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Motorcycles kill 811 out of 1,985 fatalities in 10 months



Motorcycle, crashes, Newscenta, 811 killed, 41% of all deaths, road accidents, Ghana,

Data compiled by the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service shows that 811 motorcyclists and their pillion riders were killed between January and October 2022.

1,985 killed in 10 months

This represents 41% of the 1,985 commuters killed during the 10 months period.

Motorcycles constitute 21% of all crashes

Analysis on categories of Vehicles Involved in crashes shows that motorcycles comprising two and three wheelers constituted the least 21% of all vehicles involved.


This notwithstanding, the share of motorcycle crashes is alarming taking into consideration the population of motorcycles made up of two and three wheelers of the total vehicle population.

Motorcycle, crashes, Newscenta, 811 killed, 41% of all deaths, road accidents, Ghana,

Breakdown of Motorcycles

Two wheeler motorbikes constituted 75% of crashes involving all cycles whilst tricycles contributed 20%, bicycles and handcarts constituted 3% and 2% respectively.

The data shows a decreasing trend in the number of motorcycles involved in crashes, with a reduction by three motorcycles every month within the 10-month period in 2022.

4,551 motorcycles crashed


Some 4,551 motorcycles were involved in crashes

18.18% decline in deaths

The number of persons killed from January to October 2022 reduced by 18.18 per cent to 1,985 as opposed to January to October, 2021.

Commercial Vehicles kill 688

Commercial Vehicles recorded 688 deaths during the ten months period.


Private vehicles kill 486

According to the data, private vehicles claimed the lives of 486 commuters between January and October 2022.

557 Pedestrians killed

A total of 557 Pedestrians also lost their lives during the period

A total of 2,210 pedestrians were knocked down whiles walking along/crossing the road from January to October, 2022.   .


This represents a decrease of 10.31% over the situation for the same period in 2021 (2,464 knockdowns)

Motorcyclists and pillion riders more exposed to road traffic deaths

This implies that motorcyclists and their pillion riders are more exposed to road traffic deaths than other road user groups like commercial passengers, private vehicle occupants and pedestrians.

1,564 males, 421 females killed

It also indicates that 1,564 representing 79% of those killed are males and 421 (21%) females were killed from January to October 2022.


The data reveals a ratio of 1:4. Thus, for every one female killed, four males are killed.

This shows a similar trend to past years of higher fatalities for males than for females

273 below the age of 18 killed

A total of 273 people representing 14% persons killed were below the age of 18 years whilst 1,712 (86%) were reported to have been adults (above 18years).

This indicates that for every six adults above 18-years killed; a child below 18-years is killed revealing a relatively high road traffic death ratio of 6:1 for adults than for children within the period.


This is partly due to the high risk of exposure of adults to traffic incidences as compared to children.

Private vehicles constitute 45% of total vehicles involved in crashes

Per the data, private vehicles constituted the largest proportion of vehicles involved in crashes from January to October 2022, representing 45%, followed by Commercial Vehicles with 34% and Motorcycles with the least proportion of 21%.

Reduction in crashes of all vehicle types

The proportions of all the vehicle types involved in crashes for commercial vehicles, private vehicles and motorcycles decreased by 8.98%, 0.75% and 11.03% respectively when compared to the same period last year (2021).


7,307 Commercial vehicles

From January to October, 2022, a total of 7,307 commercial vehicles were involved in crashes.

However, the number of private vehicles involved in crashes was 9,735 which is 24.94% higher than that of the commercial vehicles involved.

Peak month for fatalities

In 2022, the peak month for fatalities was March with 265 deaths as compared to 273 deaths in February for 2021.


In terms of months with the least number of fatalities, July recorded the least with 143 deaths as against 185 deaths in August 2021.

27.6% decrease in fatalities in respect of monthly trend

It is worth noting that the monthly trend in fatalities shows a significant margin of decrease (27.60%) for the month of October 2022 as compared to October 2021

Significant reduction in injuries

The trend for 2021 shows a significant reduction in injuries as compared to that of 2022.


13,109 people sustained various degrees of injuries.

There was a 0.33 per cent decrease in the number of persons injured through road crashes from January to October 2022, over the same period in 2021.

The trend line for 2021 also displays a slight decrease in Crashes. Whilst April recorded the highest number of crashes (1,467) in 2021,

February had the highest number of crashes of 1,354 for 2022.

On the other hand, the lowest number of crashes were recorded in August (1,074) and July (1,182) for 2021 and 2022 respectively.


12,565 road traffic crashes reported

A total of 12,565 road traffic crashes were reported from January to October 2022.

21,593 vehicles crashed

These crashes involved 21,593 vehicles of all categories (Private, Commercial, Motorbikes/cycles, etc.), and 15,094 casualties (1,985 fatalities/deaths and 13,109 injuries).

The number of commercial vehicles involved in road crashes from January to October 2022 also reduced by some 8.98 per cent in comparison to last year.


Regional distribution of fatalities

Regional distribution of fatalities are Greater- 429, Ashanti-377, Eastern-375, Central-163, Bono East-82, Western-80, Western North-75, Volta-73, Bono-62, Ahafo-60, Northern-58, Savannah-40, Upper West-36, Upper East-34, Oti-21 and North East-20.

Greater Accra, Ashanti and Eastern regions were the top three regions to record the highest number of crashes from January to October this year.

Greater Accra experienced 4,618 crashes; Ashanti region recorded 2,886 crashes, whilst Eastern region had 1,288 crashes.

Upper West and Savanna (joint figure); North East and Oti regions recorded the three lowest numbers of crashes.


The Upper West and Savanna regions both had 82 crashes; the North-East Region recorded 48 incidents and Oti experienced 43 crashes.

Savannah, Northern, North East, Central and Eastern Regions recorded increases in Crashes by 57.69%, 14.81%, 9.09%, 5.68% and 1.74% respectively for the period January to October 2022 compared to the same period of 2021.

The remaining regions recorded decreases over the same period.

Upper West Region had the highest percentage decrease with 44.59% whilst Savannah recorded the highest percentage increase of 57.69%.




Prof. Ofori-Boadu gets high recognition in US

for professorial contributions



Prof. Ofori-Boadu, Newscenta, NAHB, North Carolina university,

An Associate Professor of Construction Science and Management, Prof  Andrea Nana Ofori-Boadu, a lecturer at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University has been recognized by the U.S. National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

This recognition was for her dedication to inspiring the next generation of residential construction industry leaders.

The recognition happened during the celebration of the International Women’s Day on March 8, 2023,

In 2020, Prof. Ofori-Boadu also received the NAHB Outstanding Educator award in recognition of high teaching standards in construction education.

Women contribute significantly to the residential construction industry and dedicate time to inspire the next generation of home builders.


NAHB described Prof.  Ofori-Boadu, as one individual leading the way to encourage more women to explore architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) career pathways.

Prof. Ofori-Boadu serves as a mentor to female construction students.

She has secured scholarships, internships, mentorships and other professional development resources for her mentees.

In addition, Prof. Ofori-Boadu co-coaches the NAHB student competition team at the University.

She is excited about participating in this year’s NAHB Student Chapters and Workforce Development team’s first-ever Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility (DEIA) Student and Faculty Leadership programme.


This new initiative aims to expand opportunities with students from historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) through leadership development seminars and networking opportunities throughout the year.

“I am delighted and appreciative of the opportunity to collaborate with NAHB to strengthen the leadership skills of undergraduate and graduate Construction Management students at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University,” Prof. Ofori-Boadu said.

Inspired by her dad, Prof. Ofori-Boadu’s professional journey began in Ghana, where she loved math, science and art as a girl.

A friend introduced her to a building technology programme, which combined engineering and management principles and she later earned her Ph.D. from Indiana State University.

In 2019, she received a National Science Foundation (NSF) award, which helped establish the Emerging Built Environment Women (EBEW) Center at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, providing mentoring, professional development, scholarships, internships, informal learning experiences, and other resources to girls and women interested in AEC career pathways.


Born in Accra, Prof. Ofori-Boadu grew up under the guidance of her high-achieving parents, Mr Sam Poku and Mrs. Mary Poku.

She obtained a First Class in Building Technology at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in 1997.

She moved to North Carolina in 2000 with her husband, Victor Ofori-Boadu.

In her professorial role at the North Carolina  Agricultural  and Technical State University, Prof. Ofori-Boadu has contributed to the intellectual and career development of hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students.

Her research work has resulted in numerous citations, publications, presentations, grants, and her U.S. patent (No. 11,104,611; August 31, 2021) titled ‘Swine-waste Biochar As A Sustainable Cement Replacement Material.”


She hopes that her journey inspires more girls and women to seriously consider pursuing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers.


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Work begins on major policy for downstream aluminum industry



GIADEC, policy, downstream, aluminum, cheap imports, electricity, green energy,

For the first time in Ghana’s history, government is developing a comprehensive policy to make Ghana an attractive destination for investment in the downstream aluminum industry.

Areas of focus

The final policy will cover a wide range of areas including incentives, taxation, cost of electricity, tackling cheap imports, address dumping and how to manage the value chain and the relationships among others.

Policy to address cheap imports

The policy will also address cheap imports to make local companies thrive to meet local demand and export to other countries.


Utilisation of locally produced aluminum

The aim is to attract more companies to set up in Ghana and utilise locally produced aluminum to produce all kinds of products.

Why aluminum industry is essential to the economy

The aluminum industry is essential to the economies of modern countries and it provides a range of highly differentiated products, from the intermediate semis required for many high-tech industries to parts and components for final applications.



Under the auspices of the Ghana Integrated Aluminium Development Corporation (GIADEC) stakeholders in the aluminum industries attending a 2-day workshop on downstream aluminum industry are reviewing extensive research, data collection and technical analysis of best practices across the world carried out by GIADEC and Overseas Development Institute (ODI), formerly known as the Overseas Development Institute with funding from the United Kingdom Government’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO)

Policy options and implementation plan

Participants are deliberating on policy options and implementation plan for the downstream aluminum industry.

Electricity constitutes over 32% of production cost

The Cost of electricity constitutes over 32% of production cost in the aluminum industry.


Therefore, how to get electricity at the right price to support the industry will feature prominently in the policy.

Industrial transformation

Downstream is the heart that will drive industrial transformation and involves utilization of primary aluminum produced in Ghana.

Policy environment

GIADEC is preparing the policy environment for the incentive framework that will support the downstream industry.


Locally produced aluminum to be utilised locally

The policy will make sure that majority of locally produced aluminum is utilised locally to grow the economy for the benefit of Ghanaians.

Steady progress of integrated aluminum industry

Opening the workshop, Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel Abu Jinapor, is optimistic that government’s quest to build an integrated aluminum industry in the country is on course, and progressing steadily.

Adding value to Ghana’s mineral resources


He emphasised the need to add value to Ghana’s mineral resources to ensure optimal benefit from these resources.

Big price differentials of raw ore and primary aluminum

He pointed out that while the raw bauxite ore sells for around $60 per metric tonne while primary aluminum produced from bauxite sells for over $2,000 per metric tonne.

900m metric tonnes of bauxite 

The Minister puts Ghana’s estimated bauxite resource base at over 900 million metric tonnes.


2m jobs, one trillion US Dollars

According to him, the total deposit is capable of creating some two million sustainable jobs, and generating over one trillion US Dollars in revenue if fully integrated.

Robust, functioning and vibrant downstream aluminum industry

Jinapor urged participants at the workshop to bring their expertise to bear, and fashion out with policy options and plans that will help build a robust, functioning and vibrant downstream aluminum industry that contributes, meaningfully to the economy.

Tertiary products are the most important


Board Chairman of GIADEC, Dr. Anthony Oteng-Gyasi pointed out that converting bauxite into tertiary products constitutes the most important step in the entire value chain.

Mass production necessary

According to him, mass production is required to achieve the expected benefits and urged participants to develop a policy that will deliver results.

 Modernization and retrofitting VALCO

GIADEC’s Master plan will lead to the modernization and retrofitting VALCO smelter to produce about 300,000 metric tornnes of primary aluminum each year.


Importance of aluminum to global economy

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of GIADEC, Michael Ansah pointed out that the global economy is headed towards how aluminum is utilized and what is being done will propel Ghana to lead across Africa.

How aluminum will benefit vehicle assembling plants

He said the nine vehicle assembling plants operating in the country will need aluminum to produce and use Ghana as a launch pad to export to the rest of Africa and the world at large.

3-3.5 cent per kilowatt hour of electricity targeted


He disclosed that the industry is looking for electricity price of three to three and a half cents per kilowatt hour to make Ghana’s industry competitive globally.

Cheap power to benefit downstream industry

When this is achieved, he said the benefit of cheap power will be passed on to local downstream industry.

Environmentally friendly aluminum

Ansah also revealed that Ghana is planning to use green energy to produce environmentally friendly aluminum which attracts higher price.


VALCO producing 50,000 metric tonnes of aluminum

The GIADEC CEO said out of the about 50,000 metric tonnes of aluminum VALCO currently produces each year, only 7,000 metric tonnes is utilized by downstream while the rest is exported.

40,000 metric tonnes of aluminum products imported annually

This he noted is happening at a time the country imports about 40,000 metric tonnes of aluminum products each year.

Role of AfCFTA


Dr. Max Mendez-Parra of ODI explained that the policy should focus on targeted policies for specific downstream industries and African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is a critical framework to achieve that.

ODI roadmap to 2035

Derrick Abudu of ODI said his outfit has developed a roadmap from now to 2035.

According to him, the roadmap seeks to achieve energy deal with competitive cost structure by 2025 which will in turn attract enormous investments from 2030 to 2035.

He noted that low cost of electricity will result in cheap aluminum supplied to the downstream.


He said cheap inputs will automatically attract more investment since returns will be much higher.

Abudu stated that 20, 000 jobs can be generated while raking in revenue from exports of final products.




















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Soldier slaps policeman provoking violent clash in Accra Central



Soldier slaps police, Newscenta, violent clash, bullion van, Accra Central.

A violent scuffle ensued between Police and Military personnel near the Accra Regional Police Command yesterday creating fear and panic among the public.

An eye witness told The Finder that the scuffle was provoked by members of a military patrol team escorting a bullion van who slapped a police personnel not in uniform for not giving them way.

The eye witness who spoke on condition of anonymity explained that upon  the bullion van reaching the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) area, the soldiers in the patrol vehicle screamed at a motor rider  to give them way.

The eye witness said the motor rider responded that he is a police officer and this response infuriated the military personnel.

The eye witness told this paper that one soldier alighted from their vehicle and slapped the policeman who was not in uniform.


The police officer quickly raise alarm and his colleagues at the Accra Regional Command premises rushed to his rescue.

According to the eye witness, the police personnel then detained the military personnel who slapped the police man.

The soldiers escorting the convoy attempted to resist the arrest of their colleague resulting in violent scuffle.

As at the time of going to press, details were still emerging but The Finder could not get the names of the police personnel slapped and the military personnel involved in the assault.

The Police and Military could not be reached immediately for their response.


The Finder learnt that the soldier was granted bail yesterday evening.

The conflict between the military and police is not uncommon in Ghana and in most cases, it the soldiers who attack the police.

In 2010 for instance, tensions flared between soldiers and police officers in Kumasi, when separate assaults carried out by soldiers within two days left 12 police personnel injured and police property destroyed.

The attacks began after a police officer attempted to arrest a soldier riding an unlicensed motorcycle.

In 2019, police personnel and some soldiers clashed at the Suame Roundabout in Kumasi.


This was after some police officers allegedly manhandled a plain-clothed military officer and handcuffed him.

The plain-clothed military officer was using an unregistered motorbike.

The military officer also called his other colleagues, who then attacked the police officers.

The soldier threatened to return with reinforcements and attack the police officer and made good on the threat later that day.

Over the next two days, more than a dozen police officers across the city were assaulted by soldiers.


In 2018, some soldiers and police officers in the Upper East region flexed muscles Sunday in a row over a military uniform.

In the same year, a group of soldiers angry over the arrest of their colleague stormed Tamale in the Northern Region and viciously pummeled police officers on duty at various points and banks.

Personnel of the Counter Terrorism Unit of the Ghana Police Service and personnel of the Military on the Operation Motherland at Juapong and on the Adomi bridge also clashed in 2021.

There has been a long-standing split tension between police and soldiers which some security experts partly blames on the outdated nature of the security legislation governing their operations.

Due to some of these disagreements between police and military personnel in the past, there have been calls for reform to establish clear oversight mechanisms and delineate security roles for the police and armed forces in Ghana.


Among the resolutions arrived at were the setting up of Police and Military memberships in all regions that host military bases, ‘for the purposes of overseeing the peaceful co-existence of both services,

The personnel are the custodians of arms meant to protect and defend ordinary people   and not to attack each other.

It appears there is a deep seated animosity between personnel of the two institutions.

It is untenable for them to turn the area into a battleground to settle personal scores.





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