Barniekrom shooting incident: one more suspect arrested, deaths increase to four

One more person has been confirmed dead in the shooting incident that occurred at Barniekrom, near Mankranso in the Ahafo Ano South West District on July 1, involving one Osman Majeed, who is currently on the run.

This brings to four, the number of persons reported dead in the shooting incident allegedly caused by the fetish priest, Osman Majeed.

The police have also arrested one Joshua, who they described as a ‘person of interest’ in connection with the shooting incident.

The police said Joshua was arrested after some items belonging to the key suspect, Majeed, were found during a search in his house on Tuesday night.

Majeed, on Monday July 01, this year, reportedly shot and killed three male adults, whom he claimed, were part of a gang that came to attack him in his house.

A police team, which visited the scene, recovered the bodies of the three deceased persons and deposited them at a morgue.

Items retrieved at the scene included one motorbike, eight spent cartridges and four cutlasses.

Nana Kwame K
ontoh, Chief of Barniekrom, told journalists during a visit to the community that another victim had died, bringing the death toll in the incident to four.

Residents in the community have expressed fear following the incident and called for police protection, pointing to a planned reprisal attack.

‘He was involved in a shooting incident at Jacobu. And so, the residents there also mobilized and marched to Barniekrom to search for him. But we heard gunshots from his area only for us to see the lifeless bodies of the victims lying along the path.

‘We have even confirmed that a fourth person has also died,’ Nana Kontoh told reporters in Twi.

‘So the police came here searching for him, but they ended up arresting his friend upon a tip-off and he is now assisting the police investigations.

‘Now I have been holding meetings with my committee members over the issue but for now, I urge residents to take their security into their own hands and report any suspicious characters to the police or any opinion leader fo
r further action,’ he told the people.

Source: Ghana News Agency

3,974 candidates to write BECE in Tema West

Mr. Isaac MacCarthy-Mensah, the Tema West Municipal Director of Education, says a total of 3,974 junior high school final pupils have been registered to write the 2024 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) in the municipality.

Mr. MacCarthy-Mensah told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in an interview that the candidates comprised 2,080 girls and 1,894 boys from 21 public schools and 106 private schools, would sit for the exams in 12 centres in the municipality.

He said the public schools registered 2,316 candidates, made up of 1,222 females and 1,094, while those from private schools were 1,658, comprising 858 females and 800 males.

He added that 12 supervisors, 15 assistant supervisors, and 153 invigilators would be used for the exams in the Tema West municipality.

The education director advised the candidates to obey the rules and regulations established by the West African Examination Council (WAEC).

Mr. MacCarthy stated: ‘I believe that for the number of years spent in school, they are prepared f
or the exams. I expect nothing but the best from our candidates.’

He urged the BECE candidates to get to the examination centre in good time and get settled before the papers are shared, stressing that no pupil should carry any foreign material to the examination room and must concentrate on doing independent work.

He wished the candidates the best in the examination and the supervisors and invigilators a successful conduct of the examination.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Police, Citizens must build trust to fight violent extremism – NCCE

Mr. Abass Yussif, the Krachi Nchumuru District Director of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), has called on the Ghana Police Service to build trust with citizens to help fight crimes; especially violent extremism.

He said there seemed to be some mistrust between citizens and the Police affecting effective flow of information between them, thus, affecting fighting of crimes by the Police in the communities.

He asked them to alter the way they deal with citizens; especially when crime is reported.

Mr. Abass made the call at a Police/Community Dialogue Session organised by NCCE with support from the European Union for the Ghana Police Service and citizens of Konado, a community in the Krachi Nchumuru District of the Oti Region.

He said citizens had always complained that when criminals were reported to the police nothing was being done and the next moment, the criminals were seen walking and boasting in town.

‘These citizens complain is not motivating enough to report crimes to the Police,’
he said.

Mr. Abass said violent extremist groups like ISIS, Al-Qeeda, Boko Haram, among other terrorist groups were working in countries surrounding Ghana and were looking for the least opportunity to carry out their activities in the country.

This, he said, needed a serious collaboration as the Police alone could not fight.

He, therefore, called on the citizens to monitor the activities of strangers to their communities and report suspicious actions to the Police for action.

Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Vincent Foli, the District Police Commander called on the citizens to stop shielding criminals in the name of being their family members or tribe men.

ASP Foli said all citizens were expected to be law-abiding and desist from committing crimes.

He said when criminals were brought to the Police, they were taken through lawful processes to help reform them.

The District Commander said the fight against violent extremism was a shared responsibility of every citizen and called on all to report
crimes to them for swift action.

He said violent extremist groups had started operating everywhere in the country and needed to be flashed out.

He said they introduced children and the youth into taking hard drugs such as tramadol and cocaine, which would go a long way to destroy their future.

ASP Foli assured citizens that the doors to his office were always open and that they should not be afraid to approach him to get their issues resolved.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Rotary Club of Kumasi-Premier International inaugurated

The fourth Rotary Club in Kumasi has been inaugurated under its charter name Rotary Club of Kumasi-Premier International.

The charter members comprise Ghanaians, Asians and other nationalities who are business, corporate and philanthropic individuals to diversify the tenets of the organization to foster world economic development and peace building.

Professor Joslin Alexei Dogbe, Charter President, speaking at the inaugural ceremony, said the Club’s flagship project would be to provide medical outreach for head potters (Kayayie) and their children in the Central Business District of Adum in the month of July.

The screening project, he explained, would help identify mothers and children with acute and chronic medical conditions for further medical treatment of health education and rehabilitation at the HopeXchange Medical Center.

Prof. Dogbe also stressed that periodic mini-clinic would be held to sustain the project over time.

Again, the inclusive family project of the Club would initiate and support pro
state cancer screening outreach programmes for men in the Kumasi Metropolis.

He used the occasion to commend the Rotary Club of Kumasi- East for their support and hard work in achieving the organization’s goals and inspiring to make positive impact in the lives of others.

Mr. David Osei Amankwah Junior, the District Governor of District 9104, urged the new Club to work diligently and help achieve organizational goals, adding that he believed members were like-minded individuals with noble intentions of sustainability and progress.

The District Governor said it was a good move in chartering a new club, indicating that, during the recent Rotary International District 9104 annual District Conference, he announced plans to facilitate the establishment of multiple rotary clubs in Kumasi to increase the number of clubs in the District.

Rotary International is a renowned humanitarian service organization that brings together a global network of volunteer professional leaders and businesses dedicated to tackling
the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges.

The key areas of focus are disease prevention, support of the environment, basic education and literacy, maternal and child health, water and sanitation, economic development and peace-building.

It connects 1.4 million members of more than 46,000 Rotary Clubs in over 200 communities and geographical areas.

In Ghana, it has 67 clubs of which three are already located in Kumasi.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Offenders of sanitation laws will not be spared – Ga Mantse warns

King Tackie Teiko Tsuru II, Ga Mantse, says offe ders of sanitation laws would not be spared in the Greater Accra Region.

He, therefore, urged the residents to desist from dumping refuse and faecal matter into drains.

The King said this at the Homowo Cleanup Exercise after he, together with Nii Adotey Otintor II, Paramount Chief of Sempe, Naa Kwastoe Tawiah Sackey, Accra Metropolitan Chief Executive, Mr Titus Glover, Gt Accra Regional Minister and others inspected the work done after the exercise.

The exercise, which took place at the Gbese, Abola, Akanmajen and Asere Traditional Areas, started from the Korle Bu junction through to Wesley Methodist Park, Palladium, Children’s Hospital and ended at the Ga Stool Palace.

It was organised by the King and the Ga Traditional Council, Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), Gt Accra Regional Coordinating Council (GARCC) and Zoomlion Company Ltd.

King Tackie commended participants for their unwavering support, commitment and tireless efforts put in the exercise, addi
ng that it was important to prioritise their health and avoid any disease outbreak.

‘This is a significant journey the Ga State has begun to consolidate cleanliness. We shall continue to do this exercise to attain complete cleanliness, a safe environment and promote a healthy lifestyle,’ he said.

The King said the efforts put into the cleanup exercise would not go in vain as he would support the authorities in all disciplinary measures to curb deviant behaviours.

Nii Adotey Otintor II, Paramount Chief of Sempe Traditional Area and Mankralo of The Ga State, pleaded with residents to continue devoting their time and efforts to make the exercise part of their activities.

‘Cleanliness and or ill health do not know NDC, NPP or CPP. We are all vulnerable when it comes to the outbreak of a disease. We need to eschew politics and divisiveness and move the Ga State forward,’ he said.

Nii Kwartei Titus Glover, Greater Accra Regional Minister, called on the Assembly and Unit Committee Members together with the Asaf
oatsemei and Asafoanyemei to take up the task of organising the communities in cleaning their surroundings monthly.

‘I have asked the Assemblies to punish anybody who goes against the sanitation bye-laws..,’ he said.

Source: Ghana News Agency

World Vision Ghana hands over office complex to Nkwanta South Municipal Assembly

World Vision Ghana, an International Organisation, has handed over an office complex to the Nkwanta South Municipal Assembly after ending their operations in the Municipality.

The office, which has a warehouse and some auxiliary equipment, was presented to the Assembly as the Organisation ends its operations in the Municipality in October 2023 after 28 years of operations in the area.

Mr Felix Owusu-Gyimah, the Nkwanta South Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), during the handing over ceremony, expressed his appreciation to the organisation for its positive impact on the lives of the people.

He promised to maintain all the facilities after signing all relevant documents on behalf of the Assembly.

Mr Ivan Aboagye, Krachi/Nchumuru Cluster Manager of World Vision Ghana, on behalf of the organisation, handed over a mechanised borehole to the people of Kabiti after its completion.

Mr Aboagye, touching on history and achievements of the organisation, said World Vision Ghana had operated in Nkwanta for 28 years aft
er its establishment in 1995.

He said it provided numerous interventions in areas such as water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), education, health and child protection.

Mr Aboagye said the key achievements included construction of 50 boreholes, six mechanised water systems, 3-unit KG classroom blocks in 12 communities, 6-unit primary classroom blocks in 18 communities, five 3-unit classroom blocks and supporting 52 students through teacher training colleges.

The closure of the World Vision Ghana Area Programme in Nkwanta South was celebrated under the theme: ‘Celebrating 28 years of transformational development for children, their families, and communities in the Nkwanta South Municipality.’

Source: Ghana News Agency

Let’s rise and preach the gospel – Clergymen urged

Apostle Samuel Obuobi, the General Secretary, Church of Pentecost, has called on all clergymen to rise and preach the gospel to win more souls for Christ.

He said the gospel had been explained in simple terms that Jesus Christ died to pay the debt of the sins of humanity, adding that by believing and repenting, one received forgiveness of sins.

The General Secretary was speaking at the handing over and induction service of the new executives of the Ghana Evangelical Missions Association (GEMA) in Accra.

It was on the theme: ‘The Whole Gospel, From the Whole Church to the Whole World: The Role of GEMA.’

Apostle Obuobi said clergymen were mandate to preach the gospel, and that if the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ did not constitute the essence of the gospel, then the existence of the clergy would be unwarranted.

‘For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth: to the Jew first, and also to the Greek,’ he quoted from the scriptures

He said the gospel had the power to save, change lives, and bring transformation, hence the need to preach it.

Dr Godwin Kofi Ahlijah, the newly elected President of GEMA, said the division within the church and the lack of collaboration among mission agencies posed significant risk, and that the strength of churches fundamentally lay in their unity.

‘It is amazing what successes we can achieve if we decide to put aside our personal glory and hold hands as mission agencies, local churches and denominations and push and foster the agenda of the kingdom,’ he added.

Dr Ahlijah pledged, with his team, to significantly mobilise the youth in particular, extending their mission to the Sahel region, and implementing a 360-degree approach to missions.

‘Ghana and Africa are no longer a mission field, we are becoming a mission force, and so it is our prayer that we will be able to take the gospel back to those that brought it to us, but we cannot do it alone,’ he said.

He called for the support of the church and
all relevant agencies to assist them in executing their mandate.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Jukwa SDA Senior High School receives science equipment

The Gomoa Jukwa Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) Senior High School has expressed gratitude to the Majority Leader in Parliament, Mr Alexander Kwamena Afenyo-Markin, and Mrs Naana Eyiah, Member of Parliament, Gomoa Central, for donating science equipment worth GHC 90,000 to the school.

The school authorities say the donation was timely, facilitating preparations for final year students towards writing the West African School Certificate Examination (WASCE).

Speaking to the media in an interview at Jukwa in the Gomoa Central District of the Central Region, Mr Barry White, the Headmaster, commended the two legislators for their high sense of commitments, vision and unwavering support to the school.

Mr White praised the Government for absorbing the SDA SHS two years ago, to also benefit from the Free Senior High School Education Policy.

However, he enumerated some challenges facing the school that needed urgent attention after taking the media round the school block.

He said the boys and girls’ dormitories and c
lassrooms were inadequate and always congested, which generated a lot of heat.

‘More than 500 Form One students placed by the computerised school selection and placement system could not be admitted into the school this year, due to the lack of dormitories,’ he said.

The school, with a student population of 1,930 is struggling to complete a 32-unit classroom block, which had stalled due to financial constraints.

Only 18 out of the 32 had partially been completed with no windows and doors fixed, he added.

Mr White said the students dined in three batches due to the small nature of the dining hall while the improvised kitchen needed immediate attention.

The school also needed a bus to transport students to participate in sporting and academic activities in Cape Coast and Accra among other long-distance places.

”At the moment the office of the headmaster has no official vehicle, and it has not been easy to participate in seminars, workshops and official meetings that helped improve quality administration
of the school” the Headmaster said.

Teachers bungalows were unavailable, a situation which had forced the teachers to and from school, making it difficult for effective supervision of students.

Mr White, therefore, appealed to the Ministry of Education, Office of the Vice President and other stakeholders in education to support the Gomoa Jukwa SDA Senior High School to develop its infrastructure.

Source: Ghana News Agency