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Warning: Ghana likely to suffer shortage of natural water – Minister



Natural supply of water is at risk of depletion if measures are not taken early to arrest the growing rate of the reduction caused by natural and human factors, Dr Kwaku Agyemang-Mensah, Minister of Water Resources has warned.

Some factors responsible for the reduction are catchment degradation due to farming along water banks, climate change and seasonal variability and increasing population growth and urbanisation.

Dr Agyemang-Mensah, who is also responsible for Works and Housing, also blamed pollution caused by the discharge of waste water in to water bodies and illegal mining (galamsey) for the threat on the supply of natural water.

In a statement on the floor of Parliament on the current water shortage that has his parts of the country, the Minister assured the nation that the Ministry, with other stakeholders, is adopting measures to address the situation.

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He said compliance of water protection regulations would be strictly followed and the buffer zone policy would be implemented.

Also, there would be more public awareness, sensitisation as well promoting school monitoring activities, promoting climate resilience and adaptation techniques.

Dr Agyemang- Mensah said the Ministry is undertaking various projects including the Sustainable Rural Water and Sanitation Project, the Northern Region Small Town Water and Sanitation Project, the Five District Water Supply Scheme and Strengthening Local Government Capacity to Deliver Water Services, to improve the quality of water supply in rural areas.

In the urban areas, the water coverage is estimated at 76 per cents, with an estimated capacity f 65 billion gallons per annum. According to the Minister, the water needs of the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA) alone accounts for 65 per cent of the urban water demand, and addressing that contributes significantly to addressing the water problems in the country.

“The good news is that GAMA now produces more water that is required for now,” the Minister said, but added that “the water supply challenges we are facing in some parts of GAMA is as a result of distribution network challenges and I am happy to announce in this connection that Government has secured a grant from the World Bank to address it comprehensively.”

The statement touched on the Kwahu Ridge, Konongo, Kumawu, Akim Oda- Akwatia-Winneba, Wa, Konongo, Breman Asikuma, Tarkwa, Yendi, Damongo, Offinso, Techiman Water Projects. Dr Agyemang- Mensah cautioned that the “current condition of drought should be a wakeup call, and “we should start to put in pragmatic efforts to safeguard our environment… we should protect ourselves from the negative effects of climate change.”

Mr Frank Annoh-Dompreh, MP for Nsawam-Adoagyir, said there is the need for implementation of water regulations, and called for more pro-activeness in addressing challenges of water and its supply by stakeholders. Mr Richard Mawauli Quashigah, MP for Keta, appealed to the Ministry to go back and implement water supply programmes in some communities in his constituency under the Small Town Water Projects.

Mr Alexander Afenyo-Markin, who last week made a desperate call for urgent government assistance to his constituents, also lashed out at illegal mining operations that have polluted a number of water bodies, including the Rivers Offin, Densu and Pra.

He called for swift interventions to save the water bodies from further pollution. Mr David Tetteh Assuming, Chairman of the Select Committee on Water Resources, Works and Housing, wondered why water shortages occurred in spite of the heavy annual rainfall and presence of many water bodies, adding that there is the need to capture a lot of water during the rainy season to be used in the dry season.



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You Live In A Hen Coop : Shatta Wale Roasted After Jackie Appiah’s Lavish Mansion Went Viral



Dancehall artiste, Charles Nii Armah Mensah also known as Shatta Wale is currently trending on social media for yet another wrong reason.

The dancehall artist Shatta Wale has been heavily trolled on Twitter after the video of the plush mansion went viral on social media.

Nollywood actress Luchy Donalds paid Jackie Appiah a visit to her Accra mansion and was shocked to see the beauty of the mansion. She filmed the mansion of Jackie Appiah as she was taking her on a tour in her house.

After the video was shared online, social media users reacted to the video and tended to troll dancehall artists.

Read some comments below….

@Sharer: Jackie Appiah showing Shatta wale that he’s a poor man

@Jey: If ebe Shatta Wale wey get this Jackie Appiah en house aa like he go come door to door then insult everybody But we serve the living God,he can’t buy

@son of jacob: Jackie Appiah’s mansion makes other mansions look like chamber and hall

@Kobby: If you look closely at Jackie Appiah’s mansion, you’ll realize the likes of Shatta Wale, Medikal, and Gambo are poor men.

@Ghana yesu: Jackie Appiah’s mansion is getting more attention than Shatta Wale’s album. You people will make Nima Bob Marley stop doing music oo.

@mr President: Jackie Appiah’s Mansion dey make I dey see Shatta wale own as Hen Coop

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‘Howard Webb To Become Premier League Referees’ Chief’



Mike Riley, the head of Premier League referees, will step down from his role next season, with Howard Webb set to replace him.

It was previously reported that a host of Premier League sides were pushing for a change in command, as they believed too many mistakes were made during games in the 2021-22 season.

In a statement from the Professional Game Match Officials Board, it has now been confirmed that Riley will leave his role next season – one which he had held since 2009 when he replaced Keith Hackett.

Riley’s role is set to be split after his departure with PGMOL, aiming to appoint a chief refereeing officer, in charge of developing match officials, and a chief operating officer, who will manage the organisation. 

Speaking after his departure was confirmed, Riley said: ‘I am proud of the contribution our match officials have made to the professional game and have enjoyed working with such a dedicated, professional and high-quality group at all of the levels that PGMOL manages.

‘As the Elite Referee Development Plan begins to take shape, now is the right time to plan for the future and allow the new leadership team to build on the strong foundations that we have in place. 

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Taylor Swift, Kim Kardashian, Harry Styles And More Hit Out At US Abortion Decision



Celebrities including Taylor Swift, Kim Kardashian and Harry Styles have reacted in horror and outrage over US lawmakers’ decision to make abortion illegal in parts of the USA.

A backlash was sparked on Friday when the US Supreme Court voted to overturn the landmark 1973 cast Roe v Wade which had made abortion legal across America when it was originally ruled upon.

With laws on the topic of abortion now reverting to a State level, women in some States could now be prosecuted if they get an abortion.

A number of high profile stars have taken to social media to express their shock over the decision – and their fears on what this will mean for women’s freedoms and the health and safety of those who wish to terminate a pregnancy.

Taking to Twitter32-year-old Taylor wrote: “I’m absolutely terrified that this is where we are – that after so many decades of people fighting for women’s rights to their own bodies, today’s decision has stripped us of that.”

Showing his support for women in the USA, Harry, 28, tweeted: “I’m absolutely devastated for the people of America today. Check on your friends. Look after each other. We’re all in this together, and the fight is just beginning. A truly dark day for America.”

Meanwhile, on InstagramKim Kardashian, 41, highlighted the ruling and expressed her own shock, writing in an Instagram Stories post: “In America, guns have more rights than women.”

TV star Sophia Bush, 39, expressed her concern women’s health will suffer in light of the ruling, tweeting: “They will never end abortion. Only safe abortion. This is not about life. It’s about control. Those motherf–kers.”

While Oscar winner Viola Davis, 56, hit out at the ruling, tweeting: “And so it goes….Gutted. Now more than ever we have to use our voice and power! WE the people.”

The overturning of Roe v. Wade has sent shockwaves around the globe – with chart topping star Billie Eilish taking time out of her Glastonbury headlining set on Friday night to address the drama.

The 20-year-old said: “The song we’re about to do is I think one of the favourites that we’ve written and it’s about the concept of power and how we need to always remember how not to abuse it.

“And today is a really, really dark day for women in the US. I’m just going to say that as I cannot bear to think about it any longer in this moment.”

While British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, 58, slammed the US Supreme Court’s decision, saying: “I think it is a big step backwards.”

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