Accra 2023: Uphold highest level of self discipline – Team Ghana charged

Reverend Dr Ray Mensah the President of the Ghana Evangelical Missions Association, has charged Ghana’s contingent for the 13th African Games to uphold the highest level of self leadership and confidence during the competition.

That, he said, would propel them to victory and enhance their chances of winning more laurels for the country during the Games.

‘Self leadership is the most difficult type of leadership. It is easy for me as a director to tell people what to do, but it is more difficult for me to tell myself what to do.’

So, as a team, with just about two weeks to the start of the Games, we are challenging you to have the highest level of self leadership, that you know when to wake up, you know when to train, you push yourself,’ he said.

Rev. Mensah gave the advice when some churches and religious organisations, under the name Ghana Sports Movement, donated items worth GHS10,000 to the Team at its camping base at the University of Ghana, in Accra, over the weekend.

The donation was to assist the T
eam in its preparation for the upcoming competition.

Also, it was to give the religious leaders an opportunity to interact, share the word of God with, and offer advice and encouragement to the Team to propel them to victory.

Items donated included cartons of bottled water, fruits, bibles and daily life guide reading materials.

Ghana, will from March 8-23, 2024, host the 13th edition of the All African Games competition, dubbed ‘Accra 2023.’

More than 3,500 elite athletes from 54 African countries are expected to participate in the Games.

Sporting disciplines include Athletics, Badminton, Cycling, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Triathlon, Hockey, Arm wrestling, among others.

Rev Mensah cautioned the athletes against depending on external assistance stressing that; ‘Ways and Means without discipline will not help anybody.’

He also encouraged them to dwell on the home support to spur them on to victory in the Games to bring honour to the country.

‘I challenge you to push yourself, do what you have neve
r done before and God will come on your side,’ he added.

Established in the late 1990s, the Ghana Sports Movement was set up to promote sports in the country through evangelism.

The Group is made up of churches and organisations such as The Pentecost Church, Ghana; the Methodist Church; Royal House Chapel; Lighthouse Chapel International; Bible Society Ghana; Ghana Evangelical Missions Association; Scripture Union; Ghana Baptist Convention, among others.

Mr. Kofi Kakraba Afful, a Senior Leader of the Ghana Sports Movement, said the donation was the Group’s little contribution to the Team to help them deliver success for the country.

‘This is just the beginning, it’s not even the end,’ he said, adding that they; ‘We are hoping we may be able to do a second or a third donation on behalf of the churches, representatives, knowing that, as others have heard, now, they will come along with us so that what we can do can even be bigger.’

He urged the Team to do whatever to put smiles on the faces of Ghanaians.

Mr. Ernest Danso, the Chef de Mission (CDM), for Team Ghana, commended the Ghana Sports Movement for the support, and asked corporate entities to also assist the Team to cushion and boost their morale ahead of the competition.

He expressed optimism about the Team’s chances at the Games, saying the training they have had and resources committed to them would help propel them to victory.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Ghana Athletics announce participating schools for maiden NISAC

The Ghana Athletics (GA) has officially announced participating senior high schools for the maiden National Invitational Students Athletics Championship (NISAC).

A total of 56 selected schools from the 16 regions of Ghana would converge at the newly built University of Ghana Sports Stadium from February 24-28 to compete for honours and test the readiness of the facility for the upcoming African Games to be held next month.

The NISAC is a talent unearthing event spearheaded by the GA and Citi TV, a privately owned television in Ghana.

In an interview with GNA Sports, Madam Philippina Frinpong, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Ghana Athletics mentioned that they were expecting over 2000 athletes and officials in the capital for the event.

She added that the championship would also serve as a practical learning platform for National Technical Officials being trained for the African Games.

The host region, Greater Accra, would be represented by St. Thomas Aquinas Senior High School, Achimota School, Presbyte
rian Boys Secondary School, Legon, West Africa Senior High School, Accra Academy, Tema Technical Institute, and New Century Technical Institute, Dansoman.

The rest are Accra Technical Training Centre, Odorgonno Senior High School, Madina Technical Institute, Labone Senior High School, and Tema Secondary School.

The Northern Region would have Ghana Senior High School, Tamale, Tamale Senior High School, and Dabokpa Technical Institute representing while Kintampo Senior High School and Nkoranza Technical Institute represents the Bono East Region.

Mawuli Senior High School, Kpando Technical Institute and Comboni Technical Institute would represent the Volta Region while Walewale Technical Institute, Nalerigu Senior High School, and Kpasikpe STEM represented the North East Region.

Bono Region would have Sunyani Senior High School and Don Bosco Vocational/Technical Institute representing it while Fr. Dogli Memorial Technical Institute, and Dambai Senior High School represents the Oti Region

From Ashanti Region
, T.I. Ahmediyya Senior High School, Osei Kyerewire Senior High School, Opoku Ware Senior High School, Kumasi Technical Institute, and Islamic Senior High School are expected to represent the region.

St. Augustine College, Mfantsipim School, Adisadel College, Edinaman Senior High School, Biriwa Technical Institute, and Swedru Senior High School have been invited to represent the Central Region while Damango Senior High School, and Bole Senior High School made it to represent the Savannah Region.

Western Region would have Ghana Secondary Technical School, and Takoradi Technical Institute with Upper West having Wa Senior High School, and Wa Technical Institute with Ahafo Region being represented by Goaso Senior High School and Serwaa Kesse Senior High School.

The Upper East Region would also have Bolgatanga Senior High School, and Bolgatanga Technical Institute while Western North Region would also have Sefwi Wiawso Senior High School, and Bibiani Senior High School.

St. Paul Technical Institute, Pope John’
s Senior High School, Okuapeman Senior High School, Ghana Senior High School, Koforidua Senior High/Technical School, and Akwatia Technical Institute would represent the Eastern Region.

According to the CEO, there would be both track and field events at the championship and mentioned that some of the events to be competed for are 100m boys and girls, 100m Hurdles girls, 110m Hurdles boys 400m boys and girls, 200m boys and girls, 400m boys and girls, 800m boys and girls, 1500m boys and girls, 3000m girls, 5000m boys, and 4 X 100m boys and girls.

She added that other events for the championship are 4 X 400m boys and girls, 4 X 400m Mixed Relay, Long Jump boys and girls, Triple Jump boys and girls, High Jump boys and girls, Javelin boys and girls, Shot Put boys and girls, and Discus boys and girls.

‘Preparation for the event has reached an advanced stage with the various contingents expected to arrive this week. Most of the athletes are eager to par­ticipate in the championship.

‘We expect a very keen compet
ition because the quality of facilities would surely motivate the young athletes to give their best,’ she asserted.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Concerned Hearts of Oak supporters call for major reforms ahead of AGM in March

Some concerned supporters and minority shareholders of Accra Hearts of Oak have urged the club’s Board Chairman Togbe Afede XIV, to fulfil his promise of appointing fresh board members.

Ahead of the Annual General Meeting (AGM) slated for March, 2024, Accra Hearts of Oak are expected to reconstituted the board which would steer the affairs of the club.

The Concerned Supporters, in a petition to Togbe Afede XIV, outlined some major reforms that should happen during the AGM.

‘We urge the Board Chairman to go by his word of retiring the already tired moribund Board and appoint fresh ones for renewed energy on the Board.’

The National Chapters Committee should also have their slot returned to them on the new Board to restore the dignity and importance of this key organ of the club.

‘We urge the new Board/management and the NCC to form a joint committee tasked purposely to come up with innovative ways to get our many supporters to make direct monthly contributions to the club,’ the petition read.

The concern
ed supporters also urged the Board Chairman to act quickly on the issuing of rights to help inject more capital into the club.

‘Beyond the above, we ask that we go further beyond the ‘Right Issue’ to float yet fresh shares worth about GH300 million as proposed and was adopted at the 2018 Shareholders meeting (AGM).

‘These are in line with an attempt to address the shortfall of revenue in the running of the day-to-day activities of the club,’ the petition stated.

The supporters also advised that technical scouts should be appointed to monitor good-quality players with resalable value, which must be the focus of the club’s recruitment policy.

‘Lastly, we urge the Board Chairman to, as a matter of fact, halt all avoidable debts resulting from the wrongful termination of contracts of players and technical teams, which cases almost always go against us at the Status Committee of the FA,’ the petition stated.

Source: Ghana News Agency

1,010 rural telephony sites completed – Ursula Ekuful

A total of 1,010 rural telephony sites have been completed under the Ghana Rural Telephony and Digital Inclusion Project to connect underserved and unserved communities, Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful has said.

The Communication Minister said the completed sites were part of 2,016 sites to be constructed to extend mobile network coverage to approximately four million residents of selected unserved and underserved communities to bridge the digital divide.

Speaking at the Ministry of Information’s press briefing, she said 618 out of the 1,010 sites had been operational, offering essential voice and data services to citizens in about 1,620 rural communities.

She said people in those communities could make calls, and use data services to enhance social and economic activities.

‘The Ministry will build the remaining 1,006 sites, integrate, and activate them all for voice and data services to ensure reliable, affordable, and secured broadband infrastructure this year,’ Mr Owusu-Ekuful said.

She said between 2017 and
2018, government in collaboration with the private sector oversaw the building and activation of 430 rural telephony sites and connecting ‘approximately 700,000 previously underserved and unserved Ghanaians in remote communities.’

The Minister said in promoting inclusivity and expanding the coverage, the government in 2020 secured a pound 155 million facility from the China EXIM Bank to start the Ghana Rural Telephony and Digital Inclusion Project in partnership with Huawei and China National Technical Import and Export Corporation (CNTIC).

She said the Rural Telephony Project presented up to 70 per cent cost reduction compared to traditional masts, adding that it had made the project both economically and financially feasible and capable of generating a decent return on investment.

Mrs Owusu-Ekuful said the project had facilitated remote learning, digital financial inclusion through mobile banking and mobile money, access to market information for farmers, and enabled small businesses to reach customers d
ue to the availability of mobile internet in small communities.

The Minister said prior to that intervention, basic healthcare delivery and education, among other critical services, presented a challenge, as health workers and teachers were reluctant to accept postings to certain communities due to the lack of connectivity.

So far, Ahafo, Ashanti, Bono, Bono East and Central Regions have 34, 153, 36, 49 and 92 built sites respectively.

The Eastern Region has 89, Greater Accra Region one, North East Region, 28, Northern Region, 58, whilst Oti and Savannah Regions have 58 and 50 sites respectively.

The rests, Upper East Region, has 44, Upper West Region, 77, Volta Region, 63, Western Region, 91, and Western North Region, 87.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Opuni Trial: EOCO never completed the investigations – Witness

Mr Paul Adjei Gyang, a Senior Staff, Operational Unit, Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) said they never completed investigations on the alleged fraudulent importation of agrochemicals sold to COCOBOD.

He told the Accra High Court hearing the trial involving Dr Stephen Opuni, the Chief Executive of COCOBOD, Seidu Agongo and Agricult Ghana Limited, that during the investigations, the Organised Crime Unit, which he used to head, was asked to hand over the docket to the Police for further investigation.

Mr Gyang, who is the subpoena witness for Mr Agongo, gave his evidence led by Counsel for the accused person, Mr Benson Nutsukpui.

Dr Opuni and Mr Seidu Agongo, a Businessman, are facing 27 charges, including defrauding by false pretences, wilfully causing financial loss to the State, money laundering, and corruption by a public officer in contravention of the Public Procurement Act.

They have both pleaded not guilty to the charges and are on a GHS300,000.00 self-recognizance bail each.

He said it w
as around January 17, 2017, that an investigation was referred to the Unit through the Deputy Executive Director of Operations from the Executive Director of EOCO.

He said Dr Adu Amponsah, the Deputy Chief Executive in charge of Agronomy and Quality Control at COCOBOD brought in samples of Lithovit to have it tested.

‘I was called into the Executive Director’s Office and given the bottles of the product together with covering letter from COCOBOD, which had details of the product,’ he added.

He said one of the samples was sent to the Ghana Standards Authority, while the other was sent to the Chemistry Department of the University of Ghana for testing.

Mr Gyang said the testing was to establish through experts whether the chemical was fertilizer.

When shown a copy of the report received by the Unit as part of the evidence before the court, the witness confirmed it but said the evidence does not have a cover letter as it was addressed to EOCO.

The court, therefore, directed the witness to provide from his
outfit a copy of the cover letter that came with the report.

The witness told the court that the face of the report that represented the chemical lacked the necessary ingredients to make it a fertilizer.

He said after the Executive Director of EOCO went through the report, he directed that Agongo should be charged with the appropriate offence immediately and Agongo was invited.

He said Agongo requested for a copy of the report initially for his lawyers to enable them to advise him, but he objected to the request.

He said Agongo was informed after the report was submitted but insisted that the product submitted for testing might not be part of what he supplied to COCOBOD.

The witness said after some deliberations, it was agreed that they should still have some products from the COCOBOD warehouse, where suppliers were informed to assist in identifying the products to be tested to avoid any objection.

‘All the suppliers were written to, to assist in the selection of the products to be tested and in this ca
se Agongo came with his lawyers,’ he added.

Mr Gyang said according to the investigator, when they went to the warehouse, there were two security personal present from COCOBOD.

According to the investigator, they were given one liter of lithovit, which seal had already been broken.

Asked what the arrangement was, the Executive Director of EOCO said with Dr Ampomah regarding the collection of the samples, he said the arrangement was that both the suppliers and the receiver met with COCOBOD officials.

He said they met two security men, attended on behalf of COCOBOD, and they gave the team a liter of lithovit with a broken seal.

According to the witness, Agongo initially rejected the product looking at the broken seal but seeing the label on it, he said it was his but could not guarantee the content and the parties agreed for the product to be sent to Ghana Standards Authority.

The witness said on June 30, 2017, the product was sent for testing and the Office received the second test report from the GSA an
d a copy addressed to the Executive Director of EOCO.

He said from the report’s surface that the second testing indicated that lithovit was a fertiliser and the witness agreed with the defence that even with the seal being broken, the content was fertiliser.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Anlo-Afiadenyigba drivers displeased over deplorable roads

Some drivers at Anlo-Afiadenyigba, Havedzi, and other neighboring communities in the Keta Municipality of the Volta region, have expressed frustration and anger over the deplorable road network in the area.

They said the untarred road networks, have existed for decades and now appeared to be full of trenches, dusty, and serving as a death trap, especially during the rainy season.

Mr December Atinyo, a taxi driver at Anlo-Afiadenyigba junction, told the Ghana News Agency, in an interaction that many drivers expressed worry about the deteriorated nature of the road, which is becoming unmotorable.

‘We always spend a lot of money in replacing vehicle parts due to the deplorable nature of the road,’ he said.

He said apart from the difficulties faced in plying the road, many households and shops along the road always complain about the dusty environment whenever vehicles ply the road.

Madam Rejoice Shigbadie, a provision shop owner, along the Anlo-Afiadenyigba road, told the GNA that her business was heavily a
ffected by the dust particles that always settled on her goods.

‘The deposits of dust particles on my wares always drive my customers away, and l have incurred very huge losses of thousands of cedis within these few days.’

She added that despite the plea and the numerous complaints made to the authorities and the government, they were yet to witness any facelift to address the challenges.

She appealed to philanthropists, corporate organisations, and the government to help put the roads in proper shape to prevent any unfortunate situation.

Meanwhile, a source disclosed to the GNA that some youth of Anlo-Afiadenyigba have freely contributed earlier towards putting the deplorable township road in a good shape.

It was also revealed to the GNA that the government had stepped in to construct the road for the residents but that had also stalled for about two years.

Source: Ghana News Agency

AGOSA shows love to Christ Faith Foster Home

The Accra Girls’ Old Students Association (AGOSA) has donated assorted items to the children of Christ Faith Foster Home at Frafraha in the Adentan Municipality.

The items included bottled and sachet water bags, bags of rice, cooking oil, oats, sugar, milk, drinks, and loaves of bread.

The rest were chocolates, tinned tomatoes, eggs, sardines, assorted food supplies, toys for kids, toiletries, detergents, and sanitary pads.

Professor Adelaide Naa Amerley Kastner, National President of AGOSA, presenting the items on behalf of the Association, said the gesture was to celebrate Valentine’s Day with the children of the Foster Home.

‘Accra Girls’ Old Students Association, we looked into our hearts and we said that we would want to come and share love with the children in Frafraha Orphanage. So, that is why we are here,’ Prof Kastner said.

She expressed gratitude to the caretakers of the Home for their dedicated care and love towards the children.

Mr Edward Adu-Amoako, Deputy Manager of the Home, receiving th
e items on behalf of the children, thanked AGOSA for the kind gesture.

‘Looking at the things here, I’m just overwhelmed. So, today you have really shown love, and it is our prayer that God will continue to bless all of you.

‘Wherever you took the money to do this, it is our prayer that Almighty God will replenish you immeasurably. God richly bless you,’ he said.

With Ghana having instituted February 14 as Chocolate Day, AGOSA used the occasion to educate the children and their handlers on the importance of consuming chocolate and other cocoa products.

Key among the benefits is the protection against heart diseases.

Some students of the Accra Girls’ Senior High School also joined AGOSA to spend the day with the children.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Winners Cooperative Credit Union holds maiden media soiree at Akatsi

Winners Cooperative Credit Union (WINCCU), a financial institution in Volta Region has held its maiden ‘media soirée’ at Akatsi.

It was aimed at appreciating the role of the media in educating and shaping society for economic growth.

Mr Sammy Oscar Tuagbor, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Union, in a welcome address during the engagement held at the Union’s headquarters at Akatsi, commended the media for their commitment and dedication.

‘On all counts, the Union recognises the roles journalism played in sensitising the public, especially our catchment areas about our policies, programmes, and the purpose for our existence.’

He said the media could not be left off for the various roles played in supporting the mission, and vision and for the successes chalked over the years.

Mr Tuagbor, stated that the remarkable progress of the Union was made on the general growth of winners, more especially in membership enrolment, shares and saving deposits, credit facilities, and assets- based on the strategi
c partnership with the media over the years.

‘Our vision is to be among the best five leading credit unions in Ghana, which cannot be compromised, and as we look to the horizon, our vision is clear to be counted among the top five credit unions in Ghana.’

He said the Union had rehabilitated some roads and donated printers, television sets, and air conditioners, among others to some public sectors in the Municipality as their corporate social responsibilities.

He urged the media to continue to support their work.

Mr Robert Darrah, the Board Chairman of the Union, in his keynote address, commended the media for their collaboration and continuous support for the success of the Union.

‘The media in Akatsi South, and Ketu North and South has served as a critical bridge between us, Winners Co-operative Credit Union, and the public by providing timely, accurate, and comprehensive coverage of market trends, economic developments, and regulatory changes.

‘As a Credit Union, our main aim is to impact lives positi
vely and alleviate poverty, and you, the media, have been our partners in achieving our goals through diligent reporting, and insightful analysis in the journalism space,’ he added.

Mr Darrah pledged to equip members of the media ‘so they can also empower members of our Credit Union and the public with the knowledge and skills they need to navigate the financial landscape.’

Mr Agbaxode Emmanuel, the Volta, and Oti Regional Chairman of the Ghana Journalists Association, commended WINCCU for bringing their innovative ideas to bear.

He appealed to media practitioners to work within the ethical requirements of the profession.

Participants, which include, members of the clergy, business partners, radio station managers, radio workers within Akatsi South and beyond, staff of WINCCU, and others took their turn to share ideas regarding the growth of the Union and the community at large.

WINCCU, the leading credit union in Volta and Oti, is the fastest Credit Union in Ghana and has over 25,000 members.

Ghana News Agency