Fortifying Cyber Awareness: Konongo St. Gabriel’s Co-Operate Credit Union Welcomes Groundbreaking Cybersecurity Partnership With OMNICOMMANDER

KONONGO, GHANA / ACCESSWIRE / February 29, 2024 / Konongo St. Gabriel’s Co-Operate Credit Union takes a bold step forward in safeguarding its digital infrastructure by partnering with OMNICOMMANDER® to bring industry-specific cybersecurity education to the entire staff and board of directors at the credit union.

"We are thrilled to announce this transformative partnership with OMNICOMMANDER," stated Angela Arko Nyaneba, CEO of Konongo St. Gabriel’s Co-Operate Credit Union. "Cybersecurity is not just a technical challenge; it’s a strategic imperative for our credit union. By deploying OMNICOMMANDDER’s expertise and resources, we aim to raise the bar for cybersecurity standards at our credit union and to empower the entire organization to navigate the evolving threat landscape with confidence and resilience."

The Bank of Ghana, the Central Bank in Ghana, initiated a Financial Industry Command Security Operations Center in 2019 to help prevent and respond to cyber threats aimed at the financial services sector. These initiatives are helping to bring additional resources and awareness to the evolving threats facing financial institutions throughout Ghana. OMNICOMMANDER’s cybersecurity division, CYBERCOMMANDER, has also taken notice of the emerging needs in the region and sought a partnership with Konongo St. Gabriel’s as their commitment to the credit union movement aligned well with OMNICOMMANDER’s global mission.

"The initial collaboration will provide access to OMNICOMMNADER’s cybersecurity awareness training through its CYBERCOMMANDER division and will make available a wide range of services," said Eric Isham, Founder and CEO of OMNICOMMANDER. "Our cybersecurity suite, including Risk Assessment, IT Security Audit, Vulnerability Assessment, External Penetration Test, Security Awareness Training, and specialized Remote Social Engineering Tests, alongside Tabletop Testing for Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Plans, offers credit unions a comprehensive strategy to fortify their defenses against cyber threats. Through these targeted services, we empower credit unions not only to identify and mitigate vulnerabilities before they can be exploited but also to ensure their teams are prepared against the evolving landscape of cyber threats. I am thrilled to partner with our first credit union in Ghana."

"Our partnership with OMNICOMMANDER represents a significant milestone in our mission to enhance cybersecurity resilience within the credit union and hopefully across Ghana. When I met Eric in Vancouver last summer, I knew he was the right partner to bring these services to Africa," said Peter Sula Esq, Board Chairman for Konongo St. Gabriel’s Co-Operate Credit Union.


OMNICOMMANDER is a global leader in Digital Technology, Marketing, and Cybersecurity services for small to medium-sized financial institutions. In today’s digital landscape, financial institutions face challenges from online competition, engaging younger demographics, and evolving cyber threats. OMMNICOMMANDER’s comprehensive suite of solutions is purposely designed to address these challenges. It includes a feature-rich website solution called a BRANCHCOMMANDER™, Integrated Marketing that drives demand, and Cybersecurity for maximizing FI regulatory compliance and institution-wide protection. To learn more about OMNICOMMANDER, please visit

About Konongo St. Gabriel’s Co-Operate Credit Union Ltd.

Konongo St. Gabriel’s Co-operative Credit Union is a financial co-operative society established in 1968. Initially established to serve only Catholic school teachers, it has expanded over the years to serve the community’s growing needs beyond the teaching profession. Its mission is to provide quality services that improve the living standards of all members through mobilization of funds, granting and recovering loans, and continuous community education and engagement. To learn more about St. Gariel’s Co-Operate Credit Union, please visit
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St Kitts and Nevis unveils the Investment Gateway Summit

Basseterre, Feb. 29, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Government of St Kitts and Nevis proudly announces a landmark achievement in its ongoing commitment to realising the Sustainable Island State Agenda. In a ground-breaking move, the nation unveils an unprecedented initiative aimed at fostering collaboration and investment to propel the twin-federation into a prosperous future.

This pivotal moment not only signifies a significant stride towards sustainability but also underscores the Government’s visionary approach to uniting its global citizens. In an extraordinary display of inclusivity, St Kitts and Nevis extends its arms to every citizen worldwide, ushering them to partake in shaping the nation’s trajectory.

The Government will host their inaugural event, “The Investment Gateway Summit” in May, marking a historical moment in the country’s journey towards fulfilling the Sustainable Island State Agenda. This momentous event presents an unparalleled opportunity to collaborate and invest in shaping the future of the twin-federation.

It’s a personal invitation from the Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Honourable Dr. Terrance Drew, and his Government to engage citizens and investors to come to the country for this exclusive inaugural Investment Gateway Summit taking place from 11 to 15 May 2024!

Through this forward-thinking endeavour, the Government unites individuals under a common banner – that of being a proud citizen of St Kitts and Nevis, while fostering opportunities for success as entrepreneurs, investors, and innovators.

Each day of the five-day Summit promises unique events and interactions with the leaders of the country and global experts to ensure an engaging and interactive experience in the twin-island federation.

Who will attend the Summit? 

This Summit is all about the St Kitts and Nevis citizens. The event also promises a mix of discerning investors, and high-net-worth individuals (HNWIs) seeking prospects; prospective Citizenship by Investment (CBI) applicants and entrepreneurs, CEOs and C-Suite businesspeople and the wider investor immigration community.

Why is this Summit not to be missed? 

This is an opportunity to connect with like-minded global citizens, investors, HNWIs and special guests, as well as identify potential new business opportunities in the idyllic twin-island federation. This unique platform will unlock new ventures for growth throughout various sectors of the country’s economy, including agriculture, information technology, renewable energy and tourism.

From diverse panel discussions and networking opportunities to exclusive investment highlights and site visits, the Summit is crafted to connect, collaborate and celebrate the country and its global citizens.

Investment Opportunities in St Kitts and Nevis 

To showcase St Kitts and Nevis’ commitment to the Sustainable Island State Agenda, the Summit will highlight initiatives that global investors can participate in to nurture community development, empower businesses and foster growth and development.

The Government of St Kitts and Nevis together with the Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) look forward to hosting this riveting event and opening their nation‘s doors to explore the twin federation’s active investment projects, spectacular beaches, distinct tourism amenities and luxury accommodation.

Please click here to secure your exclusive spot at the Investment Gateway Summit.

This is not just a unique investment opportunity in a tropical Caribbean country, it is a meeting of minds to form meaningful connections, through engaging workshops and insightful panel discussions. Additionally, the Government aims to build strong communities with shared values of excellence.

Get Involved 

Should you like to promote your brand, business services or enquire about sponsorship opportunities, you can leave your comment here with your interest in the contact form, and you will receive a response with available packages.


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AngloGold Ashanti to upgrade facilities at Akrokerri Hospital

AngloGold Ashanti, Obuasi Mine has performed a ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of a theatre, laboratory and dispensary for the Akrokerri Hospital in the Adansi North District of the Ashanti Region.

The hospital, which serves the town and neighbouring communities, has not seen any major upgrade in its facilities since it was established in February 1960.

The upgrade is in response to the infrastructural deficit and forms part of the intervention programmes under the 10-year Socio-Economic Development Plan (SEDP) of AngloGold Ashanti, launched in 2022.

Mr Eric Kwaku Kusi, the District Chief Executive (DCE), who joined the AngloGold Ashanti officials to cut the sod, lauded the mining company for the plethora of interventions it had rolled out over the years, especially in the 10-year SEDP.

He was optimistic that the expansion works would welcome more health workers to the facility to improve the quality of healthcare service delivery in the town and its surrounding communities.

Nana Serwaa Bru
waa II, the Queen Mother of Akrokerri, expressed worry over the current state of the health facility, which had not seen any major renovation since its establishment.

She said the importance of the hospital in rendering quality services to residents could not be overemphasised and commended AngloGold Ashanti for the rehabilitation works, which was a welcomed relief.

Mr Eric Atuahene, the District Director of Health Services, disclosed plans to upgrade the hospital into a polyclinic to offer enhanced services in Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT), Antenatal, and General OPD care, amongst others.

Mr Edmund Oduro Agyei, the Community Relations Manager of AngloGold Ashanti, said the construction of the facilities were in fulfilment of the corporate social responsibility of the company to the people of Adansiman.

It was committed to improving the lives of people in its host communities and would continue to deliver on its promises as captured in the 10-year Socio-Economic Development Plan, he said.

The project, being
executed by Crisspan Company Limited, an Obuasi-based contractor, is expected to be completed in September, this year.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Upper Respiratory Tract Infections top OPD cases in Accra

Upper Respiratory Tract Infections, tops Out-Patient Department (OPD) morbidity cases in the Greater Accra region in the last three years.

Upper Respiratory Tract Infections (URTI) affect the upper part of one’s respiratory system, including nose, trachea, lungs, and diaphragm, which work together to facilitate breathing.

A total of 13 local Assemblies in the region have recorded URTI as a top three OPD morbidity cases in the last three years. ?

Dr. Louisa Ademki Matey, the Municipal Director of Health for Ayawaso West Municipality, said in an interview with the GNA that URTI OPD morbidity cases had nearly doubled between 2021 and 2023.

‘This is a disturbing trend and of great concern to us. The cases have actually increased consistently from 13,368 to 25,789. Now we are dealing with a double burden of diseases,’ she said. ?

Dr Matey said air pollution had a connection with non-communicable diseases like URTI, explaining that inhaling poor air that had small particles get into one’s blood stream and impa
ir its functions as well as other organs.

‘In as much as air pollution has a link with URTI, we at this Health Directorate from now are going to examine the data, connect with the facilities to look at the risk factors, the conditions closely segregate the data, and take more history of persons with the conditions,’ she said.

Mr Desmond Appiah, the Country Lead of Clean Air Fund- Ghana, said although the URTI could be linked to air pollution, the disaggregation of the data and further probing would help inform decision makers at the local Assemblies, the areas that need specific intervention to deal with the cause.

‘…Great to have this piece of information and with this, we can begin to interrogate and appreciate what the issues are. This Municipality is linked to almost all the major highways,’ he noted.

He said the Municipality was part of the 13 districts in Accra involved in the Breath Cities clean air initiative that aimed to reduce air pollution, slash carbon emissions, and enhance public health.

he Municipal Chief Executive, he said, had signed up to the initiative, which among other supports include, providing low-cost sensors, capacity building and data analysis on air pollution to enable the Municipality leadership to take steps to ensure clean air for all. ?

Through an evidence-based strategy, combining data, policy, and community engagement, Breathe Cities has the ambitious goal of contributing to reducing air pollution by 30 percent on average across participating cities by 2030 compared to 2019 levels. ?

According to Clean Air Fund, such a bold reduction would prevent an estimated 39,000 premature deaths and around 79,000 new cases of asthma in children each decade, saving $107 billion in avoided hospitalisations and deaths.

Accra is Africa’s fastest growing city, and the capital of one the world’s fastest growing economies.

More than four million people live in the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area with a daily influx of 2.5 million business commuters.

It is the country’s commercial centre
and capital. Almost half of Accra’s dust, very tiny particles concentrations are attributable to road transport, 39 per cent, which is linked to inadequate public transport infrastructure. ?

About 70 per cent of daily commuters in Ghana use privately run minibuses known locally as ‘Tro-tro’, which are often older, higher-emitting vehicles.

?Privately owned vehicles account for the rest of Accra’s traffic congestion and exhaust fumes.

Because Accra’s vast networks of roads remain unpaved and dusty, tiny particle concentrations are produced through resuspended dust.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Mainstreaming gender in health-risk communication is necessary – WAHO

Dr Aissi Melchior, the Director General of the West African Health Organization (WAHO), has urged health institutions in the West African sub-region to mainstream gender in health and risk communication to avert gender inequality.

He said men and women had varying approaches to risk and did not have the same access to communication to form perceptions of disease and infection responses.

Dr Aissi, represented by Dr Babacar Fall, Health Communication Officer of ECOWAS Regional Centre for Surveillance and Disease Control (RCSDC) was speaking at the Regional Workshop to Consider Gender Mainstreaming on Risk Communication and Community Engagement in Accra.

According to the World Health Organization, risk communication is the instantaneous sharing of knowledge, suggestions, and viewpoints between authorities and those who are in danger of losing their lives, their health, or their social, economic, or cultural well-being.

Mainstreaming of gender in Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE) forms part o
f a five-year strategy to improve the communication preparedness of communities for disease outbreaks and pandemics in West Africa.

He said health institutions in the sub-region must include gender in their communication regarding diseases, infections, and pandemic responses.

‘Men and women do not behave in the same way in the face of risks, nor do they have the same access to, or use of communication channels and they do not have the same perception of risk, do not have the same health practices,’ he said

The Representative of WAHO, said, therefore, they also do not adopt the same preparedness measures, hence, the countries must mainstream gender to improve their pandemic responses.

Dr Dacosta Aboagye, the Director of Health Promotion and Chairperson of ECOWAS RCCE Strategy, told the GNA that risk communication was essential in managing future pandemics in the region.

He said the relevance of mainstreaming gender in West Africa’s pandemic responses, indicating that they needed to include various groups,
especially targeting gender-based issues.

‘We need to strategically position gender within our strategic document and make sure that we are not only having them in the document but also look at ways of empowerment, since vulnerable groups are very important in the discourse of gender,’ he said.

He urged health institutions in the sub-region to explore how best they could effectively implement the RCCE strategy for pandemic response.

Dr. Olayinka Umar-Farouk, Deputy Project Director, RCCE, and a facilitator said risk communication was not well understood in the sub-region.

She said risk communication must be a continuous process in the sub-region to raise awareness about pandemic responses.

The participants of the workshop include health professionals and technocrats from various countries within the West Africa sub-region.

The three-day workshop is aimed at helping to build regional capacity to take gender-based issues into account in risk communication.

They will also analyze gender mainstreaming init
iatives and challenges in the ECOWAS region.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Accra Golden Lions Club embarks on childhood cancer talk with market women

The Accra Golden Lions Club has engaged market women of Madina in the La Mawantanang Municipality to sensitise them on childhood cancer, a leading cause of death among children.

The sensitisation exercise was to provide the necessary information on childhood cancer to ensure an understanding of the life-threatening disease and encourage screening for early detection and treatment.

Members of the Club held placards with inscriptions such as, ‘Globally 37 per cent of children with cancer survive, but survival rates vary by region,’ and ‘Each year, an estimated 400,000 children and adolescents of 0-19 years old develop cancer.’

Others are: ‘Childhood cancer cannot generally be prevented or detected through screening,’ ‘In many countries, cancer is the second leading cause of death in children over 1 year of age, exceeded only by accidents.’

In an interview with the Ghana News Agency Mr Blaise Ackom, the Secretary for the Cancer Support Network Foundation, said globally about 400,000 children were diagnosed w
ith a type of childhood cancer.

He said from 2015 to 2019, Ghana diagnosed 1,073 children with cancer and currently, every year, it is estimated that about 1,200 children are diagnosed with childhood cancer.

Globally a child was diagnosed with cancer every two minutes.

‘Cancer is basically cells in the body that grow out of control,’ Mr Ackom said, and that those cells did not ‘obey a rule’ where they needed to die for new ones to form.

Childhood cancer diagnosis was difficult because usually children exhibited signs and symptoms of ‘normal’ sicknesses making parents unaware of the signs and symptoms of the disease, he said.

He said the cause was unknown but risk factors like exposure to certain radiation could predispose children to developing cancer.

He advised the public, particularly parents, to pay critical attention to changes in their children, especially when they notice loss of weight, loss of appetite, unclear vision, and development of lumps around the abdomen and visit the hospitals on time
for early diagnosis.

Mrs Jennifer Victoria Duodu-Mensah, the Chairperson of the Childhood Cancer Advocacy of the Lions Club, said the club was a humanitarian organisation that identified needs in society and tackled them.

She said it was essential to educate the market women to make an impact on their families and friends and urged agencies, non-governmental organisations, and patriotic citizens to spread the information as children were the future of the nation.

Source: Ghana News Agency