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Ghana Set to Resume International Passenger Flights



International passenger flights will resume on September 1 in Ghana, President Nana Akufo-Addo announced on Sunday, citing a drop in active coronavirus cases.

Air, land and sea borders were closed in March to prevent the spread of the virus.

President Akufo-Addo addressing the country Sunday night, said after thorough assessment of measures to ensure safety of passengers at the airport, “I am glad to announce that Kotoka International Airport will reopen and resume operations from Tuesday, 1st September 2020. This decision has been communicated to international airlines.”

“It has been well-established that the very first cases of COVID-19 in Ghana were imported into our shores. We are determined to make sure this scenario does not recur,” President Akufo-Addo said.

He said all travellers arriving in Ghana must present proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test result done within 72 hours before departure.

“They will also be tested on arrival at the airport with the result expected within 30 minutes. The passengers are to pay for the test,” President Akufo-Addo added.

Those who test positive will undergo further assessment and treatment. But children under five will not be tested.

All passengers are also expected to observe the safety protocols including mandatory wearing of masks.

Airlines that fail to comply with the government directive will be sanctioned.

Ghana has experienced a continued decrease in the number of Covid-19 active cases which are now just more than 1,000 out of over 44,205 confirmed cases.

The main Kotoka International Airport in the capital, Accra, previously handled about 24,500 international arrivals every week before the coronavirus pandemic.

Domestic flights resumed three months ago. But the country’s land and sea borders remain closed to human traffic until further notice.

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Ex-Judge, Hamuth, Appointed to Lead Mauritius Oil Spill Probe



Mauritius has appointed Abdurraffeek Hamuth, a former judge, to lead an inquiry into the circumstances in which a Japanese-owned vessel, the Wakashio, entered its waters and spilled hundreds of tonnes of oil.

The MV Wakashio, owned by Nagashiki Shipping and chartered by Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL), ran aground on a coral reef off Mauritius on 25 July 2020. It was carrying 4,000 tonnes of oil before it split into two on 16 August.

Former Judge Hamuth and his assessors will investigate the cause and extent of the damage caused by the bulk carrier.

Testimonies at the inquiry are expected to reveal how the hull of the vessel cracked.

About 15 people have so far confirmed their participation, including opposition leader, Arvin Boolell, maritime safety expert and social activist, Bruneau Laurette, along with government officials and crew members.

Captain Sunil Kumar Nandeshwar and his assistant Hitihamillage Subodha Janendra Tilakaratna were arrested after the vessel sunk.

In September 2020, an expert witness told a court in Port Louis that the captain of the MV Wakashio, Nandeshwar, had been drinking before the accident.

According to the expert, the Voyage Data Recorder (VDR), which took an audio recording in the ship, confirmed suspicions of a birthday party a little more than an hour before the ship ran aground and that the Capt Sunil Kumar Nandeshwar, had consumed alcohol.

Capt Nandeshwar was also aware that the depth under the ship was decreasing considerably, the court heard.

The court heard that the ship’s voice recorder did not record any call with the Mauritius National Coast Guard.

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Morocco Overcome Resolute Togo in CHAN Group D Opener



In yet another 1-0 score line, Morocco overcame a resolute Togolese team in the group C opener of the African Nations Championship.

The Atlas Lions scored the winner through Yahya Jabrane in the first half of the encounter.

Defending champions, Morocco got their first three points of the tournament and currently lead the group after Uganda and Rwanda played out a goalless stalemate.

After six round of matches, the CHAN has produced just four goals with four games ending in narrow 1-0 score line.

So far, Cameroon, D.R. Congo, Mali and Morocco have all won their first group games with the last round of the first group matches to come up later on Tuesday.

Read: DR Congo Defeat Republic of Congo In Derby

Cameroon, Mali Earn Victories In CHAN Opener

Zambia, Guinea, Namibia and Tanzania will battle for an early top spot in group D as they play their first games of the tournament.

Morocco and D.R. Congo have been tipped to get to the final stages of the competition and probably have a shot on the title.

D.R. Congo have won the CHAN twice in 2012 and 2016, while Morocco have won it once in 2018.

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One Feared Dead as Petrol Tanker Explodes in Ogun State, Nigeria



A fuel-laden tanker has burst into flames, razing several vehicles and killing at least one person, in Ogun State, Southwest Nigeria.

News Central gathered that the incident happened minutes after as the tanker suffered a brake failure while descending a bridge.

The tanker hit a motorcycle which was in motion and rammed into commercial vehicles waiting to pick passengers at the end of the bridge.

The tanker exploded shortly after it rammed into the vehicles.

Tanker explosions have become a frequent occurrence in Nigeria which depends on the trucks to transport fuel from depots to the hinterlands.

In September 2020, five houses and 49 shops were gutted by fire in an explosion that occurred at Lambata town in Niger State, Central Nigeria when a tanker loaded with 36,000 litres of PMS collided with a trailer.

In July 2019, at least 45 people were killed and more than 100 injured in Benue, north – central Nigeria when a petrol tanker crashed and then exploded as people gathered fuel.

In 2012, a tanker trying to avoid collision with two cars in Okobie, Nigeria fell into a ditch, spilled its petrol contents, and exploded, killing at least 121.

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