No plans to sell Speaker’s residence – Lands Commission

The Lands Commission has debunked suggestions by the Speaker of Parliament, Mr Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, that his official residence at Cantonments in Accra is being sold to a private developer.

The Speaker, on Monday, November 20, while speaking at the Speaker’s breakfast forum to mark 30 years of Parliamentary democracy in Accra, alleged that his official residence in Cantonment was almost sold to a private developer.

However, in a statement issued by Mr Benjamin Arthur, the Acting Executive Secretary of the Lands Commission in response to the Speaker’s allegation, said at no point in time was the said property sold to a private developer by the Lands Commission and that it was unaware of any purported sale of the residence.

According to the Commission, the land in question was acquired in 1920 by a Certificate of Title, dated 7th June, 1920 for Government services and that since 2003, the land had been used as the official residence of the Speaker of Parliament.

It said by an application dated 15
th November, 2022, and numbered PS/LS/002/12/22, Parliamentary Service applied for a Certificate of Allocation to regularise the occupation of the land, which measured approximately 1.66 acres.

At its sixty-fourth (64th) Regular Meeting held on 22nd December, 2022, the Regional Lands Commission approved the application, after all statutory processes, including planning approval from the La Dadekotopon Municipal Assembly.

The Commission said on 14th February, 2023, it made an offer of allocation to the Parliamentary Service.

It said the Service accepted the offer, and after paying the requisite fees, a Certificate of Allocation, dated 28th April, 2023, was issued to it, stressing it was unaware of any purported sale of same.

The Commission reiterated its commitment to the prudent and efficient management of public lands in the national interest.

It said it would continue to promote effective land administration anchored on the highest standards of integrity, transparency and candour.

Source: Ghana News

World Toilet Day marked at Mpoase in the Ablekuma West Municipality

This year’s World Toilet Day 2023 celebration has been marked at Mpoase in the Ablekuma West Municipality on the theme: ‘Accelerating Change through Strategic Partnership, Every Contribution Counts.’

It was to make sanitation for all a global development priority urging changes in both behaviour and policy on issues ranging from enhancing water management to ending open defecation.

It was also to encourage behavioural change and increase access to sanitation among the poor, along with a call to end the practice of open defecation which it deemed harmful to public health.

It was jointly organised by Global Communities, USAID, UNICEF, WaterAid, The Netherland Development Organisation, World Vision, Catholic Relief Services, Sewerage Systems Ghana Limited, and the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area – Sanitation and Water Project (GAMA-SWP).

Dr Freda Akosua Prempeh, the Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources in an interview with the Ghana News Agency, said the annual observance of the day would go a long w
ay towards raising awareness about the need for all human beings to have access to sanitation.

She also recognised the role that the development partners, civil societies, and the Metropolitan, Municipal District Assemblies play in raising awareness of this issue and called on them to approach sanitation in a much broader context includes hygiene promotion.

She said this year’s decision to mark the day at Mpoase, a low-income community, would help raise awareness and mobilize action that could save lives and described poor sanitation as a leading cause of diseases and child death.

Dr Prempeh said the government had invested heavily in projects that would help eradicate open defecation and enhance safe sanitation practices to bring about the needed change.

She said under GAMA-SWP in December 2020 48,641 improved household toilets, benefiting 389,128 people and 406 modern disabilities friendly, gender sensitive institutional toilet for schools.

‘The project also expanded and rehabilitated the Asafo Sewerag
e System in Kumasi and provided an additional 42,000 household toilets and 129 school toilets,’ she said.

The Minister said, ‘Key under the projects’ intervention was the introduction and use of biodigester technology in Ghana which is also largely because it is cheap and easy to install.’

She said Ghana had made strides towards the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals ‘6’ on water and sanitation, adding that population with access to basic drinking water services increased from 79 per cent in 2017, 2018 to 87.7 per cent in 2021.

‘While population with access to improved toilet facilities, including shared toilets increased from 66 per cent to 80 per cent within the same period,’ she stated.

Mr George Bray, Ablekuma West Municipal Chief Executive urged the media to promote ownership of household toilets as 19,000 households got toilets in the municipality through the campaign.

He said the Assembly continued to sensitise the people to change their character towards good sanitation.

Mr Harold E
sseku, WASH Specialist of the World Bank called on the media to vigorously campaign for the promotion of household toilets to curb open defecation.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Odawna market complex project gets to feasibility stage

Mr Isaac Lamptey, Head of Works Engineer, Korle Klottey Municipal Assembly (KoKMA) has said the status of the odawna market project was currently at the feasibility stage, and a report has been sent to the Finance Ministry for approval.

He said his outfit would engage the stakeholder groups, explain the issues to them, and give them questionnaires to fill in to support it and submit it back to the Ministry of Finance for work to commence.

Mr Lamptey made this statement at a stakeholder engagement for odawna market women organised by KoKMA to elaborate on the status of the redevelopment of the odawna market project.

The project, which is a Public Private Partnership (PPP) with funding from the World Bank when approved would serve as the major trading centre for the traders within the municipality and would help generate revenue for the Assembly.

Mr Lamptey indicated that ‘we are hoping that the Greater Accra Resilient and Integrated Development (GARID) project would also commence as quickly as possible so
that by the time we finish this process and get contractors procured, at least they would be halfway done it would not encounter any delay for the construction work.’

Mr Nii Adjei Tawiah, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of the Korle Klottey Municipal Assembly, asked the Odawna Market traders to remain patient and trust the government’s commitment to renovate the market.

He added that ‘we have heard that they want to go on a demonstration and when we hear those things, we must get closer to them and give them update on the reconstruction of the market. It is my appeal that they bare patience with government.’

According to him, the Assembly did not have total control of the project, and that immediately all processes were completed by the Finance Ministry work would begin.

He said ‘the odawna area is a flood prone area and before any project will start a lot of ground works have to be done in order to be able to do a good job.’

Dr Kojo Ohene Sarfo, GARID, said it was waiting for approval to initiate th
e resettlement action plan which would address those who would be affected by the project directly ‘and then subsequently the contractor will start work.’

He added that ‘the GARID project will help address flooding exclusively within the odawna basin and we are waiting for approval from World Bank before we can commence work.’

According to Mr Sarfo, the drain project would start from Paloma Hotel, through Asylum Down, then connect to the Odawna channel near the pedestrian mall.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Premix fuel Administrator optimistic of Winning Asuogyaman Seat

Nana Abrokwa Asare, the Administrator for National Premix Fuel, has promised to tackle youth unemployment in Asuogyaman Constituency when elected as MP.

He said his ambition to enter Parliament in 2025 is to give hope to the youth and utilise the resources available for development.

In an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) after declaring his intention to contest in the upcoming NPP orphan constituency primaries, he said he would utilise tourism potentials in the area to create job avenues for the youth.

Mr Abrokwa stated that the lack of jobs had made the youth more desperate and despondent, and that was why he was contesting the seat to bring relief to the youth and the people of Asuogyaman.

He mentioned mechanised irrigation farming, upgrading of tourist sites, skills development, and the upcoming port at Mpakadan as some of the activities he would pursue to create jobs.

Mr Abrokwa noted that already his charity organisation ‘Nabrok Foundation’ had empowered the youth through skills developme
nt and ‘I will leverage on that when given the opportunity.’

The Premix fuel administrator is one of the 18 aspirants cleared to contest in six orphan constituencies of the NPP in the Eastern Region.

He is in the race with Mr Pius Hadzide, National Youth Authority boss, Mr Paul Asare Ansah, former CEO of Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority and one Chief Michael Ansah.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Konkombas in Yendi Municipality celebrate Linujil Festival

Konkombas in the Yendi Municipality of the Northern Region have celebrated their annual Linujil Festival with a call on residents to prioritise peace and unity for sustainable development.

The Bunbong Linujil Festival, translated as Yam Festival, is celebrated to mark the beginning of the harvesting of yam, which is one of the major crops cultivated by the people.

The event brought together Konkombas and other ethnic groups including Dagombas, Anufos, and Fulanis at a common platform to showcase their rich tradition and cultural heritage.

It was on the theme ‘Peace and Unity’.

Ubor Dawuni Wumbe, Chief of Bunbong, in his address at the festival, said it was intended to enhance unity among the various ethnic groups in the area, and also to seek the blessings of their ancestors for the next farming season.

He said the area was still confronted with numerous development challenges such as education, health, and agriculture, adding that it was important to embrace peace and unity to accelerate the developmen
t of the area.

He encouraged residents to enroll their children in school, especially the girl-child to enable them to take advantage of government policies and interventions as well as minimise gender-based violence.

Alhaji Faruok Aliu Mahama, Member of Parliament for Yendi Constituency said sustainable development thrived on peace and unity, urging the people to endeavour to stay together in harmony to attract the needed development.

The festival, which attracted many dignitaries from home and abroad, witnessed live performances by some artists including ace reggae musicians and three-time Grammy Nominee, Rocky Dawuni.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Pentecost Men’s Ministry embarks on road safety campaign in Obuasi

The Obuasi Area of the Pentecost Men’s Ministry (PEMEM), has embarked on a road safety campaign to educate drivers and passengers on the need to observe road traffic rules and regulations.

The campaign, which was launched at the Obuasi central lorry station, aims to reduce road accidents and fatalities in the area and to educate drivers, motor riders, commuters, and the public on the importance of observing road safety regulations.

The theme for the campagin was: ‘Because the Lord has Need for it’, and involved the distribution of flyers, stickers and reflectors to drivers and passengers.

It is part of the Ministry’s social responsibility and commitment to saving lives and promoting the gospel.

According to a report released by the national secretariat of the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service, a total 1,233 crashes were recorded involving 2,099 vehicles with 186 deaths for the first half of 2023.

It also revealed that deaths resulting from road crashes also increa
sed by 30.07 per cent for the period.

Again, the MTTD reported that a total of 202 persons died through road crashes in December last year.

A total of 1,441 persons sustained various degrees of injuries, with 245 pedestrian knockdowns also being recorded.

Pastor Benjamin Sarpong Mensah, the Leader of PEMEM in the Obuasi Area, expressed his appreciation for the church’s involvement in the awareness campaign to reduce road accidents in the Obuasi Municipality and beyond.

He said the church had a responsibility to educate the public on road safety and to promote good driving habits, saying, the fight to reduce road accidents needed concerted efforts.

The Men’s Ministry was joined by officials from the MTTD, National Disaster Management Oorganisation, National Road Safety Commission, Ghana National Fire Service, Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority and the Obuasi Municipal Assembly to sensitise motorists.

Mr. Kwasi Agyenim Boateng, the Ashanti Regional Director of the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC
) lauded the Men’s Ministry of the Church of Pentecost for leading the charge to educate road users on measures needed to ensure safety on the road.

He said heading towards the Christmas period, the NRSC would also team up with the MTTD and DVLA to intensify road Safety campaigns to ensure accident-free Christmas.

Mr. Edward Ofori, Manager of the Obuasi office of DVLA, commended the church for the initiative, stressing that it would complement the series of campaigns rolled out to ensure safety on the road.

He hinted that in the coming weeks, the DVLA would collaborate with AngloGold Ashanti and other partners to create awareness on how to obey traffic and road safety regulations.

Source: Ghana News Agency