African Women Leaders Network launch Youth Parliament

The African Women Leaders Network (AWLN) has launched a ‘Youth Parliament’ in Accra to deliberate on policies that affect their lives across the continent, nurture leadership skills, promote gender equality, create opportunities and build networks for members.

The Network is made up of young ladies from all walks of life passionate about helping to promote human rights, gender equality and human development.

Dr Charity Binka, Chair of AWLN Ghana Chapter, said if many women were in leadership, Africa would not be grappling with a lot of challenges it was going through.

With the high rates of maternal mortality in Africa, especially Ghana, she said the young women could help to reshape the agenda to achieve better results.

The Youth Parliament would serve as a platform for policy dialogue and enable members of the network to build skills in public speaking, develop leadership skills, build confidence and be change makers, she said.

‘I am hoping that it will be a platform to give all the education on gender
inclusivity, a capacity building platform to make young women develop the voices to advocate gender equality and create networking opportunities for business opportunities and learning platforms.

‘I am hoping that the Youth Parliament will help to amplify the voices of these young ones and help to prepare them for leadership roles in Parliament and beyond. In fact I am hoping that we will be seeing parliamentarians emerging from this parliament,’ she said.

Ms Stephanie Otoo Kumi, AWLN Youth Caucus President, said the Youth Parliament would encourage active civic participation and nurture great minds for societal growth.

‘The Youth Parliament will empower the members to contribute to policy making, and build their confidence and integrity.

‘We will ensure our voices are heard at where it is necessary by any means possible,’ she noted.

Madam Afua Ansre, a Senior Gender Specialist, UN Women, said the Youth Parliament was a celebration of a movement that promised to invigorate Ghana’s democracy with fresh pe
rspectives, boundless energy and a commitment to positive change.

The youth, she said, had always been at the forefront of development and demonstrated their determination and critical importance in working towards a national progress.

‘In this room, I see future law makers, activists, entrepreneurs, innovators and all sorts of people here. I believe the Youth Parliament can make their solutions crafted, ideas heard and policies debated for the best of women and all humanity,’ she said.

As the Youth Parliament empowered young people to harness their potentials, Madam Ansre admonished them to serve as a beacon of gender inclusivity to shape policies that affected their own lives.

The UN Gender Specialist advised them to tap strengths from their individual diversity and work as a team for success.

‘You should be bold in ideas, pursuit of justice. Use this platform to champion the voices of those who need to be heard. The future belongs to you and is shaped by your dreams and actions.

‘You are also respons
ible for holding the values of respect and inclusivity. Foster understanding and build a more cohesive society,’ she advised.

Madam Helen Geneau-Okutue, Director, Alliance Francaise, said the initiative was a laudable one to bridge the gap of inequality and trigger advocacy among young women to initiate change.

‘It’s a very important initiative for us to inspire a new generation of leadership among women, hence our partnership. Supporting this initiative is the very first, but wont be the last,’ she said.

AWLN is an initiative of the UN conceived in 2017 in New York as a movement of African women leaders to shape the destiny of Africans.

It has 38 chapters across the continent and six pillars.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Detective Sergeant launches books on critical criminal investigation

Detective Sergeant Modestus Amevor, a seasoned Criminal Investigator and a Police Intelligence Officer in the Ghana Police Service, has launched two books on Criminal Investigation and the rights of suspects.

The books are titled ‘Practical Guide on Criminal Investigation and Know Your Rights as a Suspect.

The author, with over 12 years of hands-on experience, meticulously compiled the Practical Guide on Criminal Investigation to serve as an invaluable resource for fellow detectives and law enforcement personnel.  

The book provides detailed and practical insights into various aspects of criminal investigation, including sample drafts of charge sheet specimens, techniques for receiving and handling complaints, guidelines for situational and special reports and procedures for filing disclosures. 

There are real-life case studies and examples from Detective Sergeant Amevor’s career to enrich each chapter providing readers with a solid framework to improve their investigative skills. 

In the second book ‘Kn
ow Your Rights as a Suspect,’ Detective Sergeant Amevor shifts focus to the essential topic of human rights.  

His aim was to educate the public about the fundamental protections afforded to suspects under Ghana’s 1992 Constitution.  

The Detective Sergeant, who is stationed at Nsawam District CID, said the books sought to clarify the basic rights of individuals suspected of a crime, provide a comprehensive overview of legal safeguards and due process and promote awareness and understanding of human rights within the community. 

By addressing these critical issues, Detective Sergeant Amevor aimed to promote a society that was more informed, just, and upholds all individuals’ rights. 

The author said these books were a culmination of his passion for proactive investigation and his commitment to protecting human rights. 

He said the guide was designed to support detectives in their critical work of carrying out investigations. 

He said it also covered the crucial aspect of investigating unnatural deaths a
nd a grey area for most investigators, that was filing disclosure in court.

Detective Sergeant Amevor said, ‘As a seasoned investigator, I have seen firsthand the importance of thorough and meticulous investigation in solving crimes and bringing perpetrators to book.’ 

He, however, said he had also seen the challenges that investigators faced in conducting effective investigations coupled with all the acts and procedures.  

‘This book is my attempt to share my knowledge and experience with others, in the hope that it will help to improve the quality of criminal investigations,’ he added.  

He said the book was not just a theoretical guide, but a practical one, based on real-life cases he had personally handled from Sefwi Wiaso, Kibi and now Nsawam, for the past 12 years. 

He expressed the hope that the guide would be a valuable resource for investigators, intelligence officers, and anyone interested in the field of criminal investigation.

The author said it would contribute to the ongoing efforts to imp
rove the criminal justice system and to ensure that justice was served. 

The ‘Know Your Rights as a Suspect’ on the other hand is dedicated to empowering individuals with knowledge of their rights during criminal investigations. 

He said it addressed essential human rights questions such as whether Police Officers could arrest without warrant, when to consult a lawyer whenever involved in a criminal matter, the legality of searches, and whether a police invitation was a form of arrest. 

Detective Sergeant Amevor said the book had also answered the often-asked question on whether a police officer had the right to seize a driver’s license on the road, other rights of persons suspected of criminal offence and more.

‘ My aim is to contribute to fairer investigations, improved justice outcomes, and enhanced protection of human rights and l believe that knowledge and understanding are key to building trust and promoting justice,’ he added. 

Dr Benjamin Agordzo, the Chairman of the event, urged the civilian pop
ulation to get a copy of the books to know what to say and what not to say to ensure that the Police did not take undue advantage of them.

‘A lot of Police Officers take undue advantage of the people in their daily activities; hence, they need to empower themselves with knowledge in the criminal delivery system,’ he said.

Mr Israel Kpodo, Volta/Oti Regional Head of Corporate Affairs Complementary Education Agency, said citizens often accused the police of letting criminals go free without realizing that the so call criminal or suspect had certain rights. 

He said the author was bringing such rights to the fore for both civilians and security personnel to educate themselves for a healthy relationship between citizens and the Police.

 ‘This is a book I will highly recommend to all staff of the National Commission for Civil Education to rely on for their civil education engagements,’ he added. 

Source: Ghana News Agency

Lead farmers equipped to combat fall armyworms in Nabdam

The invasion of Fall Armyworms in the Nabdam District and other parts of the country continues to worsen the plight of farmers.

The worms have in recent years destroyed crops such as maize, millet, and other varieties of crops, which is affecting food production and economic returns to farmers.

In 2023, over 100 hectares of maize farms in the Nabdam District were infested with armyworms, according to the District Department of Agriculture.

It is against this background that the Forum for Natural Regeneration (FONAR), an environmental-friendly non-governmental organisation, has organised a sensitisation workshop on the fall armyworms to lead farmers in the Nabdam District of the Upper East Region.

The lead farmers, comprising 10 men and 10 women, were drawn from the Kparaboug and Dasang communities of the district.

The sensitisation campaign aimed at promoting farmer and community awareness on the threat of fall armyworms, creating awareness on their life cycle, their spread, damage, and identification, w
hile increasing farmers awareness on early detection, reporting, and management of the armyworms with support from Awaken Trees Foundation, Austria.

The lead farmers were part of farmers trained on the concepts of Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR) to restore degraded lands through natural regeneration and improve agriculture.

Mr Sumaila S. Saaka, the Executive Director of FONAR, indicated that the impact of the fall armyworms on farmers had been devastating, and as an organisation working to improve livelihoods of farmers, it was important that their capacities were equipped to help mitigate the effect of the armyworms on their crops.

He emphasised that ‘one of the best ways of controlling the fall armyworms was to create awareness among the farmers and communities to detect it early, and once they are able to detect it, they can take local-level preventive measures to mitigate its effect, and where it is beyond their control, they report to higher authorities.’

He stressed that it was difficult
to fully control the armyworms due to their ability to develop resistance to insecticides, and farmers must therefore prioritise early detection and correct identification as the key elements of controlling insect pests.

Mr Moses Norin, a participant who doubled as the district’s second-best farmer in the 2023 season, said the training had well prepared him to lessen the impact of the armyworms on his farm and was committed to educating others.

‘Last year, for instance, some of us lost almost a quarter of our produce because we had limited knowledge on how to manage the pest, but now we are better positioned to combat the pest,’ he said.

Madam Mwo-hiba Bugre, a participant, said, ‘Not only are we trained, but we have also been given tools to help us educate our members about what we have learned, and that is very laudable, and we are very grateful to FONAR and its partners.’

Since the invasion of the fall armyworm in Yilo Krobo District of the Eastern Region in 2016, the invasive pest had now geographical
ly spread to all regions of the country, and Ghana is said to be losing close to 200 million USD annually due to the destruction they are causing for farm produce.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Ghana Highway Authority commits to giving Ghana better road infrastructure

The Ghana Highway Authority (GHA) in announcing the celebration of its Golden Jubilee, has pledged to adopt best practices that will deliver quality trunk road infrastructure and management systems.

These include the expansion of the national road network, the integration of smart technologies to improve traffic management, and the adoption of green construction practices to minimise environmental impact.

This was announced in a media statement signed by Mr. Collins B. Donkor, the Chief Executive Officer of the Authority.

The theme for the celebration, which will be launched on Monday, July 8, is ‘Ghana Highway Authority at 50: Development and Maintenance of Quality Highways: Retrospect and Prospects’.

The 50th anniversary celebrations will include a series of events designed to honour the past, celebrate the present, and inspire the future.

These events will bring together past and present Heads of State, government officials, political heads, past Chief Executives, industry stakeholders, and the genera
l public to reflect on the Authority’s journey and discuss future funding opportunities.

The statement said the anniversary commemorated five decades of developing and maintaining Ghana’s road infrastructure, an affirmation of the Authority’s enduring commitment to national progress.

‘Since its inception in November 1974, the Ghana Highway Authority has been at the forefront of transforming Ghana’s transportation landscape with the responsibility for the administration, control, development, and maintenance of all trunk roads and related facilities in Ghana.’

‘Over the past 50 years, the Authority has developed a robust road network that has significantly contributed to the socio-economic growth of Ghana, facilitating trade, enhancing connectivity, promoting social cohesion, and improving the quality of life for all Ghanaians,’ the statement said.

Touting some of the achievements of the Authority, the statement said the trunk road network had significantly expanded over the years, growing from a modest 3,
147 kilometers (km) in 1937 to 10,000 km by 1990, with only 750.4 km, representing 23 percent paved.

It explained: ‘The paved section was mainly used for the movement of raw materials to the port of Takoradi as well as for executive travel.

‘Today, the network covers an impressive 15,360 km with 8,772.3 km of paved section, representing 62 percent.’

The Authority pledged that it would remain steadfast in its mission to provide safe, efficient, and reliable trunk road network.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Humanity advised against destruction of God’s creation with impunity

The Reverend George Akuamoah-Boateng, Ho East Presbytery Synod Moderator of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Ghana has urged humanity to take the required steps to conserve God’s creation.

He cautioned humanity against destroying God’s creation, particularly the planet Earth, and stated that the responsibility and purpose of humanity being on Earth was to care for God’s creation rather than destroy it with impunity.

Rev. Akuamoah-Boateng was speaking at the 30th National Delegates Conference of the Presbyters’ Union of the EP Church, Ghana in Ho, in the Volta Region.

It was on the theme: ‘Care for God’s Creation, The Mission of the Church, The Role of the Presbyters.’

The Reverend Minister bemoaned the devastation of the nation’s cocoa fields caused by illicit miners’ operations and the contamination of the river bodies, and he urged everyone to assist in putting an end to these practices.

The rape of our forests and water sources with impunity must end, he said, adding that pollution was costing the
Ghana Water Company a lot of money to treat the water for use. 

Rev. Akuamoah-Boateng decried the situation in which Ramsar sites designed to support the country’s shorelines and act as a barrier between the land and the sea were reclaimed and converted into human habitation.

The Synod Moderator tasked the presbyters and all citizens with advocating for God’s creation, stating that creation was in acute suffering and in need of redemption.

He praised the Presbyters for their crucial role in maintaining order and discipline in the church, overseeing its operations and properties.

Dr Archibald Letsa, Volta Regional Minister, who was represented by Mr Augustus Awity, Chief Director of the Volta Regional Coordinating Council (VRCC), emphasised the significance of the theme, stating that it was in line with humanity’s divine purpose.

He said the theme reminded humanity of its sacred responsibility to care for God’s creation, and therefore urged all to embrace this sacred duty with passion.

Source: Ghana New
s Agency

Police-community relationship crucial to fostering Peace -NCCE

Mr Joachim Elbazar, the Nabdam District Director of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), has underscored the need for a stronger relationship between the Police and community members in the fight against violent extremism.

He said the community served as eyes and ears of their neighborhood, and a good relationship between them and the police would offer invaluable insights for detection of early warning signs to mitigate the activities of violent extremists.

That, he said, ‘would help safeguard the peace of the country and create an enabling environment for development to thrive.’

The District Director made the remarks when he addressed residents of the Gundork Community in the Nabdam District of the Upper East Region during a police and community dialogue session to build trust and cooperation between the two.

It formed part of the European Union-sponsored programme, dubbed, ‘Preventing and Containing Violent Extremism (PCVE) in the Northern Regions of Ghana,’ being implemented by the NCCE

The engagement aimed at creating awareness about violent extremism and facilitating activities to engender security consciousness, social inclusiveness, community cohesion, and situational awareness among the citizenry to enhance peacebuilding for sustainable development.

Mr Elbazar emphasized that neighboring countries like Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger have faced significant extremist threats, and given the porous borders in the northern part of the country, it was important that civilians cooperated with the Police to combat crime.

Chief Inspector Samson Dinabah, the Nabdam District Police Commander, reiterated that the core mandate of the Police was to protect lives and properties, and the support of community members was crucial in carrying out such functions.

He noted that the current population of the country mapped one Policeman to 1, 500 civilians, and without the support and role of community members providing information to the police service, it would be difficult for them to function satisf

‘So, when we say we are your friends, it is not for nothing; it is a call on you to see us as people you can confide in and cooperate with us to combat crime to ensure a safe environment for you to go about your normal duties,’ he added.

Madam Georgina Aberese-Ako, the Upper East Regional Acting Director of the Department of Gender, indicated that the essence of peace was to enhance development and improve the living conditions of people, and education was a vital tool in ensuring that.

‘As parents, you must endeavour to send your children to school when they are of school-going age, as stipulated by the 1992 Constitution, because the benefits of being educated are enormous, and denying your children education is simply jeopardizing their future,’ she added.

Mr Isaac Wulug, the Assemblyman of the Zanlerigu Dagliga Electoral Area, thanked the Commission for the engagement and urged the community members to give the Police the needed support to ensure peace and order.

Source: Ghana News Agency