Divine Otoo Agorhom elected NPP Greater Accra Regional Chairman

Accra- Mr Divine Otoo Agorhom, Chairman of COB-A Group of Companies, was on Saturday elected the Greater Accra Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) after beating his main contender Mr Alfred Boye with seven votes.

Of the total valid votes of 611, Mr Agorhom secured 276, Mr Boye, who until the election was the Acting Regional Chairman, got 269 and the third aspirant, Archibold Cobbina, the Greater Accra Regional Coordinator of National Disaster Management Organization, had 66 votes.

Nii Adjei Tawia and Madam Joana Frances Adda also secured maximum votes to occupy the positions of first vice chair and second vice chair respectively.

Nii Odarlai Parker is the new secretary, with Baba Seidu Issaka elected as his assistant.

Madam Grace Acheampong, Prince Obeng, Moses Abor, Rachael Tutu and Alhaji Kamil Hussain will also serve as the Regional Women’s Organizer, Organizer, Youth Organizer, Treasurer and Nasara Coordinator respectively.

Mr Sammy Awuku, the NPP National Youth Organizer, who administered the Oath of Office, advised the executives to mobilise, unite and strengthen the grassroots of the Party to ensure a smooth sail in Election 2020.

He urged the winners to team up with the other aspirants to work to maintain and guard the enviable democratic tenants of the Party.

We are happy with the success recorded here. Our delegates conducted themselves very well. We know at some point tempers were high but for the sake of peace, you continued to tolerate each other, Mr Awuku said.

To the candidates who won it is our prayer that you will be magnanimous in victory and those who lost will be gracious in defeat.

You won’t win all the time, in this our politics even your chairman has lost several battles before but today he is chairman of Greater Accra. Let’s all work together for the greater good of our party.

Mr Agorhom, on his part, said he was confident of delivering on his promises and bridging the gap between the regional executives and the grassroots.

It’s been a long walk to this victory. This is a victory for all of us, we are one big family. We need to come together and work for the common good of the Party and then our country Ghana. To our brothers who couldn’t sail through we still say thank you, he said.

For the elected officers, we pledge to deliver on our promises. I will bring everybody on board to ensure that we use the best strategies possible so we can go beyond 2020.”

Source: Ghana News Agency

Immigration Ladies taste third defeat in FreshPak National Women’s League

Accra- Immigration Ladies tasted their third defeat in match day three when they lost 1-2 against Halifax ladies in the ongoing FreshPak National Women’s League (NWL)

The match played on Saturday at the Carl Reindorf Park in Dansoman, saw the Immigration Ladies receiving their second home defeat in the competition.

Halifax’s Portia Prempeh put her side in the 52nd minutes when she dribbled three of her opponents to place the ball at the blind side of Immigration’s goalie Esther Agyemang.

Seven minutes later, Immigration’s Linda Mensah pulled parity after she picked the ball at the left side of defence and curled it into the top corner of the Halifax’s net.

The homers, Immigration Ladies were nearly punished again but Halifax’s Ernestina Tetteh missed a brilliant opportunity to put her side in the lead as she failed to a pass received from Hannah Buabeng in the opponents box in the 63rd minutes.

The visitors continued to mount pressure on the host until they got rewarded with two minutes left to end proceedings.

Tetteh raised the ball above the head of Immigration’s defender Rosemary Ampem after picking the ball from behind the centre line and placed it behind Agyemang to the admiration of fans and the bench. It was all joy and excitement at the Carl Reindorf Park.

Buabeng had the chance to make it three for the visitors but was denied as she kicked the ball into the waiting arms of Agyemang.

The win puts Halifax on four points having lost one, drew one and winning one.

Elsewhere in the Northern zone, Northern Ladies beat Kumasi Sports Academy 4-0 while Ampem Darkoa defeated Pearl Pia ladies 2-0.

Source: Ghana News Agency

GHANA: FIVE SUSPECTED DRUG PEDDLERS ARRESTED

WA, Ghana-The Ghana Upper West Regional Police Command in collaboration with other state agencies, have arrested five suspected drug peddlers aged between 32 and 70 years at Ponyentnga, in the Wa West District of the Region.

The arrest was made by a joint force of the Police, the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), Pharmacy Council and Narcotic Control Board.

The move forms part of the security agencies and drug enforcers’ determination to fight against the use of Tramadol and other unregistered drugs and substances sold in the Region, which health officials say posed serious health implications for users.

The police in a press briefing named the suspects as Abubakari Moomin ,67, Seidu Imoru, 60,Issah Mohammed ,66, Suglo John, 32y,and Issahaku Yahaya, 70 years.

They are all in police custody pending further investigations.

Superintendent Alhaji Fuseini Musa Awenaba, Upper West Regional Crime Officer who addressed the Journalists, said the drugs have been handed over to the Pharmacy Council and the FDA for proper classification into registered, banned and those that were supposed to be sold on prescription before the suspects would be charged.

He said those arrested were not over the counter chemical sellers and also not pharmacists that was why we arrested them.

The arrest shows that there are a lot of these drugs in the system,” he added.

The Acting Regional Manager of Pharmacy Council, Mr Lateef Agyei-Wiredu, said the arrest indicated the effective level of collaboration between the heads of departments with the Police, FDA and Pharmacy Council.

He added: the situation is worrying because some drugs which are not allowed to be sold even behind the counter are exhibited within markets squares for sale.

Mr. Albert Ankomah, the Regional Head of Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), said the health implication of medicines such as Tramadol without doctors’ advice or prescription could lead to so many negative effects including brain damage and many more.

He admonished the youth and the public to take a keen interest in buying medicines from registered pharmacy shops or licensed chemical sellers shops.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

GHANA GOVERNMENT IS ON COURSE TO ATTAIN ECONOMIC FREEDOM: VP

ACCRA-Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has said the Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo-led government is on course to attain economic freedom in view of the various pragmatic policies and programmes they are rolling out.

He said the President’s vision of building Ghana-Beyond-Aid was gradually yielding results with the country recording 8.5 percent gross domestic product growth last year and, thus, becoming the fastest growing economy in Africa and in the world.

Vice President Bawumia said this when the former President of Cape Verde, Mr Pedro Verona Rodriques Pires, paid a courtesy call on him, at the Jubilee House, in Accra on Friday.

The former President of Cape Verde is in Ghana to deliver series of lectures at the University of Development Studies (UDS), Tamale in the Northern Region.

Mr Rodrigues Pires was the President of Cape Verde from 2001 to 2011, and received the MO Ibrahim Prize for good governance after leaving office in 2011.

Vice President Bawumia commended the former Cape Verdian Leader for his exemplary leadership, describing him as a role model to the current crop of African leaders.

He said the students of the UDS were fortunate to listen to one of the distinguished leaders in Africa to tap into his vast knowledge and wisdom and wished him a fruitful stay in the country.

Mr Rodrigues Pires, on his part, said Ghana had played a significant role in Africa that helped the liberation of the continent from colonial rule and applauded the successive governments for sustaining and consolidating the country’s democracy.

He lauded the current government for the economic success it had chalked so far and asked the Akufo-Addo’s administration to continue the good cause to accelerate national development.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

Bryan Acheampong Foundation trains rabbit/grass cutter farmers

Yaw Tenkorang (E/R)- The Bryan Acheampong Foundation, a non-profit organisation in the Kwahu East District, has trained more than 300 rabbit and grasscutter farmers from 10 communities in the District.

The beneficiary communities include Dwerebease, Hweehwee, Miaso, Sempoa, Akwasiho, Abene, Abetifi and Suminakese.

The training formed part of the economic empowerment programme initiated by the Foundation; a brainchild of Mr Bryan Acheampong, the Member of Parliament of Abetifi, to introduce farmers to modern ways of rearing rabbits and grasscutters to increase income.

Mr Eric Nyarko, the Director of the Foundation, explained that the training was to equip farmers with skills to increase their production and incomes and create jobs for others.

The beneficiary farmers would be given grasscutters after the training to boost their farming activities.

Mr Nyarko said the workshop would be extended to farmers who were into beekeeping and snail rearing.

He said the Foundation would promote sustainable animal rearing in the Kwahu East District to make it attractive to the youth and urged farmers to register with it to benefit from the training.

Mr Tweneboah Kodua, the Head of Animal Science Department, College of Tropical Agriculture, Kumasi, who was the Resource Person, urged the beneficiary farmers to put into practice what they had learnt to improve on their production.

The Bryan Acheampong Foundation was established in 2016 by the MP in the Kwahu East District to ensure sustainable development and reduce poverty.

Source: Ghana News Agency