Ho, Oct. 14, GNA - Rev Dr Lawrence Tetteh, an International Evangelist, has said religious groups were the bastions keeping societies from sliding into doom, in these days of high moral decadence across the world.
He said but for the churches, things would have been worse for Ghana and many other societies.
Rev Dr Tetteh was answering a question at a press-conference in Ho on whether in the light of increased deviant behaviours, the churches were not losing the war against immorality.
The interaction with the media occurred during the celebrated evangelist’s religious outreach effort to the Volta Region in collaboration with local pastors and his guest, Rev Paul Naughton of the Benny Hinn Ministries in the UK.
The programme dubbed Ghana for Christ Crusade, comprised intercessions, healing and deliverance and mentorships and it attracted large groups of people from all parts of the region.
Rev Dr Tetteh, who is Founder/President of the Worldwide Miracle Outreach said the fight against deviant behaviour was a fight for all.
He said many of the people of character in society today were products of the church.
Rev Kwabena Kodua of the Gracious Seed Exploits said the church was conscious of its role in national building and would support anything would promote good governance.
Bolgatanga, Oct. 14, GNA - The People's National Convention (PNC) of the Bolgatanga Central Constituency at the weekend elected Mr Rockson Ayine, a legal Practitioner as its Parliamentary Candidate for 2012 election.
Mr Ayine polled 72 votes to beat his opponent, Mr Thomas Akurigu Ayinezirigiya who got 70 votes.
Speaking to the Media after the keenly contested election, Mr Ayine said he would work harder to ensure that the party wins the seat this time saying “I will move to all areas in the constituency including the hinterlands to win more votes”
He commended the delegates for the confidence reposed in him and impressed upon them to embark upon vigorous campaigns by moving from house to house to persuade more people to vote for the party.
The Regional Secretary of the Party, Mr Henry Fatchu told the delegates that now that they had a candidate, it behoved on them to bury their differences and unite in a common front to win both the Presidential and Parliamentary slots in the Region.
Kumasi, Oct. 14, GNA – Visiting Tema Youth F.C., fought gallantly to record a 1-0 win over King Faisal Babies F.C. in their Glo-Premier League Day Two encounter at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi.
Faisal had the better part of the exchanges in the first half, playing according to a well-rehearsed tactics but the final delivery remained the problem in most part of the game as they continued to squander many begging chances.
The home team, came close to scoring on two occasions, however, Eric Boakye threw away those chances in the 19th and 21st minutes.
In the second half, Tema Youth threw caution to the wind and attacked in droves, particularly from the flanks, where dare-devil Francis Narh operated effectively with incessant runs upfront.
The home team seemed to have no answers to the strategy and resorted to physical and rough play with skipper Kwadwo Boateng and Ransford Kwakye being the worst offenders.
In one of their advances to break the deadlock, a Tema Youth player was brought down and skipper Jeremiah Arkorful took the kick which was connected home beautifully by substitute Daniel Appiah in the 81st minute to send their supporters into wild jubilation.
Faisal, with defeat staring them in the face rallied back strongly to get the equalizer, however, Joshua Akoto surprisingly shot a ball feebly into the waiting arms of goalkeeper Kofi Mensah after he had meandered his way through the Tema Youth defence in a solo effort.
Tamale, Oct. 14, GNA – The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has selected five candidates to contest the primaries of the newly created constituencies for the Northern Region after a keenly contested primaries.
The five selected out of 17 qualified candidates are Mohammed Kumaru Adam for Salaga North, James Cecil Yayunbe for Tatale, James Kwaku Alhassan for Yunyoo, Samuel Yeyu Tika for Daboya and Sheikh Yakubu Adul Karim for the Sangnarigu constituencies.
Mr Faisal Gbangili, Head of Research and Election of the NPP, said the elections were conducted peacefully with the supervision of the EC.
It will be recalled that the Electoral Commission recently created five new constituencies out of the 45 nationwide for the 2012 elections.
As a result of the creation, various political parties have been conducting primaries in the new constituencies to select parliamentary candidates for the constituencies.
Dr Clifford Braimah, the NPP Secretary for the Northern Region, had earlier told the GNA that the NDC was quite aware of the chances of the NPP in the newly created constituencies saying they know that “our chances are brighter than theirs”.
He predicted that the least number of seats the NPP could get out of the five was four, adding that the NPP had selected good and capable candidates for the new constituencies who were going to match the NDC boot for boot.
“We are going to increase in popular votes and increase in the number of seats of the NPP in the Northern Region and our opponents should take note of that”, he said.
Accra, Oct. 13, GNA – Vodafone’s Health line Television Programme would this weekend feature a discussion on cancer and how to effectively handle children with cancer concerns
A statement issued to the Ghana News Agency in Accra said cancer was not necessarily the death sentence, but rather a disease affecting a particular part of the body with different forms and causes.
The statement said the treatment room part of the programme would demonstrate how women can examine their breasts for signs of cancer as early detection can lead to a complete recovery.
It said this weekend’s feature story would also show the importance of the need to follow-up on hospital visits after the treatment of cancer as that was the way to beat the condition.
Vodafone Healthline airs on Sundays on TV3 at 5.00pm, eTV and Top TV at 8.00pm and GTV at 8.30pm, it is then repeated on Wednesdays on Metro TV and Crystal TV at 8.30pm.
Drobo (B/A), Oct. 13, GNA – Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo-Addo, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) flagbearer for election 2012, has said his free Senior High School policy is to pave way for the ordinary Ghanaian to gain access to quality education.
He said the NPP would not allow destructive criticisms by political detractors to derail the attention of the NPP and make the policy a mirage.
Addressing thousands of NPP supporters at a rally to kick start his eight-day campaign tour in the Brong-Ahafo region at Drobo in Jaman South District, Nana Akuffo-Addo said the country had all the needed resources to implement the policy next year.
The NPP presidential candidate and his entourage including Mr John Allan Kyeremateng, a leading member of the party, Alhaji Mocta Bamba, NPP’s National Organiser and Lord Commey, a member of Nana Akuffo-Addo’s communication team held similar rallies at Atuna, Japekrom, Merehano, Dwenem and Zezera.
Nana Akuffo-Addo expressed disappointed that some leading members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) who had benefited from the free SHS education some years ago continued to sabotage the realistic policy.
He said though the NDC claimed the country had no sound financial base to implement the policy, it had been able to pay judgment debts to the tune of GHÃˆÂ¼830 million in the past two and half years.
The NPP presidential candidate challenged Ghanaians to give the mandate in the coming elections to the NPP and see the policy’s implementation.
He said the only way to bridge the gap between the rich and the poor in society was to ensure that accessible but quality education was made available to all.
Nana Akuffo-Addo told the cheering supporters they could really benefit from the free SHS education and also see remarkable improvements in their living conditions only when they ensured that majority of Ghanaians understood that the NPP could implement the policy next year and vote for the party.
Nana Akuffo-Addo said the party was aware parents and guardians could not afford to pay their children and wards school fees because of the current economic hardship as a result of NDC’s mismanagement of the economy.
He said the National Health Insurance Scheme, mass cocoa spraying exercise and the free maternal delivery were all on the verge of collapse and advised Ghanaians to vote for the NPP to resuscitate those policies for the benefit of the ordinary Ghanaian.
Mr Yaw Afful Mahama, Member of Parliament for the Constituency, appealed to the gathered crowd to exercise restraint as the NPP was aware of their numerous problems.
He said the deplorable nature of roads and the high rate of youth unemployment in the area would soon be over only when they voted for the NPP.
Alhaji Bamba said the NDC had a record of electoral fraud and rigging and advised supporters of the NPP to eschew complacency and be vigilant on the voting day.
He urged the NPP supporters not to fear attempts by the NDC to intimidate them as the party’s hierarchy was determined to ensure that a clean election was conducted.
Mr Kwasi Asomah-Cheremeh, NPP’s Brong-Ahafo Regional Chairman, expressed optimism that the people in the area would participate in the election and vote massively for the NPP.
He said any attempt by the NDC to rig the election would not be successful and advised the party supporters to intensify their campaigns.
At the various communities they visited, Nana Akuffo-Addo and his entourage were given a rousing welcome by enthusiastic party supporters clad in party colours and other paraphernalia.
The visit will continue to Jaman North, Tain, Wenchi, Techiman North as well as Nkoranza North and Nkoranza South constituencies.
Kintampo (B/A), Oct. 13 GNA – Mr Paul Tawiah Quaye, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) on Thursday commended the Police in Brong-Ahafo Region in their fight against armed robbery.
He said the Techiman-Kintampo-Buipe highway was a leading highway robbery area but situation has been brought under control because of good and prudent measures instituted by the Police administration.
Mr Quaye made the commendation in an address read for him at the inauguration of a new District Police headquarters built by the Kintampo Municipal Assembly from its District Assembly Common Fund.
The one-storey building has offices for the District Commander, District CID, Community Police and Court office, Motor Transport and Traffic Unit (MTTU), cells for men and women.
Mr Quaye said Kintampo was also noted for unlawful break-ins, stealing and other crimes which the Police alone could not handle without the cooperation of the people in the Municipality and called for the creation of neighbourhood watch committees to complement the efforts of the Police.
He appealed to Landlords and Landladies in the area to make houses available to the Police for renting to make the establishment of DOVVSU a reality and also increase the number of Police personnel in the area.
The IGP charged the Police to play a neutral and pro-active role to ensure that the election 2012 passed off peacefully.
Alhaji Alhassan Seidu Harrison, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) said the maintenance of security in the Municipality could neither be the sole responsibility of the government nor the Assembly and called for a multi-disciplinary approach to ensure peace in the area.
Kintampo (B/A), Oct. 13, GNA – The Kintampo Municipal Assembly on Thursday inaugurated and handed over three school blocks constructed at GHÃˆÂ¼ 312,000.00 to the Municipal Education Directorate at a ceremony in Kintampo in Brong-Ahafo Region.
The projects financed from the District Assemblies Common Fund comprised three-unit classroom block for Baffoe Local Authority(L/A) primary, three-unit classroom block for Gruma-line primary and six-unit classroom block for Sunders Junior High School (JHS).
The primary schools comprising two-unit toilets, a library and teachers common room valued at approximately GHÃˆÂ¼ 81,000.00 each whilst the six-unit classroom block consisting of office, store and teachers common room was estimated at GHÃˆÂ¼ 150,000.00.
Alhaji Alhassan Seidu Harrison, Municipal Chief Executive for Kintampo, said “the Assembly as the top development agent to the communities” in the Municipality had undertaken many socio-economic projects in the municipality to make life worth living for the people.
He said the projects ranged from education and health facilities, good drinking water under the Small Town Water Systems (STWS) programme to actualize the Better Ghana Agenda.
Mr Engelbert Prosper Sracoo, Municipal Director of Education, said the school blocks alone could not ensure quality education without the efforts of themselves, parents and guardians, teachers and other stakeholders.
He advised the students in the Municipality to be serious with their studies and also urged parents and guardians to be responsible in ensuring that their sons and daughters in school would be studying always to justify the investment they were making in them.
He also appealed to teachers to show commitment to their duties and help inculcate wisdom to the children.
Duayaw Nkwanta (B/A), Oct.13, GNA - The Golden Jubilee Library at Duayaw-Nkwanta in the Tano North District of Brong-Ahafo has finally started experiencing patronage from the expected quarters.
The new turn in the patronage of the library is due to the introduction of computer practical lessons for basic schools in the district two months ago as a pilot project by the Ghana Library Authority (GLA) in collaboration with the Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC).
A visit by the Ghana News Agency to the library saw a long queue by pupils and students of Primary and Junior High Schools in both public and private schools waiting for their turn to benefit from the facilities.
This situation, which has not only brought congestion at the library, has also placed pressure on the computers creating inconveniences for both officials and other users.
Most pupils from schools like District Council (D/C) and Presbyterian primary who had come for computer lessons told the GNA that “we always come here since the introduction of the new facilities because we have sufficient time to try our hands on the computers unlike in our schools where we are only taught theories without any practical aspects of them”.
Others explained that due to the absence or few computers in their schools, they have limited time, thereby killing their interest for practical computer tuitions.
Ms Sandra Tabuaa and Master Daniel Akpalu, Primary six and four pupils respectively stated that, had it not been the computers in the library, they would not have gotten the practical feel of the machines.
“We have been seeing them in books but now we can operate them and even switch them on and off” they added.
The pupils expressed their happiness about how they have been able to adapt quickly to computer and its application within two months and thanked the GLA and GIFEC for the initiative and pleaded with them for additional computers to augment the existing ones.
Mr Emmanuel Sarkodie, District Librarian, said the high patronage was because most of the schools in the district had just few computers for their students.
He was however worried about the low attendance from the females compared to their male counterparts adding that the result of the high turn-out also meant that there was excessive heat at the library and called on the Assembly to install the supplied fans and air conditioners provided by GIFEC for better ventilation.
Mr Jafaru Taha, Information Communication and Technology (ICT) tutor at the library also expressed his satisfaction at the high turnout rate by both pupils and adults of Non-Formal Education class.
They were responding fast to basic ICT lessons such as switching and shutting down of computer, features of desktop screen, booting, typing among others, he added.
The tutor cited long queues and frequent power outages as well as inadequate computers to meet the high demands, as the major challenges distracting lessons.
He pleaded with benevolent organisations and stakeholders to assist in providing computers to schools in the district to inculcate useful ICT knowledge in the young ones.
Ho, Oct. 13, GNA - Dr Archibald Yao Letsa, New Patriotic Party (NPP) Ho-Central Parliamentary Candidate, has stepped up his campaign, with forays into 13 communities in the constituency.
The communities are Tanyigbe, Takla, Hodzo, Nyive, Atikpui, Shia, Klave, Hoe, Matse, Taviefe, Ziave, Klefe and Sokode.
A statement signed by the Mr Kojo Ampofo, Press-Secretary of the Ho-Central NPP, said the thrust of Dr Letsa’s message was tackling the extensive poverty in those areas, through pragmatic rural development policies.
The statement said the development policies would be youth-focused entrepreneurship promotions to give livelihoods to young people.
It said Dr Letsa, a medical doctor and an entrepreneur was accompanied by his wife, Victoria Letsa and Mr Ohene Frimpong, NPP Ho-Central Constituency Chairman, and as they went on their rounds they emphasised the NPP flagship message of free Senior High School.
The statement said Dr Letsa also complained about the near collapse of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) with the promise that the NPP would fix the scheme back to vibrancy when it forms government.
It said at every stop, enthusiastic people cheered, shouting the catchphrase “free education, change now”.
Dr Letsa is contending for the Ho-Central seat the second time on the NPP ticket.
In 2008, his first time, he got 6,228 votes or 11.5 per cent while Captain George Kofi Nfojoh, winning on the NDC ticket, got 47,036 or 87 percent.
Kumasi, Oct. 13, GNA – Former First Lady, Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings, on Saturday made history, becoming the nation’s first-ever credible female candidate to be endorsed by a political party to contest for the presidency.
She pledged to transform the nation and restore it to the path of real social justice and progress saying her strong and progressive leadership would ensure access to education, health care and protect the rights of every Ghanaian.
Putting the people above politics is her goal, she said, adding that she would place the people at the centre of her policies.
“The real treasures of the nation are not the oilfields but the youth and women” she noted and said they must therefore be supported to realize their potentials and dreams.
Her election was by popular acclamation at the National Democratic Party (NDP) national delegates congress held at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi.
On hand were about 3,000 delegates and observers. A huge crowd of the party’s supporters adorned in the NDP’s colours also made it to the venue of the event to be part of the historic congress.
Representatives of the other political parties, including the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Convention People’s Party (CPP), Progressive People’s Party (PPP), People’s National Convention (PNC) and Independent People’s Party (IPP) were there to show solidarity.
Conspicuously missing was the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC).
Mrs Rawlings, who has over the decades been fighting for women, described her candidature, as representing the dawn of “a new era”, drawing deafening applause from the large gathering.
Former President Jerry John Rawlings, who stood by the side of the wife, lauded the leadership of the NDP, for the vision and boldness to form the party.
He said he had no doubt that the party’s underpinning principles of transparency accountability and good governance would enable it to make an impact in December polls.
He said the former First Lady had provided leadership and gone through difficult times to ensure that the ordinary Ghanaian enjoyed decent living.
“For over 30 years, Nana has been moving round the country to advance the principles of social justice and good governance.”
He appealed to the NDP to hold firm to the values of integrity and justice and avoid repeating the mistakes and blunders of the NDC.
He chastised the NDC for deviating from the party’s values of truthfulness, honesty and integrity – a departure he said was likely to send it back to opposition.
The former President said he found it uncomfortable that for some time now, reason had not prevailed in the NDC as the leadership simply refused to correct the wrongs and kept harassing these who genuinely wanted to restore dignity and integrity to it.
Ho, Oct. 13, GNA - An integrated multi-targeted programme to raise incomes of women especially, by introducing their school-going children to the positive aspects of the digital world, is underway in the Ho Municipal Area.
Under the scheme launched on Saturday, the school children will be enabled to add value to the subsistence farm businesses of their parents, through the use of the internet and mobiles phones.
The programme dubbed, Mobile Library Internet Service (MLIS) for Development, is under auspices of the Volta Regional Directorate of the Ghana Library Authority, (GLA), with funding from Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL).
Mr Alikem Tamakloe, Volta Regional Director of the Ghana Library Authority, said 200 basic school pupils, 40 each from the Taviefe, Ziavi-Dzogbe, Ziave-Lume, Ho-Fiave and Sokode communities would begin the programme.
He said the project had provided the Volta Regional Library Mobile Van with additional computers, a digital library and a solar system, to facilitate the use of the computers in areas without electricity.
Mr Tamakloe said the skills acquired should enable the school children to retrieve and pass on development information to their parents to enable them increase yield, besides the acquisition of knowledge related to school subject areas.
He said agricultural related information expected to be passed on include seed management, cropping techniques, food prices and pest control.
Mr Tamakloe said the children, as agents of change, “will also be linked up with Agricultural Extension officers, from whom they would receive information on good agricultural practices, when the need arises, through mobile phone SMS”.
“This will build the children’s own confidence in farming as a viable venture, apart from the support they will give to their parents,” he stated.
Mr Tamakloe said the project, running for a year, was expected to improve school performance of the pupils, raise incomes of their parents and introduce young people interested in farming as a business.
He said the school children would also be introduced to educational games on the internet that would sharpen their capacities in mathematics, languages and the sciences.
Mr Tamakloe said two teachers who had been selected from each community to assist the Mobile Library Staff in implementing the project and the mobile library staff had been orientated on the use of the equipment and software for the project.
He said the project was coming into a social setting, where mothers as breadwinners were often forced to withdraw their children from school because of low incomes from subsistence farming and other petty jobs.
Mr Tamakloe said with raised incomes, these women could then keep their children in school.
Accra, Oct. 13, GNA-The Council of Young Men Christian Association (YMCA) of Ghana, on Saturday held a peace programme in Accra, using a basketball shot as a symbolic commitment to ensure peace in the December general election.
Dubbed: “a shot for peace towards election 2012”, the programme was under the auspices of the World Alliance of YMCA and it had brought together members of “the big six of YMCA,” including the Ghana Red Cross Society, Ghana Girl Guides, Head of State Awards Ghana, Ghana YWCA and Ghana Scout to commit themselves towards the course of peace by shooting 500 baskets.
Mr Reynolds Kwadwo Kissiedu, National Chairman, YMCA stated that even though Ghana was considered a citadel of peace and growing democratic governance in Africa, it was important not to over look the fact that the country was not immune to electoral conflicts that other countries had experienced.
“This year’s election is indeed a test to the well touted democratic credentials of Ghana. There has been a high political tension over the period, we have witnessed a situation where both the government in power and the opposition are making predictions beforehand, the print and electronic media are filled with accusations and counter accusations, character assassination, libel. All are serving as indicators that pose a great threat to the peace that we all enjoy in our beloved nation,” he said.
According to him, safeguarding the peace in the country was a shared responsibility, urging all stakeholders including, political parties Electoral Commission and the media to join hands to ensure peaceful election 2012.
“Every shot today means we are committing ourselves towards a serious work for peace before, during and after the 2012 elections. Let us come together and say No to electoral violence.”
The YMCA is a leading international youth movement in the world that seeks to promote social justice and peace to enhance development of the body, mind and spirit of young people and their communities, irrespective of religion, race, gender or culture.
Wa, Oct. 13, GNA – Mr Emmanuel Volsuuri, Upper West Regional Manager of Zoom Lion Ghana Limited, a sanitation company has called on the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies to implement their bye-laws on sanitation offences to foster behavioural change.
He said imposition of fines on offenders could serve as a source of mobilising revenue for development projects.
Mr Volsuuri made the call in Wa on Saturday at the launch of a regional sanitation campaign as part of a short term national strategy to clean the country of filth before the end of the year.
He said if the sensitisation of the public on good sanitation was backed by strict enforcement of sanitation bye-laws with emphasis on prosecutions and fines many of the challenges would be overcome.
Activities lined up for the campaign include, sweeping of markets, lorry parks and streets, desilting of drains, evacuation of heaps of refuse, clearing of bushy environment, picking of plastic bags, fumigation of the environment and deodorisation of public toilets.
Zoomlion has provided logistics such as refuse containers, pay loaders, refuse trucks, shovels, rakes, wheelbarrows, Wellington boots, nose masks and hand gloves for the exercise.
The Zoomlion Regional Manager urged politicians to devote a little of their campaign time to talk about sanitation issues so that the people would see the need to change their behaviour and attitude towards the subject.
Alhaji Amidu Suleman, Regional Minister said government was committed to ensuring a healthy environment and a healthy people but noted that no amount of money could solve the problem if the people refused to change their attitude.
He said at the end of the three months of the sanitation campaign all the Assemblies would be assessed and graded and they must therefore ensure that all citizens were involved in the exercise.
The Regional Minister warned residents of Wa against open defecation in the Wa forest which was becoming alarming since the faeces could be washed into water sources to cause cholera outbreak.
Sunyani, Oct. 13, GNA - Sir Dr Kwame Donkor Fordwor, Member, Governing Council of Catholic University College of Ghana (CUCG) has appealed to Government to establish Graduate Entrepreneurship Capitalisation Fund to overcome the challenge of graduate unemployment.
He said such a fund should be managed by the Students Loan Trust in collaboration with a new company to be known as Graduate Entrepreneurship Centre to use the fund in training and providing capital for groups of graduates who have good business ideas to commence their own businesses.
Dr Fordwor who is also a Fellow of Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences made the appeal as guest-of-honour at the Seventh Congregation and 15th Matriculation of CUCG at Fiapre near Sunyani at the weekend.
The University conferred honours on 57 graduates who met the requirements of the institution after successfully pursuing Bachelor of Science in courses such as Public Health Management, Public Health Informatics, Public Health Education, Economics, Management, Computer Science, Banking and Finance, Mathematics with Finance and Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies.
The Institution admitted 789 new students to undertake various courses and that makes the current student population 4,097.
He also urged government to provide incentives to motivate the private sector to help mentor the nation’s young graduates and establish joint-ventures with them.
Dr Fordwor, an economist and baker suggested to the Government to conduct a stakeholder consultation to explore ways of establishing the fund.
He added that Ghana possessed vast resources to enable it turn the situation around, hence there should be a formal way to engage graduates in the application of their knowledge and useful exuberance into productive attitude and national development.
The CUCG Governing Council Member called on Government to identify ways of supporting private universities to train the needed human resources for development, saying that could be achieved through creation of a platform by the government for regular interaction with private universities as a major stakeholder in development.
Professor Ernest Aryeetey Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana in an address read on his behalf pledged the support of Ghana’s premier university for intense research interactions with CUCG.
Reverend Monsignor John Opoku Agyemang, CUCG Governing Council Member who acted for the Chair of the Council, Most Rev Philip Naameh, Catholic Archbishop of Tamale told the graduates that whatever they achieve in life would depend on how effective and judicious they would use the freedom they have now to take decisions whiles effectively applying the training and knowledge acquired from the university.
Adaborkrom (W/R) Oct.13, GNA - The Bia East District Assembly on Friday confirmed Mr Kwame Twumasi Ankrah, the President’s nominee, as the District Chief Executive (DCE) at its first sitting at Adaborkrom.
All the 15 members of the assembly voted in favour of the nomination.
The assembly also elected Mr Joseph Apreku as the Presiding Member.
Mr Paul Evans Aidoo, Western Regional Minister, advised the DCE to operate an all- inclusive administration to enable people of all shades of political views to participate in the running of the district.
He said there should not be divisions in the newly created district to enable the people to support development programmes.
Mr Aidoo urged the DCE to ensure that funds allocated to the district are used for development programmes, adding that members of the assembly should eschew corruption which undermines development and progress.
Mr Ankrah thanked the President and the assembly for the confidence reposed in him and asked the traditional authorities and the people to support him to deliver.
Sunyani, July 11, GNA – The Customs Division of the Brong-Ahafo Regional Command of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) last Friday seized uncustomed eight bails of imitated wax prints valued at GH¢ 4, 632.00.
The items were being moved from the Northern Region to the Ashanti Region by two women traders only known as Mariama and Janet.
Customs duty on the 600 yards factory packed cut pieces of the wax print concealed under maize, beans and rice in a KIA truck with registration number AS 9319P is GH¢ 2, 559.38.
The Command has imposed a GH¢ 10, 000 penalty on the items. The amount also covers carrier penalty.
Briefing newsmen in Sunyani on Tuesday Mr. Isaac Desmond Abbey, the Sector Commander, said the Division received a tip-off and impounded the vehicle in Techiman and brought it to the regional headquarters in Sunyani.
Mr. Abbey said when the traders were interrogated they admitted that they bought the items from the Techiman central market.
He said the Division had given the traders some time to pay the penalty and in default the items and the vehicle would be auctioned to defray the penalty.
Mr. Abbey commended the public for their support in fighting smuggling in the region and appealed to residents of border towns in the region to support the Division.
Kenyasi (B/A), July 11, GNA – The mining industry paid GH¢ 645 million in corporate tax to the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) and this represents 36.26% of the total company tax collected in 2011.
As the number one tax payer and the highest contributor to the GRA in the country, the sector again contributed about GH¢ 1 billion to the GRA representing 27.61% of the total GRA collections in the same year.
Dr. Tony Aubyn, Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Chamber of Mines, said this in a speech read on his behalf at the apprenticeship graduation, promotion and matriculation ceremony of Newmont’s apprenticeship programme at the company’s plant site at Kenyasi in the Asutifi District.
Forty-six new apprentices selected from the 10 mine-take communities were enrolled to pursue the four-year apprenticeship progrmme in mechanical engineering and 26 trainees graduated.
The mine-take communities are Kenyasi Number One, Kenyasi Number Two, Ntotroso, Gyedu, Wamahinso in Asutifi and Adrobaa, Techire, Afrisipakrom, Yamfo and Susuanso in the Tano North districts.
Dr. Aubyn said between 2003 and 2011 there had been a sharp increase in royalties mining companies had been paying to the government and that royalties had jumped from GH¢ 19, 054,625 to GH¢ 218, 922,903 during the period.
Notwithstanding these contributions to the sector, he said, the increasing activities of illegal mining operators continued to be a threat to the good image of the industry.
“Due to this menace, member companies continue to spend huge sums of money yearly to protect their concessions which have often been the targets of these illegal miners”, he said.
Dr. Aubyn gave the assurance that the chamber would persist in its advocacy to promote legal small scale mining and also engage policy makers and other stakeholders on the negative repercussions of this menace.
Mr. Kwadwo Nyamekye-Marfo, the Brong-Ahafo Regional Minister, appealed to the continuing trainees and the in-coming ones to remain focused and make the best use of the opportunity.
He appealed to management of Newmont and the employees to always resort to social engagement through dialogue for resolving grievances to promote a peaceful working environment to achieve increased productivity.
Mr. Nyamekye-Marfo also appealed to the traditional rulers and the communities in the operational area to cooperate with Newmont for peaceful co-existence.
The External Relations Manager on the mine, Mr. Kojo Bedu-Addo, said the apprenticeship programme was established during the construction phase of the mine in 2005.
He said 25,000 dollars was spent on each of the apprentices during the four-year training period.
Fiapre (B/A), July 11, GNA – The Catholic University College of Ghana branch of the Student In Free Enterprise (Sife) on Tuesday presented its national SIFE championship trophy to the university’s Vice chancellor, Professor James Ephraim Hawkins at a short ceremony at Fiapre, near Sunyani.
The team also received other awards namely, the SIFE Spirit award, the best Faculty Advisor award, an amount of GH¢ 500.00, as well as the best Ecobank fellow award.
Presenting the trophy, Mrs. Vida Korang, Faculty Advisor for SIFE attributed the enterprise success to commitment, team work, determination and dedication, which had seen the university win its prestigious award for the first time.
She said the SIFE programme was meant to prepare students for the real world by challenging them to address real problems confronting society today by developing community outreach projects and participating in a series of competitive events, which builds them up to develop team work, leadership and communication skills to set them apart from the average university student.
She enumerated the benefits likely to accrue to the university following the winning of the award as, recognition in the international media, opportunity to interact with administrators of universities from other 39 countries across the world, opportunity to network and sell CUCG to business, charity organisation and donors, opportunity to develop exchange programmes, scholarships and business partnership for students and lecturers to the Sife world cup.
Nana Ofori Akoto, President Sife CUCG, said Sife is an international non-profit organisation that brings together diverse network of tertiary education students, academic professionals and industry leaders around the world to share the mission of creating a better, more sustainable world through the positive power of business.
He said participating students formed teams on their campuses and apply business concepts to develop outreach projects that improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need, while developing the skills to become socially responsible business leaders.
“An annual series of regional and national competitions provide a forum for teams to present the results of their projects and the winner advances to the prestigious SIFE World Cup”, he stated.
He said the team presented three projects for this year’s competition namely; Beyond deliverance, See Fiapre and Bread for Better Life and managed to beat 15 other tertiary institutions participating in the competition.
Receiving the trophy, Prof. James Ephraim Hawkins, Vice – Chancellor of the University, on behalf of the bishops, students, staff and governing council of the university congratulated the team for raising high the image of the university.
The Vice - Chancellor pledged the unflinching support in material and financial terms towards the team’s activities, adding that, “their effort is an attestation that something good is happening at the private universities.”
The Sife team, by emerging as the national champions, would represent the country in Washington for the World Cup, at the Sife world Cup competition slated for September this year.