The chairman for the coalition of national political groupings Mr. Yahaya Alhassan has expressed deep sorrow about the sudden death of Mr. Alhaji Ibrahim Musah, In delivering the eulogy at Mamobi a surburb in Accra , Mr. Alhassan, described Alhaji Ibrahim as an ardent advocate for the development of Zongo communities ,adding that, his advisory role as a great thinker for their programs has positively impacted across the Muslim groups .

Alhaji was a nice to meet man, a social character, and there is no doubt, Zongo has lost a personality.
The father of 6, was a man of peace and died whilst promoting peace through our no-to vigilantism campaign.
He urge the entire Alhaji Ibrahim’s family, children and Zongo fraternity to take heart in the fact that your father touched lives and lived a legacy worthy of emulation.

We pray that Allah will grant him eternal rest, surely at the heart of Jannatul Firdaus. Amen .


The ambassador Pamela Bridgewater project has sent a condolence message to the bereaved family of the late Alhaji Ibrahim Musah.

In a statement issued and signed by the director of the Bridgewater project, Mr. Yahaya Alhassan praised the pointable work for the kayayei by Alhaji’s children, when he said ‘the continues extension of motherly care through the organization, including the provision of resting place for the deprived girls shall always shower blessings, particularly to the departed souls of the cherished family’ .

“It is with profound sadness and deep sorrow that we learned of the demise of your humble dad, we love both parents but Allah loves them most ’’
In this moment of Zongo grief, I called on all to join me in extending our sincere condolences and heartfelt sympathy to the children.

Mr. Alhassan urged the entire Alhaji Ibrahim’s family, children and Zongo fraternity to take heart in the fact that your father touched lives and lived a legacy worthy of emulation.

We pray that Allah will grant him eternal rest, surely at the heart of Jannatul Firdaus.Amen .

Ghanaians evacuated from Côte d’Ivoire lament alleged extortion while in mandatory quarantine

13 Ghanaians who were evacuated by government from Côte d’Ivoire and are currently under mandatory quarantine at a Hotel in Takoradi are complaining of deceit and extortions by their handlers.

The evacuees who returned on June 25, 2020, say results of their test samples have not been released after more than six days now.

Some of them have told Citi News on condition of anonymity that they have been deceived by their handlers who have taken them to a dilapidated facility other than what was promised them.

On top of this, they claimed their handlers demanded US$150 per a day stay – far more than what they were told; a situation which has led to protests.

They are therefore calling on government to investigate the matter.

“We are 13 Ghanaians evacuated from Côte d’Ivoire, as part of government-led arrangement to stranded citizens. Before departing Côte d’Ivoire those who showed interest to return to Ghana were told of a possible payment (of about $100) to a hotel in Accra for quarantine. Majority of the Ghanaians who showed interest rejected this offer because it was expensive and most people didn’t have money and were also stranded. So, continuous deliberation kept going on regarding the evacuation arrangements until eventually, the Embassy of Ghana in Côte d’Ivoire secured an STC bus to bring us to Ghana to a correspondent here in Ghana whom we are to report to. Now the Embassy made us aware that a payment plan of Gh300 (per day) has been made for us to be quarantined at Boyiosson Hotel or African Beach Hotel in Takoradi.”

“With this payment arrangement, however, most Ghanaians expressed concerns of the inability to pay because most have lost jobs, others are also returning due to emergencies. Nevertheless, we were still encouraged to return to Ghana because the government is making the necessary arrangements and, when we get to Ghana we can negotiate with the correspondent in Ghana and the Hotel about our financial difficulties. By this understanding, most people agreed to return to Ghana believing that a gesture of humanitarian empathy will be shown to us. Even with this, a lot of people didn’t come because they were sceptical. Strangely, we arrive in Takoradi without being taken to either of these Embassy arranged hotels, but instead, we were led by a military vehicle to an isolation centre (Takoradi Beach Hotel). Majority of us were quite surprised because we were never told we will be in an isolation centre with other infectious persons. Although we understood that we will be quarantined”, one of them said.

The evacuees who are sure they do not have the disease told Citi News they do not understand why they have even been made to pay for their stay when government has received so much donations

“ Now what is strangely happening here at the isolation centre by certain people managing the place is that; they are demanding that we pay between $100 – $150 per day for our stay at the isolation centre. They initially requested for $150 and we protested. So indirectly what we see is if we will not pay over 100 USD per day for 7 day they will keep us here for two weeks even if our results are ready.. so we would pay 4200 ghc each. We have been here eight days without any update from any Doctor. Meanwhile while among us are students who need to prepare for exams but staying in this abandoned hotel which has been turned into an isolation centre. How much does the average Ghanaian earn in the first place before such demands?“

They also raised suspicion with the whole arrangement as government has a fund to such isolation.

“Our concern is that, if this is an isolation centre and we know that government has been given COVID-19 relief funds and, with other donor agencies providing some of relief to government and centres;

1. Why are certain scrupulous managers of these isolation centres trying to take money from people who have been evacuated?

2. These same management people called us individually for a meeting now demanding that we should pay Gh450 per day instead of the $150. We have told them that we cannot afford such an amount. Moreover, the Embassy of Ghana did not inform us about this Gh450 per day so where is it coming from?

3. Now we asked these isolation centre managers that in case anyone tests positive to covid, who will pay the rest of the isolation bill? Then they tell us government will do that. So if government will pay the bill for tested positive persons, then why is government not equally taking care of our bill at the isolation centre? No response to this.

4. Our samples have been taken for more than six days now without anyone bringing us results nor updating us on our results.

5. We seem to be suspicious that these isolation centre managers are syndicate working together – be it the police here at post, the security coordinator, the correspondent and some health persons. This is our believe and suspicion.”


The founder and chief executive officer of De-Wayo Collections Mr. Haruna A.Nanga

YOUTH ENTREPRENEUR DEVELOPS COMMUNITY The founder and chief executive officer of De-Wayo Collections Mr. Haruna A.Nanga has mobilized the youth of Mamobi ,a suburb in the greater Accrra region of Ghana, to develop the road linking the community market to various areas within the constituency for business to flourish .

Speaking at the ceremony to commission the road for commuters, Mr. Haruna called on the government to embark on developmental projects within the Nima- Mamobi. And entire Zongo communities in Ghana by saying‘’ the strategic locations of Mamobi and Nima would be beneficial for any government or investor who develops or invests in these areas ,considering that, it’s located at the heart of Accra and has one of the most vibrant and growing market in Ghana ‘’

Mr. Haruna A. Nanga, who was the leading financier for the development project, urged the youth to create their own business ventures than relying heavily on the government to provide jobs, adding that’’ there is nothing better than being your own boss’’ On his part, Alhaj Ibrahim Musah, the community leader, advised individuals and organizations within Zongos to adopt sanitation measures for a clean Zongo.

He revealed that ‘’ cleanliness, is next to Godliness’’ De-Wayo Collections is a leading Supply and Distribution company in Ghana, including supplies of Household appliances, and other business ventures .

National Chief Imam welcomes Saudi’s restrictions on Hajj 2020

The National Chief Imam, Sheikh (Dr) Osman Nuhu Sharubutu has welcomed the decision by Saudi Arabia to bar international Hajj pilgrims this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Saudi Arabia on Monday declared that this year’s pilgrimage had been restricted to very limited number of people, specifically those already residing within the Kingdom as part of measures to contain the pandemic

“The Office of the National Chief Imam supports the decision of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and commends the Guardian of the No Holy Mosques, King Salman for the wise decision and appropriate action taken.

“It is the understanding and believes of the National Chief Imam that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia took this decision to protect Muslims around the world from contracting the deadly and contiguous COVlD-l9 disease”, the National Chief Imam ONCI said.

A statement issued by the Alhaji Khuzaima Mohammed Osman, the Personal Assistant to the National Chief Imam in Accra yesterday, said despite the importance of the Hajj, safety should be considered first.

“In as much as Hajj is obligatory on physically strong and financially sound Muslims at least once in their life time, this year’s Hajj with COVlD-l9 poses a threat to human health as pilgrims are crowded at religious sites”, it said.

As a result of the proliferating COVlD-l9 cases across the globe and the lack of vaccines, it said, there was the need to keep social distancing protocols among millions of pilgrims to preserve lives in accordance with Islamic principles.

“We pray to Allah to continue to protect the two Holy Mosques, protect and bless the Guardian and Muslims around the World. We pray to Allah to prolong our lives with great health to witness yet many more Hajjs”, the statement said.

Hajj is one of the Five Pillars of Islam which requires Muslims in good health and who could afford to visit Mecca to stand before the structure known as the Kaaba, and praise Allah at least once in a lifetime.

But for the COVID-19 pandemic, an estimated two million people would have visited Mecca and Medina. As of Monday, Saudi Arabia had recorded 161,005 cases of infection and 1,307 deaths.

The country lifted a nationwide lockdown at the weekend. The restriction on Hajj is said to be the only way to observe social distance.

Threat of terrorism is real; let’s collaborate to avert it – Rawlings

Former President Jerry Rawlings has called for more vigilance from civilians and security forces in a bid to avert terrorist attacks.

“Inhabitants of especially the border communities need to remain extra vigilant and observant if we are to avoid any such terrorist attacks on our territory,” Rawlings wrote in a statement.

He said attacks in neighbouring countries should put Ghana on its toes.

“Travel advice and credible intelligence reports from several sources warn of potential terrorist attacks in countries like Ghana and Togo.

“Our country faces a real threat of terrorism with the heightened attacks in neighbouring countries.

“As Ghanaians, we can no longer procrastinate on the matter of terrorism and assume we are insulated from reality.

“The time has come for heightened vigilance by every Ghanaian as we enter a vulnerable period leading up to the December Presidential and Parliamentary elections,” the statement read.

Speaking on the concern of military men being deployed to border communities and the fear of political intimidation, Rawlings said more cooperation is needed between locals and the security services.

“Any unease and mistrust between the military and communities along the border areas will only create an opening for those engaging in terrorist activity to slip through, increasing the threats to our country.

“The military’s role is to defend the territorial integrity of the country and protect the people of Ghana,” he said.

393 new cases bring Ghana’s Covid-19 tally to 18,134 with 5 more deaths, 13,550 recoveries

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has confirmed 393 new Covid-19 cases in the country, taking the national total to 18,134.

According to its website, the Service put the number of recoveries/discharges at 13,550 as the initial 13,268.

Five new deaths were also confirmed bringing the number 117 as of July 1, 2020.

Regional Breakdown

Greater Accra – 10,087; Ashanti Region – 3,676; Western Region – 1,556; Central Region – 973; Eastern Region – 668; Volta Region – 346; Upper East Region – 274; Northern Region – 137; Oti Region – 112; Western North Region – 102; Bono East Region – 89; Savannah Region – 42; Upper West Region – 40; Bono Region – 18; Ahafo Region – 8; North East Region – 6.

I can’t sanction deportation of Ghanaians from US – Ghana Ambassador

Ghana’s Ambassador to the U.S. has been caught in a cat and mouse game with the American authorities piling pressure on him to sanction the deportation of thousands of Ghanaians.

Dr Barfuor Adjei-Bawuah has described as unfair pressure on him to give his approval for hundreds of Ghanaians to be sent home for violating U.S. immigration laws.

“It leaves me with difficulty to sanction the deportation of my citizen and I have been trying hard to explain this to the authorities,” he told Joy News’ Elton John Brobbey.

According to the frustrated Ambassador, he does not understand why he has to sanction the deportation when there was a contract between the Visa applicants and American authorities in granting entry into the U.S.

“If that is what is to be done, I don’t have to give the U.S. permission to deport the very person they themselves accepted,” he explained.

His comment follows reports that close to a thousand Ghanaians held in detention centres across the U.S. are awaiting their deportation to Ghana if only Dr Adjei-Bawuah signs for that to happen.

Dr Adjei-Bawuah and the U.S. President Donald Trump

Last year in a meeting with a parliament select committee, the US Ambassador to Ghana, Robert P Jackson confirmed that “7,000 Ghanaians who have overstayed their visas or are staying in the US illegally are in various stages of the deportation processes.”

Related: Deported Ghanaians were not maltreated – US Ambassador

“There will be additional deportations because the 7,000 people who are under deportation orders have either committed crimes in the United States or long overstayed the visas on which they entered,” Mr Jackson said.

The deportees are being sent home for various offences, ranging from drug possession, larceny, assault, theft, sexual assault, identity theft, illegal entry, forgery/fraud, resisting arrest and other non-criminal offences.

US Ambassador, Robert P Jackson 

But Ghana’s Ambassador to the U.S. said he cannot independently confirm that the persons to be deported were taken through legitimate and fair trial and cannot, therefore, be the one to sanction their deportation.

“You can only take it on the strength of the fact that the Americans say the trial was fair because you were not in the courtroom. You don’t know whether the person’s defense lawyer did seriously and adequately question the prosecution,” he said.

“Our argument is that we don’t have to be the final arbiter in the execution of a deportation order because we don’t have the information,” he said.

Clement Apaak, Builsa South MP

Joy News has learnt talks to resolve this standoff has yet to yield the desired results as the Dr Adjei-Barwuah has asked his host country to review their process.

Encouraging the Ambassador to stay strong and act in the best interest of Ghanaians, a member of Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee, Dr Clement Apaak said international protocols demand that Ghanaian citizens are treated with respect and human dignity in their host countries.

“We urge our Ambassador to stand firm and not feel intimidated or be pushed to rush and allow for the affected Ghanaians to be deported without the proper and due process being followed,” he said.

The Builsa South legislator said he expects the Foreign Affairs Minister to brief parliament on the latest on the deportation from the U.S.

He said the Minister needs to provide information on who the deportees are, why they are being deported as well as whether they hail from Ghana.

Dr Apaak also called for logistics to be put in place for the Ghanaians so that in the event they are deported they won’t be as traumatic as their exit from the U.S.


Backlog of passports at Ridge office to be cleared by Friday – Minister

Some Ghanaians hoping to receive their passports at the Ridge office in Accra would have to wait a little longer as officials are yet to clear a backlog before printing new ones.

This follows a closure of the office last week due to an electrical fault that affected their printers.

According to a Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister, Habib Tijani, although the office resumed work last Friday, only one third of the backlog had been cleared.

Mr. Tijani however told Citi News all outstanding passports will be printed by close of day today [ Thursday].

“As at Friday, there was a complete rehabilitation of the place and they started working and started printing passports. Our only problem was how to recover or be able to do the backlog. As I tell you, we have covered one third of what we should have done if the thing had not broken down. We should understand that if there is a backlog, there will be a lot of rush and panic. We use to give people three four days to pick their passports. Definitely it is not going to be as usual, picking your passport between three, or four or five days because of the backlog.I am assuring the public that by the close of day today, [Friday] we will be able to cover the backlog and normal processing will go on”.

Corruption at the passports office’

A survey conducted by the Ghana Integrity initiative anti-corruption Consortium in 2017,  identified the passports office as one of the few government agencies where bribery and corruption is pervasive.

The survey, which was to assess citizen’s understanding of corruption, their perceptions and actual experiences of corruption, show that Ghanaians still perceived the passports office as well as the police service, political parties and the judiciary as being corrupt.

It however revealed that Ghanaians do not regard the payment of what is commonly called facilitation fee as a form of corruption.

Passport acquisition in Ghana

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) government has given indications that it intends to make the process of passport acquisition in Ghana easy and efficient, a departure from what can best be described as one of the most frustrating processes to go through in the country.

Despite promises by successive governments to improve the process, many Ghanaians are forced to pay bribes, pay exorbitant charges through middlemen popularly known as ‘gorro boys’ or queue as early as 3:00am each day to have their passport applications processed especially at the Accra application center.

The forms for regular application currently goes for GHS 50, and are expected to be processed within 4 weeks, while the forms for express applications are being sold for GHS 100, and are expected to be processed within 2 weeks, although the duration may slightly vary.