Odomase Queen-mother donates sanitary pads, urges girls to ‘stay way’ from boys


Nana Yaa Adanse Poduo II, the Paramount Queen-Mother of the Odomase Number One Traditional Area in the Sunyani West Municipality, has entreated girls to ‘stay away’ from boys to escape the temptation of engaging in premarital and sexual perversions.

She emphasised that pre-marital and sexual perversion could only ruin their future and advised girls to concentrate on their studies.

Nana Poduo II gave the advice when she presented boxes of sanitary pads to the form three girls of the Odomase Municipal Assembly and the Presbyterian Basic Schools at Odomase, the municipal capital.

She said early or unprotected sexual behaviours would not only make girls pregnant, but also expose them to sexually transmitted infections, which would affect their health as well.

Sexual intercourse, the queen-mother explained, remained a reserve for the married, saying, pre-marital sex had ruined the lives of many talented and promising girls in the area.

‘There are several young girls like you who failed to heed advice, but the
y have now regretted it,’ Nana Poduo II indicated, and advised the boys against alcoholism and substance abuse, which would put their health in danger.

Mrs Mavis Afowaa, the Headmistress of the Odomase Presbyterian Basic School, expressed appreciation to the queen-mother for the gesture and appealed for more support towards the renovation of the classrooms.

She said virtually all the roofing of the classroom blocks had leakages, saying the school authorities were always left with no option but to close the school during rainy seasons.

Besides, Mrs Afowaa said because the school had not seen any major renovation, the classroom blocks had developed cracks which threatened the lives of the pupils and students.

At the M/A Basic School, Mr Abraham Kwasi Yeboah, the Acting Headmaster, also thanked the queen-mother for the pads, and appealed for support towards the on-going construction of a female urinal for the teachers.

On behalf of the Odomase Number One Traditional Council, the Paramount Queen-mother pledg
ed to support the project with 30 bags of cement.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Police arrest two students, as clash between two technical schools leaves eight injured


Police have arrested two students in connection with a violent clash between students of the Nkoranza Technical Institute (NTI) and Nkoranza Senior High Technical School (SHTS) in the Bono East Region.

The clash occurred Monday, June 12, 2024, at the Nkoranza SHTS, and left eight students injured, with the destruction of school properties and a number of vehicles belonging to teachers.

However, the Police were able to bring the riot under control, and relative calm had since returned at the school, a reliable Police source told the GNA.

Some male students of the NTI were said to have visited some female students of the SHTS where a misunderstanding erupted between the visitors and some boys of the schools, which led to the riot.

Mr Isaac Amankwaa, the Nkoranza South Municipal Director of Education told the media a committee had been set up to investigate the matter, and therefore, called on parents to remain calm.

Source: Ghana News Agency

YaraVita Croplift Bio product launched in Bolgatanga


Yara Ghana Limited, a fertilizer producing company, has launched its YaraVita Croplift Bio product in Bolgatanga, the Upper East Regional capital.

The product is a foliar fertilizer containing essential nutrients such as NPK, secondary and trace elements including zinc, boron and magnesium that would improve fruit quality and enhance crop yield.

The product is also a crop booster and supplement, ideal for all cereals including maize, rice, sorghum, millet, fruits, vegetables and tree crops such as cocoa.

The launch brought together some District Directors from the Department of Food and Agriculture and selected farmers, who were taken through practical demonstration on how to apply the product on crops.

Madam Theresa Randolph, the Country Manager of Yara Ghana Limited, in an interview with journalists after the launch, said the product was designed by the Company as part of initiatives to improve its environmental footprint.

‘It enables us to ensure that we can have better and correct application of the
nutrients right to the source where the plant needs it most, and this was the rational behind this product,’ she said.

Asked how different the product was from those already on the market, Madam Randolph explained that ‘The clear difference is in the fact that, this is a foliar fertilizer.

‘The application is directly to the leave of the plant, where the plant is about to absorb the nutrient directly, which is quite different from normal fertilizer application to the soil,’ she added.

She said if farmers properly used the right quantity of the product and applied it directly to the leaves of their plants, as was demonstrated to them, it would ensure that they had general foliage, better flowering and crop yields.

‘This enhances right after basal application. Two weeks after the basal application, if they apply the YaraVita Croplift Bio product, they kind of yield that they are expecting will definitely increase and, therefore, the farmer ultimately benefits,’ Madam Randolph said.

She said the product had
undergone extensive testing by the Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana, and was further taken through development studies at the University for Development Studies in Tamale to ensure it worked well within the environment.

The Country Manager said management of Yara Ghana Limited would continue with its mission to ensure prosperity of all farmers, reduce the use of fertilizer, soil contamination for less nutrient contamination both in the soil and nutrient run-off into water bodies.

Mr Basit Ussif Alabi, an Agronomist with Yara Ghana Limited, who spoke on crop health, said ‘Crop health basically boiled down to crop nutrition. The nutrition by which the plant was been fed determined the immune system of the plant.

‘So Croplift Bio, is a product we are introducing into the market that has all the essential nutrients to support the crop from the initial stage of growth till harvest,’ he said.

Mr Christopher Atasu, a farmer at Paga in the Kassena-Nankana West District, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency
after the launch, expressed the hope that the product would help boost his crop yields.

‘As a farmer, it is s the end results that I want. If we get good harvest after using the product on the variety of crops mentioned, then the product would be well patronized,’ he said.

Source: Ghana News Agency

GNFS launches maiden National Safety awards


The Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) Thursday launched its maiden National Safety Awards to promote a safety-conscious culture across the country, particularly at workplaces.

The award scheme, which is scheduled for October, will be opened to organisations and individuals in June this year for applications and nominations.

This initiative is a collaboration with the Ghana Ambulance Service and other partners Speaking at the launch at the National Headquarters of the GNFS in Accra, Mr Joseph Narnor, a safety guarantor and National Safety Awards representative, said the purpose of the awards is to acknowledge businesses, individuals, and organisations that have significantly enhanced the safety culture of the country.

‘Above everything else, we believe that safety should be the priority before everything else. If you do not have safety at home, you cannot even make love to your wife. If there is no safety at work you can never have peace of mind or be productive.

‘If we do not have safety in the nation, t
here’s nothing anybody can do…as we institute this award, we hope the Ghana National will lead in promoting safety issues in Ghana,’ he said.

Mr. Narnor explained that a panel of independent judges would handle the applications, selection process, and nominations for the awards. He said that this follow thorough evaluations of nominees and applicants to see whether or not established safety procedures are being followed.

This would ensure fairness, transparency, and prevent the tendency to give awards to the ‘highest bidders.’

Mr. Julius Kuunor, the Chief Fire Officer (CFO) said the awards are a timely intervention to support the GNFS’s commitment to being Ghana’s leading advocate for a safety culture.

He said that the award creation would support national efforts to improve safety standards and that safety was crucial in all areas of life.

‘By promoting safety excellence, we are not only protecting individuals but also fostering a culture where businesses can prosper without the fear of incidence,’ he s
aid.

Given the high number of workplace accidents reported in Ghana, according to the GNFS, safety regulations are implemented in 45 per cent of the nation’s workplaces.

Professor Stephen Lomotey, a senior lecturer at the Ghana Institute of Public Administration (GIMPA) reiterated the need to entrench the culture of safety for a better Ghana.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Kwaku Agyemang-Manu losses mother


Madam Akua Adiyia, the mother of the Member of Parliament (MP) for Dormaa Central Constituency, and former Health Minister, Mr Kwaku Agyemang Manu, has passed on.

She was 98 and died at the Dormaa Presbyterian Hospital on Wednesday June 12, 2024, after a short illness.

Mr Clement Obeng, a Special Aide to the MP told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) at Dormaa Ahenkro that her sudden death had come as a great loss to the family, the Dormaaman and the entire New Patriotic Party (NPP).

He expressed his sympathy to the MP, the NPP and relations and friends, saying mourners had since gathered at her family house at Dormaa-Ahenkro to express their condolences.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Skills Training for kayayei progressing steadily- Coordinator


The Skills Training Programme for Female Head Potters is progressing steadily. According to Hajia Ayisha Mohammed, Coordinator for the Kayayei Empowerment Training Centre, the initiative has proven successful thus far.

The Kayayei empowerment training initiative fulfilled a commitment made by Vice President Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia to offer them dignified housing as well as skills training to equip them with entrepreneurial abilities to better their socioeconomic well-being.

Some 600 beneficiaries, mostly from the Northern regions and a handful from other parts of the country, are currently receiving training in Madina and Ashaiman in the Greater Accra region.

A visit to the Madina training centre in the La Nkawantanang Municipality revealed that the beneficiaries were being trained in soap making, bakery, bead making, decoration, make-up, geley (head wrap) and nail fixing.

Hajia Ayisha said in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) that the kayayei had demonstrated remarkable enthusiasm for the tra
ining and were keen to acquire the skills for their future.

According to her, participants received a sum of money to cover their expenses during the three-week training session.

‘We did not force them, we asked them to make their choice and so far out of the 300, we have about 120 of them training in soap making and so we had to divide them into batches.

‘They are very serious learners, in fact most of them are JHS and SHS graduates who want to work and get money to further their education,’ she said.

Hajia Ayisha said the kayayei had recognized that the skills training would provide both economic freedom and sustainability.

She revealed that following several therapy sessions, the recipients realized they needed to return home and establish their businesses using the starter kits that would be given to them on their graduation day.

Hajia Ayisha said more of the kayayei had expressed interest in the programme and that a second batch of trainees were waiting to begin training. In addition to being mobil
ised and selected by theirs, some of the beneficiaries in Madina simply walked into the premises to register and take advantage of the training.

‘We have kayayei from Madina, Dome market, Agbogbloshie, Mallam Attah, and Tema Station. Some of them have left their children with caregivers so they are given the chance to go on weekends to check on them and return.’

Madam Valerie Bamfowah Bamfo, a trainer in soap making reported that the recipient’s enthusiasm and energy during the training had been outstanding. She advised them to specialise in one or two areas to make themselves more marketable.

‘I started training in just two skills and today I am a master of 16, so if you are determined you can do this. I will be more than glad to have them concentrating on one skill for perfection and train on other skills later in life,’ she said.

Speaking with the GNA, several beneficiaries expressed their overwhelming satisfaction with the training programme.

Ms Andaratu Baba, 26, said she had received training in pa
stry and that she was eager to return to Walewale to use her newfound abilities to improve society.

‘I have taken advantage of the training programme. Our job as kayayei is very difficult and risky, we carry heavy loads and people give us small money. For me, this opportunity has come at the right time,’ she said.

Ms. Sulia Tahiru, another soap-making trainee, said that the program had ‘opened her eyes’ and that she was ready to return home and use her acquired skills to support herself.

Source: Ghana News Agency