Accra, Oct. 15, GNA - A proponent of the Akuafo Cheque system under which farmers are paid with a special cheque for the purchase of cocoa has thrown his weight behind the demand of cocoa farmers that the payment system in its original form should be brought back.
In a statement to the Ghana News Agency in Accra on Monday, Dr Michael Gbordzoe, who said he and three others submitted proposals for the Akuafo Cheque system to the erstwhile Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC), defended the merits of the system in its original form and said the gains must not be lost.
"The significant advantages that the farmers have gained through the Akuafo Cheque payment system should be defended and not thrown away," he said.
The Ghana Cocoa, Coffee and Shea-nut Farmers Association should do everything legally possible to exert pressure on the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) and the current Government to put measures in place now to entrench the original Akuafo Cheque payment system to the advantage of the farmers and the nation Ghana and not allow this to be manipulated by the Licensed Buying Companies.
Dr Gbordzoe said the rationale behind the introduction of the Akuafo Cheque payment system included the failure or inability of COCOBOD to pay the cocoa farmers for cocoa and the acute liquidity problems prevailing at the time leading to the withdrawal of the 50 cedi notes from circulation.
"Even if the PNDC could mobilize funds from any sources at that time to pay the farmers for their produce, the banks would be left with serious and acute-to-chronic liquidity problems if the COCOBOD were to embark on cash payments."
If cash payments were effected, most farmers would put their sums of money 'under their pillows' or elsewhere at home and would not necessarily or willingly go to banks to save their money.
Farmers are now being paid in cash and with the Akuafo Cheque system.
Dr Gbordzoe said paying through the cheque system implied also creating savings accounts for the farmers, preferably with the Agricultural Development Bank or other Ghanaian-owned banks, with long term advantages for the farmers and the banks.
"The farmers' cheque payment system would also contribute in a way to the capitalization efforts of the banks since the farmers would not normally withdraw all their monies from the bank within a short period of time," he said.
The system was also to eliminate the tremendous influence of middlemen associated with cash payments by buying agents leading to the farmers getting less net earnings for their produce.
Dr Gbordzoe said most of these factors were still relevant today, especially liquidity factors, net earnings for the farmers for their produce, reduction of the influence of middle men associated with local or foreign controlled Buying Agents or Companies, and speculation on the commodities associated with cash-flows.
A former Director General of the Ghana Education Service, Michael Nsowa, is appealing to policy makers to take a second look at the current structure of the nationÂ’s Senior High School system and correct all anomalies before it is too late.
Kumasi, Oct. 15, GNA – Government would roll out appropriate social pension schemes to provide income security for those who are unable to contribute to any social security schemes.
Mr Moses Asaga, Minster of Employment and Social Welfare, who made this known at the weekend, said the scheme would be implemented side by side with strengthening of existing social security schemes.
He was speaking at the Third Quadrennial National Delegates Conference of the SSNIT National Pensioners Association (NPA) held in Kumasi.
Mr Asaga gave the assurance that the Government would pursue a national development agenda that prioritises the realization of citizens’ rights and entitlements and which enhances Ghana’s democratic development.
“As a Government that believes in social democracy, issues relating to the creation of a solid protection floor for working people are a core focus for us”, he said.
“Promoting decent work and enhancing social protection schemes is consequently very high on the development agenda of my ministry.”
Mr Asaga said the Ministry of Employment and Social Welfare was currently engaged with the Ghana Health Service to mainstream services for the elderly into the Health Delivery System at the community level.
“The engagement is also looking at the best ways of integrating nutrition issues of the elderly into the programme of work of the Ghana Health Service”, he added.
Mr Edward Ameyibor, General Secretary of SSNIT NPA, said the Conference was organized to provide the platform for more pensioners to get involved in decision-making process of the Association and to make the activities of the Association more visible in the regions.
The participants adopted a 15 bullet-point resolution aimed at improving the welfare of its matters.
The resolutions included the establishment of a Charity Fund by the National Executive Committee to assist pensioners in emergency medical situations.
“The NPA intends to pursue these demands vigorously with the Ministry of Employment and Social Welfare and the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning”, it said.
The resolution also said “the NPA looks forward to consolidating our relationship with the Public Services Workers Union and HelpAge Ghana, to whom we are affiliated, so that together we fight for a life of dignity for older persons and pensioners.”
“NPA appeals to the Trades Union Congress to support genuine demands for pensioners under the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) scheme and to always add their voices to our concerns”, it said.
It said the “NPA appeals to the government to consider allocating money from the Consolidated Fund to cushion the meagre monthly allowances of SSNIT pensioners, as being enjoyed by Ghana Government Pensioners (Cap30)”.
The resolution said that the NPA believed that the issue of corruption in the public service could be effectively tackled through adequate, secured and more rewarding pensions and called on political parties to cool down the political temperature.
The resolution urged the parties to place issues of old people and pensioners high in their manifestoes and address how their lots could be improved.
Accra, Oct. 15, GNA – The Electoral Commission (EC) on Monday set-out acts and inactions that may constitute electoral offences in Election 2012 and called on the political parties and other democratic stakeholders to respect the laws or face the consequences.
The offences include: to make or publish, by written or spoken word or by song, a false statement about the personal character of another candidate or the conduct of a political party; and to excite enmity against a person, group of persons, or political party on grounds of religious, ethnic, professional, regional, or political affiliation.
In an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Accra, Dr Kwadwo Afari-Gyan, the EC Chairman, explained that a careful examination of the offences indicated that an election official, a polling agent, a party official, a candidate, a voter, or any member of the general public could commit an election offence.
“To give or receive money or something of value as a means of inducing a person to vote, or not to vote, in a certain way; to use or threaten to use force or violence against a person or group of persons; and to inflict or threaten to inflict physical or spiritual injury or harm on a person.
“A person found guilty of an election offence may be fined or imprisoned or both. For some offences, a person may also be qualified from voting in subsequent elections or from holding public office,” he stated.
Sanctions includes a fine not exceeding 500 penalty units; or imprisonment not exceeding two years; or both fine and imprisonment; and five year disqualification.
A list of the Election 2012 offences obtained by the GNA indicates that to organize or train a group of persons in the use of force or violence for election purposes, to compel or induce a candidate to withdraw his or her candidature; and to canvass for votes or seek to find out how a person intends to vote within 500 metres of a polling station.
To remove any notice lawfully exhibited in connection with an election; to intentionally destroy a ballot paper or any form related to an election; to impede, or prevent a voter from freely exercising his or her right to vote as an offence; and to take to a polling station anything that reveals the candidate or party you intend to vote for.
Others are to forge, print or be in possession of a ballot paper without lawful authority; to tamper, or attempt to tamper, in any way with the contents of a ballot box; to misconduct yourself as an election official; and to impede, or prevent a voter from freely exercising his/her right to vote.
To force somebody to vote in a particular way; to put anything other than a ballot paper into a ballot box when an election is in progress; to vote in the name of another person-living, dead or fictitious; and to vote or attempt to vote if you are not qualified to do so.
To attempt to vote before the poll officially opens, or after it closes; to have your name in the voter’s register of more than one polling station.
Accra, Oct. 15, GNA – The Supreme Court will on October 19th deliver judgment in the case in which a businessman is challenging the authority of the Electoral Commission (EC) to create 45 new constituencies.
The Court on Monday gave respective counsels the opportunity to argue their cases out.
Mr Godfred Yeboah–Dame told the court that the EC owed Ghanaians the explanation as to why they did not publish the modalities and criteria for the creation of the 45 new constituencies.
According to Mr Yeboah–Dame, the creation of the constituencies was not a simple matter, adding there were certain guidelines the EC should have followed.
“The EC could have come out to tell us the reason for which a particular constituency was divided. It only went ahead to publish the list of the 45 new constituencies, but declined to give reasons for which they arrived at that decision,” he said.
Mr James Quarshie-Idun, who represented the EC, noted that although Article 47 of the constitution spelt out the modalities to be used in demarcations, Article 48 remedy the issues concerning demarcations.
According to him, a party aggrieved over the demarcation would have to appeal to a three member panel set up by the Chief Justice.
Mr Cecil Adadevoh, who represented the Attorney General and Mr David Annan, who acted as a friend of the court relied on their statements of case.
The court presided over by Mr Justice William Atuguba had other Justices on the panel to include Ms Rose Owusu, Ms Sophia Adinyira, Professor Dateh Baah, Mr Anin Yeboah, Mrs Vida Akoto Bamfo and Mr Sule Gbadegbe.
Mr Ransford Frances and his lawyers are praying the Supreme Court to declare the Constitutional Instrument 78 as unconstitutional and therefore null and void.
This was after the court had dismissed a writ for an interlocutory injunction filed by lawyers of the plaintiff seeking to prevent Parliament from passing the C.I. 78 that was intended to give legal backing to the creation of the 45 new constituencies.
The businessman was challenging the power of the EC to go ahead with the creation of new constituencies without first laying it before Parliament, a Constitutional Instrument indicating clearly the mechanism, formula or modalities by which it intended to undertake that exercise.
On July 16 this year, the plaintiff proceeded to the SC praying it to perpetually restrain the EC from laying before Parliament any Constitutional Instrument creating new constituencies or revoking the Representation of the People (Parliamentary Constituencies) Instrument, 2004 [C.I. 46], until it lays before Parliament a Constitutional Instrument which clearly sets out the processes to be adopted by the EC.
Akyawkrom (Ash), Oct 15, GNA – The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has elected Madam Ama Pomaa Boateng as it parliamentary candidate for the newly created Juaben Constituency.
She polled 155 votes to beat off the challenge from her four other contestants at the party’s delegates congress held at Akyawkrom.
They included Stephen Agyei Wiredu, who had 36 votes, Francis Owusu, 82, Madam Abena Pokuaa, 67, and Alexander Oworae, three votes.
Madam Pomaa Boateng pledged to work together with the members and supporters to deliver the seat to the NPP on December 7.
She said she was not going to disappoint them and that their target was not just to win but achieve that by a wider vote margin.
Mr Fredrick Fredua Anto, the Ashanti Regional Chairman, called on the party’s loyalists to intensify their electioneering campaign to ensure massive victory.
He described the performance of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in government as abysmal and urged Ghanaians to vote it out.
He said it was worrying that social interventions introduced by the Kufuor Administration were all now in a mess and near collapse.
He mentioned among these interventions - the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), the Capitation Grant, free maternal health care, free busing of school children, the cocoa mass spraying and fertilizers.
Political parties, he said, are elected into power to provide social services and make life better for the people, but this had been lacking over the last four years. That was why the electorate must vote for change.
Those who were defeated promised to stand with Madam Boateng every step of the way to bring victory to the NPP.
Abesim (B/A) Oct. 15, GNA – Barimah Kumi Acheaw II, Chief of Abesim in the Sunyani Municipality at the weekend advised the youth to be more discerning in order not to sell their conscience to politicians for monetary gains.
He entreated them to rather concentrate on how they could use their exuberances healthily and obtained better jobs to fend for themselves and their families.
Addressing thousands of enthusiastic New Patriotic Party (NPP) supporters at the official launching of the Sunyani East Constituency campaign at Abesim, near Sunyani, Barimah Acheaw II asked the youth to think about their future and vote wisely.
He alerted them that some selfish politicians would approach and entice them with monies and gifts ostensibly to use them as a tool to foment trouble.
Barimah Acheaw II, who is the Kyidomhene of Dormaa Traditional Council, told the youth to remember what they had gone through for the past years and boldly ignore politicians who might use them to cause confusion.
“These politicians will have nothing good to offer you and if you allow them to sway your minds for their individuals political ambitions you will definitely suffer the consequences at the long run”, he stated.
Barimah Acheaw commended Mr. Kwasi Ameyaw-Cheremeh, Member of Parliament (MP) for Sunyani East for putting the Abesim main lorry park in a good shape.
He said though traditional rulers were barred from engaging in active partisan politics, the Abesim traditional area would not hesitate to support politicians whose agenda was to facilitate accelerated national development.
Mr. Kwame Osei Prempeh, MP for Nsuta Kwamang noted with concern that the bane of Ghana’s democratic governance was vote buying.
He said because the government could not fulfill its 2008 utopian campaign promises, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) would deliberately approach the electorate with monies and other juicy items to win their votes.
“Those monies are state resources so you can take them but make sure it does not influence your voting pattern”, he told the ecstatic supporters.
Mr. Ameyaw-Cheremeh said when the NDC came to power in 2009 there was not a single school in the Municipality, which held classes under trees because of the massive infrastructural development in schools during the eight-year NPP administration under former President Kufuor.
The MP for the area advised the constituents to retain him come December 7th to enable him complete on-going projects in the area.
Mr. Kwadwo Adjei-Darko, former MP for Sunyani West, Mr. Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, MP for Assin South, Mr. Kofi Jumah, MP for Asokwa and Mr. Albert Kan Dapaah MP for Afigya Sekyere took turns to address the crowd.
Their messages were all centered on the NPP’s implementation of the free Senior High School education.
Mr. Adu Asare, Sunyani East Constituency Chairman of the NPP, advised supporters of the party to conduct themselves well and guard against inflammatory statements that could mar the elections.
Awaradone (U/E), Oct. 15, GNA - The National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) has called for the need for communities to adopt the Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR) concept of the World Vision to fight desertification.
The FMNR involves selecting and pruning stems regenerating from stumps of naturally grown trees on the field to give them more space to grow.
A Deputy Chief Disaster Control Officer of NADMO in the Upper East Regional Directorate, Mr Paul Wooma, said this the International Day for Disaster Reduction held at Awaradone in the Talensi District over the weekend.
He said the FMNR had proved to be more reliable, cheaper and sustainable than the usual conventional methods of tree planting saying about five hundred acres of forest reserve had been created in the Talensi-Nabdam District of the Upper East Region within two and a half years under the Farmer Managed and Natural Regeneration (FMNR) programme.
Mr Wooma appealed to policy makers to infuse the FMNR into Forestry Commission Programme activities and called on communities in the region to establish woodlot projects for future firewood harvesting.
He said disaster management and its reduction called for a multi-sectorial approach and that was why NADMO worked with all stakeholders including the Ghana Education Service and NGOs in disaster management.
He said his outfit together with District Assemblies ensured that all new school buildings adhered to building codes and standards that incorporate disaster resilience and climate change adaptation.
He called on School authorities to conduct safety reviews of existing school infrastructure with respect to local hazards on a regular basis.
The Day is celebrated on the 13th October every year to raise public awareness about what member countries of the United Nations can do to reduce the Risk of Disasters from Floods, Wildfires, Droughts, Desertification, Earthquakes and Hurricanes among others.
The event was on the theme: “Women and Girls the Invisible Force of Resilience” and it attracted stakeholders including school children, parents, the National Disaster Management Organizations, Assembly Members and NGOs among others.
Awaradone (U/E), Oct. 15, GNA - This year’s International Day for Disaster Reduction has been marked in the Upper East Region with a call on stakeholders in education to speed up the inclusion of Disaster Risk Reduction in the school curricular.
The year’s event which was organized at Awaradone in the Talensi District of the Region by the World Vision Area Development of the Talensi and Nabdam Districts under the theme: “Women and Girls the Invisible Force of Resilience”, attracted stakeholders including school children, parents, the National Disaster Management Organizations, Assembly Members and NGOs.
The Day is celebrated on the 13th of October every year to raise public awareness about what member countries of the United Nations can do to reduce the risk of disasters, floods, wildfires, droughts, desertification, earthquakes and hurricanes among others.
Speakers laid emphasis on the need for the MOE and GES to quickly ensure the inclusion of Disaster Risk Reduction in the school curricular so as to inculcate in school children, the spirit to fight to reduce disasters.
Mr Norbert Baba Akolbila, Manager of World Vision Ghana in the Talensi and Nabdam Districts, said children were the major agents of change and regretted the undue delay of policy makers to ensure the inclusion of Disaster Risk Reduction in their curricular.
“What these people don’t know is that we are the agents of change and should be encouraged to participate in disaster risk reduction and decision making. The formation of Environmental and Disaster Risk Reduction Clubs in our Schools by World Vision is very good.
It gives us the chance to talk about things that affect us and our environment. It helps us to contribute to our own safety and keep the environment safe for future generation.
This project must be commended and extended to other schools for others to also gaint”, said Miss Stella Abisiba, a Pupil of the Awaradone Primary School in a speech.
Mr David Aloku, Chairman of the Disaster Risk Reduction Task force of Awaradone Community, advised the pupils to stop creating bush fires in search of rats and also appealed to parents to desist from felling trees for charcoal.
Ms Mame Ntome, a taskforce Member of the Disaster Risk Reduction in Awaradone, said since the formation of the Task Force by World Vision and NADMO, disasters such as floods, bushfires and drought have been reduced drastically in the area.
Ms Dziedzorm Awude, Programme Officer in charge of Children Emergency Response and Disaster(C-ERDM) of World Vision, expressed happiness about the involvement of females, especially school girls in Disaster Management saying women could play a major role when it came to disaster risk reduction.
The pupils treated the gathering to a drama and poetry recital on Disaster Risk Reduction which attracted applause from the audience.
Accra, Oct 15, GNA - Mr. Enoch Teye Mensah, Minister of Water Resources Works and Housing, has appealed to the Ghana Health Service (GHS) and the Ghana Education Service to put up pragmatic plans that would promote hand washing with soap and water on Monday in Accra.
Mr Mensah quoting a statistic from the GHS said there had been 5,800 reported cholera cases resulting in sixty deaths from January to September this year.
“This is sad, because these are people who should not have been ill at all in the first place. Cholera can easily be avoided by keeping our environment clean and simply washing our hands with soap, after using the toilet and before handling food - that is before cooking, serving or eating.”
He made the appeal at the commemoration of the 2012 Global hand washing day celebration, which was aimed at inspiring commitment, fostering a global and local culture of hand washing with soap and supporting the campaign for the prevention of cholera.
The day was on the theme: “Five years of global hand washing day celebration: going beyond the fifth birthday of children”.
Madam Sherry Ayittey, Minister of Environment Science and Technology at the celebration encouraged teachers to have hand washing places at vantage points on school compounds to help inculcate the habit of hand washing with soap and water in the pupils.
Dr. Gloria Quansah said this year’s theme could not have been more appropriate and timely, particularly in the face of Ghana’s renewed committed towards reducing mortality to its barest minimum in children less than five years.
“It is important to note that more than half of under-five child deaths are due to diseases that are preventable and treatable through simple and affordable interventions, one of which is washing hands with soap,” she added.
She said hand washing with soap and water was the most effective and inexpensive way to prevent diarrhea and acute respiratory infection.
Sunyani, Oct. 15, GNA – Mr Eric Opoku, Deputy Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, has stated the need for Ghanaians, especially the youth to understand and apply Information Technology in all areas of socio-economic development to enhance governance.
He said the world had become a global village and businesses and individuals are trading across globe through the Internet.
The Deputy Regional Minister was speaking at a ceremony to hand-over 6,624 rIG laptops to 250 basic and Junior High schools in the region to help improve their ICT knowledge in Sunyani.
He said the policy was initiated by the late President Professor John Evans Atta Mills to supply over 60,000 laptops to public school nationwide to promote computer literacy in basic schools.
Mr Eric Opoku said 150 computers had already been supplied to 10 rural community schools under phase one of the programme.
He said 31 instructors three from each beneficiary district had been trained by rLG and supplied with laptops to equip them with the skills and knowledge to handle the computers appropriately and also to train the pupils.
The Regional Minister urged the beneficiary schools to take good care of the computers to enhance and build their knowledge in ICT.
Mr George Adjei–Henney, Regional Educational Director, thanked all stakeholders particularly the management of rLG for supporting government to implement the Better Ghana agenda.
Mr Emmanuel Arthur, Corporate Affairs Manager of rLG Communications said over 27,000 laptops out of the 60,000-laptop contract between the company and the Ministry of Education, had already been distributed to basic and junior high schools in five regions and promised to supply the remaining laptops before the year ends.
Accra, Oct 15, GNA - The Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Mr. Samuel Ofosu Ampofo on Monday handed over 110 motorbikes and desktop computers to beneficiary districts assemblies under the Ghana Social Opportunities Project to enhance monitoring and supervision of projects.
He said the national social protection strategy represented, government of Ghana’s vision of creating an all-inclusive society through the provision of sustainable mechanisms for the protection of persons living in situation of extreme poverty, vulnerability and exclusion.
Mr Ampofo said one of such sustainable mechanisms for protection against extreme poverty was the Labour-Intensive Public Works Programme that has been piloted under the Ghana Social Opportunities Project to offer extreme poor households better access to employment and income to facilitate opportunities in the poor communities within the 40 poorest districts in the country.
He said although the actual implementation of the labour-intensive public works programme began barely six month ago, it had generated over 25,600 temporary jobs for the extreme poor in over 180 poor communities within the 40 beneficiary districts.
Over this same period, about GHc1.96 million had been transferred into the pockets of the poor in eight beneficiary districts.
He said between now and the start of the 2013 major rainy season, the GSOP would implement additional 152 Labour-Intensive Protection Works subprojects in 228 new communities to generate over 49,800 jobs for the poor and transfer to their pockets over GH¢ 11.94 million during the agricultural off-season, the period of low employment, especially in the northern regions of the country.
Mr Robert Austin, the National Coordinator of the Ghana Social Opportunities Protection, said the project was specifically designed as an exceptional social protection mechanism for protecting the extreme poor and marginalized in the society.
He said to improve access to employment and income earning opportunities, GSOP was piloting the Labour-intensive Public Works programme through the existing decentralized local government structures and all activities of implementation from identification, design, contracting and construction of the subprojects were carried out by the beneficiary district assemblies and communities.
He said the GSOP under component 'one' was undertaking study of all existing social protection interventions to help government to redirect its social protection expenditures to the most effective areas and reduce those in less effective areas.
Mr Austin said the labour-intensive Public Works was to assist district assemblies to identify suitable subprojects such as feeder roads, small dams and dugouts and watershed management and other climate change activities within very poor communities as captured in the district assemblies own medium term development plans.
Baare (U/E), Oct. 15, GNA - The Chief and people of Baare in the Talensi District, have appealed to government to help de-silt the only dam in the area which is the major source of livelihood of the people.
Naba Nyaakora Mantii made the appeal during the celebration of the “Daa festival” of the area.
The festival was on the theme: “Promoting Unity and Creating Awareness through Education and Culture”.
Naba Nyaakora Mantii, known in private life as Sylvester Balagumyetime, said since the construction of the dam 25 years ago, it had not been de-silted and this made it difficult for people to embark on dry season farming of crops such tomato, pepper, okro and onions.
“The dam helped retain the people of this area as it engaged the youth in some meaningful occupation,” he said.
He said the main source of drinking water was also from the dam and this encouraged the youth to go into livestock rearing in the area saying they could, however, no longer undertake these activities with the choked dam.
Naba Mantii appealed to government to also help the area construct a befitting market structure with decent market stalls saying the Baare market which is one of the famous and oldest markets in the Talensi and Nabdam Districts and the Gurune Speaking areas, when properly constructed would help generate more revenue for the Assembly.
He also called for aid in connecting electricity to the area to enable small scale industries thrive.
The Chief commended the Government for extending the School Feeding Programme to the Baare Primary School and appealed for an additional School block and teachers’ accommodation to help cater for more school children.
The Chief paid tribute to the World Vision Ghana for the numerous support and projects it had brought to Baare especially borehole, KIVP toilets and introduction of the Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR) among others and called on other NGOs to emulate World Vision.
The Daa festival is celebrated by the people of Baare every year to thank the gods and ancestors for granting them good harvest and protecting them throughout the year and to also ask for further protection.
The Chief also used the occasion to en-skin a new Queen Mother and Youth Chief for the area.
The new Queen Mother is Mrs Geogina Bonsarigya, a 46-year old Medical Assistant.
Kumasi, Oct 15, GNA - The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has pledged to improve the quality of life and strengthen the economy, if given the mandate to govern the nation in the December polls.
Nana Akomea, the party’s Communication Director, said they would bring more efficiency into the management of the economy and aggressively fight corruption to make the situation of the people better.
They have capable, dedicated, well-experienced and a competent team to make things happen.
He said this when speaking at the campaign launch by the party’s Parliamentary Candidate for the Oforikrom Constituency in Kumasi, Mrs Elizabeth Agyemang.
Nana Akomea accused the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) of corruption, ineptitude and poor performance and said it had proven undeserving of another term.
He called on the electorate to vote massively for Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo and the NPP parliamentary candidates adding that they should vote rightly on December 7, to put the nation back on the path of progress and wealth creation.
Mr Kennedy Agyapong, Member of Parliament for Assin-North, urged all Ghanaians to be vigilant on the voting day to prevent electoral fraud and cheating.
He also called on the police and other security agencies to act firmly and decisively against trouble makers, who he claimed, had plotted to disrupt voting in known strongholds of the NPP.
He advised those with the evil agenda to intimidate and frighten the party and its supporters to have a change of heart, since they would never be allowed to have their way.
Mrs Agyemang urged members and supporters of the NPP to accept to work hard and make the needed sacrifices to assure the party of a resounding victory.
He said it was necessary to step up the house-to-house campaign to canvass for more votes.
Accra, Oct. 15, GNA – The Dansoman Division of the National Fire Service on Monday said it has instituted an investigation into the cause of fire at the Mallam Market in the early hours of Monday.
Mr James Quarshie, Station Fire Officer at Dansoman, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency, complained about lack of access in the market which hindered their swift operations to the locate the source of the fire.
He said the combustible material at the market also aided the spread of the fire making it extremely difficult for the fire team to reach the exact spot at about 0615hours.
He said: “we called for immediate re-enforcement due to the density of the fire and advised market women to adhere to fire safety measures and procedures as outlined by regulations.
He though there were no casualties, items destroyed include bags of rice, groundnut, salt, tomatoes and tins of tomatoes, corn, fish, clothes, cartons of eggs and other food stuff.
Also, more than 50 market sheds containing various items were also gutted in the outbreak.
A financial institution, Rich Step Investment, a Susu and Small Medium enterprise had its office destroyed.
An eye witness, one Mr Adams, told the GNA that but for the prompt and timely response of firemen who got to the premises at about 0615hrs a lot more items of traders could have been lost in the process.
He said the fire started around 0555Hrs in one of the sheds, “we thought it was someone who was burning something but before we realised it had spread all over”.
An old woman, Auntie Dora, a salt seller, said she just saw the fire approaching her shed and couldn’t help it as the fire swept through her shed. She appealed to the authorities to quickly come to their assistance.
Accra, Oct. 15, GNA – The Ghana Grid Company Limited (GRIDCo) has explained that the power outages experienced in parts of Accra over the weekend, were as a result of a delay in returning two of their feeders to service following maintenance work.
A statement signed by Mr Albert Kwasi Quainoo, Head of Public Relations and copied to the Ghana News Agency, said the delay resulted in an overload on the remaining three power transformers leading to a loss of power supply to parts of the capital.
He said in the process, one of the GRIDCo transformers was faulted but had been repaired and returned to service and that currently all GRIDCo transformers are in operation.
The statement said “GRIDCo and the Electricity Company of Ghana appreciate the understanding of the consumer during such difficult times”.
Star Life Assurance Company Limited has joined the numerous clients of LÂ’AINE Services Ltd. in congratulating the Chief Executive, Mrs. Ellen Hagan, upon being awarded the CIMG Marketing Woman of the Year.