ECOWAS sanctions Mali over delayed elections

 

Accra,- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has imposed sanctions against individuals and groups who have been identified as obstructing the move by the bloc to restore democratic rule to Mali.

 

The sanctions, which include travel bans and freeze of financial assets, apply to the entire members of the transitional authorities and transition instituions, as well as members of their families.

 

The Authority in a Communique issued after its extraordinary meeting in Accra on Sunday said the sanctions were as a result of the inability of the Malian authorities to keep to the February 27, 2022 deadline for elections.

 

It thus called on the African Union, the European union, the United Nations, bilateral and other multilateral partners to endorse and support the implementations of the sanctions.

 

On the political situation in Guinea, the Authority urged the transition authorities to urgently submit a detailed timetable of activities to be carried out under the transisitiin towards the holding of elections.

 

The bloc maintained the sanctions earlier taken against members of military junta and their families until constitutional is restored.

 

Meanwhile, ECOWAS has appointed Dr Mohammed Ibn Chambers as special envoy to Guinea.

 

Source: Ghana News Agency

 

UDS confers Doctorate Degree on former MD of Stanbic Bank

– The University for Development Studies (UDS) has conferred a Doctorate Degree on Naa Alhassan Andani, former Managing Director of Stanbic Bank, Ghana for his enormous contribution to the development of the banking industry.

 

In a citation, the UDS said: “The conferment of the award is in recognition of your ingenious and astute measures in the growth and development of the banking industry in and outside the shores of Ghana.”

 

“It is also for your exemplary and courageous innovation in functional generational entrepreneurship and for your visionary, passionate and transformational leadership.”

 

The award was conferred on him during the 22nd Congregation of the UDS, held at the Tamale Campus on Saturday.

 

A total of 7,293 students, who completed various post-graduate, graduate, undergraduate and diploma programmes during the 2020/2021 academic year, graduated.

 

Professor Wayo Seini, the Chairman of the Governing Council of UDS, who decorated Naa Andani, congratulated him for his numerous contributions to the development of the country.

 

It must be noted that Naa Andani’s brother from the Andan Family in Dagbon, gave out the land for the construction of the UDS, while Naa Andani set up a GHc200,000.00 Endowment Fund at the University to support students.

 

He also instituted two important awards at the University: Best Medical Student, and Best Agricultural Economics Student, each receiving an equivalent of 1,000 dollars.

 

Naa Andani, who is also Chief of Pishigu in the Dagbon Kingdom, dedicated the award to the entire Andan Family, saying it recognised the contribution of the Andan Family to the development of society.

 

He expressed gratitude to the Academic Board, the University Council and the Administration of the UDS for the honour.

 

“The University is living up to its anthem; Knowledge for Service, and practicalising knowledge. As a global University, they have recognised service, they have recognised practicalising education and in living up to their anthem, they conferred on me this award,” he said.

 

“I am grateful to all my employers, who have over the years, given me opportunities to serve. All of my colleagues, who have taught me a lot. Most importantly, I have been a customer service person and my customers have taught me more than any university would have ever taught me.”

 

Naa Andani spoke about the Endowment Fund that he set up at the UDS, saying: “In consultation with the Andan Family, it was decided that the Family would create an endowment fund that would immortalise the pioneering educational roles of our brothers and also their leadership, not just of our nuclear family but the lot of other underprivileged people in the north and across the country. So, we agreed to set up the Endowment Fund of GHc100,000.00.”

 

“This award was announced to me whilst I was still in active service at Standard Bank.”

 

“Stanbic Bank, Ghana has a unique offering; whenever a staff member embarks on a social responsibility, they would match that social responsibility. So, it is appropriate that I mention that Standard Bank, living up to that reputation, decided today to also match the GHc100,000.00 that the family put in the Endowment Fund, bringing the total to GHc200.000.00.”

 

Source: Ghana News Agency

 

Maiden First Lady’s Women’s Cup unveiled

The maiden edition of the First Lady’s Cup will be played on Friday, December 10, 2021, at the Accra Sports Stadium.

 

Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo, the First Lady, disclosed this at the launch of the maiden “First Lady’s Cup Competition” in Accra.

 

The competition is the women’s version of the President’s Cup.

 

Mrs Akufo-Addo said the competition, which would witness local women teams compete for the prestigious trophy, ushered in a new era for women’s football in Ghana and also recognized the importance of shining the spotlight on women’s football to give it the necessary push.

 

She said despite the plethora of challenges the Ghana women football faced, “our women have given us enough to believe that, given the needed support, they can bring glory to Ghana.”

 

Referring to the first-ever CAF Women’s Football Strategy, which aimed to shape the future of the women’s game, with the slogan #ItsTimeItsNow, Mrs Akufo-Addo said the time was right for Ghanaians to actively develop and promote women’s football.

 

She mentioned the many challenges facing women’s Football in the country, including the low remuneration of the players, poor infrastructure, lack of equipment and transport and inadequate women personnel in the various teams.

 

Therefore, the instituted Women’s Cup competition, would among other things, solicit the support of all Ghanaians, for the establishment of the first Women’s School of Soccer Excellence in West Africa, a school, which would train women coaches and other technical staff, to upgrade the capacity of women in the football industry.

 

“I am eagerly looking forward to the day when the “Dug Out” would be filled by women with a woman as the Head Coach in women’s matches,” she said.

 

Mrs Akufo-Addo expressed optimism that other programmes being pursued by various state agencies, including Ghana Football Association (GFA), Ghana League Clubs Association (GHALCA), the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Ministry of Education, such as FIFA’s “Boots for Books” project, the appointment of a woman to the GHALCA Executive Council and GHALCA’s intended collaboration with the University of Professional Studies and Accountancy to run a professional leadership course in Football Administration for members during the next semester, would lead to a significant development in the country’s women football industry.

 

On the matter of financial challenges being faced by some female teams, which makes paying players a decent wage a problem, the First Lady recommended to GHALCA, to engage the Captains of Industry, so they could provide pro bono business development services to the

 

clubs.

 

She urged female Captains of Industry to adopt the female teams and equip them with the necessary skills and capacity to run their teams better. She also called on the government to look at emoluments and bonuses paid to female national teams and officials to make it more equitable.

 

Mrs Akufo-Addo charged GHALCA to establish the necessary platforms, where various stakeholders, including the media and potential sponsors, could engage each other to improve on the country’s women’s football industry.

 

The First Lady also advised industry players on the need to pay particular attention to women in football and allow them to find the balance between their roles as footballers and other roles as women to avoid the situation where they become destitute after retiring from active football.

 

She said if that happened it would not serve as inspiration to young girls who would want to participate in the sport.

 

Mrs Akosua Frema Osei-Opare. Chief of Staff, who chaired the function, said football was the passion of the nation and that was why it attracted huge investments from the government for the provision of infrastructure and participation in international competitions. She said it was time for Ghanaians to rally behind football to help it to grow to a stage where Ghana could also win the women version of the African and World Cups.

 

Mrs Osei-Opare congratulated the First Lady for adding women football to her numerous responsibilities as another conduit to women empowerment and to help the under-privileged in society.

 

She pledged her support to the initiative and also urged the private sector to lend their full support to ensure that the right structures were put in place to sustain this laudable venture and steer it through any turbulence, to success.

 

Also present to grace the occasion were the Second Lady, Hajia Samira Bawumia, Mustapha Ussif, Minister for Youth and Sports, Madam Cecilia Abena Dapaah, Acting Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection.

 

Madam Dapaah expressed the country’s support for the blossoming of women soccer both at the local and the world at large.

 

Source: Ghana News Agency

 

Sixteen Police personnel of New Longoro Police Station celebrated

Accra,- Sixteen Police officers of the New Longoro Police station and their spouses have been honoured for their hard work and dedication to crime-fighting in the New Longoro Police jurisdiction.

 

The personnel were recognised when Dr George Akuffo Dampare, Inspector-General of Police (IGP) and some members of the Police Management Board (POMAB) visited New Longoro on a duty tour of the Bono-East Region.

 

A statement from the Police said within a few minutes of interaction with the personnel, the IGP and his team observed their unparalleled commitment to duty. It said the elders and members of the community, at a meeting with the IGP and his team, spoke highly of the commitment and sacrifices of the personnel in fighting crime in the area despite the challenging circumstances under which they worked.

 

The statement said the positive comments confirmed the observation of the IGP.

 

It said as part of the recognition package, the personnel and their spouses were flown to Accra on Monday, November 1, 2021, to be special guests at the 2021 Police Memorial Day Parade held on Tuesday, November 2, 2021, at the National Police Training School in Accra.

 

The statement said during the parade, the officers had the opportunity to interact with Vice President Alhaji Dr Mahamudu Bawumia who commended them and urged them to do more.

 

It said this was followed by a short ceremony at the National Police Headquarters where the IGP and members of the POMAB presented a citation and a certificate of honour to each of them in recognition of their hard work.

 

The statement said the officers were then hosted to a lunch which was graced by Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Mrs Habiba Twumasi Sarpong, Director-General Welfare, some other Senior Officers and the Police Band which treated them to some good music.

 

It said on Wednesday, November 3, 2021, the officers and their spouses were taken on a city tour of Accra and Tema. The statement said they visited Tema Harbour, Accra Mall, Kwame

 

Nkrumah Memorial Park and Osu beach. It said the officers returned to their stations on Thursday, November 4, 2021, and were seen off at the airport by a special protocol team

 

from the Police Headquarters.

 

The statement said the celebrated Officers and their families were overjoyed and expressed their profound gratitude to the Police Administration and the entire Service for the honour and unique experience.

 

It said the Police Administration intended to regularly recognize hard-working personnel who exhibited enthusiasm and professionalism in the discharge of their duties.

 

Source: Ghana News Agency

 

Give prominence to women in the theological field – Rev. Prof. Martey

Accra,- The Reverend Professor Emmanuel Martey, former Moderator Presbyterian Church of Ghana, has advised the leadership of the Good News Theological Seminary to accord women in the theological field a greater degree of prominence.

 

“Take preferential options for the women. Show bias to them because the sagacious sayings of Kwegyir Aggrey are still relevant today. If you train a man, you train an individual but if you train a woman, you train the whole nation. Let us help ourselves to train the nation instead of individuals,” he said.

 

Rev Martey gave the advice on Saturday during a thanksgiving Durbar organized to mark the Golden Jubilee Celebration of the Seminary.

 

He said women formed a greater part of the Church’s population, as such, any Church that ignored or failed to train women was heading for extinction.

 

Rev Martey said women required theological education to develop their ability for theological thinking and analysis of life conditions.

 

He said the understanding gained through such education could help women meet the challenges of professional competence and restore balance to the theological field which is heavily dominated by male Ministers.

 

Rev Martey, who is also the former Chairman of the Academic Board, Good News Theological Seminary, said the Bible represented the object of the Christian faith and without it, the Church would not have a credible message to proclaim to the world.

 

He advised the Seminary to take proactive steps to promote the writing of local historical narratives of all Christian communities of the African Independent Churches (AICs).

 

Rev Martey said the narrative of these stories by different local Christians would allow historians of African Christianity to gather materials of historic importance to give a broader picture of African Christian tradition.

 

The Most Rev Dr Daniel Okoh, Chairman, Governing Council of Good News Theological Seminary, said the Institution provided the platform to train Pastors and Christians to confidently preach the Gospel in the African context to touch lives both in Africa and beyond.

 

He said the Seminary also placed people on the right path to receive guidance to be able to grow in the understanding of the knowledge of God.

 

The Chairman said the world’s challenges could only be surmounted if Christians all over the world remained united.

 

Rev Prof Thomas A. Oduro, President, Good News Theological Seminary, said the Seminary developed an extensive extra-curricular programme in 2014, including sensitizing catchment communities on diseases like HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis.

 

He said 50 acres of land had been leased for agricultural production and for local farmers to be taught new and improved skills of farming to alleviate poverty and hunger.

 

Rev Oduro said the Seminary had constructed a Gari processing centre and two other training centres.

 

“In addition, the Seminary is nursing 64 acres of palm trees to be distributed among the communities for youth and women.”

 

“Five dams have been dug to ensure all-year access to water for farming. The skills development programme is not limited to Christians; learners include Muslims and Traditional religions,” he added.

 

He said in the next 50 years, the Seminary would work at becoming a pastoral and theological hub for all leaders and members of both AIC and non-AIC members in Africa and beyond.

 

The President said the Seminary’s vision was to offer post-graduate degrees and become a research and publishing centre of African Independent Churches worldwide.

 

Source: Ghana News Agency

Let’s leave no room for extremist activities – NCCE urges Ghanaians

New Edubiase (Ash),– Ghanaians have been advised to be on the lookout for activities that pose a security threat to the State and take proactive steps to stop any action that could endanger the lives of citizens.

 

They should be vigilant at all times and leave no room for extremist activities, which are claiming lives just across Ghana’s borders.

 

Mr George Owu, the Adansi South District Director of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), who gave the advice, said security consciousness was a civic responsibility of every citizen.

 

He was speaking at an Inter-Party Dialogue Committee (IPDC) meeting on violent extremism organised by the NCCE with funding from the European Union (EU).

 

The meeting formed part of a national campaign aimed at promoting peaceful coexistence and national cohesion being implemented by the NCCE in collaboration with the National Security Ministry.

 

It was attended by representatives drawn from the Police, Electoral Commission, Ghana Immigration Service, political parties, youth and women groups, Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), the local council of churches and the Muslim community.

 

Mr Owu said Ghana needed to maintain its enviable status as one of the most peaceful and stable countries in the West African Sub-Region.

 

This, he said, could only be achieved when the citizenry was committed to peaceful co-existence and also engaged in activities that promoted national cohesion from the community to the national level.

 

He admonished Ghanaians not to be complacent about the security of the State, saying that we must be guided by terrorist activities in

 

neighbouring countries.

 

He also cautioned the public against misguided and inflammatory

 

statements that could plunge the nation into chaos, especially on mass

 

media platforms.

 

Mr Ali Kasim, who represented the Regional Director of NCCE,

 

entreated Ghanaians to be law-abiding and to desist from activities

 

that infringed on law and order.

 

He called on stakeholders at the community level to revive

 

neighbourhood watchdog committees to complement the efforts of the

 

Police and also enhance security.

 

Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Francis Ackah, the

 

District Police Commander, took participants through the Public Order

 

Act 491 and the Vigilantism and Related Offences Act 999 with a call

 

on traditional and opinion leaders to desist from the habit of

 

intervening for perpetrators of crime.

 

He said such practices did not only obstruct justice but were

 

also counter-productive to crime prevention.

 

Source: Ghana News Agency

Release funds to combat climate change impacts – Dr Kokofu

Glasgow, (Scotland),- Dr Henry Kwabena Kokofu, the Executive Director of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), says climate change impacts are causing irreparable damages, hence the urgent need for the west to release funds for Africa’s adaptation and mitigation measures.

 

He also called on development partners and businesses to accelerate resource allocation to developing countries to stimulate their action to combat climate change.

 

“On a daily basis climate induced disasters like flooding, erratic rainfall, long-dry-spell are happening. Many people are dying as a result. The talk is enough. Give those who are experiencing the impact of climate change unconditional funds to implement our Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs),” he said.

 

Dr Kokofu made the call in an interview with the Ghana News Agency during an official side event at the on-going COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom.

 

It was on the theme: “Mobilizing Green Finance to Catalyze Climate Action: Lessons from Multilateral and Bilateral Funds”.

 

He indicated that Ghana recognised the prohibitive future cost of climate change and the counterproductive risks to her socio-economic gains and had flagged it in the national development agenda.

 

“To this end, Ghana has committed to implementing 47 mitigation and adaptation actions across seven economic sectors in its NDCs to maximise the synergies between adaptation and economic diversification, resulting in mitigation co-benefits,” he said.

 

“Removing the systematic institutional, policy, and financial barriers is the surest way to making the NDCs work and positively affect the lives of the vulnerable.”

 

The updated NDCs must, among other things, have access to adequate finance and technology from the international and private sectors.

 

Dr Kokofu reiterated Ghana’s requirement of between US$9.3 and US$15.5 billion of investment to implement the 47 nationally determined contribution measures from 2020 to 2030.

 

He explained that US$3.9 billion would be needed to implement the 16 unconditional programmes of action till 2030.

 

The remaining US$5.4 billion for the 31 conditional programmes of action would be mobilised from public, international, and private sector sources and carbon markets.

 

Ghana would need an additional three million US dollars biennially to support coordination actions and the regular global reporting of the nationally determined contributions.

 

Some of the challenges the country faced in mobilising climate finance include the lack of clear domestic catalytic fund, and limited involvement of domestic commercial investment banks due to the high-risk nature of climate finance.

 

The rest are lack of patient capital and policy clarity on the role of co-finance to mobilise green finance at scale.

 

The COP26, which has assembled some 30,000 delegates including world leaders and innovators, is seeking to discuss and identify ways to accelerate climate action over the next week.

 

Some of the millstones attained in the past week of the conference include promise by

 

more than 100 world leaders, including President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, to tackle deforestation, which plays a critical role in absorbing vast amounts of carbon dioxide.

 

A total of 450 organisations controlling $130 trillion dollars – around 40 per cent of global private assets – agreed to back “clean” technology.

 

This story was produced as part of the 2021 Climate Change Media Partnership, a journalism fellowship organised by Internews’ Earth Journalism Network and the Stanley Centre for Peace and Security.

 

Source: Ghana News Agency

 

NCC hold choral competition for vocational schools

Accra,- The Centre for National Culture (NCC), Accra under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture and National Commission on Culture has held a choral competition for vocational schools to strengthen choirs in schools.

 

The fifth edition of the musical competition, dubbed “Soundz of Muzik 2021” was also in collaboration with the National Vocational Training Institute (NVTI).

 

It was aimed at promoting choral music in vocational schools, propagating arts and culture and reaching out to the youth.

 

Mrs Alice Kala, Director of Centre for National Culture, Accra said the programme over the years had been a platform to grow and develop choral music in Ghana and perpetuate the works of many composers.

 

She added that it was an opportunity to strengthen hymns, anthems, institutional and community choirs.

 

Mrs Kala said the previous editions had seen a change in terms of participants hence adding students from NVTI this year and the desire for the Centre to ensure inclusion and involvement of the vocational training institutions.

 

“Creativity they say is the oil that lubricates the engine of progress in a society, what better way can we demonstrate creativity than through music,” she said.

 

Mr Walter Acquah, representative from National Commission on Culture, said the programme was a good initiative, which would help nurture young talents and strengthen choirs in schools.

 

He said the music competition should not be seen as just an entertainment show but rather unearth talents and grow people to bring out good music for both health and recreational purposes.

 

Mr Acquah encouraged stakeholders to support and make music a part of the educational system, hoping the years ahead would see a massive participation of schools and improved programme.

 

He recommended that the Centre would graduate the programme to national level to include all the representatives from the sixteen regions.

 

Mr Seth Dei of the Ghana Education Service lauded the Centre for introducing music as part of their annual activities, adding that there were other disciplines like dance, drama, poetry recitals which if included would enhance the programme.

 

He said other young people who were in those disciplines would also get an opportunity to display their talents.

 

“We will collaborate with partners and interested organisations to organise such programmes to enhance tourism, arts and culture in our schools,” he emphasized.

 

Mr Mantse Akwatey, Public Relation Officer NVTI, said NVTI had transitioned to Ghana TVET Service with the vision of making it the best point of call when choosing schools for second cycle institution.

 

He said music was an important part of technical education and the Institute was considering creative art as part of the curriculum in the course outline to build capacity.

 

“We want young people that undergo vocational training to come out highly knowledgeable, skilled to be able to present themselves well.”

 

Four vocational training schools participated in the competition including, Biriwa Vocational and Rehabilitation Center, Atorkor Vocational Training Institute, Toh-Kpalime Vocational Training Institute and New Century Training Institute.

 

Biriwa Vocational and Rehabilitation Center placed first, Atorkor Vocational Training Institute placed second, New Century Training Institute placed third and Toh-Kpalime Vocational Training Institute placed fourth position.

 

Certificates were awarded to participating schools while the first to third place received trophies.

 

Source: Ghana News Agency