NADMO improves personal hygiene in second-cycle institutions

Kumasi- School authorities, particularly at the basic and second-cycle levels, have been cautioned to be responsive to issues relating to personal hygiene to enhance the wellbeing of their pupils and students.

Mr. Frank Duodu, Kumasi Metropolitan Coordinator of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), said keeping one’s self and environment clean was critical to warding off diseases borne out of filth.

NADMO is of the conviction that the recurrence of Malaria, Cholera and Dysentery which come with their own socio-economic and health negative consequences could be a thing of the past if the people adhere to good sanitary practices, he told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Kumasi.

This was after the NADMO had fumigated T.I. Ahmadiyya Senior High School, as part of its on-going general exercise to cleanse second-cycle institutions of filth and bacteria such as bed bugs.

In all, more than 10 boarding facilities at the school were thoroughly cleaned, and that included the students’ beds, washrooms and kitchen facilities.

The exercise is to assist the schools prevent diseases borne out of unhygienic environmental conditions.

Mr. Duodu indicated that preventive healthcare had become the standard norm to ensuring the wellbeing of the citizenry.

The Organisation in collaboration with the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly and Ghana Education Service would as such intensify educational campaigns to raise awareness amongst the people.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Court places injunction on Volta NPP election

Ho� The election of new regional officers of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Volta Region has suffered a setback, following a court injunction.

A former Regional Secretary of the Party, George Kofi Boateng, had filed an interlocutory injunction at a Ho High Court, restraining the Electoral Commission (EC) from going ahead to conduct the election and got this granted barely 24 hours to the polls.

Mr. Boateng had put himself up to contest for the regional chairman position but was disqualified by the Vetting Committee.

That did not go down well with him and he is in court, seeking to overturn the decision.

The election had been planned to be held in Hohoe, on Saturday, April 21.

Source: Ghana News Agency

COTVET holds validation workshop on sector skills bodies

Accra- The Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET), has held a validation workshop on the establishment of sector skills bodies in Ghana.

The workshop aims at providing a common platform for stakeholders to review and as well make inputs to the approved five year strategic document being implemented by the Government to transform the Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) sector.

Under the strategic plan, TVET institutions will be realigned to the Ministry of Education.

Dr Fred Kyei Asamoah, the Executive Director, COTVET, in his remarks noted that the five-year strategic plan was part of the Government’s agenda to transform the TVET landscape to ensure that there were appropriate and relevant skills for the job market.

He said the strategic framework that would guide the process included; the establishment of sector skills bodies that would help focus on each economic sector to come out with modalities to be able to focus and give the demand that the economy needed.

He said COTVET believed in competency based approach, and that was why efforts were being made to ensure that industry was part and therefore led the process particularly in an era where all efforts were being made to create more jobs.

Government made a proposal, however, it believes that skills development should be championed by the private sector and industry; as this could not be achieved without going through the due process, he added.

The Executive Director said COTVET would continue to appeal to the private sector and various stakeholders to dialogue and help develop employees to ensure that they had the necessary skills to take them to the next level and also attract more investment into the country.

In his presentation, Mr Theophilus Zogblah, Coordinator for Occupational Standards at COTVET said there was a need to improve on the governance and management of TVET in Ghana through Public Private Partnership (PPP).

He explained that this would ensure that TVET was responsive to the needs of the private sector.

He said the tasks of sector skills bodies and councils included; forecasting skills needs, matching training provision to labour market needs, identifying the demand and supply gap in each sector and future requirements and preparation of occupational or qualification standards.

Speaking to the Ghana News Agency, Dr Kofi Bobi Barimah, Director of Research at the Ghana Technology University College, said the workshop had identified surplus skills and suggested the export of some of these skills.

If we are able to make arrangement with governments that need such skills, those involved will be well managed and they will pay tax; this will generate revenue to train more of such people.

Dr Bobi Barimah cited Canada, where there were Nurses from Philippines, stating that government could fast track these arrangements, as part of measures to curb the alarming rate of unemployment.

Professor Eric Kwasi Ofori, Dean/ Associate Professor at the University of Health and Allied Sciences, also told GNA that one of the tasks of TVET was to provide funding opportunities for training skills, however it was becoming increasingly difficult for government to fund tertiary institutions.

He noted that the failure to address issues concerning funding of tertiary education would be difficult for institutions to produce graduates with the requisite skills needed by industry and government needed to come clearly on its role in funding tertiary institutions so as to allow the private sector and industry to support.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Family of alleged murdered armed robber calls for independent investigation

Accra- The family of Emmanuel Amofo, who was allegedly taken for an armed robber and killed by a Police Patrol Team, Friday, appealed to the Inspector of General Police and the Ghana Police Council to cause an independent criminal enquiry into the incident.

Amofa, 27, who was a resident of Agbogba, a suburb of Accra, was shot to death in the early hours of Monday, April 16.

According to the Patrol Team, they spotted three men smoking in front of a drinking spot and accosted them.

After interrogating them, they searched the suspects and found a locally manufactured pistol strapped to the waist of Amofa.

The Police said Amofa kicked the officer conducting the search and attempted to scale a wall close to the drinking spot; but the Police shot him in the process, resulting in his death and fall into the compound of the house with the related wall.

However, at a press conference, in Accra, Nana Akua Amofa, the sister of the deceased, rejected the Police’s statement that their brother was an armed robber, alleging that the Patrol Team were covering-up their crime against humanity.

Nana Amofa said from the family’s initial investigation and eye witness accounts, they had learned that their brother posed no danger to the Police before he was shot.

These include those of Amofa’s friend, Richard and Kwame Baah, a bar attendant, who were arrested and locked up in Police cells. They have, subsequently, been granted bail.

Nana Amofa said her brother resided with her and had left home on Sunday, April 15, at about 1800 hours, to attend a funeral with a couple of his friends in the neighbourhood.

She said at about an hour after midnight, Amofa and Richard were standing in front of a drinking spot, where Baah worked.

Nana Amofa said a Police Patrol Team pulled up in a vehicle and stopped in front of them and Amofa stepped into the drinking spot; but he was confronted by the Police.

After searching the other guys outside the drinking spot, they pulled Amofa into the bucket of their pick-up vehicle.

According to Nana Amofa, he was then subjected to severe beatings and molestation and when he could no longer bear it, he took to his heels, while the Police pursued him amid sporadic gunfire.

She said in an attempt to seek refuge, Amofa jumped unto the wall to enter the house of Mr Mensah, their father’s friend.

These policemen chased my brother, while shooting to kill him and putting the lives of Mr Mensah’s family at risk, she stated.

The Police caught my brother alive behind the main building and shot him in cold blood, despite his cries of innocence.

She said the claim by the Police that Amofa had concealed a gun around his waist, was unfounded and stressed that the bar attendant attested to that.

Nana Amofa said the bar attendant claimed that there were about four male customers seated and drinking in the bar, long before the arrival of Amofa and the Police team.

She said the Amofa Family believed that their brother was gruesomely murdered and were, therefore, asking the Police Authority to bring the perpetrators to book.

We believe it’s our right to know the true events leading to that gruesome murder…, and consider the Police’s claim that he was an armed robber, a conscious attempt to justify their crime and besmear his good name.

Source: Ghana News Agency

“Fashion medication” exposes women to breast cancer

Accra- Older women who take in medication to keep them young and gives them the sense of young feeling stand the risk of contracting breast Cancer.

Dr Emmanuel M. Sowah, the Superintendent of the VRA (VRA) Hospital in Accra, who disclosed this said, ‘some old ladies would always want to look like young ladies and therefore resort to medication that gives them the desired result but that exposes them to breast Cancer.’

He therefore advised them to stay away from that unhealthy practice.

Dr Sowah was addressing participants of the 2018 Annual Internal Audit and Governance Conference organised by the Institute of Internal Auditors-Ghana (IIA) held in Accra.

The two-day event was dubbed Impact of leadership on institutional governance.

Topics treated included; governing boards: challenges, impact and remedies, the impact of the internal Auditor’s evidence on investigations, facing up to the challenges of the internal audit profession, business systems; social media and associated cyber threats, audit committee effectiveness and its impact on institutional governance and the need for the busy executive to find time to deal with the threat of prostrate, cervical and breast cancer.

Dr Sowah said dense breasts, overweight, taking of oral contraceptive pills and drinking of alcohol also put women at a high risk of getting the disease and advised women to from time to time, examine their breasts to detect any change so as to seek early medical attention to avoid surgery, chemotherapy or radiation.

The Medical Superintendent advised them to disabuse their minds from the fact that there were herbal treatments. Myths such as the use of micro-wave, too much Mammogram, among others, also lead to breast cancer, should be disregarded.

He said men, who had the history of prostate cancer in their families, being black and old also stood at high risk of getting the disease and advised them to eat balanced diet, exercise and do regular check-ups.

Mrs Juliet Aboagye-Wiafe, President of IIA at the closing session thanked their sponsors for making the programme a success.

Mr Moses Kwame Gyasi won the personality award, for his contribution to the growth of the audit profession in Ghana whereas GRIDCO and Ghana Airports Company Limited won the outstanding partners awards.

Source: Ghana News Agency