E and J Promotions apologizes for crowd violence

Accra- The Management of E and J Promotions, have rendered an unqualified apology to all stakeholders in the boxing fraternity, after a crowd violence marred the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Africa Super Bantamweight title fight between Isaac Sackey and Wasiru Mohammed last Saturday.

A statement released by the Management of E and J Promotions, said they were embarrassed by the incident, which resulted in casualties and damage to properties.

”Management of E and J Promotions, registers its unqualified apology to the management of the Bukom Boxing Arena, fans, sponsors and dignitaries who patronized the Bukom Boxing Arena to witness the ”Ultimate Expose 2” bout, between WBO Super Batam Weight Africa Champion Isaac Sackey and National Champion Mohammed Wasirua.k.a ”Gyata Bi for the unfortunate post bout incident,” it added.

The management of E and J Promotions in the statement added that, the said incident would be addressed at a press conference on Thursday, October 18, at the Alisa Hotel.

The Ghana Boxing Authority (GBA) has also commenced investigations into the cause of crowd violence that caused the abrupt end of last Saturday’s bout, as they would take proactive measures to punish culprit parties.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Normalization Committee calls on Youth and Sports Minister

Accra- Mr. Isaac Kwame Asiamah, Minister of Youth and Sports has reiterated Government’s readiness to support the Normalization Committee of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) to succeed.

Mr. Asiamah noted that, the Government recognizes the current situation as an opportune time to make changes, that have long been associated with every facet of the game and to make it attractive for Ghanaians to patronize and enjoy their football again.

He said this when the Dr. Kofi Amoah led committee, paid a courtesy call on him, to brief him of their work since assuming office.

According to the Member of Parliament for AtwimaMponua Constituency, the government was fully behind them, as they embark on the process of restoring confidence and trust in football activities in the country.

He noted that Government acknowledges the immense demonstration of dedication and valor to the course of the committee, adding that “having been very successful in your respective endeavors, I’m very confident that the Committee was very capable of delivering on their mandate to the expectations of football lovers.

The Minister noted that Ghana football has suffered some significant damage to its image and appealed to the Committee to work and overturn the fortunes of the Ghana football brand, adding that it would go a long way to attract the needed corporate support for the Game.

Mr. Perry Curtis Okudzeto, Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports urged the Committee to ensure that other stakeholders such as the media, who are very significant towards this agenda were involved in the process of the reformation.

Dr. Kofi Amoah expressed appreciation to the ministry for its unflinching support after the Committee was instituted by world football governing body, FIFA.

He said there were challenges ahead as a result of the huge expectations of Ghanaians, but they were determined to overcome them.

The Committee has started engaging people who have deep understanding of the industry to be part of yet to be announced ad-hoc committees, that would work with the Committee to successfully deliver on its mandate.

Normalization Committee is currently consulting with all appropriate stakeholders to plan a special competition as a way of engaging the clubs, whiles the statutes are reviewed together with other reforms, he added.

The meeting was attended by Mrs. Lucy Quist, Vice President, MrsNaaOdofoley, member as well as the Deputy General Secretaries of the GFA, Mr Alex Asante and Mr. Emmanuel Dasobre and Dan KwakuYeboah, Public Relations Officer for the Normalization Committee.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Boxing league will produce quality amateur boxers – GABF president

Accra, Mr. George Lamptey, President of the Ghana Amateur Boxing Federation (GABF) has said, he is happy with the re-introduction of the boxing league, adding “it will give us good amateur boxers in the future.

The boxing league has been re-introduced as the Bukom Fist of Fury and started on Friday, October 12, at the BukomBoxong Arena after a nine year hiatus.

Mr. Lamptey, in an interview with the GNA Sports said the GABF was blessed to have the competition, because it would put the boxers in competitive spirit, as they would box every two weeks.

“First day so good and you can see all the bouts were competitive in the juvenile and amateur divisions. The only obstacle was the rains, as it deterred the crowd from turning up in their numbers.

But the boxers demonstrated quality techniques and some of them could be invited into the national team for justify,” he said.

“As amateurs you need to throw more punches and that is exactly what they are doing. This league is going to give us more experience and the needed exposure to the boxers. We expect to produce good amateurs who would graduate into good professionals, he added.

The league is expected to continue every two weeks and would last for 26 weeks. At Every bout night there would be at least three professional fights in addition to the juvenile and amateur fights.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Hand washing is simple but life saving

Tema The Deputy Minister of Sanitation has indicated the need to treat hand washing as an essential practice that has the potential of protecting people from hygiene related diseases in Ghana.

Mr. Michael Yaw Gyato says, I wish to reiterate that hand washing is simple and inexpensive and also highly effective in protecting us from communicable diseases.

He said this on Monday during the presentation of some hand washing items to Ashaiman Cluster of Schools by Football four Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (F4WASH) and other sponsors, and the demonstration of proper hand washing methods as part of the commemoration of the Global Hand washing day.

He said, Hand washing is an important part of hygienic practice that ensures total wellbeing. The contamination of food items with faecal matter can easily occur if you do not have the habit of automatic hand washing with soap and water.

He observed that improper hand washing could lead to wide ranges of illnesses including cholera adding that, poor hygiene was also linked to severe acute mal-nutrition.

He said food borne diseases were major causes of death in children particularly under five years.

Up to seventy per cent of diarrhoea may be associated with poor food handling. The negative effect of under nutrition due to poor food hygiene during the first thousand days of physical growth, immune system and brain development may be irreversible, he said.

He informed that hygiene promotion activities had improved hygiene behaviour and reduced contamination of food, however he observed that most people downplayed the role hygiene played in reducing the incident of diseases and that had brought untold hardship to a total number of people.

He said there would be sensitization programmes at hospitals, schools, market places across the country to reinforce the practice of hand washing with soap, and it was expected to bring to the fore the need to practice hand washing at critical times.

Our hands are principal carriers of diseases causing pathogens from person to person or indirectly through surfaces. Hand washing with soap helps to remove genes from our hands and help prevent transmission of respiratory infections and diarrhoea including cholera, he indicated.

Mr. Gyato said, it was time for Ghanaians to put sanitation and hygiene into the proper perspective because sanitation gave dignity to the person and good hygiene behaviour promoted health.

He added that, Promotion of health is one of the important steps towards development and quality of life; the power to save the lives of the millions of Ghanaians is in our hands.

Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of Ashaiman, Mr. Albert Darko Okyere, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) said sanitation should be taken seriously.

He asked the people of Ashaiman to buy into the idea of sanitation as they strived to give a new image to the municipality through development and proper hygienic practices.

The Global hand washing Day was co-sponsored by Ghana Water Company, Women in Water Sanitation (WWS), and F4WASH.

They presented 30 items for hand washing to the Ashaiman cluster of schools with the intent of presenting 100 more to clusters of schools in Malam, Gbawe and Tamale.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Obuasi Youth acquire employable skills to improve livelihood

Obuasi (Ash)- One hundred youth in the Obuasi Municipality of the Ashanti Region have received employable skills training to help empower them to earn a decent living.

The Mama Love Foundation, a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), sponsored the training free of charge to the 78 girls and 22 boys at its vocational and technical training centre in the Municipality.

The Reverend Love Konadu, the Founder, told the Ghana News Agency at Obuasi, that the beneficiaries were taught sewing, bakery, welding and fabrication, hairdressing, driving and bead-making.

This was on the side-lines of the commemoration of this year’s International Day of the Girl-Child, held under the theme: A Skilled Girl Force to Ensure Decent Job Employment.

The Day largely focuses attention on the need to address the challenges girls encountered, and to also, promote their empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights.

Obuasi, a mining community, has over the years had to grapple with high incidence of sexually-transmitted infections, including HIV/AIDS, teenage pregnancies, school drop-outs and other development challenges, especially amongst the youth.

Rev Konadu said the ‘Devil finds job for idle hands’, and for this reason, her NGO has taken it upon itself to build the capacity of the youth in order to overcome emerging difficulties in their lives.

She called for the stringent enforcement of the law as related to abuse of the girl-child, saying offenders must not be spared whatsoever.

Source: Ghana News Agency