MR.GRANT SAYS GHANA WILL BE PLAYING MORE ATTACKING FOOTBALL

73501331.295Black Stars coach Avram Grant has stated his reign will be characterized by a free flowing attacking style of play. Grant faced the Ghanaian media for the first time as he was officially unveiled as head coach of the senior national team.

He faced a range of questions such as his objectives ahead of the 2015 AFCON, as well as his playing philosophy.

Grant told the press his teams would always go for victories, but he would be minded by the risks of playing open football.

“I really enjoy attractive football and I believe we have quality players to play attractive football. I believe in good and attacking football but at the end of the day you will need balance to get in good shape,” he revealed.

He added that the team’s players must be aware of the dangers of attacking football.

The players must also work hard not to concede goals with this style.

“In all, my philosophy is balance. The team will play attractive football with balance,” he said.

Alleged witches President chides gov’t

58848371.295President of the alleged witches Network in the Northern Region has asked government to make it a political reality to disband their camps and fast track their reintegration.

Mma Táchira Muntaru exclusively told Citi News that government‘s promise to conduct such exercise was long overdue.

According to her, life at the alleged witches’ camp is unbearable for which reason they could not wait to reunite with their families.

Late President John Evans Atta Mills pledged to disband and reintegrate alleged witches in the Northern Region back into their original communities.

Former Deputy Minister of Women and Children Affairs, Hajia Hawabu Gariba Boya at several fora on alleged witches’ camps reiterated government’s pledge.

Current records have shown that 600 ostracized women and 500 of their dependants have been camped in six isolated settlements called alleged witches camps in the Northern Region.

Mma Táchira Muntaru spoke to Citi News at a day’s forum for civil society organizations and local government officials on reintegration and disbandment of alleged witches camps held in Tamale.

It was under the auspices of Songtaba, an NGO championing the disbandment and reintegration exercise with support from Action Aid Ghana and funded by Roths Child Foundation.

She commended Songtaba and Action Aid Ghana for promoting their rights.

She further appealed to District Assemblies hosting the alleged witches camps to provide them with basic social amenities with emphasis on places of convenience.

Sampson Laar of Presby free go project, who is staying with the alleged witches at the Gambaga camp, described living conditions there as offensive.

“Because I stay with them, I feel that they lack basic things: for instance if you come to the Gambaga camp they do not even have one facility to use as toilet, water is a problem, you see their children, big issue because how do they go to school?”

He continued saying, “Some of them are very old that even though their children want them to be at home they don’t have powers: sometimes they allow their grandchildren to stay with them and is really difficult.”

Sampson Laar admonished District Assemblies hosting the alleged witches’ camps to alleviate their plight.

Chairman of the alleged witches’ reintegration committee, Dr. Alhaji Al-Hussein Zakariah disclosed that some criminals were using the alleged witches’ situation to amass wealth.

“Some people instead of seeking help for them try to make capital out of them: people go take pictures, create stories and access funds and in fact all these became a serious concern and a few organizations thought that it was indeed important to get organizations who have given themselves the task to work in support of these women,” he revealed.

Dr. Al-Hussein Zakariah said no woman should be lynched on account of suspicion that she is a witch.

He impressed upon the law enforcement agencies to crack the whip on people who infringe upon the rights of women suspected to be witches.

He commended the chief of Sagnarigu for kicking against such inhumane practices in his traditional area.

Dr. Al-Hussein Zakariah called on the clergy, traditional rulers, youth and opinion leaders and civil society organizations to join the crusade.

Programmes Coordinator of Songtaba, Mrs. Adam Lamnatu described the alleged witches’ situation as mammoth injustice.

She said the hazard should be tackled as a national human security threat.

Mrs. Adam Lamnatu commended the Nanumba South District Assembly for continually supporting inmates of the Kukuo alleged witches camps with food items.

It emerged that some of the alleged witches are benefiting from the National Health Insurance Scheme financed by the host District Assemblies.

Some of them also periodically receive financial support from the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) programme.

PRINCE TAGOE HELD IN COURT FOR A SUM OF over $115,000

77490180.295An East Legon-based real estate developer, Mark Washington Real Estates, has dragged former Black Stars forward Prince Tagoe to court over $155,000.

The plaintiff indicated in his statement of claim attached to a writ of summons filed at the Accra High Court that the defendant, Prince Tagoe, bought a house from him (Mark Washington) in 2010 at the cost $270,000, and the player made a part payment of $155,000.

According to the Real Estate Developer, the player had since failed to pay the outstanding $115,000 for the house described as H/no 2B at Trinity, East Legon.

Ironically, the striker had rather lodged a formal complaint with the Police that the Real Estate Managing Director owed him (Tagoe) without stating the exact amount involved.

A close confidant and a father figure to the player, Alhaji Brimah aka Alhaji Hearts, in a telephone interview, confirmed the story saying, “It is true that he bought the house from the agent, who sells houses to players. He is called Washington.

“The real story is, the houses are five, but Prince told him he can only pay for four because he said his career was not as before.

“The agent agreed but insisted that he will deduct the price of the rejected one, which angered the player to report the matter to the police.

“Washington later called me that he wants to meet with us to settle the matter. You can tell him I, Alhaji Hearts, told you this,” Alhaji Hearts said.

Tagoe, 28, left the shores of this country in 2005 as the top flight league top scorer, hitting the back of the net 18 times for Saudi Arabia side Ittihad.

The former Accra Hearts of Oak striker returned to Saudi Arabia after a six months spell with Ettifaq before moving to Bundesliga side Hoffenheim, where he failed to shine.

He later played in the Serbian league scoring 12 goals, and moved on to the Turkish league where he struggled to find the net.

Currently, he has put pen to paper on a short-term loan with an Israeli second tier side Hapoel Bnei Lod.

Prepare for intensified load-shedding – GRIDCo

Power OffPower consumers have to gird their loins for an intensified load-shedding regime because of a generation shortfall of more than 500 megawatts (MW).

The shortfall represents almost a third of the entire 2,000MW needed for distribution.

The situation has forced some electricity consumers to endure days of blackout, while others experience power outages every four to six hours.

Stakeholders in the energy sector have been holding meetings to enable the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) to come up with a new timetable on the load-shedding exercise which will take into account the current energy shortfall.

Consumers were initially experiencing 12-hour blackout and 24-hour light on.

The Manager of the System Control Centre of GRIDCo, Mr Frank Otchere, told the Daily Graphic in an interview that “the new timetable will probably tighten the schedule a little more than the current one”.

Although he was not specific as to the number of hours for the outages or the quantum of load that would be shed, he said “the duration of power outages may increase to make up for the load shedding”.

According to the Volta River Authority (VRA), the power crisis had intensified over the past weeks as a result of low water levels in the Akosombo, Bui and Kpone dams, coupled with inadequate gas supply from Nigeria and the breakdown of some power generators.

Causes

The Chief Executive Officer of the VRA, Mr Kirk Koffi, in an interview, explained that the low water levels were due to inadequate rainfall to feed the dams with the level of water needed.

He said the Akosombo Dam, for instance, was running on four turbines, which meant that 400MW at Akosombo had been lost.

Mr Koffi further explained that the Asogli Plant was down to half capacity, the equivalent of about 90MW.

However, he said it was expected to come on stream in the next two weeks.

“The Cenite Thermal Plant in Tema which also generates 100MW is down, while TICO, which also generates 100 MW, is down but is currently on stream,” he said.

On gas supply from Nigeria, he said gas in flow was between 20 million and 60 million standard cubic feet (scf), instead of about 120 million scf needed.

He said the VRA’s thermal plants had been running on gas from Atuabo since November last year and was currently feeding the plants with about 58 million scf of gas.

While the government made efforts to bring on board emergency generation plants, Mr Koffi said, the VRA would also commission a 220MW plant at Kpone by March 2015.

He urged Ghanaians to cultivate the habit of saving energy, since there was a lot of power wastage in the system.

Energy situation in Ghana

In the past 15 years, about 1,000MW of thermal generation capacity has been added, resulting in Ghana’s current generation capacity of 2,125MW.

The Akosombo Hydroelectric Power Plant supplies about 1,020MW of energy, followed by the Bui Dam, which produces 400MW, with the Aboadze Thermal Plant producing 360MW and the Takoradi Thermal Plant 330MW.

Kpong produces 160MW, while the country’s first solar plant at Punga in the Upper East Region produces 2MW, giving the country 2,272MW of combined electricity supply.

Thermal power plants to produce 500MW have been installed and inaugurated in Tema at various times.

Some of them are public projects, but most of the capacity is private (Sunon Asogli — 200MW) or semi-private (CENIT — 126MW).

Several thermal generation projects, totalling over 1,000MW, are currently at various stages of development by both public and private operators.

These projects include Kpone (Alstom), Sunon Asogli expansion, Takoradi 2 combined-cycle expansion, CENIT/TT1PP expansion and Takoradi 3 expansion.

The country still faces unreliable and inadequate power supply, despite the generation capacity made up of about 50 per cent hydro and 50 per cent thermal.

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