Paramount Chief calls for improvement of Navrongo roads

Navrongo (U/E), Dec 14, GNA – Good roads are catalysts for accelerated development, Pe Denis Aneakwoa Balinia Adda Asagpaare II, Paramount Chief of the Navrongo Traditional Area in the Kassena-Nankana Municipality in the Upper East Region, has said.


He, therefore, urged the government to take steps to address the poor road network in the Municipality to accelerate the needed development in the area.


He noted that the road networks in the traditional area were in a deplorable state and called for urgent attention.


“When the roads are opened up and accessible, it would be attractive investors to the area and support smooth implementation of projects and programmes geared at improving on the livelihoods of the people in the area,” the Paramount Chief stressed.


Pe Asagpaare II made the appeal through the media at Navrongo at the launch of the maiden edition of Inter-Community Soccer Tournament organized by his office.


The tournament, to be held annually, is meant to foster and sustain peaceful coexistence among the people of the traditional area to accelerate socio-economic development.


The Paramount Chief stated that “to start with development, you need roads and my main aim is to open up roads in Navrongo.”


He said the traditional council was prepared to support the Kassena-Nankana Municipal Assembly to bring the needed development to the people.


He said the area was endowed with potentials, especially in the area of agriculture, adding more attention was needed towards assisting the youth to engage in meaningful livelihood ventures.


Mr Gabriel Adobi Balinia, Chairman of the Planning Committee of the Tournament, said the tournament was seeking to create a platform for stakeholders in the area to outline some of the major challenges and strategize to address them.


Sixteen teams from 13 communities would take part in the tournament between December 15, this year to January 20, 2022.


Source: Ghana News Agency

FDA sensitises street food vendors on food safety

Ho, Dec. 14, GNA – The Volta Regional Directorate of the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has embarked on a float to sensitise street food vendors on food safety and on the need to get a vending permit.


The float, jointly organised by the Authority and the Ho Municipal Environmental Health and Sanitation Unit, was dubbed: “No Street Food Vending Permit, No Business.”


Mr Gordon Akurugu, Volta Regional Director of FDA, said the Authority would from next year begin to issue street food vending permits to regulate their operations and to ensure food safety.


He said any vendor, who flouted the permit initiative, would not be allowed to operate his or her business and urged all vendors to comply to ensure the safety of all citizens.


The Director said most people eat from street food vendors; thus, it was imperative to ensure that these vendors adhere to proper food handling and hygiene practices.


Mr Akurugu said when street food was not properly regulated, it could be contaminated due to unsanitary vending locations and that would place most people, especially consumers at risk.


The Director said it was important to instil best food practices in the operations of street food vendors to ensure that the food they prepare were of quality and safe for consumption.


Madam Stella Kumedzro, Volta Regional Environmental Health Officer, said the exercise was not to get vendors out of business but to ensure that they adhered to standards and cook safe, quality and hygienic food for the citizens.


“We want street food vendors to sell good food that is nutritious and hygienic,” she said, adding that a hygienic food environment would attract more customers.


She urged the vendors to support the exercise to get more customers.


She said the citizens could only contribute to the development of the country if they were healthy, so the Regional Environmental Health Officer would not relent in their effort to ensure that every vendor within the Municipality received a permit.


Madam Kumedzro said there would also be a medical screening for the vendors next year to ensure that they were medically fit to engage in the business.


“Some diseases are communicable and foodborne so when we screened and realise that a vendor is infected with those diseases, we refer them to health facilities for treatment so they can come back to business,” she said.


The Environmental Health Officer said it was the duty of all to ensure that the country was safe from diseases and urged the media the help sensitise the vendors on the need to get the permit and ensure environmental cleanliness.


The FDA presented Veronica buckets to some vendors as a sign of appreciating their work and also to encourage them to observe the safety protocols.


Some of the vendors, who spoke to the Ghana News Agency, said the move by the Authority and Environmental Health and Sanitation Unit was in the right direction and pledged to support the move.


Source: Ghana News Agency


Eight to testify in alleged kidnapped pregnant woman’s trial

Takoradi, Dec. 14, GNA – Eight persons are set to testify in the case involving Josephine Paiyin Mensah, the woman at the center of an alleged fake pregnancy and kidnapping brouhaha.


The trial, slated for Tuesday January 6, 2022 would see three medical doctors, the husband and mother of the accused person, natives of Axim and a Police detective giving various accounts to support or otherwise the alleged kidnapping and pregnancy.


Superintendent Emmanuel Basintele, who is leading the Prosecution made this known during a Case Management Conference (CMC) to set the grounds for the trial next year.


Detective Police Inspector Archims would tender in a police wireless message declaring that the accused was missing, together with her photograph.


He would also tender in an order from a District Magistrate court for the disclosure of information from MTN Ghana and cell phone numbers among others.


The presiding judge, Justice Michael Ampadu indicated that the case was of public interest and so it was prudent to expedite action on the trial.


Josephine Mensah, was charged with publication of false news and deceit of public officer after she was alleged to have faked her pregnancy and Kidnapping.


She pleaded not guilty to the charges when she first appeared before the court on Monday September 27, 2021.


Source: Ghana News Agency


We will promote local Christian pilgrimage – Minister

Accra, 14 Dec, GNA – Mr. Ebenezer Kojo Kum, the Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs Minister, says the Ministry is working on the promotion of local Christian pilgrimage to connect Christians in Ghana to a worldwide community of Christians from different denominations.




He said the Ministry had started mapping out some sites and counting on the support and lessons from Israel, which had done that over the years.




Mr. Kum said this when Madam Shlomit Sufa, the Israeli Ambassador to Ghana, paid a courtesy call on him to deepen bilateral relations between the two countries.




The meeting was also to discuss ways in fostering a healthy relationship between religious groups in Ghana and Israel.




During the interaction, the Minister expressed worry at how the Ministry had not been able to participate in religious activities for two years due to the Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19).




“As a Ministry, we hope and pray a solution will be found to this covid variant as quickly as possible. So that, that kind of relationship in the area of salvation will further strengthen.




“It is a collective effort on the part of both countries so as long as this relationship exists and the mutual understanding we have, I am sure when the pandemic subsides it will be possible for us to resume this religious activity,” he said.




Madam Sufa, said Israel was very much aware of the importance Ghanian Christian pilgrims attached to coming to Israel and said, “We cherish this kind of tourism pilgrimage coming to Israel.


“We want to support it as much as we can, giving it the appropriate screening and coordination within my government, and I strongly believe that we will be able to meet again to discuss this preeminent issue of Ghana on a much more practical level.”




The Israeli Ambassador presented a book, titled, “Thou Shalt Innovate” by Avi Jorisch, to the Minister.




Christians believe that Jesus visited Jerusalem at Passover time and spent the week leading up to his death there.


Therefore, Christian pilgrims visit Jerusalem to remember key events in Jesus’ final week, known as Holy Week.


On 27 August 2021, Madam Shlomit Sufa, was appointed as the Ambassador Designate of the State of Israel to Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone.




Israel has a long-term diplomatic and bilateral partnership with Ghana. Ghana is the first African country to establish diplomatic relations with the State of Israel, the second state in Africa to have an Israeli embassy and the first African State to have a state visit by Israel’s former Foreign Minister, Golda Meir, in 1958.




In 2011, the State of Israel reopened its Embassy in Accra, which has since strengthened the relations between Ghana and Israel.


Source: Ghana News Agency

Make do with what you have – Rt. Rev. Dr. Ofori


Accra, Dec. 14, GNA – The Right Rev. Dr. Setorwu Kwadzo Ofori, Moderator of the Global Evangelical Church (GEC) has bemoaned the practice of the youth, in particular, and Ghanaians in general, where a premium is placed on anything foreign at the expense of the local one.


“The problem we have as a nation and Africans is the fact that we do not use what we have. We have been trained…not sure where the training came from though, to admire what others are doing and often despise our own,” he said.


The Rt. Rev. Dr Ofori was speaking at a ceremony to mark the official moving of the Global Theological Seminary (GTS)from Adenta, in Accra, to its permanent site at Adaklu Wumenu, near Ho, the Volta Regional capital.


Speaking on the theme: “God is the Provider,” the Moderator said God in his infinite wisdom and mercies, has blessed Ghanaians and Africans with rich resources that could be garnered for development.


He said it was about time “we looked internally and made use of all the resources, human and natural to change our negative narratives.


“Let us develop the taste for our God-given resources and distaste for foreign ones.”




On the training of pastors and the GTS, the Moderator said the GEC has decided to train its own pastors and church leaders.


“After the initial sound doctrinal training they receive from GTS, they are allowed to further their education from other evangelical institutions,” he explained.


Dr. Archibald Letsa, the Volta Regional Minister and a Presbyter of the GEC, encouraged members to get themselves vaccinated against the Covid-19 pandemic.


He urged them to debunk the myth that injecting the vaccine was the mark of the beast.


The Volta Regional Minister also called on Ghanaians to patronise the newly commissioned Ho Airport for their safety, comfort, to save time and to keep the facility in business.


Rev. Dr Komi Hiagbe, Rector of the Seminary, expressed gratitude to the leadership and the entire membership of the Church for relocating the facility to their permanent site which would contribute, in no small measure, to finalising the government’s accreditation.


Source: Ghana News Agency

Northern Ghana Diaspora Community in New Jersey to celebrate Damba Festival

Jersey City, Dec. 14, GNA – The Northern Ghana Diaspora Community in New Jersey is to celebrate its maiden Annual Damba Festival in the United States of America.


The maiden celebration which is scheduled for Saturday December 18, 2021 would take place at the New Jersey City University Campus in the United States.


It would bring together Dagombas and other sister tribes from Northern Ghana who reside in New Jersey and other parts of the United States and beyond.


The celebration would also be used to foster peaceful co-existence among the northern tribes, merry making, singing and dancing, eating, meet old and make new friends and also raise funds to support the development of Dagbon.


The organizers will also educate the participants on the culture, tradition and history of Northern Ghana by telling the story of how their Great Grandfathers in the olden days led their lives to make Dagbon a great place.


Among the dignitaries who will grace the celebration is Dr Mohammed Ibrahim Awal, Minister of Tourism and Creative Arts, Pishigu Lana Dr Alhassan Andani, the immediate past Managing Director of Stanbic and past President of the Ghana Bankers Association.


Pishigu Lana Andani is also the Chairman of the Dagbon Development Fund, which among its mandate seeks to raise funds to promote and propagate the development of Dagbon.


Also expected to grace the celebration is the former National Director of the Center for Scientific and Industrial Research, Professor Abdulai Salifu.


The organizers are optimistic that the festival will promote North and Ghana at large to the International Community.


Source: Ghana News Agency


Focus on workplace nutrition programmes for employees-Nutritionist

Accra, Dec. 14, GNA- Madam Pearl Selormey, a consultant nutritionist, has called on employers to provide workplace nutrition programmes for their employees.


Madam Selormey, who is a Consultant Dietician at St Elizabeth Catholic Hospital Hwidiem, in the Asutufi South District, explained that such programme interventions would help improve productivity and the overall health of the employee.


Madam Selormey said this during the launch of the Business Platform Meeting and Sector Reports, in Accra.


She said a global nutrition report had shown that poor diet and malnutrition at the workplace remained unacceptably very high.


However, workplace nutrition is important because most adults spend about one-third of their lives at work.


“The workplace is a good place to start and effect change around how people eat because what and how we are eating has a long impact on how well we do,” Madam Selormey said.


She warned against eating sugary diets and others at the workplace as that exposed employees to diabetes and non-communicable diseases.


She said one of the ways employers could start the programme was to engage experts to conduct health screening for their staff.


Madam Selormey suggested to employers to also focus on the introduction of healthy snacks for the employers.


This, she said, could be done to avoid employees, leaving the workplace in search of food on the streets, which sometimes, they were unsure of the ingredients used.


Madam Pamela Otchere, a consultant, speaking on another report titled “Fruit Processing in Ghana” said Ghana currently has an estimated 2,240 tonnes per day of installed processing capacity for fruit juice and concentrates.


It used about 62 per cent of that capacity in 2019.


She said an installed processing capacity of 868 tonnes per day was underutilized as most of the processing companies currently operational were not producing at full capacity.


She said it was also observed that only 172 out of 216 processing companies were functional and fruit processing companies could be categorized into companies producing for both export and local markets and those producing solely for the local market.


The consultant said six major processing companies were involved in fresh pre-cuts, dried and fruit juice products that were exported mainly to the EU market.


For the domestic market, she said fruit processing was undertaken by several SMEs located primarily in Accra, but also other big cities near fruit-producing areas.


Madam Otchere said the total volumes of the fresh fruits processed were estimated at 18,016 tonnes per year and about 83 per cent of the total fresh fruits processed constituted pasteurized juice, while 17 per cent was freshly squeezed juice.


She said most processing companies have strong linkages with tropical fruit producers and exporters to ensure that a strong supply base was continuously guaranteed.


Based on the analysis, she for the necessary steps to be taken to address the challenges identified for the fruit processing sector to become operationally and financially sustainable.


The consultant said on the supply and demand of raw material it was imperative that producers and processors work very closely together and funds for irrigation facilities should be made available together with the appropriate technical advice on best irrigation practices.


She said investing in technology that was suitable for the size of the processing company and assuring that equipment was of good quality would enhance the processing and enhancement in skills needed to be done either by involving the colleges, the input companies to ensure adequate training as well as on the job training.


The Reports were commissioned by HortiFresh West Africa with support from the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.


HortiFresh is a programme supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, which has prioritized commercial agriculture in its strategic plan of moving from aid to trade.


The programme’s mission is to establish “a sustainable and internationally competitive fruit and vegetable sector that contributes to inclusive economic growth, food and nutrition security” in Ghana and Ivory Coast.


The reports are Catalogue of selected Indigenous Vegetables in Ghana, Onion and Tomato Pest Guide, Workplace Nutrition, Fruit Processing Report, Mango Guide and Citrus Guide.


Source: Ghana News Agency


EU funds four-year project for improved fish farming and ginger production

Krabonso (BE/R) Dec. 14, GNA- The European Union (EU) is funding a four-year project to improve ginger production and fish farming for job creation and poverty reduction in Kintampo North, Kintampo South, Pru East and Pru West Districts of the Bono East Region.


Titled “promoting access of indigenous people to decent work and social protection,” the project seeks to create employment for the vulnerable in society, including people with disabilities, women and the youth in the four districts.


It is being implemented by the Centre for Local Governance Advocacy (CLGA), the National Association of Local Authorities of Ghana (NALAG), Centre of Prosperity Interest Organization (COPIO) and the Abrono Organic Farming Project (ABOFAP).


The project has set up demonstration centres at Kabronso in Kintampo South and Charanda in the Kintampo North to assist ginger farmers to store, process, add value and package raw ginger for the easy market.


In addition, the project has established separate demonstration sites for fish farming at Yeji in the Pru East and Prang in the Pru West district of the region.


Speaking at a symbolic inauguration of the demonstration centres at a ceremony held at Kabronso, Mr Benjamin Amofa, the Project Manager, explained the project targeted to motivate the people to engage in ginger production and fish farming to fetch themselves jobs.


The project would further provide skills development, enhance basic infrastructure as well as provide inputs for beneficiaries to engage in commercial production, as well as value addition.


“As part of efforts to provide raw material, the project has acquired 200 acres of farmland to improve ginger cultivation,” he said.


Already, he said the project had supported 2,400 households in the beneficiary districts, with many of them registered under the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).


Mr Isaac Owusu, the Project’s Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, advised the beneficiary districts to own the project to help improve socio-economic livelihoods.


Mr Opoku Nyame, Kintampo South District Chief Executive, commended the EU and the project, implementing partners and expressed the hope the people would take advantage of the project to better their lives.


Source: Ghana News Agency