated for the 11th and 12th days of the month of November, processes for which had advanced past the nomination stage.

The regional positions also have attracted some stalwarts of the party, and Mr Gunu told the GNA he was seeking to maintain his position as secretary.

He said Volta Region remained the stronghold of the Party, and with cues from previous elections, victory would not evade.

“We are going to adopt very dramatic steps to ensure we win 2024. We will take every election process very seriously.”



Source: Ghana News Agency

The third meeting of Parliament commences Tuesday, October 25

Accra, Oct. 11, GNA- The Third Meeting of the Second Session of the Eighth Parliament of the Fourth Republic is scheduled to commence on Tuesday, October 25, 2022.

A statement dated October 7, 2022, issued by the Office of the Speaker of Parliament, Mr Alban Bagbin and copied to the Ghana News Agency on Monday has said.

It said: “In pursuance of Standing Order 37 of the Parliament of Ghana, I, Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, Speaker of Parliament hereby give notice that the Third Meeting of the Second Session of the Eighth Parliament of the Fourth Republic shall commence on Tuesday, the 25th day of October 2022 at ten o’clock in the forenoon at Parliament House, Accra.”

The House adjourned sine-dine on Thursday, July 28, 2022.

“Mr Speaker, barring any unforeseen circumstances, the House is expected to resume the third week in October,” Mr Osei-Kyei Mensah-Bonsu, Majority Leader, said.

Members of Parliament go into recess thrice in a Session, the first recess is from March to May, and the second comes off from July to October with the last being from December to January.

Members of Parliament use the recess for committee meetings, visiting their constituencies and other Parliamentary-related works.



Source: Ghana News Agency

Traders stranded as strike by shop owners at Adum enters second day

Kumasi, Oct. 11, GNA – Numerous traders in and around Kumasi remain stranded as strike action by shop owners at Adum, the busiest business district in the regional capital, enters the second day.

The shop owners, mostly dealers in fast-moving consumer goods, have closed their shops in protest of what they call “complicated taxes” and the rate at which the Ghana cedi is depreciating against the US dollar, the main currency they use to import goods.

When the Ghana News Agency (GNA) visited the area Tuesday morning, a long stretch of the shops at the Pampaso and PZ areas were under lock and key, while some traders, who had travelled from other regions to Kumasi to shop, were disappointed.

Many head potters (Kayayei) who also depend on the flourishing business activities in Adum for their daily bread, were seen sleeping in front of the shops, as there was no work to do.

The strike action has brought business to a halt with the impact being felt by adjoining regions and neighbouring countries who consider Kumasi the major commercial city.

Mr Kwadwo Appiah, an Executive Member of the Adum Traders Association, speaking to the media, denied that the closure of the shops was to avoid the Ghana Revenue Authority’s directive to position tax officials at individual shops to check the issuance of appropriate VAT invoices to consumers.

He said the current tax system was complicated and shop owners were using their profit margins to pay for the VAT since the 18.5 per cent being charged by the GRA had resulted in price increments for goods, which scared away many customers.

Mr Appiah said it was important the government discussed with traders to identify their challenges and together find appropriate measures to simplify the tax system for convenience.

He said the continued depreciation of the cedis against the dollar was having a toll on traders and consumers since goods and services were becoming more expensive.

“This is collapsing more businesses and there is the need for the government to come out quickly to address the challenges before things get out of hand,” he said.

The trike action would continue in all the business districts in Kumasi until the government and the GRA found it appropriate to listen to their concerns, Mr Appiah said.



Source: Ghana News Agency


CSIR holds workshop on threatened trees in Ghana


Fumesua (Ash), Oct. 11, GNA – The Forestry Research Institute of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR-FORIG), is hosting a national workshop to deliberate on threatened tree species and how to conserve them.

The workshop seeks to deliberate, share experience, obtain information and develop action plans towards safeguarding about 40 threatened tree species from extinction.

The four-day workshop would also focus on addressing key obstacles to the conservation of Ghana’s threatened tree species and strategies for their effective conservation would be explored.

With financial support from the Franklinia Foundation and Botanic Gardens Conservation International, a total of 47 delegates from various institutions, both local and international, are attending the workshop.

Professor Paul Bosu, Director General of CSIR, at the opening of the workshop, said the delegates of the workshop would examine the underpinning factors for tree loss and come out with practical measures for the sustainable use and conservation of the threatened species.

He said despite the years of hard work by the global community, deforestation and forest degradation continued at alarming rates, consequently leading to the loss of biodiversity and forest resources.

He attributed the situation to agricultural expansion, illegal logging, illegal mining, and bushfires, and called for urgent steps by stakeholders to tackle the menace.

“We know that the resilience of our food systems and our capacity to adapt to future climate change will depend to a large extent, on the existence and integrity of our forest resources,” he noted.

Prof. Bosu said it was a known fact that restoring degraded landscapes and protecting biodiversity were some of the key strategies for tackling the multiple challenges that humanity was confronted with.

He indicated that the workshop provided a unique opportunity for delegates to contribute to the conservation of threatened tree species in Ghana to preserve the integrity of the forests for humanity.

He pledged the support of CSIR to the conservation of the threatened species and charged participants of the workshop to come out with workable solutions to address the problem.

Prof. Daniel A. Ofori, Director of CSIR-FORIG, said three species like Mahogany and Odum were very difficult to find on the market these days, adding that about 40 tree species were endangered.

“Do we sit down for these tree species to get finished and other ecosystems to get lost? he asked.

He said the workshop would reflect on the causes of the depletion of forests and suggest measures that could be taken to address the perennial problem.

“This issue requires a concerted effort from all relevant institutions, including our foreign partners to protect the ecosystem from further destruction,” he submitted.

Mr Jean-Christophe Vie, Director of Franklinia Foundation, said he was excited to be part of efforts to conserve the threatened tree species in Ghana considering their importance to the ecosystem and the environment in general.



Source: Ghana News Agency

Vivo Energy opens first drive-through Lube Bay


Accra, Oct. 11, GNA–  Vivo Energy Ghana, the company that markets and distributes Shell-branded fuels and lubricants, has opened an ultra-modern lube bay in the country to provide express maintenance services.

In a statement, the company said the Shell Rimula Express Lube Bay is the first ever to be established in Ghana.

“The lube bay is the first of its kind in the industry and has been designed specifically to provide heavy-duty trucks with express maintenance services such as engine oil changes, radiator coolant services, greasing, diagnostics, battery testing, as well as free safety check services for trucks,” it said.

At the inauguration of the facility, Mr Kwame Asante, Lubricants Sales and Marketing Manager, Vivo Energy, said the facility was in keeping with the company’s commitment to invest in quality and innovative products that would offer value to its customers.

He called on fleet owners, transporters, private organisations, and haulage companies to visit the new lube bay to service their vehicles.

“It is my honour to put on record that Vivo Energy Ghana is the first Oil Marketing Company (OMC) to introduce a lube bay of this kind with a drive-through specifically designed to service heavy-duty long vehicles, trucks, buses, cross-country vehicles, and mini trucks using lubricants from the Number One Global Lubricant Supplier, that are also designed to offer enhanced protection, improved wear resistance and overall reliable lubrication for longer lasting engines,” he said.

Mr Elinam Horgle, Deputy Managing Director of J.K. Horgle Transport, said transporters were excited about the new facility, saying it would enhance professionalism in the maintenance of their vehicles.

Mr Ignatius Doe, the Executive Secretary of the Transport Owners Association, appealed to Vivo Energy to open more such facilities across the country to enhance access to quality services.

He said the facility would serve as a relief to long-distance drivers, adding it would provide a “comfortable” place for drivers to rest while their vehicles were being serviced.

Vivo Energy Ghana has a fuel storage capacity of 11,000m³ and 232 service stations, with many offering Shell Cards and convenience retail stores.

The company operates and markets its products in countries across North, West, East and Southern Africa. The Group has a network of over 2,400 service stations in 23 countries operating under the Shell and Engen brands and exports lubricants to a number of other African countries.


Source: Ghana News Agency

Winner of Kushea Marathon to pocket GHC15,000


Accra, Oct. 11, GNA – The organisers of the first ever Kushea Marathon has unveiled the prize package for the 21-Kilometer race fixed for Saturday, October 29, in Kushea in the Central Region.

The event under the auspices of Assin Owirenkyi Traditional Council, and the distinguished patronage of Ehunabobrim Prah Agyensaim IV, President of Owirenkyi Traditional Council, would see the winner going home with GHC 15,000, with the second place taking GHC8,000, whilst the third placed athlete would pocket GHC4,000.

According to the organisers, the fourth and fifth position would take home GHC2,000 and GHC1,500 respectively, whilst a consolation prize of GHC500 each would be given to athletes, who would pick the sixth to the tenth positions.

A statement from the organisers said, the prize package is for both male and female winners of the competition bringing it a total prize pot of GHC66, 000 for 20 winners at the end of the competition.

In addition, outstanding athletes would also go home with medals and certificates of participation among others.

It said the prize package also represents one of the highest prize packages in marathons in the country.

The marathon is part of activities designed for the celebration of the 2022 Kantamanto Festival, and to promote tourism in the area.

It is expected to attract athletes from all over the country and would commence at Assin Bunglow and end at the forecourt of the Assin Kushea Palace.

The race, which has already received the backing of the Ghana Athletics Association (GAA), with the routes already certified is expected to attract over 500 athletes.

Assin Kushea, located in the Central Region, is touted as the cleanest town in Ghana, with a very disciplined community.

The Kushea Marathon is an initiative of the Assin Owirenkyi Traditional Council and organized by Medivents Consult – Media, Public Relations and Events Management outfit.



Source: Ghana News Agency

Money Doubling: “Nana Agradaa” to spend three days in Police custody

Accra, Oct. 11, GNA-Patricia Asiedua, aka Nana Agradaa, a self-acclaimed evangelist, who was accused of defrauding her congregants under the pretext of doubling their monies, has been remanded into Police custody by an Accra Circuit Court.

Nana Agradaa, also known as Evangelist Mama Pat, is facing six counts of defrauding by false pretences and charlatanic advertisements in the media.

She has denied the charges and is expected to reappear on October 13.

The court presided over by Mr Samuel Bright Acquah declined bail saying, the “accused began her activities with ‘Sika Gari’ then followed it up with money doubling, we do not know what she is coming up with the next time around.”

Some pastors of the Heaven way Champions International Ministry, founded by Nana Agradaa, were in court.

Scores of complainants, some, from Takoradi, Walewale, and Kumasi, were also in court, with a few alleging they had paid between GHC200 and GHC1,000 to Nana Agradaa for doubling and had no money left to travel back to their destinations.

The prosecution, led by Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Maxwell Oppong, opposed the grant of bail saying the matter was under investigation and that more people were lodging complaints.

ASP Oppong said some complainants were being housed in a hotel at the expense of the State.

He said the Police would organise an identification parade for the congregants to identify other accused persons.

The prosecution said the accused had no fixed place of abode and that the Police had to track her to find exactly where she was located before her arrest.

It debunked the defence counsel’s assertion that the accused herself drove to the Police station.

The prosecution said the Police had information that the accused person would be travelling outside the country and that it had to contact the Airport Police to block some roads around the Airport to facilitate her arrest.

Mr Reindolph Twumasi Ankrah, one of the defence counsels, told the court that Nana Agradaa was only sharing money with her congregants to mark her birthday celebration.

Mr Twumasi Ankrah said the amount of money the Police claimed to have collected from the six complainants was only GHS 2,680.

“Meanwhile Nana Agradaa had about GHC300,000 that she was going to give to her congregants,” he added.

The defence counsel insisted that Nana Agradaa was not going to run away when granted bail adding, “she personally drove to the Police station when the incident broke.”

He argued that the offence preferred against his client did fall under those offences that bail should be refused.

Mr George Asamaning, another lawyer for Agradaa, also said there was nothing in the laws of Ghana, which said that when investigations were being done, bail should not be granted.

“Allow the lady to go home and let her appear before the court at the next adjourned date,” he said.

The prosecution said the complainants were: Yaa Bremah, a trader from Ahenbubuanu Tafo Kumai, Emmanuel Kumi from Zenu- Ashiaman, George Boateng, from Obuasi, Grace Forson, a hairdresser from Swedru, Mary Arthur, a farmer from Takoradi and Patricia Ankamah, a trader from Sunyani.

It said the accused was the founder of Heaven Way Champion International Ministry at Weija in Accra.

The prosecution said on October 5, this year, the accused had advertised on “Today’s Television” and other social media platforms that she could double the money.

It said the accused person in the said advert invited members of the public to attend an all-night service at her church at Weija for the alleged money doubling.

The prosecution said the complainants and over 1,000 other persons attended the said all night and upon the request of the accused person, handed over huge sums of money to the accused, but she failed to double the money as promised.

It said the Police commenced Investigations into the matter and the accused was arrested on October 9, 2022.

The prosecution said during interrogation, the accused person confirmed the case of the complainants.



Source: Ghana News Agency

Korle- Bu: Fake doctor remanded

Accra, Oct. 11, GNA- Daniel Yartey, aka Doctor, a businessman, who presented himself as a Medical Officer at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital Surgical Department, has been nabbed and arraigned.

Yartey is said to have confessed that he was neither licensed nor registered to practice medicine.

Meanwhile, he had allegedly given injections to some clients.

Yartey has been charged with willfully and falsely using the title doctor, practising medicine without registering with the Ghana Medical and Dental Council, and receiving payment for the practice of medicine without being registered.

He is also being held on additional charges of operating a pharmacy without being licensed by the Pharmacy Council, being in possession of restricted drugs without lawful authority, and supply of restricted medicine from unauthorised premises.

Yartey has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The court presided over by Mrs Rosemary Baah Tosu has remanded Yartey into Police custody to reappear on October 25.

The prosecution, led by Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Evans Kesse, said the complainant was the Administrative Manager of the Complainant and Investigation Unit of the Ghana Medical and Dental Council.

It said the victim, Desmond Asamoah, was also an employee of the Council attached to the Complaint and Investigations Unit.

The prosecution said sometime in June 2022, the Ghana Medical and Dental Council received complaints from one Pastor Benjamin Anom, a witness in the case, to the effect that Yartey went to his church (Voice of the Lord Evangelical Church, Koforidua) and had introduced himself to the congregation as a medical doctor from the Surgical Department of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital and offered to provide ailing members with medical treatment.

It said some of the church members received medical treatment from the accused but subsequently developed complications.

By the conduct of the accused, the prosecution said the congregants suspected that he was not a medical officer.

He said that based on the soft copy of the accused person’s ID Card, the complainant went to investigate the accused at the Ghana Medical and Dental Council.

On July 12, 2022, the prosecution said the complainant contacted the accused person to seek medical care for his brother and followed up with Yartey’s pharmacy located at Pokuase with the victim, Desmond Asamoah for treatment on July 13, 2022.

It said after the accused had introduced himself as a specialist surgical gynaecologist, who had practised at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, he allegedly attended to the victim Desmond Asamoah who complained about stomach pains.

The prosecution said the accused immediately diagnosed him with a stomach ulcer.

The prosecution said Yartey then drew Asamoah’s blood for laboratory testing and proceeded to give him three injections in the shoulder.

“As if that was not enough, he (accused) went further to prescribe 400mg omeprazole injection, Lufart DS artemether-lumefantrine, 750 mg rocetil injection, 1000mg amoxiclav tablets among others.”

The prosecution said the drugs were provided in the accused’s Pharmacy Shop and he was charged GHc380 for the treatment.

It said Yartey also prescribed more drugs to the victim on a Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital prescription form and gave him excuse duty for five days.

The accused also used a Korle Bu Teaching Hospital stamp.

The prosecution said the complainant followed up on July 15, 2022, and filmed all activities secretly.

When the matter was investigated to establish the identity of Yartey on the  Council’s Permanent register database, a report was made to the Police.

On October 4, this year, Yartey was picked up at his Pharmacy Shop at Pokuase.

The prosecution said during s search at the Pharmacy Shop, several restricted drugs, which were partially dispensed, prescription forms, intravenous infusion lines, used syringes, empty injectable bottles, Galiva Blood Sugar test Kits, and used Malaria Test kits among others, were found.

A further search of the accused person’s room led to the discovery of a picture frame of him (the accused) in a stethoscope with the inscription “Dr Daniel Yartey. ”

He also held a Photo ID Card with Specialist Number S/No 1168. 0552383409.

During interrogation, the prosecution said Yartey confessed that he was neither licensed nor registered to practice.



Source: Ghana News Agency