Lawmakers mourn former colleague, Modestus Yao Zebu Ahiable

Ghana’s Lawmakers are mourning another former colleague, Mr Modestus Yao Zebu Ahiable, a previous Member of Parliament for Ketu North.

He was also a former Volta Regional Minister and formerly, Ghana’s Ambassador to Benin.

Mr Ahiable, who died on 21st January, is survived by his wife and eight children.

Dr James Klutse Avedzi, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament (MP) for Ketu North, in a statement on the floor of the House in honour of the late Mr Ahiable, said the former MP had indeed fought a great fight, finished the race and kept the faith.

He said Mr Ahiable had served as the MP for Ketu North for three consecutive terms (1993 to 2004).

‘As a representative of his people, he was never quiet on the floor of Parliament. He expressed his views and those of the people he represented openly, without fear until his exit from Parliament in January 2005,’ he said.

Whiles in Parliament, President Jerry John Rawlings, the first President under the Fourth Republic appointed him as Mini
ster of State responsible for the Volta Region.

He said during his time in Parliament, and as Regional Minister, he fought and secured a German Technical Cooperation (GIZ) water project for the people of Dzodze and this helped in alleviating the water crises that had plagued community for many years.

He said as an MP and a Regional Minister, Mr Ahiable facilitated the establishment of a rice mill at Avalavi, a small community in the Ketu North Constituency.

He said Mr Ahiable assisted in the extension of electricity to the people of Dzodze, Penyi and its surrounding towns and villages, as well as other parts of the Volta Region.

‘It was during this period that he ensured that some major town roads were also constructed in Dzodze,’ he said.

Dr Avedzi said Mr Ahiable, who left Parliament in January 2005 and continued to serve as the Regional Chairman of the NDC until 2009, when he was appointed as an Ambassador to the People’s Republic of Benin.

He said this appointment came as an exciting news to him bec
ause it served as an opportunity to showcase Ghana, its culture and traditions as well as living first-hand, the indigenous culture of other Ewes he considered family.

He said in 2014, President Yaye Boni of Benin conferred on him the ‘National Order of Benin’ for his commitment to pan-Africanism and specifically, for protecting a freer Benin in diplomatic circles.

Madam Abla Dzifa Gomashie, the NDC MP for Ketu South, said the late Mr Ahiable’s contributions to the growth of the Party could not be overlooked; saying

‘He served the Party that I belong to the best of his ability and also served this country in all the capacities that he was put in our government.’

Dr Cassiel Ato Baah Forson, the Minority Leader, in his contribution said: ‘Mr Speaker, I never had the opportunity to meet him in this House but honestly Mr Speaker, in my Party, often times his name has featured very prominently anytime major decisions have come to the forefront, particularly because of his principled position that he stood for.

‘He is known as a man of wisdom and someone who will speak his mind regardless, and as result in most times that we have to take decisions his name has featured.’

He urged Ghanaians to emulate the late Mr Ahiable way of living by principles.

Mr Alexander Kwamina Afenyo-Markin, the Majority Leader and Leader of Government Business in Parliament, in his contribution to the statement recounted the plight of former MPs and further urged the House to constitute a committee to investigate the issue.

He noted that in the Constitution of Ghana, it was only the Vice President and the President, who seemed to be recognized that in retirement they should be taken care of; asking that ‘what about the MPs?’

Mr Andrew Amoako Asiamah, the Second Deputy Speaker and Independent MP for Fomena, presiding, referred the issue of the plight of the late former lawmakers to the House Committee to look into and report back to the House for them to take action.

Source: Ghana News Agency

AU to host second Accra Forum on unconstitutional change of governments

The African Union (AU) will from Monday, March 18 to Tuesday, March 19, 2024, convene the Second Reflection Forum on Unconstitutional Changes of Government (Accra II Process on UCGs) in Accra, Ghana.

The forum, under the theme, ‘Robust Response, Deepening Democracy, Sustainable Security’, will be officially opened by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

The forum will bring together African policy and decision-makers, including representatives of the Peace and Security Council, Permanent Representatives Committee, the Armed Forces of AU member states, as well as the AU Commission and relevant AU organs, regional economic communities, and mechanisms.

It will build on the first edition held in March 2022 and on the Declaration on Terrorism and Unconstitutional Changes of Government in Africa , Malabo Declaration, adopted during the 16th Extraordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union on May 28, 2022.

Mr Bankole Adeoye, Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, African Union, said
the Forum would assess efforts and initiatives undertaken since the 2022 Accra Reflection Forum and the key achievements and gaps in implementing its recommendations.

‘It will also offer an opportunity to review the latest developments …Provide recommendations on the necessary steps to improve and adapt the AU’s responses to the new challenges posed by UCGs towards consolidating democratic practice and effective governance in Africa.’

Mr Adeoye said the rise in the incidence of unconstitutional government takeovers needed to be collectively addressed to sustain peace and security in the subregion.

He said democracy remained the best form of governance, which must be safeguarded and enhanced to improve the fortunes of peace, security and development in Africa.

Mr Adeoye said the suspension and sanctions on the six countries taken over by military juntas were still in force, adding that the AU would remain resolute in its sanctions until they returned to constitutional rule.

‘The emerging trend posed by mi
litary takeovers is not acceptable. The AU will continue to rally for democracy and declare zero tolerance to unconstitutional change of governments,’ he stressed.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Bui Power Authority commissions six-unit classroom block at Anloga-Avete

The Bui Power Authority (BPA) has commissioned a six-unit classroom block with ancillary facilities for the Anloga-Avete D/A Basic School in the Anloga District of the Volta region.

This is to mitigate the infrastructural deficit of the school and promote education in the area.

The project, worth GH?1,000,000, which commenced in March, 2023, consists of a two-storey facility, classrooms with an open terrace, a six-seater water closet, and two hand washing basins for students.

Mr Samuel Kofi Ahiave Dzamesi, the Chief Executive Officer, BPA, during the commissioning, said the Authority aimed at providing quality education in conducive environments for every school-going child.

‘Education is the cornerstone of sustainable development and at Bui Power Authority, we believe that every child deserves access to quality education in a conducive learning condition,’ he stated.

‘It underscores our dedication to empowering the next generation with the essential educational tools for success, symbolising opportunity
and progress in education for the children of Anloga.’

Mr Dzamesi said the Volta Region held a special place in the heart of the Authority, as she hosts the Tsatsadu Generating Station at Alavanyo, Ghana’s pioneering 45kW Micro Hydro generating station built with local expertise and engineers.

Mr Dominik Yao Dzanado, the Director, Ghana Education Service, Anloga, commended the donors for the school block, which would facilitate teaching and learning.

Mr Makafui Kofi Woanya, the NPP Volta Regional Chairman, Togbui Zewu lll of Anloga, and Mr Seth Yormewu, Anloga DCE, were among the dignitaries at the commissioning.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Golden Arms end African Games journey with 41 medals?

Ghana’s Armwrestling team, Golden Arms, won a total of 41 medals in both left and right arm events at the ongoing African Games.?

The team, having secured 21 medals after day one, increased Ghana’s medal tally with an additional 20 to end their campaign in the competition.?

Ghana won eight gold medals, 19 silver and 14 bronze during the two-day event.?

The West Africans now occupy sixth position on the medal table, with 46 medals.?

Mr. Charles Osei Asibey, President of the Ghana Armwrestling Association (GAF) speaking after the victory, expressed excitement having seen the sport make an entry into the African Games for first time.

‘I am particularly happy as President of Africa for fighting so hard to ensure that countries that play Armwrestling on the continent get the opportunity to play in our continental Olympics so I think we have done some good work and my prayer is that we would continue to stay in the African Games as a sport code.’?

Mr. Asibey, who doubles as Vice President for the World Armwre
stling Federation said the team had broken a 20-year record in winning medals at the African Games.?

He said Ghana’s highest medal in the games was in 2003 where they won 18 medals.

20 years after, the Ghana Armwrestling Federation had single-handedly won 41 medals for the country.?

The gallant sports personality applauded the team and urged the Ministry of Youth and Sports and other entities to invest in Armwrestling.?

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Source: Ghana News Agency

12-year-old Madagascan wins bronze medal in Chess at 13th Africa Games

Madagascar’s Aina Mahasambatra Tsinjoviniavo, 12, is the first and the youngest chess player to win bronze medal at the 13th African Games in Accra.

The Madagascan teen alongside her fellow Fy Antenaina Rakotomaharo partnered in the mixed team rapid championship and emerged as the bronze medal winners.

In their opening round, the duo drew 1-1 with host nation Ghana in group C before claiming another draw against IM Mwali Chitumbo and Constance Mbatha of Zambia.

In the third-round fixture they faced it off with another youthful side, Botswana’s FM Gomolemo Rongwane and WCM Natalie Banda and clinched a 2-0 victory.

They continued with their top-notch performance outshining Sao Tome Principle by the same margin in round four.

A draw against Angola and South Africa saw the Madagascan teens emerging as the bronze medal winners in the mixed team rapid event thus becoming the youngest duo to win a medal in chess at the African Games.

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Ghana reaches new milestone at 13th Africa Games

??The 13th African Games will go down as the most successful games in Ghana’s sporting history, having won 46 medals thus far.

Team Ghana has surpassed the 27 medals achieved at the 1973 Lagos Games as well as the 2003 Abuja Games, where Ghana won 25 medals.

This is indeed a remarkable outing for the hosts, who started the games slowly but seem to be peaking as the games draw to an end.

Largely, the exploits of Ghana’s armwrestling team propelled the West African nation to this new milestone with 41 medals, adding to the five already won in Weightlifting and Swimming.

As of Sunday, March 17, 2024, Team Ghana is sixth on the medal ranking, having won seven gold medals, 22 silver medals, and 15 bronze medals.

In fact, Ghana has won 12 more medals in Mixed Martial Arts and Pickleball, but they are not counted on the medal table because they were labelled demonstrative sports at the 13th African Games.

Ghana is expected to make strong medal outings in?Athletics, Boxing and Football where they are considered
one of the best on the African continent.

The 13th African Games, which is one of the best in recent times, have seen the likes of Egypt (154), Nigeria (76), and South Africa (92) dominate the medal table, occupying first, second, and third positions, respectively.

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Source: Ghana News Agency