Parliament incomplete without matching numbers for women

Aflao (V/R), Oct. 9, GNA – Speakers at a Gender Advocacy to Parliament (GAP) townhall meeting at Aflao, Ketu South of the Volta Region, say the 40 females out of a total 275 Members of Parliament (MPs) make Ghana’s Parliament incomplete.

Mr Emmanuel Kwasi Bedzrah, MP for Ho West and Chairman, Minority Caucus of Parliament said this under-representation was not unique to Ghana, but also an issue in the sub-region where out of the 115 representatives from 15 countries in the current ECOWAS Parliament, the females were less than 20.

Citing the significant role women played, he narrated an incident at a meeting of the ECOWAS Parliament where a female Nigerian MP was able to bring calm during a near scuffle among some of the parliamentarians.

He promised to do his best to retain all four female MPs from the Volta Region, and called for deliberate efforts to increase the number of female MPs across the country, for “Parliament is incomplete without women,” he said.

The meeting was organised by Parliamentary Network Africa (PNAfrica), a civil society Parliamentary monitoring organisation working across Africa with support from the French Embassy.

The maiden meeting under the GAP project for women and women group organisations meant to discuss the gender angles to the parliamentary meeting and to ensure that women MPs received feedback from these groups to inform their work on the floor of Parliament, was interactive and engaging.

Mr Kwame Dzudzorli Gakpey, MP for Keta challenged women, who he called “the most powerful people in our homes, in our society” to rise above every limitation to engage in politics to bridge the gap and ensure equal representation of the people in national politics.

Mr Gilbert Borketey Boyefio, Programmes Manager, PNAFRICA said women were better managers of society and increasing their number in Parliament to advocate for women (who make up the majority) issues would serve the country’s interest.

“All is not well because out of 275 MPs, we have only 40 females. Parliament has to be gender sensitive. Parliament reflects society and when women are far more than the men by our statistics, why should we have less women in Parliament?”

Madam Abla Dzifa Gomashie, MP for Ketu South acknowledged factors such as cultural limitation, lack of resources, stigmatisation, right education, and adversarial nature of politics among others identified by participants as setbacks to women’s involvement in mainstream politics.

She encouraged women to take their eyes off the obstacles, perceptions and attempt to break new grounds.


Source: Ghana News Agency

Akatsi South: 49 to contest for various positions in NDC Executive elections


Akatsi (VR), Oct. 09, GNA- A total of 49 aspirants would be contesting for various positions in the upcoming Constituency Executives election of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in Akatsi South.

The aspirants, who have been cleared to contest after going through the party’s laid-down procedures, have started embarking on their own tactics to win the hearts of the delegates.

The aspirants, a mixture of both young and old personalities, include, Mr Anthony Kojo Owusu, incumbent Chairman and a businessman vying for a second term against his contender Mr Francis Dorkenoo, a former Akatsi South District Manager of the National Health Insurance Scheme.

Others are, Justice Gokah, Anthony Solo Adotevi, and Alamu -Lumor Holly for Vice Chairman, Mr Daniel Dagba, the longest serving Secretary, who spoke to the Ghana News Agency would come face to face with two others Mr Olympio Sylvanus Sogbe and Agordzetor Daniel.

John Amekuedi and Bedzo Francis would contest the Deputy Secretary position as well as Mr Gidi Daniel and Godsway Kludzie Richard for the Treasurer slot. Deputy Treasurer include Catherene Klutsey and Wisdom Akpabli.

Suleimana Seidu, the incumbent Organiser will face competition from John Kwasi Gavor. Victus Kudoto, Prince Mensah, Edem Nasser, and Biedo Kennedy takes the Deputy Orgsniser slot.

Attivor Kofi Isaac and Moses Tagbor fight for the Communication Officer position. Gbede Japhet Festus, Unity Edem Avege and Julius Quarshie would contest the deputy communication position.

Omeru Bubbey, Zongo Caucus Co-ordinator, Selasi Ackuaku and Daniel Asiwome Amenyo will contest the Youth Organiser slot. Hude Nathan, Kportufe Victus, and Bestine Selorm Attivor will vye for the deputy position.

Three others namely, Rita Lebene Kaledzi, Cecilia Agbolosu, and Faith Fafafe Ketorwoo will contest the Women Organiser slot.

Nayram Akos Sarah Adreakey and Patience Agozi would also contest the deputy Women Organiser position.

The Ghana News Agency observed a calm political atmosphere within the constituency ahead of the elections.

Over 1,216 delegates from the 132 Branches within the constituency are expected to vote in the election which comes off between October 22-23.


Source: Ghana News Agency


NDC Constituency Election: 60 aspirants vetted in Krachi East

Dambai (O/R) Oct 09, GNA- A total of 60 aspirants have successfully gone through the vetting process of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Krachi East Municipality of the Oti Region.

The party is currently preparing for its constituency executives’ elections between October 22-23, 2022.

Mr Joseph Asekre, incumbent constituency chairman told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) that, the aspirants would have the chance to represent the party within various positions in the constituency.

Mr Asekre is being contested by Mr Abdul Dramani Sullimana for the chairmanship position.

Six persons are vying for vice chairmanship position, and they include Mr, John Adukpo, Mr Christian Nyamedi, Mr Anthony Ayitey, Mr Mustapha Abdul-Ganiyu, Mr Evans Tinando and Mr Wisdom Dunyo.

For Secretary position, they are Mr, Solomon Kofi Tasson, Mr Safo Nketia, Mr Foster Adom.

Deputy secretary position, they include Mr Francis Boyesah Gesalogy, Mr Isaac Kaliwa and Mr Wilson Denteh.

For treasurer slot, they are Mr Wisdom Exdoh Agbavor, Mr Ajao Mustapha Abdul Latif and Mr Calivin Tsali Dasievor.

Mr Maxwell Amanyo and Inusah Nimatu are going for the Deputy treasure position.

Mr Stephen Kwabena Waja and Asuman Okai Adams will contest the organizer position while Mr Ibrahim Neini Rahma, Mr Umar Dawud, Mr Christian Nyanya Adewu and Mr Jeremiah Kofi Ampadu joggle for the deputy organizer position.

Madam Aishetu Osman and Madam Esther Kumah battle for Women organiser position, with Madam Dordoe Abena Bernice and Bani Joyce Akorfa go for the deputy Women organiser position.

Mr Sammy Abotsi, Mr Gideon Kwadwo Gyingyi, Mr Jonathan Boyor  and Adamu Sako fight for youth organiser position, while Mr Michael Ndelingnal, Madam Comfort Osabutey and Mr Eric Gidisu vying for the deputy youth organiser position.


Source: Ghana News Agency

President Akufo-Addo leaves for France


Accra, Oct. 9, GNA – President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo left Ghana on Saturday to Paris, France, for a six-day working visit to that country.

Whilst in France, President Akufo-Addo would address the Executive Board of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) at its 215th Session.

He would on Monday, October 10, 2022, receive an Honorary Award of Doctor Honoris Causa from Sorbonne University in Paris.

That would be the third Honorary Doctorate Degree to be conferred on him. The first was an Honorary Doctor of Law Degree conferred on him in May 2016, from the celebrated Fort Hare University of South Africa; and the second, in December 2017, was an honourary doctor of humane letters degree from the University of Liberia.

The President is also billed to address the Asia Society Forum on the theme, “To Act in Troubled Times: new perspectives from France, Asia, Africa and the world”, and commission the refurbished Chancery building of Ghana’s Embassy in Paris.

He was accompanied by the First Lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo; the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey; the Minister for Education, Yaw Osei Adutwum; and by officials of the Presidency and Foreign Ministry.

The President is expected back in Ghana on Friday, October 14, 2020.

Vice-President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia acts in his stead.


Source: Ghana News Agency

We will not continue to allow water bodies get polluted – Minister

Bedabuo (Ash), Oct. 09, GNA – Mrs Cecilia Abena Dapaah, Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, has expressed concern at the fast rate at which water bodies in the country are losing their wholesomeness.

The bad conditions of these natural water resources, she said, were mostly due to the illegal mining activities (galamsey).

“This could not continue to go on”, Mrs Dapaah observed, when she inspected the Offin River at Abompe, in the Atwima-Mponua District of the Ashanti Region.

She called on Ghanaians to do things right in safeguarding water bodies and our immediate environments.

There needed to be concerted efforts of all stakeholders, including traditional leaders, religious leaders, and legal small-scale miners to rise and fight the war against the galamsey menace.

“What we are doing currently is in pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Six – that we produce potable water and keep good sanitation and environment.

The Minister had gone to assess the state of the water body to know whether the activities had improved or worsened, and took the opportunity to take water samples to check the turbidity.

She was accompanied by officials from the Water Resources Commission, Ghana Water Company Limited and other engineers working on water quality.

Mrs Dapaah said the Ministry, which was responsible for water bodies and water resources, whether underground or surface water, was working hard to ensure that quality water was produced for Ghanaians to drink.

She said there was an ongoing exercise, moving from region to region, to find out the state and what is happening to our water bodies to inform the authorities of the necessary actions to take.

The inspection also afforded the Minister the opportunity to meet the chief and people of Bedabuo, a small farming and mining community in the district.

The Chief, Nana Omono Asamoah, suggested that task forces should be formed in all areas where mining activities took place in Ghana to better trace and prosecute illegal miners.

The Minister, in response to Nana Asamoah’s request, proposed that other sector ministers who were jointly responsible to chase out the galamseyers, to consider the formation of such task forces to help in operations.

This, she believed, would help eradicate the issue and help in President Nana Akufo-Addo’s warpath in the illegal mining.

“No matter who you are, if you go wrong in this fight, you will be dealt with seriously,” she stated.

Nana Asamoah pledged support to collaborate effectively with interested parties to ensure that the water and lands in the area were protected.

Mr Isaac Kofi Marfo, District Chief Executive, Atwima-Mponua, said the Assembly was working hard with security agencies to root out illegal miners in the area.

He said more than 20 persons have been arrested in connection with these activities and had been processed for legal actions.


Source: Ghana News Agency

Agradaa arrested – GPS

Accra, Oct. 9, GNA – Ghana Police Service has arrested Patricia Asiedua, popularly known as “Nana Agradaa,” over an alleged money doubling scam.

Police have therefore commenced investigation into the alleged money doubling scam allegedly perpetrated against some members of the Heaven Way Church in Weija, Accra, by the founder of the church Asiedua.

In a statement cited by the Ghana News Agency on the GPS Facebook page it said “The investigation was initiated following reports that have come to the attention of the Police on the matter”.

“We would like to urge anyone with information that can assist the investigation to report to the Accra Regional Police Command at Accra Central close to the COCOBOD building.”

It has urged the public that whilst investigation continue, everyone, especially those who might have been affected to remain calm and not take the law into their own hands.


Source: Ghana News Agency


Prioritise investment in mental health – MHA

Accra, Oct. 9, GNA – The Mental Health Alliance has called on government to prioritise investment in mental health to enable the Mental Health Authority to deliver on its mandate, to help every Ghanaian enjoy mental health and wellbeing to the optimum.

The Alliance says it considers the long delays in implementing key provisions of the Mental Health Act 2012, Act 846 to enhance the rights of persons with conditions as troubling.

The Mental Health Alliance (MHA) made the call ahead of World Mental Health Day Celebration which is observed on the 10th of October every year.

Ghana will join the rest of the world to celebrate the 2022 World Mental Health Day on the theme‘Making mental health and wellbeing for all a global priority’.

The Mental Health Alliance in a statement expressed concerns that persons with mental health conditions in Ghana were experiencing many challenges in addition to their mental ill-health.

“This years’ World Mental Health Day celebration provides us with a unique opportunity to revisit our mental health policy, and Mental Health Act 2012, Act 846 which provides equal opportunity for everyone to enjoy mental health and to exercise their human rights.”

The MHA called on the board of Mental Health Authority to: establish the mental health review tribunal, establish regional visiting committees and prioritise adding mental health to the National Health Insurance Scheme

The Alliance said that investment in mental health was low, ranging between 0.5 to 1.9 percent particularly, in low-and middle-income countries.

“Our beloved country Ghana spends just 1.4% of total government health expenditure on mental health, and so the burden of mental ill health continues to grow, with serious consequences for the country’s economic and social development, as well as the health and wellbeing of its people. This situation has experienced very little improvement,” the statement said


Source: Ghana News Agency

Tamale Teaching Hospital embarks on breast cancer awareness walk

Tamale, Oct 09, GNA – Tamale Teaching Hospital (TTH) has embarked on a walk to create public awareness on breast cancer.

Staff of the hospital had one-on-one engagements with residents as they marched through the principal streets of Tamale, holding placards with educational inscriptions on breast cancer.

Some inscriptions on the placards read “support your spouse battling breast cancer,” early detection saves lives,” early detection is cost effective,” “breast cancer is curable” among others.

The walk formed part of the hospital’s month-long activities to mark the breast cancer awareness month, which included free breast screening.

It was on the theme: “Living Beyond Breast Cancer: Together We Can.”

Madam Evelyn Osei Amoah, an Onchology Nurse Specialist at TTH, addressing the media after the walk, said the agenda for this year’s breast cancer awareness was to inform people in the Northern Region that there was life beyond breast cancer.

She said the hospital screened 4,044 people last year and had about 60 breast cancer cases, who were diagnosed and treated, adding that over 4000 people were targeted for this year’s screening.

She said, “In as much as we educate the public on breast cancer, we still have cases that come in advance.”

She added that “Some women come to the hospital with both breasts affected saying they are not aware of breast cancer. This means we have a lot of work to do on breast cancer awareness creation.”

Madam Amoah said the hospital was managing confirmed breast cancer cases at the Onchology Unit, adding that cases were recorded on daily basis.

She said most women died out of breast cancer due to late diagnosis and “I noticed that the TTH lost three women in September to breast cancer.”

She urged members of the public to avail themselves for the free screening for early detection and treatment stating that males were not exempted as breast cancer could affect anyone.


Source: Ghana News Agency