Ghana: VP Bawumia cuts sod for construction of Debre Port, first inland port in North

Ghana Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia cut the sod to begin the development of a multimodal transport corridor, the Trans-Volta Logistics Corridor Project, to transport containers and bulk cargo from Tema Port to Ouagadougou via the Volta Lake.

The 200-million-dollar project will involve the construction of two new ports at Akwamu-Korankye in the Eastern Region (Southern arm of the project) and Debre in the Savannah Region (Northern arm of the project).

The RoRo phase of the project will be operational within the first half of the year 2024 and the entire project is expected to be fully operational by the year 2025.

It is expected to create 1,000 to 1,200 direct jobs and over 10,000 indirect jobs in the area.

It is being undertaken by LMI Holdings, a private Ghanaian conglomerate.

The development of these ports would combine unimodal and inter-modal operations to ease congestion at the Tema Port thus facilitating the transit trade of the country’s landlocked neighbours.

This would enable imported goods to the northern part of the country and other landlocked countries such as Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger and vice versa to be transported on the Volta Lake to improve efficiency, deliver significant cost savings to traders and transporters, reduce pressure on the roads due to the proliferation of heavy-duty vehicles and increase the patronage of the Tema Port.

Dr Bawumia, cutting the sod at Debre in the Central Gonja District of the Savannah Region, said the project fulfilled the government’s vision of bridging the gap between the south and the north.

An extension of the project would be the development of a 1,000-acre industrial park at Yapei with a focus on the development of agro-processing to add value to agricultural produce.

Dr Bawumia said the project would contribute to the infrastructural development of the country with effects on job creation and improving lives and ensuring an equitable society.

He said it would also help in protecting the environment, adding “We hope by this project, we can set a good example by saving the earth.”

Additional spin-offs under the project would include the development of a logistics park at Debre to capture a greater share of transit trade volumes in the sub-region.

The logistics park would be an ultra-modern integrated logistics terminal consisting of a container service yard, container freight station, reefer, warehouses, truck parking area amongst others and facilities for a courier, telecommunication, and utility services, among others.

Kwaku Asiamah, the Minister for Transport, said the government was promoting safety on the Volta Lake by removing tree stumps, which had significantly improved travel time on the lake.

Kojo Aduhene, the Chief Executive Officer of LMI Holdings, said the project was a game changer in the transportation of goods within the sub-region, adding it would save the country millions of dollars in road maintenance.

He said, “To emphasise the regional nature of this project, the Government of Burkina Faso has invited LMI Holdings to construct an inland logistics port and industrial park at Koubri, South of Ouagadougou.”

He said the Port when operational, would lead to a decrease in the general transport cost of international cargo to importers and exporters from the middle and northern parts of the country, including the Sahel sub-region



Ghana: Government procures 5 patrol boats to fight illegal mining – Minister Jinapor

Illegal mining, otherwise known as galamsey, remains one of the problems of the Ghana government.

This canker that has reared its head up has trapped many and led to death in some cases as these pits dug by most galamseyers are left unattended to.

To curb this growing menace, the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel Abu Jinapor, has announced that government has procured 5 patrol boats to fight galamsey in the country.

He noted that these boats will patrol the Ankobra, Pra and Birim rivers to protect the rivers from further deterioration.

“I wish to announce that the government has procured 5 patrol boats to patrol and protect our rivers,” Samuel Abu Jinapor said at a press conference.

Meanwhile, Mining Consultant, Solomon Owusu, has said 14 regions in the country are affected by the activities of illegal miners.



President Akufo-Addo remembers Mills, commissions refurbished Asomdwoe Park

Accra, July 24, GNA – President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Sunday commissioned the refurbished Asomdweo Park, the resting place of late President John Evans Atta Mills in Osu, Accra.


President Akufo-Addo also unveiled a bust of the late former President, who ruled Ghana from January 7, 2009 to July 24, 2014.


There was a memorial service at the park conducted by the Most Reverend Dr Paul Kwabena Boafo, the Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church Ghana.


President Akufo-Addo said the Asomdwoe Park which had been in state of disrepair for some time was renovated under his instruction following a request made by Mr Koku Anyidoho, a communications director of the late President for assistance to rehabilitate the place.


“I agreed, and, subsequently, I instructed the Coastal Development Authority to undertake a thorough rehabilitation of the Park, with the close co-operation of the Atta Mills Institute.”


The President said it was not right that the Park had been allowed to deteriorate considerably since the burial of the Prof. Mills in 2012 and “I am happy that it was unde the Presidency of Nana Addo dankwa Akufo-Addo, allegedly his fiercest critic that Asomdwoe Park has been elevated to a status befitting the final resting place of a President of the Republic of Ghana.”


He indicated the rehabilitation of the Park was not for political gain and that he was not responsible for any divisions in the NDC as a result of the rehabilitation of the Park.

Those alleged divisions are not my making, and do not, in any way, inure to my benefit,” he stated, adding that the accusations levelled against the Government about the supposed desecration of the tomb of the late President in the process of rehabilitating the park was malicious.


President Akufo-Addo expressed condolences to Ernestina Naadu Mills, former first lady, to the Mills family, the NDC and the nation on the loss, saying, “the man from Ekumfi Otuam will not be forgotten.”


Wreaths were laid in memory of the late President Mills. President Akufo-Addo laid one on behalf of the Government and people of Ghana.


The occasion was attended by Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia, Service Chiefs, senior government officials, ministers of state, Members of Parliament, the diplomatic community, and traditional rulers among others.


Source: Ghana News Agency

Attorney General given one month to expedite processes for Pastor’s trial

The Attorney General has been given one month to speed up processes for a 50-year-old pastor of the12 Apostles Church to stand trial over the death of a four year old girl, he allegedly defiled at Asuokor in the Eastern Region.


Isaac Bowe Gyasi is said to have defiled the victim in a bathroom near his church.


Residents nabbed him in the act on November 28, 2019 and handed him over to the Police.


The state held that the victim died as a result of the defilement while on admission.


Accused since 2019, has been on remand and is facing a charge of murder.


His counsel, Mr David Owusu Tachie informed the virtual court that he was under the influence of alcohol when he allegedly committed the act.


Mr. Tachie therefore prayed for bail for the accused, a father of one adding that accused should be charged with manslaughter and not murder.


The Justice for All Programme Virtual Court held at Nsawam Medium Security Prison and presided over by Justice Clemence Honyenuga, turned down the bail application put in by the accused.


Justice Honnyenuga  considering the nature and facts of the case refused bail and gave the Attorney General one month to commit the accused person to stand trial at the High Court.


The state led by Yvoone Y. Dacosta, Assistant State Attorney and Vivian Osei Tutu opposed to bail saying the Bill of Indictment had been dispatched by the Attorney General and to prosecute the matter.


During the virtual edition of the Justice for All Programme (JFA) at Nsaeam, the  two courts heard 60 cases.


At the end of the sittings of the two courts (clothed with High Court Jurisdiction), discharged three persons unconditionally, 27 persons were granted bail with 23 others refused bail.


Six persons had their cases struck out and one person referred for Psychiatric examination.


The courts were presided over by Justice Angelina Mensah Homiah, a Court of Appeal judge and Justice Clemence Honyenuga, Justice of the Supreme Court and Chairman for the Justice For All Programme.


Murder cases took centre stage of the sittings with rape, narcotic offences, and defrauding by false pretenses preceding.


Justice Honyenuga said the virtual Justice For All Programme train will move to the Volta Region that is Ho Prisons.


The Justice For All Programme (JFA) seeking to provide opportunity for accused persons who have been on remand for long years without trial.


The JFA is held in collaboration with POS Foundation, a human rights non governmental organisation.


Source: Ghana News Agency


Incorporate sign language into basic education curriculum – Disability Advocate

Cape Coast, July 24, GNA-Mrs. Vivian Ama Aubyn, Disability Advocate, has called for Ghanaian Sign Language (GSL) to be incorporated into the Basic Education curriculum to help strengthen socialization and belongingness among the deaf population.

She indicated that the absence of of sign language in the curriculum was a major factor in the increased stigmatisation, marginalisation, and linguistic discrimination particularly against deaf children.


She made the call in an interview with the Ghana News Agency on recommendations needed to safeguard the health, socialization, and safety of Persons With Disability (PWDS).


She said schools lacked a clear policy standardising on the use of sign language in both mainstream and special schools for the deaf.


This, she believed, had thrown teaching, and learning into disarray where teachers adopted varying approaches they deemed convenient for themselves.


He explained that if the use of sign language could get a legal backing as part of efforts to ensure disability inclusion in the Ghanaian society, it will address the problem of stigmatisation and improve socialisation among the populace.


On the provision of disability friendly facilities, she said ramps, elevators, parking lots and all other necessary equipment must be made readily available for PWDs to take advantage of.


She noted hat, disabled school children must in no way be exempted from actively participating in sporting activities in schools if their conditions could allow them.


Mrs Aubyn who is also a Board Member of The Psykforum, a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), said going forward, derogatory names, stigmatisation and all forms of exploitations leveled against PWDs must attract sanctions urging the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assembles to draft by-laws that seek to protect the marginalized in the society.


“No child or person should be killed as a result of their disability, no sexual exploitation for one’s financial gains, let us stop describing PWDs by their conditions while they have name.”


This she noted was the right thing to do if indeed, the country was bent to create a stigma free Ghana.


The recommendations, she said must be an awakening call for all, particularly law makers to make Ghana a conducive place for all.


Mrs Aubyn urged all disability champions not to relent on their stance when it came to disability safety, health, and inclusions.



Source: Ghana News Agency

Bente Skanguards provides financial support to twenty women with disabilities


Ho, July 24, GNA – Bente Skanguards, a Norwegian disability charity organisation, has provided financial support to twenty women with disabilities in the Volta Region.


The organisation in August last year, equipped the women with employable skills, offered them training in wig and wreath making to enable them to become economically independent.


The beneficiaries are members of Women with Disability Development and Advocacy Organisation (WODAO), a non-governmental organisation (NGO) for women with disabilities based in Ho.


Madam Veronica Kofiedu, President of WODAO, who presented the monies to the beneficiaries, told Ghana News Agency the funds were to help the women buy the necessary materials needed for their business.


She said the funds had come at the opportune time to support the beneficiaries to remain in business amidst the current economic hardship and thanked Bente Skanguards for the gesture.


“We envisaged that the financial support would help reduce the vulnerability of the women, and project their positive image as equal contributors to their families’ income,” she added.


Madam Kofiedu said WODAO was established in 2017 to promote independent living and social inclusion of marginalised women with disabilities in the Volta and Oti Regions, through advocacy, awareness creation and capacity building.


Some beneficiaries who spoke to GNA were grateful to Bente Skanguards for the support and WODAO for championing their rights and wellbeing.


They said the funds would go a long way to help them to continue with their businesses and to generate income to support their families.



Source: Ghana News Agency