Tokyo 2020: Black Bombers presents Golden Tree Chocolates to the Japanese team

Accra, – The national amateur boxing team, the Black Bombers of Ghana on Tuesday, presented Golden Tree Chocolates and stoles designed in national colours to their counterparts in the Japanese team.

Led by their Head Coach Akwasi Ofori Asare the Bombers made the presentation after they had sparred with them in Inawashiro on Monday.

According to Coach Asare, the presentation had been part of the tradition of the Bombers during international competitions over the years.

“It is to establish cordial relationships with other boxing teams.

“It is also to show love and friendship, apart from marketing the nation’s popular brand and presenting a nourishing product,” he added.

Touching on their sparring with the Japanese boxers, Coach Asare said it was a request from the coach of the nation of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games which he could not refuse.

He revealed that the sparring helped in assessing the current form of his boxers who proved that they were ready for the tournament.

“We accepted the request because as the host nation, they would have something to share with us, so we gladly accepted the opportunity to assess the readiness of our boxers and it was worthwhile,” he said.

Source: Ghana News Agency

AAIL hands over Classroom blocks to two communities

New Tokunaso (W/R), June 06, GNA – AngloGold Ashanti (Iduapriem) Limited (AAIL), has handed over two six-unit classroom blocks to Awudua Methodist and New Tokunaso basic schools in the Prestea Huni-Valley Municipality.

The Awudua Methodist basic school building which is now Nana Kobina Angu II block was built by AAIL at a total cost of GH₵ 600,000.00, while the New Tokunaso basic school was funded by the AngloGold Ashanti Iduapriem Community Trust Fund at about GH₵745,000.00.

The two facilities have a modernised head teacher’s office, staff common room, storeroom, washroom, and a mechanized borehole.

Speaking at the commissioning ceremony, the Acting Managing Director of AAIL, Engineer Isaac Boakye Aduenin, explained that on the Awudua Methodist basic school project, the chief and elders of Apinto Divisional Stool requested the Mine to renovate the structure which was in a deplorable state.

He said after an assessment was carried out by the Mine’s on the facility, they found it necessary to construct a new school block to replace the dilapidated one which had lots of safety implications but over 385 pupils were occupying it.

On the New Tokunaso school building, Mr Aduenin said, it would not only eliminate the dangers associated with pupils walking along the Tarkwa-Bogoso highway to school but also benefit pupils in the nearby communities to have access to quality basic education.

He commended the Trust Fund Board and the Mines for their continuous interest to assist in the development of AAIL stakeholder communities.

“We strongly believe that with the handing over of these facilities, attendance would improve, the interest of pupils in learning would eventually translate into their quality of education and academic performance,” he said.

The Acting Managing Director emphasized that the two projects they commissioned were part of some interventions the Mine has undertaken recently as part of their continued efforts to make the communities in which they operate better off.

He thanked Ramoth, one of their local sub-contractors, for presenting one hundred pieces of furniture to the New Tokunaso basic school.

Mr Aduenin also expressed appreciation to the leadership of their host communities and other stakeholders for their continuous support to develop the Mine for the benefit of all.

The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of Prestea Huni-Valley, Dr Isaac Dasmani, appealed to parents to send their children to school to justify the massive investments AAIL was making to improve education in its catchment communities.

Nana Adarkwa Bediako III, Gyasehene of Apinto Divisional Council, pleaded with teachers and the beneficiary communities to take good care of the school buildings and the furniture.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Ya-Na praises SDA Church for development projects

Yendi (NR) – YA-NA Abukari II has praised the Seventh Day Adventist (S.D.A) church for its commitment in undertaking projects in various parts of Dabgon and other parts of the country.

He said it was because of their commitment to development wherever the church found itself that he gave them one acre of land at Savelugu when he was the chief of Savelugu.

YA-NA Abukari II gave this commendation when the President of the church Pastor Dapaah Siakwan and his delegation called on him at the Gbewaa palace and promised to offer them a land when the President’s appeal to him for a land for the church in Yendi.

He said he will contact his chiefs in the area for the one acre of land for them.

Pastor Dapaah Siakwan expressed their gratitude to YA-NA for the assistance adding that the Savelegu land was being developed into an Eye clinic and a school for the area.

He said the church was not limited to only preaching the gospel, but they were also into development projects at their church locations adding that they had a number of Basic Schools in Northern Region, North East Region, Savana Region, Upper East and Upper West Regions.

The President saidf they had Senior High School, Hospital in Tamale and a number of Basic Schools in Tamale and its environs, with their Valley View University Compus at Wayampa in Tamale Metro on Bolga Road.

He said in Yendi they had the Kindergarten (KG) Primary and Junior High School and on every Wednesday they prayed for the Government, Kings (chiefs) and the country and reminded them that their kingship was established by God and it was important they prayed for them.

Pastor Dapaah said if YA-NA gives them the land in Yendi they will establish a clinic and Pastor’s residence as the health of every individual was paramount.

President Dapaah was accompanied by Pastor Daniel Owusu, Yendi District Pastor, Madam Salamatu Aelamu Abebe Yendi Women’s Ministries leader , Brother James Dade Mensah Treasurer of the church and Brother Boafo-Agbesi, the Church Clerk.

Source: Ghana News Agency

DVLA creates platform for customer engagement

Tema, – The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) has set up a mechanism to provide clients with the best services through consistent engagement with customers across the country for their input on how best to serve their interests.

Mr Benjamin Peh, Acting Head of Research, Business Development and Innovation said in line with this, officers of the Business Department travels to all the offices of DVLA nationwide to engage clients.

Mr Peh disclosed this in Tema during a stakeholder engagement and staff appreciation day organized by the Ghana News Agency-Tema Office.

He indicated that the reason why regional officers were not in charge of the interaction with their clients was to give a neutral face to the customers as a form of encouraging them to voice out their concerns about the services they received at their designated officers.

“Instead of allowing the staff in the various centres to do so, we moved in from head office for the customers to feel free to talk to us, it gives a neutral face to them to let us know about their take on our services”, he said.

He said as part of the customer engagement, a well-designed questionnaire is administered to the clients to answer within three minutes adding that a report on their response then goes to management for actions to be taken on issues raised.

Touching on other measures to ensure the efficiency of the Authority, he indicated that they had improved transparency in their operations by tightening DVLA’s internal processes to give a good and rigid system aimed at preventing others from penetrating, “so if you are a guru boy you won’t get anything”.

Mr Peh added that their services had been enhanced stating for instance that the vehicle registration process which hitherto took about seven days had been reduced to about three days with further measures been looked at to reduce it to one hour.

He noted that unless the DVLA had a motivated and dedicated staff, all the measures put in place would not be realized therefore, management had created a learning and development department dedicated to staff development and motivations which he disclosed took a chunk of its budget to cater for the staff.

Mr Francis Ameyibor, Tema Regional Manager of the Ghana News Agency welcoming participants to the stakeholders’ engagement said in any democratic country, the media played a vital role in creating, galvanizing, and reflecting public opinion.

Mr Ameyibor added that government and other social organizations could use the media more effectively as a medium for social change as it was a more powerful tool that must be used strategically towards national development.

“You ignore the media at the peril of the state, organization, or agenda, we must therefore work together to create an enabling environment and trust, media is simply indispensable for the organization of the state”.

He said to this end, the GNA-Tema stakeholders’ engagement was a progressive platform to allow both state and non-state actors to interact with journalists, address national issues, and throw more light on their organization’s mandate while deepening of the relationship.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Gyamfi banned for one match

Accra, – The Disciplinary Committee of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) has imposed a one-match on Emmanuel Gyamfi, Captain of Asante Kotoko.

The player was found guilty of stamping a player of Inter Allies FC Andy Okpe, in an off the ball incident, which in the opinion of the GFA was improper and likely to bring the game into disrepute.

In addition to the one-match ban, Gyamfi would a pay fine of GH¢ 1,000.

A statement from the GFA said, Gyamfi has been warned that any future misconduct shall receive stiffer punishments.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Motor rider gets 14 years for defilement

Tokor (V/R), – A 36-year old Korbla Azamati, alias ‘Overcomer,’ has been sentenced to 14 years imprisonment for defiling a 14 year old girl.

The convict, a motor rider, who pleaded not guilty to the charge of defilement was pronounced guilty by the Circuit Court at Tokor in the Ketu South Municipality and sentenced accordingly.

Police Sergeant Aikins Kaklaku, prosecuting, narrated to the court that the complainant (victim’s father), who lives around Klikor Shitorkope in the Municipality, came to the Agbozume Police Station at about 0510hours on December 27, 2020 and alleged that “Overcomer” defiled her daughter around 0100hour on that same day.

He said the victim had gone out with a boy of her age to a programme in the neighbourhood, when the convict sexually assaulted her.

Sgt Kaklaku said the convict with a knife pulled out and upon threats, ordered the victim’s companion to leave, and after he commanded the girl to follow him to his family house in the area, where he defiled her.

The Prosecution said after the report was made, the Police issued the complainant with a medical report form to seek medical treatment, which later revealed the hymen of the victim was broken with evidence of penetration.

He said following further investigations, Overcomer was arrested and arraigned.

After months of proceedings, the court presided over by Mr Joseph Ofosu Behome found Overcomer guilty of the charge.

Source: Ghana News Agency

MTN FA Cup: Asante Kotoko cruise to quarter-finals after 2-1 win against Asokwa Deportivo

Ghana Premier League giants, Asante Kotoko have booked a place in the quarter-finals of the 2020/2021 MTN FA Cup competition after defeating Asokwa Deportivo 2-1 on Tuesday afternoon.

The Porcupine Warriors today hosted the National Division One League outfit at the Obuasi Len Clay Sports Stadium to battle for one of the last eight spots in the Round 16 stage.

In a game of two halves, both teams won one half but it was Asante Kotoko that made its impressive first-half performance count.

On the matchday, Brazilian wizard Fabio Gama Dos Santos scored from 12-yards to open the scoring for the home team after 12 minutes into the first half before an equalizer from Evans Adomako sent the side into the break with a comfortable lead.

Although Asokwa Deportivo would win the second half after grabbing a consolation in the 56th minute, Asante Kotoko managed the game well to ensure the team won 2-1 at the end of the 90 minutes.

Today’s narrow win hands the Reds the ticket to play in the quarter-finals of this season’s MTN FA Cup competition.

Source: Modern Ghana

NGO empowers women through Village Saving and Loan Associations

Wa, – The Youth Advocacy on Rights and Opportunities (YARO), a Non-governmental Organisation (NGO), has empowered thousands of people in the Upper West Region through the Village Savings and Loans Associations (VSLAs) initiative.

The NGO said it had currently formed over 700 VSLA groups in some districts and municipalities in the region, including the Wa Municipality, Wa West, Wa East, Nadowli-Kaleo, and Daffiama- Bussie-Issa (DBI) Districts.

Mr Salifu Ibrahim, the Programmes Coordinator of YARO, who disclosed this to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in an interview in Wa on Tuesday, said the VSLA was more beneficial than saving one’s money in the bank.

He said last Wednesday for instance, a VSLA group in Wa made up of 35 members had saved over GH₵ 100, 000.00, and made a profit of about GH₵ 22, 000.00 over one year period.

“Considering this, I can say the VSLA is more profitable than saving your money in the bank. They bought shares at GH₵ 10.00 per share, and today a share goes for GH₵ 12.00.

“This means of every GH₵ 10.00, you get GH₵ 2.00 profit. I don’t think if you save GH₵10.00 anywhere you will get GH₵ 2.00 profit in one year”, he explained.

He said the VSLA was helping to bring women together to enable them to build cash assets, start some businesses and support themselves and their children’s development.

Madam Lariba Yendao, a beneficiary of the VSLA in Wa said her VSLA group started operating about nine years now and had helped improve the economic status of the members.

“It is very helpful to us. At the end of the year, we get some profit on what we saved and we can support our businesses and do other things”, she stated.

Source: Ghana News Agency