Evening News Roundup For Friday, July 17, 2015

1

Ghanaians selling more of their kidneys.

Reports indicate the sale of kidneys is gaining popularity among Ghanaians.

  • A kidney sells for between 6,000 and 10,000 dollars.
  • The country’s laws allow citizens to donate their extra organs to those in need.
  • Health practitioners report receiving volumes of calls from individuals who want to sell their organs.
  • The development is worrying, according to health practitioners, because many are selling their kidneys because of poverty, despite future health concerns.

2

‘All 16-year-olds must be in school when free SHS begins.’ – Education Minister

Education Minister Professor Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang said that no child 16-years-old and below will be permitted to stay out of school once the promised free Seniour High School policy is rolled out.

  • She says once the programme begins, day students will have their fees absorbed by Government.
  • About 30% of the nation’s budget is going to education. Government is building 200 day schools to absorb the thousands of students who will enroll.
  • The progressive free education policy will begin the next academic year.

3

Bird Flu: GH₵2 million compensation released for destroyed poultry.

Poultry farmers whose birds may be destroyed due to the outbreak of avian influenza will be compensated following Parliament’s approval of GH₵2 million to cater for such incurred losses.

  • The money was approved after the Committee on Food, Agriculture and Cocoa Affairs presented its report to Parliament for consideration.
  • The GH₵2 million compensation package was stated in the report as part of measures to control the outbreak, as poultry farmers are reluctant to follow the government’s prescribed measures if it means taking insufferable financial losses.

4

Ghana police ready for criminals on Eid Saturday.

The Ghana Police Service has warned they will not be lenient with anyone who tries to cause a disturbance during Saturday’s Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations.

  • A statement from the Public Affairs Directorate says they will be ruthless with those caught on the wrong side of the law.
  • Muslim youth, especially, are frequently seen breaking traffic rules during such festivities. They block roads and engage in other forms of unacceptable behaviour as part of their celebrating.
  • But the Police administration, intent on everyone enjoying the festivities, will be doing everything in their power to prevent disturbances.
  • They promise that “adequate security measures have been put in place to create a congenial atmosphere for a peaceful celebration of the Eid.”
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