Youth urged to desist from activities that will compromise nation’s peace

Shama (W/R),- The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) has noted with stern concern how emerging security threats including, violence during and after general elections, vigilantism, extremists’ activities among others are gradually denting Ghana’s hard-earned peace and national cohesion.


Subsequently, the Commission has stressed the need for a concerted effort from all stakeholders to deal with the menace head-on to avert any possible escalation.


It also requires rigorous education and sensitisation for the general public especially the youth to wean themselves from engaging in activities that would compromise the country’s peace and security.


Mr Francis Dussey, the Western Regional Deputy Director of the NCCE who shared the sentiments during an Inter-Party Dialogue Committee (IPDC) meeting in Shama, admonished the youth to desist from engaging in insurgence activities and encouraged them to promote National Cohesion to achieve the needed growth for the country.


The IPDC meeting was organised by NCCE with support from the Ministry of National Security and sought to educate the citizenry on the need to ensure Inclusive Participation in Governance to guarantee peaceful coexistence.


The meeting, which started with a film show highlighting the negative repercussions associated with engaging in violent and extremism activities, was attended by representatives of the various political parties, religious leaders, traditional rulers, youth, and recognised pressure groups.


Mr Francis Dussey, underscored the importance of the meeting and said it was crucial to ignite effective dialogue among the political parties and other stakeholders on their collective responsibility to ensure peaceful coexistence.


He said NCCE would continue to reinforce the distinct roles of political parties as key stakeholders in maintaining peace and security in the country saying, their contributions were indispensable.


Mr Dussey expressed the resolve of the NCCE to deepen the collaborative relationship with important stakeholders, including political parties, youth groups, security agencies, District assemblies, traditional authorities, civil society in preserving the peace and security of the country.


He encouraged the citizenry to actively participate in the governance processes of the country stressing that, their participation would go a long way to ensure political stability and economic development.


“As citizens of this country, it is our duty and responsibility to ensure that our motherland continue to enjoy the peace that was bequeathed to us by our forefathers, we must protect it for our future generations, he said’’


Mr Dussey further admonished the public against embarking on protests or street processions without approval from the recognised authorities and warned that such unfortunate events could escalate to disturb the peace and security of the country.


Mrs Harriet Addeywood, the Shama District Director of the NCCE reiterated the need to harness mutual understanding and tolerance of varied opinions to help safeguard the peace and security of the country.


She told the various stakeholders to live up to the expectation in the maintenance of peaceful coexistence.


Mr Samuel Bassaw, the chairperson for Shama IPDC commended the NCCE for organising such an educative programme and also thanked the stakeholders for their immense contributions.


He appealed to them to intensify education on the essence to strive hard to maintain peace and stability in the country.


Source: Ghana News Agency


Bank Manager supports vulnerable family after GNA’s report

Wa,– Madam Francisca Kuuni Baba, the Manager of GCB Bank in Wa has donated a cash amount of GH¢1,000.00 to support the roofing of two rooms that accommodated a vulnerable family in Wali-Sombo.


According to her, she learnt about the woman’s plight in a Ghana News Agency report and was touched particularly reflecting on the hardships that she had to pass through after losing her father whilst still growing up.


“I can imagine the suffering this woman is passing through to cater for her sick husband and six children”, she said and noted that she deserved the support from all and that was why she was contributing her widow’s might towards efforts to roof their building.


“It is my prayer that other people would be touched by her story and come to support so that they can at least have a good night sleep even when it is raining in the night”, she added.


The plight of the family was exposed by a Ghana News Agency feature titled, “Surviving poverty and vulnerability: Woman labour’s hard for sick husband and children”.


In the feature article, the GNA explored how Rahinatu Abu, a 37-year-old woman struggle on daily basis to feed her sick husband, Abu Naabau, 76, and their six children.


The feature looked at Ghana’s social protection system and their failure to provide the necessary protection for the vulnerable family despite the country being a signatory to a number of international human rights conventions and protocols and how that constituted a violation of the family’s human rights and dignity.


The vulnerable family cannot also find a good night sleep whenever it rains due to how bad the roofing of their building leaks.


Two of her most senior children have already dropped out of school due to their inability to provide for their needs in school.


Meanwhile, Naa Seidu Braimah, the Chief of Guli in the Wa Municipality and a Former Member of Council of State has earlier donated three bags of rice, one gallon of oil, and a cash amount to support the family after reading the plight of the family.


Meanwhile, efforts are being put in place by the Regional Office of the Department of Gender and the Community Development Alliance (CDA) to provide a two-bedroom accommodation to replace the near collapse structure currently accommodating the vulnerable family.


The feature was developed under the “Mobilizing Media for Fighting COVID-19 Project” being implemented by the Journalists for Human Rights (JHR) in collaboration with the Ghana Journalists Association.


Source: Ghana News Agency

Six persons perished in Akomadan accident

Offinso (Ash),- Six persons have been confirmed dead in the Tuesday dawn accident, which occurred at Akomadan in Ashanti Region.


According to an official at the Akomadan Hospital, their records indicate that the six were burnt to death but not 30 as earlier reported in the media.


The information has been corroborated by the Ashanti Regional Command of the Police Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD).


More than 20 other passengers who sustained various degrees of injury were rushed to the Hospital for treatment.


Narrating the cause of the accident, the Akomadan District Police Commander, Deputy Superintendent of Police Gyasi Agyemang, the said the victims were travelling on a bus from Lawra in the Upper West Region to Kumasi.


On reaching a checkpoint at Akomadan, the speeding vehicle crashed into a faulty towing truck parked in the area.


The accident comes barely 24 hours after 17 people lost lives in a similar incident at Offinso-Abofour.


Source: Ghana News Agency


Allow the Board of Trustee to do its work – Chief to Manso-Nkwanta youth

Manso Nkwanta (Ash),– Nana Bi Kusi Appiah II, Paramount Chief of Manso Nkwanta Traditional Area, has called on the youth in the area to allow the Board of Trustees of the Asanko Mine Social Responsibility Fund (SRF) to do its work.


He said the SRF was set up by the Mine and the Traditional Council purposely to promote socio-economic development of the Mine’s catchment area to improve the living conditions of the people.


It was therefore not true that the Mine was not doing anything to promote development in the area.


Speaking at a press conference to react to agitations by a section of the youth in the area that Asanko Mine was not helping in the development of the area, Nana Appiah said development of the area was his utmost priority.


He would therefore support any initiative that would help bring development to the people in the area.


Nana Appiah said the SRF was entrusted in the Board of Trustees to prevent any political interference in the management and use of the funds.


“My policy is that I do not want any interference from any of the politicians in a sense that we had people who took the decision to inaugurate the board of trustees, so why go to the Assemblies to look for other trustees,” he said.


He added that the SRF was purposely for the development of the 23 catchment areas in which the Mine operated, and that nobody would be allowed to squander the funds, but would be used for the purpose agreed upon by all the parties.


“I want good initiatives for my people and not my personal interest and the concerns of the youth are mine too,” he added.


He urged all those who were tarnishing his image and that of the Traditional Council to desist from that, since the funds were not meant for him but for the people.


Mr George Osei Mensah, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, said some projects had been initiated at Kwabenaso, Manso Abore, Manso Nkran, Asuadei and Kompesi.


He said funds for the projects had been released by the Mines and the Board was working to select contractors to start the projects.


Mr Rammy Oboro, Sustainability Manager of Asanko Mine, stressed the need for the fund to be managed by the Board of Trustees and not the district assembly in order not to create any problem in its management.


Source: Ghana News Agency

Mobile phone repairer apprehended for robbery and murder

Ekye Amanfo (E/R),– The Eastern Regional Police Command has apprehended a 35-year-old man, Elisha Asante, a mobile phone repairer at Ekye Amanfo in the Kwahu Afram Plains South District of the Eastern Region for alleged armed robbery and murder.


The suspect was said to have in the company of others, robbed the phone shop of one Mr Samuel Agbozo and also killed Mr Bright Narh at Ekye Amanfrom on October 9, 2021.


Eastern Regional Police Public Relations Officer (PRO) Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Ebenezer Tetteh told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in an interview that the suspect, on police intelligence, was arrested at Adawso near Koforidua on October 30, by the Adawso Anti Armed Robbery Task Force.


He said two new Techno Camon and Infinix smart phones were retrieved from the repair shop of the suspect.


The mobile handsets were suspected to have been those that were stolen from the shop of the victim, Mr Agbozo.


DSP Tetteh said the suspect was currently in police custody assisting in investigations.


Source: Ghana News Agency

Ghana Police Service honours memory of fallen Police Officers

Accra, Nov.2, GNA – Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia on Tuesday graced the occasion of the 2021 Police Memorial Day to honour the memory of serving Police Officers who lost their lives while performing their lawful duties.


In all, 11 Police Officers have died in the course of the year and most of the deaths occurred through motor accidents when responding to emergency situations.


Vice President Bawumia lighted the Perpetual Flame at the Cenotaph, signed a Remembrance Book, and laid a wreath on behalf of the Government and people of Ghana.


The Inspector-General of Police, Dr George Akuffo Dampare laid a wreath for the Police Administration, Nii Duodo Nsaki, Otublohum Mantse laid a wreath for the traditional authorities while a representative of the bereaved families also laid a wreath for them.


Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Very Reverend Father George Arthur, the Police Chaplain, in a brief sermon, said the death of a Police Officer was a great loss, not only to the family but the entire nation.


He said the death of the gallant Police Officers should remind the living of the reality of life because, “death is an irresistible exit from this world” and urged everyone to make a positive and indelible mark in society.


Very Rev. Father Arthur underscored the need for the nation to put in place proactive measures to forestall future occurrence of preventable accidents on the road.


The Police Memorial Day is an important day set aside every year by the Police Administration to give special recognition to serving Police Officers who lost their lives in line of duty for the safety and protection of lives and property.


The names of the gallant Police Officers were engraved on a national monument (Cenotaph) to immortalise their memory.


Some of the fallen Police Officers included the late Chief Inspector Abednego Kofi Kechire who died on August 6th, this year, when escorting the advance team of the Speaker of Parliament to Wa.


The late Chief Inspector James Issaka Aroma, who died on October 21, 2021 in a fatal motor accident along Walewale-Bolgatanga road when responding to a robbery incident.


The late General Constable Iddrisu Gafaru was involved in a fatal motor accident when responding to a robbery incident on October 21, 2021, and later died at the Police Hospital when receiving treatment.


The late General Sergeant Moses Tetteh Nartey died on February 1, this year when responding to a distress call at Pramkese in the Eastern Region when he was shot and killed by armed robbers.


Other fallen heroes were the late General Corporal Charles Adjei Osekre, the late General Lance Corporal Martin Baba, the late General Constable Kwarteng Abebrese Nantwi Collins, the late General Lance Corporal Emmanuel Osei, the late General Constable Francis Odoi, the late General Constable Amos Maatey Niganoko, and the late General Constable Ernest Newton Dwamena.


The wreath-laying and flag-raising ceremony are held in all Police Regions simultaneously.


Source: Ghana News Agency


COVID-19: Laboratory Scientist raises concern over unpaid allowances

Wa,- Madam Theresa Salifu, a Deputy Chief Medical Laboratory Scientist, has raised concerns over government’s inability to pay some allowances promised frontline healthcare workers when the COVID-19 pandemic hit the country.


The Manager of the Wa Municipal Hospital Laboratory, lamented that some of their colleagues who got infected by the disease along the line have not yet received the insurance package promised them by the government.


Madam Theresa who raised the concern in an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Wa also expressed dissatisfaction with the government for coming up with a policy to identify some people as front liners over others.


“Everybody is a front liner in the laboratory and for government to put in a policy to identify some people as front liners is a joke of the health system”, she said.


“From the gateman to the mortuary man, everybody handles COVID-19 cases at some point in time and I’m sure some people even got infected without even knowing”, she emphasized.


The Deputy Chief Medical Laboratory Scientist noted that for some of their colleagues who tested positive along the line and have not received their compensation, the system had not been fair to them.


Madam Theresa, therefore, wants the government to honour it’s promise by paying these allowances and insurance packages to the affected health workers to appreciate their sacrifices.


She said apart from working overtime due to the lack of adequate staff, they also initiated a number of strategies including the improvisation of sample collection and preparation of rooms and a testing site.


Madam Theresa explained that they had to shut down some departments while relocating some to improve the situation and also protect staff against any risk of infection.


“If you made all these sacrifices and what has been promised you is not being given to you, it is discouraging”, she said.


President Nana Akufo-Addo in a nationwide broadcast on April 5, 2020, announced some incentives the government has proposed for frontline healthcare workers.


These include exemption from the payment of tax on their employment emoluments for a three-month period commencing from April 2020 and a daily allowance of GH¢150.00 payable to those undertaking contact tracing.


The rest are an additional allowance of 50 per cent of their basic salary per month for a four-month period commencing from March 2020, and an insurance package with an assured sum of GH¢350,000.00.


Although the free tax package had been implemented, that of the 50 percent allowance was not carried out given the seeming controversy over the definition and qualification of a frontline health worker.


Meanwhile, the COVID-19 case count in the Upper West Region currently stands at 741 cases out of which 704 have been discharged while 34 people died leaving three active cases.


Source: Ghana News Agency


South Dayi records 32 cases of stroke as at third quarter

Peki (V/R), Nov.2, GNA – Dr Daniel Okyere Koranteng, Senior Medical Officer of the Peki Government Hospital in the South Dayi District, has disclosed that a total of 32 cases of stroke was recorded in the district as at third quarter of 2021.


He said stroke was a leading cause of death in the district, and that the cases kept increasing saying in 2008 only one case was recorded compared to four and twelve cases in 2019 and 2020 respectively.


Dr Koranteng mentioned systemic hypertension as the common cause, however, there were other risk factors including diabetes, ischemic heart disease, ischemic vascular disease, high blood cholesterol, obesity, tobacco use, excessive intake of alcohol, and sedentary lifestyle.


The Senior Medical Officer who deputised for the District Director of Health at this year’s World Stroke Day celebration held at Peki, said stroke had its typical and atypical presentations and that what was known was the typical presentation.


He said the disease was beginning to present its atypical signs, which went unnoticed, making emergence of recurrent stroke very high with higher rate of morbidity and mortality, and urged the citizens to take necessary steps to prevent risk factors.


Dr Koranteng called on the populace to visit the Hospital’s awareness clinic to seek information about their health, go for regular check-ups and support health personnel in their quest to eliminate the disease, noting that full recovery of stroke was possible.


He said the Hospital in collaboration with the District Health Directorate, engaged in a series of activities including community education on modifiable risk factors, most especially about tobacco use.


The Senior Medical Officer said the facility was gradually moving from curative care to preventive care aimed at ensuring that the citizens remained healthy at all times.


Deiga Kwadzo Dei XII, the Paramount Chief of Peki Traditional Area who chaired the programme, advised young people to avoid excessive intake of alcohol to enable them to remain healthy and productive.


He called on the citizens to desist from stigmatising against persons suffering from stroke, saying such behaviour was not helpful in the nation’s quest to deal with the disease.


Source: Ghana News Agency