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'Galamsey': Trading Life For A Quid

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Water is life because the human body consists of about 70% water. It must, however, be known that not any water is life. It is only clean and safe water that can give life. Polluted water does the opposite. Polluted water is not just water that looks physically dirty. It is also water that may contain strong chemicals such as arsenic, mercury, lead, DDT, cyanide and other chemicals substances that cannot be seen with the naked eye.

Illegal miners use some of these chemicals in their activities without proper regulations. These minerals eventually get washed into and pollute water bodies.
Some (if not all) of these overzealous money scavengers lack knowledge of the dangers associated with these chemicals of the trade.
We complain about the destruction of water bodies due to 'galamsey' activities. We blame Chinese nationals for coming to destroy our environment with heavy-duty equipment. We threaten to deport them but, after their government intervenes with a loan facility, we a…

We Came To Ghana To Beg . . . Say Mali, Niger, Chad, Nigeria Migrants

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Some African migrants have told The Chronicle that the hospitality of Ghanaians had brought them into the country to beg for alms on the streets.

These migrants, who The Chronicle interacted with at different locations at the Nima, a suburb of Accra, said they are from Nigeria, Chad, Niger, and Mali, and according to them, they came by foot, whilst others said they came by road.

The beggars, who pleaded to speak on condition of anonymity, said begging for alms is a ‘profession’ they had adopted to survive in the country and to take care of their children back home in their respective countries.

An 80-year-old street beggar, who said she is from Zaria, in Northern Nigeria said she came to Ghana by foot, however, she could not recollect the number of days she spent walking from Zaria to Ghana.

She confidently indicated that begging for alms is what she had lived on since arriving in the country at a youthful age. The Zaria native said she was a divorcee.

According to her, her children h…

Ghana Cocoa Board Warns Farmers Smuggling May Jeopardize Pay

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Ghana’s cocoa regulator is warning farmers that the smuggling of beans from neighboring Ivory Coast may jeopardize efforts to keep producer payments unchanged despite a slump in prices.
The regulator in Ivory Coast, the world’s biggest producer, expects that as much as 70,000 metric tons of the country’s crop will be smuggled across its borders by the time the season ends in September, a person familiar with the matter said July 5.
Ivory Coast cut farmers’ pay by 36 percent to the equivalent of about 700,000 CFA francs ($1,211) per ton in April to cope with prices that have fallen by more than a third in a year on forecasts of an oversupply. Ghana, the second-biggest grower, kept farmer payments at the equivalent of 7,600 cedis ($1,723) per ton since October and has ruled out any cuts for the next harvest.

“If farmers want to continue to enjoy the privilege of high prices even at such times, then we must stop all forms of smuggling,” said Johnson Mensah, a director of the Ghana Cocoa …

Ghana To Suffer Major Food Crisis By End Of Year - GAWU

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In April 2017, about 1,400 hectares were attacked by the fall armyworms
Ghana should expect an acute shortage of food by the end of the year, this is according to the General Agricultural Workers Union (GAWU). The Union claims that the ongoing fall army worm invasion is not being tackled well by government.

So far, the Ministry of Food and Agriculture has revealed that although about 20,000 hectares of farm yields have been affected by fall armyworms invasion, the infestation is under control but the General Secretary of GAWU, Edward Kariweh, has argued that the number of hectares of farm yields goes beyond what government is gathering.

According to him, checks by the Union reveal that close to 100,000 hectares of farm lands across the country have been badly affected by the invasion.


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Africans Getting Fed Up With Gay Rights Noise – Speaker Of Parliament

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Ghana’s third most-powerful man, its speaker of parliament, says Africans are increasingly becoming fed up with external forces trying to force alien cultures on them.

Prof Mike Ocquaye, a seasoned lawyer and law lecturer, said it was unacceptable that foreign governments and groups were using the issue of human rights to champion acts such as homosexuality, bestiality etc.

He made the comments during a meeting with members of international rights group, Amnesty International (AI), who called on him on Tuesday. Among the issues AI raised was the need to scrap death sentence from Ghana’s statutes but LGBT rights did not come up specifically.

“It is becoming a human right in some countries. The right to do homosexuality. The right for a human being to sleep with an animal. We are tired of some of these things and we must be frank about it. I think all these matters need to be seriously interrogated.”

“Following what Tony Blair said which I personally wrote him a letter that if we do not…

Secret Recording Device Is Mine – Inusah Fuseini Discloses

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A Former Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Alhaji Inusah Fuseini, has claimed ownership of the audiovisual recording device retrieved from the office of the current Minister, John Peter Amewu.

The device was discovered in the office of the Minister on Monday. It was retrieved by the National Security after they embarked on a routine screening exercise at the Ministry.
But the Public Relations Officer [PRO] at the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources has told NEAT FM’s morning show host Kwesi Aboagye that, a native of Israel detected the audiovisual recording device believed to have been secretly planted in the office of the Lands and Natural Resources Minister, John Peter Amewu.

According to Mr. Abraham Otabil, the Israeli [Name withheld] was at the Minister’s office to discuss security issues with him after he had raised concerns about threats in his fight against illegal mining, popularly known as ‘Galamsey’.


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Prez Akufo Addo Gives PNC's Edward Mahama An Appointment

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President Akufo-Addo has appointed the 2016 Flagbearer of the People’s National Convention (PNC), Edward Nasigri Mahama as an Ambassador-at-Large.

He was among 21 others who have been appointed to represent Ghana as diplomats in other countries.

They were all sworn in by the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Monday.

An ambassador-at-large is an ambassador with special duties but not appointed to a particular country.

Others who were also part of the 22 sworn in include former Attorney General, Ayikoi Otoo is to represent Ghana in Canada, George Ayisi Boateng; South Africa and Mercy Bampoe Addo for Malta.

Others include Salma Francess Mancell-Egala; Turkey, Paul Oko; Egypt, Kwasi Owusu Yeboah; Togo, Miss Sophia Horner-Sam; Netherlands, Mrs. Amerleey Olennu; Denmark, Mrs. Elizabeth Salamtu; Namibia, Gen. Francis Adu-Amanfoh; Mali.

Ghana's VP Encourages Sudanese Businesses To Invest In Ghana

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Ghana's Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia on Monday encouraged Sudanese businesses to invest in Ghana while challenging Ghanaian businesses to build closer ties with their counterparts from Sudan.

He said there are a lot of business opportunities in Ghana adding that the priority of the president Akufo-Addo-led government is to make the West African nation the most business-friendly country in Africa.

Bawumia was speaking when he hosted Osama Faisal Elsayed-Ali, the Sudanese Minister of State at the Ministry of Investment at the Flagstaff House in Accra.

He challenged Ghanaian investors to take advantage of the business relations existing between the two countries to make significant investments that would bring them appreciable returns.

He said such collaboration would offer opportunities to consolidate good political and diplomatic relations between Ghana and Sudan.


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Ghana’s Rebecca Asamoah Places 2nd At Miss UN

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Twenty-five-year-old Ghanaian beauty queen, Rebecca Asamoah, placed second at the 2017 edition of Miss United Nations international pageant held in Kingston Jamaica over the weekend.

Rebecca, who is the first Ghanaian queen at the Miss UN pageant beat several other contestants from over 80 countries to come close to winning the ultimate crown which went to Olga Makhlevskaia from Russia.
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Mexican queen, Irais Carbajal, also took the second runner-up position while Russia was crowned the overall winner at the event.

Miss UN is a humanitarian pageant which helps to better the lives of persons around the world. It identifies and showcases world’s best tourism cause ambassad…

Ghana's Cocoa Loan Syndication Oversubscribed To $1.6 Bln - Sources

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Ghana's cocoa regulator COCOBOD has already received around $1.6 billion worth of bids in an oversubscribed loan syndication aimed at financing purchases of the 2017/18 crop, government and COCOBOD sources told Reuters on Monday.

The world's second-largest cocoa producer after Ivory Coast uses loans from international banks every year for bean purchases. It had earlier said it aimed to raise $1.3 billion in September to bring in a crop it estimated at around 850,000 tons.

Two sources familiar with this year's transaction told Reuters that more than 20 banks have signed up to the syndication since a London roadshow by COCOBOD last month.

"It was a successful roadshow because not only was the target loan amount oversubscribed by at least $300 million, but there were indications of new banks signing up to the syndication for the first time," one industry source said.


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Ghana's "Democrazy"

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Democracy seems to be Ghana's problem. Politicians are more concerned with winning elections than doing the right thing. This is why indiscipline is gradually taking over our society. People do all manner of things and go scot-free in the name of democracy. Corrupt officials get away with their booty because there is a ghost called "due process". Political party fanatics can intimidate people at will and are sure to go unpunished because their party is in power. These overzealous ones often forget that they can't win power alone. They forget that other people played a part in bringing their party to power.

We have graduates picketing almost on a daily basis at no other place than the ministries to pressurize the government to post them. These same ones will be seen there again in a year or two, after being posted, to demand payment of salaries. For how long must this continue?

Why won't we allow the government do the right thing? Have we lost trust in the governm…

Lady Absconds With Properties Of Her Facebook Lover In Ghana (Photos)

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Police in Ghana have reportedly launched a manhunt for a lady identified as one Nana And Asare, who allegedly disappeared with cars, luggage, other valuable items belonging to an EU-based Ghanaian man, Kingsley Osei Bonsu, (pictured) whom she met on Facebook and started a relationship with.

Kingsley posted the photos on his Facebook asking for information that could lead to her arrest.

"This lady has duped me heavily, if u know her where about kindly assist me to get her arrested.

Anyone who can help me in helping me get her arrested will be rewarded handsomely" he wrote.

See Photos Of The Lady Below:




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From Nairaland.com

No Law In Ghana Bars Us From Showing Porn - Ice TV Management

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General Manager of Ice TV, Samuel Owusu Asare says the channel will not kowtow to the petition presented to the National Media Commission (NMC) and Information Ministry by two renowned journalists and stop showing pornography films on their channels.

Speaking to Agyemang Prempeh on GH Entertainment on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the Manager said, he cannot set aside his business plan and serve the interest of the two aggrieved journalists who are not happy about their content. He quizzed how many Ghanaians have complained that they disliked the content on the television station and what study they two conducted to reach their decision to petition the NMC.

"I have insisted that until the NMC gives us a directive on what to do, we will not base on a mere report and stop showing the content." he told Agyemang Prempeh the host when he was asked whether they will continue showing the program.


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Court Remands 14 For Allegedly Vandalizing Somanya Police Station

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The Koforidua Circuit Court has remanded 14 people for allegedly vandalizing the Somanya Police Station on May 29, 2017.

Refusing them bail, the court, presided over by Mrs. Mercy Addei Kotei, remanded them to reappear on June 27, 2017.

The remanded people include the Assembly Member for the Sawer Electoral Area in Somanya in the Yilo Krobo Municipality, Ebenezer Jones Adamtey.
The pleas of the accused persons were not taken.

Facts

Adamtey has been charged with causing unlawful damage, demonstrating without recourse to the Public Order Act and provocation of riot, while the 13 others, mostly young people, are charged with conspiracy to commit riot, rioting, rioting with weapons, unlawful assembly and forcible entry.

It will be recalled that on Monday, May 29, 2017, some irate youth of Somanya went on a rampage and vandalized the Somanya Police Station and other property following Adamtey’s arrest.


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IMF Says Ghana at Risk of Debt Distress as Bond Planned

The International Monetary Fund said Ghana remains at a high risk of debt distress as the West African nation plans to clear arrears owed by energy utilities through the sale of a 10 billion cedi ($2.3 billion) local-currency bond.

Ghana and the Washington-based lender are in talks over the terms of a three-year debt-support program that is scheduled to conclude in April 2018 as the world’s second-biggest cocoa producer’s debt rose to 73 percent of gross domestic product at the end of last year. The government said last month that it may issue a bond through a special-purpose vehicle to clear the debts that the state-owned electricity company and petroleum service providers owe to banks and other credit providers.

“The part of the bond used to finance the debt and arrears accumulated by the state-owned enterprises themselves would increase the stock of government debt,” the IMF said Wednesday in an emailed response to questions. “Ghana remains at high risk of debt distress. Continued …

Ghana to Tap Stabilization Fund for Cocoa Pay Next Season

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Ghana will probably start drawing from its stabilization fund to cover cocoa farmers’ pay during the season that starts in October as the second-biggest grower props up local prices in the face of a global slump.
While Ivory Coast, the largest producer, has already slashed the price it pays farmers for the smaller of two annual crops by 36 percent, Ghana’s Cocoa Board so far kept it unchanged and is ruling out any cuts for the upcoming main crop, despite its own mounting debt. The country is hoping that demand in Asia and the Middle East will increase to boost international prices, Deputy Chief Executive Officer Yaw Adu-Ampomah said in an interview.

Cocoa futures in New York have declined about 33 percent in the past year as analysts predict a large global surplus for the season ending in September.

“Right now the stabilization fund is being looked at in case it falls further,” Adu-Ampomah said. The government contributes to the fund during boom years and the money is available to su…

352 Chieftaincy Disputes Remain Unresolved In Ghana

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The Minister for Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, Mr. Samuel Kofi Dzamesi, has expressed concern about the high number of unresolved chieftaincy disputes.

He indicated that nationwide there were a total of 352 such disputes.


He said his ministry was eager to deepen the engagement with the relevant stakeholders to amicably settle them to bring enduring peace the affected areas.

Mr. Dzamesi was speaking at the inauguration of the Asuboa Traditional Council at Asuboa in the Asante-Akim South District.

The Asuboa Stool was elevated to paramountcy by the late Asantehene, Otumfuo Opoku Ware II, but the opening of the Council to enable it to start exercising its official mandate was held back.

A High Court Judge, Justice Kofi Akrowia, was on hand to perform the ceremony on Wednesday.

The Minister, who was there to witness the event noted that chieftaincy conflicts had unwelcomed consequences for the lives of not only the local people but the entire nation.
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Cpt Mahama’s Lynching: “We Do It Everyday And We Will Continue To Do It” - Otabil

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Pastor Mensa Otabil thinks that the instant justice meted out to Captain Maxwell Adam Mahama which resulted in his lynching is a cultural issue.

According to him, “the only thing is that it happened to somebody with visibility so we are worried but we will go back to the same culture which is the culture of disrespect for life and to rules procedure.”
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Pastor Otabil who is the General Overseer of the International Central Gospel Church (ICGC), said the recent lynching of the army officer w…

Tobacco; A Deadly Threat To Global Development

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When I reflect on my tenure as Director-General of the World Health Organization, there are many areas where the agency played its unique role as the guardian of health for all people. But I am especially proud of our work to fight tobacco use, something that I have personally championed since 2007.

Tobacco is a deadly product that kills more than 7 million people every year, and costs the global economy more than US$ 1.4 trillion annually in healthcare expenditure and lost productivity.

Tobacco control will play a major part in meeting the Sustainable Development Goal target of reducing premature deaths from noncommunicable diseases by one-third by 2030. But tobacco control is about more than preventing deadly cancers, heart diseases, and respiratory diseases.


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Osafo Maafo, Atta Akyea, Ursula Missing In Akufo-Addo's 19-Member Cabinet

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has submitted to Parliament a list of 19 Ministers who will make up his Cabinet Tuesday.

The President’s action is in fulfillment of Article 76(1) of the 1992 Constitution which enjoins him to select some Ministers to form his Cabinet.

The Article states that “There shall be a Cabinet which shall consist of the President, the Vice President and not less than ten and not more than nineteen Ministers of State.”

It did not state which Ministerial portfolio should be included in the Cabinet of any government.

Clause (2) of the same Article said the Cabinet shall “assist the President in the determination of general policy of the Government.”

Speaker of Parliament, Professor Mike Aaron Ocquaye announced the list to the Members of Parliament (MPs).


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Below is the list of Ministers sel…

African Union: Where Is The Unity?

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Africans just observed the African Union Day on 25th May. This day is observed annually to mark the formation of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) which has metamorphosed into the African Union (AU). The objectives of the union include fostering greater unity among its members, defending the sovereignty of its members, accelerating the political and socio-economic integration of its members, etc.


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However, from the time I began recognizing this day and the summits that accompany it, I have always seen divisions at such meetings. People take entrenched positions on issues and are often unwilling to back down on such positions. A compromise is never reached on any issue.

One would wonder why a union can be so disunited. That all of its members are still on their own. Every country does whatever it thinks makes good …

Christmas Christians

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Last night, the Catholic church was filled to capacity and overflowing. People had come to church more than they normally do. They are not the "wise men" who traced a star to the manger Jesus laid. They always go at a time Mother Mary is still in labor. Even Muslims come to church and participate actively in most of the things done that day.

I was amazed when I saw one Muslim singing some of the hymns and reciting the prayers. I thought to myself, "Maybe, he is a converted Christian." And this was not the first time Muslims went to the Catholic church on Christmas eve in Sandema. They always do.


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The issue is people who have been properly integrated into the Catholic church and its doctrine who, as if they've just been released from prison, flood the church only during festive periods. These are …

Vigilante Groups: Breeding Lawlessness For The Future

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Ghana has been hailed as a beacon of democracy in Africa. Having conducted several elections 'peacefully' and transitioned smoothly between governments, Ghana has really set a pace for the rest of West Africa in democracy. However, this pace may soon close and even be overtaken by other countries if the issue of vigilante groups is not addressed timely.

Vigilante groups in Ghana are creations of political parties. Political parties in opposition often lose trust in national security institutions because they believe the security agencies are doing the bidding of the party in power. They will therefore not want to have anything doing with these "compromised" institutions, especially when it comes to party security. These groups are then formed to serve their own security needs.


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These groups often consi…

Appointments Committee Or Assurances Committee?

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Parliament's committee which scrutinizes political appointees before they can be sworn into office seems to be losing focus. This committee is tasked to assess nominees for competencies based on the offices they are being designated and to approve or reject same if they do not meet the laid down criteria. But, over the years, it appears the relevance of the committee is waning. This must be a big worry to all concerned Ghanaians.


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I believe some of you will agree with me that this noble committee is turning out to be a platform to embarrass opponents who were once vociferous during the campaign season. I still recall Hon. Fiifi Kwetey's experience in 2009, when he was appointed deputy finance minister and had to face this committee. At the vetting, several questions were asked about certain comments he made in t…

How Do You Know God?

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Most Christians, especially pastors, claim they know God. But do you know what it takes to know God? God is our Father and we should desire to know Him every day. God wants us to know Him so we can serve Him better. He often reveals Himself to us in so many ways and forms.

It is common to hear so many pastors and preachers of the gospel claim that they know God. They often cite success in one endeavor or the other as a justification of their knowledge of God. What they forget is that God knows them, even before they were formed in the womb. That may be the reason why they are being blessed and not because they have so much knowledge of the workings of God and His kingdom.

Paul the apostle admonished the Philippians;
"That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death;" - Philippians 3:10. Paul, a great apostle who experienced the power of God greatly and could talk to God directly, admitted tha…