NPP supporters must show strong commitment to maintain political power

“You must shun the needless tension mounted amongst yourselves and work for the progress of the Party”, Odeneho Kwaku Appiah, NPP Constituency Chairman for Afigya Kwabre South stated.

He explained that indiscipline among some members of the Party was one major issue likely to ruin the chances of the party, adding that, these must be addressed to be able to break the eight-year political term legacy and enable the NPP to continue to rule the country with its progressive agenda and projects.

Odeneho Kwaku Appiah who was addressing delegates of the Party at the Annual Delegates Conference at Kodie in the Afigya Kwabre South District of Ashanti, said a political party staying in opposition was not the best for its growth and development.

“NPP in opposition is not something we should ever wish for”, he stated, indicating that the situation hindered progress, causing internal wrangling and general misconduct.

He described a political party in opposition as “going through hell” and urged members to work hard in unison for the NPP to gain political dominance over other political opponents.

Touching on voter turn-out in the 2020lections at some polling stations in the Constituency, he expressed worry about low turn-out adding that it did not help in recording massive wins at those polling stations.

The Constituency Chairman advised all Party faithful to lead by example and motivate members especially during elections to go out and vote massively.

He lauded President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for leading Ghana in the path of development and exponential economic growth.

Odeneho Kwaku Appiah noted that the robust measures adopted by the President in managing the COVID-19 pandemic had enabled most Ghanaian companies and businesses to strive whereas many folded-up in other countries.

He re-introduced an attendance book for party members which would be in the care of all-party polling station coordinators and said the book would serve as a form of membership mobilization and a tool for preventing controversies at polling stations.

The Constituency Chairman was optimistic that the book would be a key determinant of the NPP’s win.

Mr. William Owuraku Aidoo, Member of Parliament (MP) for the area, called for unity among members, especially polling station officers to ensure the Party’s development.

He assured constituents that actions were taken to execute all development projects in the area.


Source: Ghana News Agency

Ekye-Kwesie lauds President for appointing Awulae Annor-Adjaye

Beyin(W/R), The 2020 Jomoro CPP Parliamentary Candidate, Mr Patrick Ekye-Kwesie has commended President Nana Akufo-Addo for the appointment of the Paramount Chief of Western Nzema Traditional Council, Awulae Annor-Adjaye as Board Chairman of the Ghana National Petroleum Hub project.

According to him, “the appointment of the illustrious and competent Nzema King, did not come as a surprise taking cognizance of his rich experience, dynamism in pushing for prudent management of the petro-chemical industry to change the face of Jomoro”.

Mr.Ekye-Kwesie who is also the convener for “We Are Jomoro”, a youth advocacy group pushing for the development of Jomoro, and Country Director of PANWAY Company, gave the commendation in a press statement signed and copied to the Ghana News Agency at Beyin in the Western Region.

He recalled the forthrightness and instrumentality of Awulae Annor-Adjaye in fighting for the relocation of the Osagyefo Barge, the Ghana Gas Plant and Fertilizer Plant in the Jomoro municipality to accelerate the socio-economic development of the area.

He added that the sacrifices, contributions and zeal of the Paramount Chief to ensure that the resources based in the area were fully tapped finally paid off.

Mr Ekye-Kwaesie appealed to Awulae Annor-Adjaye to ensure that the local content policy was fully implemented to get indigenes in the Jomoro area on board to stem unemployment.

In an unrelated development, DrLuigi Brescia, President of Panways Company Limited, a major stakeholder in the Petroleum Hub project, extended his heartwarming congratulatory message to Awulae Annor Adjaye.

He said Panways Ghana, a facilitating Agency for Russian Hydrocarbon giant Gazprom, had profound interest in the government’s flagship programme, the Petroleum Hub in Jomoro.


Source: Ghana News Agency

Government Health post operates without electricity

Bediako, (Near Tema) Aug. Mr Isaac Newton Tetteh, Assemblyman for Nmlitsakpo Electoral Area in the Kpone-Kantamanso Municipality has appealed to authorities to connect electricity to the Community-based Health and Planning Service (CHPS) compound at Bediako in Kpone Municipality.

“The only government health post we have in the Electoral Area is the CHPS Compound and among the numerous things the facility needed, connection to the source of electricity is the most pressing need which would aid the administration of basic health care for Bediako residents”.

Mr Tetteh told the Ghana News Agency in an interview at Kpone that the absence of power at the CHPS Compound was limiting the quality of health services to the residents as Nurses said they went to the Kpone Health Clinic and other health facilities around to store vaccines.

The Assemblyman said residents who did not even understand the challenges of the nurses passing through other health centres to pick-up vaccines accused them of getting to work late.

Mr Tetteh said checks from Electricity Corporation of Ghana indicated that the CHPS Compound was not given a permit and it could not connect power to the health post.

“I bought a permit on behalf of the CHPS compound and submitted to ECG, they even asked me to invite Energy Commission which I did, they directed me to rewire the place and we did, but they are still saying the place needed a permit” he said.

Mr Tetteh said about GH¢4, 000.00 was used to rewire the place for ECG to connect the health centre to electricity, but no action was taken.

Mr Tetteh also appealed to the Kpone-Katamanso Municipal Assembly to fast track the processes towards the issuance of a permit for the facility, which is the first point of call for about 20,000 persons in Bediako and its environs for health needs.

He said aside the lack of power, access to water was a problem as nurses went to the homes of the residents to fetch water and beg for washrooms.

Mr Tetteh therefore called for urgent steps from the Assembly, the Kpone District ECG, the Member of Parliament for Kpone-Katamanso Constituency, the Municipal Health Directorate and other well-wishers to support the Bediako CHPS Compound.


Source: Ghana News Agency

The Methodist Church Ghana commissions Aburaso hospital complex

Aburaso The Methodist Church Ghana as part of its strategic health agenda has expanded infrastructure and equipment at its hospital at Aburaso in the Atwima Kwanwoma District.


Aburaso The Methodist Church Ghana as part of its strategic health agenda has expanded infrastructure and equipment at its hospital at Aburaso in the Atwima Kwanwoma District.

Some of the newly established structures are; an Accident and Emergency Unit, executive wards, Mental Health Unit and Reproductive and Child Health (RCH) center.

Existing services at the hospital include; general Out Patient Department, surgical service, laboratory services, ultrasound, ear, nose and throat clinic, pharmacy, eye clinic, antenatal clinic, obstetrics/gynecology services, mental health, hypertension and diabetes centers.

Mr. Gaddiel Godson Otoo, the Hospital Administrator, speaking at a ceremony to dedicate and commission the hospital explained that the facility was efficient and a fast developing one in the district.

He said the Hospital’s Administration had since 2018 been working hard to ensure continuous development and to achieve their medium-term strategic plan.

He said they had acquired diagnostic equipment and tools, and also completed patients’ wards thereby increasing the bed capacity from 13 in 2018 to 50 currently and the development had culminated into an impressive patient attendant, with other indicators shooting up.

He said the Methodist Health System Agenda 2020-2030 stipulated access to healthcare, quality healthcare, and affordability as its main themes.

In terms of quality human resource, the Hospital Administrator said through the Christian Health Association of Ghana (CHAG), the hospital had received qualified medical officers, laboratory scientists, sonographers, and nurses of all grades, optometrists, pharmacists and health information officers.

Mr Otoo pledged that the Hospital would continue to work hard and be guided by their core visions of “modelling Christ in healing” and exhibit values of faithfulness, compassion, oneness, justice and excellence.

He thanked The Methodist Church Ghana for investing over GHS7.5 million in infrastructure and equipment over this period.

Most Reverend Dr. Paul Kwabena Boafo, Presiding Bishop, The Methodist Church Ghana, dedicating the facility said it had come to serve everyone in the community irrespective of gender, tribe or religious affiliation and urged workers at the facility to deliver holistic services to their clients.

Most Rev. Dr. Boafo explained that the ethos of the Church highlighted care, love and patience, adding that workers showed professionalism in the discharge of their duties.

He assured community members of the Church’s continuous will to render humanitarian services.


Source: Ghana News Agency

Cultivating flowers promotes well-being

Accra, The cultivation of flowers and plants in general, is critical to promoting the general wellbeing of humans.

This is because besides being pivotal to sustaining the ecology, indulging in horticulture holds potential for immense financial returns.

Madam Esther Cobbah, Chief Executive Officer of Strategic Communications Africa Limited (STRATCOM), said this when she spoke on the topic, “Sowing Seeds”, as part of activities to mark the on-going Ninth Garden and Flower Show, in Accra.

She said with the earth currently facing the negative effects and potential results of global warming, promoting a green environment, through enlightening people on its benefits was of prime essence.

Madam Cobbah said the show basically sought to promote a greener and healthier environment through education and urged individuals and organisations to come on board to promote a greener environment.

A number of exhibitors the Ghana News Agency spoke to, were happy with the gains of the show.

Mr. Pharnel Atsitsogbe, a flower exhibitor, said he had made some good sales through the show, and encouraged those who missed this one to participate in the next show.

Mr. Gideon Dapaah, Director, Uncle Gere’s land Scaping, commended organisers of the show and said, it had afforded him a great opportunity to market his plants.

Organised by STRATCOM Africa, the show ends on Sunday, August 29, with an awards night to celebrate individuals and organisations in the horticulture industry.


Source: Ghana News Agency

Leklebi-Duga Health Centre receives Medical equipment

Leklebi-Duga, Mr Tony Kokutse, a Nurse of Africare Incorporated from Dallas, United States of America, on behalf of the Leklebi Citizens of North America on Saturday donated drugs and equipment to the Leklebi Duga Health Centre in the Volta Region. The drugs comprised; Antibiotics, Pain medications, Allergy drugs, Diabetic testing equipment, N95-Masks, Sanitizers, Wound care materials and Bandages were presented to the Health Centre and received by Mr William Sappor, a Physician Assistant of the Centre.

On behalf of the People of the Leklebi Traditional Area, Torgbe Awi the Fourth was grateful to Mr Tony Kokutse and asked for God’s blessings for them wishing that it would not be the last time of his visit to their township.

Torgbe Awi encouraged other NGOs to emulate the shining examples of the donor.

In appreciation of the gesture, the Chief and people of the Leklebi Traditional Area presented a smock and traditional beads to Mr Tony Kokutse as a token of their appreciation.

Mr Tony Kokutse acknowledged Dr. Sandra Williams, Dr Princess Ndow, Ms Trinia Joseph, Mr Damian and the Faith In Actions in Dallas who assisted in the donations.

In attendance were the elders and sub chiefs of Leklebi Traditional area.
The officials of the Leklebi Health Centres including; the Presiding Member of Afadjato District Assembly were also present.


Source: Ghana News Agency

National Blood Service: “We need blood to save lives”

Tema, Aug. Mr. Stephen Kweku Danso, a Blood Donor Programme Officer has stated that the National Blood Service is experiencing shortfalls in blood stock. “We need blood to save lives, we need more donors and volunteers to come forward to help us save lives”.

Speaking in an interview with the Ghana News Agency, at the sidelines of a blood donation exercise, Mr Danso described blood as an emergency medicine and should be made available at the various hospital fridges for any condition that required transfusion, but that was not the case now.

He said 50 per cent of the nation’s voluntary blood donation was from the second cycle and tertiary institutions; but due to changes in the academic calendar of second cycle schools it was difficult to depend on them to stock.
Mr Danso said Senior High Students in Forms two and three were expected to go home soon and admission for some tertiary institutions were postponed to next year impacting on blood collections from schhools.

“It is going to be a challenge because these are the people that we depend on for voluntary blood donation. So when this happens, it means that we need to fall on our corporate institutions and faith based organizations from now till the end of the year”.

He said most other voluntary donors were using COVID-19 as an excuse and failed to donate, describing the situation as alarming in the midst of many anaemic babies needing blood.
Mr Danso appealed to the public especially the youth to donate to save lives.

He also called on faith based organisations and corporate organizations to lead the crusade for voluntary blood donation to save lives; “we need people to volunteer by walking to the various blood donation centers, blood banks and health centers to donate”.

He emphasized that, a blood donor today could be a recipient in the future and called on all to donate.

Mr. Danso called for attitudinal change towards blood donation and appealed to individuals, groups, corporate institutions, media houses and all organizations to help support the National Blood Service through voluntary blood donation.


Source: Ghana News Agency

VRA holds workshop on emergency preparedness

Ada, (Tema), The Volta River Authority (VRA) has organized a day’s sensitization workshop on Emergency Preparedness Plan (EPP) and Environmental Management Plan (EMP) in Ada East. The programme was geared to identify, prevent, and limit casualties during dam failures at the Kpong and Akosombo.

Mr Kwame Osei Darkwah, Emergency Preparedness Plan Coordinator of the VRA said the EPP was a plan that identified potential emergency conditions and specified pre-planned activities to be followed to minimize property damage and loss of life.

It also specified the roles and responsibilities of parties during those failures.

Mr Darkwah said spillage from the Akosombo Dam was considered an emergency because it was a storage dam with huge water holding capacity and second to Lake Victoria in terms of surface area, “but spillage from the Kpong dam is not considered an emergency because it is part of the operations of the dam”.

He said activities outlined for the EPP included; monitoring the safety of the dams to detect any anomaly that could affect the integrity of the dam structure as well as hydromet monitoring involving detection of any situation leading to operational spill.

Mr Darkwah said the classification of emergencies, notification, responsibility and warning potentially to be affected people were all activities outlined in the Emergency Preparedness Plan.

Madam Rhoda Arthur, VRA Principal Community Relation Officer said the 1961 (Act 46) of the Volta River Authority and the 1994 (Act 490) of the Environmental Protection Act mandated the managers of the EMP to put measures for the welfare of the impacted.

She said some activities the EMP had undertaken to curtail the impact of their operations included; planting of 600 species of trees by VRA staff during the greening Ghana initiative, and Authority had an afforestation programme to protect the lake, with a bamboo project along the lake.

She added that there was regular clearing of the weeds at the Dams so that it does not affect the operations of generating electricity.

She said recycling of paper and plastic objects into reusable items, sponsoring education of needy, but brilliant students among others were some activities the VRA was undertaking to mitigate the impact of their operations.

The VRA team launched an inundation map as part of the training.

Madam Sarah Dugbakie Pobee, Ada East District Chief Executive (DCE), explained that the event was organized to ascertain the level of understanding of the Emergency Preparedness Plan and the Environmental Management Plan developed by the VRA in 2011 and “the objective of the was to brainstorm on checking procedures, accurate records, checking internal organization response time to emergencies at the Kpong and Akosombo dams.

Madam Pobee said the workshop, organized annually in the 10 potentially affected areas in case of emergency also served as an opportunity to deliberate on issues concerning the VRA’s EMP.

She said since the implementation of the EPP and EMP, the Ada East District had benefitted immensely with measures put in place for potentially affected persons in case there was an emergency and the initiative also equipped National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) and other stakeholders in the district.

The DCE commended the VRA for their support to the Ada East in the form educational scholarship, provision of solar power water system among others.


Source: Ghana News Agency