The government, through the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD), will pay compensation to all cocoa farmers and landowners whose swollen shoot-infested cocoa farms will be cut down throughout the country, Mr Samuel Ankamah, the Deputy Central Regional Manager of the Cocoa Health and Extension Division (CHED) of the COCOBOD, has said.
The fate of some 800 workers of Akosombo Textiles Limited (ATL) hangs in the balance because the company is struggling to keep all of them in employment due to daunting challenges in the textile industry.
The World Bank has approved 50 million dollars to support the government’s efforts at addressing illegal small-scale mining under activities outlined in the Multi-Sectoral Mining Integrated Project (MMIP).
Ghana’s recent ratings by the Standards and Poor indicating that the economy has improved from a B - status to a solid B, with a stable outlook, is a confirmation that we’re in the right direction, Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, said Tuesday.
A renowned educationist and economist, Professor Stephen Adei, has advocated for the abolishing of allowances for trainee nurses and teachers and rather invest such funds into Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET).
Some aggrieved customers of Menzgold Ghana Limited have threatened to take legal action against the company to recover their investments if it fails to resume operations after its September 28 deadline.
Motorists and pedestrians who ply the Graphic Road-Kaneshie-Odorkor road, are exposed to danger, as a result of the removal of many drain coverings on the road.
The dual-carriage stretch has most of the slabs covering the gully drains on the outer lanes of the road removed.
The Graphic Road-Kaneshie stretch is a major route for thousands of motorists and commuters.
The situation, therefore, threatens the safety of motorists and commuters who are required to exercise caution at the various spots of danger.
Some of the uncovered drains have sticks placed in them by some concerned individuals to warn motorists of the danger ahead, but that act in itself is dangerous.
To worsen the situation, some of the street lights along the corridor, particularly those in front of the Graphic Communications Group Limited and the Graphic Road overpass, where a lot of the uncovered drains can be found, are not functioning.
Some petty traders and hawkers along the shoulders of the road told the Daily Graphic that the situation regularly impeded the flow of vehicular traffic.
They said many vehicles had their tyres burst in the holes left after the removal of the covers.
“A lot of drivers have fallen into these holes. They mostly call on us to assist them. We cannot be here all the time so we have placed sticks into some of them as a form of caution,” Mr Prince Asare, a trader, said.
He indicated that some pedestrians, in an attempt to cross the road, had also suffered injuries after falling into the open drains.
The tunnel beneath the overpass has been converted into a refuse dump
The traffic lights situated at the intersection connecting Adabraka Official Town to the Graphic Road are also not functioning.
According to some traders, the situation had been unattended to for close to a year.
Coupled with driver impatience and recklessness, the situation renders the intersection accident prone, as motorists jostle to access their right of way.
In an interview, an official at the Department of Urban Roads, who spoke on condition of anonymity, explained that the absence of slabs to cover the drains was due to the “unpatriotic” behaviour of some individuals who “deliberately” removed them.
“It is something that we are struggling to bring under control. People deliberately remove them so that they can have direct access to the drains for disposal of waste,” the source noted.
The source was, however, quick to add that failure on the part of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) to apprehend offenders had further escalated the situation within the metropolis.
In a related development, a tunnel situated under the Graphic Road overpass has been converted into a refuse dump.
Heaps of refuse, mostly plastic waste, have been dumped in the tunnel that serve as a route for some commuters to cross the road.
Smoke also puffed out of some of the heaps of refuse.
One of the hawkers who identified herself only as Brago said some scrap dealers resorted to setting fire to some of the waste materials in the tunnel, usually at ungodly hours.
A Ghanaian trans-generational NGO, the Foundation for Generational Thinkers (FOGET), has been enlisted as the official organisation to organise the 2018 Edition of the Accra Global People’s Hub as part of the Global People’s Summit of the United Nations General Assembly.
Vice-President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has made a strong defence of the country’s economy, saying strengthening the macroeconomic fundamentals is the primary goal of the government in the management of the economy.
The acting Director of the National Folklore Board, Nana Adjoa Adobea Asante, says the board is prepared to seek compensation from companies and institutions that use folklore to promote their businesses.
The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Samuel Atta Akyea, has called for a stakeholders’ engagement on the construction of housing projects for government workers through a mortgage system that will leverage pension funds.