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How To Complete Biometric Registration Of SIM On Your Phone Without Going To MTN Service Centres

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You can complete the biometric registration of your SIM card(s) without having to go join the long queues at the various MTN Service Centres.

To deal with the huge queues and the inconvenience, MTN has deployed the Self Service System to help customers complete the biometric registration of their SIM card (s) at the comfort of their homes and offices.

At this moment, you should have linked your SIM card (s) already to your Ghana Card. If you have not done that, dial *400# to link your Ghana Card to your SIM Card.

With that done, these are the steps to follow to complete the biometric registration of your SIM Card(s) on your phone.

Take a picture of the front page of your Ghana Card or scan it.
Hold your Ghana Card and take a picture of it with your face visible in an image file.
Click on the following link: https://simregistrationupdate.mtn.com.gh
Input your mobile phone number
You will receive a one-time passcode to your phone number (O.T.P)
Input the OTP received from MTN into the registration portal and continue.
It will be validated and you will be directed to the records page, where your personal information will be available.
Fill in all of your information and upload the Ghana Card and the image of you holding your Ghana Card in the appropriate fields.
9. Once all of the fields have been completed, click Submit to complete the process.

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Poor Nations Rejected More Than 100 Million Covid-19 Vaccines Over Short Shelf-Life : UNICEF

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Poor nations rejected more than 100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines distributed by the global programme COVAX in December 2021, mainly due to their rapid expiry date, UNICEF has disclosed .

Despite growing supplies of shots, the world is still a long way off being vaccinated, with COVAX getting closer to delivering one billion doses to a total of nearly 150 countries, a UN official stressed.

“More than a 100 million have been rejected just in December alone,” Reuters quoted the Director of Supply Division at UN agency, UNICEF, Etleva Kadilli, to have told lawmakers at the European UnionParliament.

The main reason for rejection was the delivery of doses with a short shelf-life, she said.

The UNICEF official revealed how in Nigeria, the federal government destroyed expired AstraZeneca COVID-19 injections totalling 1,066,214 doses. Addressing journalists shortly before setting out to destroy the vaccines at the Idu Dump site in the Federal Capital Territory, the Executive Director of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA) Dr. Faisal Shuaib, explained that the government took the action to destroy the expired vaccines not only to safeguard the health of Nigerians, but to also engender trust in the COVID-19 vaccination campaign.

Also, Kadilli disclosed that poorer nations have also been forced to delay supplies because they have insufficient storage facilities, including a lack of fridges for vaccines.

The official also stressed that many countries also face high levels of vaccine hesitancy and have overburdened healthcare systems.

UNICEF’s data on supplies and use of delivered vaccines showed that 681 million shipped doses are currently stored in about 90 poorer nations, according to CARE, a charity, which extracted the figures from a public database.

“We have countries that are pushing doses that are currently available towards quarter two of 2022,” Kadilli said.

“Of the 15 million doses from the EU that have been refused, three-quarters were AstraZeneca shots with a shelf life of less than 10 weeks upon arrival”

More than 30 poorer nations, including big states such as the Democratic Republic of Congo and Nigeria, have used fewer than half of the doses they received, CARE said.

A spokesperson for Gavi, a vaccine alliance which co-manages COVAX, said that the high storage level was due to a surge in deliveries in the last quarter, especially in December.

In January, 67 per cent of the population in richer nations had been fully vaccinated, whereas only eight per cent in poorer nations have received their first dose, WHO figures show. Increased supply caught many receiving countries unprepared.

Wealthy countries donating vaccines with a relatively short shelf life had been a “major problem” for COVAX, a WHO senior official said last month.

In another development, Africa’s top public health body has said it is in talks with Pfizer about securing supplies of its antiviral COVID-19 pills for the continent, the Paxlovid medication which is nearly 90 per cent effective in preventing hospitalisations and deaths.

“We are in really close discussions with Pfizer to see what can be done to make the drugs available on the continent and accessible on the continent, that is, the Paxlovid drugs,” said the Director of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, John Nkengasong.

“The only way to relieve that will be if we have drugs like Paxlovid where people can take that drug and stay home and get relief, and that way the burden and the constraints on the health system will be limited,” Nkengasong told an online news briefing.

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Litre Of Fuel To Hit GHC7 : IES

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Institute of Energy security says the prices of fuel at local pumps in Ghana saw a 3 percent increase in petroleum products with prices per litre rising from Gh6.50 peswas to Gh6.70 peswas in 2021.

Now, the institute is projecting a 7.42 and 9.46 percent increase in brent and gasoline prices respectively.

Following the positive global shift in prices, consumers should expect an increase in local fuel prices moving forward. Ghanaians should expect fuel prices this year to rise from 6.70 pesawas to 7 cedis per litre at the pumps.

The projected increase besides the rise of fuel prices in the global market will be as a result of the depreciation of the cedi against the dollar.

In the last quarter of 2021, fuel prices in Ghana went from 6.64 cedis to 7.07 cedis in December. Earlier on in December, upon an industrial action by Ghana private road transport union, the government directed oil marketing companies to lower fuel prices.

For a brief window, Ghanaians enjoyed relief at the pump as Goil and other OMCs lowered fuel prices by 15 pesawas bringing the price to 6.70 cedis from 6.85 cedi.

This quickly changed as global fuel prices began recording an upward trajectory this January. As of January 1st, to January 3rd of 2022, the price of brent was at 78.9 dollars. Quickly, from the 4th to 10th, the price ranged between 80.8 dollars to 81.99 dollars.

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Produce Name Of Judge Who Said We’re Afraid Of Anas : Court Orders Ken Agyepong

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The High Court in Accra has ordered the Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin Central Kennedy Ohene Agyapong to furnish the court with the name of the judge who he claims confided in him that judges are afraid of investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas.

Ken Agyepong, who is the subject matter of a GHc25 million defamation suit from Anas Aremeyaw Anas had told the Court in Accra that, due to intimidation from Anas, judges fear him.

Under further cross-examination from lawyers of Anas, led by Odei Kow, the MP said two judges confided in him including one who was on the panel who investigated Anas’ Judicial Service expose’ and later rose to the Supreme Court.

The said Supreme Court judge according to Ken Agyepong has since passed on to eternity and cannot mention his name.

But for the other judge, according to Ken Agyepong who presides at a court at Ejisu/Efigyase, came to his TV station to confide in him.

The order of the Court came after Ken Agyepong had said, he does not have the name of the said judge in his memory but when given time he can produce the name to the court.

Lawyers of Anas as part of their Cross-Examination of Ken Agyepong asked him if he still maintains his accusation against Anas (plaintiff) of intimidating judges.

While responding in the affirmative, Ken Agyepong explained that “I have a judge who came to me at my TV station” and another who admitted that he was part of the panel that investigated the judges.

He added that “because of his (Anas) investigations, some judges…were sacked and this made many of the judges panic.”

Asked to tell the court who the names of these judges he alluded to were, he said the second judge was dead but the first was at Ejisu/Efigyase.

“My lord, if my memory serves me right, I think Ejisu/Afigyase. He came to my TV station and I have the video and he was a judge and the second one who regretted and died rose to the Supreme Court. He was among the panel that investigated the judges so I can’t mention his name,” he said.

While clarifying whether these two judges all came to his TV station to tell him, he answered in the negative.

He added that “the one presiding at Ejusi/Afigyase was the one who came to my TV station so my lord, is not the one who rose to the Supreme Court, he never came to my station.”

When asked if, a judge who he claimed he cannot mention his name came to confide in him, the Respondent said, “Because of his position as a Supreme Court judge, that, is why I didn’t want to mention his name.”

When it was suggested to him by counsel for plaintiff that, he was unable to mention the name of the said Supreme Court judge because his allegations were untrue, Ken Agyepong disagreed.

“I said two judges why is he (Counsel) narrowing it down to the Supreme Court judge because the other one is still alive,” he noted.

He said if the court could give him five minutes, “I can call my office for them to get me the name” when counsel asked to tell the court the name of the said judge who was at his station.

At this point, counsel for Plaintiff indicated his further line of questions will require the Respondent to make available the name of the judge.

The court presided over by Justice Eric Baah, a Justice of the Court of Appeal sitting with additional responsibility as a High Court judge, ordered Ken Agyepong to furnish the court with the name of the said judge at the next court sitting.

Intimidation and setup

When it was further put to him, if he maintains, that, as a result of the alleged intimation and fear from Anas, judges decline to hear matters involving the plaintiff, Ken Agyepong said, “they (Judges) are afraid of Anas but I didn’t use decline.”

He explained further that, “they are afraid of Anas because of his intimidation and setup,”

“I have spoken to several judges who lost their jobs because of the plaintiff’s investigation which clearly shows it is a setup,” he told the court.

To buttress his point, Ken Agyepong said, “Looking at the videos in the hotel room in Dubai, (where Anas allegedly up some NDC boys) it shows clearly he was setting people up and not investigating.”

When it was further put to him that deep undercover journalism involving taking on the identity of another person to expose wrongdoing is not the same as setting people up, Ken Agyepong disagreed.

He explained that “because the plaintiff under a pretext that he was investigating, will rather give people money as a gift and later show the video to the whole world that the person has taken a bribe.”

He pointed to the Anas #Number expose’ which implicated former Ghana Football Association president lawyer Kwasi Nyantakyi.

The case has been adjourned to January 27, for continuation.

Background

Sometime in 2018, the ace international investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas dragged the Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin Central, Mr Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, to court for defaming him.

Anas was asking the High Court to award aggravated damages to the tune of GH¢25 million arising from defamatory materials published by the MP.

He said, the MP had been publishing materials in his bid to discredit the investigative journalist, who has released an explosive piece on the rot in Ghana football.

Displeased with the MP’s actions, Anas has, through his lawyer, Mr Kissi Agyebeng, sued Mr Agyapong for the award of general damages for defamation in the defendant’s publications.

A journalist, Mr Listowell Yesu Bukarson, has been granted the lawful attorney to stand in for Anas.

Publications

The publication complained of are a May 29, 2018 live programme in Twi on Adom TV, where Mr Agyapong categorically stated that Anas was a blackmailer, corrupt, an extortionist and evil.

According to the statement of claim, the defendant, in a similar manner, published defamatory words on May 31, 2018 via Oman FM, a private radio station owned by the defendant.

The statement of claim also stated that the defendant published more defamatory materials against the plaintiff via other platforms to the extent of releasing pictures purported to be those of the investigative journalist in his bid to blow the latter’s cover.

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