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Three men who allegedly attack Benya FM granted Bail

News Ghana - Ven, 20/05/2022 - 10:48pm
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Three men who allegedly attacked Elmina-based radio station, Benya FM, have been granted bail by a Cape Coast Circuit Court to the tune of GHC30,000 with two sureties each, one to be justified.

Isaac Opare Aikins, 25, and watchman; Michelle Asabre, 25, premix fuel attendant; and Anthony Eshun, 32, businessman, have been charged with assault, unlawful entry, conspiracy to commit crime, stealing and causing unlawful damage.

They, however, pleaded not guilty to all the charges when they appeared before the court presided over by Mrs Dorinda Smith-Arthur on Friday.

They are to reappear on June 28, 2022.

Prosecuting, Chief Inspector Theresa Agbavor said the complainants are Eric Blessing Eshun, presenter and Anthony Agyirfar, technician both of Benya Radio station.

She said on Monday, May 16, 2022 at about 2000 hours, the complainants were on duty as presenter and producer respectively hosting their usual programme dubbed “Afarikua”, a show for fishermen and farmers.

She said the presenter, during the programme, discussed issues on premix fuel given to people who were neither fishermen nor boat owners.

She said the presenter also lauded the Municipal Chief Executive for Komenda-Edina-Eguafo for involving the police in the distribution of the fuel to check the canker.

Chief Inspector Agbavor said Aikins, Asabre and Eshun suddenly stormed the station on a motorbike, scattered and caused damaged to a number of equipment including a GHC2,500 studio mixer, two headphones costing GHC500, five monitors valued at GHC20,000, six system units valued at GHC6,000 and three keyboards valued at GHC180.

She said they also destroyed three office tables valued at GHC4,500, two rolling chairs costing GHC 1,728 and a GHC 40 Video Graphic Adaptor Cable.

The prosecutor said the accused persons also broke into the programme manager’s office and made away with an HP laptop valued at GHC3,500.

She said they proceeded to confront the presenter for mentioning their names and beat him to pulp.

She added that the producer who attempted to rescue his colleague was also assaulted.

She said the complainants reported the case to the police in Elmina and were granted police medical forms to go to
the hospital while a patrol team was dispatched to the media house to ensure order.

She told the court that Aikins was arrested on his way to Cape Coast and his interrogation led to the arrest of Asabre and Eshun.

According to the prosecutor, the accused persons admitted the offences during investigations but with the explanation that they went to demand answers from the presenter on why he mentioned their names during the programme.

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Six times SWAG Awards winner Derek Abrefa qualifies for World Table Tennis Championships

News Ghana - Ven, 20/05/2022 - 10:44pm
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Six times SWAG Awards winner, Derek Abrefa is in the news as he is displaying marvelous Table Tennis to fans in Nigeria at the qualifiers for the World Table Tennis Championship.

Abrefa defeated Nigerian naturalized Benin professional and topseed who is based in France 3-0 to be the only Ghanaian male table tennis player to qualify for the 2023 World Table Tennis Championship to be hosted in South Africa.

In the singles event qualifier, he defeated Jimo Alvaro 3-0 in his first singles event match. In his second match, he beat Bangoura Abdoulaye 3-0 to top his group to qualify to the main draw of round 16.

Abrefa who got injured during his fight for black Loopers in the team event over came all odds to stamp his authority by defeating Nigeria naturalized Benin professional Olabiyi Monday 3-0 in a tough encounter. The last match in the round 16 which lasted for over 30 minutes. Olabiyi is a France Based table tennis Professional.

The whole hall was tensed during their match, and the Ghana top seed is very happy with the victory.

“I met Abrefa in the team event. I won 3-2 in a tough encounter. Despite it was 3-2, I had the confidence I will beat him to qualify for the world championship. Looking at my training in France preparing for this event. Olabiyi said.

Olabiyi of Benin went ahead to say ‘Abrefa came with a different game formation and took me by surprise behind the table. He is indeed a great player who is able to turn all odds during a tough match and I congratulate him for his qualification to 2023 WTTC’

Derek Abrefa has advanced to the top 8 (quarter finals) and he is seeking a good position to qualification for 2023 World Tennis Championship.

The tournament has all foreign based players coming to fight for 5 slots in the African Zone 3 region

All players that made it to the round of 8 have secured a slot for 2023 World Table Tennis Championship.

Abrefa is the only Ghanaian to make it into the top 8 to qualify Ghana to the World Table Tennis Championship. As the tournament continues, watch out for more news.

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World Metrology Day Celebrated With Spotlight On Digitisation

News Ghana - Ven, 20/05/2022 - 10:41pm
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The Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) on Friday marked the World Metrology Day celebration with a spotlight on the important role of measurement in the digitisation process.

World Metrology Day is an annual celebration of the signature of the Metre Convention on May 20, 1875, by representatives of seventeen nations. The Convention set the framework for global collaboration in the science of measurement and in its industrial, commercial and societal applications.

Metrology as the science of measurement plays a central role in scientific discovery and innovation, industrial manufacturing and international trade, in improving the quality of life and in protecting the global environment.

In a keynote address, Mr. Clifford Frimpong, Ag. Deputy Director-General Conformity Assessment of the GSA, said the Authority as the national statutory body responsible for developing, publishing and promoting standards in the country was embarking on a rigorous digital transformation of its operations to improve on service delivery.

He said the Authority had rolled out the GSA Core Operations (CoreOps), which is a digital platform designed to offer clients an amazing customer-focused, user-friendly experience, where the Authority’s operations were easily accessed by the public for effective and timely delivery of services.

The GSA is committed to providing the highest levels of service to its clients, in line with the Government’s business facilitation policy, he said.

Among other benefits, the introduction of digitisation provides real-time information to management and ensure efficiency in service delivery.

“This platform is designed to improve work interactions and optimise the customer experience across the full-service delivery ecosystem.

The three arms of Metrology – Legal, Industrial and Scientific Metrology, have been migrated onto the CoreOps platform.

Mr Frimpong said the GSA, as custodian of weights and measurements, was working with the the German National Metrology Institute to provide Ghana with a fit-for-future National Metrology Institute (NMI).

The NMI Institute, when established, will be responsible for the establishment of national measurement standards and to provide measurement traceability, among others.

The project aims to strengthen the capacity of the GSA to provide relevant metrological services that will meet the ever-increasing demand of industry and facilitate trade.

Furthermore, it aims to enhance measurement capability to meet the requirements of the scientific community and strengthen consumer protection.

“Technology has a lot of good things in stock. And it is time we seize the opportunity to make good use of it. I will urge all of us gathered here, including our stakeholders, to leverage on technology in our quest to adhere and promote accurate measurements,” he added.

In his welcome address, Dr Opoku Ware Ampomah, a Board Member, said the theme “Metrology in the Digital Era,” was chosen because digital technology is revolutionising the community and was one of the most exciting trends in society today.

Indeed, more widely metrology, the science of measurement, plays a central role in scientific discovery and innovation, industrial manufacturing and international trade, in improving the quality of life and in protecting the global environment.

It is recognised all the world over that accurate measurement improve the productivity and competitiveness of industries.

He congratulated the staff of the GSA, especially those working in the field of metrology to ensure that everything all the world over from health, transportation and other sectors get the precision of measurement required to make life bearable.

Dr Ampomah said the GSA was making a lot of progress in the field of digitization but much more needed to be done and urged staff to show a renewed commitment to the goals of the organisation to enhance growth.

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Children Of 5-6 years Will Need Glasses – Ghana Optometric Association

News Ghana - Ven, 20/05/2022 - 10:33pm
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The Ghana Optometric Association (GOA) has reiterated that glasses may play a critical role in the proper vision development of children at their early ages.

“Children may need glasses for several reasons, some of which are different from adults.

“Because a child’s visual system is growing and developing, especially during the first 5-6 years of life, glasses may play an important role in ensuring normal development of vision,” Dr. Alfred Gardemor, GOA Public Relations Officer has revealed.

He was speaking on the theme: “Children’s Vision and Eye Health,” at the fifth Ghana News Agency-Tema Regional Office and the Ghana Optometric Association fortnight public sensitization initiative “GNA-GOA: My Eye! My Vision!”

The GNA-GOA: My Eyes! My Vision! The initiative also seeks to challenge the public and policymakers to focus on vision as a health issue, which forms a critical component of mankind’s wellbeing but is often neglected

Dr Gardemor who is also a Principal Optometrist and Head of the Optometric Center at the Nsawam Government Hospital said children may need glasses to ensure better vision.

According to him, it would help straighten the eyes when they are crossed or misaligned otherwise known as strabismus.

“This may occur when there is a difference in prescription between the two eyes anisometropia. For example, one eye may be normal, while the other eye may have a significant need for glasses caused by near-sightedness, far-sightedness, or astigmatism,” he noted.

According to him, the optometrist would then advise parents whether there is a need for glasses, or whether the condition can be monitored.

He said excessive gadget use and close work had shown to increase the risk of eye power increase hence it was equally important to cut down on screen time as much as possible.

On signs of vision problems, Dr. Gardemor said children born with preterm had a higher risk of developing vision issues including children with developmental concerns and reading difficulty.

Others were parents or siblings with eyeglasses, visual complaints such as squinting, squeezing, and constant rubbing of eyes, going closer to the television or bringing objects closer to see, redness, watering, and itching of eyes.
The rest were abnormal head position to see objects, complaints of headache, eyestrain and seeing double, and eyes appearing to drift outwards or inwards.

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Court orders lawyer of Josephine Payne to file her witness statement

News Ghana - Ven, 20/05/2022 - 10:26pm
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The Takoradi Circuit Court ‘A’ has ordered the lawyer for Josephine Panyin Mensah, a 28-year-old woman at the centre of the controversial pregnancy and kidnapping claims in Takoradi, to file the statements of all her witnesses.

The filing of the witness’ statements and other relevant documents should be done by June 7, 2022 when the accused reappears before Mr Michael Ampadu, the presiding judge.

The witness statement would aid in the commencement of the Case Management Conference (CMC) to allow the accused to open her defence.

Already, the court overruled a submission of no case by the lawyer of the accused, Mr. Fiifi Buckman and ordered the accused to open her defence.

The court, however, thought otherwise and indicated that the prosecution had been able to establish that the accused was not kidnapped neither was she pregnant.

Meanwhile, eight prosecution witnesses have testified in the case.

The court indicated that the prosecution had been able to furnish the court with all the requisite documents to support the charges of publication of false news and deceit of public officer, against the accused.

The court, therefore, indicated that it was incumbent on the accused person to prove her pregnancy and kidnap by opening her defence.

The case has been adjourned to Tuesday June 7, 2022.

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Tolon SHS closed down after fire outbreak

News Ghana - Ven, 20/05/2022 - 10:24pm
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Tolon Senior High School (SHS) in the Northern Region has been temporarily closed down following a fire outbreak at its girls’ dormitory.

All 1,690 students of the school have been asked to go home and return on Friday, May 27.

On Thursday, May 19, fire gutted the girls’ dormitory, a one-floor storey building, which accommodated 647 students, and destroyed all student beds and belongings of the girls.

The fire also caused extensive damage to the building.

The cause of the fire is not yet known, but it is suspected that a water heater, which was plugged in the building, could be the cause.

It took personnel of the Ghana National Fire Service about an hour to arrive at the scene from Tamale to extinguish the flames.

The Tolon District does not have a functioning Fire Station.

Mr Mohammed Issifu, Headmaster of Tolon SHS said the decision to temporarily close down the school was taken in consultation with the Tolon District Assembly and the Ghana Education Service.

Mr Issifu said an existing classroom block, which was not being used, would be quickly converted into a dormitory for the girls when they return on May 27.

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CWEIC To Partner Commonwealth Markets To Foster MSME Growth

News Ghana - Ven, 20/05/2022 - 10:22pm
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Madam Rosie Glazebrook, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the CommonWealth Enterprise and Investment Council (CWEIC), has noted that Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) are key to the development of economies in the Commonwealth.

This, in her view, underscored the CWEIC strategy to work with partners in key CommonWealth markets to foster MSME growth.

Madam Glazebrook made the comments when she called at one of the CWEIC’s key partners in Ghana, UMB (Universal Merchant Bank).

A statement issued by the UMB, copied to the Ghana News Agency, said this formed part of Madam Glazebrook’s official tour of Ghana, this week.

It said the Bank structured the visit to enable Madam Glazebrook get a first -hand view of Ghanaian MSMEs, by hosting the CWEIC delegation at its “Centre for Businesses,” within the Madina market enclave.

Madam Glazebrook in her remarks said: “UMB is Ghana’s oldest Merchant Bank, and I daresay the Commonwealth is one of Ghana’s oldest international relationships”.

“Central to our work at the CWEIC is the CommonWealth Advantage – the fact that overall, its 21 per cent cheaper to do business across the Commonwealth.

“We are thus passionate about bring this advantage to bear on businesses and I am excited that one of our key partners is doing this in lock-step with us here in Ghana.”

Nana Dwemoh Benneh, CEO of UMB, in his remarks noted: “A number of significant economic reports argue that MSMEs account for at over 70 per cent of all economic activity in Ghana.”

“As a Bank, we have been focused on Ghanaian MSMEs and their growth since 1972, and thus we share this passion for MSMEs with the CWEIC.

“Indeed, we are proud to have been selected by the CWEIC to partner the University of Coventry programme to build capacity for African SMEs and look forward to rolling out the programme this year, especially to MSMEs with female leadership”.

The statement said Madam Glazebrook and her party were escorted around the market by Nana Dwemoh Benneh and other officials of the Bank.

It was followed by a presentation by Mr Roland Akafia, Head of Strategy on UMB’s MSME programme and the integration with CWEIC and a luncheon with MSME customers of the Bank.

UMB is a leading indigenous bank reputed for bringing a uniquely Ghanaian perspective to banking, since 1972. Headquartered in Accra and licensed by the Bank of Ghana, the bank operates out of 35 branches across Ghana.

Its strategic aspiration is to become a digital 1st, SME focused bank.
The CWEIC is a commercial, not-for-profit membership organisation with an official mandate from the Commonwealth Heads of Government to facilitate trade and investment throughout the 54 Commonwealth member nations.

The role of CWEIC is to use the convening power and trusted network of the Commonwealth, which is led by The Queen, to drive trade and investment. CWEIC’s network includes around 100 business and government Strategic Partners (members) including UMB, Zenith Bank, Trade and Investment Queensland and the Government of the Maldives from 30 countries and territories.

Every two years, CWEIC hosts the Commonwealth Business Forum in association with the host country of The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).

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New Standard Based Curriculum To Be Ready In September – MoE

News Ghana - Ven, 20/05/2022 - 10:21pm
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The Ministry of Education says textbooks for the new Standard Based Curriculum will be available for schools in 120 days.

“With the completion of all procurement processes by the Public Procurement Authority, publishers are expected to supply textbooks within 120days,” Mr Kwasi Kwarteng, Public Relations Officer, Ministry of Education, told the Ghana News Agency.

According to Mr Kwarteng, comprehensive Quality Assurance Review contracts had been signed and publishers had 120 days to complete their mandate from the day of signing.

He said more than 150,000 teacher resource packs had been distributed to teachers across the length and breadth of the country to enhance teaching and learning activities in order to improve learning outcomes.

Mr Kwarteng said the Ministry was committed to the provision of quality education, and that the timely provision of quality textbooks was a priority.

He admonished the public to disregard false publications making rounds that the Government was unable to provide schools with textbooks for the new curriculum until 2024.

“The Ministry encourages the public to disregard such false publications, which are merely motivated by the mischief of some individuals and media organisations,” he said.

In 2019, the Ghana Education Service introduced the Standard Based Curriculum at the primary school level – from kindergarten to primary six.

The new curriculum is to replace the objective-based curriculum.
It addresses challenges with the previous curriculum and ensures that the content meets international standards.

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CDD-Ghana Makes Case For Public Funding Of Political Parties

News Ghana - Ven, 20/05/2022 - 10:14pm
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Mr Gilbert Boateng Asiaman, a Research Analyst, Ghana Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), has called for public funding for political parties in the country.

He called for a strict regulatory framework that would ensure the disclosure of political parties income and expenditure to ensure transparency and accountability in the system.

He said this in Accra at an international conference on political party financing in Ghana.

The conference is organised by the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS), a political foundation in Germany.

Mr Asiamah said the Institute of Economic Affairs in 2008 proposed the idea for public funding of political parties, which was approved by the parties, but not debated in Parliament.

He said a survey conducted by CDD-Ghana in 2004, revealed that 53 per cent of the public supported state funding for the parties while 43 per cent opposed the idea.

The Research Analyst expressed concerns about lack of clear-cut guidelines for regulating intra-party democratic standards, stating that the challenges had aggravated over the years and needed urgent attention.

He called on the Electoral Commission to be proactive and enforce the provisions, which empowered the Commission to audit the accounts of political parties’ activities of, which failure could lead to the revoking of their licence.
Professor Kwesi Prempeh, Executive Director, CDD-Ghana, said it was necessary for the citizens to know how the political parties were funded and who funded their activities to ensure accountability.

He stated that the character and quality of democracy often determined the nature of the party, adding that a corrupt party could not get an honest government.

The challenge of individuals or institutions funding political parties, he said, was that such entities had vested interest and could influence their policies on the winning government at the expense of the national interest.

Dr Klaus Schuler, former Chief Executive Officer, CDU, Germany, said Germany had a regulatory law that enjoined political parties to publish accountability report on their income and expenditure.

The report, he stated, were verified by the State approved auditor and made public for analysis.
Mr Johnson Asiedu Nketiah,General Secretary, National Democratic Congress, supported the call for public funding of political parties.

“We need the political parties to be strong since we have settled on multi-party democracy. Weak political party will generate weak leadership,” he said.

Mr Peter Mac Manu, former National Chairman, New Patriotic Party, though supported public funding of political parties, called for innovative ways of generating money for party activities.

He called for intensive education to reorient Ghanaians, especially party members to desist from always demanding money from the ruling party.

Mr Hassan Ayariga, the Founder of All People’s Party and Mr Joseph Osei Yeboah, an Independent Candidate in the 2016 General Election, opposed the suggestion for public funding of political activities.

Mr Ivor Greenstreet , 2020 Presidential Candidate, Convention People’s Party and Mrs Brigitte Dzogbenuku, 2020 Presidential Candidate for the Progressive People Party, called for a look at the country’s political structure, especially with transparency issues to win the confidence of the people.

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Catholic Priest Calls For Review Of Police Recruitment Process

News Ghana - Ven, 20/05/2022 - 10:11pm
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A Catholic Priest, Reverend Father Mathias Sarkodie, a native of Nkoranza, has suggested the need for the Ghana Police Service to review its recruitment process to employ applicants of unquestionable background.

According to him, that would facilitate the avoidance of loss of lives in the hands of “seemingly inefficient personnel with questionable characters in the Police Service.”

Rev Donker, who is an uncle of late Alfred Donkor, the 27-year-old man who died while assisting the Police in investigation into an alleged armed-robbery cases in the area, observed that the lack of proper background checks in the normal application process coupled with issues of “protocol list” had led to many criminals being recruited into the Service and tarnishing its image by causing public mistrust in the administration.

Rev. Sarkodie made the suggestion in an interview with the Ghana News Agency at Nkoranza in the Nkoranza South Municipality of the Bono East region.

The lifeless body of late Donkor, aged 27 was found and identified with gunshot wounds in the bush on the outskirt of Nkoranza five days ago.

Rev. Fr. Sarkodie who described himself as spokesperson of the late Donkor’s family stated the infiltration of bad personnel into the Police Service had led to the killing of innocent citizens, which had affected his nephew Donkor who lost his life in Police custody.

He therefore appealed to the Administration to take the necessary steps to restore public confidence in the Service, saying “never should any citizen lose his/her life out of the negligence of a Police Officer and the death of Donkor must be the last of such incident to happen in the country.”

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Network for Assin Development donates stationery to Dweneakyir Basic School

News Ghana - Ven, 20/05/2022 - 10:10pm
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The Network for Assin Development (NAB), a non- governmental organisation (NGO), has donated stationery valued at GH¢10,000.00 to Assin Dweneakyir Basic School in the Assin North District to enhance teaching and learning.

The items included 80 dual desks, clothes, assorted drinks, and Bibles.
The rest were 60 textbooks, 30 packets of exercise books, boxes of pens and pencils.

Assin Dweneakyir Basic School, is a community based five-unit classroom block school built with mud.
It has a population of about 150 pupils with only three teachers whose salaries are paid by the community.

Mr. Samuel Adobah, the Executive Director of NAD, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA), said the donation was to alleviate the plight of the pupils for them to have access to education and complement government efforts to improve education.

He pointed out that the move was necessitated by inadequate furniture deficit hampering teaching and learning in the school.

Presenting the items, Mr. Adobah urged the pupils to be regular and punctual in school and tasked management of the school to use the items for the intended purpose.

Nana Kofi Osmani I, Chief of Assin Dweneakyir who received the items thanked the Foundation for the kind gesture and promised to ensure the items were put to effective use.

The Chief appealed to the government and Ghana Education Service to take over the school and beef up teacher deficits as kindergarten one (KG 1) to Basic five (B5) as the school is being managed by only three teachers.

Mr. Stephen Arthur, the Project Coordinator of NAD charged parents and guardians to take advantage to send their children to school.

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St. Charles Lwanga Catholic Church To Celebrate Agape Feast Day

News Ghana - Ven, 20/05/2022 - 10:07pm
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The St. Charles Lwanga Catholic Church, Fadama, Abeka, is inviting the public to its big Feast celebration slated for June 2022, to instill hope and a sense of fulfilment in them.

The Reverend Father Stephen Dogodzi (SVD), the Parish Priest, who made the call on behalf of the Church, said the Feast would be an unforgettable moment for attendees and transform their lives.

The celebration on the theme: “Arise and Build”, slated for June 2nd to 5th, and 19, 2022, would include, Holy Hour (Thursday 2nd June – 18:30-20:00 hours), Candle Light Procession (Friday 3rd June – 18:40-20:30 hours), Pilgrim to Grotto – Odorkor (Saturday 4th June – 14:30 – 17:00 hours), Day Born Harvest (Sunday 5th June) and Agape Feast on Sunday 19th June.

Fr. Dogodzi quoted the words of Pope Francis on the Feast of Corpus Christi that states: “Jesus, the Lord, offering himself to us in the simplicity of bread, also invites us not to waste our lives in chasing the myriad illusions that we think we cannot do without, yet that leave us empty within.”

He explained that the Feast was a fulfilling one that would fill the hearts of attendees and restore their hope in Jesus Christ, therefore, admonished them to turn their backs to things that would do them no good and be an active participant in the feast for restoration.

He also made reference to the quote of Dick Eastman, a Global Evangelist, that: “In no other way can the believer become as fully involved with God’s work, especially the work of world evangelism, as in intercessory prayer.”

“We climax it all in a grand style on Sunday 19th June, 2022 which happens to be Father’s Day, where we will celebrate our fathers and enjoy our Parish Agape feast. Let’s make this moment remarkable. It’s Our Feast, Hurry,” Fr. Dogodzi said.

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GAWU Calls For The Construction Of Storage Facilities At Farm Gates, Warehouses

News Ghana - Ven, 20/05/2022 - 10:03pm
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Lack of storage facilities is impeding agriculture production and growth as most farmers after bumper harvest are not able to store for future sales, the General Agricultural Workers Union (GAWU), Ghana Trade Union Congress (TUC) has stated.

“If you are a farmer and you get a bumper harvest you are doomed because you can’t store the food, it will get rotten and once it gets rotten, you waste your resources, bumper harvest has now become a curse instead of a blessing to farmers,” Mr. Edward T. Kareweh, GAWU General Secretary said.

He called for the construction of food storage facilities in the country which he described as vital to improving food security.

Mr. Kareweh indicated in an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Tema stressing the need for storage facilities to be constructed at the farm gates and warehouses in the cities for farm produce to curtail the rate at which foodstuffs were perishing.

Mr. Kareweh added that 60 percent of yam produced on the farm does not get to the final consumers because of the unavailability of storage facilities and poor road networks.

“When you move to the farm gates, food is cheap because the road to the farm is deplorable and some are not accessible at all so much of the food gets rotten at the farm gate,” he said.

He added that people involved in the agriculture value chain were usually hugely challenged as to the resources and other facilities were usually wasted.

“Go to the market and see the amount of food that is rotten there, people bring these foods, pay transport cost on it and bring it to the market and it gets rotten.

“Even if it rots at the farm gate it is better than to bring it to the city because you’ll incur cost on it,” Mr. Kareweh added.

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GAEC begins using nuclear technology to tackle huge plastic waste menace

News Ghana - Ven, 20/05/2022 - 10:00pm
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The Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC), has begun the implementation of a plastic waste management programme using nuclear technology to tackle the country’s huge plastic waste menace.

Dubbed, “NUTEC Plastics,” the Nuclear Technology for Plastic Pollution Control programme is an initiative of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) launched in 2021 to assist governments of its Member States to integrate nuclear to combat plastic pollution.

Professor Samuel Boakye Dampare, the Director-General of the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission, at a stakeholder engagement workshop in Accra said the programme was currently being implemented in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI).

It seeks to deal with plastic pollution through recycling using ionising radiation technology to achieve a reduction in the economic cost of managing waste, and also enhance quality assurance to help close the gap faced by industries in the production of high-quality recycled materials within the circular economy framework.

The Director-General said although GAEC had an existing technology through which gamma- rays, (a nuclear technology), were used to irradiate agricultural produce, medical and other industrial products to preserve and prolong shelve life, expanding the knowledge to cover plastic waste management was a virgin area that the Commission was ready to explore.

He said the Commission had submitted a proposal to MESTI and the Minister of Food and Agriculture for support to establish similar gamma and electron beam radiation technologies in some key regions of the country, and called for financial assistance from the private sector through public-private partnerships.

He acknoacknowledged the role of IAEA in the successful implementation of the programme, of which one of its experts, Dr. Chantara Thevy Ratnam, was on a mission to the country to share her expertise on the use of radiation technology in polymer recycling, and to also engage with high level officials and stakeholders in the plastic space.

Dr Ratnam, the IAEA Expert on the NUTEC Plastics, commended Ghana for remaining resolute in the implementation of the programme.

She said the IAEA, through its efforts, sought to promote the integration of radiation technologies into global efforts to tackle plastic pollution, enhance recycling, and also create opportunity for harnessing the huge socio-economic benefits of the technology.

She shared some knowledge on radiation processing for polymer modification, saying it ensured uniquely high technology products, and pledged the sustained commitment and support of the IAEA in the area of technical assistance to Ghana’s programme.

Dr Fidelis Ocloo, the Deputy Director of the Biotechnology and Nuclear Agriculture Research Institute (BNARI), in charge of the NUTEC Plastics Programme, gave some statistics projecting that without any interventions by 2025, the oceans would contain one ton of plastics for every three tons of fish, and there may be more plastics in the ocean than fish by 2050.

“It is estimated that 52,000 tons of raw plastics are produced yearly in Ghana and this figure is projected to significantly increase with the downstream development of the fairly new petrochemical sector.”

“However, more than one million tons of plastic waste are generated annually, which suggest that domestic production accounts for just five per cent of plastics in the country,” he said.

He said with an established National Plastic Action Partnership and a National Plastics Management Policy, the stage was set for the creation of an entirely new industry for redesigning, recovering and recycling plastics, preventing pollution of the environment and communities, and creating many new jobs in the green economy.

The quest to protect Ghana’s environmental resources from the danger of plastic pollution, and to make good use of its vast untapped natural resources to improve the people’s socioeconomic situations had become more critical, he said.

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VRA To Sue Sentuo Steel Over Pollution

News Ghana - Ven, 20/05/2022 - 9:56pm
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The Volta River Authority (VRA) has hinted sending Sentuo Steel Limited, a Chinese company operating within the Tema industrial enclave, to court if it continues with activities that negatively affect its staff and power turbines.

The VRA named pollution as the main offence, and cited air pollution in the form of thick smoke that comes from Sentuo Steel chimneys and thereby affecting the health of workers of the power-producing company.

Addressing the media at the Tema Thermal Power Complex (TTPC) of the Volta River Authority, Mr. Samuel Anim Yeboah, Plant Manager TTPC stated that the Tema Thermal Power Complex had some key entities in the energy sector operating from the complex in Tema.

He noted that the activities of Sentuo Steel were affecting operations at the TTPC and it was time the Environmental protection Agency (EPA) called Sentuo Steel to order.

He said aside from the smoke that invaded the complex, the wind also carried a mix of sand and iron dust directly into the turbines.

Mr. Yeboah said the turbines needed to operate effectively in a cleaner environment, adding that the dust that emanates from Sentuo Steel choked the filters embedded in the power turbines which always increased the maintenance cost of VRA.

He said the Tema Thermal Power Complex had about 300 megawatts of installed capacity and the activities of the Steel Company could negatively affect the operations of VRA.

The TTPC Plant Manager revealed that efforts were made to address the issue since 2010 but to no avail stating that VRA could initiate some legal actions against Sentuo Steel if the situation continued to remain the same.

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Acacia Health Insurance calls for gov’t partnership in NHIS implementation

News Ghana - Ven, 20/05/2022 - 8:56pm
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Acacia Health Insurance (AHI) has called for government partnership to fill gaps in the implementation of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).

Dr Dan V. Armooh, the Managing Director of Acacia Health Insurance, said such partnerships would promote the growth of private health insurance companies.

He said this at an annual seminar series organised by the Company to discuss key issues on health insurance.

Dr Armooh noted that NHIS had long term challenges with claim payment due to the large number of people on the Scheme and said the engagement of the private sector would reduce the burden.

Dr Armooh said Acacia Health Insurance alone over the 18 year period of existence provided quality service to 300, 000 people and was up to the task when given the opportunity.

He, therefore, asked Government to create space for private health insurance companies to contribute towards achieving Universal Health Coverage.

“It is only after you have gotten your National Health Insurance card that you can buy a private health insurance scheme,” he said, encouraging the public to register for the NHIS.

The Managing Director also appealed to government to help set tariffs for clients.

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Public Advised Not To Pay Money To Bail Suspects In Custody

News Ghana - Ven, 20/05/2022 - 8:52pm
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Police inquiry or self-recognizance bail applied for suspects in custody is free of charge, Chief Inspector Mark Kwabena Okyere, the Drobo Police Station Officer has stated.

He said under no circumstance should anybody pay money to a police officer when applying for bail for suspects, saying such practice was unacceptable in the police service.

Chief Insp. Okyere explained that though it was an offence to detain suspects in custody for more than 48 hours, irrespective of the offence, sureties also ought to meet all conditions before suspects could be granted bail.

He was speaking at a public sensitization forum on the Justice Sector Support (JSS) Activity of the Ghana Case Tracking System (CTS) held at Babianeha, near Drobo in the Jaman South District of the Bono Region.

The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI), a non-governmental organisation, with support from MIHOSO International Foundation, its local partners organised the forum to sensitize the community on the CTS and the JSS Activity.

“This implies that the fundamental human rights of suspects must be always respected if they are even in police custody”, Chief Insp. Okyere explained.

The CTS, is an integrated software that tracks criminal cases in the justice delivery system from its inception until their disposition.

Funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the government launched the CTS in 2018 to provide information about criminal cases at every stage in the justice delivery system.

Since then, the system has been set up in the six key justice sector institutions, including the Ghana Police Service, Economic and Organised Crime Unit (EOCO), the Attorney General, Legal Aid Commission, Judicial Service to track cases.

Earlier in an open forum, most of the participants, comprising traditional authorities, artisanal workers and Assembly Members said they were worried that the police in the area allegedly took huge sums of money from sureties before granting bail to suspects.

But, responding to the concerns, Chief Insp. Okyere said it was unlawful and unethical for any police officer to demand money from suspects or their sureties, and lauded the sensitization forum, saying it had informed the public about their rights and privileges.

Mr Thomas Benarkuu, the Programmes Director of MIHOSO who took the participants through the JSS Activity and the CTS regretted that many people particularly, women and children in the country, were always denied access to justice delivery.

He therefore advised the participants to go back and share the knowledge they had acquired so that many people would understand the nation’s justice delivery system and help bring about positive change in society.

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37 anniversary of Margaret Kuwornu marked in Ada

News Ghana - Ven, 20/05/2022 - 8:49pm
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The Leadership of the Ada Songor Lagoon Association and the natives of Ada at the enclave of Ada Songor Lagoon in the Greater Accra Region on Tuesday 17th May, 2022 commemorate the death of Margaret Kuwornu who died from a stray bullet fired by police officers at the Ada Sorngor Lagoon 37 years ago.

Margaret Kuwornu, a pregnant woman was shot to death on Friday, 17th May, 1985 at Bonikope, a salt winning community in Ada based in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana.

An eyewitness who was at scene (in 1985) when the sudden death of Madam Margaret occurred narrated the event that led to her untimely death which according to the narrator, Madam Margaret woke up on Friday morning, 17th May, 1985 going about her daily activities in her house when a stray bullet during a gun battle at the lagoon travelled to kill the innocent pregnant woman at her residence.

The narrator also noted that, Madam Margaret’s exit is an indelible incident in the minds of the people of Ada whose statue has since been sculptured at the spot of her death in remembrance of her and to also guide the people against further confrontation that would arise from the lagoon business.

The unfortunate killing of Madam Margaret was mainly as a result of misunderstanding between the indigence and the police personnel during the first attempt to lease the lagoon to Appenteng, a private investor in 1985 which in an attempt will deprive the people of their livelihood.

The widely wrangling between the locals and the private investor had gotten the PNDC government led by Late President Jerry John Rawlings to enact PNDC law 287 that entrusted the lagoon back into the hands of the locals.

Thirty-five years later (in 2020), some chiefs of Ada and the Ada Traditional Authority reverted to the earlier decision and signed memoranda of understanding (MOU) with ElectroChem Ghana Limited owned by Dr. Daniel McKorley to produce salt in the entire 41,000 acres of the lagoon and its adjoining lands.

Some chiefs and their subjects who are not in support of the takeover in a bid to seek for the details of the contract were made to suffer several police brutalities at a gun point and attacks by land guards.

Notable amongst these attacks was one perpetrated on staff of a local radio station, Radio Ada in the Ada East District on 13th January, 2022 for airing programs in support of the concerned chiefs and the association against ElectroChem Ghana Limited.

During the ceremony, the leadership had expressed their displeasure with the recent development at the project site and evoked the spirit of late Margaret Kuwornu to hunt Dr. Daniel McKorley, the Ada Traditional Authority and all other persons who allegedly had a hand in the hire out of the lagoon.
BY: Nicholas Tetteh Amedor

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African Diaspora Education Summit launched in Cape Coast

News Ghana - Ven, 20/05/2022 - 8:25pm
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The Obokese Foundation, in partnership with African Male Education Network and Development (AMEND) and the University of Cape Coast (UCC), has launched this year’s Diaspora Education Summit in Cape Coast.

The summit, will start from Thursday, September 19 to Saturday, September 24 at UCC and will assemble about 15 historical black colleges and universities across Europe to partake in it.

Major highlights of the summit will include engagement with students on African renaissance, capacity building, visits to Assin-Manso slave river and Cape Coast and Elmina Castles and chieftaincy awards.

Among others, the summit will assemble students, academia, traditional leaders and the Diaspora for a transformative cultural immersion and developmental collaborations.

It is geared towards better understanding and appreciation of individual and collective responsibilities, duties and obligations for the African renaissance.

It is also, to build on the spirits of the 2019 ‘Year of Return’ and ‘Beyond the Return’ project through capacity building to solve national problems and chart a common goal towards a ‘Ghana Beyond Aid.’

Launching the summit, Professor Rosemond Boohene, the Pro Vice Chancellor of UCC commended Obokese Foundation for the initiative to empower Ghanaians and Africans in the Diaspora to return home to contribute their quota to national development.

She declared UCC’s commitment and support for the programmes as part of its strategy to pursue excellence through the creation of standards in teaching, intellectual inquiry, engagement, and professional practice to spearhead national development.

Underscoring the rationale behind the African Diaspora Education Summit, Nana Obokese Ampah I, Apagyahen of Asebu Traditional Area said the move sought to drive development in Ghana through higher institution of learning.

It would bring together Pan-African groups of scholars from Africa and the Diaspora to teach the next generation of students.

Additionally, the foundation seeks to support an educational transformation designed to develop students who have internalized the traditional character traits of ‘aso-dzi’(responsibility).

They must also possess exceptional skills, talents, and abilities, together with deep African consciousness to further the national spirit embodied in the concept of Ubuntu.

“We are actually making a different history, a history that brings us together after some 400 years ago when our people were sent away and cut off from their roots…”.

“For students, we are working to produce consciously liberated Africans capable of reversing the paradigm. The time has come for us to bring them home,” he added.

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Al Jazeera Shireen Akleh’s killing barbaric and attack on Press Freedom – Ralph Apetorgbor

News Ghana - Ven, 20/05/2022 - 7:55pm
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A Communications team member of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr. Ralph Apetorgbor has condemned in very strong terms the assassination of Palestinian-American journalist, Shireen Abu Akleh, who was shot dead whiles covering an Israeli military raid in the West Bank.

The Al Jazeera news channel where she reports and Palestinian authorities said she was shot by Israeli troops. Israel has said she was caught in crossfire. Abu Akleh was wearing a press vest and was standing with other journalists when she was killed. Another Al Jazeera journalist, Ali al-Samoudi, was also wounded by a bullet in the back at the scene. He is now in stable condition.

Mr. Apetorgbor, who is a renowned journalist in paying tribute in a book of condolences opened for late Abu Akleh at the Palestinian Embassy in Accra, described her as an icon of bravery in journalism whose selfless commitment to issues has impacted positively on humanity across the globe.

He also described the murder of the late Al Jazeera news channel reporter as ‘barbaric’ and attack on press freedom.

“Her death is a big loss to the journalism profession, the people of Palestinian and the world at large…the unjustifiable murder of the noble journalist is barbaric and attack on press freedom in the world. ,” Mr. Apetorgbor who doubles as deputy communications officer for the NDC Anyaa Sowutuom constituency said.

He also called on the international community to investigate the circumstances of her death and injury of Ali al-Samoudi, was also wounded by a bullet in the back at the scene.

Mr. Apetorgbor says the assailants and their backers must be apprehended and brought to face justice.

He asked Almighty God to grant her peaceful repose and her family fortitude to bear the loss.

Abu Akleh’s killing has emerged as the latest flash point in the chronic tension between Israel and Palestinians in East Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Reports had indicated that two reporters who were with Abu Akleh, and several other witnesses, have said that no firefight was happening near the spot where she was killed.

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