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Komenda sugar factory collapsed before I assumed office – Akufo-Addo

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said the Komenda Sugar Factory that was built by the Mahama administration was not functioning when he came into office as President of Ghana.

Mr Akufo-Addo wondered why the factory was not being operationalised if it was that important for the previous administration.

Asked about the way forward for the factory while speaking on Eagle FM in Cape Coast on Monday, October 18 as part of his tour of the Central Region, he said the Trade Minister, Alan Kyerematen had been working hard to get the factory operationalised.

“We are told by him that that is not his way of looking at things he will build the roof, and once the roof has been built then he will come down and then lay the foundation. You know that a house that is built this will collapse, just as Komenda collapsed

“The way forward is what Alan Kyerematen, the very dynamic and energetic Minister of Trade and Industry has been trying to do. First of all, our inheritance, a lot of money has gone into the Komenda initiative. It is important for us and yet nothing is happening, it was a stands still when we came into office.”

His comments come just four days after former President Mahama replied his critics who claim he built the Sugar Factory without providing raw materials to feed it.

Mr Mahama said there was an arrangement in place to provide raw materials for the factory.

The 2020 presidential candidate for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) stated that he studied economics in School hence, was fully aware that a factory could not be established without making raw materials for it.

He explained that the Indian government had asked for the factory to be built and later apply for funds to support the production of raw materials.

The Akufo-Addo administration accused Mr Mahama of establishing the factory with making plans for raw materials.

But speaking Cape FM on Friday, October 15, Mr Mahama said “When this government came they said the sugar wasn’t their priority and so they abandoned the 26million dollars the Indian government asked them to apply for.

“They didn’t apply and so they left it and the factory is just there…Do you think I am a fool to build a factory and I won’t make provisions for raw materials? I am not that foolish, I read economics and so I knew what the vision was.”

The $35 million factory, built from an Indian EXIM Bank facility, has not worked since its commissioning in 2016.

The factory was revamped to revive the local production of sugar, thereby reducing the importation of the commodity.

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2608 persons die through road accidents between Jan. to Nov. 2021

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A total of 2608 people have been killed through road traffic accidents between January to November 2021, the latest data released by the National Road Safety Authority(NRSA) has revealed.

The number is an increment over last year’s (2020) data as 2500 deaths were recorded.

The data also reveals that 14138 persons are battling various degrees of injuries.

Motorbikes have been established to kill more people as within 11 months, 1140 people were killed and 4293 injured.

Furthermore, 726 pedestrians were knocked down and died in the process.

The data shows that the Ashanti Region continues to lead road traffic fatalities so far as 534 people have been killed in the region with 3438 persons injured.

The North East and Oti Regions are however do relatively better with13 and 20 road accidents related death recorded respectively over the past eleven months.

Source: kasapafmonline.com

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WAEC releases 2021 WASSCE results, over 140,000 candidates score F9 in Maths, English [Statement]

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The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has released provisional results of candidates who sat for the 2021 West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

This follows the completion of all post-examination processes.

A total of 446,352 candidates, made up of 221,439 (49.6 %) males and 224,913
(50.4 %) females from 965 schools entered for the examination.

The figure is 18.8% higher than the 2020 figure of 375,763.

A total of 3,545 (0.79 %) of the candidates who registered were absent from the examination.

WAEC has explained the entire results of 3,667 candidates have been withheld pending the conclusion of investigations into various cases of examination malpractice detected during and after the conduct of the examination.

The scripts of candidates from 194 schools in certain subjects have also been withheld
and are being scrutinised.

Candidates have therefore been advised to contact their Heads of school for their results.

The Council has also hosted the results online and candidates who so desire,
may access their results at the Council’s website or dial the shortcode *944#.



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VIP bus heading to Upper West involved in an accident, 10 reported dead

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A VIP bus returning from Kumasi to a Section of the Upper West Region has been involved in an accident with over 10 people losing their lives

As reported from Jirapa, Confirmed Information reaching Core News Ghana has it that a VIP bus with Registration Number 5693-15 traveling into the Upper West Region from Kumasi is involved in a fatal accident.

Reports say over 10 persons have lost their lives.

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