Unavailability of land, bane to our quest to ensure access to courts- Chief Justice

Accra, Dec. 4, GNA-The unavailability of land remains a bane to our quest to ensure easy access to courts, Chief Justice Kwasi Anin Yeboah has said.

According to the Chief Justice, court houses are national assets, and are reflective of the importance a nation attached to the rule of law and good governance.

“Unfortunately, even though government agreed to construct more than 20 courts within the Greater Accra Region, the local authorities and Niimei have not been able to allocate adequate lands for the execution of the projects.”

Chief Justice Yeboah was speaking at the inauguration of a Circuit Court in Achimota, a suburb of Accra.

The courthouse is fully furnished and fitted with a borehole, solar Power, and a generator. This is to ensure a regular water supply and clean energy. The Circuit Court edifice comes nine months after the Chief Justice commissioned a District Court, which is about 30 meters away.

The newly established court is part of the 100 courthouses promised by the President Nana Akufo Addo, with bungalows for judges and magistrates across the country. The establishment of the court followed various meetings with the Ministry of Local Government, Decentralization and Rural Development and the District Assemblies Common Fund Administrator.

He said in the coming year, UNICEF, one of its development partners would upgrade the Achimota Circuit Court with Information Communication Technology interventions to make same more user friendly to handle cases of domestic violence and abuse of children, women, girls who are most vulnerable in the society.

According to Chief Justice Yeboah one of the visions of the judicial Service was to enhance citizen’s access to quality justice by establishing courts proximity to users.

“This is aimed at reducing the cost burden of having to commute to the central Business District of Accra to seek Justice as well as easing the heavy caseload overburdening the court there”

He noted that cases in the Okaikwei North Municipality and its environ that fell within the threshold of the Circuit Court were sent to the Central Business District, Amasaman or Adenta to the discomfort of Court users.

Chief Justice Yeboah said Judicial Service had worked hard to establish High Courts at Amasaman, Adenta and Sowutuom to stop the mass transfer of cases to the Central Business District of Accra

The Chief Justice urged Ghanaians to have confidence in the court process and make good use of the facility.

“I urge our staff and Assembly to ensure its proper maintenance. For this is the only way we can achieve our mandate and vision for our compatriots and the nation.”

In a speech read on behalf of Mr Henry Quartey, the Greater Accra Regional Minister, was optimistic that the establishment of the court would bring swift dispensation of justice which undoubtedly was key element in the development of a municipality and the nation.

Mr Quartey appealed to the court to collaborate with the Okaikwei North Municipal Assembly to ensure strict enforcement of sanitation bye-laws, especially now that the “Operation Clean Your Frontage” bye-laws have been gazetted.

“I would implore you to try to set aside special days to complement the Assembly’s effort to make the city one of the cleanest.”

Justice Cynthia Pamela A. Addo, the Judicial Secretary, said “If Ghana would survive and thrive as a nation, then the law must be in robust health.”

Nii Amartey III, Abofu Dzase, on behalf of the Chiefs and traditional rulers was elated that Achimota has a Circuit and a District.

He urged members of the various communities to be law abiding citizens and avoid falling foul of the law.

Source: Ghana News Agency

981 parcels of Marijuana busted at Liero in Sissala West

Fielmuoh (UW/R), Dec. 4, GNA – A combined team of security personnel has retrieved 981 parcels of compressed substances, suspected to be marijuana, from a hideout at Liero, a community near Fielmuoh in the Sissala West District of the Upper West Region.

Acting on intelligence, the Ghana Immigration and the Police Service (FPU) combined team, on a routine patrol on some unapproved routes bordering Burkina Faso, conducted a swoop on a house of a man (name withheld) at Liero.

Almost all the rooms in the house were stocked with sacks containing compressed substances suspected to be marijuana, a statement issued in Wa on Saturday said.

“The determined personnel, with a backup reinforcement, retrieved the suspected substances totaling 981 parcels and sent them to the Hamile Border Post for further investigation and action,” the statement, signed by Ibn Yussuf Abdul-Mumin Seidu, the Regional Public Relations Officer, Ghana Immigration Service, said.

The respective security agencies would be invited to analyse the exhibits to ascertain the veracity of the substance, it said.

The statement said frantic efforts were being made to apprehend persons connected to the seized substances to aid in investigation.

Meanwhile, Chief Supt. Owusu Ansah, the Hamile Border Post Commander, has expressed appreciation for the impeccable rapport between the security personnel and the locals and advised all to stop engaging in nefarious acts that might mar that relationship.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Presbyterian University, Ghana to begin a medical school

Kwahu-Abetifi, Dec. 4, GNA – The Presbyterian University, Ghana, is set to begin a medical school at the Asante-Akyem campus of the University, Professor Ebenezer Oduro Owusu, President of the University has announced.

Already, the school has committed portions of its lands at Agogo for the construction and plans are advanced for the conversion of the Agogo Presbyterian Hospital into a teaching hospital as a requirement for the commencement of the medical school.

The Presbyterian University, Ghana, which recently received a charter, has five campuses namely Kumasi, Agogo, Tema, Akuapem-Akropong and Kwahu- Abetifi which is the main campus.

Prof. Oduro Owusu, who was addressing the 16th congregation of the school at Abetifi, indicated that following the new charter status, development of new programmes such as PhD in Leadership and Management, MSc In Nursing, BSc in Communication Studies and MBA in Project Development had began.

In all, 539 students made up of 270 males and 269 females graduated in various programmes including LLB.Law, BSc. Nursing and Midwifery, BSc. Information and Communication Technology, BSc. Mathematics and BSc. Agribusiness among others.

The President indicated that in line with Sustainable Financing, the Presbyterian University, Ghana had initiated discussions with the University of Qatar and Avnon Academy, Israel to establish a food security unit with the primary focus of ensuring the availability of food along the value chain for the Ghanaian economy at affordable prices whiles protecting farming interests.

“The University also intends to venture into practical farming and research into indigenous storage systems for most of our agricultural farm produce to store abundant food for price stability and consumer protection” and added that the Chief of Somsei at Afram Plains, had assured of making lands available for the project.

He expressed gratitude to the Presbyterian Church of Ghana for their immense support to the University with the recent being a donation of Gh¢300,000 cedis infrastructural grant in June this year, and all other stakeholders for their continued support.

He advised the graduands to go out there to make a difference in the labour front, saying, “besides the academic work, we have instilled in you discipline, integrity, hard work and faith in God, which will ensure that you move away from the lackadaisical and business as usual attitudes which have deprived our nation of the needed quality workforce”.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Headteachers appeal for responsibility allowance

Bolgatanga, Dec. 04, GNA – The Bolgatanga Municipal chapter of the Conference of Heads of Basic Schools (CoHBS) in the Upper East Region has called on government to pay responsibility allowance to its members to enable them deliver on their mandate.

“We want to ask that people who are made headteachers are given their responsibility allowance. People are made headteachers and for about four years, they are not given their responsibility allowance.

“It is not motivating enough to our members. So, we are calling on government to look at that aspect,” Mr Theophilus Akwara, the Municipal Chairman of the CoHBS told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in an interview on the side-line of a dinner night to send-off two retired Headteachers.

The dinner attracted several heads of basic schools, officials from the Ghana Education Service (GES) and the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) within the Municipality and offered them the opportunity to display their dance moves to different genres of music.

Mr Akwara said even though appropriate documents were submitted by members for their responsibility allowance, some were yet to receive, and reiterated that, “We want to call on government to see how it can motivate teachers to give out their best.”

He said head teachers in basic schools had enormous responsibilities and emphasised the need for government to continue to provide motivation packages such as their responsibility allowance which should not be imbedded in their salary.

Mr Akwara called on member of the CoHBS in the Municipality to continue to put up their best in their respective schools irrespective of the challenges they faced, saying “The ultimate aim is to make sure that the Ghanaian child matches up to any child in the world.

“We cannot use anything as an excuse to deliver low services as teachers. We must always stand up in spite of challenges to give up our best,” the Municipal Chair said.

Madam Anne-Estella Kye-eebo, the Bolgatanga Municipal Director of the Ghana Education Service (GES) in an address delivered on her behalf, commended leadership of the CoHBS for the initiative to honour its retired members through the contributions of members.

She encouraged head teachers in other Municipalities and Districts across the Region to emulate the initiative by the Municipal chapter and said leadership of the CoHBS had over the years supported and cooperated with the GES Directorate in the Municipality in service delivery.

Madam Kye-eebo hinted that the Directorate would organise “Teacher Appreciation Day” on December 16, 2022, to appreciate teachers for their contributions to quality education in the Municipality over the years.

“We want to honour teachers including head teachers. We are not out as management to always blame, but to recognise their services and reward them,” the Municipal GES Director said.

The retirees, Madam Theresa Atanga and Madam Agnes Abongo in separate interviews with the GNA after the programme, expressed gratitude to members and leadership of the CoHBS for the honour done to them.

Madam Atanga used the opportunity to advise teachers in active service to work hard and prepare themselves adequately towards their retirement, saying, “They should work hard and build their own houses before they retire.”

Source: Ghana News Agency

Young girls urged to take STEM courses in schools

Accra Dec. 04, GNA – Glorious Women Linkage (GlowLink), has urged young women to read Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) programmes in school to enable women enjoy same opportunities as men in the technological workspace.

The training, which occurred on December 3, 2022, at the Calvary Charismatic Centre (CCC), in Accra was to conscientise women about Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

Mrs Rosemond Quainoo, Chief Executive Officer for GlowLink said young women must read STEM courses in their various schools to enable women be at par with men in the Technological and Engineering workspace.

She encouraged all teachers and parents not to put fear in their children about science and mathematics as a difficult subject.

“People are always surprised when they see a girl reading engineering courses, “this shows how girls are vulnerable and limited in the STEM world”.

She said the organisation was not to train women to rub shoulders with men but to identify themselves in the STEM field.

“When you go to workplaces, it is rare to see women in the Information Technology (IT) unit, and even to see them as heads in the IT department.”

She also said the organisation had partnered an IT firm called iot Network Hub, to train young girls in coding, programming, creating of Artificial Intelligence and other advanced skills in technology.

“If women are encouraged to venture into STEM, it will push the economy and ensure a sustainable development in our country,” she said.

Mrs Juanita Ahia Quacoo, Electrical and Electronics Engineering Lecturer at the Sunyani Technical University, said girls reading STEM courses earned the opportunity to renovate and start their own business.

She said “Technology is basically how things are done, so when you have a better understanding of technology, you can also learn a new business and also help solve world problems as an individual”.

She encouraged young girls to master the skills of STEM and with time people will accept the brand of women and the level of capacity in the field of their professional work.

“Do not be scared of mathematics, if it can be done by others then you can do it,” “throw your fears about mathematics away.” “Don’t let your fears overshadow the strength you have in venturing into such courses.

“Let’s appreciates technology, let’s find out what technology is, let’s get to know what it is about, let’s see if we can use it.” “Let’s take the step to find out whether you can find the best of it or not,” she added.

However, she said women must take up STEM courses to change the initial orientation that women were supposed to be in the kitchen.

GlowLink is a Christian women’s non-profit organisation established to raise model christian women leaders who will in turn serve as role models and mentors to women worldwide.

As part of its core values, it educates young women to be technologically inclined and empower women to dedicate themselves to the human development, as well as respect the dignity and worth of all persons.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Nana Akomea peddled falsehoods about Walewale Watermelon Factory- NDC Communication Officer

The Communication officer of the National Democratic Congress in the Walewale Constituency ,Mr Mashood Issifu Mahama has indicated that the one-district, one-factory (1D1F) initiative under the NPP government has been a total failure failure.

He said, most of the projects they claim they have done were nonexistent

He was reacting Nana Akomea’s claims on Metro TV’s Good morning Ghana concerning the Walewale Watermelon Factory which according to the former director of Communications of NPP has been completed.

He said that “On the 4th of November,2022. Nana Akomea of STC appeared on the Good Morning Ghana show and made a false claim that a factory which sod was cut for on Monday the 19th of December, 2019 and

Has been completed and cocksurely has awarded 300 Ghanaians working in the factory as well as the. starting of production.

“I took it upon myself to visit the site of the factory to put out the facts. And the reality on the ground deflated the lies expressed by Nana Akomea on that faithful.

In fact, there was a video done on the 5th of November,2022 in setting the record straight” He said.

Mr Mashood noted that a lot of the factories under the initiative are not functioning because they were not properly thought through.

He further stated that the it was total embarrassment for Nana Akomea to sit on national television and deceive Ghanaians.

“No wonder the npp ascended to the highest throne of the land with lies, fat promises and deceit”

He says a future NDC government will industrialise Ghana

Source: Ghana Web

Senegal coach Cisse unwell ahead of England World Cup clash

Senegal’s preparations for their World Cup last-16 clash against England have been hampered by an illness to coach Aliou Cisse but he is expected to recover in time for Sunday’s game.

Assistant coach Regis Bogaert told a news conference that Cisse had not been able to take training on Friday and may not be involved in Saturday’s final session.

“Yesterday (Friday) he let us take the training, using his instructions and the content he had decided,” said Bogaert, who stood in for Cisse at the press conference in Doha.

“This afternoon (Saturday) we hope he will be on the field, but we are sure that tomorrow night at 10:00 pm (1900 GMT) it is him who will lead the team”, he added.

Bogaert did not specify Cisse’s illness, saying only that he had “a little fever, that’s why we are vigilant”.

Senegal reached the last 16 after beating Ecuador in their final Group A match, securing second spot behind the Netherlands.

With Morocco also progressing from the group stage, Bogaert said it was clear that Africa was now making its presence felt on the global stage, which was adding to his team’s confidence.

“I think it is a trend we will see more and more of,” he said.

“In 2018 we heard a lot of criticism because there was no African team in the last 16, now we have two, and two others were very close,” he said.

“We have seen Cameroon can beat Brazil, Tunisia can beat France and in our minds we tell ourselves Senegal will beat England,” he said.

“Our team is developing, becoming mature. We are capable of beating anyone and we need to be convinced of that,” he added.

Bogaert said that he and the coaching staff had spoken with Senegal players who play for English clubs to gleen some insight into Gareth Southgate’s players.

“We have talked with some of those players, some are the more senior players as well,” he said. “It is important to have those talks.”

Source: Modern Ghana

World Cup 2022: Either Morocco or Senegal could break the glass ceiling

Sixteen remaining teams are playing in the knock-out phase of the 2022 men’s football Fifa World Cup in Qatar, among them two African teams – Senegal and Morocco . The knock-out phase in Qatar reminds football fans globally of the unmistakable glass ceiling over Africa at football World Cups.

Despite spicing the tournaments with outstanding and iconic moments , African teams have always fallen short of Brazilian football great Pelé ‘s assertion that an African team would win the World Cup by 2000.

The determination of African teams in Qatar have roused fans across the continent. With Ghana, Cameroon and Tunisia eliminated, the hopes of Africa now rest on the shoulders of Morocco and Senegal. Their performances so far show that both teams have the potential to go all the way.

Morocco

Morocco went into the World Cup as underdogs in Group F, which included European heavyweights Croatia and Belgium who, in 2018, were first and second runners-up. Heading to Qatar, Belgium ranked second in the world. The group also included Canada , who easily led the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football group in qualifying. In three rounds of play, Morocco drew with Croatia, beat Belgium 2-0 and edged out Canada 2-1 to win the group.

Going by the fan support in Qatar, Morocco finds itself in a unique position: it carries the dual hopes of both Africa and the Arab region. Morocco is the only Arabic speaking nation remaining in the first World Cup to be held in the Middle East . It’s also the only African nation to win a group for the second time, its first time being in 1986. Even with that pressure, Morocco has the technical and tactical capacity to cope. The team has been steady, organised, serene, defensively sound, creative in midfield and smart in attack .

Morocco was the only team in the group to win twice, edging out Canada and upsetting Belgium 2-0, a result that led to riots in Brussels. Morocco has appeared in 1970, 1986, 1994, 1998 and 2018. It was the first African country to lead a group heading to the final 16 in 1986; and they were the first team to represent the continent after the boycott of the 1966 World Cup by African teams seeking direct representation at the World Cup. The current team should look to their 1986 squad for inspiration.

The 2022 team, coached by Walid Regragui , is counting on star players Achraf Hakimi and Hakim Ziyech , Romain Saïss and Yassine Bounou to steer them past a talented Spanish team in their first game of the knockout stage. Morocco has often been a trailblazer and the meeting with Spain presents an opportunity to break through to the quarter-final and possibly beyond.

Senegal

For their part, reigning African Cup of Nations champions Senegal won their decisive group game against Ecuador 2-1 even without injured superstar Sadio Mané . They qualified for the final 16 as runner-up to Netherlands after beating hosts Qatar and losing to Netherlands. Their last group match was on the second anniversary of the death of the 2002 World Cup hero, Papa Bouba Diop. Ismaïla Sarr and captain Kalidou Koulibaly scored. They dedicated their progress to their idol Diop and their talisman Mané. The injury to Mané forced coach Aliou Cissé to reinvent his forward line. Koulibaly said the striker has been an inspiration for the team and acknowledged:

When it came to his injury, two thirds of the world probably doubted that we would be able to qualify.

Senegal’s World Cup benchmark remains their historic 2002 debut, where they shocked the footballing world with a win over defending champions France. This led to a deep run to the quarter-finals, the second African team ever to reach the final eight. The Lions of Teranga must go past the talented England team to match this feat. The way the team coped with Netherlands may have given them confidence that they can overcome top European opposition in a one-match duel.

England are ranked 5th in the world and Senegal 18th. But, examples of higher-ranked teams (Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Uruguay, Mexico) bowing out early in Qatar is an indication that a team’s ranking may not matter in the face of inspired, passionate application by a mentally strong underdog (Morocco, South Korea, Australia and Japan).

The Lions of Teranga have a solid side with good experience down its spine from the goalkeeper to the striking positions including Édouard Mendy , captain Koulibaly, Idrissa Gueye , Ismaïla Sarr and Boulaye Dia . The team, which bounced back from the initial loss to Netherlands, has shown they’re endowed with many individual talents who have played together often. They’re characterised by a strong team spirit and never-say-die attitude. However, they will need to play organised, inspired and disciplined football to emulate their 2002 heroes.

Sensational signature wins

It has been a joy to see the fans of all the African teams in Qatar really showing up to support their national heroes. Despite bowing out, Tunisia, Cameroon and Ghana showed glimpses of positive tactical application, heroic technical displays and entertainment. The sensational wins by Tunisia over France, Cameroon over Brazil and Ghana over South Korea left the fans yearning for more. However, their mental lapses were costly and overall team performances require further refinement to instil consistence for the future.

Either Morocco or Senegal reaching the quarter-finals in 2022 would be a just reward to a continent that is full of anticipation but short on accomplishments in the tournament’s history. The geographical representation from five confederations – Africa, Asia, South America, North America and Europe – in the final 16 shows that this World Cup could be ideal for a new champion to emerge.

Wycliffe W. Njororai Simiyu does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.

Source: Modern Ghana