Nw York Petition: ‘UG will vigorously defend its position’

Accra, Aug 06, GNA – The University of Ghana will vigorously defend its position and rights in relation to the “Africa Integras” Project and contest the New York Petition before all appropriate forums, including arbitration in the New York courts.

A statement signed by Mrs Emelia Agyei-Mensah, the Registrar of the University of Ghana, copied to the Ghana News Agency, said the University was confident that it would prevail and the New York Petition would be dismissed.

It said: “The University of Ghana finds it necessary to respond to and correct a series of misrepresentations and falsehoods, which have been circulating in recent days concerning the ‘Petition to Confirm, Recognise, and Enforce Foreign Arbitration Award’ (the “New York Petition”) recently issued before the New York Courts by Ace American Insurance Company (“Chubb”).”

It said the alleged misrepresentations arose out of the unsuccessful project commonly referred to as the “Africa Integras Project” (the Project) and regrettably, the circumstances of the Project and its termination were being falsely represented.

The statement said: “Contrary to certain reports seen in the media, the University can categorically confirm that no court judgment has been issued against the University in relation to the Project.”

It said the New York Petition did not, in any way, comprise a judgment, “rather, the New York Petition simply represents an initial step directed at commencing proceedings before the New York courts”.

It said such courts would allow the University full opportunity to respond to and contest the contents of the Petition.

The statement said the New York Petition presented an “inaccurate and one-sided” account of the Project; adding that the Petition was “ill-founded and fundamentally flawed.”

It said it was a matter of record that, over the past three years, the University had repeatedly invited all of the entities, which purported to assert claims against it in relation to the Project.

“However, such parties have persistently refused to do so,” the statement added.

“The New York Petition now represents an attempt to avoid setting out and substantiating a proper claim against the University, and avoid the contractually-required arbitration process, by proceeding in an inappropriate forum – the New York Courts,” it said.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Nrthern Region inaugurates Early Childhood Care, Development Committee

Tamale,– The Northern Regional Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) Committee has been inaugurated to help improve and promote the welfare of children in the region.

The responsibilities of the Committee include advising the Regional Coordinating Council on ECCD issues, advocating for ECCD, using existing regional institutions such as relevant Ministries, Departments, NGOs, child-related Associations, and private service providers, among others to plan, implement and monitor ECCD programmes and designate a Coordinator for ECCD activities in the region.

The ECCD Committee is also to facilitate seamless coordination between health, education, child protection and other social services to provide integrated and holistic support for families and children, who have greater needs.

The Membership of the Committee comprises the Regional Coordinating Director, Regional Directors of Health, Education, Departments of Children, Social Welfare and Community Development, Community Water and Sanitation Agency, two representatives of NGOs working for children at the regional level, a representative of ECCD service providers and two media practitioners.

Alhaji Alhassan Issahaku, Northern Regional Coordinating Director, who was represented during the inauguration of the Committee at the Regional Coordinating Council in Tamale, called on Members of the Committee to play their respective roles effectively to champion the interest of children in the region.

The ECCD Committee is in line with the country’s ECCD Policy designed in 2004, and the establishment and inauguration of the Committee by the NRCC was supported by Children Believe, an international NGO working to empower children to dream fearlessly, stand up for what they believe in, and be heard.

Children Believe has been involved in the implementation of ECCD interventions in the region for more than two decades, training of teachers and caregivers, providing school materials as well as learning through play methodologies.

Mrs Esenam Kavi De Souza, Country Manager of Children Believe, underscored the need for ECCD, saying “Investing in ECCD is smart, that period lays the foundation for health, well-being, learning and productivity throughout a person’s whole life, and has an impact on the health and well-being of the next generation.”

She called on Members of the Committee to be proactive in considering issues coming from the district level and offering the necessary guidance to help streamline the issues and the situation at the district level for the well-being of children.

Mr Sanday Iddrisu, Northern Regional Director of the Department of Children, who Chairs the ECCD Committee, said the establishment of the Committee held immense benefits for children and called for effective and strengthened collaboration on the parts of all stakeholders to ensure success.

Source: Ghana News Agency