Government urged to pay more attention to Persons with Disabilities

Participants at an international Day of Persons with Disabilities in Tamale have called on government and other stakeholders to pay attention to the living conditions of persons living with disabilities.


The participants at the forum who lauded the efforts made by successive governments towards making lives better for persons with disabilities in Ghana reiterated the need for stakeholders to re-look at the needs of the person with disabilities and act now.


The one day forum was organized by the Center for Educational Innovation and Leadership at University for Development Studies (UDS) in partnership with the CREDA, Norsaac and Oxfam Ghana.


The forum was on the theme “Leadership and Participation of Persons with Disabilities towards an Inclusive, Accessible and Sustainable Post-Covid-19 World”.


The concern was raised by the Dean of the UDS Faculty of Education, Dr. Ibrahim Mohammed Gunu on the occasion of the International Day for Persons with Disabilities.


“I would like to use this platform to call on government and significant stakeholders to immediately adopt appropriate measures to support people with disabilities, who are at higher risk of being affected by COVID-19, to sustain and protect their education.”


Dr. Ibrahim Gunu explained that the symposium formed part of the Center‘s disability advocacy programme, which is intended to create awareness of the challenges facing persons with disabilities. According to him, the decision to adopt online teaching and learning at the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic affected Persons with Disabilities.


He added that findings from a research conducted by Faculty of Education at the University indicated that the COVID-19 pandemic affected academic progress of students in Ghana, particularly for the most marginalised groups, including people with disabilities.


“It must be stated that in search of normalcy during the COVID19 pandemic regarding teaching and learning in Ghanaian schools, educational institutions were compelled to adopt online teaching and learning. The decision to conduct online teaching and learning excluded some students from academic work most especially persons with disabilities thereby denying them access to quality education as enshrined in the SDGs.


“It must be stated that National and global responses to this pandemic and planning for future crises must be fully inclusive in line with the frameworks of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the SDGs. The SDGs represent a global commitment towards making life better for citizens of various countries.”


He advised that people with disabilities should be included in decision-making, planning, implementation and monitoring of national COVID-19 responses.


Dr. Issaka Cecilia Alimatu, Vice Dean – Faculty of Education on her part, lauded the efforts of Ghanaian Governments in putting in certain measures to support the welfare of persons living with disabilities such as the 2006 disability act (act 715) and the recent reforms: the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) that aims at making provision for learner with diverse need but called for more support for persons living with disabilities.


The Center for Educational Innovation and Leadership is a center of research excellence in evidence-based policy research and reflective experimentation at the University for Development Studies aim to improve student learning in all instructional formats and at all levels of the educational system.


The Center is touted for collaborating with organisations to deliver programmes and projects and the most recent one was its collaboration with Oxfam and Norsaac to deliver the first Education Policy debate for political parties in Ghana during the 2020 general elections.


Source: Modern Ghana

E-Levy will only affect digitalisation briefly; let’s pass it – NDPC boss

Director-General of the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) Mr. Kodjo Esseim Mensah-Abrampa is rooting for the implementation of the Electronic Transaction Levy (E-Levy) with the argument that its effect on digitalisation will only be temporal.


Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta announced plans by the government to tax electronic financial transactions in the country during his presentation of the 2022 budget statement in Parliament on November 17.


The announcement was subsequently opposed by the Minority and some economists arguing that such a levy will cripple government’s agenda to digitise the economy.


Speaking in an interview on Asaase Radio today, Mr. Kodjo Esseim Mensah-Abrampa admitted that the E-Levy will negatively have an impact on digitalisation.


However, he insists that it will only be temporal, and hence the E-Levy must be the way to go.


“So we have look at it in terms of if you come up with any policy will it affect another policy negatively, neutrally or positively, yes, it might affect digitalisation but that is for a very brief moment.


“Yes we understand the payment of E-cost is not inelastic, so immediately you bring it there will be a reaction but the cost of cash payment we have looked at that, so the cost of cash payment is very heavy such that a rationale individual will look at the value of the electronic transfer of cash and then come back,” the NDPC boss shared.


Mr. Kodjo Esseim Mensah-Abrampa added, “So we do not expect that once you bring it people will accept, yes there will be a reaction but we know in the analysis that it will be a brief moment and people will come back to it because the cost of maintaining cash payment is very very high in our situation and is one of the ways that we can bring it.”


One parliament approves the Electronic Transaction Levy, the government will charge a 1.75% tax on all electronic transactions that exceed GHS100.


Source: Modern Ghana

A/R: Police overpower robbers in gun fight; one dead, three in custody

A gunfight between the Police in Ashanti Region and armed robbers on Thursday, December 2, 2021, resulted in one robber losing his life while three others were arrested.


In a statement issued by the Ghana Police Service, a patrol team responded to a distress call at about 7:30am that a gang of robbers had attacked some miners near Oseikrom.


While the Police were approaching, the gang opened fire on them, forcing them to also respond.


The gun battle that ensued led to the death of one robber while the rest fled the scene.


Around noon on the same day, two persons, Richard Nkrumah alias Paa Yaw and Alex Appiah alias Ameley, who were part of the robbery gang were arrested through an intelligence-led operation.


During interrogation, the suspects mentioned one Emmanuel alias Awoloh, a driver of the miners, as the brainer of the robbery operation.


Strenuous intelligence and operational efforts later led to the successful arrest of suspect Emmanuel alias Awoloh.


The three suspects are now in custody assisting investigations.


Meanwhile, the body of the deceased member of the gang has been deposited at the Obuasi Government Hospital Morgue awaiting identification and autopsy.


Source: Modern Ghana

Akufo-Addo, South African president jet off to Kumasi

The President of the Republic of Ghana, H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Saturday, December 4, 2021, welcomed the President of South Africa, H.E Excellency Cyril Ramaphosa to the Jubilee House.


The South African leader arrived in the country this weekend for a 2-day state visit.


Modernghana News can report that the visit by H.E Cyril Ramaphosa is aimed at deepening the bilateral cooperation friendship between Ghana and South Africa.

At the Jubilee House today, the South Africa President in the company of President Akufo-Addo inspected a guard of honour mounted at the forecourt of the Jubilee House by a detachment of the Ghana Army.

The two African leaders exchanged pleasantries and reinforced the resolve of both countries to deepen relations.


President Akufo-Addo and H.E Cyril Ramaphosa later in the day travelled to Kumasi in the Ashanti Region to participate in the 50th-anniversary celebration of the enstoolment of Nana Otuo Siriboe II, Omanhene of the Juaben Traditional area.


Source: Modern Ghana

President Ramaphosa calls on President Akufo-Addo

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa Saturday called on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo at the Jubilee House in Accra.

The visit is part of President Ramaphosa’s three-day State visit to Ghana aimed at strengthening the already existing bilateral, political and economic relations between Ghana and South Africa.


After inspecting a guard of honour mounted at the forecourt of the Jubilee House by a detachment of the Ghana Army, the two leaders exchanged pleasantries and reinforced the resolve of both countries to deepen relations.


Mr Ramaphosa and President Akufo-Addo later left for Kumasi in the Ashanti Region to participate in the 50th anniversary celebration of the enstoolment of Nana Otuo Siriboe II, Omanhene of the Juaben Traditional area.


The pair will return to Accra later in the day to hold bilateral talks.


President Ramaphosa came with a strong delegation of government officials and business leaders.


Source: Ghana News Agency

Download tonnes of apps on Huawei Y9a with AppGallery and Petal Search

Featuring a 64MP AI Quad Camera and 40W (22.5W) Huawei Super Charge, the Huawei Y9a has become a top player in the mid-range smartphone market and a top-selling product.


Pre-installed with AppGallery along with Petal Search, the Y9a users can easily download a huge number of popular mobile apps onto their phone.


Top three app marketplace in the world: AppGallery has it all


As Huawei’s official app marketplace, AppGallery provides users with global top apps and services, as well as a wide variety of local quality apps. AppGallery is currently available in more than 170 countries and regions, making it the top three app store in the world.


From news to social networking, entertainment and more, AppGallery covers 18 app categories so you can enjoy a diversified selection of some globally popular apps and services.


To protect user’s personal data and security, the AppGallery has a full-cycle security and protection system, including developer real-name verification, four-step review process, download and installation protection, as well as a prevention mechanism for app operation.


Search and Download things you want through Petal Search


Being a search engine, Petal Search has two major features – generic search and app search. Through these, you can explore apps, news, images and more. Petal Search lists apps from multiple sources, including AppGallery.


This search and download process can be done with only two steps:


First, open the Petal Search app or search widget and enter the name of the app you are looking for. In the result list, select the Apps category to shortlist the content.


Second, go to the app you need and hit the Install button – Petal Search will direct you to the source so you can start downloading it. The source might be AppGallery, its official website, or third-party platforms such as APKPure. Before the installation starts, your Huawei mobile will request for a security check to scan for any risks.


Other than downloading new apps, users can get updates for existing apps from Petal Search. Just go to Me -> Downloads -> Updates, and select an app to get the update.


The Petal Search widget is pre-installed on the home screen on the Huawei Y9a.


In addition to app experience, the Y9a appeals to a range of consumers with three colour options: Midnight Black, Space Silver, and Sakura Pink, and has 8GB RAM and 128GB storage, priced at GHS1,759.00.


Source: Ghana News Agency

Adwoa Safo commissions NHIS office

Ms Sarah Adwoa Safo, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Dome-Kwabenya has commissioned a National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) office in the constituency to boost service delivery.

The GH¢1.5 million facility has a general office, document control room, duty offices, NHIS office, conference room, kitchen, restroom and a security post.

Ms Safo, at the commissioning, said the project had been one of her major priorities to take health insurance services to the doorstep of the people.

She said hitherto, the registration, renewal and other activities of the Scheme were done in a cubicle, causing congestion and discouraging people from enrolling.

The MP said the facility would enhance the Country’s efforts at achieving the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) three, which centred on health and the well-being of people in the local communities.

“What this mean is that more people will have easy access for their service in the constituency. I now expect more people to patronize the services of the NHIS because registration, renewals and collection would be done stress-free.” she said.

“As MP, this edifice is very close to my heart and I want to put on record that Dome-Kwabenya Constituency is the first to have such an office in the Greater Accra Region. I am grateful to His Excellency the President, Nana Akufo-Addo and Dr Lydia Dsane Selby CEO of NHIA; for hearing our cries when we knocked on your doors,” Ms Safo added.

She urged workers at the facility to ensure a good maintenance culture and serve the people well.

Other health projects undertaken by the MP in the constituency are the Haatso Maternity Clinic and OPD Block at Abokobi Health Centre.

“I have renewed NHIS cards for over 1,000 people in my constituency and there has been health screening for women, specifically breast cancer and the aged.

“These are some of the health projects we have rolled out in this constituency…health is wealth,” she added.


Source: Ghana News Agency

“My communal spirit underpinned my success in agriculture”— Alhaji Mashud Mohammed

“My avowed determination to work hard to improve the livelihood of my father and community has earned me this great award at the 37th Farmers Day celebration,” Alhaji Mashud Mohammed, the National Best Farmer, has stated.

The 44-year-old former teacher with Diploma in Education, told the Ghana News Agency that he had not regretted being a farmer, and a celebrated one at that.


Married with two wives and four children; two males and two females, Alhaji Mohammed said he quitted his teaching profession some 15 years ago and began farming on a four-acre land.


He has 850 acres of maize, 40 acres of groundnut, 43 acres of onions, 40 acres of sorghum, four acres of shea, 19 acres of tomatoes, 714 cattle, 640 sheep, 1,300 goat, 3,400 broilers, 7,185 guinea fowl, a fishpond of tilapia and catfish, and a host other livestock.


He received GHc600,000 from the Agricultural Development Bank, Ghc500,000 worth of insurance cover from GLICO, and an agriculture innovation tour to Israel, sponsored by Broadspectrum Limited.


“I am in a haste to grow in abundance because I have sacrificed so much to get to where I am today. My journey is characterised by hard work but with determination and God’s grace, I am the proud National Best Farmer today,” Alhaji Mohammed said with excitement.


Within a period of three years, the National Best Farmer, from the Mion District of the Northern Region, had supported 26,000 young men and women who needed the push to gain grounds in the agribusiness industry.


The benefits of this gesture could be felt in many communities in the Upper East, Upper West, Savannah, Northern and North East Regions.


The beneficiaries were supported to grow soybeans, maize, rice, cowpea and received in-depth training on best agricultural practices.


Alhaji Mohammed expressed joy for his decision to get majority of the youth into the agribusiness industry, stressing that it was as important as assisting government to strengthen food security and food systems in Ghana .


“We want to see so many youths coming into the sector, it is not a field for the aged or for the illiterate,” he said.


His 15 years of experience in rice farming had made him gain interest in promoting Made-in-Ghana rice and chicken to support economic growth.


That notwithstanding, access to finance, mechanisation, and irrigation had been challenging in the agribusiness sector, which needed government’s support to overcome, he said.


Other award winners were Sulemana Yidana, a farmer from the North East Region, and Reverend Samuel Sida from the Ahafo Region, who emerged first and second runners up, respectively.


Mr Yidana received a tractor, an insurance worth Ghc 200,000 from GLICO among other prizes, while Rev Sida had a Nissan Navara and the same insurance cover, among other juicy prizes.


Mr Kwaku Ehun from Gomoa West Central of the Central Region was the Overall Best Fisherman and would receive a two-bedroom house to be built at his preferred destination.


In all about 165 persons from the Agriculture, Fisheries and Cocoa sectors were awarded at the Grand Durbar held in the ancient city of Cape Coast on the theme: “Planting for Food and Jobs; Consolidating Food Systems in Ghana”.


Source: Ghana News Agency