Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Injunction against NDC constituency election unnecessary-Ade Coker

The Greater Accra Regional Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr Joseph Ade Coker, has slammed the decision of some party members to resort to the courts to secure injunctions and stop some constituencies from holding elections.
Some constituencies in the Greater Accra Region have been hit by a series of court injunctions, thereby putting their elections on hold.
In an interview on the sidelines of the Ashaiman Constituency elections of the party held at the weekend, Mr Ade Coker said the failure by those individuals to exhaust all the internal systems to resolve their disagreements meant those persons could not be entrusted with positions.

Court injunctions

Some members of the NDC in the Greater Accra Region have secured court injunctions restraining some constituencies, notably La Dadekotopon, Madina, Ayawaso West Wuogon and Tema Central from holding elections.

"I do not see why people are rushing to court. I ask myself what is the motivation for seeking redress in court? If you are disqualified, there is room for you to avail yourself of other opportunities. The party is a big party and there is a lot of room for people to do other things, not necessarily becoming an executive member. You can play your role in different and diverse ways. There is no need to resort to the courts," he said.


Mr Ade Coker denied rumours that he was influencing and handpicking persons who favoured his second term bid for election at the constituency level.

"I do not sit on the vetting panel. That constituency vetting committee is made up of three people, two of whom are from the constituency who know those who are actively involved in party activities, hence know who qualifies to contest. They conduct their independent work and only submit their report which is implemented. How then can I be accused of influencing the process?" he querried.

Mr Ade Coker advised all party members to abide by the laid- down procedure and avoid acts that could bring the name of the party into disrepute.

Outcome of elections

Meanwhile, Mr Shaddad Omar Jallo has been elected the Chairman of the Ashaiman Constituency branch of the NDC for another four-year term. He polled 472 votes out of 617 tohis contenders.

In an election conducted and supervised by officials of the Ashaiman Municipal Directorate of the Electoral Commission, Mr Hudu Alhassan was elected Vice- Chairman, while Mr Allen Quansah DeGraft annexed the post of Secretary.
Other executive members elected were: Mr Mohammed M. Jada, Youth Organiser; Mr Mark Afetor, Deputy Youth Organiser; Madam Peace Kakraba, Women's Organiser and Hajia  Ajara Baba, Deputy Women's Organiser.

Others were: Mr Frank Joe Mensah, Treasurer; Mr Wisdom Tetteh, Deputy Treasurer; Mr Veejay Agbogedem, Constituency Organiser; Mr Mumuni Ansah, Deputy Constituency Organiser, Ms Lucy Rio Sabbie, Propaganda Secretary and Mr Richard Haliga as Deputy Constituency Propaganda Secretary

Mr Shaddad Jallo, on behalf of the elected leaders, expressed appreciation to the delegates and pledged they would not betray their trust and confidence reposed in them


NGO embarks on clean-up exercise in Ashaiman

By: Benjamin Xornam Glover, ASHAIMAN

In a bid to check the recent cholera outbreak in some parts of the country, a Non Governmental Organization, Lamix Foundation Ghana based in Ashaiman have embarked on a cleanup exercise to clear the municipality of filth.

Members of the NGO were joined by people within the community including the congregation of Generating Fire Ministries and staff of Zoom Lion Ghana took part in the cleanup exercise.

Coordinator of the NGO, Evangelist Bobie Bright mentioned that cholera is a product of filth and urged residents to practice good sanitation habits.

He appealed to residents of the municipality to ensure that the clean up exercise becomes a regular activity among the entire people of the Metropolis stressing that a clean environment will reduces their risk to poverty. " By keeping our surroundings clean, we save towards medical care"

He also appealed to all Ghanaians to be very conscious about personal hygiene in order to prevent cholera, especially cleaning and washing of hands with soap, as well as tidying their immediate environment.

Work progresses on Tema Ebola Isolation Centre

By: Benjamin Xornam Glover, TEMA

WORK on an Isolation centre for Ebola at the Tema General Hospital is progressing steadily.

The 11 bed facility when completed the facility will have holding rooms for any anticipated Ebola case. Work is expected to be completed in on September 8 this year.

When the Daily Graphic visited the construction site, the contractor had laid blocks and erected a specialized tent while artisans were busily fixing other installations to get the project ready.

The foreman at the site who would not give out his name was optimistic that the deadline will be met. He added further that they have been working to meet the target.

The Tema General Hospital is one of three centres earmarked as Ebola isolation centres in the country. It will serve the southern sector, while the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi will handle cases for the middle belt and the Tamale Teaching Hospital for the northern sector.

With the scare of the Ebola epidemic becoming heightened, many have raised concern over the preparedness of the various health facilities to handle any suspected case.


According to the World Health Organization, as of August 26 2014, the cumulative number of cases attributed to Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the four countries stands at 3069, including 1552 deaths.

The WHO said gave the distribution and classification of the cases as follows: Guinea, 647 cases (482 confirmed, 141 probable, and 25 suspected), including 430 deaths; Liberia, 1378 cases (322 confirmed, 674 probable, and 382 suspected), including 694 deaths; Nigeria, 17 cases (13 confirmed, 1 probable, and 3 suspected), including 6 deaths; and Sierra Leone, 1026 cases (935 confirmed, 37 probable, and 54 suspected), including 422 deaths.

Princess Royal Creche and Nursery School holds 16th graduation

By: Benjamin Xornam Glover, TEMA
Princess Royal Creche and Nursery School has held its 16th graduation on parents to develop interest in their children education and spend time with them. In all, six students graduate graduated from the school to pursue basic education. The Headmistress of the school, Mrs Vida Ofosuhene of the school stressed that education plays a key role in the development of the child hence the establishment of early child care and development centers however, parents complement the roles of teachers hence the need to show interest in what their children do at school, help them, encourage them and spend quality time with them at home. She also urged the graduates to ensure that the quality education they received from the school would be evident in their daily lives. Mrs Ofosuhene also commended the teachers for the role they have played in molding and encouraged them to identify their short falls in the classroom in order to make improvements. Mrs Agnes Bossman Armah , a parent, urged fellow parents to develop interest in their children education and spend time with them. “Parents should not leave the development of their children solely to teachers or educational authorities,” he added.

She urged the graduates to continue working hard to advance in their education. Special awards for academic excellence were given to the deserving pupils and students. Princess Royal Creche and Nursery School started in January 12, 1998 with only one child but has to date contributed to the training of several children with the first graduands currently in level 100 of university studying various subjects including Medicine, Law, Engineering among other subjects.

Government takes steps to sanitise fishing industry

By: Benjamin Xornam Glover, TEMA The Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, has introduced new control measures on Ghanaian-flagged vessels that intend to fish in both within and in neighboring countries Under the new measures no Ghanaian semi-industrial and industrial trawlers will be issued with a license to fish without a Vessel Monitoring System, (VMS) The Head of Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS) Division of the Fisheries Commission Mr Godfrey Baidoo-Tsibu who disclosed this at a meeting with industrial trawler owners at Tema, warned that any Ghanaian registered tuna and trawl vessels that proceed to sea without a functioning VMS face possible sanctions in the future for illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing (IUUF). He said of the 106 semi-industrial and industrial Ghanaian fishing vessels, including trawlers targeted for registration and installation of the VMS by the deadline of September 5, 2014, only 79 have met fully complied with the law. The remaining 27, he said could not meet the deadline and as such have been debarred from proceeding to sea. The VMS is equipped with a global positioning system and allows the Fisheries Monitoring Center (FMC) to monitor position, course and speed of a boat through a satellite network. The requirement for VMS as a condition for fishing vessels proceeding to sea and fishing is a cardinal provision under the Fisheries At 2002 (ACT 925) the fisheries Regulations 2010 and forms part of the obligations under the international market access conditions. He said the project was embarked on in collaborating with the World Bank and Global Environmental Facility to improve the fishing industry. Penalties and Regulations Baidoo-Tsibu said penalties for such offenders will include suspension and revocation of fishing licenses, confiscation of vessel and possible delisting from the Ghanaian registry. He encouraged owners of trawlers and vessels equipped with the system to ensure that the device is fully operational at all times and also instruct the Master of the vessel transmit data to the FMC. Mr Baidoo-Tsibu said took the participants through a number of regulations covering the VMS among which he said the Master of every vessel is to ensure that the catch data is not altered adding that in the event of a technical failure or non-functioning of a monitoring device, the Master or the owner of the vessel or their representatives should communicate to the FMC every two hours or at shorter interval as specified by the centre any information required from the time of notification of failure of the device. He noted that with the current increase in activities pirates, kidnappers, drug traffickers, illegal fishing, among others in maritime domain on the Gulf of Guinea there was the need for vessel monitoring system (VMS) and Automatic Identification System (AIS), to check vessel movements and curtail the increasing rate of piracy and other illegal activities in the coast of West Africa He appealed to all owners of tuna and trawl vessels to comply with the regulations in order to avoid suspension and revocation of fishing licensing, confiscation of vessel and possible delisting from the Ghanaian registry. The President of National Fisheries Association of Ghana (NAFAG), Flt Lt M.G. Tackie, urged all tuna and trawl vessel owners to make full use of the facility to help boost the industry. -End- Effective September 5, 2014, any Ghanaian large scale tuna fishing vessels without a functioning vessel monitoring system will not be permitted to proceed to sea. The move is a cardinal provision under the Fisheries At 2002 (ACT 925) the fisheries Regulations 2010 and forms part of the obligations under the international market access conditions Any vessels which fail to comply with the regulations risk been suspended, revocation of fishing licensing, confiscation of vessel and possible delisting from the Ghanaian registry.

Road construction hinder water supply in Ashaiman municipality

By: Benjamin Xornam Glover, ASHAIMAN
Water supply in parts of the Ashaiman municipality have been disrupted owing to the breakage of pipelines as a results construction works was being carried out on the stretch of road between Ashaiman township to Adjei Kojo under Bridge. As a result of this, many residents are without constant supply of drinking water to some parts of the municipality. Residents of the area have therefore has appealed to the agencies in charge provide them with an alternative water supply system during the period of road construction. Residents Complain
A cross section of residents who spoke to the Daily Graphic said for a period between two-weeks and one month, water had not flowed through their taps, a situation which has forced many residents to resort to the use of untreated water including water from dams for both domestic and other uses. Mr Ibrahim Musah, a resident of Ashaiman told this paper that some people are also taking advantage of the situation to exploit residents by filling small water containers with the dam water and selling each for between GH¢1 and GH¢ 2.
Another resident, Hajia Memunatu Alhassan expressed worry that with the recent spread of cholera outbreak in the country, delay in restoring water supply may exposed many more resident to the disease. Project site When the paper visited the project site, contractors of Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) were spotted relocating the direction of the water pipelines that had been ruptured due to road constructions works, they said. The contractors were however not clear when water supply has been disrupted in parts of municipality will be fully restored. An official of the GWCL who declined to disclose his identity told the Daily Graphic at the project site that all efforts are being made to relocate all the broken pipelines to enhance regular water supply to start to minimize the impact of the shutdown.

Shai-Osudoku District Assembly makes strides

By: Benjamin Xornam Glover, DODOWA
The Shai-Osudoku District Assembly in the Greater Accra Region has for the fourth time since 2011 qualified for the Functional Organizational Assessment Tool (FOAT), the District Chief Executive, Mr Emmanuel A. O. Lartey has disclosed. He said the Assembly qualified in 2011, 2012, and 2013 however the assembly is yet to receive the allocated funds for the three consecutive years. Mr Lartey explained that the delay in the release of the funds has affected the execution of development projects in the area. “We assume that much of the left uncompleted in the respective electoral areas will see remarkable levels of improvements” he said Mr Lartey was addressing assembly members, heads of departments and units at the 2nd Ordinary Meeting of the Assembly at the Guggisberg Memorial Hall at Dodowa. FOAT is a donor fund comprising the District Development Facility (DDF) and Urban Development Grant (UDG) for the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) to undertake investments and capacity building projects. The DDF is meant for all the MMDAs while the UDG is for the Metropolitan and Municipal Assemblies (MMAs) alone. Finances The DCE said the delay in the release of funds notwithstanding, the assembly has made strides with its revenue generation efforts adding that the Assembly was able to mobilize GH¢ 843,999.00 as Internally Generated Fund (IGF) as at June 2014 out of GH¢1, 517,600. 00 projected for the year 2014. He hinted that the amount was an improvement in collection compared to GH¢522,987.19 collected the same period last year. Mr Lartey attributed the improvement in the revenue collection to stringent measures introduced at quarries. He said to the Assembly will improve on its monitoring and supervision of the collectors and not hesitate to deal with any revenue collector who engages in unacceptable behavior at any revenue collection point. The DCE said due to inconsistent trickling in of funds from the Central government, the Executive Committee has recommended that a minimum of 15 percent of IGF is set aside to fund infrastructural projects in the district.
Development projects Mr Lartey enumerated a number of development projects embarked on by the assembly to improve on living standards in the district. He said in collaboration with the District Health Directorate they have upgraded the CHIPS Compound at Agomeda to the status of health centre, while constructions works is ongoing for four additional CHIPS compound at Tokpo, Kadjanya, Sota and Ayikuma communities respectively. Mr Lartey said the Assembly was undertaking a street lighting project from Lanor Junction to Osuwem adding that same facility will be extended to the Asutsuare committee to enhance security. He said the Assembly further disbursed GH¢ 14,000.00 as financial support to organize holiday classes for 157 girls in JHS Two with the view of preparing them for their final examinations at the Basic Education Certificate level. In addition, he said the Assembly released an amount of GH¢6,000.00 to the Education Directorate to support the Regional Science Technology and Mathematics Education. He explained that these initiatives were aimed at improving the quality of education in the District.
Agriculture He disclosed that the Assembly in its efforts to achieve food sufficiency and security has assisted in streamlining the leadership of the Osudoku Cooperative Framers Association to assist the farmers effectively utilize the irrigation facility in the area and help increase their yields. This he said will lead to jobs for the youth and ultimately reduce the poverty levels in the district through the cultivation of rice. Mr Lartey also announced that the Assembly was going to provide accommodation for teachers to curb teacher absenteeism and lateness to school. The DCE gave assurance of the assembly’s preparedness to put the district on a higher pedestal. He expressed his gratitude and appreciation to members for their invaluable roles they have been playing within their various electoral areas and communities and commended the departments and units’ heads for their dedicated services. Presiding Member The Presiding Member, Mr Emmanuel Adjartey said he was pleased with the harmonious relationship among assembly members, which, he stressed, was a necessary tonic for accelerated growth. He lauded the Assembly for implementing the street naming project and the mounting of signages on the various streets in the district capital. -End- Writer’s email: Benjamin.glover@graphic.com.gh

Greater Accra NPP endorse Nana Akufo Addo @ Tema

By Benjamin Xornam Glover, TEMA The Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addd for 2016 campaign for flagbearership for the New Patriotic Party received another bolster when executives of the Greater Accra Region branch of the party endorsed his candidature and pledged to give him resounding margin of victory at the party’s ahead of the August 31 Special Congress to elect five out of the seven flag bearer aspirants to lead the NPP in the December 2016 general elections. The Regional Chairman of the Party, Mr. Ishmael Ashitey was very emphatic when he declared that from his interaction with the 34 constituency chairmen, it was evident that Nana Akufo-Addo was going to marshal 100 percent votes from Greater Accra come Sunday. “We need 100 percent votes from Greater Accra Region for Nana Akufo-Addo and I called on the other constituency executives to speak to their respective chairmen to rally behind Nana Akufo Addo, this is not the time to play, we are serious. Ghanaians are calling on us to give them power and we cannot fail them.” He said. This declaration took place at the Our Lady of Mercy (OLAMS) Senior High School when Nana Akufo-Addo took his campaign to seek the mandate of the party ahead of the 2016 elections to Tema. According to Mr. Ashitey it is time for the NPP to come back to power and urged the delegates to make a wise decision by voting massively for Nana Akufo-Addo. MPs back Nana Akufo-Addo The Regional Chairman and his constituency Chairperson were not alone in declaring their support for Nana Akufo-Addo. Members of Parliament from Tema East, Mr Titus Glover Tema Central, Kofi Brako, Ablekuma North, Justice Joe Appiah, Trobo Amasaman, Ablekuma West, Mrs Ursula Owusu Ekuful and Ayawaso West Wuogon, Mr Emmanuel Kwabena Agyarko all pledged their support for Nana Akufo-Addo The MP for Tema East, Mr Titus Glover announced that 13 out of the 14 NPP MPs in parliament have all thrown their support behimd the candidature of Nana Akufo-Addo hence there is no need to reinvent the wheel. Boakye Agyarko The 2012 Presidential Campaign Manager of the NPP, Mr Boakye Agyarko, in addressing the delegates, said all across the country, Ghanaians were tired of the current Mahama-led National Democratic Congress government, are were desirous of a change. “They are calling on the NPP to put its acts together to rescue the country from the hardship that the country find itself in. Our response to that cry must be equally loud and clear that hat we in the NPP are ready and standing firmly behind one candidate to rescue them from all the hardship that they tell us about.” He said He said having worked with Nana-Akufo, he was firmly convinced in his mind that Nana Akufo-Addo is the best man for Ghana if NPP truly wants power in 2016 and urged all others in the race to forget about it .Mr. Boakye Agyarko scoffed claims by some opponents that Nana Akufo-Addo is too old to lead the party into power come 2016 stressing that Nana Akufo-Addo is best placed to lead the party. “We shouldn’t think that the work to be done at Flagstaff House requires breaking of stones. It is work that requires knowledge, intelligence, intellect, courage and a level of maturity that comes with age and Nana Akufo Addo measures up to that.” He added. Dr. Bawumia The Vice-Presidential Candidate for the NPP in 2012, Dr Mahammudu Bawumia said Ghana finds itself at a very important crossroads its development which requires change of leadership. He urged members of the party to remain united and rally behind the candidature of Nana Akufo-Addo to secure victory come 2016. “The management of this economy by the NDC has largely been by propaganda. “They told us about their unprecedented achievement, when we told them that those unprecedented achievements were built on very weak foundation, they ignored us. Today the evidence is on the wall, and those achievements have all collapsed. We told them that you cannot use propaganda to manage an economy because if you do that, the exchange rates will expose you. Today we have an economy which is in crisis”, he said He therefore called on delegates and Ghanaians to vote for Nana Akufo –Addo as the next President of the country to transform this country. Nana Addo Nana Akufo-Addo said if given the opportunity within the NPP and outside it, he will assembly a first class team of men and women to give this country an effective government that can deliver for the prosperity of the Ghanaian people. He said he has prepared himself well to lead this country adding that age will not be an inhibiting factor. According to him if the President of Cote d’Ivoire, Mr Alhassane Oauttara at his age has been able to transform that country and put them on the road to transformation after years of conflict, them nothing stops him Nana Akufo-Addo to lead and bring prosperity to Ghana like what President Kufuor did and even more. “Give me the opportunity to do for Ghana what Alhassane Ouattara is doing for Cote d’Ivoire” he said. He acknowledged the recent confusion within the party and the unfortunate incidence at the party headquarters and gave the assurance that he would do whatever is necessary to keep the NPP together and ensure the party wins power in 2016.

Lions Club, Tema General Hospital holds health screening exercise

By Benjamin Xornam Glover, SAKUMONO
Following an outbreak of cholera that has hit the Greater Accra Region; the Tema General Hospital has intensified public education about cholera to avoid spreading. So far, the hospital has recorded 160 suspected cholera cases most of the patients treated and discharged. The Principal Nursing Officer, Public Health at the Tema General Hospital, Mrs. Monica Owusua Afoakwah, who led a team of health workers to conduct public education and screening exercise for residents of the coastal town of Sakumono near Tema disclosed this to the Daily Graphic. The Cholera outbreak in the Greater Accra Region has claimed over 50 lives with over 6,150 cases recorded as at August, 2014. Mrs. Afoakwah who also sensitized the residents on the Ebola outbreak, educated the residents on personal hygiene practices and entreated them to keep their surroundings clean. She said cholera can be prevented by maintain strict personal hygiene such washing of hands with soap and water frequently, especially after using the toilet and before handling food. The public education and health screening exercise was initiated the Tema Lions Club and the Accra Ultimate Lions Club, in collaboration with the Tema General Hospital to help improve the general sanitation and health of the people and to prevent cholera outbreak. There was also free health screening exercise including physical, dental, and hearing and eye examinations while toddlers were also immunized. Over 200 residents benefitted from the exercise. Mrs. Afoakwah said the issue of cleanliness should be the concern of everybody in the communities, since cholera could affect anybody. The President, Tema Lions Club Mr Charles Ninsing explained that the free health fair is part of activities of the club’s youth wing, the Leo club, which affords the young members the opportunity to interact with other young people in the community. According to him, such social projects will help promote volunteerism and an opportunity to help young people develop skills while emphasizing the role of the youth in community development as they identify needs within the community and work together to find solutions. The President of the Accra Ultimate Lions Club, Dr. Sebastian Nafrah said the club is privileged to be partnering this year’s annual health fair as a way of identifying with the less fortunate and those who cannot afford have access seeking medical care.

Ashaiman holds beads bazaar

By: Benjamin Xornam Glover, ASHIAMAN The first ever Ashaiman International Beads Bazaar has been held with a call on all stakeholders to ensure that beads making in the municipality grow into a permanent market and industry to create employment. The Municipal Chief Executive for Ashaiman, Mr Ibrahim Baidoo who made the call said the Assembly is committed at working to position the Municipality as a preferred destination for beads and creative products to enable the area attract buyers and investment. The bazaar was organised by the SOS Children’s Villages Family Strengthening Programme in partnership with the Ashaiman Municipal Assembly, the Federation of Ashaiman Youth. More than twenty beads designers in and around Ashaiman displayed various types of beads and educated the public about their cultural, medical and sensual significance Objective The one-day bazaar provided a unique opportunity for youth within and outside the Ashaiman municipality to learn practical skills of bead making, have the confidence to start their own small-scale business and contribute to improving their livelihoods and that of their community. It witnessed the showcasing of beads, wire sculpture and paintings. Visitors to the bazaar also had the opportunity to actively engage with exhibitors and also had the opportunity try their hands on simple beads making techniques. The Business Development Advisor at the SOS Children’s Villages, Mr Charles Cobbina said Ashaiman is a huge market place for big business and income generation for any service or product provider. He noted that though the population is very large, unemployment, especially among the young people is very visible, hence the need to create an avenue for income generation and also provide an employment opportunity for the youth through bead making. Mr Cobnina said the initiative is intended to lay the foundation for the establishment of a permanent Ashaiman Arts and Creative Products Centre.

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