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€523m approved for railways, Takoradi Port-Huni Valley line to benefit

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€523m approved for railways, Takoradi Port-Huni Valley line to benefit

Parliament has approved a €523-million credit facility agreement between the government and the German Development Bank, Deutsche Bank, to finance the construction of sections of the western railway line from Takoradi Port to Huni Valley in the Western Region.

The House also granted waiver of import duties, import value added tax (VAT), levies and domestic levies amounting to €72.29 million on project materials and equipment to be imported for the execution of the standard gauge railway line.

Execution period

The project will be executed by Amandi Investment Limited and will be completed within 42 months from the date of commencement.
The agreements and request were presented to the House on August 3, this year, by the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Mr Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, on behalf of the Minister of Finance.

The request and agreements were referred to the Committee on Finance for consideration and report.

Scope of work

Presenting the report, the Chairman of the committee, Dr Mark Assibey-Yeboah, said the scope of work comprised the construction of approximately eight kilometres of standard gauge railway tracks connecting the existing convertible narrow gauge tracks from Takoradi to the Takoradi Port for easy and efficient access for cargo handling.

With the conversion of the 10.6-km convertible narrow gauge tracks between Takoradi and Kojokrom from narrow gauge to standard gauge, he said, such conversion would include works and materials required as well as the supply of new standard gauge turnouts.

The chairman said it would include the construction of a by-pass section along the Kojokrom to the Manso section of the western railway line at Eshiem to enhance the speed of the final infrastructure.

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Besides, Dr Assibey-Yeboah indicated that there would be construction of a new standard gauge railway line from Manso to Huni Valley of approximately 70km of single track lines, including 10km of loop lines and double lines to the stations to improve availability of the lines for express trains and also give priority to passengers over cargo.

“Additionally, there will be construction of eight stations from Amantin to Huni Valley, including all construction works, station buildings, access roads, close circuit television (CCTV) and access control, back-up generator and water tanks.”

“Temporary works will be undertaken where and when needed to reduce the amount of stoppage to the currently running cargo operations. Such works will include temporary rail lines, temporary paths and any other diversion or by-pass of traffic or activity that prevents the works from progressing,” Dr Assibey-Yeboah said.

The chairman of the committee added that the project would witness the construction of approximately 4,000 cubic metres workshop facility for standard gauge rolling stock including fit-out machinery and equipment as well as the supply of standard gauge maintenance equipment, among others.

Context

A major objective of government’s poverty reduction and growth agenda was the construction of a railway infrastructure to support the development of the country.

The western railway line, which is from Takoradi to Kumasi, with a 340-km branch line from Dunkwa to Awaso, was a major route for the transportation of minerals and other bulk commodities such as manganese, bauxite, cocoa, timber, cement and petroleum products, all of which have been transported on the western railway line.

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In times past, the committee chairman said, the very busy passenger service from Sekondi-Takoradi to Kumasi and from Dunkwa to Awaso was also operated on the western line but unfortunately, due to several decades of neglect and underfunding, most of the western rail line was in a complete state of disrepair.

“Between 2012 and 2017, approximately 15.6km of convertible narrow gauge line was constructed from the Sekondi Station to the Takoradi Station via Kojokrom and the line is still in operation. Furthermore, the 60.8km narrow gauge section of the western line, from Takoradi to Nsuta is operational and mainly used for manganese freight service from the manganese mine at Nsuta to the Takoradi Port. “

“This line was in poor state for a passenger service and, therefore, from 2007 the Ghana Railway Company Limited (GRCL) ceased to operate the passenger service from Takoradi to Tarkwa. Prior to that, the Takoradi to Kumasi service had also ceased in 2004.

“The GRCL rehabilitated the 56km section of the western line from Kojokrom to Tarkwa and this has enabled the reintroduction of passenger service from Takoradi to Tarkwa in 2020.

“Customers that previously transported goods by rail (bauxite, timber, cocoa, flour, cement, fertiliser, etc.) have been compelled to use road and only a small fraction of manganese is transported by rail. This switch of traffic from rail to road has had a significant impact on the road network, in terms of congestion and road damage. The cost of transporting goods by rail is also far lower than the cost of transporting by road,” Dr Assibey-Yeboah said.

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Single largest

The government in June this year signed a €500-million contract with construction company, Amandi Holdings Limited, for the construction of sections of the Western Railway Line.

The Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Financing Contract or EPC contract covers 102 kilometres of continuous single track railway line, an initial workshop facility at a location to be specified by the government, and an initial complement of rolling stock.

The government, represented by the Minister of Railways Development, Mr Joe Ghartey, signed the contract, with Amandi, represented by its Managing Director, Mr Nadav Simhoni, for the standard gauge between Takoradi Harbour and Huni Valley in the Western Region.

The Railways Development Minister said the deal was the single largest rail contract in the country’s post-independence history.

He said the project was expected to start in October this year to be completed in 42 months.

The minister said funds had been earmarked for initial costs — employer’s and engineer’s costs and supervision facilities, including acquisition of land and payment of compensations to affected people.


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Man kills his pregnant wife three months after wedding

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The Nigerian police have launched a manhunt for a man who allegedly killed his 4-month-old pregnant wife.

The suspect identified as Nnanna Emeka reportedly killed his pregnant wife in their residence at Ugbele Mgbidi area of Imo State.

According to eyewitnesses, Nnanna decided to take his wife on a date where he could take out his plan but she refused.

Nnanna committed his atrocious act on Saturday, 3rd July 2020 just three months after they tied the knot.

“He wanted to take his wife out on a date, and then, probably take her somewhere and kill her. He would have come back to cook up stories to cover his track. But unfortunately for him, his wife refused to go out with him.

Just a few days before, she had told a friend that for the past week her husband’s character had changed, that she doesn’t understand him anymore. So, we believe that’s why she refused to go out with him.

However, after trying fruitlessly to get his wife to go out with him, he allegedly decided to murder her inside their apartment and take her corpse to the place where the ritual will be performed,” a witness recounted.

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The suspect is said to have hit his wife’s forehead with a rod and watched her bleed to death.

He was confronted by neighbours while transporting the body because his actions looked suspicious.

Nnanna, however, bolted and currently, he is nowhere to be found.

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2-years jail term for any landlord who takes rent for more than six months – Rent Control

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The Public Relation Officer (PRO) for the Rent Control Department Emmanuel Hovey Kporsu has warned landlords not to take rent for more than 6months.

According to the PRO, any landlord who is found guilty of taking more than 6 months rent is likely to be jailed for two years.

He explained that taking rent is not an avenue for them to recoup all their monies used in putting up the building.

“Any person who as a condition of the grant, renewal or continuance of a tenancy demands in the case of monthly or shorter tenancy, the payment in advance of more than a month’s rent or in the case of tenancy exceeding six months, the payment in advance of more than six months’ rent shall be guilty of an offense and shall upon conviction by the appropriate rent magistrate be liable to a fine not exceeding 500 penalty unit or in default imprisonment term not exceeding 2 years or both,” he stated.

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One thing that has been bothering many people in the country is the decision by some landlords and property owners to take one or two years advance as rent.

Citizens have complained that this act by the landlords and property owners force them to sleep on the street when the laws of the land demand that no landlord takes rent for more than 6 months.

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Report reaching GhPage indicates that there has been a fire outbreak at a three-storey building at the Makola market, Accra.

The inferno started around 9 am on Monday, 5th July 2020 in one of the shops in the building and spread to the others.

The building, known as Hong Kong, opposite the Makola Shopping Mall Complex, is made of shops occupied by traders who deal in hair and cosmetic products.

Goods including lace fabrics, cosmetics and wigs have been destroyed in the blaze.

According to eyewitnesses, when the fire started, they called on the fire service station that is situated a few meters away but they claimed they do not have water to put out the flames.

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The fire service personnel are currently at the scene battling to bring the inferno under control.

As at this point, no casualty has been recorded but the traders are accusing the fire service over their failure to handle the fire when it started.

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Conti-Katanga Clash: Katanga releases press statement

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A statement from the Katanga Hall of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has been released to the public.

Last weekend, a fight broke up between some members of the Katanga Hall and Conti during the vetting of some SRC executives.

The fight saw some students of both sides destroy some properties belonging to the institution.

There has been a public uproar on social media after video from the fight found its way to social media.

Well, executives of Katanga have reacted to the story and the video which has gone viral explaining their side of the story.

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According to their press release, there was a scuffle at the entrance of the Great Hall after one Master Joshua Budu wielding a broken bottle was preventing some students from entering.

It continued that Katanga members only came into the picture to restore calm and not start a fight as the media and other people are saying.

The statement maintained that Katanga does not support such disruptive behaviors.

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Ghana would experience political tension for 3 years – Nigerian Prophet

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A Nigerian Prophet identified as Emmanuel Chinonso has disclosed that Ghana would experience political tension that would last for some years.

For those who believe in the words of preachers and Prophets, this message from the man of God might be the answer to their questions on the recent happenings in the country.

According to the preacher, a lot of people would lose their lives because this political tension would start with protest and then proceed to a riot-like revolution and all this would begin immediately.

He narrated that God showed to him that this political tension was going to last for three (3) years.

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Prophet Chinonso went on to say that the Lord told him that the only thing that can save the people of Ghana is for them to pray and call on him.

He said: “this thing I saw will bring in protest. I saw people die: I saw something that will be like a revolution. There will be hotness, people will not rest, people will be unrest.

“The Lord said to me, tell my people to pray and pass a warning unto the political leaders in Ghana that they shall hear my voice; let them not do what shall temper the blood of the innocent, that blood shall begin to speak”.

The Lord said I should warn them that all God’s people in Ghana shall lift up their antenna high and pray a prayer of peace. I saw a tension and the Lord said to me it will last for three years; not just something that will happen in 2021 [but will go beyond]. I see protest, rioting; I see some people die.”

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Former IGP, Asante-Apeatu sues Net-2 TV presenter, Justice Kweku Annan for defamation [Details]

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Former IGP, Asante-Apeatu sues Net-2 TV presenter, Justice Kweku Annan for defamation [Details]

Former Inspector-General of Police (IGP), David Asante-Apeatu, has sued Net-2 TV presenter, Justice Kweku Annan for defamation.

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The defendant is the host of the station’s popular talk show known as ‘The Seat’.

Kweku Annan is said to have claimed on the June 16, 2021, edition of his show that, the former IGP is a fence for notorious Ghanaian and Nigerian criminals and harbours the criminals.

In addition, he alleged that Mr. Asante-Apeatu is/was on the payroll of top criminals in Ghana, and had refused to cause the arrest and prosecution of these criminals.

Not only that, the TV Presenter accused the former IGP of working in cahoots with hardened international criminals to unleash terror on Ghanaians.

But the plaintiff in his writ as sighted by citinewsroom.com avers that the accusations are figments of the defendant’s imagination, ‘utterly false’, hence his lawsuit.

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According to the former IGP, the TV presenter mischievously calculated the allegations in a manner that was to damage his reputation and cause him public disaffection.

“Former IGP, Mr. David Apeatu’s adminstration you know these men whose names I am about to mention. You know them. What did he do? What did you do? I say that you know these notorious armed robbers whose names I am anout to mention. Why haven’t you been able to arrest them. Former IGP you know this. What have you done, what did you do. Mr.Apeatu, I say you know these people”, extract of the defandant’s broadcasted and published defamatory of the plaintiff read.

Plaintiffs support of claim for aggravated damages

The former police chief who sued per his lawful attorney particularly stated as follows:

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The defendant published the words complained of knowing they were false, or recklessly as to their truth or falsity – having calculated that the benefit to the defendant in his vocation as a TV presenter – by way of popularity and increased viewership-base and following as a result of the sensational publication-would outweigh any compensation payable to the plaintiff.

That the defendant knew that once he made the publication, it would be reproduced on the websites of the various media platforms including social media, and access to countless numbers of people worldwide.

Also, the defendant knew and intended that his publication of the words complained of should be so published and./or such publication was the natural and probable consequence of his publication.

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The defendant transmitted and/or caused the publication to be published on Net2 TV’s YouTube and Facebook accounts which the defendant has left to open access to an unquantifiable number of users globally of the internet on the world wide web.

Consequently, it can be inferred that a large, unquantifiable number of users have watched and are watching the defendant’s publication of the plaintiff and that the defendant was malicious in his publication of the words complained of.

Reliefs

The plaintiff is therefore seeking the following reliefs:

1. General damages for libel contained in the defendant’s publication of the plaintiff.

2. Aggravated damages arising from libel published by the defendant of the plaintiff

3. Costs, including lawyers’ fees.

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