President predicts better response to burn cases

Angolan Head of State João Lourenço announced Saturday that the Hospital dealing with burn injuries, under construction in the Urban District of Kilamba in municipality of Belas, Luanda, will meet the need for patient care in the country, particularly in the capital.

João Lourenço referred to the fact that Luanda will be able to count, within two years, on two health units with this specialty, which, in his view, working simultaneously will certainly respond to the situation.

He recalled that the other unit, which has existed for a long time, is currently undergoing rehabilitation and expansion works, already in the final phase, as it had limited space and poor conditions.

According to the President, the infrastructure should be delivered in the next few days.

“Unfortunately, there have been many victims of house fires and beyond, which affect people of all ages, even children, and this has worried us”, he said, highlighting that the country does not yet have the capacity to match the number of cases that have arisen, especially in Luanda, which has more than ten million inhabitants.

As for the other provinces, João Lourenço explained that they will create areas, within general hospitals, to treat burn cases.

On Saturday, the head of State assessed the construction works of the Hospital specialized in burn cases of Kilamba, with a capacity for 248 beds, and expressed his belief that the contractor will respect the commitment to deliver it in March 2025, the agreed period in the contract.

Once completed, it will provide better healthcare to the population.

The works are secured by 270 workers, including nationals and foreigners and started in March 2022.

The infrastructure occupies an area of 48,000 square meters, with physical execution at 12.5 percent.

The project is estimated at 149 million Euros and includes four buildings

Source: Angola Press News Agency

Angolan parliament expresses solidarity with Moroccan people

Angolan members of National Assembly expressed Sunday solidarity with the Moroccan people affected by the earthquake on Friday night.

In a message signed by the Parliament Speaker Carolina Cerqueira reads that Angolan MPs learn “with great concern” the tragic news of the earthquake that caused thousands of deaths and injuries, causing a situation of national mourning in the Kingdom of Morocco.

“The National Assembly of Angola and I express our solidarity in the face of this tragedy with the Moroccan populations, the victims of this catastrophe and we express our heartfelt condolences to the grieving families of the fatal victims”, the message reads out.

In the message, Carolina Cerqueira also reiterates her friendship and solidarity with Moroccan Parliamentarians, whose institutional ties were recently strengthened during the last visit of Angolan MPs to Morocco.

The provisional balance points, as of the early hours of this Sunday, to 2,012 deaths and 2,059 injured – of whom 1,404 are in serious condition – but this number is expected to continue to increase as the searches continue.

According to local authorities, deaths were recorded in the provinces and prefectures of Al Haouz, Marrakesh, Ouarzazate, Azilal, Chichaoua and Taroudant.

According to the United States Geological Survey, which records seismic activity around the world, the earthquake occurred at 11:11 pm on Friday.

The epicenter was in the locality of Ighil, located 63 kilometers southwest of Marrakech city.

The earthquake occurred at a depth of 18.5 kilometers

Source: Angola Press News Agency

Ghana beats Morocco to clinch first-ever African Para Games Amputee Football Cup

Ghana’s national amputee football team, the Black Challenge, defeated their Moroccan counterparts 2-1 in the finals of the African Para Games Amputee Football tournament played at La McDan Park in Accra, Ghana.
The seven-sided football encounter was very enthralling and Ghana, who are the reigning African Champions, prevailed at the end of extra-time to win the first-ever African Para Games Amputee Football tournament.
After regulation time ended 1-1, Ghana captain Oppentil delivered the sucker punch in extra-time as they avenged their 1-0 loss to the Moroccans in the group stages.
The Moroccans started the game on a bright note, pressing for the lead, with the Black Challenge struggling to curtail their attacks.
Ghana captain Richard Opentil had to make some crucial interventions to stop the Moroccans from scoring halfway through the first half.
But Ipyass Sbiyaa gave the Moroccans the lead in the 21st minute as he curled home from close range as the first half ended minutes later.
Ghana were more determined in the second half as they searched for the equaliser, but the Moroccan defence stood firm and held onto their lead.
Halfway through the second half, Morocco goalkeeper Afra El Alami pulled off a stunning save to deny Ghana captain Opentil the equaliser.
Black Challenge striker Mubarak put Ghana level in the late stages of the second half as he tapped home from close range.
The game went into extra-time, and captain Oppentil gave Ghana the lead with a finish from close range.
The Moroccans seemed to have lost their mojo in extra-time as they struggled to create any chances as Ghana held on to win the trophy.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Medeama wins big at maiden Ghana Football Association awards

Reigning Ghana Premier League champions Medeama SC swept major honours at the maiden edition of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) awards held at the UPSA Auditorium in Accra.
Medeama, who recently won the Super Cup, picked up the prestigious club of the season award, while their Captain Vincent Atingah, won the Player of the Season award.
The Head Coach for the Mauve and Yellow club, Evans Augustine Adotey, was adjudged the Coach of the Season, while Felix Kyei also grabbed the Goalkeeper of the Season.
Accra Lions midfielder Abbas Samurai was adjudged the Discovery of the Year after scoring nine goals in last season’s league, while the top scorer award went to Abednego Tetteho of Bibiani Gold Stars.
In the women’s division, Ampem Darkoa Ladies, who won last season’s Women’s Premier League, were adjudged the club of the season.
Nana Joe Adarkwah and Mary Amponsah of Ampem Darkoa Ladies were adjudged Coach of the Season and Player of the Season, respectively.
Below is the full list of winners:
Abass Samari – Discovery of the Season
Felix Kyei – Goalkeeper of the Season
Abednego Tetteh – Top Scorer of the Season
Serge Eric Zeze – Goal of the Season
Medeama SC – Club of the Season
Evans Augustine Adotey – Coach of the Season
Vincent Atingah – Player of the Season
Ellen Alormenu – Discovery of the Season
Grace B. Banwaa – Goalkeeper of the Season
Mary Amponsah – Top Scorer of the Season
Ampem Darkoa Ladies – Club of the Season
Nana Joe Adarkwah – Coach of the Season
Mary Amponsah – Player of the Season
Samuel Adom Antwi – Player of the Season
Solomon Agbasi – Goalkeeper of the Season
Abdul Aziz Issah – Discovery of the Season
Abdul Karim Zito – Coach of the Season
Samuel Adom Antwi and Abdul Manaf Umar – Top Scorers
Baba Hamadu Musah – Division One League Best Player of the Season
Fatawu Salifu, Johnson Smith and Fuseini Abubakar – Division One League Coaches of the Season
Baba Hamadu Musah – Division One League Top Scorer of the Season
Solomon Ohene Nimo – Division One League Goalkeeper of the Season
Richmond Apokum – Division One League Discovery of the Year

Source: Ghana News Agency

Archbishop Palmer-Buckle advocates thriftiness in funeral expenditure

The Archbishop of Cape Coast Diocese of the Roman Catholic Church, Charles Angela Palmer-Buckle, has reiterated calls to Ghanaians to minimise expenditures on funerals, especially one-week observations, to reduce the huge burden on families to bid a loved one farewell.
He suggested that parts of those expenditures could be channelled to taking care of dependents of the deceased or the destitute in society.
”This problem of huge expenditure on funerals has been hammered on various platforms and all networks wherever l go, to urge Ghanaians to be measured in their huge spending on funerals, which is to the detriment of children’s education,” he said.
Archbishop Palmer-Buckle said this when he addressed the Centenary Anniversary celebration of the Agona Swedru Saint Anthony Catholic Church at Swedru in the Central Region.
He said he totally agreed with the Swedruman Counncil of Chiefs’ Bye-laws to cut down the huge expenditure on one-week observations and final funeral rites in the area.
The Council’s bye-laws are meant to reduce the burden on families, after losing their loved ones, to organise ‘big funerals’ to signify their love for the deceased.
The Archbishop commended the Council for the move and urged members of the Catholic Church to abide by those rules and regulations.
The Catholic Church had outlined a five-year programme aimed at taking evangelism to the door-step of the people to win more souls for Christ.
Mrs Justina Marigold Assan, the Central Regional Minister, encouraged Christians to do away with acts that went against Christianity and live lives worthy of emulation.
She congratulated the Saint Anthony Catholic Church for its 100 years of existence and urged the leaders to continue to support education and health, as well as help to fight bribery and corruption in the country.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Internal Auditors of Judicial Service build capacity in forensic investigations

A capacity building workshop has been held in Accra for 55 internal auditors of the Judicial Service to equip them with forensic investigation skills to safeguard the Service from internal threats such as fraud and misconduct.
The workshop, organised by Makers and Partners, a chartered accountancy firm, in collaboration with the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), Ghana Chapter, was aimed at equipping the internal auditors with the requisite skills to easily identify such frauds by creating channels for people to report.
Participants were taken through effective planning of an investigation, practical and useful skills for evidence gathering and preservation using the appropriate techniques and tools, including adequate documentation of procedures to obtain evidence.
Mr Wilfred Neneh Addico, an expert in forensic investigation, told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) during the workshop that a research conducted by ACFE across companies in the world revealed that about 46 per cent of fraud cases were identified through tip-offs and whistleblowing.
For the internal auditors to be able to deal with fraud in the Service they needed to create channels for people to report, including anonymous reporting, he said.
‘So that fraud happening in the environment can come to their attention and to be able to investigate it, not just to deal with the issue of probability but to improve internal controls,’ Mr Addico, who facilitated the workshop, said.
He noted that fraudsters were usually able to commit fraud by overriding controls, or in an environment where the controls were absent, they exploited it to their advantage.
Mr Alfred Aryee, a partner at Makers and Partners, said the capacity building was the firm’s contribution to give free training on the new things happening in the space of forensic auditing.
‘We are empowering state-owned agencies to build their internal audit departments to help fight fraud-related cases,’ he said.
Mr Robert Nii Aryee Tackie, the Head of Internal Audit, Judicial Service, commended Makers and Partners for providing the requisite training that would enhance their reporting and internal audit work.
There had been instances where internal auditors had to face a disciplinary committee, headed by a judge, for not presenting good reports, he said, and that issues were sometimes raised against the report for not giving the other party the chance to respond to the findings, which made it invalid.
Dr Rebecca Atswei Lomo, the President, ACFE Ghana Chapter, reiterated the need for auditors to be trained, to know how to execute investigations as well produce quality reports that could stand the test of the courts.
She said ACFE’s mission was to educate and train its members to be well equipped in fraud examination to effectively deal with those issues when the need arose.
The Association would its first conference on November 15 to 16, she noted, and urged the public to participate.
‘We will educate the public on how they can protect themselves against fraudsters and scammers on the internet’.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Architects not enthused with the built environment – Osae-Akonnor

Mr Foster Osae-Akonnor, the President of the Ghana Institute of Architects (GIA), said members of the institute are seeking a more improved built environment for Ghana through the enforcement of planned and quality construction.
He said the many unregulated buildings and structures that defined the Ghanaian cityscape had become a worry for the professionals and blamed this on the absence of architects at the local assemblies.
Mr Osae-Akonnor was addressing stakeholders in the Volta Region at a townhall meeting in Ho, one of several activities planned for the 60th Anniversary celebration of the Institute, on the theme: ‘Architects and the Community’
He said most of the assemblies had no resident architects and, thus, were limited in enforcing planned and quality construction works.
‘Architects are not enthused with the built environment – the uncontrolled nature of buildings springing up. Metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies (MMDAs) do not have the requisite strength of architects, and architecture sells a country,’ he said.
‘The responsibility of architects is limited at the assembly level, and it constitutes a bigger issue for the built environment in Ghana.’
Mr Osae-Akonnor said the architects ‘felt left out’ of Ghana’s development as challenges with structural and service integrity of buildings intensified, and called on the assemblies to consider their indispensable roles in ensuring standards at all levels.
‘Most assemblies lack the capacity to issue certificates of habitation due to the lack of architects and revealed that the Institute was working with the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development to produce a 10-year strategic plan to be ‘critically followed through’ to its implementation.’
He called on the professionals to seek collaboration with the local assemblies, and that ‘architects must take the initiative and begin to think about planning all the MMDAs.’
The public was also encouraged to engage professional architects for proper planning to ensure a safe and sustainable built environment.
Mr Augustus Awiti, the Volta Regional Coordinating Director, said unplanned cities continued to produce challenges so professionals of the built environmental must collaborate to check the menace.
He said the region was pleased for the opportunity to set out collaboration with the planning professionals and would ensure effective collaboration to promote a sustainable environment.
The town hall meeting was attended by traditional leaders, heads of Local Government and staff, and civil society organisations.
Local Assembly heads at the meeting said the high-cost service of architects affected their patronage and appealed for the consideration of the charges and rates.
CSOs present raised concerns over access and other structural allowances for differently abled persons and hoped an enhanced input of architects would address the issues.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Agona Nkum raises funds to climax 2023 Akwambo Festival

The chiefs and people of Agona Nkum in the Central Region have climaxed the 2023 Annual Akwambo Festival with a fund-raising ceremony in support of development projects in the area.
The projects include a library complex, computer laboratory, and the completion of a community centre.
Addressing the gathering, Nana Mprah Afful V, Omankrado of Nkum, said the projects were envisaged to improve the living standards of the people.
However, he expressed unhappiness that teachers at Nkum in the Agona West Municipality still used chalk to draw computers and accessories on the blackboard in their efforts to teach pupils the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) subject.
He said if the situation continued, pupils in the community would not be able to compete favourably with other colleagues in the cities in the Basic Education Certificate Examination.
The Omankrado said the traditional authority was, therefore, poised to construct a computer laboratory to empower pupils and students in the area to study ICT with ease.
He cautioned the youth to be thrifty in their spending, especially during such festivals, in order to invest in profitable ventures to make life more comfortable for themselves and their families.
Mr Paul Kofi Assan, a Swedru-based businessman, urged the youth, being the future leaders, to support all policies and programmes the traditional authority had initiated for the overall benefit of the area.
He donated an undisclosed amount of money to the Akwambo Planning Committee in support of the projects under construction.
Mrs Cynthia Maamle Morrison, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Agona West, admonished the youth to desist from acts that may affect their future progress.
She said they must show respect to the elderly and unite because without unity and understanding development would elude the town.
‘Education is the key to success, and you must prioritise it to ensure a better future,’ she advised the youth.
Basic schools in the town had seen major infrastructure improvement by the construction of new classroom blocks and rehabilitation of existing structures to enhance teaching and learning, she said.
The MP donated 50 bags of cement, and one trip each of sand and stones to help with the completion of the community centre project.

Source: Ghana News Agency