Quantexa Debuts Q Assist, New Context Aware Generative AI Technology Suite

New AI advancements are helping industry leaders get data ready for AI and make impact

Q Assist, New Context Aware Generative AI Technology Suite from Quantexa
Q Assist, a context aware generative AI technology suite to help organizations augment trusted decision-making across teams of front-line and information workers
  • HSBC is among several industry leaders participating in Quantexa’s Lighthouse Program for early adopters
  • HSBC anticipates that streamlining of analysis and acceleration of processes could lead to significant productivity gains within the first year of deployment
  • Q Assist combines Quantexa’s Decision Intelligence Platform and Generative AI to augment decisions for sales, customer service, and compliance teams in financial services, TMT, and government agencies

LONDON, June 10, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — This Monday, on the Centre Stage at London Tech Week 2024Quantexa, the global leader in Decision Intelligence (DI) solutions for the public and private sectors debuted Q Assist, a context aware generative AI technology suite to help organizations augment trusted decision-making across teams of frontline and information workers. The announcement demonstrates progress against the company’s platform innovation roadmap and comes nearly a year after Quantexa detailed a significant investment in the global artificial intelligence (AI) industry and previewed Q Assist as a stand-alone LLM agnostic copilot.

With the new Q Assist Technology Suite, Quantexa customers will be able to operationalize generative AI for transformational gains without significant investment in infrastructure, tooling, and additional skilled resources.

Frontline and information workers can leverage the power of copilots, linked data, Quantexa’s knowledge graph capability, and other Decision Intelligence Platform features to enhance the accuracy and reliability of generative AI models that interact with all data (structured and unstructured), context, and insight across their organization. Combining LLMs with the rich context within Quantexa’s Decision Intelligence Platform enables a better understanding of data, safely grounds responses, increases performance and trust, and ensures teams have the most accurate, up-to-date information in a single place.

Q Assist, a context aware generative AI technology suite to help organizations augment trusted decision-making across teams of front-line and information workersFind out what Q Assist is and how it works with Quantexa’s Decision Intelligence Platform.
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Helping Customers Succeed in the Era of AI
HSBC is one of the organizations currently participating in the Lighthouse Program for early adopters. Each organization in the program envisions using Q Assist in several ways, including:

  • Streamlining analysis, investigation, and reporting tasks for information and knowledge workers to achieve greater efficiency.
  • Reducing the reliance on data science and operations teams for ad-hoc data requests, giving them time to focus on more strategic tasks.
  • Empowering customer facing teams with access to enriched data and insights they need to increase revenue and enhance customer experiences.
  • Enabling teams across an organization to consistently make trusted decisions that are traceable and accelerate operational process improvement.

BNY Mellon is currently evaluating joining HSBC in Lighthouse effort. Quantexa worked with Lighthouse Program participants to project one-, three-, and five-year benefits from deploying Q Assist within their customer facing, data science, and investigative teams. It found an almost immediate productivity gain across three core areas: time saving and efficiency, new opportunity identification, and increased conversion rates.

HSBC anticipates that democratizing analytics and accelerating processes across these areas could lead to productivity gains within the first year of deployment. The company also expects to free up employee’s time, allowing them to refocus on other strategic tasks.

David Rice, Global Chief Operating Officer, Commercial Banking at HSBC, said: “This new solution has the potential to enhance the efficiency and accuracy of complex tasks such as anti-money laundering investigations and sales strategies by providing trusted data and contextual analytics. The introduction of contextual analytics and innovation will enable HSBC to concentrate our resources more productively and ultimately help our customers.”

Quantexa estimates that a tier one global financial institution with three levels of defense in financial crime and fraud compliance efforts, generating approximately 15k alerts a month, could realize significant efficiencies and cost savings by deploying the Q Assist Generative AI Technology Suite:

  • Over £17M in savings enabled annually by enhancing and automating investigating and reporting processes across financial crime and fraud.

Quantexa’s CTO, Jamie Hutton, said: “Quantexa’s engineering principle of shaping solutions to deliver maximum customer value has allowed our clients to play an integral role in helping to shape the product requirements for Q Assist. Through the company’s Lighthouse Program for early adopters, we have the benefit of working with industry leaders that provide valuable feedback throughout our roadmap process.”

Eric Hirschhorn, Chief Data Officer, BNY Mellon, said: “We are excited to see this continued innovation from Quantexa. Our multi-year collaboration has helped us to break down data silos and unify our data with unprecedented accuracy. The next phase in our innovation efforts will see us exploring the potential of enabling frontline workers across the bank to use Gen AI to act on the data insights confidently and reach new levels of efficiency in the process.”

How the New Q Assist Generative AI Technology Suite Works
Quantexa’s new generative AI technology suite will combine Quantexa’s Decision Intelligence Platform and Generative AI through a new data integration layer, prompt builder, and copilot that accelerates the ability of teams to make critical business decisions.

Q Assist delivers trusted, extensible AI anchored by Quantexa’s Decision Intelligence Platform. This lets non-technical teams benefit from Quantexa’s critical platform capabilities including a connected data foundation, graph analytics, modeling, and scoring to augment and automate decision making. The Q Assist Technology Suite is comprised of three components:

  • Q Assist Integration Layer: the nerve center of Q Assist. It is a framework of tools, connectors, and APIs designed to securely link Quantexa’s Decision Intelligence Platform with LLMs and conversational AI systems right out-of-the-box.
  • Q Assist Prompt Builder: an extensible prompt management and sharing capability that easily integrates with external prompt engineering tools and frameworks, such as Microsoft’s Azure Prompt Flow, Semantic Kernel or AutoGen, to put the power in the hands of administrators to define and control prompts and responses that are grounded in contextual data generated by Quantexa’s Decision Intelligence Platform.
  • Q Assist Copilot: allows users to query large and disparate data via a natural language interface, understand and summarize data, insights, and findings in real-time, and automate research, investigation, and reporting tasks.

Today, the company is making Q Assist Generative AI Technology Suite capabilities available to a limited set of customers, with wider public availability planned for early 2025.

To learn more about how Quantexa is helping organizations get their data ready for AI, or to download the Total Economic Impact™ of Quantexa’s Decision Intelligence Platform by Forrester and start measuring the ROI of Decision Intelligence investments, please visit https://www.quantexa.com/discover/ai/.

About Quantexa
Quantexa is a global AI, data and analytics software company pioneering Decision Intelligence to empower organizations to make trusted operational decisions with data in context. Using the latest advancements in AI, Quantexa’s Decision Intelligence platform helps organizations uncover hidden risk and new opportunities by unifying siloed data and turning it into the most trusted, reusable resource. It solves major challenges across data management, customer intelligence, KYC, financial crime, risk, fraud, and security, throughout the customer lifecycle.

The Quantexa Decision Intelligence Platform enhances operational performance with over 90% more accuracy and 60 times faster analytical model resolution than traditional approaches. An independently commissioned Forrester TEI study on Quantexa’s Decision Intelligence Platform found that customers saw a three-year 228% ROI. Founded in 2016, Quantexa now has more than 700 employees and thousands of platform users working with billions of transactions and data points across the world.

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e& lidera como a melhor marca empregadora no setor de telecomunicações no Employer Brand Index 2024

  • e& EAU é a principal marca empregadora no setor de telecomunicações no ranking de Brand Finance
  • e& ficou em 16º lugar entre as 20 principais marcas empregadoras em todas as categorias em 16 países
  • A realização reflete a reputação mais ampla dos Emirados Árabes Unidos como um centro global de talentos

LONDRES, June 09, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — e&, o grupo global de tecnologia, alcançou a posição mais alta no primeiro Employer Brand Report 2024 da Brand Finance, com sua unidade dos Emirados Árabes Unidos classificada como a maior empregadora global do setor de telecomunicações.

O grupo também garantiu o 16º lugar entre as 20 principais marcas empregadoras entre as que foram avaliadas nos setores de serviços financeiros, telecomunicações, mídia e tecnologia (TMT), petróleo, gás e energia, serviços profissionais, varejo, automotivo e bens de consumo rápido (FMCG) na África, Ásia, Europa e Estados Unidos.

Ali Al Mansoori, Diretor de Pessoal do Grupo, e&, disse: “Esse reconhecimento como empregador preferencial reflete a incrível dedicação e paixão de nosso pessoal, que é nosso maior patrimônio. Ele também reafirma nosso compromisso de cultivar uma cultura empresarial unificada, na qual todos os colaboradores têm autonomia para pensar de forma diferente, experimentar sem medo e inovar continuamente. No atual cenário em rápida evolução, é mais importante do que nunca contar com uma força de trabalho talentosa.”

David Haigh, CEO da Brand Finance, disse: “As marcas de telecomunicações do Oriente Médio vêm ultrapassando cada vez mais a concorrência europeia e americana como lugares desejáveis para se trabalhar. Isso se deve às oportunidades de carreira e aos empolgantes desenvolvimentos tecnológicos criados pelos investimentos consistentes e de alta qualidade no Oriente Médio.”

Na vanguarda em termos de marca empregadora e desenvolvimento de talentos nos Emirados Árabes Unidos, o grupo alcançou uma pontuação alta em vários quesitos, inclusive como “marca de prestígio”, “visão inspiradora”, “trabalho agradável e gratificante” e “empresa bem administrada e dirigida”. A conquista da e& reflete a reputação geral dos Emirados Árabes Unidos como um centro global de talentos e o destino preferido para pessoas que buscam construir um futuro próspero.

“Na e&, temos o compromisso de equipar nosso pessoal com as habilidades necessárias para transitar e prosperar na era digital. Nossa visão não consiste apenas em acompanhar o ritmo das mudanças, mas em liderá-las. Estamos constituindo uma força de trabalho resiliente e com visão de futuro, capaz de levar nossa empresa e nossa comunidade a patamares mais elevados. Nossa estratégia inclui programas de treinamento completos, parcerias com instituições de ensino e um ambiente que premia a criatividade e o pensamento arrojado. Estamos comprometidos com a criação de oportunidades de crescimento profissional e com o apoio à nossa equipe enquanto ela desenvolve as habilidades tecnológicas e a mentalidade essenciais para o futuro”, acrescentou Al Mansoori.

O primeiro relatório do “Employer Brand Index” apresenta as principais marcas do mundo com tabelas de classificação globais e regionais. O estudo baseado em pesquisa é o primeiro do gênero, medindo as percepções internas e externas das marcas empregadoras de 16 países. O Índice é calculado com base nas respostas de uma pesquisa anônima com o público de vários setores, realizada por meio de painéis on-line independentes.

O Employer Brand Index 2024 da Brand Finance ocorre após a divulgação, em janeiro, da classificação global de marcas, na qual a e& EAU foi classificada como a marca de telecomunicações mais forte do mundo (classificação AAA) e a marca mais forte do Oriente Médio e da África (MEA) em todas as categorias.

A Brand Finance é a principal consultoria mundial de avaliação de marcas. Há mais de 25 anos, a empresa vem preenchendo a lacuna entre marketing e finanças, avaliando a força das marcas e mensurando seu valor financeiro para ajudar empresas de todos os tipos a tomar decisões estratégicas. Todos os anos, a Brand Finance realiza mais de 5.000 avaliações de marcas, respaldadas por pesquisas de mercado originais, e publica mais de 100 relatórios que classificam as marcas em todos os setores e países.

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e& se classe au premier rang des meilleures marques employeurs dans le secteur des télécommunications dans l’Employer Brand Index 2024

  • L’entité e& des Émirats arabes unis, élue meilleure marque employeur dans le secteur des télécommunications selon le classement Brand Finance
  • e& classée 16e dans le Top 20 des marques employeurs toutes catégories confondues dans 16 pays
  • Cette réussite reflète la réputation plus large des Émirats arabes unis en tant que pôle mondial de talents

LONDRES, 10 juin 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — e&, le groupe technologique mondial, s’est hissé à la première place du tout premier rapport Employer Brand 2024 de Brand Finance grâce à son entité des Émirats arabes unis qui se classe au premier rang mondial des employeurs dans le secteur des télécommunications.

Le groupe a également obtenu la 16e place parmi le Top 20 Employer Brands lors d’une évaluation effectuée au sein des marques employeurs dans les secteurs des services financiers, des télécommunications, des médias et des technologies (TMT), du pétrole, du gaz et de l’énergie, des services professionnels, de la vente au détail, de l’automobile et des produits et biens de grande consommation (PGC) en Afrique, en Asie, en Europe et aux États-Unis.

Ali Al Mansoori, Directeur des Ressources humaines du groupe e&, a déclaré : « Cette reconnaissance en tant qu’employeur de choix reflète l’incroyable dévouement et la passion de nos collaborateurs, qui sont nos meilleurs atouts. Cela réaffirme également notre engagement à favoriser une culture d’entreprise unifiée où chaque employé est encouragé à penser différemment, à expérimenter sans crainte et à innover en continu. Dans le contexte actuel en évolution rapide, il est plus crucial que jamais de disposer d’une main-d’œuvre talentueuse. »

David Haigh, PDG de Brand Finance, a confié : « Les marques de télécommunications du Moyen-Orient dépassent chaque jour un peu plus leurs homologues européennes et américaines si l’on se place du point de vue de l’entreprise où il fait bon travailler. Cela reflète les opportunités de carrière et les développements technologiques passionnants rendus possibles par des investissements constants et de haute qualité réalisés au Moyen-Orient. »

En chef de file des marques employeurs et du développement des talents aux Émirats arabes unis, le groupe a obtenu d’excellents résultats dans plusieurs domaines, notamment en tant que « marque prestigieuse », porteuse d’une « vision inspirante », où le « travail est agréable et gratifiant » et une « entreprise bien gérée et gouvernée ». La réussite de e& reflète la réputation plus large des Émirats arabes unis qui s’affirment en tant que pôle mondial des talents et destination privilégiée pour les personnes qui cherchent à façonner un avenir prospère.

« Chez e&, nous nous engageons à doter notre équipe des compétences nécessaires pour s’adapter et prospérer à l’ère numérique. Notre vision n’est pas seulement de suivre le rythme du changement, mais de l’initier. Nous construisons une main-d’œuvre résiliente et visionnaire, capable de propulser notre entreprise et notre communauté vers les plus hauts sommets. Notre stratégie englobe des programmes de formation complets, des partenariats avec des établissements d’enseignement et un environnement qui récompense la créativité et l’audace intellectuelle. Nous sommes déterminés à créer des opportunités de croissance professionnelle et à soutenir notre équipe dans l’acquisition de compétences technologiques et d’un état d’esprit indispensables pour l’avenir, » a ajouté Al Mansoori.

Le tout premier rapport « Employer Brand Index » met en avant les meilleures marques au monde avec des classements réalisés à l’échelle mondiale et régionale. Cette étude axée sur la recherche, est la première du genre, mesurant les perceptions internes et externes des marques d’employeurs dans 16 pays. L’indice est établi à partir des réponses à une enquête anonyme menée auprès du public dans divers secteurs d’activité au moyen de panels en ligne indépendants.

L’indice Employer Brand 2024 de Brand Finance fait suite à la publication, en janvier dernier, du classement mondial des marques, dans lequel e& UAE a été classée comme la marque de télécommunications la plus forte au niveau mondial (note AAA) et la marque la plus forte au Moyen-Orient et en Afrique (MEA), toutes catégories confondues.

Brand Finance est le premier cabinet de conseil en évaluation de marques au monde. Depuis plus de 25 ans, son objectif est de combler le fossé entre le marketing et la finance en évaluant la force des marques et en quantifiant leur valeur financière afin d’aider les organisations de toutes sortes à prendre des décisions stratégiques. Chaque année, Brand Finance réalise plus de 5 000 évaluations de marques, étayées par des études de marché uniques, et publie plus de 100 rapports classant les marques dans tous les secteurs et tous les pays.

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Tobacco Kills 3,330 People Each Year in Sierra Leone – says NCD Director

The Director at the Directorate of Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health in the Ministry of Health, Doctor Santigie Sesay while speaking at the World No Tobacco Day Commemoration Day ceremony at the Freetown City Council in Freetown on Friday 31st May has said that tobacco consumption among the public is attributed to 3,330 deaths annually in Sierra Leone, adding that this may not entirely be the cause of death but a risk and motivating factor.

Dr. Sesay reiterated that 900 of these lives lost are due to exposure to second-hand smoke which could have been prevented. He added that, 955,000 adults and 4,000 children aged 10-14 years consume tobacco/tobacco products each year, which makes it worrisome and this requires strong actions from all stakeholders.

While explaining the link between tobacco consumption, risk factors and cancers, Dr. Sesay referenced that 4,125 new cancer cases were recorded between 2016- 2018 in Sierra Leone of which 3,002 died.

Talking of the risk factors of noncommunicable disea
ses, Dr. Sesay attributed tobacco consumption of all forms (smoking, chewing, sniffing, Shisha use) as the predisposing factor for heart attack, sudden cardiac death, respiratory infections compared to non-smokers and blood pressure.

Educating on the effects of tobacco consumption especially for pregnant women, Dr. Sesay said that tobacco toxins can cause serious damage to blood vessels, narrowing and reduced the flow of blood to vital parts of the heart, causing bleeding during pregnancy, ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage, stillbirth, cervical cancer, early menopause, increased menstrual disorders, impaired and erectile dysfunction in men.

Dr. Sesay warned against second hand smoking stating that it is more dangerous than the smokers as it poses more and severe health risk non-smokers (silent consumers).

He concluded by calling for a robust action by all stakeholders to implement the Nicotine and Tobacco Bill as people are dying from tobacco smoke without even buying or smoking a stick of cigarette.

He cont
inued that there are a lot of benefits if the Tobacco Control Policies including Taxation, Smoke-Free Policies, Advertising Restrictions Public Health Campaigns that are also key components in both the Nicotine and Tobacco Bill and the WHO Framework Coordination on Tobacco Control (FCTC) are fully and effective implemented 19,000 deaths could be averted over 15 years, 1.3 trillion economic loses could be avoided over 15 years.

The regional Director of WHO, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti in his statement during the World No Tobacco Day Commemoration applauded the progress made in the tobacco fight against tobacco use in Sierra Leone, especially with the enactment of the Nicotine and Tobacco Bill by the Parliament of Sierra Leone and emphasized WHO’s position, encouraging countries to accelerated implementation of the WHO FCTC with stringent measures on marketing new and emerging new tobacco and narcotic products, , particularly designed to appeal to the youths, including shisha, e-cigarette, narcotic pouches, and other
s that are aggressively promoted through social media.

Source: Sierra Leone News Agency

Ghana’s underlying fish depletion problem is overfishing – Researcher

Jens Otto Krakstad, a Senior Researcher with the Institute of Marine Research in Norway and Cruise Leader for the Research Vessel Dr. Fridtjof Nansen, has disclosed that Ghana’s fish stock depletion problem is due to overfishing.

Mr. Krakstad said the current 12,000 artisanal fishing boats in Ghana must be re-looked at, as overfishing is the underlining problem of the depletion of the country’s marine fish stock.

He said this when speaking to the media during the commemoration of World Ocean Day at the Tema Port and a tour of the research vessel that is conducting research in the marine waters of Ghana and La Cote I’voire.

He said: ‘I think that with the effort that the two countries are taking together, it will be possible to increase the stocks, but the underlining problem is that we are fishing too much, so even if we are able to regain the fish stock, the situation is that we have more than 12,000 artisanal fishing boats in Ghana, and most probably that number somehow needs to be reduced.’

Mr. Kraksta
d said they have noticed that the pelagic fish stock in Ghanaian waters is especially depleting, as there is a reasonable reduction in pelagic fish in Ghana.

He noted that embarking on the upcoming closed season in July and August was important to give the fish time to spawn and grow up to a size that the fishermen could harvest.

He expressed happiness that Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire were supporting the closed season initiative, adding however that there was a need to reduce overfishing within the marine waters to ensure the sustainability of the fish.

He what they had noticed during the research was that Ghana was in the upwelling system period, in which the ocean current was speeding up and the cold water was coming up to the coast, producing a lot more food for the fish.

‘So, what we see now is that the anchovies are coming into the coast and feeding on the phytoplankton, and we see that most of the sardinella is still in Cote d’Ivoire, albeit moving towards Ghana because the upwelling and production of p
hytoplankton are increasing in the Ghanaian waters. We expect that within a couple of months now there is going to be more pelagic fish also in Ghana,’ he added.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Editorial by Ghanaian Times: Check negative human behaviour to preserve environment!!

The Ghanaian Times supports President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Ad­do’s call for a collective effort to sustain the gains made under the ‘Green Ghana Project’ (GGP) over the last three years.

The Green Ghana Project is a tree-planting measure the government of President Akufo-Ad­do is spearheading to curb the incessant degradation of our forests, which has been ongoing for years.

Most often simply referred to as Green Ghana, it has a designated day for tree-planting, dubbed ‘Green Ghana Day,’ with the maiden one held on June 11, 2021.

The gains are that since its introduction, over 42 million trees have been planted, while the target for 2024 is 10 million, to make the figure 52 million.

It is obvious no tree-planting exercise will have a 100 percent survival rate, and so the rise in the 67 percent survival rate in 2021 to 81 percent in 2023 is highly commendable.

However, this must not make Ghanaians complacent but forge ahead to increase the rate to at least 98 percent, which means not more than 200,000 o
f the trees should die.

The Ghanaian Times thinks if this happens, it will be a sign that Ghanaians are now serious about sustaining their green environment.

This point is being made on the basis that Green Ghana is not a novelty project to sustain the country’s environment, but the previous measures obviously did not get the needed attention and support.

Thus, it has become imperative for every Ghanaian to heed President Akufo-Addo’s call to ensure the success of the GGP.

It can be recalled that there had been such previous measures as the 1994 Forest and Wildlife Policy to replace that of 1948; the 2012 Ghana Forest and Wildlife Policy to replace the 1994 Forest and Wildlife Policy; the 1999 Forest Plantation Development Fund established to support the private sector with funding for commercial forest plantation investment; the 2001 National Forest Plantation Development Programme; and its relaunch in 2010 to plant about 30,000 hectares of trees per year in all administrative municipals of the country.

here is a need to find out why all these laudable initiatives failed to give cause for the introduction of Green Ghana and see how the lessons can guide the GGP to success.

Generally, it is said that climate change, human behaviour, and institutional factors like policy and governance failure undermine measures to ensure environmental sustainability.

In the face of this, the government cannot just call for support but also check factors that unnecessarily deplete the country’s green environment, such as indiscrimi­nate felling of trees and galamsey, which the government is already seriously fighting.

After all, the experts say climatic and institutional factors can be controlled when laws and regulations guiding behaviour are effective.

The Ghanaian Times thinks advocacy can also play a significant role, so public education about the need to preserve the environment must be increased and sustained.

It is likely that if people are made to appreciate the ecosystem services the green environment provides, s
uch as cleaning the air, purifying water, reducing chemical and noise pollution, and cooling the streets, as well as the economic loss valued in billions of dollars when the environment is not preserved, their support for Green Ghana will come readily.

Source: Ghana Web

New Sanitation Minister visits Kpong, Weija treatment plants

Madam Lydia Seyram Alhassan, the newly appointed Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources (MSWR) has visited Kpong and Weija water treatment plants to acquaint herself with the challenges facing them as part of her familirisation tour to the districts.

At Kpong she expressed satisfaction at the progress of work so far and encouraged the engineers to continue with the good work for a continuous supply of water to the people.

In an interview with the Ghana News Agency, Madam Alhassan said: ‘This visit is to find out whether there are challenges with sanitation issues as well as improving water supply to the communities within the catchment areas.’

She later visited the G-Water Company, producers of the filtered water of the Ghana Water Company also to inspect progress of work there and expressed satisfaction of the work.

Mr Yaw Adjei, Station Manager of Kpong Water Treatment Plant who took the Minister round called for more funding to procure equipment’s to complete the expansion so far going on.

He expr
essed the hope that when the expansion work was completed Ghana Water Company could produce about 132 million gallons daily to the Volta, Eastern and the Greater Accra Regions respectively.

At Weija water treatment plant the Sector Minister was briefed on the level of encroachment by residents around and she used the occasion to warn the encroachers to desist from building close to the dam.

She called on the ministerial and district assemblies to ensure permits were not issued to people for construction to be undertaken.

‘We have been saying this all the time but still there appear to be recalcitrant individuals,’ she said.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Ellembelle MP launches Ellembelle School Bus Initiative, provides two buses for basic schools

The Member of Parliament (MP) for Ellembelle Constituency in the Western Region, Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah, has launched an educational program called the Ellembelle School Bus Initiative for pupils in the rural communities of the constituency.

The beneficiary communities for phase one are Obayeboe, Nyamebekyere, Fiasolo, Sendu, Kanokware, New Sanfo, Old Sanfo, Atababo, and Onsonyameye.

The program aims to alleviate the transportation burden for public elementary school pupils, ensuring they have a reliable and safe means of travel to school.

The Ellembelle School Bus Initiative promises not only to enhance the safety and security of the pupils but also to serve as a source of motivation for other children who have yet to attend school.

By removing one of the key barriers to education, the initiative will help boost school attendance and punctuality, contributing to better academic performance and overall pupil well-being.

Additionally, the initiative underscores Armah-Kofi Buah’s commitment to fulfilling
his promises and improving the lives of the people in those communities.

Speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the initiative at Kanokware School Park on Saturday, June 8, 2024, Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah disclosed that the initiative was a pledge he made to the good people of Ellembelle some years ago.

“When I was coming to be Ellembelle MP, I promised to initiate the Ellembelle Mobile Clinic to provide free healthcare to people in rural communities, and I did that. In my second term, I promised to establish the Ellembelle Elderly Care Center, and I have done it, and it’s still working. In my third term, I promised to establish the Ellembelle Food Bank, and I have done it, and it’s working. I also promised to buy buses for pupils in rural communities who walk long distances to school, and today I’m launching it,” he stated.

“Today’s program is phase one, and the buses are two, and they cost me GHC500,000. These buses will take pupils from outside Nyamebekyere School and Kanokware School in and out free of c
harge. This will help pupils be in school on time.”

“I have done this because I grew up and attended school at Nyamebekyere, and I experienced how children in these areas suffer before attending classes. When I became MP, I always saw children here walking long distances to school during the rainy season and dry season, and I was touched to vow to buy buses to support them,” he added.

He urged the pupils to take their academic work seriously to become responsible citizens in the future.

“Nobody thought I would become an MP because my parents were poor, but they did everything possible to send me to school, and today I’m a great person in Ghana. The same thing can happen to our children here today; these children that we see here are our future doctors, teachers, nurses, MPs, lawyers, engineers, and pastors, so let’s help them, and I have vowed to help them,” he said.

He pledged to maintain the buses regularly and also to buy fuel and pay the drivers monthly.

Former Ellembelle Education Director, Peter Ac
kah Blay, also spoke at the event and commended Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah for the initiative.

He said the initiative would go a long way toward helping the pupils in the communities.

He called on the school management and drivers to take proper care of the buses to make them last longer.

The Chief of Ampain, Nana Nyameke Fofole II, who chaired the colorful ceremony, thanked Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah.

He described the initiative as unprecedented and historic.

“This is unprecedented; no sitting MP has done this before. God bless our MP. I’m happy to see these brand new buses here for our children,” he said.

He took the opportunity to rally support for Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah to be retained as Ellembelle MP for another four years to do more projects for the constituency.

The Assembly Member of the area, Nicolas Mawule, commended the MP for coming to the aid of the pupils and promised not to allow the buses to be used for different purposes.

Moreover, the staff, pupils, community members, and sub-chiefs in
the communities expressed their profound appreciation to Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah for the intervention.

Present at the colorful and historic event were the NDC 2024 parliamentary candidate, Mavis Kuukua Bissue; former Ellembelle DCE and a member of the NDC Western Regional Council of Elders, Daniel Eshun; Ellembelle Assembly Members; former Ellembelle presiding member, Dominic Nyanzu; Esiama Divisional Police Commander; staff of the Ellembelle Education Directorate; Ellembelle NDC Executives; Odikro of Nyamebekyere; Odikro of Fiasolo; Odikro of Kanokware; and the media.

Source: Ghana Web