Archbishop Palmer-Buckle marks 25th Episcopal Ordination Anniversary

Accra, Most Reverend Charles Gabriel Palmer-Buckle, the Accra Metropolitan Archbishop of the Catholic Church, on Saturday marked his 25th Episcopal Ordination Anniversary with a thanksgiving service at the Holy Spirit Cathedral in Accra.

With prayers, songs of praise and dancing, family members, well-wishers and Catholic faithful joined the Archbishop to glorify God for His divine protection and guidance.

The 25th Anniversary forms part of activities to mark the 125 Years of the Catholic Archdiocese of Accra.

Archbishop Palmer-Buckle, who is the longest serving Catholic Bishop in active Ministry in Ghana was, in November 1992, nominated the first Bishop of the newly created Catholic Diocese of Koforidua carved out of the Catholic Archdiocese of Accra.

He was ordained on January 6, 1993, to the Episcopacy in St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City, by His Holiness, Pope St. John Paul II of blessed memory.

Pope Francis, the current Pope of the Catholic Church, in a congratulatory message, lauded the achievements of Archbishop Palmer-Buckle and his pastoral ministry in wining souls for Christ.

Most Reverend Joseph Afrifah-Agyekum, the Bishop of Koforidua, also in a congratulatory message, commended Archbishop Palmer-Buckle for his support towards the growth of the Catholic Diocese of Koforidua and encouraged him to continuously use his gift and talents in the development of the Church.

Most Reverend Philip Naameh, the Archbishop of Tamale and President of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference, praised Archbishop Palmer-Buckle for his contributions and support to the Conference.

A congratulatory message from the Laity Council, said: You persistently admonish against any form of vices that creeps into our society through your sermons and teachings through print and electronic media.

It said Archbishop Palmer-Buckle urged Catholic faithful to go out to share the word of God.

May your Silver Jubilee celebration in the episcopate renew the face of our Archdiocese and purge the entire Christ’s faithful from any kind of corruption that deprive the vulnerable of the reliefs they deserve, the message said.

The Accra Archdiocesan Priests’ Association and the Religious Men and Women also congratulated the Archbishop on his 25th Anniversary.

Most Rev. Palmer Buckle, 67 years, in appreciation, thanked all Catholic faithful and well-wishers for their support and prayers over the years that had seen him through his priesthood.

In attendance were Right Rev. Dr Daniel Sylvanus Mensah Torto, the Anglican Bishop of Accra, Most Rev. Dr Justice Ofei Akrofi, the former Anglican Bishop of Accra and former Archbishop of the Church of the Province of West Africa, Professor Edmund Delle, the Chairman of the Convention Peoples’ Party, and some catholic priests and bishops across the country.

Source: Ghana News Agency

NGO not happy with shutdown of Teshi-Nungua Desalination Plant

Accra, Water for Rural Africa (WRA), a Non-Governmental Organisation, has said the temporary shutdown of the Teshie-Nungua Desalination Plant will have a significant impact on the supply of water in the area and its environs.

The NGO has, therefore, advised the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) to speed up the re-negotiation process with the Management of the Desalination Plant to prevent any mishap.

This was in a statement signed by Dr. Donald Cog Senanu Agumenu, the President of WRA, and copied to the Ghana News Agency in Accra.

It said the process must be fast-tracked to mitigate the effects of the supply shortfall on lives in Teshie-Nungua and the environs.

The statement said the GWCL should, as a matter of urgency, develop a temporary supply schedule and ensure capacity storage at critical service reservoirs for the area.

It proposed the re-distribution of supply from other nearby Water Treatment plants, increase water trucking capacity and place special emphasis and arrangements to supply schools, health institutions, homes for the aged and other special needs organisations in Teshie-Nungua and the environs.

WRA is a development organisation established to support and champion the realisation of the Sustainable Development Goal Six � Clean Water and Sanitation.

The organisation works for the social development of the vulnerable and less developed communities in rural Africa.

It designs and implements various developmental projects in the water and sanitation sector with financial and technical support from international donor agencies.

Source: Ghana News Agency

NGO not happy with shutdown of Teshi-Nungua Desalination Plant

Accra, Water for Rural Africa (WRA), a Non-Governmental Organisation, has said the temporary shutdown of the Teshie-Nungua Desalination Plant will have a significant impact on the supply of water in the area and its environs.

The NGO has, therefore, advised the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) to speed up the re-negotiation process with the Management of the Desalination Plant to prevent any mishap.

This was in a statement signed by Dr. Donald Cog Senanu Agumenu, the President of WRA, and copied to the Ghana News Agency in Accra.

It said the process must be fast-tracked to mitigate the effects of the supply shortfall on lives in Teshie-Nungua and the environs.

The statement said the GWCL should, as a matter of urgency, develop a temporary supply schedule and ensure capacity storage at critical service reservoirs for the area.

It proposed the re-distribution of supply from other nearby Water Treatment plants, increase water trucking capacity and place special emphasis and arrangements to supply schools, health institutions, homes for the aged and other special needs organisations in Teshie-Nungua and the environs.

WRA is a development organisation established to support and champion the realisation of the Sustainable Development Goal Six � Clean Water and Sanitation.

The organisation works for the social development of the vulnerable and less developed communities in rural Africa.

It designs and implements various developmental projects in the water and sanitation sector with financial and technical support from international donor agencies.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Eradicating corruption will safeguard future of children – Peace Ambassador

Tema, The Peace Ambassador of the Open Dove Children’s Foundation says the high rate of corruption in Ghana has made it frustrating to live in the country.

It is grievous and disheartening to live in Ghana surrounded by all manner of impunity amidst the increasing rate of corruption cases, he said.

Twelve year-old Master Hillary Elliot Dogbe made this assertion in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) whilst announcing the launch of an anti-corruption campaign which would take place in March 2018 in the Volta Region.

Master Dogbe observed how the subject of corruption in Ghana beat imagination and therefore was seeking the support of the media for the total eradication of corruption in our Ghanaian society for the betterment of our future.

Reacting to the need for a child of his age to lead such a campaign, he said, What worries me most is that we the children of today and those yet unborn would be sufferers in the long run should things continue this way.

He lamented how the nation looked on whilst corruption ate every fibre of the Ghanaian society, and inquired why the public purse suffered so much from selfish and unpatriotic individuals.

He observed how corruption had made Ghana’s sixty-year existence to mean little because corruptible practices have engulfed the lives of most public servants in which they sit and loot the only country we have of all its riches and put us the childrenin perpetual indebtedness to our donor countries.

He informed that if President Kwame Nkrumah talked about neo-colonialism, then it was made possible by those who through corruption make Ghana poor so the country would continue to depend on foreign donors.

He said, We the future leaders of Ghana cannot afford to beg for bread in days to come in our own homeland and therefore the need to rise up and fight to rid the nation of corruption.

The Executive Director, Open Dove Children’s Foundation, Evangelist Joseph Amoako-Ansah, said, as part of the launch of the anti-corruption campaign, the organization would meet religious leaders and stakeholders to sell their message of zero tolerance for corruption in Ghana through churches and other identifiable bodies.

Evangelist Amoako-Ansah, who works with the Methodist Church, Kpando, was hopeful their campaign would reduce corruption by sixty per cent in Ghana.

He appealed for sponsorship to enable the organization fight against corruption and other vices in Ghana.

Open Dove Children’s Foundation is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) aimed at fighting social ills such as corruption, streetism, violence against children, etc.

Source: Ghana News Agency

‘Government will appoint new communicators to improve communication’

Accra, Mr Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, the Minister of Information, has said government would expand its communication frontiers so that the media can reach government officials for information in a timely manner.

To this end, he said, government had decided to appoint spokespersons for each of the five Cabinet Sub-committees including the Legal and Governance, Economy and Finance and Infrastructure, as well as Security and Social Services.

The Information Minister said this at a media encounter in Accra, which was to enable the Ministry officials to interact with the media in a friendly atmosphere and appreciate the media for keeping the government on its toes.

Mr Abdul-Hamid said there would be weekly media briefings, which would enable government officials to offer better explanations on pressing national issues and ensure free flow of information on government policies, programmes and activities.

He said the new arrangement was agreed upon based on the feedback, suggestions and criticisms government gathered from the public while assessing its first year in office so as to improve the governance process and ensure transparency and accountability.

Government intends to replicate the media encounter in the other nine regions to afford media practitioners across the country the opportunity to interact and share their thoughts on the governance process.

The Minister of Information noted that the media were significant partners that enabled government to execute its mandate hence it was prudent to engage them at the beginning of the year to share some thoughts that would enhance good governance.

He said a tentative date had been set for next week to enable the President to hold a media conference to mark the one-year in office and also update the public on the governance process.

Mr Abdul-Hamid said every government experienced tough times, especially in the first year in office and that the media provided the baptism of fire through captivating and probing questions, which kept the government alert to deliver on its mandate.

We have realised that sometimes when an issue crops up or happens even as government spokespersons it takes a few days for us to gather all the facts around the issue.

So it will be important for us to have the platform every week to bring the issues together in a coherent narrative and give better illumination on them.

We accept all the criticisms, we’re humans and so we’re not perfect, therefore we’re going to work to address your concerns in order to make communication better and strengthen the governance process, he said.

The Minister reminded the gathering about a popular liberation aphorism, which states that; The difference between an authoritarian society and free societies is the presence of a free media.

He, therefore, gave the assurance that the Government would provide all the necessary information to the media at all times considering the critical role it played in sustaining every democratic society.

Source: Ghana News Agency