Abibiman Foundation marks Day of the African Child, calls for peaceful elections

Abibiman Foundation, a nongovernmental organization, has commemorated this year’s Day of the African Child to address issues confronting young children in Ghana.

The Day is set aside to reaffirm commitment to nurturing, protecting the rights and well-being of every African child.

It was on the theme: ‘Education For All Children In Africa: The Time Is Now’ and brought together stakeholders and students from some selected schools in the Greater Accra region.

Mr kwabena Okine Ofosuhene, Chief Executive Officer of Abibiman Foundation, said the commemoration was a major platform to highlight the key issues confronting the African child and to find solutions to them.

However, he said children rely on the good decisions, choices and actions of those of the voting age, and were affected by policies and actions of stakeholders and governments.

‘It is, therefore, incumbent on us all to work together and ensure that the 2024 elections focused on addressing the medium and long-term social, economic, environmental an
d political challenges facing the country.

He called on the Electoral Commission to remain professional, impartial, and ensuring a free, fair and peaceful elections.

He said stakeholders must use economic diplomacy, advocacy and campaigns to sensitise, raise awareness and educate the public on the importance of maintaining the peaceful environment that supported businesses in Ghana to thrive and ensure sustainable livelihoods, peace and development.

‘It is equally important for us all to understand that working together to promote and protect the peace in the country, especially before, during and after Elections is also the means of promoting and protecting the needed conducive environment for our children in the community to thrive, to generate the needed resources to enhance socio-economic development,’ Mr Ofosuhene added.

He called on all the youth to desist from rigorous practices such as hooliganism, double voting and vote rigging during the 2024 elections.

Dr Albert Ahenkan, Professor at the Unive
rsity of Ghana Business School, said it was important to ensure students’ access to quality education and sound leadership to prepare them for success in the 21st century.

He said we must acknowledge that our children were the heartbeat of our nations and the promise of a brighter future.

‘Our Children are not just our future but they are our present, and it is our duty to ensure that they have the tools, opportunities, and support they need to thrive’, he added.

He said as we celebrate the Day, it was time we confront the stark realities that many of our children face across the continent, saying millions of children are deprived of basic necessities such as education, healthcare, and protection which made them vulnerable to exploitation, violence, and poverty.

Dr Ahenkan said government must prioritise policies and programmes that support children’s rights by allocating adequate resources to education, healthcare, and child protection services.

Government must also enforce laws that safeguard children’
s rights and hold accountable those who violate them, he added.

He encouraged communities and families to educate their children on their rights, education and health for their own safety and benefits.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Ada East Assembly Members petition DCD to summon assembly meeting

Some Assembly Members of the Ada East District Assembly (AEDA) have petitioned the District Coordinating Director (DCD), Mr. Jerryson Ayih, to summon an emergency assembly meeting for the election of a presiding member.

The 23 Assembly Members who signed the petition requested that the DCD act in accordance with the assembly’s by-laws and the 1992 Constitution to summon an assembly meeting the outcome of which would facilitate the development of their respective electoral areas.

‘Our request is grounded in Part I Order 3 Paragraph 7(b), which empowers Assembly Members to request a meeting to discuss matters of public interest,’ the petition read in part.

After the district-level elections on December 19, 2023, a three-time attempt by the Assembly Members to elect a presiding member yielded no result.

Some of the Assembly Members who spoke with the Ghana News Agency noted that the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) were allegedly influencing the elections over supremacy cl
aims, capitalising on their affiliations with the Assembly Members.

The Assembly Members in the petition, a copy of which is available to the GNA, stated that, ‘we, the undersigned Assembly Members of the 9th Ada East Assembly (AEDA), respectfully request that an Assembly Meeting be summoned immediately.

‘We appreciate your prompt attention to this request and look forward to your response.’

Mr. John Ayiku Kubi, the Assembly Member for Anyakpor-Adedetsekope Electoral Area, noted that over 30 out of the 39 assembly members had agreed to vote for a presiding member whenever assembly meetings are summoned, indicating their readiness to champion the development of their electoral areas rather than toeing a political lane, which is hindering the progress of the district.

Mr. Kubi expressed optimism that the DCD will summon the meeting as early as possible to address the challenges.

‘We really want the assembly meeting to be summoned so that we can be able to elect and swear in a Presiding Member, approve lang
uage(s) for business, adopt and modify the Model Standing Order, and other activities stipulated in our write-up, which include the formation of various sub-committees of the Executive Committee, the formation of the Executive Committee, and the formation of the Public Relations and Complaint Committee,’ he emphasised.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Medical Emergency Assistant jailed for fraud

The Amasaman Circuit Court has sentenced a 44-year-old medical emergency assistant to three years imprisonment in hard labour for fraud.

Francis Kweku Eshun admitted taking GHC15,000.00 from Mr William Sackey under the pretext of securing him a lawyer and surveyor to facilitate a court case at Amasaman.

He was, however, discharged on a fraudulent breach of trust charge as the Court presided over by Ms Enid Marful-Sau ruled that prosecution’s facts did not support the charge.

The Court directed the prosecution to make available disclosures to the convict on a third charge he pleaded not guilty to.

He was charged for allegedly stealing GHC30,000.00 from the complainant and he is to be brought back to the Court on July 18,2024.

Police Chief Inspector Salifu Nashiru told the Court that Mr Simon Sackey, the complainant, was a health worker living at Ablekuma while Eshun, the convict, a Medical Emergency Assistant, lived at Dansoman.

He said in 2019, one William Sackey who is a brother to the complainant and
brother-in-law to the convict, gave Power of Attorney to the convict to live in his uncompleted house at Kwame Anum, Ashalaja.

Chief Inspector Nashiru said he was tasked to complete projects, which included painting, installation of tiles, installation of electric poles and wiring, gardening amongst others and provided funds for the same but Eshun failed to use the money for the purpose for which it was sent.

The convict was also tasked to pursue a case of defrauding by false pretenses investigated at the Amasaman police station, the Court heard.

The prosecution said Eshun demanded and collected various sums of money to enable him secure the services of a lawyer, pay a surveyor amongst other demands to facilitate the court proceedings which later turned out to be untrue.

Chief Inspector Nashiru said GHC30,000.00 out GHC50,000.00 from the fraud case was refunded to Eshun at the Amasaman Police Station but he squandered the money and could not account for the same during investigations.

A report was made t
o the police which led to his arrest, Police told the Court.

He said during investigation, Eshun told the Police that the total amount he defrauded and stole from the complainant was GHC47,800.00 and not GHC80,000.00 as the complainant alleged.

After investigations, he was charged with the offences and put before court. 

Source: Ghana News Agency

ACFE Ghana to host second annual fraud conference in Accra

The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) Ghana Chapter is to host its second national fraud conference to improve awareness on the need to effectively collaborate and build resilient systems to fight fraud and corruption.

The Conference, scheduled for 11 to 13 September, in Accra, will engage distinguished speakers, array of experts, thought leaders and practitioners from various sectors, both local and international, who will share their experiences and insights on creating robust systems and practices that uphold integrity.

Speaking at a Media Launch of the event in Accra, Dr Rebecca Lomo, President of ACFE Ghana, noted that the Conference aimed to foster a culture of integrity and resilience against the treacherous threats of fraud and corruption that continued to challenge Ghana’s institutions and the whole Nation.

She said resilient systems would protect Ghana against fraud, adding that ‘the people who should execute and manage the systems should have high integrity, and integrity means hon
esty, it means be committed to ensure that the right things are done.’

The event, which is to be held at the Accra International Conference Centre, will also feature insightful keynote addresses, interactive workshops, and panel discussions designed to equip participants with cutting-edge strategies, tools and how to engage the assistance of artificial Intelligence to prevent, detect and combat fraud.

Emerging financial crime trends and its impact on the economy, the challenges of Cyber Security and Data Integrity, use of artificial intelligence (AI), its impact on business processes, ethical issues of use of AI and addressing its challenges, Fraud Risks Management and investigation, Whistle blower’s protection, Re-imagined internal Auditing in the digital age, Navigating Uncertainty: Business Continuity role in advancing ESG Goals.

The Conference is on the theme: ‘Elevating Integrity: Building a Fraud and Corruption Resilient Future.’

Dr Lomo anticipated that the event would provide a unique platform for
networking and the exchange of ideas among professionals dedicated to the fight against fraud and corruption, saying, these interactions will strengthen Ghana’s collective efforts and foster new partnerships that are crucial for driving systemic change.

Commissioner of Police (COP) Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah, Executive Director of the Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO) also underscored the need for law enforcement agencies to collaborate effectively in addressing fraud related issues.

She said fraud and corruption were pervasive issues, which posed significant threats to stability and integrity of organizations, adding that they further undermined economic stability, erode public trust and sustainable development.

‘As we gather here today, we are reminded that fraud is a constantly evolving threat, it requires our collective efforts to stay ahead of the fraudsters and protect the integrity of our institutions.’

Mr John Awuah, Chief Executive Officer of Ghana Association of Bankers, said in the f
ight against fraud it was extremely important to address ethical issues.

He mentioned that a report released by the Bank of Ghana indicated that of all the fraud related issues that occurred within the banking system about 50 per cent of these cases had to do with internal staff who were tagged as accomplices.

Mr Awuah said the fight against fraud and corruption must be a national priority and Ghana needed to invest in systems and controls that would aid in the prevention of fraud.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Death of abandoned woman by Winneba Trauma Hospital, a big shame

The Convention People’s Party has described as ‘shameful’ the death of a woman in her late 60’s who was dumped in a bush at Gomoa Ojobi by the Winneba Trauma and Specialist Hospital.

Chairperson of the Convention People’s Party (CPP) Mrs. Nana Akosua Frimpomaa Sarpong-Kumankumah expressed her displeasure when she visited the scene where the woman was dumped and subsequently died four days after in the open.

The Winneba Trauma and Specialist Hospital was reported to have dumped the woman who was knocked down by a speeding vehicle and was admitted at that Hospital because her relatives failed to show up.

‘It is a big shame to us all and on our national conscience for someone to die in that manner and no excuse can justify that action,’ she noted.

She said it was pathetic that such an incident could happen in a Country touted as a religious nation, stressing that the incident was a reality of the country’s failed institutions.

She also blamed neighbours around who saw the abandoned woman in the open for day
s without attending to her, resulting in her demise.

Madam Kumankumah stated that it was a reminder that measures must be instituted for the country’s institutions to work and uphold the sense of integrity and ethics towards their job.

In her view, swearing by the Bible and Quran over the period had gone through a renaissance, and it was time public officials swore by lesser gods with water to make a commitment to the land and the people.

Madam Kumankumah had earlier visited the palace of Odikro of Gomoa Ojobi, Nana Atta Kakra where the Chief described the incident as ‘very pathetic.’

According to the Chief who is also the Kyedomhene of Gomoa Assin Traditional Area, the woman was not a known person in the community, and he only got to know that the matter had been reported to the police and the social welfare after he got wind of it and sent a delegation to the police station.

‘We are very disappointed in the action by the health facility because every Ghanaian national deserves to be treated with dignit
y and institutions must be able to assist in times of need, and so if the doctor could allow the patient to be dumped without informing traditional leaders, the assembly member or the police, then it is very sad and the doctor must apologise.’

Some community members revealed that the woman appeared demented and was severally spotted loitering in the community prior to the accident.

They added that the Ojobi Police District Command was informed after she was abandoned but failed to heed to their call until her demise.

Sources at the Winneba Trauma Hospital indicated that the Ankaful Psychiatric Hospital demanded GHC9,000 when contacted for the patient to be transported to their facility.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Political parties urged to include climate issues in manifestos

Miss Glory Emmanuella Appiah, National Coordinator of Ghana Youth Environmental Movement (GYEM), has called on political parties to include climate agendas in their manifesto as part of the upcoming 2024 elections to combat climate crisis.

She said climate issues had become an increasingly complex subject around the world, especially in Ghana, where the environment had been affected by many human activities such as illegal mining, bush fires and cutting down of trees.

Miss Appiah made the call at the Climate for Peace Dialogue and Kokuromotie for Climate Awards in Accra.

This, she said, government must prioritize environmental protection and invest to create awareness to prevent or improvise these activities to protect the planet for survival.

She said by putting climate actions in their manifesto, it would enable them implement these activities in one way or the another and also allow citizens to hold them accountable to fight climate change.

‘We must and ask for a green Ghana from our politicians and t
ask them for its implementation,’ she added.

She said the increase of food prices lied on the effect of climate change, however, practicing environmental protection would help preserve the lands for farming.

The National Coordinator said most of Ghana’s economic crisis were mostly caused by climate change, stressing on the need to protect farms, build storage facilities and improve upon processing industries.

Miss Appiah urged the youth to hold political leaders, especially Members of Parliament accountable on climate change actions, adding that the youth must take up mandates to educate communities on these.

Miss Efua Nyamekye Appiah of the Youth Climate Council, reminded the youth that the sustainable development of the lied in their hands, saying they must be vigilant and steadfast against climate crisis.

She urged the youth to move to the communities and educate young people on effects of climate change on the country and the world as a whole.

She said excessive burning, fumes from vehicles and smok
es from industrial plants were common among depletion of the ozone layer, causing excessive heat and un-uniform temperatures, hence, we must curtail or minimize bush burning and recycle waste materials.

She said climate change should be introduced in the country’s educational curriculum for effective empowerment among students and youth.

She said there should be incentives for climate change fighters to enable them advance their advocacy to attain large numbers of climate protectors.

GYEM called on government to prioritise climate change in their policies and ensure budget allocations to fight the rising of global warming.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Help promote ethical and responsible Journalism in Ghana – Kabral urges GJA

Mr Kabral Blay-Amihere, a veteran journalist has asked the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) to live up to its responsibilities by ensuring the practice of ethical and responsible journalism in the Ghanaian media space.

He has also urged the National Media Commission to strengthen its regulatory role to promote sanity and professionalism in journalism practice.

Speaking at a public lecture in Kumasi to mark the 75th anniversary of GJA, Ambassador Blay-Amihere, who is also a former President of GJA, said it was important for the two institutions to restore decency, respect and sanity in the country’s media space.

The anniversary lecture which was jointly organised by the Department of Language and Communication Science of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and the GJA, was on the theme, ’75 years of excellence in Journalism; honouring the past and embracing the present’.

Mr Blay-Amihere, pointed out that, capacity building and skills training of journalists GJA must be of para
mount concern to the association to help promote responsible press that would culminate in the sustenance of press freedom in the country.

He said advancement in science and technology had posed greater challenge to journalism practice.

Skills training and development for journalists must be important, adding that, the GJA must help always broaden the horizon of its members.

Mr Blay-Amihere also spoke against attacks on journalists and said infractions and unprovoked attacks on journalists must also be addressed by the association.

He called for an independent GJA and lauded the media for its immense contributions and impact to democratic governance and development in the country.

He said the electoral history of the country, had benefited from the media, which had held successive governments accountable.

Ms Linda Asante Agyei, Vice President for GJA, said the lecture would yield tremendous benefits for the communication students at KNUST and the University as a whole.

She said the GJA Awards for this
year, was currently opened for submission and entry and urged the Communication students to participate.

She said it would help the students pursue excellence in journalism and create more opportunities for them.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Government urged to invest in AI to enhance healthcare

Prof Samuel Kojo Kwofie, Head of Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Ghana, has urged the government to set aside a percentage of the country’s budget for artificial intelligence development. He said such an investment would enhance healthcare, close the healthcare gap between the rural and urban communities and reduce poverty.

‘Government, corporate institutions and funding agencies need to invest in artificial intelligence (AI) training, research and technology development to improve health and alleviate poverty,’ he said.

Prof Kwofie made the call during a virtual discussion on the topic of ‘Artificial Intelligence in Health and Poverty alleviation.’ The US Embassy in Ghana, in partnership with the American Spaces and Mobile Web Ghana, organised the session.

Prof Kwofie, who also works as a bioinformatician at the University of Ghana’s West African Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens (WACCBIP), explained that his research group has merged artificial intelligence (AI) with con
siderable biomedical data to create several open-source applications, such as TubPred and EBOLApred.

EBOLApred and TubPred support the search for new cures for diseases, cancers, and the Ebola virus. Another noteworthy advancement was the creation of BuDb, the first Buruli ulcer drug discovery database.

In collaboration with Prof. Michael Wilson at the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research and other researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, they submitted a patent application for Mycolactone, a potential COVID-19 treatment.

His team’s ongoing research also involves developing applications for regenerative AI and diagnosis using medical images.

Prof. Kwofie said the significant investment in artificial intelligence had backed the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

To buttress his assertions, he highlighted key results from his research and publications on AI and health, mentioning robust infrastructure, supportive policies, and the establishment of AI ethics
review committees as a comprehensive strategy for maximizing AI’s potential in Africa.

Prof. Kwofie called for the establishment of a National Data Centre and a West African network for data-driven AI applications, as well as the creation of a National AI Network (NAIN) with centres of excellence across various institutions.

Among the other key points, he raised was the necessity of training, scholarships, and efficient intellectual property and technology transfer mechanisms as vital success factors, as well as the development of an AI technology ecosystem that includes incubators, start-ups, and a National Centre for High-Performance Computing (NCHPC).

Prof. Kwofie said the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) has estimated that artificial intelligence (AI) could boost the continent’s GDP by up to $1.2 trillion by 2030, or 5.6 per cent more than current levels. Meanwhile, Goldman Sachs has projected that global AI investment will reach $200 billion by 2025.

Given Africa’s unique linguistic terrain and v
arying levels of digital illiteracy, he called for culturally and contextually appropriate AI solutions, noting the enormous financial opportunities within the industry with potential benefits for poverty alleviation.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Police yet to receive Bill of Indictment on Benlord and another over slain soldier

The police have not yet received the Bill of Indictment in the case of Nana Barima Ababio, also known as Benlord Ababio, who allegedly shot and killed a soldier over a land dispute at Kasoa.

Upon receipt, the Bill of Indictment would be served on the accused and the court. It would also enable the court to commence committal proceedings for the defendants to stand trial at the High Court.

Detective Inspector Samuel Adu Berchie told the court that the accused, namely Benlord Ababio and Nana Amo Kofi Kwakye, were not brought to court on Thursday because of security reasons.

The prosecution said that the police received information that the deceased soldier’s family planned to storm the courtroom while he was being laid to rest today.

The court therefore adjourned the matter to July 4, 2024.

It also ordered the police to release the deceased’s vehicle to his family.

Benlord, a self-styled traditional ruler, and Kwakye have been put before the Achimota District Court for their alleged involvement in the mur
der of Lance Corporal Michael Danso.

When the police forwarded the docket to the Attorney General’s office for advice, it recommended that Benlord be charged with murder.

The Attorney General further recommended that Benlord and Kwakye be charged jointly with conspiracy.

The court has, however, preserved their pleas.

The prosecution’s case was that on April 30, 2024, at around 1600 hours, Lance Corporal Michael Danso and two colleagues, Lance Corporals Abdul Omar Rahman and Ametus Matthew, drove to Millenium City Police Station in a Toyota RAV4 vehicle to report a trespass.

They were informed that some encroachers were developing a parcel of land belonging to Lance Corporal Abdul Omar Rahman.

Benlord appeared at the police station, attacked, and opened fire on Lance Corporal Michael Danso, who was driving the vehicle, killing him instantly.

Benlord was disarmed by the police and arrested for investigations.

The police later arrested Kwakye after running investigations.

Source: Ghana News Agency

MTN Ghana bags nine awards at GITTA

MTN Ghana, the market leader in mobile telecommunications industry in Ghana, has received nine prestigious awards at the 2024 Ghana Information Technology and Telecoms Awards (GITTA) held in Accra.

A Statement copied to the Ghana News Agency in Accra, and signed by Adwoa Wiafe, Chief Corporate Services and Sustainability Officer, said MTN received awards in the following award categories including; Best Digital Transformation Company of the Year, Enterprise Innovation Platform of the Year – MTN Chenosis, Digital Experience in Customer Service (MTN Viibe Video), Network Team of the Year, Best Company in Sustainability and Best Workplace in Technology.

It said two executives of MTN were also recognised for their contributions to the growth of the telecoms industry, stating that, Mr Thomas Motlepa, Chief Technical Officer, received Chief Technical Officer (CTO) of the Year Award for employing modern technology in ensuring stability and connectivity on MTN’s Network.

Mr Dario Bianchi, Chief Digital Officer, re
ceived Digital Personality of the Year Award for his transformation and innovative digital services and channels like myMTN and MTN Eshop Apps, and platforms such as Ayoba, Chenosis leading to MTN Ghana’s digital growth.

The statement said, Mr Selorm Adadevoh, Former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MTN Ghana, was awarded Telecom CEO of the Year for his remarkable achievements during his tenure as CEO of MTN Ghana.

Commenting on the awards, Mr Stephen Blewett, CEO of MTN Ghana, congratulated the team for their4 stellar performance in all areas of the business. He said, ‘this is great news and evidence of the good work we are doing as a business.’

‘Our customers made this feat possible and I look forward to delivering on our commitment to delight and brighten their lives with innovative products and excellent customer experience’, he added.

He commended the winners for an outstanding leadership and making the telecommunication industry proud.

‘MTN Ghana is on record for consistently winning the most award
s since its participation in GITTA,’ the statement said.

GITTA Awards is an annual event dedicated to recognising, rewarding, showcasing ICT initiatives that are driving innovation in Ghana.

Source: Ghana News Agency