Likpe Koforidua gets CHPS Compound

Likpe (O/R), Mr Andrews Teddy Ofori, the Hohoe Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), has commissioned and handed over a Community-based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) Compound to the Likpe Koforidua community.

Sod was cut in 2018 for the construction of the facility, which is one of three built in Gbi-Kordzofe and Gbi Akplamafu under the District Development Facility (DDF).

Mr Ofori speaking at a ceremony at Likpe Koforidua noted that the health of community members in the Municipality was a priority to the Assembly.

He said the Assembly thought it prudent and necessary to put up health facilities in almost every community to address their basic health needs.

The MCE expressed gratitude to the land owners, construction firm and community members for the completion of the project.

He urged the community members not to encroach on the land on which the facility was built, since there could be future upgrade of the CHPS Compound.

Madam Gift Asempa, Acting Director, Hohoe Municipal Health Directorate, noted that CHPS aimed at establishing sustainable systems for improving the community’s health by involving individuals and households in planning and delivering health care.

She said CHPS strategy was a breakthrough in enhancing community involvement and ownership of primary health care interventions towards achieving universal health coverage.

The Acting Health Director said a staff would be posted to the facility and would facilitate the formation of the Community Health Management Committee (CHMC) with support of the chief, opinion leaders as well as the directorate.

Madam Asempa said the facility would render services including Growth Monitoring and Promotion, family planning services, clinical (minor ailment treatment).

Others include ANC outreach from CHPS compounds with midwife, home visit and emergency delivery, and School Health activities.

Mr Kudjoe Julius Ceasar, Assemblyman, Likpe Agbozome/Koforidua Electoral Area, said the facility had ended the community’s eight decades without a health facility.

He said access to health care in neighbouring communities had been a headache due to the bad nature of the roads.

The newly commissioned facility has a hall, two nurses apartments, washrooms for nurses and clients, storeroom, waiting area, a fridge for vaccines, hospital beds and other other health equipment.

Mr Paul Somevi, Chairman for the occasion, said the facility needed the commitment of the community members in maintaining the structure.

He entreated them to seek health care anytime they felt unwell and not wait till their sickness got worsened.


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Some 1,500 birds to be killed on Denu farm as Ministry races to contain spread of Bird flu

Denu (V/R), Some 1,500 birds are to be culled on an animal farm in Denu in the Ketu South Municipality as the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) works around the clock to end the spread of bird flu in the Country.

Avery Farms, an animal rearing business located within the Gamadza community with chickens, turkeys, ducks and quail in both intensive and free range hold, recorded an outbreak of avian influenza on July 04, 2021.

Samples collected by the Regional Veterinary Team on July 14, tested positive for the virus and biosecurity protocols were immediately engaged.

Mr. Mohammed Hardy Turferu, a Deputy Minister of MOFA led a team to access the situation on Thursday, which settled on Killing and burying all birds on the farm.

Also to be destroyed are eggs and feed, in addition to hundreds of pigs and rabbits, and there are fears free-range birds might have carried the virus beyond the farm.

Dr Patrick Akandi, Regional Veterinary Officer, briefing the Minister, said a total of 129 birds had died before infected birds were culled, and this included 124 cockerels and five turkeys.

He said a further 376 cockerels, eight turkeys, and 124 local birds were killed And buried by his team in collaboration with the local Assembly, which had been disinfecting the farm since the outbreak was recorded.

The Veterinary Officer said human samples had also been collected for testing at the Noguchi Medical Research Centre.

The Deputy Minister said although a tough decision, destroying the total livestock had become inevitable, and commended ownership of the farm for the cooperation and wholesome sacrifice.

He assured of the Ministry’s firm hold of the situation, promised the highest possible endeavour at preventing further contagion, and also assured of the necessary compensation.

“The Ministry is very alive, very active and has taken the mantle,” Mr. Turferu said, affirming that the Ministry would be far-reaching in controlling the spread.

Dr. Danso Fenteng, National Head of Epidemiology, said killing and burying remained the only control measure for even the least infected farms as the possibility of animal to human transfer remained high.

He said it was more challenging to control outbreaks among local fowl populations, as they were farmed free range and were thus well exposed, adding that fencing must become a requirement on all farms, and further called for chlorine disinfectants to be made mandatory.

Foster Agbenyo, Manager of the farm, counting the loss, asked that the government considered the plight of dependent livelihoods and effect prompt compensation.

Mr. Eliot Edem Agbenormu, Ketu South District Chief Executive, said an Assembly level public health emergency meeting had been held, and that the needed measures including public education, were being implemented.

He said the Assembly would encourage fencing of farms as well as public conformity and vigilance.

The Volta Region has some 300 poultry farms registered, with the largest holding some 30,000 birds.


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Proper policies, programmes and adequate finances can propel growth – Engineer Osafo

Aboadze (WR), The Management of the Volta River Authority and operators of the Aboadze Thermal Plant has noted how prudent investment and managerial skills have turned the fortunes of the company around.

Though the company operated at a lost some years back, management through the “BRAISE” concept was now recording significant profit worthy of recognition as market leaders in power production.

The BRAISE concept, according to Engineer Emmanuel Dankwa Osafo, Deputy Chief Executive of the Authority, hinged on Build, Nurture and Develop human capacity, Restore finances, Advance internal and external business process.

The rest are, improve upon operational and project implementation efficiencies, sustain position as market leader and ensure development in a sustainable manner.

This came to light when some members of the Council of State paid a working visit to the company as part of their three day working tour of the Western Region.

Engineer Osafo told the Council that State institutions such as VRA, Electricity Company of Ghana among others have the potential to do more in terms of revenue generation and retention for economic growth if government infuse the right fiscal support.

He said, “in 2016, we were losing in billions but when we spoke to our people to own the company and show commitment to their work …things have improved tremendously…we can run state institutions with private mentality and succeed in deed”.

The VRA is now into three sectors of energy generation: Solar, Thermal and Hydro with key projects on stream such as, the Pwalugu Dam, T3 and Takoradi Thermal life extension, solar Projects among others.

The Deputy Chief Executive Officer said the Company dreams of a strategic partner to kick start another Thermal project that have been lying fallow for many years.

The company is also environmental responsible and have undertaken huge corporate Social responsibility among its catchment Communities.

Mr. Osafo told the Council of State members that now that the Company was strong and on its feet, management was devising a financial sustainability plan that should take the Company to the next sixty years.

Nana Otuo Siriboe II, the Chairman of the Council of State, revealed that the seventh Council had lots of engagement on the T3 and hence the need for the current Council to follow up and learn things for themselves and how the Council could better advise the President to advance their course.

“We deemed it very important to visit the Western Region first, particularly the energy enclave and see for ourselves issues in the Sector in its entirety,” he added.

The visit by the Council of State is the first of its kind by the highest advisory body to the President.

The Chairman added, “we cannot continue to be armchair Advisers, hence the need to come to the grounds, interact and learn about real time concerns of institutions to appreciate and better advise”.

The Council also visited the construction site of the GNPC Operational Headquarters, where work was progressing within project timelines.

The Operational Headquarters, sited near the Ghana Secondary Technical School (GSTS) in Takoradi, was a campaign promise by the President to ensure that many of the players in the oil and gas business could become easily accessible by all concerned individuals wishing to do business.


Source: Ghana News Agency

Foreign Minister bids outgoing Spanish Ambassador farewell

Accra, Madam Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, has bid farewell to Madam Alicia Rico del Pulgar, the outgoing Spanish Ambassador to Ghana.

Madam Pulgar began her tenure as the Spanish Ambassador to Ghana in 2017.

She is a career diplomat and previously served as the technical advisor in the cabinet of the Minister for Foreign Affairs in 1993 as well as a Deputy Director-General of the Foreign Ministry in 2008.

During the meeting in Accra, the Minister congratulated Madam Pulgar for a successful tour of duty in Ghana.

Madam Ayorkor Botchwey acknowledged the fact that Ghana and Spain had enjoyed and shared warm, friendly and wide-ranging bilateral relations dating back to the 1960s, which had expanded over the years into several areas including health, education, trade, water and sanitation, construction, support to the security sector, energy and fishing.

She applauded the outgoing Spanish Ambassador for her highly distinguished work in Ghana, which had elevated the cordial relations between Ghana and Spain to a higher pedestal exemplified by the exchange of high-level visits including the two-day working visit of the President to Spain in March, 2021 to participate in the launch of Spain’s Action plan dubbed; “Focus Africa 2023”.

She also cited the two-day official visit to Ghana of Madam Cristina Gallach Figures, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation of the Kingdom of Spain.

The Minister highlighted some notable achievements of the Ambassador during her tour of duty in Ghana such as Spain’s enhanced cooperation with Ghanaian security authorities and her interventions leading to the construction of an ultra-modern ICT centre in Tamale, capacity building programmes for civil servants and donations of vehicles and IT equipment to equip the security services of Ghana.

Madam Ayorkor Botchwey also applauded the outgoing Ambassador for facilitating the visit of the Spanish trade mission that visited Ghana in November 2019 for the Spain-Ghana Chamber of Commerce event.

She noted that one of the high points of the outgoing Ambassador’s tenure was the revival of the Spanish Year Abroad Programme to enable more Ghanaian students to benefit from linguistic immersion in institutions of higher learning in Spain.

She urged the outgoing Spanish Ambassador to be an advocate for Ghana and promote Government’s flagship programmes abroad, particularly, the “One-District, One-Factory”, “One-Village, One Dam” and the “Planting for Food and Jobs” to attract technical and financial support from Spain for the full realization of the flagship programmes.

She encouraged the outgoing Spanish Ambassador to promote Ghana as a tourism destination and add that Ghana was open and willing to cooperate and learn from Spain since they had a very vibrant and thriving tourism sector, equipped with the latest logistics, technical know-how and efficient services.

The Minister affirmed that Ghana remained strongly committed to promoting friendly and cooperative relations with Spain and expressed the hope that even after completion of her duty tour in Ghana, she would continue to be a close friend of Ghana and further support the enhancement of the relationship between the two countries.

On her part, Madam Pulgar, who said during her tenure the cordial relationship between the two countries had developed, also called for further strengthening of the ties.


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Appointment of MCE, based on competence not tribe – NPP

Tema, The appointment of Metropolitan Chief Executive for the Tema Metropolitan Assembly should be based on competence and not on tribal basis, New Patriotic Party (NPP) Electoral Area Coordinators for the Tema Central Constituency stated on Friday.

A statement signed by the Coordinators together with NPP Constituency Executives and copied to the Ghana News Agency in Tema therefore condemned an appeal by the Tema Traditional Council to government to appoint an indigene as MCE for Tema Metropolitan Authority.

The Traditional Council on Wednesday appealed to the government not to appoint a non-indigene as the MCE for Tema. The council members who made the appeal at a press conference said it was about time traditional consideration was given a priority in the appointment of MCE for Tema.

Nii Amarh Sompuno II, Spokesperson for the Council and Tema Shipi, said
Tema can also boast of natives with good educational backgrounds who were also activists of the NPP therefore there was no justification to bypass such persons for another tribe to head the TMA.

He said even though Tema West and Ashaiman were also under its paramountcy non-natives were MCEs in the two areas therefore it was not out of place for them to insist on at least getting one of their own for the Tema Metropolis where the Council was located.

But in a rejoinder to the Traditional Council’s appeal, the NPP Electoral Area Coordinators for Tema Central Constituency described the action of the Council as an endorsement of tribal politics within the Metropolis.

According to the NPP Electoral Area Coordinators the promotion of tribal politics in Tema- a cosmopolitan city- had the greatest potential to destroy not only the Tema Metropolis but the country at large.

“We affirm our position and indeed as indicated in the January 28, 2021 press release of same Traditional Council that an appointment to the office of MCE should be based on competence and proven track record of delivering results,” the statement said.

The NPP group also called on the government to ignore all attempts to introduce tribalism into the nomination of the Tema Metropolitan Chief Executive.

They reiterated the support of Party’s grassroots for any compete nominee as the MCE who has demonstrated competence, loyalty, hard work, visionary and unflinching commitment to the development of Tema.

The group said they were resolute in their conviction that any such nominee had the ability to win back the Tema East Parliamentary seat for the Party.


Source: Ghana News Agency

Tema Traditional Council reiterate the need for indigene as MCE

Tema, The Tema Traditional Council on Friday reiterated the need for government to appoint an indigene as the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Tema Metropolitan Assembly.

A statement issued and signed by Nii Amarh Sompuno II, Spokesperson for the Council and Tema Shipi Stool Secretary and copied to the Ghana News Agency in Tema, which was a rejoinder to the Tema Central Constituency of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) dated July 23.

According to the statement, the council reiterates that government should not nominate a non- indigene as the MCE saying that, that action would lend credence to the perception that Tema was ‘no man’s land’.

“Further we think that what is good for the goose is also good for the gander, except that government is trying to buy into that unfortunate perception,” the statement added.

The statement said: “We say this because, from Volta to Western Region, all assemblies are always occupied by indigene, so what have we done wrong to be denied such privilege”.

The Council said there were three assemblies on Tema soil of which the Tema Traditional Council was appealing for a slot; “if we are appealing to the government to give us one slot out of the three, what is wrong with that, especially so, when same is accorded to our immediate neighbours like Kpone, Nungua, Teshie, La, Osu, Ga Mashie among others.

He said the Council would continue to accord the dignity and respect to all political parties including the NPP for them to reciprocate that gesture; “We will not sacrifice our birthright to any form of inducement that will be too expensive for us”.


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WR members on Council of State to handle Chieftaincy issues in the Region

Takoradi, Three members of the Council of State from the Western Region have pledged commitment to ending the feud on who leads the Western Regional House of Chiefs.

The election of the President of the Regional House of Chiefs sparked lots of internal disagreement after the House failed to accept the election of Tetrete Okuamoah Sekyim II, Omanhene of Wassa Akropong as Head of the House over Awulae Amihere Kpanyile of Western Nzema Traditional Council.

This has resulted in several court cases which are yet to be settled.

The three members of the Council – Mrs Alberta Cudjoe, Mrs Eunice Buah and Ogyeahoho Yaw Gyebi who were disheartened and saddened by the turn of events at the Regional House of Chiefs, gave the assurance after engaging the traditional authorities in the Western Region as part of a three-day familiarization tour of the Western Region.

Ogyeahoho Yaw Gyebi II, who is also the President of the National House of Chiefs and a member of the Council of State expressed disappointment at the turn of events in the WR House of Chiefs.

He retorted, “I am surprised at what is happening…I was the President of the House until the creation of the Western North Region…how come the election of a successor should end in the law court”?.

The Council member added, “there are too many development issues to worry about which calls for oneness to handle and not divisiveness…see how our roads are overwhelmed by floods each time it rains, we need to unite for development”.

Ogyeahoho Yaw Gyebi II said they would employ all mitigating measures to ensure that parties came into a compromise.

Ms. Eunice Jacqueline Buah, noted that disunity, misunderstanding among traditional leadership was a key contributor to the lack of development in the Region.

“The roads need to be fixed, there are jobs and other issues but whom do you liaise with among the traditional leadership to get these things done”?

Ms. Buah, therefore, called on them to rethink their position and allow peace to prevail for development.

Ms. Alberta Cudjoe, who almost shed tears, affirmed the need for peace among the leadership, adding, “I believe as a mother, when I call on them together with my sister Jacqueline Buah, we will have a permanent solution to this problem”.

Nana Otuo Siriboe II, the Omanhene of New Juaben and Chairman of the Council of State said there was no glory in protracted litigation and called for dialogue among the feuding parties.

Mr. Ebenzer Kojo Kum, the Minister for Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs lamented, ” I was thinking that as an indigene of the Western Region and a Minister in charge of the Sector, such a misunderstanding should not come from my Region…” and pleaded with the Council of State to engage with them for settlement to aid in development”.


Source: Ghana News Agency

Indian Gov’t ready to support Elmina Fish Processing Plant – Hawa Koomson

Accra, Mrs Hawa Koomson, Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture Development has announced that the Indian Government has agreed to release funds to revamp the Elmina Fish Processing Plant, which is currently not in operation.

She explained that since the plant was constructed and handed over in 2016, it had never been in operation.

Mrs Koomson announced the support when she briefed the media in Parliament House, Accra, after appearing before the House to respond to questions related to the Fisheries and Aquaculture Ministry.

Mr Samuel Atta-Mills, Member of Parliament (MP) for Komenda/Edina/Eguafo/Abrem asked a question on why the fish processing plant at Elmina was closed and what the Ministry was doing about it.

The plant she explained had challenges with the absence of an Effluent Treatment Plant (ETP) (to treat waste after processing) and faulty condenser coils or the refrigerator system.

“The absence of the ETP was a design defect, which the contract did not cover”, she noted.

Mrs Koomson also indicated that her predecessor in her handing over notes stated that the plant was not in operation since 2016.

She said the Ministry tried to find out what the issues were by calling the consultant who was in-charge and he made them aware that some of the plants were very old before they were brought in for installation.

“When they started operation, it started breaking down.”

She said when she had a consultation with the High Commission for India they agreed to give Ghana some funding to revamp the plant because the project was sponsored by the Indian Government.

She said the Indian Government had agreed for them to use the outstanding amount on the project to replace the iron coils with copper coils, install an ETP and construct a warehouse for the facility to make it operational

Mrs Koomson also explained that the Ministry was currently waiting for the Indian Consultant on the project to arrive in Ghana on August 15, this year since without the consultant and the Indian Contractor the plant cannot be operationalized.

She indicated that the India High Commission was ready to release the funds for the refurbishment of the factory but cannot do so without the consultant writing a report, based on which the High Commission would release the funds to the Ministry to begin work.


Source: Ghana News Agency