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Ghana Hosts An Ecowas Meeting Of Ministers Of Industries



Ghana has hosted a meeting of ECOWAS Ministers of Industry at the Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City in Accra yesterday 10th May, 2019.

The meeting was to consider and validate the draft ECOWAS Automotive Industry Policy Framework and to make recommendations to the Council of Ministers for its adoption.

At the opening, the host Minister and the Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr. Alan Kyerematen welcomed his colleague Ministers to Accra and appreciated the overwhelming attendance of colleagues despite their busy schedules. He attributed it to the importance attached to the subject matter of industrialization of ECOWAS region and the development of automotive industry in particular.

He thanked the ECOWAS Commission and the African Development Bank (AfDB) for organizing the meeting. He noted the renewed sense of activities of AfDB under its new leadership and management and congratulated them for the excellent work they are doing.
He indicated that the youth unemployment situation within the sub-region is dire hence the need to identify sectors that would create the needed job for the teeming youth. Therefore the identification of the auto sector which seeks to create massive job is welcoming.

He remarked that the development of a regional automotive policy should not be to consolidate national policies or programmes which will bring competition to carry members along the value chain.
He further opined that the development of the automotive industry is anchored on regional basis and called for support of the regional initiative of developing the automotive industry.

He concluded by informing his colleague ministers and participants that Ghana had recently launched its automotive industry policy and noted the need for ECOWAS to have a strategic approach to the development of the sector and approach Original Equipment Manufactures (OEMs) together as a region.

The meeting was attended by Ministers of Industry or their Representatives from the following Member States:
Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, The Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Sierra-Leone, and Senegal.

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Ghanaian Business Mogul Allegedly M*rdered In South Africa




Intel from a reliable source stated that a 48 year old Ghanaian businessman, Newton Kwaku Boateng, who is based in South Africa has been allegedly poisoned to death by his South African wife in SA a week ago.

Mr. Newton who recently had scuffles with his wife had reported her to his family in Ghana, and even threatened divorce. Suspecting foul play, Boateng’s family have expressed their displeasure and despair at the death of their relative. They believe without doubt that indeed, their relative was poisoned by his wife.

Mr. Godwin Attipoe who spoke on behalf of Newton’s Family in Ghana said “We are so devastated. We are so angry. We are so heartbroken.”

He hinted that after the death of the beloved brother, a case of inquest was opened in Kempton Park, South African Police Service in Gauteng Province, South Africa, adding that “Kempton Park is a City which is based in Gauteng Province”.

Godwin Attipoe claimed they suspect corruption and cover up of the murder of Newton Kwaku Boateng by Kempton Park police station which he claimed is working closely with the wife of the deceased Alinah Mahlangu. Why? Their inquest for an autopsy be done on the victim is being denied by the police service in SA.

An emotional Godwin had to pause speaking as he started weeping, triggering cries among his other family members who were with him.
He further revealed that South African police say they are investigating and awaiting autopsy results after the body with foam in his mouth was found.

He however said “We are giving the South Africa police the authority and power of attorney to order an autopsy on Newton Boateng who died on March 2, 2023”.

He appealed to the Ghana Embassy in South Africa to assist the family to supervise the autopsy on the deceased, which his wife is resisting, adding that the wife of the deceased has not been authorized to represent the family on the issue.

More developing on the issue. Watch this space.

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South Korea Halloween stampede: Seoul crush killed at least 151 lives. (video)




South Korea Halloween stampede: Seoul crush killed at least 151 lives. (video)

South Korea Halloween stampede : At least 146 people have been killed after a stampede in the South Korean capital of Seoul on Saturday night.

During Halloween celebrations outside the Hamilton Hotel in the Itaewon neighborhood, the victims were crushed by a massive throng surging forward on a small street.

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Social media videos showed numerous casualties lying on the ground as emergency personnel and onlookers tried to revive them with CPR.

The 150 injured, many of whom are in serious condition in the hospital, and the death toll, according to Choi Seong-beom, chief of Seoul’s Yongsan fire department, could increase.

He said that the majority of the bodies had been transferred to hospitals, while the remainder had been taken to a nearby gym so that they could be recognized.


All of Seoul’s emergency services professionals, along with hundreds more, were deployed to the streets to treat the injured.

Although some local media reports claimed a huge number of people flocked to the area after learning an unnamed celebrity had been there, it is unclear what precipitated the crowd surge.

Oh Se-hoon, the mayor of Seoul, had been traveling in Europe but decided to come back home after hearing the news.

Following the stampede, South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol presided over an emergency meeting.


In a statement, he urged officials to guarantee the injured received prompt medical attention and to examine the festival venues’ security.

The largest Halloween celebrations in years were held in Itaewon, according to local media, as a result of the recent relaxation of COVID-19 regulations.


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