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NPP Risk Losing Over 2 Million Votes In Coastal Communities – Fishermen Council

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The Western Regional Secretary of the Ghana National Canoe Fishermen Council (GNCFC) says President Nana Akufo-Addo and those in the fishing industry should enforce the law to bring transhipment activities to a halt.

Mike Abakah-Edu said the uncontrolled activities of trawlers and illegal transhipment activities aka “Saiko” currently going on in their waters, deprived artisanal fisher folks involved in the artisanal fishing sector of their livelihoods, making them poorer.

According to Mr Abakah-Edu, this illegal activity affected the livelihoods of more than 2.7 million Ghanaians.

He noted that the infrastructural improvement, undertaken by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government in the Western Region, especially along the coastal districts of the region like landing beach sites, sea defence and roads among others may not translate into votes for the party in the December 7, polls if Saiko remains unchecked.

Abakah-Edu recounted that Chapter 718 of the 2020 Budget Statement revealed the Government’s resolution to ban all domestic and international vessels found to be engaged in illegal, unregulated, and unreported (IUU) fishing in Ghana’s territorial waters.

He lamented that the situation may result in a rise in social vices and crime within the fishing communities and society in general.

The Western Regional Secretrary, therefore, made a passionate appeal to President Akufo-Addo to bring to end activities of the industrial pair trawlers engaged in illegal transshipment of fishing in their waters.

He reminded government of the recent peaceful protest embarked on by the members of GNCFC in a bid to register their displeasure against the menace at Apewosika near Axim in the Nzema East Municipal Assembly (NEMA) in the Western Region.

Earlier in March, the fisher folks who were joined by other branches of the GNCFC in the region hoisted red flags on their canoes and walked from their homes to the beach clad in red holding placards with the inscription, “Stop Saiko Now” to drum home their grievances.

The fishmongers on their part cited July to September as their bumper harvest time, however, Saiko had made it impossible to reel in enough fish to sustain their livelihoods and appealed to the Fisheries Commission and the government to take swift steps to address their concern.

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I Am Not Resigning From Peace FM – Kwame Sefa Kayi Speaks Amid NDC-Sammy Gyamfi Brouhaha

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Veteran Journalist, and host of Peace FM’s Kokrokoo morning show, Kwame Sefa Kayi has reacted to rumors that he is resigning from the Station following the brouhaha involving the NDC.

Sefa Kayi was accused by the NDC’s National Communications Officer, Sammy Gyamfi of being bias and a dictatorial host.

This was after the host had refused to accede to the NDC’s demands of barring their suspended former Central Regional Chairman, Bernard Allotey Jacobs from appearing on the show after the party accused the latter of persistent anti-party conduct.

Reports surfaced on Thursday, September 24, that the long-time host of Kokrokoo was resigning. The reports had claimed that the “Chairman General”, as he is popularly known by his listeners, was displeased by the decision of the station’s management to thrash out the boycott issues with Ghana’s biggest opposition party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

However, reacting to the rumours of his resignation on Friday, Sefa Kayi, who had been silent on the matter stated: “When you recognize you are working in a public space you don’t have to react to everything thrown at you.”

He explained that he knew he was never going to get a hundred percent approval rating and was therefore not bothered about the rumors of his alleged resignation.

Source: GhanaFeed.Com

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Accra Is Choked, Change The National Capital – Economist

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Senior Economist, Office of the Senior Minister, Habibu Adam has suggested the capital city of the country is moved from Accra which is already choked and engulfed in filth.

According to him, if urgent attention is not given to the congestion in Accra, there will be too much human and motor traffic to an extent that the economic costs to the country would be dire.

“If care is not taken, in the next 10 years, Accra will need an interchange per kilometer to allow for free movement of vehicles. There will be too much human and motor traffic to an extent that the economic costs to the country would be dire.

“Already Accra has captured Kasoa from Central Region and tension is beginning to brew between Greater Accra and Eastern Region,” he told Ghana News Agency.

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Western Togoland Attack Most Successful By Secessionist Group In West Africa – Kwesi Aning

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Security expert, Professor Kwesi Aning has labeled the Western Togoland attack in some parts of the Volta Region as the most successful in the West African Region.

According to him, the attack has exposed the weakness and failures of the country’s security system and it’s about time authorities in charge of security stepped up their intelligence.

“It has raised very disturbing questions and these are questions that should not be swept under the carpet. This is the most successful first attack by a secessionist group against a sovereign state in West Africa and in the Sahara. It is the most successful because we need to look at the geographical expanse of the attack. These are not small towns so where were the police, BNI and national security”.

“The second is the coordinated nature of those attacks. They all took place in a specific time frame and the failure of the state to see that trucks were brought in to dump sands at the roads to block them. People sang patriotic songs, set fire and danced. All without a response from the state”.

“The final symbolism around the success relates to the police stations. Two police stations representing the state overrun and totally defeated. The ten AK47 which were stolen is very symbolic. We don’t know if they took only ten”, he said on Newsfile.

Source: GhanaFeed.com

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