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Security agencies will enforce COVID-19 restrictions during Easter – Akufo-Addo

President Nana Akufo-Addo has directed the security services to strictly enforce compliance with the COVID-19 restrictions this Easter.

“The Police Service will ensure strict conformity to these restrictions and anyone who flouts them will be dealt with in accordance with the law. We all saw how we let down our guards during last year’s Christmas which resulted in our active case counts increasing because of our failure to continue to adhere to the protocols. Collectively, we have since worked hard to ensure a mass production in the number of active cases, and government together with security services will make sure that this time, these gains are protected.”

The President reminded the populace of the ban on church conventions, picnics, and other gatherings associated with the Easter festivities.

In his message to Ghanaians ahead of the Easter festivities, the President said “clearly my fellow Ghanaians, we are by no means out of the woods, and so we will have to endure this year, another quiet Easter devoid of the public gatherings and the merrymakings that characterize the season. There’ll therefore be no Easter conventions, picnics, parties, or gatherings at the beaches. Church services must be held for a maximum of two hours and the requisite social distancing rules must be strictly obeyed. Nightclubs Cinemas and pubs continue to be closed. Funerals, Concerts, theatrical performances, and parties are banned. Private burials with no more than 55 people can take place with the enforcement of the social distancing hygiene and mask-wearing protocols. Spectators are still banned from going to the stadia to watch football matches.”

He also urged Ghanaians to strictly adhere to the COVID-19 safety protocols as well as road safety regulations during the Easter period.

“Let’s be each other’s keeper until COVID-19 is eradicated and poses no more threats to our lives and livelihoods. Whiles protecting ourselves from COVID-19, I want to appeal to you to do everything possible to reduce the occurrence of accidents to the barest minimum because yearly, it has been tragically a part of the celebration of Easter.”

Source:citinewsroom

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Nana Agradaa arrested; two TV stations showing ‘money-doubling rituals’ shut down

Money doubler and spiritualist, Patience Asiedua, popularly known as Nana Agradaa, has been arrested.

Nana Agradaa, known for her moneymaking ritual, ‘sika gari’, was arrested by a joint team of Police and National Security Intelligence Operatives, in collaboration with the National Communications Authority on Tuesday night.

Two TV channels – Thunder TV and Ice1 TV – that allegedly broadcast money doubling content at Kasoa in the Central Region, were also shut down for operating without licenses.

The team seized two pieces of equipment each used in the alleged illegal transmission from both premises.

This was announced by the Minister for Communications and Digitalisation, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful on her social media page on Wednesday, April 21, 2021.

Information available suggests the TV channels owned by the self-styled traditional priestess have been operating without authorization for years leading to their closure.

The state’s action follows recent concerns about the broadcasting of inappropriate content in the media space by persons parading themselves as spiritualists

It is on the heels of the gruesome killing of an 11-year-old boy allegedly by two teenagers for money ritual purposes.

Source:citinewsroom

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Akuapem Poloo granted GHS80,000 bail

Social media sensation, Rosemond Brown, known in showbiz as Akuapem Poloo, has been granted bail by the Criminal Division of the High Court pending an appeal filed by her lawyer against her 90-day jail sentence.

She was granted bail in the sum of GHS80,000 with two sureties.

In addition to the bail, she is to report to the case investigator every two weeks and is to deposit her passport with the registrar of the court.

Akuapem Poloo was handed a 90-day jail term for publishing obscene material and violating the dignity and integrity of her 7-year-old son in a nude photo she posted social media.

Since the ruling was made, some people, especially showbiz personalities, have condemned the punishment meted out to her. They also signed a petition in a bid to have her freed.

Rosemond Brown, who was given the 90-day jail term following her conviction on charges of publication of obscene material and domestic violence after pleaded guilty to all three charges last Wednesday and was convicted on her own plea by the court.

Her lawyer, Andrew Vortia had made a mitigation plea to ask for a more lenient punishment.

Mr. Vortia maintained that the custodial sentence handed out was harsh.

“The mitigating factors in her favour are greater than the aggravating factors. When you consider this offence, it is not rape. It is not murder. It is a misdemeanour in which she could have been dealt with lightly,” he said.

The lawyer also questioned the lack of concern for Rosemond Brown’s seven-year-old son.

“Social welfare should have been bought in. We are protecting the child. The mother is gone, so who takes care of the child? Absolutely nothing was done to that effect,” Mr. Andrew said.

The judge, Christina Cann, bemoaned the spate of nudity on the Ghanaian social media space when she handed the sentence on Friday.

According to her, the punishment meted out to Rosemond Brown must serve as a deterrent to others.

Source:citinewsroom

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‘Pokuase BSP tie-in to transmission line will result in power cuts in Accra’

The Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo) will, from May 10, 2021, begin the tie-in of the 330 kilovolt Aboadze-Volta Transmission Line to the Pokuase Bulk Supply Point (BSP) to allow the inflow of power to the GRIDCo transformers.

The power will then be stepped down by GRIDCo transformers and subsequently reduced to reasonable voltage by the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) for onward distribution to consumers.

The tie-in process will last for a week, which would compel the ECG to cut power supply to some communities in the northern parts of Accra to enable the engineers do the break-in.

The GRIDCo has, therefore, collaborated with the ECG and other stakeholders to plan a load shedding time table for communities in Accra to be affected during the period.

Mr William Amuna, the Technical Controller of the Millennium Development Authority (MiDA), made the disclosure in a media interview when Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, the Minister of Energy, led a delegation to inspect the progress of work at the Pokuase BSP.

The Minister was accompanied by Mr Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, the Information Minister, Mr Jonathan Amoako Baah, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of GRIDCo, Mr Eson Benjamin, the CEO of MiDA, Mr Munesu Dizamuhupe, the Project Manager of SMEC, Mr Ebenezer Amankwaah, Corporate Communications Officer of GRIDCo, and some officials of the ECG and Volta River Authority.

The Pokuase BSP can hold 580 MVA, which is the largest in West Africa and is over 95 per cent done.

It is expected to be completed by the end of July or August, this year, and would distribute power to about 350,000 existing ECG customers, especially residents of Kwabenya, Ofankor, Legon, Nsawam, and Anyaah.

Mr Amuna said the project’s completion would ensure sufficient power supply for domestic purposes and boost business operations, while minimising the intermittent power outages.

The US$60 million project is being funded by the United States Government through its Agency; the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), and being implemented by MiDA on behalf of the Government of Ghana.

Works on the project started in April 2019 under the MCC Power Compact, of which Ghana received US$308 million.

Elecnor SA Ghana is the contractors for the project while SMEC, a member of Surbana Jurong Group, is the supervising engineers.

Mr Amoako Baah said the Pokuase BSP was fifth in Accra and when completed would reduce the power load on the existing power substations and ensure efficient supply of electricity.

He said the Greater Accra Region required an excess of 800 megawatts of power due to population growth and consumed about 25 per cent of the entire power generated in Ghana.

Mr Amoako Baah said the COVID-19 pandemic had affected the May 31 deadline for completion because the equipment and other essential items needed for the project delayed.

The Pokuase BSP comprises the Control Buildings for GRIDCo and ECG, drainage systems, installation of four transformers, fencing, gantries, Switchgears and storage yards.

Currently cables were being laid and some equipment would be commissioned soon, Mr Amoako Baah said.

The project would also lead to a significant reduction in technical losses in the GRIDCo transmission system while the ECG’s power distribution would contribute towards improving the financial viability of the company, he said.

Source:GNA

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