Monthly Archives: March 2015

18 remand prisoners freed; more to follow

Eighteen remand prisoners kept in custody for years have been freed under a justice for all programme reactivated as a result of a Joy News Documentary “Locked and Forgotten.” Two High Court Judges Clemence Honyenuga, who is also chairman of the Justice for all programme, and another member of the programme Constance Hometowu pitched camp at the Koforidua prisons on ...

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Namibia to deepen trade relations with Ghana

The Deputy High Commissioner of the Republic of Namibia to Ghana, Mr. Gabriel Shaanika has stressed on the country’s objective and strong will to build on relations with Ghana as a member of the Commonwealth of Nations and the African Union. He made the statement at the press launch of the High Commission of the Republic of Namibia in Accra. ...

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Poor sanitation costs Ghana USD290m yearly – World Bank

Ghana loses about USD290 million yearly as a result of poor sanitation and bad hygiene, according to the Ghana Coalition of NGOs in the water and sanitation sector (CONIWAS). “The water and sanitation programme of the World Bank estimated that Ghana loses USD290 million annually–at the current rate of USD1 to Ghc3, which amounts to about Ghc879 million–because of the ...

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Judicial service justifies increased legal fees

A Justice at the Court of Appeal, Justice Dennis Adjei, has justified the new court filing fees saying those who cannot afford can opt for legal aid services. But the Acting President of the Young Lawyers Forum-Ghana, Rockson-Nelson Defeamekpor, insists the new fees will negatively affect pro bono services. The upward adjustment of the filing fees took effect from March,2, ...

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I never blamed Kufuor for Akufo-Addo’s 2008 defeat – Gabby

Executive Director of the Global Dynamic Consult, Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, has denied reports he blamed former President John Agyekum Kufuor for his uncle, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s 2008 election defeat. According to the New Patriotic Party chief strategist, although he has openly criticized certain ‘strange’ decisions the former President took in the dying embers of the 2008 elections, he has ...

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NDC chases Kofi Boakye; Alhaji Tapsoba to his rescue

A leading member of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), Alhaji Alhassan Tapsoba, has condemned what he says is an attempt by some known activist of the party in the Ashanti Region to put impediments in the way of the Regional Police Commander, DCOP Nathan Kofi Boakye, from executing his duties. Though DCOP Kofi Boakye’s strict adherence to duty and ...

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Ghana extractive industry safety conference opens in Takoradi

The Ghana Extractive Industry Conference (GEISC) has opened in Takoradi to engage policy makers and businesses in the extractive industry in advocating and eventual promulgation of appropriate health and safety laws in the country. The conference was hosted by the Sekondi/Takoradi Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Mr. Ato Van Ess, Chairman of the STCCI, said with the development of high ...

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TUC urged to establish health fund

The Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Mr Haruna Iddrisu, has implored trade union leaders to advocate the establishment of a health support fund for workers in both the formal and informal sectors. He said such a fund would complement the benefits they enjoyed under the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) and also cater for ailments which were not covered ...

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Judicial Service moves to decongest prisons

The Judicial Service has dedicated the months of April and May 2015 solely to the hearing of cases involving remandees. That forms part of measures by the service to decongest the prisons which are currently over-populated. Ghana’s prisons should hold a total of 9,000 prisoners, but they are currently bursting at the seams with a population of more than 14,000 ...

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Amendment of Pensions Act to guarantee decent retirement – SSNIT

The Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) has explained that the amendment of the National Pensions Act, 2008 (Act 766) is to guarantee decent life after retirement. The General Manager, General Council Division of SSNIT, Mr Peter Hayibor, who gave the explanation, said it was also to ensure that workers were not worse off on retirement, “so, the amendment ...

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