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Health & Safety Committee of Inquiry set up to ensure mining sector reforms

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The government has put in place a Health and Safety Committee of Inquiry to ensure reforms in the mining sector following the Appiate explosion.

Speaking in Parliament, the Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel Jinapor, said the committee will be chaired by the Paa Grant University of Mines and Technology Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Richard Amankwah.

It has members are drawn from the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Ghana Bar Association, and the mining industry.

The mandate of this committee is to “review the entire health and safety regime of the mining industry and make recommendations to government for legislative, policy and other reforms.”

Mr. Jinapor added that “the committee will be submitting its report to me in the next couple of weeks, and we will implement the necessary recommendations to make our mining industry safer and better.”

While the report of the Benjamin Aryee committee tasked to look into the Appiate explosion has not been made public, the minister noted that there will be more transparency with the Health and Safety Committee of Inquiry report.

“It is the considered view of the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources that it will be more useful to publish the report of the Health and Safety Committee of Inquiry, which has a broader mandate and whose recommendations are geared towards the reformation of the mining sector,” Mr. Jinapor explained.

At least 13 people were killed, and 179 others injured in the explosion, which occurred on Thursday, January 20, 2022.

The explosion is believed to have been caused by a collision between a vehicle transporting explosives to a mining site and a tricycle.

The truck that was involved in the explosion was heading to Chirano Gold Mines.

According to the mining company, the truck belongs to MAXAM, a mining services contractor.‬

The government is currently probing the incident.



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Okada riders rob woman in broad daylight [Video]

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Two men on a motorbike, commonly referred to as an “Okada,” robbed a woman in broad daylight at Dansoman.

A CCTV camera captured the scene where the two men drove past the woman and launched an attack on her.

The motor rider stopped right in front of her after making a u-turn and the passenger started struggling with the woman to release her bag.

When the woman refused since she had almost reached her destination, the passenger attacked her by hitting her hand with an object and overpowering her.

After getting hold of the woman’s handbag, the two robbers sped off with their booty.

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Speaking on UTV, the woman narrated her part of the story as vividly shown in the CCTV video.



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Police officer assaults guy for beating his girlfriend (Video)

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A uniformed Police Officer has been captured on camera landing a series of brutal slaps on a civilian.

According to footnotes surrounding the trending video, the police officer caught the guy assaulting his girlfriend.

He confronted the guy to deal with him man-to-man by also beating him in tenfolds of what he did to his girlfriend.

In the video, the humbled boyfriend can be seen pleading with the police officer and also promising never to lay a finger on his girlfriend again.

This video has received mixed reactions from Ghanaians. Some social media users have applauded the police officer for dealing with the guy.

Others have also chided him for putting the law into his own hands and going overboard in the process.

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Check out some of the comments gathered under the video;

@Mamaga_Berry 1 I took my time to listen to the police man over and over again, he was asking the guy why he beat n slapped the lady
Though that wasn’t the right way for him to settle such a case but it was out of anger, for all u know the lady was badly beaten. Please let’s not just judge this by the police man assaulting the perpetrator for doing wrong ? but also from the perspective that violence & assault is ongoing day in and out…..it’s bad for a man to hear a lady no matter how provoked you are try to turn away from evil.

@Ohene_ohene_ – Try this here in Germany Or America ?? hit a woman it could be your death from the police they will tear you apart and throw you on the ground that you will never forget in your whole life and the Ghana police is really too soft Ghana have really good police ???? but they just don’t see it Travel and See

@Heleomooto – It seems like it was a domestic violence case where the man was hitting a girl



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Photos of Sir John’s first son pops up plus the properties Willed to him

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Late NPP firebrand and Ghana Forestry Commission head, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie; popularly, known as ‘Sir John’ has been trending on the internet since morning after an exclusive copy of his Will managed to land on the internet.

READ ALSO: Achimota Forest lands, gold and oil businesses in Sir John’s will goes viral

In his will, Sir John a gave parcels of his lands in the Achimota Forest Reserve and other valuable assets to some of his relatives, as well as his biological children.

One of the people who massively gained a lot from Sir John’s Will is his first son named Yaw Amoateng Afriyie.

Yaw Amoateng Afriyie is the current Acting Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC).

Citing from the Will, he received 1 acre of land at Achimota Forest which has caused a public outcry because the forest is for the state.

He also got a Mansion at Ogbojo and one at East Legon and an extra 3 bedroom house at East Legon.

READ ALSO: ‘Who’s Michael Owusu?” – Ghanaians search for Sir John’s nephew in his Will

Take a look at the documents below to know more…

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources has indicated it will investigate a document making rounds on social media alleging that late former Forestry Commission Chief Executive, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, popularly called Sir John, included portions of the Achimota forest lands in his will.

The purported will, which was been publish by investigative journalist Manasseh Azure Awuni’s Fourth Estate, contains four parcels of specified and unspecified acres of land in the Achimota Forest, which the late politician bequeathed to named persons.



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