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Traffic flow on Accra-Achimota road normalised after gas leakage at Tesano – Police

The Ghana Police Service says the Accra-Achimota road has been opened to normal traffic flow after an earlier diversion was made due to a gas leakage at Tesano.

A public notice issued on Wednesday, May 25 said “the situation has been normalised.”

A gas leakage at a filling station opposite the National Police Training School (NPTS) at Tesano forced the diversion of traffic from Avenor through the Industrial Area.

Also, traffic was diverted from Apenkwa along the Achimota Highway through the North Industrial Area to help Police personnel manage the situation.

Following the incident, approaching motorists were advised to follow Police directives and adhere to the traffic arrangements.

Officials from the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) and the Police were deployed to the scene.

“We thank all road users on that stretch for their cooperation,” the Police said in their update.

The road has since been opened to normal traffic flow.

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Memorial lecture to be held in honour of Kojo Bentsi-Enchill Letsa

The Bentsi-Enchill Letsa and Ankomah Law firm is set to hold a memorial lecture in honour of the founder of the firm, Kojo Bentsi-Enchill.

The event comes off this Thursday, May 26 at the Kempinski Hotel in Accra.

A Partner of the firm, Frank Nimako Akowuah, speaking on the Super Morning Show on Tuesday, noted that “we at the law firm credit him for three things; innovation, mentorship, and research. He was noted “for creating and developing systems for the practice of law.

Memorial lecture to be held in honour of Kojo Bentsi-Enchill Letsa

“He was also concerned with training and mentorship and has trained many Ghanaian lawyers who are doing very well. He was also big on legal research and so it is only relevant that the inaugural lecture we are instituting in his honour is about the history of Ghanaian Commercial Law.

The event will be held on the theme: “the Evolution of Regulation of Commerce in Ghana.”

Memorial lecture to be held in honour of Kojo Bentsi-Enchill Letsa

Retired Justice of the Supreme Court, Prof Samuel Date-Bah will grace the occasion as a speaker.

The lecture, which will commence at 8:00am, is strictly by invitation. However, interested parties can participate via zoom and other social media handles of the law firm.

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Most by-laws are enforced against the poor – Private Legal Practitioner

A private legal practitioner, Dennis Adjei Dwomoh, has said many by-laws in the country are implemented against poor people, although it is the rich who mostly violate the laws.

He observed that “the people who are building or violating the zoning policy are not the poor; the people who are violating the building permits are not the poor” yet they are mostly at the suffering end.

In an interview on JoyNews’ The Law on Sunday, May 22, he expressed worry over the wrongful applications, which he believes creates a system of injustice in the society.

“The most important thing is that it is dangerous for people to keep by-laws in their pockets when some of these by-laws have penal effects. Most of these by-laws, sadly, when they are enforced, they are enforced against the poor.

“It’s enforced against people in lower classes in society; it is not enforced on the rich; so, you see that in terms of the application of these by-laws, it’s actually applied in such a way that the lesser society are the people who are mostly affected,” he argued.

The Managing Partner of LawPlus noted that most of the by-laws are not arbitrary but standard ones, which mostly look at sanitation issues.

“Apart from sanitation, sometimes on liquor and licencing issues, and entertainment. The Local Government Act, one of them has listed the areas in question that it takes care of. Already, there’s a guide that Assemblies have to follow and most of their by-laws take account of it.

Most by-laws are enforced against the poor - Private Legal Practitioner
Samson Lardy Anyenini hosts Dennis Dwomoh and Kweku Dwomoh on the Law.

“Apart from that also, the Minister of Local Government is empowered to pass model by-laws if he thinks that issue affects almost all the assemblies and call all the assemblies, depending on area. For instance, like the Minister for Greater Accra has done through the model by-law of Operation Clean Your Frontage, he has made sure that that particular law applies to Greater Accra Region,” Mr Dwomoh added.

Background

Recent research conducted by Corporate Secretarial and Training Services (CSTS) has revealed that as many as 155 Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Assemblies (MMDAs) are operating without by-laws.

It stated that 109 MMDAs were found to be gazzetted, three sets have lost their validity and fallen into desuetude since their geographical areas of jurisdiction have been re-demarcated and ceased to exist in their original form.

Most by-laws are enforced against the poor - Private Legal Practitioner
Dennis Dwomoh is a Managing Partner for LawPlus

“Thus, only 105 sets of by-laws at the various levels of local governance have been validly passed and are effective for application.

“By this finding, the study concludes that a total of 155 out of 260 MMDAs, representing 59% of the various assemblies in Ghana are operating without legitimate and valid by-laws,” the research highlighted.

Among other reasons, the researchers sought to examine whether the assemblies complied with the provision of Section 182(4) of the Local Governance Act, 2016 (Act 936).

Most by-laws are enforced against the poor - Private Legal Practitioner
Kweku Attakora Dwomoh is a Lawyer and Consultant at CSTS

The law stipulates that a by-law shall not have effect until it has been posted on the premises of the District Assembly concerned and in at least one other public place within the district.

It adds that such by-law must be published in a daily newspaper of national circulation or in the Gazette.

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EPL: Conte hints at Tottenham exit despite Champions League qualification

Tottenham Hotspur manager, Antonio Conte has hinted he could still leave the club despite securing Champions League for next season.

A 5-0 win over Norwich on Sunday, ensured that Spurs finished in fourth place above rivals, Arsenal.

However, after the game at Carrow Road, Conte spoke about his “ambition” and said he needed to sit down and talk with the club’s hierarchy over their summer plans.

Conte is believed to be seeking as many as six new faces ahead of next season in an ambitious overhaul, aiming to turn Tottenham into Premier League title contenders.

The Italian tactician will sit down with chairman, Daniel Levy and managing director, Fabio Paratici in a few days to discuss their transfer strategy.

He said: “I am under contract until next summer you know very well I signed for one year and seven months. I enjoyed a lot, my time in Tottenham, because for me it was a big challenge to come in during the season,” he said.

“For a coach like me, it is not simple. It is a big challenge in a club with a fantastic stadium and a training ground and I knew the situation I could find — to give me the opportunity to work in the way I want.

“On the other hand, you know very well that I am a person who has ambition. I like to fight for something important, I like to fight to lift a trophy. For me, this is a trophy and I am very happy. And then we will see.

“I always said to you at the end of the season, we speak with the club and find the best solution for me and for the club. Now I think for me, the club, the players it is good to have three, four, five days’ rest and then the mind will be very clear. You can consider the whole season.

“You have to be very calm before speaking because now [there are] a lot of emotions in my mind, my heart. For this reason it would be very good to rest and then have a good meeting with the club to find the best possible solution.”

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Playback: The Law discusses implications of invalid by-laws

Recent research conducted by Corporate Secretarial and Training Services has revealed that as many as 154 Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Assemblies (MMDAs) are operating without by-laws.

In view of this, JoyNews‘ The Law tabled it to discuss the implication that comes with the move.

Today’s edition was themed, “154 MMDAs in Trouble: Implications of Invalid By-Laws.”

Samson Lardy Anyenini hosted legal practitioners to shed more light on the topic.

They included Managing Partner at LawPlus, Dennis Adjei Dwomoh as well as Lawyer and Consultant at CSTS, Kweku Attakora Dwomoh.

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Livestream: The Law discusses implications of invalid by-laws

Recent research conducted by Corporate Secretarial and Training Services has revealed that as many as 154 Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Assemblies (MMDAs) are operating without bylaws.

In view of this, JoyNews‘ The Law has tabled it to discuss the implication that comes with the move.

Themed, “154 MMDAs in Trouble: Implications of Invalid By-Laws,”Samson Lardy Anyenini will host legal practitioners to shed more light on the topic.

Managing Partner at LawPlus, Dennis Adjei Dwomoh and Lawyer and Consultant at CSTS, Kweku Attakora Dwomoh.

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Troops dislodge IPOB/ESN training camp, kill two suspects

The Nigerian Army on Saturday said troops of 34 Brigade of the Nigerian Army and operatives of the Department of State Services dislodged a training camp of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its armed wing, Eastern Security Network (ESN) at Okporo in Orlu Local Government Area of Imo State.

In a statement by Onyema Nwachukwu, Director, Army Public Relations, the troops exchanged fire with the outlawed group and killed two members on the wanted lists of security agencies.

He said the suspects have been terrorising residents in the general area of Orlu, Orsu and Njaba.

He said the troops equally destroyed the training shed and other facilities used by the separatists, including a shrine, which members of the outlawed group reportedly use for spiritual fortification.

He said a local factory for fabricating weapons was also discovered and destroyed while three Dane guns, one locally fabricated pistol, one live round of 7.62mm, one live cartridge, two used shells of 7.62mm (special) and objects suspected to be charms, among other dangerous weapons were recovered.

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EPL: Louis Saha advises Pogba against leaving Man United

Former Manchester United striker, Louis Saha, has told his countryman, Paul Pogba to join Chelsea instead of leaving English football as he reportedly plans to do.

Saha advised Pogba to resist the temptation to rejoin Juventus and instead sign for Chelsea to enable him play alongside his national teammate, N’Golo Kante.

Pogba appears to have played his final game for the Red Devils with his contract due to expire next month.

Injury has kept the World Cup winner out of action since last month’s 4-0 defeat against Liverpool.

But he has returned to training and in contention to feature in Sunday’s game at Crystal Palace.

However, reports in England suggest that the Frenchman is considering pulling out of the game amid concerns about facing a backlash from Manchester United fans.

Saha believes his compatriot will do better at Stamford Bridge

“Chelsea is the obvious match for Pogba because he loves to play with N’Golo Kante,” Saha told Lord Ping.

“We always try to compare what he does with France and United and the ability of Kante makes Pogba play to another dimension and that’s the truth.

“Only Pogba can indicate where he wants to go. I’m just sad he hasn’t fulfilled his dream.”

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AIMS holds awe-inspiring Climate Science Speaker Series (CSSS) 2022

The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) Ghana has organised the Climate Science Speaker Series (CSSS) 2022 at the ISSER Conference Hall, University of Ghana, Legon on Thursday, 19th May. 

Significantly, this year’s CSSS was organised during the Next Einstein Forum’s (NEF) African Science Week 2022, which focuses on celebrating the contribution of African researchers towards the construction of the world’s scientific heritage.

The CSSS aims to promote a gender lens in climate science research and increase women’s participation in climate science, according to AIMS. It was themed, the contribution of local scientists in climate change research and development: What can the youth learn? 

Welcoming participants, NEF Ambassador Justina Onumah stressed the importance of the twin celebrations and proclaimed that “we are here to celebrate scientists in research and development”!

In a remark, AIMS Ghana Center President Dr. Prince K. Osei highlighted the historical importance of the CSSS, the contribution of AIMS towards Africa’s development and the AIMS @10 celebrations this year. 

AIMS holds awe-inspiring Climate Science Speaker Series (CSSS) 2022

“Over the decade, 400 individuals (made up of 365 Regular Masters and 35 African Master’s in Machine intelligence) with 33 percent being females from 27 African countries have benefitted from the training at AIMS Ghana,” he noted. 

“Let me use this opportunity to invite you all to our 10th-anniversary celebrations. AIMS will be organising various events including its Alumni Homecoming STEM Impact Symposium from 23 to 24th June; Grand Graduation on 25th June and a Public Lecture in August 2022,” he added.

In an address, Dr. Portia Adade Williams of the Center of Science and Technology Institute (CSIR), said Africa needs to improve on its climate science research and suggested an integrated approach toward vulnerability and adaptation assessments.  

AIMS holds awe-inspiring Climate Science Speaker Series (CSSS) 2022

She posited that the youth have a crucial role to play in creating awareness about climate change. 

“We all need to do something. Africa and Ghana have good youth growth. You can reduce your carbon footprint and contribute to raising climate awareness and climate literacy. The youth can volunteer to get youth concerns heard and create projects to reduce the impact of climate change in your community. What can we do before COP27?” she asked.

On his part, Dr. Robert Manteaw, Center for Climate Change and Sustainability studies spoke on ‘Addressing Data Poverty for Climate Informed Decision-Making. An opportunity for young scientists.’

He expressed concern about the lack of climate data and the inability to use data for climate change analysis as a major constraint in Ghana and Africa. 

“Old ways of doing things through historical trends or guessing cannot be relied upon. We need timely and reliable data to manage climate risk, make predictive decisions, and proactive interventions.”

Dr. Manteaw further suggested that there are funding, and career opportunities for the youth in climate science research. 

Dr. Charity Osei Amponsah of the International Water Management Institute presented a fascinating paper that focused on, The ‘hidden’ social dynamic/s in climate action. 

She touched on a practical application of climate-complex social dynamics and posited that there is a hidden social scene. 

“We need to ask what is happening? Who is it affecting and its implications for climate action? You need to take time to research to understand exactly what is going on. That should help in policy-making. Climate change is at the center of achieving the SDGs.”

AIMS Canada Resident Researcher Climate Change Science Prof. Nana Ama Brown Klutse, who led the discussion session, said it is important to raise awareness of the repercussions of climate change and how the achievement of the SDGs becomes vulnerable if climate change is not tackled.

She said that climate change is real as evidenced by changes in the weather patterns over the past 20 years. 

This elicited contributions from the participants made up of academia, students, media, and climate-action activists. The discussions focused on how individual actions can help mitigate the effects of climate change and the opportunities available for the youth.

For instance, one young student suggested a set of questions on climate science and climate change be added to the National Science and Maths Quiz competition. Interestingly, the national quiz mistress, Prof. Elsie Effah Kaufmann, Incoming-Dean of the School of Engineering Sciences, University of Ghana was present at the event. 

The event was attended by the academia, students of AIMS Ghana, the University of Ghana, Legon and other academic institutions, as well as science enthusiasts and the media. 

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EPL: Louis Saha advises Pogba against leaving Man United

Former Manchester United striker, Louis Saha, has told his countryman, Paul Pogba to join Chelsea instead of leaving English football as he reportedly plans to do.

Saha advised Pogba to resist the temptation to rejoin Juventus and instead sign for Chelsea to enable him play alongside his national teammate, N’Golo Kante.

Pogba appears to have played his final game for the Red Devils with his contract due to expire next month.

Injury has kept the World Cup winner out of action since last month’s 4-0 defeat against Liverpool.

But he has returned to training and in contention to feature in Sunday’s game at Crystal Palace.

However, reports in England suggest that the Frenchman is considering pulling out of the game amid concerns about facing a backlash from Manchester United fans.

Saha believes his compatriot will do better at Stamford Bridge

“Chelsea is the obvious match for Pogba because he loves to play with N’Golo Kante,” Saha told Lord Ping.

“We always try to compare what he does with France and United and the ability of Kante makes Pogba play to another dimension and that’s the truth.

“Only Pogba can indicate where he wants to go. I’m just sad he hasn’t fulfilled his dream.”

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Nigerians should judge me by my qualifications not by where I come from — Lawan

 

Senate President Ahmad Lawan says Nigerians should judge him by his qualifications and not by where he comes from.

 

Lawan said he is running for president as a Nigerian and not as a northern candidate.

 

He said it is not abnormal for a senator to become president.

 

Lawan said this when he visited Katsina to consult Aminu Masari, governor of the state, and delegates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Thursday.

 

“I am not running as a northern aspirant because the impression created is that I’m a northern aspirant or that northerners are saying they are not going to allow power to the South,” he said.

 

“I’m not running as a northern candidate. I’m running as a Nigerian Presidential aspirant and therefore I come with all my qualifications for that office and people should judge me on the basis of what I have to offer.

 

“We have been around for sometime. Thank God, from 2019, we have been working with the President of our Party, President Muhammadu Buhari, very closely. I know and I understand most of the national issues that we deal with.

 

“I’m a participant in this government and I use that as one advantage that I have. Even though I’m a parliamentarian, I have some experience in governance. Real experience. Therefore, we are going round to tell Nigerians that we are available.

 

“The fact that we came out last speaks volumes, because I didn’t just wake up one morning and say I want to be President. It took a lot of time for those who believe in me to talk to me to also throw my hat in the ring. And after some time, I accepted.

 

“And that is to say that some people are not satisfied with those they are seeing and they think that we can do better. I have a great deal of respect for those who are running. The other aspirants.

 

“And I believe that I have my advantages and I’m going to use my advantages by the Grace of God to not only emerge as the candidate of our party but also win the general elections.

 

“And I’m not running like someone from the northeast, I’m running as a Nigerian because I believe that I understand the issues of development in Nigeria today.

 

“And as a participant in this administration, I know that this administration succeeded in some ways and has not succeeded as much in others and therefore, those areas in which we succeeded, it’s for me to continue to build on them.

 

“Those areas that we have found ourselves in deficit, that we have not been able to succeed as much, it’s for us to work on them

 

“I am a product of this administration and my party and therefore I commit myself to the ideals of my party.

 

“I commit myself to the ideals of this administration because it takes every effort by everyone to bring development. Mr President will be finishing his term in 2023 as we all know but his ideals are there and his ideals are to develop our country.”

 

Lawan said he has the capacity to become president owing to the experience he has gathered over 20 years in the legislature.

“It will be 23 years on the 4th of June this year that I have been in the National Assembly. My experiences, I believe, are adequate because I have worked with people like you(Governor Masari) and today, I’m working with our President, President Muhammadu Buhari who is leading the APC administration,” he said.

 

“For me, this is an experience that I cherish. This is an experience that makes me think that I have the capacity, that I have the ability, that I have the training, that I have the audacity and the courage to stay in that office in Abuja, in the Villa, to lead the affairs of this country with people like you around me.

 

 “It is not abnormal that a Senator can be a President. In the US, even the current President(Joe Biden) was in the Senate. Former President Obama was in the Senate and therefore I believe that, coming from the Legislature, with some experience from the Executive because I have been working very closely with the President, I have the requisite experience to lead the affairs of this country.”

 

In his remarks, Masari described Lawan as a dependable and reliable person.

 

“When he called me, I told him he should have gone to other places because whatever is possible, whatever we can do for him, we will do it,” Masari said.

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Fred Pappoe urges Ghana Women’s Premier League clubs to actively engage with community members

Former Vice President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Fred Pappoe has encouraged club officials in the Ghana Women’s Premier League (GWPL) to actively engage with the communities within which they are located.

Pappoe explained that football clubs do not exist in isolation and emphasised the major contributions of various communities to the growth of each club.

He urged teams in the GWPL to therefore consider involving themselves with activities that strengthen the bonds they share with their respective communities and fanbase.

“Football clubs are social products, and therefore must identify themselves with their communities by engaging in communal activities,” he said. “This goes a long way to generate love for the club and promotes a civic sense of responsibility among players, and members of the communities.”

Pappoe was speaking to about 60 club officials on ‘Football Club Management’ at the fourth edition of the mentorship program for stakeholders in the GWPL, organised by Betway, the league’s official development partner.

The former GFA Vice President also tasked clubs to strive to attain the highest level of excellence in world football. He pointed out that this could only happen through effective management.

“You must aspire for your clubs to be models of excellence. This means you shouldn’t only strive to make numbers, but also ensure that your teams are unique and set apart from the rest, such that when your names are mentioned anywhere, there’s a certain kind of pride you feel, and an amount of respect attached to the recognition that you receive,” he said.

Other facilitators at the mentorship workshop took the 60 participants through sessions on football club management and governance.

Fred Pappoe urges Ghana Women’s Premier League clubs to actively engage with community members

Former fitness coach with South Africa’s Orlando Pirates, Warren Engelbrecht, who lectured participants on Strategic Management, stressed the importance of conducting an analysis of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT) of their respective clubs, in order to develop strategic frameworks best suited for each club.

“Within your club environment, do the hard work by conducting an analysis of your working environment. It is important to look both internally and externally to see where your unique strengths lie and lean onto that,” he admonished.

“It is by understanding this that you can come up with a plan to help you navigate through the environment, and ultimately enable you to set and establish your strategy formulated in a very detailed way.”

On her part, Chief Operations Officer (COO) of the South Africa Football Association, Lydia Monyepao admonished clubs to “find out what their end goals are, and work backwards in terms of how they intend to achieve those goals.”

She implored club officials in attendance to “dream big”, because “the success of the club depends on how big its vision is.”

“Your goals should follow the SMART principle, however, – they have to be specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound,” she said. “So when you draft your goals on paper, you must ensure that they meet these criteria; you have to put the details in,” she noted.

Fred Pappoe urges Ghana Women’s Premier League clubs to actively engage with community members

In the last five months, Betway has organized a series of monthly training programmes for GWPL club officials on topics ranging from Marketing & Sponsorship, Nutrition and Sports Science, among others.

Betway is the official development partner of the Ghana Women’s Premier League.

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Fred Pappoe urges Ghana Women’s Premier League clubs to actively engage with community members

Former Vice President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Fred Pappoe has encouraged club officials in the Ghana Women’s Premier League (GWPL) to actively engage with the communities within which they are located.

Pappoe explained that football clubs do not exist in isolation and emphasised the major contributions of various communities to the growth of each club.

He urged teams in the GWPL to therefore consider involving themselves with activities that strengthen the bonds they share with their respective communities and fanbase.

“Football clubs are social products, and therefore must identify themselves with their communities by engaging in communal activities,” he said. “This goes a long way to generate love for the club and promotes a civic sense of responsibility among players, and members of the communities.”

Pappoe was speaking to about 60 club officials on ‘Football Club Management’ at the fourth edition of the mentorship program for stakeholders in the GWPL, organised by Betway, the league’s official development partner.

The former GFA Vice President also tasked clubs to strive to attain the highest level of excellence in world football. He pointed out that this could only happen through effective management.

“You must aspire for your clubs to be models of excellence. This means you shouldn’t only strive to make numbers, but also ensure that your teams are unique and set apart from the rest, such that when your names are mentioned anywhere, there’s a certain kind of pride you feel, and an amount of respect attached to the recognition that you receive,” he said.

Other facilitators at the mentorship workshop took the 60 participants through sessions on football club management and governance.

Fred Pappoe urges Ghana Women’s Premier League clubs to actively engage with community members

Former fitness coach with South Africa’s Orlando Pirates, Warren Engelbrecht, who lectured participants on Strategic Management, stressed the importance of conducting an analysis of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT) of their respective clubs, in order to develop strategic frameworks best suited for each club.

“Within your club environment, do the hard work by conducting an analysis of your working environment. It is important to look both internally and externally to see where your unique strengths lie and lean onto that,” he admonished.

“It is by understanding this that you can come up with a plan to help you navigate through the environment, and ultimately enable you to set and establish your strategy formulated in a very detailed way.”

On her part, Chief Operations Officer (COO) of the South Africa Football Association, Lydia Monyepao admonished clubs to “find out what their end goals are, and work backwards in terms of how they intend to achieve those goals.”

She implored club officials in attendance to “dream big”, because “the success of the club depends on how big its vision is.”

“Your goals should follow the SMART principle, however, – they have to be specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound,” she said. “So when you draft your goals on paper, you must ensure that they meet these criteria; you have to put the details in,” she noted.

Fred Pappoe urges Ghana Women’s Premier League clubs to actively engage with community members

In the last five months, Betway has organized a series of monthly training programmes for GWPL club officials on topics ranging from Marketing & Sponsorship, Nutrition and Sports Science, among others.

Betway is the official development partner of the Ghana Women’s Premier League.

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Terrorists taking over two Kaduna councils, El-Rufai cries out

 

The Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, on Thursday expressed concern over the presence of the dreaded Boko Haram and the Ansaru terrorists in two local government areas of Birnin-Gwari and Giwa in the state.

 

The governor stated this while receiving the 2022 First Quarter Security Report at the Sir Kashim Ibrahim Government House, Kaduna.

 

The report presented by the state Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, said 360 persons were killed either by bandits, terrorists or communal violent clash in the state between January and March 2022.

 

The governor explained that one of the kidnap victims, a roommate at the university, told him that the terrorists in one of their conversations, said the “forest in Kaduna is better than that of Sambisa so they should all relocate here.”

 

The presence of the terrorist groups, especially in the North-West is potentially more serious and dangerous than that of the North-East, urging the military and other security agencies to take note.

 

El-Rufai noted that with the presence of these terror groups, the problem of insecurity had moved from the Northeastern part of the country to the Northwest.

 

This is just as s the Governor also muted the idea of clearing three communities of Rijana, Katari and Akilibu, all in the Kachia Local Government Area of the state over their alleged involvement in kidnapping incidents along the Abuja-Kaduna expressway over the years.

 

The governor said, “It is unfortunate that in spite of our investment in human, material and other resources to stem the tide of criminality in the state, the levels are still a source of concern.

 

“This presentation has brought out new emerging concerns that I will want the security council to take note of and discuss and maybe to proffer some suggestions.

 

“The first great concern is the emergence of Boko Haram terrorists enclave as well as activities of Ansaru, particularly in Birnin-Gwari and Chikun Local Government.

 

“Among those kidnapped from the train, was a former roommate and classmate of mine who was released upon payment of a ransom and throughout the period that he was in captivity, it was very clear that the terrorists were making comments like the forests in Kaduna are even better than Sambisa, so, they should all relocate here. I think this is an area we should all be concerned about.

 

“And that is why we have been making the point that the problem of insecurity now has moved from the North-East to the North-West. What is happening in North-West is far more serious and potentially more dangerous than we have ever had in the North-East and we will like the military and other security agencies to take notice of this before it gets out of control.”

 

El-Rufai also expressed concern that the terrorists had gone expertise in bomb-making, saying that this “because Boko Haram and Ansaru elements have moved into the state.”

 

“The second which is related to the first is the use of Improvised Explosive Devices (EIDs) and mines in the state. We have been lucky thanks to the Police we have been able to defuse most of them without causing major loss of lives. This is still a major concern. Because this shows very clearly the movement from banditry to terrorism with expertise in making explosive devices. Again this is because Boko Haram and Ansaru elements have moved into the state,” he added.

 

He also said approval would soon be given to the Kaduna State Vigilance Service for the recruitment of additional 1000 personnel to complement the efforts of the military, police and other security agencies in the fight against terrorism in the state.

 

“From what we have seen, the security agencies are overstretched, we really need to ramp up our recruitment of our vigilance service volunteers, I think the 1,000 we trained have been very useful in assisting the Army, the Police and other security agencies and perhaps this is the time to get another 1,000 ad send them to Police College for training,” El-Rufai added.

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Ghana Paralympic team for Commonwealth Games calls for support to prepare ahead of event

Some members of the Ghana Paralympic team are calling on authorities to financially support the team to aid their preparations for the Commonwealth games that will be held in Birmingham later this year.

The para track and field athletes who are based in Kumasi will be representing Ghana during the July-August games in the UK and have been preparing vigorously ahead of the competition.

The team trains at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium daily but has bemoaned lack of support revealing, they have had to fund their preparations from their meagre earnings, something with which may affect their output during the Commonwealth games.

In an interview with Delali Atiase of Luv FM, captain of the side, Patrick Yaw Obeng, described their situation as distressful and called on the government and other corporate bodies to come to their aid.

“We have been training hard for the commonwealth games since last year when it was made known to us that the games will be held in July and August this year.

“But honestly, we are facing serious financial problems making our preparations quite difficult. First of all, most of us are family men with wives and children who are in school.“

I come all the way from Santasi every morning to train here at the Baba Yara stadium. I pay for my own transportation, so I have now programmed myself to ride my wheelchair to the stadium and then join a public transport back home at close of day. I can’t bear the transportation cost because it’s just too expensive.

“If even the government had put in place some arrangements for para-athletes to be employed and receive some incentives at the end of every month to support ourselves, we would be happy but no one seems to be listening to us.

“In this country it is difficult for the disabled to find work so the government needs to come to our aid especially as we prepare to represent the country at the commonwealth games,” he said.

Meanwhile, two female athletes of the team, Asana Awudu and Zinabu Issah who have both qualified for the commonwealth games shared their frustrations.

They believe, with support, their disability will not be a boundary to success in Birmingham.

“Right now, as we leave for the commonwealth games the authorities will say try and bring a medal home. But what arrangements have they put in place for us to bring laurels? So, we need support to help us train well and bring the medals home.

“I come from Atonsu every morning to the Baba Yara stadium to train. I pay for my own transportation every day to train but on days when I don’t have money, I have no option but to ride my wheelchair to the stadium.

“Every day after training I help my husband with his shoe making business and that is the money I use for transportation.

“We plead with the government for some financial support because the little support that was coming initially has ceased and we need to prepare well for the games. If we don’t get good preparations, it will have a negative effect on our performance,” said Asana.

According to Zinabu Issah, they are doing their best to overcome the current predicament before the games but it has not been easy for them.

“As for the preparations, we are doing our best but we are not seeing much from the authorities at the top.  It is just like a child who is not being catered for by her parents, that child then finds it difficult to make ends meet.

“Sometimes we train on an empty stomach but when we go to participate at the games, we represent the nation Ghana and not a personal venture. But unfortunately, we are doing everything on our own in terms of our preparations. We pay for lorry fares to train ourselves and it is very demotivating,” she added.

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Zelensky says US contributing to restoring peace to Ukraine

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and his politicians have called for one thing above everything else over the past few weeks – weapons and more weapons.

They have been grateful for what’s already been sent but as far as they’re concerned, they need to replenish what has been lost.

That includes anti-aircraft missiles, tank missiles, ammunition, as well as continued training for forces.

The support from the West, and what the US has announced this morning, shows how committed the West is at the moment in terms of propping up Ukraine in its defence of its own country.

President Zelensky has said the US is contributing to restoring peace to Ukraine, Europe and the wider world but of course the fighting is still happening.

He’s described the Donbas region in the east, made up of Luhansk and Donetsk, as being completely destroyed, accusing the Russians of mindlessly bombarding it.

This is a place where Russian forces are focusing their efforts but it’s also a place where there’s already been eight years of fighting between Russian-backed separatists and Ukrainian troops.

So we are continuing to see a concentration of fighting there.

Meanwhile, where the Russians do occupy territory in the Kherson region to the south, the installed governor there says he intends to make the region part of Russia in the long-term.

Something that will be so jarring for so many Ukrainians but officials in this country have warned this is straight out of the Russian playbook.

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Terrorists taking over two Kaduna councils, El-Rufai cries out

 

The Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, on Thursday expressed concern over the presence of the dreaded Boko Haram and the Ansaru terrorists in two local government areas of Birnin-Gwari and Giwa in the state.

 

The governor stated this while receiving the 2022 First Quarter Security Report at the Sir Kashim Ibrahim Government House, Kaduna.

 

The report presented by the state Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, said 360 persons were killed either by bandits, terrorists or communal violent clash in the state between January and March 2022.

 

The governor explained that one of the kidnap victims, a roommate at the university, told him that the terrorists in one of their conversations, said the “forest in Kaduna is better than that of Sambisa so they should all relocate here.”

 

The presence of the terrorist groups, especially in the North-West is potentially more serious and dangerous than that of the North-East, urging the military and other security agencies to take note.

 

El-Rufai noted that with the presence of these terror groups, the problem of insecurity had moved from the Northeastern part of the country to the Northwest.

 

This is just as s the Governor also muted the idea of clearing three communities of Rijana, Katari and Akilibu, all in the Kachia Local Government Area of the state over their alleged involvement in kidnapping incidents along the Abuja-Kaduna expressway over the years.

 

The governor said, “It is unfortunate that in spite of our investment in human, material and other resources to stem the tide of criminality in the state, the levels are still a source of concern.

 

“This presentation has brought out new emerging concerns that I will want the security council to take note of and discuss and maybe to proffer some suggestions.

 

“The first great concern is the emergence of Boko Haram terrorists enclave as well as activities of Ansaru, particularly in Birnin-Gwari and Chikun Local Government.

 

“Among those kidnapped from the train, was a former roommate and classmate of mine who was released upon payment of a ransom and throughout the period that he was in captivity, it was very clear that the terrorists were making comments like the forests in Kaduna are even better than Sambisa, so, they should all relocate here. I think this is an area we should all be concerned about.

 

“And that is why we have been making the point that the problem of insecurity now has moved from the North-East to the North-West. What is happening in North-West is far more serious and potentially more dangerous than we have ever had in the North-East and we will like the military and other security agencies to take notice of this before it gets out of control.”

 

El-Rufai also expressed concern that the terrorists had gone expertise in bomb-making, saying that this “because Boko Haram and Ansaru elements have moved into the state.”

 

“The second which is related to the first is the use of Improvised Explosive Devices (EIDs) and mines in the state. We have been lucky thanks to the Police we have been able to defuse most of them without causing major loss of lives. This is still a major concern. Because this shows very clearly the movement from banditry to terrorism with expertise in making explosive devices. Again this is because Boko Haram and Ansaru elements have moved into the state,” he added.

 

He also said approval would soon be given to the Kaduna State Vigilance Service for the recruitment of additional 1000 personnel to complement the efforts of the military, police and other security agencies in the fight against terrorism in the state.

 

“From what we have seen, the security agencies are overstretched, we really need to ramp up our recruitment of our vigilance service volunteers, I think the 1,000 we trained have been very useful in assisting the Army, the Police and other security agencies and perhaps this is the time to get another 1,000 ad send them to Police College for training,” El-Rufai added.

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Five-year-old pupil undergoing swimming lesson drowns in Lagos

 

Chidera Eze, a five-year-old pupil of the Redeemers Nursery and Primary School in Ogba, Lagos state, has died during a swimming session.

The pupil was said to have drowned during a swimming lesson organised by the school at the Ivory Health Club in the Ikeja axis of the state.

Eze and his colleagues were said to have been playing close to the pool during the training when he suddenly slipped into it.

Speaking with PUNCH, Anthony, the pupil’s father, alleged that the school’s officials neglected his son, resulting in his death.

According to him, he had dropped Eze in school on Monday morning and left for work.

Anthony said Adeola Oladipo, the school’s headteacher, later called to inform him that his son was involved in an accident and rushed to the Ikeja Medical Centre.

“I dropped my children at the Redeemers Nursery and Primary School on Acme Road, Ogba, on Monday morning, and I went to work. At 10.52am, I got a call from their headteacher, Mrs Adeola Oladipo, and she told me that my son was involved in an accident and that he had been rushed to the Ikeja Medical Centre,” he said.

 “I rushed down there, but what I saw was the lifeless body of my son. I asked the headteacher what happened and she said she did not know. I asked the doctor what happened and he said he was brought in dead. I asked the teachers, caregivers and workers at the club what happened and they gave no explanation.

“As I was crying, my wife came in; I was trying to manage the information, but the headteacher also informed her and as she ran into the hospital, I became totally confused. I went to the Area F Police Station and after the policemen took pictures of my son’s corpse, we went to the club.

“When we got there, we discovered that it was the adult swimming pool section that they took the pupils to. I was alarmed and while the policemen were investigating, we realised that CCTV was installed at the club. So, we demanded to check the CCTV footage and it revealed everything.”

Citing CCTV footage of the facility, Anthony also claimed his son was not attended to in the pool for over 30 minutes before he died.

He further alleged that his son’s corpse was discovered by someone who came to swim in the pool.

“In the footage, we saw that the school brought more than 15 children, took them to the adult side of the swimming pool and made them sit at the tip with their legs in the water and without wearing any kits. We saw only one caregiver in the video and she was just going in and coming out, leaving the children unmanned,” he added.

“My son was at the tail end of the line when he slipped into the pool the first time but he was able to bring himself out of the pool. But the second time he slipped into the water, he could not come out. All these happened and none of the teachers, caregivers, and lifeguards took notice of what was happening.

“My son was under the water for over 30 minutes and we were all shouting as we watched the video. Another pupil also fell into the water, but her colleagues raised the alarm and they pulled her out and while this was going on, nobody noticed my son was inside the water.

 “My son died because of the recklessness of these people who were supposed to take care of him. I want justice to forestall this kind of thing from happening again. The caregivers, lifeguards, school management and the Ivory Health Club can’t go unpunished. My son’s corpse has been deposited in the morgue.”

The school has not reacted to the incident as of the time of this report.

 

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Five-year-old pupil undergoing swimming lesson drowns in Lagos

 

Chidera Eze, a five-year-old pupil of the Redeemers Nursery and Primary School in Ogba, Lagos state, has died during a swimming session.

The pupil was said to have drowned during a swimming lesson organised by the school at the Ivory Health Club in the Ikeja axis of the state.

Eze and his colleagues were said to have been playing close to the pool during the training when he suddenly slipped into it.

Speaking with PUNCH, Anthony, the pupil’s father, alleged that the school’s officials neglected his son, resulting in his death.

According to him, he had dropped Eze in school on Monday morning and left for work.

Anthony said Adeola Oladipo, the school’s headteacher, later called to inform him that his son was involved in an accident and rushed to the Ikeja Medical Centre.

“I dropped my children at the Redeemers Nursery and Primary School on Acme Road, Ogba, on Monday morning, and I went to work. At 10.52am, I got a call from their headteacher, Mrs Adeola Oladipo, and she told me that my son was involved in an accident and that he had been rushed to the Ikeja Medical Centre,” he said.

 “I rushed down there, but what I saw was the lifeless body of my son. I asked the headteacher what happened and she said she did not know. I asked the doctor what happened and he said he was brought in dead. I asked the teachers, caregivers and workers at the club what happened and they gave no explanation.

“As I was crying, my wife came in; I was trying to manage the information, but the headteacher also informed her and as she ran into the hospital, I became totally confused. I went to the Area F Police Station and after the policemen took pictures of my son’s corpse, we went to the club.

“When we got there, we discovered that it was the adult swimming pool section that they took the pupils to. I was alarmed and while the policemen were investigating, we realised that CCTV was installed at the club. So, we demanded to check the CCTV footage and it revealed everything.”

Citing CCTV footage of the facility, Anthony also claimed his son was not attended to in the pool for over 30 minutes before he died.

He further alleged that his son’s corpse was discovered by someone who came to swim in the pool.

“In the footage, we saw that the school brought more than 15 children, took them to the adult side of the swimming pool and made them sit at the tip with their legs in the water and without wearing any kits. We saw only one caregiver in the video and she was just going in and coming out, leaving the children unmanned,” he added.

“My son was at the tail end of the line when he slipped into the pool the first time but he was able to bring himself out of the pool. But the second time he slipped into the water, he could not come out. All these happened and none of the teachers, caregivers, and lifeguards took notice of what was happening.

“My son was under the water for over 30 minutes and we were all shouting as we watched the video. Another pupil also fell into the water, but her colleagues raised the alarm and they pulled her out and while this was going on, nobody noticed my son was inside the water.

 “My son died because of the recklessness of these people who were supposed to take care of him. I want justice to forestall this kind of thing from happening again. The caregivers, lifeguards, school management and the Ivory Health Club can’t go unpunished. My son’s corpse has been deposited in the morgue.”

The school has not reacted to the incident as of the time of this report.

 

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Education must be holistic to cover all aspects of life – Presby Church Moderator

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana says there is a need for the country to prioritise holistic education aimed at covering all dimensions of social life.

Rt. Rev. Joseph Obiri Yeboah Mante explained that every good education should be able to develop people’s cognitive, affective and psychomotor skills to contribute to total development of the society.

He said this at a ceremony held on Tuesday, May 17 to hand over a newly-built Senior High School at Akyem-Bodua in the Eastern Region.

“The Presbyterian Church has a philosophy of education which is in three parts, educating the head, the heart and the hands and it is very important that you choose to come to a Presbyterian school. We are going to train your head which is the academic training but that’s not enough, it’s not holistic.

Education must be holistic to cover all aspects of life - Presby Church Moderator

“The second part is the heart where we teach you about devotion to God, because we do believe that the fear of God is the beginning of knowledge and the beginning of wisdom, and then the third one is your hands.

“From the beginning, we have taught people how to use their hands and that includes how to weed, it includes how to make your bed, to keep your community neat and clean; so, when you come into a Presbyterian school and you don’t want the holistic education, we think you should rather go to a different school,” he noted.

Education must be holistic to cover all aspects of life - Presby Church Moderator

The construction of the state-of-the-art school building was single-handedly funded by the Chairman of the Universal Hospitals Group, Samuel Patrick Oduro.

The edifice will be named the Presbyterian Model Senior High School.

Mr. Oduro, an indigene of the town named the block after his late mother, Nana Abena Owusua 1.

Education must be holistic to cover all aspects of life - Presby Church Moderator

The school, built on a two-acre land, has an ICT laboratory, a library, Teachers’ lounge with a kitchen and washrooms, an 18-unit water closet, basement room for storage, a mechanised water system, among other facilities.

In his speech, Mr. Patrick Oduro disclosed that he was motivated by the lack of a Senior High School in the town as well as the educational benefits the Church provided to him.

Education must be holistic to cover all aspects of life - Presby Church Moderator

He entreated parents to take their wards’ education seriously to ensure a better future for them.