Building youth integrity will help fight corruption – GII

Tamale, Mr Benedict Doh, the Finance Manager at the Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII), has observed that building integrity among the youth is the surest way to promote accountability to fight corruption.

He said educating the younger generation about the benefits of integrity, transparency, and good governance would imbibe in them the good moral ethics to kick out the canker.

Mr Benedict Doh was speaking at the Anti-Corruption Forum held in Tamale aimed at informing and educating the youth to be part of the fight against corruption, whiles ensuring transparency and accountability at all levels of the society.

He said the youth were the future leaders and the beacon of hope, saying it is unacceptable to allow them to continue to reinforce the status quo of corrupt practices, whiles preparing themselves for leadership at the various stages in the future.

The event was organised by the GII in partnership with the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), with funding from Global Affairs Canada through its Local Chapter the Transparency International (TI).

Alhaji Abdul Razak Saani, the Northern Regional Director of the NCCE, speaking on the theme: Building Integrity and Promoting Anti-Corruption Behavior among the Youth, said the country lost over three billion dollars every year through the activities of corruption.

He said the figure represents about 300 per cent of all the aid’s Ghana received in a year to undertake development projects, saying imagine the number of hospitals, schools, recreational facilities and the improved road infrastructure that could be added to the country’s development.

Alhaji Saani said the active participation of the youth in fighting corruption remained significant to guiding a good future and ensuring responsible citizenship to promote transparency and accountability.

Mr Johnson Opoku, the Programmes Director of NCCE, who gave the keynote address, said there was the need for collective responsibility from all to adequately win the fight against corruption.

He said the perception and actions of the youth within the various universities in their learning processes must be characterized by integrity to promote patriotism.

He underscored the need for non-governmental organisations, civil society organisations and state agencies to intensify campaigns on anti-corruption, especially forums for the youth to be educated on the need to fight corruption.

The GII is mandated to fighting corruption and promoting good governance by forging strong, trustworthy and effective partnership with government, CSO’s and the citizenry.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Building youth integrity will help fight corruption – GII

Tamale, Mr Benedict Doh, the Finance Manager at the Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII), has observed that building integrity among the youth is the surest way to promote accountability to fight corruption.

He said educating the younger generation about the benefits of integrity, transparency, and good governance would imbibe in them the good moral ethics to kick out the canker.

Mr Benedict Doh was speaking at the Anti-Corruption Forum held in Tamale aimed at informing and educating the youth to be part of the fight against corruption, whiles ensuring transparency and accountability at all levels of the society.

He said the youth were the future leaders and the beacon of hope, saying it is unacceptable to allow them to continue to reinforce the status quo of corrupt practices, whiles preparing themselves for leadership at the various stages in the future.

The event was organised by the GII in partnership with the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), with funding from Global Affairs Canada through its Local Chapter the Transparency International (TI).

Alhaji Abdul Razak Saani, the Northern Regional Director of the NCCE, speaking on the theme: Building Integrity and Promoting Anti-Corruption Behavior among the Youth, said the country lost over three billion dollars every year through the activities of corruption.

He said the figure represents about 300 per cent of all the aid’s Ghana received in a year to undertake development projects, saying imagine the number of hospitals, schools, recreational facilities and the improved road infrastructure that could be added to the country’s development.

Alhaji Saani said the active participation of the youth in fighting corruption remained significant to guiding a good future and ensuring responsible citizenship to promote transparency and accountability.

Mr Johnson Opoku, the Programmes Director of NCCE, who gave the keynote address, said there was the need for collective responsibility from all to adequately win the fight against corruption.

He said the perception and actions of the youth within the various universities in their learning processes must be characterized by integrity to promote patriotism.

He underscored the need for non-governmental organisations, civil society organisations and state agencies to intensify campaigns on anti-corruption, especially forums for the youth to be educated on the need to fight corruption.

The GII is mandated to fighting corruption and promoting good governance by forging strong, trustworthy and effective partnership with government, CSO’s and the citizenry.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Six pupils and two teachers laid to rest in Tarkwa

Tarkwa (W/R), The six pupils and two teachers of Learners Bridge Academy at Dompim in the Tarkwa Nsuaem Municipality of the Western Region, who died in a motor accident, were laid to rest over the weekend.

The deceased, who were among 48 pupils and a teacher, were returning from school on September 17, 2018, when the School’s Mercedes Sprinter Benz Bus conveying them collided head on with a haulage truck returning from the mines site in Tarkwa.

The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Mr Glibert Kennedy Asmah, and Member of Parliament (MP) of the area, Mr George Meriku Duker, Municipal Education of Director, the clergy, teachers and pupils among others attended the burial service, which was held at the forecourt of the Tarkwa Community Centre.

One of the deceased, Mavis Blankson, 16 years, had already been buried.

The seven who were buried at the weekend were Gideon Boateng,16, Philipa Attivor, three, Precious Bukuro, eight, Kelvin Agyire, six, Bright Agyarko, three, Miss. Eunice Abekah, 21 and Master Emmanuel Asiedu, 23, after a non-denominational service.

The bereaved families wept uncontrollably when the caskets were taken from the venue to the cemetery.

Those who mastered courage and attempted not to weep eventually broke down in tears, triggering a general atmosphere of wailing at the forecourt.

Reverend Nii Ashong, the President of the Tarkwa Ministers Network, in a sermon, encouraged the bereaved families to depend on God’s word in these painful moments.

He asked the various schools within the Municipality to pray fervently to avert such tragedy.

Mr Duker, the MP, stated that the Assembly, he and some individuals would pay for the cost of treatment and burial of the accident victims.

He, therefore, donated GH10,000 into the special fund that has been created to support the families of the deceased and those on admission.

Mr Asmah, the MCE, expressed gratitude to those who contributed towards the burial service.

He said GH80,000 had, so far, been spent on the victim’s at the various hospitals while GH30,000 had been raised to enable one of the victim’s to undergo surgery.

Mr Asmah announced that an account has been opened at the Cal Bank’s branch in Tarkwa to receive donations from individuals and organisations.

He appealed to Ghanaians, both home and aboard, to donate into the fund to help provide proper medical care for those on admission.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Six pupils and two teachers laid to rest in Tarkwa

Tarkwa (W/R), The six pupils and two teachers of Learners Bridge Academy at Dompim in the Tarkwa Nsuaem Municipality of the Western Region, who died in a motor accident, were laid to rest over the weekend.

The deceased, who were among 48 pupils and a teacher, were returning from school on September 17, 2018, when the School’s Mercedes Sprinter Benz Bus conveying them collided head on with a haulage truck returning from the mines site in Tarkwa.

The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Mr Glibert Kennedy Asmah, and Member of Parliament (MP) of the area, Mr George Meriku Duker, Municipal Education of Director, the clergy, teachers and pupils among others attended the burial service, which was held at the forecourt of the Tarkwa Community Centre.

One of the deceased, Mavis Blankson, 16 years, had already been buried.

The seven who were buried at the weekend were Gideon Boateng,16, Philipa Attivor, three, Precious Bukuro, eight, Kelvin Agyire, six, Bright Agyarko, three, Miss. Eunice Abekah, 21 and Master Emmanuel Asiedu, 23, after a non-denominational service.

The bereaved families wept uncontrollably when the caskets were taken from the venue to the cemetery.

Those who mastered courage and attempted not to weep eventually broke down in tears, triggering a general atmosphere of wailing at the forecourt.

Reverend Nii Ashong, the President of the Tarkwa Ministers Network, in a sermon, encouraged the bereaved families to depend on God’s word in these painful moments.

He asked the various schools within the Municipality to pray fervently to avert such tragedy.

Mr Duker, the MP, stated that the Assembly, he and some individuals would pay for the cost of treatment and burial of the accident victims.

He, therefore, donated GH10,000 into the special fund that has been created to support the families of the deceased and those on admission.

Mr Asmah, the MCE, expressed gratitude to those who contributed towards the burial service.

He said GH80,000 had, so far, been spent on the victim’s at the various hospitals while GH30,000 had been raised to enable one of the victim’s to undergo surgery.

Mr Asmah announced that an account has been opened at the Cal Bank’s branch in Tarkwa to receive donations from individuals and organisations.

He appealed to Ghanaians, both home and aboard, to donate into the fund to help provide proper medical care for those on admission.

Source: Ghana News Agency

GHANA: PRES AKUFO-ADDO SAVED FROM NEAR DISASTER AS PRESIDENTIAL JET SUFFER ENGINE PROBLEM

ACCRA/WASHINGTON — Ghana’s Pres Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the delegation that travelled with him to the United States have escaped what could have been a fatal accident with the Presidential jet in Washington.

According to sources, the incident occurred after one of the engines of the aircraft went off 30 minutes after takeoff on their way to Ghana from Washington.

Sources say the aircraft had to run around a number of times to burn fuel before being assisted to land.

Arrangements are being made for the President and his delegation to return on a commercial flight.

This is not the first time the President jet has had challenges.

In March 2015, the Presidential Jet caught fire while attempting to take off from the Kotoka International Airport.

The Falcon 900, had been tasked to perform a special mission in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.

Before that, in December 2014, the Presidential jet carrying former President Mahama developed a technical fault which delayed his appearance at the 30th National Farmers Day celebrations in the Western Region.

Akufo-Addo was in New York on Wednesday, Sept 26 where he addressed the 73rd UN General Assembly.

His address touched on the anxieties concerning China’s forays into the developing world, the need for UN Reform, the wider vision of an Africa Beyond Aid, and the recent passing of former UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK