The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says Government, in recognition of the difficulties and dangers confronting police personnel in the discharge of their duties, is committed to resourcing the Police Service, in terms of provision of adequate personnel and logistics, to enable them deliver on their core mandate.
According to President Akufo-Addo, “despite budgetary constraints, the Akufo-Addo Government has, in two and half years in office, provided 568 vehicles, including 15 operational buses to the Service, a feat unprecedented in the history of the Service. With many more vehicles expected to arrive in the country in the next few months, the President noted that when he took office in January 2017, the Service had a total of 492 serviceable cars.
President Akufo-Addo made this known on Friday, 13th September, 2019, when he addressed the graduation ceremony of the 49th Cadet Officers Course of the Ghana Police Service. The President noted that 320 housing units are being constructed at National Police Training School to reduce the accommodation deficits of the Service, explaining that, modern communication equipment, and 4,500 fragmentation jackets have been procured and delivered to the Service to protect officers, and ensure effective policing.
President Akufo-Addo continued, “Government has also secured three (3) helicopters for the Service, with the construction of hangars at the National Police Training School almost nearing completion. He added that six (6) officers are currently undergoing training in South Africa to become pilots for the helicopters, and serve as the Air Wing of the Police Service.
Twenty (20) horses, the President said, have also been procured to assist the Police in riot and crowd control, with a Canine (K9) Unit, made up of thirty (30) dogs, also in the offing.
The recent establishment of the Police Intelligence Directorate, he said, is ensuring that police operations and investigations are increasingly being carried out on the basis of intelligence.
The Criminal Investigations Department will, by the end of the year, be equipped with a digital forensics’ laboratory, and, for the first time in the history of the Department, crime officers are given a monthly allowance to support their investigations. He revealed that, the government is retooling the CID Forensic Science lab; the CID building has also now become disability friendly; and there is continuous training of CID officers.
Touching on recruitment of new police personnel, President Akufo-Addo noted that Government has given approval for the recruitment of four thousand (4,000) personnel to augment the strength of the Police Service. He revealed that 961 of these recruits passed out between 22nd and 31st July this year, in various Police Training Schools throughout the country.
He added that, the second batch of one thousand (1,000) recruits are also due to graduate by the end of this month. Another batch, made up of two thousand (2,000) men and women, is scheduled to report for training by the end of this month. These measures, according to the President, have been put in place by Government to reform the Police Service, and make it fit for purpose.
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NIGERIA/ “Seek To Know All Facts Before Taking A Position On EndSARS Impasse” – Buhari Urges ‘Sypmathizers’ Calling For Calm
After succumbing to excessive pressure from all well-meaning persons in calling for calm, and the use of dialogue in resolving the #EndSARS impasse in Nigeria, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, has urged the general, particularly, neighbours and members of the international community to seek to know all the facts available before taking a position or rushing to judgment and making hasty pronouncements.
According to the President, a wider section of the public are annonymously hiding under the preference of internet and spreading of deliberate falsehood and misinformation through the social media in particular which suggest that, his government is oblivious to the pains and plight of its citizens is a ploy to mislead the unwary within and outside Nigeria into unfair judgement and disruptive behaviour.
In a series of tweet thread sighted by www.gbafrica.net, Muhammadu Buhari stated that, on the contrary, both the government’s practical, evident deeds and words have shown how committed the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration has been to the wellbeing and welfare of Nigeria citizens, even with the steadily dwindling revenues, and the added responsibilities and restrictions due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
The self-aclaimed “converted democrat” revealed that, his Government has put in place measures and initiatives, including broad plan to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in the next 10 years; the creation of N75 billion National Youth Investment Fund to provide opportunities for the youths and the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Survival Fund, which are principally targeted at youths, women and the most vulnerable groups in our society.
In the circumstances, President Buhari appealed to protesters to note and take advantage of the various well-thought-out initiatives of his administration designed to make their lives better and more meaningful, and resist the temptation of being used by some subversive elements to cause chaos with the aim of truncating our nascent democracy.
In the last 12 days, a widespread protests against Nigeria’s police turned violent as demonstrators were attacked by police in the streets of several cities. More than 10,000 demonstrators flocked to the streets of Nigeria’s largest city to join mounting protests against police brutality. Protesters clogged roads, bringing the centre of Lagos, the usually traffic-filled economic hub, to a standstill. Many brandished the green-and-white Nigerian flag as they filled a major stretch of highway in the city of 20 million people.
Anger over abuses by the police’s notorious special anti-robbery squad (Sars) erupted into widespread demonstrations last week, forcing the government to scrap the unit. The crowds have continued to grow despite the announcement of a string of reforms from the rattled authorities. At least 10 people have died and dozens injured in the demonstrations, which have been met with force by police units.
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GHANA/ “Buhari Is Committed To Make Peace Prevail In Nigeria” – Nana Akufo-Addo Assures
After being excoriated by the Ghanaian citizens over his silence on the innocent protesters being killed by the Nigerian Army. However, The president of the Republic of Ghana, and the chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has become the first African Leader to join all well-meaning persons in calling for calm, and the use of dialogue in resolving the #EndSARS protest in Nigeria.
In a tweet on Wednesday, October 21, 2020, President Akufo-Addo, he wrote;
“I join all well-meaning persons in calling for calm, and the use of dialogue in resolving the #EndSARS impasse in Nigeria. I have spoken with President Buhari, who is committed to this end, and has begun the processes that will lead to reform. 1/2
Violence, be it on the part of the Police or protesters, cannot be the solution. To the families who have lost their loved ones, I express my sincere condolences, and I wish the injured a speedy recovery. 2/2 #EndSARS”
Nigerian security forces opened fire on hundreds of protesters in Lagos, as rallies against police brutality continued in defiance of a 24-hour curfew imposed by the government earlier in the day. Graphic scenes posted on social media showed protesters fleeing as security forces, including soldiers, shot live rounds towards the crowds.
At least seven people were killed according to DJ Switch, a popular disc jockey, who broadcast live from the scene on Instagram. Protesters were seen struggling to remove shrapnel from injured protesters and in one case failing to resuscitate a casualty. In other videos protesters carrying bloodied Nigerian flags are seen pleading with security officials to allow medics to treat victims.
Fears had grown of increased unrest after a curfew was imposed by Lagos’s governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, earlier in the day in an attempt to shut down protests against the notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (Sars) police unit that have erupted across Nigeria. Thousands have taken to the streets in recent weeks against the federal Sars unit, now dissolved but long accused of extra-judicial killings, torture and extortion.
50 Cent Endorses Donald Trump Ahead Of Presidential Election
50 Cent is officially the latest celebrity to hop aboard the Trump 2020 train ahead of the presidential election next month.
The rapper shared a screenshot of an infographic from the CNBC show Power Lunch on his Instagram account on Monday displaying the top tax rates by state under Joe Biden’s suggested tax plan. If the Democratic presidential nominee’s plan were to be put into effect, those making over $400,000 a year would pay 62.6% in taxes in California, 62% in New York City, 60% in New Jersey, and 58% in New York state.
50 Cent had a strong reaction to those numbers, writing on social media, “WHAT THE FUCK! (VOTE For TRUMP) IM OUT, FUCK NEW YORK The KNICKS never win anyway.” He added, “I don’t care Trump doesn’t like black people 62% of you out of ya fucking mind,” seemingly conflating the percentage of NYC’s population that would have to pay those taxes with the tax rate a small segment of the population would actually pay.
But outrage over a rise in taxes applied exclusively to those who make over $400,000 a year isn’t exactly a rallying point for the masses. In 2018, the U.S. Census Bureau listed the annual median personal income at $33,706. In fact, earning $400,000 would easily put you in the top 1% of earners in almost every state. And if Biden’s tax plan were to be fully implemented with no alterations, over the next decade it would raise $1.6 to $1.9 trillion from corporations, $1.0 to $1.2 trillion from high earners through income tax, and $800 billion to $1 trillion from Social Security payroll taxes on high-wage earners, according to the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.
This recent endorsement also seems to be an abrupt shift in political affiliation for 50 Cent, who in September 2016 tweeted, “Let us pray, lord please don’t let Trump into office. We will spin out of control.” He also claimed in a 2017 interview with Hot 97 that the Trump campaign offered to pay him $500,000 to help attract Black voters, but he turned it down.
“I Will Invest 50% Of My Salary As MP In The Youth” – John Dumelo Pledges As He Launched His Campaign
Held at the Bawaleshie School Park on Sunday, October 18, 2020, at 3:00 pm, actor and politician, John Dumelo, has successfully launched his campaign ahead of the December 2020 elections. Mr Dumelo is contesting for the Ayawaso West Wuogon parliamentary seat on the ticket of the biggest opposition party, National Democratic Congress – NDC, against the incumbent MP, Lydia Seyram Alhassan of the ruling New Patriotic Party.
With over thousands of part footsoldiers, supporters and sympathizers who inundated the venue in their numbers, Communications Officer of the NDC, Sammy Gyamfi, who canvassed support for the party’s candidate against incumbent, the entrepreneur shared his forecast for the constituency in the next four years, should he represent the constituents in parliament. John also made available some sewing machines which he distributed to some women in the constituency just to help them ply their trade.
Speaking at the launch he said;
“When I enter Parliament, I’d give half of my salary to Ayawaso West Wuogon. The first thing I’ll do with that 50% [of my salary] is to establish a football team in Ayawaso West Wuogon,” he pointed out.
It’s time to create the West Wuogon Football Club so that the footballers here can also get the opportunity to play in the [Ghana] Premier League and also go abroad.” He promised
He also promised on establishing a factory in the constituency when elected as the MP.
“Last year, when I won the primaries, I got to work and I can confidently tell you that things are happening in Ayawaso West Wuogon. We are sharing laptops; not that when we come, we will share, we are already sharing laptops.
We are already creating jobs. They claim that One District One Factory. I don’t see any factories in Ayawaso West Wuogon. I will make that factory and produce that factory in Ayawaso West Wuogon.” John Dumelo added
During the National Democratic Congress (Ghana) NDC Party’s Campaign In 2016, Dumelo was one of the most influential and outstanding celebrities who were seen campaigning for the NDC Government. Rumours have spread that, as an appreciation for his engagement and patriotism to the Party, he was called and appointed by the former president of Ghana H.E John Dramani Mahama, to serve his Party as a Director of Operations for pro-NDC youth group for the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
John Dumelo on the 19th of July 2019, picked up a nomination form to contest in the NDC primaries as a parliamentary candidate . On August 24th 2019, he won the NDC parliamentary primaries to represent the NDC in Ayawaso West Wougon Constituency in the 2020 general elections.
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