Sunday, June 15, 2008

Railway workers in Ghana stealing company property

The management of the Ghana Railway Company (GRC) Limited is investigating suspected stealing of steel sleepers which were retrieved from a house at Mile 12, near Pokuase along the Dome - Amasaman section of the railway lines.

The sleepers are used to support the rail lines to keep them in alignment and are indispensable, particularly at curves. They can be used for over 150 years .

Thirty-two sleepers have been retrieved and are in the custody of the management of the GRC, a senior official of the GRC disclosed to the Ghanaian Times on Wednesday.
He said the company is investigating allegations that the leader of the Permanent Way Staff (PWS), Joseph Gordon, who is also the District Superintendent of Tracks (DST) is the brain behind the theft.
Gordon was alleged to have sold 15 of the steel sleepers to one Atta, a metal scrap dealer at the railway level crossing on the Graphic Road in Accra.

Some of the PWS who spoke to the Times at the railway station in Accra alleged that Mr Gordon has been intimidating them, using them to remove the metal sleepers which they replaced with wooden ones.
They alleged that anytime they attempted to report the thefts to the authorities, "the big men" in Accra shielded him. And this, they said had encouraged him to continue with his nefarious activities to the detriment of the company.

It was said that Mr Gordon's behaviour has created division among them, and he cancels their legitimate over-time and thereby denying them what was due them.
The Accra Area Manager, Emmanuel Ativor, told the Times that after the investigations the findings will be sent to the Head Office in Takoradi and the culprits will face a board of enquiry.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Fire razes down Tema High School

In Ghana ,Tema, on June 14, GNA- Part of the building of Tema High School, a private Senior High School (SHS), in Tema, was razed down last night. All the 61 new computers and accessories, vital documents, furniture and science equipment got burnt in the two-hour raze, Mr Abraham Bediako, housemaster of the school, told the Ghana News Agency (GNA).
He attributed the disaster to sabotage as the "saboteurs" cut the wire net of a window and entered the offices where the fire started at around 0150 hours.
Mr Bediako, who lives close to the school, said he rushed to the scene when the security man of the school informed him about the fire outbreak.
The housemaster said "the fast manner with which the fire spread to all parts of the rooms shows that petrol had been sprinkled all over the place". Mr Bediako said it took firemen almost two hours to bring the fire under control and a report had been made to the police. The GNA could not get immediately get proprietor of the school, Mr Ramseyer Agyemang-Prempeh for his comment on the disaster.

Black Stars downed in Gabon

Ghana's good start performance in the World Cup in 2010 came to an end in Libreville on Saturday when Gabon chalked a rare 2-0 win over their counterparts.Roguy Mere opened the scoring in the 42nd minute, latching on to a pass from Eric Mouloungi. France-based Stephane Nguema scored the second in the 66th minute.It was Gabon's first win of the qualifiers after they lost their opening match in Libya last week. Ghana, who competed at the last World Cup finals in Germany two years ago, remain top of the standings with six

The two sides will meet next week in Ghana.

Man impregnates mother and daughter

37-year-old labourer at Fantra-Kese near Enchi in the Western Region has dealt a triple blow to his employer.
First, the labourer, Kooka Gyaga allegedly impregnated the daughter of his boss, then stole his money to perform the marriage rites and, two months later, impregnated the employer’s wife as well.

The 18-year-old girl and her mother are currently carrying four and two months’ pregnancies respectively.
The court was told that Kooka first impregnated the 18-year-old daughter of his employer.
Angered by that action, the girl’s father, a cocoa farmer, demanded that Kooka perform the necessary marriage rites.

The court heard that Kooka stole his way into the master’s room through the roof and stole GH¢200 and used part of it to perform the initial “knocking rite” for the pregnant girl, with the promise that he would complete the marriage rites after her delivery.

According to the prosecution, the girl’s mother fell sick while the husband had been away from the town for some weeks, where Kooka volunteered to buy medicine for the sick woman.
According to the prosecution, Kooka returned with valium and deceived the employer’s wife into taking it, causing her to sleep and subsequently took advantage of the situation and raped her.
The result, according to the prosecution, was the pregnancy.

Kooka Gyaga has been remanded by the Tarkwa Magistrate court to re-appear in two weeks.