Low citizen interest in upcoming district level elections worrying- NCCE

The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) has expressed concerned over ‘ the lack of interest of Ghanaians ahead of this year’s district assembly elections.’

Ghanaians, by the end of this year, are expected to go to the polls to elect their district Assembly Members and Unit Committee Members who will deliberate, supervise and legislate at the local government level for the next four years.

However, Mr Samuel Akuamoah Asare, a Deputy Chair in charge of Operations at the NCCE, said participation and interest in the elections, had so far been low, considering the fact that the elections were a couple of months away.

He described the situation as worrying, indicating that, the district assemblies played a critical role in sustaining the country’s democracy as they formed the basic unit on which the national structures rested.

‘This year is an election year, there is low participation, people do not take active interest in it.

‘Is it because of lack of political party participation because, the Constitution has proscribed them, it has banned them. The Constitution has barred them?’ he quizzed.

Mr Asare was speaking to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) on the sidelines of an engagement with officers of the Ghana Immigration Service, in Accra, as part of activities to commemorate this year’s Constitution Week.

The annual Constitution Week was instituted in 2001 to commemorate the country’s return to constitutional rule on January 1, 1993.

The object of the celebration, among other things, is to create and sustain awareness of the principles and objectives of the 1992 Constitution to deepen and sustain Ghana’s democracy.

It is also to sensitise Ghanaians on the need for national unity and peaceful co-existence and inculcate into the citizens the spirit of patriotism.

This year’s celebration is marked on the theme: ’30 Years of Consolidating Constitutional Democracy: Building National Cohesion through Civic Education and Participation in Local Governance.’

In 2019, the Government begun processes to amend articles 243 (1) and 55 (3) of the Constitution to allow for the election of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) and the opening up of local level elections to participation by political parties.

This, the Government believed, would increase citizens participation in local governance.

However, a proposed national referendum to decide on the matter was cancelled due to the absence of ‘a durable national consensus.’

Mr Asare urged Ghanaians to take keen interest in the elections despite the absence of political party participation to bring development to the local communities and strengthen the country’s democracy.

The Director of Operations also said while calls for review of the Constitution might be justified, Ghanaians must be careful not to undermine it until the needed reforms were made.

‘We don’t have to rush because the Constitution has served us well, it is the only Constitution which has served us thirty years, uninterrupted,’ he added.

He also emphasised the need for a strong cohesion among citizens especially considering that Ghana’s neigbouring countries, including Burkina Faso, Mali and Togo, had been attacked by violent extremist groups, operating within the Sahel in recent times.

He said: ‘There is the need for national cohesion, this is not the time to be polarised around ethnic line, political party line but, we need to come together, safeguard our democracy.’

Mr Kwame Asuah Takyi, Comptroller-General of Immigration, in a speech read on his behalf, said Ghanaians must use the Constitution Week to reflect on the significance of the constitution and renew their commitments to upholding its tenets.

‘Let remember the struggles of our forefathers in fighting for our independence and the importance of preserving the democratic gains that have been gained since. ‘

He said as law enforcement agencies, it was imperative they actively participated in such celebrations to disabuse the notion that they (security agencies) did not cherish the country’s constitution and its democracy.

He added that as the country commemorated the Constitution Week, ‘let us remember the importance of the constitution in shaping our nation and upholding our rights as citizens.

‘Let us also work towards building a society guided by its principles and values, and where every Ghanaian has equal rights and opportunities.’

Source: Ghana News Agency

NACOC impounds 12.67kg of Cannabis worth $127K at KIA Cargo Terminal

The Narcotics Control Commission (NACOC) on Wednesday 23, May, 2023 impounded 54 slabs of compressed dried leaves suspected to be cannabis.

Concealed in wooden artefacts, the suspected cannabis, with a gross weight of 12.67kg, has a street value of 127, 713.6 United States Dollars.

The intercepted consignment, destined for the United Kingdom, was detected by officers of the Commission at the scanning room as part of their routine duties at the Kotoka International Airport Cargo Terminal.

A field test conducted on the substances proved positive for cannabis.

The Commission has taken custody of the seized consignment while investigations continue to apprehend the perpetrators.

NACOC, in a statement signed by Mr Francis Opoku Amoah, Acting Director, Public Affairs and International Relations Department, NACOC, assured ‘the public that it is committed to collaborating with all relevant institutions in minimising the drug trafficking threat to the country’.

‘The Commission would like to use this medium to remind the public that the possession and transportation of illicit drugs without lawful authorizlsation is illegal and punishable under sections 40 (1) and 41 (1) of Act 1019 of the Narcotics Control Commission Act 2020.

Source: Ghana News Agency

UB students urged to be impactful wherever they go

Students in the University of Buea, have been called upon to create an impact wherever they find themselves. This was the main message passed during the launch of activities marking the 30th anniversary of the institution.

The three-day event kicked off on May 25, characterized by sporting activities, community human investment, an open day, an alumni conference, exhibitions, a historical overview of UB, fundraising for projects earmarked, research, and outreach activities.

“Today, we celebrate where we come from, where we are, and where we want to be” Prof. Ngomo Horace Manga, the Vice-Chancellor said in his welcome address.

The pioneer Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Professor Dorothy Limunga Njeuma was equally present. She was lauded for birthing what is now “an institution of reference”.

The University of Buea was first a University Centre before being transformed into a full University in 1993. It had just four faculties: Arts, Education, Science, and Social and Management Sciences. Today, it has 11 establishments (eight faculties, two colleges, and one school).

The 30th anniversary of the University is being celebrated under the theme: “University of Buea: impacting the future together through Innovative solutions”. Activities will take place at the University’s main campus.

Source: Cameroon News Agency

CNA Sports: Cameroon Cup 2023; early exit for YOSA, PWD humbles Dream Olympique, Gazelle crowned Futsal champions

The two darling clubs of the North West were in action Thursday, May 25, for their matches counting for the 32nd finals of the Cup of Cameroon.

PWD Social Club of Bamenda whitewashed Dream Olympique, an amateur club from the East Region, 7-1 at the Yaoundé Omnisports Annex Stadium thanks to a brace from Heka and goals from Blaise, Dieudonné, Tangko, Awahmukala, Bello Karim. The Abakwa boys will in the 16th finals face the winner of the match between Fauve Azur and Épervier of Ebolowa.

Yong Sports Academy of Bamenda on their part could not resist the current holders of the Cameroon Cup, Coton Sports of Garoua as the Boys of Blaise Ndikum bowed 0-4 at the Bertoua stadium.

This result summarizes the team’s difficult season this year.

Another Club from the North West Region that was scheduled this Thursday was Rangers of Bafut whose match against Union of Douala could not take place. Closed sources say the Director of the Bandjoun Stadium where the match was programmed, did not give them access to the stadium for unknown reasons.

Other matches will be played this Friday, May 26th with the Vice Champions of Cameroon, Bamboutos FC of Mbouda to face Africa FA at Limbe the Limbe Centenary Stadium.

Foncha Street of Bamenda will face Atlantic of Kribi at the CAF excellence centre.

32nd final matches of the 2023 Cameroon Cup scheduled to be played at the Mbouda Arena Stadium might be relocated.

The Mbouda Arena Stadium has temporarily been suspended for a 30-day period by the National Sports Facilities and Equipment Board.

The suspension note is contained in correspondence from the Board’s Administrator, François Félix Ewane to FECAFOOT President, Samuel Eto’o on Wednesday, May 24.

The main reason for the suspension as mentioned in the letter is the degrading nature of the pitch due to its high utilization rate, thus needing particular attention.

During this period, the pitch will be upgraded to normal standards.

Futsal 2023:

Gazelle FA of Garoua has won both the 2023 Futsal League and the Cameroon Cup.

The Boys from Garoua won both titles in the National Futsal tournament that ended on Thursday, May 25, 2023, at the Gymnasium of Mfandena in Yaoundé.

They beat AS Ngoto of the South region 5-1 to win the national championship and equally defeated the representative of the East region to win the Cup of Cameroon.

In the female category, EEFA of the West Region defeated AJSAC in a penalty shootout 5-4 to win the Cameroon Cup title while AJSAC won the league title.

Source: Cameroon News Agency

Corpse of woman finally out of mortuary after two years dispute

The corpse of a woman, Mme Kuissu Wouaffo Clarisse disputed for over two years by her son and a certain Eric Nodou she was married to for over 16 years has finally been removed from the Aluchem hospital mortuary on Thursday, May 25, 2023, and laid to rest.

A bill of about FCFA 6 Million was settled before the removal.

According to the deceased’s son, the delayed burial was due to Eric Nodou’s refusal to let her corpse be buried on his piece of land.

“The main issue is that he wants to absolutely bury his mother on my land, which is impossible. Again his mother tricked me to pay her bride price to another man she lied to and presented as her father. The man I paid the bride price to was instead her mother’s boyfriend (lover). She also lied to me about her age and so many things. I had no idea and only learned of these afterward. I had to file for annulment of the marriage but she died in the process.” Explained Eric Nodou, the deceased’s husband.

Son of the deceased insisted that his mother was the one who ensured the construction of the house she was living in with her husband for 16 years, with little contribution from the man.

“He claims, the money used to construct the house was his, presenting documents of expenses. It was my mother’s money in his possession. He only had access to those documents. It is my mother’s house he can’t dispute that. My mother must be buried in the bedroom of this house,” he said.

It was after the intervention of the Police and Gendarmes that Mme Clarisse was finally laid to rest in the bedroom of the said house in Logbessou, Douala V. sub-division.

Eric Nodou in question has no child with his late wife.

Source: Cameroon News Agency

Angola, Italy sign agreements in field of higher education

Angolan Minister of Foreign Affairs Téte António witnessed Friday in Rome the signing of an agreement between the Degli Studi Roma Tre University and the National Institute for Scholarship Management (INAGBE), and another with the Venâncio de Moura Diplomatic Academy.

The initiative is part of the two-day, the first State visit, of the President João Lourenço to Italy, whose results, he said, exceeded the expectations and reinforced the bases for new cooperation areas.

While leaving the Degli Studi Roma Tre University, where he witnessed the signing ceremonies, the minister told the press that the partnership with INAGBE has to do with sending Angolan students to the Italian institution, known for its deep research on social issues.

As for the agreement between the Italian university and the Venâncio de Moura Diplomatic Academy, Téte António stressed that the ambitions of Angola require the existence of diplomats capable in terms of analysis, understanding of phenomena and negotiation.

In the future, the Angolan side intends that the cooperation with the Italian university will move forward so that the referred training can also be done in Angola and benefit a larger number of students.

“The two agreements will remain the basis for developing cooperation with the Angolan government and with Angolan academic institutions,” said the rector for international relations at the Degli Studi Roma Tre University, Raffaele Marchetti.

The academician confirmed that one of the agreements makes it possible for Angolan students to attend the Degli Studi Roma Tre University, via scholarships.

Raffaele Marchetti considered the understanding an important step and said that at the university where he works there are already some Angolan students.

“The idea of the agreement is to offer the same possibility to other students,” he said, adding that the Degli Studi Roma Tre University is bilingual, “but most courses are done in English.”

As for the Angolan President’s visit to Italy, minister Téte António stressed the availability of the “Italian government to cooperate with Angola.

According to the Angolan top diplomat, the Italian government’s action placed Angola in a very high position among its trading partners.

Cooperation between the two countries covers various fields, with stress to the energy, agriculture, defence and transport sectors.

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)