President Akuffo Addo to commission Borteyman Sports Complex on Feb. 13

All is set for the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo, to commission the Borteyman Sports Complex, on Tuesday, February 13.

The Borteyman Sports Complex is the newly built multipurpose sports facility for the 13th Africa Games scheduled to take place from March 8-23.

With less than 30 days to the official opening ceremony of the Games, the Local Organising Committee (LOC) headed by Dr Kwaku Ofosu Asare are working round the clock to make sure Ghana hosts a memorable event as this is the first Ghana is having the opportunity to host the continental games.

The President’s commissioning would pave the way for the use of the facility by the various sports codes for training before the commencement of the Games.

There would be a test run of the swimming, tennis, athletics, and handball venues to assess its readiness for the games.

According to the Technical Handbook issued by the LOC, the $154 million built facility would be the venue for swimming, handball, badminton, table tennis, tennis, indoor volley
ball, and triathlon.

Ghana is expecting more than 13,000 visitors from across the continent to participate and witness the ground-breaking continental showpiece in Accra.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Fit For Ghana holds fitness, peace walk ahead of election 2024

Mr. Johnson Kwame Otoo, Executive Producer of Afro Fit National Fitness Series 2024, has called on Ghanaians to ensure that they stay healthy and live in an atmosphere of peace ahead of election 2024.

He noted that the country could enjoy peaceful election only if the citizenry adhered to peace messages and their status of health became paramount to them.

Mr. Otoo made the call at the end of this year’s fitness walk which ended at the Accra Sports Stadium.

About 500 placard-bearing walkers participated in the walk dubbed ‘Afro Fit 2024’ which was an initiative to engineer, and to inspire mentally and physically.

It started from the Accra Sports Stadium through some principal streets of the city and ended at the starting point.

Inscriptions on some of the placards were ‘Embrace Wellness, embrace life’, Keep fit, your only limit’, and ‘Celebrate every small victory in your fitness journey’.

Mr. Otoo said exercising everyday makes one healthy and also inspired one to stay healthy.

He said ‘Fit for Ghana’
would hold series of walks which was aimed at drumming the message of peace across the country.

The Executive Producer said the message of living a healthy lifestyle would be extended to the Accra Psychiatric Hospital and the Cardiothoracic Centre of the Korlebu Teaching Hospital and also tour all the regions with the message of peace.

‘We are doing all these to inspire a healthy lifestyle and also ensure that peace prevails before, during and after e lection 2024,’ Mr Otoo added.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Director Hearts of Oak appoints new Managing Director and Coach

Ghana Premier League giants Accra Hearts of Oak have announced the appointment of Ivorian Aboubakar Ouattara as the substantive Head Coach of the club.

Following the sacking of Dutch tactician Martin Koopman back in November 2023, the Phobians have been without a substantive gaffer as they have struggled in the first half of the season.

A club statement released on Friday, February 9, 2024, said that Aboubakar Ouattara, who holds a CAF Licence A coaching certificate, had signed a two-and-half-year contract with the club.

‘Coach Ouattara has signed a two-half contract with the club and is expected to start training next week when the team returns from this weekend’s friendly game against Techiman Eleven Wonders.

‘Coach Ouattara has worked and achieved success in several African countries both as a coach and Technical Director. He worked as the Technical Director for Moroccan giants WAC between 2017-2023 helping them win the CAF Champions League twice,’ the statement said.

The Ivorian gaffer has also won d
omestic titles with TP Mazembe and ASV of RDC. Hearts of Oak also announced Mr. Delali Anku-Adimah as the club’s new Managing Director with immediate effect.

A statement from the club said Mr Anku-Adimah had attained high educational qualifications, including a PHD in Computational System Biology from the University of Manchester, UK and a BSc in Computer Science with Business Management from the University of Birmingham, among many others.

‘We implore all Phobians to offer him maximum support during his stay at the club to lead us to achieving preeminence,’ the statement concluded.

Source: Ghana News Agency

I’m all for the improvement of the youth – Independent Candidate

Mr Bernard Agyei Kwakye, an aspiring independent parliamentary candidate for Tano South, says his major mission for the position is to improve the lives of the youth in the constituency and the country in general.

He said he would work in three thematic areas: education, health and job creation, to ensure practical improvement in the living standards of his constituents, especially the youth.

Mr Agyei, a 30-year-old dynamic professional teacher, known in the area as ‘Bullet’, said this in an interview with the Ghana News Agency at Bechem in the Ahafo Region.

‘My political vision and mission is not NPP/NDC rhetorics, it’s a serious paradigm shift that would make a whole lot of difference in the socio-economic and political development of Tano South Constituency, and the larger Ghanaian society,’ he said.

He assured his constituents of his strong motivation as well as being well equipped to face the task ahead if voted for in the 2024 general election.

‘With all the resources available to us as a nation an
d people, it should not be difficult at all to equip the youth with employable skills and make them economically independent, get them off the streets, and save them from social vices like drug abuse, armed robberies, prostitution, hooliganism and the like,’ he stated.

Mr Agyei expressed concern over the absence of a health training institution in the Bechem Municipality and promised to provide one, saying; ‘mark my words, I will make sure Bechem gets a nursing training school, if you vote me as your MP, in the December 2024 polls.’

He appealed to the constituents to bury their differences, unite and rally behind him to realise his dream, stating; ‘Please, don’t demean my age and financial status.’

‘I have all it takes to pull a surprise and make a mark in your general well-being in the constituency and Ghana as a whole.’

Source: Ghana News Agency

US Embassy partners GJA to promote peaceful elections

The United States Embassy is supporting the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) to implement a 10-month project aimed at promoting peace before, during and after the 2024 general election.

Dubbed: ‘Journalists for Peaceful Discourse’, the project seeks to create peaceful platforms within the media space where issues would be discussed dispationately.

Selected journalists across the country are being trained to promote violence-free and credible elections under the project, which is on the theme: ‘Promoting Peaceful Journalistic Media Platforms Ahead of Elections 2024.’

One such training has been held at Fumesua in the Ashanti Region, attended by media personnel drawn from Ashanti, Ahafo, Bono, and Bono East Regions, forming zone three of the nationwide training.

Representatives from the GJA, US Embassy, National Media Commission (NMC), Ghana Police Service, Electoral Commission, National Democratic Congress (NDC), and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) were also on hand to contribute to the discussions.

Mr Al
bert Kwabena Dwumfour, GJA President, said the project was going to be a game changer in the way journalists approached election coverage in the country.

‘It is our hope that the objective of this project will help shape the media system and further reduce the excesses to the barest minimum, he noted.

He said the GJA believed that freedom of expression did not only mean allowing people to speak but also ensuring responsibility to protect the very space used for free speech.

‘With the proliferation of social media where all manner of hate speeches, misinformation, and disinformation are churned out, there’s no doubt that this project will help sanitise the system,’ Mr Dwumfour said.

He expressed grave concern over recent attacks on journalists in the line of duty and called on relevant authorities to take urgent steps to halt the barbaric trend.

The GJA President made a passionate appeal to the diplomatic community, especially the US Embassy, to call out politicians with the penchant to attacking journali
sts to deter others from doing same.

Mr Yaw Boadu Ayeboadu, the Chairman, NMC, said although the use of subterfuge or unorthodox means in gathering information was acceptable under certain circumstances there could also be consequences in the process.

‘Since all things cannot be equal at all times, there will be the necessity to go undercover to access information but let nobody be deceived that when you enter by the window when the door is opened one will be enshrouded,’ the veteran Journalist cautioned.

‘When one is compelled to use an alternative acceptable means of news gathering, one must act with ingenuity so that one is not exposed.’

He reminded journalists of their obligation to serve the people with diligence, commitment and selflessness and to be truthful, factual and objective.

They must safeguard the public interest and hold it sacred above all other interests, he added.

Mr Kelvin Brosnahan, Press Attaché, US Embassy, said Ghana had a strong history of peaceful elections and transitions of p
ower, and that the Embassy was looking forward to a free and fair election devoid of violence this year.

He said democracy could be fragile, hence the importance for steps to be taken to protect it, adding that journalism was critical in the protection of Ghana’s democratic institutions.

Supporting the GJA to fight election misinformation was part of the friendship and support for democracy and Ghanaians, he noted.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Edem Agbana advocates development-oriented politics at Ketu North

Mr Eric Edem Agbana, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Parliamentary Candidate for Ketu North, has called for development-oriented politics in the constituency and not politics of lies and insults.

He said it was important for persons seeking political office to direct their resources to addressing public needs and not giving out money to individuals in a bid to influence their votes.

Mr Agbana was speaking in an interview with Ghana News Agency following his donation of 50 desktop computers to some 23 schools to support Information and Communication Technology (ICT) education in the municipality.

He said this year’s elections would not be just about talks but action and that with the work he was doing and the dedication of the youth, the NDC would win the constituency seat and the presidential race with a big margin.

‘Just like I’ve given out 50 desktop computers, if he (referring to his opponent, Mr Enoch Amegbletor, the New Patriotic Party candidate) wants to throw a challenge, he should also give
out 50 or 51 desktop computers and not sit somewhere and talk down our efforts,’ he said.

‘Then we’re making progress. Then in December when the people go out, they’ll be voting for development of the constituency.’

‘The challenge I’m throwing is that I’m here to pursue a development-oriented politics and so they should match that. There are a lot of development projects I’m undertaking. I founded a sports academy and recruiting players… We donated mathematical sets to Basic Education Certificate Examination candidates; he should donate that and add laptops to it. That’s real challenge.’

Mr Agbana said he had made a mark in other areas such as health, water and sanitation, agriculture, entertainment and youth employment, adding; ‘These are what we call development politics.’

He called for a public debate between him and his opponent on NDC’s 24-hour economy, track records, political experience, vision and competence to enable the people to make informed decision on whoever could best represent their inter
est as the member of Parliament.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Local Government Ministry to inaugurate District Assemblies

The Ministry of Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development (MLGDR) and the Office of the President, will tomorrow, Monday, inaugurate newly constituted District Assemblies.

The inauguration is to facilitate the swearing-in of newly elected and appointed members of the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs).

A statement signed by Madam Matilda Tettey, Head, Public Relations Unit of the Ministry, said, the event was ‘part of efforts to deepen our local governance and decentralisation system to promote participatory decision-making at the local level.

‘This is also in fulfilment of Article 35 Clause 6 (d) of the 1992 Constitution, which enjoins the State to promote decentralisation and popular participation in governance by affording all possible opportunities to the citizenry to participate in decision-making at all levels of government.’

The statement said section 16 (1) of the Local Governance Act, 2016, Act 936 required Assembly members to maintain close contact with the el
ectoral area; consult the people on the issues to be discussed in the District Assembly.

The section also demands that the Assembly Members ‘collate the citizens’ views, opinions, and proposals; and take part in communal and development activities, among others.’

‘On the basis of the above and coupled with Government’s commitment to deepen local governance, all citizens are encouraged to get involved in the workings of the District Assemblies,’ the statement said.

It urged the citizenry to participate in decision-making in their communities through Assembly members after the inauguration of the District Assemblies.

Source: Ghana News Agency

NDC will not support changes in the voting calendar – Mahama

Mr John Dramani Mahama, former President and the Flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), says the party will not support any changes made to the voting calendar.

He said the NDC did not find the proposal by the Electoral Commission (EC) for a change in date for the elections from December to November feasible nor helpful and would not support that.

Mr Mahama was speaking in Ho at a workshop to sharpen the skills and enhance the knowledge of the Minority Caucus in Parliament for effective delivery of their mandate.

The former President said the EC must concern itself with getting the basics right and ensure full readiness for the election ‘before seeking to bite what it does not need to chew.’

He bemoaned the fact that the EC had not yet produced a calendar of events for the year, and advised the electoral body to concentrate on getting fully prepared for the elections instead of ‘proposing bizarre changes to the voting schedule.

Mr Mahama said using the Ghana card as the only form of identi
ty for registration would not ensure inclusivity because doing so would deprive many citizens of their right to vote.

‘The Ghana card is a relatively new feature of our national life and had its merits in the scheme of things, however, at the moment, it is being brandish more as a political tool around which all manner of schemes are being fashioned towards elections,’ he said.

Mr Mahama said until full coverage was achieved in the roll-out of the card, space had to be made for those who were yet to be served in order to exercise their democratic right to vote.

‘The National Identification Authority cannot claim to have covered every Ghanaian who should be registered or distributed all the cards printed to those who have been captured in their system.’

On the issues of continuous registration, he said: ‘We demand that the process must necessarily include a system that enables all political parties and relevant stakeholders to possess the capacity to monitor to avoid fraud and exploitation to the undue adv
antage of any of the political stakeholders.’

Source: Ghana News Agency