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I’ll Assist Police To Maintain Law And Order

News Ghana - Tue, 30/11/2021 - 09:06
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His Royal Highness Eze Dr. Tony Ulasi Okudaa-Ibube I, Eze Udo of Dome-Kwabenya has pledged to collaborate with the Ghana Police Service to maintain peace, security, law, and order in Dome-Kwabenya in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana.

According to him, collaborating with the police to clamp down on criminal activities, is pivotal to finding lasting solutions to insecurity.

He made the pledge during his coronation ceremony on November 28, 2021.

In an interview after the coronation which was held at the Koans Estate, ACP Junction, the newly installed Igbo Sub-Chief of Dome-Kwabenya, His Royal Highness Eze Dr. Tony Ulasi Okudaa-Ibube I, Eze Udo of Dome-Kwabenya stated that “My plan for the area is to sanitise the entire area because it is clear that once in a while, you see some crimes coming up and the majority of them are allegedly being committed by my fellow Nigerians.


I have specifically chosen to be on this seat to prove to all Ghanaians that not every Nigerian is a criminal”.

His Royal Highness Eze Dr. Tony Ulasi Okudaa-Ibube I, Eze Udo Dome-Kwabenya noted that “I’m here to work with the police, Nii Ofoli Mankralo of Dome-Kwabenya and anybody who need my assistance to sanitise the area in general, to ensure security in the community.

“My people within my jurisdiction, I’ve already called them in a meeting, and after this day, I will swing into action by trying my best to advise them on the best way of life.

Ghanaians and Nigerians are one so when we build a solid foundation with understanding unity and peaceful coexistence, we will have a lot to do together in our relationships”.

The Igbo Community in Ghana under the paramountcy of King of Igbo-Ghana, His Royal Majesty Eze Dr. Chukwudi Jude Ihenetu, crowned the Sub-Chief in Dome-Kwabenya under the traditional area led by Nii Ofoli Mankralo of Dome-Kwabenya.

Eze Dr. Chukwudi Jude Ihenetu in his remarks said “We as foreigners can’t install a Chief in the land of Ghana without the approval of the owners of the land. Gbese Mantse Nii Ayi Bonte II has given his approval for the installation.

We’re very glad that the Gbese Mantse and Nii Ofoli Mankralo of Dome-Kwabenya have given approval for the installation of the new Eze Dr. Tony Ulasi”.

Igbo-Ghana King His Royal Majesty Eze Dr. Chukwudi Jude Ihenetu noted that “We’re promising the Government of Ghana and the indigenous people of Ghana, that we will be law-abiding, that we must respect the laws of Ghana, and through the installation of various chiefs, we’re reaching out to our people to obey the Constitution of Ghana, whilst strengthening the relationship between the two countries in the area of culture and tradition”.

“We thank all for showing up and celebrating the Igbo culture with us together.

It will help the development agenda and collective security, collaboration with the police to foster a peaceful atmosphere, champion infrastructure, and others of the Dome-Kwabenya area.

According to Igbo-Ghana King His Royal Majesty Eze Dr. Chukwudi Jude Ihenetu, “Today is a special day where Igbos living in Ghana assemble in unity to coronate one of our illustrious sons, we’re coronating him to be the King of Igbo Community in Dome-Kwabenya and the Paramount King of Igbo-Ghana His Royal Majesty Eze Dr. Chukwudi Jude Ihenetu is in position to give the authority to represent me in Dome-Kwabenya”.

His Royal Majesty Dr. Chukwudi said “It’s important to anchor the point that ” The owners of the land Gbese Mantse Nii Ayi Bonte has given us approval and authority, the Nii Ofoli Mankralo of Dome-Kwabenya, the Kingmaker is here for his approval and he has also given traditional authority to him.

We’re very grateful to the people of Ghana, Dome-Kwabenya, and the Gbese Mantse, and we’re so much happy, Igbos have gathered here today to celebrate our culture and to give solidarity to His Royal Highness Eze Tony Ulasi Okudaa-Ibube I of Dome-Kwabenya in Ghana, thank you so much. I pray that each and everyone here in Ghana will be submissive to the authority of the country.

Nii Ofoli Mankralo of Dome-Kwabenya on his part noted that “This is a very important occasion which concerns two countries- Ghana and Nigerian as far as ECOWAS is concerned, we have the rights to movements with the sub-region to enter each other. We have most of their people here in Ghana living with us in our community.


Therefore, it’s very important to recognise their leader so that in case of any issue, we will know who to connect to resolve them for peaceful coexistence because they have a large population in Dome-Kwabenya”.

For Nii Ofoli Mankralo of Dome-Kwabenya, “My expectation is that he will collaborate with Ghana Police to bring decency in our community. I want him to make sure that there is peace and unity among Ghanaians and Igbos in Dome-Kwabenya”.

Meanwhile, Igbo Sub-Chief Arusi Agbautoefe of Adoteiman has urged his fellow Nigerians to strictly obey the laws of Ghana. According to him, the only way his fellow Nigerians can guarantee their stay in Ghana is to stay out of trouble by acting in consonance with the laws of the land.

“I want to tell my fellow Nigerians in Dome-Kwabenya to be loyal to His Royal Highness Eze Dr. Tony Ulasi Okudaa-Ibube I, Eze Udo Dome-Kwabenya, and I’m certain that Eze will also be loyal to them and with this, the community and Ghana will be a better place to live in peace to foster a potent force of unity.

My fellow Nigerians, do things according to law.

If you see your fellow Ghanaian and want to marry her, do so according to law, if you wish to buy land, do so according to law. Don’t pursue anybody’s wife, don’t impregnate someone’s wife in Ghana and run away.

If you run away, you have not solved the problem, you’re postponing the problem. Be bold enough as a Nigerian to fix it when it’s broken in line with the laws of Ghana. “.

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CDD-Ghana moves to enhance Ghana’s border security

News Ghana - Tue, 30/11/2021 - 01:00
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The Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) has officially released its border security project report which aims at gathering information on security in communities close to the various borders.

In August 2021, CDD-Ghana deployed trained local volunteers to some selected border districts across Ghana to monitor and report on issues related to border security.

The findings presented in this report cover community monitoring and observations by the local volunteers from August 15 to September 30, 2021.

Within the reporting period, the 85 volunteers visited 266 communities across 11 out of the 16 administrative regions of Ghana.

The exercise forms part of the Center’s Enhancing citizens participation in the border security management project.

In the maiden report on Border Community Monitoring, CDD-Ghana reports that there appears to be a seemingly cordial relationship between residents in the observed border communities and the security agencies.

The report also revealed that the security situation in the monitored border communities was generally calm, with few purported criminal cases in some border communities that have received the attention of security agencies present in the respective districts.

According to the survey, Community-Based Organisations/ Non-Governmental Organisations, and other state institutions, have been proactive in organizing meetings with residents of border communities to discuss security, safety and terrorism awareness within the reporting period.

More so, reports gathered from the field indicate that CDD-Ghana’s community volunteers have been relatively more proactive in organizing meetings with community members to discuss security, safety, and terrorism awareness within the reporting period.

Click HERE to read the full CDD-Ghana report on the survey.

Source: Isaac Kofi Dzokpo/

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Afrobeat Legend D’banj Officially Joins the Afrozons Dubai Soundoff

News Ghana - Mon, 29/11/2021 - 19:41
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The build-up to the AFROZONS DUBAI SOUND OFF, holding in March of next year is gaining momentum; as Dubai’s Department for Economy and Tourism, DET formerly known as Dubai Tourism, unveils, International Afrobeat superstar, D’banj, popularly known as the Koko Master, as the Official Afrobeat Artiste of the AfroZonsDubai Soundoff.

D’banj who has received numerous international awards like the Best International Act (Africa) at the 2011 BET Awards and Best-Selling African Artiste at the 2014 World Music Awards has been an Icon for Afrobeat music for over a decade.

The Koko Master, who has been quiet for some time, just released a new album. The new album, named “Stress Free (Chapter 1)” melodically fits into the theme of the Dubai Soundoff; which is basically an avenue for Afrobeat lovers around the world to have a stress-free time while experiencing the greatness of Dubai.

The official website for the Soundoff is The website hosts further information on the ways to join D’Banj, Radio Hosts and Celebrities at the Dubai Soundoff. It gives you information on the discounted travel packages and how to stand a chance to win a trip giveaway. The winners will receive flight tickets for two, hotel accommodation, feeding, special tours, airport transfers, and visa’s (where necessary), to attend the AfroZons Dubai Soundoff in March 2022.

“The Afrozons Dubai Soundoff has received incredible feedback across all markets since its launch. We are very proud of what has been accomplished until this day and the partnership between DET, Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism and our partner Afrozons has proven to be very successful. Therefore, we are excited to announce another milestone in the Soundoff, which is having D’Banj join us as the lead musician for this incredible project. We are convinced that his energy and positive attitude are a great fit for our brand and that he will take this project to the next level. Finally, we are thankful to having D’Banj aboard for this journey and we are certain that we can create an outstanding and memorable event together in Dubai early 2022”, said Issam Kazim, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism (DET), host of the AfroZons Dubai Soundoff

“I have always said content is the new Crude Oil and it takes people to create content. This is why I love what the Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism (DET) and AfroZons are doing here. After the global Covid 19 pandemic people and economies are trying to bounce back, stress free. The AfroZons Dubai Soundoff drives that purpose by bringing people together in a stress free environment. I am excited to be part of this project and look forward to the many ways we can make the Dubai Soundoff a massive success”, D’Banj said


About Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism (DET): With the ultimate vision of positioning Dubai as the world’s leading tourism destination and commercial hub, Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism’s mission is to increase the awareness of Dubai among global audiences and to attract tourists and inward investment into the emirate.

Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism (DET), formally known as Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) is the principal authority for the planning, supervision, development, and marketing of Dubai’s tourism sector. It markets and promotes the Emirate’s commerce sector and is responsible for the licensing and classification of all tourism services, including hotels, tour operators and travel agents. Brands and departments within the Dubai Tourism portfolio include Dubai Business Events, Dubai Calendar, and Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment.

About D’Banj: Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo, better known by his stage name, D’banj, is a Nigerian singer, rapper, businessman and the founder of DB Records. He has won several music awards, including the awards for Best African Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2007, Artist of the Year at the MTV Africa Music Awards 2009, Best International Act: Africa at the 2011 BET Awards, and Best-selling African Artiste at the 2014 World Music Awards, Evolution award at the 2015 MTV Africa Music awards.

Mr. Oyebanjo adopted the stage name D’banj, a combination of his first name, Dapo, and his surname, Oyebanjo. D’banj is best known internationally for his 2012 summer hit “Oliver Twist”, an up-tempo dance fusion of Afrobeats and electronic dance music that topped the African charts in 2011 and was a top 10 hit in the UK singles chart in 2012 reaching No. 2 on the UK R&B chart.

D’banj is also the founder of Koko Foundation for Youth and Peace Development. He was Nigeria’s first United Nations Youth Ambassador for Peace, recognition he got for using his high celebrity status to attract attention to serious and critical issues in Africa.

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Students’ unrest: College of Education Hong Shut Down

News Ghana - Mon, 29/11/2021 - 19:38
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By Hassan Umar Shallpella

Students of the College of Education, COE Hong in Adamawa state have protested over the alleged increment of tuition fees, thereby forcing authorities of the college to close down the institution indefinitely.

Authorities of the college issued a circular directing all students to vacate with immediate effect, while staff to stay away from duty posts.

According to a circular issued by the Deputy Registrar of the College Yusuf Usman that the closure followed students’ unrest which led to damages and looting of government properties.

The circular directed all students to vacate the college premises and hostels with immediate effect before 3: PM on Monday.

It was gathered that a multimedia centre of the college was razed down by the rioting students.

Some students of the College interviewed on Telephone, said the protest was aggravated due to increment of tuition fees and suspension of an examination by the authorities of the college.

The statement read in part: “all students are to vacate the college premises and hostels before 3: PM today, Monday the 29th of November, 2021. In the same vein, all members of staff except management staff and security men are to stay away from their duty posts and the college premises”.

It however, said every law abiding student and members of staff are to stay calm and await further directive.

As at the time of filing this report, students were seen parking out from the institution as directed by the school authorities.

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Never forget those Contributed to your Success – Bono Minister Urges University Graduates

News Ghana - Mon, 29/11/2021 - 19:34
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Bono Regional Minister, Hon. Justina Owusu Banahene has advised University graduates to use knowledge and skills acquired from their studies to offer meaningful services to Ghanaian society.

Addressing the 20th Congregation and 40th Matriculation of Catholic University Collage of Ghana (CUCG) Fiapre, Hon. Justina Owusu Banahene said education can only be significant if it brings peace, prosperity and development to the people.

She added that character is essential and urged the new graduates to be hardworking committed, honest, respectful, humble and trust that it is only God who can make their goals and dreams achievable.

Hon. Justina Owusu Banahene encouraged the graduates to render worthy services to humanity as they had been equipped with relevant tools and skills to enter the world by offering voluntary services in various communities while waiting for job opportunities.

The Minister encouraged the graduates impact the knowledge acquired to the basic schools and institutions and organisations to help develop the society.

She urged the graduates to remember the people who contributed to their successes, including their parents, guardians and the school.

Bono Minister urged the graduates to be initiators of jobs instead of relying on ready-made jobs, according to her, many voids, vacancies and unattended to situations out there, it does not take long to see them, however, most graduates do not want to initiate and are looking for ready-made environments.

Bono Minister told the graduates that the university have prepared them well for a fulfilling career, and hope that it has also inspired them to lead a meaningful life.

Hon. Owusu Banahene encouraged the graduates to seek fulfilment, they should set professional goals that will make them and their families and friends proud of their professional contributions simply because those contributions they made have improved the lives of other people.

“I also encourage you to pursue a life of meaning. Life is a gift, a precious gift. And to lead a meaningful life, you should share that gift with people who need you,” she said.

Justina Owusu Banahene, explained that to lead a meaningful life, the graduates must also embody certain core values, such as the enduring values.

Justina Owusu Banahene said through the character of the graduates and commitment, “We can create a new Ghana that is more peaceful and more just. NPP government believe in that brighter future, because we believe in you.”

The Bono Regional Minister praised the University authorities for initiating programmes which had helped to increase enrolment and improved academic work at the University.

She said government was committed to improving education in Ghana and urged the graduates to also work hard to improve education in the country.

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WEDA holds Town Hall Meeting to educate public on operations of Assembly

News Ghana - Mon, 29/11/2021 - 19:28
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Wassa East District Assembly (WEDA) in the Western Region has organised a Town Hall meeting aimed at educating the public on the mandate and functions of the Public Relations and Complaints Committee (PRCC) and some selected departments within the Assembly.

The Town Hall meeting which was sponsored by the World University Service of Canada (WUSC), a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) based in Ghana was to deepen the citizen’s understanding of the Local Government System to enable them to take advantage of the services provided by the Assembly.

District Chief Executive (DCE) for Wassa East, Mr Emmanuel Boakye noted that not everyone within the District had the opportunity to attend the Meeting and urged participants to share the knowledge acquired whiles spreading whatever information they gained.

He seized the opportunity to appeal to the people to put party politics behind them as they seek the common interest of the District and further urged them to pay their levies and property rates promptly to enable the Assembly to initiate and complete developmental projects.

Nana Samuel Essel-Badiako, Presiding Member for WEDA and Chairman of the PRCC announced that the Meeting was to fulfil constitutional obligations concerning the functions of the Public Relations and Complaints Committee as enshrined in Article 27 (1a,b and c) of the Local Government Act.

He enlightened that the Local Government Act calls for full participation of the citizenry and that sensitising the public on the duties and responsibilities of the PRCC was crucial to enable the public to forward any form of complaints to the committee to seek redress.

He further said the PRCC among other things educate the members of the public on the activities of the Assembly, promote transparency, probity and accountability in the dealings of the District Assembly with the public and investigate complaints or allegations made against the conduct of the DCE, Members of the Assembly and staff of the Departments of the Assembly.

Mr Essel-Badiako assured that the PRCC shall comply with the rules of natural justice in the performance of the functions of the Committee and make recommendations to the Assembly in respect of its investigations for the appropriate actions of the Assembly.

Mr Richard Ackah, District Budget Analyst gave some highlights on some development initiatives undertaken by the Assembly and mentioned that Agriculture, healthcare, education, infrastructure and skill development were key on the agenda of the Assembly in transforming the fortunes of the District.

The meeting was attended by Assembly Members, religious groups, market women, key stakeholders, Queen Mother’s and chiefs.

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Why Do Politicians Influence Innocent and Ignorant Citizens By Sharing Money?

News Ghana - Mon, 29/11/2021 - 19:21
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Gathering several people to speak to them to express your vision, agenda, dreams and ambition mostly becomes much easier, if you have the funding (resources) and agents to assist you to embark on your intent, but to win their heart in believing in your vision is a whole lot of responsibility.

A number of times, politicians try to influence certain innocent and ignorant citizens by means of sharing money to get them bused and convey them into the specific ground (meeting places) to enable them to speak, Little did they know that influencing minds is not the same as winning hearts.

Many Ghanaians are unemployed and uneducated due to that, there is a high rate of literacy within the country at large, making many citizens to be misled with their empty promises or pledges And also by trying to influence them more by supplying them with bags of rice, oil, water, And other edible goods to buy their votes and attention.

“Time they say is a thief of time “and also “nothing is permanent“ civilization and education is enlightening many Ghanaians on their rights as citizens of Ghana and hence knowing what is wrong or right.

Our nation needs development, our future leaders require jobs to sort their needs out and not just wants.

Why do politicians always take Ghanaians for granted thinking that whatever they say must be accepted and adhered to by the ordinary Ghanaian either good or bad?

What is the essence ot purpose of voting if there is no developmental project to transform the nation and the lives of Ghanaians?

The writer is the CEO of Avcontech Security Consult

Nana Kweku Ofori Atta

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Sandra Owusu Ansah receives 2021 FIFA Puskas Award nomination

News Ghana - Mon, 29/11/2021 - 19:17
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Ghanaian forward, Sandra Owusu-Ansah’s goal against Kumasi Sports Academy Ladies Football Club in the 2020/21 Women’s Premier League (WPL) has been shortlisted in the 2021 FIFA Puskas awards for Best Goal of the season.

The former Supreme Ladies striker on May 8, 2021, scored a stunning equalizer against Kumasi Sports Academy Ladies Football Club last season in the 25th minute, during their rivalry match encounter in week five of the WPL.

Owusu-Ansah scored the goal from 30 yards, to beat Kumasi Sports Academy Ladies’ goalkeeper, Victoria Agyei Antwi.

The striker scored a brace in that match.

The 21-year old sensational player, who plies her trade for ZFK Spartak Subotica in Serbia is the only African Female and Ghanaian among the 11 shortlisted to battle for the FIFA Puskas award this year, with the likes of Riyad Mahrez of Algeria, Erik Manuel Lamela of Argentina, Daniela Sanchez of Mexico and seven others.

The FIFA Puskas award which was created in 2009 is to award footballers either male or female with stunning goals in a particular season.

Meanwhile, the prolific striker joins Emmanuel Agyeman Badu in 2012, Kevin Prince Boateng in 2017 and many others who have received the Puskas award nomination.

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100 golfers to compete for GCB Bank trophy

News Ghana - Mon, 29/11/2021 - 19:05
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The maiden GCB Bank Classic Golf Championship tee-off at the Bok Nam Kim Golf Course at the Army Officers Mess in Accra on Saturday, December 4.

Mr. Solomon Allotey, Competition Secretary of the Bok Nam Kim Golf Club who disclosed this to the GNA Sports in an interview in Accra on Monday, said about 100 amateur golfers were expected to participate in the one-day 18-Hole event.

He said the competition would be played in accordance with the World’s Golf governing body and the local rules of the Bok Nam Kim Golf Club.

Mr. Allotey said all the necessary arrangements had been completed to ensure a successful tournament.

He mentioned some of the golfers expected to participate in the competition, which had two categories as Chief Executive officers from both public and private institutions and organizations across the country.

Three prizes would be awarded in every category while there would also be prizes for ‘The Longest Drive’ and ‘Nearest To the Pin’.

Mr. Kofi Adomako, Managing Director of the GCB Bank would present the ultimate trophy to the winner.

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Children will thrive when supported—CAMFED

News Ghana - Mon, 29/11/2021 - 19:01
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Mrs Sally Ofori-Yeboah, National Director, Campaign for Female Education (CAMFED) GHANA, says children, especially those in rural areas, need to be accorded maximum support and attention to help them thrive.

She has therefore called on stakeholders to implement child-centred programmes and initiatives to facilitate their overall development.

“Children continue to need our support anywhere they find themselves, especially for rural communities, it’s important that stakeholders continue to run support to provide children what’s due them irrespective of where they are in the world.

“They didn’t choose to be there and so the system must go out of its way to provide the needed support so they can thrive and do well,” she said.

Mrs Ofori-Yeboah made the call on Monday during the Mobile Learning Lab (MLL) Project Stakeholders Sustainability Meeting held in Accra.

The meeting afforded stakeholders the opportunity to reflect on the impacts made by the MLL programme and discuss ways by which it can be sustained.

The project titled:“Young women leading the use of Mobile Learning Labs in Ghana” is a one-year project funded by the 60 Million Girls Fund.

It seeks to address two major issues facing rural students in Ghana namely; school attendance and quality of education.

The Director noted that the project had been piloted in the Northern and Central regions of Ghana with 46 schools being beneficiaries.

She said it targeted upper primary and Junior High School pupils with an offer of first-hand experience of learning with technology.

Mrs Ofori-Yeboah urged beneficiary schools to create more space for the inclusion of the sessions in their school’s curriculum.

Mr Patrick Atta Buabeng, Research and Learning Senior Officer, CAMFED Ghana, said at the end of the piloting phase, it was realised that the programme had improved the quality of delivery of basic education for students in rural and marginalized communities.

He said it had also increased the prominence of young women in their communities by giving educated rural young women the opportunity to take the lead in bringing technology into their rural schools.

Mr Buabeng said E-learning methods made learning easier and increased learners’ enthusiasm to acquire more knowledge using relatively affordable mobile technology.

He said it also promoted child-centred teaching and learning.

Mr Buabeng added that it enhanced learners’ confidence and skillfulness in using ICT resources for learning.

The teachers and head teachers present at the meeting praised CAMFED for the project and asked for its continuity.

They said the sessions held at their schools increased confidence and adeptness of learners in usage of smart devices, improved reading skills, generated high enthusiasm in learners to explore the internet for knowledge and helped teachers to have access to content for additional learning resources, amongst others.

Ms Gifty Koufie and Ms Helena Andoh, both MLL facilitators in the Central Region, said the project improved their communication skills, and enhanced their Information Technology and research abilities.

Ms Koufie said some of the challenges included the difficulty in recruiting volunteers, inadequate tablets and hitches with the Remote Area Community Hotspots for Education and Learning (RACHEL) devices.

She said some beneficiaries had sessions under trees, leading to constant distractions and loss of concentration from the learners.

Ms Koufie mentioned bad road network as another challenge.

She suggested that the transportation quota allocated to facilitators should be increased, as well as, the tablets used during the sessions.

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Public must support Police with information on criminals

News Ghana - Mon, 29/11/2021 - 19:00
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Tema Regional Police Command has asked the public to provide information about criminals and their activities to the police to aid them in crime prevention, detection, apprehension, and prosecution of offenders.

Community members serve as the eye, ear, and nose of the police because they lived with the criminals and must therefore assist the police to combat crime; Superintendent Kwabena Otuo Acheampong, Regional Crime Officer, Tema Regional Police Command of the Ghana Police has noted.

He also noted that stakeholders such as business and corporate bodies, media, Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Assemblies, National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), and the Judiciary must collaborate with police for crime prevention.

Supt. Acheampong stated at the eighth: “End of Month Stakeholder Engagement and Workers Appreciation Day,” seminar organized by the Ghana News Agency Tema Regional Office which is a platform rolled out for state and non-state actors to address national issues.

The event also served as a motivational mechanism to recognize the editorial contribution of reporters towards national development.

Speaking on: “The state of security within the Tema Region: Role of stakeholders,” Supt. Acheampong stressed the need for building partnerships between the Police and the Public to effectively combat crime in society.

He, therefore, asked business and corporate bodies to direct an appreciable amount of their corporate social responsibilities to support training programmes for the police.

He also appealed to the media set aside airtime and space for discussions on security issues on regular basis free of charge, and Commended the Tema Regional Office of the Ghana News Agency for creating a platform for the exchange of security ideas.”
He urged the NCCE to intensify public education on the laws, the various offences that are punishable by law, as well as duties and obligations as patriotic citizens and their rights as enshrined in the 1992 Constitution.

In the interest of justice, Rule of Law, Accountability, and public interest, the courts must also expedite action on cases before them as “justice delayed is justice denied.”
Mr Francis Ameyibor, Tema Regional Manager of Ghana News Agency advised media practitioners to be proactive in newsroom management for a post-COVID-19 era.

He said the media landscape is going through rapid transformation, the old system of institution organizing face-to-face seat-in events at a big conference hall is fading out, saying “from now onwards don’t expect more invitations to seat-in events, newsroom managers must adopt new means for news gathering and dissemination”.

Mr Ameyibor said, “due to the Coronavirus most companies, state and non-state institutions that used to organize conferences, meetings, seminars and invite journalists to cover were rapidly resorting to the use of Zoom, Skype and other web-based platforms for meetings.

“Now web-based meetings have come to stay and the old system of organising a big conference is dead and gone, media practitioners should not be looking for event focus assignment again,” he said.

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CKT-UTAS staff calls off industrial strike action

News Ghana - Mon, 29/11/2021 - 18:58
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Worker Unions at the Clement Kubindiwo Tedam-University of Technology and Applied Sciences (CKT-UTAS) in Navrongo, Upper East Region, have called off their industrial strike action.

The Unions on November 16, 2021, reactivated an industrial strike action following what it described as failure by the Controller and Accountant General’s Department (CAGD), the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC), and CKT-UTAS Management to adhere to a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) it signed with the Unions after they embarked on strike action on August 2, 2021.

The UTAG in a signed statement by Presidents and Chairpersons of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG), the Ghana Association of University Administrators (GAUA), the Teachers Educational Workers Union (TEWU), and the Senior Staff Association-Universities of Ghana (SSA-UoG) and copied to the Ghana News Agency in Bolgatanga announced the suspended strike action.

“The decision to suspend the strike has been reached following a stakeholder meeting convened by the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC) and a meeting held with CKT-UTAS Management,” the statement said.

It said, “the GTEC approved the Vice Chancellors of CKT-UTAS and SDD-UBIDS to immediately liaise through their respective University Councils to arrange for funds to pay November and December salaries timeously as all other Universities, while subvention reimbursements will be sent to them.”

According to the statement, the possibility of migrating staff of CKT-UTAS and SDD-UBIDS alongside the University for Development Studies as the first batch of public Universities to be migrated was also discussed.

It indicated that in two separate meetings of staff of CKT-UTAS and Unions Executives with Management of CKT-UTAS respectively, members agreed to suspend the strike on the strength that future delays in payment of salaries would be averted, and management was working to get CKT-UTAS staff independently migrated on their current salary scales to the IPPD2 by January 2022.

The statement added that management was taking steps to pay November and December salaries on time, and that the CAGD would strictly adhere to the agreed conditions precedent to the migration of staff as captured in their signed MoA.

The statement said to maintain industrial harmony on campus and prevent further distractions to the already bedeviled academic calendar, UTAG was hopeful that Management of CKT-UTAS, GTEC, CAGD, and all stakeholders strictly follow through with the terms.

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Omicron to drive fuel prices down in December – IES

News Ghana - Mon, 29/11/2021 - 18:51
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Fuel prices are expected to drop by three to five per cent in December, the Institute for Energy Security (IES) has projected.

The IES had earlier projected that petrol price would hit GHS7.0 per litre by end of the year, anticipating an increase in demand in the winter, coupled with low global supply would trigger an increment.

However, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency, Mr Fritz Moses, a Research Analyst at the IES, said the outbreak of the new Omicron variant of COVID-19 had led to a decrease in demand in Europe, leading to a decline in fuel prices on the global market.

“We initially projected an increment because even the opening of strategic oil reserves by the US Alliance failed to bring oil costs down as expected.

“But we are seeing a drop in oil prices, and that is a result of the new variant of the coronavirus. If the trend continues, then we project prices to drop by three to five per cent in December,” he said.

In its review of November Second Pricing-Window, which was shared with the GNA, the IES indicated that as of November 26, 2021, oil prices had dropped across the board by more than 10 per cent.

“Prices of finished products as monitored on Standard and Poor’s worldwide Platts platform indicate that the price of the international commodities gasoline (Petrol) and gasoil (Diesel) have fallen over the period.

“The Gasoline price declined by 7.2 per cent to $776.66 per metric tonne at the closing of the window, down from $837.77 per metric tonne earlier in the previous window,” it said.

The IES said Gasoil price also fell by 4.55 per cent, to close trading at $687.70 per metric tonne, down from $720.50 per metric tonne in the previous window.

It said data collated by its Economic Desk from the Foreign Exchange (Forex) market showed the Cedi depreciated marginally against the U.S. Dollar by 0.33 per cent in the period under review.

It said per its assessment of the pricing regime, the depreciation of the cedi would not cause an increment in fuel prices locally.

“Per the 3.60 per cent decrease in the price of the International Benchmark- Brent crude together with the 7.20 per cent decrease in Gasoline price, the 4.55 per cent decrease in Gasoil price; the IES projects for a downward adjustment in the price of fuel per litre at the various pumps despite the marginal depreciation of the cedi by 0.33 per cent,” it said.

Fuel prices have been on the rise since April 2021. Currently, a litre of petrol and diesel is selling at GH¢6.90 at the pumps.

The Government has indicated that because petroleum prices in Ghana is deregulated, changes in prices in petroleum products on the world market have a direct impact on prices at the pumps.

In the Window under review, the IES said the price of the international benchmark, Brent crude averaged about $80.25 per barrel mark, representing a decrease of 3.60 per cent from the previous window’s average price of $83.25 per barrel mark.

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Kekeli Hotel distances from Ho murder incident

News Ghana - Mon, 29/11/2021 - 18:49
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The Management and Board of Kekeli Hotel in Ho has distanced itself from a murder incident, which occurred at Ho-Fiave, recently.

They said their attention had been drawn to media reports that the murder incident involved two staff of the Hotel.

A disclaimer issued and signed by Mr Nelson Ricky Adom, Board Chairman of the Hotel and copied to the Ghana News Agency, said the alleged perpetrator involved in the alleged murder incident was a casual hand with no formal employment arrangement with the institution.

The disclaimer also said the deceased “was not engaged in any manner by the Kekeli Hotel.”

It said the institution was ready to cooperate with the Police with the investigation on the matter.

The disclaimer said the Board was reassuring its patrons that the Hotel was still a safe place, where hospitality and high regard for customer care and satisfaction was not compromised.

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Volta CNC organises “Bankers Jollof Challenge,” outdoors new designs

News Ghana - Mon, 29/11/2021 - 18:47
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The Volta Regional Directorate of Centre for National Culture (CNC), has organised a “Bankers Jollof Challenge” for banks in the region as part of activities to mark the 5th Volta Trade and Investment Fair.

The Centre also outdoored two new designs known as “batik lace and cracking batik” made from powdered flour of dried cassava and other chemicals.

Mrs Bernice Deh-Kumah, Director of the Centre, noted that culture was dynamic and gave order and meaning to social, political, economic, aesthetic and religious practices of people and gave them a distinct identity as a people.

She said the Ghanaian culture policy had given people the mandate to encourage Ghanaians to develop a culture of producing what they eat and eating what they produced.
“In view of that, we initiated the Challenge to create the platform to promote made in Ghana rice.”

Mrs Deh-Kumah said the activities of banks were similar to the Centre as they all provided services to the society and hoped that the collaboration was a step in the right direction to promote their services to the general public.

She said there was the need to encourage citizens to eat what they produce and export the same to international markets as well as for job creation and all could only be possible “if we take pride in our Ghanaian food production.”

Mrs Deh-Kumah appealed to banks in Ghana to support agro-businesses financially to improve food production and packaging.

She said the Centre also had opened a fashion design unit to produce unisex clothing to the community, produced batik tie and dye, provided skills training to the general public for free adding that the Centre would next year, introduce dance aerobic sessions by using traditional instruments to keep fit.

Mrs Deh-Kumah encouraged the public to approach banks to benefit from the various service packages they offered adding that “we must develop as a nation and avoid keeping money in the house but in banks for safekeeping.

Advans Ghana emerged the winner of the Challenge with 80 per cent, Stanbic Bank came second with 67 per cent, SG Bank, third with 66 per cent and NIB with 65 per cent at the fourth position.

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COVID-19: No official communication from Botswana on the Omicron strain – GHS

News Ghana - Mon, 29/11/2021 - 18:44
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The Ghana Health Service (GHS) says it has not received any official communication from Botswana confirming that the Omicron COVID-19 strain has been detected in four Ghanaian diplomats in that country.

“Per the International health regulations practice, Botswana is expected to send an email to inform Ghana if the virus has been detected in any Ghanaian in their country,”

Dr Dennis Laryea, Acting Head of Disease Surveillance at the GHS, told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Accra on Monday that the service has increased surveillance to look out for the Omicron strain to ensure that it is contained if detected in the country.

“We are now getting to know the variant and the evidence of what it does, I would like to state on authority that the virus has not been detected in Ghana, he said.

One Dr Alfred Rabashemi Madigele, a medical doctor in Botswana in a Facebook post on November 28 alleged that the omicron strain has been detected in four Ghanaian diplomats.

“Why are we not telling the world that the variant has been detected in four diplomats of Ghanaian Origin, why are we not telling the world to not only target Botswana but target Ghana and other West African countries,” Dr Madigele wrote in his Facebook post.

The Omicron variant, designated as a variant of concern by the World Health Organization (WHO) was first detected in Botswana on November 11.

The WHO says the Omicron variant has more than 30 mutations on its spike protein that is more than what is carried by the delta strain raising concerns if prior infections still provide some immunity .

Dr Patrick Kuma – Aboagye, Dr General of the GHS in an interaction with the media on Sunday on additional measures of the national Covid-19 response said the Government would enhance contact tracing and risk communication to control COVID-19 infections during Christmas.

He stated that the number of COVID-19 cases recorded at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) in November 2020, increased from 168 to 205 in November 2021.

The Director General said a surge in COVID-19 cases among international arrivals at the Airport was largely expected due to an anticipated increase in the number of arrivals during the Christmas season.

He said the GHS would strictly enforce all COVID-19 safety Protocols at the KIA and all entry points as well as increase surveillance and monitor the presence of the Omicron strain in persons returning from countries of concern.

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Most people who fall sick with COVID-19 will experience mild to moderate symptoms and recover without special treatment, however, some will become seriously ill and require medical attention.

The Ghana Health Service has advised that the public adhered to all safety protocols such as the wearing of face mask, use of hand sanitizers, frequent washing of hands with soap under running water, social distancing, and the wearing of a face mask.

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African Development Bank postpones 2021 Africa Investment Forum due to Covid-19 omicron variant

News Ghana - Mon, 29/11/2021 - 18:21
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The 2021 Africa Investment Forum has been postponed following consultations with the Government of Côte d’Ivoire and the Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group.

The Forum scheduled for December 1-3, 2021, in Abidjan was called off over travel restrictions due to the Covid-19 Omicron variant.

The President of the African Development Bank Group, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina said: “The Africa Investment Forum is the premier investment marketplace for Africa. Several billion dollars of investment projects were scheduled for investment board rooms with project sponsors and investors at this edition of the Africa Investment Forum. Unfortunately, with rising global travel restrictions due to the Covid-19 Omicron variant, and heightened concerns for health and safety, it is necessary, regrettably, to postpone the event. The health and safety of everyone comes first.”)

Dr Adesina expressed the gratitude of the African Development Bank Group and the Government of Côte d’Ivoire to expected participants and delegations and look forward to hosting the event at a future date.

“We sincerely regret all inconveniences to our esteemed and expected heads of state and government, participants, project sponsors, investors and government delegations.

We would like to thank all participants, investors, and project sponsors for the excellent preparatory work they have done.”

The African Development Bank Group and the Africa Investment Forum partners are indebted to President Alassane Ouattara and the Government of Côte d’Ivoire for their exceptional and gracious support, Dr Adesina added.

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Why Ghana needs robotics industry for national development

News Ghana - Mon, 29/11/2021 - 18:15
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By: Julian Bennett      

The evolution of technology in recent years has sparked significant public and media discourse, anticipations, and concerns about robotics and its ability to ensure positive transformation in every sector around the world. With the rise of artificial intelligence and its incorporation into robotics, there are encouraging signs that robotics will significantly improve its performance in various sectors of the economy over the next decade. There have always been two schools of thought in Ghana when it comes to robotics. The first group believes that delving into robotics is a luxury Ghana cannot afford right now, while the second is concerned that the introduction of robots in Ghana will result in job losses. It may interest you to know that not only is establishing a robotics industry in Ghana necessary, but Ghana is losing a lot more than it is gaining by not pursuing it – and here are some of the reasons why.


Manufacturing contributes significantly to the strength, development, and economic stability of many developed economies, including the UK and Germany. Indeed, the industrial revolution (where and when manufacturing as we know it today began) is thought to have sparked Britain’s rise to fame and power a few centuries ago. With the implementation of the One District One Factory (1D1F) program, the Ghanaian government has joined the ranks of economies that see manufacturing as a key driver of development. Although Ghana produces a significant amount of goods, there is still room for improvement.

To establish manufacturing plants capable of mass-producing products in the larger quantities envisaged, thereby creating the increased job opportunities desired and positively driving our economy, we must consciously introduce and instill the use of robots and robotic systems.

Robots can help improve production efficiency and quality by improving the accuracy and precision of many manufacturing processes within the manufacturing plant. In the manufacture of automobiles, for example, there are aspects of the manufacturing process that, if left to humans, may result in cars that are not only dissimilar but also have significantly reduced durability or quality.

At the BMW MINI Manufacturing plant in the UK, for example, robots are required at the sections where the metal pieces that comprise the vehicle’s body are to be brought together and welded. This is not to say that humans cannot do the job, but for the quality of vehicles BMW wants to produce, the level of precision required to ensure that every vehicle body of a specific model comes out accurately is better handled by robots than by humans. The humans can then concentrate on monitoring the manufacturing process to ensure that all machines and systems are operating properly. Another area of the car manufacturing plant where robots are required is the lifting of delicate but heavy parts, such as the windscreen or dashboard, to be fitted to the vehicles on the assembly line during final assembly. Again, while humans are capable of performing this task, they do so with less precision and typically take longer (possibly requiring more people) than robots.

Many Ghanaians, both in rural and urban areas, work in manufacturing, such as preparing charcoal, making gari, or making soap. However, only one or a few people are usually working on one of these at a time, and there is only so much a man or woman with no machine aid can produce in a given amount of time. Consider how much more value we could add if we expanded some of these operations with the help of robots.

Consider a woman in a Ghanaian village who has decided to make a living by producing and selling gari. Even if she is able to produce gari entirely on her own, with no assistance from others and/or virtually no tools or machinery other than the bowls and fire she is already using, there is only so much she can do per unit time, so even if we assume she is able to sell all of the gari she produces, the profits may not be sufficient to allow her to make ends meet.

She could increase productivity and make more money if she could collaborate with others and possibly obtain some machinery to support what she is doing. However, it is worth noting at this point that not only will she be able to make ends meet for herself, but others with whom she will be working will also be able to do so.

Now, if she could improve the quality of her gari and optimize her manufacturing process, she would not only be lowering her gari production costs, but she would also be able to produce more gari per day with the resources she currently has. This is where robotics enters the picture.

Emergency Response and Disaster management

Disaster management is another area of Ghana’s economy where robots will be required. Ghana has seen several major multi-story buildings collapse, including the Melcom shop in Accra in November 2012 and, more recently, the Akyem Batabi church in the Eastern Region, which collapsed in October 2020, killing many people and destroying much property. In such cases, robots could assist with the rescue mission, for example, lifting heavy slabs of debris that may have pinned a victim somewhere within the rubble, saving critical time that could have saved a victim who would otherwise have died. Surveillance robots can also be sent in to search for more victims among the rubble in crevices too small for humans to navigate. Robots (or drones, to be more specific) can also assist in the delivery of life-saving items such as medicine, food, and/or blood in areas where traditional modes of transportation are impractical.

Robots can also be designed to be more resistant to toxic environments than humans. Plans for the construction of a nuclear power plant in Ghana are well underway, and while we hope that no nuclear accidents occur, we must take some precautions in case they do. In the event of a nuclear accident in which hazardous waste has been spilled, sending humans into the affected area to fix problems is not a good idea. In this regard, robots are a better option.

In extreme cases, such as a fire outbreak, drones can be used to fly over the scene of the fire and more effectively extinguish it. These are just a few of the many ways robots can aid in disaster relief.


Ghana already has a lot of robotics activity in the field of education, with Legos, Raspberry Pis, and Arduinos, as well as many off-the-shelf components that make the design and build of robotics systems easier, being seen all over the country. Many junior and senior high schools have started robotics clubs, and some institutions even have their own robotics labs.

There have also been competitions to encourage children to build robots or robotic systems, such as the First Lego League competition held in June this year at the Legon Campus with support from the Ghana Education Service (GES), and the Sci-Tech Challenge organized about a month later on the Academic City University College campus by Primetime (organizers of the National Science and Math Quiz).

Robotics is a multidisciplinary activity that requires knowledge from several fields, including programming, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and electronics engineering. Students learn how to identify real-world challenges, develop solutions to them, assemble components, and code as a result of these educational programmes. They stimulate their cognitive functions, boost their confidence, and contribute to the country’s overall intellectual wealth by generating ideas that lead to fruitful products and, in turn, create more jobs, thereby improving the economy in the long run.


To address the concern that the introduction of robots will result in job losses, I’d like to point out that many manufacturing plants thrive on the presence of automation and robotics. I cannot say for certain that such companies would not have existed without the presence of these robots, but it is certain that the presence of these robots has allowed the companies to not only employ more people but also pay higher wages. I had the pleasure of working with BMW MINI Manufacturing, UK, a few years ago, where, despite the fact that at least a third of manufacturing activity was controlled by robotics, the company employed over 5000 people and produced close to 1000 cars per day. While I cannot justify the need for every single robot in this plant, I can say that the plant would struggle to be as successful if many of these robots were not available.

Yes, robots have the potential to take over some jobs, but thieves and armed robbers have the potential to rob us of the things we have worked so hard for. Should we stop working because of this? By no means. Indeed, if properly managed, robots have the potential to create more jobs than they destroy.  In conclusion, there is no doubt that the introduction of robots and robotic systems into Ghana’s manufacturing industry can strengthen its manufacturing base, thereby creating more jobs and, ultimately, strengthening our economy. Furthermore, we can see from the preceding explanation that robots play an important role in our educational system as well as disaster management, among other fields. If, for example, drones are already providing critical solutions in some parts of Ghana, such as transporting blood and medical supplies between hospitals and areas where road transportation would be difficult (if not impossible), we can confidently state that a robotics industry in Ghana is quickly becoming a necessity rather than a luxury.


       Mechanical and Industrial Systems Engineering Department

       Academic City University College

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Jacob Beckley’s dream: a charitable stairway to decentralized finance

News Ghana - Mon, 29/11/2021 - 18:10
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In an age where decentralized finance (DeFi) is seemingly the future of the world economy, there have been no shortage of cryptocurrencies and the visionaries behind their making. But of the over thousand forms that exist today, none better embody the spirit of altruism than Jacob Beckley’s CURE Token.

A new arrival to the world of cryptocurrency, the CURE Token is a blockchain extension of Jacob Beckley’s esteemed non-profit organization, the Beckley Foundation and was made available on September 16, 2020 to aid in accelerating pediatric cancer research and awareness. Now an enormous success, the DeFi project now boasts over thousand transactions among its current 7,974 holders, having hit the 10 million USD mark on October 9, 2020 right in time for its all-time-high market cap of 51 million USD just 14 days later.

‘’The Covid-19 pandemic and its social implications made it hard for us to assemble people and raise money the way we were accustomed to. During this period, we noticed the cryptocurrency market was gaining good traction, and with crowdfunding through blockchain technology already an established concept, it was the best time to usher in a cryptocurrency evolution of the Beckley Foundation. CURE Token was born and our dream to help combat the menace of pediatric cancer lives on into the future of global healthcare’’, Jacob Beckley shared.

The CURE Token is based on the Binance Smart Chain network and has seen two iterations released so far; V1 and V2 — the former taken down in the wake of its June 18 release following the discovery of a bug typical of DeFi scams. According to the American philanthropist and Solidity Developer, the vision is to partner with research organizations across the globe and draw from the wealth of experience available in the fields of innovation, technology and charity, in order to discharge finances in an equitable manner and save as many lives as possible.

On the technical end, Jacob’s charity inclined token is modeled on a Deflationary Contract Protocol meant to check curb inflation in the community and steadily increase the CURE Token’s market value as transactions pile on. Also, it is worth highlighting that the token incorporates a 10% transaction tax which factors in the following components:

• 4% Reflections; to reward long-term members of the community.
• 3% Charity Wallet; with donations delivered to the custodial non-profit focused on childhood cancer awareness, support and research, aside future causes.
• 3% Marketing; to keep the project growing.

In the end, Jacob’s dream of providing a charitable stairway to DeFi through his decentralized CURE Token is well on course. It is set to herald a new age of scientific research funding, one that has easy access, equity and above all, the bright smiles of countless children and families worldwide at its heart.

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Farmers Day celebration opens with an agricultural Fair and Trade Exhibition

News Ghana - Mon, 29/11/2021 - 18:08
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The Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA), on Monday, officially opened the 37th National Farmers Day celebration with a colourful Agricultural Fair and Trade Exhibition at the Adisadel School Park in the historic City of Cape Coast.

The five-day Fair, a prelude to the main event on Friday, December 03, will offer farmers from the various regions the platform to showcase their agricultural produce and potentials on special days allocated to them.

The Central, Eastern, Greater Accra, Bono, and Western Regions are participating in Monday’s Fair while the other regions will take their turn in the subsequent days.

This year’s celebration is on the theme: “Planting for food and jobs: Consolidating Ghana’s food systems.”

Dozens of enthusiastic farmers from the six aforementioned regions have displayed varieties of crops and foodstuffs, including; cassava, yam, maize, tomatoes as well as livestock and aquatic produce at the venue of the event.

Amidst heavy security in and around the venue, the patrons were entertained by wonderful cultural displays and brass band music while Egyaa number three masqueraders from Winneba, put up a splendid performance.

Mrs Justina Marigold Assan, the Central Regional Minister, in her welcoming address, described the Fair as a prelude to grand durbar envisioned to be a memorable one on Friday.

She praised farmers for their relentless contributions and lauded the government’s innovative interventions in the sector, spearheaded by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) and its partners.

She said the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic had emboldened the Agric Ministry to support and encourage farmers to produce more food at all times.

She recounted various government interventions in the sector such as Planting for Food and Jobs, Planting for Food and Export, subsidized fertilizer distribution, One Village, One Dam, warehouse among others all geared towards job creation and food security.

Osabarima Kwesi Atta II, Oguaamanhen, reiterated the great contributions of farmers whose efforts and hard work had sustained national food security and also contributed to about 30 percent of Ghana’s export earnings.

He touted the great impact of the government’s planting for food and jobs as the key drivers to national food security and consolidating food supply to improve the income and well-being of all farmers.

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