Abass Ganiu’s solitary strike for Eleven Wonders stuns Great Olympics

Accra,- Great Olympics succumbed to a 1-0 defeat against Eleven Wonders in a match-day 32 encounter of 2020/21 Ghana Premier League played at the Accra Sports Stadium.

Abass Ganiyu scored in the 85th minute to give the away side maximum points moving them into 12th position on the league log and two points away from the relegation zone.

The loss for Great Olympics was their third at home this season as they dropped out of the top four into fifth with two matches to end the season.

Great Olympics were dominant in possession with their talisman Gladson Awako making a comeback after missing their previous two matches due to injury.

Awako came close in putting the home side ahead in the 33rd minute but his drive at goal missed by a whisker.

Eleven Wonders goalie John Kwadwo Mossie was very busy in the post as he kept out most of the attempts made by Great Olympics’ front men as the first half ended scoreless.

The away side were a much improved side in the second half as they approached the game with the mentality of securing the much-desired points.

Ganiu struck in the 85th minute for Eleven Wonders as he tapped home from close range with Alex Asamoah getting the assist as they denied Great Olympics any point.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Adentan Police sensitise students on drug abuse

Accra,- The Adentan District Police Command has sensitised students of the West Africa Senior High School (WASS) on the devastating effects of drug abuse on their academic and future ambitions.

The sensitisation was through the collaborative efforts of Superintendent Osman Alhassan, the Adentan District Police Commander, and Dr Emmanuel K. Hopeson, an adjunct lecturer at the University of Ghana Law School.

It was to help the students with their psychological and emotional wellness for academic excellence.

Over 2,800 students, teachers and non-teaching staff of the School participated in the programme.

They were introduced to laws governing narcotic use in Ghana; Common abusive substances such as cocaine, heroine, marijuana and tramadol; drug misuse; and violent crimes, among other things.

Supt. Alhassan bemoaned a worrying trend of students being arrested as part of recent police-led swoops and raid of ghettos within the Adentan District.

He said some violent activities such as rioting, school vandalism, and assault on teachers had narcotics induced tendencies.

Supt. Alhassan said how those harmful substances were concealed in consumables like toffees, tea, and alcohol among others to trap innocent students was mind boggling.

He cautioned that one could serve a jail term of not less than five years and more than 10 years for using and possessing narcotic drugs, respectively.

Dr Hopeson said people who persistently abused narcotic substances often experienced complications including poor peer relationships, academic difficulties, mental health-related problems and high truancy rate.

He urged the students to desist from engaging in narcotic drug-related activities and encouraged parent and students to seek support from the Centre for Peace and Reconciliation.

“The Institute has the professionals, the expertise, tools and resources for professional counselling in dealing with associated challenges to guarantee excellence in life,” he added.

Dr Mrs Shine Ofori, the Headmistress of WASS, expressed gratitude to the Police Administration and the resource persons for the programme and called for more of such events to guide the students.

Participants were treated to some good music by Mrs Diana Hopeson, a Gospel Musician and a former President of the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA).

Source: Ghana News Agency

NGO donates laptop computers to Horti EP Primary School

Horti (VR),- Advocacy for Technology (ADVOTEK), a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), has presented four laptop computers to the management of Horti EP Primary School in the Akatsi South Municipality of the Volta region.

The donation is to strengthen the teaching of information communication technology (ICT) in the school.

Presenting the items at a short ceremony at Horti, Mr Ernest Agbanyo Sena, founder of the NGO, said they expected the move to bring significant change to performance.

Mr Banabas Duho, the headteacher of the school, said information and communication technology (lCT) was critical to quality education delivery.

“We are looking forward to receiving more from you in the years ahead,” he added.

Togbui Ladzekpo Tette-Gefu IV, Chief of Horti, who witnessed the ceremony, appealed to the school management committee and Parent/Teacher Association (PTA) to remain committed to ensuring children in the community get access to quality education.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Black Bombers hold first training in Inawashiro ahead of 2020 Olympic Games

Accra,- The national boxing team, the Black Bombers have held their first training at their camping base in Inawashiro, Japan, ahead of the 2020 Olympic Games.

The team made up of Shakul Samed, Samuel Takyi and Suleiman Tetteh look hearty and energetic after their shake-up.

Head Coach of the team,Ofori Asare said the first day was just to warm up after it rained and that they would begin full scale serious training from Sunday, July 4.

He expressed satisfaction with the weather condition and the facilities for training, as well as the support services.

He said he boxers were hungry for success, and called on Ghanaians to pray for them to succeed.

Chef de Mission for Team Ghana, Mr. Michael Aggrey said he was happy with the discipline shown by everyone in the Inawashiro camp as every member of the delegation tested negative in the daily coronavirus tests.

“I am very excited like everyone and we pray that Team Ghana would prepare well in this facility to compete well and excel” he said.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Best home-based player award, a big motivation – Salifu Ibrahim

Accra,- Accra Hearts of Oak attacking midfielder Salifu Ibrahim says his recent home-based player of the year award will serve as a big motivation as he quest to achieve an illustrious football career.

Salifu who has been one of the breakout stars in 2020/21 football season was adjudged the Home-based Footballer of the year at the third edition of the Ghana Football Awards held in Accra on Saturday.

In an interview with GNA Sports, Salifu who has won the most Man-of-the-Match award (seven) in the ongoing Ghana Premier League dedicated the accolade to his teammates who have aided him this far.

“I want to thank everyone who voted for me in getting this award. I want to thank the players of Accra Hearts of Oak and Techiman Eleven Wonders as well as the Executive Board Chairman, Togbe Afede XIV.

“You know as a young player striving to get to the top is always difficult and to crown it with this kind of recognition, would serve as a motivation and I am very much motivated,” he said.

Salifu who was adjudged the Player of the Month in May has been very crucial to Hearts of Oak’s title quest and he is in pole position of guiding them to their 21st league title, the first in 11 years with few matches to end the season.

Hearts of Oak also won the Best Male Team of the Year while their gaffer Samuel Boadu won the Best Men’s Coach of the Year.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Chief and people of Kandiga boycott census

Kandiga (U/E),– The Chief and people of Kandiga, a community in the Kassena-Nankana West District of the Upper East Region, said they are not participating in the 2021 Population and Housing Census (PHC).

They said the unanimous decision to boycott the exercise was due to irregularities in the demarcation and description of boundaries in the community.

Mr Mathew Akakuzia, the Kandiga Area Council Chairman, at a press conference on Sunday, said the irregularities centred on wrong naming of an enumeration area for two electoral areas in disregard to a court order.

He said Akurugu-Daboo has been named as the Enumeration Area for the Akunkongo-Abempingo and Atosale/Azaasi electoral areas, which was in contempt of a court judgment that approved and gazetted the two electoral areas as the rightful names for any national exercise.

Mr Akakuzia said Akurugu-Daboo, on the other hand, was the name of one family out of seven clans in the two electoral areas, hence it was illegal to use it as the enumeration area.

He said the Automated Fast Track High Court, Accra, on October 18, 2012, ruled to nullify the use of Akurugu-Daboo as the name of the area and the community’s lawyers formally wrote to the various stakeholders to draw their attention to the right name of the place.

Mr Akakuzia said the decision of institutions and departments, including the Ghana Statistical Service, to continue to use Akurugu-Daboo as the Enumeration Area was an infringement on the fundamental human rights and integrity of the people.

He said residents in the Bembiisi and Nabilingo electoral areas also had challenges but attempts to get the Regional Statistician and the District Census officer in Paga and other stakeholders to address them had proved futile.

“In these two electoral areas, some of the Kandiga houses and the Kassena Nankana East Health Centre are captured under Mirigu and Nabango making the affected inhabitants uncomfortable to participate in the enumeration exercise,” Mr Akakuzia said.

“It is also worth noting that Kandiga has a total number of 10 electoral areas out of which eight are placed under the Kassena/Nankana West District and two others under the Kassena/Nankana Municipality making the Geo-demographic demarcation of the area haphazard and discriminatory.”

“For the records, we wish to inform you that the Akunkongo/Abempingo and the Atosale/Azaasi Electoral Areas, which were then referred to as Akurugu-Daboo Electoral Area was duly inaugurated as part of the Kandiga Area Council under the Kassena-Nankana District in 2003 until some people managed to carve it out to form part of the Kassena/Nankana Municipality for their own parochial interests.”

Mr Akakuzia called for the proper demarcation of the 10 electoral areas and placed as one census area under the Kandiga Traditional Area in the Kassena/Nankana West District since that was their ethnic group.

“Bearing in mind the likely consequences and quagmire the community will suffer after this whole exercise, we have unanimously decided to boycott the ongoing Population and Housing Census until our concerns are addressed,” he said.

“We pledge to cooperate fully with the Ghana Statistical Service to ensure a satisfactory and successful enumeration exercise in our community once our concerns are addressed.”

Source: Ghana News Agency

Ghana commodity exchange improves

Accra,– Ghana records improved quality in commodity, reduction in post-harvest losses and lower transaction cost, Mrs Tucci Goko Ivowi, the Chief Executive Officer of Ghana Commodity Exchange, said on Sunday.

She said the coming into force of the Commodity Exchange had seen an increase in jobs for haulage and other service providers.

Mrs Ivowi was speaking at the Minister’s Press Briefing on the journey so far for the Exchange in Accra.

She said it had also provided readily available market, data and better prices for farmers.

The CEO said through the Exchange’s interventions, it had brought standards across markets and trading within defined rules.

The Commodity Exchange is to transform Ghana’s economy by creating prosperity for all commodity value chains and become a regional and global trading hub for all commodities.

There were three key areas of interventions; access to storage, markets and finance, Mrs Ivowi said.

She said it had also brought contract enforcement, assurance and trust in transaction and delivering.

“We are a regulated market, which establishes linkages between commodity producers and buyers to secure competitive prices for their products, assuring the market quantity and quality as well as timely settlement of their trade,” the CEO said.

As a strategic policy direction, the Ghana Commodity Exchange (GCX) had linkages with the ‘Planting for food and jobs’ to provide wider access to markets in support of improved quality and increase production, she said.

It was also linked to the One District, One Warehouse programme to support the Commodity Exchange Warehouse receipt system.

Mrs Ivowi said the GCX also had some linkages with the One District, One Factory, which was to serve as an off taker through the procurement and processing of quality grain purchase.

Some of the strategic partnerships formed over the period were Venture Capital Trust Fund allocation of Ghc5-million for aggregation of selected commodities in the GCX’s Warehouse, and the establishment of a GHc1-million credit line of the Rural Development Fund Ghana for Soy and Maize aggregation with the potential to extend to GHc10-million to fund other commodities and brokers.

Source: Ghana News Agency

President of the Central Regional House of Chiefs honoured

Breman Asikuma (C/R),- The President of the Central Regional House of Chiefs, Odeefuo Amoakwa Buadu VIII, has been honoured for his dedicated and distinguished leadership.

Odeefuo Amoakwa Buadu VIII, who is also Paramount Chief of Breman Traditional Area, received the award from Addison International Center for Emotional Intelligence (AIECI) and the Village Life Royals, non-governmental organizations.

Chief Imam Osman Nuhu Sharubutu, National Chief Imam, was the first recipient of the award for his distinguished service to Mankind and his contribution towards peace and tranquillity prevailing in the country.

Odeefuo Amoakwa Buadu received a citation signed by Mr James Kwesi Addison, founder of AIECI.

The citation reads: “We congratulate you for your new position as the President of the Central Regional House of Chiefs”.

“We hope your rich expertise both at home and abroad in the corporate world will come to bear on the traditional set-up.”

Mr Addison also presented a certificate of recognition and copies of his book on managing children’s emotions.

This took place at the palace of Odeefuo Amoakwa Buadu while he and his Divisional/Sub Chiefs were celebrating the Akosidia festival.

Odeefuo Amoakwa Buadu, who is the second recipient of the award, expressed his appreciation to the two organizations for selecting him and also thanked them for working towards the well-being of children in particular.

He expressed appreciation to his divisional and sub-chiefs for the support and called for continuous assistance to achieve the transformation of the area.

Source: Ghana News Agency