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Government’s promise to eliminate the incidence of Fall Armyworm invasion is not realistic, Crop Scientist at the University of Cape Coast Dr. Michael OseiAdu has said.

Dr. Adu is also chastising the Ministry of Agriculture for what he says was a "panic reaction" to the Fall Armyworm invasion which has affected farms in all 10 regions of the country.

When the outbreak was first reported, the government announced the release of 16 million cedis for the purchase of chemicals for distribution to farmers as a move to control the pests.

But Dr. Michael Adu is not impressed. “This one, it seems to me it was more of a panic response. So, we have not taken the three things I pointed out earlier into consideration. Did we actually think of how they move, how they breathe and how they feed before fashioning out the policy? Because if we are just giving out chemicals for spraying, have there been training?” Dr. Adu quizzed.

Environmentalists are demanding that government immediately approves the more than five-year-old Timber Procurement Policy aimed at helping save the country’s forests.

The policy which was drafted by the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources requires that government agencies and state contractors use only legally harvested timber and legitimately produced timber products in undertaking government projects.

Illegal logging of timber has been on the rise in Ghana over the last century and government has struggled to curb it.

It is estimated that about 80 percent of all timber products on the Ghanaian market are from illegal sources, a situation that threatens the country’s forest.

A massive transfer of police personnel out of the Upper West Region without replacement has caused a shortage of officers in the region that shares a border with Burkina Faso.

According to the Deputy Upper West Regional Minister, Amidu Chinnia Issahaku, out of a total of 1,500 police personnel stationed in the region in two years ago, only 917 remain to cater for a population of over 700,000.

“Between 2015 to date, about 583 police personnel have been transferred out of the region without replacement,” he said.

Ghanaians will on Thursday witness a landmark event that is the inauguration of Africa’s biggest radio telescope at Kuntunse in the Greater Accra Region.

Sixty telescopes will be constructed in Ghana with eight other African countries constructing the same number to facilitate development of data collection on atmospheric phenomenon and promote tourism.

Authorities at the Ankaful Psychiatric Hospital say they are considering discharging patients because of lack of support from the government.

Acting Clinical Coordinator of Ankaful Psychiatric Hospital in the Central Region, Dr. Emefa Dadzie, said feeding of the inmates has become a burden, as creditors are unwilling to supply them foodstuffs due to the accumulated debt.

“First of all, feeding the patients, taking care of patients, is becoming a very great burden to us. Even recently, we had to scramble together to get money to buy a meal for a day for the patients because we are not getting the funds from the government as we need to. They promised us from the beginning of the year till now. Even the little money they promised to give us, we’ve still not received it yet so we are having difficulties,” she told the press.

The Public Affairs Officer of the Central Regional Police Command, ASP Irene Serwaah Oppong has cautioned parents against leaving their children to loiter during the celebration of Oguaa Fetu Afahye.

According to her, during such periods, her outfit’s record on missing children soars.

ASP Oppong stressed that it would be important for children to move out in the company of adults.

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