Barniekrom shooting incident: one more suspect arrested, deaths increase to four

One more person has been confirmed dead in the shooting incident that occurred at Barniekrom, near Mankranso in the Ahafo Ano South West District on July 1, involving one Osman Majeed, who is currently on the run.

This brings to four, the number of persons reported dead in the shooting incident allegedly caused by the fetish priest, Osman Majeed.

The police have also arrested one Joshua, who they described as a ‘person of interest’ in connection with the shooting incident.

The police said Joshua was arrested after some items belonging to the key suspect, Majeed, were found during a search in his house on Tuesday night.

Majeed, on Monday July 01, this year, reportedly shot and killed three male adults, whom he claimed, were part of a gang that came to attack him in his house.

A police team, which visited the scene, recovered the bodies of the three deceased persons and deposited them at a morgue.

Items retrieved at the scene included one motorbike, eight spent cartridges and four cutlasses.

Nana Kwame K
ontoh, Chief of Barniekrom, told journalists during a visit to the community that another victim had died, bringing the death toll in the incident to four.

Residents in the community have expressed fear following the incident and called for police protection, pointing to a planned reprisal attack.

‘He was involved in a shooting incident at Jacobu. And so, the residents there also mobilized and marched to Barniekrom to search for him. But we heard gunshots from his area only for us to see the lifeless bodies of the victims lying along the path.

‘We have even confirmed that a fourth person has also died,’ Nana Kontoh told reporters in Twi.

‘So the police came here searching for him, but they ended up arresting his friend upon a tip-off and he is now assisting the police investigations.

‘Now I have been holding meetings with my committee members over the issue but for now, I urge residents to take their security into their own hands and report any suspicious characters to the police or any opinion leader fo
r further action,’ he told the people.

Source: Ghana News Agency

World Vision Ghana hands over office complex to Nkwanta South Municipal Assembly

World Vision Ghana, an International Organisation, has handed over an office complex to the Nkwanta South Municipal Assembly after ending their operations in the Municipality.

The office, which has a warehouse and some auxiliary equipment, was presented to the Assembly as the Organisation ends its operations in the Municipality in October 2023 after 28 years of operations in the area.

Mr Felix Owusu-Gyimah, the Nkwanta South Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), during the handing over ceremony, expressed his appreciation to the organisation for its positive impact on the lives of the people.

He promised to maintain all the facilities after signing all relevant documents on behalf of the Assembly.

Mr Ivan Aboagye, Krachi/Nchumuru Cluster Manager of World Vision Ghana, on behalf of the organisation, handed over a mechanised borehole to the people of Kabiti after its completion.

Mr Aboagye, touching on history and achievements of the organisation, said World Vision Ghana had operated in Nkwanta for 28 years aft
er its establishment in 1995.

He said it provided numerous interventions in areas such as water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), education, health and child protection.

Mr Aboagye said the key achievements included construction of 50 boreholes, six mechanised water systems, 3-unit KG classroom blocks in 12 communities, 6-unit primary classroom blocks in 18 communities, five 3-unit classroom blocks and supporting 52 students through teacher training colleges.

The closure of the World Vision Ghana Area Programme in Nkwanta South was celebrated under the theme: ‘Celebrating 28 years of transformational development for children, their families, and communities in the Nkwanta South Municipality.’

Source: Ghana News Agency

Rural Street Team organises guidance and counselling to BECE candidate

Rural Street Team (RST), a non-profit organisation, in collaboration with ‘Ogyedom’ Foundation and the Ghana Education Service has organised career and guidance sensitisation workshop for Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) candidates in the Abura-Asebu-Kwamankese District of the Central Region.

More than four schools took part in the programme on the theme; ‘My Education, My Future’.

Mr John Kwesi Appiah, Chairman of RST, addressing the students said BECE was the crossing bridge for Junior High School (JHS) students to climb up the educational ladder with informed choices of courses to pursue the right career.

He cautioned the students against selecting a life career outside their passion as they could only put out their best in their fields of endeavour.

Mr Appiah urged parents to make time for their wards and take efforts to study and understand their weaknesses and capabilities in order to guide them with the selection of courses to be undertaken in Senior High School (SHS).

Also, he admon
ished the candidates to put into consideration their needs in making career choices, taking into consideration the knowledge in technology, which was now dictating the pace of employment.

Mr Appiah, however, pointed out that helping students to understand what was ahead of them after BECE was important in preparing them for the future and urged all schools to organise such sessions to help the candidates make the right choices.

On the examinations, he advised students not to be intimidated by the presence of security officers at the centre, rather stay focused and write the exams papers with confidence.

On his part, Nana Amoah Bekoe Anan XI, Odikro of Odompo, urged parents to provide for the basic needs of their wards in order for them to stay focused and deliver.

He told the candidates to stick to their books for a better tomorrow.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Speak up when facing problems – Chief of Staff to men

Major General Joseph Prince Osei-Owusu, the Chief of Staff (COS) of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) has advised men to speak up when going through challenges.

The COS, during an address to the uniformed personnel after a health walk at Burma Camp, Accra, encouraged them to share their problems with others and not keep things to themselves.

That, he said, would prevent stress which could lead to exhibiting abnormal behaviours and mental breakdowns.

The health walk was to raise awareness about men’s mental health.

The five-kilometre walk was on the theme: ‘Promoting the Mental Health of Men in a Gender-Sensitive Armed Forces’.

‘Most men have mental problem, but it is not known. That’s why most of the time, it is men that commit suicide, that is why this week has been set aside to sensitise men to speak up when they have problems’, Maj. Gen. Osei-Owusu said.

He urged them to be ‘each other’s keeper’ by engaging friends or close partners who exhibited abnormal behaviours as a result of stressful conditions or
any other problems.

That, he said, would help mitigate the harm that people in such conditions were capable of doing to themselves.

‘When you see your brother, or your sister behave abnormally, or you notice something unusual about her, please talk to him or her. If you cannot do that, look for somebody closer to that person to talk to him or her to ease the tension. For all you know, the person needs somebody to talk to. And once you are able to talk to that person the pressure that is on him would be released and if he’s planning something funny on him or herself, he will stop it,’ he stressed.

Mental health, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), is a state of mental well-being that enables people to cope with the stresses of life, realise their abilities, learn and work well, and contribute to their community.

Statistics from the WHO indicate that 13 per cent of Ghanaians battle with some form of mental disorder with three per cent living with extreme conditions.

Though mental disorders ar
e reported to be prevalent among females, men, according to the WHO are more likely not to seek treatment in a health facility due to stigma, societal and cultural norms and expectations.

The WHO in 2020 reported that approximately 1,993 suicides occur in Ghana annually.

A report in Ghana on suicide attempt trends over four years also revealed that 707 suicide attempts occurred in 2018, 880 in 2019, 777 in 2020 and 417 as of June 2021.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Let’s rise and preach the gospel – Clergymen urged

Apostle Samuel Obuobi, the General Secretary, Church of Pentecost, has called on all clergymen to rise and preach the gospel to win more souls for Christ.

He said the gospel had been explained in simple terms that Jesus Christ died to pay the debt of the sins of humanity, adding that by believing and repenting, one received forgiveness of sins.

The General Secretary was speaking at the handing over and induction service of the new executives of the Ghana Evangelical Missions Association (GEMA) in Accra.

It was on the theme: ‘The Whole Gospel, From the Whole Church to the Whole World: The Role of GEMA.’

Apostle Obuobi said clergymen were mandate to preach the gospel, and that if the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ did not constitute the essence of the gospel, then the existence of the clergy would be unwarranted.

‘For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth: to the Jew first, and also to the Greek,’ he quoted from the scriptures

He said the gospel had the power to save, change lives, and bring transformation, hence the need to preach it.

Dr Godwin Kofi Ahlijah, the newly elected President of GEMA, said the division within the church and the lack of collaboration among mission agencies posed significant risk, and that the strength of churches fundamentally lay in their unity.

‘It is amazing what successes we can achieve if we decide to put aside our personal glory and hold hands as mission agencies, local churches and denominations and push and foster the agenda of the kingdom,’ he added.

Dr Ahlijah pledged, with his team, to significantly mobilise the youth in particular, extending their mission to the Sahel region, and implementing a 360-degree approach to missions.

‘Ghana and Africa are no longer a mission field, we are becoming a mission force, and so it is our prayer that we will be able to take the gospel back to those that brought it to us, but we cannot do it alone,’ he said.

He called for the support of the church and
all relevant agencies to assist them in executing their mandate.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Chief Justice urges women leaders to make workplaces gender-friendly

Chief Justice Gertrude Sackey Torkornoo has urged female leaders to transform workplaces to better accommodate the varying needs of both genders.

She emphasized that robust resilience measures should be devised to enable the presence of women in the legal profession and the judicial system to ensure that they give their best efforts.

The Chief Justice made the call when she opened the Gender Equality in Law Campaign (GELC) in Accra on Friday.

The campaign aims to increase public awareness of the obstacles that women encounter when pursuing careers in law.

It makes use of stakeholder engagement, evidence-based research, and public advocacy and generates reforms for equitable and gender-inclusive institutional practices and policies that promote women’s leadership and professional advancement.

Research conducted by the Institute of African Women in Law (IWAL) on women in law and leadership in four African countries including Nigeria, Kenyan and South Africa, revealed that women face numerous challenges suc
h as sexual harassment, gender stereotypes and biases, equitable hiring and promotion, equal pay for equal work.

Chief Justice Torkornoo observed that due to their gender, women in leadership and the legal profession still encounter needless and daunting challenges.

According to her, gender prejudice and unfavorable methods of social and professional competitiveness frequently make women shy away from pursuing their goals.

‘Negative comments and stereotypes could take a toll on mental health and self-esteem.’

The Chief Justice said that a persistent campaign was necessary to achieve gender parity and fairness in the workplace, and that in order to create a stronger, healthier, and more advantageous legal and judicial sector, women’s integration in the workplace must be encouraged and supported.

‘With evidence realized, stakeholder engagement and public advocacy to ignite needed policy reforms are also tools required for compelling needed change,’ she said.

Justice Torkornoo said the campaign should not
be perceived as one that sought to bolster the needs of the female gender, adding ‘it is one that can only assist to strengthen the pillars of justice and rule of law.’

Regarding the role of women in the administration of law and justice, she claimed Ghana appears to be moving toward ‘a no holds barred journey.’

‘There is a significant increasing representation of women in Ghana’s judiciary. The past four years have seen a very definite shift in the number of judges/ Magistrates in the judiciary,’ she said.

Chief Justice Torkornoo noted that there were 138 women serving as judges as of 2019, but by the 2022 and 2023 legal years, that number had risen by more than 100.

‘In that year, the judiciary recorded a total of 218 females signifying an increase of approximately 58 per cent in the number of women who joined the four-year period…. Ghana’s judiciary is fast and s and strongly getting feminized and more women are driving the administration of justice.’

Chief Justice Torkornoo emphasized the importance
of recognizing women’s contributions to the development of society, the economy, and the nation at large.

Mrs. Shiela Minkah- Premo, President of the Ghana Bar Association (GBA) Women’s Foru

Mrs. Minkah-Premo said that reports had indicated that discrimination against women in the workplace occurred for a variety of reasons, including gender bias and stereotypes, unequal pay, discrimination related to pregnancy, unfair hiring and promotion, and sexual harassment.

She called on law firms and the Ghana Bar Association to set up procedures to deal with sexual harassment and other related issues.

Law firms should also adopt and implement IWAL’s Gender Equality Policy model.

Ms. Elizabeth Adu, IWAL board member, called for partnership to make sure the campaign had an impact on all.

‘everyone should have equal opportunity to grown and lead. An equal-opportunity legal profession is necessary for advancing access to justice for all.’

IWAL, a Pan-African non-profit organization is a focal point for addressing i
ssues across the legal and judicial profession.

It is committed to supporting the formidable works of women in law across Africa and the African Diaspora.

The GELC among others, seeks to use evidence-based research to raise awareness about the institutional and structural challenges faced by women in the legal profession.

Source: Ghana News Agency