Blessed Godsbrain Smart, popularly known as “Captain Smart”, has been granted bail following his arrest on Thursday.
This was disclosed by Media General in a press statement in reaction to the arrest of its employee, who is the host of the morning show “Onua Maakye” for some unsavoury pronouncements made, according to the Ghana Police Service.
The Kanda-based media house noted that Captain Smart was taken to the Nima Police station for interrogation and was cautioned on the offense of offensive conduct conducive to the breach of peace of the country as provided under section 207 of the Criminal Act, 1960 (Act 29).
“He (Captain Smart) provided a caution statement and then was granted bail,” the release dated December 2 read.
According to Media General, the arrest of its employee is of no coincidence, but rather a sign of the “intolerance increasingly creeping into the Ghanaian society.”
“We are increasingly concerned about the new trend of arrest of journalists and media practitioners,” the media house bemoaned.
The company holds the assertion that the comments made by Captain Smart have been misconstrued by the Ghana Police Service, for such reason renders his arrest illegitimate.
In view of this, Media General has urged the public and the police service to conduct a careful review of the entire statements made by the host of Onua Maakye since this “will reveal that it (Captain Smart’s comments) did not amount to threats to the peace and or stability of the country.”
But contrary to the media house’s position, the National Media Commission (NMC) believes Captain Smart’s utterances were unprofessional and inciteful.
Meanwhile, the Ghana Police Service has been urged to exercise restraint in dealings with journalists and “dismiss these broad charges” in order to protect press freedom.
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The Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto says the recent outbreak of transborder animal diseases, including Bird Flu, has negatively impacted the progress of the government’s flagship Rearing for Food and Jobs programmes.
He said the outbreaks “threaten government’s agenda of attaining self-sufficiency in meat production by 2025 as envisioned under the rearing for food and jobs programme.”
Available data indicate that the outbreak, which occurred in 10 out of the sixteen regions between December 2021 to January 2022, affected over 700,000.
There has also been a ban on the import of poultry and poultry products from other affected countries.
The Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, speaking on the subject, noted the government is implementing a number of interventions to curb the spread.
He also hinted at the establishment of a regulatory authority to strengthen the poultry industry.
Dr. Afriyie Akoto noted that the necessary legal framework was being worked on.
“The government has taken the necessary steps to update the existing 1960 Animal health Act by finalizing a new bill for introduction into Parliament this year.”
“Once in effect, the updated act will empower the ministry to regulate the industry. Among the proposals of the bill is the regulatory authority to certify poultry and livestock farms and enforcement of sanctions such as the closure of farms of recalcitrant farmers in this country,” Dr. Afriyie Akoto said.
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