OLA gives to Saint Victor’s Major Seminary

Tamale- A delegation from Our Lady Queen of Africa (OLA) Parish in Bolgatanga in the Upper East Region has visited the Saint Victor’s Major Seminary in Tamale in the Northern Region and presented assorted foodstuff as part of its Christian corporate Social responsibility.

The parish which is visiting the Seminary for the first time presented items which included; bags of maize, millet, oil and canned tomatoes to support the seminarians undergo their training.

Reverend Father George Omondi, Parish Priest of the OLA Parish who led the delegation, said the donation was from proceeds of a programme organised by the Parish, dubbed; Lent with Jesus which was part of activities to mark the Parish’s lent season.

He said the initiative was based on a lecture delivered by Most Reverend Alfred Agyenta, Bishop of the Navrongo- Bolgatanga Diocese, which revealed the deplorable conditions of the seminary.

Reverend Daniel Fuseini Saaka, Vice Rector of the Seminary who received the items, said the gift could not have come at a better time than this time, and disclosed that the Seminary was under stressed in terms of food and other necessities for the upkeep of both the seminarians and the formatters.

He expressed gratitude to the Parish for the gesture, and called for similar visits from sister Parishes to support the Seminary.

Members of the delegation included; Mr Samuel Agyegelone, the Parish Chairman, Mrs Mary Azumah, Vice Chairperson, Mr Jacob Atimbia, Secretary, Mrs Augustina Atiah Abii, Vice Secretary, Mr Joseph Ayambila, Trustee, Mr Mathew Akolgo, Organising Secretary, and Messrs Filbert Kuupol, and Philip Azumah, Elders of the church.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Pass law to regulate donation inflows to Foundations – Coalition

Wa, The People’s Action Against Corruption, an anti-corruption coalition in Upper West Region, has called on the executive arm of government and legislators to consider ways of regulating donations made by cooperate bodies to Foundations.

The anti-graft civil society bodies comprised; Community Development Alliance (CDA-Ghana), NORSAAC and Rural Initiatives for Self-Empowerment (RISE-Ghana).

They expressed grave concern about the seemingly uncontrolled donations made to numerous foundations in Ghana without due accountability to the public.

Speaking to Journalists at a News conference at Wa, Mr Salifu Issifu Kanton, the Coalition’s Spokesperson, called on lawmakers to pass a law to control inflows of donations to the foundations which could be used as conduits for receiving corrupt monies.

He noted that most of the companies donating to the foundations belonging to top politicians might be seeking to do businesses that were already operating by the politicians.

Clearly, he said, the ruling government had good intentions to fight corruption following the passage of Office of the Special Prosecutor’s Act and commended President Akufo-Addo for initiating steps to fight corruption.

However, he said: It is still quite clear that the greatest impediment to the President’s vision of Ghana Beyond Aid is corruption.

The coalition called on the President to furnish the Office of the Special Prosecutor with the needed resources to facilitate its work of dealing with graft in the society.

The euphoria that heralded the appointment of the Special Prosecutor coupled with the high public expectations from the President to fight corruption must not be allowed to evaporate into thin air, Mr Kanton stated.

The independence of other anti-corruption agencies should not be sacrificed at the altar of political manipulations, he added.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Supporting girls is critical for national development

Takoradi, Mrs Josephine Amoh, a child activist has called on parents, teachers and community leaders to consider the educational and social development of the girl child as a critical factor of ending poverty and achieving the SDGs.

She stressed the need for women empowerment particularly the young and upcoming girl child since the kitchen was no longer the place for women alone, noting that with the right support and encouragement the girl child could climb higher on the academic and social ladder and better contribute to family needs.

Mrs Amoh told the Ghana News Agency that parents and society must no longer tolerate evils against the girl child in the form of sexual abuse, unwanted pregnancy and neglect adding,” It is time parents and community leaders stopped matters relating to these malpractices against the girl child.

She advocated that more stringent plans and programmes be put in place to protect the girl child and provided them with their needs.

“Women are going places these days, we have women lawyers, journalists, politicians and governors and parents and stakeholders must dream of having more women in influential positions”, she added.

Mrs Amoh also a former Regional Director for the Department of Children said education was the only developmental tool to change the fortunes of all sexes especially the woman since most social activities revolved around her.

“It is only necessary that men become conscious of this and rather lend a helping hand to the training and development of the girl Child whom they relied on to manage their homes and children… Without formal education these purposes could not be achieved “.

Source: Ghana News Agency

GES empower girl-child education in Ajumako

Ajumako (C/R)- Girl-child clubs on Thursday embarked on a massive float through the principal streets of Ajumako amidst pledges of commitments to their education.

The objective of the march organised by the Ajumako- Enyan-Essiam (AEE) District Girl Child Unit of the Ghana Education- Service was to drum home the need to protect and educate the girl-child.

It also sought to build their self-esteem, knowledge and skills to reduce the high school dropouts among young girls in the area to propel them to the next level in life.

The girls held placards with inscriptions such as ‘educate girls at the right age’, ‘girls education is important’, ‘send your girl-child to school, ‘stop girl-child marriage and support them in school’.

The programme was in commemoration of the District’s “Girls’ Education Week” as part of activities to mark the International Day of the girl-child, on the theme: “Reducing the high rate of teenage pregnancies; the role of stakeholders”.

Addressing the students after the float, Mr Daniel Cabbold, the AEE District Director of Education called on students to stop wasting their time on social media and take their lessons seriously to prepare them a better future.

Some time to come you are going to become Presidents, doctors and important personalities in the society so don’t waste your time on less important things rather than your books.

He appealed to parents not to renege on their responsibility to provide the needs of their children, particularly, girls by working hard to support them to prevent them from falling prey to unscrupulous men.

Madam Gifty Nordzi, District Girl-Child Education Coordinator, urged the girls to study hard and exhibit the virtues of a virtuous girl to enable them to grow to become responsible adults and stated that statistics from the Ghana Health Service (GHS) said more than 500 young girls were impregnated in the district annually.

In that regard, she re-affirmed their commitment to upscale regular community engagements, adolescent reproductive health camps, girls’ camps among others and pledged her office’s unalloyed support and commitments to eradicate the menace of teenage pregnancies.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Ghana makes significant gains in controlling measles – Officer

Sunyani,Ghana has made significant gains in controlling measles for the past 15 years because no child has died of the disease within the period and the number of children who contracted it also reduced drastically.

Madam Nana Ama Asirifi, the Brong-Ahafo Regional Health Promotion Officer indicated this in an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Sunyani.

She said the introduction of immunisation against childhood killer diseases like measles had improved the health of children in the country.

Madam Asirifi however expressed worry that measles outbreak continued to occur in some parts of the country and mostly affected children under five years, adding that over 40 per cent of negative measles cases tested positive for rubella.

She therefore urged mothers to cooperate with immunisation officials in the upcoming vaccination exercise against measles/rubella from the Wednesday 17 to Monday 22 October for their children of nine months to under five years to be immunised to sustain the gains the nation had made.

She said the immunisation would take place at health centres and a number of temporary immunisation places set up in schools, markets, churches, bus stations and all communities in the country.

Source: Ghana News Agency