MP for Bibiani-Anhwiaso-Bekwai supports Humjibre Anglican Church

Sefwi Humjibre (WN/R),- Mr Alfred Obeng-Boateng, Member of Parliament (MP) for Bibiani-Anhwiaso-Bekwai has supported the Anglican Church in Humjibre with 100 bags of cement towards the construction of its auditorium.

 

The gesture is in fulfillment of a promise made during the 2020 electioneering campaign.

 

Speaking during the presentation, Mr Obeng-Boateng emphasised that he was committed to offering support and assistance to individuals, groups, and organisations within his constituency without discrimination, adding that the Church was not an exception.

 

Mr Obeng -Boateng said he would continue to support projects that greatly benefited community members in the constituency.

 

The MP earlier this year donated about 100 sewing machines and 20 hair dryers to some churches in Bibiani and Bekwai respectively.

 

Mr Obeng Boateng mentioned a number of projects he had supported including the provision of 45,000 rubber seedlings for outgrowing farmers, Cocoa station, packets of roofing sheets to residents among others.

 

The MP announced that plans were in place to start an oil palm nursery to boost the plantation of the crop in the constituency.

 

Receiving the items on behalf of the church, Reverend Father Robert Ali thanked the MP for the gesture.

 

According to him, the support had come at a time the church needed it the most and hoped that it would significantly contribute to the completion of the project.

 

Reverend Father Ali admonished the followers of the MP to eschew all divisive tendencies and unite for a common purpose.

 

Source: Ghana News Agency

 

Trinity Theological Seminary graduates 217, charges them to uphold morality

Accra,- The Trinity Theological Seminary, Legon, at the weekend graduated 217 students, with a call on them to exude and uphold high moral standards in their pastoral ministries and publicly.

 

In all, 217 students received various honours, including 16 Certificate in Ministry, 55 Bachelor of Theology, 91 Master of Arts in Ministry, 41 Master of Divinity, 11 Master of Theology, and three Doctor of Philosophy in Theology.

 

The 76th graduation ceremony was on the theme: “Faith-Based Education, Public Morality and Nation Building”.

 

Very Reverend Professor J. Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu, President of the Seminary, in his welcome address, charged the graduates to abide by the formation of their training and exemplify those tenets in how they conducted themselves in ministry and publicly.

 

 

 

“The hope of every institution is that all graduating students will carry with them, through life values, Pastoral, theological and moral values to help them fulfil their mission,” he said.

 

 

 

According to him, the country’s errant prophets and pastors were making Christianity a nuisance, saying “you’re trained to be different and we trust that you’ll make the faculty and your sponsors proud in whatever and wherever you’re called to serve as ordained lay ministers.”

 

 

 

Prof Asamoah-Gyadu said the theme for the graduation was to draw attention to a particular need in terms of the development of the country, stating that the country’s economic figures would not add up if public morality was not taken seriously by all.

 

 

 

He said building the nation to the level of those often admired would require the cultivation of high moral standards with the virtues of honesty, truthfulness, love and a passionate commitment to work.

 

 

 

He said the essence of theological education and pastoral formation, was to raise visionary leaders who were Godly and placed interest of ministry and country above all else, adding that graduates of the seminary must at all times exude and bring the highest level of dignity to bear on the work in ministry and public service.

 

 

 

Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, Vice President, said faith-based education was significant as it was through those institutions that character was built and important values nurtured in young people.

 

He said such institutions were not places of social media learning and information overload, but avenues for knowledge acquisition and the deepening of intellect.

 

The Vice President said today’s world had become important that countries deliberately developed a society of persons who were not merely prepared for jobs, but were also set for ongoing growth in all aspects of life to make a difference in the world.

 

 

 

He said: “As Ghanaians, we could build a distinct moral identity and constitute a reference point for people of other nations. We must endeavour, both in our public and private lives, to do what is morally right and eschew what is morally evil.”

 

 

 

Prof Ato Essuman, Dean, Faculty of Education and Entrepreneurship, Methodist University College of Ghana, said morality is the bedrock upon which society rested, adding that every society was structured on moral principles which implied an implicit undertaking of a social contract to observe those moral principles.

 

 

 

According to him the neglect of public morality in any society was diametrically opposed to that society’s development and growth, and said such society experienced injustice, instability, public corruption, social-disorder and many other vices that were inimical to its development.

 

Prof Essuman, also a Member of the Council of State, said the standard of public morality at any given time and place was very much influenced by the prevailing socio-economic and political environment as well as the solidity of traditional moral foundations, be those religious, professional or social.

 

Reverend Canon Patrick Okaija-Bortier, who graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), on behalf of the graduate students, thanked the Institution for their tutelage, and pledged to work assiduously in their respective ministries.

 

Source: Ghana News Agency

 

Volta tidal waves victims receive support from Caring Sisters of Anlo

Keta (VR),- Tidal waves victims in communities along Volta Region’s coast in Ketu South, Keta, and Anloga District have received a donation of 3,000 mattresses, bedding materials, 1,500 pieces of mosquito nets, soap and detergents, as well as food supplies.

 

The donation, sponsored by The Volta Tidal Waves Relief Fund (VTWRF), The Ghana Association of Bankers (GAB), together with The MTN Ghana Foundation, Ashfoam, and partners from corporate Ghana was through the Caring Sisters of Anlo Traditional Area, an all-women Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) to alleviate the sufferings of the people.

 

Presenting the relief items at the forecourt of the Keta Municipal Assembly on Sunday, Mr Mawuko Afadzinu, Brands and Marketing Director at Stanbic Bank and one of the initiators of VTWRF said the initiative was to reduce the impact of the disaster on victims.

 

He said he was moved into initiating the Fund because he was at home for a funeral when the disaster struck and later monitored its devastating effects on the people in the media requiring well meaning citizens to provide support and become shoulders on which the people would cling to and get back their footing.

 

Mr Afadzinu said the few days of appeal to individuals and corporate institutions had yielded over GH¢1million cedis and noted that apart from the first batch (Sunday’s donation), there would be a second, which would consider reconstructing educational and medical infrastructure among others so the people could have “some semblance of normalcy” and called on those yet to donate to the Fund to do so.

 

Mr John Awuah, Chief Executive Officer of GAB citing the GH¢10 million COVID-19 Relief Fund and procurement of bulletproof vest among others to support the Ghana Police Service to indicate the Association’s commitment to the welfare of Ghanaians in times of need saying, “the banks are behind the people of Anlo.”

 

He called on others to support the tidal wave victims saying, “this is the time for action, reach into your pockets and support.”

 

Ms Sese Gadzekpo from Caring Sisters said the 30-year old NGO, which had trained about 600 girls and women in the past and has an educational institute, Caring Sisters Vocational Institute, Tegbi was leading the donation to ensure that the most vulnerable of the victims; the elderly, pregnant women and children were adequately catered for.

 

Madam Abla Dzifa Gomashie, Member of Parliament for Ketu South who spoke on behalf of her other two colleagues from the coast said she was humbled and grateful for Voltarians in Ghana and diaspora as well as Corporate Ghana for the donation, which she described as, “comforting” and indicative of “a new dawn” for the victims.

 

Dr Archibald Yao Letsa, Volta Regional Minister was grateful for the gesture and said such a wonderful collaboration between citizens and government was the way to go and hoped the Fund would become permanent for people to get quick response in times like these to alleviate their plight.

 

He told the victims that the government cared about them and had always been with them from the day the disaster struck, with National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) around for assessment and reaching victims with some relief items stressing, “government has not abandoned you.”

 

The presentation, which had Prof Audrey Gadzekpo of University of Ghana, a Deputy CEO of Bui Power Authority, Mr George Tettey among other distinguished personalities from the land in attendance, saw the Regional Minister in collaboration with Municipal and District Chief Executives from the region donating some food and non-food items to the victims in addition to other relief items brought from NADMO led by Mr Seji Saji Amedonu, its Deputy Director General.

 

A storm surge over the last weekend flooded homes and collapsed buildings including houses and school blocks in communities in KetuSouth, Keta, and Anloga District, and rendered about 4,000 people homeless.

 

There have been severe forms of the sea’s devastation in 2021 alone in communities of Salakope and Agavedzi and Fuveme, which washed away homes and lifetime investment of victims.

 

Source: Ghana News Agency

Over 900 media practitioners to benefit from Media Capacity Enhancement Programme

Accra,- More than 900 media practitioners will receive training under the Media Capacity Enhancement Programme.

 

The programme will equip media practitioners with skills and knowledge for professional and career advancement.

 

It also intends to addressing ethical gaps in media contents to ensure qualitative journalism for socio-economic development and to consolidate Ghana’s democracy.

 

Media practitioners who will benefit from the training include; reporters, radio commentators, producers, social media executives, programme directors, technicians, media analysts and media owners.

 

A total of 60 participants nationwide will take part in the first training workshop from Monday, December 6th to Friday 9th, 2021 in Kumasi.

 

The programme is being funded by the Government through the Ministry of Information.

 

Professor Kwamena Kwansah-Aidoo, the Chairman of the Working Committee on Media Capacity Enhancement Programme and Rector of Ghana Institute of Journalism, launched the programme at a news conference in Accra, on Sunday.

 

He said the programme would help create awareness among media practitioners to hold duty bearers accountable, improve socio-economic development and consolidate the country’s democracy.

 

Upon consultation with industry players, Prof. Kwansah-Aidoo said, a curriculum had been developed to train the beneficiaries.

 

Media as a tool for socio-economic development and nation-building, investigative journalism, and journalism mission, journalism, media personnel and the law, as well as digital media and online journalism and impact journalism are some of the topics selected to be taught at the workshop.

 

Some partner organisations that were present at the launch and gave solidarity messages include; the Ghana Journalists Association, Private Newspaper Publishers Association of Ghana and Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association.

 

Mrs Mamle Andrews, the Chief Director of the Ministry of Information, in her welcome remarks, said the Ministry would provide funding and technical support for the programme.

 

She said the Working Committee for the Media Capacity Enhancement Programme chaired by Prof. Kwansah-Aidoo would coordinate the training to ensure independence.

 

Source: Ghana News Agency

Hold on to your faith in good and bad times – Christians told

Accra,- The Reverend Fiifi Wilson Otabil, Senior Pastor, Ofankor Assembly of the International Central Gospel Church (ICGC) has asked Christians to hold on to their faith in good and bad times.

 

“Let us remain faithful to our commitment to Christ to be His followers in good times and in bad times, in sickness and in health, the same way a man and a woman dedicated themselves to each other,” he said.

 

Rev Otabil said this in a sermon to climax a week-long annual conference dubbed: “Prophetic Mandate Conference ’21” in Accra Mangolane Bohye near New Ashongman.

 

The Conference, which is held annually on ICGC Seekers Temple’s calendar, was to give thanks to God and ‘realign destinies’ through worship, praises and the preaching of the Gospel of Christ.

 

Speaking on the theme: “Kingdom Manifestation,” Rev. Otabil said: “Do not be overcome by the evil that exists in the world, by the violence that you see around you.

 

“Let us remain faithful to the one who remained faithful to the Father and fulfilled His mission to the very end.”

 

He encouraged those who faltered in their faith to get back on track and follow Christ irrespective of their circumstances.

 

Rev Otabil said believers were never alone in their troubles, saying

 

“When you feel that life has become too much of a burden for you, when you feel that you have too many crosses to bear and you don’t have the strength anymore to continue on your way, you only need to remember your assurance in Christ’s manifestation.”

 

“We are never alone; He carries the cross with us,” he said, assuring that, “He will never let our burden become too heavy for us to carry. This is our hope, this is our strength, this is our faith because He is our God who is a victor over death.”

 

Source: Ghana News Agency

Tema East MP donates sewing machines to fulfil campaign promise

Tema,- Mr Isaac Ashai Odamtten, Tema East Member of Parliament, has donated 34 sewing machines to the Tema Manhean Chapter of Ghana National Association of Garment Makers to fulfil Election 2020 campaign promise.

 

The initiative, forms part of the MP’s way of empowering the youth in the constituency to be self-sufficient irrespective of their educational background.

 

The machines were given to members of both the old association, which is the Ghana National Tailors and Dressmakers Association (GNTDA) and the new Association which is Ghana National Association of Garment Makers at an apprenticeship graduation ceremony held over the weekend at Tema Manhean.

 

The graduation ceremony, which came off after a three-year intensive training, was organised on the theme: “Garment making, a means for survival in this COVID-19 era”.

 

Making the presentation to the apprentices, Mr Odamtten who was also the special guest of honour to the programme, commended the grandaunts for availing themselves to undergo the training.

 

“I am happy to see the youth around witnessing the exhibition of talents and skills of the apprentices, they can become national and continental fashion designers and this is the reason why I want to support projects like this, I want to contribute to people who are willing to exhibit their talents,” he added.

 

Mr Odamtten said such talents must be developed and exploited to benefit the family, society and the world at large, adding that Technical Vocational Training and Education was essential in making the youth self-sufficient, so that they would be responsible citizens for the country.

 

He said the outfit formed part of the National Democratic Party’s (NDC) fulfilling 2020 manifesto to train and empower the youth who wants to venture into vocational training to boost economic development.

 

“We are laying a solid foundation, so that when we take off, every tradesman, artisan will receive support to learn skills or further their education, an office will be open so that those who want to learn trade or further their education will come and register to be supported,” he said.

 

The Tema East MP commended leaders of the Associations for the efforts in equipping the trainees with skills and professional grounding in business.

 

Source: Ghana News Agency

 

Digital Transportation a threat to Taxi Industry – Taxi drivers’ cry

Tema,– Scores of Taxi drivers in the Ledzokuku Municipality have described the operation of digital transportation as a threat to the operations of formal transport such as taxi and trotro.

 

“Digital transport– through the means of a smartphone, one orders for transport, which comes with small luxury, is attracting most customers of the taxi business, especially the ladies who used to pick ‘dropping’.

 

“We would soon be deprived of our jobs and need to find another alternative job to survive on. After several years of working as a taxi driver in this Municipality, I don’t know any other job I can opt for,” Mr. Nii Laryea told the Ghana News Agency in an interview.

 

Digital transport started on a large scale in 2016 and has since been accepted as a means for commercial transportation.

 

“Digital Transport drivers have ruined our business ever since they started operating in our country,” Mr. Adjei Boye, another Taxi driver told the GNA.

 

He said this was alarming and called on the government to come to their aid in order for the digital drivers to know their limitations, so that they did not interfere with taxi drivers’ line of work.

 

Mr Boye, who has been operating from the Taxi Union Station at Teshie Lascala market for the past ten years, claimed that digital transport drivers don’t pay either income tax or embossment fee, but taxi drivers do.

 

Due to the price differences, the taxi drivers appear to be more hit as compared to other commercial transport by the digital transport business.

 

“All the taxi drivers have their AMA embossment license and stickers to serve as an identity for their business,” he said.

 

However, Mr Isaac Ashigbui, a Digital Transport Driver, said on the contrary the digital transport services had opened the business and attracted lots of youth who otherwise might not have considered commercial driving as business.

 

He stated that; “Digital Transport has reduced the rate of unemployment among the youths, and the taxi drivers should not see us as a threat. The Ghanaian transport business is a wide field with more room to accommodate other means of transport”.

 

Unfortunately, the Taxi industry is certainly not happy with the successes of Digital Transport as they see it as a way to close down the taxi business.

 

Nevertheless, passengers seem to be happy about the digital transport service as they believe it was easier since they just have to request it online and it was cheaper than taxi on the average.

 

“Digital transport has put a stop to all the ‘shakara’ our taxi drivers have been giving us and I am glad it came at this point in time to help us save money,” Ms Beverlyn Asare, a business lady stated.

 

Source: Ghana News Agency

Journalists must sharpen focus on peace journalism – Affail Monney

Prampram,- Mr Roland Affail Monney, President of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA), has urged journalists to sharpen their focus on peace journalism, as their contribution to the sustainability of peace and tranquillity in the country.

 

Mr Monney said focusing on peace journalism would entail the constitution of stories, which would promote peace and not violence, as well as tilting of stories and shaping of media programmes in non-violence ways.

 

He said this in an interview with the Ghana News Agency on the side-lines of a three-day collaborative dialogue and sensitization on preventing violent extremism organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with support from the governments of Netherlands and Sweden at Prampram in the Greater Accra Region.

 

He said, “when it comes to violence, no institution can be more insidious than the media.

 

“It is said that information and the structures which contributes to information are the most dangerous instruments for violence, the example in Rwanda is a classic example, where it took a careless journalist who went to a careless station to make a careless pronouncement, which ignited violence of incalculable proportions, which resulted in the death of a lot of people over one million people.”

 

Mr Monney noted that because violence commenced from the mind, overloading the minds of media consumers with violent scenes could lead to such violence extremism, explaining that the law of exposure simple indicated that whatever repeatedly entered the mind shaped the mind, and determined what one does and became.

 

“So, if we highlight such incidents and blows them out of proportion without caution, we are contributing to violence,” he said.

 

The GJA President stressed that, “it’s better to face facts. Sometimes the media are overly careless in carrying stories, which consequences can spell the doom of this country.

 

“And if you look at our elections the high voltage tempers, and the red-hot angers that characterizes our election, they are pointers to the fact that violence on a disastrous scale can erupt in Ghana.

 

“So, the media again are crucial factor in all these, so, we should be conscious on whatever we put there, we must think through and weigh the implications of whatever items we bundle about and discuss,” he added.

 

He commended the UNDP and its partners for organizing the engagement, saying it came at the right time to strike the right code for the generality of Ghanaians and the media in particular, to play a crucial role to mitigate such effects or prevent it all together.

 

Mr Monney observed that even though Ghana touted itself as an island of peace in an atmosphere of violence or instability, citizens should never be intoxicated by this experience as they were living in a sub region whose dominant theme was violence extremism.

 

Source: Ghana News Agency