Rabu, 15 September 2010


THE Minister of Energy, Mr Joe Oteng-Adjei, has urged electrical contractors to make good use of their electrical directory in order to advertise and promote their expertise.

He also encouraged them to use it as a tool to connect the entire membership of electrical contractors and the general public.

He commended the efforts of the electrical contractors for their contributions in the safety and reliability of appliances in the society.
Mr Adjei was speaking at the launch of the third edition of the electrical contractors’ Directory by the Ghana Electrical Contractors’ Association (GECA) in Accra.

The directory is to help address the concerns of the general public on the use of electrical appliances.It is also to guide the public in choosing the right electrical contractors from the association.

Mr Adjei also urged the contractors to comply with the norms, ethics and standards that were associated with the electrical profession.
“It is only by doing this that you can win the confidence of the general public and the government who would then use your service for the socio economic development of the nation,” he said.

The Minister of Water Research, Works, and Housing (MWRWH), Mr Allan Bagbin, said organising regular training programmes for the members of the association would ensure compliance with the code of conduct.

He said this was necessary due to the prominent fire outbreaks in prominent public buildings which were mostly due to electrical faults.

He added that another sure way of improving on the performance of electrical contractors was to collaborate with other professionals in the construction industry.

“ This would ensure best delivery in your work and also improve on your performance which would inturn  help eliminate fire hazards,” he said.

Mr Abongo also assured the electrical contractors the enforcement of standards for electrical designs and building codes in an appropriate revised Building Regulations of 1996 LI 1630.

The National President of GECA, Mr Joseph Walker, appealed to the MoE and Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) to take a look at the importation of inferior cables used for electrical works.
“ Inferior electrical cables used for constructions do not last long and this causes major electrical faults,” he said.

He also requested for the separation of electrical works from the main building works so as to ensure effective installation of electrical cables.

The  Managing Director of the Nexans Kabelmental Ghana Limited (NKGL), Dr E. K. Annan,  who was the Chairman for the occasion said the directory was an effective way of identifying with electrical contractors.
He added that the directory would help identify quality cables for building construction.

Senin, 13 September 2010


Story: Zainabu Issah

THE Pamela Bridgewater Project in collaboration with the Sulemana Memorial Hospital and other stakeholders have organised a ‘Sala’ party for female porters (kayayei) in Accra.The kayayei also underwent a health screening exercise and health education on how to avoid teenage pregnancy and to stay protected from sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) including HIV.

Mr.Yahaya Alhassan, President of the Pamela Bridgewater Project, said  because of inadequate shelter, the Kayayei are exposed to early child birth.

“ We therefore organised the party as a way of creating a platform to educate them on the dangers of these  diseases and also encourage them to practice family planning and abstinence since it is the only way they could protect themselves from these diseases,” he said.

The National Co-ordinator of the Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit (DOVVSU), ACP Ms Elizabeth Dassah, said educating the kayayei would help in reducing the rate of early childbirth and their risk to HIV infection.

She said most people were more interested in the services that kayayee rendered other than their health.
“It is therefore a good initiative to have them gather  and educated on the need to abstain from sex and practice family planning,” she said.

She was not happy that less attention was given to the kayayei and called on the government to get involved in helping them to develop their talents.

The Director of the Social Response Network (SRN), Mr Lord Hamah, commended the organisation for trying to address the plight  of kayayei in the country.

He also requested for the government to try and address the economic issues of the north and also bridge the gap between the north and the south.

Mr Ben Brako, a popular musician in Ghana who was present at the occasion said the issues of  head potters in Ghana was one that was not taken seriously in the country.

He added that it was important for the government to set up funds to support the kayayee in the country and called on other organisations to support the Pamela Brigdewater project to achieve its ultimate goal of building a shelter for the kayayee in Accra.

The Journalist of the year, Mr Samuel Agyemang who was also present for the  occasion said enough attention should be given to support the kayayee in the country.

He added that shelter which was one of the major key problems of the kayayee was one that the government must clearly look into.

He said whilst the government was doing well in clearing the city of filth, it should also consider the housing of the girls and if that was achieved, then the city would be considered “clean”.

The head of the Sulemana Medical Team, Madam Elizabeth Apedo said most of them did not know what family planning was.

“Their birth intervals are very small which causes malnutrition in their children. It also affects them since their bodies do not get to recover fully from birth,” she said.

Madam Apedo advised them to desist from early child birth and concentrate more on their health and frequently visit the hospitals for medical attention.


The Zonal Operation Manager of Vicdoris Pharmaceuticals, Mr Ernest De-Graft Egyire says most of the kayayee are venerable to malaria since they sleep outside without mosquito net.

“We therefore are here to distribute malaria drugs to those who would be diagnosed of malaria and also distribute condoms for their protection and safety,” he said.
The party was also characterised with the distribution of food and drinks and the award of partners who have supported the organisation through their immerse contributions of which the Journalist of the year was again awarded for his story on shelter in the city.




THE Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) by the United Nations (UN) in 1948 recognises that children need special safeguards and appropriate legal protection. It therefore proclaims that  every child should be given special care and assistance before and after birth, by reason of his/her physical and mental immaturity.

A juvenile an individual under 18 years ( a child), suspected to have committed an offence against the laws of a state is a juvenile offender. They include children who engaged in criminal and other activities which do not conform with societal norms. Juvenile justice is, therefore, the dispensation of justice involving a juvenile. This is in conformity with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) by the United Nations (UN) in 1948.

Although such juveniles were crime suspects, they had their rights which needed to be protected and sections of the UN Convention on the Right of the Child (CRC), 1989 states that children in conflict with the law have the right to treatment that promotes their sense of dignity and worth and take into account their age and their reintegration into society. Due to this, Ghana enacted the Juvenile Justice Act 653, 2003, to assist authorities to handle juveniles.

Addressing a media training workshop on the juvenile justice administration in the country, organised by Plan Ghana in conjunction with Child's Rights International (CRI) and the Ghana National Coalition on the Right of the Child (GNCRC) and funded by the European Union (EU), in Accra recently, a Public Prosecutor at the Attorney General's Office, Ms Getrude Aikins, was reported to have said that the UN Convention on the Right of the Child (CRC), 1989, saw the placing of juveniles in custody as a measure of last resort. However, a statement by the President of Child’s Right International (CRI), a child-related NGO, Mr Bright Appiah, indicated that from 1993 to 2003, a total of 10,488 juveniles were placed in police cells as adults while 377 under the age of 12 were detained in police cells due to the lack of remand homes. This situation he said was due to a breakdown in the implementation of laws that protected children and juvenile offenders.
Juvenile offenders have the right to be questioned before a guardian or a lawyer, the rights to hide ones identity from the media, the rights to have a guardian informed of an arrest and the right to be granted bail on mild offences.

While it is important for authorities to seek the interest of a juvenile on suspected crime before taking decisions since that formed part of his or her rights, parents and family members of juvenile offenders who are committed to serve sentences at Juvenile Correctional Centres are also encouraged to visit and help their children to reform.          

A chart with some inmates of the Juvenile Correctional Centre in Accra, however indicated that this aspect of juvenile justice and reformation,  is not easily achieved since most of them claimed that their parents have neglected them.

 Adu (not real name), a 16-year- old boy from Konongo, who is serving a two-year prison sentence said he stole three metal scrubs from a friend and  was later arrested and confined.
Because of his actions, he could not inform his parents of his arrest and when I further asked if he had been visited by any of his relations since he was imprisoned, he replied in the negative. " I have never been visited by any of my relations. I only get to talk to people when organisations come to visit us".
Another inmate, Erik (not real name) is now 18  years old. He claims to have been imprisoned falsely. He said he was alleged to have raped a girl he fell in love with.
"Because the parents of the girl are rich, they decided to punish me by saying I have raped their daughter," he explained. He also said his parents have not visited him since his incarceration, adding that “My family chose to abandon me here because they do not like me anymore. They did not give me the chance to explain what happened. I have been here for almost two years and I can no longer tell how they look like. They have chosen to abandon me here, so I would do the same".

One inmate, who gave his name as Nii, said his parents were divorced and so his mother was the one taking care of him and this four siblings. She later got sick and had to be admitted at the hospital. “As the eldest child, I had to search for money to look after her. This is how come I got involved in stealing. My luck run out one day and I was arrested, tried and imprisoned. Since then, I haven’t set my eyes on any family member, since they have not come to visit me.”
Based on the information I derived from some of the inmates during the interactions, I concluded that lack of parental care, peer pressure and even broken homes, constituted significant factors contributing to their plights.

Most of them who were not ready to talk to me about why they were in the correctional institution accused their parents for neglecting them. Others said their parents could not adequately cater for them so they had to do all menial jobs to survive, and they became responsible for their upkeep.
It is obvious that the country still had a long way to go with regards to protecting the rights and welfare of children and juvenile offenders, and to help reform them.

There is therefore,  the need for a combined effort by the police, social welfare officers, lawyers and judges, media, parents and policy makers to ensure that the interests of children, especially juvenile offenders were protected in the country.


The President, John Evans Atta Mills has donated food items to the National Chief Imam, the Ameer of Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission and the Chief Imam of Al-Suna Wajamat.

The Member of the Council of State, Mr Emmanuel Adzei Annan, who stood in for the President, said the donation was to wish all Muslims a happy Eidr-Fitr and for going through a successful 30 days of fasting.

The National Chief Imam, Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharubutu, thanked the President for his kind gesture towards the Muslim community.He also prayed for peace in the country and requested all Muslims to be at peace with one another.

He added that the Ramadan had been fruitful and that all lessons learnt in the month should be adequately implemented.

The Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission, Maulvi A. Wahab Adam, said the donation would effectively be distributed to needy who do not have the means to celebrate the end of the Ramadan.

He also urged Muslims to do well in giving to the needy as the month of fasting was also to inculcate in everyone the spirit of giving.


The Chief Imam of the Al-Suna Wajamat, Sheikh Umar Ibrahim Imam, also thanked the President for his gesture.He assured the President of the continues support of the Muslim community towards the development of the country.

He urged the Muslim youth to build their entrepreneurial skills so that they would be self-reliant rather than waiting on the government to find them jobs.

The items donated included 90 bags of rice and nine cartons of cooking oil which was evenly distributed among the three Muslim groups.

Minggu, 05 September 2010


A Member of the Council of State,  Madam Hajia Hajarah Ali, has urged muslims in the country to participate fully in the upcoming population census.
She observed that some muslims habitually failed to allow themselves to be counted during censuses and said they must participate in the exercise so that resources could be allocated to them when the need arose.
 Hajia Ali was speaking at a census sensitisation programme organised by the Coalition of Muslim Organisations Ghana (COMOG) in Accra at the weekend.
The programme was also to explain to Muslims the need to participate in the exercise and how it would be conducted.
A Population and Housing Census Facilitator, Mr Mohammed Frimpong, explained that the exercise would be in two forms: The household population and the non-household population.
He, therefore, requested that adequate information about families should be given in order to have a precise account after the census.
He added that the information given would not be used to result deport non-citizens in the country as was the widely held belief.
“The exercise is not about deportation. It is about knowing the number of people in the country,” he said.
In another development, an Islamic newspaper dubbed “Muslim News” was launched in Accra last Saturday to provide information on developments in the Islamic world.
The twelve page monthly newspaper would tackle issues faced by Islamic communities and also be a source of information on Islam.
The Deputy Minister of Women and Children Affairs, Ms Boya Gariba, who launched the newspaper said it came at an opportune time when several factors have culminated in rendering Ghanaian muslims vulnerable and disunited.
She added that information was the most vital tool for the development and the enhancement of all people including muslims yet the Ghanaian muslim was left in a vacuum as far as credible news and information was concerned.
“ Most Muslims know little or nothing about what is going on in the country and this is directed at them,” she said.
Ms Boya added that the newspaper as a source of information would help find practical solutions to the problems affecting muslim women, children and the less privileged in the society.



Plan Ghana, a non governmental organisation (NGO), has donated relief items to the Gomoa East District Assembly to aid inhabitants who were victims of flood that hit the country this year.
The items, which were worth Gh¢17,600, included 300 bags of rice, 100 cartons of keysoap, 1,500 sachets of powdered milk, 300 gallons of cooking oil and 300 mini bags of sugar.
The District Chief Executive (DCE), Mr Isaac Kinsley Ahunu- Armah, who received the donation on behalf of the flood victims, said the donation would be distributed fairly to all the victims.
He added that the flood remained an unfortunate event in the lives of the people because of its effect in the district.
“Our communities on that day woke up in a state of shock when we realised we were flooded. It is indeed an unforgettable event and will remain indelible on our mind.”
He, therefore, called for the support of  individuals, NGOs and corporate institutions to donate towards efforts to make life return to normal in the affected communities.
The Programme Area Manager of Plan Ghana, Mr Joseph Assan, said the donation was  to help alleviate the plight of the flood victims.
He  urged the assembly to ensure transparency in the distribution of the  items and pledged that more of the donations would follow if the items brought are distributed fairly.
Some of the items were later distributed to the people of Takiyam who were the worse affected in the district.
Speaking to Daily Graphic, Madam Duodoo, who was a victim of the flood and a resident of Takiyam, said the flood had rendered her family homeless .
“ I sleep outside while my five children spend the night with friends and relatives because our building is not safe and can collapse at anytime,” she explained.
According to NADMO, the June 2010 floods affected 1,393 people in the district with properties running into several millions destroyed.


Jumat, 03 September 2010


As part of its social responsibility programme, the Excellence Foundation has  organised a  blood donation exercise for the Korle Bu Blood Bank.

The donation which was done with support from Cadbury Ghana Limited was to bring to the fore, the precarious situation at the hospital’s blood bank.It was also to encourage other corporate bodies to emulate their action and support the blood bank.

The Corporate Affairs Director of the Excellence Awards Foundation, Nana Osei Afrifa, said the demand for blood was so high that people sometimes lost their lives.

“We recently have had instances in the country when tragic accidents have occurred and most of the victims die as a result of lack of blood for transfusion,” he said.
He added that if there was a constant replenishing of blood at the bank it could help save lives.

The Head of Laboratory of the Trust Hospital, Mrs Rosemond Bray, said the donation of blood by the foundation was very laudable since people now shy away from blood donations because of the rise of sexually transmitted diseases.

“ Unlike previously when people would hurriedly donate blood when the need arises, this time people feel reluctant to donate because of the fear that certain diseases might be found in their blood,” she said.


GRACE  Oil Petroleum Company Limited (GOPCL) has donated food items and an undisclosed sum of money to the Christian Faith Foster Home at Frafraha.

The items included 200 bags of sachet water, 10 packs of toilet roll, 10 bags of 25kg rice, two boxes of key soap and four gallons of cooking oil.

The Administrative Officer of GOPCL, Mr Kwame Adjei-Yeboah, said the donation was to fulfil their co-operate social responsibility to the society they resided in.
“ We are in this community and we know what comes out of it. It is therefore, right for us to give back what we receive from the people,” he said.

Mr Yeboah urged parents to think carefully before bringing children into the world.
He again requested that well-to-do Ghanaians  should come and adopt some of the children and take care of them.
“ The children’s defect is not having parents to take care of them, so it is proper for those who are well-to-do to come in and help cater for them,” he explained.

Madam Henrietta Asare Agyeman, who is a mother at the foster home, said the donation would go a way in helping to cater for the children.

She, therefore, appealed to other organisations to come to their aid.
The foster home currently has thirty children consisting of 24 boys and six girls.

                        Madam henritta reciving the items from the staff of Grace petroleum limited


Story: Zainabu Issah

AS part of the activities marking the 163rd anniversary celebrations of Liberia, the United Liberian Association in Ghana (ULAG) has donated assortment of food and items to the Weija Leprosarium in Accra.

The items include rice, maize, corn, beans, oil, tissues and light bulbs which are valued an amount of Gh¢1,500.

The President of the association, Mrs Julia Richards, said the donation was to complement the efforts of the people of Ghana in catering to the needy in society.She said it was also to recognise the long-standing relationship between the Republic of Liberia and Ghana.

Mr George Quanson, who received the donation on behalf of Father Campbell who is the father of the home, said the donation would go a long way in solving the needs of the Leprosarium.

Madam Glades Adobe, the Prefect of the home, received the items on behalf of her fellow inmates and thanked the organisation for their donation.


PLAN Ghana, in partnership with Child Rights International(CRI) and Ghana National Coalition of the Right of the Child (GNCRC), has donated support items worth Gh¢40,000 to the Ghana Prison Service (GPS), the Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit (DOVVSU) of the Ghana Police Service and the Department of Social Welfare (DSW) to strengthen them in the discharge of their duties.

The donation is part of a three-year project implemented by Plan Ghana with support from the European Union to prevent and combat all forms of violence against children or the youth who are in conflict with the law.

The items included computers, printers, digital cameras, photocopiers, mattresses, bednets, bedsheets, blankets, vocational training tools for tailoring, carpentry, electrical works and hairdressing, as well as raw materials for making  beads.

The programme support manager, Mr William Agyekum,  said even though the children were in conflict with the law, they also had the right to comfort and training.
"The items are to help support the children so that they would come out ready for the job market," he said.
Mr Acquah urged the institutions to use the items wisely to train the children so that they may not lag behind in the society.

The Deputy Director of DSW, Mr Lawrence Azam, said the items would equally be distributed to the various juvenile institutions under the DSW.

He added that the items would effectively be used to train the children to become better people.
A representative from DOVVSU, ASP Alichiew Abdullahi, said the donation would go a long way to  help the unit to discharge its duties.
" We would be able to keep records of our programmes and also store the data on children in the unit," he said.

The Regional Commander of the Ghana Prisons Service, Mr Alhassan Legibo, appealed to other organisations to constantly think of the children.
"They have only offended the law but that does not make them different from the rest of us," he said.

The Regional Commander of the Ghana Prisons Service, Mr Alhassan Legibo, receiving the items from the Programmes Support Manager of Plan Ghana, Mr William Agyekum Acquah, whilst other members of the Prisons Service look on.


Story: Zainabu Issah

PLAN Ghana in partnership with Save the Children Sweden, and other development stakeholders has organised a-four-day  youth forum on violence against children in Accra.

The forum which brought together 80 children from 16 West African countries was designed to facilitate and exchange ideas and find solutions to violence against children.

It was also to give the youth the opportunity to expand their networks to stop violence through encouragement and empowerment.

The United Nations Special Representative on Violence Against Children (UNSRSG), Ms Marta Santos Pais said the issue of violence against children was becoming very rampant as such there was the need to put up measures to eradicate it.

She added that children who were most vulnerable to these incidents were girls .
"They are sexually exploited and made to do all kinds of dirty jobs which intern affects their lives in future," she said.

Furthermore, certain cultural practices like female genital mutilation has made girls vulnerable to infections and maternal death.

" I therefore urge you all to speak up whenever you feel exploited and violated so that people would be brought to justice," she said.

Ms Pais also urged the participating countries to do well in supporting the eradication of violence against children.
"They are the future leaders and when they are exploited who would be there to play the role of future leaders," she said.
She again said children witness violence and endure physical, emotional and sexual violence everyday .
"This makes them suffer reprisals and stigmatisation because they do not know whom to report to for counselling and support," she said.

The Minister for Youth and Sports, Ms Akua Sena Dansua said for the needed attention to be given to children issues, there was the need to encourage children to report violence done them.
" You are the children who are being exploited against your will. We at the Ministry can't do anything about it unless you voice it out for those who are guilty to be punished," she said.

The Vice Chairperson of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, Dr Agnes Akosua Aidoo said there was the need to initiate drastic measures to address violence against children, since it could be the cause of life to and death of children.

She advised parents to ensure that punishment meted out to children for offence committed, should be reformative and not exploitative.

" You can deny the child some of his or her favourite hobbies like footballs, television, games and even visits from friends. This way you are denying the child something very important to him or her," she said.

She added that the abuse of children physically tended to remain with them until they grew. Thus also inflicting the same wounds unto other children.

Some of the participants from The Gambia, Mali and Cote d'voire gave reports on how children are abused in their countries.

 From left: A participant from Cote d'voire, the United Nations Special Representative on Voilence Against Children, Ms Marta Santos Pais, the Minster for Youth and Sports, Ms Akua Sena Dansua and a participant from senegal at the forum.

Minggu, 29 Agustus 2010


Story: Zainabu Issah

As part of the 50th Independence Day celebrations of Cote d'Ivoire, a two day forum was organised to reflect on the co-operation between Cote d'Ivoire and Ghana in the area of Cocoa.

It was also to discuss the way forward in the cultivation, production and processing of Cocoa.
Speaking at the forum, the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Mr Kwabena Duffuor says cocoa plays an important role in the livelihood and stability of farming communities in terms of job creation and the distribution of income among rural communities.

He added that market developments which negatively affect the interests of farmers tend to move people especially the youth to the  urban centres in such of non existing jobs.

Furthermore low productivity and falling market prices of cocoa has putten undue pressure on the environment as farmers are forced to expand production to new areas including forest lands.

 The Ambassador of the Republic of Cote d'Ivoire to Ghana, Mr Auguste Emmanuel Ackah in his speech called on both countries to find a lasting solution to the problems of the cocoa sector.
 He said this would help improve the commodities profitability of the two countries and the producers whose sweat and toil bring joy to the world.

The Secretary General of the Cocoa Producers Alliance(COPAL), Hope Sona Ebai urged the two countries to increase opportunities for empolyment and income generation i the rural areas while providing products for the promotion of consumption of cocoa.


Story: Zainabu Issah

Dealers in the Ghana Textiles Wax Print (GTP) have inaugurated an association in Accra.
The formation of the association was to have a common voice to fight against the smuggling of fake textiles into the country.
The Chairman of the occasion, Nana Owusu Yentumi Akyemperi said forming an association demanded alot of sacrifice to keep it standing.
" You should be dedicated and unified to keep the association alive," he added.
He also urged them to assist the counterfeiting force who are fighting against the smuggling of textiles in the country.
The Managing Director of GTP, Mr Erik Vander Staaij, said the formation of the association would help in the control of pricing on the textile market.
" We can now be able to effectively know what is going on in the market so that management can take drastic action," he said.
He further urged them to help in improving the quality of the product thereby promoting and booming its business.
Mr Staaij added that they can now fulfil their social responsibility functions now that they are together by helping one another.
The President of the association, Madam Rosemary Kudjoe said the association would do well in identifying the counterfeit goods and bring those responsible to justice.
The inauguration brought together other sister associations from Tarkoradi, Ho, Cape Cost, Koforidua, Oda and Kumasi.


Story: Zainabu Issah

The Iranian Red Cresent(IRC)  and the Red Cross Society (RCS) of Ghana have jointly organised a one day free health screening exercise for the residents of the Nima-Mamobi community in Accra.
The exercise was aimed at bringing health care to the doorstep of needy people.
Hundreds of people in the two communities benefitted from the exercise
The President of RCS, Professor Kwabena Mante Bosompem, said specialised health care facilities were located in particular places in the community but the health seeking behaviour of the people did not allow them to visit the hospitals.
" We, therefore organised, this screening exercise to bring out people who are not well so they could have access to health care," he said.
He added that since most of the people in the community reported late to the hospitals with chronic diseases like malaria, diarrhoea and fever, tghe screening exercise would help to detect diseases early for  treatment.
The Director of the Iran Clinic, Dr Rezu Bulader said the clinic was always ready to provide medical services to the needy in society.
"It is also part of our social responsibility to donate and give free medical care to the people when the need arises," he said.
The Ambassador of Iran to Ghana, Mr Latifi Namin, who was also present Iran, it was proper for Iran to help the government of Ghana to extend medical services to its people to strengthen the bilateral relationship between the two countries.
The screening brought together three doctors, two nurses, two pharmacists and one dentist doctor assisted by the RCS of Ghana.

 An old woman going through the secrening exercise whilst others wait for their turn.

Minggu, 22 Agustus 2010


Story: Zainabu Issah

THE Church of  Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has organised a clean up exercise dubbed" All Africa Service Project" in the Kaneshie market complex.The exercise is undertaken by the church annually as part of its social responsibility in the community where it is located.
Members of the church mobbed the floor of the market, swept, dusted, cleared choked drains and gutters and educated the market women on the need to keep the market clean.
The Environmental Manager of the Kaneshie Market Complex Mrs Paola Sogbey said the church's intervention in helping keep the market clean had been helpful.
She urged other organisations to show an interest in the improvement of sanitation at the market as a large proportion of the public buy foodstuffs from the market for consumption.
A taxi driver who operates his business at the market area, Kweku Appiah Agyei commended the church for cleaning the market.
He said though the market was always very busy, it was important that attention is also directed toward keeping it clean.
Appiah-Agyei noted with concern that even though various organisations periodically engage in sanitation exercises in the market, it was evident that the traders themselves did not attach the same level of importance  to cleanliness as these organisations do.
He therefore requested that adequate litter bins be placed around the market to help in reducing the heaps of rubbish in the market.


Story: Zainabu Issah

THE Deputy Minister for Information, Mr Samuel  Okudzeto Ablakwa, has called on furniture-making industries to showcase the Ghanaian culture in their craft to create a unique brand and identity for the country.
Mr Ablakwa  was speaking at the first four-day Furniture and Decoration fair held in Accra  to give local furniture producers a platform to showcase their products to the general public.
He noted, however, that even though furniture making is good business,  cutting  down trees for wood is slowly making the country lose its vegetation.
“It is therefore appropriate for you to engage in afforestation so that we do not lose our rich landscapes,” he advised.

The Deputy Minister assured the furniture companies that government would support the  sector to help boost their businesses and urged the Ghanaian public to patronise their products.
The fair which was organised by Xodus Communications, in partnership with the Ministry of Information, brought together furniture-making companies to showcase their products and designs and to also get closer to their clients.
The Excutive Director of Xodus Communications, Mr Richard Abbey Jnr, said the Fair was to give carpenters and decorators the opportunity to exhibit their products and give them ample business opportunities.
“There is therefore the need to bring them together to showcase their craft and to let the Government know what they are doing in order to support them,” he said.
The four-day exhibition brought together furniture companies like Simbins Furniture, Agorwu Furniture, Akuaba Furniture, Royal Habits, Lifestyle Gallery, Leatherland Furniture and Benjon Craft House of Aquariums, among others.



Story: Zainabu Issah
 A FOUR -day mini fair and Information seminar on business opportunities in the Water Sanitation (WATSAN) sector has been held for the people of Avenor and its environs in Accra.
The fair was organised by the Youth and Social Enterprise Fund (Y-SEF), under its Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Urban- Poor(WASH-UP) project.
It aimed at showcasing a wide array of water and sanitation technologies with specific focus on water and sanitation related businesses and  improving access to water, sanitation and hygiene in the Avenor community.
The WASH-UP project which is being implemented in collaboration with Corporate Housing Foundation(CHF) with support from USAID, provide affordable financial services to poor households to access water and sanitation facilities and also for businesses to improve water and sanitation related enterprises.
It also facilitates and encourage women to run water and sanitation businesses that would improve women enterprises in the water and sanitation sector.
The Executive Director of Y-SEF, Mr. Stanley Walters Attafi said the Avenor community was lacking in water and sanitation and therefore the need to introduce the programme to the area to support them.
He added that there was no decent sanitation facility in the community and therefore residents use the gutters as their refuse and latrine dump.
As part of the fair, a drama highlighting the community’s need for  sanitation facilities was staged by some of the people of the area.


Story: Zainabu Issah

SEASONS, a Christian lifestyle magazine has been launched in Accra.The magazine is a deviation from the regular style of publishing Christian magazines that usually appeal only to Christians and Charismatic Christians.
According to the Editor of the magazine, Madam Augustina Oti-Twumasi, the magazine terrain in Ghana does not have good Christian magazines that inspire Christian values, stimulate audience to grow in all areas of life and also encourage broad minded thinking.
“ Seasons magazine takes the interest of its readers into consideration and therefore allows its readers to learn and gain from what they read,” she said.

Madam Oti-Twumasi added that the magazine dealt with real life issues and also provided real answers for  people who  needed it.
She said the magazine would evolve and adapt to the various seasons in the life of readers mirroring everyday reality.

The magazine’s content includes weekly prayer guide, business moves, church profiles, personality profiles, extraordinary women, feature articles and church news among others.

First Ramadan Lecture

Story: Zainabu Issah

The Head of the Education Committee of Ghana Muslim Academy (GMA), Brother Awudu Dramani has called on parents to use proactive measures in encouraging their wards to seek circular education.
He said this would inturn reduce the high rate of poverty and illiteracy in the Muslim community.
He added that to seek knowledge is a sacred duty and obligatory of every Muslim whether male or female and that the first word revealed of the Quran was “Iqra,” which means to seek knowledge.
This he said at the 1st annual Ramadan lectures organised by the Ghana Muslim Academy (GMA) in Accra.
The lecture  was focused on the theme, “ Education- an immutable dynamic to poverty alleviation,” was focused on making Muslims to see the need in adding formal education to their Islamic knowledge which would make them dynamic in any situation they find themselves.
Mr Dramani  said  poverty is a cause of lack of education and that education contributes to property reduction in Ghana.
“ Education helps to alleviate poverty by affecting labour productivity and other parts of social benefits that are vital to national development,” he said.
He also said the real purpose of education fails when education is unable to meet real needs of human and its society and therefore the education system needs to be modified as present and future needs of man.
 He therefore urged Muslims to encourage themselves to learn more to develop the act of communication which would help them preach the word of Islam.
The President of GMA, Mr Nurudeen Alhassan, said organising this annual lecture was with an objective  to sensitise and conscietize the Ghanainan public especially the Muslim public particularly the Muslim public on issues affecting the spiritual, political, economic and social development.

BREAST FEEDING- First Hour Saves Lives

Story:  Zainabu Issah

The Director of Family Life Division of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr (Mrs) Gloria Quansah-Asare, has advised mothers to make conscious efforts to start breastfeeding their babies within the first hour of birth to help reduce their infants risk of death.

She said a research conducted on babies who survived the first day  clearly showed that 41 per cent of all babies who die during two (2) to 28 days of life can be saved by this simple intervention.

She explained that initiation of breastfeeding within the first hour of birth was a vital step in reducing the infant’s risk of death.

Dr (Mrs) Quansah-Asare was speaking at the launch of the World Breastfeeding week celebration in Accra  on the theme “ Breastfeeding, just 10 steps: The  baby friendly way”.

She said the study which was conducted from rural communities in the country involving 10,947 infants had shown that the initiation of breast feeding within the first hour of birth can prevent one million out of four million new-born deaths.

She said the week was also to celebrate 20 years of the Innocenti Declaration on the protecting, promoting and support of breastfeeding, adopted by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in 1990 to promote successful breastfeeding and Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI).

She explained that to enhance the implementation of the declaration, WHO and UNICEF had put in place 10 basic steps to be promoted by health facilities globally.


The first step enjoins countries to have a written breastfeeding policy that is routinely communicated to all health care staff, to train all health care staff in skills necessary to implement this policy, inform all pregnant women about the benefits and management of breastfeeding and to help mothers initiate breastfeeding within  half hour of birth.

It also requires health officials to show mothers how to breastfeed and how to maintain lactation even if they should be separated from their infants, avoid giving new-born infants food or drink unless medically indicated, practice rooming-in, that is allow mothers and infants to remain together, 24 hours a day and encourage breastfeeding on demand.

The other steps also require mothers not to give any artificial teats or pacifiers to breastfeeding infants and to foster the establishment of breastfeed support groups and refer mothers to them on discharge. 

Dr (Mrs) Quansah-Asare said it was therefore necessary for all to help support breastfeeding by practising all the 10 steps.
In a speech read on his behalf, the Minister of Health, Dr Benjamin Kunbour, called on all health care  providers as well as community members to encourage and support mothers to breastfeed successfully.

He also called for the revitalisation of the baby friendly hospital initiative in the country which would  lead to the achievement of the ”gold standard” aimed at promoting exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life and continue with appropriate complimentary foods until the baby was two years old or more.

He encouraged health workers to display their professional skills to encourage the attendance of mothers to health facilities to help reduce maternal mortality.
He congratulated the 37 Military Hospital for being the leading baby friendly health hospital and for maintaining the standards for 15 years since it was initiated.
A Nutrition Specialist of UNICEF, Dr Ernestina Agyepong, said the Innocenti Declaration proposed that a national breastfeeding co-ordinator and authority be appointed, all maternity facilities practice all the ten steps and that a legal instrument is developed to protect the breastfeeding rights of mothers which was to be enforced through the code of marketing of breast milk substitute and maternity protection laws globally.

She said UNICEF and WHO remained committed to ensuring the continuity of the Innocenti Declaration to support breastfeeding  to help impact positively on the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals One, Four and Five, which relate to ending poverty, reducing child mortality, and improving maternal health  respectively.


Story: Zainabu Issah

FATIMATU Ussif is a  14-year-old girl from Kpatarigu, a village in the Northern Region. From the age of nine, Fatimatu regularly comes to Accra, during every vacation to look for money to meet her educational needs. As the first daughter of her mother, she also has a responsibility to support her mother to take care of her five other siblings even at her tender age.

That is because her father, a poor farmer, has not been supportive. After marrying his late brother’s wife, who already has four children, in line with tradition, Fatimatu’s father can no longer cope with the pressure of catering for the entire household.
Under the circumstance, the only option available to Fatimatu and her siblings is for them to fend for themselves. She had no choice than to accept the challenge and  began her journey to the south particularly Accra, while in primary class three.

She had agreed to her mother’s advice to join a friend’s daughter to go to Accra in search of ‘greener pastures’. She found the pastures but with a job as head porter (kayayoo), the pastures could not have been greener.

On her arrival, the harsh realities of life in Accra hit her immediately as she was later abandoned by her companion. She had to take her destiny and survival in her own hands.
Fatimatu sleeps in the open Mallam Atta Market along with other girls who have travelled from the north to Accra to earn a living. At night, they have to contend with unfriendly companions, such as mosquitoes and bad weather.
“Sometimes, we have to share our daily sales with gangsters who claim to own the market at night. If you do not pay, they will have sex with you,” she reveals.
Fatimatu earns about GH¢10 for carrying goods on a market day and a minimum of Gh¢3 on a normal day. Regardless of her meagre income, her solemn prayer daily is never to fall sick, otherwise she loses big time. That is because her return to the north and to school depends on the income she gets. “Yes,  I have to make enough money to give to my mother and also buy school items”, she stated.

Fatimatu is very committed to her education because she believes that was the only way of realising her dream of becoming a nurse in future. But she fears that her dream and ambition may soon fizzle out into thin air. “My father says I would get married after Primary Class Six”, she reveals.

Suwaibatu is another girl in a similar world as Fatimatu. She looks  far older than  her age of 12 she claims to be, a disparity that can only be attributed to the fact that she has never been to school. Indeed, she does not know when she was born.
Suwaibatu does not remember exactly when she came to Accra, but her two children aged two years and one year respectively, whom she gave birth to after her arrival in the city, give a fair idea about the time she arrived in Accra.
Her two little boys  also suffer the discomfort of night life and the harsh realities she has been contending with in Accra. She does not know the fathers of her children.

“Some people came to sleep with me on the veranda when the lights where off. I, therefore, did not see their faces. That was how come I had the first boy. The second one is from my boyfriend but he claims he is not the father so I take care of him,” she explains.
Having gone through the horrors of the night, she embraces daylight with glee, but only for a moment as she struggles for survival. As a single parent, she has to carry the younger boy at her back when on ‘duty’ carrying heavy goods, while the elder boy is left with friends who decide to take a rest.

For all these efforts, Suwaibatu earns between Gh¢30 and Gh¢35 on a market day, but on other days, she sells iced water to supplement her income. On occasions when business is bad, she is compelled to engage in the sex-for-money business at night in order to feed her family.

Wandering on the streets of Accra is Ruwaida, another girl from the north who fled hunger back home to engage in head portering for survival.
“I ran away from home to the city because there was no work there. My mother quarrelled with me everyday to come to the city and that is why I’m here”, she recalls.

However, coming to Accra was not easy for Ruwaida. She had to outwit the police at the barrier in Navrongo because, as a minor, the police would not have allowed her to travel alone. She, therefore, had to hide under the seats of the vehicle to cross the barrier.
Ruwaida may have been smart enough to escape the police and the vagaries of life back home in the north, but she does not have the capacity to outwit the harsh realities of life in Accra.

“I came here alone and therefore I survive alone”, she says.
It has, indeed, been a struggle for survival for Ruwaida. “I sleep in a small uncompleted kiosk near the big gutter with my friends and we pay Gh¢1 everyday for sleeping there”.
But night life at the Mallam Atta Market has been anything but comfortable as she and her friends always pray that  it will never rain because whenever it rains, they have to spend the night standing.

On many occasions, she escaped rape by unknown persons while sleeping alone at the Mallam Atta Market. She and other girls who face similar threats cannot complain to anyone because the response they often get from people is that nobody asked them to come to the city. They therefore keep their woes to themselves hoping for a better tomorrow.

Life has been very difficult for Ruwaida, having to make about Gh¢5 a day from her labour as kayayoo. Her meagre earning is basically because sometimes customers refuse to pay for her services and when she dares to demand it, she is sometimes given a beating instead.

In spite of the hardships Ruwaida has faced for the past months of her stay in Accra, she has no intention to return home in the north.
“I cannot go back home again because my parents say I have brought bad luck to the family, but I usually send money to them”, she explains.

The stories of Fatimatu, Suwaibatu and Ruwaida are only a summary of the plight of young female northerners who flee from the harsh conditions of the north to seek  greener pastures down south only to find out that all that glitter is not gold.

Apart from poor education facilities, lack of employment opportunities and infertile land for agriculture, cultural beliefs like the female genital mutilation, widowhood rites and early marriage, have compelled these girls to undertake a rather dangerous expedition to the cities in the south for better prospects.
But their expectations have often been a mirage. Instead, they have had to contend with thieves, rapists who lurk around in the night to defile their womanhood and rob them of their daily earnings.

Some of them eventually get pregnant without having anyone to support them, while others who attempt to abort their pregnancy ended up dying or developing complications.
This is the plight of many kayayei in Accra and other cities in the south. But who really cares about them?

* The ‘kayayei ‘earn very small amounts of money for the work that they do. Very often they are unable to afford to rent space in a room, and have to sleep outdoors. 

Some  young kayayees in the street of Accra,

Jumat, 13 Agustus 2010


Story: Zainabu Issah and Janette Quaye

The Ghana Community Network Services (GCNet) has donated a cheque for GH¢ 1, 250 towards the medical treatment of an 18-month-old baby, Sonia Owusu Akomea, who is suffering from cancer of the eye .
The donation was made in response to an appeal by the parents of the baby on TV3 on July 27, 2010.
Speaking to Daily Graphic, the Relationship Co-ordinator of GCNet, Mrs Ama Amoah who made the presentation, said the appeal touched the heart of the staff of the organisation and they decided to contribution to the medical treatment of the patient Sonia.
She added that GCNet had a corporate responsibility to support some activities within the communities where they operated to meet the needs of society and reach out to the vulnerable.
Receiving the donation on behalf of TV3, broadcast journalist, Nana Aba Anamoah thanked the organisation for the kind gesture.
  Doctors say little Sonia will undergo chemotherapy before surgery in six weeks time.



Story: Musah Yahaya Jafaru & Zainabu Issah
THE Chief Justice, Mrs Justice Georgina Theodora Wood, has called for collaboration towards reforming the country’s legal education for the collective interest of justice delivery, the legal profession and academia.
She said programmes in Law schools should challenge lawyers to think outside the box of legal scholarship and assist the country to address the problems confronting society.
Mrs Justice Wood made the call at the matriculation of pioneer students of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) Law School and dedication of the school’s building on Monday.
Seventy-two students from Parliament, the Judicial Service, the Education Service, media, the security services, the health, banking, finance, insurance and hospitality sectors have been admitted to pursue the three-year Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) degree programme.
Mrs Justice Wood said legal education reform in Ghana was at the crossroad, hence the need for all stakeholders in legal education “to start thinking, talking and engaging one another in reforming legal education” for the good of the Judiciary and the nation at large.
“The country needs lawyers in administration, management and governance within both the public and private sectors as it strives to strengthen its democratic institutions,” she said.
The Chief Justice expressed joy at the wide sector distribution of the students and stressed the need for quality legal professionals tailored to suit the management needs of the country.
She said since GIMPA was noted for excellence, its Law School should equally be characterised by good programmes that would challenge the students to think outside the box and contribute to the socio-economic development of the country.
Mrs Justice Wood welcomed the decision of the GIMPA Law School to introduce paralegal training, stressing that it would assist in training professionals who needed basic knowledge of law for their day-to-day operations at their workplaces.
“An institution like the Judicial Service, which requires a large workforce of court clerks, docket clerks, interpreters, public and private bailiffs, certainly stands to be the ultimate beneficiary of this laudable initiative,” she said.
The Chairman of the Governing Council of GIMPA, Dr Christine Amoako-Nuamah, urged the first batch of Law students  to take their studies seriously, since they were the pioneers of the school and would be expected to set the standard for high academic performance.
She also encouraged the management of the school to source for funds and expand the school to make room for the many qualified candidates who were yearning for quality legal education to have a place  in the school.
The Rector of GIMPA, Professor Yaw Agyeman Badu, said the first batch of GIMPA Law School students did not include medical officers, traditional rulers, farmers, market women and fishermen but there was room for all those groups.
The Dean of the GIMPA Law School, Prof Kwame Frimpong, charged the students not to limit their scope to what pertained in the school but rather tap all the experiences in the school.
A representative of the students, Mr Kingsford Arthur, urged the school authorities not to make it a requirement for the students who benefited from the three-year course at the GIMPA Law School to pursue an additional two-year professional legal training at the Ghana School of Law.
That, he said, was because many of the students were experienced in their various fields of endeavour and the world was witnessing significant changes.  



 Story: Zainabu Issah

TWO men who are alleged to have posed as national security officials at the Castle, Osu, to dupe eight people under the pretext of helping them acquire confiscated vehicles are in the grip of the Nima Police.
 The suspects, Benjamin Quarshie, alias Emmanuel Quarshie, 27, and Nana Kwame Takyi, alias Detective Sergeant Rolland Banor, 38,  promised to buy confiscated vehicles at cheap prices for their victims.
They allegedly succeeded in deceiving a banker with their fake identities and collected GH¢13,800 from him.
 Quarshie and Takyi were arrested on July 30 and August 5, respectively.
Quarshie is already on court bail for other criminal activities he allegedly committed last May.
At a press briefing in Accra, the Nima Divisional Crime Commander, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Amos Kweku Yelisong, described Quarshie as a “hi-tech fraudster” who had, on many occasions, posed as a member of staff of the National Security Council Secretariat and the Office of the President.
He said Quarshie also monitored the activities of dignitaries and used the information to lure his victims into believing that he was a trustworthy person and defrauded them.
He said through his dubious activities, Quarshie had been able to collect huge sums of money from people and built a house at Kasoa and purchased two vehicles from the proceeds.
He said searches at the residences of Quarshie in Accra, Tema and New Edubiase in the Ashanti Region by the Nima Divisional Intelligence Team revealed a number of passport-sized photographs of his victims.
DSP Yelisong advised the public to be cautious of the people from whom they sought assistance when buying cars and acquiring visas.


Selasa, 10 Agustus 2010


Story: Zainabu Issah

RAMADAN, a month of fasting is fast approaching and its required of all Muslims to observe the fast except whe they are sick or travelling.
 Whether doing a mandatory fast or a voluntary fast, Muslims are suppose to follow the three principles of fasting namely abstainance, faith(Taweed) and devotion.
 Abstainance entails a Muslim not to only fast without food or water but also desist from things that are considered halal (forbidden). Those things are cheating, stealing, backbiting, fornication and adultury.
Married couples can resume their affair after the fast is broken at dusk. To continue the next day fast, couples are supposed to perform a ritual bath to clean their bodies.
If the sexual affair was intentional, then the Muslim must fast an additional 60 days after the Ramandan has ended. If the person is unable to fast for 60 days he/she would have to feed 60 people. In addition, to sexual intercourse, masturbation is also forbidden.
If during the fast a Muslim mistakenly eats, he is expected to ask for forgiveness and then continue the fast. But if he does so intentionally, then the fast is nullified.
Taweed as the main principle of fasting is the believe that there is only one God.
This principle is part of the Shahada (declaration of faith) which is signed by all Muslim converts and is the main believe in the three principles of fasting in Ramadan. Without it Muslims cannot exist in the world and it also teaches the principle of destiny.
Devotion on the other hand is devotion to Allah and Islam.This means that what Allah wants is  what the practising Muslim wants.This also includes performing the five pillars of Islam thus the Shahada, Salat, Zakat, Hajji and fasting in the month of Ramadan.
These principles humbly guide a Muslim to be devoted to Allah and also a way to raise the status of a Muslim.
Ramadan comes but one’s a year and it is the time when the Muslim must live a life required by the Quran and the Sunnah (ways of the prophet).
Ramadan is, therefore, the month of everything halal (permissible) and also the month of avoiding everything haram (forbidden).
The rules and guidelines of Ramadan have been established by the Prophet Mohammed about 1400 years ago, and the sharia (laws) emphasises the importance of following the Sunnah (ways of the prophet).
When looking at how to come closer to Allah, a Muslim must avoid things that would allow the shaitan (devil) to enter and cause doubt in the mind.
 A Muslim must therefore abstain from all bad talk and even listening to bad talk. This means that the television should not be watched except for news and shows of Islam.
A Muslim  man usually avoids the sight of women for they can become tempting to the man. A woman on the other hand dresses to cover vital parts of her body to avoid tempting  man.
Muslim women menstruating in the month of Ramadan are not allowed to fast until they have ended. However she is  expected to fast for the days she missed after the month of Ramadan.
She must break the fast as an obligation and not as  a mere legal act. Thus if she observes the fast, it will legally be insufficient and will not be accepted by Allah.
The month of Ramadan teaches a Muslim to be closer to Allah by reading the Quran, visiting the mosque, praying the night prayers and evoking blessings upon the Prophet Mohammed, peace be unto Him.
The night of power also known as Layalat al Qadr is observed in the last 10 days of the Ramadan season and special prayers are said in hope of obtaining the reward of 1000 months of worship. Muslims  recite dua (prayers) for the sick, the needy and the persecuted and  seek Allah’s protection from any evil intended.
This year’s Ramadan will start on Wednesday, August 11 if the new moon is sighted on Tuesday, August 10.
However, if the new moon is not sighted on August 10, then Thursday, August 12 shall be the automatic day for the commencement of the Ramadan.

Daily Graphic on 9th August 2010.

Senin, 09 Agustus 2010


 Story: Zainabu Issah

THE Ghana Lebanon Islamic Secondary School (GLISS), held its 10th anniversary and first Speech and Prize-Giving Day in Accra with a call on wealthy muslims and muslim non-governmental organisations to establish more Islamic institutions of higher learning.
The Vice President, Mr. John Dramani Mahama, who made the call in a speech read on his behalf by the Deputy Majority Leader in Parliament, Mr. Rashid Pelpuo, said the successes chalked by recently established institutions of higher learning made that move imperative.
Present at the ceremony were the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Alhaji Mohammed Mumuni, former Vice President, Alhaji Aliu Mahama and the National Chief Imam, Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharabutu.
GLISS was established in September 2000 by the Ghana Society for Islamic Education and Reformation (GSIER), and commissioned in May 2001 by Alhaji Aliu Mahama.
With an initial student population of 50 and only one school block the school now has more than 700 students with a huge complex made up of a Senior High School, and a Junior High and Primary schools.
Mr Mahama expressed gratitude to the GSIER for its dedicated service to Ghanaians in the education sector and in other equally important sectors of the economy.
He urged the patrons, management and staff of the school to put the school on a higher pedestal, adding that that would contribute towards building a formidable human resource base for the nation.
 Alhaji Mahama in a speech said he was happy to be alive to see the achievements and successes of the school since he last commissioned it ten years ago.
He said he was humbled by moral and academic discipline among the students
He appealed to the security agencies, the media and the educational institutions to continue to preach the concept of discipline.
Furthermore, he appealed to Muslims to see education as a tool with which to fight poverty and use all the resources  at their disposal to educate their children and to see them become prominent members in society.
That, he said, would help them to move away from crime and prostitution which, he added, had become the bane in the Muslim community.
Alhaji Mohammed Mumuni, who chaired the function, said GLISS was a testimony of the co-operation between Ghana and Lebanon and greater opportunities to come.
He encouraged the staff  and students to seek knowledge since it is the key to fight poverty.
The Chairman, of the Parents Teacher Association (PTA), Mr Suraj Boadi, said the association had successfully fought for the reintroduction of the Arabic Language to be examinable by the West African Examinations Centre (WAEC).
 He appealed to the government to provide the school with a bus.
The Deputy Director of the School, Alhaji Mohammed Baba Alhassan, who is the deputy director of the school, was later awarded with a laptop for his long service and loyalty to the school.

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 Story: Zainabu Issah

The Director of the Justice Nii Amarh Ollenu Memorial Basic School at La, Mr Fred Larbi, says the introduction of the school feeding programme has increased enrolment in basic schools in the country.He, therefore, commended the government for expanding the programme.

Speaking at the first Speech and Prize Giving Day of the school, Mr Larbi said the introduction of the school feeding programme “has increased the number of students in the school and parents are hoping for its extension to the junior high level”.

He used the occasion to appeal to the authorities to help construct a library for the school,  one which was unsuitable to accommodate the present student population, with books at the library being outdated.

The Chief of  La, Nii Kpobi Tetteh Tsuru III, called on parents to complement efforts of  teachers to instil discipline in their children to ensure that such children grew up with high moral values.

He said parents could for instance help monitor the activities of their children outside the normal school hours and must spend more time knowing their children, rather than attending social activities.

The La Mantse lamented the carelessness and negligence of some parents in the education of their children, adding that such behaviours did not augur well for the social up bringing of their children.
He said “parents must make it their duty to take a keen interest in the education of their children”, adding that education offers tremendous opportunities for every child.

The La Mantse used the occasion to caution parents to desist from spending all their time at social gatherings at the expense of the education of their children

The Accra Metro Director of Education in a speech read on his behalf by the Assistant Metro Director of Education, Mrs Gloria Clerk, said parents should show interest in their children’s  education.
She also urged teachers to be conscious and committed to their task in order to produce good pupils academically and morally.

Students were later awarded for their attitudes, moral behaviours and academic excellence in their various courses..

The senior prefect of the school Mr Enoch Clottey said parents must find time to visit schools to find out  about the attitudes and behaviours of their wards.

He appealed to the Parent Teacher Association (P.T.A) of the school to get the school a bus which would help convey students to the school and to their various homes.

Minggu, 08 Agustus 2010


THIS year’s National Entrepreneurial Business Summit is scheduled to take place at the Accra International Conference Centre from July 30 to 31, 2010, on the theme, “Creating jobs through entrepreneurial development; the better Ghana agenda”.
The summit is being organised by 2M Success Associates and the Centre for Creative Leadership, Africa, in collaboration with the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development and the Ministry of Trade and Industry.
This year’s summit will bring together entrepreneurs, start-ups, venture capitalists, policy makers, academics, SMEs and other stakeholders to a platform which will feature successful and experienced entrepreneurs sharing their knowledge and experiences on global entrepreneurship with participants.
It will also offer a platform for participants to comprehend government’s policy and entrepreneurial development and the assistance that exists for banks and other financial institutions to support the private sector to create jobs.
Speakers at the summit will include the Minister of Trade and Industry, the Deputy Minister of Local Government and Rural Development and Mr Ibrahim Awal, the Managing Director of the Graphic Communications Group Limited.

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THE Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr Paul Quaye, has cautioned corrupt and unscrupulous persons who have found their way into the service to quit before the long arms of justice descend on them with appropriate sanctions.

"Such misfits and undesirable officers must advise themselves and leave the service on their own volition before they are flushed out in shame," he said.

The IGP was speaking at the closing ceremony of an in-service training programme organised for drill and weapon instructors in the Ghana Police Service.

The three-week training course was aimed at retraining the instructors to improve upon their human resource development and also ensure standardisation of training programmes in all police training schools.

Participants were drawn from all the six police training schools in Accra, Winneba, Koforidua, Ho, Kumasi and Pwalugu and they were trained in selected courses such as foot and raffle drill exercises, physical training, weapons training, leadership skills, human rights, confidence building and riot control techniques.

Others were basic officer skills, defence techniques, public order management, code of conduct and discipline.

The course was designed, among other things, to sharpen the professional instructional skills of the drill and weapon instructors and also build their capacity to meet the varied challenges of contemporary democratic policing.

Mr  Quaye said the operational success or failures of the Police Service were related to the quality of training given to personnel, adding that regular in-service training courses had become a primary requirement that must be satisfied in policing tactics. He urged the participants to be determined not only to advocate for change but also for change itself.

" You have the daunting task of turning out police officers with steely nerves to tackle the most hardened criminal, yet gentle and sensitive to human right issues," Mr Quaye said.

 The participants later demonstrated what they had learnt on the parade grounds, after which they were awarded certificates and  asked to impart what they had learnt to the rank and file in their respective regions, divisions, districts and units for the ultimate benefit of the service and the country.



A HEALTH screening and beauty exercise has been organised for the Kayayei at the Malata market in Accra.

The exercise was to check on the health status of the kayayei since they tend to work more than to check on their health.

It was was organised by the Pamela Brigdewater  Project in collaboration with the Sulemana Memorial Hospital in Accra was aimed at stressing on the need for Kayayei to go for regular health check ups and to also take care of their bodies.

The head of the Sulemana Medical Team, Mrs Gifty Johnson, disclosed that some of the children were malnourished, with malaria, diarrhoea and skin diseases being the characteristics of their babies.

The medical team has since issued special invitation cards for the pregnant women to visit the hospital for regular check-ups.

Mrs Rebecca Coleman, a co-ordinator of FC beauty clinic, used the opportunity to advice the young girls on teenage pregnancy.

She said since they were prone to sleeping in the open, they should be ware of rapists who would  take advantage of their innocence to defile them.

Mrs Ayisha Mohammed, the secretary of the Kunata Voluntary Organisation who are championing the cause of Pamela Bridgwater, promised of a continuous programme in looking after the needs of kayayei and that efforts were being made to provide accommodation facilities for them in Accra.

The girls, especially in the northern part of the country, migrate to the south in search for non-existence jobs.
They end up working as head porters in the big markets of Accra and Chums and get caught in the web of diseases, sexual abuses, teenage pregnancy and homelessness, among others.

It waist view of these issues that the former US Ambassador to Ghana initiated a project of constructing an educational village at Tampion in the Northern Region to halt the movement of  the girls from the north to the south.


A RAILWAY project to change the face of the transport system in Accra is to be initiated by the Intercontinental Commerce Corporation (ICC), a construction company in the United States of America.


The implementation of the project, a Monorail system, is expected to create jobs and ease traffic congestion drastically in the Accra metropolis.It is being entirely funded by the ICC at a cost of $1.5 billion.
  Dubbed “Greater Accra Transit System,” the project would operate on elevated beams in order not to disturb pedestrians and traffic.
The transit system will commence in phases and will include retail and commercial facilities, shopping malls, parking facilities, hotel business conferences and beach resorts.The first phase of the project involves the construction of eight kilometres of elevated beamway.
 Mr Ron Watson, Transportation Engineer and Project Manager of Intercontinental Commerce Corporation, (ICC) USA told journalists in Accra that the transit system would operate from Danquah Circle and Kwame Nkrumah Circle, the Castle Drive and Ohene Gyan Sports Stadium.
  In a 15-minute video presentation, he showed the different aspects of the project and how they would be constructed in the country.
  Mr Watson said that the introduction of the Monorail would in no way affect the existing transport business in the country. Rather, he said it would reduce traffic congestion and make the movement of vehicles faster.
The project is expected to contribute to the  mordenisation and economic development of the Accra Metropolitan area to improve quality of life, facilitate and enhance the experience of tourists in the national capital.
The President of ICC, Mr E.J.Miller, said the project had successfully been completed in Cairo and the company was now implementing another one in Mecca.
 He said the project when launched, would create over 15,000 jobs during the construction period and  1,000 full-time jobs during its operations.

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