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LONDON (Reuters) - Police arrested nine people who took part in protests in London on Saturday demanding that the government reverse planned legislation that would increase police powers.

More than 1,000 people marched through central London and chanted “Kill the Bill” outside government buildings, as well as dancing to music played from a bus.

A police statement said nine people had been arrested and officers were “continuing to engage” with protesters who had gathered in a park in south London after the march.

 

Similar protests took place in other cities across England and Wales, including Bristol, which saw several days of clashes between protesters and police in March.

Under the new legislation, the British government wants to increase police powers to block non-violent protests which have a “significant disruptive effect” on the public or parliament.

The legislation would target action by groups such as environmental campaigners Extinction Rebellion, which has organised mass protests to block bridges in recent years and whose members have glued themselves to commuter trains.

London’s Tower Bridge was closed to traffic in one direction for around an hour on Saturday after an Extinction Rebellion protester glued himself to the road.

Many protesters on Saturday said they did not trust police to protect them and that the new laws would give authorities too much power to shut down politically awkward protests such as those by Black Lives Matter and Extinction Rebellion.

“I am really scared by the fact that they want to make protesting an arrestable offence,” 30-year-old therapist Jade Rea said.

“I don’t think there’s any justification for it because the idea of a protest is to disrupt and really bring to people’s attention that something urgent is going on,” she added.

London police faced criticism from across the political spectrum in March for their handling of a vigil in memory of a murdered woman, Sarah Everard, whose suspected killer was a serving police officer.

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has frozen the 2021 salary increment for the executive including himself.

“I have taken the decision to freeze salary increment for this year, 2021 for myself as president, the vice president, ministers, deputy ministers, and all appointees of the executive," he disclosed.

This according to him is due to the effects of COVID-19 on the economy as well as government's efforts to recuperate.

Addressing workers during this year’s May Day celebration on Saturday, President Akufo-Addo said: “it is our modest contribution to reduce the damage to our public revenue and to help hasten our nation’s recovery from the ravages of the pandemic”According to the President, government has gone to great lengths to protect the lives and livelihoods of Ghanaians despite the debilitating effects of the pandemic.


“Public sector jobs, for example, have been maintained and unlike in the case of workers in the private sector, public sector workers have not experienced any retrenchments or any reductions in their wages or salaries throughout the period of this pandemic”

“…we also used this year to ensure that all workers are vaccinated to protect the lives and enhance their productivity...I am confident that we can free ourselves from a mindset of dependence, charity, and handout and build a self-reliant economy which would mobilize the immense resources of Ghana, material, and human with women and youth in the forefront to resolve Ghana’s problems and deliver a dignified standard of living to the working people of our country" he added.

 

 

 

 

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Former President John Mahama has disclosed one of the reasons that might have accounted for the National Democratic Congress (NDC's) inability to win the 2020 election.

The 2020 Presidential candidate of the NDC who challenged the results of the election in court made the disclosure at an annual conference of the party's Professionals Forum on Thursday.

According to him, “every region was asked to account for its performance in the 2020 elections. They came with reports and there was one region who stated that ‘some of our party agents were illiterate, they could not read or write...and the chairman asked,  but who made them party agents?".

Adding “so it is obvious that they themselves have started doing a review of what went right or what went wrong. What they did well, leading to a positive outcome and what they could have done better”.

Two retreats

The former President further indicated that so far the main opposition party has held two retreats to analyse the party's performance in the 2020 election.

In this effort to look forward, we held two retreats. One for the Members of Parliament and I was privileged to attend that retreat with them. It was very interesting. They did a lot of soul-searching and discussed very openly the issues that had confronted them in the early days in Parliament.

“Mr. speaker was there to give a very good speech to the Members of Parliament. We held another one for the party and party executives came from all around the regions and that was also a very positive retreat. Every region was asked to account for its performance in the 2020 elections and they came with reports.

“It was obvious that they had all began to do their own reviews of what went right or wrong in their regions. You should have listened to some of the regional reports, they were very interesting.  There was one region that said some of our party agents were illiterate, they couldn’t read or write and the chairman asked, but who made them party agents?

IT Professionals

Mr. Mahama, has meanwhile, urged IT professionals in the party to "use information Technology and now IT is becoming very important in terms of transmitting results and getting results in good time to be able to undertake the political decision making that is needed. And so we will expect that you will offer your services more to the party in these critical areas".

 

 

 

 

 

Source: Peacefmonline.com

 

 

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Germany is returning hundreds of artifacts known as the Benin Bronzes that were mostly looted from West Africa by a British colonial expedition and subsequently sold to collections around the world, including German museums, authorities said Friday.

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas welcomed a deal reached with museums and authorities in Nigeria to work on a restitution plan for a substantial number of artifacts, calling it a “turning point in dealing with our colonial history.”

Germany’s minister for culture, Monika Gruetters, said the Benin Bronzes were a key test for the way the country deals with its colonial past.

“We are confronting our historic and moral responsibility,” she said.

Gruetters said the goal is to contribute to “understanding and reconciliation” with the descendants of those whose cultural treasures were stolen in colonial times. The first returns are planned for next year, she said.

A historian welcomed the plans, but said they don't go far enough.

“Sadly, there is neither a precise time plan nor an unconditional commitment to restitute all looted artifacts,” said Juergen Zimmerer, professor of global history at the University of Hamburg.

He also noted it's not yet clear how many objects will be returned, or whether there will be any recognition of the efforts by civil society groups that had called for the restitution.

A British colonial expedition looted vast numbers of treasures from the royal palace of the Kingdom of Benin in 1897, including numerous bas-reliefs and sculptures.

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Host of Metro TV's Good Evening Ghana show, Paul Adom-Otcheren has taken businessman Sam Jonah to the "slaughter house" over his speech at a public lecture with Rotarians in Accra.

Sam Jonah tackled some controversial issues, fearing the culture of silence which was long gone had returned during this dispensation.

He also addressed the destruction of Ghana's lands and waterbodies by illegal miners, particularly the Chinese, and  the hopeless future looming over the Ghanaian youth as a result of what he believes are bad decisions taken by the Akufo-Addo government.

Paul Adom-Otchere, giving an editorial during his show, forwarded some crucial questions to the Sam Jonah.

According to him, since the businessman has now decided to speak publicly, then he should also tell the Ghanaian youth about his past deeds.

He questioned Sam Jonah's role in the takeover of the mining company, Anglogold Ashanti, which he was the Chief Executive Officer.

''What was his covert or overt role in the transaction that led Anglogold to become the majority shareholder of Ashanti? That was a transaction that was supported by government; no doubt about that. That was a transaction that was listed on the stock exchange; no doubt about that. In fact, Ashanti was already listed and this boosted Ashanti's image anyway.

"But the youth have to be told because, you see, dealing with [in] a natural resource and Sam Jonah in his speech talks about gold and how it is finite and talks about oil and how it is finite. So, he has had a role to play with gold. What was his overt or covert relationship/influence over that transaction? He must be able to tell us these things as he begins a new charter to talk publicly about the future of Ghana," he insisted.

To Paul, business moguls were to exercise discretion in poltical and national matters.

" . . there are business people in Ghana who never talk about politics. They are very, very wealthy people. They never talk about politics. They never say anything publicly. They never criticize. They are with the power. They are with NDC; they are with NPP", he stated, adding "if that is what Sam Jonah used to do, there's no problem with it. But if now he wants to come out and say that, at his age, he feels that irresponsible not to talk about the future; then he should tell us what he has done in the past".

 

 

 

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The Ministry of Works and Housing has refuted claims captured on a viral video on which a person identifying himself as Hassan Ayariga decries the current state of the Saglemi Housing Project.

According to the Minister, the project is in its current state as a result of corruption and lack of proper planning by politicians but added that the Akufo-Addo government has not shied away from tackling the issue.

His comment comes on the heels of a video purportedly shot and with an accompanying commentary by the said Ayariga, who also canvassed for mass occupation without recourse to proper procudures.

The sector Minister, in a statement copied to Peacefmonline, sought to set the records straight by cataloguing a number of remedial measures taken by the current administration to deal with the ills of the project saying “the Government of H. E. the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, upon assumption of office in January 2017, has recognized the urgent need for the rapid resolution of these challenges, thorny as they may be, in order for these properties that have been developed at great cost to the state, to be completed and made available to the citizenry.

 

“Not counting the actions taken in private, the records show that there have been not less than twenty public engagements by the Ministry of Works and Housing, including (a) periodic updates at the Meet-the-Press series since 2017, (b) joint press tours of the site, (c) statements and responses to urgent questions on the floor of Parliament, (d) in-person interviews at various media houses among others.”

 

 

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The Minister of Communications and Digitalisation, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, has described claims by the MP for Ningo Prampram, Sam George, that the government acquired AirtelTigo for US$25 million as a “blatant untruth”.

Owusu-Ekuful questions why her fellow MP should struggle to believe that the government could negotiate such a good deal for just a dollar. She has since asked the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) lawmaker to tell Ghanaians the source for his claim that the acquisition cost $25 million.

“Some people find it very difficult to believe we can negotiate good deals for government. I signed the AirtelTigo contract. We acquired it for just a dollar. Someone, an MP, says he heard me say we paid $25 million. A barefaced lie …. blatant untruth,” the minister posted on Facebook on Monday 26 April.

She added: “Please ask Sam George where he heard that. Then sit back and listen to long English grammar and drama …. just keep your eyes on the ball. How much did we pay to acquire the company? 1 dollar, simple!!”

Meanwhile, the Ningo-Prampram MP has asked the minister to prepare to account for the deal when she faces Parliament’s communications committee

 

“Someone tell our Minister for Communications that grand posturing and arrogant clap backs would not stop us on the Parliamentary Committee of Communications and the good people of Ghana from demanding accountability from her,” he responded, also on Facebook.

“What does she take us for?” George wrote. “That she bought AirtelTigo for $1? How much is the eyebrow pencil she uses to draw her eyebrows and she thinks she can insult our intelligence?

“Madam, after basking in the fake fans of your social media followers, prepare to appear before the Committee and give us details of the transactions.

“We would not allow the already burdened taxpayers of our country to be saddled with poorly thought-out decisions that impose more debt or hardship on us. Our eyes are fixed on the ball and I urge you to do same. No long talk.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: twitter/asaase radio

 

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The President of IMANI Africa, Franklin Cudjoe, has congratulated Kissi Agyebeng on his nomination as Special Prosecutor.

The Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Godfred Dame, on 16 April wrote to the president, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, to nominate the 43-year-old lawyer for the position. 

Touching on the development, Cudjoe said Agyebeng should first focus on tackling corruption from the Office of the President if he is approved.

“It is in consideration of all these facts that has led IMANI to the belief that the quickest and most effective way for the government to stamp its feet and assert its anti-corruption credentials is to start the process at the Presidency, the heart of the government, where the President has near absolute control over outcomes and consequences,” he posted on Facebook.

The IMANI Africa boss argues that political costs of a failed prosecution can have a chilling effect on other prosecutions, especially in a situation where investigations are rarely thorough because of institutional defects.

 

Below is the full post

IMANI brief on the proposed new Special Prosecutor.
We welcome Mr. as the next Special Prosecutor. We know he will depart significantly from the modus operandi of the previous occupant of the position and we wish him well.

I thought I should share a tiny but crucial bit of what my colleagues and I felt about the creation of the SP office again and hope that it resonates with our collective efforts to deal with high level corruption.

We contend that even if Amidu had started any high-level criminal prosecutions, we would have had to contend with the limitations of criminal prosecutions as a tool in fighting corruption. Whilst, criminal prosecutions are a great deterrence, they can only happen after the fact, and often the lost money is never recouped. The political costs of a failed prosecution can have a chilling effect on other prosecutions, especially in our situation where investigations are rarely thorough because of institutional defects.

At any rate, the Executive, or to be blunt, the President, does not control the Courts. In fact, we are now even appearing to ask that he distances himself from the investigation and prosecution of corruption in this country. With greater independence of the process comes a lowering not just of control but also accountability.

 

 

 

 

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Sunday, 02 May 2021 00:00

GOIL bitumen plant 82% ready

A bitumen plant under construction by state-owned oil company, Goil, is expected to be completed in September this year.

Currently, 82 per cent of the work — which is being done in partnership with Societe Multinationale de Bitumes (SMB) of Cote d’Ivoire — has been completed, according to the managers of the project.

 

The plant, expected to have a storage capacity of 6,000 metric tonnes of base bitumen, is being constructed at $35 million, and will have a production capacity of 240 metric tonnes per day for each of the bitumen emulsion and the polymer modified bitumen (PMB) plants.

Ghana presently imports bitumen — which reportedly costs the country an average of $11.8 billion yearly — from Cote d’Ivoire and Brazil for road projects.

The Technical Consultant to the Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Goil, Mr Ben Torkornoo, said the company would control a 60 per cent stake in the business, while SMB, which would supply the raw bitumen materials, would have a 40 per cent share.

Mr Torkornoo made this known last Wednesday when the Minister of Roads and Highways, Mr Kwesi Amoako Atta, visited the facility to familiarise himself with operations.

Material quality

The PMB is a combination of asphalt and more polymer materials and is said to be appropriate for road pavements that experience heavy-duty traffic and extreme weather conditions.

Already, the loading racks, boilers to process the raw bitumen and the PMB and emulsion production plants have all been installed at the facility, along with a control centre, with provisions made for future expansion of the storage tanks.

 

Mr Torkornoo indicated that installation works on a three-kilometre pipeline from the oil jetty at the Tema Port to the bitumen facility were also underway to allow for product pumping to the facility when the project is eventually inaugurated.

The Head of Technical Services at Goil, Mr Alphonso Okai, said the PMB would prevent road deformation and rutting.

 

The PMB, he stressed, ensured durability of roads, citing the N1 Highway spanning the Tetteh Quarshie Interchange to the Mallam Junction in Accra as an example of a PMB-surface road.

State consumption

Mr Amoako Atta said the government would be the major purchaser of the products for its road projects.

“Bitumen, by all standards, is very key to our operations, and I am excited that we will have our own production facility, which will go to significantly reduce our import from Cote d’Ivoire and sometimes Brazil.

“My understanding is that the facility can produce the different bitumen grades we will need for our projects. The ministry is obliged to consume what is being produced by the company, and we will create an avenue where foreign contractors working on projects in the country will source their bitumen requirement from the facility by way of a technical policy that we will create,” the minister added.

The Group CEO of Goil, Mr Kwame Osei-Prempeh, said the investment became necessary so we could develop the bitumen value chain in the country.

He expressed the hope that the project would considerably reduce Ghana’s reliance on the importation of the products.

 

 

 

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Ghana is to start national roaming and interoperability for  all mobile telecommunication companies by the end of 2021.

This will mean that in areas where a network provider has no coverage, the sim will automatically port unto the available network for the period of time that the subscriber is within the said no coverage area.

 

 

Subscribers will therefore not need to own several sim cards from different network providers, as it currently persists with some subscribers mainly because of connectivity issues in some areas for certain providers.

The Minister of Communications and Digitalisation, Mrs Ursula Owusu Ekuful said this a radio interview monitored by Graphic Online on Accra based Asaase Radio on Friday morning [April 30, 2021].

The Minister said it is something that her outfit is committed to ensure that it happens by the end of year 2021.

“So whether there is a service from your service provider in a particular part of the country or not, just like we roam on other networks when we travel, you can roam on other networks when you travel to a region or a district or an area where your network is not present and for a small fee, which you won’t feel because it will be part of the charges that you pay to your network provider but there will be bi-lateral arrangements between all the players to ensure that the national roaming happens and we are going to do that by the end of this year," she said.

“I have already told them [stakeholders] that, we are doing it and the discussions have already started and the regulator is involved to see how we can mandate that, so all of this would help with connectivity across the country which is the foundation of what we want to do," she added.

Rural telephony project

The Minister said one of the major projects that was started in the year 2020 was the rural telephony project.

 

“It is incumbent on government to extend connectivity to all parts of the country and not leave it to the private sector because they are motivated by profit and incentive.”

“So if there isn’t a commercially viable sector, they are not going to go there but every part of Ghana needs to also engage in the digital transformation that is taking place in the world. So government is putting in 115million euros to extend connectivity to un-served and under-served parts of the country.

 

 

 

 

 

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