Exercising faith key to breakthroughs

Accra, Aug. 08, GNA— Bishop Hamish Oddoye, Head Pastor of the Korle Gonno branch of the United Denomination Originating from Lighthouse Group of Churches (UD-OLGC), has charged Christians to keep faith in the promises of God.


He said believing in such promises and exercising faith was the surest way to receive answers to their prayers.


“If you don’t exercise your faith, it doesn’t grow,” he said.


Delivering his last sermon as the Head Pastor of branch on Sunday, Bishop Oddoye noted that believing in God and exercising the faith in His promises was key to achieving a breakthrough.


He delivered his message on the topic: “Master Key to a Breakthrough.”


Faith, he explained, was the distinguishing factor between a Christian who received God’s promises and that who did not.


Bishop Oddoye said it was nearly impossible to please God without faith.


“Faith is a very special thing, which has a key role to play in every person’s life. The Bible says, without faith it is impossible to please God,” he said.


He added that: “Believing is master key to breakthroughs. We must have faith and exercise that faith to attain God’s favour and promises.”



Source: Ghana News Agency

Let’s collaborate to accelerate development in Cape Coast – Media urged

Cape Coast, Aug 08, GNA – The Oguaa Traditional Council has called on the media to cross-check their facts and avoid publishing false information that tend to tarnish the image and reputation of the area, which retards growth.


It said the media should rather partner the Council to project a positive image of the area to attract investors for accelerated development.


Osabarima Kwesi Atta II, the Omanhen, Oguaa Traditional Area, made the call at a media briefing to enhance collaboration to promote peace and unity.


Investors would help create jobs and reposition Oguaaman for socio-economic growth to help improve the standard of living of the citizenry through the encouraging stories they would read, he said.


Briefing the media on the upcoming Oguaa Fetu Festival on the theme: “Making Cape Coast Great Again, through Tourism, Education and Development”, he said activities started from Tuesday, July 26 and would end Monday, September 12.


On the planned activities, Osabarima Atta said from Tuesday August 2, to Wednesday, August 18, there would be a ban on drumming, funerals, as well as fishing in the Fosu Lagoon whilst the Emintsimadze health walk and Asafo companies would hold a clean-up exercise and renovate the various shrines.


There would also be a health and sanitation day, first harvest of the year, procession and presentation, launch of the Oguaaman Film, AIDS awareness day and Bakatue, float through the town, women and children’s day, Lagoon cruise, vigil, and masquerading.


He lauded the media for their immense contribution towards the growth and development of the area and urged them to continually project it though positive reportage.


He called on institutions, organisations and individuals who intended to hold programmes during the festival to contact the planning committee for a smooth programme.


The Oguaamanhen said the Council was reviving the spirit of the people after two years disruption in the festival due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


He called on the citizenry, home and abroad, to support and participate fully to make Oguaa great again.



Source: Ghana News Agency

Lands Commission to inaugurate Savannah and North-East regional offices

Accra, Aug.8, GNA – Mr Benito Owusu-Bio, a Deputy Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, will commission the Savannah and North-East regional offices of the Lands Commission on August 9 and 10, respectively, at the regional coordinating councils.


The two offices, fully furnished with modern computerised systems, bring to six the total number of regional offices inaugurated by the Commission.


This is in fulfilment of its constitutional mandate to establish offices in all the 16 regions, which formed part of the decentralisation agenda.


Mr James E. K. Dadson, the Executive Secretary of the Commission, in a statement on Monday, said the offices would bring the Commision’s services closer to the people and ensure an effective decentralisation of the Land Administration system to boost investor confidence in the two regions.


“The days where people had to travel hours to the regional capitals to access services are over,” he said.


He assured the public that with the digitalisation systems in place, the Commission would continue to provide improved services to the people, including online via – onlineservices.lc.gov.gh.


Source: Ghana News Agency


Princess Marie Louise Children’s Hospital receives Dettol and other items

Accra, Aug 08, GNA – Reverend Dr Mark Akwasi Okyere-Kessie, National Director for Children’s Ministry, Assemblies of God, Ghana, has presented Dettol and other items to the Princess Marie Louise Children’s Hospital in Accra.


Other items were; Toilet rolls, powerzone, Dettol, Geisha soaps, tissues, pegs, powdered soaps, bars of key soap, baby sponges, baby socks, baby playing toys, small buckets, baby wipes and powders.


The rest included; after wash detergents, diapers, madar soaps, biscuits, kida soaps, mineral water, sunlight soaps, baby towels.


Rev Dr Okyere-Kessie said the presentation was in line with the Children’s ministry’s 25th anniversary to support the children who were ill, to aid in taking good care of them and wish them speedy recoveries.


“… and also in line with our 25th anniversary, we the Children’s Ministry is giving these items to our children to support them, encourage them and wish them speedy recovery.”


He added that “we came to the children’s hospital because our concern is supporting the children, because we have them at heart.”


He urged the care givers to ensure a fair distribution of the items and to use them to cater for the kids.


Ms Paulina Mbrah, a General Nurse at the hospital, who received the items on behalf of the administration expressed their appreciation to the Assemblies of Ghana, Children’s Ministry for supporting the children, indicating that the items were essential for giving to the children.


“We are really grateful to the Assemblies of God children’s ministry for giving us these enormous items. In fact, all these items are essential. We really need them for the children.”


Ms Mbrah said “On behalf of management and administration, I want to say thank you to the National Director and the children’s ministry at large for this kind gesture shown to the children.”


“We assure you that there will be equal and fair distribution of the items to the children,” she added.



Source: Ghana News Agency

Take baptism of children seriously – Eastwood Anaba

Bolgatanga, Aug. 8, GNA – Reverend Eastwood Anaba, the President of the Eastwood Anaba Ministries (EAM), says the baptism of children is a critical aspect of their Christian life, which should be taken seriously by parents.

He advised parents and guardians to take the exercise of baptism of their children seriously, and endeavour to support them to go through the process successfully.


Reverend Anaba observed that some parents allowed their children to attend baptismal ceremonies alone, without their presence to encourage and witness their children being baptized.


The presence of parents at such an important function, he said, “is a way of encouraging the children that baptism is very important.,


Reverend Anaba gave the advice in a sermon to his congregation in Bolgatanga.


Reverend Anaba expressed the shock that at a baptismal ceremony organized by Desert Pastures, a branch Church of Fountain Gate Chapel in Bolgatanga, some parents were not present to support their children.


“I was very shocked where children were being baptized and their parents were not there,” he added.


About 66 members of the Desert Pastures, including children, were baptized in the Vea Dam, in the Bongo District of the Upper East Region.


Source: Ghana News Agency

Be wary of breast cancer – Presiding Methodist Bishop tells women


Ampenyi (C/R), Aug. 8, GNA – The Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church-Ghana, Right Reverend Paul Kobina Boafo has called on women to frequently examine their breasts for early detection of breast cancer.


He made the call in a homily delivered at the funeral of the wife of former Ghana’s Ambassador to India under the erstwhile Mahama administration, Mr Sam Pee Yalley at Ampenyi in the Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abrem (KEEA) Municipality.


The funeral rites of Madam Patience Efua Bentil, Ambassador Yalley’s wife, was attended by bigwigs of the National Democratic Congress including; former President John Dramani Mahama and Prof. Naana Jane Opoku Agyemang, his running mate in the 2020 election.


Others were; Mr Johnson Asiedu Nketsiah, General Secretary of the Party, Mr Ofosu Ampofo, Chairman, Mr Kofi Totobi Quakyi among others.


Bishop Boafo’s breast cancer awareness call, came on the back of the publication of the cause of the death of the Ambassador’s wife.


He said: “Often times, the cause of death of loved ones are not mentioned but once this is published in the brochure, it becomes available to all, hence my conviction to touch on it”.


The Presiding Methodist Bishop, urged women to with the support of their spouses, report any signs of breast cancer for early diagnosis and treatment.


He asked the sympathizers to take that caution seriously and as well called for the intensification of education on the killer disease to minimize its impact.


There are about 1.7 million new cases and 522,000 deaths from breast cancer each year according to a source from the Ministry of Health.


Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide, and it is the most common cause of cancer deaths among women in most countries.



Source: Ghana News Agency

MCE expresses concern about rising prostitution in Tamale

Tamale, Aug 08, GNA – Mr. Sule Salifu, Tamale Metropolitan Chief Executive has expressed concern about the rising rate of prostitution in the Tamale Metropolis.


He said it had become a bane of authorities because all attempts to combat it had failed, adding, it had become appealing to both local people and foreigners.


He expressed the concern when addressing this year’s International Youth Week celebration in Tamale, organised by the National Youth Authority and partners.


Sex workers flood major streets in the metropolis all night, especially around the Police Barracks, Bank of Ghana and Victory Cinema areas.


Mr. Salifu said the sex workers had also recruited young men in the city and placed them in strategic locations to protect and inform them about any threats to their night-time activities and urged landlords and landladies to thoroughly investigate their tenants’ backgrounds before renting out their rooms to help reduce such crimes.


He warned that the security agencies would soon come after them since their activities had effects on the younger generation.



Source: Ghana News Agency


European Union Funded programme promotes inclusive growth, reduction in social inequalities

Accra, Aug. 8, GNA -The European Union Funded Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Research and Innovation for Sustainable Development (CSO—RISE) programme is yielding results, contributing to inclusive growth and reduction of social inequalities The €9million programme is part of interventions to support the priorities set in the Ghana Shared Growth and Development Agenda (GSGDA) II and implemented by four CSOs.


The €9million programme is part of interventions to support the priorities set in the Ghana Shared Growth and Development Agenda (GSGDA) II and implemented by four CSOs.


The purpose of the programme is to foster the initiatives of the CSO’s in their capacities to address economic, social, and climate-resilient issues through innovative interventions, contributing to the sustainable management of ecosystems.


At a media workshop in Accra. Mary Osei, the Team Lead, Technical Assistance, said the five-year programme being implemented by four CSOs within the northern and coastal areas of the country also aims at promoting employment and decent jobs in the country.


“We are looking at access to social protection and we are also looking at promoting employment and also influencing decent jobs in Ghana,” she said.


The implementing CSOs Cerath Development Organisation (CDO), Centre for Local Government Advocacy, (CLGA) ActionAid and the Cooperazione Internazionale Sud (CISS) undertook initiatives to address economic, social and climate-resilient issues through innovative interventions, contributing to the sustainable management of the ecosystems.


The CSOs said the interventions had benefitted more than 6,000 persons, including farmers, fishermen and households.


Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, ActionAid, Peter Cleaver Yabepone, said the project aimed at reducing rural poverty by promoting environmentally sustainable agricultural practices.


This, he said, had contributed to the green economy project in which 1,503 young people, including persons with disabilities were mobilised in shea butter processing, honey production, nutritional gardening and farming as a business.


“Some 9,600 women were reached with education on social protection schemes. Conducted famer-led research on climate resilient strategies in the project districts and disseminated the findings of the research in all project districts.


“We also supported 300 communities to develop Community Adaptation Plans(CAPs),” he said.


Deputy Executive Director of CLGA, Gladys Tetteh, delivering the results of the ‘Promoting Access of Indigenous People to Decent Work and Social Protection in the Bono East Area (PRODESOP) Project’ said beneficiaries were introduced to aquaculture on a large scale in the Pru East and West Districts and 137 persons are currently engaged in direct fish farming.


“Over 100 persons have been provided with 200-acre multiplication plot for ginger cultivating. Over 1240 persons have been trained in fish and ginger value chain,” she said.


Mercy Akuyea Ashong, Schedule Officer for CSO-RISE Programme, Ministry of Finance, said the project was impacting the lives of people in rural communities and help them make a better living standard.


She said the sector ministry was closely monitoring the project to ensure it was in line with the government’s policies and development objectives.


The Head of European Union, Europe and Americas Unit of the Ministry of Finance, Ebenezer Nortey, in remarks made on his behalf by Mercy Akuyea Ashong, Schedule Officer for the CSO-RISE Programme, appealed to development organisations and donors to support the Civil Society Organisation in Research and Innovation for Sustainable Development (CSO-RISE) to help create jobs and address poverty at the local level.


He said the CSO-RISE was helping to address poverty and helping to address unemployment at the local level and additional donor and development organisations support would help expand the project to all the regions of the country.


The 9-million Euro project which started in 2019 which is expected to end in 2023 is jointly being funded by the European Union (EU) and the Government of Ghana.


The workshop was to brief and update the media on the successes as well as the impact of the project.



Source: Ghana News Agency