SNV holds trade show for green businesses in Western Region

Green businesses in the Western Region have attended a GrEEn trade show organized by the SNV Netherlands Development Organisation to showcase their products, services and interventions to prospective clients.

The three-day GrEEn Regional Trade Show was part of the Boosting Green Employment and Enterprise Opportunities in Ghana (GrEEn) Project being implemented by SNV Ghana and the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), with funding support from the European Union and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Ghana.

The GrEEn project is a four-year initiative that sought to create greater economic and employment opportunities for the youth, women and returning migrants by promoting and supporting sustainable green businesses.

It also sought to provide employable skills training to youth job seekers in two selected regions, including Ashanti and Western.

The trade show, which started from August 11 to 13, was the third in a series being organised to stimulate sharing and exchanges within the circular economy, while showcasing and promoting green products and services to boost growth of the local economy and support sustainable start-ups and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the green sector to increase job creation.

It was held in partnership with Ghana Export Promotion Authority, Association of Ghana Industries, Ghana Enterprises Agency, GIZ Ghana and the Ministry of Trade and Industry on the theme: ‘Sustainable Trade Investment, the future for the Ghanaian Economy’.

A total of 68 SMEs with 39 who were either enrolled or had graduated from SNV’s six-month GrEEn Incubation and GrEEn Acceleration Programmes, that provided business advisory support to green and eco-inclusive businesses and entrepreneurs, and 29 other sustainable businesses exhibited their products and services to prospective clients.

Mr Laouali Sadda, GrEEn Project Manager, speaking at the opening of the trade show in Takoradi, said the GrEEn Regional Trade Show was intended to highlight market opportunities in the green and circular economy.

He indicated that the GrEEn Project was aimed at supporting the growth of green, climate resilience and sustainable businesses as well as provide skills development to youth in the Ashanti and Western regions.

He said supporting indigenous sustainable enterprises and communities to cultivate climate resilience was a strategic way to mitigate the effects of climate change on livelihoods.

In that regard, Mr Sadda noted that through the implementation of the GrEEn Project and the GrEEn Innovation Challenge, an initiative rolled out to provide financial support to businesses with innovative ideas, his outfit had awarded over GHC3 million to sustainable local businesses.

They had also recently joined five green entrepreneurs to commission their factories across the Western Region.

He expressed gratitude to the project’s donors and partners for their supports in ensuring the success of the programme.

Mr Isaac Yankson, Western Regional Trade and Industry Officer, commended the SNV for the intervention, saying ‘We really appreciate the investment opportunities that SNV is 7 for our green innovators by considering the long-term effect of environmental and climatic conditions’.

He said investment in green systems of production had become very critical towards sustaining the environment.

He mentioned that the Ghana Trade Policy document which is one of the key supporting documents for the implementation of the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) had clear projects and programmes aimed at promoting the use of green technologies and strictly adhering to the use of good manufacturing practices to help sustain the environment while producing for consumption.

‘The green initiative is, therefore, very important to complement already existing policies that takes into consideration the environment and the achievement of climate sustainability enshrined in the Millennium Development Goals,’ Mr Yankson added.

Madam Joana Ama Arthur, Founder of Mending Papers, and a beneficiary of the Incubation programme, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency on the side-lines, expressed gratitude to the SNV and its partners for providing business advisory to support the growth of SMEs like hers.

She said: ‘I initially had the idea of crafting paper bags from maize husk and dried plantain stems, but the start-up was a bit difficult, but through SNV’s interventions I have realised my dream.’

She noted that her idea was to contribute to the reduction in plastic waste pollution through the use of paper bags in her community and the country in general.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Twelve file nomination to contest NPP primaries in Western North

Twelve New Patriotic Party (NPP) aspirants have successfully filed their nominations to contest the party’s parliamentary primaries in orphan constituencies in the Western North Region.

The party has six orphan constituencies in the Western North Region with three setting members of parliament namely Bibiani Anwhiaso Bekwai,Wiawso and Akontombra constituencies.

Three aspirants, Mr Samuel Opoku Nyame, Mr Francis Atta Owusu and Mr Nicholas Andoh,filed to contest in the Bodi constituency.

Mr Alex Ampaabeng and Mrs Martha Kwayie Manu, Deputy chief executive, Forestry Commission filed in the Juaboso constituency, while Mr Benard Gyebi Blay, district chief executive, Bia West and Mr Franklin Cudjoe, constituency chairman, Bia West also filed in the Bia West constituency.

The Bia East had Mr Nicholas Kupog Yayin, District chief executive and Mr Evans Amoah filing to contest in that constituency.

Mr Abanga Yakubu Fusani and Mr Isaac Brew, Aowin constituency secretary filed to contest in the Aowin constituency.

Mr Frederick Addy, Suaman 2020 parliamentary candidate was the only person to have filed by close of nominations on August 10th for the Suaman constituency.

Mr Solomon Kelly Parku,who had picked forms to contest in the Juaboso constituency, earlier in a press statement, announced his withdraws from the contest, citing deep-rooted commitment to political loyalty, a principle he intends to uphold unwaveringly as his decision not to file.

Mr Felix Foster Ackah, Regional Secretary in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA), said the party would wait for the aspirants to go through vetting and asked them to conduct themselves well in order to ensure unity after the parliamentary primaries.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Ministers of the gospel of Christ ordained in Ho

International Council for Charismatic Preachers and Churches (ICPC) has ordained 14 ministers of the gospel of Christ in Ho, in the Volta region.

The ICPC is an ordination body which is a coalition of many fellowships of the gospel ministers who believe in the death and the resurrection of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, his redemption power through the efficacy of his precious blood and his second coming.

Bishop Professor Gilbert Okechy, Founder and President of Word and Spirit Divinity College and Theological Seminary, West Africa, who ordained the ministers charged them to be faithful to God to receive his blessings.

He asked them to develop personal relationship with God to receive the right teachings from the holy spirit to feed his flocks because there were lot of wrong doctrines going on in the world today.

Bishop Okechy advised the newly ordained ministers to avoid siphoning money from their congregants and must ensure in all things to deal with God in spirit and in truth.

The Professor said to ensure sanity in the church, there must first be integrity on the altar, thus, it was important for the ministers of the gospel to conduct themselves in a manner worthy of emulation.

He reminded the people that the ordination of the ministers was a testament to their calling for the work of God, hence they must accord them the needed respect as the anointed ones of God.

Reverend Terry Adjah of the Assemblies of God Church, Ghana in a homily urged ministers of the gospel to be properly equipped with the word of God so they could effectively prosecute the agenda of God in all truthfulness.

He said ministers of the gospel must always be in the arena of the holy spirit to receive proper nourishment, growth in the spirit and the needed empowerment to carry out the mission and to impact lives.

Reverend Adjah said it was important for ministers of the gospel to hold in high esteem proper values and high standards because they were placed in a position to bring transformation into the lives of the people.

Evangelist Bright Amesu, one of the newly ordained ministers told Ghana News Agency, the training they had prior to the ordination had prepared them for the work and was grateful to Bishop Okechy and the College for building them in the word of God.

He believed that with prayer and absolute reliance on God for support they would be able to surmount any challenge that they might encounter in the field to win more souls for Christ.

The programme was on the theme: The Prestige of Priesthood.’

Source: Ghana News Agency

Let us preserve our heritage and culture as Africans – Torgbui Fiti

Torgbui Adzonugaga Amenya Fiti V, Paramount Chief and President of Aflao Traditional Council, has called on all, especially the youth to preserve the African heritage and culture.

He said Ghana and by extension, the African continent, was steeped in rich culture, which usually comes to the fore not only during celebration of traditional festivals but in various ways, including food, language, dressing and other things that identify a person.

‘There’s the need for us to showcase and preserve our African heritage and culture. I entreat the youth not to shy away from their identity but embrace it, promote it and ensure that they preserve it for the next generation and all Africans around the globe,’ Torgbui Fiti said.

He made the call when Madam Abla Dzifa Gomashie, Member of Parliament (MP) for Ketu South led a delegation, comprising constituency executives and some past executives of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to congratulate and present gifts to him on his election as President of Forum of Kings and Traditional Leaders of Africa.

Torgbui Fiti was inducted President of the Forum, an umbrella body of traditional leaders, which includes kings, queens and princes from many African countries in a ceremony held in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo last month.

He thanked the delegation for the kind gesture and expressed his eagerness to work together with all well-meaning citizens for ‘the progress and prosperity of Aflao, Ketu South, Ghana and Africa as a whole.’

Madam Gomashie, the MP and also former Deputy Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, lauded Torgbui Fiti for his exemplary leadership and dedication to the socio-economic development of the traditional area and prayed for God’s favour upon his reign.

Mr Bright Kwaku Kumordzie, Constituency Chairman, NDC, congratulated Torgbui Fiti, for attaining such a height which he said brought ‘pride to Ketu South and Ghana as a whole.’

Source: Ghana News Agency

Educationist who tied nine-year-old boy to orange tree surrenders to Police

Mr Timothy Gyamfi Mensah, a 74-year-old retired Educationist, who allegedly tied a 9-year-old boy to an orange tree at Akaa in the Oti Region, has surrendered himself to the Jasikan Police.

He came out from his hideout in Kumasi and reported to the Police on Wednesday, August 9, 2023.

Mr Gyamfi, in a viral video on social media about a week ago, was said to have tied the victim with a nylon rope for stealing two oranges without permission.

The Police had since rescued the victim and mounted a search for the Educationist to assist in investigations.

Mr Gyamfi, who was accompanied to the police station by Nana Oppong Kyekyeku IV, the Chief of Akaa, Nana Agyedu Asiedu, Chief of Atonkor, Nana Nkansa of Atonkor, Mr Entwi Baikaa, a native of Akaa, among others, was granted bail after his statement was taken.

Mr Baikaa, a Government Appointee at the Jasikan Municipal Assembly and Acting Assemblyman for the Akaa Electoral Area, in a phone interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA), disclosed that two other children, who were eyewitnesses to the incident were also interrogated.

He said the accused person had been tasked to bring three other children from the town to the Police station on Monday, August 14 for interrogation.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Patrick Kudiabor pulls out of Krachi East NPP parliamentary primaries

Mr Patrick Kabu Kudiabor, a businessman, who was one of the six aspirants of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to pick parliamentary nomination forms, has pulled out from the race in the Krachi East Constituency of the Oti Region.

Speaking to the Ghana News Agency (GNA), he said he decided to withdraw from the primaries and support Michael Yaw Gyato, the former one-term Member of Parliament (MP) after consultation with people within and outside the party.

He said the former MP was experience and well positioned to lead the NPP for the Krachi East Constituency and urged all to support him.

Mr Kudiabor made an appeal to all delegates to pay heed to the clarion call by giving massive and extraordinary endorsement to Mr Gyato to send a signal that the seat, which ‘we lost in 2020 election is coming home.’

He told the GNA that all the aspirants had the potential to win back the seat, but the one with the overwhelming political fortitude to get them the seat with ease was Mr Gyato.

He advised the contestants and supporters to be circumspect and magnanimous in their campaigns because of the great chance of flipping the seat from the National Democratic Congress (NDC) party in the next election.

Source: Ghana News Agency