Be motivated by CAF awards- President tells footballers

Accra, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has called on Ghanaian footballers to be motivated by the annual awards of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), to attain the highest standards in their football career.

This, the President held, would fast-track the development of the game on the Continent.

The President said this when the President of the CAF, Mr Ahmad Ahmad called on him at the Flagstaff House in Accra on Wednesday.

Mr Ahmad was accompanied by CAF First Vice President Kwesi Nyantakyi and other executives of the Continent’s football controlling body.

Mr Ahmad’s call was to inform President Akufo-Addo of the CAF awards to be held in Accra on Thursday January 4, 2017 at the Accra International Conference (AICC).

President Akufo-Addo stressed the need for further development of the sport on the continents, considering the passion with which the people loved the game.

He was elated with the decsion of the CAF to hold this year’s awards in Ghana and expressed his resolve to support the Continent’s football controlling body and its executives to succeed in their vision for the development of the game.

Mr Ahmad was grateful to President Akufo-Addo for Ghana’s support during the CAF elections and thanked the President in advance for honouring the event.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Stay focused – Catholic Priest urges President

Accra, Reverend Father Andrew Campbell, Parish Priest of the Christ the King Church has urged President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to remain resolute in the implementation of his pro-poor policies and programmes.

He told the President that he (President) was on the right path, thus, he should not be distracted by criticisms but stay focused in executing and delivering his transformational agenda for the country.

Rev. Father Campbell said this when he and a delegation of members of the Church Council called on the President at the Flagstaff House in Accra on Wednesday.

Lauding government for the implementation of the Free Senior High School policy, he said, as people involved in providing support to several needy children to get education, we are well placed to assess the impact of such a transformative policy on most families in Ghana, and also offer some comment.

Please, do not be disillusioned by your critics and the implementation difficulties you will encounter. Sir, you are on the right path and do have our full support.

Rev. Father Campbel further commended President Akufo-Addo on his decision to end illegal mining, which was fast degrading the environment and urged him not to relent on that decision.

Please see it to the very end, which includes restoring degraded environment, including the water bodies and the vegetation, and facilitating the young ones involved to get skills training and sustainable employment.

“Importantly, make sure that Ghana never experiences this menace again by enforcing rules and regulations without fear or favour, he added.

Rev. Father Campbell also spoke highly of the President’s programmes on Planting for Food and Jobs, and the One-District-One-Factory initiative, saying that, we are very interested in these programmes because of their employment generation potential, especially for our youth.

He called on the President to remain steadfast on his resolve to eliminate corruption, bribery and indiscipline from the Ghanaian society.

We urge you not to look at persons, positions, relations and status in enforcing rules and regulations. This is the only way that the habit of discipline will be built.

“Additionally, Sir, as you punish wrong doing, try to reward right or honest behaviour, especially in public office. This, we believe, is a sure path to bringing about change.

On his part, President Akufo-Addo stressed the need for an effective collaboration between the church and the state.

He called for an interface between the church and state actors to enable the state to provide the needed support to the church.

The manner in which we can help must be concrete and that is why it is important that we engage further because the initiatives that you are embarking on would ultimately be in the interest of the Ghanaian people, he added.

President Akufo-Addo told the delegation that the Planting for Food and Jobs was the start of a systematic line of programmes to arrest the declining fortune of the country in the agriculture sector.

The ultimate aim, the President said, was to ensure that the large sums of money used in importing food items was halted as well as ensuring that there was creation of jobs for the youth.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Ho Market under fire surveillance

Ho,The Volta Regional Fire Service has placed the Ho Central Market under a 24-hour surveillance after a cold store and two provision shops at the market were gutted by fire on Wednesday.

The fire, said to have fallen over from a refuse container behind the shops took personnel from the Fire Service 30 minutes to control.

Madam Daniella Mawusi Ntow-Sarpong, the Regional Fire Commander, told the Ghana News Agency that personnel of the Service savaged three other shops after controlling the fire.

She said the Command had placed the market and other sensitive points under surveillance to ensure proper use of naked fire to avoid such disasters.

Madam Ntow-Sarpong said her outfit was investigating the cause of the fire but called for vigilance and proper use of fire as the harmattan became severe.

Some eyewitnesses commended the Fire Service for the quick response and said the whole market could have been gutted but for the swift intervention.

Fire disasters, especially bushfires were said to be on the decline in the Region, with only 50 cases recorded in November, 2017 as against 76 in 2016.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Traditional Authorities urged to support national immunisation exercise

Sunyani, Mr Amofa Boateng, the Brong-Ahafo Regional Disease Control Officer (RDCO), on Tuesday appealed to traditional authorities to support this year’s national immunisation exercise to achieve the 100 per cent success rate nationwide.

He said the country could attain the 100 per cent mark in all the 13 vaccinated diseases with the support of the chiefs and queens as they remained the embodiment of the people.

Their assistance and support was required if the country could make significant achievement in any national immunisation, the RDCO added.

Mr. Boateng made the appeal at a sensitisation workshop on immunisation organised by the Ghana Coalition of NGOs in Health (GCNH) in Sunyani for some selected queens and chiefs drawn from the Municipalities and Districts in the Region.

He explained that this year the Ghana Health Service (GHS) would add Malaria to the lists of diseases for vaccination but it would be piloted in selected areas in the country, including Brong-Ahafo and pleaded with the traditional authorities to mobilise their people in support of the exercise.

Mr. Boateng who is the Regional Coordinator for the Expanded Programme on Vaccination mentioned lack of funding as a major setback that confronted the national immunisation exercise every year.

Dr Gabriel Gbiel Benarkuu, the National President of the GCNH, said establishment of a national immunisation fund to support the exercise was urgently needed, saying without the fund it would be difficult for the country to undertake immunisation as Gavi, the major funding partners would pull out in 2022.

He said Gavi and its donor partners provided $36 million dollars annually for the national immunisation exercise and their pulling out would be a great loss to the nation.

Dr Benarkuu said more than 200,000 children in the country were not vaccinated every year, observing that the problem was worst in the Dormaa Central Municipality of Brong-Ahafo which recorded the lowest coverage in the Region last year.

He called for strengthened collaboration between the GHS, the GCNH and all stakeholders so that the country could make headway in national immunisation.

Dr Benarkuu who is the Chief Executive Officer of the MIHOSO International, a health- centered NGO, called on the media to help intensify community campaigns to increase demand for immunisation.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Ellembelle MP organises party for children

Ambainu (W/R), Mr Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah, the Member of Parliament for Ellembele, as part of the Christmas and New Year festivities, has organised a party for children of Ambianu at the AYA Community Centre.

The celebration, the fifth in series, brought hundreds of children from deprived communities in the constituency together to foster social integration and unearth their innate capabilities through games, singing, and dancing among other things.

Mr Buah, addressing the children, said: “Very soon we would be older and you would take the mantle of leadership from us. Therefore, it is important we train, empower and give you all the necessary exposure that would build your confidence.

The MP said it was prudent to bring the children together to play with their peers and encourage them to work hard to be successful in life.

Giving a personal example, he said as a child he had to struggle through difficult times with his single parent, after the demise of his father, and admonished the children to take their education seriously, be determined and stay focused on their ambitions.

Mr Buah said the AYA Community Centre would continue to be a recreational ground for the marginalised, vulnerable and socially disadvantaged persons.

He advised the children to be of good behaviour and support their parents at home. He later presented assorted gifts to them.

The children, who were accompanied by their parents, expressed their deepest appreciation to the MP for the party and promised to rally behind him in all his endeavours.

Source: Ghana News Agency