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Assembly donates Mobility Aids to PWDs in Tema West

Ms Anna Naa Adukwei Addo, the Municipal Chief Executive for Tema West has donated mobility aids to Persons with Disability (PWDs) to empower them in their trading skills.

Addressing the gathering, Ms. Addo indicated that, the input of PWDs into Ghana’s growth was equally important and that the Municipal Assembly would continue to prioritize their needs in the municipality to function effectively.

The MCE said the Assembly would continue to create policies and opportunities for all by establishing members economically, to meet their needs, stressing, “our vision as an assembly is to empower these young men and women socio-economically and to integrate them in the society”.

She said from 2018 to 2022, through the collaboration of the Department of Social Protection, Community Development, and the Disability Fund Management Committee, the assembly registered 350 people living with disability in the municipality and was committed to assist PWDs to be self-sufficient without begging on the street for survival.

Receiving the items on behalf of beneficiaries, the representative of the Ghana Federation of Disability, Mr. Patrick Obeng expressed gratitude to the Assembly for the continuous support towards PWDs in the municipality.

He commended the Assembly for the relentless efforts to solve the problems of PWDs.

Mrs. Clara Sowah, Head of Department for Social Welfare stressed that everyone is relevant to and are entitled to be supported per the 1992 Constitution.

She advised PWDs to be smart and make use of the support they received to enable them to expand their businesses.

Mr. Samuel Awuku a beneficiary also thanked the Assembly, “God bless the MCE for her kind gesture and may God elevate and make the Assembly great”.

The event was graced by dignitaries from the National Council for Persons with Disabilities, Assembly members and dignitaries from across the municipality.


Girl, 15, gone missing at Tema

A 15-year-old girl Seli-Ann Amoako Atta has gone missing in Tema since Saturday, January 26, 2019.

According to mother of the missing girl, she took second-hand clothing for sale on Saturday and had not returned as of Sunday when she went to a police station to file a report.
She was to sell the cloths around Tema community 1.
The family in a police report asked for help to trace their daughter.

The development comes in the wake of serial reports of kidnapped girls across the country.
Meanwhile, the Gender Minister Cynthia Morrison has revealed the prime suspect in the series of kidnappings in Takoradi in the Western region has started talking to the police.
A Nigerian national who is believed to be the key suspect in police custody, Willis, has refused to speak since his arrest some weeks ago.
However, during a visit to the families of the kidnapped girls, Madam Morison said the suspect is now speaking up and claims the victims are alive.
“I am happy the culprit has started talking, that is what I wanted because I didn’t believe in he will not talk, he has to talk and he is talking. …According to them, he said they are still alive so let’s take it from there, we shouldn’t speculate,” she told the media.
Meanwhile, the Director-General of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Deputy Commissioner of Police, Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo Danquah, has assured families whose children have been kidnapped in Takoradi that they will soon reunite with them.

DCOP Tiwaa Addo Danquah said this in an exclusive interview with Empire News’ Emmanuel Ohene-Gyan after meeting with all the three families in separate meetings on Saturday, January 27th,2018.
The three (3) girls identified as Priscilla Blessings Bentum, Ruth Quayeson and Priscilla Mantebeah Koranchie were kidnapped between August and December were kidnapped at Kansawrodo, Butumagyebu (BU) and Nkroful respectively in the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis.


“Political will needed to ensure justice in murder of 44 Ghanaians in The Gambia”

A former judge of the United Nation’s International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and former Commissioner of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), Mr Emile Short, has stressed the need for an active political will in ensuring that justice is done in the gruesome murder of some 44 Ghanaians in The Gambia.
He has, therefore, called on the government to summon the political will in ensuring that former President Yahya Jammeh of The Gambia, who is accused of murdering 44 Ghanaians in The Gambia in 2005, is extradited to stand trial in Ghana since the current political and security situation in The Gambia will not be conducive for such a trial.
Justice Short’s call comes at the heel of newly discovered evidence that point to complicity at the highest level of ex-Gambian President Jammeh’s government in the murder of some 44 Ghanaians who were on their way to seek greener pastures in Europe.
Human Rights Watch and TRIAL International last Wednesday, said a paramilitary unit controlled by then Gambian President Jammeh summarily executed more than 50 Ghanaians, Nigerians and other West African migrants in July 2005.

President Akufo-Addo’s assurance

Addressing the event to formally announce a campaign by human rights groups, both locally and internationally, for the alleged perpetrator of those murders, former President Yahya Jammeh, to be brought to justice, Justice Short said the coalition of human rights groups involved in the matter had called on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to apprise him of the recent developments.
The President, he reported, had said it
Justice Short recounted the story of a recent past President of Chad who was convicted for crimes that took place under his leadership; and stressed that Africa would showcase its independence when people who were responsible for crimes, no matter how influential, were subjected to justice administration.

The legal basis

Providing the legal basis under which ex-President Jammeh could be extradited to stand trial in Ghana, Justice Short said some had raised questions that Jammeh allegedly committed those crimes while he was in The Gambia, and that he was currently in Equatorial Guinea which was outside the jurisdiction of the courts of The Gambia and Ghana.
Mr Short indicated that ultimately, if the government decided that it ought to go ahead with the prosecutions, then there were underlying issues for consideration.
Per the facts of the case, Justice Short posited that the abductions, killings and unknown whereabouts of some of the persons constituted forced disappearances both under international and Ghanaian laws.
was a matter that was of importance to him and the entirety of Ghanaians.
The Criminal Offences Amendment Act 2012, he said, incorporated the crime of enforced disappearance and Section 12 of the amended act criminalised enforced disappearance.
With that situation in Ghana, he questioned the applicability of the law to persons outside the borders of the country’s courts as was the case of Mr Jammeh whose actions took place outside of Ghana’s jurisdiction, in The Gambia, and was currently in Equatorial Guinea on political asylum.
He, however, added that Ghana, being a signatory to international conventions and treaties on such crimes, which enjoined member states to hold those involved in those crimes accountable, the country’s courts were jurisdictionally capable of prosecuting those crimes regardless of where they took place.

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licensing exam for all prospective teachers in Ghana.

According to the National Teaching Council (NTC) passing the license exams is a must The National Teaching Council (NTC) of the Ministry of Education has instituted a licensing exam for all prospective teachers in the country. According to the communique by the NTC, starting from the 2017/2018 academic year all prospective teachers will write a professional examination before they are recognised.

In a letter dated May 3, 2018 and signed by the Executive Secretary of the NTC, Dr. Evelyn Oduro, said: “passing the Licensure Examination is one of the conditions for the issuance of Professional Teaching License and Registration Numbers to qualified trained teachers”. The statement also noted that the first batch will write their exams on July 25, 2018.
The letter further indicated that fees and charges for the said exams will be communicated to students in due course. There was a wave of panic and confusion among the various teacher unions when the issue came to the fore last year, but the NTC insisted the move was to enforce discipline and eliminate non-performing teachers from the system, in accordance with the new Teachers Licencing Policy under the Education Act 778 (2008).

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Some NYA trainees have stolen 25 laptops belonging to the Authority.

The Chief Executive Officer of the National Youth Authority (NYA) Emmanuel Asigri has revealed that some trainees have stolen 25 laptops belonging to the Authority.

The laptops were procured by the government through the National Youth Authority (NYA) to train the youth in digital marketing and entrepreneurship programme.

However, some of the trainees have failed to return the laptops after their training.

Mr Asigri was speaking at the graduation ceremony of 355 participants, who had undergone a three months’ intensive training on digital marketing and entrepreneurship.

“The report I have is that about 25 laptops from Ashanti Region cannot be accounted for,” he said.

He added that all participants who do not return the laptop voluntarily by May 21 will be declared as thieves, and will be pursued, arrested and dealt with according to the law.

“Those of you who, I’m told, you signed bonds to take these laptops and you have not returned them, we will pursue you. If you are here or not, we know them, you know yourselves. I have declared to my Director that we must get the police, and I’m going to speak to the Regional Police Commander of the police service to get his men, the CID men to go after anybody who is keeping our laptop because we have declared that you are a thief and we’ll treat you as a such,” he warned.

He cautioned that he will not accept any plea after the culprits are arrested if the laptops are not voluntarily returned.

He lamented that the stolen laptops will reduce the number of trainees that will be admitted in the next batch under the digital marketing and entrepreneurship programme in the Ashanti Region.

This is not the first incident under the module, Mr Asigri admitted that a similar incident happened in the Upper East Region where some participants stole and sold seven laptops. “They were pursued and arrested later,” he stated.


Tema Regional Police Command makes use of drones to monitor activities in Tema and other areas

The Tema Regional Police Command on Thursday launched the use of a drone to monitor crime in the region.
The GH¢7,000.00 worth phantom three drone was personally acquired for the Regional Command by its Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Nana Asomah Hinneh.
The Phantom 3 is very powerful, highly responsive and will fly precisely to your commands.  The integrated gimbal and camera greatly assist you to take professional aerial photos and film. Without doubt, the Phantom 3 is very impressive to fly and film with. It can fly to an altitude of 500 feet
The Phantom 3 flies longer; has a 4k UHD camera; a new Vision Positioning system; stronger GPS signalling and reliability; a totally revamped remote controller; massive improvement in precision flying with much improved responsiveness and performance from both the quadcopter and camera.
The operations of the phantom drones would be controlled by trained personnel and monitored to detect criminal activities in the area.
Drone Pilots from the national command of the Ghana Police Service flew it with two other drones belonging to the Service at Kpone trotro station at Tema Community One, Site 20.
DCOP Hinneh said the drone would mostly be used in the Tema Community One business area, industrial area, Accra-Tema motorway, and the Ashaiman Municipality on a pilot basis.
He added that its operations would be monitored from the Command, to enable them gather and monitor crime for a swift response.
He indicated that it would currently be deployed to the Tema Metropolis during the day due to poor visibility in the night.
Its operations, he added, would subsequently be extended to Ashaiman, Ada, Afienya and other districts especially those with high crime incidence.
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A view the completed tema motorway interchange


The Ministry of Roads and Highways will focus on priority areas to develop the international road corridors to enhance trade opportunities for the country. The road sector minister, Hon. Inusah Fuseini disclosed this when he took his turn at the ‘meet the press’ series at the Conference Hall of the Ministry of Communications.
Hon. Inusah said apart from the Western and Northern corridors which had not yet seen much development as there were on-going works on the Central, Eastern, and Coastal corridors. In the ensuing years the sector would focus on efficiently managing projects on those corridors to ensure that deliverables were realised early to support trade and economic activities, he added.
The Roads Minster also disclosed that the sector had been collaborating with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on the development of the ECOWAS and the
Trans-African Highways which included Ghana’s coastal and central corridors.
Hon. Inusah Fuseini reaffirmed Government’s commitment to improve the road infrastructure deficit in the country since road transportation would remain one of the strategic sectors of Ghana’s economy. He said it formed an important part of the social safety net, facilitating the distribution of wealth through trade and employment opportunities in both urban and rural communities. It was for that reason investment in road infrastructure and services was very critical.
He added that Ghana’s ability to achieve her target for growth and poverty reduction largely depends on an efficient, reliable and safe road infrastructure system which was adequate and affordable.
Source: ISD (Bagbara Tanko)