Jomoro MP cuts sod to build teachers quarters

Mangyea (W/R)-The Member of Parliament for Jomoro, Mr Paul Essien has reaffirmed his commitment to ensure the provision of quality and affordable education in his constituency.

He said education remains a vital tool to personal and national development especially with the depletion of land through oil, gas and mining explorations.

Mr Essien said “my term will witness an unprecedented and massive infrastructural and human resource development in the arena of education”.

Mr Essien, who doubles as the Deputy Minister for Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, made this known during a ground-breaking ceremony at Mangyea and Bonyere near Half-Assini to kick start the construction of seven quarters for Circuit Supervisors in the Jomoro Constituency.

He said four of the quarters which is a-three-bedroom and a hall plus kitchen, toilet and a bath self-contained, is to be built by the end of 2018 at Mangyea,Bonyere,Twenene and New Nzulezo with the additional three(3) to be cited and built next year under the MP Education Project Fund.

Mr Essien said supervision and monitoring was at the heart of good quality education delivery and it is imperative to accommodate each Circuit Supervisor in his circuit.

He charged the Circuit Supervisors to discharge their oversight responsibilities with diligence for the schools to produce better results in academics.

As part of the MP”s commitment towards the pursuit of education, he has organized free classes for 437 remedial students and quiz competitions on FM stations for the Junior High Schools.

Mr Essien said computer laboratories would be established in the schools which emerge first to fourth and an additional computer laptop would be given to each school child who excels in the six month competition.

The MP said nine (9) schools in the District would benefit from the School Feeding Programme this year

He promised to refurbish the Half-Assini Senior High School and urged the people to initiate self-help development projects for the government to assist them.

Mr Blay Ackah, the District Director of Education, said accommodation is a major challenge facing Circuit Supervisors posted to the District.

He appealed to the citizens of the area to pursue higher education before they could be absorbed in the oil and gas industry.

Mr Ernest Kofie, the District Chief Executive (DCE) for Jomoro, pledged the Assembly”s resolve to assist the MP”s project.

He said the Assembly has signed a contract to procure furniture for the schools and promised to assist the Bonyere community to upgrade its Kindergarten block.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Three illegal miners arrested, 1000 Chang fa Platforms seized

Kumasi- In all, three suspected illegal miners have been arrested by the Operation Vanguard Taskforce in collaboration with the National Small Scale Miners.

More than one thousand (1,000) ‘Chang fa’ platforms have also been immobilized.

Squadron Leader Robison Amane-Adjei, the Public Relations Officer of the team, told the Ghana News Agency that it was led by the Operation Vanguard’s National Commander, Colonel Michael Amoah Ayisi, who conducted the operations in the Central Region on Monday 5 February 2018.

Suspects are with the Dunkwa Police to assist in further investigations.

He said concentration was more on the Offin and Pra Rivers targeting illegal miners using dredging platforms (Chang fa).

The combined team operated in two groups; group A took to the Offin River from Dunkwa on Offin, Kyekyewere, Dunkwa Akropong and other areas in the Upper Denkyira East District.

Group B also concentrated on the Pra River from Assin Central, Assin Asuayem and Twifo Kotokyie in the Atti-Morkwa District and other communities in the Central Region.

There have been series of operations in the Ashanti, Eastern and Western regions bringing to the number of arrests to 1030, seized and immobilized 386 excavators, seized and immobilized 933 water pumping machines, 54 motor bikes seized, 60 vehicles seized, and 3377 Chang fa platforms immobilized.

Again, 87 small arms and 1382 ammunition have so far been seized from illegal miners over the period from 01 August 2017 to 07 February 2018.

The fight against galamsey continues unabated and Operation Vanguard would want to use this opportunity to entreat the public to feed the Task Force with information on illegal mining activities in their general areas of residence.

We need to fight together to ensure a safe Ghana tomorrow.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Resolve chieftaincy disputes in quest for new regions – Commission

Nkoranza (B/A)- Justice Stephen Allan Brobbey, the Chairman of the Commission of Inquiry looking into the proposed creation of the new regions, has observed that chieftaincy disputes have the potential to impede the quest for new regions.

He urged chiefs in areas where the regions are to be created to endeavour and resolve the various chieftaincy disputes and land litigations.

He also urged the public to bury their political differences and embark on vigorous campaigns to be able to meet the constitutional voting requirement for the exercise.

Mr Brobbey, who is a retired Supreme Court Judge, gave the advice during a public hearing on the creation of the Bono East Region at Nkoranza in the Brong-Ahafo Region.

He told the people that the Commission would have nothing to do if the people failed to obtain the 50 percent votes and the 80 percent voter turnouts during the referendum as required by the constitution.

Mr Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh, the Brong-Ahafo Regional Minister, said the proposed splitting of the region would facilitate equitable distribution of development project particularly, in underserved communities.

He admitted that there are still deficits in educational and health facilities in the region hence the need for the people to forge ahead in unity and contribute their quota for the creation of the regions.

Mr Charles Konadu Yiadom, the Member of Parliament for Nkoranza South, said partisan politics slowed down development processes and advised the people to guard against that.

Oheneba Adjei Baffoe, the President of the Nkoranza Traditional Council, said the proposed creation of the Bono East Region will reduce illegal migration among the youth in the area.

He expressed optimism that if the Bono East is carved out, employment opportunities would be created for the youth to get jobs.

Professor Kwasi Nsiah-Gyabaah, the Vice Chancellor of the Nkoranza campus of Anglican University, lauded the proposed carving out of the Bono East region which would promote the growth of education in the area.

With the creation of the new region, the Vice Chancellor said universities and other tertiary institutions would spring up to enable students to easily access quality education.

Nana Kwadwo Adjei-Duffour, a former Deputy Brong-Ahafo Regional Minister, expressed worry about bushfires which had become annual ritual in the area affecting food production.

He said there is the need to beef up security in the area to address the problem, saying that could be done if the region is created.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Ghana Navy wins 2018 GAF Inter-services boxing competition

Accra – The Ghana Navy team have been crowned the overall champions of the 2018 Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) Inter-services boxing competition.

The two day event, which came off at the Nicholson stadium saw a dominant Ghana Navy team, amassing a total of 21 points from seven victories in 14 fights.

The Ghana Air Force team, came second with 12 points from four wins, while the Ghana Army were third with nine points from three wins.

Lightweight boxer Abi Adzartey Alfred, was adjudged the best male boxer, whilst middleweight boxer Anatu Mohammed of the Army team won the best female boxer.

Heavyweight boxer Dodoi Larry of the Air Force, was however given an award as the best loser.

Gold medals were presented to eventual winners of the final eliminators.

The competition conducted under the International Amateur Boxing Association (IABA) rules with three rounds for each bout, saw a large and enthusiastic spectators who were entertained by the boxers.

Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Issifu Sakib Kadri, a former Commandant at the Ghana Armed Forces and Staff College, who was the special guest congratulated the boxers and organisers for a good show.

He said the exercise was important in the training of the Armed Forces.

One of the strategic objectives of the Ghana Armed Forced is to improve on the state of its combat readiness and the training of the personnel of the Armed forces forms an integral part in achieving this objective.

As part of overall training, the Inter-Services Boxing Competition should not be treated lightly as it marks a very special occasion in the training calendar of the GAF and I must say I am very proud to be associated with it, he said.

As part of the elements of the profession, soldiers are sometimes required to defend themselves when the need arises in personal combat. It is therefore imperative that the individual soldier, is physically fit and imbued with self-defensive skills necessary to face any such threat.

Competitions such as this provide the needed impetus for personal unarmed combat training. Continuous training is a must for us in the military, if we are to be ready always to maintain the peace and stability currently being enjoyed in this dear nation of ours. AVM Kadri noted.

AVM Kadri said the competition also presented a chance to unearth talents within GAF to help the nation.

Besides achieving our strategic objectives, one of the benefits of this year’s Inter Service Boxing Competition is to enable the Ghana Armed Forces unearth national sports talents capable of representing the country at the International level.

In the past, the Ghana Armed Forces was well noted in this regard with some of its boxers achieving laurels for the country. Notable among them is EX WOI Tijani Moro (Pride of the Armed Forces) of the Ghana Air Force who won bronze in Boxing for Ghana in the 1994 Commonwealth Games held in Victoria, Canada.

He later became National Super Featherweight champion in 2000. Let’s therefore see this as our modest contribution to Boxing development in the country, he added.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Can Aduana and Kotoko reclaim Ghana’s lost glory?

Accra – Ghanaian clubs, Aduana Stars and Asante Kotoko begin their quest for African honours this weekend in the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) Champions League and Confederation Cup respectively, with both of them optimistic of ending Ghana’s recent poor displays in the two competition.

The reigning Ghanaian champions Aduana Stars would be away at Libya’s Al Tahaddy in a fixture, that would be played in Egypt, while Kotoko face Congolese heavyweights CARA Brazzaville in the first leg of their preliminary round clash at the BabaYara Stadium on Sunday.

Ghana has had poor outings in recent continental club competitions, with the last representatives, Wa All Stars and Bechem United, all exiting the first qualifying stage.

No Ghanaian club has won a continental trophy since Accra Hearts of Oak beat Kotoko in 2004, to clinch the inaugural Confederation Cup, while the performances of the nation’s teams in the Champions League have consistently been underwhelming.

Only once in the last 14 years that is 2012, when a Ghanaian side reached the group stage of the Champions League, although the tournament’s new extended format ought to give hope to both Aduana Stars and Asante Kotoko that they can buck the trend.

Kotoko are keen to recreate the atmosphere that made the Baba Yara Stadium, one of the most dreadful venues in African football in the 80s and 90s, and have embarked on a massive fan drive, by distributing club flags in their home base of Kumasi.

Aduana Stars’ history in continental competition is limited, but coach Yusif Abubakar is keen on establishing themselves on the continent this year.

We are ready for this game. We have been ready from the first moment we won the league.

The target for us is to at least equal what Berekum Chelsea did and reached the group stage,” he continued. That would be an achievement,” Yusif told the media.

This two preliminary games are crucial to start a campaign that promises to present Ghana with another opportunity to reclaim its rightful place in the reigns of African Football.

Source: Ghana News Agency