Monday Briefing: Clashes at Goldfields Tarkwa mines, BOST boss in another shady deal?

Monday Briefing: Clashes at Goldfields Tarkwa mines, BOST boss in another shady deal?
Source: Ghana | | Austin Brakopowers | M: | Instagram: @realbrakopowers
Date: 12-03-2018 Time: 08:03:48:pm
BOST boss, Alfred Obeng Boateng

Here are the stories that made the news Monday:

1. An Indian businessman deported twice from Ghana

An Indian businessman has for the second time in less than a year been deported from Ghana over a fake marriage certificate. Ashok Sivaram, had his home invaded Sunday morning by some six Immigration Officers who bundled him out of the residence before finally deporting him. The wife of Sivaram, whose marriage with the businessman is in contention, told Joy News she was assaulted, an incident which has left her completely traumatized. In tears, Gifty Adanka told Maxwell Agbagba she does not feel safe as a Ghanaian married to an Indian.

2. Gov't moves to supervise Goldfields retrenchment exercise after bloody clashes

A new roadmap has been designed to address the impasse between Goldfields Ghana Limited and the Ghana Mines workers Union over the ongoing retrenchment exercise at the company. At an emergency meeting in Accra Monday, the Labour Relations and Lands Ministries have given the Union a 72-hour ultimatum to submit its grievances regarding the exercise for an amicable settlement. A protest by the workers of Goldfields Tarkwa mines in the Western Region turned bloody after they clashed with a team of military personnel there.

3. 7 Goldfields workers arrested after illegal protest

Some seven workers of Goldfields mines at Tarkwa in the Western Region have been picked up by the police for participating in a protest Monday morning. The workers were kicking against the decision by the management of Goldfields Ghana Limited to lay them off despite a ruling by a high court upholding the decision by management to lay off the workers. The workers union has however appealed the decision. Speaking to Joy News, however, some workers say management of Goldfields has been coercing them with the military to sign the severance agreement.

4. BOST boss in another 'shady deal?'

The tussle between the Chamber of Petroleum Consumers (COPEC) and the Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Company (BOST) has gone a notch higher with the former accusing BOST of causing financial loss to the state. According to COPEC, Ghana lost in excess of 30m cedis in revenue from a transaction BOST had with an unlicensed company. The losses, the Chamber insists, were recorded at every stage of the value chain from the sale of some 1.8 million barrels of crude oil, to fees for holding the rest of the crude. The transaction which was undertaken in September last year comes only months after a major scandal involving the sale of some five million litres of contaminated fuel to 38 unlicensed companies.

5. Traders, artisans near Akufo-Addo Nima residence to be moved out

Akosua is one of the scores of traders and artisans who have been directed to relocate their shops because of its proximity to a national security area - the Nima home of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. They would have to start their businesses all over again as National Security wants to take over the place. Akosua says she has been there for the past 22 years. Akufo-Addo was then a human rights campaigner, fighting for average Ghanaians whose rights have been abused. At Nima, the artisans and traders hail him as the man of the people.

6. Women empowerment not war against women - Samira Bawumia

Wife of the Vice President, Samira Bawumia, has lauded the global movement for women empowerment but has kicked against fighting men to attain such goal. She said men must be seen as partners instead of competitors “in the struggle” to give women an equal opportunity. Speaking at the Global Women’s Empowerment event in Philadelphia in the US on Saturday Mrs Bawumia called on women to stay united with a common front in the fight for gender parity. However, she warned against the approach since that can make or unmake the struggle a reality.

7. I wouldn't have joined Zylofon if it had dancehall artiste - Stonebwoy

The turmoil at Champs Bar in Accra on Saturday which was allegedly triggered by a brawl between some staff of Zylofon Media and Stonebwoy’s camp proved that their working relationship had turned sour. It is believed that that the presence of Stonebwoy’s rival, Shatta Wale, is one remote cause of the BET award winner’s alleged insubordination. In an interview on ‘Yaad Settings’ on Hitz FM with King Lagazee, Stonebwoy was asked if he would have joined the record label in the case where a Dancehall act was already on board and he answered in the negative. “No. It stays there. You have to give room for people to operate,” he responded.

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