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McCarthy Hill residents threaten court action if cement factory project is not stopped



Members of the  McCarthy Hill Residents Association in a photo

President of the McCarthy Hill Residents Association, Mr. Eddie Quaynor, has disclosed the association will have no option than to head straight to court for an injunction to stop the new cement factory currently under construction in the area if authorities do not ensure its closure.

Mr. Quaynor informed that several petitions have been sent to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and although their grievances were welcomed with grave concern nothing has yet been done to stop works at the factory.

The McCarthy Hill Residents Association recently held a press conference to protest against the siting of a cement factory named ‘Empire Cement’ at South McCarthy Hill along the main road leading to Weija.

Mr. Quaynor said they will utilize all legal means to ensure the factory does not see the light of the day as its operation will be too hazardous to the health and well-being of residents at McCarthy Hill, Tetegu, Mallam, Gbawe and Weija.

“We want to have a peaceful and serene environment, free of constant cement dust particles in the air as the wind direction blows over the cement factory area in the direction of the catchment areas mentioned.

Mr. Quaynor observed that even more worrying is the fact that the site of the cement factory is next to Panbros Salt Industries Ltd., the oldest and largest wholly-Ghanaian owned salt company that produces quality salt for the whole country and the West African sub region.

Mr. Quaynor said the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had confirmed in its correspondence to Empire Cement that edible salt and a cement factory do not mix and that the two land-uses were mutually exclusive and must be completely separated.

He said the factory owners had disregarded several warnings from the EPA to cease operations and instead were working day and night to speed up the construction of the factory and that they had installed three aluminum silos so far and were excavating and filling up the low-lying areas.

He said McCarthy Hill residents supported the one district, one factory concept and would welcome the creation of jobs in Ghana, and good initiatives for building factories according to well thought out land-use planning and law.

He added that proper land-use planning would ensure that the health and safety of the residents were protected.

He said their major concern was that the factory was being built even though there was no preliminary approval from (EPA) the statutory body in charge of assessing, granting approval, and monitoring such factories that impact the environment negatively.

Mr. Quaynor said cement factories by their nature were classified under heavy industry as it generated heavy duty air pollution that required sitting in heavy industrial areas, away from heavily populated or densely residential areas.

He said the production process of packaging cement disclosed in a document from Empire Cement involved four big warehouses with each warehouse carrying separate projects namely, Clinker, Gypsum, Pozzolana, and Cement Grinding Aid.

The president said the above production processes pointed to heavy industry which must be in a heavy industrial zone, away from the densely populated residential areas mentioned.

He said the Empire Cement owners had avoided any engagement with the residents about the health hazards on residents, especially children and the elderly and they were shocked to see the extent of construction that had occurred without their knowledge.

Mr. Quaynor said the cement particles which resulted from bagging 40,000 metric tons of cement per month, was a major environmental concern to the health of residents at McCarthy Hill and its environs.

Source: Ohene Adjei, Conributor

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VIDEO: Computer Man begs Akufo-Addo to appoint COP Kofi Boakye as IGP





Prophet Eric Amponsah, (Computer Man)

• Prophet Eric Amponsah has pleaded with President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to appoint COP Nathan Kofi Boakye as IGP

• According to Computer Man, COP Kofi Boakye has the capacity to deal with crime-related activities recorded in the country

• He made the appeal while sharing his views on recent crimes witnessed in Ghana

The Founder and Leader of Hope Generation Ministry, Prophet Eric Amponsah, has made a passionate appeal to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to appoint COP Nathan Kofi Boakye as the next Inspector General of Police.

Speaking in an interview with Oman Channel sighted by Ghanaweb, Prophet Amponsah touted the Head of Research and Planning for the Police Service as the only person viable of leading a police service capable of dealing with the recent rise in crimes.

“I will appeal to the President, His Excellency Nana Addo Danwka Akufo-Addo to appoint COP Kofi Boakye as IGP. Maybe COP Kofi Boakye between 2014 and 2016 supervised some arrests in the Ashanti Region which may not have augured well. But the only thing that can make Ghana peaceful and end armed robbery is COP Kofi Boakye. You can mark it on a wall,” Computer Man stated while sharing his view on the recent robbery cases including two separate attacks on bullion vans.

Armed gunmen on Monday, June 14, 2021, attacked a bullion van at Jamestown in Accra.
The robbers after staging the attack in which they made away with some undisclosed amount left dead a police officer who was on escort duty in the attacked van and a trader who was a resident in the vicinity.

On the next Tuesday after the Jamestown attack, another bullion van robbery incident was staged on the Accra -Winneba Road.

Unlike the Jamestown incident, the Accra-Winneba Road attack was unsuccessful as the robbers failed to stop the van despite their firing of several gunshots.

The two broad daylight robbery attacks coupled with other gun-related crimes recorded over the past few weeks has led many Ghanaians to raise concern over the level of security in the country.

Some Security Analyst including Mr Adam Bonaa have called for the resignation of the current Inspector General of Police.


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VIDEO: Fire guts warehouse at Madina




Fire has gutted the warehouse of Lesfam Company Limited, a beverages distributor at Madina Ritz Junction in Accra.

The fire incident occurred in the late hours of Sunday, June 20, 2021 during a downpour in the area.

The cause of the fire, which destroyed goods worth thousands of cedis, is yet to be known.

Witnesses looked on helpless as the fire ravages property at the warehouse.

All attempts by residents to douse the fire proved futile as the fire was too strong to douse.

However, personnel from the Ghana Fire Service came to the scene to put out the fire but did not have it easy.

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Ghanaians on social media hound Rebecca Akufo-Addo over husband being ‘sleepless’





President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and wife, Rebecca Akufo-Addo

What looked like a romantic father’s day message to her husband, President Nana Akufo-Addo, turned sour as Ghanaian social media users directed their anger on first lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo.

She took to social media Sunday to praise her husband on father’s day and expressed how proud she was that Nana Akufo-Addo was working to make things work in the country.

“Over the last four years having watched and prayed for my husband as father of the nation, I have had a close view of the sleepless nights, the countless overstretches and the physical strain to make this country work,” she stated in his article.

Madam Akufo-Addo added, “President Akufo-Addo remains a father we all would be proud of.”

But the above message which was part of her goodwill message to the president has infuriated most Ghanaians who believe the nation is not on the right track, owning to the fact the cost of living is high in the country.

The first lady’s message coincided with an increment in fuel prices across the country– the more reason some Ghanaians descended on her.

Some asked if she was really in Ghana while others criticised Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for sleeping in public.

Below are some of the responses to the first lady’s father’s day message to her husband:


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