We’ll turn the whole Ghana into a desert – Galamseyer tells Akufo-Addo

An illegal small-scale miner by name Kwofie K has sent a warning to the government over the resolve of his mining crew to engage in wanton destruction of forest cover in search of gold.

In a Facebook live video sighted by GhanaWeb, Kwofie dared the government to come after him and his crew saying their action is motivated by the alleged involvement of government and political party officials in illegal gold mining on a rather large scale.

“What is happening is annoying and I have been compelled to do this video, you should see the number of excavators passing through here to go and destroy the forests and that’s nonsense.

“We will all destroy the forest together. We cannot protect the cocoa trees because of GH?1 milo. The leaders are destroying the land and we are following suit,” he stated.

He further implored the government to cause an end to the active involvement of political actors in the illegal mining and also provide alternative jobs for the youth engaged in same or risk the deforestation of the entire country in the near future.

“The leaders should wise up. If we destroy the land, future generations will suffer so they have to implement good policies that will provide us with sustainable jobs so we can stop the galamsey. If not, we will turn the whole Ghana into a desert in just 20 years,” he stated.

Despite several efforts by the government, Ghana continues to lose its forest cover and water resources to illegal mining at a rapidly increasing rate.

A report submitted to the presidency by former Minister for Environment, Science, Innovation and Technology, Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng indicted several government and political party officials as being complicit in the galamsey canker.

The former minister who was the chairman of the now-dissolved Inter-Ministerial Committee on Small Scale Mining in his 2021 report which was recently published in the media implicated several individuals including members of parliament, ministers and presidential staffers.

Source: Ghana Web

Malaria Eradication: Bliss GVS Pharma donates anti malaria drugs to Sunyani Regional Hospital

Bliss GVS Pharma Ghana as part its effort and commitment to malaria eradication in Ghana has continue it’s nationwide support towards the fight against the spread of the virus to Sunyani in the Bono Region.

Bliss GVS Pharma Ghana, a major pharmaceutical company in the country, has donated a significant amount of antimalarial and other essential medicines to the Sunyani Regional Hospital to help combat the disease.

Malaria is a major health challenge in Ghana being declared as a leading cause of illness and mortality in the country, particularly among children under the age of five.

To help address this critical public health issue, Bliss GVS Pharma Ghana has donated antimalarial to the Sunyani Regional Hospital, to support the prevention and control efforts in the country.

The donation which includes a range of antimalarial medications, among others, the company also presented artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs), like LONART, and P-ALAXIN which are recommended by the World Health Organization as the first-line treatment for uncomplicated malaria.

GSUNATE Injections, GSUNATE suppositories, CLAMOXIN Injections, and GACET suppositories were among the medicines donated at a cost of One hundred thousand (Ghc100,000.00) Ghanaian Cedis.

The representative of Bliss GVS Pharma Ghana, Sunyani Region Mr. Augustine said “Our donation of antimalarial reflects our ongoing efforts to support the fight against malaria and to ensure that people have access to the medications they need to stay healthy.”

The managing director of Bliss GVS Pharma, Mr. Gagan Sharma, being very much concerned about the usage of fake antimalarial treatments in the country said it is the company’s main objective to provide high-quality medications to combat the spread of malaria in Ghana and beyond.

Bliss GVS Pharma Ghana’s antimalarial donation is part of the company’s act for Africa campaign to eradicate malaria in Ghana and other African countries.

Mr. Samuel Dodzi the Administrator of the Sunyani Regional Hospital who received the donation expressed his gratitude to Bliss GVS Pharma for the donation and noted that the anti-malaria drugs would go a long way in helping the hospital to provide effective treatment to patients.

The company’s philanthropic efforts reflect the private sector’s role in advancing global health equity and supporting the government to reduce the burden of infectious diseases and improve health outcomes for all.

Source: Ghana Web

US Embassy announces winners of 2024 US Diversity Visa Lottery

The US Embassy in Ghana has released the list of selected applicants for visas for 2024.

The Embassy explained that the selection does not guarantee a visa or an interview.

However, applicants may find out about their status on its website.

Each year, the Department of State conducts a random selection of Diversity Immigrant Visa (DV) applicants, based on the allocation of available visas in each region and country.

Meanwhile, effective May 30, 2023, nonimmigrant visa fees will be revised upwards by the United States of America Embassy in Accra.

This means that B1/B2 visas for business and tourist travel, F visas for international students, J exchange visitor visas, and other visa classes not requiring a petition will increase from $160 to $185.

On the other hand, petition-based nonimmigrants who fall within (H, L, O, P, Q, and R) categories will pay fees of $205 instead of the previous $190.

According to the US Embassy, the move, which will take effect at all U.S embassies and consulates around the world, was established by the Department of State in Washington, D.C.

Persons who apply before May 30 and schedule an interview within 365 days of the day of payment will, however, not be affected by the change.

“Fees are increasing for new visa applications as of May 30, 2023, only. Applicants who pay the visa fee before May 30, 2023, and schedule an interview within 365 days of the day payment is made are not affected by this change.

“There is no requirement for the interview to actually occur during that 365-day period, applicants must just take the step of scheduling an appointment within 365 days,” myjoyonline quoted the embassy as having said.

Source: Ghana Web

Tonto Dikeh slams netizen for calling for prayers after her third cosmetic surgery

Nigerian actress and philanthropist, Tonto Dikeh, has taken to social media to express her disappointment with the way people tend to show support and care publicly only when negative news about someone is released.

In a post on her Instagram page, the actress, who had previously contested for the position of deputy governor in her state, expressed her frustration with the way people tend to show care by praying for someone only after negative news about them has been released.

“The way we celebrate and pray publicly with clout when we hear bad news is alarming!!! When I came out for deputy governor of my state, I didn’t see strangers like this one show care by praying for me, but as soon as you hear one negative unverified nonsens@ you wanna pray publicly and attract all those negative responses,” she wrote.

In the same post, the actress went on to reveal that she recently had surgery with a clinic based in Enugu State, which went smoothly, leaving her with a great body and top-notch health.

“If you have to pray, pls pray that I recover at least half the money I spent on politics. No prayer is a waste I understand, but please don’t bother Jesus on my behalf. I am safe in my own home doing chores and running errands,” she added.

The actress’ post has sparked mixed reactions from her fans and followers on social media, with many showing support for her while others have criticized her for her comments.

Source: Ghana Web

Thief beaten to death after failed robbery at Kasoa

A Suspected thief believed to be in his middle 30s has been beaten to death at Alico a suburb of Kasoa Ofaakor in the Awutu Senya East Municipality in the Central Region.

Information gathered by Kasapa News Yaw Boagyan indicates that the deceased attempted to rob some people at knife point on their way to work around 4:30 am Saturday, May 6, 2023, in the morning but unfortunately, he was caught and beaten to death by some unknown residents.

It was further revealed that the deceased, Kofi, is a notorious thief in the area who several complaints have been made against at Kasoa Ofaakor police but he was never arrested.

The killing of the suspect has gotten many residents talking about the incident saying that they are happy he has been killed.

The lifeless body has been picked up by the Kasoa Ofaakor police to be deposited at the police mortuary.

Source: Ghana Web

Three persons in police custody over impersonation, robbery

Three persons who allegedly posed as military, police and a police investigator (CID) to rob a woman of GH¢4,950.00 have been remanded by an Accra Circuit Court.

Isaac Amejor, Michael Baffour, alias Mike and Muntakilu Saddick, who dressed as military man, policeman and a police CID, in that order, have been charged with conspiracy, impersonation, robbery, preparation to commit crime, restriction on the use of military uniform and equipment and being on premises for unlawful purpose.

The Court remanded them into custody due to the nature of the case and the fact that they do not have a fixed place of abode.

They all pleaded not guilty to all the charges and would be brought back to Circuit Court Ten on May 23, 2023.

Prosecution was ordered by the Court to file disclosures latest by May 17, 2023, and serve the accused persons.

The Court heard that Amejor was dismissed from the Ghana Police Service Baffour, alias Mike resigned from the Ghana Army in 2014 and Mutakilu who used to be a trader at Kantamanto in Accra abandoned his trading business.

Amejor and Baffour resided at various locations within Kasoa as Muntakilu resided at Asamankese in the Eastern region and the three became friends and decided to form a syndicate group that would constantly engage in robbery activities targeted at innocent citizens and other persons who visited various financial institutions to transact financial services.

Prosecution said as part of their scheme, they usually hired taxis to take them around to monitor clients who patronized various banks and immediately they came across potential clients who withdrew large sums of money, Mutakilu would pose as a detective dressed in casual wear mandated to enter banking halls, quickly describe the potential victims to his accomplices who would be strategically positioned in the hired taxi to operate.

During their operations, Amejor. who unlawfully dressed in police attire would alight from the car and confront their victims by issuing instructions that he or she was under arrest.

Baffour, on the other hand, unlawfully dressed in military uniform, would join his colleagues to force the victims into the hired taxi, making such victims believe that they were employees of the Ghana Police and Ghana Army.

They would then order the driver to move the car immediately as they directed him on routes to use, then later they rob their victims of monies in their possession and push them out of the car along the way and thereafter share the booty.

The Court heard that on Wednesday, March 22, 2023, the accused persons met at Kasoa toll booth and hired a taxi to convey them to Dansoman to engage in such robberies on clients of targeted financial institutions.

They, the Court heard, started assessing various banks in Bortianor with the intent of changing on prospective victims.

The three accused persons found themselves in and around the premises of Ghana Commercial Bank PLC Dansoman for unlawful purposes whilst in and around the Bank for unlawful purposes, they eventually settled on robing victim Priscilla Quansah, a mobile money vendor, who had gone to the Dansoman Branch of the Ghana Commercial Bank to withdraw money.

Mutakilu as a disguised spy, entered the banking hall where he spotted the victim who had withdrawn cash GH¢4,950.00 from the merchant mobile phone she was using to work.

Prosecution said the disguised spy quickly called his accomplices who sat in the taxi parked on a street beside the bank and described the dress code and features of the victim.

He quickly moved out and joined his accomplices, where Amejor came out of the car and stopped the victim who was on her way to her business center, and informed her that she had been reported to them by her employer for engaging in an unspecified crime hence she was under arrest.

Prosecution said he forced her into the back seat of the car where she sat between the two accused persons in police and military uniforms respectively, adding that Baffour immediately sought to know how much she withdrew and the victim mentioned GH¢4,000.00 and asked the driver to move the car and he acted as instructed.

Baffour kept on directing the driver on the routes to use until they got to the entrance of a house where the driver was ordered to stop the car. Baffour lighted and ordered the victim to leave her bag containing the amount cashed together with an initial amount of GH¢950.00 and two cellular phones in her handbag to enable him to lead her to their boss, Mr Appiah. in the house where the car had stopped.

The victim tried to resist them but she was forced out of the car and her bag snatched from her hand and kept in the car whilst Baffour led her into the house.

Prosecution said Baffour quickly abandoned the victim and ran back to join the car and ordered the driver to speed off. The three robbers paid the driver GH¢410.00 and shared the rest of the money.

Mutakilu, the Court heard, was given the android cellular phone of the victim as it was his turn to have it since his accomplices had benefitted from previous phones realised from their robbery activities.

The accused persons collected the driver’s contact number and assured him that they would always work with him.

Prosecution said Mutakilu called the driver on Thursday, March 23, 2023, to convey them to Tema where they had planned to operate.

Amejor and Baffour as usual dressed in their police and military attires whilst their accomplice Mutakilu dressed in his casual attire but unknown to them, a surveillance team of the Ghana Police Service was in pursuit, monitoring them from the Kasoa toll booth area.

The Police pursued and eventually apprehended them on the Accra-Tema motorway. They were later identified by victim Priscilla Quansah and after investigations, they were charged to appear before the court.

Source: Ghana Web

You’ll never go back to parliament – Prophet ‘curses’ Alan’s boy

Prophet Kusi Appiah has cursed former Member of Parliament (MP) for Manhyia North Constituency, Collins Owusu Amankwah asking him never to waste his time nurturing an ambition of returning to parliament

Prophet Kusi Appiah who has unequivocally stated that he has no problem with the Former MP, revealed that he cursed him because he disrespected him by referring to him as “Noko Fio” prophet meaning stomach prophet.

According to him, Hon Collins Owusu Amankwah attacked him when he passed a comment about Former Trade Minister Alan Kyeremanten on his bid to lead the NPP as a presidential candidate.

“I have no problem with Collins but after I passed a comment on Alan, he referred to me as a stomach prophet; but he has forgotten that going to Parliament in 2016 was the work of some people”. Prophet Kusi Appiah recounted.

“So I was hurt and told him you don’t know me even before the incident”, he added

According to Prophet Kusi Appiah, prior to the incident, he had already sent someone to inform Collins Owusu Amankwah that God wanted him to take the seat back after he was kicked out.

“You can ask Daniel Agyenim Boateng”, he said.

“Something happened in the constituency and the land needed him, but as I speak, by the Grace of God it is closed in the name of God. I have closed it”, Prophet Kusi Appiah said on Kumasi-based Agnel FM in an interview monitored by MyNewsGH.com.

He insisted that if Collins Owusu Amankwah planned of contesting the seat again, then he must forget it because there is no way he is going to win.

Source: Ghana Web

We are supporting Bawumia because he is the grassroots’ choice – Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister

Kwaku Ampratwum-Sarpong, the Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, has said that Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia’s presidential ambition is being supported by majority of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) parliamentarians and government officials because he is the delagates’ choice.

He refuted assertions that the vice president is only the ‘official candidate’ of the party and is not supported by the grassroots of the party, 3new.com reports.

According to Ampratwum-Sarpong, who is the member of parliament for Mampong, the party delegates have warned that if Dr Bawumia is not made the presidential candidate for the 2024 elections, they will vote against the MPs and party in the elections.

“When he met our Caucus, the support was massive and it was so obvious. I can say over 100 of us support him and we demonstrated that by giving him an overwhelming acclaim when he met us. It was tumultuous and the upcoming victory will be earth-shaking.

“It is the grassroots that tell us what we should do. We are only following their direction. For example, delegates in my constituency came to me and said ‘Honourable, Bawumia is the one we want so if you don’t go in for Bawumia, we will remove you as a our MP’.

“Yes, that’s what my people told me. I don’t want trouble. If the people I lead say this is the direction they want, I have to meet their aspirations and lead them to where they want to be,” the MP is quoted to have said.

He added that for his constituency, Mampong, the vice president has the support of 95 per cent of the delegates in the presidential primaries which is scheduled for November 2023.

The likes of the former Trade and Industry Minister Alan Kyerematen Assin, Central MP Ken Agyapong, Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, the former Food and Agriculture Minister, Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto, ex-Mampong MP Francis Addai-Nimoh, and former Regional Cooperation Minister Dr Kofi Konadu Apreku, are expected to face off in the race for the flagbearership position of the NPP.

Source: Ghana Web