Bui Power Authority provides over GHC400,000 support to yam, groundnut farmers


The Bui Power Authority (BPA), managers of the Bui Generating Station in the Banda District, Bono Region, has provided financial assistance totaling GHC442,480 to yam and groundnut farmers around the dam’s enclave to engage in commercial farming.

The financial support is in line with the implementation of the Phase Two of the Authority’s flagship Livelihood Enhancement Programme (LEP), which commenced in 2019.

About 160 farmers of the Bui Dam Project Affected Persons (PAPs), residing at the Resettlement Community within the dam’s enclave, benefited from the package to enhance their socio-economic livelihoods.

Mr Samuel Kofi Dzamesi, the Chief Executive Officer, BPA, stressed the Authority’s readiness and commitment to improving the socio-economic livelihoods of the locals by helping to alleviate their plight.

He said agriculture remained a lucrative enterprise and, therefore, advised the groundnut and yam farmers to take their work seriously, while the Authority assisted to maintain and expand their farms
.

They must also remain disciplined and work hard to be self-reliant and prosperous, he said.

Mr Eric Acheampong, the Deputy Director, Human and Natural Resource, BPA, said the implementation of the LEP Phase One encountered certain challenges, which led the authority to suspend it and undertake some assessments to tackle those challenges in the interest of the PAPs.

So far, phases One and Two had impacted about 660 PAPs out of the targeted 816, he said, and that the Authority was on course to improving the socio-economic livelihoods of the locals.

Giving a brief background of the LEP II, Mr Ahceampong said the Authority constituted the?eligible PAPs into groups as either ‘standalones or service providers’ and adequately resourced with tools as well as personal protective equipment to operate as independent entities.

With the Bui enclave being a predominantly farming area, the Authority constituted the Agricultural Modernization Module, also known as the BPA LEP 2 Irrigation Farming Module, to strategica
lly invest in the farming exploits of the PAPs.

Nana Kwadwo Wuo II, the Chief of Bui, acknowledged the commitment of the BPA towards improving health, education and sports and enhance the socio-economic lives of the people.

He said though the residents were living comfortably, it was still imperative for the Authority to do more to ensure that all the unemployed youth got something to do to better their lot.

Mr Maxwell Gbadagbo, a yam farmer, and the spokesman for the beneficiaries, commended the BPA for the support and encouraged the farmers to invest the money in their farms to improve their income.

Madam Judith Nsiah, a groundnut farmer, also appealed to the Authority to assist in getting ready market and good prices for their produce.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Agri-Impact celebrates Mother’s Day, extolls their role in agriculture


Agri-Impact Limited, the leading agribusiness firm in Ghana, has extolled women for the important role they play in agriculture development in Ghana.

The Firm said women were the backbone of agriculture in the country and required all support to develop and feed the nation.

A report on Ghana by the Food and Agriculture Organization, said about 52 per cent of Ghana’s labour force was engaged in agriculture and about 39 per cent of farm labour force was women.

Despite women’s active role in agricultural sector, they still faced significant barriers in accessing and controlling vital agricultural resources such as land, which did not only hamper their productivity but also undermined the progress of the local communities.

Mrs Julie Asante-Dartey, Deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Agri-impact Limited, said the real potential of female farmers in contributing to agricultural sector was much larger if they had access to resources and support.

She said women played a vital role in agriculture and agribusi
ness, contributing not only to food security but national economic development.

‘On Mother’s Day, we salute their effort and dedication’, she added.

She said even in the 21st century, obstacles women encountered in their quest to be productive members of society remained high and as a Nation, there was a need to be increasingly intentional in opening up opportunities to make investments to enable them realise their full potential.

Mrs Asante-Dartey said in harnessing the full potential of women for food security and economic development, the Mastercard Foundation in partnership with Agri-Impact had rolled out an ambitious programme to provide dignified and filling jobs opportunities for over 230,000 young women in Ghana focusing on Rice, Soya, Tomatoes and Poultry Value Chains.

She called on industrious young women to come on board and make a difference in production, processing, marketing and service provision to impact on self, community and national growth.

She emphasised the need to prioritise women,
bridging the gender gap, encouraging men to support women in every way possible and break down the barriers that hinder full participation of women in agriculture.

‘Women were not just a moral obligation, but a strategic means of accelerating progress and creating a more inclusive world for all’, she added.

The CEO said communities must provide the enabling environment for women to thrive and keep on participating in agricultural programmes such as the ‘Harnessing Agricultural Productivity and Prosperity for Youth’ (HAPPY) initiative.

Source: Ghana News Agency

President praises Asantehene for his sterling leadership qualities


President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has praised Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the Asantehene, for his extraordinary leadership, saying he is a symbol of unity for Asanteman, and Ghana as a whole.

Speaking at the Akwasidae Kese durbar in Kumasi to climax the 25th anniversary celebration of the enstoolment of Otumfuo Osei Tutu, as the 16th occupant of the golden stool, President Akufo-Addo said Otumfuo Osei Tutu was also a symbol of peace and national cohesion.

This, he said set him apart as an exemplary leader.

President Akufo-Addo, pointed out that, the harmonious and peaceful co-existence of various tribes from Ghana and other west African countries in the Ashanti region, was a magnificent demonstration of Otumfuo Osei Tutu’s love for peace and unity among all people.

He commended the Asantehene for his various social interventions in the areas of education, health, economic empowerment, environmental protection and others, which had helped improve the lives of many people in Ghana.

President Nana Akufo-Addo
and the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, at the commissioning of the re-modelled Kumasi International Airport, May 10, 2024.

The President said the wise counsel of Otumfuo Osei Tutu on critical national issues had contributed significantly to the thriving democratic governance in the country.

Dr Keith Christopher Rowley, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, who was the Guest of Honour, urged Ghana and Trinidad and Tobago to strengthen cooperation to improve the lives of their peoples.

He said it was important to increase trade and investments among countries in Africa and the Caribbean to help improve the lives of the people who were historically brothers, but set apart by colonial circumstances.

He also praised Otumfuo Osei Tutu for his outstanding leadership and love for peace and unity among the people of African descent.

Otumfuo Osei Tutu paid glowing tribute to various groups of professionals, individuals and organisations. They include teachers, doctors, nurses,

judicial staff, clergy, traditio
nal rulers, farmers, civil society organisations, diplomatic missions and others, who had supported him in various ways throughout his 25 year reign.

He reaffirmed his commitment to continue to work to improve education, health, protect the environment and other initiatives that would help improve the lives of the people.

The Asantehene said it was the important to overcome the menace of galamsey by every means necessary.

The Akwasidae, celebrated every six weeks, provides an occasion for communion with ancestors as well as the reunion of families.

It gives the opportunity to all the chiefs in the domain of the Golden Stool of Asante to renew their allegiance to the occupant of the Golden Stool.

Clad in a splendid Kente cloth and adorned in gold ornaments, the Asantehene, who turned 74 on Monday, May 6, acknowledged the respects of his subjects, admirers and well wishers, amid the display colourful skills in drums, music and dance.

There were hundreds of people from diverse backgrounds, cultures and wal
ks.

On display was the Golden Stool, the Sikadwa Kofi, the ultimate symbol of the power and unity of Asanteman.

The Stool, rarely displayed in public, is believed to have been commandeered from the heavens by Okomfo Anokye to seal the bond among Asantes towards building a powerful kingdom.

Otumfuo Osei Tutu II succeeded Otumfuo Opoku Ware II on 26 April 1999, following his demise.

Source: Ghana News Agency

‘A single bracelet does not jingle’ – Togbi Awlavi


Togbi Awlavi IV, the newly installed chief of Bate Clan (of the Anlos) at Dzita in the Volta Region has called for unity among the citizens to build a new Dzita with endless possibilities.

He underscored the importance of collective action in addressing contemporary challenges like poverty and educational disparities, drawing inspiration from the community’s past triumphs, saying; ‘A single bracelet does not jingle.’

Togbi Awlavi made the call during his official installation at a well-attended ceremony steeped in culture.

It was presided by Togbi Agbesi Awusu II, the Awadada of Anlo, which drew dignitaries from far and near, including Togbi Zewu IV, Dufia of Anloga, and Mr Leo Skarlatos, Chief Executive Officer of AT Ghana.

He assured of best practices to ensure peace, an important ingredient for development, reigned at Dzita, by upholding the legacies and values of his people.

‘It is important to maintain a united Dzita for only through that can we have peace to think about development efforts for the
progress of our community,’ he said.

‘It is possible. I have deep respect for my predecessors and I acknowledge the rich legacy entrusted to me and I won’t do anything in the entirety of my reign, to mar that.’

Togbi Awlavi said he would stay true to the values of his Clan and not be deterred by circumstances to fail in his duties, pledging to uphold the values of bravery and resilience that had long characterised the Bate Clan.

‘Education is pivotal in the progress of any community and that is why I’m so passionate about the education of the current and future generations of our people.’

‘I vow to collaborate with the Dufia, Togbi Sarbah IV, to cultivate a future where every child in Dzita has the opportunity to thrive.’

Togbi Agbesi Awusu, the Chairman, reaffirmed his support for Togbi Awlavi and pledged to work towards a unified Anlo to ensure success for Anlo Dukor (state) and for all Ewes and the country at large.

Mr Leo Skarlatos, the Guest of Honour, expressed excitement about Togbi Awlavi’s inst
allation and hoped for a stronger collaboration between AT Ghana and Dzita during his reign.

He acknowledged the network challenges faced by the community and pledged the telecommunication company’s commitment to finding solutions for a better experience.

Some residents told the Ghana News Agency that Togbi’s installation marked a new chapter for Dzita and the Bate Clan and a time of growth and development for the community.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Mother’s Day: Freda Prempeh Foundation offers free health screening for female police personnel


The Freda Prempeh Foundation (FPF), a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), has organised free health screening exercise for female police personnel to know their various health conditions to mark this year’s mother day celebration.

Dr Freda Prempeh, the former minister and the Member of Parliament for Tano North constituency in the Ahafo Region, established the foundation which among other objectives works to promote the welfare of women and girls.

A statement issued and signed by Dr Prempeh, the founder, FPF, and copied to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) said the exercise was held at the Ghana Police Church in Accra on Sunday with more than 200 female personnel of the service screened to know their sugar levels, and blood pressure.

The theme for the event was ”healthy moms, healthy families’ and a team of medical personnel conducted the free health screening exercise, which sensitized the participants to a good diet and health.

It acknowledged the exceptional contributions of mothers and commended them for
their sacrifices and efforts in raising families amid all the challenges, right from conception to childbirth, nine months and beyond.

The statement reminded women to undertake periodic medical checkups to know their health conditions, advising mothers to examine their breasts regularly for cancers, as well as osteoporosis, hypertension, blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes.

‘Our diet is equally important and it’s imperative to maintain a balanced diet, and eat some fruits and vegetables. It’s also equally good to stay off too much oils, salts and sugars’, it added.

The statement entreated women and mothers to also exercise regularly, not only to enhance their physical appearance, but also improve their health and reduce stress too.

‘Regular exercise enhances our mood and the form of socialising, especially if we are able to go to the gym. You can do some bit of walking, dancing, aerobics, yoga, indoor, and family exercises which may be over the weekend, depending on your work schedule’, it added.

‘In f
act, men do a lot of exercise, go to the gym a lot, and we ought to play our part to stay healthy’.

The statement said it was also good to show love to mothers, shower them with gifts and also spend quality time and pamper them, saying ‘we need to take our mothers out to the spa, massage and beauty parlours.’

It advised women and mothers to prioritize their health indicating that ‘our physical, mental, and even spiritual well-being play a significant impact on our families’, and entreated career women to have time for their private life and build strong support of friends.

‘We must involve ourselves in church activities, clubs, associations, rotary clubs and above all set our own goals, objectives, and boundaries and also prioritize our needs and maintain a balance’, the statement added and advised women to also have adequate rest and have time for games too.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Red Cross revitalises volunteerism spirit through celebration


The Upper West Regional branch of the Ghana Red Cross Society (GRCS) has celebrated the World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day with some students in Wa to revitalise the spirit of volunteerism among the school children.

The celebration was also to revamp the visibility of the GRCS among the populace as the knowledge and enthusiasm of the Society among the people was gradually diminishing.

Speaking to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) during an engagement with students of the Fongo M/A Junior High School, Madam Maria Johana Yuorpor, the Upper West Regional Chairperson of the GRCS, said being a member of the GRCS was an opportunity to volunteer one’s services to society.

She, therefore, encouraged the students to volunteer with the humanitarian Society and to render their charitable services to help make their communities and the world a better place for all.

Madam Yuorpor explained that Fongo M/A JHS used to have a strong and vibrant GRCS club hence the need to visit the school to rekindle their interest in the So
ciety.

The students were sensitised to the operation of the GRCS, disaster preparedness, mitigation and management, volunteerism and COVID-19 prevention and safety precautions among others.

The team also visited the Wa Municipal Hospital Children’s Ward and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) to make a modest donation to the children on admission as part of the World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day celebration.

Mr Emmanuel Djan, the In-Charge of the Children’s Ward, expressed appreciation to the members of the GRCS in the region for the kindness and generosity they had shown the children.

Madam Georgina Maaliwombu, a Neonatal Nurse at the NICU of the hospital, while thanking the GRCS for the visit and donation, appealed to the Society to support the facility to celebrate the ‘Yellow Month’ dedicated for public sensitisation, awareness creation, and advocacy to neonatal jaundice.

Mr Abdul Rauf Issahaku, a volunteer with GRCS in the region, in a presentation at the school on disaster preparedness and mi
tigation, urged the school children to contribute in any little way to preventing disasters, both natural and artificial, particularly floods and fires.

He emphasised the need to keep the gutters and drainage systems clean to ensure easy flow of rainwater, which was necessary to help prevent flood.

‘It is important we all keep our gutters clean to prevent them from getting choked by the garbage, which can lead to the occurrence of flood,’ he explained.

Some of the children who participated in the sensitisation thanked the GRCS team for the knowledge imparted to them and expressed willingness to become active volunteers in their communities.

This year’s World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day celebration in the region was on the theme: ‘I Give with Joy, and the Joy I give is a Reward.’

Other activities lined up for the celebration in the region were a route march along the principal streets of Wa and a football match between members of the GRCS and the Cadet group in the region.

Source: Ghana News Agency