Winners: NPP National Executive Election Results at a glance

Accra, July 17, GNA – The winners in the NPP National Executive Elections have been announced. National Chairman 1.

National Chairman

1. Gifty Asantewa Ayeh— 44

2. Sammy Crabbe— 32

3. Professor Christopher Ameyaw-Ekumfi— 101

4. Akwasi Osei Adjei— 20

5. Stephen Ayensu Ntim— 4014

6. Stephen Asamoah-Boateng—1010

7. Kwabena Abankwa-Yeboah—294

Winner: Stephen Ayensu Ntim

National Vice Chairman

1. Ismail Yahuza—613

2. McJewels J. Annan—155

3. Dankwah Smith Buttey—2,982

4. Rita Talata Asobayire—2,927

5. Edmond Oppong-Peprah—479

6. Kiston Akomeng Kissi—2,069

7. Derek Kwaku Nkansah—491

8. Michael Owari Wadie—1,635

9. Ken-Wuud Nuworsu—520

10. Alhaji Masawudu Osman—2,128

1st Vice Chair: Dankwah Smith Buttey

2nd Vice Chair: Rita Talata Asobayire

3rd Vice Chair: Alhaji Masawudu Osman

General Secretary

1. John Boadu—2524

2. Iddrisu Musah—104

3. Ramseyer Ahmed Agyeman-Prempeh—8

4. Frederick Opare Ansah—50

5. Justin Frimpong Kodua—2,837

Winner: Justin Frimpong Kodua

National Organiser

1. Bright Essilfie Kumi—137

2. Seth Adu-Adjei—25

3. Daniel Nii Kwartey Titus-Glover—2274

4. Eric Amoako Twum—185

5. Henry Nana Boakye—2870

6. Nana Owusu Fordjour—44

Winner: Henry Nana Boakye

National Youth Organiser

1. Abanga Fusani Yakubu—153

2. Salam Mohammed Mustapha—255

3. Prince Kamal Gumah—101

4. Michael Osei Boateng—120

Winner: Salam Mohammed Mustapha

Women’s Organiser

1. Kate Gyamfua—620

2. Ellen Ama Daaku—9

3. Hajia Sawadatu Saeed—32

Winner: Kate Gyamfua

National Treasurer

1. Dr Charles Dwamena—2,917

2. Mary Posche-Oduro—1,303

3. Dr Yusif Tedam—125

4. Collins N. Nuamah—1,197

Winner: Dr Charles Dwamena

Nasara Coordinator

1. Haruna Maiga—5

2. Abdul-Rahman Diallo—2

3. Issaku Muaza Kunata—199

4. Awal Mohammed—24

5. Sulemana Alhassan Atakpo—9

6. Abdul Aziz Haruna Futa—328

Winner: Abdul Aziz Haruna Futa

Source: Ghana News Agency

President Akufo-Addo congratulates, welcomes new NPP leaders

Accra, July 17, GNA – President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has congratulated the national executives of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) that emerged at the just concluded National Delegates’ Conference in Accra, charging them to unite the party to ensure victory in 2024.

Mr Stephen Ayensu Ntim was elected national Chairman of the party, beating six other contestants in the election in which over 6,700 participated at the Accra Sports Stadium on Saturday.

Mr Justin Frimpong Kodua was elected General Secretary. He beat the incumbent, Mr John Boadu in a keenly contested voting exercise.

The winners for the other national executive positions are Henry Nana Boakye, Orgainser, Danquah Smith Buttey, 1st Vice Chairman, Dr Charles Dwamena, Treasurer, Kate Gyamfua, Women’s Organiser, and Salam Mohammed Mustapha, Youth Organiser.

In a post on Sunday, President Akufo-Addo the congratulated the new national Chairman and the other national officers, indicating that their victory has set the tone for NPP’s success in the next elections.

He remarked that the smooth conduct of the election had demonstrated “that we are the Party that is committed to the tenets of multi-party democracy.”

“We have elected a team of officers with a deep attachment to the timeless values and principles of the Party and its tradition, and who will steer affairs of the party for the next four years. They are the national face and voice of our Party, and they will set the tone and the pace of our election campaign in 2024.

The President urged all in the NPP to unite strongly behind the new national officers, noting that the party was at its best “when we are united and operating as a focused entity.”

“I, thus, urge all in the NPP to unite strongly behind our new national officers, for it is only by working together that we can “Break the Eight”, and help deliver progress and prosperity to the Ghanaian people,” he said.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Igbos play matches to mark decade of Igbo throne in Ghana

Eze Dr Chukwudi Ihenetu, the King of the Igbo community in Ghana, on Saturday kicked a football at the Ajiriganor Astro Turf in Accra, to begin a series of friendly matches among Igbo communities in Ghana, as part of run-up activities to the tenth anniversary of the Igbo throne in Ghana.

Leading an entourage of Igbo chiefs and elders resident in various communities in Ghana, the Eze, in track suits, with booths to match, walked spiritedly on to the pitch, an artificial green lawn, and kicked the ball to the admiration and applause of his subjects, fans and spectators.

“To Almighty God be the glory, these games have come to stay,” the King said, adding, “may these games continue to eternity with the foundation that we have laid today.”

The king said four games would be played among teams from the eight identified Igbo communities in Ghana.

He stressed unity among Igbos in Ghana, and reminded the players to “be mindful of your brothers legs” as the Eze explained the games are friendly matches, “brotherly, in house” and unity games.

”Let’s protect one another, we’re all brothers,” the Eze said, and added, he hoped that the games would move to the nations level.

He announced prizes at stake, and said: “I pray that the one who wins will go home with the prizes announced.

Dr Ihenetu said a health walk had already been organized in connection to the celebration, and announced other activities as a forum before the Ghana Igbo Yam Festival to be on September 18, 2022.

Some Ghanaian football stars that watched the first match were Prince Tagoe, Emmanuel Agyemang Badu, Charles Taylor and Fataw Dauda.

Team Obi Amarachukwu won the first match by a score of two-one against Team Obi Nhunaya.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Wundua-Kyirifo yiri community appeals to government for a bridge

Accra, July 17, GNA-Three communities in the East Mamprusi Municipality are cut off from socio-economic activities anytime rains begin in the northern sector.

During these times, the communities; Kyirifoyiri, Dimia and Poana Yiri are left at the mercy of the weather as they cannot cross a particular river at the Wundua community to their farms, for health care, school and other activities.

A statement signed by Mr Amadu Zulyaden, Advocacy and Policy Influencing Analyst of the School for Life, a Non-Governmental Organisation and copied to the Ghana News Agency in Accra said, the perennial floods had rendered most members of the communities poor, uneducated and heavily dependent.

School for Life provides complementary educational services to out-of-school children in hard-to-reach communities in Northern Ghana and also provides technical support to both Government and Non-Governmental Organizations through its Learning and Development Centre (LDC) in the area of complementary education and quality education programmes.

It also provides complementary Basic Education (CBE) Programmes, capacity building for teachers from primary schools and community members, development of teaching and learning materials and supports other Organisations to replicate CBE.

IT also designs programmes on quality education and provides training to schools, organisations and Government agencies.

The statement said about 70 pupils cross the flooded areas to access basic education and therefore appealed for the construction of a bridge that would assuage the fears of the people.

While the School for Life is appealing for a bridge, Mma Chimsi Salifu chief of the community said “last year alone three lives were lost including my grandson.”

He said bridging the river could also help them to store water for irrigation and livestock production in the area and appealed to the government to act swiftly.

School for Life works to strengthen civil society’s role in improving access to relevant quality basic education by functioning as a lead organization in delivery, demonstrating and advocating mother tongue based complementary basic education in underserved areas of Ghana.

In the 22 years of School for Life, more than 350,000 children have learnt to read and write. More than 80 per cent of these have enrolled into the formal education sector, which otherwise would not have been the case.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Stakeholders meet on paralegal draft LI, guide to start implementation

Koforidua, July 17, GNA-The Legal AID Commission, Ghana in collaboration with USAID and the Legal Resources Centre (LRC) has held consultative workshop on the draft legislative Instrument (LI) and Paralegal guide in Koforidua.

The workshop is to Forster understanding of the paralegal regime for legal aid delivery in Ghana through a detailed exposition of the LI to kick off the paralegal system implementation.

It falls within the scope of the “USAID Justice Sector Support Activity” meant to expand access to legal assistance for the marginalized.

Ms Daphne Lariba Nabila, the Executive Director, LRC, said in over 20 years after establishment of the only state-funded legal Aid to provide legal services to the socially and economically disadvantaged in society, it did not exist in all districts in the country.

As of June, 2022 it’s estimated that Ghana has a total of 4,199 lawyers in good standing, sadly the legal Aid commission has only 35 lawyers working nationwide.

She said, “the effect of this is that accused person’s, the poor, marginalized or those who cannot afford legal services are likely to be victimized by the law more often without anybody defending them despite the constitutional provisions of legal assistance”.

The paralegal system, she explained, would expand and open the legal system in the justice delivery, especially in the districts, to give access to the marginalized.

Throwing more light on paralegals, Ms Nabila said they provided significant support to lawyers in variety of ways, including investigating facts and performing legal research.

Mr Yaw Boafo, the President of Ghana Bar Association (GBA), entreated lawyers to support the paralegals to complement their work and not see them as rivals.

However, he called for a strict regulation regime to clearly spell out the paralegals remits of operation.

While he entreated lawyers to accept the paralegals to expand legal access to many, it is also very critical to establish a regulation so they do not overstep boundaries.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Allenby, King Hussein Bridge opens after Mediation by Moroccan King

Accra, July 17, GNA – Israeli authorities have decided to open, without interruption, the Allenby/King Hussein border crossing, linking the West Bank and Jordan following a mediation by the Kingdom of Morocco, His Majesty King Mohammed VI.

The mediation, led by the Kingdom of Morocco and the United States of America, led to an agreement for the permanent 24/7 opening of the crossing, which is the only opening of the Palestinians to the world.

The opening of the border crossing, located about 50 km from the capital Amman, will be effective soon, from the moment the logistical conditions were met, especially in terms of human resources.

Additionally, the opening of the crossing, which is very popular with Palestinians, will have a beneficial impact on the daily lives of Palestinians and will facilitate the movement of people and goods.

The mediation is, once again, an eloquent testimony of the interest of His Majesty the King, Chairman of the Al-Quds Committee, in the Palestinian cause and the well-being of the Palestinians.

The Israeli Minister of Transportation, Merav Michaeli, took the opportunity of the announcement of the opening of the border crossing to thank HM King Mohammed VI, Chairman of the Al-Quds Committee, and the American President, Joe Biden, for their commitment and their continuous efforts for peace and prosperity in the Middle East.

According to haaretz.com, a senior U.S. administration official confirmed that Morocco was a major player in negotiating the 24-hour, seven-day-a-week opening of the Allenby Bridge border crossing, the first time an Abraham Accord member played that role

The confirmation of the move, which was announced by U.S. President Joe Biden during his stop in the West Bank on last Friday, signals the first instance in which an Arab country party to the Abraham Accords has used its might to mediate between Israelis and Palestinians to produce a significant policy change. The confirmation also comes amid news that Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi will visit Morocco next week.

The decision to open the Allenby Bridge crossing 24 hours a day, seven days a week is aimed at easing the Palestinian travel experience, as the crossing between the West Bank and Jordan allows Palestinians to travel abroad via the international airport there. It is set to go into effect by the end of September. A working group, meanwhile, will assess the use of biometric passports within the next month as well as the establishment of a Palestinian Authority presence at the crossing.

According to Israeli officials, Transportation Minister Merav Michaeli had been working with Moroccan officials alongside U.S. and Palestinian teams for the past several months to find a solution to keep the crossing open around the clock.

The website quoted the official saying, “While we worked on separate tracks, we were informed throughout the process of Morocco’s and Jordan’s efforts,” the U.S. official said.

“It was these collective efforts that made the difference,” the official continued, adding that “we are delighted to see the Abraham Accords working to the benefit of Palestinians, this has been a priority for the Biden administration.”

Michaeli publicly thanked Biden, as well as King Muhammad VI and the Kingdom of Morocco “for their continued commitment and efforts to promote peace and prosperity in the Middle East.”

The move was part of a series of measures Biden announced while visiting the West Bank, including a $316 million aid package among other initiatives aimed at improving Palestinians’ daily lives and reviving U.S.-Palestinian ties.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Tinkong traditional council installs first Dabehemea

Tinkong (E/R), July 17, GNA – The Tinkong Traditional Council under the Benkum Division of Akuapem Traditional Area has installed a 55-year-old businesswoman as first Dabehemea of the area.

Nana Abena Oduraa I, known in private life as Mrs Abigail Osei Peprah, would be responsible for the fashion and appearance of the Tinkong Queen mother, traditionally.

Nana Wontumi Toprah IV, the Chief of Tinkong, explained that the core duties of the Dabehemea is like a maid of honour, who ensures that the bride was always looking exceptional.

He noted that honesty, humility, truthfulness, obedience, respectfulness and a sense of fashion were qualities considered in the selection of Dabehemea or Dabehene.

The new queen has assured that she will fulfill her duties as the fashion consultant to the queen mother with hard work and humility to lift the image of the area.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Harvest Souls, not Wealth -Moderator

Accra, July 17, GNA -The Moderator of the Global Evangelical Church, Rt. Rev. Samuel Prosper Dzomeku, has called on the clergy to win souls for God’s Kingdom and to refrain from the temptation of wealth gathering.

He said the behaviour of some men of God, who instead of winning souls, embarked on aggressive wealth gathering, had made the calling suspicious to the public as they think people pursue the ministry because of money.

The Rt. Rev. Dzomeku was preaching a sermon at the Ordination Service of 34 Ministers of the Church at the Global Evangelical Church, Trinity Parish at Kotobabi in Accra.

Preaching on the theme: “The Faithfull Steward’s Reward,” the Moderator said, God is the rewarder of his servants and not human beings.

He, therefore, charged the Ordinands not to put their trust in people and to overburden their congregants, for God is faithful and would supply all their needs.

He admonished them to share the word of God generously to make the needed impact on their lives and that of others.

The Moderator cautioned them to desist from the practice where sermons were preached to touch the pockets of people to give and not their hearts for repentance.

He reminded the ministers of their primary duty of winning souls for Christ, adding that they must carry it out faithfully.

The Moderator assisted by the Rev. Dr Yohanes Ahiabu, the Synod Clerk, performed the Ordination rites.

Rev. Mrs Love Srebi, one of the newly ordained ministers, on behalf of her colleagues, thanked God for his grace upon them.

She also expressed their gratitude to the Executive of the Church, the Synod Committee, Past Executives of the Church, Faculty of the Global Theological Seminary and their families, who were present to witness the ceremony, for their respective roles resulting in the success of their Ordination.

Source: Ghana News Agency