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Bogoso explosion: Minerals Commission shuts down Maxam Company Limited

Emerald Takyi

The Minerals Commission has officially shut down Maxam Company Limited in Tarkwa.

This follows a directive by the government ordering a suspension of the company’s license, following a huge explosion at Bogoso-Appiate on Thursday, January 20, 2022.

The explosion occurred after a motorcycle went under a truck carrying explosives owned by Maxam Limited.

The explosives were being transported to the Chirano gold mine, run by Toronto-based Kinross (K.TO).

Speaking after handing over the shutdown documents to the company’s Plant Manager, Emerald Takyi, the Western Regional Manager of the Commission, Isaac Mwinbellen said Maxam Limited cannot be blamed for any wrongdoing until investigations into the incident are completed.

“We have not completed investigations, and we cannot say that Maxam has gone wrong in any of this. We are still going through investigations. Remember that the Police are also doing their investigations on the spot.”

“Till we put all these pieces together and look at the requirements, then we will be able to tell who is culpable and who is not. But at this stage, we cannot tell who is culpable or not. We are still in the process of investigations. Until investigations are completed, we cannot say someone is culpable or not.”

To forestall a secondary explosion, the government has deployed a joint team of police and military explosion experts to examine the situation and put in place the requisite measures.

Source: Citinewsroom.com

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Over 120,000 persons reimbursed after wrongful E-levy deductions – GRA

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After the initial challenges that disrupted the first few days of the implementation of the electronic transfer levy, over 120,000 customers have so far been reimbursed for wrongful deductions.

Head of Project Management Unit at the Ghana Revenue Authority, Isaac Kobina Amoako, who made this known said, “the data we had for those who had a refund on 1st of May from one particular charging entity was around 120,000 customers whose monies have been refunded for 1st of May. I do not have the statistics for the other charging entities and for the other days that the reversal has been made. We’ve met Mobile Money Association, and we’ve seen that the transfers have stabilized.”

“People are now gaining confidence that when they transact with the vendors, cash is not affected by the e-levy. Cash-out is also not affected by e-levy and with the provision for also online businesses where they are being protected so that when you are purchasing online you don’t have to pay e-levy.”

He spoke to the media on the sidelines of sensitization by the Ghana Revenue Authority for some trade associations in Accra on the E-levy.

After many agitations and protest against the Electronic Transfer levy, it finally took effect on the 1st of May 2022. But it wasn’t without the usual challenges that confront the implementation of a policy, especially in its initial stages.

Some persons were overcharged while others had monies deducted from their accounts even though their transactions were exempted from paying the levy.

Many took to social media to vent their frustration with the situation.

But nearly two weeks into the introduction of the policy, some of these concerns have already been addressed.

The e-levy is a 1.5 percent tax on selected electronic transactions introduced by the government in the 2020 budget as part of efforts to raise revenue locally.

Source: Citinewsroom. com

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I rejected monetary offer from US groups to drop anti-LGBTQ+ bill – Sam George

Sam George

The Member of Parliament for Ningo-Prampram constituency, Sam George says his involvement in the push for an anti-LGBTQ legislation in Ghana is not influenced by money but by his conviction that LGBTQ activities are against the country’s acceptable cultural values.

Speaking on Citi TV‘s Upside Down show, he said he has been offered money that “I could have been sorted for life” by different groups in the US to back down on his anti-LGBTQ campaign but he has remained resolute.

“On this LGBTQ thing, if it was about making quick money, I could have been sorted out for life. Offers were made. I can show you messages from groups in San Francisco inviting me and saying let’s have a conversation that I should drop the bill. If that was what it was about for me, I could have gotten it sorted out, but you must have principles,” he said.

Sam George said his involvement in the process to get an anti-LGBTQ legislation in Ghana has come with several ramifications including being blacklisted from making currency exchanges outside Ghana which stems from allegations of money laundering levelled against him by persons who are unhappy about his campaign.

“The price I have paid is enormous. I know I may have been put on some international watch lists. You travel, and you get to an international airport and all kinds of funny questions are asked of you. They say I do money laundering and I cannot even change $10 anywhere in the world because of accusations that I’m being funded by some ghost group in the US. I am not being funded. I fund my things from my own pocket,” he added.

Sam George is part of eight members of parliament that have jointly submitted a private bill to push for the criminalization of LGBTQI+ activities in the country.

The bill, which they term as a ‘Bill on the Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values’, was presented to Speaker, Alban Bagbin on Tuesday, June 29, 2021.

The other members of parliament that joined in presenting the bill include, Emmanuel Bedzrah (MP, Ho West) Della Adjoa Sowah (MP, Kpando), John Ntim Fordjour (MP, Assin South), Alhassan Sayibu Suhuyini (MP, Tamale North), Helen Adjoa Ntoso (MP, Krachi West), Rita Naa Odoley Sowah (MP, La Dadekotopon) and Rockson Nelson Dafeamekpor (MP, South Dayi).

The bill is currently at the committee level in Parliament, where public hearings are being held by legislators.

Source: Citinewsroom. com

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Universities, hotels, markets must also be wary of possible terrorist attacks, not only churches – Bonaa

Dr Adam Bonaa

A Security Analyst, Dr Adam Bonaa has said the caution issued against possible terrorist attacks in Ghana by the Ministry of National Security should not be limited to only religious gatherings.

In his view, all other places where people gather must be also be wary of the possible attacks.

Following the activities of terrorist groups in neighbouring West African countries, Ghana’s National Security cautioned churches against possible similar attacks.

The National Security assured that measures have been instituted in order to forestall these attacks however, the churches must also be on alert.

The measures instituted include installation of Closed-Circuit Televisions (CCTVs) in churches, as well as engaging the services of accredited private security agencies.

“In view of the growing threats of terrorism from the subregion and the expansionist drive of terrorist groups towards Coastal West African states, with a renewed modus operandi of targeting public gatherings including places of worship, it is imperative that precautional measures are taken by all stakeholders,” a statement issued on Friday May 13 said.

Reacting to this on the News 360 on TV3 Sunday May 15, Dr Bonaa said “What I can say is that the caution is welcomed, it is something we should have done probably, a bit longer but unfortunately, it is coming out now. I will say better late than never.”

He added “It is not the first time we are getting such a statement from the National Security apparatus . What I probably would have wanted to see is a more broadened caution, trying to caution universities, caution traders, caution hotels and caution places where even social activities take place for entertainment, for sports. Because we must know that when it comes to terrorism and where they attack, one side doesn’t take it all. What we have seen is something that has to do with religious facilities, I have already seen media portals pointing to churches.”

It is recalled that a report released by the West Africa Centre for Counter Extremism (WACCE) released recently said Ghana has managed so far to stay safe from terrorist attacks on home soil, yet the country has been so close to terrorism.

Already, the report said, more than 13 Ghanaians are believed to have travelled to fight with terrorist groups since 2015. Up to twenty three (23) others have been dissuaded from leaving to join extremist groups.

“Ghana’s first recorded case was Nazir Alema Nortey3 , a young university graduate, who shockingly left the country in august 2015 to join ISIS before sending a message back to his parents to announce his new found cause.

“He was killed in Syria by April 2016. Professor Kofi Awoonor, a renowned Ghanaian poet and academic, was killed in the West Gate Mall attack in Nairobi, Kenya when Al Shabab fighters besieged the mall in 2013,” the report said.

The threat has been menacingly and quickly spread, occurring through a spill over phenomenon, has ravaged the Northern borders of not only Burkina Faso but also of Ivory Coast, Benin and Togo recently. With all its direct neighbors under attacks, Ghana has descending from the Sahel towards Coastal States in the last five years.

“Even though the fatality numbers are presently down from the peak of over 7,200 in the region in 2014, the threat has increased in complexity and geographical spread. Today 53% of all ECOWAS now been encircled by the threat. These developments are dangerous for Ghana.

“Ghana’s proximity to these countries (Burkina Faso to the North, Benin and Togo to the East and Ivory Coast to the West) exposes the country to extremist recruitment or attacks or both,” it added.

It further stated that the “unending Bawku chieftaincy conflict, the ethnic tensions in Northern Ghana and the unresolved challenge of Western Togoland separatists in the Eastern border regions amplify the risks.”

Source: 3news.com

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