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1. Government to reconstruct demolished properties of Nigerian High Commission.

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The government has decided to rebuild the demolished building within the premises of the Nigerian High Commission to its original state, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Ms Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, has said.

In addition, the government would take immediate steps to engage the Osu Stool and all stakeholders to address the impasse to help calm tensions, the minister said at a press conference in Accra yesterday.

Some properties near the residence of the Nigerian High Commissioner in Accra were destroyed by some unidentified men last Friday at about 11 p.m.

The men, who are said to be armed, broke through the locked gate with a bulldozer and pulled down parts of the one-storey building under construction on the compound.

The Paramount Chief of the Osu Traditional Area, Nii Okwei Kinka Dowuona VI, in a statement released last Sunday, defended the demolition of a structure purported to belong to the Nigerian High Commission.

However, since the demolition constituted a breach under the Vienna Convention, the government has decided to restore the property to the High Commission, while it will engage the Osu Traditional Council and the high commission to quell the feud, Ms Botchwey said.

In arriving at the decision, the Foreign Affairs Ministry took into consideration the fact that there was a contract between the traditional council and the high commission since there was a formal offer to the high commission in respect of the parcel of land in question, which was accepted and payments made.

“The Lands Commission will proceed to issue a Land Title Certificate to the High Commission of Nigeria to regularise its ownership of the property in question”.

“The Government of Ghana will take immediate steps to engage the Osu Stool and all stakeholders on the impasse,” the minister stated.

In conclusion, let me assure the diplomatic community in Ghana and the High Commission of Nigeria, in particular, that the Government of Ghana will not relent on its primary obligation to protect and guarantee the safety of the members of the diplomatic corps,” the Minister of Foreign Affairs stressed.


2. Over 10 million Ghanaians don't have proper accommodation- Housing Minister

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The Minister for Works and Housing, Samuel Atta Akyea has revealed that over 10 million Ghanaians don’t have a better place of accommodation.

According to him, having access to decent and affordable housing unit is a major challenge in Ghana which he says there is a huge housing deficit of 2 million units.

He was speaking at the Meet the Press series of the Information Ministry to update Ghanaian’s on work done by the ministry which was held in Accra.

The MP for Abuakwa South stressed that "The government of President Akuffo Addo has identified problems at hands and is putting in all efforts to ensure that these challenges with housing and the deficit are completely solved as soon as possible.’’

Mr Atta Akyea added that "Government is, therefore, make securing funds for the completion of all abandoned housing projects that were begun by successive governments.’’

Mr Atta Akyea also touted the government achievements made so far as he says despite the coronavirus pandemic, government has shown massive commitment towards improving all sectors of the water and Housing sectors as he has providing affordable housing for Ghanaians is Government’s priority.


3. 40 People arrested for not wearing nose marks

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Forty people have been arrested in Accra for allegedly failing to wear a nose mask in contravention of the Executive Instrument E.I164.

They were arrested in the central business district of Accra last Tuesday in a special operation conducted by the operational team from the Railways Police.

The law

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo signed the Executive Instrument (E.I164) which criminalises the failure to wear a nose mask in public.

The law states that those who are found guilty will be fined a minimum of GH¢1,200 or a maximum of GH¢6,000 or will be sentenced to between four and 10 years in prison.

“Operation wear your mask”

Briefing the Daily Graphic yesterday, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Accra Regional Police Command, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Mrs Effia Tenge, said the operation dubbed, ‘Operation wear your mask’, was begun at about 11:30a.m. last Tuesday and involved 25 policemen.

She said those arrested were sent to the Railway Police Station.

She said the police took caution statements from each of them after which they were released on bail to report at the police station yesterday.

DSP Tenge explained that the operation was targeted at enforcing the directive on wearing of face masks in the region as part of measures to check the spread of the coronavirus.

"In line with enforcing the law, policemen have been deployed at various points in the region to ensure that all persons moving about have a nose mask on or be sanctioned,” she said.

Background

In his 11th address to the nation on the coronavirus crisis, the President called on the public to make sure they had a nose mask or face covering on when leaving their homes.

He said not having one’s nose and mouth covered in public was now an offence.

“The police have been instructed to enforce this directive, which is the subject of an Executive Instrument,” he said.

In the meantime, pursuant to sections 169 and 170 of the Public Health Act, 2012 (Act851), the Ministry of Health on April 26, this year, directed the mandatory wearing of nose masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the country.


4. Earth Tremor measuring magnitude 4.0 hits Accra and environs

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Parts of Accra were shaken by a fleeting earth tremor Wednesday night which threw residents into fear and panic. 

According to the USGS (United States Geological Survey), it recorded a magnitude of 4.0 with a 10.0-kilometre depth at 10: 53 pm and occurred at 6 km from Gbawe in Accra. 

It was felt three times in the space of 10 minutes and shook buildings, creating panic among residents.

Many residents reported on social media that they felt the earth shaking on Wednesday night, June 24, 2020.

Some of the areas the tremor was felt in Ghana as monitored by Graphic Online on social media included Gbawe, McCarthy Hill, Kaneshie, Tesano, Dansoman, Dunkanaa, Lapaz, Achimota, Santa Maria, Adenta, Weija, Madina, Kwabenya, East Legon, Nsawam, Koforidua, Swedru, Dodowa, Tema among others.

In Adabraka and Nima, there were reports of people running out of their homes to seek refuge in open spaces.


5. Pataapa shares 'No-Make Up' photo of lil Win to prove he is more handsome

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Ghanaian singer Patapaa, known in private life as Patapaa, has shared a new photo of Lil Win saying he is more handsome than the Kumawood actor.

Patapaa and Lil Win have for some time now been contesting who is more handsome between the two of them.

In his bid to prove that he is more handsome than Lil Win, Patapaa shared a photo in which he claimed the actor-turned- singer was not wearing any makeup on his face.

The photo as sighted by YEN.com.gh is a close-up shot of Lil Win. His frowned face in addition to a weirdly coloured goatee does not put him across as a fine boy.

"Fellow Ghanaians, This is how @officiallilwin Looks without makeup’s ... Now case close #MakeupBoy #Pa2PaSojas #MyLady #MyDogFood," Patapaa's caption read

possible_king Case reopen. He fine pass u. If u like bring german pictures koraa e go finish u

records2sure Awwww patapaa you’re more Handsome then him okay

ekuaturkson u people shld stop fooling in Ghana.


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Top Comments
+233-54563**** · 06/25/2020
be careful if you are using the facemask regularly, because is very bad to be breathing your own breath constantly
PrincOscobosco · 06/25/2020
This sentences is too harsh and uncalled for and I will entreat such people for only 200 fine for awareness
NanaKojo_22 · 06/25/2020
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DossHak · 06/25/2020
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