Court grants Quantity Surveyor bail for alleged land fraud


A 56-year-old Quantity Surveyor, who allegedly took GH?4,000.00 from a driver under the pretext of granting him two plots of land at Domeabra but failed has been granted bail by an Accra Circuit Court.

Mr Christian Setsoafia aka ‘Stone’ who was charged with defrauding by false pretense, pleaded not guilty.

Mr Setsoafa has been granted a GH?5,000 bail by the Court presided over by Mr Isaac Oheneba Kuffour.

The case has been adjourned to December 12, 2023.

Police Chief Inspector John Gohoho, prosecuting, told the Court that the complainant Mr Etse Sosu, who resides at Glefe near Dansoman is a driver while the accused person resided at Ngleshie-Amanfrom near Weija.

The prosecution said in October 2012, the complainant, who wanted two plots of land to buy for his wife and his mother-in-law, encountered the accused person.

It said the accused person showed the complainant two plots of land at Domeabra as his and sold the same to the complainant at GH?4, 000.

The prosecution said the accused person issued t
he complainant with receipt of payment and a site plan and requested the complainant to start building on the land.

It said the complainant put up two separate single rooms on each of the plots but the said single rooms were demolished.

The prosecution said the complainant informed the accused person about the demolishing of the building which the accused person told him he would give him another land as replacement.

It said the accused person gave him another two plots which he constructed on the same, but the footings were again demolished.

The prosecution said the complainant was given third land, but this time was chased out from the land by some land guards.

It said the complainant realised the accused had no genuine land to offer him and requested for a refund of his money, but the accused went into hiding

The Prosecution said in August 2023 the complainant saw the place of abode of the accused person and reported him to the police.

‘The accused person was arrested and after the investigation he
was charged with the offence and brought before the Court,’ it added.

Source: Ghana News Agency

I have brought ideas to solve Ghana’s problems – Dr Bawumia


Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has said that he has brought variety of ideas to solve the country’s problems, adding if voted as President, he will bring more ideas to transform the country.

He said ‘I want you to vote in 2024 for Dr Bawumia. I will bring a new vision. I will bring new policies, and we will transform this country. John Mahama is the past. Dr Bawumia is the future. He will take the country to new heights.’

Dr Bawumia said this while addressing a rally at the Jubilee Park in Tamale as part of his ‘thank you tour’ of the Northern Region after being elected the Flagbearer of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) on November 04.

He was accompanied by some National Executive of the NPP including the Party’s National Chairman, some Ministers of State, and Members of Parliament amongst other leading figures of the party.

Hundreds of people gathered at the park to listen to his message with some carrying placards proclaiming some of the works of the government.

Dr Bawumia said his contributio
n to the development of the country as Vice President was unmatched, adding ‘It tells you that if you make me President, I will have my own vision and I will have my own priorities and I will bring more ideas.’

He turned attention to Flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress saying ‘John Mahama is going round the country promising everything to everybody. It is as if he has never been President in this country before. When he was President, did he create jobs, did he tackle corruption, did he issue a Ghana Card, the Vice President retorted.

He added that ‘Today he (John Mahama) is trying to come back. He has been President before, and he could not solve our problems. Even me as Vice President, I have solved many problems. What idea did John Mahama bring when he was Vice President?

He claimed that Mr Mahama did not understand his promise of ‘A 24 Hour Economy’ saying ‘John Mahama’s new idea of a 24-hour economy’ was already being implemented by various agencies and institutions in the country.

Sourc
e: Ghana News Agency

Let’s leverage investment to combat climate change – Minister


Dr Kwaku Afriyie, Minister of Environment Science Technology and Innovation has urged African leaders to leverage investments from the developed partners to combat climate change and improve the livelihood of people.

He said: ‘we can feel the palpable impact of climate change. We continue to witness increased temperatures, erratic rainfall patterns, severe droughts, and frequent and intense floods. These events have had far widespread reaching consequences on our agricultural productivity, water resources, and overall well-being.’

Dr Afriyie made the remarks at the opening of 5th WASCAL Ministerial Council Meeting in Accra

The WASCAL Ministerial Council Meeting is the highest organ of the institution, and its meeting is geared towards deepening the relations among the member countries on one side and the German partner at the policy making level.

WASCAL is an international organisation created by 10 West African countries that focus on scientific research and climate services.

The meeting brought togeth
er Ministers of States or their representatives from 11 African countries within the EOWAS Sub region.

It was on the theme: ‘Journey towards climate resilience to improve livelihoods in West Africa: Building sustainable policies and partnerships’.

Dr Afriyie who is also the Permanent Vice Chairman of the Ministerial Council said, ‘the time has come for us to take action, to build resilience, and to transition towards a more sustainable future’ and added that our continent has been and is still being hit hard by climate change.

The Minister commended WASCAL for its leadership in championing the cause of climate reliance in West Africa. ‘WASCAL has partnered Germany to combat climate change and explore green hydrogen.’

He said ‘I commissioned the 5.8-million-euro waste-to-energy plant facility in Gyankobaa in the Ashanti Region on behalf of the Government of Ghana. The plant, funded with technical support from the government of Germany is a practical testimony to Germany’s commitment to partnering with West
Africa to run a smooth transition from fossil fuel to clean and renewable energy.

‘The project is not only improving sanitation by converting the ever-increasing municipal solid waste into energy for productive uses and contributing to sustainable industrial development but also creating business models for successful replication and propagation in 10 other regions in Ghana,’ he added.

Dr Afriyie said green hydrogen was a clean and renewable energy source with the potential to revolutionize our energy landscape and significantly reduce carbon emissions.

He said the battle against climate change was not one we as Africans can afford to lose.

Professor Kehinde Ogunjobi, Executive Director at WASCAL, said the organisation now had 12 member countries within the ECOWAS sub region and expressed hope that all 15 member states in the sub region would soon join.

He said there are a few climate scientists in the sub-region and WASCAL aims at training more climate scientists to help support the fight against climat
e change.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Get travel insurance- Prudential Insurance advises


Prudential Life Insurance has encouraged the public to sign on to international health insurance or travel insurance plan with the need for people to move around due to work, family and fun increasing.

It said as the nation’s healthcare infrastructure continued to evolve despite the many challenges, the people needed to safeguard their health against unforeseen challenges, both at home and abroad with the right insurance company.

It said Prudential was well positioned to be that partner, saying: ‘From access to world-class medical treatments to peace of mind while traveling overseas, Prudential Travel Insurance Plan serves. as a solution to international health insurance.’

It said Prudential had entered the fast-growing African life insurance industry and had operations in markets in Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, Zambia, and Nigeria among others.

The Company said it helped people got the most out of life, by making healthcare affordable and accessible and by promoting financial inclusion, the statement said.

It
said the Company could pay up to US$150,000 for one’s medical and hospitalisation expenses away from home.

The health care services also include dental care for treatment of pain, infection and removal of tooth with a maximum spend of up to US$1,000.

As a broader travel insurance plan, the package also includes other benefits, including emergency medical evacuation in the event of an accident or sudden illness away from Ghana.

The details of the medical and emergency assistance as an international health insurance include medical expenses and hospitalisation of the insured abroad (costs of surgery, medical fees, and pharmaceutical products): up to US$150,000.

Others are emergency medical evacuation of the insured (in the event of an accident or sudden illness): up to US$150,000, emergency dental care (for the treatment of pain, infection, and removal of the tooth/teeth affected) up to US$1,000 and repatriation of the mortal remains when the insured passes on: up to US$ 30,000.

The insurance also includes
the repatriation of a family member travelling with the insured should the insured be hospitalised due to sudden illness or accident for more than ten days or deceased: up to US$ 10,000.

It also considers emergency return home following death of a close relative when the insured’s trip/journey is interrupted by the death of a close relative up to US$ 5,000.

Another is the travel of one immediate family member should the insured should be admitted in hospital for more than five days as a result of an accident or illness covered in the policy max US$ 1000/day.

Prudential Travel Insurance Plan, according to the statement had different options for different prospective insurers based on their interest geographical locations.

The locations are all European countries, including the Schengen area, and worldwide coverage, including the country of residence.

It also provides worldwide coverage excluding the country of residence, USA, Australia, Japan and Canada.

The rest are Canada and USA excluding country of r
esidence.

The statement noted that the policy had an Alarm (Emergency) centre where claimants could call to address their concerns or start processing a claim.

Premiums for the insurance policy, it said, were dependent on the duration of travel, one’s preferred level of cover and age.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Emulate Builsa North Assembly’s initiative – NHIA to Assemblies


Mr Kasimu Abudulai, Acting Upper East Regional Director of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) has appealed to District Assemblies to assist the Authority with office accommodation.

He commended the Builsa North Municipal Assembly, under the leadership of Madam Vida Akantagriwen Anaab, the Chief Executive Officer for constructing an office for the Authority, and appealed to other Assemblies, specifically the Bongo District Assembly to emulate the gesture.

‘In fact, I would want to appeal to the Bongo District Assembly to allocate an office space for operations of the Authority since the Bongo office is not spacious and deteriorated. It simply does not accommodate our operations,’ he said.

Mr Abudulai said this in an interview with the Ghana News Agency on the sideline of a blood donation exercise organized by the Authority at the Zamse Senior High Technical School in the Bolgatanga Municipality as part of activities to mark the Authority’s 20th Anniversary celebrations.

He acknowledged that th
ough the Authority had the mandate to provide office accommodation for staff, which management had not relented on, the offices being used needed more space.

‘So, it is not easy to give all office buildings. We in the Upper East are even more privileged. We have had three new buildings in the Upper East within the past five years.

‘Bawku West, Tempane and Pusiga have all received new buildings from the Authority and will be commissioned by the Chief Executive Officer himself before the end of November,’ he said.

Mr Abudulai said the Authority had challenges with office accommodation in Builsa North Municipality and the Bongo District, ‘Now that of the Builsa North is out, we are now appealing to the Bongo District.’

He noted that even though the office in Navrongo, in the Kassena-Nankana Municipality was specious, it was in a deplorable state, and needed urgent renovation.

‘We do not have much to ensure that all these things are kept in place. We appeal to the Kassena-Nankana Municipal Assembly to help t
o renovate the place. The office is spacious, but at least, if we can get it renovated, it will help in our operations,’ he said.

He said the key role of the Authority is to pay claims, ‘And you know how utilization of health facilities have increased, coupled with how inflation has affected things. Therefore, we pay all our monies to claims to ensure that the hospitals have good cash flow to run.

Asked why the newly constructed Builsa North office for the Authority was not commissioned for use, several months after its construction, Mr Abudulai said there were a few final additions to be made before they moved in.

‘NHIA is fully digital; everything is based on Information Technology so there are few things we need to do. The type of electrical wiring done by the contractor does not meet our minimum requirements, so we need to rewire the building,’ he said.

He said they also needed to network their cables to allow them to configure their Local Area Network (LAN), relocate their satellite dish, which are t
he receivers of signals from its present location to the new building.

‘We must relocate our power plant to the new building, knowing the nature of power outages in Sandema. Then also, we must drop three phases of the national grid to the building,’ he said.

The Acting Director added that the building was on a low-lying area which needed to be filled with gravel to raise it, and water to be connected before they could occupy the building, ‘We have already provided estimates of all these works to Head Office, they have considered it.

‘An Estate Manager will visit there to assess the place, engage some contractors and hopefully, before the end of this November, the work will be given to a Contractor to execute. Hopefully, before the end of the year, we may move in,’ Mr Abudulai said.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Twenty-six PWDs, others supported under the TCSPP urban agriculture project


Some 26 Persons with Disabilities and other identifiable groups have received a grant amount of GH284, 290.00 to start-up businesses in Agriculture.

The number, was among the total of 240 people trained, made up of 164 males and 76 females under the Skills Development Training of the EU-funded Twin-Cities in Sustainable Partnership Project (TCSPP).

The project is impacting the lives of unemployed youth, women, and return migrants across the Metropolis.

The trainees were taken through four-month classroom and practical training sessions, to form groups and register as social enterprises focusing on crop production, animal husbandry and aquaculture, special training sessions on entrepreneurship and bookkeeping.

Mr. Abdul Mumin Issah, the Metropolitan Chief Executive Officer at the presentation of the grant amount said the beneficiaries had successfully gone through the urban agriculture training and the selection process to receive startups to establish their social enterprises.

Eight of the beneficiaries
were selected from 14 applicants, who successfully sailed through the two-stage evaluation process and field inspection of their proposed sites.

The applicants were to propose solutions to address some of the challenges defined by the TCSPP to create job opportunities in the value chain of crop production, animal husbandry and aquaculture.

The MCE said the criteria for determining the exact amount of financial support for an applicant were based on the analysis of a detailed description of the proposed activities, objectives, expected beneficiaries, outputs, costs and site location.

The intervention areas were small irrigation systems for smallholder vegetable farming, vegetable seedlings, small farming implements, materials for homemade greenhouse construction, fingerlings, feed, and materials for catfish rearing; poultry and rabbits’ production.

Similarly, agribusiness software and mobile applications to address the value-chain gap and web-based multi-stakeholder platforms to facilitate information flow
s and business transactions between suppliers and buyers were also eligible.

The beneficiaries included; the Ghana Federation for Disability Organization Sekondi-Takoradi local, Catholic Special Vocation School, Egyam Children’s Home, Urban Organic Limited, Inchaban Love for all Co-Operative Agric Business Farming and Marketing Society Limited, Sekkoo Glory Lands Co-operative Vegetable and Aquaculture Farming.

The Rest are Marketing Society Limited, Whindo Unique Co-Operative Agric Farmers and Marketing Society Limited, Twin City Smart Women Co-operative Vegetables, Poultry and Aquaculture Farming and Marketing Society Limited.

The agricultural social enterprise project was also in line with the Government of Ghana’s agenda and the European Union’s commitment to address the challenges of unemployment, environmental degradation, food security and to mitigate the adverse effects of climate change on livelihoods.

He said the alarming rate of unemployment among the youth in the country could be attributed to
some recorded cases of armed robbery, stealing, illicit use of drugs and irregular migration to Europe through the desert and the Mediterranean Sea.

This, National Security had described in Ghana as a national security threat.

Under the TCSPP, an Urban Agriculture Demonstration Farm had been constructed to provide practical training in urban agriculture technologies since the beginning of the project in 2022 in crop production, animal husbandry and aquaculture.

Mr. Isaac Aidoo, the TCSPP, urged the beneficiaries to be faithful stewards of the amount received and work hard to justify the investor confidence in the Metropolitan Area.

‘Like the parable of the talents, I expect all of you to go out to your field and cultivate, nurture it to grow and multiply the resources for other generations after you’.

Source: Ghana News Agency