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Contrary to rumours that a publication in an Ivorian newspaper is calling for the evacuation of all Ivorian in Ghana by December 31 of this year, the Interior Minister, Ambrose Dery says no Ivorian will be driven out of the country.

According to Mr. Dery, government has no plan of embarking on an evacuation exercise for Ivorians in the country.

“Nobody will be sacked from Ghana because he is an Ivorian. President of Ghana and President of La Cote D’Ivoire met and they came out with a communique and the communique was made public and the whole world knows what the communique is”.

File Photo: Refugee Camp

A representative of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in Ghana, Ms. Loli Kimyaci is appealing to government to site one of the various projects under the One-District-One-Factory close to the Egyeikrom Refugee Camp in the Komenda Edina Eguafo Abirem (KEEA) Municipality of the Central Region.

The camp, which is home to over one thousand [1000] Ivoirians, has a school, a clinic and a temporary police station however, according to Ms Kimyaci, the poor employment opportunities for residents of the camp remains a challenge.

The Cape Coast Metro Assembly [CCMA] is undertaking a sanitation campaign which it hopes would control poor sanitation in order to help redeem the image of Cape Coast from the negative tag of being a cholera prone metropolis.

The Metropolis has experienced cholera outbreaks for three years in a row. The situation is worrisome particularly to city authorities as it reduces the tourism fortunes of the Metropolis.

The assembly fears many prospective tourists are put off with the incidence of cholera and other environmental concerns.

The Central Regional Police command says by the second quarter of the year, it had recorded some 114 cases of defilement. According to the Public Relations Officer of the command, ASP Irene Oppong who disclosed this to ATL FM, this is a reduction of previous years comparatively.

She noted that in 2015, 212 cases had been reported about the same period while in 2016, 190 cases had been recorded.

The Interior Minister, Ambrose Dery has re-emphasized the need for the police to arrest, investigate and bring to justice perpetrators of vigilantism or risk being sanctioned.

According to the minister, the President has severally mentioned that Ghanaians must live devoid of fear hence, if the police fail in ensuring that peace and tranquility prevail, commanders in charge of areas where such acts are recorded will be sanctioned.

“If there is any vigilantism in your area, you must investigate and bring them to justice and bring to book the perpetrators, otherwise the commander of the area; be it the police commander, the district commander or regional commander must be sanctioned. We must stop it”.

Interior Minister, Ambrose Dery

The Interior Minister, Ambrose Dery on Tuesday begun a tour of the Central Region to gather at first-hand, information on security agencies under his Ministry.

He explains, the visit is to acquaint himself and assess the challenges facing the various agencies under his jurisdiction in order to know the way forward and ensure their successful operation.

An Accra High Court has dismissed an injunction application filed by some aggrieved workers of the Electricity of Ghana (ECG) seeking to put on hold implementation of the agreement that will lead to private sector participation in the management of the company.

The workers dragged the government to the court, insisting they should be paid redundancy package because the implementation of the Millennium Challenge Compact does not guarantee them their jobs in future.

The Public Utilities Workers Union (PUWU) also joined the suit, which they asked, among other things, for a declaration that the decision by the Minister of Energy to conduct redundancy negotiations with individual employees of the ECG, including the plaintiffs, is illegal and constitutes a gross violation of Section 65 of the Labour Act.