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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo has pledged to continue the fight against illegal mining in Ghana, popularly known as galamsey.

A six-months ban on all forms of small-scale mining has been imposed as part of efforts to streamline the system and get rid of illegal mining with its degrading effects on the environment.

Speaking in Belgium at meeting with the Ghanaian community on Tuesday ahead of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals meeting, President Akufo-Addo said the fight should not be misconstrued as anti-mining, but a move to preserve the natural resources of the nation.

A lecturer at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Cape Coast, Dr. Kingsley Adjei, says Ghanaians have misconstrued the freedoms accorded them by the constitution, especially the freedom of assembly and association.

He explains, many Ghanaians have misinterpreted these liberties and attributes this misunderstanding to the dynamism of the Ghanaian society which is gradually drifting towards individualism leaving behind the extended family practice of collective responsibility.

Speaking in an interaction on ATL FM on Monday in reaction to the increasing trend of violence and riots in the country, he disagreed with opinions that suggest Ghanaians have lost love and unity to hatred and division.

Gold output jumped 45 percent in 2016 compared to the previous year as new projects came online and activities expanded across the industry, the Ghana Chamber of Mines said in a report on Friday.

Total gold output from Ghana, Africa's second largest producer, was 4.1 million ounces, the highest level in nearly 40 years, up from 2.8 million ounces in 2015, the report stated.

Canada's Asanko Gold, which launched its operations in Ghana late 2015, produced 162,802 ounces of gold last year while US-based Newmont Gold and Anglogold Ashanti's Iduapriem mine recorded increases in output.

The late Captain Maxwell Adam Mahama has been promoted posthumously to the rank of Major, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has announced.

President Akufo-Addo made the announcement when he visited the residence of the late soldier at Burma Camp yesterday on the occasion of the one week observance of the death of Major Mahama.

He was accompanied by the Senior Minister, Mr Yaw Osafo-Maafo; the Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Alan Kyerematen; the Minister of Defence, Mr Dominic Nitiwul; the Minister of National Security, Mr Albert Kan-Dapaah, and the Minister of Women and Children's Affairs, Ms Otiko Afisa Djaba.

Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, Hajia Alima Mahama

The Assembly Member for Donkoyianu/Obra Wogum Electoral Area in the Effutu Municipality in the Central Region, Mr Nathaniel Papa Akyeampong, has advised assembly members against acting in a manner that would bring the name of the position they occupy into disrepute.

According to him, they were people who wielded a lot of control and power in their respective electoral areas and should, therefore, ensure that their actions and inaction did not destabilise the peace and tranquillity in their communities.

He stated that the people regarded them as authorities in their communities, hence whatever they instructed their constituents to do - whether good or bad - would be adhered to and carried out to the letter.

The late Captain Maxwell Adam Mahama

The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) has urged the public to be circumspect in comments and discussions regarding the lynching of Captain Maxwell Adam Mahama.

In a statement, the NCCE said: "We all must take responsibility for our actions and utterances in moments of potentially heightened tensions where reckless behaviour, if left unabated, can lead to the breakdown of law and order with adverse effect on our democracy."

Thirteen African countries including Ghana have signed series of partnership agreements with India to enhance the supply of agricultural machinery, credit advancement to farmers and scientific cooperation.

Farm machinery suppliers from the Indian state of Gujarat signed agreements with Ghana, Zambia, Mozambique and Togo for the supply of farm machinery, training on the use of the machinery in mechanized agriculture and cooperation in the use of the machinery in mining.