Stakeholders to establish taskforce to curb farmer-herder conflicts


Stakeholders in the East Mamprusi Municipality in the North East Region have brainstormed on strategic measures to help prevent conflicts between crop farmers and herders and promote social cohesion in the area.

To this end, they have agreed to form community task force that would comprise chiefs, youth assembly members, opinion leaders and leaders of the Fulani community resident in the communities among others to enforce community governances and operational bylaws and regulations.

The stakeholders, with technical support from the Municipal Assembly and the Security Council, are to work together to chart a clear and strict line of integration for new Fulanis and their operations in the communities.

This became known at a district level dialogue among the stakeholders, organised by the Meta Foundation, a Non-Governmental Organisation as part of the implementation of a project dubbed ‘Action for Women Empowerment,’ with funding support from the STAR Ghana Foundation under its ‘Actions for Voice and Inclus
ive Development (AVID)’ project.

The 15-month project among other things aims to promote peaceful coexistence among communities and the Fulani herders, improve women’s participation in decision making regarding the management and protection of natural resources and provide economic empowerment to rural communities in the West and East Mamprusi Municipalities.

Mr Ibrahim Jalo, Leader of the Fulani group and resident in Tangbini community, clarified that most of the crimes including destructions of crops by animals, rape, defilement and murder among others were not committed by resident Fulanis but by the nomadic ones,

‘We have two types of Fulanis, those of us who are resident, and we know ourselves and those who do not have stations but move from place to place to graze their animals and they are the ones who commit the crimes and run away,’ he stressed.

He therefore called for collective efforts from all stakeholders in the community to demystify misconceptions and work to ensure that new Fulanis enterin
g the communities were identified and their operations regulated properly.

Mr Kasimu Awumbaase, the Representative of the Tangbini community chief, noted that the formation of the taskforce was in the right direction as it would help to safeguard the community from nomads who caused conflicts between crop farmers and resident Fulani herders.

‘We need to also talk to our people to reduce the number of animals given to one Fulani to take care of because it also contributes to the problems we have between farmers, and herdsmen,’ he added.

Mr Chrisantus Abogro, the Head, Social Welfare and Community Development, East Mamprusi Municipal Assembly, who assured the support of the Assembly to the taskforce, indicated that the issue of the Fulani herders was a national security issue.

As a result, he said, interventions to promote social cohesion among communities and Fulani herders had been outlined as part of projects under the Gulf of Guinea Northern Regions Social Cohesion (SOCO) project and noted that it would
help to promote peaceful coexistence.

Mr David Amozebga, the Programmes Manager, Meta Foundation, indicated that the project which had been implemented in 10 communities along the White Volta within the two Municipalities had contributed to improving livelihoods of rural communities particularly through the strengthening of existing Village Savings and Loans Associations (VSLA).

He said through the interventions, various challenges such as women’s inability to access productive farmlands, farmer-herder conflict, lack of potable water, access to education, social protection issues and perennial flooding among others were being addressed.

‘We know some of the issues are regional and national in nature, but we have created this platform so that the stakeholders at the local level can dialogue and find home solutions to some of the development challenges,’ he added.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Remain committed to acquire employable skills to fight extremists – NCCE


Mrs Lucille Hewlett Annan (Esq), the Secretary of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), has called on students, hairdressers, and other vocational skills apprentices in the North East Region to remain committed in their quest to acquire employable skills.

She said the acquisition of those skills was fundamental to the fight against the activities of violent extremists who used fancy materials to lure the youth because of their vulnerability and financial dependency.

‘When you are gainfully employed, it will position you to face the challenges that life presents, and this, in the long run, is essential to the fight against violent extremism as the tendency to be lured with materials is somewhat reduced,’ she added.

The Secretary of the Commission said this when she addressed students of the Langbinsi Senior High School (SHS) and some sections of Hairdressers and Beauticians at Nalerigu in the East Mamprusi Municipality as part of her three-day working visit to the region.

She underscored the
need for parents to prioritise education and acquisition of other technical skills of their children to enable them to be guided and contribute meaningfully to the fight against violent extremism.

Her visit to the region formed part of the Preventing and Containing Violent Extremism (PCVE) project, with funding support from the European Union (EU) and being implemented by the NCCE across eight border regions of the country.

The regions include the Upper East, Upper West, North East, Northern, Savannah, Bono, Bono East, and the Oti Regions.

It aimed at creating awareness about violent extremism and facilitating activities to engender among the citizens of Ghana, security consciousness, social inclusiveness, community cohesion, and situational awareness.

Mr Wilberforce Zangina, the North East Regional Director of the NCCE, noted that though the country was going through some economic challenges that made it difficult for the youth to secure jobs, it was important that the youth guided themselves against vio
lent acts.

According to him, any form of violence was counterproductive to peace and of the development of the country, and the youth, who were the future leaders the country, must do well not to create an atmosphere that would mar the peace the country was enjoying.

That, he said, would create a conducive environment for investors to invest in businesses in the country, which would open job opportunities to the unemployed youth.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Ghana repatriates 165 of its nationals from Libya


The Ghana Embassy in Tripoli, Libya, in collaboration with-the International Organisation for Migration, started the repatriation of 165 Ghanaian nationals from Libya on Thursday, February 8, 2024, via a chartered flight.

The flight is expected to arrive at Kotoka International Airport at 1500 hours on Friday.

This was contained in a statement issued by Ms Munira Karim, Head of Public Relations Unit, Ministry of Information, in Accra and copied to the Ghana News Agency.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Ghana repatriates 165 of its nationals from Libya


The Ghana Embassy in Tripoli, Libya, in collaboration with-the International Organisation for Migration, started the repatriation of 165 Ghanaian nationals from Libya on Thursday, February 8, 2024, via a chartered flight.

The flight is expected to arrive at Kotoka International Airport at 1500 hours on Friday.

This was contained in a statement issued by Ms Munira Karim, Head of Public Relations Unit, Ministry of Information, in Accra and copied to the Ghana News Agency.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Ofankor-Nsawam Road: Let’s exercise patience to ensure safety of all- Roads Minister cautions drivers


Mr Kwasi Amoako-Atta, the Minister of Roads and Highways, has asked drivers who ply the Ofankor-Nsawam road to exercise some level of patience and caution to ensure the safety of all.

The Minister’s call follows an accident that occurred on Monday, February 5, 2024, around China Mall, which claimed more than seven lives.

Speaking to the media after inspecting work on the road, on Friday, Mr Amoako-Atta described the accident as a ‘needless’ one, which could have been averted had the drivers of the vehicles involved exercised a little bit of patience.

‘I’m saddened by the accident that happened on Monday, about a week ago, on this stretch of the road that led to the loss of I think seven or more lives,’ he said.

‘When I visited the accident scene, well, accident is an accident, but on my own and as a layman and from what I saw, the accident was perhaps needless in the sense that it happened on even asphaltic section of the road, a straight road and there is so much clearance that under normal circumstance
, and knowing that this stretch of road is under construction, that everybody should be a bit cautious and reduce speed, I couldn’t understand why that reported accident should happen,’ he added.

The Minister urged motorists to value their lives and that of others and take extreme caution to help protect life and property.

‘I think all of us should take our destiny into our hands and we should be careful so that we don’t die unnecessarily,’ Mr Amoako-Atta urged.

The Ofankor-Nsawam section of the National Route Six (N6) serves as a major arterial road for communities in the Ga West Municipal Assembly, Pokuase, Amasaman, Medie, and Sarpeiman, among others.

It also serves as a vital link for trade between Ghana and its neighbouring landlocked countries – Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger, and for transit cargo to move from the country’s ports to those destinations.

Rehabilitation work on the 33.4km stretch, which also forms part of the Accra-Kumasi road network, commenced in 2022, and expected to last for two ye
ars, ending in July 2024.

It is funded by the Government at a cost of GHS342.48 and being constructed by Maripoma Enterprise Limited, a local construction firm.

The Minister was accompanied by some engineers from the Ministry and the Ghana Highways Authority (GHA), including Mr Stephen Jalulah, Deputy Minister of Roads; Mr Abass Awolu, Chief Director of the Ministry; Mr Collins Donkor, Acting Chief Executive, GHA; Mr Samuel Akuaku, Acting Deputy Chief Executive in charge of Administration, GHA; Mr Lawrence Lamptey, a Deputy Chief Executive in charge of Maintenance, GHA.

Mr Amoako-Atta, while extending the Government’s condolences to affected families, he assured that, it would ensure that all construction sites adhered to standard safety to prevent such occurrences.

Mr Kwabena Bempong, Chief Resident Engineer for the Ofankor-Nsawam Road Project, said the Contractor had put in place a number of safety measures, including regular watering of the road to reduce the dust and enhance visibility.

To ensure tha
t, he said it had increased its water tankers from the previous 10 to 16 to fast-track the process.

Mr Bempong called on the Road Safety Authority to move in and help tow all broken down long vehicles by the sides of the road, which were impeding free vehicular movements to avert any unforeseen circumstances.

He also assured motorists who plied the stretch and residents of the area that the project would be completed as scheduled to alleviate their plights.

Currently, a two-lane dual carriageway road, the Ofankor-Nsawam Road Project, when completed would be three lanes, service roads, one interchange and two overpasses and one underpass.

Mr Bempong said, ‘presently, our progress is about 50 per cent and we are hoping that by the end of the year, we would have gone substantially complete.’

The Minister also toured some road projects in the Greater Accra Region such as the Flowerpot Flyover and the yet to commence Adentan-Dodowa Road Project.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Ofankor-Nsawam Road: Let’s exercise patience to ensure safety of all- Roads Minister cautions drivers


Mr Kwasi Amoako-Atta, the Minister of Roads and Highways, has asked drivers who ply the Ofankor-Nsawam road to exercise some level of patience and caution to ensure the safety of all.

The Minister’s call follows an accident that occurred on Monday, February 5, 2024, around China Mall, which claimed more than seven lives.

Speaking to the media after inspecting work on the road, on Friday, Mr Amoako-Atta described the accident as a ‘needless’ one, which could have been averted had the drivers of the vehicles involved exercised a little bit of patience.

‘I’m saddened by the accident that happened on Monday, about a week ago, on this stretch of the road that led to the loss of I think seven or more lives,’ he said.

‘When I visited the accident scene, well, accident is an accident, but on my own and as a layman and from what I saw, the accident was perhaps needless in the sense that it happened on even asphaltic section of the road, a straight road and there is so much clearance that under normal circumstance
, and knowing that this stretch of road is under construction, that everybody should be a bit cautious and reduce speed, I couldn’t understand why that reported accident should happen,’ he added.

The Minister urged motorists to value their lives and that of others and take extreme caution to help protect life and property.

‘I think all of us should take our destiny into our hands and we should be careful so that we don’t die unnecessarily,’ Mr Amoako-Atta urged.

The Ofankor-Nsawam section of the National Route Six (N6) serves as a major arterial road for communities in the Ga West Municipal Assembly, Pokuase, Amasaman, Medie, and Sarpeiman, among others.

It also serves as a vital link for trade between Ghana and its neighbouring landlocked countries – Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger, and for transit cargo to move from the country’s ports to those destinations.

Rehabilitation work on the 33.4km stretch, which also forms part of the Accra-Kumasi road network, commenced in 2022, and expected to last for two ye
ars, ending in July 2024.

It is funded by the Government at a cost of GHS342.48 and being constructed by Maripoma Enterprise Limited, a local construction firm.

The Minister was accompanied by some engineers from the Ministry and the Ghana Highways Authority (GHA), including Mr Stephen Jalulah, Deputy Minister of Roads; Mr Abass Awolu, Chief Director of the Ministry; Mr Collins Donkor, Acting Chief Executive, GHA; Mr Samuel Akuaku, Acting Deputy Chief Executive in charge of Administration, GHA; Mr Lawrence Lamptey, a Deputy Chief Executive in charge of Maintenance, GHA.

Mr Amoako-Atta, while extending the Government’s condolences to affected families, he assured that, it would ensure that all construction sites adhered to standard safety to prevent such occurrences.

Mr Kwabena Bempong, Chief Resident Engineer for the Ofankor-Nsawam Road Project, said the Contractor had put in place a number of safety measures, including regular watering of the road to reduce the dust and enhance visibility.

To ensure tha
t, he said it had increased its water tankers from the previous 10 to 16 to fast-track the process.

Mr Bempong called on the Road Safety Authority to move in and help tow all broken down long vehicles by the sides of the road, which were impeding free vehicular movements to avert any unforeseen circumstances.

He also assured motorists who plied the stretch and residents of the area that the project would be completed as scheduled to alleviate their plights.

Currently, a two-lane dual carriageway road, the Ofankor-Nsawam Road Project, when completed would be three lanes, service roads, one interchange and two overpasses and one underpass.

Mr Bempong said, ‘presently, our progress is about 50 per cent and we are hoping that by the end of the year, we would have gone substantially complete.’

The Minister also toured some road projects in the Greater Accra Region such as the Flowerpot Flyover and the yet to commence Adentan-Dodowa Road Project.

Source: Ghana News Agency

AMA to construct walkway facility for visually impaired patients visiting Korle-Bu Hospital


The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) has announced plans to construct a 300-meter walkway facility with hand reels to improve the mobility and safety of visually impaired patients visiting the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital.?

The facility, which seeks to easily lead the patients to the Hospital’s eye care centre, would be equipped with tactile paving and other accessibility features such as adequate lighting.?

The Assembly took the decision to undertake the road safety enhancement works following a request from one George Lutterodt, popularly known as Counsellor Lutterodt, a Radiologist at the eye care centre, to redesign the current walkway facility to meet the needs of its users.

Madam Elizabeth Kwatsoe Tawiah Sackey, Chief Executive Officer, AMA, made the announcement after embarking on an inspection tour of the old facility to evaluate the challenges faced by patients.?

She said it was importance to create an inclusive community and environment for all categories of persons in the City to access essenti
al healthcare services without barriers.

Madam Sackey said the project would commence in the months ahead and would be supported by international partners and local stakeholders for its completion, adding that the walkway was part of an agenda to build a more equitable society.?

She urged drivers and riders of motor bikes to exercise restraints to avert any potential risks posed by excessive speeding within the streets of the Hospital

‘Excessive speed poses a significant risk to pedestrians, patients, healthcare workers, and other road users, particularly in areas such as hospital compounds where foot traffic may be high and visibility limited,’ the Mayor said.?

Mr George Lutterodt commended the Mayor for her time and patience in assessing the challenges faced by the patients.?

‘I had to fall on the Mayor of Accra to help us with pedestrians crossing and a proper walkway because the facility has become dangerous for them when crossing the road and assessing the Centre,’ he said.?

The Korle-Bu Eye Centre
, also known as the ‘Lions International Eye Centre’, is a modern specialist eye centre, constructed to serve as a West African Regional Surgical Training Facility.

The Centre boasts of two theatres, three wards, a minor treatment room, a 12-bed bay, as well as offices and consultant rooms.

Additionally, it houses an optical shop that provides optometry services and dispenses spectacles.

Source: Ghana News Agency

AMA to construct walkway facility for visually impaired patients visiting Korle-Bu Hospital


The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) has announced plans to construct a 300-meter walkway facility with hand reels to improve the mobility and safety of visually impaired patients visiting the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital.?

The facility, which seeks to easily lead the patients to the Hospital’s eye care centre, would be equipped with tactile paving and other accessibility features such as adequate lighting.?

The Assembly took the decision to undertake the road safety enhancement works following a request from one George Lutterodt, popularly known as Counsellor Lutterodt, a Radiologist at the eye care centre, to redesign the current walkway facility to meet the needs of its users.

Madam Elizabeth Kwatsoe Tawiah Sackey, Chief Executive Officer, AMA, made the announcement after embarking on an inspection tour of the old facility to evaluate the challenges faced by patients.?

She said it was importance to create an inclusive community and environment for all categories of persons in the City to access essenti
al healthcare services without barriers.

Madam Sackey said the project would commence in the months ahead and would be supported by international partners and local stakeholders for its completion, adding that the walkway was part of an agenda to build a more equitable society.?

She urged drivers and riders of motor bikes to exercise restraints to avert any potential risks posed by excessive speeding within the streets of the Hospital

‘Excessive speed poses a significant risk to pedestrians, patients, healthcare workers, and other road users, particularly in areas such as hospital compounds where foot traffic may be high and visibility limited,’ the Mayor said.?

Mr George Lutterodt commended the Mayor for her time and patience in assessing the challenges faced by the patients.?

‘I had to fall on the Mayor of Accra to help us with pedestrians crossing and a proper walkway because the facility has become dangerous for them when crossing the road and assessing the Centre,’ he said.?

The Korle-Bu Eye Centre
, also known as the ‘Lions International Eye Centre’, is a modern specialist eye centre, constructed to serve as a West African Regional Surgical Training Facility.

The Centre boasts of two theatres, three wards, a minor treatment room, a 12-bed bay, as well as offices and consultant rooms.

Additionally, it houses an optical shop that provides optometry services and dispenses spectacles.

Source: Ghana News Agency