USAID MSR Activity holds entrepreneurial youth summit on agribusiness

An entrepreneurial youth summit has been held to expose young people to opportunities in the agricultural sector and how they can use them to create wealth for themselves and jobs for others.

It was attended by about 200 young people, youth-led organisations and young people engaged in any form of agribusiness from selected districts in the Northern Region.

It featured sessions such as youth voices where young people, who excelled within agribusiness space, shared their stories with the participants, access to finance where they were exposed to financial packages, targeting young people and persons living with disabilities, and young business matchmaking, including avenues for networking, mentorship and skills building.

It was organised by the United States Government through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and supported by Feed the Future Ghana Market Systems and Resilience (MSR) Activity.

The summit aimed to increase youth engagement and interest in agriculture, create good employment opportunities, help reduce poverty, and ensure sustainable agricultural-led economic growth in the northern part of the country.

Madam Zinabu Abdulai, Director, Gender and Social Inclusion at USAID MSR Activity, speaking during the summit in Tamale, said the youth entrepreneurial summit formed part of efforts to stimulate training and mentorship, and facilitate improved access to productive economic resources for young people.

Madam Abdulai said: ‘Considering how important agriculture is to the economy and development, it is crucial that we harness the opportunities within the space to increase the young people’s participation in agribusinesses. So, today, we assemble about 200 young people to acquire the knowledge, skills and the knowledge base on what they are supposed to contribute to building the northern sector.’

The summit focused on solutions that offered new opportunities for youth entrepreneurship along agricultural value chains and technological solutions that supported youth-related innovation, and modern agricultural production.

Beyond training youth entrepreneurs, the summit expected to help youth develop a better understanding of available resources to support their interests and activities in the agricultural sector and expand their regional and district networks linking with key programmes that supported youth in agriculture.

Madam Abdulai advised the participants to stay focused, identify critical opportunities within the agricultural value chain, and expand the network they were building to generate incomes and create employment opportunities.

Hikmatu Kadri, Founder, Agromat Solutions Limited, said the summit was of immense benefits to the youth as it encouraged them to explore the productive value chains of agriculture to generate wealth and address unemployment in the country.

She lauded the presentations on financial packages available at some financial institutions for young people and persons living with disabilities to venture into agribusiness.

Joshua Amehi, Business Development Strategist at Triple-A Analytics, and farmer, who shared his experience with the participants, advised them to reflect over the issues discussed at the summit and take up agriculture as business for food security and income.

Source: Ghana News Agency

AOMC embarks on safety operation audit of Oil Marketing Companies

In order to maintain industrial safety, the Association of Oil Marketing Companies (AOMC) has launched a Filling Station operation audit inspection to ensure that members follow safety protocols.

The AOMC Safety Operational Audit inspection, forms part of the Association’s 2023 Annual Safety Week (ASWEC), which is on the theme: ‘Your first mistake could be your last’.

Mr Tizard Ansah, the Head of Compliance at AOMC, told the Ghana News Agency during the tour of some facilities in Accra and Tema that the Association was ensuring that its members always adhered to employee safety, quality, and security protocols, in accordance with international best practices.

He explained that the Association would continue to encourage Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) to persistently pursue excellence in Health, Safety, Security, and Environmental (HSSE) issues.

Mr Ansah said to achieve this, all OMCs were expected to conduct themselves responsibly, respecting established HSSE rules, regulations, and procedures in the efficient and effective execution of their jobs.

The Association also seeks to encourage members to abide by statutory, regulatory, and other requirements while continually improving HSSE performance.

Ms Susana Aba Eyiah, the Membership Development Officer, who was also part of the AOMC’s Safety Operational Audit inspection team, said the Association had upscaled the issue of safety and was pursuing a policy framework of no harm to life and property.

She said framework enjoined all OMCs to establish and maintain a healthy and safe workplace for their employees and other relevant interested parties, and protect personnel, property, information as well as reputation against security threats.

Ms Eyiah noted that the 6th AOMC Safety Week Celebrations would educate and remind downstream petroleum industry players and OMCs of the paramount need to maintain and upscale safety precautions at their operational stations.

Mr Kwaku Agyemang-Duah, the AOMC Industry Coordinator, said through the celebrations, the Association intended to send a signal to the public and all operators in the downstream petroleum sector, to inculcate the habit of safety as a way of life.

Mr Agyeman-Duah said ensuring safety in the petroleum downstream had been a challenge, ‘but we are committed to ensuring standards in the industry and helping to train pump attendants with the appropriate skills’.

He emphasised that achieving incident-free operations within the industry, offices, and retail outlets was a shared responsibility that requires all hands-on deck.

Source: Ghana News Agency

16 teams to participate in 2023 MTN Ashantifest Community Gala tomorrow

A total of 16 teams from 16 communities will participate in the 2023 MTN Ashantifest Community Gala slated for Saturday, June 17 in Kumasi.

The two-month event would see the teams grouped into four zones with the winner to go home with Ghc20,000.

The MTN Ashantifest Community gala is an initiative of telecommunication giants, MTN to bring the brand closer to Asanteman and also show appreciation to their cherished customers.

Speaking at the launch of this year’s event, Mr. Charles Osei Akoto, Technical Head of the Northern Business District at MTN Ghana said ‘I am excited to inform you that the Ashantifest Community Gala has now been extended to 16 communities and beyond Kumasi to Ejisu this year. The competition is getting bigger and better.’

He noted that Ashantifest since its inception had changed the lives of many through entertainment, sports, and other developmental projects in the Ashanti Region.

Mr. Akoto announced that the winner would walk away with GHc20,0000, second placed team, 10,000 whiles the third-placed team receives GHc 5,000.

All participating teams in the competition are expected to receive Ghc3,000 each to aid their preparations.

Ashantifest was initiated by MTN in 2021 to engage cherished subscribers in the Ashanti Region.

The Ashantifest activities include walks, market storms, product and service activations, seminars, concerts, and football matches.

The 16 teams would be drawn from Asafo, Amakom, Bantama, South Suntreso, Abuakwa, Santasi, Ahodwo, Atonso, Ahinsan, Tech, and Ayigya.

The rest are Aboabo, Asawasi, Oforikrom, Asokore Mampong, Krofrom, Suame, Tafo, Abrepo, Bremang, Bohyen, Mamponteng, Kronum, Magazine and Afrancho

Old Tafo is the defending champion of the MTN Ashantifest Community Gala.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Atwima Kwanwoma Assembly commissions CHPS compound for New Adwanpong

The Atwima Kwanwoma District Assembly, as part of efforts to make healthcare accessible to citizens, has commissioned a community-based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) compound for the people of New Adwampong.

The construction of the facility ends the unpleasant situation where people had to travel long distances just to access basic health services.

Mr Prince Karikari, the District Chief Executive (DCE), said the availability of health professionals to take care of basic health needs of the people would not only eliminate the travelling inconvenience but also save them money.

He said the commissioning of the CHPS compound was, yet another milestone achieved during his tenure in health infrastructure, saying that the Assembly was committed to prioritising the health of the people.

The DCE said the district was benefiting from the broad vision of the government to build a robust health sector to provide quality healthcare to Ghanaians and urged the people to rally behind the current administration as it took steps to strengthen the health system.

He said the numerous health infrastructure being built across the country demonstrated the government’s determination to prioritise the health of Ghanaians.

Mr. Karikari mentioned the construction of a new 100-bed hospital at Trede as well as a 40-bed hospital currently under construction at Twedie as some of the massive health infrastructure being executed in the district.

He said despite the economic meltdown across the world following the devastating effects of COVID-19, the government continued to mobilise resources to invest in critical areas of the economy to improve the lives of Ghanaians.

Mr Joseph Adomako, the District Director of Health Services, said the Assembly had done its part in providing the facility and that it was the turn of the people to cooperate with the health workers to make it useful.

He admonished them to patronise the facility to justify the investment, adding that cases beyond the capacity of the facility would be promptly referred for further treatment.

The District Director also asked stakeholders to provide security at night since the facility was isolated to ensure the safety of workers and patients.

Source: Ghana News Agency

AFCON 2023: Black Stars seek qualification in penultimate game against Madagascar

The Black Stars will be looking to qualify for Africa’s biggest footballing showpiece for the 24th time as they face the Barea of Madagascar in the penultimate 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers on Sunday.

The match to be played at the Kianja Barea Mahamasina Stadium would witness both sides battle for the points that could prove crucial to qualification for next year’s AFCON, to be held in Cote D; Ivoire.

Madagascar, who are rock bottom of Group E with just a point, have a slim chance of qualifying for next year’s competition, while the Black Stars, who are top of the group with eight points, would need a win to book a spot.

The Black Stars of Ghana would be looking to do the double over Madagascar after beating them 3-0 in Cape Coast in June last year with goals from Kudus Mohammed, Felix Afena-Gyan, and Osman Bukari.

The Black Stars look firm favourites in Sunday’s match as they are yet to lose in the qualifiers, having won two and drawn two of the four matches played.

If the Black Stars pull off the win against Madagascar, the last group match against the Central African Republic in September would become a mere formality.

Team News Ghana coach Chris Hughton would be without his first choice left back, Gideon Mensah, who pulled out of the squad due to injury, as well as Inaki Williams and Alexander Djiku.

Lawrence Ati-Zigi is expected to make the starting lineup despite the return to full fitness of Jojo Wallocot, who missed out on the number one spot a few months ago.

Per GNA Sports monitoring of this week’s training sessions at the Accra Sports Stadium, Andre Ayew is unlikely to make the starting line-up for the second game after he was benched during Ghana’s encounter with Angola in Kumasi.

Referees: Patrice Milazar (Mauritius), Ram Babajee (Mauritius, Asst 1), Jean Marc Jeff Pithia (Asst. 2) with the fourth official being Ahmad Imtehaz Heeralall from Mauritius.

Black Stars Possible starting XI: Lawrence Ati-Zigi (GK), Alidu Seidu, Patrick Kpozo, Daniel Amartey, Joseph Aidoo, Thomas Partey, Mohammed Kudus, Salis Abdul Samed, Joseph Painstil, KamalDeen Sulemana, Jordan Ayew.

Kick Off Time: 4pm (Sunday)

Source: Ghana News Agency

Cabrel Nanjip’s death, what happened

Cameroonian renowned comedian Cabrel Nanjip Nyamton died in a ghastly car accident on June 15, 2023, in Boumnyebel, a locality between the Pouma and Edea road along the Douala-Yaoundé highway. His car was brutally hit by a truck which ended up in a valley.

According to reports, he had an appointment at the Canadian High Commission in Yaoundé to collect his visa.

Early that morning, he set off in his Lexus car for Yaoundé. About 30km from Edea at the Boumnyebel village, Cabrel had just come out of a bend when he was surprised by a truck that was trying to overtake another tractor.

Eyewitnesses say “Cabrel was driving at high speed and faced with the obstacle, he chose not to drive straight into the truck, but instead to swerve to the left in the hope of finding a way out but unfortunately, he got hit by the truck,”

Residents are said to have rushed to the scene and succeeded in pulling him out of the vehicle. He was immediately rushed to the Edea regional hospital, where he succumbed to the injuries and died an hour and a half later.

The corpse of Cabrel Nanjip left Douala last night for Bangangte. He has been deposited at the Bangangte District Hospital mortuary.

Cabrel Nanjip Nyamton, 33 was known for his innate talent for making people laugh through his humorous videos and skits, he was also an actor and influencer.

Source: Cameroon News Agency

Cameroon government hands over 667M to councils for children’s birth certificate

Reports from the National Institute of Statistics as of 2021 revealed that 30 percent of children under the age of 5 are not registered at birth and more than 1.6 million children attended school without a birth certificate. An undesirable situation the convention between the Ministry of Women’s Empowerment and the Family and the 21 selected councils seeks to address.

The signing ceremony of the terms of the agreement between the two parties took place on Friday, June 15, 2023, at the Yaounde town hall.

About 26000 children in Cameroon living without birth certificates will soon have the identification document thanks to government support of over 667 million FCFA to the 21 councils in seven regions, to facilitate their enrolment in the civil registry.

Birth certificates in Cameroon are legal proof of identity that helps protect children from violence, abuse, and exploitation.

This government support will help speed up the process of registering ghost children in their respective constituencies free of charge.

The Minister of Women’s Empowerment and the Family, Marie-Thérèse Abena Ondoa in the presence of other members of government instructed the mayors present to ensure that these documents be produced before the start of the new school year.

“It is extremely important to sensitize the parents to do the birth certificates of their children before it becomes financially heavy. We have a lot of children without birth certificates. As the Ministry of Woman Empowerment and the Family, we have to make sure that every child born within a family has legal existence and we want to support those councils because without a birth certificate, a child cannot take an official exam,” Minister Marie-Thérèse stated.

The agreement is part of the commemoration of the 33rd day of the African Child on June 16, 2023

Source: Cameroon News Agency

SA recognizes Cameroonian scientist Prof. Muki Shey for TB vaccine race

The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) has recognized Cameroon-born Prof. Muki Shey[MS1] for “outstanding scientific contributions to health research” in South Africa.

This was during the 9th SAMRC Scientific Merit Awards which recognise excellence in health research.

Muki’ s award was in the silver category, meaning it is “conferred to emerging and upcoming scientists and those committed to capacity development” according to a statement from SAMRC which CNA saw.

Muki received the award in his category alongside two other South African scientists in recognition of his work towards his research to find a cure or vaccine for tuberculosis (TB), a disease that currently only has the BCG [Bacillus Calmette-Guérin] vaccine which is only more effective in treating TB in children and not in adults.

Speaking to CNA reporter Hans Ngala in Cape Town, the 43-year-old scholar from Nkumkov-Nseh in Bui Division of the North West expressed gratitude for the recognition and says he knows that finding a vaccine is not easy as it can take 5 years or even 20 years because many trial studies have to be done to test the efficacy of a vaccine.

Prof. Shey who is an infectious disease immunologist at the University of Cape Town (UCT) is also an active member of the Bui Family Union (BFU) Cape Town Chapter and credits his elder brother Prof. Charles Wiysonge who sponsored him through school (while still studying as well) and both of them ended up graduating Doctoral (Ph.D) degrees on the same day from UCT.

Prof. Shey explains that the start of his scientific career was not easy as he struggled at the start of his career in the early 2000s, selling belts and phone covers over the weekends to help him pay for part of his medical school.

Prof. Shey is an infectious diseases specialist and doubles as the Chief Research Officer at the UCT’s Department of Medicine in the Faculty of Health Sciences.

Source: Cameroon News Agency