<![CDATA[Ghana-Net.com - Tourism News]]>Sun, 19 Feb 2017 08:42:54 -0100Weebly<![CDATA[GTA vows to close down unauthorized facilities]]>Sun, 05 Feb 2017 12:40:08 GMThttp://ghana-net.com/1/post/2017/02/gta-vows-to-close-down-unauthorized-facilities.html
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Source: GNA - The Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) has vowed to stop all unauthorised operators in the hospitality industry.

Mr. Fredrick Adjei-Rudolph, the Eastern Regional Manager, said they were determined to ensure that acceptable standards were maintained.

The pledge comes on the heels of the closure of 16 hotels and hostels in the region by the Authority.
He told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) that the affected facilities were operating illegally – had not received the authorization from the appropriate state institutions to operate.

Mr. Adjei-Rudolph said the exercise would continue to bring sanity and assure people who patronised these facilities of their safety.

He advised Ghanaians to mark this year’s Valentine Day by consuming more chocolate because of the health benefits.

“Chocolate, a healthy gift of love” is the theme chosen for this year’s celebration of the day.

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<![CDATA[Catherine Afeku not guilty of fraudl; A Newsdesk report]]>Sun, 05 Feb 2017 12:34:23 GMThttp://ghana-net.com/1/post/2017/02/catherine-afeku-not-guilty-of-fraudl-a-newsdesk-report.html Source: The Informer Ghana - One’s first source of attack, could always be from within his/her own camp. The import of the above wise-saying is what President Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s nominee for the position of Tourism and Creative Arts [minister-designate], seems to be suffering from, in the hands of her detractors, believed to be members of the governing New Patriotic Party [NPP], since her announcement to the said post, pending the approval by Parliament.
Contrary to adversaries who sought to impugn ‘fraud’ on the Evalue-Gwira Member of Parliament [MP], records emanating from the court reveal otherwise.

In an ‘evil-smearing’ campaign targeted at the personality of Madam Catherine Afeku in the wake of her appointment, some faceless individuals hiding behind a group calling itself ‘Truth and Accountable Governance’ [TAG], has alleged that the nominee [Afeku] is a ‘fraudster’ and had appealed to Mr. Akufo-Addo to withdraw her nomination.

"Mrs. Afeku and her husband, Mr. Seth Afeku, were found guilty for defrauding an American couple on 19-10-2013 by an Accra High Court presided over by Her Ladyship Barbara Ackah-Yensu. The trial judge directed the MP for Evalue-Gwira Constituency and her husband to pay an amount of $217,464 plus 50 percent interest to the plaintiff, Patricia and Bill Gick", the group in their sinful agenda has alleged, with the intent and purpose to have her appointment reversed by President Akufo-Addo.

Blinded by its evil machination, the TAG, however, failed to bring to the attention of the general public, how the court ruling they are referring to, for which they saw it ‘Godly’ to conclude that the MP for Evalue-Gwira had engaged in fraud, had been set aside; on the basis that the case instituted against the nominee and the husband, were mere concoction, following the emergence of fresh evidence in the form of a video recording.

In fact, per available document in possession of The Informer, there were no findings of fraud or criminality against Madam Catherine Afeku and her husband – thus the defendants in the matter as TAG and other shadow actors spearheading that smear agenda would want Ghanaians and the world at large to believe.

Following the conspiracy occasioning a cause of action against Madam Catherine Afeku and the husband in the earlier judgment dated 30th November, 2007 given in Suit No. 245/06, an Accra High Court presided over by His Lordship Justice P. Bright Mensah on 5th March, 2014, upon the arguments put forward by the applicants’ lawyer, Godfred Yeboah Dame Esq. ruled to restrain the enforcement of the earlier judgment until the final determination of the instant action brought against the defendants – thus Patrick Gick, Bill Gick, David Thomas and Francis Kaku Nokoe.

As a result, the court in setting aside the judgment in Suit No.245/06 entitled; Madam Catherine Afeku and the husband as tainted by fraud and deceit practiced on the court; general damages for fraud; an order for recovery of all sums paid to the 1st and 2nd defendants by plaintiffs in satisfaction of the judgment debts, release of plaintiffs house No. LVC/73, Lower Axim from attachment; recovery of possession of 1st Plaintiff’s Nissan Navara Pick-up vehicle with registration No. GC 3300-09, punitive costs to mention, but few.

From the above, it is therefore tacit fact that Madam Catherine Afeku is, after all, not guilty of ‘fraud’ as her detractors are alleging until the final determination of the matter [civil suit].

So, for a group like TAG to say that the nominee is not fit to be appointed minister, is not coherent with the provision of Article 94 Clause [2] of the 1992 Republican Constitution of Ghana, which clearly spells out how a person may be debarred from holding public office.

Background

In 2016, the Gick family [Patrick, Bill] went to court claiming that, Catherine Afeku and her husband, had defrauded them in a business venture they both funded.

Patrick and Bill [both America citizens], argued that since they were partners in the business [inter Café’] set in Ghana, they were eligible to a percentage of the proceeds that had accrued from the business.

The position of the Americans were contested, however, strongly by Catherine and the husband on the basis that, the proceeds from the business, were used to cater for their son, David Thomas, who was in their [Afekus] care after an agreement reached by the two parties.

The court, presided over by Her Lordship, Barbara Ackah-Yensu, after listening to argument and counter-arguments from both sides, ruled against the nominee[Catherine] and the husband, and ordered them to pay the US couple US$217,464 with interest.

The recent ruling of the Court as secured by Godfred Yeboah Dame, counsel for the Afekus, undercut the victory earlier chalked by the American couple against the nominee and the husband; and that will mean that it will take damages to restore the hard-won reputation of the Evalue-Gwira MP, following the application filed by her counsel, who is currently waiting to appear before the Appointments Committee of Parliament for vetting.

Legal Arguments

Arguing the motion, the learned Counsel for the Applicants [Afekus] recounted the facts in Suit No. 245/06 and the events leading to the institution of the present suit. Relying heavily on the averments contained in the affidavit, he reiterated that once the issue has been raised as to the propriety of the judgment of the Commercial Court, this court, though differently constituted, has the power to stay execution of the earlier judgment. In support of the proposition, Counsel referred the court to the decision of the Supreme Court in Merchant Bank [Gh] LTD v Similar Ways LTD [2012] SCGLR440 and one other. Support for Catherine [Afeku] Paramount Queenmother of Nzema Traditional Council in-charge of development, Obaahemaa Edze Nkrumah II, unhappy with attempts by the unscrupulous few to stampede the appointment of Madam Catherine Afeku, has publicly come out to warn the nominee’s detractors to be mindful of their activities.

According to her, if those behind the smear campaign were indeed true indigenes, they should have welcomed the honour done the Nzemaland by President Akufo-Addo, since the last time a native of the land was appointed a minister was in the 60s.

Obaahemaa Edze Nkrumah II, therefore pleaded with the President to treat the accusation leveled against Catherine Afeku with disdain, since they were baseless and fabrications just to tarnish the hard-won reputation of the nominee.

"I am on behalf of all the Chiefs in Axim, the Axim Youth Alliance and all the queenmothers, in the area, pleading with President Akufo-Addo not to listen to the accusers of my grandchild and work with her. Were Catherine a fraudster I would be the first to raise red-flags about the issue. I know all about what they are saying and I can say on authority that there's no iota of truth in it”, she is quoted to have said.

Also, the Nzemaland Development Association- has indicated its preparedness to lock-horns with any individual or group that would be impediment to the appointment of minister-designate for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Catherine Abelema Afeku.

According to the leader of the Association, Diana Nyankopa, the group is ready to defend the nominee’s appointment to the letter, and hint of embarking on massive demonstration, should the appointment of Madam Catherine Afeku is withdrawn.

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<![CDATA[Flagstaff House now Jubilee House]]>Sat, 04 Feb 2017 12:36:18 GMThttp://ghana-net.com/1/post/2017/02/flagstaff-house-now-jubilee-house.html Source: Daily Guide Africa - The name ‘Flagstaff House,’ Ghana’s seat of government, appears to have been changed to ‘Jubilee House’ by the Akufo-Addo-led New Patriotic Party (NPP) government.
Recent correspondences personally signed by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo indicated ‘Jubilee House’ instead of ‘Flagstaff House.’

There has always been a tussle between the current NPP administration and the former National Democratic Congress (NDC) government over what name should actually be used for the seat of government.

Initially called Flagstaff House when Ghana’s first President Kwame Nkrumah re-developed the facility in the 1960s to serve as his official residence and office, the NPP government under President John Agyekum Kufuor, rebuilt the whole place into a top-class edifice and changed the name to (Golden) Jubilee House as a monument in commemoration of Ghana’s 50th independence anniversary.

Before being used by Ghana’s first president, the facility had been used as the residence of the Inspector General of the Gold Coast Constabulary in the colonial days.

However, immediately after the NDC won power in 2009, it reverted to ‘Flagstaff House,’ sparking a heated political debate at the time, especially when John Mahama moved his office to the place from the Osu Castle where his predecessors, the late President John Evans Atta Mills, Presidents John Agyekum Kufuor and Jerry John Rawlings had governed the country from.

Some other names put on important edifices were equally changed.

For instance, the immediate past Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) Chief Executive Alfred Okoe Vanderpuije – now MP for Ablekuma South – led an operation to change the name Ohene Djan Sports Stadium to Accra Sports Stadium, as well as the names of other state facilities in Accra.

The NDC top figures, then in opposition, condemned President Kufuor and his NPP government for what they claimed to be profligate construction of the ‘Jubilee House,’ which was funded by the Indian government with a very low interest on the loan.

Some NDC officials were even on record as saying that they were going to use the facility for poultry – a comment that attracted condemnation from sections of the public.

President Mills did not use the Jubilee House and remained at the Osu Castle; but when President John Mahama took over after the sudden demise of the law professor, he (Mahama) moved into the edifice immediately he controversially won the 2012 election.

The Mahama government started with correspondences on ‘Jubilee Flagstaff House’ letterheads, indicating that it was merging the names.

However, when NDC General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, was asked about the development, he said cabinet had not taken any decision to merge the two names.

Mahama Ayariga, then Minister of Information, had to take responsibility for the gaffe and the name was soon reverted to ‘Flagstaff House.’

Throughout the campaign, then NPP candidate Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo never referred to the seat of government as ‘Flagstaff House.’

During the 2016 electioneering campaign, he said “Everybody should come and ride on the back of the ‘Elephant’” (the NPP, as it uses the elephant as its symbol). “The ‘Elephant’ has entered the White House; let us get the ‘Elephant’ in the Jubilee House.”

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<![CDATA[How SADA aims to unleash Brong Ahafo’s agric and tourism potentials]]>Sat, 04 Feb 2017 12:32:10 GMThttp://ghana-net.com/1/post/2017/02/how-sada-aims-to-unleash-brong-ahafos-agric-and-tourism-potentials.html Source: Daily Graphic Ghana - Every year, millions of domestic and international tourists troop to Ghana in such of mindboggling, rich but natural and captivating sights to feast their eyes on.
Worn-out by growing pressures from offices and homes, many people are now beginning to make travel and tourism a key component of their family and corporate budgets, as the need to de-stress catches on with almost individual. That is good news, at least to the country’s private sector operating in the tourism business.

Home to many world heritage sites and sumptuous natural assets that include waterfalls, Ghana is indeed a force to reckon with when it comes to tourism.

Brong Ahafo’s potentials

Unfortunately, however, not much effort has been put into exploiting that potential. This is in spite of the fact tourism continuous to show clear evidence that if fully exploited the business of traveling for pleasure can easily overtake gold and cocoa as the premier foreign exchange earner for the country.

Conscious of this, the Savanna Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) has made tourism one of its focal points in the development of its medium term development plan, the SADA Master Plan.

Although the plan intends to unlock the agricultural and tourism potential of the entire savanna ecological zone (NSEZ), its regional concept plan gives much impetuous to harnessing the burgeoning potentials of the business in the Brong Ahafo Region.

Home to about 24,042 square kilometers, Brong Ahafo accounts for 18 per cent of the total land area of the NSEZ and boasts of rich natural assets that consist of 40 per cent of open forest and 36 per cent of grassland.

The region currently contributes about 13 per cent of NSEZ’s total economic output, measured by gross domestic product (GDP). Its economy is primarily agrarian economy, with fishing activities being prominent in Sene East, Sene West and Pru districts mainly because of the close proximity to the Volta Lake.

It is also home to many scenic tourist attractions due to its ecology, hence the emphasis on tourism and agriculture.

Game-changer projects

Under the regional concept plan, SADA aims to develop three strong projects – Kintampo Tourism Cluster, the Digiya Tourism Cluster and agro industrial tourism center – to make the region the nerve center of the tourism industry in the country and the subregion as a whole.

While the Kintampo Tourism Cluster seeks to capitalise on the many natural assets and scenic tourist attractions in that area of the region, the Digiya Tourism Cluster aims to make that community nature park and bird lovers’ hub. SADA also seeks to also exploit the agro-tourism potential in that area, using the large fertile land around Atebubu.

The agro industrial tourism center will also help encourage tourists to experience the traditional or local products.

This unique composition makes the region a hotbed of tourism that SADA is now seeking to use its master plan to unleash.

The authority is of the firm believe that given the right support and funding, its projects, which could easily pass for a blueprint of the government’s ‘one factory, one district programme’ will help propel the region to the next level of its economic development.

Other key projects

Under the regional concept plan, SADA intends to develop the following key urban centres in the region to serve as the hub for regional and district level commercial, community facilities and administration:

Regional Centre - Kintampo

Small Cities/Key Urban Centres - Atebubu
Multi District Centres/ Key Rural
Centres – Yeji, Nsawkaw and Kajeji

These centers will add to the following projects aimed at opening the area up to commerce, tourism and agriculture.

Agro-processing park housing the agriculture Research & Development and Training Centre at Kintampo to drive agriculture knowledge development in the region that will capitalise on the large amount of priority agriculture land surrounding the centre.

Agri-processing park with agro-industries and market centres for agriculture produce in other identified settlements.
Develop aquaculture industries at Kwadwokrom to optimise its frontage along the Lake Volta.

Develop phase one of the expressway for the Kumasi/Boankra Inland Port-Kintampo to bypass Kumasi city for the purpose of travel time reduction.
Develop a bridge at Kete Krachi to connect Kete Krachi and Kajaji to improve inter-regional road connectivity.
Upgrade coach and bus station to enhance intercity and intra-city transport respectively.

Develop a regional hospital in Kintampo and increase provision of secondary healthcare facilities to improve the quality of healthcare services in the region.

Develop polytechnic, vocational and technical institutions at the key urban centres, including Kintampo and Atebubu, to enhance human capacity building.
Establish flood protection zones.
Provide 100 per cent infrastructure coverage for water supply and electricity access.

Upgrade the existing power lines and equipments to reduce power losses.
Develop Kintampo Tourism Cluster to capitalising on the scenic natural assets with Kintampo waterfalls and national parks.
Agro industrial tourism will also be encouraged for tourists to experience the traditional or local products.

Develop the Digiya Tourism Cluster as a nature park and bird lovers’ hub, as well as for agro-tourism with the large fertile land around Atebubu.
Challenges

In spite of the potentials, SADA acknowledges that the region is faced with some challenges.

It lists gold mining activities in Tain and Banda districts, the prevalence of annual bushfire and related environmental degradation and heavy timber extraction in forested areas for firewood and construction material.

Also, the authority observed that urban areas are primarily located along the central corridor while most of the other areas in the region are rural.

Other challenges include

Population density in the region being lower than the national average
Limited non-agricultural economic attractions as the regional capital is located outside NSEZ boundary
East, Pru and Kintampo south districts are not suitable for variety of crop production
Irrigation potential mapping showed that agriculture master plan for this region is not as abundant as other regions, although the dominance of the Volta Lake across the zone implies that pump irrigation can be, to a certain degree, largely exploited, just as much as cage and pond aquaculture
Although blessed with the long lake coastline, its aquaculture potential is not explored and utilised
Opportunities to leverage

In the environment, opportunities exist in the areas of conservation of existing protected areas, forests, wetlands and water bodies.

Brong Ahafo sub-region is the fastest urbanising area in NSEZ with the growth rate of 6.3 per cent, 34 per cent of urban population and positive migration rate of five per cent.

This presents opportunity to create secondary and tertiary urban centres to ease urbanisation pressure in the central economic corridor by taping into the variety of economic potentials in the region, which will help in a more even distribution of urban and rural population in the region.

There is also opportunity to develop large scale agro- processing industry in Kintampo due to its diverse agricultural potential and close proximity to Techiman, Buipe & Tamale.

Beynd that Atebubu could serve as a hotbed for agricultural production, processing and agro-tourism hub.

Similarly, Nsawkaw could be developed into a gold mining hub, with high value agricultural production and processing.

Gold mining and processing opportunityies also exist around Brohoni, Nsawkaw and Bodi towns.

The region also has aquaculture potential between Yeji and Kajaji lake coast.

Beyond these, teh following opportunities also exist, which SADA is seeking to exploit through the implementation of its master plan in the region

Agriculture: Soil conditions around Atebubu and Digya National Park made it suitable for the production of variety of crops, fruits and vegetables, signifying the potential for such agriculture value chains creation.

Also, agricultural land in Tain and Wenchi can be used for commercial scale cashew, cassava, new value added crops fruits, cashew production.

There is also pportunity for the land in the northeast belt of the region to become the rice bowl of the region with given irrigated condition. The area can also be utilised for forestry and large scale live stock production.

Transport: There are also opportunities to improve inter-regional road connectivity in the eastern part of the region, construct a bridge across Volta Lake to improve Kajaji and Kete Krachi connectivity and develop the Techiman-Kwadwokrom rail corridor as well as enhance the Kintampo-Techiman road safety record with safety measures.

Infrastructure: SADA envisages to construct a hydro power plant at potential dam sites at Lanka. There is also opportunity for the development of solar farms to provide additional power to the region.

Conclusion

All in all, the Brong Ahafo Region is a huge potential that the nation should fight to fully exploit.

While the regional concept plan on the region provides an excellent glimse into the future SADA intends to build for the region, the plan also provides a clear blueprint to the government’s ‘one district, one factory’ programme that will be rolled out shortly.

This is because although the plan does not cover the entire region, each of the projects could easily be adopted as factories under the programme and implemented to the letter.

This way, the government will be using its development facilitation wing in the savanna, which is SADA, to achieve one of the programmes that could define its success.

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<![CDATA[Kwame Nkrumah’s bombing site neglected]]>Sat, 04 Feb 2017 12:28:40 GMThttp://ghana-net.com/1/post/2017/02/kwame-nkrumahs-bombing-site-neglected.html Source: GNA - As tourism gradually takes centre stage in the country’s foreign exchange earnings, one key touristic attraction that could rake in fortunes for the country but has been neglected is the Kulungugu bomb site.
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A miniature statue was erected by the Bissa Youth Association in 2002
The historic site is where in the heat of Ghana’s first Republic some disgruntled persons unsuccessfully attempted bombing the first President of Ghana, Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah. 

Since August 1, 1962 when the incident took place at Kulungungu, in the then Upper Region, and now the Pusiga District in the Upper East Region of Ghana, the site has not received any proper attention from the Ministry of tourism even though it has high tourism potentials.

A miniature statue was erected by the Bissa Youth Association in 2002 at the site at Kulungungu to earmark the site for memorial purposes, but it has since been destroyed by thunderstorm and nobody seems to care about it.
The Kulungugu community which is also a frontier between neighbouring Burkina Faso, could be developed into a big tourism attraction site to serve as a revenue base for the Pusiga District Assembly to augment its revenue generation.

The Ghana News Agency (GNA) quest to unearth untapped tourism potentials in the Upper East Region, came to conclusion that the Pusiga District Assembly, the Ghana Tourism Authority, the Ministry of Tourism and the private sector could collaborate to turn the area into a major tourism hap.

Already, the Pusiga District, which was carved from the Bawku Municipality hosts the Naa Gbewaa Shrine; a historic monument that has freezing background and one of the biggest tourist attraction that brought people from neighbouring Burkina Faso, Mali, Togo and the Mamprugu area to observe ancestral sacrifices. 

The endowed cultural heritage in the Kusuag area is interconnected as tourists could take advantage to enjoy a holistic and complimentary tourism sites between the Pusiga District and the Bawku Municipality as the latter is also host to attractions such as the Boko Crocodile Pond, and the Wiidi Ecotourism sites and the Samanpiid and Bugum (fire) Festivals.

Mr Yahaya Zanko Bandago former Assembly Member for the Kulungugu Electoral Area who spoke to the GNA at Kulungungu said several efforts to revamp the site by the youth of the area to attract tourists proved futile because, nobody was willing to invest and spearhead the move. 

Mr Bandago indicated that the district assembly had been informed on several occasions on the need to revamp the site to generate some revenue, but the local authority has since not responded positively to the proposals anytime it was repeated.

He disclosed that foreign tourist across the world including Russians had come to the area to visit but there was nothing to indicate that this was the area and the spot where the attempt was made to assassinate the first president of Ghana.

Mr Bandago indicated that since the incident formed part of Ghana’s history, there was the need for government to marshal resources and develop the place into a tourism centre just as it has been done for the Mausoleum in Accra “so that school children and researchers could come to know who, how, when, where and why the attempt was made” he emphasised.

He told the GNA that Kwame Nkrumah met the untimely incident when he went to the Upper Volta, now Burkina Faso to settle land disputes between that country and Ghana. 

He explained that it was on his return to Ghana that he decided to pass through Kulungungu which was part of the issues when the unfortunate incident occurred.

Naba Zito Abarichi, Chief of the area who is a surviving victim of the bomb attempt said the girl who presented the welcoming flower to the president died shortly after arrival at the hospital, while a boy named Tobazila died on the spot.

Naba Abarichi said many were wounded while others were arrested and detained at the Bawku police station and later transferred to the Navrongo prisons for detention.
He called on government to make the area a place of interest so that people could go there to learn about the consequences of the bomb attempt.

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<![CDATA[GTA shuts down 15 private hostels in Koforidua]]>Wed, 01 Feb 2017 12:24:49 GMThttp://ghana-net.com/1/post/2017/02/gta-shuts-down-15-private-hostels-in-koforidua.html Source: kasapafmonline. com - Students of Koforidua Technical University (KTU) are expected to hassle for hostel accommodations when school re-opens on February 10.

This is because the Ghana Tourism Authority in the Eastern region on Monday commenced closing down some illegal student hostels and Hotels in the region.
Fifteen hostels in Koforidua and a hotel in Akropong -Akuapem are expected to be shut down by close of the exercise on Tuesday.

The facilities are operating without a license by the Ghana Tourism Authority contrary to the Tourism Act of 2011 (Act 817) hence the closures.

The student's hostels shut down on Monday are Vine Yard, Lincoln, Universal, Mr Doe, Joe Joe and, hostelhostels.

Others expected to be closed down on Tuesday are Solo, Hallelujah, Rising Bell, Madiba, Frontline, Hostel 99, Stella, Central, Pacesetters and Supreme Hostel all located in Koforidua.
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Provision of Private Hostel facilities has become a lucrative venture which many landlords and investors have ventured into the business without recourse to standards.

The private Hostels provide accommodation for students mostly from Koforidua Technical University augmenting the accommodation stress facing institutions due to lack of inadequate student hostels for students admitted.

This means that, students may struggle to have hostel accommodation when school re-opens next week.

This will have a toll on the students should Managers of the hostels fail to obtain the legitimate license to operate their facility.

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<![CDATA[14 people fined GHC400 each for open defecation at Elmina beaches]]>Sat, 28 Jan 2017 12:12:08 GMThttp://ghana-net.com/1/post/2017/01/14-people-fined-ghc400-each-for-open-defecation-at-elmina-beaches.html "...stressed that open defecation at the beaches if left unchecked could even affect revenue from tourism especially at the Elmina Castle as tourists won’t find the place attractive enough to visit."
Source: kasapfmonline. com - A total of 14 people have been fined Ghc400 each by the Elmina Magistrate Court in Komenda-Edna-Eguafo-Abirem municipality of the Central Region for open defecation.

The culprits made up of adults between the ages of 30 and 50 both males and females were arrested by the Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abirem Municipal assembly sanitation guards at the Elmina beach.
The move according to the municipal sanitation officer to keep the town clean so forestall any disease out break in the area.

They have been made to pay Ghc 400 cedis to government or risk a prison sentence.

Ghc100 of the money will go to the local assembly while Ghc300 will be paid to the court.

Speaking in an interview with Kasapa FM’s Central Regional Correspondent Kwaku Baah-Acheamfour, Alex Damtey who is the Municipal Sanitation Officer indicated that the arrests and subsequent prosecution of offenders will help prevent a potential disease outbreak as the area was not spared in terms of infections in the recent cholera outbreaks in the region.

He described open defecation as a security threat to the nation and must be fought with the needed attention.

Mr Damtey explained that the disease outbreak associated with poor sanitation practices including open defecation could ultimately lead to deaths thereby causing the country to lose potential human resource needed in developing the country.

He stressed that open defecation at the beaches if left unchecked could even affect revenue from tourism especially at the Elmina Castle as tourists won’t find the place attractive enough to visit.

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<![CDATA[Gh@60 must be ‘modest’ but ‘elegant’ – Akufo-Addo]]>Fri, 27 Jan 2017 12:08:04 GMThttp://ghana-net.com/1/post/2017/01/gh60-must-be-modest-but-elegant-akufo-addo.html Live Stream via YouTube March 6th - Please Subscribe to streaming Link!
Source: classfmonline. com - The Gh@60 celebration must be “modest” yet “elegant”, President Nana Akufo-Addo has said.
Launching the anniversary committee at the Flagstaff House on Thursday, 26 January, Mr Akufo-Addo said: “The celebration of our 60th anniversary should be modest, it should take into account our financial circumstances but it also should be elegant and appropriate, we should live in a good feeling about ourselves.”
Ghana turns 60 on March 7, the day it got independence from Britain in 1957.

Mr Akufo-Addo said: “No matter the diversity of opinions and the diversity of origins, we are all fully paid-up members of the Ghana project and these celebrations should advance that sense of unity and oneness among us.

“So I have decided that we should have the Planning Committee to begin work today, 26th of January, towards the anniversary, which is some six or seven weeks away, a very short period of time.”

Mr Akufo-Addo named Mr Ken Amankwa as chairman for the anniversary planning committee. Mr Amankwa will be supported by Samuel Abu Jinapor as vice chair. The committee has been tasked with drawing up activities to mark the celebration.

Below is the full list of the committee members:

Ken Amankwa – Chairman

Samuel Abu Jinapor – Vice Chair

Duke Ofori-Atta – Secretary

Eugene Arhin

Lord Commey

Sam Ellis

Edmond Boateng

Michael Ofori-Atta

Ama Serwaa Nyarko

Jefferson Sackey

Kwaku Danso Misa (Communication working group)

Abyna Ansah Adjei (Communication working group)

A representative from the vice president’s office

Director of State Protocol

Representative from State Protocol

Chief of Protocol – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Chief Director at the Presidency

Director, Finance and Administration, at the Presidency

Director, Budget, at the Presidency

Group B: Institutional Representation

Representation from the Ghana Armed Forces, National Security, Ghana Police Service, Ghana Immigration Service, Ghana Prisons Service, Ghana Revenue Authority, Ghana National Fire Service, Ghana Education Service, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Information, Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts.

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<![CDATA[Akufo-Addo probes Tourism Minister-designate]]>Thu, 26 Jan 2017 12:02:22 GMThttp://ghana-net.com/1/post/2017/01/akufo-addo-probes-tourism-minister-designate.html Source: myjoyonline. com - President Akufo-Addo, has initiated a probe into one of his ministerial appointees designated for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Catherine Afeku.

Information gathered by Myjoyonline.com indicate the minister-designate for Tourism, Arts and Culture is being probed after reports emerged that she, together with her husband, were defendants in a case of fraud in 2007.
The Member of Parliament (MP) for the Evalue-Gwira Constituency in the Western Region, and her husband, Seth Afeku, were directed by an Accra High Court to pay $217,464.00 plus 50% interest to a US couple in the fraudulent charges brought against them.

The Court, presided over by her Lordship Barbara Ackah-Yensu, found Catherine Afeku and her husband guilty of fraud and ordered them to pay the US couple, Patricia and Bill Gick the amount with interest.

Afeku and her husband have, however, failed to pay the money, an action which compelled Mr. and Mrs. Gick to file a fifa application at the court to auction both movable and immovable properties of the Ex MP and husband. The court granted the application.

The Evalue-Gwira MP filed an appeal in 2013. The appeal is yet to be heard.
Catherine Afeku was one of 36 ministerial nominees named by president to be approved by Parliament.

However, a group calling itself Truth and Accountable Governance (TAG), petitioned President Akufo-Addo to drop the name of Catherine Afeku as Minister designate of Tourism, Arts and Culture.

This, they said, will to save the integrity the president’s nominees.
Checks indicate that the President invited Catherine Afeku to answer questions on the allegations.

Myjoyonline.com has sighted a Memorandum dated January 19, 2017 from her lawyer, Godfred Yeboah Dame to the president on the matter.
The Memorandum, titled, “COURT ACTION BETWEEN HON. CATHERINE AFEKU AND PATRICIA GICKS, BILL GICKS, DAVID THOMAS AND FRANCIS NOKOE” gives into detail developments so far.

In the memo, Godfred Dame conceded that the court granted a number of reliefs against his client but was quick to add that there was no finding of fraud or criminality against her.

Mr Dame explained to the President Akufo-Addo in the Memo that, he found credible evidence and therefore filed a fresh action on November 22, 2013.

According to him, “We proceeded to file an application for an order restraining the enforcement of the earlier judgement dated 30th November, 2007 given in Suit No. 245/06 until the final determination of the new suit. This was granted by the High Court, Accra coram Bright Mensah J. on 5th March, 2014.”

“The suit has been pending in court since, with the various pre-trail processes completed. Same was ready to be heard in November, 2016, when the defendants made an application to submit the video recording forensic examination. We are awaiting the report of the Police Forensic Laboratory,” the Memo read.

On June 5, 2008, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Constitutional and Legal Committee, after an investigation into the matter arrived at the conclusion that she was fit to contest the party’s primaries.

The report: “REPORT OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL AND LEGAL COMMITTEE ON PARTICIPATION IN THE NEW PATRIOTIC PARTY PARLIAMENTARY PRIMARIES IN THE EVALUE-GWIRA CONSTITUENCY BY MADAM CATHERINE AFEKU” was signed Rt. Hon. Peter Ala Adjetey, then Chairman of the committee.

“After an exhaustive examination of this matter we are unanimously of the view that there is nothing in the judgement forwarded to us which should prevent Ms Afeku, on constitutional grounds, from participating in the Parliamentary primaries of the NPP in the Evalue-Gwira constituency,” the report said. 

It’s unclear what the outcome of the presidential probe will be but Myjoyonline.com has gathered that Catherine Afeku could be dropped as the minister-designate for Tourism, Arts and Culture.

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<![CDATA[Gideon Aryeequaye directed to handover as Tourism Authority CEO]]>Wed, 25 Jan 2017 11:59:56 GMThttp://ghana-net.com/1/post/2017/01/gideon-aryeequaye-directed-to-handover-as-tourism-authority-ceo.html Source: myjoyonline. com - The president, Nana Akufo-Addo has directed the Chief Executive of the Ghana Tourism Authority Gideon Aryeequaye to, with immediate effect step down and handover to the Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister designate Catherine Afeku.
The decision is consonance with Section 14(1) of the Presidential Transition Act 2012 (Act 845), a letter authored and signed by the Executive Secretary to the president, Nana Asante Bediatuo stated.

The letter dated January 24, 2017 also asked the him to proceed to collect any terminal benefit due him relevant under the law.

"In view of the urgency attached to the matter, please ensure that you handover and cease to act as Chief Executive of the Ghana Tourism Authority not later than 5:00pm on January 26, 2017," the letter said.

A similar letter was sent two weeks ago to former CEO of COCOBOD Stephen Opuni to hand over. 

By law, CEOs of such institutions were expected to hand over power with the coming into power of a new government.

Gideon Aryeequaye was appointed by ex-president John Mahama in October 2016 and has barely settled in his new role.

A consummate broadcaster, a failed MP aspirant, Aryeequaye is well remebered for his hosting of the Ghana Most Beautiful programme on TV3.

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