Carest College of Health holds matriculation, graduation

A total 145 students have been admitted to the Carest College of Health, Hohoe to pursue various programmes of study, which was disclosed at the College’s fifth matriculation and graduation ceremonies.

Some 52 students have also graduated after pursuing several programmes including Medical Laboratory Science, Medicine Counter Assistant, and Diploma in Building and Construction, Catering, Hotel, and Institutional Management.

Mr Steve Wonder Obour, the Board Chairman of the College, said the institution would continue to collaborate with parents in the provision of quality life skills to equip their children with good job ethics.

He urged them to help the College to run effectively in terms of logistics and funds, adding that it was unfortunate to realise that some of the graduands had still not fulfilled their financial obligations.

Inadequate funds hindered the College’s effort to provide the requisite needs for students, he noted.

Dr Geoffrey Ayidzoe, the President of the College, said students who offered professional courses would have to take their professional licensing exams, although they would be awarded their certificates.

As an affiliate College, the students would also be getting certificates from the institutions they were affiliates of, he said.

Prizes were given to students with exceptional performance in their various fields of study.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Nkwanta Divisional Police Command gets shelter

The Church of Pentecost, Nkwanta Area, has built a shelter with bunk beds for police personnel on the Nkwanta-Hohoe highway in the Oti Region to serve as a resting place after their hard day’s work.

Apostle Seth Dwamena Asante, the Nkwanta Area Head and Executive Member of the Church, disclosed this during a handing-over of the building to the Head of the Police Service in the area, at a short ceremony.

‘The distance from this barrier to Nkwanta town is far, considering the long working hours of our officers. These officers must struggle back home because there is no comfortable place to rest at the barrier,’ he said.

‘Since it remained the core mandate of the police to protect lives and property, their lives also matter because they also come from a family.’

The Church, therefore, decided to put up the building for the personnel to have a place to relax after work, he said and urged the officers to maintain the structure to serve more personnel.

As a religious group, it was important for the Church to express interest in the lives of the people by contributing to their development and wellbeing, apart from winning souls for God’s Kingdom, Apostle Asante said.

Superintendent Lawson Lartey, the Nkwanta South Municipal Police Commander, expressed gratitude to the Church for the kind gesture and assured of continuous collaboration for the growth of the area.

Pastor Benson Gyasi, the outgoing Area Secretary, Pastor Gordon Boadi, the outgoing Area Estate Chairman, and Wisdom Ernest Walanyo, the Area Secretary of the Church, were among the dignitaries at the ceremony.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Commission on Small Arms needs power to seize weapons-Ga Mantse

Nii Tackie Teiko Tsuru II, Ga Mantse and President of the Ga Traditional Council, says the National Commission on Small Arms and Light Weapons (NACSA) needs the power to seize unauthorised weapons in communities.

‘This is my plea. The NACSA should be given the power to bite to be able to enforce and implement its mandate‚Ķ’

He said this at his residence when the NACSA paid a courtesy call on him.

The plea followed concerns by the NACSA over the proliferation and use of unauthorised weapons in the country, especially the Greater Accra region.

The Ga Mantse described the situation as worrying and said aside from being given the power to seize weapons, the Commission should also be resourced.

He said that was the only way to avoid violent conflicts in the country.

Professor Paul Frimpong-Manso, Board Chairman, NACSA, noted the vital roles chiefs played in ensuring the security and safety of their communities and asked for their support to rid communities of unauthorised weapons.

He said the recurrent incidents of gun violence in the country, particularly in the capital, called for the need for stakeholders, especially chiefs, to collectively support the Commission to address such challenges.

The Board Chairman said the illicit spread and misuse of small arms had far consequences contributing to protracted and deadly conflicts, crimes, the erosion of peace and security, and threatening existence.

Dr Angela Lusigi, Resident Representative, United Nations Development Programme, said her outfit would partner with the Commission to address the challenges associated with the proliferation of small arms and light weapons, to create an environment where development could thrive.

‘The issue of proliferation of small arms and light weapons is not for Ghana alone so, we have been working with other countries in the region to make sure that they have strategies that cut across borders, and partnerships between agencies and institutions in different countries,’ she said.

Source: Ghana News Agency

AU urged to adopt Swahili, French, English as Lingua Francas

Youths from 27 African countries, Canada and the United States of America have petitioned the African Union (AU) to impress upon member states to adopt Swahili, French, and the English languages as lingua Francas in Africa.

The languages must also be integrated into schools’ curricula for teaching and learning, to become contact languages apart from the native languages.

A communique adopted at the end of the 25th Session of the African Youth and Governance Convergence (AYGC) at Mankessim in the Central Region on Friday said the three languages were the most dominant across the Continent.

The study of the three languages will expand one’s view of the world and limit the language barriers in communication across the Continent.

Mr Ernest Kwaku Mortey, the Session’s Vice President, said apart from entirely changing one’s traveling experience, it would help the brain to nurture, learn and understand new languages.

‘Foreign language study is simply part of a very basic liberal education. To educate is to lead out of confinement, narrowness and darkness,” he said.

‘Learning a foreign language and getting soaked into an entirely new culture and worldview is the surest way to becoming open-minded, understanding, tolerant and priceless.’

The 25th Session of AYGC offered participants the opportunity to focus on broad issues, challenges and opportunities facing the youth in higher education, governance, health, security, and the environment.

It was intended to, among other things, develop new digitally driven ideas and solutions to solve youth challenges.

It was put together by the Youth Bridge Foundation and partners, on the theme: ‘Advancing youth inclusive governance, peace, and security: The digital innovation factor.’

Making specific cases for the adoption of the three languages, Mr Mortey said the French Language was spoken on five continents and in 29 countries, and about 189 million Africans spoke with fluency.

In the countries where it was spoken, French was considered the language of business, science, and sometimes of government, making it an obvious choice for many.

The English Language, he said, was one of the most widely spoken languages by nearly 1.35 billion people around the world, however, not all spoke it as their native language as only 360 million did.

He said the whopping number of English speakers meant that speaking the Language opened many doors of opportunities for personal fun or business.

Besides, Swahili was spoken by more than 100 million people in Africa, largely in the southern and eastern parts of the Continent, Mr Mortey said.

Swahili is the most widely spoken African Language in Sub-Saharan Africa as the national language of Tanzania and Kenya and is widely spoken in Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the Comoros.

That notwithstanding, Mr Mordey celebrated the resilience of African youths as they continually strived to remain relevant in an ever-changing macroeconomic landscape.

Participants urged African leaders to strengthen the entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem to improve student employability outcomes in sub-Saharan African universities through the promotion and capacitation of mutually beneficial partnerships.

That would catalyze the development of entrepreneurship curricula customised to each country’s unique situation and economic needs to leapfrog the creation of generational businesses across the continent.

It would, therefore, deal with the rapidly growing youth population, where many youths were confronted with high levels of unemployment and underemployment.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Ministry deploys guards, nationwide to control indiscriminate waste disposal?

The Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources has deployed sanitation guards, nationwide, to check and control the indiscriminate dumping of plastic waste and refuse.

In the interim, the ‘ununiformed’ sanitation guards are spread across some major cities and urban centres including Kumasi, Sekondi-Takoradi, and Tamale.

Those who would be found littering around or throwing plastic waste and polythene bags would be made to pick them up, pay a spot fine, or face prosecution, Dr Freda Prempeh, the Sector Minister, has stated.

The Minister was interacting with the media after she inspected work on the evacuation of 10 refuse dumps in some communities in the Tano North Municipality of the Ahafo Region.

The Ministry, in collaboration with Zoomlion Ghana Limited, a private waste management and sanitation company, is evacuating the refuse dumps, which had been in the communities over the years.

Already, it had evacuated some refuse dumps at Terchire, Nsesreso, Jerusalem and Bourkrurkiwa near Duayaw-Nkwanta, the municipal capital, and constructed some toilet facilities in some of the deprived communities to serve the people.

Dr Prempeh, also the Member of Parliament for Tano North, said the Ministry was engaging relevant institutions and key stakeholders to draft a bill that would support and sustain the nationwide exercise, which sought to promote environmental cleanliness and control the outbreaks of communicable diseases.

She expressed disgust about the bad attitude of some Ghanaians towards environmental protection and hoped the exercise would not only keep the environment clean but change the poor attitude of some people towards sanitation practices.

The Ministry was working hard towards the segregation and recycling of waste for other purposes, she said, and thus called on households to desist from keeping plastic and other waste materials together.

She urged the public to cooperate with the Ministry and support the exercise to achieve desirable outcomes in order to channel the huge sums of money the government spent on waste management into other development ventures.

Mr Sampson Akwettey, the Acting Director, Environmental Health and Sanitation at the Ministry, said bad sanitation practices remained a huge problem in the country, which ought to be tackled decisively and proactively.

He said the outbreak of communicable diseases such as cholera and typhoid was due to poor sanitary environment and cautioned the people against indiscriminate waste disposal.

Mr Edward Ziddah, the Ahafo Regional Coordinator of Zoomlion, told the Ghana News Agency the firm was evacuating 33 refuse dumps in the entire region.

At Nsesreso, Mrs Clara Adu Sarpong, a resident and an opinion leader, expressed appreciation to the Ministry for evacuating the refuse dumps.

Hitherto, she said the refuse dump served as breeding grounds for rodents and snakes while malaria was common because of the mosquitoes.

Source: Ghana News Agency

NPP Primaries: 35 to contest orphan constituencies in Volta

A total of 35 candidates have picked and filed nomination forms to contest in the 17 orphaned out of the 18 constituencies in the Volta Region in the upcoming parliamentary primaries of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

A release signed by Mr Pope Yao Yevoo, the Regional Secretary of the Party, made available to the Ghana News Agency (GNA), said the aspiring candidates in the region had successfully filed their nominations by the close of the August 10, 2023, deadline.

He told the GNA that the Hohoe Constituency was not part because it had a sitting Member of Parliament and was not an orphan constituency.

Three aspirants; Madam Juliana Kpedekpo, Mr Bright Kwame Nyatsikor, and Mr Charles Mawunyo Aklaku have filed to contest in the Adaklu Constituency while Mr Etornam James Flolu and Mr Steve Dela Qwaqu Klu filed for Afadzato South.

For the Agotime-Ziope Constituency, Mr Edem Kwame Doh and Mr Kentle Seth Agbobli filed, while Messieurs Simon Peter Kofi Ofosu and Prosper Kofi Patu filed for Akatsi North.

Messieurs Egos Mawuli Ocloo and Martin Kofitsey Nyahe filed for Akatsi South, Seth Kwashie Yormewu filed for Anlo, Faith Selasie Dunyo, Godwin Casola Ayikpah and Elliot Nyanyuie Kakah have also filed to contest the Central Tongu parliamentary seat.

The Keta position is being contested by Godknows Y. Bleboo, Godwin Selassie Teyieketa and Courage Hope Goldberg-Grimm Lekettey while Ketu North has Samuel Kofi Ahiave Dzamesi and Gabriel Kwasi Awudi.

For the Ketu South constituency, Samuel Wisdom Doe Haligah and Fidelia Abla Awakoe filed, for Kpando, Mrs Antoinette Oklu and Mrs Setorwu Abla Ofori-Atta filed while Millicent Nana Yaa Sokro and Divine Richard Kormla Bosson filed for the Ho Central Constituency.

Godwin Mawutor Wuanka and Eric Nick Yao Gonyuie filed for Ho West, Edmund Kudjoh Attah filed for North Dayi, while David Nkegbe Agornyrah and John Saviour Eleblu filed for North Tongu.

The South Dayi constituency has Godwin Kwame Dadzawa and Thomas Michael Agyeman and South Tongu has Lady Elizabeth Segbenu Agah and Leonard Kwaku Baanjo-Klogo filing.

The Party says elections in these orphan constituencies nationwide would be held from Saturday, September 23, to Saturday, December 2, 2023.

Source: Ghana News Agency