Ghana Poultry Day and Third Ghana chicken festival slated for 1st July, 2023

The Ghana Poultry Day and the third Ghana Chicken Festival, is scheduled for the 1st of July , 2023, at the Forecourt of the State House.

Ms Alberta Nana Akyaa Akosa, the Founder and Executive Di­rector of Agrihouse Foundation has called on Ghanaians to patronize the event and said it will be fun-packed and educative.

‘There will also be new learnings on the nutritional and medicinal values of our poultry as well as skills development Training.’

Ms Akosa told the Ghana News Agency that the idea of the Ghana Chick­en and Poultry Festival was borne out of the Livestock, Poultry and Fisheries Trade Show in 2019, to come out with solutions to alle­viate the effects of scarcity in the poultry industry.

‘It was in the course of exe­cuting the project that we noticed the growing challenges faced by Ghana’s poultry farmers and, in re­sponse to that situation, we arrived at the idea of the Ghana Chicken Festival, in collaboration with the then USDA Ghana Poultry Proj­ect,’ she said.

‘Not only did we find that Ghana could sufficiently meet her poultry need, but that this could be done with additional health benefits too,’ she said.

Ms Akosa said the local breeds contained Vitamin D and less toxin.

She urged Ghanaians to join the advocacy journey of promoting the local poultry industry and increasing local consumption.

She announced that there will be free Chicken and egg dishes, for all participants

Source: Ghana News Agency

DATSS engages special needs parents on teacher support services

Disability Awareness Teachers Support Service (DATSS), a non-governmental organisation that provides support to teachers and teachers aid working with students with disabilities, has trained parents of children with cerebral palsy to equip them to handle their children’s education better.

The training focused on the strategies, tactics and tools used to educate children with special educational needs and parents’ preparedness to educate their children.

Dr Comfort Walker, Chief Executive Officer of DATSS, said her organisation aimed at training educated persons to become teachers aid in various schools and even at the household level to support children with cerebral palsy and other disability to be educated.

‘We hope to train National Service persons to work as Teacher aids in the various schools to support government’s inclusive education agenda or at home to educate children who need special education,’ she said.

Dr Walker, who specializes in low incidence disability and has worked as a special education teacher in the United States for 17 years, said having teachers aid in schools was a good start, ‘your child with special needs going to school will not be limited.

Sharing her own experience, she said ‘I was educated in Ghana, and I struggled a bit in school because the way I learn was not how I was taught.’

Dr Walker urged parents to equip themselves with information and data about their children to enable them to educate them.

The parents, members of the Special Mothers Project, an advocacy and awareness creation programme of cerebral palsy issues, asked practical questions and shared their lived experiences.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Stakeholders share views on fishing closed season

Stakeholders in the fisheries sector have called for strict adherence and compliance to the one month fishing closed season laws and regulations to increase the fish stock.

They, therefore, urged the Fisheries Enforcement Unit (FEU), the Fisheries Commission (FC) and the Ministry of Fisheries and Acqua Cultural Development (MoFAD) to collaborate to ensure a successful fishing closed season.

Sharing expectations of this year’s closed season with the Ghana News Agency, a member with the Fisheries Enforcement Unit, Nana Agyemang Opambour, said ‘the Unit will be going round to educate and sensitize fishing communities on the closed season.’

The FEU would also intensify sea patrols to ensure that no fisherman would go to sea during closed season, adding that the unit would also intensify its patrols to ensure that no fisher engaged in illegal fishing activities.

Nana Agyemang Opambour said after four years of the inception of closed season, he expected to see significant changes in the fisheries sector.

Convenor for Fisheries Alliance and Director for Nsemkafo Consult, Mr.Kwadwo Yamoah Kyei told GNA that all forms of illegal fishing must be dealt with during and after the closed season by the implementation of deterrent actions to combat Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated fishing.

He called for Fisheries Enforcement to be prioritized with the government providing adequate resources for the marine police and the FEU to enable them to provide commensurate deterrence through enforcement actions.

‘I expect the Ministry of Fisheries and Acqua Culture Development (MoFAD) to urgently remove all illegal nets especially the widespread illegal small mesh size nets and monofilament nets and replaced with legal nets which would contribute to reduction of high volumes of juvenile fish land and help the fish stock to recover.

Mr. Kyei Yamoah also expects that MoFAD would work with Fishers and stakeholders to implement IUU compliance monitoring and reporting mechanisms along the entire coastline of Ghana.

He also urged MoFAD to collaborate effectively with neighbouring countries to implement the Monitoring control and surveillance strategies to address Ghanaian fisher folks moving to fish in Togo and others during closed season.

Mr. Kyei Yamoah added that ‘it is my expectation that MoFAD does not overspend in the name of relief items during closed season but rather increase investment for supplementary livelihoods for fishers to ensure sustainable reduction of fishing effort and to reduce the stress on fish stocks.

President of Canoe Fishermen and Gear Owners Association of Ghana, Nana Kweigya said the implementation of closed season in the artisanal fisheries sector had been successful in terms of compliance by fishers but confidence in the closed season as a measure to recover the fishery had waned over the years.

He said artisanal fishers have not realized any significant improvement in catch.

Nana Kweigya added that benefits of the closed season touted by proponents found little credence among artisanal fishers hence, ‘it is not surprising that after successful implementation in 2019,2021 and 2022, access to assessment reports has been limited and fishers denied access to the report’.

He said closed season may be a good fisheries management measure, but until implementation was effective, there would not be enough benefits despite the huge sacrifices and the huge cost of implementation’.

Nana Kweigya observed that ‘ in the face of growing economic hardship, it was time to provide financial support to fishers during the closure.

Chief Fisherman of Anomabo Nana Kojo Bonfir V said fishers used to observe the closed season from May 31 to June 30 before the government changed the period from July to August.

He said the current period did not help fishermen, saying the government’s explanation that the fish stock spawn in July was untenable.

Nana Kojo Bonfir V said the first year of the implementation in July witnessed a bumper catch after the closed season, but subsequent years had failed and expected the fishing closed season to be reverted to June.

He said July was the period for fishers to work after the closed season in June to get money to pay their debts.

Western Regional Director at the Fisheries Commission, Mr. Joseph Yeboah encouraged fisherfolks to adhere to the closed season period.

He also appealed to the public ‘to help the Commission observe the closed season period to manage our resources.’

Mr. Yeboah said the Ministry would support fisherfolks with relief items like rice, oil, pans, and freezers, among others.

The Director warned that those who violated the closed season laws would be handed over to the FEU to prepare them for court.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Kadjebi commemorates African Child Day with debate

School children in the Kadjebi District of the Oti Region have observed the 2023 Day of the African Child with an inter-school debate competition.

The competition, organised by the Network of Communities in Development (NOCID), a Kadjebi-based non-governmental organisation, with support from ActionAid Ghana, was between the Dapaa D/A Junior High School (JHS) and Menuso E.P JHS.

While Menuso E.P JHS opposed the motion: ‘The African Child should be exposed to the Digital Environment,’ Dapaa D/A JHS spoke in favour of it.

The event was held on the theme: ‘The Rights of the Child in the Digital Environment’.

Mr Seth Seyram Deh, the Kadjebi District Director of Education, said technology was a necessary evil that had come to stay and that no one could work without it.

He indicated that though digital technology was good for societal growth, the dangers associated with its usage could not be underestimated.

Mr Deh said currently the digital world had profoundly altered the behaviour and way of life of children, including exercising and realisng their rights and charged parents and teachers to monitor children in the use of the internet.

Mr Nicholas Kudese, the District ICT Coordinator, said although children had rights in the digital environment just like they do in the physical world, they must be careful of contents they view.

The digital environment exposes children to a wealth of opportunities, but also risks that might have a detrimental impact on their human rights, he added.

Mr Kudese, in a presentation on the ‘Rights of the child in the digital environment,’ said it was important to sensitise children on the dangers of internet and how they should be protected against it.

He said this could be done through the observance of the 4Rs, regarding; Respect, Responsibility, Reasoning and Resilience of online safety.

The ICT Coordinator noted that most children might not always tell adults about cyberbullying because of the fear that they might overreact and make the situation worse, however, grownups should lookout for signs of a potential bully victim in their wards.

He mentioned some of the signs such as being upset after using the internet or their mobile phone, change in personality, becoming more withdrawn, anger, anxiety and sadness.

Mr Kudese implored everyone to help protect the rights of the child in the digital age as it was a collective responsibility.

Madam Agnes Obour, NOCID Coordinator, thanked the participants for turning up for the event.

At the end of the debate, Dapaa D/A JHS won with 77 marks, while Menuso E.P JHS had 72 marks. The participating students were presented with school bags and exercise books as prizes.

The Day of the African Child (DAC) is commemorated annually on 16th June, to honour the students of Soweto in South Africa, who protested the segregation and ill treatment against black children in schools.

The DAC was established in 1991 by the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), now known as the African Union (AU).

The DAC thus, salutes African’s youth and encouraged thoughtful reflection and dedication to address the many issues that young people on the continent faced.

The event served as a build-up to the recognition of children’s rights at all levels, from those in the home and community to those at the national and international levels.

Source: Ghana News Agency

10 per cent of road crashes linked to tyre issues -NRSA

Mr Dennis Yeribu, Principal Manager, Planning and Programmes Directorate of the National Road Safety Authority (NRSA), says about 10 per cent of all road crashes are linked to poor tyre maintenance.

He has therefore advised motorists to observe good tyre maintenance practices to ensure safety on the roads.

Mr Yeribu made the comments on Friday during a ‘Stay Alive Tyre Safety Campaign,’ organised by the NRSA in collaboration with Vulco and supported by the Ghana Police Service.

As part of the exercise, the team performed tyre assessments of about 500 private vehicles plying the Tema Motorway. They also shared tyre safety and management tips with drivers, gave out tyre inflation coupons and embarked on road safety sensitisation.

After carrying out tyre checks, the team informed drivers of their tyre health status and provided them with remedies.

Mr Yeribu said an important component of road safety was the issue of tyres which many road users, unfortunately, paid little attention to.

He said the Tyre Safety campaign would be replicated in other regions of the country, adding that, soon a similar exercise would be organised for public transport.

Mr Yeribu said the data gathered from the exercise would inform future policy directives and targeted education programmes on road safety.

He thanked Vulco and the Police for their assistance and lauded the drivers for their cooperation and availing themselves to receive the education.

The drivers on the other hand, thanked the NRSA for the exercise and for enriching their knowledge on tyre safety.

Mr Shakti Shukla, National Retail Manager of Vulco, said his outfit had observed that about 65 per cent to 70 per cent of the vehicles had winter tyres instead of summer tyres which were best suited for Ghana’s weather condition.

Summer tyres have a dedicated rubber compound that delivers excellent grip and handling on both dry and wet roads in warmer conditions. On the other hand, winter tyres provide outstanding grip on road surfaces covered with snow and ice, as well as wet roads in cold conditions.

He informed that the standard maximum shelf life of tyres was five years but observed that most tyres were overaged and cracked.

The shelf life of a tyre is the time between date of manufacture and peroid of its road worthiness. This applies to the period before the tire is first used-the period when the tyre is kept away in the dark from having direct contact with sunlight or rain.

He advised motorists to purchase tyres that conformed to their vehicle’s Original Equipment (OE), had the correct tyre size, maintain the recommended tyre pressure and check the warranty given by the manufacturer.

The OE are the parts of a car that were fitted at the factory during manufacturing. Only approved OE tyres are fitted to new cars. OE tyres are developed specifically for each make and model of car.

He advised drivers not to fit different tyre sizes on the same axis but to only mount the size specified by the manufacturer.

‘To maximize the tyre performance, a driver should make an axis rotation, every 10,000 kilometres. Drivers should control their tyre pressure every 15 days, use manufacturer’s recommended pressure, check the status of valves and place caps on the valves.’

‘Elements that impact negatively on the life of tyres include driving at high speed, taking turns too fast and quick stops. The consequences of unbalancing include tyres damage, irregular wear, loss of traction and stability and lack of comfort,’ he said.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Let’s find ways to make kidney care affordable – Gabby Otchere-Darko

Mr Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, the Group Chairman of the Asaase Broadcasting Company (ABC), has appealed to the Ghana Health Service and the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) to explore avenues to make kidney care services affordable for Ghanaians.

He said the cost of receiving dialysis was ‘mind-boggling’ and appealed to the health authorities to have a ‘serious look’ at the situation and support Ghanaians who could not afford treatment.

Mr Otchere-Darko made the appeal when the Asaase Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of the ABC, distributed at least seven dialysis machines to selected health institutions at a ceremony in Accra, on Friday.

‘Receiving dialysis in a week is mind boggling if you get it here. Not many Ghanaians can survive the cost of it.

‘I plead with the State and in particularly the NHIA; I understand you have limited resources but is there any way we can stretch that to support, even subsidise the cost of receiving dialysis,’ Mr Otchere-Darko appealed.

The distribution of the machines, which formed part the Foundation’s Kidney Heath Campaign, also commemorated the three-year anniversary of the Asaase Radio.

The beneficiary hospitals are: the Greater Accra Regional Hospital, Enchi Government Hospital, Sogakope District Hospital, Obuasi District Hospital, Volta Regional Hospital, Bono Regional Hospital, and the Upper East Regional Hospital.

Nenyi George Andah, the Chief Executive Officer, ABC, said the distribution of the machines formed part of the company’s commitment to support kidney care in needy and deprived communities.

‘The setting up of these dialysis machines shows our dedication to improve healthcare in marginalised communities, transform lives and build inclusive societies,’ he said.

Dr Bernard Okoe-Boye, the Chief Executive Officer of the NHIA, said the health insurance scheme currently did not cover chronic kidney cases.

It covers acute kidney disease (short-term due to injury) dialysis with a flat amount of about GHS900.00

He said the Authority would consider adding chronic (lifetime) 9cases to its benefit package if its resources improved.

It costs between GHS500 and GHS500 per one dialysis session.

Chronic patients need three sessions to flush out toxins and excess fluid in their blood.

The kidneys remove extra wastes and fluids from the body.

They also remove the acid produced by the cells in the body and maintain a healthy balance of water, salts and minerals in the blood.

Kidney diseases include simple kidney cysts, infection, kidney stones and polycystic kidney disease.

The main causes of chronic kidney disease are diabetes and high blood pressure.

It can also be a genetic condition, caused by repeated urinary tract infections, obstruction by tumors and kidney stones and enlarged prostate.

Certain drugs, infections and injuries are also known to result in acute kidney conditions.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Edem Kpotosu calls for calm in Ho Municipal Assembly impasse

Mr Edem Kofi Kpotosu, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) parliamentary candidate elect for the Ho Central Constituency in the Volta region has called for calm following misunderstandings at the Ho Municipal Assembly.

Some Assembly members were reported to have locked up the office of the Finance Officer, Mr Mac-George Afetorgbor, on June 7.

Mr. Kpotosu, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency, appealed to all parties involved to maintain a peaceful atmosphere and seek an amicable resolution.

According to him, the resolution of the impasse was crucial to ensure that the Assembly effectively carried out its legitimate mandate and fulfilled the expectations of the people of the Municipality.

He called on the Ho Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Mr Divine Bosson to exhibit discretion and use his position to deal with the issue in the interest of peace and unity.

Mr. Kpotosu further urged the MCE and the management of the Assembly to effectively communicate the exact nature of the issue and propose appropriate solutions to overcome the ongoing accusations and counteraccusations.

‘It is essential for the Assembly’s leadership to maintain its integrity by actively listening to all stakeholders involved and fostering a practical relationship based on honesty,’ he said.

Mr Kpotosu further called on the Volta Regional Coordinating Council to take decisive action in addressing the matter, matching their words with concrete steps.

He urged the authorities to address emerging issues before they escalate into disputes that hinder progress and development.

He expressed confidence in the collective efforts of all stakeholders to overcome the impasse and reaffirmed his commitment to the development of the Ho Central constituency.

Source: Ghana News Agency

India High Commission climaxes 75th Anniversary, bids farewell to High Commissioner

The India High Commission in Ghana has climaxed its 75th national independence anniversary celebration (Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav) in Accra.

As part of the climax of the two and half year-long anniversary celebration, a farewell reception was hosted at the residence of the High Commissioner in Accra, whose duty tour comes to an end after nearly three and half years in Ghana.

The reception was momentarily characterised by utter stillness as Mr Sugandh Rajaram delivered a rather emotive farewell speech to an audience made up of the diplomatic corps, ambassadors, Ministers of State, Members of Parliament, chiefs, the Indian Community in Ghana, artiste, and the media.

The dignitaries included, Mr Yaw Sarfo Marfo, Senior Advisor to the President; Mr Ken Ofori Atta, Minister of Finance; Kwaku Ampratwum-Sarpong, Deputy Minister, Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration; Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings, a former First lady; Madam Samia Yaaba Nkrumah, former MP and Chairperson of the CPP; Ogyeahoho Yaw Gyebi II, President of the National House of Chiefs; Togbe Afede XIV, Agbogbomefia of the Asogli State and Rocky Dawuni, Ghanaian singer and three-time Grammy-nominee.

The were treated to graceful traditional Indian dance (Kathak) including Bharatanatyam from students of the Nila Dance Academy who performed a duet, and a solo dance performance by Gayatri Bhatachaya.

75th Anniversary (Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav)

Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav is an initiative of the Government of India to celebrate and commemorate 75 years of independence and the glorious history of its people, culture and achievements.

The celebration, which cuts across political, economic and socio-cultural events, was launched on March 12, 2021, and will officially be climaxed globally on August 15, 2023.

This Mahotsav is dedicated to the people of India who have not only been instrumental in bringing India thus far in its journey of nationhood.

In addition, Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav epitomises all what is progressive about India’s political, socio-cultural, and economic identity.

Mr Rajaram, however, said the celebrations were not only to tout India’s achievements but to realise what it had failed to attain in order to re-commit new energies in accomplishing the country’s goals in the next 25 years in 2047 when India becomes 100 years old.

He said India’s achievements were made possible by its friends and partners globally, especially Ghana, one of the closest and oldest partners, stressing that ‘we believe in the philosophy of one world as one family’.

The emotive speech

Mr Sugandh Rajaram said: ‘It has been a wonderful three-and half-year period as the Indian High Commissioner to Ghana – which is a beautiful country. I had not imagined that I would leave in this state with such impressions – with the treasure of love and friendship.’

He said, ‘I never imagined that I would have such a diverse and rich interaction with a section of mankind that I have had while in Ghana. Personally, mentally and emotionally, it has enriched me a lot.

‘Professionally, it was one of the milestones for my career of more than two decades of being an Indian diplomat globally,’ he said amidst intermittent claps and nods of approval.

The Ambassador said, ‘The Ghanaian authorities, both political and traditional, were extremely good to me. In fact, I never found here that there was a formal way while I needed the authorities.

‘Nobody exerted any kind of authority; everyone came to extend assistance and help when it was needed, especially with the traditional chiefs.’

Ghana-India Relations

The Ambassador said, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Ghana and India were able to revitalise and deepen their bilateral partnerships as political engagements continued with a tighter structural mechanism of interactions between both countries.

‘At the same time, we strengthened our partnership at the global level as Ghana and India become new members of the United Nations Security Council, representing and fighting for the agenda of the global south.’ Mr Rajaram added.

While cementing political bonds between Ghana and India, he said the economic front had become even stronger as both countries took new initiatives to help support the efforts of entrepreneurs, service providers, tech developers, and investors.

He added that India was a significant development assistance partner of Ghana, as both countries took initiatives in new priority areas of Ghana’s development, including agriculture, water and sanitation, renewable energy and critical infrastructure.

Mr Kwaku Ampratwum-Sarpong, a deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, said India had been a friend and development partner since established relations which date to the early 1950s by the founding fathers of the two countries.

He, on behalf of the President, commended the outgoing High Commissioner for his dedication and commitment to his diplomatic duties.

The Deputy Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration Minister applauded India for the support for policies and programmes rolled out by the Government of Ghana to address the current economic challenges aimed at improving the living standards of Ghanaians.

A book, authored by the outgoing Indian High Commissioner, on the seven editions of the India/Ghana Dialogue which is aimed at strengthening the long-standing partnership between both countries was launched.

Finance Minister applauds India’s role in IMF approval

Mr Ken Ofori Atta, Finance Minister, who presented an artifact to the outgoing Ambassador, extolled the ‘truly significant’ role that India played in Ghana’s achievement of the IMF approval on May 17, 2023.

There was a period of a lot of uncertainty in which we had agreed to join the common framework which was a tunnel that you never knew how you will get out of,’ said, and that the Paris Club, and non-members, including India, had to take a strong position to support Ghana to get the necessary financing assurance to the IMF Board.

‘I met with my colleague, the Indian Finance Minister, and she was very emphatic about the support that they would give to Ghana to ensure that. ‘ Mr Ofori Atta noted.

The Finance Minister said, ‘I know the Indian High Commissioner made a lot of frantic phone calls to really get the support we required for that.’

‘That is really true friendship, and we would remember that because without that,’ he said, and admitted that ‘it would have been impossible for the fund to then sit and approve the facility that we got.’

In addition to that, Mr Ofori Atta said, ‘it was quite an extraordinary package that India and the directors backed in terms of the three-billion-facility, which was three times Ghana’s quota.’

He said it was the largest disbursement from the Poverty Reduction and Growth Trust (PRGT), the trust fund for the purpose.

The Finance Minister said, ‘for the first time as the managing director of the IMF reported to us, when she put down the gavel at the end of the approval, she heard a thunderous clap form the whole Board of Directors and she was like what type of spirit does Ghana have to be able to elicit such goodwill…We truly have to thank India and co for that type of support.’

‘These are friends who remain in difficult times and remain so through that period,’ he said.

Source: Ghana News Agency