It may take between 4 to 10 years to win galamsey fight’ – Abu Jinapor

It appears the fight against the activities of small scale illegal mining, also known as ‘galamsey’ will not be won anytime soon.

Speaking on the Breakfast Show on GTV on Tuesday, the Lands and Natural Resources Minister, Samuel Abu Jinapor, said, “I must admit that we are not out of the woods yet. We have not achieved the desired results yet. Indeed, we do not have a full grip on the issue of illegal small-scale mining in the country yet. It may take some 4 to 10 years to completely nip the menace in the bud.”

“Nevertheless, we also have to admit that we have made considerable gains, and we have gotten to a point where we can reasonably be encouraged that the proper framework and the building blocks have been put in place to deal with this age-old menace.”

He, however, stressed that government had made some considerable gains in its anti-galamsey fight.

“Government has been able to put in place the necessary reforms to regulate the mining sector.”

“I am referring to the process of acquiring license for small-scale mining, a platform for doing so, inspectorate division of the Minerals Commission, among others. Though we have not arrived at the point we seek to reach, we have so far made substantial progress.”

Nana Aba Anamoah jabs Black Stars coach Milovan Rajevac over excuses

Ghanaian broadcast journalist, Nana Aba Anamoah has taken a swipe at Black Stars coach Milovan Rajevac for making “pathetic excuses” ahead of Ghana’s all-important game against Comoros.

The Black Stars have not won a game in the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon and will have to win their matchday three games to keep their qualification hopes alive.

Ghana will play Comoros at the Roumdé Adjia Stadium in Garoua on Tuesday, January 18, 2022, for the final game in Group but the coach has already started making excuses ahead of the tie.

The Serbian coach compared his current Black Stars squad to that of 2010 as he stated that the current team lacks quality.

“We don’t have the same team like 2010. Not enough time for preparations. We don’t have a player like Asamoah Gyan,” Milovan Rajevac said at his pre-match conference.

A disappointed Nana Aba Anamoah described the comments of the coach as “pathetic excuses” as she urged the leadership of the team to shut him up because his comments are not helping matters.

“Can someone tell this Milo man to keep quiet over there? His excuses are as pathetic as his tactics” Nana Aba Anamoah reacted to Milovan’s press conference on Twitter.

Russia-Ukraine crisis: UK sending weapons to defend Ukraine

Britain is supplying Ukraine with short-range anti-tank missiles for self-defence after Russia amassed about 100,000 troops on its border, the defence secretary said.

Ben Wallace told MPs a small team of British troops would also be sent to Ukraine to provide training.

He said there was “legitimate and real cause for concern” the Russian troops could be used for an invasion.

Russia denies any invasion plans and accuses the West of aggression.

Dozens of British troops have been in Ukraine since 2015 to help train their armed forces, and the UK has also made a commitment to help rebuild Ukraine’s navy following Russia’s invasion of Crimea in 2014.

But Mr Wallace said the UK would be providing extra help with security in the light of Russia’s “increasingly threatening behaviour”.
The first batch of light anti-armour weapons was sent on Monday, although the defence secretary did not specify the type.

“Ukraine has every right to defend its borders and this new package of aid further enhances its ability to do so,” he told MPs.

“Let me be clear: this support is for short-range and clearly defensive weapon capabilities; they are not strategic weapons and pose no threat to Russia; they are to use in self-defence.”

He said there is “a package of international sanctions ready to go” if Russia should take any “destabilising action” in Ukraine.

Any invasion would be viewed as an “occupation” which “could lead to a huge loss of life on all sides”, the defence secretary said.

He said: “We wish to be friends with the Russian people as we have been for hundreds of years. And there is a world in which we can establish a mutually beneficial relationship with Russia.

“I still remain hopeful that diplomacy will prevail. It is President Putin’s choice whether to choose diplomacy and dialogue, or conflict and the consequences.”

The Ukrainian ambassador to the UK welcomed Britain’s decision to send weapons and extra troops, but told the BBC the biggest problem was that as they were not a member of Nato.

“We wanted to be in Nato… we are facing the biggest army in Europe by ourselves,” said Vadym Prystaiko.

Ato Forson granted ¢3m bail after pleading not guilty

Former Deputy Minister of Finance Casiel Ato Forson has pleaded not guilty to charges of willfully causing financial loss to the state.

He has been granted ¢3million bail by the court on Tuesday January 18.

The Ranking Member of the Finance Committee of Parliament together with two others, has been dragged to the High Court on five counts of willfully causing financial loss to the state.

According to the facts of the case, Dr Ato Forson, when he was a Deputy Finance Minister under the Mahama administration, executed a contract by the government of Ghana to purchase some 200 ambulances for the National Ambulance Service.

Despite the granting of a medium term loan facility of €15.8 million for the 200 ambulances, only 10 were shipped to Ghana in 2014.

“A post-delivery inspection of the first batch of 10 ambulances revealed that same were without any medical equipment in them.

“Other fundamental defects included defects on the body of the vehicles and the patient compartment of the ambulances,” the writ noted

The two other accused are Sylvester Anemana, who was a Chief Director at the Ministry of Health, and Richard Jakpa, the Ghana representative of Dubai-based Big Sea General Trading Limited.

While Sylvester Anemana has been charged for abetment of crime namely wilfully causing financial loss to the state contrary to Sections 20(1) and 179A(3)(a) of the Criminal Offences Act, 1960 and breaching the Public Procurement Act, Richard Jakpa is on a charge of wilfully causing financial loss to the state “by intentionally causing vehicles purporting to be ambulances to be supplied tot he Republic of Ghana by Big Sea General Trading Ltd of Dubai without due cause”.

Mr Ato Forson, who is the first accused, has additionally been charged for intentionally misapplying public property contrary to section 1(2) of the Public Property Protection Act, 1977.

He is said to have misapplied €2.37 million by causing irrevocable Letters of Credit to be established against the budget of the Ministry of Health in favour of the Dubai-based firm.

The charges were brought against the three by the state.

Ato Forson granted ¢3m bail after pleading not guilty

Former Deputy Minister of Finance Casiel Ato Forson has pleaded not guilty to charges of willfully causing financial loss to the state.

He has been granted ¢3million bail by the court on Tuesday January 18.

The Ranking Member of the Finance Committee of Parliament together with two others, has been dragged to the High Court on five counts of willfully causing financial loss to the state.

According to the facts of the case, Dr Ato Forson, when he was a Deputy Finance Minister under the Mahama administration, executed a contract by the government of Ghana to purchase some 200 ambulances for the National Ambulance Service.

Despite the granting of a medium term loan facility of €15.8 million for the 200 ambulances, only 10 were shipped to Ghana in 2014.

“A post-delivery inspection of the first batch of 10 ambulances revealed that same were without any medical equipment in them.

“Other fundamental defects included defects on the body of the vehicles and the patient compartment of the ambulances,” the writ noted

The two other accused are Sylvester Anemana, who was a Chief Director at the Ministry of Health, and Richard Jakpa, the Ghana representative of Dubai-based Big Sea General Trading Limited.

While Sylvester Anemana has been charged for abetment of crime namely wilfully causing financial loss to the state contrary to Sections 20(1) and 179A(3)(a) of the Criminal Offences Act, 1960 and breaching the Public Procurement Act, Richard Jakpa is on a charge of wilfully causing financial loss to the state “by intentionally causing vehicles purporting to be ambulances to be supplied tot he Republic of Ghana by Big Sea General Trading Ltd of Dubai without due cause”.

Mr Ato Forson, who is the first accused, has additionally been charged for intentionally misapplying public property contrary to section 1(2) of the Public Property Protection Act, 1977.

He is said to have misapplied €2.37 million by causing irrevocable Letters of Credit to be established against the budget of the Ministry of Health in favour of the Dubai-based firm.

The charges were brought against the three by the state.

Ghana Caught Worldwide Attention As ‘Koobi Powder’ and ‘Momoni Paste’ Hit The Market -See Photos

It will interest you to know that the common salted fish known as Koobi and momoni have both gotten international recognition as they get processed into powder and paste form.
These products which has placed Ghana high on the international market are just like power pepper and tomato paste.

The pictures of these new products have attracted much attention and also generated endless talk among those privy to them.

Photos of them have flooded on social media and have amassed lots of reactions as Ghanaians hail themselves for getting another international recognition via their dishes.

The processed version of them has a good package and definitely will get a sweet flavor.

What insight so many people is that, the aforesaid powder and paste made from the salted tilapia are produced in Ghana.

See the photos below

There Are Sperms For Sale at GH¢10; Men In Trouble As S-ex Workers Make Wild -See Details

Sekondi Rail Way Station, a dead train station that was buzzing in the early 2000s has now turned into a s-x hub for female s-x workers and their male customers.

There have been several complaints by some residents of Sekondi concerning the issue of prostitutes dominating a portion of the Sekondi community as they keep widening their territory.

Residents who spoke to Skyy Power 93.5FM shared their grieved opinions on the development and how their activities are affecting them in the neighbourhood.

According to them, s-x, drugs and violence are now done in the open and their children are being exposed to these illicit acts which their fear is how it may influence their kids and their reputation of being residents in the community.https://googleads.g.doubleclick.net/pagead/ads?client=ca-pub-1034279410013336&output=html&h=345&slotname=2546304617&adk=1608188409&adf=4133134074&pi=t.ma~as.2546304617&w=414&lmt=1642512453&rafmt=1&psa=1&format=414×345&url=http%3A%2F%2Fenfransmedia.com%2Fthere-are-sperms-for-sale-at-gh%25c2%25a210-men-in-trouble-as-s-ex-workers-make-wild-see-details%2F&flash=0&fwr=1&fwrattr=true&rpe=1&resp_fmts=3&sfro=1&wgl=1&dt=1642512451993&bpp=11&bdt=4198&idt=1639&shv=r20220112&mjsv=m202201120101&ptt=9&saldr=aa&abxe=1&cookie=ID%3Da3afaf9220a69988-226c587ae9ce0043%3AT%3D1642147268%3ART%3D1642147268%3AS%3DALNI_MZIbXw8C1nb7f4beuq9Vu7kc7n76g&prev_fmts=414×345%2Cauto%2C414x345%2C414x345%2C414x345%2C414x345%2C414x345%2C414x345%2C414x345&correlator=5395552623348&frm=20&pv=1&ga_vid=404640084.1640795204&ga_sid=1642512452&ga_hid=1701517269&ga_fc=1&u_tz=0&u_his=4&u_h=736&u_w=414&u_ah=736&u_aw=414&u_cd=32&u_sd=3&adx=0&ady=5084&biw=414&bih=622&scr_x=0&scr_y=586&eid=44753656%2C31064036%2C31064115%2C31062930&oid=2&pvsid=2461493819041838&pem=406&tmod=938&ref=http%3A%2F%2Fenfransmedia.com%2F&eae=0&fc=896&brdim=0%2C0%2C0%2C0%2C414%2C0%2C414%2C736%2C414%2C696&vis=1&rsz=%7C%7CoeEbr%7C&abl=CS&pfx=0&fu=128&bc=31&ifi=10&uci=a!a&btvi=6&fsb=1&xpc=DoDYAq6uZ3&p=http%3A//enfransmedia.com&dtd=1654

A resident who spoke to Nana Yaw Kumi of Skyy Power FM indicated that a lot of drinking bars have been established in the community due to these s-x workers and they play loud music from 5:00 pm till daybreak which deprives them of their sleep.

A very interesting piece of information that was revealed by a resident was that these s-x workers sell sperms of their customers for GH¢10 and above.

Giving detailed information, the resident noted that before the act of s-x between a prostitute and their customer, the former will personally wear the customer a condom and after the s-x, she will also take it off his p-nis.

Semester system at the basic level has come to stay – GES

The Ghana Education Service, GES, has indicated that the newly-introduced semester-based academic calendar for public Kindergarten, Primary, and Junior High Schools has come to stay.

Speaking to Bernard Avle on the Citi Breakfast Show, the Deputy Director-General for Quality and Access of the Ghana Education Service, Dr. Kwabena Tandoh, said the system will help ease pressure on teachers, decongest the various schools, and help align academic calendars.

“We know based on research that one of the causes of classroom absenteeism among teachers in the various schools was because some teachers sought to upgrade themselves. This is because the three-term system in the basic schools overlaps with the university system. Gradually, we are getting to the point where we can align. We are giving teachers the time, by aligning their system with the university systems to upgrade if need be.”

“Recent research in Greater Accra showed that because primary schools had a different calendar from the Junior High Schools, parents could not align. Research also showed that because the primary school children had a different timetable from the Junior High Schools when the latter was in session, attendance went down by 11%.”

He also noted that the basic school students, per the new arrangements, will spend 40 out of the 52 weeks in a year in the classroom

“When we were doing the term system, they were in school between 13 and 15 weeks per term. In this system, they will only be in school for not more than 10 weeks per time. This initial one is only because we are trying to align the timetables.”

“The mid-semester breaks, if we add the weekends will be 10 days per semester. In all, they will be in school for 20 weeks a semester and 40 weeks per year,” he added. 

Additionally, he believes the semester system will go a long way to relieve busy parents or guardians of the pressure of juggling between work and parenting. 

He further indicated that the semester system in the basic schools is “here to stay.”

“It is the new normal. We are not just introducing it to align the timetables at the various levels.”

Basic school calendar

Second and third-year students in second-cycle schools will be heading back to school on February 7, 2022.

According to a Ghana Education Service release, the first years have a tentative reopening date of April 4, 2022.

All students in basic schools will return to school on January 18.

The delays in releasing the reopening date had caused concern among stakeholders because private schools had begun their academic work.

“I Was In My Twenties When I Made My First Million”- Osita Iheme Brags

Popular Nollywood actor, Osita Iheme better known as ‘Pawpaw’ has opened up on his life and career in a recent interview.

Speaking to Pulse TV monitored by Kemi Filani news,  Osita Iheme disclosed that he made his first million naira in his early twenties.

Asked when he made his first million, he said: ”I was between 21-23 when  I made my first million”.

On what he loves about acting, Pawpaw said: ”I love the job, the performance”.

Iheme also pointed out that loneliness, hunger are not fun parts of being a single dad.

“Loneliness, hunger is not a fun part of being a single dad”.

The talented actor also urge his numerous fans to keep supporting him.

“I love you all. Keep loving me the way I love you.I won’t deviate from what you used to know. From the fun, comic, attitude, the discipline , the projects, I will keep on dishing them out. I keep evolving so get ready to see more. Be disciplined and civil in whatever you are doing”.

Meanwhile, Crossdresser, Bobrisky, has revealed plans to go under the knife once again and according to him, he has several surgeries to undergo in 2022.

Taking to his Snapchat, Bobrisky known in real life as Bobrisky lamented over excessive fat building on his face although he has been taking his doctor’s advice to check his diet. He said he wants his face snatched and he will have his nose done, and remove buccal fat including breast lift.

Genevieve Nnaji shares rare Photo of her father on his 86th birthday

Popular Nollywood actress, Genevieve Nnaji, has shared a rare photo of her father on her Instagram page.

On January 13, 2022, the film star took to her Instagram story to share a photo of her father on his birthday.

The simple snap showed the old man having bread and tea. Genevieve then accompanied the photo with a simple caption revealing that he had clocked 86. According to her, her father was 86 years strong.

Genevieve’s post about her father soon went viral despite the actress deleting it not long after.

A lot of social media users gushed over her dad and commented on his good looks.

See her post below: