The Finder – Kuwait bans recruitment
62 currently being deported for various offences
The Government of Kuwait has taken a decision to stop issuing visas (Visa 20) to Ghanaians recruited as maidservants in Kuwait homes following increasing reports of abuse and maltreatment by Kuwait families.
The issuance of Visa 20 will only resume after Kuwait and Ghana sign a bilateral agreement that streamlines procedures for recruitment and outlines conditions of service to offer better protection to the maidservants.
Ghana’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Alhaji Saeed Sinare disclosed this to the Finder in an interview.
Meanwhile, the deportation of 62 Ghanaian girls arrested in Kuwait for offences such as prostitution, organizing parties without permit, as well as running away from the families they were serving as housemaids due to maltreatment commenced last Saturday.
Their ages range between 17 and 25 years and they have been in Kuwait for between six and 15 months.
The girls are being deported in batches. Five of them arrived Saturday and another five arrived yesterday. Another batch is expected to arrive today.
Finder expose save Bole schools, but….
Following the expose by this paper last Wednesday on inadequate furniture in three schools in Bole, the district capital of Bole Bamboi in the Northern Region, Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) has quickly delivered a trailer-load of desks to the District Education Office, which has been distributed to the affected schools.
The trailer delivered 370 desks on Thursday, April 14, 2016, less than 24 hour after the finder published the story.
The furniture comprises 270 mono and 100 dual dsks.
Information gathered by the Finder indicates that even with the fresh 370 desks, the affected schools wil still grapple with furniture deficit.
Despite new desks, big deficit still exist For example, St Kizito’s Roman Catholic Primary ‘A’, with a pupil population of 568, still has furniture deficit of 125 while St. Kizito’s Roman Catholic Primary ‘B’, with a population of 478, has a furniture deficit of 100.
Also, Bole Methodist Primary School, with a population of 556, still has a furniture deficit of 120.
Security services have taken necessary precautions – Dr. Dampare
The Accra Regional Police Commander, Commissioner of Police (COP) Dr. George Akuffo Dampare, has said the necessary precautions from the security point of view have been taken to forestall possible terrorist attack on Ghana.
He, therefore, told the public to go about their duties without fear.
Dr. Dampare gave the assurance at the 2015 annual get-together called West Africa Security Services Association (WASSA), in Accra.
The occasion was aimed at socializing, interacting and making merry after a lengthy mandated and hectic year’s work as law enforcement officers.
Dr. Dampare appealed to the public to be alert and conscious and co-operate with security agencies by sharing information on any suspicious activity that could affect the security of the nation.
On election 2016, he said the command embarked on a series of stakeholders engagements aimed at enhancing partnership with the political parties to ensure peaceful presidential and parliameyary elections.
US pledges $4.5m support for November polls
The United State of America has pledged to support Ghana’s general elections to be held in November this year with $4.5 million, as part of its contributions towards ensuring peaceful and transparent elections.
US Ambassador to Ghana, Mr. Robert P. Jackson disclosed this to selected editors in Accra.
He said that one-third of the assistance would go to the Electoral Commission (EC) to assist with its strategic communications, as well as assist in voter education.
In addition, he said another one-third would be allocated through the United National Development Programme (UNDP) to the Ghana National Peace Council in its activities towards the elections.
He said as part of the programme, the embassy would be organizing additional training for journalists.
Mr. Jackson commended the National Peace Council and the UNDP for having come out with a map of potential conflicts areas, stating that experts on elections security would be in the country to validate that work and hold discussions with the EC and civil society groups.
AMA intensifies cholera alert education
The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) has urged all sub-metros to intensify their efforts at monitoring sanitary conditions to forestall a re-occurrence of cholera outbreak this year.
They have been also asked to enforce the relevant bye-laws for food vendors to comply with proper and hygienic handling of food.
Numo Blafo Omeatu III, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the AMA, who gave the directive in a statement, said the assembly has intensified its education on good sanitation practices to help eliminate cholera.
He said the education also focuses on factors that militate against the development of the metropolis.
Numo Blafo said the observation of basic personal hygiene such as boiling of water before drinking, eating of cooked food while hot, avoiding food being sold along gutters and thorough washing of fresh fruits and vegetables are still in the best interest of the people.
He said the AMA has requested the Ghana Education Service to ensure that all children are taught to wash their hands thoroughly before eating and after visiting the toilet.
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