Police officer dead, two others receiving treatment


General Lance Corporal Solomon Tetteh of the Central Regional Police Patrol Team was killed on Monday when a vehicle collided with the police car, he and his colleagues were in.

The deceased, General Corporal Michael Darasam, and General Constable Nashiru Musah all sustained injuries after falling from the vehicle.

They were rushed to the Winneba Trauma and Specialist Hospital for treatment, but Tetteh died.

According to a police report, the suspect driver fled the scene of the accident and is currently being sought.

The report said on Monday, April 22, 2024, at about 1145 hours, the Police in Ojobi received information regarding an accident involving four vehicles at Akotsi Junction.

Following the information, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Samuel Asante, District Commander of the Motor Traffic and Transport Department, and his officers went to the location to investigate.

The investigation revealed that a KIA Rhino truck with the trading number GX4135-20 coming from Akraman to Ojobi collided wi
th a Nissan Navara pickup with the registration number GT3174 Z at the Akotsi intersection on the main Kasoa-Winneba highway.

The KIA truck driver drove about 30 meters into the Akotsi-Ojobi road and collided with another Nissan Urvan bus before crashing into the Regional Operation Patrol team vehicle that was carrying a seven-man squad.

The suspect driver then dragged the Police Service vehicle with the registration number GP 483 over 22 metres before entering a nearby metal container, where the three police officers fell off.

The vehicles involved in the accident have been impounded for investigation, testing, and subsequent action.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Court ceiling collapses following Tuesday’s downpour


The ceiling of Circuit Court ‘8’ in Accra on Tuesday collapsed, following a downpour.

The rainstorm destroyed the ceiling and some electrical wiring in the court room.

There was no sitting in the court room when the ceiling collapsed.

A worker who spoke on anonymity, said there was no court sitting because the trial judge was on leave and the incident happened fast.

When the GNA got to the court, the room was filled with debris, but no one was injured.

Meanwhile, a huge signpost in front of the Ministries Police Station also crumpled, blocking the road to commuters.

The National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) officials were seen busily dismantling the metal work to ensure free flow of traffic.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Ashanti Region: ECG retrieves GHc598,666.00 from entities engaged in illegal connections


The Ashanti West region of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) has been able to retrieve a total amount of GHc 598,666.00 from 74 entities engaged in illegal connections in the region in the first quarter of 2024.

The illegal connections were discovered during the day and night monitoring exercise, which saw the revenue mobilisation team visiting hotels, households, hostels, cold stores, restaurants and some institutions, to fish out persons who had connected to the national grid illegally and using power for free.

The exercise, which also saw the monitoring team of the company checking the integrity of meters, aimed at reducing power theft across the operational areas and gather enough revenue to sustain the electricity supply chain.

Mr Maxwel Dapaah, the Ashanti West Regional General Manager, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency, said the exercise was in line with the company’s objective of curtailing power theft in the country.

The exercise was conducted at Ahodwo, Santasi, Apre, Abuakwa, Offi
nso, Kronum, Sokoban and Patasi, which form part of the operational areas of the Ashanti West region.

He said 74 customers were identified during the exercise as using power illegally and were surcharged accordingly for the power theft.

Mr Dapaah said some of the illegalities uncovered during the exercise included meter bypass, unauthorized and direct connections and meter tampering.

He bemoaned the negative effects of illegal connections on revenue mobilisation of the company, saying it crippled efforts to embark on projects that would help enhance service delivery for the benefit of all customers.

‘As a company, we have to pay our suppliers like GRIDCO and VRA and Independent Power Producers when we purchase power from them to distribute to our customers, hence consuming power illegally prevents the company from getting money to pay these key players in the electricity supply chain,’ he added.

‘Again, when people connect to the national grid illegally, it overloads our transformers and leads to low vol
tage and interruption of power supply to our customers,’ he said.

Mr Dapaah cautioned the public against illegal connections and said it was not only a criminal offence, which was liable to prosecution, but could also cause fire outbreaks which could result in loss of lives and property.

He called on the public to report people engaging in illegal connections to the ECG and support the fight against the menace in the communities.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Ashanti Region: ECG retrieves GHc598,666.00 from entities engaged in illegal connections


The Ashanti West region of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) has been able to retrieve a total amount of GHc 598,666.00 from 74 entities engaged in illegal connections in the region in the first quarter of 2024.

The illegal connections were discovered during the day and night monitoring exercise, which saw the revenue mobilisation team visiting hotels, households, hostels, cold stores, restaurants and some institutions, to fish out persons who had connected to the national grid illegally and using power for free.

The exercise, which also saw the monitoring team of the company checking the integrity of meters, aimed at reducing power theft across the operational areas and gather enough revenue to sustain the electricity supply chain.

Mr Maxwel Dapaah, the Ashanti West Regional General Manager, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency, said the exercise was in line with the company’s objective of curtailing power theft in the country.

The exercise was conducted at Ahodwo, Santasi, Apre, Abuakwa, Offi
nso, Kronum, Sokoban and Patasi, which form part of the operational areas of the Ashanti West region.

He said 74 customers were identified during the exercise as using power illegally and were surcharged accordingly for the power theft.

Mr Dapaah said some of the illegalities uncovered during the exercise included meter bypass, unauthorized and direct connections and meter tampering.

He bemoaned the negative effects of illegal connections on revenue mobilisation of the company, saying it crippled efforts to embark on projects that would help enhance service delivery for the benefit of all customers.

‘As a company, we have to pay our suppliers like GRIDCO and VRA and Independent Power Producers when we purchase power from them to distribute to our customers, hence consuming power illegally prevents the company from getting money to pay these key players in the electricity supply chain,’ he added.

‘Again, when people connect to the national grid illegally, it overloads our transformers and leads to low vol
tage and interruption of power supply to our customers,’ he said.

Mr Dapaah cautioned the public against illegal connections and said it was not only a criminal offence, which was liable to prosecution, but could also cause fire outbreaks which could result in loss of lives and property.

He called on the public to report people engaging in illegal connections to the ECG and support the fight against the menace in the communities.

Source: Ghana News Agency

National Security Operative allegedly swindles businessman over sale of excavator


A 34-year-old National Security Operative who allegedly plotted with three others to defraud a businessman under the guise of selling him an excavator has appeared in court.

Willis Amoako Kotei, who is reported to be working at the Jubilee House, took the complainant to a yard in Tema to show him the Saby Excavator, which was listed for sale at GHC14 million.

The complainant made an initial payment of GHC467,000 out of a total cost of GHC14 million.

Kotei has pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to commit a crime and defrauding by false pretences.

The Dansoman Circuit Court judge, Halimah El Alawal Abdul-Basit, has admitted Kotei to bail in the sum of GHC180,000 with three sureties, two of whom must be public servants earning at least GHC5,000.

According to the court, one of the sureties must be justified by title deeds, and the accused was ordered to deposit his Ghana Card at the Court’s Registry and report to the Police once a week until further notice.

This came after Kotei’s lawyer requested bail, claim
ing that the fact of prosecution was different from the actual event.

According to defence counsel, the accused was a responsible person who would comply with the court’s bail conditions.

The prosecution, however, opposed the accused person’s bail, claiming that after being granted police enquiry bail, he failed to report to the police, citing a bench issued by the court for his arrest.

‘It is by this bench warrant we have the accused person before you today,’ the prosecution said.

The prosecution’s argument is that the complainant, Emmanuel Kwesi Tettey, is a businessman from Obuasi in the Ashanti Region, and Kotei lives in Adenta, Accra.

The prosecution said that sometime in August 2023, the complainant was contacted by one John, who is presently on the run, over a Sany Excavator ‘deal.’

It said the excavator was offered for sale by one Agyapong, who is also at large.

The complainant met Agyapong and Boateng in Accra, and they sent him to a yard in Tema and showed him the Sany Excavator, describing t
hemselves as ‘Staff of the Jubilee,’ Accra.

The prosecutor added that the defendants (Agyapong and Boateng) agreed to sell the excavator to the complainant for GHC14 million, payable in instalments.

According to prosecution, the complainant requested to see the place of work of the two accused (Agyapong and Boateng), and they took him to the Jubilee House.

According to the prosecution, when they arrived at the Jubilee House, Kotei, an aide, went to the entrance and enabled their entry into the yard.

The prosecutor told the court that Kotei used his permit to take them to his boss’s office, where the parties agreed that an initial deposit of GHC467,000 was to be paid for the release of the excavator.

According to the prosecution, the complainant handed GHC467,000 to Kotei and his accomplice at Jubilee House, and they asked him to return the next day for the excavator so that they could install a tracker on it.

The prosecution said that after collecting the money, the accused went into hiding, but a witne
ss in the case assisted the complainant in locating Kotei at the Jubilee House.

The court heard that Kotei was arrested, and he refunded GHC295,000 to the complainant and sought a week to pay the remaining money, but he failed.

The prosecution said efforts are underway to apprehend Kotei’s accomplices.

The matter has been adjourned to May 6, 2024.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Internet Penetration: estimated at 4.9 billion users globally


Internet penetration has been on the rise globally, with an estimated 4.9 billion people, 63.2 percent of the global population accessing it, the 2023 International Telecommunication Union Internet Report has revealed.

Kepios Analysis, producer of the world’s most widely read reports on digital trends, also established that internet users in Ghana increased by 454,000, 1.9 percent between January 2023, and January 2024 marking a significant increase over the past decade.

Dr Albert Antwi-Bosiako, the Director-General of the Cyber Security Authority who disclosed this, added however, that, disparities in internet access persisted, particularly in the global South and underserved communities, where access to affordable and reliable internet remained limited.

He was addressing the opening session of the 11th Digital Rights and Inclusive Forum 2024 (DRIF24), underway in Accra.

The Paradigm Initiative (PIN), a Pan African organisation and other partners are organising the three-day conference on the theme ‘Fost
ering Rights and Inclusion in the Digital Space’, being attended by hundreds of delegates, civil society organisations and actors, NGOs and the academia drawn from 61 countries across the world.

Other partner organisations in Ghana include E-Governance and Internet Governance Foundation for Africa (EGIGFA), University of Media, Arts and Communication, Media Foundation for West Africa, Inclusive Tech Group, Internet Society (ISOC) Ghana Chapter, and Human Security Research Centre (HSRC)

Event sponsors include Wikimedia, African Digital Rights Network, Ford Foundation, Luminate, Google, Kingdom of The Netherlands, Mott Foundation, Open Technology Fund (OTF), Internews, Small Media, among others.

Dr Antwi-Bosiako indicated digital rights and inclusion were not merely abstract concepts, but essential pillars of democratic societies and development.

‘They underpin our ability to access information, engage in civic discourse, and participate in economic activities, however, it is imperative to acknowledge that
significant disparities persist globally, threatening to exacerbate existing inequalities’, he stated.

Dr Antwi-Bosiako said though the nation had progressed in internet penetration, it was imperative to remain vigilant in addressing the digital divide that persisted particularly in the un-served and underserved communities.

He said the governments around the world had roles to play in fostering digital inclusion among their citizens. As of February, this year, Dr Antwi-Bosiako said the government had made strides to expand digital infrastructure and connectivity by constructing over a 1,000 new rural telephony sites in rural areas across the country to expand network coverage and internet access.

This project was implemented under the leadership of the Ministry of Communications and Digitalisation, he explained, saying although that represented considerable progress, it was also an indication that more needed to be done to bridge the digital divide and ensure that all Ghanaians had equal access to the opp
ortunities presented by the digital age.

‘As we strive to build a more inclusive digital society, it is essential that we address the barriers that hinder access to the internet and ensure they are adequately removed to uphold the digital rights of all citizens’.

In an emerging digitally driven economy, Dr Antwi-Bosiako said digital right had now firmly become a human right, stressing, a key pillar of digital inclusion was guaranteeing that internet access was affordable and accessible to all segments of society.

He said initiatives such as the National Broadband Infrastructure Project, Girls-in-ICT Programme, and the Free Wi-Fi for Senior High Schools Programme had helped to expand access to the internet in underserved communities and to bridge the digital divide.

Dr Antwi-Bosiako noted however that digital inclusion was not just about access to the internet but also about ensuring that all individuals had the skills and knowledge to fully participate in the digital economy.

That requires investing in d
igital literacy and education initiatives to empower citizens with the skills they need to navigate the digital landscape and take advantage of the opportunities presented by the internet.

Dr Antwi-Bosiako said access to digital services, such as e-government platforms, internet banking and online education, has expanded in the country with most of the population utilising such services.

The disparities in access however remain disproportionate, thus affecting marginalised groups and further worsening socio-economic inequalities, he stated, saying the government acknowledged the revolutionary potential of the digital space to propel socio-economic advancement and enhance the quality of life for Ghanaians.

It is for this reason that a massive digitalisation campaign dubbed ‘the Digital Ghana Agenda’, an initiative aimed at encouraging the usage of technology to empower people and promote inclusive progress, was launched in 2017.

Dr Aida Opoku-Mensah, the Vice Chairperson, PIN Board, said Ghana was privileg
ed to host the conference, and expressed appreciation to the partners, hoping that the participants would build networks.

The DRIF24, she added, remained an important platform where conversations on digital policy in Africa are shaped, policy directions debated, and partnerships forged for action.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Manhyia: Queens of Asanteman display rich culture, local dishes


The Manhyia Palace was a hub of local dishes of the Asantes on Monday when queens from the various paramountcies converged to celebrate the Occupant of the Golden Stool, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.

Natives from all parts of the Kingdom displayed their traditional cuisines skillfully garnished with fresh vegetables.

Traditionally dressed women, mostly elders in kente cloth with beautifully braided hairstyles, manned the stands displaying the mouthwatering dishes, which caught the attention of patrons.

Most of them were foods that are not often found on menus of modern-day eateries and restaurants even in the Ashanti Region, being the home of those foods.

The arrival of the queens was announced by the cultural troupes, dancing the famous ”Adowa” dance to melodies of the drums to the admiration of the crowd.

Then came the arrival of the Asantehemaa who was carried in a palanquin amid drumming and dancing, depicting the rich culture of Asanteman as the crowd cheered her on.

She majestically waved at the gatheri
ng as her ‘carriers’ slowly proceeded to the dais reserved for her to sit in state.

The Asantehene, who was the last to arrive, applauded the queens for their roles in chieftaincy issues, especially in the installation of chiefs.

Queens, according to the Asantehene, are respected in the history of the Asante Kingdom and recognised for the important roles they play in the socio-political discourse of modern day governance.

He called for deliberate policies to create room for women to take active part in decision making processes at all levels of governance.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Manhyia: Queens of Asanteman display rich culture, local dishes


The Manhyia Palace was a hub of local dishes of the Asantes on Monday when queens from the various paramountcies converged to celebrate the Occupant of the Golden Stool, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.

Natives from all parts of the Kingdom displayed their traditional cuisines skillfully garnished with fresh vegetables.

Traditionally dressed women, mostly elders in kente cloth with beautifully braided hairstyles, manned the stands displaying the mouthwatering dishes, which caught the attention of patrons.

Most of them were foods that are not often found on menus of modern-day eateries and restaurants even in the Ashanti Region, being the home of those foods.

The arrival of the queens was announced by the cultural troupes, dancing the famous ”Adowa” dance to melodies of the drums to the admiration of the crowd.

Then came the arrival of the Asantehemaa who was carried in a palanquin amid drumming and dancing, depicting the rich culture of Asanteman as the crowd cheered her on.

She majestically waved at the gatheri
ng as her ‘carriers’ slowly proceeded to the dais reserved for her to sit in state.

The Asantehene, who was the last to arrive, applauded the queens for their roles in chieftaincy issues, especially in the installation of chiefs.

Queens, according to the Asantehene, are respected in the history of the Asante Kingdom and recognised for the important roles they play in the socio-political discourse of modern day governance.

He called for deliberate policies to create room for women to take active part in decision making processes at all levels of governance.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Project to address proliferation of small arms in Ghana launched


The Savings Lives Entity (SALIENT), a project by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and other agencies, is set to address the proliferation of small arms in Ghana.

The project, spearheaded by the UNDP with support from other agencies, including the National Commissions on Small Arms and Light Weapons, the United Nations, and civil society organizations (CSOs), will tackle the proliferation of small arms from the Sahel region to Ghana.

The UN Conflict and Related Development Analysis (CDA) on Ghana showed that despite Ghana’s peace and security infrastructure and historical resilience, there is recent evidence of increasing insecurity and pockets of violence.

The Northern Region, for instance, had experienced some level of insecurity as pockets of related ethnic violence had been reported.

According to the National Commission on Small Arms and Light Weapons, 1.2 million unregistered small firearms and light weapons are believed to be in circulation in Ghana.

Mr. Sukhrob Khoshmukhamedov, the D
eputy Resident Representative, UNDP Ghana Office, said in a speech that the SALIENT Project would focus on key interventions, including conducting a study, building capacity, supporting CSOs, and setting up a digital database.

‘We will be conducting a baseline study on detecting equipment at border posts.

The field mission recommended considering KAIPTC for this exercise.

Building the capacity of state institutions to support small arms tracing and record-keeping and supporting the national commission to deploy at border posts.

Supporting CSOs on small arms and light weapons in Ghana and coordinates non-state actors’ efforts to address small arms and ammunition proliferation for sustainable peace and development in Ghana and the ECOWAS region.

Finally, set up a digital database and consider advocacy around the enactment of the small arms bill, ‘he said.

Professor Paul Frimpong-Manso, the Board Chairperson for the National Commission on Small Arms and Light Weapons, said the SALIENT project aligned with
the Commission’s mission to prevent, eradicate, and combat the proliferation of small arms in Ghana.

The project, he noted, will provide catalytic support to address the multifaceted nature of armed violence in Ghana from a sustainable perspective.

Mr. Charles Abani, Resident Coordinator for the UN Ghana Office, said in an interview that the SALIENT project is an important path to improving the legislative framework on small arms in Ghana.

The project, he said, would also improve the capacity of state actors, particularly the Commission on Small Arms, to implement strategies on behalf of the Government to address the proliferation of arms.

Source: Ghana News Agency

High Court issues arrest warrant against former MASLOC Boss


An Accra High Court granted the State’s prayer to issue an arrest warrant for jailed MASLOC former Chief Executive Officer(CEO) Sedinam Christine Tamakloe Attionu.

On Monday April 22, 2024, Assistant State Attorney (ASA), Yvone Yaache Adomako moved ex-parte motion for an arrest warrant to be issued against the former MASLOC CEO, who was jailed 10 years in absentia by an Accra High Court.

The arrest warrant is to facilitate her arrest and extradition to Ghana to serve her 10-year jail term.

Daniel Axim, a former Operation Manager of MASLOC, who was standing trial with her, was jailed five years.

This was after a high court had found the fugitive and Axim guilty of 78 counts of causing financial loss to the State, stealing, conspiracy to steal, money laundering and causing loss to public property in contravention of the public procurement law.

ASA Adomako, who was being led by Sefakor Batse, Principal State Attorney, said he had demonstrated sufficient grounds for the issuance of the arrest warrant by furn
ishing the Court of the judgement of the High Court in relation to the former MASLOC CEO.

The Court, presided over by Justice Mrs Lydia Osei- Marfo, ruled that the ‘motion is here by granted as prayed for the arrest of Sedinam Christine Tamakloe Attionu’.

The matter involving the duo has to do with the purchase and acquisition of vehicles and mobile phones at inflated prices.

Attionu Tamakloe during the trial went abroad for medical examination and failed to return.

Source: Ghana News Agency

YEA modules will bring hopes of the young people- Bono Reg. Director


Mr. Shadrach Abrefa Mensa, the Bono Regional Director of the Youth Employment Agency (YEA) has stated that the significant impact of the Agency’s modules was to support the aspirations of the youth and contribute to their personal and professional development.

He mentioned that over 3,800 young persons were currently benefiting from a variety of YEA modules in the Bono Region.

In an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Sunyani, Mr. Abrefa Mensa highlighted that approximately 700 youths were actively involved as Community Protection Assistant, while 60 were serving as Community Prison Officers’ Assistants at the Sunyani Central Prisons.

He said 345 individuals were actively serving as Community Health Workers, helping at Community Health Planning and Services (CHPS) compounds and other health facilities, additionally, 2,000 individuals were involved in the Youth in Waste and Sanitation module.

Under the Youth in Apparel and Textile module, Mr. Abrefa Mensa said 15 people had received funding of ab
out GHc 20,000 each to support the training of 50 other young people.

He added that the Youth in Trades and Vocation module currently had 420 young individuals undergoing specialized training to develop skills in various fields such as metal works, aluminum fabrication, auto mechanics, hairdressing, beauty care and masonry.

He said during the skill training programme, all beneficiaries would receive certification from the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) after completing the six Months training.

Mr. Abrefa Mensa highlighted the Business and Employment Assistant programme, which the region was fortunate to be part of during its pilot phase, saying 50 companies would participate in this programme with each having two beneficiaries, who would receive a stipend of GHC 500 to supplement their income.

This initiative aims to support employers by providing financial assistance to the beneficiaries, thereby reducing the burden on employers, and encouraging them to hire more workers.

Mr. Abr
efa Mensa emphasized that the YEA provided a Monthly stipend of GHS 500 to all beneficiaries across its different modules, indicating the stipend was intended to cover transportation costs and other expenses.

He then commended the YEA management for distributing 30 motorbikes to the region to support the districts in their monitoring activities to enhance their monitoring operations.

Source: Ghana News Agency

YEA modules will bring hopes of the young people- Bono Reg. Director


Mr. Shadrach Abrefa Mensa, the Bono Regional Director of the Youth Employment Agency (YEA) has stated that the significant impact of the Agency’s modules was to support the aspirations of the youth and contribute to their personal and professional development.

He mentioned that over 3,800 young persons were currently benefiting from a variety of YEA modules in the Bono Region.

In an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Sunyani, Mr. Abrefa Mensa highlighted that approximately 700 youths were actively involved as Community Protection Assistant, while 60 were serving as Community Prison Officers’ Assistants at the Sunyani Central Prisons.

He said 345 individuals were actively serving as Community Health Workers, helping at Community Health Planning and Services (CHPS) compounds and other health facilities, additionally, 2,000 individuals were involved in the Youth in Waste and Sanitation module.

Under the Youth in Apparel and Textile module, Mr. Abrefa Mensa said 15 people had received funding of ab
out GHc 20,000 each to support the training of 50 other young people.

He added that the Youth in Trades and Vocation module currently had 420 young individuals undergoing specialized training to develop skills in various fields such as metal works, aluminum fabrication, auto mechanics, hairdressing, beauty care and masonry.

He said during the skill training programme, all beneficiaries would receive certification from the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) after completing the six Months training.

Mr. Abrefa Mensa highlighted the Business and Employment Assistant programme, which the region was fortunate to be part of during its pilot phase, saying 50 companies would participate in this programme with each having two beneficiaries, who would receive a stipend of GHC 500 to supplement their income.

This initiative aims to support employers by providing financial assistance to the beneficiaries, thereby reducing the burden on employers, and encouraging them to hire more workers.

Mr. Abr
efa Mensa emphasized that the YEA provided a Monthly stipend of GHS 500 to all beneficiaries across its different modules, indicating the stipend was intended to cover transportation costs and other expenses.

He then commended the YEA management for distributing 30 motorbikes to the region to support the districts in their monitoring activities to enhance their monitoring operations.

Source: Ghana News Agency