May 9, 2021

Weekly wrap: Kasoa insecurity, Akuapem Poloo convicted and ‘CRUSHED’ documentary

This week, you heard so much about the insecurity in Kasoa. The youth are asking for more security presence as they say the current situation affects their movements, especially at night.

Some victims of crimes there also told JoyNews the police seem to be overwhelmed as several reports to them are not attended to.

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One person said after he was robbed and reported to the police, the police mentioned they knew the house where the robbery took place and would meet him there but the police never went to the scene.

The police in the Central Region has noted they are not overwhelmed with what many say are heightened crimes in Kasoa, but would continue to work with community leaders to work stem the tide.

Elsewhere, actress Akuapem Poloo born Rosemond Brown has been handed a 90 days jail sentence by the Accra Circuit Court over naked pictures with her son.

The conviction on Friday comes after she posted a naked picture with her son on Instagram celebrating his seventh birthday.

She described her sentencing as a test which she has to go through and noted she is a strong woman but needs the prayers of all.

However, a cross-section of Ghanaians have rallied behind the actress calling for non-custodial sentence which will be less harsh.

At Sibi in the Oti Region, residents were worried about the acute shortage of portable water. They were digging around a stinking dirty-brown pond to harvest water for drinking and other domestic use.

Some government workers posted to the area leave after a short stay, including some health workers who attributed the situation to the frequent cases of typhoid fever there. They also were unhappy about the situation stating it is not helping them to strictly observe covid-19 protocols on hand washing.

The Oti Region Director at the Community Water and Sanitation Agency Henry Ampah-Johnson promised the situation would be fixed within a year.

JoyNews launched ‘Crushed’, a documentary highlighting how road crashes are killing many. From January to March, almost 800 persons have died in road accidents.

After the premiere, stakeholders proposed many solutions.

The Transport Minister noted the National Road Safety Authority (NRSA) would not be given full backing to regulate commercial transport operations.

The MTTD said enforcement structures would be automated to support the traditional methods of ensuring compliance to traffic regulations.

According to the Executive Director of the NRSA engineer May Obiri-Yeboah, political will is needed in the enforcement.

There was also a dialogue on illegal mining where the President reiterated his commitment to punish persons involved in illegal mining.

Speaking at a national dialogue on dealing with the menace, speaker after speaker agreed, the canker is a national threat which must be clamped down, it was agreed that government must now deploy all legal means necessary to deal with the problem.

Chairman of the planning committee Benito Owusu bio noted giving powers to the local assemblies is one way of fighting galamsey. But former Lands and Natural Resources Minister, Collins Duada says government will struggle to implement the recommendations from the dialogue because some government appointees are involved in illegal mining.

The Commissioner, Customs Division of  the Ghana Revenue Authority, Col. Rtd. Kwadwo Damoah accused the National Security at the Kotoka International Airport  of impeding their work in inspecting goods. He noted that when this happens, revenue is lost causing the country millions of cedis in duty.

Some members of the La Youth Association accused the military of using disproportionate force against them during clashes that resulted in the injury of some protestors.

The youth were protesting to demand lands they say belongs to them but are allegedly being taken over by the military.

Some journalists and innocent persons were affected when the police used force to disperse the crowd, the military has since apologised.

This week, the Bui Power Authority disassociated itself from the ongoing power outages. For weeks, many Ghanaians across the country continue to endure power outages.

Director of Systems Operations at GRIDCo, Mac Baah attributed the challenge to inadequate gas supply and shortage of water in the Bui dam while. But Chief executive officer of the Bui Power Authority, Fred Oware said that is not the satiation and that despite the low lever of the water the dam is still running.

Finally, the Ho airport was opened to commercial flights and residents are excited about the business prospects and reduction in travel time after all it would take 15 minutes to travel in the air from the national capital, Accra, to the Volta Regional capital.

Source: Ghana News

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