Micah vows to end the year with a world title

Accra, World Boxing Council (WBC) International Batamweight champion, Duke Akuetteh Micah, has set his eyes on world title before the close of 2018, saying “it is time for Ghana’s name to be on the world map again”.

Micah, who is currently based in New York, United States of America (USA), after signing a promotional deal with Real Deal Sports and Entertainment, owned by former Heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield, is confident of taking on Ryan Burnett World Boxing Association (WBA) and International Boxing Federation (IBF) champion, Colombian Luis Nery – World Boxing Council (WBC) and South African Zolani Tete – World Boxing Organisation (WBO), all in the Bantamweight Division.

I have had many challenging moments in the ring but I have always survived and came out successfully.

For me it is all about blood, sweat and tears. I’ve given my all for the sport over the years and I am confident I can crown my efforts with a world title by the end of the year. Micah declared.

According to Micah, his promoters are working around the clock to secure the fight adding that by the end of February, an opportunity would present itself for him to win a world title.

I have been training under renowned trainer Kwame Asante, who has over the years prepared Joshua Clottey and Joseph Agbeko for world title bouts and I know I can count on him. Micah added.

Micah has impressive record of 21-0-0-18(KO’S).

Source: Ghana News Agency

Ghana to host 2018 ACA Northwest Africa Female tournament

Accra, Ghana has been handed the hosting right to stage the 2018 Africa Cricket Association (ACA) Northwest Africa Female tournament scheduled for Friday, Jan. 19-21 at the Achimota Cricket Oval, Accra.

The three-day competition, aimed at rekindling the regional competition and to be the pathway for major championship, is expected to host other three African countries namely Nigeria, Gambia and Sierra Leone.

In view of this, team Ghana has started camping at the Jubilee Hall of the University of Ghana to fine-tune their preparations towards the tournament.

The female cricket team poised to win the tournament would start their campaign against the Gambia on Friday, before facing Nigeria and wrapping up with Sierra Leone.

The participating countries are expected to arrive in Ghana on Thursday, January 18. However, Nigeria has requested to arrive three days earlier for camping and to acclimatize ahead of the competition.

As part of measures to raise the required amount of 20,000 dollars for the competition, Tullow Ghana has given the Ghana Cricket Association GH?25, 000 whiles Parlays have also donated products and promised to donate an amount to the association to enable a successful hosting.

Ghana finished third in the maiden edition held in Gambia three years ago.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Sam Jonah calls for change of mindset towards local products

Accra, Sir Sam Jonah, the Executive Chairman, Jonah Capital, has called for a deliberate policy to change the attitude of Ghanaians towards local products.

He said the inordinate taste for foreign goods in Ghana and many African countries was not conducive to developing indigenous capital.

There is little faith in things made in Ghana. We have an inordinate taste for foreign goods whether food items, clothing, electronic, footwear, not to forget toothpick and toilet paper. This mindset issue manifests itself even at official levels, Sir Jonah said on Monday in Accra, in a keynote address at the 69th Annual New Year School and Conference (ANYSC).

He cited the rehabilitated GIHOC Shoe Factory in Kumasi, which had cause to publicly complain about the continuous importation of boots for the security services to the neglect of their brand of boots.

It is also not very necessary to reinvent the wheel in terms of policies aimed at building indigenous or national capital, especially where there are best modules that address our situation in Ghana, he said.

He cited South Korea, which during the 1960s, the Government through the educational system succeeded in making people believe that consuming foreign goods at the expense of their local manufactured ones was unpatriotic; stating that merely smoking a foreign-made cigarette could get someone reported to the authorities.

Sir Jonah said: We must consciously strive to create business champions, just as Nigeria has done with Dangote, UBA, Zenith Bank, First Bank, Glo, GT Bank, just to name a few.

He urged Ghana to begin with value addition to its cocoa, precious metals and the massive opportunities in ICT to develop software entrepreneurs; declaring that the Government must move away from the age-old provider of all things to a facilitator of all things.

We must strategically transform ourselves, from agriculture to agribusiness and from mining to mining beneficiation. We must move away from being mere planters of cocoa beans to manufacturers of world-class chocolate products. We must allow our nationals to participate in these sectors as investors and shareholders, he said.

Shining examples like Kasapreko Company Limited must not be left to their own strengths to prod along. They must become national reference points to the world by both private and national promotional efforts.

He recounted that in a recently held conference in Abuja, when the name Dangote was mentioned, it was made very clear by Nigerian Officials present that; Dangote is a national institution

Sir Jonah, who is also the Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast, said: This is the spirit and attitude we should have when it comes to providing support to Ghanaian businesses.

Our officials from relevant sector ministries and institutions should emulate such laudable examples of supporting their own.

He said: To create jobs, we need investment and to attract private investors, we need to ensure that the environment is and remains competitively attractive.

I therefore, believe that, given the opportunity with strong government support in creating the requisite environment for national capitalism, the Ghana entrepreneur can deliver growth with jobs that will lead to sustainable development for our motherland.

It is my conviction that for some time now, this is the best opportunity to take these ideas to action. We must avoid what the Malaysians call TONA (Talk Only No Action).

Professor Ebenezer Oduro Owusu, the Vice-Chancelor, University of Ghana, said job creation remained central to the country’s sustainable development and at the same time a growing concern to our shared prosperity.

He said despite considerable efforts by successive governments to create jobs in the last two decades, unemployment, particularly among graduates from the nation’s universities and other tertiary institutions remains very high.

Prof Michael Ayitey Tagoe, the Acting Provost, College of Education and Dean, SCDE, University of Ghana, said the emphasis on job creation and national development stems from the fact that in the last one year, the Government’s effort had focused on job creation and how to address unemployment in the country.

The ANYSC, which is being organised by the School of Continuing and Distance Education (SCDE), University of Ghana, is on the theme Job Creation for Accelerated National Development: The Role of the Private Sector.

The week-long event, which was officially opened by Vice President Alhaji Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, is under the auspices of Kosmos Energy, Vodafone Ghana, Goil, Voltic, Daily Graphic, Prudential Bank and the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER), University of Ghana.

Source: Ghana News Agency

GHS commences nationwide health screening in schools

Accra, The Ghana Health Service (GHS), in collaboration with the Ghana Education Service (GES), has begun a nationwide medical screening for students in the Senior High Schools (SHSs).

First year students enrolled under the Free SHS policy have started undergoing medical examinations and their medical records would be kept and allocated to the various health facilities near them.

Dr Anthony Nsiah-Asare, the Director-General of the GES, made this known to the media on Monday, during a routine inspection of some health facilities in the Accra Metropolitan Assembly and Dade-Kotopon Municipality of the Greater Accra Region.

He said all the second cycle educational institutions are supposed to have functional sick bays to take care of the health needs of students.

Every secondary school boarding house should have a functional sick bay, which would be a connection between us and the school.

We will use the sick bay as a point of call whenever any student is sick and even allow the health facility looking after the school to deploy a nurse there, he said.

Dr Nsiah-Asare said the GES would take full control of school health and would not wait till an epidemic breaks out or students fall sick before providing health services.

He said the GES would take students through physical education, healthy lifestyles and nutrition, as well as health education and general environmental sanitation issues at the schools.

The Director-General of the GES said government was re-structuring of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), in order to improve health service delivery.

He said government has settled some of the arrears of the NHIS and expressed optimism that, it would complete paying the outstanding arrears by the end of the year.

Health is our main business and so the Ministry of Health’s (MOH) ultimate aim is to run health facilities and ensure that the public receive quality healthcare, he said.

He said the MOH and its agencies like the GES and the teaching hospitals were undertaking a lot of innovations and initiating changes that would enhance administrative efficiency and ensure quality healthcare and customer service delivery.

Dr Ebenezer Oduro-Mensah, the Medical Superintendent of the La General Hospital, said in 2017, the facility received a lot of support from the government in terms of deployment of health personnel, which improved the general service delivery.

He said the facility has started putting measures in place to renovate some of its structures, adding that, it had secured some space to install new beds to accommodate more patients.

Dr Oduro-Mensah said: We’re hoping that government alongside other companies and philanthropists would donate needed equipment to improve the care of patients.

He said the hospital, which started as a polyclinic, needed expansion since it was the only health facility in the municipality.

On challenges, he said, the facility was still grappling with unacceptable staff attitudes, funding and NHIS outstanding debts.

However, he said, it was determined to consolidate the gains made last year in order to make healthcare better.

Touching on plans to roll out innovative policies to increase its internally-generated funds, he said, the facility was considering putting up a ward that would cater for patients who may request for VIP Treatment, instead of general services.

He said it would also consider entering into public-private partnerships with some major laboratories so that, services which the hospital could not provide would be given to them and vice versa.

We can also offer health screening to other corporate organisations at a cost, but whatever we do, we don’t want to burden our clients and avoid charging them illegally for services we render to them, he said.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Government urged to make agriculture youth-centred

Accra, Youth Bridge Foundation (YBF), a youth focused organisation, Monday said to ensure a sustainable future for agriculture in Ghana, government must make it more appealing to the youth.

It said there was the need for a well-coordinated branding campaign that would promote and present agriculture and its value-chain among the youth.

Mr Seth Oteng, the Executive Director of YBF, in an interview with Ghana News Agency in Accra on Monday, called on government to design and pursue educational programmes that would sensitize the youth on the competitiveness of employment in agriculture.

Acknowledging a slow start of the Akufo-Addo led administration in 2017 he noted that the 2018 Budget would offer diverse opportunities for the youth who would want to go into agric.

He also called for youth inclusiveness in governance.

According to him, the ‘Beyond Aid’ agenda of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is a realistic and commendable campaign, however, As the global aid architecture shrinks, it has become obvious that governments in Africa and their citizens (corporate and individuals) must mobilize resources internally and from Diaspora for the transformation of their countries.

The passion and commitment of the President to this agenda is clearly reflected in the 2018 Budget policy direction and specific programmes such as Voluntary Education Fund, invitation for private sector co-funding of the National Environmental Action Plan (NEAP), among others, he said.

Mr Oteng said:Taking cognizant of the fact that there is much talk about the need for African countries to own and localize development goals (including SDGs, the Agenda 2063) and now the ‘Beyond Aid’ agenda, YBF maintains that the youth should be at the centre in all of this, not only as beneficiaries, but as a critical interest group.

He told the GNA that mobilizing the youth presented a great opportunity for creating an effective platform for participation in the political economy, building resilience of young people, and addressing the root causes of many of the key challenges facing them.

YBF is a youth focused organisation set up to create supportive platforms to challenge the creativity of the youth, and to make available critical information and resources needed for total development of the youth.

Source: Ghana News Agency