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Ebony’s driver ‘vanished’ from jeep following collision- VIP Bus Eyewitness

Ebony’s driver ‘vanished’ from jeep following collision- VIP Bus Eyewitness

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An eye-witness, who was an occupant of the VIP Bus that had a collision with popular Dancehall Songstress Ebony’s jeep has written an account of events as it unfolded from the angle of the occupants of the VIP Bus. To back his claims, he also posted the tickets of the said VIP Bus he boarded from Sunyani to Kumasi on that fateful evening.   “This is how the accident that took the life of the late Ebony Reigns occured on the night of February 8, 2018”, he wrote: It was around 10:24pm when I heard our VIP bus with registration number GT 3273 -17 shouting in a local dialect “Nkwasiasem ben na driver yi redi yi? [sic] meaning what kind of a foolish thing is this driver doing after he saw him overspeeding and missing his lane driving into ours. The driver of the Jeep was
NHIA has taken a nosedive under NPP – Bagbin

NHIA has taken a nosedive under NPP – Bagbin

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The Second deputy Speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin has described as untrue, claims by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo that confidence has been restored to the National Health Insurance Scheme. Delivering the second State of the Nation address last week, the president noted that hospitals no longer collect extra monies from patients as used to be the case in the previous administration. But this claim has been challenged by Hon. Bagbin who insists checks with hospitals in his constituency and the health ministry suggest otherwise. “If you look at the NHIA, I think we are having a nosedive. I wasn’t surprised when the current Chief Executive complained about the challenges he is meeting. “Now a lot of health facilities are charging fees and that is an area he will hav
Special Prosecutor: Amidu’s age not an issue – Osei Owusu

Special Prosecutor: Amidu’s age not an issue – Osei Owusu

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The First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Joe Osei Owusu has stated that the age of former Attorney General Martin Amidu cannot disqualify him from becoming the Special Prosecutor. Mr. Amidu’s age has become an issue after a former Deputy Attorney-General under the NDC administration, Dr. Dominic Ayine, filed a suit to challenge the nomination of Martin Amidu for the position of Special Prosecutor. Dr. Ayine, who is the National Democratic Congress (NDC) MP for Bolgatanga East, is praying the Supreme Court to halt the nomination because 66-year-old Mr. Amidu is gone past the retirement age for public office holders. Dr. Ayine is seeking seven reliefs which includes; a) A declaration that by a true and proper interpretation of Articles 190(1)(d), 199(1), 199(4), and 295 of t
Ghana Health Service on high alert as Lassa Fever outbreak hits Nigeria

Ghana Health Service on high alert as Lassa Fever outbreak hits Nigeria

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Ghana Health Service is on high alert following confirmation by Nigeria that there has been an outbreak of the deadly Lassa Fever in 18 States, with over 300 cases and at least 31 deaths. According to an intercepted release from the GHS Director, Dr Anthony Nsiah-Asare, to all Divisional Directors, Regional Deputy Directors of the Service and public health care facilities, “the outbreak [in Nigeria] has been on-going for the past six weeks and has necessitated urgent spontaneous national response actions among all neighbouring countries.” Lassa fever belongs to the same family as Marburg and Ebola, two deadly viruses that lead to infections with fever, vomiting and in worst-case scenarios, haemorrhagic bleeding. Already in Ivory Coast, Health and Public Hygiene Minister Raym
Akufo-Addo must ease the economic hardship in Ghana-Odike

Akufo-Addo must ease the economic hardship in Ghana-Odike

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Founder and leader of the United Progressive Party (UPP), Mr. Akwasi Addai Odike has appealed to the government to as a matter of urgency reduce the cost of petroleum products in the country to ease the unnecessary economic hardship on the people. “In my humble appeal, I want President Akufo-Addo to do something economically wise about the skyrocketing of petroleum prices”, he appealed. “In fact, the situation has brought hardship and killing many businesses” the businessman cum politician spoke on Kumasi-based Nhyira FM morning show in response to the 2018 State of the Nation Address by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. The 2016 UPP flagbearer also admonished the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) in Parliament to offer better solutions to the country’s proble
Be ready to employ 90k Free SHS graduates – Amissah-Arthur

Be ready to employ 90k Free SHS graduates – Amissah-Arthur

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Former vice president Kwesi Amissah-Arthur has warned the government could grapple with job placement for the over 90,000 students who gained admission through the Free Senior High School programme. The ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) launched the Free SHS policy in its first year in office to absorb tuition and other related academic fees. Mr. Amissah-Arthur believes it is a laudable initiative, but the government failed to forecast the employment conundrum it will bring unto these students when they graduate in two years time. “What possibilities are there for them to get jobs and so on?” the former vice president asked President Akufo-Addo following his State of the Nation Address. According to him, the new government must learn from the John Mahama administration, espe
UT, Capital banks collapse: GCB shuts down 31 branches

UT, Capital banks collapse: GCB shuts down 31 branches

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GCB Bank has shut down 31 branches of the defunct UT and Capital Banks after it successfully completed the full integration of the systems of the two collapsed banks to offer customers a wide network of some 183 branches across the country. The integration, according to the management of the GCB in a statement, included the consolidation of core banking applications, procedures and processes, the training of staff and the streamlining of the branch network. Thus “GCB has retained 22 out of the 53 branches of the defunct institutions based on their location and accessibility to customers,” said the statement. As a result of the integration, continued the statement “staff numbers have been rationalized and GCB has absorbed almost 70 percent of the permanent staff of those banks.
Three police officers arrested for aiding escape of two convicted prisoners

Three police officers arrested for aiding escape of two convicted prisoners

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Three police officers have been arrested by the Ashanti Regional Police Command for their alleged role in the escape of two convicted prisoners. The convicts are the children of two of the arrested police officers. Chief Inspector Kennedy Kwame Nyantey with the Twedie Police station and Inspector William Armah with the Regional Visibility Unit allegedly bribed Sergeant Kyei Mensah with GH¢10, 000 to free their sons who had been convicted by the Kumasi Circuit Court for armed robbery. Emmanuel Kwame Nyantey, 33 son of C/Insptr Kennedy Nyanteh and Frederick Asante, 26, son of Insptr William Armah were on October 12, 2017 sentenced to a total of 21 years with hard labour for robbery and were supposed to be sent to the Kumasi Central Prison to start their sentence. Ho
I’m back to work to make Ghana prosperous – Bawumia

I’m back to work to make Ghana prosperous – Bawumia

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Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has expressed his sincerest gratitude to Ghanaians for the show of immense love towards him while he was away on sick leave. The Vice President was flown to the United Kingdom on January 22 after he took ill. His departure from the country sparked several speculations, especially from the opposition NDC. However, he returned to the country yesterday to a rousing welcome by the President, Ministers of State and some party functionaries. In a post thanking Ghanaians for the love they showed him in his time of need, the Vice President said “ Fellow Ghanaians, I appreciate the fellow feeling, love and best wishes expressed during my recent medical leave. I am most grateful to the Almighty God for his mercies. In particular, I than
I had to beg on the streets of Accra for survival after Stars of the Future – Wiyaala

I had to beg on the streets of Accra for survival after Stars of the Future – Wiyaala

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Songstress Wiyaala has said after Stars of the future, she went through several challenges including begging on the streets of Accra to feed herself. According to her, she had huge plans for herself but things did not work out as planned so she ended up not continuing the Polytechnic education she had deferred before going for the reality show. Wiyaala who was speaking to GhOne TV’s Kafui Dey said she did not have problems only with money to feed but also had challenges with her accommodation in Accra that she had to go back to Wa. “At some point, I had to beg for one cedi on the streets of Accra. I had challenges with accommodation, things were not going on well so I had to go back to Wa. Although I had some people who were willing to help with my music, I could not burden th