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Kakum residents oppose any move to mine in Forest Reserve



Residents of Abrafo-Odumase, a farming community adjacent to the Kakum National Park, have taken a strong stand against any attempt to mine minerals in the Kakum Forest Reserve in the Central Region.

Expressing their aversion to the reported move which had been debunked by the Minerals Commission, they said any form of mining activities would destroy the forest reserve, pollute their waterbodies, destroy their farmlands, and render their community inhabitable.

They have thus vowed to raise outrage against all attempts to mine in the forest or within the community in defense of their livelihoods, the future of their children, and the age-old forest reserve.

There has been a media frenzy in the past few days over reports of some frantic attempts by High Street Ghana Limited, a mining firm, to secure a license to mine in one of Ghana’s most vibrant tourist sites, the 375-square-kilometre Kakum Forest Reserve.

The Minerals Commission, in a statement sighted by the Ghana News Agency (GNA), confirmed receiving an application from the mining firm but said it was rejected and given no consideration at all.

“The Commission wishes to assure the public that no mineral right, whether for prospecting or mining shall be considered or granted in the Kakum National Park,” the statement stressed.

However, when the GNA visited the community, they expressed strong cynicism about the assurance given by the Minerals Commission.

They strongly believed that eventually, if care was not taken, mining activities would commence in the forest reserve whether licensed or not.

They recalled that there were attempts to mine for gold in the community and surrounding villages some 20 years ago, but it was opposed by the leadership and people.

A resident, Nana Yaw, said the community would die of thirst because the miners were likely to destroy their waterbodies.

He therefore urged leaders of the community and all relevant stakeholders to resist the temptation to destroy the forest which gives them their livelihood.

Another resident, Enoch Appiah, cited the crucial role the forest played in the country’s tourism as well as their economic activities and admonished against any move to hand it over for mining.

“This forest has existed for ages and has been a major tourist site in the country. Mining in it will destroy our tourism while the mining firm takes its huge profit away for us to suffer the consequences,” he said adding that it was a bad move, and they will not sit aloof for it to happen.

For her part, Auntie Adwoa, a farmer was also concerned that the mining activities would destroy their crops and rivers.

“We are already suffering; we do not have pipe-borne water and so we only rely on the river and surrounding water bodies.

“We are not getting any direct benefit from the operation of the Kakum National Park; we cannot afford to allow them to push us further to our graves,” she said.

She asked how they would raise their daughters and sons if their livelihoods were destroyed and appealed to the government to take steps to nip the evil agenda in the bud.

Aunty Abena Foriwaa, another resident noted that the destruction caused by mining was evident in so many communities for all to see and so they did not need that in the forest or anywhere close to to them.

Some tourists who spoke with the GNA at the Kakum National Park expressed shock at the news.

Nana Asare Bediako Banahene, a tourist/tour guide, described the Kakum National Forest as a gold mine for Ghana which should not be allowed to be destroyed out of greed.

“We must as a country, push this agenda away. We are not going to allow that because this is where we irk our living.

“The authorities should not be selfish; they should realize what they have, rethink, and improve upon it.

Dorothy, an American of African Descent also touted the site as a “nice gallery and a beautiful site” and that “such places are to be preserved for generations to experience the priceless facilities.”






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Let’s live harmoniously to safeguard Ghana’s peace – Peace Council on recent clashes




The National Peace Council (NPC) has called on Ghanaians to live harmoniously with each other to safeguard the country’s peace.

It has urged Ghanaians to protect “the peace and security of the country by creating and using avenues of tolerance, cooperation, and coexistence to sustain the country’s identity as an oasis of peace in Africa.”

This follows the unfortunate violent clashes in some parts of the country which have resulted in the deaths of some citizens.

Reports from Kintampo in the Bono East Region, Nkwanta in the Oti Region, and Wenchiki in the Northeast Region indicate that violence has led to the destruction of lives and property in these affected communities.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the NPC reminded Ghanaians “of paragraphs (c), (d) and (i) of
article 41 of the 1992 constitution of the Republic of Ghana which states thus:  The exercise and enjoyment of rights and freedoms is inseparable from the performance of duties and obligations, and accordingly, it shall be the duty of every citizen.”

“To foster national unity and live in harmony with others;  to respect the rights, freedoms and legitimate interests of others, and generally to refrain from doing acts detrimental to the welfare of other persons. To co-operate with lawful agencies in the maintenance of law and order.”

Read the full statement from the NPC here

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Defence and National Security Ministers to appear before parliament today over Kintampo clash




The Ministers of Defence and National Security are expected to appear before the Defence and Interior Committee of Parliament on Thursday, November 23, to provide a briefing on actions being taken by the government to forestall a clash between the Mo and Wangara tribes in the Kintampo North municipality.

This comes on the back of a summons by the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin.

According to the Member of Parliament for the area, Joseph Kwame Kumah, tensions were high when the Mo tribe requested to perform rituals within the months of November and December, coinciding with the annual Klubi festival of the Wangara community.

In response to calls for a ceasefire by the MP, the Speaker directed that the government must take immediate steps to ensure peaceful coexistence.

“As the first authorities to come to this house to brief the committee on Defense and Interior, this is an urgent matter that should be handled with dispatch. I think Thursday should be okay for the two ministers and their commanders to appear before the committee early tomorrow morning by 9 am to brief the committee. It is an urgent matter.”

“The National Security Council through their regional office should immediately intervene because the chieftaincy institution is one of the cornerstones of the peace and security of our country, and we hold that institution dearly. We will do everything to prevent that institution from falling into disarray,” he stated.

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Watch how Quick Credit staff violently raided restaurant over ‘unpaid loan’




Some staff of a popular loan company, Quick Credit Ghana, stormed a local restaurant to recover a loan sum.

Videos available to GhanaWeb and shared on social media showed over half a dozen male workers in violent exchanges with the staff at the restaurant said to be located at Laterbiokoshie, a suburb of Accra.

According to a person videoing the encounter, the staff had forced their way into the facility, packed up the furniture and succeeded in locking up the place before leaving.

The video, shot in the evening, however, did not show any affected customers nor did it show any casualties.

The company has yet to issue an official statement on the development. GhanaWeb is also trying to reach out to the affected businesses.

Watch the video below:

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