West Africa must strengthen trade ties with Latin America—Alhaji Osman

Tema,- Alhaji Khuzaima Mohammed Osman, Director of International Relations for West African Cities Development Consult Limited, has urged the West Africans business community to strengthen trade ties with Latin America to boost economic activities in the sub-regions.


He said this would promote trade, investment, savings, and a lot more which would boost bilateral relations between the two continents.


Alhaji Osman was speaking at the “Ghana News Agency-Tema Regional Industrial News Hub Boardroom Dialogue,” which is a media think-tank platform for commercial and business operators to communicate to the world.


He said trade activities between Africa and Latin America were less than 2 percent due to the poor relationship between the two regions, adding that investment and trade were what strengthened the relationship between people.


He said the trade and investment exhibition between West Africa and Latin America slated for February 2022 seeks to create an enabling environment to remove all bottlenecks in operation.


Alhaji Osman who is also the Executive Director of the Tijjaniya Muslims Movement of Ghana (TMMG) indicated that the strengthening of the ties would reduce the rate of unemployment in the African continents.


He also noted that there was high unemployment and poverty in both regions despite its natural resources, and it was easier for both countries to help improve inter-continental trade.


He said it would also promote importation and exportation between the two regions, which would yield high investment between the two continents to take advantage of investment opportunities.


Alhaji Osman added that would also provide alternatives to current high-cost and lengthy trading and other economic activities among the two continents.


He said the ties would also ignite business opportunities and grow the bond of the two regions from strength to strength.


Mr Francis Ameyibor, Ghana News Agency, Tema Regional Manager, noted that modern journalism practices demand a comprehensive dynamic approach to issues that affect society by providing a platform for citizens to share key information needed to make the best possible decisions about national issues, community development, protection of society and enhance governance.”


Source: Ghana News Agency


Over 1000 Pupils sat the National Standardized Test in Akontombra District.

– One thousand five hundred and fifty-five pupils from 68 public schools have sat for the maiden National Standardized Test in nine centres in the Akontombra District of the Western North Region.


According to Mr Thomas Kwofie, the Akontombra District Director of Education, nine supervisors and five assistants assisted in the conduct of the examination.


Mr Kwofie said the Education Directorate put in place adequate measures to ensure a successful conduct of the Test.


He, however, indicated that 17 out of the 68 schools initialy faced challenges in reaching the centers but his outfit liaised with the Akontombra District assembly to assist in transporting the pupils to centers.


Source: Ghana News Agency

Over 9,000 pupils in Kumasi Metro sit for primary four National Standardized Test

Kumasi,- A total of 9,076 pupils in the Kumasi Metropolis have been presented to take the National Standardized Test for Primary four.


Ninety (96) primary schools are taking the examinations in 18 centers.


Mr David Oppong, Kumasi Metro Director of Education told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Kumasi, that the examinations were successful with very few hitches.


He said the only challenge encountered was the delay in releasing the questions to the various centers.


This made some of the centers start at the stipulated time while others began minutes later.


Mr Oppong explaining the purpose of the test, indicated that it was not for grading but to identify the difficulties and problems the children had in literacy (English language) and numeracy (mathematics).


This, according to him, would help the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service (GES) to mop up strategies to deal with the challenges children encountered in these subjects.


Mr Oppong said the GES had identified the challenges of the examination, which was the first of its kind in the country, and would work to improve upon the process, procedures, and preparations in the coming years.


Next year, primaries two and six would sit for similar examinations as part of the new curriculum for primary schools.


He called on the general public to support and have confidence in the Ministry of Education and the GES to conduct the examinations.


Source: Ghana News Agency

GIMPA graduates advised to be strategic thinkers

Accra,- Mrs Patricia Obo-Nai, the Chief Executive Officer, Vodafone Ghana has advised GIMPA graduates to be strategic thinkers, innovative, and develop great interpersonal skills in the pursuit of their fields to navigate into the competitive global work.




Mrs Obo-Nai said employers were looking beyond workers with certificates, but professionals who can manage the uncertainties and be able to adapt to change.




She said this on Friday at the 2021 Congregation of the Institute, of which undergraduates students graduated from different fields of disciplines.




Mrs Obo-Nai said the field of the workplace was evolving and graduates needed to be innovative and be abreast of current development in the job markets.




The CEO urged the graduates to explore the digital space because the technology was advancing which was accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic.




“It is important for business organizations to understand these technologies and how they impact our field operations,” she said.




She urged them to be mentally focused and be curious about complex issues and the willingness to solve challenges.




“You need to be people agility by understanding the value of how people work and develop the skills to work with people.”




She advised them to acquire additional skills aside from their careers to become employable products because the world needed transformational leaders to transform the country.




Professor Samuel Kwaku Bonsu, the Rector of GIMPA pledged to bridge the gap in GIMPA classrooms between theory and practice of management which had widened far enough to affect GIMPA’s ability to attract clients from industry and government.




Prof Bonsu said the Institute had developed and implemented a comprehensive strategy for making GIMPA a major hub of research in Africa which would include a reconsideration of the erstwhile “foreign-based” faculty programme and reshaping it as a mentorship programme to enhance the GIMPA brand.




He pledged to work with Council to build their new Library equipped with the comforts of contemporary digital libraries and stated that, conversations had been initiated with some friends abroad to help realize these goals.




The Rector said the Institute would launch the endowment fund, construct hostel facilities and pursue the digitization agenda to be competitive in the global space of education.




He advised the students to be focused and venture into activities that would restore their image and the Institute and not use “short cut” to enrich themselves because there were consequences for such practices.




Mr Christopher Selorm Gyekye, a business student emerged the overall best for the undergraduate programme.




Awards were presented to students who have excelled in their various fields of programmes.


Source: Ghana News Agency

Ghana, Spain strengthen cultural ties as Sara Neito dazzles at Flamenco show

Accra, Dec 17, GNA – It was a dazzling display of musical and dance performances from Sara Neito and her crew at the ‘Flamenco Show’ held at the National Theatre on Thursday.


Sara Neito, the lead performing dancer together with Felipe Clivio (Dancer), Jose Hernandez (Guitarist), Epi Pacheco (Percussionist), and Rafael Gonzalez (Singer) sent chills down the spine of audience gathered in the fully packed arena for over 80 minutes of energetic performance.


The Flamenco show, one of the main cultural expressions of Spain is recognized as a World Heritage by United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), and is an artistic expression that emerged in Andalusia as a result of Gypsy, Arab, Jewish, and Christian cultural miscegenation.


It integrates singing, dancing, and music, mainly from the sound of the guitar with some intriguing body movements.


Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia who was the Keynote Speaker for the Flamenco Show highlighted the significance of hosting the show in Ghana which would help strengthen ties.


“This show would certainly bring the Ghanaian and Spanish societies closer as we have a vibrant Spanish society here in Ghana and also a vibrant Ghanaian society in Spain, ” he said.


He also noted how the Flamenco had become one of the most exciting art forms for the Kingdom of Spain and was recognized as a symbol of the nation’s identity and accepted worldwide considering its uniqueness.


Mr. Alicia Rico, Spain’s Ambassador to Ghana said they decided to host the first show at the National Theatre because it represents the vibrancy of Ghanaian culture.


He was hopeful that the show will further deepen bilateral relations between the two countries as they cooperate in various sectors of the economy.


The second part of the show which would be staged at the Manhyia Palace in Kumasi on Friday, December 17, 2021, is being organised by the Spanish Embassy in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture and the Manhyia Palace.


Source: Ghana News Agency


NGO pays medical bills of 26 patients

Accra, Dec. 17, GNA- Passion for Needy, an NGO on Friday presented a cheque for GHS 25,000.00 to the Korle-bu Teaching Hospital to defray the debt of 26 poor patients.


The amount takes care of the 50 per cent of their bills while government takes up the remaining debt for the patients be discharged.


The gesture, according to the NGO was to put smiles on the faces of the beneficiaries as the world celebrate Christmas.


Mrs Janet Torgbor El- Aschkar, the Chairperson, Passion for Needy, presenting the cheque, said the gesture formed part of the NGO’s objective of supporting government effort in various sectors including health, education and social welfare.


Among the health facilities visited were Korle – Bu Teaching Hospital, Greater Accra Regional Hospital and the Manna Mission Hospital.


She said the Organisation had provided support in the form of drugs and medical equipment to the 37 Military Hospital and Shai OsuDoku Hospital among others.


She said the NGOs main activities since its operations in 2009 was the payment of medical bills for patients who were unable to pay for their bills after treatment for them to be discharged.


The NGO was set up by the late Prophet T. B. Joshua of the Synagogue Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) to provide need based assistance to individuals, and communities in Ghana.


Mrs Grace Anyomi Chief Nursing Officer, Korle-bu Teaching Hospital Administration, thanked the NGO for the presentation, saying the gesture was in fulfillment of scripture “the needy will always be with us for support.”


She said the gesture was timely and appropriate because the patients would now be discharged to celebrate Christmas at their various homes.


Source: Ghana News Agency

Rainforest Alliance supports COVID-19 fight in Western North Region

Sefwi-Wiawso(WN/R),December 17, GNA-Rainforest Alliance, a non-governmental organization with support from European Union(EU) has donated Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to four health directorates to be distributed to health facilities in the fight against COVID-19 in the Western North Region.


The items included, 100 bottles of hand sanitizers,150 plastic Aprons,200 face shields,150 gallons of liquid soap and 1,200 boxes of face masks,60 pieces of infrared thermometers,300 bundles of tissue paper,100 disposable gowns,6000 headgears and 80 gown boots among others.


The four beneficially health directorates are Bibiani- Anhwiaso- Bekwai,Sefwi-Wiawso,Bodi and Akontombra Districts.


As part of the programme, free health screening was held for over 1,500 farmers drawn from five selected communities from the beneficiary Districts.


Mr Kwadwo Nti Baniako,Manager, in charge of Landscape and Community, said the donation and free health screening formed part of the Landscape and Environmental Agility across the Nation (LEAN) Project, under the Theme “Healthy People,Healthy landscape”.


He said the organization prioritized the health needs of farmers hence the need for the health screening exercise to identify if any of them had underlying health conditions especially in respect to the new Omicron variant.


He urged farmers to eat more fruits and vegetables and avoid self-medication and frequently seek medical care.


Mr Baniako lauded the Forestry Commission’s Green Ghana initiative and indicated that Rainforest Alliance had given 9,100 tree seedlings to farmers in Wiawso, Bibiani- Anhwiaso- Bekwai, Bodi and Akontombra Districts to be planted in their farms and degraded areas.


He advised farmers to plant more trees, adding that the organization would assist farmers to register such trees in order to own them in future.


Mr Baniako called on other organizations and the private sector to come on board to support farmers in the area so as to help protect the country’s forest and other natural resources.


Dr Francis Boakye Takyi, Sefwi-Wiawso Municipal Health Director on behalf of the Ghana Health Service commended Rainforest Alliance for the donation, adding that. the items would go along way to help in the fight against COVID-19 especially the new Omicron variant.


He pledged judicious use of the items and appealed to other organizations to emulate Rainforest Alliance.


Source: Ghana News Agency

KATH makes significant improvement across all areas of operations

Kumasi,– The Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH), the second largest health facility in the country, made some significant improvements across all areas of operations, especially in the area of infrastructure development in 2021.


Work on the construction of a new Maternity and Children’s block project saw significant progress with the 138.50 million euros project, now at the second floor of the seven-floor designed edifice, with about 20 percent of the civil works completed.


Dr Oheneba Owusu-Danso, the Chief Executive of KATH, made this known at the annual thanksgiving service, best staff awards and joint staff reception of the hospital in Kumasi.


He said the Two million, two hundred thousand Ghana Cedi Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) Centre, funded through the hospital’s Internally Generated Funds (IGF) to provide ultra-specialist fertility services to the public had reached advanced stages of completion.


This, he said, was expected to be commissioned latest by the second quarter of next year.


He said the establishment of the Laparoscopy Surgery Centre being set up with the support of the Korean Foundation for International Health (KOFIH) to provide pinhole or minimally invasive surgical services to the public and training of health professionals, was also progressing steadily and was expected to be fully operational by March next year.


Dr Owusu-Danso said the comprehensive renovation of the A1 theatre to provide two operating rooms and recovery ward for the conduct of paediatric surgeries has also been completed at the cost of GH₵194,883.010.


The five million Ghana Cedi 196-bed patients’ relatives hostel project being executed under a Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) arrangement, has also reached the roofing stage with the expected date of completion being June 2022, Dr. Owusu-Danso stated.


Dr. Owusu-Danso announced that the hospital’s Board had approved the release of GH₵954,000.00 as an end of year get together for all the 4,769 members of staff of the hospital.


Nineteen (19) longest serving members of staff across all the professional classes were recognised and honoured.


They received certificates and double-decker refrigerators.


In addition, 16 category winners independently assessed by a committee of their peers, were also awarded for distinguishing themselves in their various fields during the year.


Dr. Moses Siaw Frimpong, who was adjudged the overall best staff, received a certificate, citation and GH₵15,000.00.


The 1st runner up, Emmanuel Kwasi Afriyie, also received a certificate, citation and GH₵10,000.00, and Shadrack Kwakye, the 2nd runner up also received a certificate, citation and GH₵5,000.00.


Also special awards were given to the Electronic Medical System (EMS) Implementation Committee who were instrumental in the successful execution of the hospital’s computerization project.


Dr. Owusu-Danso expressed gratitude to individuals and organizations who contributed in diverse ways towards making the 2021 awards ceremony possible.


He advised the general public to strictly observe the safety protocols ahead of this year’s yuletide including regular washing of hands with soap under running water, wearing of nose masks and keeping the appropriate distance from each other.


Dr. Owusu-Danso congratulated all the award winners for giving out their best for the hospital and the patients, and was hopeful that other staff members would be motivated by the tangible and public recognition to excel at their various work places to enhance the quality of care to the public.


Source: Ghana News Agency