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Are The Recent Price Hike on Building and Construction Materials Justifiable? – Edmund Kyei Questions Industry Players

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It becomes worrying when prices of building materials are abnormally increased. And it has become necessary for government to engage stake holders in the industry so that government can regulate or have a say in their pricing because when prices of building materials are increased the cost of rent goes high. Statistically about 85% of the Ghanaian populace rent for shelter so when the cost of rent is higher it generally affects the entire population.

 

The most popular cement in the country is ghacem and in the year 2020 which is last year, price per bag of ghacem cement costed ghc33.00 and this year 2021 it costs ghc48.00 per bag. And last year 2020, the price of iron rod per ton was ghc3,500 and this year it has increased to ghc5,200 which is so outrageous.

 

Per my analysis on their cost of production, nothing has significantly changed since last year. There has not been any increment on electricity tariff, there has not been any significant increment on ports duties, the Dollar per cedi rate has been stable since last year and the increment on fuel per the analysis is insignificant to warrant these price hikes on building materials.

 

I humbly appeal to the government of Ghana to engage the necessary stake holders and industry players on building materials in order to moderate their pricing for the ordinary citizens to be relieved from their current burden.

 

 

. Signed..

Edmund Kyei

Asokwa Constituency 1st Vice Chairman

Member of the NPP communication

 

Source: MTV

 

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IGP must support the #FixTheCountry movement

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The NDC Professionals Forum in the United States has called on the Inspector-General of Police and the police institution in Ghana to begin to find wisdom in the need to support the #FixTheCountry movement.

This is even more imperative after a police officer was fatally shot and killed in a broad daylight robbery in Accra on Monday the 14th of June when armed men on a motorcycle, opened fire on a bullion van transporting cash from a business hub to the bank.

We extend our condolences to the Ghana Police Service and the bereaved families. As a professional body, we believe that his unfortunate situation must trigger the police service to review its position on their hardcore stance in blocking a peaceful demonstration by Ghanaian youths who want the best for their country.

The Professionals Forum in North America supports the #FixTheCountry Movement. It is time to do things right as a country and about time the government begins to FixTheCountry we all call home.

Sadly, another Ghanaian youth with the Ghana Police Service has been shot and killed through careless arrangements for his safety. It is high time we as a nation begin to protect the lives and properties of Ghanaians through proper ways of doing things.

Why should we move money through traffic in broad daylight and expose everyone involved in today’s sophisticated era of crime? Can we investigate the proliferation of arms in the hands of wrong people? What happened to building landing sites for helicopters or better still moving monies at night with drones monitoring in the air with live feed? Can we begin to think outside the box and prioritize the safety of our people?

Our dear nation is overwhelmed with hardship and insecurity, and it is the duty of all to call out those who have carelessly created the mess to #FixTheCountry.

Source: Arnold Appiah, Contributor

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VIDEO: Angry man spotted ‘whipping’ Akufo-Addo and Dr Bawumia’s poster for disappointing Ghanaians

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Ghanaians have been complaining of hardship in the country and have lost trust in the ruling New Patriotic Party(NPP) spearheaded by Nana Akufo-Addo.

The majority of Ghanaians have complained over the lack of employment in the country, power outages(dumsor), water shortage, bad roads, among other issues.

However, an overly frustrated and peeved man has been spotted in a video ‘whipping’ the poster of president Nana Akufo-Addo and vice president Dr Mahamadu Bawumia for disappointing Ghanaians.

According to the man, he has not benefited in any way after he voted Akufo-Addo and it has been suffering throughout his tenure of administration.

The Video has amassed massive reactions on Facebook with the majority of Ghanaians agreeing with the man that the country is in hardship and the leaders are not helping in any way.

Watch the video below:

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Man shot dead by friend over GH¢5 debt

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A middle-aged man has been shot dead by his friend at Akuapem-Apiredi in the Eastern Region following a confrontation over a Ghc5 debt he owes him.

The deceased whose name was given as Ben, a drinking spot operator, was shot twice on his chest by Kwame Dankwa, a 50-year-old hunter who had confronted him to pay his debt.

Ben was reported to have refused to pay his creditor, a situation which angered Kwame who pulled a locally manufactured gun and shot him.

A resident of the town, Kwabena Ofori told JoyNews, the deceased was pronounced dead on arrival at the Tetteh Quarshie memorial hospital in Akuapem-Mampong.

“Kwame Dankwa went to Ben who operates a drinking spot to collect his Gh₵5 he claimed the man owed him but when he approached him he also failed to pay the money so it turned into a fight and Kwame Dankwa shot him twice. When he was sent to Mampong he was reported dead,” he explained.

Meanwhile, the suspect has fled to an unknown location when residents attempted to apprehend him.

 

SOURCEEdwin Kofi Siaw

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