Lante Djan, We ushers in Ga State Homowo

Accra, Aug. 1, GNA-The chiefs and people of Lante Djan We Clan, a division of the Ga State have commenced the celebration of the Homowo festival in Accra.

It saw the sprinkling of the traditional food (Kpokpoi) by the chiefs and elders with drumming and dancing as well as the firing of the musketry.

The people of “Dantu We” under the Lante Djan We are the custodians of the Ga State Homowo calendar that precede the celebration by the seven quarters of the entire Ga-mashie.

Nii Lantei Otanka II, the Chief of Lante Djan We in an interview with the Ghana News Agency, said sprinkling of the traditional food was an activity performed for their ancestors for more harvest of food and to seek blessings in the coming years.

He called on the people of the seven quarters of the Ga State to unite and expressed the hope that they would settle all differences and focus on the development of the people.

He entreated everyone to cooperate, co-exist and to avoid any negative tendencies for a peaceful Homowo.

Nii Lantei Otanka noted that the ancestral home of Lante Djan We no longer befits its status as the calendar bearers in the Ga State and appealed to its citizens both home and abroad to contribute for a modern and befitting palace.

Source: Ghana News Agency

1,180-kilometre road projects executed in Ashanti within five years-Veep

Nsenie (Ash), Aug. 1, GNA – A total of 1,180-kilometre of road projects have been executed in the Ashanti Region since 2017, the Vice-President, Alhaji Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has said.

The projects, according to him, cover highways (264 kilometres), urban roads (495 kilometres) and feeder roads (421 kilometres), all constructed under the auspices of the Ministry of Roads and Highways.

Alhaji Dr Bawumia said the projects were a manifestation of the government’s resolve to boost socio-economic activities given the critical role road infrastructure played in the country’s development.

He was speaking at the inauguration of rehabilitated roads and auxiliary infrastructure under the Kumasi Inner Ring Road and Adjacent Streets Project, at Nsenie, in the Oforikrom Municipality.

A total of 100 kilometres of roads were rehabilitated under this project, covering Kumasi, Manhyia, Bantama, Subin, Nhyiaeso, Suame, Asokwa, Kwadaso, Old Tafo-Pankrono and Oforikrom.

The scope of the project, undertaken by Messrs. Contracta Construction UK Limited and commenced in December 2019, included the construction of drains, culverts and road rehabilitation works.

Alhaji Dr Bawumia indicated that the road projects were in line with the vision of the government to provide an integrated urban transport system responsive to the needs of society.

He bemoaned the poor nature of roads that existed in the region until the New Patriotic Party (NPP) was voted into power, explaining that this did not augur well for the people, especially workers, traders and drivers who commuted those roads.

Touching on the construction of the 30-kilometre Anwiankwanta-Obuasi road, the Vice-President hinted that the project was about 70 per cent complete, and also, plans were far advanced to commence the Suame Interchange Project for the benefit of the people.

Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the Asantehene, in a speech read on his behalf, lauded the government for the bold initiative to put roads in the Region in good shape.

The projects, according to him, would help alleviate the plight of the people as they commute the roads for their various businesses.

Mr Kwasi Amoako-Atta, the Minister of Roads and Highways, said the road rehabilitation project was critical in improving accessibility in all areas of the Kumasi metropolis.

He advised the people to endeavour to take good care of the projects to enhance their longevity.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Fire officers ready to fight fire

New Abirem (E/R), Aug. 1, GNA – Mr. Rexford Nortey Agblazo, the Divisional Officer of District Fire Office three of the Ghana National Fire Office, says fire officers are committed to providing efficient services but lack of fuel is hampering their efforts.

He said officers were faced with a myriad of challenges that included a lack of staff bungalows, a lack of fuel for fire tenders, and a lack of vehicles for sensitization programmes, particularly during the harmattan period.

Mr Agblazo was speaking during a meeting of the Birim North Association of Chiefs (BNAC) with the District’s National Fire Service and Ambulance Service at New Abirem.

He said the office occupied by the fire fighters had become a death trap and urged the Birim North District Assembly and traditional authorities to assist them.

He also appealed to the public to be patient when there was a fire outbreak because it was not their intention to delay their service delivery, blaming it on the challenges the Service was encountering.

He recommended that homes, malls, and stores had fire extinguishers to help combat fire outbreaks during difficult times, and promised to continuously educate the public on efficient ways of dealing with fire outbreaks.

He further warned the public against providing false information to fire officers.

Obrempong Kwesi Amoh Kyeretwie I, Chief of Abirem and President of the Birim North Association of Chiefs, asked the government to assist the Birim North District’s security services to enable them to provide improved security to the population.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Expediate investigation on missing security officer-Mineworkers Union

Accra, August 1, GNA- The Ghana Mineworkers Union has called on the Police Service to expedite action on the investigation of a missing security officer deployed at the site real gate, an exit point to ‘mine take area’ in Newmont Ahafo Mine on July 27, 2022.

“We want to strongly urge the Government to as a matter of urgency deploy the needed logistics to assist in the efforts of the team currently searching for our colleague’s whereabouts,” Mr Abdul-Moomin Gbana, General Secretary, GMWU said in a statement to the Ghana News Agency.

The statement said, “At around 1830 hours, the Security Officer employed by a third-party contractor named Protea Coin Ghana, asked permission from his supervisors to attend to nature’s call in a nearby bush because the toilet facility at his post and many of the security posts around Newmont Ahafo Mine have been out of use for months despite persistent complains from the security guards to Newmont Ghana officers at the site.”

“As we speak, the security personnel of Protea Coin Ghana together with the Ghana Police Service and some community members have been searching frantically, but the whereabouts of the security worker is still not known,” it added.

In a related development, the statement said, two other security guards deployed at the Company’s Apensu dewatering pond were also abducted around 12 midnight by six fully armed men with four guns and two machetes, took them hostage, manhandled and molested them and subsequently abandoned them somewhere in the bush.

The statement said the security officers were later found with their hands tied at their backs, adding that barely a year ago, a number of the Union’s valued members in Protea Coin witnessed very horrendous incidents viz; Robert Coffie and Joshua Oppong were attacked and shot which led to Joshua losing one eye whilst Robert sustained multiple injuries on the Newmont Ahafo site.

Again, on the same Newmont Ahafo site, Daniel Owusu Sekyere and Mathew Nsoah, both members of the Union, were also attacked with guns and cutlasses which led to Daniel sustaining multiple fractures on one leg whilst Mathew sustained several cutlass wounds on the head. L

Sadly, the statement said Daniel for now had metals planted in his leg, while Jacob Ayiko, a member of the Union was also attacked by Galamseyers during which he sustained multiple fractures on his right wrist and till date, he had metals planted in his wrist.

It said whilst the Union had in the past highlighted in its National Executive Council resolutions about the heightened insecurity and the urgent need for a more concerted action, these recent developments, brought into sharp focus yet again, the heightened insecurity situation in the mining industry and called for urgent action.

The statement called on the Government through the Minister of Employment and Labour Relations to cause the full enforcement of Part 16 (Labour Inspection) of the Labour Act 2003 (Act 651).

That, it said, would enable actors within the industrial relations space to realize the full benefit of labour inspection in the country and forestall any future occurrence and safeguard and protect the collective interest of all the actors.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Kwahu East NCCE ramps up SIM card re-registration

Abetifi (E/R), Aug. 1, GNA – Ms. Roberta Essilfuah Koah, the District Director of the Kwahu East office of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), has entreated community members to get their SIM cards re-registered and also encourage others to do so.

 She made the call when the NCCE met with community members at Pepease in the Kwahu East District to carry out public education on the need to embark on the national re-registration exercise.

 She said the NCCE was committed to educating the public by explaining the significance of the SIM card re-registration exercise as part of its awareness-creation campaign with a cross-section of the Kwahu East community, including faith-based organisations, social groups, and market women.

 The goal of the sensitization campaign was to ensure that the NIA Act, 2006 (Act 707) and LI. 2111 were followed in the Kwahu East district.

 Ms Koah said the directive to re-register was the responsibility of every good citizen as stated in Article 41 of Ghana’s 1992 Constitution.

She urged the public to take the re-registration exercise seriously, which deadline has been extended to September 30 this year.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Lack of inclusive WASH facilities denies PWDs education

Wa, Aug. 1, GNA – Dr. Elijah Bisung, the Assistant Professor at the Queen’s University, Canada, says the lack of inclusive Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) facilities in schools deprive children with physical disabilities the right to basic education and training.

He said the situation also denied those children the opportunity to develop their full potential, which the country could harness to achieve the needed development.

Dr. Bisung said this at a stakeholders’ engagement in Wa to disseminate research findings on the availability and accessibility of WASH facilities in schools by children with physical disabilities in the Upper West Region.

The two-fold survey engaged school children, including those with physical disabilities in the Nadowli-Kaleo District, to ascertain their challenges in accessing WASH facilities as well as stakeholders in the region to seek their recommendations in improving access to inclusive WASH facilities in schools.

The project was dubbed: “Promoting Access to Inclusive Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) services for Students with Physical Disabilities in School Setting in Ghana.”

It had funding support from the Queen’s University, Canada, and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana.

Dr. Bisung, who was the Lead Investigator in the research, stressed the need for inclusive WASH facilities at all levels of society to help advance the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) on water and sanitation by 2030.

“If we are interested in achieving universal access to water and sanitation by 2030, we must be very interested in the inequalities that exist when it comes to access.

“These inequalities are based on gender, disability and sometimes income, but most at time we see the policies are not geared towards addressing these inequalities,” he explained.

The Assistant Professor, therefore, emphasized the need for strict implementation of existing policies as well as strong stakeholder collaboration between the government and its development partners and the private sector to address the challenges.

Dr. Ebenezer Dassah, a lecturer at the School of Public Health, KNUST and Co-Lead Investigator on the project, indicated that some children with physical disabilities did not eat anything that would compel them to go to the toilet in school due to their difficulty in accessing the WASH facilities in schools and its associated stigma.

“When they try using the toilets because they are not disability friendly, they can’t use some of the things inside the toilet like the tissue … because of that some stopped using the toilet facilities and start using the bush,” he explained.

He observed that with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, PWDs were unable to use the handwashing facilities such as the veronica buckets because they were not designed to be disability friendly.

Dr. Dassah, therefore, advanced the need for such facilities to be disability friendly to reduce the reliance of PWDs on other people for support, saying, “We want them to live independently rather than always relying on people for support.”

Presenting the research finding, Mr. Urbanus Wedaaba Azupogo, a Research Assistant to Dr. Bisung, explained that most students with physical disabilities faced psychosocial stresses due to their inability to access WASH facilities.

“You realize that they feel timid, they feel embarrassed, they feel afraid, they have low self-esteem emanating from the fact that some of their colleagues tease them,” he said.

He added that there were also health challenges associated with the use of the toilet facilities by those children as some of the respondents reported having diarrhea.

The research findings also showed that the level and type of challenges the PWDs faced regarding the use of the WASH facility depended on the form of disability the person had.

The stakeholders in the research also recommended the building of special schools, guidance services, and special training for PWDs among others to help mitigate the challenges.

Participants at the engagement included representatives from the Disability association, the Department of Social Welfare, the Ghana Education Service, and the Environmental Health and Sanitation Department, among others.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Black Galaxies coach Walker ready for Nigeria test

Annor Walker, Head Coach of Ghana’s local based national team, the Black Galaxies, says his team will be well prepared for their clash against Nigeria in the final round qualifier of the 2023 African Nations Championship (CHAN).

The Black Galaxies recorded an emphatic 4-0 aggregate victory in their two-legged encounters against Benin, progressing to the next round to face Nigeria.

Daniel Afriyie scored the only goal for Black Galaxies in the second leg encounter in Cotonou as they edged close to a return to the competition since 2014.

In a post-match press conference after the victory, Coach Annor Walker commended his team for their tactical discipline throughout the match.

The Accra Great Olympics gaffer was wary of the threat Nigeria would pose in the final qualifying round but said they would be well prepared for their arch-rivals.

According to Coach Walker, he had watched video clips involving the Nigerian counterparts together with his technical staff and would map out strategies to prevail in the clash.

“We have studied the way Nigeria play and we have monitored their games. So, we need to plan very well heading into the clash,” he said at the presser. 

When asked what accounted for the resounding victory against Benin in both legs, Coach Walker revealed that they had put in place a strategy to stop their opponents from scoring, which worked for them.

“In the first match at Cape Coast, they didn’t allow us to play until we scored the two goals. We expected them to be physical and push more men forward in the second leg, but we were tactically better than them, “he said.

The Black Galaxies would take on their Nigerian counterparts in a first leg encounter to be played in Accra on August 26-28, 2022.

The second leg in Abuja would be played on September 2-4, 2022.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Ministry of Youth and Sports win maiden Inter-Ministerial football tournament?

The Ministry of Youth and Sports were crowned Champions of the maiden edition of the Inter-Ministerial Football Tournament in a colourful event at the Accra Sports Stadium.

The 2022 Civil Service Week celebration which was organized by the Office of the Head of Civil Service has been made memorable with the line up of activities to mark the celebrations.

This year a novel activity was introduced to the line-up of events which was the Inter-Ministerial Football tournament organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth and Sports as well as a Policy Fair Exhibition for the various Ministries to showcase their achievements pictorially and other side attractions to increase the interest of civil servants for the celebrations. 

The Inter- Ministerial Football tournament which begun on 8th July, 2022 with 32 Ministries in contention for the ultimate trophy was climaxed at the Accra Sports Stadium in a short closing ceremony.

The final match was between the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Ministry of Justice and Attorney General’s Department who all won their matches through the preliminary stages to Quarter Final and Semi Final through to the finals of the tournament.

Nana Kwasi Agyekum Dwamena the Head of Civil Service, in a short speech to close the event, noted that it had been a fruitful exercise by bringing together all the Ministries to play for the coveted prize adding that the purpose of the tournament had been greatly achieved. 

In his welcome address, the Chief Director of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Alhaji Hafiz Adam congratulated the players, match officials and the organizers for a professionally organized tournament adding that he greatly admired the commitment of all to make the maiden edition of the tournament a success.

 

The best player of the tournament went to Henry Brock of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the top scorer also went to Andrew Koranteng of the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the best fan base went to the Ministry of Youth and Sports with the best Goalkeeper going to the Ministry of Trade and Industry.

The players were all awarded for the individual brilliance and roles they played in the entire duration of the tournament.

The third and fourth teams were the Office of the Administrator of Stool Lands and the Ministry of Trade and Industry respectively and were also awarded.

Source: Ghana News Agency