Goosie Tanoh calls for united front to recapture power

Accra� Mr Augustus Goosie Tanoh, a National Democratic Congress (NDC) flagbearer aspirant, has called on the Party to restore its capacity as a mobilising force to empower the grassroots and recapture power in the 2020 elections.

He said the empowerment of the grassroots would ensure that they held the leadership to task to adhere to probity and accountability, which were the bedrock of the NDC.

Mr Tanoh said this on Wednesday after he met the Greater Accra Regional Executive of the Party prior to his campaign tour of the Region to canvas for votes ahead of the December 7 NDC presidential primaries.

He announced that the first phase of the Regional tour would take his team to Ada, Sege, Shai Osudoku, and Ningo Prampram.

Earlier, his campaign tour took him to the Anlo, Keta, Ketu South, Akan, Hohoe, and Buem constituencies in the Volta Region.

He said his campaign message, throughout the tour, was the need to recapture and invest in the grassroots to make them strong forces in community mobilisation and development.

Mr Tanoh said he believed that the message would resonate very well with the grassroots to help transform the NDC and give it a strong footing for victory in 2020.

We are fully committed to seeing this process through, he said.

Mr Ade Coker, the NDC Greater Accra Regional Chairman, said the meeting was a directive from the Regional Office to all aspirants to meet the Executive before embarking on their campaign tour and expressed gratitude for the turnout.

He said it provided an opportunity for the Executive to know the vision of the various aspirants.

So far 12 people, including former President John Dramani Mahama, have written to the Party declaring their intention to contest the NDC flag bearer position for the forthcoming primaries.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Ambassador Diana Acconcia presents Letters of Credence to President Akufo-Addo

Accra- Mrs Diana Acconcia, the Ambassador of the Delegation of the European Union to Ghana, on Tuesday presented Letters of Credence to President Nana AddoDankwaAkufo-Addo at the Jubilee House in Accra.

Your Excellency, it is an honour to present the letters by which the President of the European Council, Mr Donald Tusk, and the President of the European Commission, Mr Jean-Claude Junckerhave, accredited me as Ambassador of the European Union to the Republic of Ghana.

These were in a press release signed by MrsEsi Asante, Press Communication and Information Officer of the Delegation of the European Union (EU) to Ghana, and copied the Ghana News Agency.

It said the European Union had a long standing partnership with Ghana under the ACP-EU Cotonou Agreement and that over the last 40 years, there had been an active and friendly cooperation and dialogue between the two.

We value highly our close partnership with Ghana and we share a broad common agenda to promote peace and security, regional integration, democracy, rule of law and human rights as well as to tackle global challenges such as climate change, it said.

The EU had also been a major provider of development aid to Ghana and to the African Continent in general, and had supported Ghana’s development priorities with substantial financial assistance over the years, the release said.

It described the President of Ghana as a strong promoter of ‘Ghana Beyond Aid � adding; I could not agree more with you. The EU is changing the focus of its relations with Africa from a donor-receiver relationship to a partnership based on common interests and values.

President Juncker has called it an Alliance for Sustainable Investment and Jobs.

The EU wanted to bring more private investment to Africa and would mobilise traditional and innovative financial instruments to work directly with the private sector to provide the infrastructure Africa needed to create jobs for her young people, the release said.

I have no doubt, Your Excellency, that Ghana will be a key partner to implement this ambitious plan. Ghana has recently experienced strong growth and developed its economy, becoming a lower middle income country and improving the well-being and prosperity of its people, it said.

The release said Ghana had great assets to become a privileged destination for private investment as it was politically stable due to the commitment to democracy and rule of law by successive governments, saying, it had natural resources and fertile land, young and dynamic population as well as government with a focus on development and on creating a conducive environment for business.

And let us not forget that Ghana also benefits from the Economic Partnership Agreement that allows Ghanaian companies to export to the EU free from duties and quotas and this can be a further incentive for investors to choose Ghana as a hub for their manufacturing activities in the Region.

It noted that Ghana could become a driving force and a leader for the development of the African Continent, adding that the EU was looking forward to working with Ghana to make this happen and support her in her efforts to consolidate the middle income status.

The partnership between Ghana and the EU is not only about promoting economic growth but also sustainable economic development, it said.

We are both committed to fighting against Climate Change and implementing the Paris Agreement. We are both determined to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals � with your personal involvement as co-chair of the group of SDG Advocates � and the EU will support Ghana by integrating the Government’s SDG objectives in our budget support programme.

The EU, it said, was working with Ghana to issue licences to make sure that timber exported to the EU only came from sustainable sources as well as fight against illegal fishing and depletion of ocean resources.

To maximise the benefits from economic growth, good governance is paramount. I would like to commend the Government’s engagement to improve public finance management and tackle the problem of corruption, the release said.

It commended Ghana for the creation of the Office of the Special Prosecutor and the presentation of the Right to Information Bill before Parliament, saying they were promising developments and the EU was following their progress closely.

Touching on education, the release said no sustainable development was possible without building on education and skills for young people to access qualified jobs adding that the Government’s effort to boost secondary education showed its long term vision for Ghana.

It prayed for continuous working relationship between EU and Ghana to strengthen the multilateral institutions.

MrsAcconcia pledged her commitment to ensuring the realisation of the partnership objectives and projects in which Ghana and the European Union were working.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Ghana hosts week-long South Africa cultural season

Accra� Ghana will from October 15-20, host South Africa’s cultural season as part of efforts to promote regional integration and to support efforts towards the expansion of trade of Africa’s cultural goods and services.

This year’s cultural season, the first time that South Africa is presenting a programme, will also mark the centenary of Nelson Mandela and Mama Albertina Sisulu.

It would be celebrated through music, dance, fashion and design, exhibition, craft, mural and other cultural expressions.

Ms. Maggie Makhotso Sotyu, South Africa’s Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture, reiterated the need for promoting Africa’s culture as serve the unifying factor.

We have a golden thread that links us all as brothers and sisters. It is through culture that we are able to articulate and reflect the wishes and aspirations of the people for a united continent; let us always remember that the ties that bind us are greater than what separates us.

Let’s unite and celebrate our unique African identity,” said Ms. Sotyu in a statement issued by the Department of Arts and Culture.

Dr. Zimblim Iddi, Deputy Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, said the programme was in line with government’s agenda to build on the strong cultural bilateral relationship.

It is to deepen the process of Africanism through culture, adding that it would be a week of fun and education.

He said plans are already underway to have Ghana week in South Africa.

Ms Sotyu is leading a delegation of South African artists which include Berita, Chef Citron Khumalo, Zwai Bala, Mafikizolo, Mbuso Khoza, Brenda Mtambo among many others as they showcase the country’s artistic talents and to create an inter-cultural and inter-generational dialogue between Ghana and South Africa.

The programme, which forms part of South Africa’s government socio-economic agenda, will contribute in the implementation of the African Union Charter for African Cultural Renaissance and African Union Agenda 2063, which both elaborates the importance of Africa’s total emancipation and development as well as a call for the unite in Africa’s cultural diversity.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Projection and protection of children’s welfare, a collective responsibility – MoGCSP

Accra, Mrs Florence Ayisi Quartey, the Acting Director, Department of Children, at the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP) has said that safeguarding the welfare of children and their freedom of expression, is a collective responsibility to project and protect their welfare.

She said the Children’s Act, passed in 1998, binds leaders, parents, guardians and the country as a whole to protect children’s right and there was the need for Ghana to develop and strengthen systems that would be more preventive and focused towards the welfare of children.

Every Child is entitled to express his or her fundamental human rights, to function well in society but it is incumbent on stakeholders to ensure these rights are enjoyed in a protected environment that holistically conform to the Child and Family Welfare Policy 2015, she said.

Mrs Ayisi Quartey said this when she spoke on behalf of Madam Gifty Twum Ampofo, the Deputy Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection at a Stakeholders Forum dubbed: “Access to Justice for Youth and Persons with Disability in Ghana” in Accra.

Organized by Youth Bridge Foundation (YBF), a youth focused Non-Governmental Organization, committed to youth development in Ghana, the forum followed-up on initial consultations and sought to validate the key messages developed from the Child and Family Welfare Policy 2015 as well as the PUZZLED drama series.

She expressed happiness about YBF’s partnership with the Ministry towards the projection and promotion of the Child and Family Welfare Policy 2015 and its timeliness as the Ministry is planning towards public sensitization.

Ms Esther Yayra Attipoe, the Legal and Advocacy Manager of YBF said increasing awareness and deepening young person’s knowledge on the Children’s Act 560 and the Juvenile Justice Act 653, was appropriate.

She added that the inclusion of Persons with Disability (PWD’s) in sensitisation engagements especially on the National Child and Family Welfare Policy 2015 was timely.

Ms Attipoe who is also the Project Manager of “Access to Justice for Youth and Persons with Disability in Ghana” implemented by YBF with funding from OSIWA explained that engaging younger persons with disability, on their rights to participate in decision making processes at the local levels would create the platforms for their engagements with local government officials.

According to her, in line with building on the Foundation’s previous children’s right intervention, “Securing the Future of Young People in Ghana through Improved Juvenile Justice Administration” was the second phase of the project rolled out.

“This new Project hopes to scale-up successes and lessons learnt from phase one; basically, through advocacy for policy makers to produce policies in accessible formats for young persons with disability while consolidating key stakeholders’ engagement to deepen ownership,” she said.

She noted that the ongoing Project was being implemented in six districts in three regions of the country. These are Suhum Municipality and Akwapim North district in the Eastern Region, Agona West and Cape Coast Metropolitan in the Central Region and Ahanta-West and Sekondi Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly in the Western Region.

Mr Seth Oteng, the Executive Director of YBF, said: Our commitment to youth �inclusive development is critical for nation building stressing that opportunities must be equitably shared without any discrimination.

“That is why YBF is championing policies such as Right of the Juvenile to Justice to enhance youth development,” he added.

He expressed worry about the lack of capacity among the youth to appreciate the beautifully worded and well-intended policies as well as the available platforms to engage in discourse, creating gaps in the implementation of the Child and Family Welfare Policy.

These gaps he said needed to be addressed for the development of the youth.

Touching on the “PUZZLED”, a drama series based on key messages developed by YBF from the Child and Family Welfare Policy 2015, Mr. Oteng noted that he was looking forward to see the “PUZZLED” helping solve societal ills confronting the youth in the country.

The PUZZLED brings to bare some of the inhumane plights the youth are exposed to in the country and set to be premiered by YBF.

The forum brought together about 26 participants drawn from government machinery and agencies that included the MoGCSP, Department of Social Welfare, Teachers and parents from Special Schools in Project districts, youth-led community-based organizations as well as in and out-of-school youth that included PWD’s.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Results of Bukom Fist Of Fury Boxing League week one

Accra� Boxing fans defied the rains on Friday night, to witness the week one of the Bukom Fist of Fury Boxing League and Championship Fight Nights.

The first week of the revived competition, witnessed an early downpour which nearly marred plans for the day, but after the rains, fans were presented with action and fun as juvenile, amateur and rising professional boxers displayed to the amazement of spectators.

In the fights for the night, Daniel Lartey lost on points to John Akulugu, whilst Delalie Melegi won on points against Idrissa Amadu.

Success Tetteh won by knockout in round three against David Kotey, with Theophilus Dodoo winning by knockout in round five against Isaac Tetteh.

In all 14 boxing clubs in Accra are competing in the revived Bukom Fist of Fury Boxing League.

In the much talked about Fashion Extravaganza, also came on with designs models by Jem Afrik and Boxzomah Clothing, whilst as other supporting young musicians also had the chance to perform.

Children and beautiful models took to the Ring Walk Bukom Walk, to display their talent and skills to the fans, whilst some underground musicians, who reported in their numbers, took inspiration and commitment from Amandzeba and Sarkodie to show their talents.

Wulomei International Band, the evergreen traditional folklore group also thrilled with their new and old songs.

Source: Ghana News Agency