Clement Boateng is GloMeF’s new Country Director

The Global Media Foundation (GloMeF), a Sunyani-based human rights and media advocacy non-governmental organisation, has appointed Mr Clement Boateng, a communication expert, as its new Country Director.

With his appointment effective February 1, 2024, Mr Boateng steps into a key leadership role with a mandate to drive the organisation’s mission and new strategy.

A statement signed by Mr Raphael Godlove Ahenu, the Founder and Chief Executive Officer, GloMeF, issued to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Sunyani on Monday, described Mr Boateng as an accomplished leader who brings a wealth of experience to his new position.

With a background in community and international development, he had held prominent roles in a number of organisations where he had demonstrated a commitment to driving positive change and sustainable development.

In his new capacity, Mr Boateng would be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the organisation’s operations in Ghana, including strategic planning, programme implementation an
d stakeholder engagement.

His leadership would be crucial in guiding the organisation to address pressing social and economic challenges in the country, leveraging innovative solutions and partnerships to make a meaningful impact.

Mr Boateng, commenting on his appointment in a telephone interview with the GNA, expressed enthusiasm for the opportunity to serve and lead ‘a talented team of individuals dedicated to making a difference in the lives of the Ghanaian people’.

He said collaboration and inclusivity remained integral in driving progress, and pledged to work closely with local communities, government agencies and other stakeholders to achieve shared goals.

Mr Boateng has an extensive background in development communication, youth empowerment, advocacy, project management and resource mobilisation, with commitment to societal development.

He had worked with the Youth Empowerment for Life, Ghana Developing Communities Associations, Agriculture for Nutrition and Poverty Alleviation, and a Communicatio
ns Specialist for USAID, Advancing Nutrition at JSI Research and Training Institute Inc.

He holds a Master of Arts Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Amity University, India, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Integrated Development Studies from the University for Development Studies, Ghana, among other achievements.

He is an Acumen West Africa Fellow, a Biosciences for Agriculture in Africa Fellow, and a member of both the African Network of Environmental Journalists and the Ghana Journalists Association.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Akatsi South: Fetish Priest allegedly murders son at Dzuefe-Hamekope

Afealete Dzreke, a fetish priest believed to be in his 50s, has allegedly shot and killed his son at Dzuefe-Hamekpoe, a farming community within the Akatsi South Municipality of the Volta Region.

The deceased, Lawson Agbenyega Dzreke, about 34 years old, was allegedly killed and buried in a nearby bush after the crime by his father, popularly known as ‘Hunor Akpatogui.’

Mr Selorm Bright Gligui, the Assembly member of the area, told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) that the entire community remained in a state of shock after an alarm was raised about the discovery of the buried body.

He said the police at Akatsi were informed after the discovery of the body on Sunday, February 4.

The suspect is in police custody for further interrogations.

Some eyewitnesses also told the GNA that the suspect, on Thursday, February 1, had a misunderstanding with the deceased, which could have led to the crime.

Chief Superintendent Isaac Baah, the Akatsi South Municipal Police Commander, who confirmed the act, however, said de
tails on the crime would be given later.

The body of the deceased is to be exhumed by the police on Monday, February 5, after following all due processes, the GNA learnt.

The deceased was married with three kids.

Source: Ghana News Agency

OLA Girls: Samira Bawumia cuts sod for construction of 700-bed dormitory

Mrs Samira Bawumia, Wife of the Vice President, at the weekend cut the sod for the construction of a 700-bed ultramodern dormitory block for the OLA Girls Senior High School in Ho.

The project comes at a time when the A-list school is facing numerous infrastructure challenges.

The facility is being spearheaded by the Past OLA Girls Association (POGA) as a legacy project to mark the school’s 70-years Anniversary.

Mrs Bawumia commended POGA for its commitment to ensuring the comfort of the students and promised to support its efforts to position the school as a centre of empowerment for the girl-child.

The groundbreaking ceremony was witnessed by Dr Archibald Yao Letsa, the Volta Regional Minister, and Dr Edem Sabah Welbeck, the Global President of POGA, among other dignitaries.

Dr Dela Mawutor, the Third Vice President of the Association, who heads the Public Relations, told the Ghana News Agency that the dormitory would be a four storey block with all the ancilliary facilities.

She said the facility, n
amed the ultra-modern ‘POGA Legacy Project,’ was estimated to cost 14 million cedis and construction would start immediately and called on all to lend their support.

She said the facility was expected to become a standard residence befitting the school’s reputation, and funds were raised at the event to support its realisation.

Madam Benedicta Agbezudor, the Head Mistress of the school, mentioned the numerous challenges, including staff deficit, limited student accommodation, classrooms and dining space.

Currently there were only five security officers and 16 kitchen staff for the over 4,000 students, which should be addressed, she said, and called for at least 2,000 sets of furniture and the renovation and equipping of its laboratory.

Mrs Gina Blay, Ghana’s Ambassador to Germany, an old student, chaired the ceremony and encouraged the alumni to support the school and unite with shared vision to help equip the students to realise their full potential.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Re-christen AfCFTA as ATU- Prince Mba

Renaming the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) as African Trade Union (ATU) will re-invigorate the enthusiasm of Africans to effectively participate in the agreements, Mr Prince Bagnaba Mba, President of Forum for Equity has said.

‘The acronym AFCFTA is mouthful and will sound better as ATU, for African Trade Union. Issues of marketing need simple and catchy names that will attract participants and investors’.

Mr Mba who was speaking to the Ghana News Agency on the importance of the AfCFTA to the development of African countries, extolled the architects of the zone for coming out with such an important agreement that could bring a common market to Africans and beyond.

AfCFTA was established in March 2018, with the primary objective to create a single market to help facilitate the free movement of persons, goods and services, and investments which will help fast-track the creation of African customs union.

It also aimed to reinforce intra-African trade, harmonize the coordination of trade liber
alization and facilitation regimes and instruments across the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and across Africa in general.

It is also to accelerate regional and continental integration procedures, and resolve multiple and overlapping memberships challenges and to augment industrial competitiveness through production, market access and resources reallocation.

Mr Mba said one of the greatest achievements of Ghanaians under the leadership of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo was the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement, creating a single united market with headquarters in Accra, Ghana.

‘From March 2018,Ghana galvanised continental support and to set the ball rolling and credit must be given to the Diplomatic Triangle, the President, his Vice and the then Minister of Trade and Industry’.

He said as Graduates of former President JA Kufuor school of Economics Diplomacy, they applied their high sense of negotiations and made sure common good and fruitful interest was secured,
but a careful observation showed lack of sensitisation at the grassroots, the market operators and industrialists.

‘The average African for whom, it was created does not know its present relevance’

He emphasized that the agreed pact should not be another bureaucratic establishment for technocrats or job for the boys in the corridors of power as a laudable organisation of that kind could be the realisation of the dreams of the founding fathers for a single unit African market where goods and services move unhindered.

Giving some examples, he mentioned the Federation of Football Associations (FIFA), United Nations (UN), African Union (AU) adding that making the name African Trade Union could bring in vibrancy and vigour into the agreements and investments.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Adenta NPP Parliamentary candidate donates to Federation of Disabled

Madam Akosua Manu, New Patriotic Party (NPP) Parliamentary candidate for Adenta Constituency has called for support for the less-privileged in society so that they can contribute their quota to national development.

She said they could only achieve their aim of contributing to the national development if they were offered the needed support from Ghanaians.

Madam Manu, who also the Deputy Chief Executive of the National Youth Authority made the call when she donated wheelchairs, clutches and white canes to the Adenta branch of the Ghana Federation of Disabled (GFD) in Accra.

She said the donation to the federation was in fulfilment of a promise she made at a meeting with them.

‘I was touched by the plight of the members of the federation, and I decided to come to their aid by donating my quota to them and that would continue to support them in the ensuing years,’ the Parliamentary candidate said.

‘My aim is to make a positive impact on the lives of the individuals and communities in the Constituency,’ Ma
dam Manu added.

Since her election as the parliamentary candidate, she had been actively involved in various charitable initiatives, focusing on education, healthcare, mentoring and community development.

Madam Manu has also organised more than 10 free medical screenings in some communities in the constituency.

Mr Lawrence Abban, Chairman of the Adenta branch of the Ghana Society for the Physically Disabled thanked Madam Manu for her kind gesture and called for more support for the federation.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Fisheries Director advises graduates to explore fish marketing as job option

Mr Hanson Kodzo Dzamefe Jnr, the Bono Regional Director of the Fisheries Commission, has encouraged graduates to explore job opportunities within the fish marketing business.

Fish marketing was a lucrative business that could help fill a crucial gap in the value chain of the fishing industry, he said.

Mr Dzamefe Jnr. said there were limited numbers of individuals involved in fish marketing and processing with many fish farmers having a challenge after stock harvesting because they lacked the marketing skills to reach consumers.

That was because most of them failed to recognise the aspect of marketing and the need to factor that in their production processes, he said, and suggested the need for tertiary institutions to incorporate knowledge about fish marketing into their curriculum.

In an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Sunyani Mr Dzamefe Jnr said students of agri-business, marketing, purchasing and supply programmes could develop an interest in that field.

‘If I were a businessman, I will focus
on processing, adding value and marketing, as that is where the real profit lies,’ he said.

He announced that the Bono Regional Office of the Fisheries Commission, in collaboration with the University of Energy and Natural Resources in Sunyani, had initiated a programme where students from the University received training on fish farming and marketing during their attachment.

That practical experience equipped beneficiary students with the necessary knowledge to start their own businesses to become economically self-reliant after graduation.

He noted that fish was a widely consumed food item in various forms, making the industry a promising one for university students to explore, and with the acquired

expertise in the marketing aspect, they could establish successful businesses for their own benefit and of the entire industry.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Innovation In Action: Solidaridad’s tech-driven solutions for farmers and miners

Solidaridad Ghana has partnered with Viamo, a digital commerce and tech-solution agency to deploy tailored solutions to farmers and miners under its Acting Now and Pathway to Prosperity (P2P) programmes.

The partnership is part of Solidaridad’s continued efforts to enhance its service delivery to farmers using digital technology and help farmers adopt digital tools and technologies to improve their farming practices and operations.

A statement issued in Accra by Solidaridad Ghana said the partnership would allow Solidaridad to expand its reach and impact, particularly in remote areas where access to information and resources can be limited.

It said 80,000 farmers and miners were expected to be reached through the innovation.

The statement said the services to be offered by Viamo include an Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system, which will enable farmers with basic mobile phones to access timely and critical information needed to cultivate sustainably and mine responsibly.

‘When deployed, the automated
system will share pre-recorded messages in native local languages with farmers and miners to guide them through the cultivation and mining process,’ it said.

Additionally, the system will be used to conduct surveys to measure the adoption of best practices.

It said the solution would benefit farmers and miners in remote areas with poor road networks and access routes, allowing them to fully benefit from Solidaridad’s advisory services through the power of technology.

The statement said for Solidaridad, the added benefit was the increased frequency with which extension services are delivered, compared to the face-to-face approach, which may be constrained by poor accessibility.

‘With IVR, farmers and miners can obtain personalised advice, weather updates, market prices, and agricultural and mining techniques simply by answering a phone call or dialling a designated phone number,’ it said.

The statement said the bouquet of digital solutions to be offered also caters to urban home farmers, who require quick
access to information on the go.

It said a chatbot integration with WhatsApp will offer urban farmers instant responses and answers through a designated number.

It said farmers and miners under the Acting Now and Pathways to Prosperity programme would also receive SMS campaigns with daily tips on good agronomic practices and responsible mining practices.

The SMS campaigns allow Solidaridad to send targeted messages to specific groups of farmers and miners, providing them with tailored information based on their needs and location.

Mr Bossman Owusu, Country Representative for Solidaridad Ghana, said, ‘Solidaridad’s adoption of these innovative solutions showcases our commitment to harnessing technology for the benefit of our farmers and miners.’

He said by embracing digital solutions, they were not only expanding our reach but also empowering farmers with the knowledge and resources they need to thrive.

He said it was inspiring to see how technology-driven approaches were revolutionising the agricultural
and mining landscape and paving the way for a more sustainable and inclusive future.

The Country Representative said the technology solutions provided by Solidaridad through Viamo were entirely free for the beneficiaries.

Mr John Spio Ashun, Full Stack Engineer for Solidaridad Ghana, said, ‘Innovative solutions enable farmers to make informed decisions, adopt best practices, and overcome various challenges they face, ultimately leading to improved livelihoods and food security.’

The partnership between Solidaridad and Viamo exemplifies the importance of technology in agricultural and mining landscapes.

By harnessing the power of digital solutions, farmers and miners can overcome geographical barriers and gain access to vital information that can significantly impact their livelihoods and their communities.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Failure to wear crash helmet: pillion rider, motor rider sentenced

A pillion rider and his motorbike rider who failed to wear crash helmets have been sentenced by the Kaneshie District Court.

Joshua Kumessa, the rider, in addition was charged with using the motorbike without an insurance policy and riding the bike without a license.

Eugene Darko, the pillion rider, and Kumessa admitted the offences and they were sentenced accordingly.

The Court presided over by Mrs Ama Adomako Kwakye sentenced Kumessa, the motor rider to a fine of 50 penalty units equivalent to GHC600.00 whilst Darko was sentenced to a fine of 25 penalty units equivalent to GHC300.00 to the pillion rider.

Failure to pay the fines would land Kumessa in prison for five weeks and Darko would spend two weeks imprisonment.

Police Chief Inspector Apewah Achana, prosecuting, told the Court that on January 14, 2024, at about 1920 hours, Kumessa, the rider was in-charge of a Royal Motorbike with registration number M-19-GR 7909, along the Opebia traffic intersection with the pillion rider on board.

On reaching
a section of the road, Kumessa was intercepted by the Headquarters Operations Unit of the Ghana Police Service, on patrol duty, Chief Inspector Achana said.

He said upon inspection on the motorbike, it was revealed that the rider was riding without a crash helmet, insurance certificate and without rider’s license.

Prosecution said Kumessa had also picked Darko, the pillion rider, on the said motorbike without a crash helmet as well,n thus, they were both arrested and sent to the Airport Divisional Motor Traffic and Transport Department.

Chief Inspector Achana said after investigations, the two were arraigned.

Source: Ghana News Agency