2024 General Election: NDC will tap into expertise of Dr Duffuor

Mr Danny Anang, National Democratic Congress (NDC) Greater Accra Council of Elders Chairman, says the Party will tap into the expertise of Dr Kwabena Duffour as it prepares for the 2024 General Election. Dr Duffuor, a former flagbearer hopeful of the NDC, who pulled out of the race at the eleventh hour, was a Finance Minister in the Mills-Mahama Administration. Mr Annang said Dr Duffuor’s experience and contributions to the NDC remained significant and that he would play a major role in the 2024 electioneering campaign of the Party. ‘He is an asset and currently doing some great job for the Party in the Ashanti region,’ he stated. Mr Annang, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA), appealed to the rank and file of the Party to rally behind Mr John Dramani Mahama and the NDC for a resounding victory in 2024. Background Dr Kwabena Duffuor, a former Finance Minister and flag bearer hopeful of the NDC, filed an interlocutory injunction against the Party’s presidential and parliamentary primaries, which came off last Saturday. In a suit filed on Tuesday, May 09, 2023, Dr Duffuor, raised concerns about supposed discrepancies in the Party’s electoral roll, among others thus the lawsuit. But on Friday, May 12, 2023, the former Finance Minister withdrew the suit to resolve the issues internally. The court subsequently struck out the case. Mr Mahama, who contested with Mr Kojo Bonsu, a Former Mayor of Kumasi, won the presidential primaries clinching 98.9 per cent of votes cast.

Source: Ghana News Agency

UPSA donates 50 bunk beds to PRESEC, Legon

The University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) has donated 50 bunk beds to the Presbyterian Boys’ Senior High School (PRESEC), Legon in Accra to help solve some of its furniture challenges. Professor Abednego Feehi Okoe Amartey, Vice Chancellor, UPSA, presented the 50 bunk beds to Dr Eric Nkansah, the Director-General of the Ghana Education Service, who then handed them over to Mr David Odjidja, the Headmaster. The Vice Chancellor said the donation of the 50 bunk beds, which could accommodate 100 students, was to help address some pressing needs of the school. The UPSA, a neighbour of PRESEC Legon, he said, had a special interest in the school as well as other schools in its neighbourhood, hence it adopted the La-Nkwantanang Cluster of Schools in Madina, which it had supported with books and the constructing of a wall round its premises. ‘This is because we believe that the future of this country is actually our young ones…Education is a leveler, once you are able to go to school, it is the surest way to end poverty, at least for you, which is why the UPSA takes a lot of interest in seeking to help our neighbours.’ Prof Amartey said. Although PRESEC Legon is a first-class school, it has some challenges that need to be resolved. After engaging the Management of PRESEC, the UPSA realised that because of the increase in the number of students, more furniture was needed, hence the donation of the 50 bunk beds to the school, he said. Touching on a request by the headmaster for more furniture, Prof Amartey said they would take the report to the University Council for its perusal. ‘My prayer is that schools like PRESEC Legon would be model schools for others to emulate,’ he noted. Prof Amartey appealed to the students to take their studies seriously to excel as, usual, in the West Africa Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE). Mr Odjidja said PRESEC was established in 1938 at Odumase Krobo in the Eastern Region and relocated to its current premises in 1968. It will be celebrating its 85th Anniversary this year. He said the school had been one of the best senior high schools in the Sub-region, especially when it came to the sciences. He said prior to the implementation of the Free Senior High School policy, every year, admission was about 800 maximum, so the entire form one to three population could be about 2,400 or not more than 2,500. Currently the final year students alone total 1,776, whereas the form two students are 1,930, and the form ones, 1,730. ‘So, we are just about 5,500 and because of this growth, obviously some challenges are likely to come along with that,’ Mr Odjidja said. ‘Seven hundred students are currently without desks in the classrooms. We continue to receive some from the Ministry, but almost every time we receive, the numbers also increase and the cycle continues.’ ‘We have a similar challenge at the dinning hall, we are unable to sit students at the same time at dinning just because of furniture.’ He said they were preparing for the 2023 WASSCE, and that when all form three students took their tests, the rest of the students would not get desks for classes, therefore, they mobilised benches to the classrooms while some sat beside their classmates. ‘In the midst of all these challenges, PRESEC Legon does not allow excuses to compromise its standards and we will continue to do our best till we produce the results, which is our mandate.’ Dr Nkansah, the GES Director General, who commended PRESEC Legon for being the best performing science school in the country, also praised it for winning the National Science and Maths Quiz for the seventh time, which was the highest in the country. He lauded the UPSA for the kind gesture and urged other stakeholders to emulate the good example. A visibly elated Master Emmanuel Nukpezah, the Head Boy, on behalf of the students, expressed gratitude to UPSA for the kind gesture with the assurance that they would put the items to good use.

Source: Ghana News Agency

TUC must advocate yearly medical screening for employees – GFL

Mr Abraham Koomson, the Secretary General of the Ghana Federation of Labour (GFL), has urged the Ghana Trades Union Congress (TUC) and other labour unions to advocate the adoption of annual medical health screening programmes for employees. While most corporate organisations used to have medical plans for employees to undergo periodic check-ups, that had been weakened in recent years to the worker’s detriment, he said. The medical screening policy should make an annual staff health screening necessary to protect the workers from illnesses, who most often did not have the time to seek medical care while on the job. Mr Koomson made the call at the weekly ‘Your Health! Our Collective Responsibility,’ a Ghana News Agency initiative aimed at promoting health-related communication to enhance choices through improved health literacy. The Tema Regional Office of the Ghana News Agency launched the public health advocacy platform to examine the components of four health communication approaches: informing, instructing, persuading, and promoting. He advocated for reforms to guarantee that employee health requirements were taken into account in any agreements between companies and employees. He said corporate social responsibility (CSR) actions should begin within companies rather than focusing solely on others, and the health screenings could be one of such for early detection of diseases and treatment. ‘Periodic health screening must be taken seriously… eye screening, for example, should be done at least every 18 months to help discover any abnormalities early,’ he said. Mr Francis Ameyibor, Tema Regional Manager, GNA, said workers’ health had a great influence on productivity, hence employers must make it an annual mandate to screen their staff. He said good healthcare communication guaranteed understanding of health-related issues both by patients and healthcare practitioners.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Chieftaincy Minister rallies support of queen mothers to reduce chieftaincy disputes

Mr Stephen Asamoah Boateng, the Minister for Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs has implored queen mothers to assist the Ministry to reduce chieftaincy disputes across the country. He said his appointment ‘is to serve’ through their support so that chieftaincy disputes would be minimized in the country, saying that 70 per cent of the country’s national security issues pertained to chieftaincy disputes. Mr Boateng made the call at the opening of the third annual conference and workshop for queen mothers at Abesim, near Sunyani. Organised by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS), a German political foundation in partnership with the National Queen Mothers’ Platform and the Bono Regional Queen Mothers’ Association, the two-day event aimed to explore the complex relations between traditional leaders and the modern legal and political systems in Africa on the theme ‘Traditional Leaders in Contemporary African Governance: The Clash of Laws, Authorities and Responsibilities’. It also provided a forum for discussion and debate on other related important issues and ‘to explore ways in which traditional leaders can be integrated into modern governance systems while still maintaining their cultural identities and authorities’. The participants comprised paramount queen mothers from the Bono and Bono East Regions and two accredited representatives from the remaining regions nationwide. Mr Boateng, acknowledged the important roles played by queen mothers, saying the Ministry would ensure those roles were enhanced through the provision of the necessary logistics to help assist various communities throughout the country. He noted in the colonial era, chiefs and queen mothers were the rulers, but the adoption of democracy had somehow limited the some powers of traditional leaders, hence, there was the need to fuse democracy and chieftaincy which would require amendment of the Chieftaincy Act to include and clarify specifically the roles of queen mothers. Nana Amponsah Dokua III, the Paramount Queen Mother of Osudoku Traditional Area and President of the Queen Mother’s Platform-Ghana explained the conference provided a step for them to explore avenues to bridge the gap between traditional and modern governance systems. She said as queen mothers they were not only seeking for their individual progress but were willing to contribute to the development of their respective communities, regions and the country in general.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Wa Youth Resource Centre is a promise we have delivered – Vice President Bawumia

Vice President Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has stated that the successful completion of the Multi-purpose Youth Resource Centre (YRC) in Wa is a promise that the New Patriotic Party government has delivered to the people of the Upper West Region. He said the facility would help improve the development of sporting activities and to unearth the sports talents in the region and the country at large saying, ‘This one is a promise delivered and we thank God for it. ‘It’s a multi-purpose facility for different sports, so it is good to enhance sports in this country, in this region and in Wa in particular’, Alhaji Dr. Bawumia observed. Vice President Bawumia said this in Wa on Wednesday when he inspected the progress of work at the Wa YRC as part of his visit to the Upper West Region. He earlier on called on the overlord of the Wala Traditional Area, Naa Fuseini Seidu Pelpuo IV to announce his presence in the region and the purpose of his visit. The facility in Wa was one of the 10 YRCs being constructed across the country. Phase one of the project had been fully completed while phase two was about 98 per cent complete and projected to be fully completed in about two months. The Vice President commended the contractor in charge of the project for the quality of work done. ‘I am very impressed with what I have seen. This is fantastic and I must congratulate you and your team. I must congratulate the Contractor for an excellent work done, and I believe that it will be put to good use’, Vice President Bawumia said.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Dead body washed ashore at Amutinu-Ayitikope in Ketu South

A lifeless body of a man believed to be in his late fifties has been washed ashore at Amutinu- Ayitikope in the Ketu South Municipality of the Volta region. Mr Sylvester Kumawu, the Assembly Member for Amutinu-Salakope Electoral Area disclosed to Ghana News Agency, that, the incident happened on Tuesday at about 1415 hours. He said a close study of the body of the deceased showed signs of foul play. Mr Kumawu explained that the deceased, yet to be identified, might have been moved from a different location. ‘Many here are suspicious because you can see the man might not be a fisherman, he is in boxer shot with a shoe on one foot,’ he said. ‘I am now looking for the families of the man since those here cannot claim his identity; l have already spent close to Gh? 900 on this issue.’ Mr Kumawu said the case had since been reported to the Denu Police Command for further action. Police have recovered the body and launched investigations into the case.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Minor remanded over street robbery

The Police have nabbed a 17-year-old minor suspected of being part of a gang engaged in street robberies at Adenta and its environs. The minor, a pupil in a school at Adenta, was nabbed after he and one Odame Boakye, aka OD, now at large, allegedly robbed a Theatre Assistant of her handbag containing an iPhone 7 plus valued at GHC2,800 and cash of GHC 2,000 at Adenta. Charged with conspiracy and robbery, the court did not take the plea of the minor and remanded him into lawful custody. Boakye, who has been jointly charged together with the minor is said to be at large. Meanwhile, Boakye’s mother has given out the iPhone 7 Plus to the Police, saying she found it in his son’s room. The court presided over by Mrs Sedinam Awo Balokah has ordered the Police to ascertain the age of the minor through a medical examination. The matter has been adjourned to June 5, 2023. The prosecution led by Chief Inspector Maxwell Lanyo said the complainant Flora Aidoo was a Theatre Assistant at Adenta, while the accused was a pupil at Adenta. It said the accused persons were members of a notorious armed robbery gang at Adenta and its environs and that the members used unregistered motorbikes to attack unsuspecting victims at knife points and robbed them of their phones, money, and other valuables on the street. The prosecution said the minor and his accomplice on an unregistered motorbike from the Adenta Washing Bay direction, on May 5th, 2023, snatched the complainant’s handbag valued at GHC40.00 which contained her iPhone 7 plus valued at GHC 2,800 and cash of GHc2,000 all totalling GHC4,840. It said on May 6, 2023, a case was formally reported by the complainant at a Police Station and during investigations, the complainant and three others arrested the minor and brought him to the Police Station. The prosecution said the complainant and her fiancé, with some others, confronted Boakye and he took to his heels leaving behind his motorbike. It said the complainant’s fiancé decided to bring the motorbike to the Police Station and while he was pushing it, Boakye took a jackknife and pursued him without his knowledge. It said a good Samaritan, one Aziz Salifu, who spotted Boakye with a jack knife, ran to stop Boakye and unfortunately for him, Boakye stabbed him in his left arm. The prosecution said an attempt was made to apprehend him again, but he managed to run away. The prosecution said during investigations, Boakye’s mother brought an iPhone 7 plus to the Police Station saying he found it in her son’s room. It said a photograph of the phone was taken by the Police and the same, was handed over to the complainant for identification. The prosecution said efforts were underway to apprehend the minor’s accomplice.

Source: Ghana News Agency