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Apeatse explosion: NDC suspends outreach programme in Western Region; commiserates with victims

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has suspended its ongoing outreach programme in the Western Region to commiserate with the victims of the Apeatse explosion.

In a statement issued by the party’s National Chairman, Mr. Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo, on Friday, the party indicated that it has been saddened by the mayhem which has affected hundreds of households in Apeatse.

The party has therefore pulled the breaks on its ongoing outreach programme, and called on government to restore normalcy in the community as soon as possible.

“The NDC joins other well-meaning Ghanaians first in expressing our deepest condolences to the families of all persons who lost their lives through this tragic event. The party further takes this opportunity to request the healing mercies of the Almighty God for a speedy recovery of all injured persons. No one could have foreseen a calamity of such magnitude befalling the good people of Apeatse at a time such as this.

With a reported estimate of 95% of all households in Apeatse reduced to rubble due to the impact of this disaster, it stands to reason that Government must double-up its efforts in finding temporary shelter for all displaced persons while urgent steps are taken to reconstruct the town and bring normalcy back to the lives of the good people of Apeatse.

The leadership of the NDC has suspended its ongoing outreach program in the Western Region and has directed the regional leadership of the party to visit and commiserate with the victims of this disaster as soon as possible”, portions of the statement read.

The statement by the NDC, adds to the scores of solidarity messages and well wishes, that have poured in following an explosion that has severely affected indigenes of Apeatse in the Western Region.

Earlier, the party’s flagbearer in the 2020 general election, John Dramani Mahama, also expressed his condolences to the victims and urged government to take necessary steps to lessen the impact of the disaster.

Speaking in an interview on News Night on Thursday, the District Director of the National Disaster Management Organisation, Sedzi Sadzi Amedonu, revealed that about 500 houses have been affected by fire and debris following the incident.

According to him, the impact of the explosion has been very severe, leaving many local folks totally displaced.

Meanwhile, Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has assured that measures are being put in place to construct temporary housing facilities for all displaced residents of Bogoso-Apeatse. He says the government has engaged the State Housing Corporation and mining companies in the area to provide an instant haven for the stranded community members in the coming days.

According to the police, 13 persons have so far lost their lives, with about 190 others injured. 384 indigenes have been displaced, with some four other persons in critical conditions.

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Celebrity breakups made me question my readiness for marriage – Actor Stan Nze

 

Nollywood actor, Stan Nze, has revealed that celebrity breakups made him questioned his readiness for marriage.

 

The 32-year-old revealed this in an interview with media personality, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, in Rubbin’ Minds show, which aired on Sunday.

 

The Rattlesnake star had married a fellow Nollywood star, Blessing Obasi, aged 42, in September 2021, a period that witnessed breakups and marriage crises involving celebrities like Tonto Dikeh, 2Baba, etc.

 

According to the actor, he had planned to keep his marriage under wraps till his honeymoon.

 

He said, “I’ve always wanted my family to be private. My marriage was to be under wraps until my honeymoon but my wife insisted we post a photo so we control any coming narrative. We’d been together for 3 and a half years,” he said.

 

 “I want my marriage to work. A week before my marriage, I left social media. There was a lot of news on Instagram. Partners were fighting each other. I was literally palpitating, asking myself if I was ready for marriage.

 

“These were people I felt they were really in love, some even having dated for seven years. It was important that I married someone in the entertainment industry, whether radio, film, or movies. It’s a delicate industry.”

 

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Social media reacts to Milovan’s removal as Black Stars head coach

Information reaching JoySports indicates that Black Stars head coach, Milovan Rajevac has been removed from post.

The decision was taken after an emergency meeting between the Ministry of Youth and Sports and Ghana Football Association (GFA) on Friday.

Social media platform, Twitter, has been chirping intensely since the news broke.

Some users are pleased by the news and have commended the Ghana Football Association for its decision.

Others have however urged that such exercise be carried out at the grass root to nip the issue of “Black Stars’ ill-performance” in the bud.

The call for Milo’s removal emerged after the abysmal performance of the senior national team at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations. The Black Stars failed to win a single game in the group stage and exited the tournament with a point.

Meanwhile, the Ghana Football Association is yet to release an official communique announcing the removal.

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Uzodinma does not have what it takes to govern in a democracy. – Okorocha

The former governor of lmo State and Senator Representing Imo West senatorial District, Rochas Okorocha has said Gov Hope Uzodinma does not have what it takes to govern a people in a democracy.

He said the government in Imo is a counterfeit of what a state government should be.

Okorocha made the assertion on Friday in a press release signed by his Special Adviser Media, Sam Onwuemeodo and made available to newsmen in Owerri.

He said” Imo State and her people have not known peace since Chief Uzodinma became governor. They have only been hearing stories of killings, arson, kidnapping, invasion, rituals. What they never witnessed when the righteous ones were in power or on the throne.

“Governor Uzodinma and his government have become itching experiences Imo people won’t forget in a hurry. The government has made Imo people see their ears with their eyes. And the daily prayer on the lips of every sincere Imo man or woman has been, “may this nauseating cup run over

“During my governorship for 8 years, militancy was a big issue in the oil-producing areas of Ohaji, Egbema and Oguta. I didn’t begin to supervise the killings. As a leader of his people, I employed and deployed diplomacy and got that problem solved.

“But under Governor Uzodinma, the killing of Imo people seems to have become the rule, instead of the exception. And the government is not regretting the killings, but only labouring to justify them.

“Under my administration, the opposition was encouraged to function unhindered. Every part of the state was alive and bubbling. Today, no part of the state is functioning. They are after the opposition. And they are not humble about their cluelessness and ineptitude.”

Reacting to news of the 11-year-old boy, Somtochukwu who lost his life during the relocation of EkeUkwu market, Okorocha said trying to justify the mindless and gruesome murder of innocent youths, men, women, and traditional rulers under his governorship portrays him as one who came to destroy and not to build.

Recall that Gov Uzodinma had through his Information Commissioner, Mbadiwe Emelumba said, Okorocha ordered the killing of the 11-year old boy during the relocation of the Ekeukwu market in Owerri.

Okorocha said they failed to tell their audience what was the co-relation between the relocation of the Ekeukwu market and the death of the young lad.

He said trying to use intimidation and deceit to explain away the traumatic experience his government has brought to Imo people, will not work.

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PVCs issued in 2011 don’t need revalidation, says INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says all permanent voter cards (PVCs) issued by the commission do not require revalidation.

 

A message stating that PVCs issued in 2011 need to be revalidated has been circulating on social media platforms.

 

But in a statement on Friday, Rotimi Oyekanmi, chief press secretary to the INEC chairman, said voter cards issued in 2011 can be used to vote in future elections — without revalidation.

 

“The Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) issued by INEC in 2011 and after can be still be used by their respective owners to vote in all elections, including the upcoming Federal Capital Territoy (FCT) Area Council Elections, the Ekiti and Osun Governorship elections, as well as the 2023 General Election,” the statement reads.

 

“To be sure, PVCs issued in 2011 and after do not need any revalidation.

 

“It is also not true that the Commission will use the so-called ‘New Card Reader’ for the 2023 General Election.

 

“What the Commission intends to use is a multi-purpose gadget, known as the INEC Voter Enrolment Device (IVED). It is currently being used for the physical registration of voters. During an election, it will facilitate the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS), which provides for both fingerprint and facial authentication.

 

“The device will also be used to upload individual polling unit election results to the INEC Result Viewing portal (IReV) in real time on election day.

 

“The general public should therefore disregard the fake news making the rounds that the PVCs issued in 2011 need revalidation. There is no need to revalidate any PVC issued by INEC for election purposes.”

 

INEC’s clarification comes days after Bola Tinubu, former governor of Lagos and presidential aspirant, had said the PVCs in the possession of citizens have expired.

 

He, however, later apologised for the statement and for any confusion it may have caused. 

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This week on #TwitterGhana: Black Stars exit tournament, KiDi’s NAACP awards nomination and more

For up to the minute updates on trending stories and news, Twitter remains the social media platform that keeps you informed. This Week on Twitter #TwitterGhana captures the latest in music, movies, sports, entertainment and more you might have missed.

AFCON Updates: BlackStar’s shock exit from the tournament

Ghana’s Black Stars suffered a shock Group stage exit from the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) after failing to win any of their three games in Cameroon. In a further upset during their final match on Tuesday against Comoros Islands, Ayew Andre received the first-ever red card of a #TeamGhana Captain at AFCON. This left the Black Stars with ten men for the rest of the match which they eventually lost 3-2. 

As expected, this elimination received lots of reactions from football fans across the continent, including sports journalist Oti Adjei who Tweeted his disappointment.

Juliet Bawuah whose #AFCONwithJuliet Spaces have kept fans up to date on the latest AFCON commentary also Tweeted about the loss.

Sports channel3SportsGh, asked fans in a Tweet if the red card was a fair call? What’s your take? Share your opinion using the hashtag #AFCON2021

Thomas Partey back in London after BlackStars exit AFCON 

Thomas Partey picked up two yellow cards in less than ten minutes, in the latter stages of Arsenal’s 2-0 defeat against Liverpool! This follows his return to the Premier League side, after being called back by Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta, in the aftermath of Ghana’s exit from AFCON – marking a miserable week for the star midfielder. GhanaWeb confirmed his return to London as seen in this Tweet, but Partey will now miss Sunday’s clash with Burnley. Read all the comments about his return to Arsenal here.

KiDi’s ‘Touch it’ gets first global nominations at NAACP awards

Multiple award-winning artiste KiDi Music has earned his first international award nomination at the 2022 edition of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Awards, with his hit song ‘Touch it’. The song, which debuted on May 6, 2021, ahead of the release of his hotly anticipated second album, “The Golden Boy”, was nominated in the Outstanding International Song category. Here is a Tweet from NAAACP Image Award congratulating the outstanding nominees, and KiDi also acknowledging the nomination with a Tweet.

#TweetItIntoExistence Affirmation Tweets take Twitter by storm

On Tuesday, people across Canada and the U.S. woke up to see billboards featuring Tweets from celebrities expressing hopes and dreams prior to their goals being achieved. Starting a thread with a Tweet captioned, “If you can dream it, Tweet It”, people on Twitter were encouraged to express their own dreams and goals. Taking a cue from the campaign, Ivy Barley, Ghanaian host of the popular tech-focused Spaces with Ivy, put out a Tweet expressing a desire to host Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal on one of her Spaces.

He responded with a Tweet affirming his interest, which received an overwhelmingly positive response! Follow the hashtag #TweetItIntoExistence for more wholesome and affirming Tweets.

Why Waakye Trended on Wednesday

#Waakye was trending on Wednesday after the French Ambassador to Ghana’s Twitter page Tweeted a photo of her buying a pack of the favourite dish at Makola. This was well received with some humorous reactions from popular Tweeters like Kaly Jay.

 @Twitter remains your official source for what’s happening!

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Livestream: Newsfile discusses Apeatse explosion, Speaker’s security and Ghana’s economy downgrade

Today on JoyNews, Newsfile will discuss the measures needed to ensure Apeastse is rebuilt following Thursday’s explosion that claimed 13 lives and destroyed about 500 homes.

Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has noted that Government is launching a full-scale investigation into the incident caused by a collision between a vehicle carrying mining explosives and a motorcycle.

To mitigate the effects of the incident, government has donated GH₵200,000 to the victims and pledged to foot the medical bill of all injured persons.

Also, government says it has engaged the State Housing Corporation and mining companies in the area to provide an instant haven for the stranded community members.

Host, Samson Lardy Anyenini and his panellists will also take a look at the education system for pre-tertiary institutions. This is needful as government has reversed its decision to introduce a semester-based system for basic schools in the country.

The Education Ministry last Thursday announced the introduction of the semester-based system in place of the trimester one.

The show will again dive into the security of the Speaker of Parliament.

Following the withdrawal of four officers attached to the office of Speaker Alban Bagbin, Parliament has written to the Chief of Staff of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) to request four military personnel as security detail for the Speaker.

Both the Majority and Minority Group have been in contention over the subject matter.

Meanwhile, International ratings agency, Fitch, has downgraded Ghana’s Long-Term Foreign-Currency Issuer Default Rating (IDR) to ‘B-‘ from ‘B’ with a negative outlook.

The downgrade of Ghana’s IDRs and Negative Outlook reflect the sovereign’s loss of access to international capital markets in the second-half of 2021, following a pandemic-related [COVID-19] surge in government debt.

Samson Lardy Anyenini and his guests will take a bite on this matter as well.

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APC National Convention: Party chieftain laments mudslinging, fake news over date

A Chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Dr Garus Gololo has lamented the alleged high-level mudslinging and fake news which portrayed the APC as lacking the capacity to conduct its national convention.

He alleged that the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was behind the fake news and mudslinging as its tactic of waging a psychological war against the ruling party, which unfortunately some forces in the APC fell prey.

Dr Gololo, who is also the National Coordinator of a non-governmental Organisation, Northern Conscience 4′ 2023 (NC4’2023) speaking with journalists on Friday in Abuja, said the date for the APC’s convention is settled.

He said efforts are being put in place to ensure the sanctity of February 26, noting that talks in some quarters despite the official announcement was the handiwork of opposition political parties who are looking for APC’s downfall at all cost describing the development as unfounded.

On the sidelines of President Muhammadu Buhari’s State visit to commission some federal and State government projects in Kaduna State, he argued that the APC-led government could achieve the feat as a result of its focus.

Gololo said: “The party is focused on delivering the dividends of democracy to the electorates, and will not allow itself to be derailed by the activities of mudslingers and rumour mongers.

“We’re aware that opposition parties especially the PDP, are behind all fake news about the likelihood of the postponement of the convention. We’re not moved by such pedestrian distraction. We’re committed to our course. And Isha-Allah, we’ll achieve our goal.”

He criticised the PDP for underground tactics, adding that “though the PDP was given the chance for 16 years to better Nigeria, it could not commission a single rail line in any part of the country.

”They were busy holding parties in the Villa with most prolific drunks entertaining themselves with wine and women.”

Boasting that “President Buhari visited Lagos, Borno, Kaduna, Ebonyi and some other APC controlled states where he commissioned world-class, people-oriented projects,” the NC4’2923 National Coordinator disclosed that the President is set to commission additional projects in more APC states in 2023.

”Records are there for anyone who wishes to, to see how El-Rufai has changed the face of the state. Today, Kaduna unlike anywhere in West Africa has a flyover that trucks, smaller vehicles and even trains, ply. Something the PDP could not do in all her years governing that state.”

While also commending the Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi “for his laudable infrastructural projects across the state,” the outspoken APC Chief noted that only the River State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has earned his mark among PDP governors.

According to him, “Nigerians are naturally critical and intelligent people and can readily tell the difference between a lame-duck-PDP administration that almost sold the country to the highest bidder, and an APC government that has bettered the country in various ways.”

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Nima-Maamobi gang clash: 7 suspects plead not guilty to charges

Seven out of 11 suspects accused of rioting and causing harm during Tuesday’s clash between Nima and Maamobi youth, have pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The suspects, who have been put before the Accra Circuit Court are; Ali Awudu, a.k.a, Bombo and Ibrahim Hussien, a.k.a Kumodzi; both said to be ringleaders, Abdul Gafaru Mahama, Aziz Sulemana, alias Rambo and Ibrahim Moro, alias Jallo; both on admission in hospital.

The others are; Atarouwa Bassam, Abdul Mumuni Gariba, Mohammed Saabi Barinu alias Namer, Bashiru Ganiru, Illiasu Salim and Issa Seidu.

The lawyers for the seven suspects on Friday told the court presided by Mrs. Rosemond Baah Torsu, that their clients are innocent. They assured of alibis to affirm the whereabouts of their clients during the incident.

Mr. Seth Gyapong Oware, one of the lawyers prayed for bail for suspect, Bashiru Ganiru. He stated that Ganiru was mistaken for one of the hoodlums while he was assisting some of the injured persons.

According to the lawyer, Ganiru’s vehicle and house were searched but no weapon was found.

Another lawyer, Mr. Yaw Dankwah also told the court that two of his clients were arrested on their farms.

However, Judge Rosemond Baah Torsu denied Bashiru Ganiru bail. She explained that the Police are still conducting investigations and have shown no undue delay.

The court later ordered that investigations be conducted on the accused’s alibis. The court will resume sitting on February 1, 2022.

Currently, Ali Awudu and Ibrahim Hussien are at large.

Nima and Maamobi youth clash

A timely intervention by the Police on January 18, averted what could have been bloodshed following a violent clash between the youth of Nima and Maamobi.

In videos widely circulated on social media, the youth in the adjoining communities attacked each other with clubs and cutlasses around 3:00pm.

Nine were later arrested for their involvement in the incident that left five injured. The Police also retrieved several ammunitions.

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Dr Emmanuella Amoako: No Ghanaian woman should die from cervical cancer – Know your risk

Dr. Emmanuella Amoako, Head of Clinical Affairs at Yemaachi Biotech

Historically, cervical cancer plagued women for a long time. A breakthrough came in the mid-20th century when screening measures started being implemented.

The healthcare industry was hopeful that screening would drastically reduce cervical cancer incidence globally. Unfortunately, the disease is still prevalent worldwide, with sub-Saharan Africa bearing the burden of the disease. In Ghana, cervical cancer is the second most frequent cancer seen in women. Every year 2,797 women in Ghana are diagnosed with cervical cancer and 1,699 die from the disease.

In many cervical cancer cases, there are no early stage signs and symptoms. The cancer develops in the cells lining a woman’s cervix (the entrance to the uterus from the vagina) and is almost always linked to infection with high-risk Human Papillomavirus (HPV) – an extremely common virus transmitted through sexual contact.

Advanced-stage cervical cancer may have symptoms like vaginal bleeding and unusual discharge, which women often dismiss as normal menstrual cycle-related events, or self-diagnose as another infection.

Women are recommended to always look out for bleeding during or after sex, or in between menstrual periods, pain during or after sex, changes in vaginal discharge, or pain in lower back or pelvis. These may be signs of more advanced-stage cervical cancer. It is important to note that having these symptoms does not necessarily mean you have cervical cancer;  you should however get them checked out by your doctor.The good news is that cervical cancer does not have to advance to this late stage. It can be detected early through regular screening, and successfully treated.

Screening for cervical cancer involves a pap smear or an HPV test, or both. A pap smear, also known as a pap test checks for the presence of pre-cancerous cervical cells. An HPV test checks for infection with certain high-risk variants of the human papillomavirus, which cause cervical cells to become pre-cancerous and develop into cervical cancer.

If an HPV test determines that a woman is at high risk for cervical cancer, additional screening, like a pap smear, and a colposcopy ( visual examination of cervix) are recommended. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that women 26 years and above should get screened for high-risk HPV at least once every 5 years.

Thanks to Yemaachi Biotech, an African cancer research company based in Ghana, there is an affordable, accessible and easy-to-use test that will detail women’s level of risk for HPV-mediated cervical cancer.

The Sheba HPV Test enables women to collect their own samples discretely at home, and drop them off at a conveniently located collection point for HPV testing at Yemaachi’s advanced molecular diagnostic laboratory. Detailed results are returned via email within 72 hours of drop-off.

Women are recommended to share their HPV test results with their physicians or other healthcare workers, especially in the event that a high-risk variant is detected, for further guidance on further testing or treatment.

When diagnosed early, cervical cancer is one of the most successfully treatable forms of cancer. Early detection saves lives.

The author, Dr. Emmanuella Amoako, is the Head of Clinical Affairs at Yemaachi Biotech

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I don’t want to be President but APC chairman – Modu-Sheriff

 

Former Borno Governor Senator Ali Modu Sheriff on Friday said he is not interested in the presidency but the national chairmanship of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

 

He made this declaration during an interactive session with newsmen in Abuja.

 

According to him: “So many insinuations are going around, Ali Modu Sheriff is not looking for Chairman; he is looking to be Presidential candidate.

 

“Please, I want to put it on record today, I am not looking for President. I am looking for a National Chairman so that I could lead the party to victory.

 

“I want to lead a campaign like what we did to 2014 to make sure that our father and leader (Buhari) hands over power to another APC man as a President.

 

 

“If I want to be President, I am not afraid of anybody but I don’t want to be President but National Chairman.”

 

When told that the party might have zoned the national chairmanship to the north-central geopolitical zone, the chairmanship hopeful maintained that the party was yet to come up with any zoning arrangement.

 

He noted that the Caretaker Committee of the party at the end of its crucial meeting on Wednesday refuted the news making round over zoning arrangement.

 

Modu- Sheriff argued that those harping on that zoning arrangement are afraid of his towering chances of being elected as the next National Chairman of the party at the convention.

 

He noted that he is not the only aspirant from the northeast.

 

According to him: “As of today, even from the North-eastern states of Nigeria, many people are looking for chairman, it is not only Ali Sheriff.”

 

Referring to a media report of his being edged out of the chairmanship race, the former Governor said those pushing such notion are only afraid of him.

 

Hear him: “It clearly shows you that those that are writing this are afraid of the man called Ali Sheriff. They are afraid, Ali Sheriff is the target, they don’t probably want to go to the convention with Ali Sheriff, they are afraid, period.”

 

Admitting that the party has many capable hands, he noted that his experience, connection and vast knowledge of party administration put him ahead of other aspirants for the job of the national chairman.

 

Assuring his party faithful that his chairmanship will strive towards attaining the dream of the founding fathers by ensuring that under him, APC will be the largest and strongest party in the continent.

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Lands Ministry to establish National Reclamation Fund

The Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources is exploring means to establish a National Reclamation Fund to deal with large tracts of degraded mined lands.

Sector Minister, Samuel Abu Jinapor, insists the country has no option but to reclaim degraded mined lands to make them economically viable.

“It’s work that has to be done because we cannot live in a country where a large tract of the landscape is degraded.

We have pits and water; old ladies are falling in these pits. You cannot use the place for any economic venture and so on and so forth. That cannot be allowed to stand. We should reclaim the degraded lands. We have no option.”

He believes the Fund, when set up, will go a long way to provide the needed pool of financial resources to reclaim already mined sites across the country.

“We will require a National Reclamation Fund and at the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources we have are beginning to interrogate the concept or framework or mechanism within which we can have a National Reclamation Fund.”

The Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources hopes to roll out a national reclamation program to reclaim degraded but mined lands.

According to the Ministry, several tracts of degraded lands, located in the southern part of the country, have not only become obsolete but death traps.

Sector Minister, Abu Jinapor, visited one of the mined-out sites being reclaimed in the Bosome Freho District of the Ashanti region.

He told journalists discussions are underway towards the establishment of the National Reclamation Fund.

According to him, the ministry is understudying options available under the current legal regime to pass new laws or amend existing ones to support the fund.

“As you can tell, there are so many mined out lands across the southern landscape of our country where the country would have to fins the resources to reclaim the lands. It costs a lot of money to reclaim these lands because the work involved is enormous. And therefore, we need to find the mechanism; we need to find an intelligent approach of setting up a National Reclamation Fund which will give us a pool of funds to be able to reclaim the already mined out sites across the country,” he said.

“Of course we have to go to cabinet; of course we have to look at the law  and look at the legal regime as it exists and find a clever way of  either amending the law or pass a new law.” Mr. Jinapor added.

Even before the fund is established, Mr. Jinapor is faulting the existing law that allows small-scale mining firms to reclaim mined lands 30-days after their activities.

Regulation 480 of the Minerals And Mining Regulations, 2012 (L.I. 2182) stipulates holders of a small-scale mining license shall rehabilitate and re-vegetate land which is no longer used for mining within one month after termination of activities on the land.

The law also makes provision for small-scale miners to within one month after the abandonment of the mine, backfill disused trenches, excavations and pits in a manner that prevents the accumulation of stagnant water.

Mr. Jinapor wants small-scale miners to be compelled to reclaim and revegetate mined lands concurrently.

“I think that is a wrong arrangement because when that happens, you get yourself into this situation. They excavate the land and they move on to excavate and they move on to excavate and then leave behind these degraded mined sites.  We are going to insist on concurrent reclamation and revegetation.”

Meanwhile, consultants for the Bosome Freho Reclamation project,  hope to plant more eco-friendly plants to revegetate the degraded lands.

At least, 398 acres of land have been reclaimed in the area.

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It has a swimming pool: 4 men build big fine house in village using only mud

Four talented men from Cambodia have taken making items with mud to a new height entirely – they built a big house using only mud.

Nas Daily shared a video on Facebook of the incredible village mud house that has a swimming pool, sofa and other household items made with only clay.

Speaking with Nas Daily, a man identified as Molly said he noticed the creative works of the Cambodians and sought to bring their special handy talents to the world by featuring their works consistently on YouTube.

Molly, a builder who is resident in Cambodia, added that he found clay builders who reside in the jungle and would give them building plans to which they brought to reality using mud.

The four men are talented at digging clays using special locally-made tools to create shapes and objects on the ground.

Their creations have become tourists attraction

Creations as the big mud house usually take them up to a year and cost thousands of dollars to build.

The houses they build are however not habited by humans but abandoned dogs and puppies and are tourists destinations.

Molly noted that unfortunately, the clay houses they build, last for up to a year, after which they get destroyed either by rain or natural causes.

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Why most veteran actors are off the screen – Nollywood actor, Emeka Ossai

A Nollywood Veteran and Film Director, Mr Emeka Ossai has said most veterans in the industry were of the screen because movies produced by the so-called “New Nollywood actors” lacked originality.

Ossai speaking when members of the Creative Industry Group (CIG) visited the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Lagos Office, said a chunk of the movies produced, lacked focus.

Ossai said the Nollywood industry was pulled out of the woods by the efforts of the veterans and ensured it remained afloat.

“The veterans started the path called: Nollywood some years back and were able to colonize Africa and the diaspora to love our contents and to love Nigeria.

“To sustain Nollywood, the kind of story we tell should be original and indigenous.

“Some people have infiltrated the industry with the colonial mentality of doing business; they want to adulterate our culture by bringing in some content outside our cultural identity.

“People acting and mimicking the whites when they are blacks by speaking through their nostrils and changing the trajectory from contemporary Africa stories should rethink,” he said.

Ossai argued that there had been some unwritten values in the Nollywood industry, which had helped it grow and must be protected.

“Some producers of movies have created “New Nollywood” by bringing in untrained artists. In our own time, we were trained either formally or informally.

“We were trained in the Nollywood through apprenticeship or actual practice overtime before becoming a frontrunner in the business.

“Some artists can play the role of a “Waka Pass” for 10 years before getting a lead role. A fresher cannot muscle an old hand in a role within a short time,” he said.

Ossai reiterated that the Nollywood industry needed the inputs of the veterans who would provide leadership for the new entrants to flourish.

He said some of the new films produced by young artists that go to the cinema should have the inputs of the old hands for it to be recognised.

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Apeatse explosion: There was inadequate security escort in transporting explosives – Security Analyst

Security analyst, Col. Festus Aboagye (Rtd) says Maxam Ghana Limited, owners of the truck that exploded at Apease did not ensure adequate security escort in transporting the explosives.

The explosives detonated when a motorcycle collided with the truck on Thursday afternoon.

Speaking to JoyNews, Col. Festus Aboagye (Rtd) said Maxam Ghana Limited should have ensured that certain guidelines were met before transporting the inflammable material.

He said such guidelines include; adequate Police escort and a fire tender should have accompanied the truck carrying the explosives.

“When explosives are being transported, they need to meet certain guidelines. In this case, there should have been not only a Police escort to manage the traffic, but also a security escort. Because, in all jurisdictions precautions are taken that ammonium nitrate does not fall into wrong hands for criminal purposes. The way I see the issue is that the company [Maxam Ghana Limited] did not ensure that the escort itself was adequate. I’m told there was a Police escort, how large was it? Was it in front or behind the vehicle during the transportation, am not sure?”

“There should also have been a security escort, under the circumstances whatever arrangement were put in place was not sufficient and therefore the collision with the tricycle caused the accident which then caused an ignition that then created the flame which then resulted in the explosion…there should have been a fire tender as part of the convoy that was moving the stock of ammonium nitrate to its destination. Now because there was no fire tender, there was no capacity, no means to handle the fire which then created the explosion,” he stated.

Meanwhile, Lands Minister, Samuel Abu Jinapor has said that government will not shield anyone found culpable for negligence leading to the explosion at Apeatse near Bogoso in the Western Region.

According to him, the government will ensure it punishes anyone whose negligence may have led to the accident.

“Let’s wait for the outcome of the investigation, but if like you say [regulatory failure] it turns out that way, people have to answer for their commissions and omissions.

“A big if, it’s that straightforward. Because all of us have our respective responsibilities and duties to perform and if at any stage it is found that any one of us hasn’t performed our duties correctly and it occasioned this kind of loss, I believe that the honourable thing to do is for us to pay for the ramifications of our action and that I believe will not be difficult to insist on at all,” he said.

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Apeatse explosion: Bagbin commiserates with victims

Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, has expressed profound condolences to the victims of the Apeatse explosion and their families.

In a statement released on Friday, January 21, 2022, he stated, “I received with shock and sadness, the news of an accident that resulted in the tragic loss of lives, varying degrees of injury and loss of property on the Bawdie-Bogoso road in the town of Apeatse in the Western Region.

“I extend my condolences and prayers to the victims and their families, whose pain and grief at this moment will be unimaginable. The Psalmist tells us that ‘the Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.’ That is the assurance I have for all those in grieve as a result of the accident,” he said.

He also entreated the general public to help restore the lost livelihoods by supporting the victims with relief items such as food, water, building materials, and other essentials.

“I entreat all Ghanaians to remember them in prayers and encourage those in adjourning communities to offer whatever help they can to the victims and the displaced. Let us in the proverbial Ghanaian spirit of love and brotherliness, help them rebuild their lives.

“I will be playing my part by mobilising support for the community affected in this emergency situation and I count on your support as well. Together, we can restore hope to those affected by this unfortunate incident,” he said.

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Apeatse explosion: Government donates ₵200k to victims

The government has presented a cash donation of GH₵200,000 to displaced victims and bereaved families of the Apeatse explosion.

The Vice-President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia made the cash donation on Friday when he visited the displaced residents who have been given temporary shelter at the St. Michael’s Catholic Parish, Bogoso.

The Vice-President presented several relief items, including mattresses, boxes of mosquito nets and coil, blankets, and food items.

At the end of the visit, Dr. Bawumia announced that government will foot the medical bills of all injured persons who are being treated at the various hospitals in the country.

Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia also assured of uninterrupted supply of relief items to ensure victims lack nothing.

On Friday morning, the Vice-President led a government delegation comprising Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, Inspector-General of Police, George Akuffo Dampare among others to ascertain the state of affairs in the community.

Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia assured that measures are being put in place to construct temporary housing facilities for all displaced residents of Bogoso-Apeatse.

He said government has engaged the State Housing Corporation and mining companies in the area to provide an instant haven for the stranded community members in the coming days.

“For the houses that have been destroyed, we are already beginning to think about how to rehabilitate and rebuild a facility here.

With the State Housing Corporation in consultation with mining companies around here, we will quickly try to put in place facilities that have been displaced. That will be a priority.”

Also, the Vice-President noted that those who got injured during the explosion, will be given the best of healthcare.

“Government on its part, is going to do everything to support the families and those who have been injured. We are also looking into how to make sure that all who are injured, are taken care of. Some have been taken to Tarkwa, Kumasi, some will be sent to Accra to get the best care that we can afford them.”

He continued: “A major disaster befell us yesterday. It did not only befall the community here in Apeatse, but the whole of Ghana. That is why the President asked me to lead this government delegation to come and assess the situation and see what we are going to do for the people.

We wish to express our deepest condolences to those who sadly lost their lives from this sad incident.”

Apeatse explosion

On Thursday, January 20, there was an explosion at Apeatse between Bogoso and Bawdie in the Western Region.

Videos circulating on social media showed the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) officials conveying what looked like human bodies out of the rubble.

Preliminary investigations conducted by the Police revealed that a vehicle carrying mining explosives, traveling from Tarkwa to Chirano mines, collided with a motorcycle, resulting in the explosion.

The Police stated that the rider of the motorcycle from the opposite direction collided with the vehicle at around 1:25 pm on Thursday.

According to the Police, due to the impact of the crash, the motorcycle caught fire and ignited the explosives on the DAF van. The DAF vehicle thus burst into flames.

The driver sustained a deep cut on the head and was rushed to the Government Hospital, Tarkwa, but the Police escort escaped unhurt, the report added.

Reports reaching JoyNews reveal that 13 people have been confirmed dead and 59 others have sustained various degrees of injury.

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Gov Makinde mourns as 3SC loses General Manager, Balogun

 

Oyo State Governor, ‘Seyi Makinde, on Friday, described the death of the General Manager of the Shooting Stars Supporters’ Club, Mr. Rasheed Balogun, as sad and shocking.

He prayed for the repose of the soul of the football chief, who was described as hard-working and committed, noting that his death will leave a huge vacuum in football management in the state.

A statement by Moses Alao, Special Assistant (Print Media) to Governor Makinde, quoted the governor as commiserating with the immediate family of the late 3SC GM, management, and players of the Oluyole Warriors and the people of Oyo State on the death of Mr. Balogun.

According to Makinde, the death of Mr. Balogun came at a time the 3SC needed his experience and expertise the most, having just guided the team to the coveted promotion to the Nigeria Premier Football League.

He said, “The news of the death of my brother, Rasheed Balogun, the General Manager of the 3SC, came as a shock. It is sad, but we can only submit to the will of Allah SWT.

“I express my heartfelt condolences to his family, the management and players of the 3SC, and all residents of Oyo State and pray to Allah, SWT, to forgive his sins and grant him Aljanah Firdaus.

“Mr. Balogun was a committed administrator and a hard-working man. He gave his best to ensure the success of our darling Oluyole Warriors, working hard with our government to navigate the road to its promotion to the NPFL.

“His death at this time means that the 3SC has lost an experienced hand and an individual with huge expertise.

“It is my prayer that God grants us all the fortitude to bear his death.”

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Apeatse explosion: Government to foot medical bills of injured persons

Government has indicated that it will cater for the medical expenses of the 59 person injured in the Apeatse explosion.

The explosion, which resulted from a collision between a motorcycle and a vehicle carrying explosives, on Thursday, also claimed 13 lives.

In a tweet, Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah stated that Vice-President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia made the announcement on Friday during his visit to St. Michael’s Catholic Parish, Bogoso, where the victims have been provided temporary shelter.

“Vice-President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has, at the end of his visit, announced Government will take up the medical bills of all injured persons.”

He added “Families of the deceased will also be assisted. Once again our best wishes remain with the scores of people affected by this tragedy.”

Prior to his visit, Dr. Bawumia gave the assurance that the injured will be given the best of healthcare.

“Government on its part is going to do everything to support the families and those who have been injured. We are also looking into how to make sure all who are injured are taken care of. Some have been taken to Tarkwa, Kumasi, some will be sent to Accra to get the best care that we can afford them.”

Also, Dr. Bawumia on behalf of President Akufo-Addo donated a sum of GH₵200,000 to the displaced survivors. He also presented several relief items including mattresses, boxes of mosquito nets and coil, blankets, and food items.

On Friday morning, the Vice-President led a government delegation to ascertain the state of affairs in the community.

He told residents that government has engaged the State Housing Corporation and mining companies in the area to provide an instant haven for the stranded community members in the coming days.

The delegation comprised Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, Inspector-General of Police, George Akuffo Dampare among others.

On January 20, 500 homes were destroyed after an explosion at Apeatse between Bogoso and Bawdie in the Western Region.

Videos circulating on social media showed the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) officials conveying what looked like human bodies out of the rubble.

Preliminary investigations conducted by the Police revealed that a vehicle carrying mining explosives which was heading to Chirano mines, collided with a motorcycle resulting in the explosion.

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Joy Entertainment introduces Showbiz News Flash

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