Decline in fish stock has socio-economic implications – Dr Kassah

Dr Jemimah Etornam Kassah, a fisheries scientist, says unsustainable fishing practices and their resultant decline in the country’s fish stock have dire socio-economic implications for the Ghanaian society.

She said the fisheries sector of Ghana provided both direct and indirect employment to about 10 per cent of the country’s population, therefore, anything that affected the sector would have a rippling effect on the socio-economic lives of people in the value chain.

‘If we have a collapse of the fisheries sector, the people going to be affected are not just the fishermen, but every other player or actor along the value chain, from mechanics to outboard motor repairers to gear developers and boat builders.’

‘All these people are having their livelihoods threatened,’ she said during a Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) media forum on sustainable fishing practices.

Dr Kassah, a Lecturer at the Department of Biology Education, University of Education, Winneba, observed that due to low catches current
ly, families dependent on the fisheries sector were facing a lot of pressure, with some experiencing low-income levels while some women did not get fish to smoke.

‘What happens then in the coastal communities is that there are high levels of depression and people are hypertensive, in addition to other health issues due to increased stress,’ she said.

‘Even though a lot is being done to reduce the rate of child trafficking in Ghana, because of low catches, there have been reports of families in coastal communities having to make their children to serve as domestic servants with other families, which is truncating their schooling, among other things.’

The fisheries scientist said fish had become expensive and if medical officers were advising parents to, for example, add powdered sardinella to the diet of toddlers while the price of herrings had gone up, it would be difficult for low-income mothers to ensure their children got the adequate protein needs.

She added that the situation did not only affect the
fishing communities but also every actor in the value chain, hence the need for the nation to work towards preventing the depletion of the fish stock.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Belo Mayor, assistant killed in Amba attack

Separatist fighters on Monday, May 20, 2024, killed the Mayor of Belo council, Dr. Ngong Innocent together with the Inspector of Basic Education for Belo and one councilor.

CNA learned they were attacked on their way to the grandstand in Boyo, for the National Day celebration.

This tragic incident highlights the dangers faced by public officials in conflict-affected Divisions, where separatist violence poses a significant threat to stability and security. The targeted killing of the Mayor of Belo council, Dr. Ngong Innocent, alongside the Inspector of Basic Education for Belo who is also his Deputy plus one councilor, underscores the urgent need for efforts to address the root causes of separatist attacks and to promote peace and reconciliation.

The Cameroon government has failed to show commitment to two different peace talks by Switzerland and Canada.

Source: Cameroon News Agency

Man in Police grips for illegally connecting power

The Amasaman Divisional Police Command has arrested a 40-year-old trader, Kofi Mensah, for stealing power and reconnecting to the national grid after officials of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) Ltd. disconnected him for illegal connection.

Speaking to the media, Mr Kingsley Opoku, the ECG Amasaman District Manager, said that on one of its usual monitoring exercises, field staff identified a customer, who was using an unauthorised meter at ‘Nii Aryee’, a suburb of Pokuase.

A closer inspection revealed that the meter had been illegally moved from another District so, the customer was disconnected and directed to visit the office to regularise his relationship with the Company.

Mr Opoku said the customer refused to visit the office but illegally reconnected himself to the grid.

‘Anytime he was disconnected, the customer reconnected himself without recourse to the Company.

‘We were further alarmed when we realised that the customer had now used a cable to directly connect his premises to the low volt
age cables that serve the community.

‘He had also extended this illegal supply to other customers in the area,’ he said.

Mr Opoku said the actions of the suspect not only posed a danger to himself and other customers but also led to technical challenges with the transformer that served the community.

The suspect initially resisted attempts by the staff of the Company to disconnect him, prompting the involvement of the police, who ensured that the disconnection was done.

Mr Emmanuel Akinie, the ECG Accra West General Manager, warned customers to desist from interfering with the Company’s distribution network.

He said such interferences did not only pose a danger to the unauthorised individuals but could cause fire outbreaks, leading to damage to properties.

‘We are consistently reviewing our strategies to identify, surcharge and prosecute any persons found to be stealing power or engaged in other forms of illegalities that negatively affect our system’, he said.

The Accra West region has eight operation
al districts.

are Ablekuma, Achimota, Amasaman, Bortianor, Dansoman, Kaneshie, Korlebu and Nsawam.

Source: Ghana News Agency

OSP, CAGD unearths GH?2,854,144.80 payroll fraud

The Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) and the Controller and Accountant General’s Department (CAGD) discovered GH?2,854,144.80 in unearned monthly salaries during the Government Payroll Administration audit.

Those unearned salaries were attributed to individuals who were deceased, retired, no longer in employment, listed as missing, or whose whereabouts were unknown, often referred to as ‘Ghost Names.’

A joint statement issued in Accra by the OSP and CAGD said the country saved GH?34,249,737.60 for the 2024 fiscal year by suspending payments and removing those categories of persons from the Government Payroll.

In addition, further savings are anticipated in subsequent years, along with potential upward compensation adjustments, because of the OSP’s joint inquiry into those unearned salaries.

The investigation covered employees on the Government payroll in the Northern Region only.

The statement said the OSP and CAGD discovered that an alarming number of illegal and inactive validators worked on th
e payroll system in the Northern Region.

‘In one instance, it was discovered that a primary school in the Kumbungu District of Ghana Education Service did not exist at all.

‘Yet, this non-existent contrived entity was represented as staffed and the purported staff were being validated monthly and being paid salaries,’ it said

The statement said the OSP and CAGD were conducting an enhanced investigation into educational institutions under the Ghana Education Service in the Northern Region and the Tamale Teaching Hospital.

The goal is to prosecute those who were promoted to non-existent schools, as well as validate deceased, untraceable, and retired individuals and those who had vacated their posts.

It said subsequent phases of the investigation would include the remaining 15 regions.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Mamfe residents defy threats, celebrate May 20

Defying threats and calls for a boycott, residents of Mamfe in the South West region’s Manyu division celebrated Cameroon’s 52nd National Unity Day on May 20 with a massive turnout.

The festivities at the Mamfe ceremonial ground began at 10:07 a.m. with the arrival of Senior Divisional Officer Awounfac Alienou Yves Bertrand, accompanied by military honors, medal awards, and cultural performances by groups from Manyu and Lebialem divisions, as well as neighboring Nigeria.

A military and civilian march past followed, featuring pupils and students from public and private schools showcasing their marching skills. Political, social, and cultural institutions and groups concluded the march past with messages on placards and signboards.

In his address, Manyu Division’s SDO condemned the recent execution of seven security forces in the area, but assured that the incident has not deterred defense and security forces from safeguarding the division’s security.

Mamfe Mayor Robertson Tabenchong Ashu praised the popula
tion, military, and administration for their resolve to return to peace, despite celebrating just weeks after the murder of seven gendarmes. He urged locals to collaborate with the military to ensure continued peace and development in Mamfe.

This year’s National Unity Day was celebrated under the theme ‘Army and Nation, Together for a United, Peaceful, and Prosperous Cameroon.’

Source: Cameroon News Agency

Let’s appreciate the progress made under the Fourth Republic – NCCE

Mr Emmanuel Kwadwo Wiredu, the Atwima Nwabiagya Municipal Director, National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), has admonished Ghanaians to appreciate the stability and economic progress under the Fourth Republic.

He said in spite of the myriad of challenges confronting the nation, Ghana remained a shining example in the Sub-region in terms of political stability and economic growth.

Speaking at separate engagements with various groups as part of the 2024 Constitution Week, Mr Wiredu underscored the need for Ghanaians to rise to their civic duty of defending the Constitution to help sustain Ghana’s young democracy.

The Constitution Week, which is annual programme by the NCCE to sensitise citizens on the 1992 Constitution and its relevance to national development, is being celebrated on the theme: ‘Together, We Can Build Ghana: So, Get Involved.’

The Municipal Director charged Ghanaians to actively take part in the electoral processes leading up to the 2024 general election.

‘We all have roles to play
as citizens in ensuring the 2024 general election become successful and we have to wake up to that responsibility by taking meaningful part in all the electoral processes starting from the ongoing voter registration, voter exhibition and voting peacefully on the election day,’ he said.

‘The Constitution bestows the sovereignty of Ghana on the citizens, and sovereignty is principally exercised at the polls where we go to decide who to lead us in the next four years and give that person and parliamentarians our power through voting.’

Mr Wiredu said voting was a democratic right and a civic responsibility at the same time and, therefore, encouraged all unregistered eligible persons of 18 years and above to register to be able to exercise their franchise on December 7.

Ghanaians must be abreast of the content of the Constitution to appreciate their responsibilities as citizens to propel the political and socio-economic development of the country, he added.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Motivational speaker Daniel Appiah to attempt the Guinness World Record for the longest speech marathon

Mr Daniel Appiah, a Motivational speaker, has expressed his determination to break the Guinness World Record for the longest speech marathon, aiming to inspire others to pursue their dreams.

In the event scheduled from June 25th to June 30th, 2024, at the World Trade Center Conference Room in Accra, Mr Appiah is seeking to speak for 100 hours to break the existing 90-hour record held by a Nepalese.

The theme for his record attempt emphasised ‘positivity and possibility.’

The current record holder is Dr Ananta Ram KC from Nepal, who spoke continuously for 90 hours some four years ago, and it is a continuous speech except for breaks, which also need to be strictly adhered to.

He said, in his case, he would be delivering more motivational and inspirational content to inspire the audience, which aligned with his core mission as the Chief Encouragement Officer of Dream Focus International.

‘I inspire and encourage people to live their dreams,’ he said.

The speaker aimed to impact one million students positiv
ely across Ghana and Africa by leveraging his Guinness World Record attempt to inspire, impact and ignite the dreams and aspirations of one million youth and students.

He said this endeavour was not just about achieving a personal milestone but inspiring others to pursue their dreams and realize their full potential.

He said he chose the conference room to ensure his audience were comfortable, relaxed, and ready to be inspired.

‘My attempt at the longest speech marathon is more than just a test of endurance. It is a symbol of the power of positivity and possibility,’ he said.

He said through the record-breaking feat, he aimed to spread a message of hope and encouragement to the public, especially to the youth and students across the country and the African region.

He expressed the belief that every individual had unique talents and skills waiting to be unleashed and by fostering a mindset of positivity and possibility, ‘we can empower individuals to dream big and pursue their aspirations with unwavering

The Speaker said with the right commitment, dedication, persistence, and hard work, every dream was within reach.

He said it was difficult to achieve the goal alone as the endeavour required more resources and logistics to reach out to the youth and students.

He called on corporate Ghana, philanthropists, foundations, private individuals, well-meaning Ghanaians locally and abroad, and friends to join him in supporting the noble agenda.

He said donations were solicited to raise one million cedis, with payment platforms and means to contribute to be shared including shortcodes for local networks, GoFundMe accounts, and bank accounts for Dream Focus would be provided.

‘Together, we can make a difference in the lives of one million students in the short to medium term, providing them with the tools and inspiration they need to chase their dreams and make them a reality,’ he added.

He expressed commitment to raising one million cedis to inspire and impact one million students positively.

h your support, we can ignite a wave of change that will transform lives and communities for the better,’ he said.

He called on stakeholders to come together to empower the current and next generation and unlock their potential.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Iran to hold memorial services for Raisi on Tuesday

Memorial ceremonies for President Ebrahim Raisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian are planned in Iran for Tuesday after they were killed in a helicopter crash.

The Iranian news agency Tasnim reported that a ceremony is planned in the north-west in the provincial capital of Tabriz in the morning, followed by a ceremony in the religious stronghold and pilgrimage city of Qom.

The date for the funerals of the two statesmen has not yet been announced. Raisi is to be buried in his hometown of Mashhad.

Raisi and Amirabdollahian were killed on Sunday in a helicopter crash with seven other people. They had crashed in dense fog in the mountains over East Azerbaijan Province while travelling back from a meeting with the president of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev.

Source: Ghana News Agency