King of Igbo community in Ghana celebrates Asantehene on his birthday

Accra, May 08, GNA – The king of the Igbo Community in Ghana, HRM, Eze Dr. Amb. Chukwudi Ihenetu has sent a royal goodwill message to His Majesty Nana Otumfuo Osei Tutu 11, the Asantehene on the occasion of his birthday.

In a birthday message to the Asantehene and sighted by the Ghana News Agency, HRM King Chukwudi stated that the Asantehene was prestigious among many kings in Africa.

He said the King was also an awesome leader who has brought dignity and distinction to the Chieftaincy institution in the continent.

He said: “We acknowledge and applaud your numerous achievements in your private and public service.

“Your Majesty, we are awed that since you ascended the throne, you have operated out of the box, doing community and other development projects. In the process, you have become the first traditional ruler in all Africa to receive World Bank support and funding to do projects in the educational sector where you built more than 42 primary schools and giving bursaries to bright students from poor backgrounds who would otherwise not go to school.

“It is on record that by 2009, the Otumfuo Educational Fund had supported over 4,000 students across three levels – primary, secondary and university.

“Moreover, you initiated a Water Project, which was again funded by the World Bank to bring borehole water to 1,000 communities across Ghana. This is most magnanimous.

“It is noteworthy that you have been a part of consolidating democracy in the sub region. You are also instrumental in resolving Chieftaincy tussles, a major example is the Dagbon conflict, you were the prime mover in terms of settling the crisis and that also hinged on the historical link between the Asante Kingdom and the Dagbon as well as Dagbon and the Gonja and Mamprusi.”

The statement also said: “As you clock a new age, today your Majesty, I, and the entire Igbo Community in Ghana wish that you enjoy abundant grace to lead better than you have ever done.

“We pray that the soil you walk on shall continue to yield a bountiful harvest. The sun that shines upon you shall never hurt you and your people.”

Osei Tutu II is the 16th Asantehene, enstooled on 26 April 1999. He was born on May 06, 1950.

Source: Ghana News Agency

GCB Ladies Association donates to Princess Marie Louise Hospital

Accra, May 08, GNA – The GCB Bank Ladies Association has donated GHC10,000.00 and assorted items to the Princess Marie Louise Children’s Hospital in Accra.

The items include toilet rolls, detergents and tissues, to aid in the prevention and control of infections.

The donation was made after a health walk exercise by the Association in collaboration with Vanguard Assurance , the Lions International Clubs and others on women’s role in dominating the digital space in the banking sector.

The walk started from the Ayi Mensah toll booth and ended at Tavern Lodge at Peduase with fitness exercises like aerobics and cardio workout.

Mr Samuel Nkrumah Asamoah, Nursing Officer at Princess Marie Louise Children’s Hospital who received the donation, said the items would reduce the pressure on management.

“The donation has come at the right time and is going to go a long way in this era of Covid-19 where the uses of tissue and detergent have become so important in health facilities because many people are using it with the price increasing on the markets,” he said.

He said the cash donation would also go into the needy accounts of the Hospital and patients who were unable to pay their bills or buy medication would be assessed by the clinical division and put on the needy fund.

Mr Asamoah commended the Association and the Bank for the gesture and assured that the donation would serve its intended purpose.

Mr Kojo Kwarteng, Head of Corporate Affairs of GCB Bank, said the Electronic Levy, (e-levy) would not collapse the digital space, adding that:

“GCB as a bank is prepared for the e-levy, our staff have undergone all the needed training for successful implementation,” he said.

Mrs Bambie Bamfo-Sam, a Health and Wellness Lifestyle Coach, urged Ghanaians to keep an active life because it prevented life related diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and obesity.

“Do a physical activity that you like doing best, if it’s dancing, dance intentionally and consistently, walk, go to the gym, swim and don’t forget to eat well too. Fitness is just a part of wellness so once you get fit, the other part of wellness is taken care of halfway,” she said.

Mrs Gertrude Sangber -Dery, President of GCB Ladies Association, encouraged ladies in the banking sector to take digitisation serious and brace themselves up for whatever would come their way.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Christians urged to be steadfast and love each other

Logba-Alakpeti (V/R), May 8, GNA – Reverend Alexander Yevu, the Logba-Alakpeti District Pastor of the Apostolic Church, Ghana, has urged Christians to be steadfast and love each other as commanded by God.

He says ‘loving and doing good to others is better than riches.’

He said although there were forces all-over, if they followed God with truth, they would be protected and provided with their needs.

Rev. Yevu, spoke on the theme: ” Rescue the Perishing” to climax the Apostolic National Women’s Week celebration at Logba-Alakpeti in the Afadzato-South District of the Volta Region.

He advised the congregants to live lifestyles worthy of emulation to compel non-Christians to convert to Christianity.

Rev. Yevu also admonished them to stop moving from one prayer centre to the other looking for salvation since God was within them.

Mrs. Grace Wormenor, the Logba-Alakpeti District Women Leader of the Apostolic Church, called on them to unite and pray for the parish and the needy in society and advised the congregation to detest wishing ill-will for fellow human beings.

She asked the congregants to “taste and see that the Lord is good,” in reference to Psalm 34:9.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Every Ghanaian has a role to play in reviving economy—Rev. Dr. Fayose

Ziavi Dzogbe (V/R), May 8, GNA – Reverend Dr. Cyril Fayose, General Secretary of the Christian Council of Ghana (CCG) has said every Ghanaian has a role to play in reviving the economy to recover from the global post-COVID-19 shocks.

Rev. Dr. Fayose who said this at the opening of the 12th Ho East Presbytery of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Ghana (EPCG) at Ziavi Dzogbe in the Ho Municipality during a three-day Synod on the theme ” Revive us again, O Lord, heal us”, asked Ghanaians to stop blame-games and forge ahead for recovery.

The Synod is being attended by over 100 delegates from all the 29 Pastoral districts in the Presbytery made up of Pastors, Catechists, Presbyters, representatives from all the church’s groups and second and tertiary institutions.

Rev. Dr. Fayose who was the Guest of honor noted that ordinary Ghanaians were also holding the economy into ransom by their nefarious activities not only politicians.

On the environment, Dr. Fayose noted that the degradation of the forest and other unfriendly environmental practices were the cause of erratic rainfall patterns, global warming, and the destruction of the ozone layer.

“According to the experts there are more plastics in the sea than fishes.,” he said.

The General Secretary appealed to the Church to be in the forefront of planting trees and the proper disposal of plastic wastes.

He said the mandate of the CCG was not only to unite Churches but also be a voice for the vulnerable in society and urged member Churches to take up the care of “severely mentally ill” in their localities.

Rev. Wilson Seloame Alorvi, the Ho East Presbytery Moderator in his welcome address said the vision of the EPCG as a unitary corporate faith institution was to be a dynamic agent of God.

“The Church is leading in the great commission of Jesus Christ to bring light where there is darkness and transform the world into the likeness of Christ and be self-sustaining,” he added.

Rev. Alorvi called on Christians to approach God in prayer, contrition and humility and seek forgiveness for their wrongs and restoration of his blessings.

Presbyter Charles Sitsofe Sekyi, Presbyter Executive of the Church hinted that the Church had formed a committee under the leadership of Very Rev. Japhet Ledo, a former Moderator of the Church to plan its 175 years anniversary, which he said would be celebrated later in the year.

Togbe Kwaku Ayim IV, Fiaga of Ziavi traditional area bemoaned the rising youth unemployment in the country and appealed to the church to partner the government to find a lasting solution to it.

The Synod ends on Sunday with a Thanksgiving and fundraising service.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Mothers’ Day: Vodafone Ghana and partners celebrate domestic violence surviving mothers

Accra, May 08, GNA – The South African High Commissioner to Ghana, Ms Grace Jeanette Mason, has entreated women never to accept abuse of any form in any relationship as normal.

“Don’t stay in abusive relationship, and for whatever reasons you find yourself in relationships. For love, for whatever reason.

“You need to stand up for yourself and don’t allow yourself to be abused, don’t let your body be abused because your body is God’s temple,” she said.

The High Commissioner gave the advice in an interview with the media on the side-line of a Mothers’ Day event, to celebrate surviving women of domestic violence, in Accra.

Organised by Vodafone Ghana in partnership with The Ark Foundation and Stanbic Bank, the event also, was to raise funds to support the Foundation and create awareness on domestic violence against women and children.

It was supported by the South Africa High Commission in Ghana.

Statistics available at the Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit (DOVVSU) of the Ghana Police Service indicate that 1,047 girls were defiled, while 305 women were raped in 2020.

Also, about 1,500 cases of violence against women are reported to law enforcement agencies annually.

Ms Mason said no woman should trade their safety and dignity for any reason in an abusive relationship, be it for love, cultural and societal norms, among others.

She called out abusive men as persons who had low self esteem.

“Those men that are abusive, can you be confident enough and deal with your insecurities and low self esteem?” she quizzed.

Ms Mason added: “Mothers give birth to you so the women that you have in your life, whether is relationship, marriage, is the same woman that has given birth to you.”

The High Commissioner encouraged continued education to disabuse minds of victims of domestic violence, that it was alright to stay in such relationships, adding that the Commission would work with Government to formulate policies and programmes, to help combat the menace.

Ms Hannah Ashiokai Akrong, Human Relations Director at Vodafone Ghana, noted that violence against women was still on the rise, adding that it remained one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in the world today.

She explained that such a phenomenon had the potential of retarding world growth, particularly Ghana.

“No nation can hope to move forward if its women and children are trapped in an endless cycle of emotional and physical abuse,” she said.

Ms Akrong commended The Ark Foundation for providing a safe haven for survivors of domestic violence to enable them to live a decent life.

Nana Amaris Perbi, Country Lead of Vodafone Ghana Foundation, said celebrating mothers formed integral part of activities of the foundation.

He added that celebrating women, especially those who had survived domestic abuses was imperative since it offered them comfort.

He assured of Vodafone Ghana Foundation’s support to The Ark Foundation to enable it to function properly and serve more survivors.

Dr Angelina Dwamena-Aboagye, Executive Director, The Ark Foundation Ghana, appealed to benevolent individuals, groups and corporate organisations to support the foundation to continue to support women and children, who are in desperate needs.

Source: Ghana News Agency

2022 Commonwealth Games: Our target is to have 120 athletes for the games- Sports Minister 

Accra, May 8, GNA – Mr. Mustapha Ussif, the Minister of Youth and Sports, says their target is to have 120 athletes qualify for the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games in July.

According to the Sports Minister, 113 athletes have qualified for the Games so far, which, adding that it was is an improvement on the 78 athletes that participated in the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia.

Speaking at a press briefing in Accra, Mr. Ussif said that about five million Ghana cedis had been given to athletes in various sporting disciplines, which has resulted in the rise of athletes qualifying for the event.

“The target is to get about 120 to participate at this year’s Commonwealth Games, as against the 78 athletes that took part in the last Games in Australia.

So far, 113 athletes have qualified, demonstrating the government’s investment in sports other than football, and over five million Ghana has been given to athletes to aid the preparation,” he said.

The Youth and Sports Minister revealed that Ghana’s men’s and female hockey teams have qualified for the Games as well as in other sporting disciplines such as table tennis, weightlifting, beach volleyball, para-powerlifting and athletics.

Mr. Ussif noted that they had put in place strategic plans to enable teams to make an impact in tournaments across various disciplines, but not only to participate.

He was confident that Ghana would be able to improve on its medal ranking at the upcoming Commonwealth Games after winning just one medal at the Gold Coast Games in Australia.

He further stated that three Ghanaian athletes, including Benjamin Azamati, Joseph Paul Amoah, and Deborah Acquah have qualified for this year’s World Athletics Championships in Oregon and would give them the needed support.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Excessive partisan consideration for governance positions fueling corruption—GII

Tema, May 8, GNA – Excessive partisan consideration for positions in the State-Owned Enterprise (SOE) and within the Public Sectors are fueling corruption in the country, the Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII) has unveiled.

Mr. Michael Boadi, GII Fund Raising Manager said “persons appointed into a position based on political considerations, hold allegiance to the appointing person instead of the state, the possibility of their decision being influenced by partisan considerations is very high”.

He said almost all the reported corruption cases were perpetuated by personalities with partisan political connections; “it, therefore, becomes difficult for the state to take action against the perpetrators.

“The States impotency in dealing with political affiliates who indulge in corrupt deals has created fertile ground for corruption and because no required action had been taken, other people are not deterred from indulging in such activities”.

Mr. Boadi was speaking at the 12th monthly stakeholder engagement seminar organized by the Ghana News Agency Tema Regional Office which is a platform rolled out for state and non-state actors to address national issues.

The monthly engagement also serves as a motivational mechanism to recognize the editorial contribution of reporters towards national development in general and the growth and promotion of the Tema GNA as the industrial news hub.

Speaking on the topic: “Is the fight against corruption a mirage or reality? Mr. Boadi said political party campaign financing served as a major bane to the fight and the cause of the increasing corruption in Ghana.

Mr. Boadi said GII had engaged political parties on campaign financing and its repercussions on the country and acknowledged that corruption investigation could take a considerable long time “you have to be meticulous to do it and we are in a country where people don’t volunteer information”.

He urged the media to do intensive investigation on corruption to educate the public on such issues.

Mr. Francis Ameyibor, Ghana News Agency Tema Regional Manager commended journalists among frontline fighters of corrupt public officials even at the peril of their lives.

He encouraged the media practitioners to continue to expose all corrupt activities and persons and create public awareness on the dangers of corruption.

Mr. Ameyibor appealed to all stakeholders to re-visit and re-examine the country’s moral values by ensuring that the necessary citizens’ education on morality was given the needed attention to assist in the fight against corruption.

Mr. Ameyibor urged all public servants to come out and champion the fight against corruption by changing their attitudes towards work since most public servants were being accused of corrupt acts on daily basis.

He called on citizens to make efforts in collaborating with the media to help in naming and shaming all persons engaged in corrupt acts and actions.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Ashaiman Court fines two persons Gh₵600 for fighting

Tema, May 08, GNA – The Ashaiman Circuit Court has fined Mike Kwesi Tetteh and Stephen Atila Gh₵600, or in default serve 12-month imprisonment in hard labour for disturbing the public peace during a fight and quarreling at a drinking spot.

Additionally, Atila was ordered to pay Gh₵2000 to Tetteh to cover his medical expenses or in default serve an additional 12-month imprisonment in hard labour.

The Court presided over by Mr. Richard Delali Anku sentenced the two after they had both pleaded guilty to charges of disturbing the public peace by fighting, and quarreling together.

Additionally, Atila was charged for intentionally and unlawfully causing harm to Tetteh’s left eye.

Chief Inspector Samuel Aperweh, prosecuting said Tetteh, 43-years-old, and Atila aged 34-years-old both reside at Community 22 Annex Ashaiman.

They are very close friends.

According to the prosecution, on March 15, 2022, Tetteh and Atila were together throughout the day till about 2030 hours drinking alcohol and eating together.

The prosecution said a witness in the case met Tetteh and Atila at a drinking spot at Community 22 at about 2030 hours.

The prosecution said a misunderstanding ensued between Tetteh and Atila. In the heat of the misunderstanding, Tetteh slapped Atila twice on his face, and Atila also retaliated, resulting in a fierce fight between them.

Atila caused serious harm to Tetteh’s left eye as a result of the fight.

The prosecution said both Tetteh and Atila were arrested and brought before the District Crime Officer.

After interrogation, they were charged with the offenses and arranged before the court, which subsequently granted them bail to appear at a later date.

Chief Inspector said Atila jumped bail and went into hiding at Assin Praso.

Atila was, however, arrested and brought back to court.

After the trial, they were both sentenced accordingly.

Source: Ghana News Agency