Active voluntary community work essential for development- Yeboah

Tema, Dec. 31, GNA— The Ghana Beyond Aid Committee under the Office of the Senior Presidential Advisor has called for the active revival of the spirit of community work, voluntarily which it described as crucial in developing the nation.

According to the Ghana Beyond Aid Committee, most of the environmental challenges in the various communities required few people to come together as a team to clean the environment for it to be comfortable and safe to live in.

Dr Eric Yeboah, Secretary for the Ghana Beyond Aid Committee, which operates under the Office of the Senior Presidential Advisor, Mr. Yaw Osafo Marfo, speaking to the Ghana News Agency, said the sense of voluntarism in the country was not something we could be proud of, adding that, “the little things we decide to do to ensure improvement in the communities, add up in achieving Ghana Beyond Aid.

“We must all be happy to do certain things to help our communities instead of always looking at the central government for help. Sometimes, we see the problems and wait for someone to report to the Assemblyman who also reports to the District Chief Executive, then it goes on,” he added.

Dr Yeboah said it was essential that Ghanaians found solutions to the minor issues in the community so that it would not get to the stage where it would be expected that government would now have to come and solve that problem.

He added that when citizens executed their role and responsibilities towards development, they would also be in the position to hold the government accountable.

Dr Yeboah urged citizens to be more patriotic to ensure the growth and prosperity of the country saying, “if you are patriotic, the likelihood of paying tax becomes much easy”.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Delay in releasing academic calendar very regrettable-SAME Foundation Ghana

The leadership of the Shakers and Movers Educational Foundation-SAME Foundation has indicated that the delay on the part of the leadership of Ghana Education Service to release the Academic Calendar for all pre-tertiary schools barely two weeks to resumption for schools, is deeply regrettable and inexcusable.

The Chairman of the NGO was reacting to the release by the Director-General of GES in his attempt to justify the delay in releasing the academic calendar for 2022.

Mr. Al-Hassan Kodwo Baidoo expressed his shock to hear that the D-G had set up a Ministerial Committee for the purposes of bringing out a comprehensive academic calendar.

Unless otherwise indicated that the Committee’s work will be of no cost to the State, he is of the opinion that drawing up an academic calendar should not require a Ministerial Committee when there is indeed a whole directorate of Planning and Evaluation, the Chairman noted.

Which data is the Ministerial Committee working with, what is the scope of the data and where did that data come from, the Chairman of SAME Foundation questioned.

Mr. Baidoo, a consummate educational leader and a teacher is pleading with the leadership of GES to work assiduously around the clock to release the 2022 academic calendar as soon as practicable. These delays affect the school-community stakeholders and school-related business operators.

An academic calendar is to keep students, faculty, and staff reminded of key dates throughout the academic semester and year. It can also be useful for prospective students, alumni, and parents as well.

The Calendar provides guidelines to teachers on the use of various technological tools and social media tools available for imparting education in fun-filled, interesting ways, and therefore the delays may affect effective planning of lessons especially by Private schools teachers who rely heavily on enhanced technologies for learning.

The Chairman of SAME Foundation lamented that pre-tertiary schools and teachers are already suffering from the too many reforms thrown about by GES. He noted that in most cases and for the past three years, even before a proposed reform is implemented, another reform is announced to reform the earlier proposed reforms.

These adhoc measures could be the reason why pre-tertiary schools have for the past three years been without textbooks. Hopefully, it is my expectation that the Committee will also advise correspondingly the release and supplies of textbooks to schools to enhance teaching and learning and eventually test grades.

Mr. Baidoo is calling on the Ministerial Committee to do all it could to churn out an academic calendar that will cure the injustices in the educational sector, and make it a thing of the past that students will never vacate without knowing when they are to return to school or be in school without knowing when they will vacate.

Source: Ghana Web

Police to deploy men to ensure security during 31st night

Ho, Dec. 31, GNA— The Volta Regional Police Command will deploy personnel to patrol various communities during the 31st night to thwart any criminal activity and to ensure law and order.

Inspector of Police, Mr Prince Dogbatse of the Public Affairs Department of the Command, who disclosed this to the Ghana News Agency said the Command was poised to ensure that there was peace and security during the crossover night.

He said the Command would deal ruthlessly with anyone caught engaging in criminal activities or any act that threatened the peace and security of the country.

Mr Dogbatse urged the populace to leave one or two members of their household behind when leaving for the crossover night services to avoid criminals breaking into their homes.

With regards to the COVID-19, churches are to do two-hour service, he said and urged church leaders to adhere to the stipulated time and be security cautious.

Inspector Dogbatse asked churches to report suspicious characters in their premises to the Police for quick action.

He called for support from the public to enable the Police to discharge their duties to ensure the season was celebrated in peace and devoid of criminal activities.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Asante Kotoko: Prosper Narteh Ogum announces 22-man squad ahead of Aduana Stars encounter

Prosper Narteh Ogum, head coach of Asante Kotoko has announced a 22-man squad ahead of their matchday 11 clash against Aduana Stars.

The Porcupine Warriors will be hosted at the Nana Agyemang Badu Park on Saturday.

The Reds will be hoping for a positive result against the two times Ghana Premier League champions after failing to qualify to the FA Cup round of 32 following a 1-0 loss to their city rivals King Faisal on Wednesday.

Brazilian international Fabio Gama, Kwame Baah and Samuel Boateng who returned to training on Monday after recovering from a knee injury were excluded from the travelling squad list.

Andy Kumi and Isaac Oppong are still nursing various injuries which have ruled them out of the game.

Below is the Asante Kotoko squad for the Aduana Stars game

Goalkeepers:

Razak Abalora

Danlad Ibrahim

Defenders:

Sheriff Mohammed

Andrews Appau

Yussif Mubarik

Imoro Ibrahim

Abdul Ganiu Ismail

Christopher Nettey

Augustine Agyapong

Samuel Appiah

Midfielders:

Richard Boadu

Richmond Lamptey

Mudasiru Salifu

Emmanuel Keyekeh

Charles Owusu

Stephen Amankona

Joseph Amoako

Clinton Opoku

Strikers:

Georges Mfegue Omgba

Solomon Sarfo Taylor

Mbella Etouga Thiery

Evans Adomako

Source: Modern Ghana

2021 Afcon: Emmanuel Dennis and Victor Osimhen out of Nigeria squad

Watford’s Emmanuel Dennis and fellow striker Victor Osimhen have both dropped out of Nigeria’s squad for the Africa Cup of Nations.

The Hornets have reportedly refused to release Dennis, who has scored eight Premier League goals this season.

A Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) statement said Dennis had been excused because Watford were “baring fangs”.

Osimhen has been ruled out following a positive Covid-19 test and is still recovering from facial fractures.

The injury in November was expected to rule the Napoli frontman, 23, out of the tournament, which starts on 9 January in Cameroon.

Dennis, 24, will now be available for Watford’s league games against fellow strugglers Newcastle and Norwich, as well as their FA Cup third-round tie at Leicester City on 8 January.

He and Osimhen have been replaced by Sparta Prague striker Peter Olayinka and Olympiakos forward Henry Onyekuru, while the Super Eagles have also been forced to make two changes in defence.

Rangers defender Leon Balogun and Cyprus-based Abdullahi Shehu have both been replaced by West Brom’s Semi Ajayi and Tyronne Ebuehi of Italian Serie A side Venezia.

Super Eagles hit by Covid and administrative issues

Dennis was not part of Nigeria’s initial 37-man provisional squad submitted by former coach Gernot Rohr but was added to the 40-man party in December.

His inclusion in the final squad led to Watford manager Claudio Ranieri revealing the club could refuse to release him.

Ranieri said Nigeria missed a deadline to advise the Premier League club that the forward was being considered for selection.

BBC Sport Africa understands the NFF conceded it may have left it late and is now in a weakened position to request Dennis to travel.

“In-form rapid raider Emmanuel Dennis, whose English Premiership club is baring fangs, has been excused to provide room for Czech Republic-based forward Peter Olayinka,” Nigeria’s official account said on Instagram.

Despite being keen to travel to Cameroon for the continental showpiece, Osimhen officially informed interim coach Augustine Eguavoen about his decision to withdraw on Thursday.

His latest coronavirus problem and Napoli’s reluctance to release him for the tournament led to the player sending an official letter.

“He just felt he was not in the right of mind, physically and psychologically, to play for Nigeria with all that is going on right now,” a leading NFF official told BBC Sport Africa.

The three-time African champions, who have appointed Portuguese Jose Peseiro as their permanent coach, are in Group D along with Egypt, Guinea-Bissau and Sudan.

They open their campaign against the Pharaohs in Garoua on 11 January.

Meanwhile, Cameroon forward Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting has suffered an injury scare and the hosts are the latest to announce several coronavirus cases.

Choupo-Moting, 32, is awaiting the results of a scan after he left a training session early because of a knee issue.

The Cameroon Football Federation said Pierre Kunde Malong, Jean Efala, Michael Ngadeu Ngadjui and Christian Bassogog had been under observation since Wednesday because of “strong suspicions” they had the virus, and the quartet will continue to quarantine.

The Indomitable Lions face Burkina Faso in the first game of the tournament on 9 January.

Fellow Group A contenders Cape Verde have had seven players – including all three goalkeepers – and an assistant coach test positive.

Holders Algeria and Ivory Coast have also reported cases at their training camps in Qatar and Saudi Arabia respectively.

Source: Modern Ghana

Ghana’s COVID-19 active cases hit over 10,000

Accra, Dec 31, GNA – Ghana has recorded 10, 211 COVID-19 active cases as at December 31, 2021, according to the Ghana Health Service (GHS).

It recorded a total of 142,196 confirmed cases with 1,290 deaths.

According to experts, non-adherence to safety protocols, especially during the festive season was contributing to the increase in numbers.

A total of 8,458,155 doses of vaccines had been administered.

The Ghana Health Service urged the public to adhere strictly to the safety protocols by staying at home, observe social distancing and avoid handshaking.

“Wash your hands often with soap and water, cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, wear a mask when going out, and also avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth”, it said.

Source: Ghana News Agency

2021 Afcon: Unity will be key for Black Stars in Cameroon – Bernard Tekpetey

Ghanaian striker Bernard Tekpetey says the Black Stars will need unity to make an impact in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations [Afcon] in Cameroon.

The Black Stars are on a quest to win their fifth continental trophy next month in the 33rd edition of the Afcon.

Tekpetey, a member of the 2017 Afcon squad, will not be in Cameroon but he is rooting for his countrymen to win the tournament for the first time since 1982.

The forward is happy with the players who have been called up, saying that they have the qualities to be champions, but it is impossible without unity.

“I think we have quality players. For me, it’s good that the squad has a great mix of experience and youth,” Tekpetey said on Accra based Onua TV in an interview.

“What we need now is that players will work together to achieve the same goal. There should be no separation.”

“I believe with unity they will deliver for Ghanaians.”

With five goals in 13 league games this season, Tekpetey had hopes of being invited by coach Milovan Rajevac.

Of the five attackers in the squad, only Benjamin Tetteh (7 goals) and Benjamin Tetteh (6 goals) have found the net more times than Tekeptey this season.

Ghana are in Doha for preparation ahead of the tournament. The playing body and the technical team will fly to Yaounde on January 7.

The Black Stars are housed in Group C alongside Morocco, Comoros and Gabon.

Source: Modern Ghana

Happy FM donates to Ghana Prisons Service

Ghana’s thought leading radio station, Happy98.9FM, has donated items amounting to thousands of cedis to the Ghana Prisons Service.

Bags of rice, gallons of cooking oil, tin tomatoes and fish were amongst the many items donated to the Prisons Service.

The donation forms part of the station’s efforts to share love with prisoners this festive season, and also to help reduce the pressure and resource limitations suffered by the reformation service.

Presenting the items, Programmes Manager of Happy98.9FM, Elwoode Mantey said, “Christmas is a season of giving and showing love. It’s of this reason we thought it wise to celebrate this season with the Ghana Prisons Service and our incarcerated brothers and sisters. We hope this mark the beginning of a fruitful relationship between us and the prison service where we can support them whenever we are called upon.”

Receiving the items on behalf of the Ghana Prisons Service, ACP Opoku (Full Name), thanked Happy98.9FM for the kind gesture. “We appreciate your efforts in trying to celebrate this season with the inmates. We hope that other media houses will follow your footsteps and do as you have done not only during festive seasons like this. Thank you very much and God bless you all,” he said.

ACP Opoku further called on general public and other corporate institutions to help with upcoming projects by the Prison Service. “We are currently working on our library project which is still in the pipeline but has come to a halt due to lack of funds and resources. We use this opportunity to entreat the general public and media houses like yourself to come together and help us achieve this goal.”

Sharing some of the challenges facing the service, ACP Opoku disclosed that, the prisoner to cell ratio had risen with few cells accommodating many prisoners, and hoped charitable organizations and philanthropic groups and individuals will help them construct more cells blocks.

ACP Opoku emphasized that, the prison will also need help fixing their washroom which is in a deplorable state.

Source: Ghana Web