‘Dragon Boat Races’ music video blends Chinese and Western music, celebrating Guangdong’s cultural heritage

On the occasion of the traditional Chinese Dragon Boat Festival, the International Communication Center of Guangdong Province and British musician Shaun Gibson co-created a new music video, ‘Dragon Boat Races,’ featuring both Chinese and English lyrics.

This MV highlights the enduring and evolving culture of dragon boat racing.

This year’s dragon boat races across Guangdong have been exceptionally lively, attracting large crowds and becoming a top trend both online and offline.

The music video captures this vibrant atmosphere, detailing traditional customs from the awakening of dragons and ancestral worship to village gatherings, competitions, and the dragon boat feast.

The video is fast-paced, blending tradition with modernity, and embodies the spirit of unity, cooperation, courage, and the pursuit of dreams.

It reflects the youthful vitality and cultural confidence of contemporary Guangdong.

‘Dragon Boat Races’ is a unique blend of Chinese and British musical styles.

The song is arranged in a Wester
n folk music style and incorporates traditional Chinese instruments such as the Suona, Pipa, Guzheng, Flute, and Xiao, enhanced with electronic synthesizers.

This fusion creates a contemporary sound that resonates with young audiences, showcasing a successful blend of Chinese and Western music.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Youth urged to champion peaceful elections for sustainable development

Mr Issah Abdul-Manan, President, National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS), University for Development Studies (UDS) Chapter, has called on the youth to help promote peaceful elections to sustain the country’s development.

He said it was important the youth recognised their power in determining how the country was governed by actively participating in the upcoming general elections devoid of violence and harassment.

Mr Abdul-Manan made the call in an address to participants at an event held in Tamale dubbed: ‘NUGS-UDS SDGs Summit’.

He said, ‘By actively participating in the election processes, we can advocate for policies and programmes that prioritise our needs for now and future generations.’

The event was organised by NUGS-UDS under the theme: ‘Elections for Sustainable Development: The Role of the Youth in Achieving Sustainable Development Goals 16.’

Goal 16 of the SDGs aims to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective,
accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.

Mr Abdul-Manan called on the government and other stakeholders to create a more equitable society, where everyone, including young people would have equal access to justice, opportunities and resources to thrive.

Alhaji Alhassan Sayibu Suhiyini, Member of Parliament, Tamale North Constituency, who was the guest of honour at the summit, urged the youth not to shy away from elections, saying the outcomes of those elections inadvertently affected every sphere of their lives.

He expressed the need for them to demonstrate keen interest in the political space by building a strong and united front that amplified the voice of the marginalised, advocate for the rights of vulnerable communities and promote diversity in the decision-making processes of the country.

He said the role of young people in promoting good governance and democracy did not end after election, adding they must ensure that leaders elected were responsible, transparent and accountable for th
eir stewardship.

Mr Abukari Baba Sumaila, Tamale Metropolitan Director, National Youth Authority, who spoke on the role of the youth in ensuring peaceful elections, called on the youth to be actively involved in advocacy and awareness creation to promote dialogue for the upcoming elections.

He urged the youth to eschew violence and channel their energy and passion into ensuring that the country’s democracy was sustained and enhanced.

Madam Khadija Abdul-Samed, Communications and Gender Advocacy Officer, Savannah Women and Integrated Development Agency, said young people could contribute to building a more robust and strengthened democracy by not allowing themselves to be used to perpetrate violence.

She urged them to critically evaluate the manifestos of the various political parties to ensure they voted for a party that would champion their voices to actively participate in the development of the country.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Assembly passes by-law to protect natural resources

The Sissala West District Assembly has passed a by-law aimed to protect the natural resources of the Kara -Gandaawii and Aabiinchie Community Resource Area (CREMA).

Mr Navei Nyamaworun, the Presiding Member of the Assembly implored assembly members to contribute to the proposed by-law for the restoration of the environment and natural resources of the area, which was fast depleting.

Mr Nyamaworun said, ‘As the summons pertains, we are gathered here this morning to perform a special function, thus, to perform the legislative function conferred on us by Section 181 of the Local Governance Act, 2016 (Act 936)’.

It states: ‘A District Assembly may make by-laws for any function conferred on that District Assembly by this Act or any other enactment’.

He noted the Management of the Wildlife Division of the Forestry Commission of Ghana with jurisdiction over the Sissala West District laid a by-law before the House.

The proposed by-law titled Community Resource Management Areas(CREMA) , focuses on the devolution
of management authority for communities that have organised themselves in the District to manage natural resources on their lands for sustainable development.

He tasked members, in compliance with due process, that the said by-law was referred to the Justice and Security sub-committee for consideration after going through the draft.

The Presiding Member said, ‘I employ every Member of this August House to contribute cogently to enrich the proposed by-law for passage. When that is done, we will be recognised by posterity for passing a robust by-law that not only stands the test of time but contributes to conserving the scarce natural resources of our dear district for sustainable development.’

The Chairman of the Justice and Security sub-committee, Mr N-Maajie Alhassan Sibri said that the creation of the CREMA, got support from the Ghana Landscape emission restoration project and disclosed that the Kara-Gandaawii covers twenty-one communities within Gandaawii and Gwollu enclave.

It provides a means of live
lihood among the people conserving natural resources to ensure efficiency and judicious resource management in the communities and District.

A motion was moved and seconded by all members leading to the passage of the Community resource management by-law for Kara Gandawi 2024.

Mr Baapeng Emmanuel, Project Manager, of the Ghana Shear Landscape Emission Restoration Project, (GSLERP) after the passage, assured all that by 2025, a lot of improved shear seedlings would be made available to the CREMA communities.

Mr Kpaal Elija, Assistant Park Manager, Gbele Resource Reserve, Wildlife Division of the Forestry Commission, said the passing of these bye-law by the Sissala West Assembly marked an important milestone in the establishment of the Kara- Gandawii CREMA and the promotion of sustainable natural resource utilization in the district.

He lauded the CREMA executive committee members working closely with the various community resource management committees, saying ‘You can now have legislative backing to enfor
ce regulations set out in the CREMA constitution and ensure the protection of the resources within their communities whilst working closely with other stakeholders to undertake restoration activities.’

The Forestry Commission and the Ghana Shear Landscape Restoration Project (GSLERP) secretariat was satisfied with the high commitment exhibited by the assembly for passing the by-law.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Atiwa West Assembly holds Town Hall meeting to account to the public

The Atiwa West District Assembly in the Eastern region has held a maiden Town Hall Meeting at Kwabeng to account to the people as part of measures to deepen local governance, transparency and accountability.

The Town Hall meeting, which brought together stakeholders in the development of the area, was organized in partnership with Advocates for Community Alternatives (ACA), a non-profit-organization, focused on Strengthening local governance.

Pursuant to the Local Government Act 936, the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies are mandated to organize Town Hall meetings at least twice in a year, to afford the local people the opportunity to engage the assembly officials on the publics financial management and service delivery outcomes.

Mr Paddy Amponsah Douglas, the District Chief Executive for the area, noted that projects executed by the Assembly during the period under review were mainly in the areas of education, health, agriculture, economic empowerment and infrastructural development.

He ex
plained the importance of the meeting to transparency and accountability as citizens would have the chance to question their stewardship as well as demand accountability from the local government authority.

Mrs Nana Ama Nketia-Quaidoo, Director for Community-Driven Development (CDD) programmes of ACA, said her organization placed much premium on the stakeholders’ engagements such as the Town Hall meeting because it sought to promote accountability.

‘These kind of community engagements promote accountability, builds trust, saves cost and ensures a well-informed decision-making process.’

She reminded the Assembly that it owed it as responsibility to make conscious effort to improve on existing structures that would allow the participation and involvement of the citizenry in every stage of development.

She noted that, recently their council meetings for chiefs in some districts had revealed serious communication and participatory gaps between the assemblies and the chiefs and called for pragmatic measures to
rectify the anomaly.

Some of the issues raised by the citizens focused mainly on health and sanitation, revenue mobilization, effectiveness of the National Health Insurance Scheme, drug peddling in the area and improvement in educational standards, among others.

Source: Ghana News Agency

World Vision Country Director interacts with beneficiaries, asylum seekers at Bawku West

Mr Jean-Claude Mukadi, the Acting Country Director of World Vision Ghana, a child-focused organisation, has paid a working visit to the organisation’s project communities in the Bawku West District of the Upper East Region.

World Vision Ghana and its partners have empowered rural communities in the district through the Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR) approaches and other alternative livelihood interventions to restore degraded landscapes and forest reserves, to mitigate climate change, desertification, and drought as well as reduce hunger and poverty.

The visit was, among other things, to get first-hand information about the implementation of these projects, their impacts on the beneficiaries and their communities, sustainability strategies and challenges to inform future project designs.

Additionally, the visit was also to monitor and interact with the asylum seekers currently hosted at Tarikom as a result of the disturbances in Burkina Faso and assess the interventions provided by World Visio
n Ghana as part of response strategies to support the asylum seekers.

Speaking to the media, the Acting Country Director, expressed satisfaction that the FMNR and alternative livelihoods projects were impacting positively on rural communities and contributing to improving lives of women and children.

‘We are satisfied with results of the project by listening to what the community members were sharing in terms of achievements in their lives through the projects,’ he said.

‘For instance, the FMNR has provided the farmers with medicinal plants that they are harvesting to treat diseases and this is something we were not aware but the needs are still great and if we can do more, the better it will be for the communities.’

Mr Mukadi urged the beneficiary communities to own the projects and work with the major stakeholders for sustained benefits.

At the Resettlement Centre, where World Vision Ghana, had renovated a basic school and had also provided Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) facilities for the asylum
seekers, the Acting Country Director called for more support to help the asylum seekers, particularly women and children, live dignified lives.

Through the interventions, about 30 hectares of degraded forest reserve and landscape at Adonsi community, have been restored while lead farmers have been trained on best farming practices and supported with ruminants such as goats and rabbits to rear.

Apart from that, World Vision Ghana has also supported the Kamega smallholder farmers (Kamega Water Users Association) to fence their 10 hectare garden which was supporting about 176 farmers to produce vegetables and food crops such as onion, tomatoes, okro, kenaf, cabbage, lettuce, cassava and rice, among others.

Mr Joshua Baidoo, the Strategy and Integrated Programme Director, World Vision Ghana, said apart from working to ensure the wellbeing of children in their operational communities through various strategic interventions, his outfit had worked to integrate children of the asylum seekers into the Ghana’s educa
tional system.

He said the project also provided school infrastructure, furniture and WASH facilities as well as school uniforms and recreation facilities to support the education of the children and worked with the World Food Programme to support the upkeep of the asylum seekers and families to help them venture into income generating activities.

The lead farmers commended World Vision Ghana and its partners for the interventions and added that apart from the training on environmental protection, the projects were impacting positively their livelihoods, contributing to restoring degraded landscapes and forest reserves and protecting economic trees such as dawadawa, mangoes and shea.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Media asked to highlight findings of MPI report to address poverty

Dr Archibald Yao Letsa, Volta Regional Minister, has asked the media to highlight the findings of the Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) report from the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) and to educate the public about the measures being taken to combat poverty.

He said the media’s role in disseminating information and increasing awareness of the findings was crucial because it would inspire community support and involvement.

Dr Letsa was speaking at a maiden workshop on Regional Dissemination of the MPI reports and training on StatsBank for the Municipal and District Assemblies in the Volta Region, organised by the GSS.

The GSS, governed by the Statistical Service Act, 2019 (Act 1003), is mandated to collect, compile, analyse, publish, and disseminate official statistics across a wide range of economic, social, demographic, and governance issues.

Dr Letsa said that data analysis, interpretation, and planning were critical to the implementation of the reports, thus he charged the district and municipal p
lanning officers and statisticians to bring their expertise to bear in these areas.

The Minister said accurate interpretation of the MPI findings would enable the region to craft evidence-based policies tailored to each municipal and district’s unique contexts.

Dr Letsa commended the staff of GSS for their hard work, saying, the dedication and commitment of the staff to collecting and analysing data was the foundation of understanding of poverty in Volta Region.

‘The comprehensive MPI reports you have produced are invaluable tools that will guide our policy-making and intervention strategies, and the development of the StatsBank are testament to your hard work and commitment,’ he said.

The Minister urged the Municipal and District Assemblies to leverage the data available through the GSS StatsBank to craft policies that address the specific needs of the communities.

The GSS StatsBank is an online platform that allows users to access disaggregated statistics from censuses, surveys, and administrative data

Dr Letsa described the StatsBank as an invaluable resource that enhanced people’s ability to analyse data at a granular level, facilitating more precise and impactful decision-making.

Mr William Antiaye Addy, Deputy Director of Finance, GSS, speaking on behalf of the Government Statistician, said the report provided users with relevant information to address challenges that confront the country.

‘The targeted users of the report include the Municipal Planning and Coordination Unit, Development Partners, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), the Private Sector, Research Institutions, Academia, Religious Organizations, Traditional Rulers, and the general public.’

He said the report identified those who were most deprived, extending beyond traditional money-metric measures of poverty, and served as a strategic tool for policymaking, and provided baseline data for measuring progress toward eliminating poverty in all its forms everywhere.

The Deputy Director of Finance said elimination of poverty in th
e country would only be possible when the extent and nature of deprivation for different groups of the population were known.

He noted that without this fundamental understanding, the country’s collective efforts in poverty eradication would be an exercise in futility.

Source: Ghana News Agency