Over 300 suspected criminals arrested in military operation in Northern Ghana

A total of 386 suspected criminals have so far been arrested for various security infractions in the ongoing joint military operations in the Upper West, Upper East, Northern, North-East, and the Savannah Regions.

The number comprised 279 Ghanaians and 107 foreign nationals-Burkinabe’s, Malians, Togolese, Nigerians, and Nigeriens and were arrested for various infractions and are all being strictly screened.

 

Brigadier General Emmanuel Okyere, the National Security Advisor, who disclosed this in a media briefing in Wa, said the multinational joint operation dubbed: “Operation Koudolgou” was the fourth in the series since the Accra Initiative in 2017.

He noted that the main objective of the operation was to fight terrorism and transnational organized crimes within their common border to free it from both illegal and criminal activities within defined areas of operation.

 

Brigadier General Okyere said the operation took place in all five regions of Northern Ghana and in the same areas of neighbouring Cote D’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, and Togo.

 

He noted that due to the operation, there had been increased presence of security forces in the Northern enclave, adding that these security activities were part of the planned programmes of the Accra initiative, which encompasses Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote D’Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, Niger and Togo.

 

“We are all aware of the terrorists’ activities in the sun regions and as the adage goes, ‘when you see that there is a fire in your neighbour’s house, you don’t wait for the fire to engulf you, but you fetch water and put it down in case the fire gets to you, you use it to quench the fire”, he said.

 

The National Security Advisor said they were not waiting for any fire to get to them, but rather, they were doing whatever possible to prevent that fire from getting to them.

 

“So, all we are doing year-in-year-out for this particular region is to prevent any terrorist attack on our land and this is a shared responsibility,” Brigadier General Okyere said.

 

He said they were providing a number of boreholes to about seven communities in the operational area as a social responsibility, noting that, ridding the country off criminal elements had been their aim in the exercise and it had been largely achieved.

 

Brigadier General Okyere clarified that the operation was not targeted at any group of people but rather targeted at a network of criminals, adding that all their operations have been professional and intelligence led.

 

The National Security Advisor said they were achieving some security in the border areas due to the collaboration with the neighboring security counterparts to carry out cross-border arrests.

 

“The crime rate in this part of the country has gone down considerably”, the National Security Advisor said.

 

The joint security forces include the National Security Operatives, the Ghana Armed Forces, the Ghana Police Service, the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS), the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority, Ghana Immigration Service, National Investigative Bureau, Research Department of Foreign Affairs, Ghana National Ambulance Service, Forestry Commission, and Narcotic Control.

 

Lieutenant Colonel Gyima, the Commanding Officer of the 10 Mechanized Battalion in Wa, Mr Suraj Mohammed, the Director of Operations for Ghana Police Service, Brigadier General Moses Aryee, General Officer Commanding the Northern Command and other security Representatives from Burkina, Togo, and Cote D’Ivoire were in the company of the National Security Advisor.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Woman, 65, adjudged Awutu Senya East Best Farmer

A 65-year-old woman, Madam Aku Adukpo, has been adjudged the overall best farmer during the celebration of the 37th annual Farmers’ Day in the Awutu-Senya East Municipality of the Central Region on Friday afternoon.

She received among other items, a 1500 litre reservoir, a deep freezer and a television set at the event held under the theme “Planting for Food and Jobs: Consolidating Food Systems in Ghana.”

 

Madam Aku Adukpo is into plantain, cassava, pepper, okro, tomatoes, potatoes, among others.

 

The first runner up, 40-year-old Mr Mohammed Agbavitor who cultivates potatoes, cassava, maize, pepper, okro, cowpea and birds, was given a water storage tank, a TV set, a spraying machine, boots, cutlasses, some containers of agrochemicals, hand gloves among others.

 

Thirty-seven year old Yussif Seidu, vegetable and livestock farmer, grabbed the second runner up award and had a water storage tank, a TV set, a spraying machine, boots, cutlasses, some containers of agrochemicals

 

Mr Salifu Seidu, 70, was adjudged the best aged farmer of the municipality.

 

Nine others were also recognised and awarded for distinguishing themselves in the agriculture sector.

 

Mrs Anita Obo Love Amissah, the Municipal Chief Executive, addressing a durbar at Ofaakor, commended all farmers and fishermen for their contributions to the country’s development.

 

Acknowledging the economic contribution of agriculture to Ghana’s progress over the past decades, she said the transformation of the Ghanaian economy was achievable through Planting for Food and Jobs.

 

She noted that agriculture played a central role in the economy and was expected to drive the newà development agenda of Ghana and called on both public and private sectors to invest immensely in the sector to create jobs and generate wealth.

 

“Today, the focus is to have a paradigm shift in the sector and to view it as a business that responds to the economic growth of the country and not just the conventional purpose of farming to feed the household,” Mrs Amissah stated.

 

“The prospect for suitable food production and improvement in food systems of the economy lies mainly on the efficient campaign of the Planting for Food and Jobs Programme that exist in numerous agricultural value chains for food productivity,” she added.

 

Mrs Amissah further expressed the Assembly’s commitment to increase agricultural productivity and thereby, catalyse a structural transformation in the economy through increased farm income and job creation.

 

In her address after receiving her award, Madam Adukpo advised the youth to find something doing for themselves and not to wait on the government for non existence jobs.

 

“If you are young and complain about unemployment, it sometimes baffles me. I have been farming since childhood and through that, I have been able to educate all my children and build myself a house,” she revealed.

 

For her part, the Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture and Member of Parliament for Awutu Senya East Constituency, Madam Mavis Hawa Koomson, urged the young people in the area to take advantage of the Ministry’s Youth in Fishing programme.

 

She said she was prepared to offer help to any group of young people who wanted to go into fish farming to succeed.

 

“Put your request on paper and present it to the Assembly and it will be forwarded to me,” she said in a statement read on her behalf.

 

Source: Ghana News Agency

Blind farmer wins best farmer in AAK District

Madam Lydia Ama Aberesi, a 24-year-old blind farmer, emerged the overall best farmer in the Abura-Asebu-Kwamankese (AAK) District of the Central Region.

Madam Aberesi, together with her spouse, Mr Stephen Nkrumah also a farmer, have large acres of cassava, okra, maize, plantain, and pepper.

 

For her prize, she was presented with a wheel barrow, spraying machine, cutlass, and a pair of wellington boots.

 

Other awardees included; Mr Kwadjo Nkrumah who won the best organic citrus farmer, Madam Ekua Mansa, the best fish processor, Mr Kwesi Morrison, best crop farmer, and Felix Cobbinah the best youth farmer.

 

In all, 13 farmers were presented with certificates and awards ranging from cutlasses and tricycles.

 

Speaking to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) on the sidelines of the event, Madam Aberesi called for training, motivation, and support for Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) to ignite their interest in farming.

 

She encouraged the youth to consider venturing into agriculture because it was a lucrative area that had the potential of supporting their livelihood.

 

She commended the Government for introducing the Planting for Food and Jobs initiative, which she said would make the country self-sufficient in food production and exports.

 

However, the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) should make clear policies and programs that would be disability-friendly to attract them into the sector, she appealed.

 

Mr Willyevans Obiri-Awuah, District Chief Executive, urged the youth to erase the perception that Agriculture was for the less privileged, adding that it was rather for people who were determined to make a mark in feeding the nation and the World.

 

He also charged the youth to avail themselves and venture into farming because Government was assisting to transform the sector.

 

Source: Ghana News Agency