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Some paramount chiefs in the Western Region have accused government institutions, departments, and agencies of sidelining them during the collation of inputs for the formulation of policies, that focus on extending governance to the local level.

This seeming neglect according to them, is an unfair treatment meted out to the institution of chieftaincy, given that government officials later go to them when they face challenges in implementing those policies.

The issue of neglect was raised on the floor of the Western Regional House of Chiefs, when officials of the Mental Health Authority, asked members of the house to assist them to implement what is stipulated in the Mental Health Authority Act.

The central bank says government’s inability to meet its projected revenue performance poses considerable danger to government’s fiscal consolidation efforts.

Revenue and grants performance for the first seven months of the year – GH¢20.8billion is more than GH¢3.2billion short of the GH¢24billion target for the period under review.

According to the bank’s latest monetary policy summary report: “The continued revenue underperformance could pose some challenges to the fiscal outlook. Revenue performance has been undermined by low import levels, slower pace of implementing specific tax measures, a revision to tax assessments, and a sluggish non-oil real sector”.

Ghanaians wailing over the high risk supposedly posed by fuel stations around them have been given some reprieve, as President Nana Akufo-Addo has ordered the implementation of the Cylinder Re-circulation Model of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) distribution.

The module, proposed by the National Petroleum Authority (NPA), will ensure that LPG filling points are sited out of densely populated area and commercial centres.

This is unlikely to go down well with the LPG Marketers Association and the Association of Gas Tanker Drivers, who have in the past kicked against this proposal, citing job losses and other negative impact on their businesses.

The Police Service has warned mobile money vendors to be cautious in their operations following increased attacks on them by armed robbers.

In a statement Wednesday, the Police said: “The Accra Regional Police Command is concerned about recent robbery attacks on mobile money and recharge card vendors and wishes to draw the attention of the public, especially those in the business to take necessary security precautions to prevent possible attack”.

The statement added: “The robberies are usually perpetrated by two men on unregistered motorbikes who rob their targeted victims of their daily sales and other valuables at gunpoint. As the police continue to fight this menace it will advise operators in the industry to; be extra vigilant when transacting businesses in quiet and isolated areas, deposit sales with the banks or financial facilities periodically, avoid deep-in-the-night business activities, note and report suspicious characters loitering around business locations or centers”.

The police can be contacted on hotlines 191 and MTN/Vodafone Toll-Free 18555.

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The state has confiscated 15 truckloads of smuggled petroleum products worth GH¢3.4 million. The total volume of the seized products is 810,000 litres.

Additionally, the 15 trucks will be auctioned to the public after the products have been sold to Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs).

According to the acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Petroleum Authority (NPA), Hassan Tampuli, three truckloads of the products had so far been sold to GOIL.

He said the remaining products would be dispatched to GOIL stations to complete the process.

In an interview with the Daily Graphic in Accra on Tuesday, Mr. Tampuli said the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) was in charge of the disposal of the products and the trucks.

Explaining further, Mr Tampuli said the Customs Division, in collaboration with the NPA, had sent confiscation notices to the owners of the trucks and products.

He said the management of the affected companies would also be invited before the NPA Board to explain why their company licences should not be revoked.

Mr Tampuli said the Customs Division would take the tax component from the sale of the trucks and products, while the NPA would benefit from the margins.

The NPA CEO said the public would be notified of the intended auction of the seized trucks.

Smuggling

The country risks losing a whopping GH¢1.5 billion in taxes and levies in 2017 due to the incidents of smuggling of fuel products. Ghana lost an estimated GH¢800 million in 2016 as a result of the problem, which peaked last year.

But for smuggling, Ghana would have gained more than GH¢5 billion in revenue in 2017.

The President of the Association of Oil Marketing Companies (AOMCs), Mr Kwaku Agyemang-Duah, said more than 4,000 jobs would be lost this year if nothing was done about the problem.

Culprits who pose as exporters, enjoy low taxes and subsequently divert fuel products they are expected to export to Mali and Burkina Faso back to Ghana and sell them at prices lower than those of the OMCs whose prices contain taxes and levies.

Confiscation

Officials of the NPA, in collaboration with security personnel, impounded the 15 trucks in September, this year. Each of the trucks was loaded with 54,000 litres of either petrol or diesel.

“A joint operation involving the military, the police, personnel from National Security and NPA staff, also arrested some drivers believed to be members of the fuel dumping syndicate in Tema who had in their possession, fake documents and fake Malian number plates,” Mr Tampuli said. The arrest were effected on September 12, 2017 around 5 p.m.

According to him, “the NPA received intelligence from the National Security regarding a suspicious export loading activity of petroleum products that had been carried out by some individuals with trucks stationed at a yard in Tema around Kpone, intending to dump the products at local retail outlets.”

“The operation team subsequently moved to the vicinity of the reported illegality around 7 p.m. to initially survey the area and plan the arrest of the individuals and Bulk Road Vehicles (BRVs) involved.

“Following the survey, the team scheduled a raid and arrest of the parties involved in the morning of Tuesday, September 12, 2017,” Mr Tampuli said.

He said the modus operandi of the syndicate was to lift products from depots in the country using trucks with Fake Malian numbers; the products were declared for exports into Mali, but were dumped onto the Ghanaian market.

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The body of the late Nakpaa-Naa Salifu Dawuni, has finally been buried at his private residence in Bimbilla, nearly three years after his demise.

The burial was done in accordance with the traditions and customs of Nanung at 7:00pm Wednesday, October 11, 2017.

He was buried amidst heavy security at the burial site, the Bimbilla Regent’s palace, and at some vantage points in the Bimbila Township.

This latest development is a sigh of relief to the late Nakpaa-Naa Salifu Dawuni’s family.

Hundreds of residents of Bimbilla Township paraded the streets wailing ,when the family heads aided by security operatives escorted the remains from the Bimbila Training College to his private residence for burial.

Kwasi Akuffo, a 56 year old driver, on Monday appeared before an Accra Circuit Court for allegedly impregnating his 15 year old house help.

Akuffo, charged with defilement, has pleaded guilty with explanation.

He is said to have continuously defiled the victim after she had delivered. The victim got pregnant during the initial sexual advances from Akuffo.

The court presided over by Mr Aboagye Tandoh deferred Akuffo’s sentence to October 23 to enable the prosecution to ascertain the age of the victim. Akuffo has therefore been remanded into Police custody.

Chief Inspector Kofi Atimbire narrated that the complainant is a Social Worker with Adenta Welfare Department, whilst the victim is a school dropout residing at Adenta New Legon in Accra.

According to prosecution, Akuffo resides in the same house with the victim and his wife. Eight years ago Akuffo‘s wife brought the victim to stay with them at Haatso to assist them with house chores.

In 2013 Akuffo, his wife and the victim relocated to Adenta New Legon where Akuffo’s wife engaged in soap making business.

During the month of April last year, at about 0900 hours whilst Akuffo’s wife was away, Akuffo took advantage of the victim and had sex with her.

Unfortunately, prosecution said the victim got pregnant. After delivery, Akuffo’s wife took the victim to Dodowa Government Hospital where she undertook Family Planning Method to enable her continue with her education.

Prosecution said investigations have revealed that Akuffo continue to have sex with the victim after delivery.

The victim who could not bear the situation any more reported the matter to the Domestic Violence and Victim’s Support Unit at Adenta and a Social Worker was assigned to the case.

The Police also issued a medical form to the victim to seek medical attention, Chief Inspector Atimbire added.

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