Youth urged to acquire new set of intelligence and skills

Kumasi, July 19, GNA – Dr Angela Lusigi, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative in Ghana, has stressed the need for the youth to acquire and cultivate a new set of intelligence and skills.

This, according to her, would help them to keep up with the lightening-pace of the changing world.

“With the exponential rise in technological advancements, the skills gap is widening.

Technological ability is currently considered the most important skill required.

The value of technological competence cannot be underestimated, and these skills of the future must go beyond technological competence,” Dr Lusigi, stated these at a ceremony to mark the 2022 World Youth Skills Day.

She pointed out that digital, relational, and collective intelligences could drive the skills that the youth required to unlock current and future opportunities.

The World Youth Skills Day is celebrated on July 15 every year, to recognize the importance of equipping young people with skills for employment, decent work, and entrepreneurship.

This year’s celebration was held under the theme ‘Transforming Youth Skills for the Future.’

Dr Lusigi said Africa, which had more than 70 per cent of the youth under age 30, had the chance to transform its future.

Despite the promise of transformation, she observed that most of the youth were either unemployed or underemployed with few prospects for decent and fulfilling work.

Dr Lusigi explaining the concepts of intelligence, said high digital intelligence would enable the youth to overcome the challenges and demands of digital life including application of new digital knowledge and skills, while maintaining a connection with real life.

Relational intelligence, on the other hand, would help the youth to protect human interaction.

“In today’s digital world, online acquaintances are often mistaken for real friends, affirmation is determined by the number of ‘likes’, and ‘influencers’ have become the new mentors.

Navigating social situations in a technologically advanced world calls for a high level of relational intelligence,” Dr Lusigi observed.

She said the concepts of collective intelligence recognised that everyone had skills, knowledge or areas of expertise that brought value to the group or people in focus.

She commended students from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and the University of Cape Coast for developing Ghana’s first Artificial Intelligence (AI) robot to assist persons with disabilities.

Similarly, Tech Era, a social enterprise run by young people, is helping the youth to develop affordable and accessible assistive technology for people living with disabilities in Ghana.

In addition, iStammer app, a digital solution by young innovators connects stammers to speech therapists to enhance their speaking abilities, confidence and inclusion.

Dr Lusigi said these innovations showed that the youth were capable and could fully utilise digital knowledge as well as relational and collaboration skills.

Source: Ghana News Agency

We’re ready for action – Black Sharks Assistant Coach

Mr Julius Ceaser Bekley, the Assistance Head Coach of the Senior National Beach Soccer Team Black Shark has said the team is ready and poised to rise the flag of Ghana higher once again.

According to him, the team will do everything possible to go past the Egyptian counterparts Sand Pharaohs to make it to the Beach Soccer African Cup of Nations scheduled for October 2022 in Mozambique.

He stated that the team is in good spirit to deliver and make Ghanaian proud.

“Myself, the head coach and the entire technical team are putting things together for the success of the team,” he said.

The former Black Sharks captain who is now the Assistant Coach in an exclusive interview with ModernGhana news noted that the team will continue to keep the undefeated home record when they face off Egypt.

“We are poised for action,we will beat Sand Pharaohs hands down, they can’t stop our undefeated home records,” he added.

Michael Sema, the captain of the Black Sharks promises the team will surely beat Egypt and make it to AFCON in Mozambique.

Black Sharks has been at camp for two weeks and will be rapping up preparations for the qualifiers on Saturday, July 23.

The Black Sharks of Ghana will face off with the Sand Pharaos of Egypt on Saturday July 23 for the first leg of the Mozambique AFCON 2022.

Ghana is expected to travel to Egypt for the return leg later in the week.

The winner of the game qualifies to the 2022 AFCON in Mozambique in October.

Meanwhile, CAF has appointed Mr Jelili Adeniran Ogunmuyiwa, Mr Olawale Adeolu Fawole and Olayinka Elijah Olajide from Nigeria as referees 1, 2 and 3 respectively.

Mr Ahmad Rabiu from Nigeria will serve as time keeper whilst Omar Gueye Ndiaye from Senegal will serve as the match commissioner.

Other Beach Soccer AFCON qualifiers on African soil include:

Seychelles vrs Madagascar

Comoros vs Uganda

Malawi vs Tanzania

Libya vs Nigeria

Côte D’lvoire vs Morocco

Cameroon vs Senegal

Ghana vs Egypt.

Source: Modern Ghana

Court suspends murder trial of former MP

Accra, July 19, GNA- An Accra High Court hearing the murder case of late J.B. Danquah Adu, a former?Abuakwa North Member of Parliament has suspended trial.

The suspension of the trial is to enable the court to conduct a mini trial in respect of all statements of both accused persons – Daniel Asiedu and Vincent Bossu, which were taken at the Police station.

Mr Raymond Felli, who held the brief of Mr Yaw Dankwah for the accused person objected to the tendering of the statements of the accused persons by Case Investigator, Detective Chief Inspector Augustus Nkrumah, in evidence.

Detective Chief Inspector Nkrumah led by Mrs Sefakor Batsa, Principal State Attorney, was to tender the statements of the accused persons during his evidence in chief

Mr Felli objected to the tendering of the statement of the accused persons saying the statements were made under duress, threat, and inhuman circumstances.

Mrs Batsa who represented the State said the statements as indicated by the witness (Chief Inspector Nkrumah) in his evidence, were given voluntarily and in the presence of independent witnesses.

According to her, the accused persons also appended their signatures after same had been certified.

She said the statements were taken in accordance with the provisions in the Evidence Act.

Mrs Batsa contended that the objection by defence counsel was “just a ploy to delay the smooth progress of this case.”

The court presided over by Mrs Justice Lydia Osei Marfo held that “in view of the objection raised by counsel for the accused persons, there is the need to conduct mini trial to ascertain the circumstances of all statements of both accused persons taken by the Police at the Police Station

This exercise is to be dealt with by the court alone. The main trial is suspended, and the jury discharged.

Daniel Asiedu, the first accused person is standing trial for allegedly murdering the late MP for Abuakwa North in cold blood at his residence at Shaishie in February 2016.

Asiedu is standing trial with Vincent Bossu.

Asiedu has been charged with murder and robbery.

Bossu and Asiedu are jointly being held over a charge of conspiracy.

They have pleaded not guilty before a seven-member jury.

The court has remanded them into lawful custody.

The matter has been adjourned to July 21.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Driver in court over defilement

Accra, July 19, GNA- Kenneth Ofosu Mensah, aka Obolo, a driver who is accused of defiling a minor between seven and nine years per bone age determination, has appeared before an Accra Circuit Court.

The victim in her sleep is said to have shouted: “stop, it is paining me.”?

She is also said to have complained of pains in her vagina.

Charged defilement and indecent assault, Mensah, 31, has pleaded not guilty.

The court presided over by Mrs Christina Cann has admitted Mensah to bail in the sum of GHC100,000 with three sureties, two to be justified.

The matter has been adjourned to July 26 for a case management conference.?

Prosecuting Chief Inspector Simon Terkpor said the complainant was a barber residing at Agbogboloshie. The victim is a primary two pupil.

Chief Inspector Terkpor said the victim resided with the complainant who was her father at Agbogboloshie.

The prosecution said Mensah lived near the complainant and had been sending the victim to go and sweep his room for him often.

It?said the accused took advantage of that situation and sexually abused the victim often and gave her money.

The prosecution said in March this year, Mensah followed the victim into his room when she went there to sweep.

It said the accused allegedly locked the door,?undressed himself and the victim and had sexual intercourse after inserting his finger into her vagina.

The prosecution said in June this year, the victim sometimes shouted in her sleep: “stop, it is paining me.”?

“Sometimes too, she will be complaining of vagina pains when she takes her bath,” the prosecution said.

It said when the complainant asked if somebody had been having sex with her, she revealed that it was the accused who had been inserting his finger into her vagina and having sex with her.

The prosecution said the complainant reported the matter to the Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit of the Ghana Police Service in Accra and he was given a medical?form to take the victim to hospital for examination and treatment.

The Police later arrested the accused person.

Source: Ghana News Agency

We shall lead the working population to resist any IMF restrictions-TUC

-The Ghana Trades Union Congress (TUC) says it will resist any attempt by Government through an Internationa Monetary Fund (IMF) sponsored programme to impose restrictions on sectors of the economy that will bring hardships to workers.

Dr Yaw Baah, Secretary General of the Congress, said: “TUC will lead the working people of Ghana to resist any attempts to impose hardships on workers and their families and the population as a whole.”

Speaking in a press conference on the topic “Cost of Living Allowance (CoLA) and the National Economic Situation,” he said IMF-sponsored programmes and policies had been completely divorced from reality and would only impose hardships on Ghanaians.

The Secretary General said they were reminding the Government that as part of the negotiations for 2021 and 2022 base pay, they had agreed to four and seven percent pay increases respectively on the condition that the government would not declare redundancies.

“And that Government will continue to employ young people into the public service,” he said.

Dr Baah said they kicked against the Government going to IMF bailout 17 times because they had mentioned that one of the main challenges in the management of the economy had to do with corruption.

He said others were the failure of on the part of successive governments to transform the structure of the economy to allow Ghanaians ‘to produce what we eat and eat what we produce.’

Organised Labour, led by the TUC reached an agreement with Government for a 15 per cent CoLA for all workers on the Single Spine Salary Structure (SSSS), effective July 1, 2022.

Meanwhile, Dr Yaw Baah said, the struggle for good standard of living was not over because the cost-of-living crisis was not over as inflation had hit 29.8 per cent and there were no signs that it would decline soon.

He said young people, educated at great costs to their parents and the nation, were struggling to get jobs that would be commensurate with their levels of education and skills.

“The national economic outlook remains grim, and we relish in the glory of not only securing a lifeline for struggling workers but also avoiding a potential disaster on the labour scene,” he said.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Desire for wealth not genuine reason to do politics, youth advised

Sunyani, July 19, GNA – Mr Ransford Antwi the owner and Chief Executive Officer of Suncity Radio, a local FM radio station in Sunyani has advised the youth with the ambition to choose politics as vocation not to focus on enriching themselves.

He said such a mindset had been a contributory factor to the country’s under-development, saying “it is important to acknowledge that as a youth, your contribution to nation-building through your political participation should be driven by the desire to improve the lives of the people”.

“As a young politician you must understand the country is poor and needs to be rescued. So your aspirations, ideals and contributions should be bound with the belt of integrity and the desire to build others up”, he indicated.

Mr Antwi gave the advice when he was speaking at the fourth in the series of a Guidance Conference held in Sunyani on the theme “The Youth: Our Future Hope”.

The Conference, a platform created by Mr Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, the Assin Central Member of Parliament is geared towards instilling hope in the youth through sharing of life experiences of himself and those of other well-established Ghanaians for the youth to emulate.

Mr Antwi cautioned the youth whose focus was not genuinely on public interest must not enter politics to hurt the nation, stating that “if you are genuine with the right intentions, your success awaits you in the end”.

He motivated the youth already in politics to be decorous in the presentation of their views on any national issue of discussion, saying being respectful and tolerant to opposing views was necessary because politics must be a vehicle for progress but not a way to create bitterness and rancor in the society

Bishop Dr. Richard Owusu Akyeaw, the Founder and General Overseer of Living Grace Ministries International, Sunyani told the youth hope “is there for everyone, but one must always remember that God rewards diligence”.

He said “those who lack ideas are those who are poor, because they refuse to cherish the ideas they have and are always looking for solutions somewhere”.

Bishop Akyeaw therefore encouraged the youth to practicalise their ideas because to make money, one should be a problem solver with a service and a product to offer.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Human Trafficking: Security experts trained to halt practice

Accra, July 19, GNA – The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP) in partnership with Expertise France, has organised a four-day advanced capacity building programme on human trafficking and irregular migration for law enforcement officers.

The training is to equip participants who had already benefitted from the basic training to better handle complex cases and have a deeper understanding of issues of trafficking to halt the practice.

The offices were from the Ghana Police Service, Ghana Immigration Service, Customs Excise and Preventive Service of the Ghana Revenue Authority, Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO), MoGCSP, and the Attorney General’s Department.

Dr Afisa Zakariah, Chief Director of the MoGCSP, said human trafficking was an organised crime, which was recognised as a global challenge affecting millions of people, including women and children and hampering their fundamental rights and freedoms.

The modus operandi of the perpetrators of human trafficking was through the recruitment, transportation, harbouring, and deceit of victims for a financial gain and exploitation.

She said exploitation took the form of debt bondage, organ harvesting, prostitution or sexual exploitation, forced labour, and psychological abuse of the victims.

Institutional mechanisms and staff capacity to combat human trafficking were, therefore, important.

Dr Zakariah noted that in 2021, 831 victims were rescued out of which 87 cases were reported and investigated by law enforcement officials.

Moreover, 32 cases were prosecuted involving 37 individuals, and 13 convictions were gained from human trafficking, nine from child labour and 10 for other related offences.

The Chief Director said 14 individuals were charged and convicted for child labour exploitation whiles 13 individual defendants were charged with human trafficking offences, thereby gaining between five and seven years in prison.

Commissioner of Police Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah, Executive Director, EOCO, stated that the perpetrators behind the crimes took advantage of vulnerable or desperate people who sought a better life by promising them lucrative jobs and conditions, which would meet their aspirations.

Her office, she said, was investigating among other human trafficking cases, some medical doctors, nurses, Department of Social Welfare workers and others who were involved in alleged child stealing and child trafficking.

She said the perpetrators would soon be arraigned before court for prosecution to serve as a deterrent to others.

Mr Serge Akpalou, Project Manager, Expertise France, said the use of technology had become a necessary tool as both an enabler and an enforcer.

He, therefore, called on all participants and the public to work together through information sharing to reduce the incidence of human trafficking.

“I will like to use this opportunity to renew our commitment to support the Government of Ghana in fighting human trafficking in all its shape and forms,” he added.

Mr Kwame Asuah Takyi, Comptroller General of the Ghana Immigration Service, in a speech read on his behalf, said trafficking being a transnational organised crime required the adoption of a collaborative strategy and partnership, especially in information sharing for a successful fight.

Human trafficking, the second largest criminal industry worldwide, affects the most vulnerable and undermines rule of law, fosters gender inequality and threatens global security.

Source: Ghana News Agency

The balance in the current executives is good but breaking the 8 won’t be easy for NPP – Political Science lecturer

The ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) government wants to set the recorded as the first political party to break the eight-year electoral cycle under the Fourth Republic.

There have been several arguments and debates about whether the NPP can retain power after Akufo-Addo completes his two terms in government.

Dr Seidu Alidu, a Political Science Lecturer at the University of Ghana shared his thoughts on the motion “Can NPP break the 8?” on JoyNews’ PM Express on Monday, July 18 monitored by Modernghana News.

He believes ‘breaking the 8’ will be a difficult task for the NPP.

“When I look at the current crop of leaders, I tend to have confidence in them. You see some balance of experience in them and there is also regional balance,” he noted.

He, however, stated, “The balance in the current executive is good but breaking the 8 won’t be easy.”

The political expert explains that breaking the eight comes in three parts: how well a party manages its internal affairs and national affairs, and how to stand up to global influences.

“Breaking the 8 is a three levelled hurdled. One, you have to look at the party level, national level and global level influences,” Dr. Alidu asserted.

He adds “There are some of these things you can control and some you can’t.”

Dr. Amoako Baah, another political scientist, asserted that, despite all odds, ‘breaking the 8′ will rely heavily on the party’s unity and the executives’ collaboration with the sitting President.

“The solution is not dependent on them but on how well they can work with the President. They also have to unite the party,” Dr Amoako Baah said on the show.

Source: Modern Ghana