Trauma and Specialist Hospital supports management of Methodist Rafiki Satellite Village

The Management of Trauma and Specialist Hospital, Winneba, has donated assorted commodities valued at GHc25.

000.00 to Methodist Rafiki Satellite village in Effutu Gyahaadze, a community in Effutu Municipality.

The items include boxes of biscuit, bags of sachet water, gallons of cooking oil, toilet rolls, boxes of medicine, disinfectants and soft drinks as well as an undisclosed amount.

Ms Josephine Okine, Deputy Director of Nursing Services (DDNS) of the hospital, who made the presentation at the premises of the home, disclosed that the hospital was 10 years old, and the gesture formed part of activities to support the management of the village in taking care of the less privileged children in their care.

The anniversary, on the theme: “Celebrating 10 years of years of setting the Pace; Health Care Excellence through innovation,” will be climaxed with a durbar at the hospital.

Mrs. Okine who led the anniversary planning committee to present the items, applauded the Methodist Church-Ghana for the initiative to support vulnerable children to become useful in the society.

Other activities carried as part of the celebration, is blood donation, free health screening and a clean-up exercise.

Madam Rejoice Dei Forson, Social Relations Officer who received the items on behalf of Rev Dr Nana Kobina Abekah, Director of the village, thanked the management of the hospital and the Anniversary Planning Committee for the gesture.

The village started with six children and currently has 68 children with employed resident mothers.

It also has a school from Crèche to Junior High School with trained teachers and a clinic managed by professional nurses who provide health care service to both the children and the care givers.

According to her, children from Winneba Township and others from nearby communities around the village numbering 234, school with the children under their care, bringing the total to around 300.

Some of the children are currently in the various universities.

She appealed to the donors to remember the village in their prayers for God’s protection and guidance to continue to proper grooming of the children without any hindrances to become self-sufficient and loyal citizens in the future.

“We cannot manage these children alone, we are calling on other individuals and non-governmental organization and corporate bodies to come to our aid”, she added.

Source: Ghana News Agency

NADMO’s mid-year report records less disaster in Northern Region

Tamale, July 15, GNA -Alhaji Abdallah Abdul-Mumin, Northern Regional Director of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) has said disasters recorded by the region’s mid-year report witnessed considerable reduction compared to same period last year.

He said this was due to the effectiveness of the organisation’s disaster management plans, regular sensitisation programmes and other measures instituted to readily manage disasters and reduce risks.

He said eight out of 16 Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Assemblies (MMDAs) were affected by rainstorms, domestic or bushfires, and conflicts with the breakdown of 1,040 people, 83 houses, 64 acres of farmlands and 33 communities as against last year’s records in the region.

According to Alhaji Abdul-Mumin, the reduction in disaster cases was achieved by proactive measures the Northern Regional NADMO executed early this year with the help of the Northern Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, a group made up of stakeholders with diverse expertise and competence in the area of disaster risk reduction.

He was speaking at the Northern Regional Disaster Risk Reduction stakeholders meeting in Tamale organised by the Northern Regional Secretariat of NADMO in collaboration with the United Nations World Food Programme (UN WFP).

The meeting brought together various stakeholders to review and update the organisation’s Northern Regional Disaster Management Plan (NRDMP) and the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

The NRDMP and SOPs were developed in June 2020 by stakeholders with funding support from the Swiss Red Cross through the Ghana Red Cross Society.

They served as working documents for the Northern Regional Secretariat of NADMO targeted at reducing disaster and its impact on people in the region.

Alhaji Abdul-Mumin said the NADMO had advanced discussions with some MMDAs and the Ghana Highway Authority for the expansion of major storm drains across the region to avert floods in the region.

He stated that it was important to have plans in place to manage disasters, adding that disasters posed major threat to socio-economic development of countries across the globe including Ghana.

Alhaji Shani Alhassan Saibu, Northern Regional Minister and Chairman of the Northern Regional Disaster Management Committee, whose speech was read on his behalf, said the NRDMP was to identify and reduce disaster risks in the region with changing conditions.

He said there was need to review the plan every two years to enable the creation of a cohesive and well-coordinated programing framework to develop the capacity of communities for effective disaster risk reduction, response and recovery.

Hajia Gyamila Abdul-Wahabi, Head of World Food Programme, Tamale sub-office, commended the Northern Regional office of NADMO for the initiative to manage disasters having documented plans, and urged other regions to emulate it to prepare to prevent potential disasters.

She said there was the need to be proactive towards terrorist attacks in the region and called for a broader scope of the disaster management plan to include such instances, which usually caused panic.

Alhaji Alhssan Issahaku, Northern Regional Coordinating Director said the NRDMP had allocated responsibilities for all District Assemblies in the region aimed at enabling them work ahead of the raining system to prevent flood as experienced in previous years.

He urged District Assemblies to keep up to their responsibilities and ensure that necessary steps were taken before the rains intensified

Source: Ghana News Agency

Community participation in the eradication of human trafficking critical- Worlanyo

Ho, July 15, GNA-Community participation in the eradication of human trafficking is critical, Mr. Worlanyo Foster, National Director of Advocacy and Partnerships, International Justice Mission Ghana (IJM) has said.

He said the advocacy group would ensure that Ghana becomes free from activities of human traffickers.

He appealed to communities to get involved in national, regional, district, and community initiatives toward ending the canker of human trafficking.

Speaking during the 2022 National Justice Conference organised by IJM Ghana at Ho in the Volta Region, Mr. Worlanyo called on the communities to contribute positively to ending the menace.

Speaking on the theme: “Ending Human Trafficking: The Role of the Community,” he said the conference aimed to bring forth practical solutions and re-energize all to continue to fight for vulnerable children.

He noted key stakeholders in government such as the justice system, civil society, church among others dialogue and share ideas about how they can work collectively towards ending child trafficking in the country.

Dr. Archibald Yao Letsa, Volta Regional Minister in a speech read on his behalf said human trafficking was a serious social canker in Ghana, particularly in the Volta Region.

He noted that the act which is also referred as to modern-day slavery was not only a threat to the human resources of Ghana, but a problem that deprives the youth and children of their right to education, health, and care of their parents.

Dr. Letsa called on community leaders, traditional, and religious leaders, to collaborate with the security agencies to deal with human trafficking.

Togbe Nakakpo Dugazaa VIII, Paramount Chief of Tefle Traditional Area called on the government, and policymakers to make reforms to give chiefs and traditional leaders a mandate to lead the prosecution of human trafficking perpetrators.

The conference discussed issues and topics such as the role of the community in case identification, justice process, reintegration and restoration.

It brought together stakeholders from the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, the Ghana Police Service, the Department of Social Welfare, the Judicial Service, the Office of the Attorney General, Municipal Coordinating Councils, the Church, traditional institutions, Ghana Survivors Network, media and many others.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Help us build strong civic, electoral systems-South Sudanese delegation appeals

Accra, July 15, GNA— A 10-member delegation from South Sudan has appealed to the Government of Ghana to help them to build strong civic and electoral systems to put an end to years of civil unrest.

South Sudan have been locked in civil unrest since she attained independence from Sudan on July 9, 2011.

Speaking at a meeting with executives of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) in Accra, as part of a five-day visit to Ghana, Mr Yoannes Amum Nyiker, Secretary General of the National Elections Commission (NEC), said this would enable them to deliver a free and fair elections in their 2023 polls.

The delegation, mostly members of the NEC and Political Parties Council (PPC), in Ghana for a benchmark study of Ghana’s progress and achievements in the areas of governance, including civic education, electoral administration, peace-building, conflict resolution and security management.

It included Mr Nyiker, the leader of delegation; Mr Richard Tito Louga, Deputy Registrar, Political Parties Council (PPC); Mr George Odera, Executive Director, (PPC); Flora Edward Wadi, Executive Secretary, (PPC) and Mayor Ichok Ganag and Mr Mut Sisco Lam, both members of NEC.

The rest are; Mr Charles Loker, Programme Analyst, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)—South Sudan; Mr Barnaba Mayor Deng, Director of Capacity Development (NEC); Abiol Victor Kowal, Inspector of Administration, PPC and Lona Severino Kiri, Member, NEC.

Mr Nyiker said, as a country emerging from a civil war, South Sudan needed strong institutions, especially civic and electoral systems to provide the necessary education to citizens to enable them to make informed decisions.

He said even though they were not certain as to when elections would be held, it hoped to build strong civic and electoral systems, and political parties to ensure a free and fair elections.

He added South Sudan recognised civic education as paramount in elections as it prepared the citizens, parties and all stakeholders to conduct free and fair election.“That is why we planned to come and learn from you to help us in dealing with our affairs come 2023 or beyond,” Mr Nyiker said.

Already, the group had held discussions with key governance institutions, including the Electoral Commission, Ghana Journalists Association and National Peace Council.

Mr Kojo Tito Voegborlo, NCCE Commission Secretary, cautioned the delegation against vesting civic and electoral powers into the hand of one body in their effort to establish institutions, especially the NEC.

He said that would defeat the purpose of encouraging citizen participation and prevent civic education from achieving its goals and encouraged more collaboration between the electoral body and civic organisations to increase voter knowledge.

Mr Voegborlo tasked the yet to be established civic education body to prioritise education of religious and ethnic tolerance to bring peace and development to South Sudan.

Mr Samuel Asare Akuamoah, Deputy Chairman of the Commission in charge of Operations, assured the delegation of Ghana’s readiness to assist South Sudan to build an effective civic education system when they call on them.

In attendance were Ms Monica Mamattah, from the Finance Department; Mrs Henrietta Yemidi, Research and Gender Equality; Dr Imurana Mohammed, Acting Director, Programmes and Mrs Joyce Afutu, Director, Communication and Corporate Affairs, as well as other staff members.

South Sudan becomes the third country in Africa to understudy Ghana’s civic structure after the Gambia in 2019 and Malawi in May 2022.

Source: Ghana News Agency

I will continue to work to bring development to my people-Collins Ntim

Akomadan (Ash), July 15, GNA – Mr Augustine Collins Ntim, Member of Parliament (MP) for Offinso North, says he will continue to work and collaborate with all key stakeholders to bring development projects to the people in the area.

He said it was relieving to see citizens able to access basic life needs, and that was what was gradually happening in the Offinso North District.

Mr Ntim, who is also the Deputy Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, pointed out that, with the current spate of development projects going on in the area, the district would soon become a secondary city.

“I am envisaging that the district will be upgraded into a municipality by year 2025 with the necessary institutions and infrastructure in place.

This is in sync with the vision of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to work in a decentralized system such that every Ghanaian community will have emerging secondary cities, and typically Offinso North is gradually developing into a secondary city,” he observed.

Mr. Ntim who was speaking to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) at Akomadan, after inspecting some on-going development projects said in the last 12 years, he had worked closely with the District Assembly and the traditional authorities to initiate the establishment of a few higher educational institutions as part of efforts to open up the area.

Among them are the National Paramedics Training Center for National Ambulance Service at Nkenkaasu, infrastructure improvements at the Wiafe Akenten Senior High Schools, Rural Economic Development College and the Community Development and Vocational Training School.

Again, there is an on-going construction of the Local Governance University, an institution meant to train the state and non-state actors in local governance.

“We are looking at a situation whereby if we really want to train all the assembly members, coordinating directors, engineers and planning officers, then there is a school for them” he told the Ghana News Agency.

Mr Ntim, touching on road projects, said a 36-kilometre road was currently being worked to improve transportation in the area.

He said roads linking Bechem-Akomadan-Afrancho enclave as well others to link up the western side of the Bono and Ahafo Regions were also being worked out.

These roads upon completion, would connect commuters from the Western North Region to Tamale without going through Sunyani.

The Deputy Minster was hopeful that the road projects would be completed speedily to bring relief to the people in the area.

Source: Ghana News Agency

NPP Elections: EC to set up 26 voting centres

Accra, July 15, GNA – The Electoral Commission will set up 26 voting centres at the Accra Sports Stadium to speed up the voting process for the New Patriotic Party’s National Executive Elections.

More than 6,700 delegates from across the country will converge at the Stadium to participate in the exercise tomorrow, July 16, 2022.

The delegates are expected to arrive in Accra today.

Dr Serebour Quaicoe, the Returning Officer for the NPP’s National Executive Elections, told the Ghana News Agency that the EC was prepared for the exercise.

He said the Commission would take over the exercise tomorrow when the Party completed it’s pre-election activities.

“We have gotten the Party’s voter’s register and everything we need. They will start the meeting first and hand over to us,” Dr Quaicoe said.

He added: “We are grouping them according to regions and we will call them (delegates) constituency by constituency to cast their votes.”

The NPP’s National Elections Committee has cleared 46 aspirants to contest various positions – National Chairman, Vice Chairman, General Secretary, Organiser, Youth Organiser, Treasurer, Women’s Organiser, and Nasara Coordinator.

The setting up of the Stadium for the election is progressing steadily.

Party officials told the Ghana News Agency that some delegates had already arrived in the capital, but a majority of them were on their way.

Mr Samuel Kwabena Awuku, the National Organiser, NPP, said all was set for tomorrow’s elections.

“Barring any last minute hitches, we will hold our National Executive Conference tomorrow,” he told journalists when he inspected work on the setting up of the Stadium Friday afternoon.

Mr Awuku commended the aspirants for showing “discipline and maturity” by adhering to the Party’s directive against the mounting of billboards at the election venue.

Source: Ghana News Agency

New Voter’s Register: Minority calls for presence of EC officials in Parliament

Accra, July 15, GNA- The Minority Caucus in Parliament has called for the Electoral Commission to be summoned to the House next week to clear the air on rumours that it wants to compile a new voters’ register, using the Ghana Card for identification.

The Minority last week at a presser raised issues with the possibility of an alleged new register on the sole basis of the new Ghana card.

The caucus argues this would be a wasteful expenditure and would disenfranchise a lot of Ghanaians who have not registered or obtained their cards yet.

According to them, this decision would cost about $80 million.

Presently, the Subsidiary Legislation Committee is perusing a draft constitutional instrument (C I) on the registration of voters.

However, speaking on the floor of Parliament on Friday, Mr. Ahmed Ibrahim, the Deputy Minority Chief Whip, said the briefing could help prevent controversy.

“Now that the Subsidiary Legislation Committee is doing what we call pre-laying, maybe, the EC can appear before us next week before we adjourn so that when it comes and briefs us as a committee of the whole, then we juxtapose the two inputs and be able to see how we can find a way to solve these problems so that when the time comes, we wouldn’t be confronted with some controversial issues,” he said.

Contributing to the debate, Mr. Osei Bonsu Amoah, a Member of the Subsidiary Legislation Committee indicated that the committee had begun considering the draft C.I. and argued that there would be no need for the EC to be in the House.

“We have almost completed the discussions. Regarding the Ghana card guarantors, we asked the EC to go back and look at it; so, I don’t think there is any need to drag them here at this time,” Mr. Amoah said.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Minority challenges Buwumia’s 17 billion take or pay claim

Accra, July 15 GNA- The Minority in Parliament has challenged the claim by Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia at a recent public lecture that the government has paid GH?17 billion for excess capacity payment arising out of the “take or pay” agreement.

According to the Minority, the claim by the Vice President is untrue and therefore challenged him to provide evidence to substantiate the assertion.

Mr John Abdulai Jinapor, Ranking Member on the Mines and Energy Committee, threw the challenge when he addressed a press conference in Parliament House in Accra, in reaction to the pronouncement by the Vice President at the Accra Business School that the energy sector “Take or Pay” Agreement contributed to Ghana going to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a bailout.

The Vice President, speaking at the forum, gave four reasons why Ghana opted for IMF support and categorized his reasons into two internal and two external causes.

He named the internal causes to include the energy sector “Take or Pay” Agreement and the banking sector clean-up and attributed the external causes to COVID-19 and the Ukraine invasion by Russia.

However, Mr Jinapor stated that the Vice President, instead of showing leadership and integrity in the face of the current dire economic crisis rather chose to blame the erstwhile Mahama Administration for the predicament.

He dared the Vice President to provide that proof that GHC 17 billion claim on so-called excess capacity arising from take or pay.

“I am ready to stand down as the Ranking Member of the Mines and Energy Committee. I say so with conviction knowing what the Vice President is saying is untrue,” he added.

Mr Jinapor explained also that excess capacity is incurred when the plants are declared available, but the buyer is unable to offtake the power from the plant. The reserve margins are not excess capacity but are insurance every country ought to have.

He cited for example that the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) presentation to the Mines and Committee of Parliament shows that as a result mismanagement the company incurred almost 900 million cedis from foreign exchange losses.

He clarified that because the PURC pegged their tariffs at 5.6 cedis to the dollar but today the cedis has fallen to about 8.2 cedis to the dollar, saying even without anything, just the mismanagement of the economy alone would incur a debt of about one billion cedis in a year.

“So, when the Ministry of Finance pays for that shortfall, you cannot add that and call that excess capacity. In addition to that because of political interference at ECG, ECGs (Electricity Company of Ghana) Aggregate Technical and Commercial Collecting (ATCC) losses has risen to 30 percent. So, when you look at cost distribution as presented by the ECG itself, sales revenue was estimated at 7.3 billion cedis, but they collected only 5.3 billion cedis leaving a shortfall of two billion cedis.

“When you add the two billion cedis to the foreign exchange losses of one billion cedis it takes the debt to three billion cedis. So, if the Ministry of Finance makes payment for this three billion the Vice President cannot in a haste…. claim that this three billion cedis annual payments constitute excess capacity, that is not excess capacity” he insisted.

Source: Ghana News Agency