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Govt Receives Over 177,000 Doses Of Johnson And Johnson Covid-19 Vaccine

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Ghana Receives More Doses Of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

The government has taken delivery of 177,600 doses of the single-shot Johnson and Johnson Covid-19 vaccine.

The procurement was done under the African Vaccine Acquisition Trust (AVAT), a purchasing facility instituted by the African Union (AU) to boost the continent’s access to COVID-19 vaccines on the global market.

A Deputy Minister of Health, Tina Mensah, received the vaccines on behalf of the government on Saturday, July 7, 2021.

According to her, it is the first consignment in series to be received this month in the country.

Madam Mensah explained that on March 28, 2021, AVAT signed a 220-million dose purchase agreement with Johnson and Johnson, with the potential to order an additional 180 million doses.

She said AVAT chose Johnson and Johnson covid-19 vaccine for the initial purchase because it was a single-shot vaccine, cheaper and easier to administer, and had a long shelf life and favourable storage conditions.

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“It was in anticipation of the vaccine that the government procured over 3,000 huge vaccine freezers, cold boxes, among other facilities, with the capacity to meet almost all kinds of vaccine storage requirements.

“In addition to the above, the vaccine is partly manufactured on the African continent, with fill-finish activities taking place in South Africa,” she stated.

Meanwhile, she assured the ministry would continue to deliver on its mandate.

This brings to 1,515,450 the total number of doses of the COVID-19 vaccine Ghana has received since February 2021.

The vaccine comes at a time the country is experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases amid the government’s pledge to vaccinate 20 million adult population.

Under AVAT, AU member countries, including Ghana, have pooled financial resources to collectively purchase vaccines to ensure a healthy population for national development.

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Good Or Bad News? Baby Mamas And Side Chicks Exempted From Property Succession In New Bill

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Good Or Bad News? Baby Mamas And Side Chick Exempted From Property Succession In New Bill

Chairman of the Executive Council of LAWA Ghana, Sheila Minkah-Premo says in the new Intestate Succession Bill, no provision has been made for concubines (Baby mamas and side chicks) to benefit from the property of a male lover if he dies intestate.

She explained that both the Intestate Succession Bill and the Property Rights of Spouses Bill that regulate inheritance, have not captured Baby Mamas  and Side Chicks because they are not considered spouses.

She revealed that some attempt was made to cover persons who have cohabited with the deceased for about 5 years in the Property Rights of Spouses Bill, but was unsuccessful.

“The big question of whether the mothers of children who were not married to the fathers can benefit, unfortunately, in this current draft, no provision is made for it.

“These two laws based on Article 22 have gone side by side. The Intestate Succession Bill and the Property Rights of Spouses Bill. In an earlier version of the Property Rights of Spouses Bill, an attempt was made to make provision for cohabitees who have lived for five years, but that was strongly objected to. So the last draft of the Property Rights of Spouses Bill, that has been totally taken off. The idea is that, they said, if you look at Article 22, it talks about spouses, it doesn’t talk about anything else,” she said.

Although ‘Baby mamas’ are not catered for, Sheila Minkah-Premo noted that children born out of such relationships are entitled to have a share of the deceased’s properties.

“But in this case, the children will benefit. Remember, the definition of children is children, whether born within or outside a marriage. So the children will benefit.

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“But unfortunately, the ‘Baby mama’ and ‘side chicks’ will not benefit, she stressed.

On the show, a viewer sought to know whether the duration of a marriage before a spouse kicks the bucket can prevent the widow or widower from having a share of the deceased’s assets.

In response, Sheila Minkah-Premo explained that once an individual can be proven to have been a spouse of the deceased, he or she is entitled to a share of the property in question regardless of the time they spent married.

“About a man who has been married a long time to his wife, and she dies or divorces him, and he gets married to someone for three months and he dies – too bad, under the law, that person is your new spouse and would inherit the property.

“As to the labels you want to give to the person… It is just fate. I don’t think the person came in with a plan to finish the spouse. Unless it is the person’s plan and you can prove some murder or manslaughter, that’s another thing.

“But so long as the person is the spouse, it doesn’t matter how short the time is. It can even be within a month,” she averred.

The new Intestate Succession Bill proposes a change from distributing the property of the deceased in ratios to percentages.

It also proposes for an estranged spouse (i.e a spouse who has been separated but not divorced) to benefit from the distribution of the property of the deceased spouse.

 

 

 

 

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Parents Of KNUST Students Rush To Evacuate Wards After Regional Minister’s Directive

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Parents Of KNUST Students Rush To Evacuate Wards After Regional Minister's Directive

Some parents and guardians on Saturday reported to the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) to pick up their wards, following an order from the Ashanti Regional Security Council for students to vacate campus right after their end of semester exams.

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The parents who were seen at the school’s campus on Saturday morning said they were worried after the order was given earlier this week.

Parents Of KNUST Students Rush To Evacuate Wards After Regional Minister's Directive

Parents Of KNUST Students Rush To Evacuate Wards After Regional Minister’s Directive

The Ashanti Regional Coordinating Council directed students of the school, with the exception of foreign students and those granted permission by management, to vacate the school premises by midday on Friday, September 17, 2021.

According to the Security Council, it has picked up intelligence that some groups of unruly students are planning some disturbances on campus on the eve of vacation hence the directive.

A statement signed by the Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei-Mensah noted that security personnel will be visibly stationed on the university campus to ensure peace and security and prevent any unruly behaviour by any group of students.

Some of the parents called for permanent solutions to the issue of student group rivalries.

“We heard that some students want to demonstrate after their exams. We panicked about the news, so we called our ward, and he said everything was calm and that we should pick him on Saturday… About this Katanga and other hall issues, we have to call them and settle the matter once and for all because it happens all the time,” a parent said.

Another parent said he was surprised that such rivalry continues to exist on campus.

“I’ve learnt that they have to leave by a certain time as a result of the security situation. I have heard about the rivalry between the halls here and the last time, some people were injured. I was wondering why it should be repeated at this time. I was very worried,” he said.

 

 

 

 

 

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‘Apor’ Gone Wrong: Man Arrested For Allegedly Leaking WASSCE Papers

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Operatives of the National Security have arrested one Gideon Darko, who is reported to be behind the rogue website, Jerusalema, which is purported to be leaking question papers in the ongoing West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

The suspect was arrested on Friday at his hideout in Kasoa in the Central Region.

Last week, WAEC announced that it had rescheduled two papers after detecting a possible leakage of the questions on social media and on “rogue” websites prior to the exams that was due last Wednesday.

“The cheating social media groups were in full swing prior to the conduct of the mathematics and the English language papers on 9th and 13th September,” the Head of the Council’s Test Administration Division, George Ohene-Mantey, said.

The Head of Legal at WAEC, Reverend Victor Brew, revealed that his outfit is working with all relevant agencies to ensure that the suspect faces the law.

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“There is this gentleman called Gideon Darko who was arrested at Kasoa on Friday, September 17, 2021. We have actually been doing some surveillance underground which led to his arrest.”

“This actually is not the first time because when the examinations start, this “Apor” thing is a whole big thing around the country but we set our intelligence in motion right from the start and it led to his arrest”.

Meanwhile, WAEChas announced new dates for writing the Physics and Business Management papers which were postponed.

WAEC in a statement said the Physics exam will be taken on Friday, October 1, 2021, while the Business Management exam will be written on October 7, 2021 at 8.30am and 1:00pm respectively.

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