Empower PWDs through education – Ms Amponsem

Koforidua,- Ms Efua Kyere Amponsem, the New Juaben South Municipal Chairperson of the Ghana Society for the Physically Disabled (GSPD), has called on government to empower persons with disability (PWDs) through education by prioritising the establishment of special schools.

She said such schools would facilitate their education to the higher levels, especially the females, to acquire employable skills to make a decent living.

In an interview with the Ghana News Agency, Ms Amponsem said the special school must be equipped with facilities tailored to suit their conditions, taking into consideration distance and structure, which were critical to the movement of persons with physical disability.

The lack of such special schools for the physically challenged had been a huge barrier in accessing education, she said.

“Even though that has affected both female and male persons with disability, we must all reflect on this as a nation to create a path for equal access for all of us by establishing a school for the physically disabled,” Ms Amponsem said.

She mentioned, for instance, the School for the Deaf and the School for the Blind as classic examples of special schools that had been tailored to fit the conditions of students.

In these schools, there are the use of braille and sign languages, she said.

“People with blindness and hearing impairment are able to go far in education because of this special schools tailored to meet their specific needs.”

Ms Amponsem said people with disability suffered a lot of discrimination and stigma because of their failure to go to school or learn a trade to acquire the knowledge to do decent work.

“Education amongst such people is very low due to the fact that they cannot fit in the schools as the structures and arrangements does not favour them.”

In 2016, Ms Amponsem recalled that after her graduation from the university, she applied severally for jobs to no avail due to her condition.

She recalled that at an interview with an establishment, she was told that she performed better than all the other applicants but due to her condition they could not give her the job, even though she was the most qualified.

“This is the height of all discrimination against people with disability or physically challenged persons,” she said.

“Why is it that 15 years down the line, since the Disability Act was passed, nothing is being done to implement the guidelines meant to give PWDs the necessary support and leverage in society?”

Ms Amponsem, who became crippled at age nine, called on parents of children with some form of disability to support them through education noting that “but for my parents, who are educationists, I won’t have come this far.”

Reverend Monsignor Bobby Benson, Founder and Director of the Mathew 25 House, said he employed Ms Amponsem based on her courage and competence.

“I overlooked her situation to encourage parents of children with disability to send them to school,” he said.

I entreat organisations to employ such persons who brace all odds to acquire skills for employment.”

Source: Ghana News Agency

201 Afcon: Morocco add three to squad for Cameroon

Morocco coach Vahid Halilhodzic has called up three more players to his squad for the Africa Cup of Nations finals in Cameroon.

Al Ahly defender Badr Benoun, who led Morocco to the African Nations Championship (CHAN) title on home soil in 2018, is joined by AS Far’s Mohamed Chibi and UAE-based striker Soufiane Rahimi.

The trio were all part of the Morocco squad that reached the quarter-finals at the recent Arab Cup, where they lost on penalties to eventual winners Algeria.

The additions mean that Halilhodzic now has a 29-man squad which means one player will miss out on the final list for the finals which begin on 9 January.

There is speculation of whether 20-year-old Abde Ezzalzouli will accept the call-up for the tournament or stay at his Spanish club Barcelona, as he tries to secure a regular place in the team.

He has made eight appearances for the Spanish giants since his debut on 30 October against Alaves, his only goal so far came in a 2-2 draw at Osasuna.

Morocco begin their Group C campaign against Ghana on January 10 and then have further group games against the Comoros (January 14) and Gabon (January 18).

Revised Morocco squad for Afcon 2021

• Goalkeepers: Yassine Bounou (Sevilla, Spain), Monir El Kajoui, (Hatayspor, Turkey), Anas Zniti (Raja Casablanca, Morocco).

• Defenders: Achraf Hakimi (Paris Saint-Germain, France), Sofiane Alakouch (Metz, France), Souffian El Karouani (NEC Nijmegen, Netherlands), Adam Masina (Watford, England), Sofian Chakla (OH Leuven, Belgium), Samy Mmaee (Ferencvaros, Hungary), Romain Saiss (Wolves, England), Nayef Aguerd (Rennes, France), Badr Benoun (Al Ahly, Egypt), Mohamed Chibi (AS Far, Morocco).

• Midfielders: Aymen Barkok (Eintracht Frankfurt, Germany), Sofyan Amrabat (Fiorentina, Italy), Faycal Fajr (Sivaspor, Turkey), Azzedine Ounahi (Angers, France), Ilias Chair (QPR, England), Imran Louza (Watford, England), Selim Amallah (Standard Liege, Belgium).

• Forwards: Munir El Haddadi (Sevilla, Spain), Zakaria Aboukhlal (AZ Alkmaar, Netherlands), Abde Ezzalzouli (Barcelona, Spain), Sofiane Boufal (Angers, France), Ryan Mmaee (Ferencvaros, Hungary), Youssef En-Nesyri (Sevilla, Spain), Ayoub El Kaabi (Hatayspor, Turkey), Soufiane Rahimi (Al Ain, UAE) .

Source: Modern Ghana

CGIA Holds Second Women in Finance & Investment Awards

Takoradi,— The Chartered Global Investment Analysts (CGIA) Institute has held the Second Women in Finance and Investment Summit (WIFIS) and Awards 2021 to appreciate the efforts of women in finance and investment.

It is also to serve as a platform for women still forming their career base in similar fields to interact with experienced top corporate executives in the industry to provide them guidance.

Madam Nancy Katio Tomani, the Director of the CGIA Network Ghana, said the Institute continued to encourage women in finance and investment to join the growing family of charter holders.

The women receiving the awards had visibly made an impression in the finance industry by providing strong leadership in the media space, as business owners or as corporate leaders through innovation and ethics in their organisation to drive change.

“These women continue to serve as role models for the next generation of women who wish to build a career in finance and investment. We will take time off to celebrate these women in leadership who have helped shape the economic foundation of this country,” she said.

In recent times, women in leadership took on great responsibilities at the workplace and had successfully turned obstacles into opportunities, by deploying effective strategies and solutions through experience and professional network in their careers.

Madam Tomani urged them to share the experience acquired through the social networks to develop talents and leadership qualities in others.

She called on corporate institutions to support women to take up roles in top management positions of the economy be it finance, investment, agriculture, energy, entertainment, fashion, manufacturing, hospitality, retail, wholesale, sustainability and technology.

“We are glad that despite these setbacks, we still have the opportunity to celebrate women who have braved the odds. I take this opportunity to congratulate the awardees…..and wish them the very best in their distinguished careers in future.”

Madam Abena Brigidi was adjudged the Finance and Investment Woman of the Year 2021, with Dr Suzy Aku Akpene Puplampu receiving the Wealth Manager of the Year, while Madam Patience Akyianu was adjudged the Insurance Leader of the Year.

Madam Mavis Bossman took the Investment Analyst of the Year, Madam Roberta Annan, the Sustainable and ESG Woman of the Year, while Madam Deborah Armah Akotey had the Fund Manager of the Year.

Bank of Africa, Ghana, took the Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion Award 2021.

Source: Ghana News Agency

National Peace Council must resolve impasse in parliament – STRANEK Africa

Koforidua (E/R), – STRANEK Africa has urged the National Peace Council (NPC) to ensure continuous dialogue with Members of Parliament (MPs) to ensure a quiet atmosphere on the floor.

The call follows confrontations among the MPs in the house on 20 December 2021 over voting on the proposed electronic levy (e-levy).

A statement jointly signed by STRANEK-Africa Executive Director, Nii Tettey Tetteh, and its Deputy Director of Research, Eyram Norglo, and copied to the Ghana News Agency said the growing lack of consensus showed leadership failure in driving the affairs of the 8th parliament.

“The current leadership of the Majority Group in Parliament lacks tactful leadership skills and influence that is required to build the requisite consensus in leading government business in a hung Parliament,” it said.

It faulted the majority for failing to engage minority lawmakers in drawing up the 2022 financial budget, resulting in multiple objections raised by the minority.

“The leadership of the Majority in Parliament instead of engaging their counterparts at the consulting stage of the budget preparation to build a consensus given the current nature of Parliament failed to do so,” it added.

Even though it said the majority had 137 votes on November 26 the date slated for the budget vote, in addition to the independent candidate, it failed to mobilize its members to vote.

The statement said the continuous confrontations and attacks on the Minority members would deepen chaos in the house, adding: “The persecution of members of the Minority in Parliament through the invitation of police and threats of prosecution will further make matters worse for the government.”

According to the statement, the majority leadership ”failed” to mobilize its members to vote for the imposition of the e-levy, which is opposed by many Ghanaians and the minority.

“The introduction of e-levy has suffered a major push back from Ghanaians. It is, therefore, strange that government remains intransigent about the e-levy and insists it must pass,” it noted.

Stranek Africa, therefore, called on the NPC to intervene in the impasse to ensure that parliamentary and government businesses proceeded successfully.

Source: Ghana News Agency