Sunyani, Oct. 20, GNA - Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) David Ampah-Bennin, Director-General (Technical) of Ghana Police Service at the weekend cautioned Police personnel to avoid alcoholic intake on December 7, the day of the General Election.
He said abstinence from alcohol on the day would enable the personnel to perform their duties creditably to facilitate free, fair and peaceful polls.
DCOP Ampah-Bennin who gave the caution at the closing ceremony of a week-long course on Public Order Management for 130 Police personnel and two senior Officers in Sunyani, noted that the success of elections depend on the capacity of the police to handle the event during, before and after.
The course, which was organised by the Police Administration aimed at equipping the personnel with the requisite skills, knowledge and professional approach on public order management towards the Presidential and Parliamentary elections.
It also prepared them to be physically, mentally and psychologically fit to provide rapid security on crowd related violence, before, during and after the elections.
Participants were taking through how to give protection to political rallies and other special events to avoid clashes in accordance with the public law, dispersing violent mob, protecting electoral offices, materials and national installations from violent crowd, human rights and the use of force in crowd control in Article 12 and 13 of the 1992 Constitution.
DCOP Ampah-Bennin urged the police to prioritise the interest of the nation to ensure that credible voters exercise their franchise peacefully without any public intimidations.
DCOP Robert Ayalingo, Brong Ahafo Regional Police Commander called on the political parties to eschew violence and desist from the recruitment of heavily-built men (macho-men) as polling agents to cause violence.
He appealed to the political parties to obey the Public Order Act and the Electoral Laws and abstain from interfering with the election process to ensure peaceful elections.
The Regional Police Commander warned that the Police are ready to deal with people, especially macho- men and supporters of contestants who try to cause commotion and disturbances at the polling stations.
“Attacks and prevention or delay of delivery of election materials to polling stations will not be tolerated by the police to affect the peace of the nation,” he said.
DCOP Ayalingo asked the personnel to be able to identify and arrest ring leaders of riots mobs without the use of force and fires arms.
Takoradi, Oct. 20, GNA- President John Dramani Mahama on Friday announced that government would revamp the country’s rail transport to reduce the burden on road transport which has manifested in traffic congestion.
Apart from that, he said the revamping of the railways would also facilitate the haulage of minerals, food and cash crops from the farming communities to marketing centres.
President Mahama announced this when he addressed Railway Workers Union in Takoradi as part of his five-day campaign tour of the Region.
During his stay in the Region, President Mahama would address rallies, inaugurate completed development projects, cut sod for the commencement of others and interact with chiefs and party supporters in the region.
President Mahama regretted that railway workers were some of the least paid government workers and promised that as soon as conditions were improved, their remunerations would also be increased to commensurate their performance in the country.
He said government had also awarded the Takoradi-Kojokrom railways on contract and was burnt on working on all the dilapidated and abandoned ones to recreate more jobs for workers and facilitate the movement of minerals and commodities to marketing locations.
Mr Godwill Ntarmah, Secretary General of Ghana Railway Workers Union, lamented that the highest paid worker at Ghana railways was taking about GHC 700 as salary and called on government to help to place them on the Single Spine Salary Structure.
The General Secretary also called for the review of their collective bargaining agreement to enable them to make the necessary salary negotiation for their workers.
He appealed to government to reverse the trend of delaying their salaries which had over the years plagued the company.
Accra,Oct. 20,GNA- Former President, Flt Lt Jerry John Rawlings has lamented the over-reliance on physical security to enforce peace on the African continent and called for investment in identifying the root causes of insecurity.
He said: “Too often we invest in physical security but that creates more enmity and stress. We should invest more time in political security. Physical security subordinates us and brings the worst out of us instead of the best.”
Former President Rawlings made the call when the Governor of Abia State of Nigeria, Chief Theodore Orji, paid a courtesy call on him at his Ridge office in Accra.
Chief Orji is in Ghana to participate as the Guest Speaker at the 8th Security Watch Lecture Series and 9th Annual Africa Security Awards Ceremony organised by Security Watch Africa.
Former President Rawlings commended the organisers for the choice of subject and said lack of security was a problem confronting the continent.
He said during his tenure as leader of Ghana, his government invested more in reaching the sources of problems and empowering the people, dwelling a lot more on education and doing away with social injustices.
Governor Orji, who received an award for instituting exemplary security policies in Abia State, said he called on President Rawlings because of the special relationship Nigeria has with Ghana.
He said the state government had invested a great deal in boosting security in Abia through the empowerment of the people and involvement of every citizen in governance.
Loans, he stated, had been offered to the youth to start their own businesses, the security forces had been equipped not only with weapons but in the area of intelligence gathering and the state legislature has formulated laws that facilitated the policies implemented by government.
President Rawlings expressed his gratitude for the courtesy call and prayed that all efforts will be made to explore the root causes of the situation in Mali so its resolution will serve as an example of how Africa can resolve its own problems.
He commended Chief Orji for his outstanding leadership and said Africa needed a few more of his ilk.
Bolgatanga (UE), Oct.20, GNA- People with vision impairment on Friday commemorated the International day of the White Cane in Bolgatanga with a call on all to respect the dignity of people with vision impairment.
Mr Moses Ayorka, President of the Upper East Branch, noted that the vision impaired continued to suffer discrimination at workplaces while the public regarded the use of the White Cane as an obstruction to their movement.
He said drivers, riders and pedestrians found the use of the White Cane an obstruction and also the public frowned on them and regarded them as beggars.
On a route march with placards with inscriptions “Blindness is not contagious”, “respect the blind” and “we need peace”, Mr Mark Akubire Atia, who is a member of the association indicated that the White Cane was important to the vision impaired because it helped them to move about and also served as a supportive tool for identifying obstacles and detecting lost items.
He said the blind could also play any leadership role as any other person and called on the general public not to discriminate against them.
He also enumerated other challenges such as members’ inability to procure the White Cane and called on benevolent organizations to come to their aid.
He added his voice to the message of the President of the Republic, Mr John Mahama in an address to the nation that Ghanaians should avoid character assassination but rather be engaged in discussing positive issues that would bring development to the country.
“When there is conflict, the blind would have no place to go”, he added and called on all to let the 2012 election be a successful and peaceful one.
Tamale, Oct. 20,GNA - The Global Hand Washing with Soap Day instituted by the United Nations General Assembly to create awareness on good sanitation and hygiene promotion through hand washing with soap has been marked.
This year's ceremony was the fifth in the series of the annual event, which is marked on October 15 globally to ensure that hand washing becomes an automatic behaviour performed voluntarily at homes, schools and communities instead of being viewed as an abstract good idea sometimes performed reluctantly.
It was organized by the Northern Region Office of the Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA) in partnership with organizations such as United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), Wash Alliance, and Unilever,
Speaking at the event which was held at the compound of the Tamale Senior High School in Tamale on Friday, Mr MacCarthy Ofori, Northern Regional Director of CWSA, said "we need a radical change of mind and attitude, and self discipline and together we shall get to the desired destination; which is good health and long life".
There were drama performances by school pupils depicting hand washing and the significance of washing hands with soap.
Mr Ofori said, "This celebration shall be meaningless if by same time next year, we as individuals and as a region cannot measure the positive behaviour change we have achieved in hand washing with soap within the year."
He said studies had shown that the "biggest killers of children and vulnerable adults in the developing countries are respiratory infections and diarrheal diseases, which are both preventable through the washing of hands with soap".
He argued that washing hands with water alone could remove some germs as compared to washing hands with soap and called on the populace to inculcate the habit of washing hands with soap for healthy living.
In a speech read for him, Mr Moses Bukari Mabengba, Northern Regional Minister, urged all to share the importance of washing hands with soap to their loved ones and community members.
Meanwhile, Wuni Zaligu Development Aassociation, an NGO, donated nine water containers to the Ghana Education Service to be distributed to schools to promote hand washing with soap amongst school pupils.
Dormaa-Ahenkro (B/A), Oct. 19, GNA –Several parliamentary aspirants thronged the Domaraa-Ahenkro District Office of the Electoral Commission on Thursday to file their dominations in order to contest Election 2012.
Among the candidates was Mr. Amponsah Kumi, a 29-year-old Banker who filed his nomination on Thursday as the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) Parliamentary Candidate for Dormaa Central.
Professor Kwame Agyenim-Boateng, 60, an academic in the United States of America (USA) was cleared by the Commission as the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Candidate at the Constituency, with Mr. Kwaku Agyemang Manu, 57, a Chartered Accountant and incumbent member of Parliament also filing on the ticket of the New Patriotic Party (NPP)
Mr. Appiah-Adjei Boateng, 60, a Diploma holder in mining engineering, is the candidate for the New Democratic Party (NDP) while Mr. Alexander Yeboah, an 80-year-old Teacher with Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) is for the Convention people’s Party (CPP).
In the Dormaa-East Constituency, Mr. Ali Adjei Ibrahim, 42, Presiding member of Dormaa-East Assembly and an Accountant would represent NDC, Mr. William Kwadwo Sabi, 46, a professional Health Economist, filed for the NPP, Mr. Alex Asante Oppong, 34, an Accountant, for PPP, Mr. Adomah Hayford, 49-year-old self-employed, for CPP while Mr. Felix Kwaku Kumi, 35, a Farmer with a Masters degree in Marine Policy (LLM in International Law) would stand as Independent Candidate.
In the Dormaa-West Constituency, Ali Maija Halidu, 32, a Master of Philosophy (M.Phil) holder and an employee of Food and Drugs Board (FDB) is the NPP candidate as Mr. Vincent Oppong Asamoah, 46, Dormaa Municipal Chief Executive, with Masters in Public Administration (MPA) is the candidate for NDC.
Mr. Isaac Sarpong, 56, a Diploma holder in Christian Education and a Pastor, is Parliamentary Candidate for CPP and Mr. Anthony Gyabaah, 40, a Public Servant, also holding MPA would contest for NDP.
In the Sunyani East Constituency, Mr. Michael Kwame Mensah Asare, a 41-year old Engineer, would contest as Independent candidate as Mrs. Vivian Tetteh, 38, a professional Teacher with Diploma in Basic Education, stands for PPP.
Mr. Kwasi Ameyaw Kyeremeh, 46, a Lawyer, and the incumbent MP filed for the NPP, Mr. Philip Awuah, 59, a Teacher with B.Ed, NDC, while Mr. Sampson Alonyina Sampana, 38, also a Teacher with B.Ed, People’s National Convention (PNC) and Mr. Anthony Nana Antwi Boasiako, 48, a Bachelor of Science (Accounting) holder, is representing for NDP.
Sunyani, Oct. 20, GNA – Osahene Kwaku Aterkyi II, Kukuomhene and President, Brong-Ahafo Regional House of Chiefs, to actively support the proper utilization and sustainability of forest and natural resources in the region.
Osahene Aterkyi was speaking at the launch of the Regional House of Chiefs’ Charter on Forest and Natural Resources Management in Sunyani on Thursday.
He highlighted the enormous and positive contribution of the chiefs amidst challenges to forest governance and implored them to use the charter to enhance their organizational capacity to provide information on forest and natural resource management for the benefit of their people.
The Charter is on traditional authorities’ transparency and accountability in forest and natural resource governance, with the theme, “Promoting Environmental Transparency”.
It was produced by the Centre for Indigenous and Organisational Development (CIKOD) and funded by Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS), a Ghanaian and German Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) respectively, that are among others, promoting sustainable environment and development.
Osahene Aterkyi underscored the need for the charter to eliminate all the ambiguities in the utilization of natural resources and encourage the House to use the charter to their advantage for other house of chiefs in the country to emulate.
Mr. Wilberforce Laate, Deputy Executive Director of CIKOD, enumerated the NGO’s objectives as promoting the participation of traditional authorities and indigenous institutions in local level development, natural resource governance and community organizational development.
He stated that the Charter would strengthen the traditional leaders to engage with formal government structures in facilitating community-led development interventions to ensure sustainable management and the use of forest resources.
Mr. Laate revealed that many people held the view that traditional leaders received so much royalty without accounting to their subjects, disclosing that only nine per cent of the royalty went to the traditional authorities.
“It is in pursuance of this objective that CIKOD in collaboration with the House of Chiefs through a pilot project in Kukuom, has developed this charter to guide and regulate the management of revenue from natural resources for transparency in their traditional areas”, he explained.
The CIKOD Deputy Executive Director said the Charter would also justify the relevance and legitimacy of traditional authorities in the management of natural resources in Ghana to contribute to transparency and accountability in governance
Sinuna (B/A), Oct. 20, GNA – Mr. George Boakye, Member of Parliament (MP) for Asunafo South, has appealed to Ghanaians to give the New Patriotic Party (NPP) the mandate in election 2012 for and rapid socio-economic development of the country.
He called on rural dwellers especially, to vote massively for the party to enable it to continue with its rural development agenda.
Mr. Boakye made the call at Sinuna, a farming community in the Asunafo South District during an inauguration of a clinic estimated at GHC40,000.00 from his personal resources to provide quality health care services to the people.
Mr. Boakye expressed his commitment to quality health care delivery in the constituency and announced that same facility had been provided to the people of Beposo, Agyeikrom, Noberkaw and also an ambulance in addition to semi-detached two nurses’ quarters have been given to the Kukuom Health Centre.
He said the provision of all those health facilities indicated that the NPP as an opposition party would also fulfill all its electoral promises to the people when voted into power.
Mr. Boakye advised the people to register under the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to enable them to access ready and quality health care.
Mr. Osei Bonsu, Constituency Chair of the Party, appealed to the electorate to vote for the NPP for effective and accountable governance of the country.
He noted that the constituency which had been classified as a flash point had remained calm and peaceful in this campaign period and therefore appealed to people to bury their differences and forge ahead in unity for the development of the area.
Nkoranza (B/A), Oct. 20,GNA – Three parliamentary aspirants in the Nkoranza South Constituency on Thursday filed their nominations at Nkoranza to contest the seat.
Mr. Ekow Essien, Municipal Electoral Officer, who disclosed to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in an interview, said Mr. Emmanuel Kwadwo Agyekum, 39, the Nkoranza South Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) is the National Democratic Congress (NDC) candidate, and Mr. Kwame Amporfo Twumasi, 58, incumbent Member of Parliament (MP), for the New Patriotic Party (NPP)
A 54-year old teacher, Mr. Isaac Asirifi Kudom , is the candidate for the National Democratic Party (NDP).
In a related development, at Busunya in the Nkoranza North Constituency, Mr. Rudolph Chireh, Electoral officer in-charge of the Constituency, said at the close of nomination, Major (retired) Derek Oduro, 54, the incumbent MP had filed for the NPP whilst Mr. Kwadwo Agyei-Dwomoh, 36, and District Chief Executive (DCE) for the area also submitted for the NDC.
Mr. Kwaah Abdul Rahman, 21, a student of University of Development Studies (UDS) is the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) candidate, Mr. Daniel Baffoe, 35, Teacher, Convention People’s Party (CPP)and Madam Esther Gethrude Worae, 53, Midwife is the NDP contestant.
Coaltar (E/R), Oct. 20, GNA – The Mankrado and Twafohene of Coaltar, Nana Atta Yaw Kwaakwah II, and Nana Kwasi Kwaakwah I, respectively, have jointly offered a 2.3-acre piece of land to the Ayensuano District Assembly to construct office buildings at Coaltar.
Briefing the Ghana News Agency after the sod-cutting ceremony, the two chiefs said they had given out the land as their contribution towards the development of the new district.
Nana Atta Yaw Kwaakwah, the Mankrado, who is also a tutor at the Nsawam Senior High School, said they would work hand-in-hand with the incoming District Chief Executive (DCE), Mr Mark Ofori Darko to bring about more developmental projects in the area.
He said some of the projects that the people are expecting from the Assembly include the provision of potable water, and healthcare facilities.
Mr Darko, the incoming District Chief Executive, who chaired the function, commended the two chiefs.
The Abusuapanyin Otu Owusu and Obaahemaa Asiedua II, Ohemaa of Coaltar, performed the sod-cutting.
Kade, Oct. 20, GNA - Francis Amenyo, charged with conspiracy to steal and stealing, on Friday told the Kade District Magistrates’ Court that he was intoxicated when he committed the offence and pleaded with the court to be lenient with him.
Mr Abdul Majid Iliasu, the Magistrate, however told him that self-induced intoxication was no defence and so the court saw no reason for dealing leniently with him.
Presenting the facts of the case, Police Inspector Francis Cobbina said there had been rampant stealing of palm fruits from the plantation of the Ghana Oil Palm Development Company at Okumaning.
He said on October 4, at about 2200 hours, a security man of the company spotted Amenyo and two others carrying two fertilizer bags containing palm fruits collected from the plantation.
On seeing the security man, the three took to their heels but Amenyo was arrested and the other two managed to escape.
Amenyo was sent to the police station together with the fertilizer bags containing the palm fruits valued at GHc50.
He said during interrogation Amenyo admitted the offence and was processed for court.
Amenyo told the court that his two accomplices asked him to accompany them to see a friend but they rather took him to a section of the plantation where they collected the palm fruits.
The court granted him bail of GHC 1,200 with one surety of re-appear on November 9.
Kade Oct. 20, GNA -The Kade District Magistrates’ Court on Friday granted GHC 1,000.00 bail with one surety each to three persons charged with causing unlawful damage and offensive conduct, conducive to the breach of the peace.
Yaw Baah, Kwame Panin and Yaw Nyame all pleaded not guilty to the charges and would re-appear on November 09.
Prosecuting, Police Chief Inspector Francis Cobbina, said the complainant in the case is the Bretuohene of Kade whilst the three accused persons are all resident at Kade.
He said there had been a protracted chieftaincy dispute at Kade of which the parties involved were made to sign a bond by the District Magistrates’ “B” Court in Koforidua to keep the peace until the substantial case was over.
The prosecutor said one Kwabena Obeng, a palace guard and a witness in the case, who was at the Kade Chief’s Palace saw Baah forcibly removing the main door to the palace and he informed the complainant on his mobile phone about Baah’s presence.
The complainant rushed to the scene and met Baah in the act with Kwame Panin standing by.
When the complainant asked Baah to justify his action, Panin then started insulting him, describing the complainant as “stupid and useless man.”
A report was made to the police and the doors were later fixed back on the instructions of the police.
Later the same day at about 1600 hours, Nyame went to the palace and locked it with his own padlock and vowed to resist anyone who would attempt to re-open it.
On October 8th the police went to the respective homes of the accused persons to invite them for questioning but did not meet them and a message was left with their parents, but they did not show up.
The following day the police again went to their houses but they ran away when they realized the police were looking for them.
Criminal summons were later prepared and served on them to appear before the Court on October 11 for trial but they refused to appear in court that day and bench warrants were prepared for their arrest.
The Counsel for the accused, Mr Husain Ibn Alhassan, prayed the court to rescind the warrant order when they appeared in court on October 18.
Mr Alhassan argued that the accused were not part of the factions that signed the bond in Koforidua and pleaded for bail for them since it would help to promote peace and go a long way to cement the fragile relations between the factions.
Sunyani, Oct. 20, GNA – Nana Akuffo-Addo, New Patriotic Party (NPP) Presidential Candidate for election 2012 has declared that an NPP government would offer all children free access to the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).
He implied that “parents no longer have to be a subscriber to the NHIS for a child to benefit”, saying that “Millions of children will be covered by free healthcare”.
Nana Akuffo-Addo made the declaration on Wednesday night when he addressed students of Sunyani Nurses Training College in Sunyani on NPP’s health policy, titled: “Saving our health service, keeping our people healthy” as part of his ten day “Hope Restoration Tour” of the Brong-Ahafo Region.
He was accompanied by Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, a member of the Akuffo-Addo Election 2012 campaign team, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, Member of Parliament for Manhyia and Dr. Nsiah Asare, former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH).
Others were Mr. Samuel Abu Jinapor, member of the NPP communication team, Mr. Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh, Regional Chairman of the party, Mr. Kwasi Ameyaw-Cheremeh, MP for Sunyani East, Mr. Lord Commey, campaign team member and Dr. Kwasi Dei Anane, a Consultant Obstetrician Gynaecologist at the Berekum Holy Family Hospital.
The NPP Presidential Candidate said the party believes in fairness as a principle of social action since access to social services should be on the basis of need and that government had a duty to keep its people healthy.
Nana Akuffo-Addo stated that Ghana’s transformation required a healthy population and therefore reminded government of its duty to ensure that the most vulnerable had access to quality health care.
He expressed satisfaction that the NPP had a record of care and achievement as the last NPP government introduced significant initiatives to expand health service coverage, promising that “the next NPP government will introduce comprehensive measures to tackle the fundamental problem of Ghanaians dying because they can’t get proper healthcare”.
Bechem (B/A), Oct. 20, GNA – A retired educationist, Mr. Nicholas Acheampong of Bechem in the Tano South District of Brong-Ahafo Region has appealed to the Ministry of Education (MoE) to absorb unemployed university graduates with educational backgrounds into the teaching profession.
He said, a lot of such graduates were roaming the streets without jobs but could be useful in the classroom to assist in raising the falling standards of education in the country.
Mr. Acheampong made the appeal in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) about the graduate unemployment in the country on Thursday at Bechem
He said it was very disheartening that the potentials of those graduates were not being utilized after their parents had spent huge sums of money on them in the universities.
Mr. Acheampong observed that “most district education officials were more interested in the appointments of pupil teachers rather than graduates since over GHC400.00 are paid as baits for their appointments”.
He suggested that, the Ministry of Education should register all graduates who wished to go into teaching in the districts and offer them teaching appointments as a matter of urgency to curb the graduate unemployment.
He noted that a recent survey in some schools at Bechem and beyond showed that the output of work of some of the pupil teachers “ are nothing to write home about” and appealed to the MoE to help solve the problem, which had become a canker in the country.
Techiman, Oct. 20, GNA – Two young men have presented their nomination forms to contest in the Techiman South Constituency as Parliamentary Candidates in the December 2012 general elections.
They are Bolyiaba Okyeame Frempa Taafuo, 25, an engineer, for Convention Peoples Party (CPP) and Joseph Dubik, a 26-year-old professional teacher for the Progressive Peoples Party (PPP).
Other candidates were Mr. Agyei Mensah, 42, Teacher for the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr. Prince Yaw Donyina, 45-year-old self-employed, New Patriotic Party (NPP) and Mr. Anthony Adjei, 66-year-old teacher, National Democratic Party (NDP).
In the Techiman North Constituency Madam Agartha Ampomah, 35, a teacher for the CPP is vying alongside Professor Christopher Ameyaw-Akumfi, 67, incumbent MP for the NPP, Mr. Alex Kofi Kyeremeh, 50, an Accountant and Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for the NDC, Mr. Kofi Kwakye, 47-year-old teacher for the PPP, and Mr. Agyemang Badu Opambuor, 30, self-employed for the NDP.
Mr. Samuel Dotoh Kwaah, the Techiman Municipal Electoral Officer asked candidates to educate their supporters against the defacing and destruction of posters of political opponents.
Kumasi, Oct. 20, GNA – The Ashanti Regional Police Command is adequately prepared to provide the needed security and protection to all residents before, during and after the elections.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Augustine Gyening, the Regional Police Commander, who stated this, said personnel were firmly equipped with professional skills and training to sufficiently provide security and protection at all levels before, during and after the elections to the satisfaction of all Ghanaians and the international community.
He was speaking at the closing of a one week intensive public order management course, organised by the police administration for 86 personnel of the Rapid Deployment Force in Kumasi on Saturday.
The course, which was supported by the German and French governments, is aimed at providing them with the requisite skills, knowledge and professional approach on public order management for the upcoming elections.
It was also to prepare them mentally, physically and psychologically to provide requisite security on crowd related violence to ensure peaceful and successful electioneering process.
Among the topics treated during the training were human rights and the use of force in crowd control as enshrined in the 1992 constitution, the use of fire arms in crowd control by the police on violent and recalcitrant riotous mob and ring leaders in accordance with the 1992 constitution and Service Instruction (SI) 97 of the Police Service.
They also undertook basic field and simulation exercises on problem solving related to elections violent as well as procedures on graduation in the use of force from minimum to maximum force.
Mr Gyening pointed out that the operational field deployment and tactical intervention skills acquired would enable the men to carry out their duties strictly on procedures and not trial and error basis.
Kade Oct. 20, GNA –Two Libraries and a resource centre built by the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Kade constituency, Mr Ofosu Asamoah were on Friday handed over to the Ghana Education Service (GES) at separate ceremonies at Kade and Asuom.
Mr Asamoah said he used part of his MPs Common Fund and other supports to construct the projects.
He handed over the keys of the buildings, costing a total of GHC 160, 000 to the Kwaebibirem District Director of Education, Ms Gladys Appiagyei.
Mr Asamoah said as a result of constraints, the libraries, which he started in 2006, were now being handed over to the GES since the District Assembly was reluctant to take over and run them.
He said despite the discouragement by some people in the area by giving a “political colour” to the projects, he was not perturbed and saw to their completion.
Mr Asamoah asked the two communities to ensure that the facilities were well maintained.
He thanked the Ghana Education Trust (GET-FUND) for the support it offered towards the completion of the projects.
The MP urged students and teachers, especially, to utilize the facilities at the libraries since learning is a lifetime activity.
Receiving the keys, the District Director of Education, thanked Mr Asamoah for his foresight and urged that the facilities be fully utilized and kept clean always.
Ho, Oct. 19, GNA - Ho Christian Women Intercessors Fellowship (HCWIF) has condemned the recent action of the chief of Likpe-Abrani, Pius Clemefi, who ordered the stripping naked and banishment of a woman from the town.
The fellowship called on all stakeholders seeking to protect the rights of women join in its condemnation of the grievous act.
A statement signed on behalf of the group by Rev Mrs Dinah Abbey-Mensah and copied to the Ghana News Agency said the act of the Mankrado of Likpe-Abrani, whose domain is located in the Hohoe Municipal Area, was most unfortunate and must be condemned in uncertain terms.
The statement said Anastasia Adom, 33, was reported to have been summoned to the chief’s palace at Likpe-Abrani on September 25, and was accused of insolence and banished from the community.
It said she was then stripped naked and paraded through the town whiles onlookers took snapshots of her.
The statement said without prejudice to the judicial process which had been initiated by the state, it was registering its abhorrence for the act, which was not in consonance with the modern thoughts of giving the woman her due place in family and in the society.
It said the fiat of banishment imposed on the Anastasia was outrageous and called for a “revisit of the impact certain outmoded customs and practices are having on our society”.
Pius Clemefi, Mankrado of Likpe-Abrani and nine others were picked up by the police for the offence and are being prosecuted.
Accra, Oct. 19, GNA - Management of Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) on Friday cut the sod for construction work to begin on the 350-seater auditorium for the Institute.
Dr Christina Amoako-Nuama, Chairman of GIMPA Governing Council, said the project was necessary because the institution does not have an auditorium for its international programmes saying when completed the project would enhance teaching and learning for the Institute.
Dr Amoako-Nuama said the cost of the project is GH¢ 1.486 million which is funded by the Ghana Education Trust Fund and is expected to be completed in November 2013.
Mr Cornelius Atsu Defeamakpor, Technical Officer of GET fund, said their outfit was mandated to provide funds for the project in its quest to facilitate teaching and learning in the institute.
He said The Ghana Education Trust Fund was established by an Act of Parliament in 2000 (Act 581) with the object of providing finance to supplement the provision of education at all levels by government.
Mr Osei Poku, Project Consultant for the project, said they would also work assiduously to meet the stated deadline.
GIMPA WAS Established by the United Nations in 1961,and has served as a world-class centre of excellence providing several Ghanaians and others from the sub-region with quality training in management, administration, governance and leadership and development training programmes.
Tema, Oct. 19, GNA – Participants at a sensitisation workshop in Tema, have called for the need for politicians to factor issues relating to environmental protection into their developmental agenda.
This, they contended, would enable the electorate to hold political parties accountable if they failed to deliver on their promises after being voted into power.
The call was contained in a 12-point communiqué issued at the end of the workshop which was attended by more than 20 participants from political parties, media practitioners, assembly members and community members.
Organised by WACAM with financial support from STAR Ghana, USAID, the EU and DANIDA, the workshop was aimed at interacting with political parties on the need to include mining and environmental issues in their campaign and manifestoes, and above all, ensuring peace in the country even beyond the December 7 polls.
The workshop participants also called on political parties to join hands to campaign against companies whose activities pollute the environment, including water bodies.
They stressed the need to review the Minerals and Mining Act 2006 (Act 703), to ensure that mining companies did not exploit the land and that investors also did not hide behind their so-called corporate social responsibility programmes as a form of development, while totally destroying the land.
The communiqué also called for a sustainable development plan for affected mining communities because compensation normally paid them by mining companies are woefully inadequate to sustain their future.
It also stressed the need for the law to be crafted in such a way that it dealt ruthlessly with investors whose activities adversely affected the environment within mining communities.