A 45-year-old farmer, Kojo Ennie, shot himself after shooting his wife when he was under the influence of alcohol. The incident happened at Sefwi Tanoso-Praso in the Bibiani-Anhwiaso-Bekwai District of the Western Region on Sunday, January 5, 2014.
The Founder and Head Pastor of the Vida Bethel Prayer Ministry at Paakoso-Aprade in the Ejisu municipality in the Ashanti Region, Dr (Mrs) Vida Osei-Mensah, has presented gifts to over 500 widows from the Ashanti, Brong Ahafo, Eastern and Greater Accra regions as part of the New Year celebrations.
Chiefs rode in palanquins through streets bursting with joyous crowds as the people of Elmina celebrated their Christmas. In gorgeous traditional regalia, the chiefs, led by the Paramount Chief of the Edina Traditional Area, Nana Kwodwo Conduah, last Thursday performed rituals at the Benya Lagoon where the crowds converged to be addressed.
The Ga East Municipal Assembly has turned to a public-private partnership (PPP) initiative to resolve the current challenge at the waste dumping site at Abokobi.
Currently, most of the waste generated within the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, Ledzokuku Krowor, Ga West, Adenta, Madina and the Ga East municipalities is dumped at the Abokobi dumping site, which has created inconveniences for a section of the residents.
Consequently, out of the over 14 potential investors in the waste recycling industry who applied to convert the waste into manure and energy, the Gbi Hanza Ltd, a partnership between a local and foreign firm, has been selected to recycle the waste.
In an interview with the Daily Graphic, the Municipal Chief Executive, Mr Kwao Sackey, who admitted that the dumping site was a challenge, explained that the assembly was not in a rush to take a decision on the site because it was looking for a lasting solution to the challenge.
“When I took office in 2009, I observed that the pressure on the dumping site was becoming too much and I went back to the assembly to ask for a mandate to have a relocation of the waste site; this time not for dumping, but to recycle it,” he explained.
He said with the mandate from the assembly, “we acquired a land and invited potential investors who could convert the waste into a useful form. We received over 14 potential investors who were into waste recycling because we stated clearly that we did not want a dumpsite.”
Gbi Hanza Ltd
“Currently, we are working with one of the companies that showed interest, the Gbi Hanza Ltd. We have gone so far, and very soon am sure the company will start operating,” he disclosed.
Mr Sackey explained that the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development held a conference with the company during which the ministry explained its stance on the project.
He said the Ministry of Agriculture had accepted the type of manure the company would be producing after testing a sample of it from India at the Pokuase Agriculture Station.
“This manure would reduce the importation of fertiliser greatly. So, Ghana would save some money and local people would also benefit from it,” he explained.
He said another aspect of the waste was energy the generation of was being addressed and, was hopeful that the project would be successful.
Asked how soon the project would take off, Mr Sackey said barring any unforeseen circumstances, the project could take off by 2015.
He said the inter-sectoral approach should be used in dealing with the waste problem and identified those sectors as tourism, energy, agriculture wondering how much those sectors had contributed to waste research (how to deal with waste).
“If we look at waste as a problem for the local authority, then we are not being fair. For instance, tourism would flourish if we have neat areas,” he stated, stressing that his reason for not rushing to prescribe that the site be closed down was that apart from the Kpone fill site, there was no other dump site in the Accra Metropolis.
He said the problem of waste in the region was a reality and “we cannot run away from it” and appealed to all to appreciate the challenge and to bring suggestions.
Mr Sackey was happy that the La Nkwantanang District had agreed to jointly sponsor the project, and was hopeful that the other assemblies would join.
He said to address the current problem, while waiting for a lasting solution, the assembly had contracted Zoomlion Limited to manage the site.
“They fumigate the area and use the compressor to keep the waste in the form of a hill. They also direct the drivers to dump waste at the right place (at the site). If there was no management of the site, the waste would have covered the road completely. That is why the place is organised,” he said.
Giving the background, he said the dumping site was established in 2004 when the Ga East Municipal Assembly was created from the Ga District Assembly.
“At that time, the assembly needed a site for the dumping of waste. That area was selected because that was a government land belonging to Ghana Telecom. At that time, it was only for the Ga East since all the other assemblies had their own landfill sites,” he explained.
He was, therefore, not happy that those who were calling for the immediate relocation of the site were illegal occupants on the land, stressing that as far as the assembly was concerned, the land on which the dumpsite was belonged to the government.
THE Kuntanase and Jachie police face ejection from their residences by the end of January. This follows ejection notices served on the stations. They are to look for new accommodation as the owners want to take their properties back after years of renting them out to the police.
The Global Theological Seminary (GTS) has finalised agreements to affiliate with the Trinity Theological Seminary (TTS) as a requirement by the National Accreditation Board (NAB) to become a fully-fledged university college.
Travellers who used the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) on December 30, 2013 had to cautiously avoid pools of water that had collected at the arrival and departure halls of the country’s only international airport.
For the people of Senchi Ferry, a community along the shores of the Volta Lake near Akosombo, this New Year is not only a period of merry-making, but a period to learn more about breast cancer, a disease which has claimed the lives of a number of women in the area.
Ghana’s water availability figure of about 40,000 barrels for each person a year in 1960, going by Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) figures, has dwindled to about 10,178 barrels annually in 2013.
A study carried out from January 2009 to 2012 by the Department of Social Welfare (DSW) on Residential Homes for Children (RHC) in Ghana has found that the number of RHCs operating in the country had increased by 169 per cent from 55 in 2005 to 148 in 2012 and they catered for about 4,500 children.