Polities

I need men for unprecedented challenges – Akufo-Addo

President Akufo Addo SONA2017The unprecedented problems confronting Ghana demand a large government, President Nana Akufo-Addo has said in response to the criticism fired at him over the size of his government, which has seen him appoint or nominate 110 ministers.

“I don’t believe that my government in the Fourth Republic has big numbers in view of the swollen challenges,” the President said in an interview with the Daily Graphic and Ghana Television.

President Akufo-Addo on Wednesday nominated 50 deputies and 4 others to serve as Ministers of State at the presidency and ministries, bringing his total number of ministers to 110, the highest in Ghana’s Fourth Republic.

He said, the problems facing the country, including the decline in the agriculture sector, corruption, the low growth rate of the economy and the revenue leaks required bold measures to address them.

“These are the background and the circumstances that were facing my government and the people of Ghana, hence they need a new paradigm shift to solve the problems,” he stated.

In President Akufo-Addo’s view, the end will justify the means as he assured that his government was going to work for the people.

“We have a problem and what is the best way? It is better to have men and women capable of serving the nation’s interests and to work to grow the economy… If I succeed, you will soon find out the brouhaha is nothing compared to the success.”

All hands on deck needed for ‘huge challenges’

“I don’t believe that any government in the fourth republic has inherited the challenges that my government has inherited, President Akufo-Addo stressed to justify his 110 ministers.

“We are talking about a country with a 74 percent GDP-to-debt ratio, a GHc 2.4 billion debt overhang in the energy sector, persistent decline in growth rate, lowest rate of 2.6 percent growth rated in the agriculture sector over the past 20 years, widespread unemployment, the major issue of corruption and the persistent leakage of revenue in our system.”

Given the “huge challenges”, President Akufo-Addo said it was his assessment that all hands on deck where needed.

“We need the cooperation of my party and my country that will allow me to deal with all these issues and already the signs are that this government, in spite of these huge challenges, has begun to put some order in the circumstances of our country.”

 EC ‘rejects’ Akufo-Addo’s filing fees

The Electoral Commission has declined accepting a GHC50,000 filing fee from the New Patriotic Party’s presidential candidate, Nana Akufo-Addo.

The EC cited a case filed by the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) challenging the legality of the Commission’s decision to take the deposits for its refusal to accept the amount.

Mr. Akufo-Addo filed his nomination papers with the EC Thursday morning, a day before the deadline set by the EC for filing of nominations.

In accordance with the EC rules, the NPP Presidential Candidate presented 50,000 cedis as his filing fee.

The EC, however, said since an pplication had been filed in Court seeking to stop it from taking the amount, its hands had been stayed.

The PPP on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 issued a writ at the High Court seeking an interlocutory injunction to restrain the EC “from collecting and or receiving a deposit of GHC50,000 and GHC10,000 from each presidential candidate and each parliamentary candidate as announced” by the EC on September 8, 1016.

In its affidavit, the PPP said if it is to satisfy the EC’s demand and qualify to participate the December presidential and parliamentary elections, it has to “find and deposit with the [EC], an amountof GHC2,800,000 which…would be confiscated to the state should [it] fail to secure at least 25% of the presidential votes and 12.5% votes in each constituency parliamentary votes in the general election.”

The party mainatined that the fees imposed by the EC are “arbitrary, capricious and unreasonable.”

The PPP contends that the EC’s power to impose filing fees on persons seeking to contest elections is discretionary and such must be exercised in accordance with Article 296 of the Constitution.

296.

Where in this Constitution or in any other law discretionary power is vested in any person or authority –

(a) that discretionary power shall be deemed to imply a duty to be fair and candid;

(b) the exercise of the discretionary power shall not be arbitrary, capricious or biased wither by resentment, prejudice or personal dislike and shall be in accordance with due process of law; and

(c) where the person or authority is not a judge or other judicial officer, there shall be published by constitutional instrument or statutory instrument, regulations that are not inconsistent with the provisions of this Constitution or that other law to govern the exercise of the discretionary power.

Quoting Clause C of this article, the PPP said, “There is nothing in existence here in the Republic of Ghana in the nature of such statutory instrument that governs the exercise of the discretionary power of fees and its deposit with the EC.”

It is amongst others asking for an order to stop the EC from collecting the deposits.

 Nana Addo to submit nomination forms today; Mahama Friday

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The Electoral Commission (EC) will this morning [Thursday], begin receiving completed nomination forms from presidential hopefuls in the country.

The New Patriotic Party is expected to submit the forms of its flagbearer, Nana Akufo Addo to enable it push it agenda of unseating incumbent President John Dramani Mahama on December 7.

The two day exercise will see all nominations filed with the Chairperson between 9am to midday, and 2pm to 5pm.

John Boadu, Director of Operations for the NPP Campaign Team told Citi News Akufo-Addo is ready for the December polls.

“At 9:00am, Nana Akufo-Addo will be presented by the New Patriotic Party, mind you, 94% of our delegates to our congress asked the NPP to present Nana as our flagbearer and our candidate and that is exactly what we will do,” he added.

Meanwhile, the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) is expected to file nomination forms for President Mahama on Friday.

The EC opened nominations earlier in September and pegged the filing fees for presidential hopefuls at GHc50,000 and that of parliamentary nominees at GHc10,000.

Some aggrieved parties have asked the EC to review the amount describing it as “exorbitant.”

PPP goes to court

The Progressive People’s Party (PPP) has filed a suit at the High Court seeking an interrogatory injunction to prevent the EC from receiving the nominations.

23 aspirants pick forms

At the last count, 23 people had picked up Presidential nomination forms. 16 of them belong to political parties and 7 independent candidates.

Parliamentary nominees across the country are also expected to file at the various District EC offices. Nominations are expected to close tomorrow at 5pm.

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We don’t even have A-4 sheets – Accra Psychiatric Hospital laments

Thursday 29th September , 2016 6:00 am

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The dire situation of the Accra Psychiatric Hospital has deteriorated to the point where the facility does not even have access to basic items such as A-4 sheets to take down minor but critical information.

A member of the Hospital’s Public Relations Unit, Edwina Ankomah, lamented on Eyewitness News that, the hospital is in dire need of basic things like “gloves, disinfectants, and stationary  like paper.”

“Just a plain sheet – because someone will walk in and would want a medical report for school or something and we don’t have even an A-4 sheet,” she added.

Accra Psychiatric Hospital shuts down OPD 

Persons who visited the Accra Psychiatric Hospital on Wednesday, were turned awayand the hospital’s administrators have said they were compelled to take such a decision due to worsening financial constraints.

“The little we have, we have to have able to take care of those on the ward,” Mrs Ankomah said, hence the hospital management’s decision.

She narrated that, the situation “got worse in July when our suppliers decided not to supply us with anything that we needed to run the hospital. That is when it got bad.”

The hospital management is currently in talks with the ministry of health to try and solve the current situation.

As at now, the money that comes to the hospital, like a recent amount of GHc 521,000, is used to settle debts.

But since July, Mrs Ankomah revealed that, the hospital has been living off donations, but “how long can we survive on donations,” she asked?

Gov’t’s pledge to mental healthcare

With elections around the corner, the National Democratic Congress administration has made some pledges to mental healthcare, despite the apparent neglect of existing ones.

The NDC, in it’s 2016 manifesto, promised to build two more psychiatric hospitals if voted into office.

President John Mahama said the NDC government would prioritize mental healthcare and ensure the strict implementation of the Mental Health Act, 2012, act 846.

The Accra Psychiatric Hospital is not the only one under-resourced, as managers of the Pantang Hospital have similar concerns.

 Justice For ChildrenGhana to launch Justice for children Policy today.

The policy is expected to take care of child witnesses, abused children, child victims, child offenders and children who come in contact with the law in civil matters.

The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection will today (Tuesday, September 27, 2016) launch a policy on justice for children.

This policy is to help promote the rights of children in the country.

The policy is expected to take care of child witnesses, abused children, child victims, child offenders and children who come in contact with the law in civil matters.

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For the Ministry, this has become necessary because even though children come in contact with the law in various ways there is no policy that stipulates how such children should be handled.

Currently the Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit (DOVVSU) does not have enough power to deal with parents who do not take care of their children.

READ ALSO: First Lady in Cote d’Ivoire for human trafficking, child labour summit

The policy is expected to empower a legal support unit that will go after parents who flout the rules in caring for their children.

The policy was approved by Cabinet together with two other policies developed by the Ministry.

This makes the number of policies developed by the Ministry and approved by cabinet in 2015 to five.

Mahama is taking care of Jaga Pee – Actor

Source: zionfelix.net
Date: 26-09-2016 Time: 07:09:24:am
Kumawood actor Sylvester Agyapong has disclosed that President John Dramani Mahama has given an undisclosed amount of money to veteran actor Jaga Pee who has been battling sickness.

The actor, popularly known as Sly, speaking on Solid FM, said the president took the action to also support his fellow actor’s health condition.

When host of the show and his panelists expressed shock over Sly’s revelation since it was their first time hearing about the president’s donation to the actor, the Kumawood star stressed that the president has gone to Jaga Pee’s aid.

Tony Best, host of the show confessed that he has only heard about the Leader and Founder of Glorious Waves Church International, Prophet Emmanuel Badu Kobi donating an amount of $10,000 for the actor’s surgery but not president’s support.

“I personally heard about Jaga Pee’s health issue but since he made it public the last time, he has been quiet because his Excellency has sorted him out. He’s not complaining again because His Excellency is taking care of him.” Sylvester Agyapong revealed.

The actor was on the show to talk about the benefits some veteran actors have derived from the president’s aged fund.

Asuma Banda calls for swift gov’t action about unemployment situation

Business magnate Alhaji Asuma Banda says he is worried about what he describes as a growing unemployment situation in the country.

The teeming youth lining the streets of, the capital city especially with a variety of items for sale he says should be a matter of concern for government and the citizenry at large.

A recent report by the World Bank shows that about 48 percent of the youth in the country between the ages of 15 and 24 do not have jobs.

Speaking with JOY NEWS Alhaji Asuma Banda he said he wants a national strategy mapped out to meet the challenge of youth unemployment.

“What do we do with our youth selling dog chains on the street? When I drive past the streets I sometimes see a healthy lady carrying groundnut for sale. The whole plate won’t amount to GH¢10, how do they live?” he quizzed.

He said having served in the ‘Council’ during Kwame Nkrumah’s day’s he believes the leaders must get to working for the people and not wait to be served.

Mr Banda charges the Members of Parliament to create avenues and opportunities to get the youth off the street into productive employment.

Sometime last week he also charged government to immediately halt the implementation of the Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) system in making a case for the illiterate and unemployed.

He said until the concerns raised by some transport operators who are likely to be affected by the system are addressed the BRT must be put on hold.

“Transport is one of the most difficult industries especially road transport. If you buy a truck it takes you long to pay for it and introducing this BRT will kill the transport business. Most of the transport owners are illiterate to tell you the truth and I think that is one of the ways of someone building himself up in business,” he said.

He said such transport owners cannot work in the industry or any other industrial where a certificate is needed “so if they are doing transport and you are doing this then you are not helping those who haven’t had the opportunity to have formal education.”

Right to Information BillMahama not committed to passage of legislation – Coalition

According to the Coalition, Mahama and his government have not shown much commitment to pushing the bill.

President John Mahama

The Coalition on the Right to Information (RTI), Ghana has criticized President John Mahama for not pushing hard enough to ensure the passage of the right to information bill.

According to the Coalition, Mahama and his government have not shown much commitment to pushing the bill.

President Mahama has been chosen to deliver the keynote address at the first International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI) on 26 September 2016.

President Mahama is scheduled to speak on Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions specifically elaborating on the role of media and access to information in promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, promoting access to justice for all and on building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.

Read more: Parliament will pass RTI bill – Speaker assures

The event which is aimed at highlighting the key importance of Access to Information in the success of implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will bring other guest speakers including journalists, NGO workers, entrepreneurs, academics etc. to share their experience and ideas on eleven SDGs with emphasis on how access to information will help in achieving them.

The RTI Coalition believes that the selection of President Mahama to speak on such a day as the ‘IDUAI’ and on such a topic, even though ironic given that Ghana has failed for more than a decade to put in place an access to information legislation, presents an opportunity for the President to make concrete commitments on the passage of an effective and efficient RTI legislation before the current Parliament lapses in 2017.

More here: Parliament under pressure to pass Bill

The RTI Coalition, in a statement, said it “believes that the selection of President Mahama to speak on such a day as the IDUAI and on such a topic, even though ironic, given that Ghana has failed for more than a decade to put in place an access to information legislation, presents an opportunity for the president to make concrete commitments on the passage of an effective and efficient RTI legislation before the current parliament lapses in 2017”.

It said, “The Coalition would like to remind President Mahama that the progress to secure the review and passage of the RTI Bill since 2013, when H.E resubmitted the Bill before parliament, has been very slow. In June 2016, the consideration of the Bill was stalled due to the lack of political will by the current parliament to prioritise the consideration of the Bill as they promised.

See more: MPs divided over Clause 1 of Bill; say it will defeat its purpose

“As a Coalition, we are concerned that President Mahama has not demonstrated strong commitments to the passage of the RTI Bill despite his party’s commitment to same in their 2008 and 2012 manifestos. Being an election year, the failure by the sixth parliament to pass the Bill before its tenure lapses would mean that the process will have to commence all over again with the new government and the new parliament. As a result of this, the Coalition sent a petition to President Mahama through the Chief of Staff on August 18, 2016, asking him to deliver on his party’s previous manifesto promises on the RTI Bill. Till date, the Coalition has not received any response to the petition.

“It is interesting to read the NDC’s 2016 manifesto promising as part of its 2017-2021 commitments to ‘implement the Right to Information Bill when passed by Parliament, same promise that was made in 2012. However, the 2016 manifesto omitted the very relevant part of the 2012 manifesto on the passage of the Bill as follows: ‘The next NDC administration will…work with the legislature to prioritise the passage of the Freedom of Information Act’, meaning that government is not committed to engaging parliament to ensure the passage of the Bill before and even after the elections. Does this mean that Ghanaians should wait for another four years before this law is put in place? As the Co-Chair of Eminent persons on the SDGs and given that UNESCO’s celebration this year is focused on ‘powering sustainable development with public access to information’, shouldn’t the passage of an RTI law in His Excellency’s own country be a priority now?

“We would like (President Mahama) to know that Ghana as the beacon of democracy in Africa, as he emphasised at the recent UN General Assembly (UNGA), is behind in terms of promoting access to information for citizens to effectively participate in governance and make informed choices. Several other African countries including countries in transition have successfully passed the law. For example: South Sudan, Guinea, Niger, Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Togo, Nigeria, Rwanda and most recently Kenya and Tanzania to mention but a few, have all passed the law.”

General News of Saturday, 24 September 2016

We must save Ghana from John Mahama – Nana Addo

Nana Addo Campaign Wild2016 Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has appealed to Ghanaians to save the country from the despondency, hardships, rising cost of living, widespread cases of corruption and record levels of unemployment currently prevailing in the country by voting out President John Mahama in this year’s elections.

According to Nana Akufo-Addo, the continued stay in office of President Mahama and his government is a threat to Ghana’s future, as every sector of the Ghanaian economy over the last 8 years, he estimates, has been in constant decline, coupled with the collapse of every social intervention programme implemented by the Kufuor government.

“We have to save Ghana from John Dramani Mahama, and secure the future of our country. The continued stay in office of John Dramani Mahama is a threat to the future of our country. That is why in December, Ghanaians are voting for change. We (in the NPP) are coming to change Ghana, and bring in a government that is going to return the country onto the path of progress and prosperity,” he said.

The NPP flagbearer was addressing a mini-rally at ‘BBC’ in Tema Community 2, in the Tema West Constituency, on Friday, September 23, when he made this known. Nana Akufo-Addo stated that the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) government has been in office for the last 8 years, with President Mahama serving as Vice President for 4 years, and President for another 4 years.

“He (President Mahama) says despite all these years he has spent in office, he wants another 4 years so he can show to Ghanaians what he will do for them. In 8 years, we don’t know what he has done for the people, and he wants another 4 years?” he asked.

The NPP flagbearer wondered, “What does he want to continue? Is it the ‘dumsor’? Is it the record levels of unemployment? Today the NHIS has collapsed. Is this what he wants to continue? When schools reopen, every parent is in tears because there is no money to pay fees. Is this what he wants to continue?”

In spite of the hardships prevailing in the country, Nana Akufo-Addo is urging Ghanaians not to lose hope. “Let no one deceive you that poverty is our lot in Ghana. This is not how God created us. God did not put us on this rich land to be poor. It is bad leadership that is making us poor. We are coming into office to create jobs and bring wealth and prosperity for all, without discrimination,” he indicated.

He assured that an Akufo-Addo government is coming into office in 2017 to “revive the NHIS, effectively implement the free SHS policy, undertake the industrial development of Ghana, which will include the 1-District-1-Factory policy, and revive our agriculture, amongst others.”

To bring all these into fruition, the NPP flagbearer appealed for the unalloyed support of residents in Tema West, stressing that

“Tema West has stood solidly behind the NPP, and we‘re very grateful for that. We want this support strengthened further this year.”

He reiterated that “I am not coming into office to steal the people’s money. I am coming into office so I can use the little wisdom and knowledge God has given me to help change the circumstances of our people. I need your help in order to do this.” With barely 3 months to the holding of the December 7 elections, Nana Akufo-Addo urged all residents of Tema West to disregard any cries of ‘skirt and blouse’ and vote massively for Carlos Kingsley Ahenkorah, the NPP’s parliamentary candidate of the constituency.

“In the NPP the only process for selecting our leaders is through a vote. I was elected flagbearer by a vote. Likewise in Tema West, Hon. Abraham Osei Aidoo, Hon. Irene Naa Torshie and, now, Carlos Ahenkorah, were all elected by a voting process. It is not a surprise that you have Naa Torshie here supporting and backing Carlos Ahenkorah. These are the true blue NPP loyalists.

“We want a massive vote here in Tema West. We want all Ghanaians to come and ride on the back of the Elephant and push the NPP into Jubilee House. Ghana has become too miserable.
We (in the NPP) are coming to change all these negative statistics and return the country onto the path of progress and prosperity,” he concluded.

I killed girl 17 years girl, and had sex with her corpse – Man confesses

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A 22-year-old man yesterday confessed to the Accra Central District Magistrate Court to killing a seven-year-old girl at Ashaiman, near Tema, after which he had sex with the corpse.

Lucas Agboyie, alias “Sympathy”, told the court that he strangled his victim after she had refused his advances and even begged him not to have sex with her.

“I then took her to my room and slept with the body repeatedly,’’ Lucas said, to the shock of the audience in the packed courtroom.

Confession

Agboyie, who wore a blue T-shirt over a pair of blue jeans and was clean shaven and energetic looking, threw his arms wildly about as he described events that led to the little girl’s death.

According to him, on the day of the incident, he had smoked marijuana, right after which he saw the girl passing by his house.

“It was a Sunday morning and after taking ‘ganja’, I saw the girl passing. I called her and sent her to go and bring me my towel that had been hung behind my house. On her return, I told her that I wanted to sleep with her but she refused.

“I held her hand and she began struggling with me. She begged and told me to let her go and started screaming. So I strangled her.

“I then took her to my room and slept with the body. Afterwards, I took the GH¢20 she had in her possession and used it to buy ‘ganja’,” he said.

Shock, disbelief and tears

The victim’s mother, who was in court, could not hold back her tears as Agboyie made the confession.

She had to be consoled by her family members who had accompanied her to the court.

As the confession was unfolding, others could be seen shaking their heads and shedding tears.

Charge and delay from A-G

Agboyie has been charged with murder and is currently going through committal proceedings at the magistrate court, a prelude to the actual trial at the High Court.

Meanwhile, the court, presided over by Mr Worlanyo Kotoku, has chastised the Attorney-General’s (A-G’s) Department for the undue delay in giving advice on the docket of the case.

According to him, the incident took place on April 19, 2015; Agboyie was arraigned on April 23, 2015, while the docket had been sent to the A-G’s Department for advice in June 2015.

“I don’t know why the case is still delaying. The accused person’s story has been consistent since the first day he was brought to court. These are committal proceedings and not the actual trial,” he said.

The prosecutor in the case was absent and so the magistrate tasked the investigator to follow up at the A-G’s Department to help expedite the release of the docket for the continuation of the committal proceedings.

A lawyer in the courtroom who was touched by the victim’s mother’s wailings volunteered to follow up to the A-G’s Department.

The case has been adjourned to October 4, 2016.

Facts

The facts of the case, as presented by the prosecution, were that on April 19, 2015, the seven-year-old girl was sent by her mother with a GH¢20 note to buy bread.

After waiting for a long time without their daughter returning home, her parents became alarmed and sought the help of neighbours to search for her.

“Later, an informant alerted the search party that he had seen Agboyie pulling the girl into his metal container. When the search party went to the metal container, Agboyie was nowhere to be found.

“To their utmost surprise, they found the naked body of the girl lying supine on an old students’ mattress, with blood oozing from her mouth and nostrils,’’ the prosecutor said.

He added that Agboyie was later apprehended and “he confessed to killing the girl, after which he had sex with her’’.

Alleged accomplice

According to the prosecution, the search party believed that the girl had been killed for ritual purposes and demanded that Agboyie mention the name of the one who had hired him to commit the crime.

“He insisted that he had killed the girl on his own volition. Dissatisfied, the residents started beating him and threatened to hand him over to an angry mob to lynch him,’’ the prosecutor said.

He said Agboyie thereafter mentioned a man named Baba Ali as the one who had sent him to commit the act, after which he was handed over to the police.

“When the police confronted him on the identity of his accomplice, Agboyie retracted his earlier statement and said he had acted alone.

‘’He said he had mentioned the name because of the beatings he received from the crowd and fear for his life,’’ the prosecutor said.

University of Ghana ranked among World’s top Universities

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The University of Ghana (UG), has once again been named among the world’s most reputable academic institutions.

The institution was ranked in the band of 601- 800 institutions worldwide, according to a 2016 release by the Times Higher Education (THE) World Rankings.

A statement signed by the Director of Public Affairs, Stella Amoah, said the “ranking places the University of Ghana ahead of its peers in the country, as it has become a force to be reckoned with on the continent and on the global front.”

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings are generated from five pillars, each of which represents a key area of higher education excellence – teaching (the learning environment), research (volume, income and reputation), citations (research influence), industry income (knowledge transfer), and international outlook (staff, students and research).

“For a University keen on enhancing internationalization, it is welcome news that the University of Ghana’s strongest pillar was International Outlook where its was ranked in the 5th decile,” she added.

University of Ghana was placed 10th on the African continent in June this year by the Thompson Reuters rankings.

“The continued upward mobility of the University of Ghana in world rankings is an attestation of the University’s quest to become a world-class research intensive university over the next decade,” she said.

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The University of Ghana (UG), has once again been named among the world’s most reputable academic institutions.

The institution was ranked in the band of 601- 800 institutions worldwide, according to a 2016 release by the Times Higher Education (THE) World Rankings.

A statement signed by the Director of Public Affairs, Stella Amoah, said the “ranking places the University of Ghana ahead of its peers in the country, as it has become a force to be reckoned with on the continent and on the global front.”

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings are generated from five pillars, each of which represents a key area of higher education excellence – teaching (the learning environment), research (volume, income and reputation), citations (research influence), industry income (knowledge transfer), and international outlook (staff, students and research).

“For a University keen on enhancing internationalization, it is welcome news that the University of Ghana’s strongest pillar was International Outlook where its was ranked in the 5th decile,” she added.

University of Ghana was placed 10th on the African continent in June this year by the Thompson Reuters rankings.

“The continued upward mobility of the University of Ghana in world rankings is an attestation of the University’s quest to become a world-class research intensive university over the next decade,” she said.

DisasterVan catches fire in NI accident [Video]

The van, said to be owned by Samara group, producers of Sasso insecticide spray and mosquito coil caught fire in the accident.

A fuel tanker and a van believed to be carting mosquito insecticide spray and mosquito coil were in the early hours of Thursday, 22 September, involved in an accident at Dzorwulu junction along the George Walker Bush highway (N1).

Reports say the Lapaz-bound fuel tanker had a brake failure and ran into the van.

The van subsequently ran into other vehicles parked near Fiesta Royale Hotel.

The van, said to be owned by Samara group, producers of Sasso insecticide spray and mosquito coil caught fire in the accident.

The driver of the tanker is said to have fled the scene after the accident. There was no casualty.

Below is a video of the van on fire:

Officer suspended after penis got bitten during attempted rape

A Techiman Municipal Fire Commander Eric Ansah Andor allegedly went to the home of his subordinate and tried raping her. But in defending herself she bit off the penis of her boss.

The Ghana National Fire Service has suspended the Techiman Municipal Fire Officer in the Brong Ahafo Region.

The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the service Prince Billy Anaglatey said even though the Brong Ahafo Regional Service has not officially lodged a complaint with the national headquarters, they have asked that the alleged culprit is suspended for now.

READ ALSO: Man assaults 85-yr-old woman, bites off her finger tip [Photo]

Speaking to pulse.com.gh he said “we have not received any official report from anybody, but quickly the Chief Fire Officer has directed the Brong Ahafo regional commander to immediately suspend the Municipal Fire Officer who has been mentioned in the case.”

“He has also asked the Regional Fire Officer to constitute an investigation body to look into the issue to determine what exactly happened. He also asked him to get the lady and her family. The chief officer would want to have details of all this information that will enable him to take appropriate decision.”

Anaglatey promised that the Fire Service will attach urgency to this matter and also punish the culprit if found guilty.

READ ALSO: Woman bites off fire officer’s penis after attempted rape

A Techiman Municipal Fire Commander got his penis chopped off after he attempted to rape his subordinate.

The victim, Agya Wusu, narrated that Eric Ansah Andor came to her house to wash his clothes.

After she offered him water to wash his clothes he started holding her from behind. When she tried to resist his advances he threatened her with his role in the office.

“I resisted initially and later he threatened me saying “he is the commander and so anything he wants he gets it” and because he said that I got scared he would do something bad to me.”

Been afraid of losing her job she decided to give in with a different motive to defend herself.

“I decided to play to his gallery on the bed and I told him I am ready and so he should do whatever he wants to do with me but after romancing with him for three minutes, I grabbed his penis and bit it hard.”

After biting the penis of her boss, she realised he was bleeding and feared he could lose his life. Agya Wusu, therefore, called for help and Ansah Andor was taken to the Dr Kesse Hospital at Techiman for medical attention.

Election 2016EC office shut down after NDC, NPP clashes

Communications officer of the NPP for the Yapei/Kusawgu constituency blamed the incident on the NDC Parliamentary aspirant John Jinapor for the clashes.

Clashes between supporters the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) and opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Central Gonja Distrcit has led to the closure of the office of the Electoral Commission.

Officers of the commission are said to have sought refuge at the police station after the two rivalry parties went on rampage at the premises of the office over the on-going voter transfer exercise.

The commission has therefore suspended all processes in the area.

Communications officer of the NPP for the Yapei/Kusawgu constituency blamed the incident on the NDC Parliamentary aspirant John Jinapor for the clashes.

According to Ibrahim Mahafuzu Sappor, the misunderstanding ensued after the NDC parliamentary nominee sponsored the busing of non- residents to engage in the exercise.

“We were observing the transfer and all of a sudden two Urvan buses came with the intension that they wanted to do the transfer. Upon interrogation, we realised they were all from Damongo so we laid a complaint to the EC boss, one Alhaji, and he told us to use the challenge system.

“So we were about to use the challenge system when some NDC youth came around and started shouting and our agents too said then we will all use force and it resulted into the scuttle”, Mr. Sappor said

Police in the area have however calmed the incident with no recorded casualties.

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