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Reckless Mercedes Benz Driver fined GHC1,800 by the La District Court

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Reckless Mercedes Benz Driver fined GHC1,800

Kofi Sasa Buckman, the reckless Mercedez Benz driver who was caught on camera drifting and jumping red light and was arrested by the Police has been fined by the La District Court.

He was fined a total sum of GH¢1,800 on five counts of careless and inconsiderate driving, street racing, causing danger to other road users, dangerous driving, and neglect of road traffic signal to wit, red light.

Buckman reported himself to the airport police after he was captured in a video engaged in a reckless stunt and endangering the lives of other road users at the airport traffic intersection in Accra.

His action with the vehicle, a Mercedes Benz with registration number C 63 – 18, was captured by other road users who reported the incident to the Airport Police.

The police after receiving the complaints immediately mounted a search for Buckman following which he reported himself to the police on Sunday, October 24, 2021.

Appearing for the accused in the court presided over by Joojo Hagan Esquire was senior lawyer, Dela Blagogee.

The prosecutor, Chief Inspector P.O. Adjei told the court that on Saturday, October 23, 2021, at about 6:43 pm, at the airport traffic light intersection along the Liberation road in Accra, Buckman, who was in charge of the Mercedez Benz with registration C 63 – 18 did drive without due care and attention, did drive and race on the street, caused danger to other road users, drove dangerously on the road and neglected traffic signal and drove through red light.

In a show of remorse, Buckman quickly pleaded guilty to all the five charges that were slapped on him.

He was thus accordingly convicted on his own plea.

His counsel, Mr. Blagogee pleaded earnestly with the court in mitigation.

Counsel referred to the fact that the accused is hitherto unknown to the law, that the accused voluntarily surrendered himself to the police once the video was published on social media, that the accused has given maximum cooperation with the police throughout the investigation.

He also informed the court of the accused’s responsible and law-abiding lifestyle and stressed that this singular act of indiscretion is totally inconsistent with his character.

The lawyer pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy and give Buckman an opportunity to reform as he had learned a bitter lesson from the whole episode including the media frenzy that the viral video generated.

The counsel pleaded with the court not to impose a custodial sentence on Buckman.

Counsel’s plea for mitigation was heard and found favor before the court.

Buckman was thus convicted on all five counts on his own plea and sentenced to pay respective fines of 150, 10,15,10, and 25 penalty units on the five counts or in default, serve respective custodial sentences on the five counts.

The sentences were to run concurrently. Each penalty unit is GH¢12. He has since paid the fine and has been discharged.

Buckman’s impounded Mercedez Benz vehicle with registration number C 63 – 18 has also been released to him.


AS Reported by: Daily Graphic

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John Mahama and Inusah Fuseini’s names popped up in the Achimota Forest saga

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John Mahama and Inusah Fuseini’s names popped up in the Achimota Forest saga

Former President John Dramani Mahama’s name has been cited in a new document by the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources giving clear details on matters relating to lands at the Achimota Forest Reserve.

The document also cites Inusah Fuseini, a former Minister of Lands and Natural Resources.

The document released by Samuel Abu Jinapor, the sector minister said, “On 20th March 2013 the Family (Owoos) again petitioned the then President of the Republic HE John Dramani Mahama for the release of the portions of the land.

“On February 2014, the Forestry Commission and the Owoo Family Executed a Deed of Variation to the 2013 leases as a result of what was described as ‘an omission of the root of title and the actual size of the end land.

“By the said 2014 Deed of Variation, the Forestry Commission granted one Owoo Family another fifty point zero nine acres, bringing the total acreage grated to the family to One Hundred and Ninety-Eight point Five Zero acres. In a letter dated 4th April 2014, the then Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Hon Alhaji Innusah Fuseini, MP, wrote to the Lands Commission to amend its records to reflect the grants made to the Owoo Family.

“The Ministry intends to initiate a process of an independent audit on the specific issues of acreage de-gazetted and will act accordingly in the public interest, should that become necessary,” the document read in parts.

Jinapor assured that the government was going to act on all improper acquisition of lands in the country.

The statement noted that all past and present wrong acquisitions of lands would be dealt with accordingly.

“Government will act on any improper acquisition of any public lands regardless of how it was procured, whether now or in the past, and the Achimota Forest lands will not be an exception,” the Ministry said while indicating that the alleged will of the late former Chief Executive Officer of the Forestry Commission, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie (Sir John) is a subject matter for litigation in court.

“Preliminary inquiries reveal that the alleged will in question is a subject matter for litigation / Contestation in court.

“Further checks at the Lands and Forestry Commission, the repositories of the records of the land in question show no record of ownership of lands at the Achimota Forest of Sarkumono Ramsar Site, by the late Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie.”

 

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WAEC Releases 2022 BECE Timetable for all candidates

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WAEC Releases 2022 BECE Timetable for all candidates

The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has released the 2022 BECE Timetable for all Candidates, both School and Private who are preparing to write the Junior High School leaving examination.

The released timetable for 2022 BECE shows that the 2022 examination will start on Monday 17th October 2022, and end on 21st October 2022. The first subject to be written will be Social Studie while the last paper is French.

BECE 2022 Examination Timetable

DATE SUBJECT CODE SUBJECT/PAPER DURATION TIME
   Monday, 17th October 2022 020/2 Social Studies 2(Essay) 1 hour 9.00 a.m.       – 10.00 a.m.
020/1 Social Studies 1 (Objective) 45 minutes 10.00 a.m.     – 10.45 a.m.
 070/2 Information and Communication Technology 2(Essay) 1 hour 1.00 p.m.       – 2.00 p.m.
 070/1 Information and Communication Technology 1(Objective) 45 minutes 2.00 p.m.       – 2.45 p.m.
   Tuesday, 18th October 2022 03o/2 Mathematics 2 (Essay) 1 hour 15 minutes 9.00 a.m.       – 10.15 a.m.
03o/1 Mathematics 1(Objective) 45 minutes 10.15 a.m.     – 11.00 a.m.
053/2-055/2 Basic Design and Technology 2(Essay) 1 hour 15 minutes 1.00 p.m.       – 2.15 p.m.
053/1-055/1 Basic Design and Technology 1 (Objective) 40 minutes 2.15 p.m.       – 2.55 p.m.
   Wednesday, 19th October 2022 001/2 English Language 2 (Essay) 1 hour 9.00 a.m.       – 10.00 a.m.
001/1 English Language 1(Objective) 1 hour 10.00 a.m.     – 11.00 a.m.
022/2 Religious and Moral Education 2(Essay) 1 hour 1.00 p.m.       – 2.00 p.m.
022/1 Religious and Moral Education 1(Objective) 45 minutes 2.00 p.m.       – 2.45 p.m.
   Thursday, 20th October 2022 033/2 Integrated Science 2 (Essay) 1 hour 9.00 a.m. 10.00 a.m.
033/1  Integrated Science 1 (Objective) 45 minutes 10.00 a.m. 10.45 a.m.
003/2 – 0013/2 Ghanaian Language and Culture 2 (Essay) 45 minutes 1.00 p.m. 1.45 p.m.
003/1-0013/1 Ghanaian Language and Culture 1 (Objective) 1 hour 1.45 p.m. 2.45 p.m.
  Friday, 121st October 2022  002/2 French 2 (Essay)  1 hour 15 minutes  9.00 a.m.    10.15 a.m.
 002/1 French 2(Objective)  45 minutes  10.15 a.m.    11.00 a.m.

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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Youth Task Teams of the Africa Youth Partnership to Advocate an Equitable Recovery from the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Youth Task Teams of the Africa Youth Partnership to Advocate an Equitable Recovery from the COVID-19 Pandemic

Restless Development and YOTA (Youth Opportunity & Transformation in Africa) have launched the Africa Youth Partnership for an Equitable Recovery from the COVID-19 Pandemic through which we are engaging, supporting, and empowering young people to put their ideas into action and play a leading role in continental recovery efforts. Through this work, we are engendering increased attention to and investment in addressing the critical issues of social and economic inequality that have been escalated by the COVID-19 pandemic. As duty bearers and stakeholders at local, national, and continental levels act decisively in response to young people’s voices and engagement, the African recovery agenda becomes more inclusive and equitable.

Thanks to funding from the Ford Foundation, we are escalating youth action for an equitable recovery across Africa, with a focus on ten countries in 2022, namely Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. The aim is to improve the capacities and skills of youth-led organisations and young innovators to develop and implement policy accountability frameworks and offer solutions, enabling them to better connect, collaborate, and self-organise towards evidence-based advocacy for equitable pandemic response and recovery on the continent.

As part of our strategy for 2022, we are establishing Youth Task Teams to spearhead youth-led accountability at the national level. In all, we are creating 10 national task teams in the participating countries, drawing on broader youth constituencies to formulate youth-inclusive COVID-19 policy actions and lead multi-stakeholder engagements.

With training, coaching, and other technical and financial support, the Task Teams will undertake a number of activities, including but not limited to:

i. Conducting youth effectiveness analyses to identify accountability gaps in key areas of national recovery programmes, including in areas such as economic recovery, education and skills, youth employment and enterprises, health systems and treatment, vaccine equity, etc,

ii. Preparing youth accountability reports, policy briefs, and other products that capture the youth position on key recovery programmes, with policy recommendations for how to make the national recovery more youth-inclusive; and

iii. Designing and implementing national campaigns to advocate for the youth position as captured in those policy products, including extensive work plans for the engagement of governments, the private sector, and other national stakeholders to amplify youth voices.

Requirements

Young leaders who want to position themselves as facilitators of meaningful youth engagement in the design and implementation of their countries’ economic recovery agenda are particularly best fit for the Task Teams. They must meet the following criteria:

a. Must be between 18 and 29 years old as of 1st June 2022

b. Must be fluent in the English language

c. Must be a national of one of the participating countries, resident or in the diaspora. The participating countries in 2022 are GambiaGhanaLiberiaNigeriaKenyaSierra LeoneTanzaniaUgandaZambia, and Zimbabwe. Youth Task Team members may have multiple nationalities, one of which must be a participating country. For example, a Youth Task Team member could have both Kenyan and Japanese nationality, with Kenya being the participating country

d. Must represent any one of the following or other types of youth platforms: universities or other research institutions, youth-led organisations, national youth networks, women’s groups, professional associations, youth- and women-owned businesses, disability organisations, religious groups, geographical (rural vs urban) and socio-economic balance, etc.

e. Must demonstrate knowledge of and interest in the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on African countries, as well as the recovery efforts across the continent

f. Must demonstrate current or recent experience as a young leader in any sector relevant to the economic recovery from the pandemic

g. Must be able to commit up to 5 hours each week towards participating effectively in a wide range of Youth Task Team activities, including in-person or virtual meetings, training sessions, travels, meeting preparation, background reading, research, and campaign activities

h. Must be available for local and international travel whenever necessary to represent the Youth Task Team in various project-related engagements

i. Young leaders with skills and experience in participatory youth action research, advocacy, and policy influencing will be particularly suited for these Youth Task Teams

Application Process

The timelines for this Call for Applications are as follows:

  • Applications start – on 1st May 2022
  • Applications deadline – Friday 20th May 2022 at 23:00 GMT
  • Selection Interviews and other processes end – Friday 27th May 2022
  • Selected applicants notified by – Friday 27th May 2022
  • Public announcement of the Youth Task Teams – 1st June 2022

We welcome applications from interested persons who meet the requirements for the Youth Task Teams. You will be required to provide information about the organisation you represent. Organisations can support multiple applicants, as long as each of the applicants completes a separate form. Regardless of how many applications an organisation supports, it is not likely that an organisation would have more than one of its applicants selected.


Click here to download the full Terms of Reference of the Youth Task Teams.

Click here to complete the Application Form

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