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5 Killed In Fatal Head-On Collision On Obuasi-Dunkwa Road

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Five people have died after a Toyota Hilux pick-up and a Mercedes Sprinter bus collided they were travelling in was involved in an accident on the Obuasi-Dunkwa road on Saturday.

The deceased include the driver of the pick-up vehicle identified as Alhaji Mustapha Iddrisu, aged 50.

Seventeen others who are in critical condition are on admission at the  Obuasi Government and Anglogold Ashanti hospitals.

The bodies of the deceased have also been deposited at the hospital for autopsy and burial.

According to available information, the pick-up vehicle with registration number GC 9888-20 was driving from Obuasi direction towards Dunkwa with four persons on board at about 6:40 p.m on Saturday.

Ashanti Regional Commander of the Police Motor, Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD), Superintendent Emmanuel Adu Boahen tells Nhyira FM that, the driver, on reaching a section of the road at the outskirts of Adinkra, allegedly attempted to overtake another vehicle.

But in the process veered off his lane and collided with the Sprinter bus with registration number AW 6620-13.

The bus had about 18 passengers onboard.

“This is an avoidable accident. This nasty scenerio could have been avoided had the driver of the pick-up exercised a little patience,” Mr. Adu Boahen said.

He also appealed to the general public to assist identify some of the victims who are currently on admission at the hospital.

He explained that the police will also mount a search for the driver of the Mercedes Sprinter bus.

Meanwhile, the two vehicles involved in the  accident have been cleared-off  the road to allow free flow of traffic.

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News In: Diego Maradona Kicks The Bucket

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Football star, Diego Armando Maradona has been confirmed dead at age 60.

According to reports, he died from cardiac arrest. He died in his home in Tigre, Argentina.

Maradona had been recuperating from the removal of a blood clot on the brain.

Maradona, regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time, helped Argentina win the World Cup in 1986, the pinnacle of an illustrious career.

He played club football for Boca Juniors, Napoli and Barcelona among others and was adored by millions all over the world for his brilliant skills.

Maradona was responsible for the infamous ‘Hand of God’ that eliminated England from the 1986 tournament.

His career was also tinged with controversy because of drug and alcohol addiction.

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Akufo-Addo directs needy student who scored 8As to be given full scholarship

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President of the Republic of Ghana Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has directed the Ghana Scholarship Secretariat to grant full scholarship to one Thomas Amoaning of Adeiso Senior High School.

Master Amoaning is reported to have scored 8As in the 2020 West Africa Senior Schools Certificate Examinations (WASSCE).

His plight made rounds on social media given his background.

“As a normal practice and taking into consideration the socio-geographical background of the student, HE the President has expressly directed the Ghana Scholarships Secretariat to grant full scholarship award to the student for his tertiary studies,” a release from the Secretariat on Tuesday, November 24 said.

“The Scholarships Secretariat has subsequently established contact with the student and parents and will on Friday 27th November, 2020 pay a visit to the family to discuss their needs in detail,” the release signed by Registrar of the Secretariat Kingsley Agyemang said.

Meanwhile, the Secretariat announces for the information of WASSCE graduates that there will be a “big announcement” on Tuesday, December 1.

“The retooled Ghana Scholarships Secretariat is now strategically positioned to effectively deliver on its mandate of awarding scholarships to Ghanaians for tertiary education,” the release said.

 

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Election 2020: Supreme Court sets target for election petition

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The Supreme Court is set to deal with any election petition that will arise out of the 2020 elections in 42 days maximum.

Justice Jones Dotse, the Chairperson of the Election Manual Review Committee, any suit challenging a presidential election will only be allowed from contestants in the election and only against the winner and the Electoral Commission.

“There’s a nice write-up on the manual which indicates that the Supreme Court is proposing that should there be any dispute, it will not go beyond 42 days,” he stated.

This is to prevent a repetition of the election petition of 2012 which dragged for eight months.

Governance expert said it affected the country as the government of the day was too cautious in taking certain decisions.

The business community was also affected as a lot of investors wanted to be certain the direction the country was going before investing in the country.

Speaking at the launch of the 4th Edition of the Manual on Election Adjudication, Justice Jones Dotse disclosed that processes on who can sue and join the suit has been spelt out.

“And there are major significant changes in the law in the sense that now if you are interested in questioning or initiating a presidential election dispute, you must have been a candidate in that election and you can only sue the one who has been declared as the winner by the EC and the EC, that’s all. ” he added.

On his part, Chief Justice Kwasi Anin-Yeboah indicated the readiness of the Judiciary to deal with all election related suits.

“While not everyone will agree with our decisions, I can assure you that they (political) have all seen and motivated by the national interest underpinned by first and foremost the judicial principles for which the judiciary stands for geared towards the sanctity of our motherland,” he said.

He added, “Our judges had sufficient training to better improve their capacity in handling dispute that might emerge after these elections.”

The Chief Justice assured “Ghanaians of the thoroughness, professionalism and patriotism with which we approach and dispense our duties that would never change.”

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