Kumasi, Oct 19, GNA – Mr Peter Hodgson, a Principal Inspector of Mines at the Minerals Commission, has advised officials of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) to become more conversant with mining rights and regulations.
He said this would equip the officials with knowledge and skills, to enable them to assist in bringing sanity to the mining sector, particularly small-scale mining.
Mr Hodgson was speaking at a day’s sensitization workshop, organized by the Commission to educate stakeholders in the mining sector on the recently passed minerals law.
In was attended by more than 100 representatives of sand-winners, small-scale miners, quarry companies, chiefs and the assemblies.
Mr Hodgson asked mineral prospecting companies, quarry operators and sand winners to obtain mineral rights from the Commission, before going into business. reclaim devastated lands.
He said the Commission would closely monitor and supervise their operations, to help maintain environmental safety standards.
Mr John Amoanyi, a Senior Inspector of Mines, educated the participants on the Minerals and Mining Explosives of Law (LI 2177) of 2012 that seeks to address challenges associated with the use of explosives in mining and civil works, and to conform to international best practices – health and safety.
Takoradi, Oct 19, GNA- President John Dramani Mahama on Friday commissioned military facilities and called on the Ghana Armed Forces to exhibit a high level of professionalism to put them ahead of their colleagues in the sub-region.
The facilities include; two new aircraft hangars, a simulator and a diamond DA 42 aircraft, sea vessels and surveillance aircraft among others.
The construction of the hangars was a collaboration between the governments of Ghana and China and the facility would house aircraft and serve as a place of maintenance for planes in Ghana and the entire sub-West African region.
President Mahama said apart from the facilities, government would continue to provide all the necessary logistics that would make the Ghana Armed Forces to exhibit their best in the coming years.
He urged them to regularly maintain the facilities to ensure a longer lifespan and to serve future generations in the Ghana Armed forces.
President Mahama said government would also receive four new helicopters by the end of the year to enable them to carry out domestic assignments in the coming years.
Lt General Joseph Henry Smith, Minister for Defence gave the assurance that the Ghana Armed Forces would make maximum use of the facility to step up their performance both in the country and beyond.
He promised to provide more equipment to the Ghana Armed Forces to beef up their performance and called for collaboration from the civilian community to ensure successful performance of the military in the country.
Mr Song Lin, President of the China Poly Group that constructed the hangars said the projects would further deepen the cordial relations between Ghana and China that had been established since Ghana's independence.
Accra, Oct 19, GNA – The Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) on Friday said in collaboration with mobile phone operators, it was now possible to dial 192 when in distress and needed their services.
"Users of Vodafone, Expresso and Airtel can call 192 for prompt response," a GNFS statement to the Ghana News Agency on Friday signed by Mr. Robinson Ellis Okoe, Head of Public Relations stated.
The statement said the management of the Service had noted with concern, the spate of fire outbreaks and the inability of a section of the public to access 192 because of the line being busy or its inaccessibility in newly developed areas.
It reminded the public that “999” is not GNSF distressed call number.
He said: "alternately, callers could also use the following fixed line numbers for assistance; Greater Accra - 0302666576/7, Ashanti Region - 032-2022221; Eastern Region - 034-2021852; Volta Region – 036-2026679; Northern Region - 037-2022864; Upper West Region - 039-2022389; Tema-030-3202518; and Western Region - 031-2022660.
Others are Central Region - 033-2032902; Brong Ahafo Region - 035-2027129; Upper East Region - 338-2022277. The GNFS also quoted the numbers for its Headquarters as 030-2760110, 030-2779637, 030-2772446.
The telephone number to the Fire Training School is 030- 2664937, the statement said.
Accra, Oct. 19, GNA - Dr Osei Agyeman, the Acting Executive Director of the National Theatre, has called for the reintroduction of Art in its traditional form to the current school curriculum saying the purpose of education is to make minds and not careers.
He said repackaging the Art subject under new areas like Creative Arts and within the context of Vocational Training is not enough to develop and hone the talents of many gifted students.
Speaking at the recent 47th speech and prize giving day at the Morning Star Primary and Junior High School in Accra, on the theme: “Art our World of Creativity”, Dr Agyeman said he was happy to learn that there are still some schools in the society where the value of Art in the total development of the individual is appreciated to the point of giving equal attention to all the persuasions in art, adding that the new academic curriculum for the teaching of Art leaves much to be desired.
He said it was equally important for the society to change its negative attitudes towards the artist, for though many would love to possess a fine art piece, not many in our society would love to play host to the non-conforming attributes of a typical artist, as they hardly understand that the eccentricities of the artist is a precondition to his creative thinking.
Dr Agyeman said the recent call on the universities to run career oriented programs that would meet the manpower needs of the industry cannot be successful, if the enabling atmosphere to generate the creative thinking of the individual is absent, stressing that the conundrum that confronts the calibre of our educated has little to do with the over- flogged debate on the duration of three or four year senior high school education and more to do with the stimulation of creative thinking in early childhood development.
He said what the society needs is the congenial atmosphere where problem solving attitudes are honed; imagination and originality of thought is developed; and a place where the playful mentality and freedom to question the status quo and all canons, social or academic are rewarded and encouraged.
Dr Agyeman said it would be important for our curriculum developers and policy makers to rethink their recent policy initiatives and introduce new thoughts to ensure that education promotes sensitivity to the human condition as well as the development of well mature minds saying “no significant movement (in Art) has survived by merely reproducing old styles or stereotypes and this our modern curriculum developers know”.
Koforidua, Oct. 19, GNA - The Okyenhene, Osagyefuo Amoatia Ofori Panin, was on Friday elected unopposed as the President of the Eastern Regional House of Chiefs at a general meeting of the House in Koforidua.
He took over from Daasebre Professor Oti Boateng, the Omanhene of the New Juaben Traditional Area, who did not seek re-election when his four-year term of office ended this Month.
Nana Osei Nyarko, Omanhene of Boso Guan Traditional Area, was also elected unopposed as the Vice-President.
Three other Chiefs, Nene Sakitey II, Konor of Manya Krobo, Okotwasuo Owaree Agyekum III, Omanhene of the Akyem Bosume Traditional Area and Daasebre Dr Oti Boateng, were all elected unopposed to join the Okyenhene and Nana Nyarko to represent the House at the National House of Chiefs.
Justice Surrubarreh, the Regional Supervising High Court Judge, swore the chiefs into office as they took the oaths of secrecy and allegiance.
Earlier, Daasebre Dr Oti Boateng told the House that considering his private vocations led to his decision of not seeking re-election as President of the House.
He said the decision had become necessary to enable him to concentrate and focus on the various books he intended to publish adding that the first volume of a book had just been completed to be launch at the British Council Hall in Accra on October 29.
Daasebre Dr Oti Boateng took the opportunity to thank the chiefs for the support, encouragement and the cooperation which they gave him during his tenure of office as President of the House.
He recounted that during his tenure of office and with the help of the Chiefs, some modest successes were chalked.
He mentioned in particular the procurement of six new computers and a photocopier which had been appropriately hooked onto the internet.
The Okyenhene, in his acceptance speech, said since his enstoolment, issues of ecology, public health, social progress and economic development had been of top priority to him.
He said as President of the House, he would be committed to those same noble pursuits and pledged to do his best to live up to expectations.
Osagyefuo Ofori Panin told the chiefs that they had a responsibility not only to advocate for the tracking of the decentralization process but to play a more significant role in local governance.
He advised them to strive to settle the many chieftaincy disputes and promote peace and unity in the towns and the communities since the goal of social and economic development could only be met in the midst of social harmony and cohesion.
The Okyenhene appealed to all political parties to do their best to ensure peace in the coming elections.
Kukurantumi (E/R), Oct. 19, GNA - Mr Victor Smith, the Eastern Regional Minister, has pledged his commitment to ensure a peaceful and fair contest devoid of conflicts not only in the Abuakwa North Constituency but the entire region.
He said as the “father” of the region and the head of the Regional Security Council (RESEC), he would ensure that the peaceful environment the region was enjoying would be sustained at all times.
Mr Smith was speaking to newsmen after filing his nomination at the Abuakwa North Constituency office of the Electoral Commission (EC) at Kukurantumi.
The Regional Minister who received a rousing welcome from friends, sympathizers and supporters of the party arrived at the EC office to file his nomination at about 11:20 hours and was accompanied by some regional party executives.
Mr Smith was optimistic of winning the seat saying “I am certain of winning the seat come December 07 because the electorates are satisfied with the numerous developmental projects government has undertaken through me”.
He mentioned the on-going rehabilitation of the Kukurantumi market, a road and the construction of vocational and technical institute for the area as some of the major projects the people are benefiting from.
Mr Smith announced that he had brought in some foreign investors to seek ways of establishing businesses and help create more jobs for the people in the region.
He urged supporters of all political parties to adhere to peaceful campaign so that the peaceful environment would be maintained.
Mr Smith also appealed to Electoral Officers to conduct themselves properly and desist from partisan politics.
Mr Ebenezer Osei, the Returning Officer for the area, received the nomination form on behalf of the EC and promised to forward it to their headquarters.
Akropong Akuapem, Oct. 19, GNA - Mr Kenneth Nana Addo, Okere Constituency Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has expressed optimism that the party would retain the parliamentary seat in the December polls.
He said his confidence was based on the hard work of the Member of Parliament (MP) for the area, Mr Dan Kwaku Botwe.
Mr Addo said even though the party would surely retain the seat, he was appealing to all party supporters within the constituency to avoid complacency and work harder in order for them to achieve their aim of winning the seat for four conservative times.
The NPP constituency Secretary said this in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) at Akropong Akuapem after he had filed the nomination forms on behalf of Mr Dan Botwe.
Mr Addo said since 2009, a lot of infrastructure development had taken place within the constituency through the efforts of Mr Botwe and believed that the people would give him their mandate once again to lead them.
He mentioned some of the development projects to include construction of classrooms blocks for some selected schools, payment of fees for brilliant but needy children and scholarships for some students at the various tertiary institutions.
He said apart from education, the MP was also assisting some communities to put up health facilities such as clinics and health centres to make health accessible to them.
Mr Addo said the NPP was solid on the ground due to the presence of the MP as compared to the previous years.
According to him, Okere was one of the many seats the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), had earmarked to snatch this year but was optimistic that the NPP would defeat Mr George Opare Addo, the parliamentary candidate for the NDC.
Accra, Oct 19, GNA - Nana Asantewa Afadzinu, Executive Director, West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI), on Friday urged civil society groups to adopt indigenous methodologies at capacity develop programmes to make it more acceptable to those involved.
She expressed concern about the huge adoption of foreign methodologies which sometimes made it difficult for indigenous people to grasp and implement.
Mrs Afadzinu stated during the closing ceremony of a two-day capacity building seminar organized by the Institute for 20 capacity development experts from West, East and Central Africa in Accra.
She called for the adoption of new and familiar methodologies in which could make learning easier.
The workshop was to brainstorm on the best means of promoting capacity development for civil society organisations in West Africa.
Mrs Afadzinu said the consultative meeting was organized to enable WACSI, a leading capacity building Institute in West Africa, to fill capacity gaps within civil society, to gather valuable perspectives on the way forward for its capacity development programmes.
The Institute used the platform to gain insights on how to tailor its programmes to effectively address identified capacity gaps of CSOs in West Africa.
The WACSI Executive Director said the meeting also created a platform for WACSI and African capacity development experts with unique specialties to reflect on the effectiveness of capacity development initiatives, quality of programmes and quality of delivery for training programmes aimed at enhancing the capacities of CSOs and practitioners.
The experts meeting will enable WACSI to identify best practices and novel and indigenous ways of designing and delivering capacity development initiatives to meet the institutional needs of CSOs in West Africa.
“The meeting served as a valuable platform to draw vital lessons that would inform the process of identifying, designing and delivering capacity development initiatives for CSOs in West Africa”, she said.
In an open forum, the experts urged WACSI to engage in research to develop a baseline for the state of civil society that would support the assessment of the achievements and challenges facing CSOs.
WACSI was also urged to create a working group from the pool of experts who would substantively contribute to research, and the design and delivery of capacity development initiatives to be implemented by the Institute.
Agogo (Ash), Oct 19, GNA - Mr. Samuel Anyan-Kusi, who was disqualified in the Asante-Akim North parliamentary primary for the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), has filed his nomination to contest the seat as an independent candidate.
The party had asked him to step aside because of problems with his dual-nationality.
He told the Vetting Committee that he had renounced his American citizenship but that was not enough and he was asked to produce a renunciation certificate, which he could not.
Mr. Anyan-Kusi after filing his nomination, said his decision was influenced by the unfair treatment by the NPP.
He expressed optimism about his chances in the December 7 polls.
Akyawkrom (Ash), Oct 19, GNA – The Forestry Senior Staff Association (FOSSA), has held its annual general meeting at Akyawkrom in the Ejisu-Juaben Municipality calling on all stakeholders in the sector to work together to promote sustainable management of the nation’s forest and its resources.
It said it was important for the various interest groups to give every needed support to the Forestry Commission to enable it to efficiently carry out its constitutional mandate.
Mr. Alex Asare, the Acting President, also encouraged his colleagues to do more to help the people to have better understanding of the forest policies and the present state of the country’s forest.
The fast depletion of the forest cover and its dire consequences must be forcefully brought home to the people.
He said that could assist influence a change in attitude towards the forest and reduce the recklessness.
The one-day meeting was held under the theme: “Enhancing the Contribution of Senior Staff towards an Effective Forestry Commission”.
It provided the platform for the members to critically evaluate their performance and explore ways to enhance their role in the management of the forest.
Mr. Asare noted with concern the extinction of some plant and animal species due to illegal logging, mining and wildfires and said the trend could not be allowed to continue.
He said the extreme weather conditions Ghana had been experiencing in recent times, due to climatic changes, should be a wake-up call to all.
He, therefore, called on the relevant bodies and law-enforcement agencies to rigidly enforce the laws on the forest to conserve the ecology and biodiversity.
Mr. Samuel Afari-Dartey, the Chief Executive of the Commission, in a speech read for him, asked the Association to use the meeting to discuss ways of enhancing the forest governance.
Brekumase (E/R), Oct. 19, GNA - Mr Joseph Kwasi Baah Yirenkyi, the Assembly Member for the Brekumase Electoral Area in the West Akyem Municipality, has established an educational trust fund to support needy students in the area.
Speaking to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) after the first fund raising harvest to support the project, Mr Yirenkyi said his aim was to raise funds to support secondary education of the youth from the area.
He said last year, students of the Brekumase Junior High School scored 100 per cent at the Basic Education Certificate Examination, but only 22 per cent were able to continue their education due to poor financial support from their parents.
He explained that as a way of helping to keep the youth of the area in school, he initiated the fund with the support of the chiefs and people in the area.
The harvest yielded GH¢5, 000 which would be used as seed money for the project.
The chief of the town, Baafour Kwame Ackom, thanked the members of the community for their support for the project.
He said next year, similar harvest would be organized to raise more funds to enable the project to benefit more young people from the area.
Koforidua, Oct. 19, GNA - The Marketing Officer of Akuapem Rural Bank, Mr Samuel Boateng Nkansah, has called on workers to help remove impediments in the way of pensioners so that when they retire, they would not suffer the same fate.
He said some of the impediments in the way of pensioners as forming long queues at the banks to collect their pensions as well as the frustrations some face at the Controller and Accountant General Department before their documents are processed.
Mr Nkansah said this when on behalf of the Akuapem Rural Bank, he presented a cheque of GH¢500 to members of the New Juaben Municipal Branch of the Ghana Pensioners Association to support them towards the end of year get-together.
He commended the pensioners in the country for the good work they did when they were in active service which contributed to the peace we currently enjoy.
Mr Nkansah said it was the desire of the bank to continue to support the association and urged other financial institutions to come to the aid of the pensioners.
Mr Emmanuel Darkwa Nimo, a member of the Management Board of the Pensioners Association, who received the cheque on behalf of the Association, commended the Akuapem Rural Bank for being the first institution to respond to the appeals and expressed the hope that the bank would be an enduring partner of the Association.
Ho, Oct. 17, GNA-The Volta Regional Secretariat of the National Democratic Party (NDP) on Wednesday said it had uncovered and estranged a mole within its ranks.
Dr David Sunu, NDP National Youth Organizer, told journalists at a hurriedly arranged press-conference that one Mr Emmanuel Ashigbui had attempted luring constituency chairmen of the NDP back into the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
He said the mole, parading as an Executive Member of the NDP allegedly invited the NDP executives to a meeting at a venue in Ho, during which he tried cajoling them to agree to announce their en-bloc desertion of the NDP in the presence of the media.
Dr Sunu, flanked by Mr Tsokpo Senyo Bansah, NDP Volta Regional Chairman and the constituency chairmen said the plan failed as the constituency chairmen strongly contended the culprit.
Dr Sunu said the attempt smacks of the politics of deception which is “the hallmark of the NDC”.
He said the mole’s maneuvering was aimed at creating the impression that the NDP was losing its hold on its members and executives.
Dr Sunu then declared, “we the National Executive Committee (NEC) members from the Region, Regional Executives, Constituency Chairmen and members of the great National Democratic Party wish to put on record that we are solidly behind the NDP”,
He continued “we believe in the true ideals of probity, accountability, social justice and integrity in governance.
“We support our indefatigable flagbearer Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings because she is a tried and tested leader
“The NDC cannot deliver governance with integrity to this country.
“We of the Volta Region had to put this on record because of attempts by the NDC to deceive our constituency chairmen into a meeting with media coverage to create an impression that they had defected to the NDC.
“To avert such further deception we wish to put on record that the element who was used in this attempt, the person is not an executive member of the NDP and nobody should deal with him in that capacity.
“The NDP will never be deterred by cheap and infantile strategy of deception.
“We shall continue to maintain our members based on the politics of conviction and the principles we stand for.
“We shall never join any other party but work hard to return power to the people…”
Mr Andrews Agbeve, Mr Samuel Avulekpor and Mr Governor Fianyo constituency chairmen corroborated Dr Sunu’s account of the events, all saying the NDC mole had told them that he was an emissary of President Mahama, working to bring them back to the fold.
When contacted Mr Ashigbui agreed he had organized the constituency chairmen at their own bidding, for a possible defection to the NDC because, they claimed they (the chairmen) were not satisfied with the happenings in the NDP.
Bewadze (C/R), Oct. 17, GNA – Mr Kwesi Ahwoi, Minister of Food and Agriculture, says the prudent agricultural policies pursued by the government have spared Ghana the scourge of food insecurity.
Speaking at the 32nd World Food Day which also marked 67th anniversary of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) at Gomoa Bewadze near Winneba in the Gomoa West District on Tuesday, Mr Ahwoi pointed out that 2012 Report on the state of food insecurity in the world estimated at about 870 million people representing 12.5 per cent of the world population under-nourished from 2010 to 2012 out of which 234 million were from sub-Saharan Africa.
He noted that the rapid growth in the agricultural sector held the key to reduction of hunger and malnourishment in developing countries including Ghana.
The Minister said the government has increased agricultural production since assuming office in 2009.
He said in 2007, agriculture contributed 5,322 million cedis representing 29.1 per cent of the 2007 GDP of 19,913 million cedis at 2006 prices, but in 2011 agricultural contribution increased by 22.2 per cent over 2007 figure to 6,507 million cedis or 25.6 per cent of the 2011 GDP of 27,742 million Ghana cedis at the same 2006 prices.
On the theme for the World Food Day: “Agriculture Cooperative: Key to Feeding the Word”, Mr Ahwoi said the most effective means of assisting small-scale farmers to address the issues of farmer livelihood and food security was the strategy of using farmers’ groups or farmer-based organisations (FBOs) to organise all aspects of agricultural value chain.
He said the government with the support of the United States government under the first phase of the Millennium Challenge Compact trained and supported 1,242 FBOs countrywide bringing the total to 66,400 farmers in technical and business development skills to enable increase their productivity and income.
The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Director-General, Dr Jose Graziano da Silva, in a message read by Mr Musa Saihou Mbenga, FAO-Ghana Country Representative, paid special tribute to cooperatives for working against hunger and over-coming market and policy constraints by providing their members access to a range of assets and services.
The World Food Programme (WFP) Country Director, Mr Ismail Omer, encouraged all stakeholders in food security and the nutrition sector to redouble efforts to empower farmer-based organisations to accelerate food security for the small-holder farmer and for the entire country.
He said since 2008 WFP had brought close to 42,000 metric tons of food worth 22.2 million US dollars from food suppliers for use in WFP-Ghana programme as well as other WFP offices in West Africa.
Touching on the Ghana’s theme for the celebration of the day, “Restoring Coconut Farmers Livelihood through FBOs Collaboration,” the Central Regional Minister, Mrs Ama Benyiwa-Doe, commended the stakeholders on their effort to reactivate the coconut industry in the country.
She said coconut is not a great source of food only but also a great source of income and called for the protection of the crop against diseases.
Obrempong Nyanfun Krampah XI, Omanhen of Gomoa Ajumako, said farming was not for illiterate and school-dropouts and appealed to scholars to go into farming.
The Omanhen appealed to the government to provide irrigation and storage facilities to enable farmers to cultivate all-year round and store reserves.
Accra, Oct. 17, GNA – The All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) on Wednesday called on the Eighteenth Session of the Conference of Parties (COP 18) to develop an extension to the Kyoto Protocol for countries like Canada and United States to commit to it.
The Kyoto Protocol is an international agreement linked to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The major feature of the Kyoto Protocol is that it sets binding targets for 37 industrialized countries and the European community for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Most Rev Dr Robert Aboagye-Mensah, Vice President of the AACC for West Africa, made the call on behalf of the participants at the two-day Conference for the group in Accra.
The international interfaith conference sought to discuss the role faith based organizations could play in climate change adaptation and mitigation, challenges faced by churches and mosques in climate mitigation and adaptation and to seek the extent the churches and mosques have been working on climate change mitigation and adaptation.
Most Rev. Aboagye-Mensah called on the Eighteenth Session of COP 18 to give support to developing countries that show commitments by registering their mitigation and adaptation plans.
He added that such countries needed to be provided with new non-concessional grants and predictable support.
Most Rev Aboagye-Mensah added that there was the need to support faith-based organizations in mobilizing at the grassroots to effectively respond to climate justice challenges.
“Such recognition must be in the form of financial, technical and human capacity among others”, he added.
Most Rev Aboagye-Mensah said there must be an agreement that required that developed countries should go beyond the set GHG emission targets in order to avert projected global emissions peak in 2015.
“Urgently accelerate the actualization of the Global Climate fund and mechanisms that were set up at COP 17 in Durban in December 2011”, he said.
Since the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) entered into force in 1995, the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UNFCCC have been meeting annually to assess progress in dealing with climate change.
The COP adopts decisions and resolutions, published in reports of the COP and successive decisions taken by the COP make up a detailed set of rules for practical and effective implementation of the Convention.
Most Rev Aboagye-Mensah called on African governments to develop domestic resourcing strategies to finance local adaptation and mitigation initiatives.
“Recognise and mainstream climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies into national development plan involving key stakeholders like the youth and women and other marginalized groups within the countries”, he said.
He concluded by saying that “every lost moment in this very critical issue of climate change increases the irreversibility of the threat to dignified life and the future of Africa and the entire planet”.
Accra, Oct. 17, GNA - Vodafone Ghana has introduced a pay- as- you- go data tariff that allows customers to pay less and browse for a longer time.
This is to encourage the browsing habits of their customers on their network, where customers could see a reduction of up to 75 per cent of the standard pay- as- you- go charge.
A statement issued in Accra on Wednesday by the company said customers could download 10 MB of data in one session, which equates to the average length of a music video.
Madam Tara Squire, Head of Consumer Marketing at Vodafone Ghana, explained that the rationale for the dynamic pricing model was for their customers to have varied browsing habits.
‘We aim to make sure that every data user is getting the best value for their money,” she noted.
The statement said the pay-as-you-go tariff targets customers who typically browse on the go accessing the internet on their handheld devices wherever and whenever they go.
It said this would allow them to experience the endless possibilities of the internet at very affordable pricing.
According to the statement, the company launched a data campaign at the beginning of this year to educate Ghanaians on the infinite possibilities it could offer everyone
“In addition to educating Ghanaians, Vodafone also aims to increase access to the internet with affordable handsets and devices while giving the best value for money for internet packages,” it added.
Madam Tara further explained that Vodafone’s strategy to increase internet access and bring value to Ghanaians has made the company to provide tariffs that suit every pocket and every behaviour.
According to the statement, for heavy browsers the company has developed daily and monthly data bundles which allowed the customer to experience the internet at affordable rates.
Takoradi, Oct. 17 GNA - Officials of the Minerals/Mining Commission have hailed government for reviewing the regulations of the minerals and mining act as it would go a long way to eliminate illegal activities in the sector.
The officials, Mr Evans Adadey, Principal Inspector of Mines and Mr Desmond Boahen, Inspector or Mines, noted that nuisances that hinder the growth of the industry like mining in the river bodies and foreigners actively engaging in the business should stop under the new regulation passed in June this year.
The officials expressed these sentiments at a day’s workshop organized by the Takoradi office of the Commission for mineral and mining industrial operators in the Western Region at Takoradi.
The workshop aimed at sensitizing the operators on the new regulations of Act 703 of 2012 in order for them to comply with its contents.
Speaking on “health, safety and explosive regulation”, Mr Adadey noted that the old regulation of Act 703 of 2006 had serious challenges which did not address pertinent issues concerning their operations.
The two officials said under the new regulations while surface mining and dredging are permitted, offences attracting severe punishment include mining in or close to river bodies, foreigners actively participating in the business.
According to them, the new regulation if strictly adhered to, would allow mining operation in the country to conform to international practices.
To ensure that the new regulations work perfectly, Mr Adadey called for extra vigilance from all stakeholders like the traditional authorities, operators, metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies to expose those who operate illegally.
The Principal Inspector noted that these stakeholders live in the communities therefore should be able to know which areas that illegal mining take place to the appropriate quarters for action to be taken on them.
Failure to expose illegal mining activities and unsafe mining practices, that degraded or polluted the environment amounts to connivance to offence and must not be tolerated he added.
He called for proper disposal of remnants of mining activities by creating embankments for dumping in order not to harm the health of the surrounding community of their operation areas.
To prevent encroachment on their concessions, Mr Adadey urged the metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies to factor into their planning buffer zones for small scale mining operators who comprise those into sand winning, quarries, and kaolin, salt among others.
Mr Boahen spoke on “mineral property and rights” and entreated operators and stakeholders to study the new regulation and conform to the contents so that they are not caught up with the law.
He warned against the submission of false documents to the Mineral/ Mining Commission as culprits would be made to face the law.
During discussion period, the mineral/mining operators noted that vital business like small scale mining was reserved for Ghanaians only and therefore appealed to the government to rid it of all foreigners.
They alleged that Ghanaians front for the Chinese to secure documentation for their business and later hand over to them for operation which is against the laws of the nation.
To that effect, the operators appealed to all the authorities involved in the issuance of documents for mining operation in the country to scrutinize particulars and embark of active investigations before processing the documents.
The operators further appealed to the metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies to charge uniform fees concerning their operation in the areas complaining of differences in the charging of fee.
They also stressed the need for the decentralization of processing of documents as this could be done in the various regional offices to time, save cost and risk.
Hohoe, Oct. 18, GNA - Mr Henry Ford Kamel, Volta Regional Minister, on Wednesday inaugurated an 11-member committee to probe the 11th June, 2012 communal violence in Hohoe.
The Committee, under the chairmanship of Justice Patrick Baayeh, a Ho High Court Judge, would among other things find out the cause of the violence and make recommendations to forestall similar occurrences in the future.
Other members of the committee are; Miss Comfort Tasiame, from the Attorney General’s Department, Monsignor Anthony Kofi Kornu and Very Reverend Dr. Livingstone Buama, former Moderator of the EP Church.
Others are; Nana Soglo Aloh IV, Mr Nicholas Afesi, Mr E.K Kumi, Alhaji Osman Kamal-Din and a representative from National Security, a representative of the National Chief Imam and a representative of the Architectural Engineering Services Limited (AESL).
The committee has eight weeks to present its findings to government.
Mr Kamel said members of the committee were carefully selected in view of the “diverse nature of the issue” and called for the support of all.
“Let’s remember that the committee has been set up by the President and it has high powers, so we all have to cooperate with it,” he said.
Mr Kamel expressed appreciation to all stakeholders who helped in restoring relative peace to Hohoe.
Dr Margaret Kwaku, Hohoe Municipal Chief Executive, reiterated the need for both sides-the Zongo community and indigenes of Hohoe to cooperate with the committee to find lasting solutions to the issue.
She expressed worry about unguarded statements from women from both sides and urged opinion leaders to caution them.
Justice Baayeh on behalf of the committee promised to accomplish the task within schedule and called for patience, understanding and cooperation of both sides.
A misunderstanding between the local Zongo community and the indigenes over the issuance of burial rights and electrocution of a boy is believed to have resulted in the communal clashes.
In the melee, the house of Togbega Gabusu VI, Paramount Chief of the Gbi Traditional Area and other properties were vandalized.
Two lives were lost in the community which is still under a curfew and security surveillance.
Kade, Oct.18, GNA - A police prosecutor on Wednesday challenged the eligibility of a lawyer to ply his trade and dared him to produce his license in court.
Police Chief Inspector, Francis Cobbina, said since Mr Osei Kwadwo Addo’s name was not on the list of lawyers permitted to practice law in 2012 published by the General Legal Council, he should not be permitted to appear for a client facing a criminal charge before the Kade District Magistrate’s court.
When the Magistrate, Mr Abdul Majid Illiasu, asked the prosecutor for the grounds for the submission, he said he had the list of lawyers who had been licensed to practice in 2012.
The Magistrate therefore asked Inspector Cobbina to submit the list and he later produced a Daily Graphic issue of June 17 this year, which had the names of all licensed lawyers.
The magistrate then requested Mr Addo to produce his license but he replied that he left it at home.
The case was then adjourned to November 08 for the lawyer to produce his valid license which allows him to practice law in Ghana.
It all started when Mr Addo, who was defending Christopher Gbadasu, who stood surety for one Victoria Agboada, facing charge of “fictitious trading”, submitted that his client never entered into any agreement with the Police before Victoria was released.
The lawyer called on the prosecution to prove that the surety truly entered into bail agreement (bond) of GH¢ 10,000.00 before Victoria was released.
The prosecution had it that Gbadasu after signing the bond on January 07. was asked to produce Victoria on January 10 and when he failed to do so on January 13, a forfeiture of recognizance was served on him and was summoned to appear before the Court to show cause why the bond of GH¢ 10,000.00 should not be extracted from him.
Chief Inspector Cobbina not satisfied with the submission of the lawyer, who is also the counsel for the Kwaebibirem District Assembly, applied to the court to ask Mr Addo to show his valid license that allows him to practice law for the year 2012.