Ho Rotary Club supports accident victim

Ho, The Ho Rotary Club has taken care of the medical bills of a ten year old boy who was knocked down by a vehicle at Asukawkaw in the Krachi East District of the Volta Region.

The driver of the vehicle absconded after knocking down Elia Denteh, who sustained severe head and body injuries.

Members of the Club, who were at the Volta Regional Hospital for a donation, spotted Denteh in a critical condition with a transfer note to the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital.

The Club offered to help convey Denteh to the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital for surgery, following the inability of her parents to do so and took up the cost of the medical care.

Mr Vincent Asimah, President of the Club in Ho, said charity formed the core mandate of the Club and urged members to continue contributing towards the wellbeing of society.

He said health facilities often encountered similar situations and called on benevolent individuals and other organizations to help address such situations.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Accident deaths reduce marginally in Upper West

Wa, The number of persons killed through reported road accidents in the Upper West Region recorded a marginal decrease from 54 cases in 2016 to 52 cases in 2017.

The region also saw a reduction in all categories of accidents in the period under review, according to statistics from the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC).

Mr. Mohammed Abdul-Samad, the Upper West Regional Manager of the NRSC disclosed this to the media in Wa.

The number of crashes recorded in 2016 was 159 cases, which reduced to 131 in 2017, while the number of vehicles involved was pegged at 246 and 202 respectively.

According to the statistics presented by Mr Abdul-Samad the total number of fatal cases in 2016 stood at 48, which reduced marginally to 45 cases in 2017 with numerous serious cases also decreasing from 72 in 2016 to 50 cases in 2017.

The total number of minor cases reduced from 39 in 2016 to 36 cases in 2017 while pedestrian knockdown also reduced from 30 to 11 cases respectively.

The number of persons injured also saw a reduction from 240 cases in 2016 to 223 cases in 2017.

Mr. Abdul-Samad said the theme for the year: One death is too many, let’s change our behaviour on the road, brought a lot of impact for the region and commended the media for the support in helping to educate the public about road safety.

Despite the reduction in the statistics, he said, the region encountered some road safety challenges in 2016 and that included wrongful parking, congestion due to increase in the number of motor bikes, excessive speeding and use of hard drugs by riders.

Others are refusal by tricycle riders to wear crash helmet, overloading, interference with law enforcement agents, use of mobile phone while driving/riding, poorly maintained roads, presence of many hazards on the roads and indiscipline on the part of staff from security and safety departments in the region.

The rest are the use of lorry tires, blocks, drums and wood logs among others in place of line markings/signings; lack of logistics for the emergency response departments such as the ambulance service and the increasing number of illegal speed rams.

Mr. Abdul-Samad said with enhanced collaboration with all stakeholders some successes were however chalked in 2017.

This include minimal interference with law enforcement on road traffic regulations, increase in crash helmet usage and involvement of religious and opinion leaders in road safety education as well as removal of majority of the road hazards.

He said the NRSC in the region also educated over 5,000 school children and over 3,000 teachers, which contributed to the reduction of pedestrian knockdown from 30 in 2016 to 11 in 2017.

He advised motorists to look out for pedestrians when driving in the city centre to avoid knock downs.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Orphanage homes close down for mismanagement

Agona Jacobs, (C\R), Twenty-three out of 30 orphanage homes in the Central region have been closed down due to lack of transparency, truthfulness and diversion of items donated by individuals and organizations for the up-keep of the children.

The situation had made it extremely difficult for corporate bodies, individuals and philanthropists to freely give to support vulnerable and streets children who have no caretakers.

Nana Obeng Enyan III, Asomakwahene of Gomoa Ajumako Traditional Area and Manager of the Mother Care Orphanage Home made this known when she received items donated by the Central Regional branch of Progressive Transport Owner Association (PROTOA) at Agona Jacobs in the Agona East District.

The items donated include five bags of rice, toilet rolls, bags of sachet water assorted soft drinks among others.

She said currently, only seven orphanage homes are operating in the central region and were being recognised by government.

Nana Obeng Enyan who is also Adontenhene of Gomoa Benso appealed to the managers of the various orphanage homes in the region to be honest and use the items receive for the purposes it were donated to ensure welfare of the orphans.

She said her orphanage home was facing serious financial difficulties due to public perceptions about the managers of various homes had had negative effects on the running of the orphanages homes.

Nana Obeng Enyan said that people have stopped donating to orphanages as a result of mismanagement and diversion of items donated to them.

The Manager of the Mother Care Orphanage home stated that, currently the coastal Toyota bus being used to send Children to and from schools and other programmes had been broken down.

She therefore made a passionate appeal to Philanthropists, well-to �do Ghanaians, corporate bodies, NGOs and other individuals to come to the aid of the home.

The Manager, therefore asked Ghanaians, especially residents from Gomoa, Agona Effutu and Awutu to come and support the streets children, adding that, the new born babies who are dumped into gutters and refuse dumps through no fault of their by the mothers need to be salvaged.

Mr Yaw Fayah, Central Regional Chairman of PROTOA told the media that executives and members of the Association decided to forego their Christmas bonuses and chose to be given to the orphans.

He said the association members took the decision to put smiles in the faces of the orphans during the Yuletide period since they are fatherless and motherless to enable them feel at home.

Mr Fayah appealed to the drivers Unions, corporate bodies, financial institutions, individuals and others to donate generously towards the up-keep of the orphans during Christmas period.

Source: Ghana News Agency

GHANA’S PRESIDENT REACHES OUT TO OTHER POLITICAL PARTIES ON ENHANCING GOVERNANCE

ACCRA, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of Ghana has reached out to the various political parties in the country at a meeting with their leaders in his Flagstaff House office in Accra Thursday, the first meeting between a sitting President and leaders of political parties in recent years.

The was held to enable the President to seek their views on some governance-enhancing measures which his administration intends to take.

The Chairpersons and General Secretaries of the ruling party, the New Patriotic Party (NPP), the leading oppositio party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Progressive Peoples’ Party (PPP), Convention Peoples Party (CPP), Peoples National Convention (PNC), and the National Democratic Party (NDP) represented their parties.

Leaders from the Liberal Party of Ghana (LPG), United Peoples Party (UPP), All Peoples Congress (APC), Great Consolidated Popular Party (GCPP), United Front Party (UFP), and the Democratic Peoples’ Party (DPP), were all represented.

Lasting more than three hours, and held in an atmosphere of frank exchanges and mutual respect, the meeting discussed issues bothering on the commemoration of the Silver Jubilee of the Fourth Republic, on Sunday, January 7, 2018; the election of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives; and the creation of new regions, among other matters.

President Akufo-Addo intends to hold more of such meetings with the leaders of political parties in future. The leaders of the political parties also commended the President for the initiative, which they described as laudable.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

Liberian First Lady calls on Isaac Asiamah

Accra, Mrs. Clar Weah, wife of President-elect of Liberia George Weah, has paid a courtesy call on Mr. Isaac Asiamah, Minister of Youth and Sports (MOYS), to bid him farewell after a short visit to Ghana.

Mrs. Weah, who used the visit to thank Ghana and the Ministry on behalf of her husband, noted of how Ghana has been helpful to Liberia over the years and urged the Ministry to lend support to her country to revamp sports and empower the youth.

Ghana has received us very well and it has been incredible over the years, the support has been in various forms and my husband and I are very much grateful.

It is a new dawn in Liberia and we have a lot to learn from Ghana in terms of youth development and empowerment. We believe that for a country to grow and prosper, the youth must take active part in sports and that is what my husband stands for.

This is a new task for me and I know with the help of everyone, Liberia would get to where it truly belongs to, she said.

Reverend Osei Kofi, former Black Stars player, who was also present congratulated Mrs. Weah and President-elect George Weah, for being there for Liberia in difficult times.

You and your husband are always welcome home, the Ministry through the hard working Minister Mr. Asiamah, would always help you when the need arises.

The Winneba Sports College is available and through the Sports Ministry, they would offer education to those interested in developing themselves to help promote sports in Liberia, he added.

Mr Asiamah noted in an interview with GNA Sports, that the election of George Weah has given a renewed hope to Liberia.

I am happy that he has been elected by the people, he is a young man and I know how passionate he is about youth development.

This is time for the people to work hand-in-hand to make the country work again, there are critical issues like healthcare and quality education to be catered for and I am convinced that he would do well.

Weah is an epitome of words in sports that a country needs, he has demonstrated nationalism and patriotism and I would urge the youth to work hard with the President-elect to make Liberia work again, he added.

Source: Ghana News Agency