Wednesday 18 October 2017
(AFP (eng) 10/13/17)
Ghana's government has promised the immediate closure of high-risk fuel stations after a tanker carrying natural gas caught fire and caused an explosion that killed seven. A total of 132 people were also injured in the blaze at the liquefied gas filling station in the Legon area of Accra last Saturday, which spread to a nearby petrol station. Ghana's presidency said it was the ninth such incident in the last three years. The deadliest was in June 2015, when more than 150 died in a fire and explosion, also in the capital. Cabinet ministers met on Thursday to discuss tightening regulations and ensuring strict compliance to protect the safety of workers and the public. "High-risk...
(AFP (eng) 10/12/17)
Ghana is facing calls to update its laws on wildlife crime after fears the country has become a transit route for the illegal trade in pangolin scales. More than 31,000 kilograms (68,000 pounds) of scales from the nocturnal mammal have been seized across the world this year, according to the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). In May and June, two major seizures were made in Malaysia, with at least 700 kg found to have been shipped through Ghana. Massive hauls of the scales have also been made in Uganda, Cameroon and Ivory Coast. IFAW's Mark Hofberg said most of the scales from Africa were traded to meet demand in Asia, where they are used in traditional medicine. The docile...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/12/17)
DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - West Africa is most at risk of fatal haemorrhagic fever epidemics, including Ebola, researchers said on Wednesday, calling for greater preparedness to save lives. A study in The Lancet medical journal assessed the likelihood of four viruses - Ebola, Lassa, Marburg and Crimean-Congo - spreading on the continent, charting progress from a first human case through to a potential pandemic. The world’s worst recorded Ebola outbreak ravaged Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone between 2013 and...
(AFP (eng) 10/08/17)
Ghanaians on Sunday pushed the government to improve safety at fuel stations after four people were killed when a tanker truck carrying natural gas caught fire in the nation's capital, triggering explosions. The fire and blasts gutted a liquefied gas filling station and a nearby petrol station in the Atomic Junction area of the Legon suburb of Accra on Saturday night, sending local residents fleeing. President Nana Akufo-Addo tweeted: "The news of last night's gas explosion at Atomic Junc, resulting in the loss of 4 lives & injuries to several others, has left me devastated.
(APA 10/05/17)
APA-Accra (Ghana) - The Ghanaian press on Thursday focuses on finance minister’s directive to various Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) on the need to promote good governance. The Daily Graphic says that Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta has noted that government will not tolerate corruption and wasteful spending at the various MMDAs in an effort to promote good governance. In that light, government will crack the whip on any assembly found culpable of indulging in any activity that has a...
(APA 10/05/17)
APA-Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) - The African Union (AU) will on Thursday endorse reports and recommendations on Agriculture, Rural Development, Water and Environment (ARWE) made by experts and senior officials in a meeting held on Monday and Tuesday. The endorsement will take place during the ministerial session of the AU’s Specialized Technical Committee on ARWE that opened on Thursday in Addis Ababa under the theme “Improve environmental sustainability and transform agriculture to ensure food and nutrition security.” These include policy papers...
(AFP (eng) 10/01/17)
Like many people around the world, 80-year-old Kofi Afadi can't start his morning without a cup of coffee. "Every morning when I take coffee I feel happy and go about my day," the farmer told AFP in his village in the green hills between Lake Volta in Ghana and the border with Togo. "When there is no coffee it seems I am the most miserable person around here," he said. In common with many of his fellow coffee farmers, Afadi,...
(Graphic Online 09/29/17)
The Forum for Public Sector Registered Pension Scheme has suspended its intended indefinite nationwide strike slated to begin today. The strike was intended for the forum to press home its demand on the government to transfer funds belonging to it from the Temporary Pension Fund Account (TPFA) with the Bank of Ghana (BOG) into the accounts of the four fund managers responsible for the public sector occupational pension scheme. “The forum has resolved to suspend temporarily the intended September 29,...
(AfricaNews 09/28/17)
Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo has called on the police to drop an “incitement” case against man arrested for sharing an audio on social media accusing him of being a marijuana smoker. The popular opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) party member Frank Kwaku Appiah was arrested on Tuesday in the Ashanti Region and transferred to the police headquarters in the capital Accra for intent to “cause fear and panic” with the publication on Facebook, his lawyer explained to local...
(AFP (eng) 09/27/17)
Hundreds of Togolese nationals have fled to neighbouring Ghana to escape reprisals after a wave of anti-government protests, a Ghanaian official said on Wednesday. Paddy Tetteh, from the Ghana Refugee Board, said the first batch arrived last Wednesday and although numbers had since fallen, more were still trying to come in. "They are close to 300," he told AFP. Most were in the northern district of Chereponi, close to Ghana's eastern border, he added. Chereponi chief executive Abdul Razak Tahiru...
(AFP 09/27/17)
The villagers of Tafi Atome, in Ghana's Volta Region, grew up listening to tales of their spiritual links to the 1,000 or so mona monkeys that inhabit the surrounding lush forest. But they have also turned that reverence into revenue, by making the cheeky primates part of an eco-tourist attraction that benefits both animals and locals alike. Francis Acquaye, the manager of the Tafi Atome Monkey Sanctuary and Cultural Village, said the monkeys and the forest were considered sacred until...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/22/17)
From deadly droughts and destroyed crops to shrinking water sources, communities across sub-Saharan Africa are struggling to withstand the onslaught of global record-breaking temperatures. But the dangers do not end there. Rising heat poses another threat - one that is far less known and studied but could spark disease epidemics across the continent, scientists say. Mosquitoes are the menace, and the risk goes beyond malaria. The Aedes aegypti mosquito, which spreads debilitating and potentially deadly viruses, from Zika and dengue...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/21/17)
Makers of generic AIDS drugs will start churning out millions of pills for Africa containing a state-of-the-art medicine widely used in rich countries, after securing a multi-million dollar guarantee that caps prices at just $75 per patient a year. Global health experts hope the deal will help address two looming problems in the HIV epidemic - the rising threat of resistance developing to standard AIDS drugs, and the need for more investment in manufacturing capacity. Bill Gates’ charitable foundation will...
(Bloomberg 09/11/17)
The South African companies that dominate the U.K.’s growing private hospital industry are counting on more people like Katie Corrie. A children’s party entertainer, Corrie opted to use 13,000 pounds ($17,000) of her savings and inheritance to get a hip replacement rather than spend months on a National Health Service waiting list. Britons like her are forking out almost 1 billion pounds a year to cover their own medical expenses, a trend that’s giving at least one industry the scope...
(The Guardian Nigeria 09/08/17)
Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN) has provided link with Ghana Internet Exchange Point thereby making it the first of such interconnection in the sub-region, Nigeria CommunicationsWeek has learnt. An Internet exchange point (IXP) is a physical infrastructure that allows several Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and network operators to exchange traffic between their networks, generally referred to as autonomous systems, by means of mutual peering agreements, which allow traffic to be exchanged at no cost. Reacting to this feat achieved...
(APA 09/08/17)
The Ghanaian press is awash with the announcement of the release of funds for the implementation of the free Senior High School (SHS) policy. The Daily Graphic said the Ministry of Finance has released more than 50 percent of the funds needed to kick-start the implementation of the free SHS programme introduced by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government. The Ghanaian Deputy Minister of Finance, Mrs. Abena Osei-Asare, said GHc280 million ($65.12 million), representing half of the total amount of...
(APA 09/08/17)
Deprivation and marginalization, underpinned by weak governance, are primary forces driving young Africans into violent extremism, according to a comprehensive new study by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the first study of its kind. Based on interviews with 495 voluntary recruits to extremist organizations such as Al-Shabaab and Boko Haram, the new study also found that it is often perceived state violence or abuse of power that provides the final tipping point for the decision to join an extremist...
(Graphic Online 09/07/17)
The National Population Council (NPC) has stated that contrary to misinformation attributed to it, the council is advocating a fewer number of children per couple, based on the target set in the National Population Policy. It, therefore, refuted the allegation that the NPC was proposing the development of a policy that would restrict the number of children a woman could have to three. It explained that the council was advocating the strict implementation of the existing National Population Policy to...
(Graphic Online 09/07/17)
The Chief Fire Officer, Mr Albert Brown Gaise has been re-assigned to the National Security office, Graphic Online has gathered. No reasons have been assigned for his transfer. In his absence, his deputy is to take over until a new substantive Chief Fire Officer is appointed Mr Brown Gaisie took over from Brigadier-General John Bosco Guyiri as the Chief Fire Officer of the Ghana National Fire Service in December 2014. Mr Brown Gaisie had previously served as a Regional Commander...
(Starrfmonline 09/05/17)
The Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu has predicted that the country’s educational sector is on the verge of collapse. Addressing a news conference Tuesday, he said, “I see chaos within the educational sector.” His comments come in the wake of the Internet-based challenges that have inundated the Computerised School Placement Secretariat (CSSPS), leaving parents and Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) graduates extremely frustrated. Early Tuesday some frustrated parents besieged the premises of the Education Ministry to have their wards placed. Reporting...

Pages