STMA impounds trucks conveying unauthorized gravel material

The Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly (STMA) has impounded four trucks for conveying gravel material from an unauthorized excavation site at Butumagyebu (BU), close to the Adiembra Senior High School within the metropolis

The arrest followed a tipoff from a resident on the activities of a contractor illegally excavating and conveying gravel materials from the area, contrary to the Assembly’s by-laws on ‘Excavation of Gravel, Stone and Sand, 2017’.

A statement signed by Mr John Laste, the Public Relations Officer, STMA, said the Assembly’s task force, reaching the site, ordered the contractor to stop work and impounded the trucks for further investigations.?

The statement said the Assembly, in recent times, had been overserved with grave concern about the rampant unauthorized excavation of gravel, stones and sand in some areas within the Metropolis.?

It said: ‘The Assembly suspects clandestine collaboration among some traditional leaders, landowners, developers and officials of the Assembly – both st
aff and members for these unapproved excavations.’

The Assembly, therefore, entreated the public to report any suspected unauthorized excavation works including the conveyance of gravels in any part of the Metropolis to the authorities for appropriate action.

‘The Assembly is not oblivious to the need for gravel materials for the construction sector in the Metropolis and is open for formal conversation with any authorised individual or organization for controlled excavation works within a specified area and approved route for conveyance to minimise the destruction of vegetation and roads in the Metropolis,’ the statement added.

Meanwhile, the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE), Mr Abdul-Mumin Issah, together with a team of officers from the Assembly visited the site to inspect and assess the extent of excavation works done within the area.

The MCE reiterated his resolve not to permit the execution and hauling of gravel materials from any site by heavy trucks that could end up damaging the
arterial asphalted roads within the communities.?

‘As city authorities, we cannot sit aloof and watch some few individuals who have taken the laws into their hands by way of saying they have won a contract to supply laterite. The due process must be followed,’ he said.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Being a true Muslim doesn’t mean you can’t get close to Christians – Bawumia

Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has emphasized the importance of peaceful coexistence among Ghanaians of different faiths and religions for national cohesion.

Dr. Bawumia, who is also the presidential candidate for the New Patriotic Party (NPP), expressed his confidence and comfort in associating with Christians, a virtue he attributes to the teachings of the Holy Prophet Mohammed.

“I don’t think that being a true Muslim means that you cannot get close to Christians. Nor do I see how being a true Christian means you cannot get close to Muslims,” he said.

“Prophet Mohammed instructed Muslims to get closer to Christians among all the religions and faiths of this world. That is what the Prophet Mohammed said, and so I am very comfortable and confident in getting close to Christians.

“My brothers and sisters are Christians, and I cannot say that I will not get close to them,” he added.

During an interaction with the clergy in the Northern Region, Dr. Bawumia stated that the peaceful coexistence between
different faiths in Ghana must be continually promoted.

He highlighted that such efforts would help prevent the infiltration and activities of jihadists, who often seek to exploit disagreements between followers of different faiths and religions.

“There are many people who are uncomfortable with us Muslims getting closer to Christians, and that is how jihadists and extremists benefit. We are a peaceful country, and we always get closer, so let us keep it that way,” he urged.

Source: Ghana Web

CSIR-CRI set to unveil agroecology and circular economy for ecosystem services

Led by the CSIR-Crops Research Institute (CSIR-CRI), the Agroecology and Circular Economy for Ecosystem Services (ACE4ES) project is scheduled to be launched on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, in Kumasi.

The ACE4ES project is an innovative initiative aimed at promoting sustainable and environmentally friendly agricultural practices. Its primary focus is on developing methods to cultivate food that are both productive and eco-conscious.

Conventional farming techniques often result in harmful pollutants that contribute to climate change. The ACE4ES project seeks to address this issue by exploring cutting-edge approaches that can minimize these pollutants while simultaneously enhancing soil health and crop quality.

Additionally, the project brings together scientists, policymakers, and farmers to explore new ways of farming that are beneficial for the environment and people.

According to the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), traditional farming methods in Ghana have a significant impact on the e
nvironment, affecting everything from the quality of the air we breathe to the water we drink.

In response to this, the CSIR is going to launch the ACE4ES initiative, which aims to collaborate with stakeholders to create a healthier planet for both current and future generations.

Implementing sustainable farming practices not only benefits the environment but also helps farmers develop resilient livelihoods and ensures food security for all.

The CSIR is therefore calling on all stakeholders to get involved in the project by attending workshops, participating in training sessions, or simply spreading awareness about the importance of sustainable agriculture.

Key goals of the ACE4ES project:

Sharing knowledge: The project will provide training and information to farmers and policymakers so they can learn about these new techniques and decide if they want to use them on their farms.

Helping farmers: By adopting these new practices, farmers can potentially increase their crop yields, save money on inputs li
ke fertilizers, and protect their land for future generations.

Protecting the environment: By reducing the amount of harmful pollutants released into the air and water, the project aims to make farming more sustainable and help combat climate change.

Source: Ghana Web

Arrest Sammi Awuku for habouring criminals – Security analyst

Anthony Acquaye, a Security Policy Analyst, has called for the arrest of Sammi Awuku, the National Director of the National Lottery Authority (NLA).

His call comes after Awuku publicly admitted that he knows where armed robbers gather in the country.

Speaking during a panel discussion on Peace FM, Awuku revealed that during campaign seasons, political operatives do not discriminate in seeking votes, even reaching out to individuals involved in criminal activities such as armed robbery.

He confessed to actively seeking votes from armed robbers, stating that they are not selective in their outreach efforts.

Reacting to Awuku’s admission, Anthony Acquaye has called for his immediate arrest.

He emphasized the gravity of Awuku’s statement, highlighting the implications of armed robbery, which often involves violence and loss of life.

“The first thing Ghana Police Service needs to do is arrest Sammi Awuku. If you listen to the statement he made, he openly confessed to knowing the whereabouts of armed robbers
and their meeting spots. This is a serious matter because armed robbers pose a significant threat to public safety.

‘By failing to disclose this information to the police, Awuku is potentially aiding criminals and should be treated as such under the law,’ he said in an interview on TVXYZ on May 16, 2024.

He argued that Awuku’s failure to alert the police about the identity or whereabouts of armed robbers could constitute complicity in criminal activities.

‘Considering a man of his caliber publicly admitting that he knows the whereabouts of armed robbers, he should be arrested by the police.

‘Even under our laws, if you have knowledge of armed robbers, you are obliged to alert the police for their arrest. Therefore, if he cannot disclose their identities to the police, then he is also a criminal,’ he added.

Source: Ghana Web