Agona West MP inaugurates school block for Bobikuma Presby JHS

Bobikuma (C/R), Mrs Cynthia Morrison, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Agona West, has inaugurated a six-classroom block after the completion of its rehabilitation for the Upper Bobikuma Presbyterian Junior High School in the Central Region.

Addressing chiefs, students, teachers and supporters of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) at the inauguration, Mrs Morrison said the renovation of the school was in fulfilment of a promise made to the people in the constituency during the 2016 elections.

She this shows the value she places on education in the area.

Mrs Morrison, now Minister-designate for Gender, Children and Social Protection, expressed gratitude to the chiefs and people of Bobikuma for voting massively for the NPP in the 2016 elections.

She said education is also a priority for President Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, hence the introduction of the Free Senior High School Policy, which took-off last year and urged parents to take advantage of it to send their children to school.

The MP assured authorities of the Bobikuma Presbyterian Basic School that she would ensure that the school is listed on the School Feeding Programme to encourage the enrolment of more pupils.

Ms Betty Essel, the Agona West Municipal Director of Education, commended the MP for her prompt action in renovating the school, whose dilapidated condition compelled the authorities to send JHS ‘1’ to ‘3’ students to different schools in the town.

She called on the school authorities, the Parent Teacher Association and the School Management Committee to take good care of the school block.

Ms Essel praised the teachers and the students of the school for their hard work which produced excellent results in this year and last year’s BECE.

Reverend Cosmos Labi, the Head teacher of the school, expressed gratitude to the MP for the rehabilitation of the school and appealed to individuals and organisations to support the renovation of the school toilet facility.

Mr Kojo Addo, the Agona West Chairman of NPP, lauded the MP for her support to school children of Upper Bobikuma to get quality education.

Nana Antwi Buabeng XI, the Chief Upper Bobikuma, said the chiefs and the people of the town would always remember the good things of the President and the MP and they would also play their part to ensure that education improves in the area.

Mr George Gyamfi, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Boafo Ye Na Money Lender, donated 20 bags of cement towards the rehabilitation of the school toilet facility.

He called on NPP supporters in the area to rally behind the MP to enable her to improve the living conditions of the people.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Emulate the example of Osagyefo Akonu X, chiefs urged

Enyan Abaasa (C/R), Mr Kwamena Duncan Central Regional Minister, has appealed to chiefs in the region to emulate the leadership example of Osagyefo Kwame Akonu X Omanhen of Enyan Abaasa Traditional Area.

He said this would help curb chieftaincy litigations for sanity to prevail in their respective traditional areas.

The Minister made the appeal when he joined the chiefs and people of Abaasa Traditional Area at a forum to commemorate the silver Jubilee of Osagyefo Akonu X, the paramount chief of the area and the climax of their 2018 Akwambo Festival.

The celebration, held under the theme: the role of a leader in development, was to solicit for funds to complete the traditional meeting hall and other project such as connecting potable water to communities, expansion of the infrastructure at the technical institute.

Mr Duncan said information available to him indicates that the Abaasa Traditional Area is the only traditional area in the region which has no chieftaincy case pending before the Central or the National House of Chiefs.

I have had a number of interactions with his Royal Majesty since my assumption of office as Regional Minister and in all these interactions, Osagyifo Akonu X has stood out with an enviable unmatched quest for human, material and physical development for his traditional area, the Central Region and Ghana as a whole, he said.

Mr Duncan said qualities of the chief has led to the establishment of the Oman Nsawa Development Fund and the establishment of a 35 acre coconut plantation site plan at Eduakrom.

He said his office has put the necessary plans and measures to support them address challenges and concerns the traditional council has raised.

Daasebre Kwebu Ewusi VII, Omanhen of Abeadz Traditional Area, and also the Vice President of the National House of Chiefs, said I have keenly observed with considerable satisfaction the quality of leadership which you have brought to the chieftaincy institution. Your energy and enterprise has not only impacted upon the lives of only your people but has deepened the chieftaincy institution.

You deep insight into the strength and capabilities of our traditions and culture in addressing social issues relating to modern governance system have earned you, the admiration and the confidence of your peers, he said.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Workshop to explore alternative protein feed sources held

Accra, A workshop to promote the use of alternative protein feed sources for improving self-sufficiency and sustainable intensification of livestock agriculture has been held in Accra.

Organised by the SAIRLA Ghana National Learning Alliance (GH-NLA), the dialogue aimed at influencing policy or programmes on alternative protein feed sources and encouraging development partners and donors to invest in these feed sources.

The workshop comes on the background of the ever-increasing demand for meat, which far exceeds supply in the face of a growing population in the country.

The knowledge-sharing workshop offered the opportunity for three PhD students under the CABI-Sterling University-CSIR collaborative research project to present some of their research findings for further discussions and to stimulate social learning among stakeholders and participants.

The three looked at topics: Black Soldier Fly Larvae meal as alternative protein feed source: Assessment for farmers’ willingness to pay and implications for broiler production in Ghana, Production of black soldier fly larvae using organic waste substances and Using house fly larvae as alternate protein source in poultry feed: Health and safety implications in Ghana.

Professor Emmanuel K. Adu, the Director of the Animal Research Institute under the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, underscored the importance of such innovative researches to the development of the livestock sector.

He said it was time to make available such important works, such as the one on alternative protein field sources, to farmers for early adoption and to help in addressing the challenges on the field.

It is high time we rose as scientists to address it or else, we become irrelevant. The Agriculture Research Institute (ARI) is making itself more relevant to you by addressing issues that confront our livestock farmers- bringing innovations, making production more efficient than we have seen, he said.

Prof Adu said innovative researches could help reverse the tide of the unbridled importation of meat products into the country as it could help local producers to boost production.

Local producers have done it in the past and I believe with adequate support they could reverse the unfortunate trend of heavy reliance on imported meat by becoming competitive, he said.

Participants stressed the need for increased awareness backed with evidence to increase the prospects for early adoption and investment.

There is also the need for legislation and regulation as well as policy support for further research into the alternative sources.

The SAIRLA-GH-NLA is working together with relevant stakeholders to identify the different policies and mechanisms that could provide smallholder farmers, including women and young people, with better access to resources and information relating to Sustainable

Agricultural Intensification (SAI) in crops, livestock and fisheries subsectors.

Based on the above, the SAIRLA GH-NLA has identified three key themes, including Pesticides Use, Gender and Climate Smart Agricultural Investment and Alternative protein feed sources for social learning.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Ashantigold beat Kotoko in

Accra, Ashantigold SC defeated their regional rivals Asante Kotoko 3-2, in the second leg of the Golden Clash played at the Len Clay Sports Stadium on Sunday.

A last strike by Richard Djorbi, from a penalty spot ensured the Elephants avenged their 3-2 loss against the Porcupine Warriors in the first leg of the encounter.

Ashantigold dominated the game in early stages and deservedly went ahead after winger Shafiu Mumumi opened the scoring for the home side with a delightful strike.

Mumuni doubled his side lead few minutes later with another thunderous strike, but a late first half gasp by Kotoko’s Obed Owusu ensured a slim advantage for Ashantigold as the game went to recess.

Kotoko started the second half on the front foot as they search for much needed equaliser.

Sogne Yacouba continued his remarkable goal scoring form for the Porcupine Warriors, when he stepped up with a superb equaliser.

But a later penalty awarded Ashantigold by Referee Latif Qadri, saw Ashantigold’s

Ivorian attacker Djorbi step up and fire home from the penalty spot to ensure victory for Ashantigold.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Local enterprises schooled on National Kaizen Project

Breman Asikuma (C/R), The Asikuma-Odoben-Brakwa (AOB) District directorate of the Business Advisory Center (BAC) of the National Board and Small Scale Industries (NBSSI) has organized a day’s workshop for 68 micro, small and medium Scale Enterprises.

They were trained on the on National Kaizen Business Development Service (BDS) project and participants at the event included hairdressers, dressmakers and garage owners amongst others.

Mr Albert Boachie-Amofa, Acting Director of Investment and Credit Department of the NBSSI Head Quarters, said National KAIZEN project started as a pilot in Ashanti Region in 2012 to strengthen the capacity of NBBSSI on its BDS provision and facilitation.

He said the growth of small and medium scale sector in the economy is critical as it contributes immensely in the growth of the economy but there are existing challenges with regards to the management of their businesses and this is hampering the growth of the sector.

It was against this backdrop that the NBSSI/JICA National Kaizen Project was launched to help in providing effective and efficient Business Development Service to improve production, efficiency, quality of products and competitiveness both locally and internationally, he said.

With some successes chalked in the pilot phase, the project is being replicated across the county, hence the need for such an event to create awareness and showcase the achievements and contribution of the project.

Mr Boachie-Amofa urged the participants to take advantage of the project to improve and to grow saying they should make good use of the AOB District Office of the Rural Enterprise Center (the BAC) for technical assistance on the implementation of the project.

Mr Patrick Asafo Agyei, Head of NSSI/BAC Asikuma-Odoben-Brakwa, said the objectives of kaizen are to reduce costs by eliminating waste, provision the best quality at lower cost to shorten lead time.

Kaizen was systematized by Toyota and it methodology is easy to apply to other enterprises saying the benefits of Kaizen project is to increase productivity, improve quality, better safety, improve customer satisfaction, communication and cooperation, morale and employee satisfaction and to help in increase income, he said.

Mr Henry Owoo, AOB District Coordinating Director who deputized for the District Chief Executive, urged the participants to make good use of the knowledge they have acquired to improve their business.

Source: Ghana News Agency