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Accra, Divine Group International Foundation (DGI) has marked the Global Hand Hygiene Day in Tamale to raise awareness of the importance of hand washing with soap in reducing child mortality.
A statement signed by Mr Ebenezer Kofi Adu-Lartey, the Chief Executive Officer of the Divine Group International Foundation, and copied to the Ghana News Agency, said hand hygiene is a social health campaign marked globally.
Madam Hilda Ayamsegna, Northern Zone supervisor of DGI foundation, also urged all school pupils to take part in its 21 days behaviour change programme.
The programme aims at encouraging pupils to adopt handwashing behaviour on five critical occasions � before breakfast, lunch, and dinner, after visiting the toilet, and during the daily bath � and spread the message to their family and friends.
The programme was able to reach a total of 567 school pupils of Faith Hill Community School of Tamale and a handwashing water tank was donated to the school.
Madam Ayamsegna said: At DGI foundation, our commitment is to change the handwashing behaviours of 10 million Ghanaians by 2022 through educating and empowering underprivileged communities.
Every year, preventable diseases like diarrhoea and pneumonia claim the lives of 2.8 million children across the globe before they reach the age of five.
Such deaths can be significantly reduced if children, mothers and caregivers alike are taught to embrace the simple, yet often neglected act of handwashing with soap she said.
Source: Ghana News Agency
Accra, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Saturday reiterated his government’s commitment to establishing the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme (IPEP) � the vehicle which will ensure that each of the 275 constituencies receives the equivalent of $1 million per year for infrastructural development.
He said the Fund would be administered by three (3) development authorities, namely, the Coastal Belt Development Authority, the Middle Belt Development Authority and the Northern Development Authority, disclosing that the Bill for the establishment of these Authorities would be laid before Parliament when the House reconvenes later this month.
President Akufo-Addo said this at a meeting with the Ghanaian community resident in Cote d’Ivoire, as part of the activities he undertook during his 3-day official visit to that country.
This year’s budget contains the money for the 1 million per year per constituency policy, the financial provision has been made. However, because my government and I are accountable to the Ghanaian people, we want to be diligent in everything we do. I do not want a repetition of the scandals that rocked SADA (Savannah Accelerated Development Authority) to befall my government and the three development authorities we want to establish, the President said.
So, I will plead with you and the Ghanaian people, who are eagerly awaiting the commencement of this policy, to exercise a little patience as we seek to do the correct thing. It might even be the case that, once the bill is laid before Parliament, some may even suggest improvements to the bill. But, at least, we have made provision in this year’s budget for this policy to begin.
Touching on his broad vision for the country, he told the audience gathered at the packed theatre in Treichville, a suburb of Abidjan, that his vision was hinged on modernising Ghanaian agriculture to enhance its productivity; a clear industrial policy, and rationalising the financial sector so that it supports growth in agriculture, and growth in manufacturing and industry.
He told the gathering that it was for this reason, that on April 19, 2017, he launched the programme for Planting for Food and Jobs, at Goaso, in the Brong Ahafo Region.
He said the programme was the basis of the answer to the twin-problem of the migration of youth to city centres in search of non-existent jobs, as well as an end to the disgraceful spectacle of Ghana importing food stuffs from neighbouring countries.
With a looming shortage of agricultural extension officers in Ghana in the next two to three years, largely as a result of the then Mahama administration’s decision not to employ any of the 3,200 graduates from the country’s 5 Colleges of Agriculture between 2011 and 2015, President Akufo-Addo told the gathering that that his government has, in the last 3 months, employed 1,200 of these graduates.
He said in 2018, we will employ 2,000 more extension officers, with the solemn pledge of employing more graduates from our Colleges of Agriculture in the subsequent years.
On the economic front, President Akufo-Addo said his government has introduced measures to stimulate growth of the private sector. Amongst others, a monetary policy that would stabilise the currency and reduce significantly the cost of borrowing, in addition to a raft of tax cuts, he said, have been put in place to bring relief to businesses, with the aim of lowering the cost of doing business and shifting the focus of our economy from taxation to production.
This process of economic transformation, the President stressed, has to go along with ensuring that the most basic elements of social justice are met.
To this end, we want to make quality basic education, i.e. education from kindergarten through to secondary school, accessible to all of Ghana’s children. Beginning with the intake from the 2017/2018 academic year, parents will no longer bear the cost of taking their children to secondary school. Free SHS is coming from September 2017, he added, to a rapturous response from the packed auditorium.
President Akufo-Addo also assured the Ghanaian community in Cote d’Ivoire of his government’s commitment of engaging with the Electoral Commission to ensuring the full implementation of the Representation of the People’s Amendment Law (ROPAL), to enable them exercise their franchise in local elections.
There are many countries in West Africa and around the world that do allow their citizens overseas to vote. I cannot understand why, in Ghana, we do not allow that to happen, he said.
Source: Ghana News Agency
Accra, Accra Brewery Limited (ABL), in line with its annual support for press freedom and high journalistic standards in the country, has commemorated World Press Freedom Day in Accra with the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA).
ABL in keeping with its tradition of providing financial support to the media fraternity, donated GH10,000 to the GJA
A statement from ABL said the gesture is an annual one that began nine years ago. The cash donation is not an isolated case as the company has consistently and for nine consecutive years, supported the World Press Freedom Day in a similar fashion.
Additionally, ABL provides annual assistance towards the GJA Awards and sponsors the award for the Best Reporter in the Arts & Entertainment category.
Speaking at the flag raising ceremony, Mr Cyrus deGraft-Johnson, the Corporate Affairs Manager of ABL, commended the media for its invaluable contribution to the socio-cultural and economic development in the country.
We in the business sector have a symbiotic relationship with the media. We need credible and accurate information to enable us take certain decisions and the media also needs interesting facts and figures from us to inform the public, Mr deGraft-Johnson said.
Whiles stressing the need for the Ghana Journalist Association to encourage its members to uphold the tenets of ethical and professional journalism, he reaffirmed the company’s commitment to working within the regulatory and legal framework as well as playing a leading advocacy role for authentic business information.
He said we at ABL therefore join business, civil society organisations and all well-meaning Ghanaians in a collective effort to get the Freedom of Information Law and the Broadcasting Law passed.
We are hopeful that with the assurances from the Information Minister Mustapha Hamid and the Leadership of Parliament it will be passed.’
Shedding light on the importance of the RTI to cementing Ghana’s quest for a true culture of free access to credible information, Mr deGraft-Johnson said ”when ratified, the Right to Information Law will provide the legal and ethical framework, setting the ground rules to guide the numerous traditional media outlets on how to conduct the business of information gathering and dissemination.”
He, however, reminded stakeholders of the need to widen the scope of the legal regime to include social media, which, albeit unregulated, is fast becoming the new norm and the platforms of choice for mass communication.
Are we factoring these into the form, structure and spirit of the Broadcasting Law and the Freedom of Information Bill? What are the considerations being made? he asked.
Mr deGraft-Johnson said Joining ABInBev, the world’s largest brewery, in October 2016, has renewed ABL’s energy and commitment to bringing people together for a better world, a world where everyone has the opportunity to improve their livelihood.
‘We strive to achieve this everyday by combining and aligning our scale, resources and energy to the needs of our communities, providing the drive and tools that propel people to achieve their dreams and make it happen, he said.
Marked on May 3 annually, the World Press Freedom Day presents stakeholders in the media an opportunity to reflect and evaluate the fundamental principles of press freedom around the world; defend the media from attacks on their independence whilst paying tribute to journalists who lost their lives in the line of duty.
The theme for this year’s celebration was: ‘Critical Minds for Critical Times.’
Source: Ghana News Agency