ACCRA, GHANA, March 28th, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ It was just recently that the government of Ghana announced the decriminalization of the use of Cannabis for Industrial and Health purposes.
This news made a lot of waves on social media, especially when some Ghanaian celebrities hailed the President of Ghana for making that decision. The likes of Shatta Wale, Black Rasta, Samini and many others.
However, one man who has been on the toes of the Government with regards to cannabis is Nana Kwaku Agyeman, the Hemp Association of Ghana.
“The Government of Ghana should release those prisoners who have been convicted of possession of small amounts of cannabis for personal use. A lot of innocent people are languishing behind bars, families destroyed and the possibility of them become citizens and not spectators become lost! Free the prisoners and reintegrate them back into society” Nana Agyemang said this is in response to the Narcotics Control Commission Bill’s 2019 softly approach to convictions for small amounts of cannabis.
Nana added that cannabis is not a bad thing and using it for the right purposes can bring a lot of income to the nation. He urged all farmers out there who are willing to try cannabis farming to come to the Hemp Association and follow the required proceeding to earn good money after cultivation.
Senegal Erupts Into Protests Over COVID-19 Lockdown Measures
Protests have erupted in Dakara, Mbacké, Touba, Tambacounda and Diourbel with youths taking to the streets to protest against the curfew and ban on regional travel amid the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. Clashes have also occurred between the protesters and security forces in Senegal according to reports by Aljazeera. The lockdown measures have been in effect for almost three months now as part of efforts to curb the spread of the pandemic.
According to AFP, at least 70 protesters have been arrested thus far. However, the protests are set to continue indefinitely with President Macky Sall having extended the lockdown measures to the end of June.
Unrest in the religious city of Touba prompted the caliph of the Mouride Brotherhood, Serigne Mountakha Mbacke, to make a late-night television appearance. Mbacke appealed to protesters saying, “Go home. Tomorrow we will look at the source of the problems and how to address them. I don’t think we have ever seen this in Touba.”
Similar protests recently erupted in Guinea with six protesters losing their lives following clashes with the police and security forces. Roadblocks set up by authorities in Coyah and Dubreka sparked unrest with protesters claiming that they were being mistreated and extorted by authorities when entering and exiting the capital city.
The total number of coronavirus cases in Africa now stands at just over 160 000 cases and at leat 4600 reported deaths. Senegal has just under 4000 cases and 45 deaths while Guinea has approximately 3933 cases and 23 deaths according to BBC‘s Coronavirus in Africa tracker.
– Rufaro Samanga/Okay Africa
#JUSTICEFORUWA: Nigerians Call For Justice Following The Murder Of A Student In Church
LAGOS STATE – Monday, June 1, 2020 – Nigerians are fed up with the prevalent and continued gender-based violence in the country and are rallying online under the banner of #JusticeForUwa. Those who are on the ground have already begun to mobilise crowds in order to protest.
Recently, 22-year-old student Vera Omozuwa was murdered last week in a Benin City church. Omozuwa, who was studying microbiology at the University of Benin, was reportedly attacked by a group of men and subsequently succumbed to her injuries in a hospital three days later.
Many have called on the government and those involved in the investigation of Omozuwa’s murder to ensure that justice is served for her, her family and the hundreds of women who continue to experience violence at the hands of men.
What does remain unclear, however, is how Omozuwa was brutally attacked in a church during broad daylight without anyone coming to her aid.
Commenting on gender-based violence in Nigeria, Amnesty International released the following statement:
“While the nation is still coming to terms with this gross violation, in Jigawa state 11 men were arrested for raping a 12-year old girl at Limawa in Dutse, the state capital. Although rape is a crime in Nigeria government’s response to it continues to be, woefully inadequate…Rising cases of rape across Nigeria is a result of the failure of law enforcement to ensure that rapists face justice. We are deeply concerned that perpetrators of rape in Nigeria invariably escape punishment.”
The death of Omozuwa came just a day after 16-year-old Tina Ezekwe was reportedly shot by a stray bullet after two police officers fired shots during an unconfirmed incident in Lagos. Although the teenager was rushed to the hospital, she died two days later, according to Nigeria’s Premium Times.
Last year, hundreds of Nigerian women took to the streets in protest following a spate of murders that took the lives of eight women in various Port Harcourt hotels.
– Rufaro Samanga/Okay Africa
Gov’t Of Ghana Receives Equipment That Tests 2,300 Samples In 24 Hours
GREATER ACCRA – Thursday, May 14, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – The Ministry of Health has announced its receipt of MIC-PCR diagnostic equipment and kits from the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) to help in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
According to the information given by the Ministry of Health, the equipment has the capacity to test 2,300 samples within a 24 hour period.
“This will help the country in dealing with the issue of backlog of samples taken from COVID-19 suspected cases as the country embarks on more testing to contain the disease,” the Ministry stated.
The University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS) laboratory in Ho began testing for COVID-19 on Monday, April 27, 2020.
The Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) is the state organization in Ghana involved with surveillance of the use of nuclear energy in Ghana.
- Kulpeeps Ghana
Namibia Has Banned Its Ministers From Buying Cars For The Next 5 Years
Namibia’s president His Excellency Hage Geingob has banned ministers and government officials from buying a new car for five years so that the money can be spent on dealing with coronavirus.
He made this known in a tweet.
The measure will save $10.7m which will be spent on “urgent priorities, specifically at a time when the country is dealing with the health and economic implications of Covid-19”.
There have been 16 recorded cases of coronavirus in the country and no deaths.
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