Tribal festival to promote cultural values held in Sunyani

A maiden tribal festival to exhibit diverse cultures of northern Ghana tribes in the Zongo communities has been held in Sunyani to sensitise and educate young men and women on customs and morals behaviour.


Held at the Jubilee Park from Tuesday to Thursday, the colourful event was also to strengthen peaceful co-existence and cohesion and to protect the cultural heritage of Ghanaians.


It was organized by Sunyani-based Angel FM, a local radio station and supported by the Centre for National Culture (CNC) in Sunyani to impart the Ghanaian cultural values unto the younger generation.


Twenty tribal Chiefs and their subjects from Zongo communities in Accra, Bupe, Wenchi, Goaso, Techiman, Banda-Ahenkro, Bechem, Sampa, and Duayaw Nkwanta joined those in Sunyani and its environs to celebrate the festival in one accord.


The tribes included Songhai, Wala, Dagaaba, Frafra, Gonja, Sisaala, Banda Sirhen, Hausa, Kusaase, Moshie, Moshi Nasuruba, Fulani, Daffi, Dagomba, Wangara, Baasare and Mamprusi.


They exhibited and displayed the dress code of each tribe, marriage customs, dance, favourite meal and preparation, main occupation and their origination.


A general cleaning exercise was held on Wednesday to improve environmental sanitation as part of the event.


Mr. Seidu Iddrisu Yeboah, the acting Regional Director, CNC, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency, emphasised the need to intensify socio-cultural activities to strengthen the practices of local culture, lineage, heredity, and moral values to instill discipline in young boys and girls to desist from social vices.


He, therefore, called on the Regional Houses of Chiefs, the media, family heads, Assembly Members, parents, and all stakeholders to collaborate and roll out cultural and traditional events to educate the youth on moral values, customs, and traditions of the Ghanaian society.


Alhaji Halid Isahak Maiga, the Bono Regional Chief for the Songhai tribe in another interview told the GNA that Western culture was snatching the Ghanaian youth into blind slavery, hence, events of such nature were vital for the preservation of local cultural values.


Haji Osmanu Musah, the acting chairman of the Council of Zongo Chiefs added such festivals would subdue political and tribal differences and promote absolute peace in Ghana.


Source: Ghana News Agency

COVID-19 Education: Newmont Ahafo Mine supports ISD with fuel coupons

Newmont Ahafo Mine has presented Goil fuel coupons valued GHC6,900 to the Bono Regional Office of the Information Services Department (ISD) to empower the Department to upscale COVID-19 education.


Mr Imoro Ayibani Tebra, the Bono Regional Director of the ISD told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in an interview when he received the coupons from the Company at Kenyasi Number Two in the Asutifi North District of the Ahafo Region.


Mr Tebra said the Department was expected to reach out to more than 2,000 local communities in the Bono, Bono East, and Ahafo Regions.


He explained his Department, therefore, submitted a proposal to the mining company for support to strengthen COVID-19 sensitization to prevent the spread of the pandemic in the three regions.


Mr Tebra said the government was doing everything possible to prevent the spread of the disease and flatten the nation’s COVID-19 curve, hence the need for the ISD to augment such efforts.


“There is the availability of vaccines and we must also intensify public education to help dispel theories and myths surrounding the vaccine to encourage people to take the jab”, he said.


Mr Tebra expressed discomfort with people’s unwillingness to be vaccinated, hence the need to upscale public education in the three regions.


He indicated the Bono Regional Health Directorate had received about 81,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines saying “if people failed to go for the vaccines they would expire and trigger the spread of the viral disease”.


Mr Tebra said the ISD had also intensified public education on FM radio stations and information centres in local communities as well as on cinema vans.


Mr Richard Adu, the Community Development Superintendent, Newmont Ahafo Mine, noted that COVID-19 had changed the dynamics of the way people lived and it was having huge devastating effects on the economy.


He, therefore, urged the ISD to use the coupons judiciously to effect attitudinal change and motivate the public to go for the vaccination.


Source: Ghana News Agency

Police Station commissioned at Adaklu Wayanu

Adonai Estate Limited (AEL) has commissioned and presented an ultramodern Police Station to the Ghana Police Service at a ceremony at Adaklu Wayanu in the Adaklu District.


The GHC 450,000 facility has three well-furnished offices, a counter, washrooms, a conference room, three cells for male, female and juvenile inmates, and a spacious car park.


Dr. Archibald Letsa, Volta Regional Minister who commissioned the project said no meaningful development could take place in the country if matters of security were relegated to the background.


He intimated that matters of security should therefore be treated with utmost priority.


Dr Letsa noted that security was also a shared responsibility and therefore urged all Ghanaians to play a key role in the security of the country.


The Minister praised AEL for fulfilling its corporate responsibility to the people and urged other corporate entities to emulate them.


Dr Letsa said the Adaklu district had seen a lot of development projects and praised Mr Kwame Agbodza, Member of Parliament for the area, and Mr Phanuel Kadey Donkor, the immediate past District Chief Executive for their tireless efforts in developing the district.


He said the two most important problems now facing the district were water and roads but hinted that funding for the fourth phase of the five district water projects in the region had been secured and that the district would soon enjoy potable water.


Mr. Bright Charis Adonai, Chief Executive Officer of AEL said the private sector could support the government in building the country to reduce the country’s housing deficit.


He noted that the long-standing relationship between real estate, tourism, and hospitality was one of the motivating factors for the establishment of the Golf City View Restaurant.


Mr Adonai said security was their top priority hence their commitment to build a modern Police station to serve the airport, Wayanu, Wumenu, Takla, and Hodzo communities and commuters on the Ho – Aflao road.


He praised the leadership of the Ghana Police Service for instilling special confidence and trust in the citizenry with their services.


“From their top-notch surveillance deployment, around-the-clock investigation, and crime-fighting to their social engagements, we are confident that the presence of the Police service around here will improve security and safety,” he said.”


Sergeant Major Ebenezer Nartey, Board Chairman of AEL appealed to the person who would be working at the facility to adopt the highest level of community policing strategies to ensure a free, fair, firm but friendly police environment for the inhabitants.


“The company will continue to collaborate with the Ghana Police Service to achieve maximum security in our communities to reduce the increasing spate of insecurity in our society adding “we expect that this gesture will serve a great purpose to mark the commencement of other future donations.”


Togbe Ahiagbede, chief of Adaklu Wayanu on behalf of the landowners, appealed to the government to help develop the Kpevekor and Kokovena hills into a tourist site.


Source: Ghana News Agency

Pursuing Agriculture is no punishment – Agric Expert

An Agribusiness and International Development Management expert, Dr Alexander Nuer has charged stakeholders in the sector to make Agriculture appealing to the productive youth in the country.

In an exclusive interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) he expressed dismay that the Agricultural industry had over the years not seen an impressive influx of youth into the sector.


He attributed the anomaly to how Agriculture was introduced to the youth right from the early stages of their lives as a way of punishment in schools.


Dr Nuer, however, noted that Agriculture was one of the most important sectors of the country and needed more attention with resources and workforce.


He applauded the government’s campaign and efforts to attract the youth to venture into agriculture but pointed out that the laudable initiative will only be achieved if the subject was made appealing to them.


Dr Nuer told GNA, that it was essential for stakeholders in Education to repackage and restructure the educational module to introduce Agri-education right from primary school to senior High school.


“Another remedy to this situation is to provide creative avenues where new technologies are introduced in farming and agriculture at large to entice the masses of youth to venture into agriculture.


“This could be achieved when incentives are provided for the youth and are sponsored to go and learn from developed countries new technologies and techniques of farming that will enhance the sector” he added.


This he said would continually spur them on to develop a lasting interest in the sector to reduce the over-reliance on NGOs for short-term sensitisations.


He stressed the need for the youth to be adequately coached so they could see the importance of venturing into Agribusiness and entrepreneurship.


“Their ideas should also be accepted when they receive adequate training and an enabling environment created to entice them to venture into Agribusiness ”, he added.


On value addition, Dr Nuer recommended that government enhance the value and supply chain of raw materials locally for agro-based industries likewise exports.


According to him, the policy stated in the 2022 budget that farmers were given seeds for cultivation was commendable but agricultural commodities must go through a strengthened supply chain management as compared to previous years to achieve the expected development in Agricultural production for export.


“The challenge now is; how ready is the government and stakeholders to build the local capacity to man the most valuable tree crops under the policy “ he queried regretted.


Dr Nuer, advocated the correction of the existing imbalance in the value and supply chain system in the country and called for an organised value and supply chain which will improve the “Planting For Export and Rural Development” policy.


“The more we build the commodity supply chain, the better for us” he stated.


Source: Ghana News Agency

ECG powers police barrier on disputed Tsito, Peki land

The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) has extended electrical power supply to the Kporvi Police barrier in the Ho West District of the Volta Region.

The barrier, which was strategically sited in 1979 to buffer the people of Tsito and Peki, who were at war, has become a major entry checkpoint in the enclave but had languished over the decades without electricity.


Engineer Emmanuel Lumor, General Manager of the Company in the Volta Region, at a ceremony to commission the project, said it had cost its social responsibility allotment some GHC 100,000, and included some maintenance works on the Police post as security support towards the realisation of its vision of excellent customer service.


The Company also provided standing fans and other electrical appliances for use at the barrier facility.


“Our vision of making ECG Volta, the hub of excellent customer service which is in line with the corporate vision of “To be a financially sustainable and customer-focused energy service provider by 2024”, motivated the decision of ECG Volta Management to complete the project.


“The project, which is part of the company’s social responsibility towards its stakeholders, was completed at a cost of GHC 101,024.26.


“This project which includes a 50KVA transformer, poles, overhead cables, single-phase meter, installation of streetlights and minor renovation works of the duty post at Kporvi, will bring relief to security personnel who man the barrier and scores of commuters who ply the route by providing reliable power supply to illuminate the Kporvi enclave,” he said.


He said it was also to provide the environment with the needed power supply to attract investors and businesses and create job opportunities for the people of the Region.


He called for the continuous support of the public in fighting illegal connections, and other forms of power thefts had become key.


Mr. Lumor noted the commitment of Dr. Archibald Yao Letsa, Volta Regional Minister, who had backed the project and provided more streetlights for the stretch.


Dr Letsa said it was a “vital installation”, and commended the “very hard work” of the ECG, which he said was a significant contribution to security in the area.


“Now the place will be well lit for police to do their duties in a safer environment”, he said, urging the police service to consider expanding its facilities there.


The Regional Minister also tasked the Ho West District Assembly to support the post and its personnel in the Region.


DCOP Edward Oduro Kwarteng, Regional Police Commander, said the post, which lay on the main Ho to Accra road, had proven useful in controlling the flow of arms and other contraband goods in the region and also helped intercept wanted, and trafficked persons.


He said the absence of electricity affected visibility and communication in the area, and that the ECG had responded to his request to secure the post with energy from the national grid, and which would ensure effective delivery at all times.


Source: Ghana News Agency

Ecobank files review application in matter with Daniel Ofori

Ecobank Ghana PLC (Ecobank), says it has filed a review application at the Supreme Court in the matter between it and Mr Daniel Ofori, an investor.

Mr Ofori has among other interventions, garnisheed the Bank’s funds with the Bank of Ghana.


A statement issued in Accra and signed by Mrs Rita Aba Tsegah, Regional Head, Corporate Communications & Marketing, assured the Bank’s customers and shareholders that there was no cause for alarm because it would pursue the matter to its logical conclusion in court.


It said the Bank together with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Ghana Stock Exchange (GSE) had been in court with Mr Ofori for the past 13 years over a share trade transaction in 2008.


SEC and GSE won at the High Court in 2011 and the Court of Appeal in 2013, it said.


The statement said the Supreme Court reversed the decision of the Court of Appeal in 2018 and awarded interest in favour of Mr Ofori based in part, on an investment arrangement between Mr Ofori and the Bank.


Subsequent to the Supreme Court’s decision, a forensic examination conducted by the Criminal Investigations Department of the Ghana Police Service on the investment agreement tendered in evidence by Mr Ofori “showed that it had been altered in material parts”, it said.


It alleged that Investigations conducted by Ecobank also showed that “Mr Ofori had collected dividends running into millions of Ghana Cedis as well as bonus shares in respect of the same shares, he had sworn on oath, both at the High Court and Court of Appeal, that he had sold and, therefore, were not his”.


“Ecobank, therefore, applied to the Supreme Court to re-open the matter to take cognizance of the new evidence obtained by the Bank in order to do justice between the parties,” it added.


It said the application was refused but the bank obtained leave of the Supreme Court to apply for a review of the decision out of time.


The Bank had since filed the application for review.


The garnishee proceedings had been stayed pending the outcome of the application in the Supreme Court, it said.


Source: Ghana News Agency

FDA engages cereal mix manufacturers on food safety

The Ashanti Regional Office of the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has held a day’s training on food contamination for cereal mix manufacturers in the Region as part of its mandate to ensure food safety.

The training which focused on aflatoxin contamination of cereals was to sensitise the participants on proper handling of cereals and the health risks that contaminated foods posed to the public.


Mrs Nora Narkie Terlabie, the Regional Head of FDA who opened the training, said it was important for the authority to periodically engage its stakeholders to ensure adherence to the right standards in the interest of public safety.


She said as a regulator, the Authority also had a responsibility to be proactive in preventing the production of unwholesome products hence the need to provide training for food and drug manufacturers.


The FDA, she noted, would continue to work closely with its stakeholders in line with its mandate to protect public health and urged the public to draw the attention of the Authority to issues that affected the safety and efficacy of products on the market.


Mr Isaac Aviah, a Senior Regulatory Officer of the FDA, said cereals and legumes were widely consumed in Africa and beyond due to their nutritional complementary value and potential to reduce malnutrition.


He said cereals and legumes amply exposed humans to ingestion of harmful naturally-produced toxicants through diet if not handled appropriately during cultivation and storage.


“These food commodities are very susceptible to mycotoxin contamination, mostly aflatoxin contamination at different stages of the agricultural chain such as pre-harvest, harvest, and post-harvest handling,” he pointed out.


Mr Aviah said aflatoxins were one of the major food safety challenges, adding that about 4.5 billion people across the world were at risk of chronic exposure to aflatoxin.


He said creating public awareness of the toxin, its health risk, and control methods might help minimize its prevalence while extending scientific findings to the wider public for tremendous national and personal development.


He underlined the need to educate food processors and the general public in languages they could easily comprehend by using appropriate features and food materials to enhance easy dissemination of the information


Source: Ghana News Agency

Upper East Region records 65 defilement cases in 2020

The Upper East Regional Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU), recorded 65 defilement cases in 2020, 32 more than the 33 cases recorded in 2019.

Additionally, five cases were also recorded within the first quarter of 2021.


These were contained in a research conducted by the Rural Initiatives for Self-Empowerment Ghana (RISE-Ghana) and made known to stakeholders at Bolgatanga.


The research formed part of the implementation of a sexual and reproductive health project dubbed “ENOUGH!” by RISE-Ghana in partnership with Oxfam Ghana and Women in Law and Development in Africa (WiLDAF) and funded by the European Union.

The project aimed to empower women, girls, boys, and men in Mali, Ghana, and Liberia to take positive action to end sexual and gender-based violence in their respective countries.


The research was therefore undertaken to enable the implementing organisation and its partners to have a comprehensive understanding of the nature and pattern of SGBV cases in the region and to use the data for evidence-informed decision making and advocacy towards a satisfactory justice delivery for survivors of SGBV and activities to help reduce cases.


Ms Jaw-haratu Amadu, the Head of Programmes at RISE-Ghana who revealed these to the stakeholders stated that the research was conducted within the first quarter of 2021 in Regional offices of rights promotion offices such as DOVVSU, Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), Ghana Health Service, Ghana Education Service, Department of Social Welfare and Community Development and their district offices in Kassena-Nankana and Bawku Municipalities and Kassena-Nankana West and Pusiga Districts.


She said the study uncovered that statistics from the GES showed that 764 students had dropped out of school in the Kassena-Nankana Municipality from 2019 to the first quarter of 2021 while at Pusiga, 447 students dropped out of school in 2021 alone.


“One issue that has been in the cases reported was non-maintenance of women and children and teenage pregnancies. This runs through all the departments and the districts and it means education has to be intensified on responsible parenting and reproductive health rights,” she added.


Ms Amadu said the situation was worrying and women and girls were the most vulnerable and called for collective efforts from all stakeholders to contribute to curbing the situation.


She said it was realized that the youth had little or no education on sexual and reproductive health and certain socio-cultural beliefs and practices were hindrances to drawing back the efforts of inculcating in the youth the right sex education.


Mr Abdulai Jaladeen, the Regional Director of CHRAJ, said traditional authorities needed to be involved in the fight against sexual and gender-based violence by abolishing all forms of dehumanizing cultural practices.


He said SGBV especially, defilement, teenage pregnancy, and child marriage had serious consequences on the development of the girl child and could derail the efforts of the country in achieving the sustainable development goals when not addressed urgently.


Source: Ghana News Agency