There is chaos on the main Madina-Adentan highway as residents have blocked the road after a speeding vehicle knocked down another pedestrian on that stretch.
Over a hundred people are said to have been knocked down on the stretch since the beginning of 2018 due to the lack of footbridges and faulty traffic lights.
Citi News’ Fred Djabanor reported that the lady who was knocked down on Thursday afternoon is believed to be a student of the West African Senior High School, WASS, who was returning home after school.
Djabanor said the residents, who were angered about the situation, blocked the road and burnt tyres to prevent any car from moving on that stretch.
“The police have started firing shots to disperse the protesters. The protesters are very angry because a few minutes ago a lady was knocked down by a speeding vehicle. They are angry because this has been happening for some time now. The protesters are not barging although the police fired warning shots in a bid to disperse the crowd,” he said.
Some of the protesters who spoke to Citi News said they are agitating because “we don’t want to allow this to happen again. This has been happening since Monday and we can’t be receiving the assurance that it shall be well and yet people are being knocked down every day.”
“If the government does not do anything about it, we are not going to allow anyone to use this road,” another protester said.
Fred Djabanor also said the protesters say they are not opening the road until something is done about the situation.
the residents have been protesting the lack of footbridges on the road saying they will embark on a demonstration next week over the unavailability of footbridges on the highway.
There was some chaos on the Adenta-Oyarifa road last Friday evening as some residents of Adenta Barrier staged a demonstration to demand the construction of footbridges.
The protest was sparked after a resident was killed in a hit-and-run incident that same evening.
Another pedestrian knocked down by a speeding truck
A middle-aged woman was also feared dead after a KIA truck knocked her down at Fire Stone on the Madina – Adenta – Aburi Highway earlier this week.
The residents say they live in fear of being knocked down any time on the highway due to the absence of footbridges to ensure safe movement of pedestrians from one side to the other on the road.
The contractor for Madina-Adenta footbridges to resume work in 3 months – Boniface
The Member of Parliament for Madina, Alhaji Boniface Saddiq Abubakar, earlier this week said the Ministry of Roads and Highways is in talks with the contractor of the Madina-Adenta highway to return to the site and complete construction of the footbridges.
Saddiq Abubakar said the contractor will return to the site following the payment of arrears owed him.
“Apparently the contract was not canceled. But unfortunately, NDC was not dealing with the contractor because they were not making payments to the contractor and so he had to withdraw his services. But when we came back and started discussions, I took the matter to Cabinet when I was the minister for Inner Cities and Zongo Development. I had a series of discussions with the minister who has been helpful. Finally, it was accepted by the president in Cabinet that we must renew the contract and ensure that the contractor goes back to the site and completes the project,” he added in an interview on the Citi Breakfast Show on Tuesday.
Police deployed to maintain order on Adenta-Madina-Aburi road
The Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service, subsequently instructed the Greater Accra regional MTTD command to deploy more men to the Adenta-Madina-Aburi road to check over speeding and other road offenses.
Director General of the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service, COP Christian Tetteh Yohuno, who was speaking at the opening ceremony of a ten-day training program for accident investigators and prosecutors made this known.
“We entreat the Regional Commander of the MTTD to position some men on that highway to check over speeding. At least that will be a temporary measure we can adopt now.”
4 Regions To Be On Partial Lockdown Due To Coronavirus Rise In Ghana
Ghana’s caseload passed the 21, 000 marks on the 8th day of July 2020 as president Akufo-Addo addressed the nation lifting conditionally a raft of restrictions few days ago.
Schools resumed in mid-June, religious places reopened with strict conditions and the observance of health protocols. Social gatherings are to be allowed under certain conditions.
The address, the tenth by the president, also spelled out measures that the government was putting in place to curb the spread of the virus. “Consensus from stakeholder consultation recommends a phased approach to ease anti-Covid-19 restrictions,” he said.
Since we are attributed to news breaking and giving latest updates, four regions are said to be on lockdown following the rate at which these said regions keep recording higher cases as each day passes.
It is said that Greater Accra, Ashanti, Western and Central region might go on partial lockdown for the fact that these four regions mostly come first with the most recorded cases respectively.
As we speak now, Greater Accra leads all the all 16 with over 10,000 cases followed by the Ashanti region, Western and Central.
Although people find it difficult to cope with lockdown measure, the only option left now to put the deadly virus under control is to put the hotspot regions on lockdown partially as the Minister of Information recently hinted.
The Information Minister has said the reason for imposing the partial lockdown restrictions in the 4 regions was to carry out enhanced contact tracing and testing activities to determine the infection rate of Covid-19.
Meanwhile,it is not all confirmed that only four regions will be locked.
Hushpuppi’s Lawyer Reveals His Client Is A Real Estate Dealer
Hushpuppi’s lawyer, Gal Pissetzky has rubbished reports that his client is a fraudster.
According to him, the alleged fraudster does legitimate businesses including real estate.
The lawyer made this known when he spoke with Forbes News as uncertainty still lingers around his client.
In his submission, he said; “Absolutely not guilty of (the) charges they are accusing him of. He was running a legitimate business and a very legitimate Instagram account and did not take part in any scam or fraud.
He’s an entrepreneur. He has real estate involvement … (he’s) an Instagram personality. He was promoting brands and that’s how he was very legitimately making his money.”
Revealed: Mobile Money Fraudsters Now Target Bank Accounts Linked To MoMo Accounts
Mobile Money (MoMo) fraudsters have taken their nefarious activities a notch higher after it came to light that they now target MoMo wallets which have been synchronized with bank accounts.
This was brought to the fore by MTN Mobile Money executive, Mr Godwin Tamakloe who explained this in a zoom discussion with members of the Journalists for Business Advocacy (JBA), how the thieves operate.
He said the fraudsters often follow the same routine they use to dupe unsuspecting customers of their hard earn cash but this time around as they keep telling you about settings from the MTN office, they may lead you through some steps which in the end generates an ATM token for them which they use to empty all your money.
Mr. Tamakloe further assured Ghanaians that despite the rise in strategies being adopted by the criminals, MTN is committed to fighting the menace as they engage the police to fight these fraudsters.
This year, a total of 13 mobile money fraudsters have so far been arrested and there appears to be no let-up in the quest to nab more of them. MTN has requested that such fraudsters should be published in the media to serve as a deterrent to others. “Our management has written to the head of the police in that direction; we are still appealing to the police,” Mr Tamakloe disclosed.
Mobile money, which has become so popular after it was first introduced in Ghana by MTN in 2009, is an electronic wallet system linked to a mobile phone number. The service allows users to store, send, and receive money using their mobile phones. The service is operated by three major Mobile Network operators: MTN (MTN Mobile Money), AirtelTigo (AirtelTigo Mobile Money) and Vodafone (Vodafone Cash).
With mobile money, one can send and receive money safely, pay utility bills, TV subscription, buy movie tickets, buy airtime, withdraw cash at merchants’ points including ATMs, and pay for goods and services. Bank of Ghana’s Payment System Statistics on mobile money in Ghana revealed the constant growth of MoMo services.
Statistics about MoMo theft from the Director-General in charge of the Cybercrime Unit of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID), Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Dr. Gustav Herbert Yankson indicateS that in April 2019, mobile money operators recorded 388 money fraud cases in 2016 as against 278 in 2015.
“Various sums of money have been made away by the fraudsters; the majority of these cases have been reported to the police for further investigations and some have been successful as suspects have been tried and convicted of their fraudulent actions,” ACP Dr. Gustav Herbert Yankson had revealed in 2019 when he was creating awareness about the activities of the fraudsters.
He said victims of MoMo fraud had lost monies ranging from ¢70 to ¢4,000, describing their experience as unfortunate.
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