Stay safe – Ghana needs you alive – Dr Letsa

Ho, Dec 27, GNA— Dr. Archibald Yao Letsa, Volta Regional Minister has called on residents to stay alive during the Christmas and new year celebrations.

The Regional Minister, in a seasonal message copied to the media, said the event, commemorating God’s love in providing the world with a savior, should be celebrated in love, tolerance, and peaceful coexistence.


“As we celebrate this Christmas, may we seize the opportunity to continue to give thanks to the Almighty God for all that he has done for us. May we also use the season to show more love to others in a renewed way.


“I, therefore, urge all to celebrate in moderation, respecting the rights of others so that in our quest to celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, we do not endanger the lives of others and ours. Stay safe, for the Volta Region and Ghana need you alive and healthy for the journey ahead,” Dr. Letsa said.


The Regional Minister also appealed that the coronavirus preventive protocols were adhered to at all times, and urged individuals yet to receive their vaccines to do so.


Source: Ghana News Agency


Builsa North Municipality soon to be hooked to the National Grid—MCE

Sandema (U/E), Dec. 27, GNA – The Builsa North Municipal Assembly in the Upper East Region has advanced plans to procure low-tension electric poles for extension of electricity to all homes, and institutions as well as improve street lighting works in the Municipality.

To this effect, the Assembly has received streetlight bulbs for the replacement of old ones and installation of new street lights at vantage points in major towns within the Municipality.


Madam Vida Akatagriwen Anaab, MCE, made this known in her speech at the first ordinary session of the Municipal Assembly, where members deliberated on issues of concern of the assembly and continuous development of people of the area.


The MCE said efforts were underway to connect communities without lights to the national grid and gave the assurance that “I will personally make follow-ups to make sure that all communities in the Municipality are connected to the national grid soon”


She encouraged Assembly Members to always engage and lobby for development projects to their respective electoral areas in a more diplomatic manner and stressed that her office was open to all Assembly Members, irrespective of their political affiliations.


Madam Anaab indicated that the Assembly met all the performance indicators, and had a pass mark of 87 per cent after the Ministry of Local Government, Decentralization and Rural Development published its findings on the District Performance Assessment Tool (DPAT).


“This will translate into getting a lot of development projects in our Annual Action Plan and Composite Budget of which you are yet to approve.


“Besides, we will also benefit from the capacity building allocation to support us in our quest for staff training and development,” the first female MCE of Buluk told the Assembly Members.


On health, Madam Anaab said the COVID-19 pandemic would continue to linger around as the virus continued to mutate and noted that December was set aside by His Excellency the President, Nana Akufo-Addo to vaccinate all citizens.


She called on Assembly Members to rally behind the government and help sensitize community members to get vaccinated and reiterated that the vaccines were not harmful “Government had spent a lot of resources to purchase these vaccines to protect lives of ordinary citizens”, She Stated.


“It is incumbent on every member of the house to dismiss myths surrounding the vaccines, and support the course of President Akufo-Addo in the fight against the virus,” the MCE said.


She said the Municipality was relatively calm and peaceful over the period and commended residents for embracing peace, and the show of unity of purpose at the just ended Feok festival by the Chiefs and people of Buluk.


Despite the peace in the area over the period, the MCE noted that there were some minor security issues including burglary in some communities within the Municipality which in recent times were brought under control by the Municipal Police Command.


Madam Anaab further told the Assembly Members that she was aware of the many development projects at various levels of completion within the Municipality, and said she would facilitate the completion of all ongoing projects, especially those under the direct control of the Assembly.


Source: Ghana News Agency

Grand Knights of St Johns and Ladies Auxiliary fete Navrongo Prison Inmates.


Navrongo, Dec. 27, GNA- The Tamale Grand Knights and Ladies Auxiliary of Knights of St John International, a benevolent society in the Catholic Church has feted inmates of the Navrongo Prisons in the Upper East Region with prepared hot local dishes.

The meals included Kenkey and fish, rice and beans, Bambara beans, and Tobaani (Beans cakes ) accompanied with soft assorted drinks.


The society also donated assorted products GHC 5,750 to the Prisons. The items included; toiletries, used clothing, confectionery, fruits, sanitizers, gari, and rice.


Dr(Major) Jude Bayor, District Commander, who presented the items to officers and staff of the Navrongo Prisons indicated that the cardinal role played by the Order in the Catholic Church is to serve humanity through charity works.


Dr Bayor said this year’s donation which was a slight deviation from the annual visits over the years made usually by members to the Sirigu Babies Home, an adopted orphanage of the Order also could not come on due to security issues in the area.


Mrs Gloria Atigeyellah Ayamga, Deputy Superintendent of Prisons (DSP) who received the items on behalf of the Regional Commander of Ghana Prisons, Mr Yakubu Abugrago, Assistant Director of GPS, expressed gratitude to the KSJI for the benevolence shown to the inmates.

ASP Oscar Puiyire, Officer -in charge of religious affairs who also thanked the Order and expressed challenges of the prison since the emergence of Covid 19 and called for similar kind gestures from organizations and individuals to help in the upkeep of inmates.


Among other challenges, ASP Puiyire mentioned were inadequate beds or mats, medications for the management of minor health problems of inmates, inadequate feeding and clothing for the inmates.


The members on the visit who spanned from Holy Angels in Garu, Holly Family in Bawku, Sacred Heart cathedral, Bolgatanga, members of St Theresa Parish in Tongo, Our Lady of Seven Sorrows Basilica in Navrongo shared spiritual reflections and prayed with the inmates.


Other members came from the St Francis Xavier of Sirigu, St Paul’s Parish, Walewale, St Joseph Parish, Soe, and Wiegah,

Noble Sister Albana Dong, the District Organizer of the Ladies Auxiliary and a Grand Board Member advised inmates to see the various terms they served as a reformation and urged them to comport themselves and turn away from whatever reasons they were sent to the prison.


Source: Ghana News Agency

Galamseyer burnt to death at Asasetre

Teleku-Bokazo (W/R), Dec. 27, GNA–A 27-year old man from Nandom and a resident of Asasetre, Mr Michael Budo who was allegedly burnt alive for engaging in galamsey at Adamus Concession has died at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra.

The deceased, a physically challenged, died shortly on arrival after he was transferred from the St.Martin’s De Porres hospital at Eikwe in the Ellembelle District.


A source close to Adamus Resources Ltd told the GNA that Mr Budo was found at the concession of the mining company engaging in galamsey in one of its pits with others who bolted.


The source said the management of the mining company had detailed their security guards to deal decisively with galamseyers who trespass their concession to do galamsey.


It is alleged that the security guards of the mining company poured petrol on the deceased and set him ablaze.


Narrating his ordeal at the Eikwe government hospital shortly on arrival before his passing, Mr Budo said the incident happened on Thursday, December 23.


He said he was attacked by land guards who beat him with a belt.


“They took me to where the Chafang machines were and started beating me up with a belt”, he said


Confirming the incident to journalists, the Responsibility Manager of Adamus Resources Ltd, Mr Francis Baah said what happened was accidental and not deliberate.


When contacted, the Esiama Divisional Police Commander, ACP Godact Hlordzi confirmed the incident and said investigations were ongoing.


Source: Ghana News Agency

Christians urged to avoid crowded places

Koforidua (E/R), Dec. 27, GNA – The Presbyterian Church Minister for Ramseyer Congregation in Baakokrom, Koforidua, Reverend George Bright Gyamfi, has admonished congregants to avoid crowded places during the festive season of Christmas.

He described crowded places as COVID-19 prone areas, adding that going to those places would enhance the spread of the virus.


Rev. Gyamfi in an address to congregants on said the government was doing its best to eradicate the spread of the virus, however, citizens must play their roles as well.


Christmas is a season of love, sharing of gifts, and connecting with families and friends, hence, a lot of programs and activities are organized during the season which connects to New Year.


However, for the past year, the celebration of Christmas has taken another turn globally because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

In Ghana, most public places that host a huge number of people such as beaches have been closed down.


Rev. Gyamfi indicated that the church building was quite small to host a huge number of people on December 31, 2021, the last night of the year.


Thus, he said arrangements were being made to move church service on December 31 to a plain ground to ensure that social distancing is observed.


The church gifted over 150 congregants from age 12 and above presents that included tins of mackerels, rice, and biscuits.

Ms Dorcas Opoku, the Clerk of Session, speaking on the theme, “Christ the Savior is born,” said, “the birth of Jesus Christ gives Christians the assurance of a reunion with God as seen in the book of Hebrews.”


She said it is expected of Christians to have faith in Jesus Christ and walk according to the word of God enshrined in the Holy Bible.


Source: Ghana News Agency

Assin Central Municipal Assembly disburses money, items to PWDs

Assin Foso (C/R), Dec.27, GNA – The Assin Central Municipal Assembly through the Department of Social Welfare and Community Development, has presented items and disbursed cheques to Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) in the municipality.

The items which included fufu machines, deep freezers, sewing machines, hairdryers, wheelchairs, and many more, were procured with the three per cent allocation of the Assembly’s common fund for PWDs to enhance livelihoods.


The items were procured based on request after which a needs assessment was conducted by the Department.


All 45 beneficiaries benefited from GHC78,490.00 which was subjected to a vetting process.


Some of the beneficiaries received cash to foot their medical bills, while others got capital to be reinvested in their collapsing businesses.


Mr Eric Angus Amoah, Director, Department of Social Welfare Unit, said the move was part of measures in place to prevent beggars (disabled) from the streets.


The intervention, he stated, was meant to make PWDs self-sufficient and to empower them to contribute meaningfully to societal and national development.


Mr Nicholas Fiifi Baako, Municipal Chief Executive, called on them to properly utilise the items and reap the full benefits.


He said the government, through the Assembly, was committed to empowering Ghanaians irrespective of their circumstances in life and would continue to initiate pro-poor policies to reach out to all.


The MCE assured that the Assembly would continue to adopt intensive monitoring exercise to ensure that the items and the cash received were used judiciously.


The beneficiaries pledged their commitment to putting the items and cash to good use to serve the intended purpose.


Source: Ghana News Agency

Wear crash helmets for protection—MCE

Sandema (U/E), Dec. 27, GNA – The Builsa North Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) in the Upper East Region, Madam Vida Akatagriwen Anaab has admonished motorbike users in the Municipality to inculcate the habit of using crash helmets at all times.

She said the use of crash helmets was the surest way to protect motorbike riders, especially the youth from severe head injuries during and after the yuletide season, “I want to appeal to motorbike riders to be cautious when they are on the road to avoid any casualties this Christmas.”


She recalled her days in active service as a midwife at the Sandema Hospital and noted that victims of Road Traffic Accidents were often rushed to the facility with severe head injuries.


Madam Anaab who gave the advice in her Christmas and New Year message to residents of Buluk through the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Sandema, said “We need to stay alive and healthy as a people to enjoy the birthday of Christ and beyond.”


She further urged all residents to remain calm and peaceful, and use the occasion of the birth of Christ to demonstrate love to their neighbours, and also remember the less privileged as they celebrated the season with their families and friends.


The MCE expressed gratitude to God for the peace that existed in Buluk over the years, despite their political differences as a people, and hoped that the ensuing year would bring more development, peace, and togetherness in the Municipality.


“I want to wish the Paramount Chief of the Bulisa Traditional Area, Nab Azagsuk Azantilow, all staff of the Municipal Assembly, Security Service personnel, health professionals, drivers, traders, media personnel, and the entire Buluk, a Merry Christmas and Prosperous New Year,” she said.


Speaking in an interview with the GNA on strategies by the Municipal Police Command to ensure peace and security during and after the yuletide season, the Municipal Police Commander, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Francis Kwasi Amankwah said the Command was fully prepared to ensure peace and security in the area.


He said the Command would intensify patrols, using motorbikes within the Municipality, especially at night to ensure that Church activities and other planned programmes were held peacefully devoid of any disturbances.


“We will not relent on our efforts, we will be restless to ensure that nothing untoward happens to anybody this Christmas, we have the staff strength to execute our intended plan, and God willing, we shall ensure everything is done successfully,” ASP Amankwah said.


Source: Ghana News Agency

GJA partners three NGOs to fete children, screen aged


Accra, Dec 27, GNA- The Ghana Journalists Association (GJA), Monday, partnered three Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), to fete more than 1,000 street children at Chorkor in the Ablekuma South Sub-Metro of Accra.

The group also provided health screening for hundreds of the aged, as well as distributed some items such as mosquito nets, pads and nose masks to the less privileged.


This formed part of a “Smile with the Street Children” initiative, which aims at bringing joy to the less privileged in society.


The three NGOs are: Aim Ghana Foundation, Glimmer of Hope Foundation and Give Me Hope Foundation.


Mr Wisdom Dordoe, President of Give Me Hope Foundation, in an interview with the media on the sidelines of the event, said the menace of street children continued to persist despite Government’s efforts to curb the trend.


He said the group chose Chorkor based on research, which indicated that the area contributed hugely to Accra’s streetism and school dropouts.


Mr Dordoe said as part of the NGO’s effort to reduce the number of children in the street in the area, it would offer scholarship to some street children to enable them acquire basic education.


“We cannot leave any child behind if we want to meet the Sustainable Development Goals. These children are our future and so it is important that they are well educated to prepare them for future leadership positions,” he said.


Mr Dordoe added that the NGO currently had over 300 children nationwide under its educational scholarship.


Mr Roland Affail Monney, President of the GJA, noted that many Ghanaians continued to grapple with food security, particularly children and the less privileged and underscored the importance of the outreach.


He said unfortunately, more often than not, the media gave attention to political agenda while they ignored the daily struggles people went through to make ends meet.


“The state of our health, our surrounding and the struggles that we go through to feed ourselves, all underline the need for the media to give their best in achieving the goals of food security, improved sanitation and the wellbeing of the good people of Ghana.


“The SDG 2 and 3 both underline the need for the media to maximise their contribution to achieve food security, improved nutrition, sustainable agriculture, improved health and the wellbeing of persons of all ages, including the elderly,” he said.


Mr Monney, while commending the NGOs for pooling resources to put smile on the faces of the deprived, applauded the media for playing a frontal role to help achieve the SDGs.


The outreach had support from Dr Alfred Okoe Vanderpuije, Member of Parliament for Ablekuma South.


Source: Ghana News Agency