16 Jul 2017

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

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.
Image - Immigrant beggars in Ghana
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 had abandoned her because their father poisoned their minds against her.
In this regard, she said she would rather die and be buried in Ghana than going back to her homeland, where she would hardly have something to eat.

“I am not ready to go home because I have no one to take care of me. Here in Ghana, I have a lot of companions around me who are also beggars. So, I am more comfortable here,” she said.

A Nigerian beggar, with a calabash in his hand, also approached the reporters to beg for alms.

According to him, God had destined him to beg for alms to provide for himself and his family.

Speaking in pidgin English, he said: “My sister, give me GH10 and God will bless you.”

After collecting the money, he became furious when these reporters asked him how he arrived in Ghana.

Shop owners around the beggars' location told The Chronicle that the beggars are really making a great deal as much GH50 or more daily.

One of the shop owners said the beggars come in batches, and after making enough money, they convert the amount into CFA, then leave for their country.

“You would be shocked the amount of money these beggars carry on them. Sometimes, the coins alone they bring to us to change for them is a lot,” the shop owner said.

According to the shop owner, the beggars, because of their old age, send their children or other family members to continue the trade on a commission basis when they leave the country.

The shop owner added that some of the beggars chase and embarrass drivers, especially saloon car drivers for money.

The Imam of Kaldof Mosque at Nima, Abdul Rahman Abdullah told The Chronicle that Islam frowns against the practice where Moslems force people for charity.

Imam Abdul Rahman Abdullah said they had sacked the beggars from coming to the Mosque for alms because the Mosque was currently under construction.

However, he said, the beggars would not leave the area, saying their presence was causing a nuisance to the community.

Source: The Chronicle

14 Jul 2017

Ghana Cocoa Board Warns Farmers Smuggling May Jeopardize Pay

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.
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Cocoa Beans From Ghana.
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 Board who also farms in the western town of Enchi, near the Ivorian border. “When we do that we enrich other people with our country’s money,” he said by phone.

Chief farmers in border towns with Ivory Coast have started campaigns to curb smuggling, Mensah said.
Cocoa futures rose 0.1 percent to 1,493 pounds ($1,937) at 1:14 p.m in London, paring this year’s losses to 14 percent. Ivory Coast’s cocoa regulator, Le Conseil du Cafe Cacao, forecasts its crop for the year through September to increase to 1.91 million tons, according to the person familiar, while Ghana expects its harvest to rise as much as 16 percent to 900,000 tons.

Source: Bloomberg

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

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.

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Maize is a popular food crop in northern Ghana.
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.


“There is no doubt in our minds that at the rate at which these worms are spreading, the rural zone Ghana would be faced with a severe food crisis by the end of the year,” he revealed to Joy Business.

GAWU is, therefore, calling on government to “ declare a state of emergency” on the invasion so as to make up for practical steps of tackling the development in the next three weeks.

In April 2017, about 1,400 hectares were attacked by the fall armyworms.

The Agriculture Minister, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto had said then that, “it is under control, we’ve seen them spraying and by the end of the week, all the farms affected would have been sprayed and that will be the end of it.”

Source: Myjoyonline

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

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 go the homosexual way, it was going to affect their aid to us. Honestly, in view of these developments, we Africans are also concerned about certain things that may appear really intellectual.

"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 …," the Speaker stressed.

In 2012, the then-U.K. Prime Minister, David Cameron, warned African countries that they risked aid cuts if they failed to respect gay rights. Ghana’s president at the time, the late John Evans Atta Mills, rejected the threat stating that the UK could not impose its values on Ghana.

As at 2012, some 41 nations within the 54-member Commonwealth have laws banning homosexual acts. Incidentally, many of these laws are a legacy of British colonial rule. Former Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh had promised to slit the throats of homosexuals.

The latest African government that has warned same-sex couples is Tanzania. At a recent rally, Tanzania’s Home Affairs Minister Mwigulu Nchemba said both domestic and foreign campaigners for gay rights would now face punitive measures in the country.

“Those who want to campaign for gay rights should find another country that allows those things,” Nchemba said in the capital Dodoma.

“If we establish that any organization registered in our country is campaigning for gay rights … I will deregister that organization. If a Tanzanian national is doing that campaign, we will arrest him and take him to court … and if it is a foreigner, we will immediately order him to leave the country.”

Source: Africanews

11 Jul 2017

Secret Recording Device Is Mine – Inusah Fuseini Discloses

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.
Image - Hon. Inusah Fuseini, MP for Tamale Central
Hon. Inusah Fuseini, former minister of Lands and Natural resources
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’.


The set-up included a camera, a storage unit and another device suspected to be a transmitter.

Subsequent reports that emerged suggested that the device was planted by persons who were against the Minister's galamsey fight.

The Minister has been at the forefront of the intense crusade against illegal mining, a source of livelihood to thousands of people in mining areas with powerful people both local and foreign behind their activities.

Security expert Dr. Kwesi Aning speaking on TV3’s 'News 360', Monday said the device may have been planted by persons against illegal mining.

“It is natural that those whose interest is being threatened by the state will also fight back,” he indicated.

However, the former Minister in an interview with Peace FM's morning show host, Kwami Sefa Kayi, Tuesday revealed that the device was for him.

According to him, it was a gift for him to protect himself as well as monitor what goes on in his office when he was the Lands and Natural Resources Minister.

However, the device was not installed.

“That was my personal property . . . it is for me; it was a gift but it was not installed and so it was not working . . . ," he said.

Asked why he didn't take it along when leaving office, he said "it was no longer important for me and so I decided to leave it behind".

Meanwhile, Alhaji Inusah Fuseini has urged current Ministers to install security cameras in their office so that "their security will not be compromised. It is very important".

Source: Peacefmonline

Prez Akufo Addo Gives PNC's Edward Mahama An Appointment

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Dr. Edward Nasigri Mahama, 2016 PNC Flagbearer.
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.

10 Jul 2017

Ghana's VP Encourages Sudanese Businesses To Invest In Ghana

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.
Image - Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia
Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, Vice President of the Republic of Ghana

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.


On his part, Faisal, who is leading a delegation to participate in the Ghana-Sudan Expo, said the bilateral talks would give opportunities for business people from the two countries to discuss areas of cooperation and joint ventures.

The three-day Expo is being held to introduce Sudanese and Ghanaian businesses and private corporations to tap into the huge business opportunities existing in the two countries.

The event is also to strengthen the good relations that exist between Ghana and Sudan which is expected to promote and sustain mutually beneficial business partnerships.

Source: Xinhua News Agency

Ghana’s Rebecca Asamoah Places 2nd At Miss UN

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Miss Rebecca Asamoah, with winner and first runner up
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.
It’s Rebecca’s third win in three years after she was earlier crowned Miss Ghana 2015 runner-up and winner of Miss Africa Continent in South Africa.

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 ambassadors; those who have the skills, talents, and personalities best suited to promote their respective countries in furtherance of tourism, international goodwill, and cultural harmony. Apart from a strong emphasis on goodwill tourism protection programs and destinations promotion, the pageant also supports environmental protection via strategised programs.

“I am compassionate not only for people with status and stature but for the underprivileged. I believe Miss United Nations pageant is to embark on humanitarian works to uplift women and to positively impact the lives of people in our various societies and the world at large. I want to be a part of this family to contribute my quota in the world’s development,” the 25-year-old dental hygienist said ahead of the grand finale.

She is expected to return home on July 15.

Source: Starrfmonline

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

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.
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Cocoa beans from Ghana. Image Courtesy Ghananewsonline

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.


The syndication is still open for lenders to join until September, another source said. It is unclear whether COCOBOD would retain the extra bids or stick to its original $1.3 billion target.

The regulator received $1.8 billion last year for the 2016/17 crop purchases but the loan ran out early and COCOBOD's new management has said the money had been mismanaged.

Ghana's COCOBOD raised $200 million in a bond issued via the central bank to cover its operations for the rest of the cocoa season, the regulator's chief executive Joseph Aidoo said.

Source: Reuters Africa

6 Jul 2017

Ghana's "Democrazy"

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?
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Image Courtesy IEA Ghana

Why won't we allow the government do the right thing? Have we lost trust in the government? If the government tells you that there is no money for extra labor because it is still struggling to deal with the numbers already employed and you force them to employ you under duress, why do you complain again when you are not being paid? Why do we find it difficult to trust our leaders?

The leaders are also to take part of the blame for allowing themselves to be pushed around as if they know not what they are about. If you kowtow to people's requests instead doing a professional job because there are elections to win at all cost, this will be the result. Why must it always be about the next election? Could it also be that our leaders are deceiving us concerning the state of the national kitty? If not, how come they are always able to grant financial clearance for people to be employed after picketing?


Why must unemployed graduates march to a ministry to picket because they want the government to employ them? And because the government always yields to such pressures it has become the norm of the day. Some even go to sleep and spend days there. Election-minded ministers who are afraid of losing the next election will then push them into the workforce knowing very well there are not enough funds to pay them salaries.

How long would this craze continue? Is this how we plan to develop our nation?

2 Jul 2017

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

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:


From Nairaland.com