Ghana

Accra (AFP) Ghana’s government has promised the immediate closure of high-risk fuel stations after a tanker carrying natural gas caught fire and caused an explosion that killed seven. A total of 132 people were also injured in the blaze at the liquefied gas filling station in the Legon area of Accra last Saturday, which spread to a nearby petrol station. Ghana’s presidency said it was the ninth such incident in the last three years. The deadliest was in June 2015, when more than 150 died in a fire and explosion,Read More
Accra (AFP) At least three people were killed and dozens injured after a tanker truck carrying natural gas caught fire in Ghana’s capital, Accra, triggering explosions at two fuel stations, emergency services said Sunday. Ghana National Fire Service spokesman Billy Angalate said two of the victims died at the scene of the incident in the Legon area of the city on Saturday night, and the third in hospital. “In all, 35 people were affected. Out of the 35, three of them died, the rest are at the hospital. Five them,Read More
Accra (AFP) Ghana’s government on Sunday promised to tighten safety at fuel stations across the country after seven people were killed and scores more injured when a tanker truck carrying natural gas caught fire in the capital and triggered explosions. The fire and blasts in the Legon area of Accra on Saturday gutted a liquefied gas filling station and a nearby petrol station, sending local residents running from their homes, as huge fireballs lit up the night sky. The head of the Ghana Standards Authority, Alex Dodoo, said there hadRead More
Leklebi Fiape (Ghana) (AFP) Like many people around the world, 80-year-old Kofi Afadi can’t start his morning without a cup of coffee. “Every morning when I take coffee I feel happy and go about my day,” the farmer told AFP in his village in the green hills between Lake Volta in Ghana and the border with Togo. “When there is no coffee it seems I am the most miserable person around here,” he said. In common with many of his fellow coffee farmers, Afadi, whose dark hair and moustache areRead More
Tafi Atome (Ghana) (AFP) The villagers of Tafi Atome, in Ghana’s Volta Region, grew up listening to tales of their spiritual links to the 1,000 or so mona monkeys that inhabit the surrounding lush forest. But they have also turned that reverence into revenue, by making the cheeky primates part of an eco-tourist attraction that benefits both animals and locals alike. Francis Acquaye, the manager of the Tafi Atome Monkey Sanctuary and Cultural Village, said the monkeys and the forest were considered sacred until the 1980s, when the spread ofRead More
Accra (AFP) Hundreds of Togolese nationals have fled to neighbouring Ghana to escape reprisals after a wave of anti-government protests, a Ghanaian official said on Wednesday. Paddy Tetteh, from the Ghana Refugee Board, said the first batch arrived last Wednesday and although numbers had since fallen, more were still trying to come in. “They are close to 300,” he told AFP. Most were in the northern district of Chereponi, close to Ghana’s eastern border, he added. Chereponi chief executive Abdul Razak Tahiru told reporters that food, mats, bedding and mosquitoRead More
Accra (AFP) Tullow Oil said Saturday it would restart drilling by the end of the year after a ruling in a maritime boundary dispute between Ghana and Ivory Coast. The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea found that “Ghana did not violate the sovereign rights” of Ivory Coast by drilling for oil in the region. The Hamburg-based court precisely mapped the maritime border and backed Ghana on the principle that the boundary line be based on equidistance. “Tullow will now work with the government of Ghana to putRead More
Accra (AFP) Ghana has long been known for its bountiful gold reserves and was called “the Gold Coast” during its colonial era. But illegal mining in Africa’s second largest producer is taking a heavy human as well as environmental and economic toll with more than $2 billion lost to the practice last year alone. Campaigners have been lobbying against illegal mining — known locally as “galamsey” — since February when local media revealed the dramatic impact that the practice, which often uses mercury, was having on Ghana’s soil and waterRead More
Kokrobite (Ghana) (AFP) Brett Davies paced up and down the sloping sands of Kokrobite beach in Ghana, organising surfers from 20 different countries at his annual international competition. Along the beach, some 30 kilometres (20 miles) west of Accra, dotted with dug-out fishing boats, Rastafarians were selling T-shirts and small children were playing in the sand. Davies, 42, is leading the push to bring surfers to the West African nation as a way to help boost the country’s under-developed tourism sector. The British national already runs a surf school atRead More
Accra (AFP) Twenty-two miners have now been declared dead after an illegal goldmine collapsed in western Ghana, police said, increasing the toll from 17. Nsuta district police commander Superintendent Atsu Dzinaku said the toll was revised after more family members came forward to say one of their relatives was missing. “Initially they said five, 14, then 17, now 22,” he told AFP by telephone. The abandoned mine, which was more than 80 metres (260 feet) deep, collapsed on Sunday. A decision to end a rescue operation for survivors was takenRead More