Paralegals, mediators tasked to promote peace at all times


 Paralegals and mediators have been tasked to promote peace through their various roles.

Nana Oppong Agyei Sikapa, Kontihene of Temante in the Kumawu Traditional Area, also charged paralegals to contribute effectively to national development through their roles as mediators to curb chaos and anarchy.

Speaking at the second edition of Paralegal Training Institute IPLS’s graduation ceremony for 80 graduates in Accra, Nana Agyei Sikapa said as graduates and agents of change in various communities they might find themselves in challenges and asked them not let people down with negative attitudes. 

‘I stand on these cardinal pillars; being an agent of peace and equally an agent of change. Wherever two or more are gathered there is likely chaos, anarchy and disharmony, conflicts will inevitably arise, misunderstandings will occur and disagreements will surface. That is why as professionals we are now being sent out to be the agents of change and peace,’ he added.

The 80 graduates, made up of four courses includ
ing Professional Executive Master in ADR (PEMADR, February and March 2024), Professional Executive Master in General Paralegal Studies (PEMGPS, March 2024) and Executive Certificate in ADR (ECADR, May 2024) were awarded certificates for their various courses.

Nana Agyei Sikapa asked them to clinge to their obligations as arbitrators and provide practical solutions tailored to societal needs.

He underscored the importance of ADR education and appealed to the graduates to apply their expertise and ‘not let your emotions dictate your actions.’

Mr Alex Nartey, National ADR Coordinator of the Judicial Service emphasised the need for the graduates to contribute positively towards national development.

He recounted how Ghana’s hung Parliament had come with challenges.

‘Ghanaians generally lack an interest-based approach to handling issues. We are always emotional and when emotions speaks, wisdom vanishes,’ he added.

Mr Nartey urged the graduates to go and give out their best services to promote peace and tranq
uillity in the country.

‘Partnership does not develop a country. It is collaboration and objectivity and that is what ADR provides its practitioners.

As you go out, show them the way, tell your colleagues that we cannot achieve anything without team spirit.

Democracy means nothing if team spirit is not applied in engraving social partners. By virtue of this orientation, we expect you to positively influence our society for growth,’ he said.

Mrs Godlove Korkor Nartey, Rector of IPLS advised the graduates to be trustworthy and not present themselves as lawyers but stick to their duties of their training.

‘The message I have for you is to be trustworthy and not to present yourselves as lawyers. Go out as facilitators of disputes and paralegals who are very beneficial to lawyers,’ she added.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Victory Bible Church International, Cape Coast Province, celebrates 37th Anniversary


The Cape Coast Province of the Victory Bible Church International, on Sunday rounded off its 37th Anniversary with a joint Church service at the Family Sanctuary Cathedral in Cape Coast.

Activities for the weeklong celebration included special weekday services, prayer sessions and a provincial all-night to seek the face of the Lord for the Church and the nation.

Bishop Richard Ampadu Duku, the VBCI Sector Overseer of Central and Western, recounted how the Church was started in the mid 1980’s out of a singing group, Sunshine Family with just 10 members, mostly students.

The church, which now has 10 branches in Winneba, Apam, Saltpond, Efutu,  Elmina,  Jukwa and Ankaful  is doing well with many ordained bishops, Rev Ministers, elders and pastors.

There was spontaneous jubilation as the members, mostly dressed in white and the Church’s cloth, sang praises, danced, and worshipped God for sustaining them till now.

Bishop Ampadu Duku said the church was a testimony of what God Almighty could do in the lives of
his children.

He praised the Presiding Bishop of the Church, Right Reverend Nibii Appiakai Tackie-Yarboi  and the Apostolic Council of the Church for the tremendous support that had shaped the progress of the Provincial Church.

He noted that the gifting of God was needed more in those times to advance His work and prayed that God poured blessed the church with more members who would carry on His ministry.

Evangelists needed to preach the word of God to win souls for Christ.

Pastors are for the spiritual care of the congregation and could double as teachers to teach God’s word while Prophets who are the eye of God for the Church gave direction to make the work solid.

‘We need to pray for the birthing of the ministry gifts for the Church,’ Bishop Ampadu Duku emphasised and urged all Christians to live uprightly and make an indelible mark that would speak for generations yet unborn.

Prayers were said for the Church and the nation for peace and progress.

Source: Ghana News Agency

GJA extends deadline for submission of 28th GJA Media Awards entries


The National Executive of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) has extended the deadline for the submission of entries for the 28th GJA Media Awards to Sunday, July 14, 2024.

The submission of entries for the awards was opened on Monday, June 10, 2024 and was scheduled to close on Sunday July 7, 2024.

However, the National Executive extended the submission deadline for one week after, which there shall be no further extension.

This was contained in a press release from the GJA signed by Mr Kofi Yeboah, its Secretary, and copied to the Ghana News Agency.

According to the statement, only members of the GJA in good standing were eligible to participate in the awards and were required to submit works published in 2023.

The statement added that entries were to be submitted online on: https://portal.gjaghana.org.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Cylinder Re-circulation Model creating investment and job opportunities-NPA Boss


Dr Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, the Chief Executive of the National Petroleum Authority (NPA), says the cylinder recirculation model (CRM) is allowing entrepreneurs with limited capital to invest in the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) distribution chain.

He said unlike the traditional LPG distribution system which required huge capital in the establishment of LPG filling stations and related distribution costs, little investment was needed for the setting up of LPG depots and exchange points under the CRM.

A statement copied to the Ghana News Agency in Accra said he was speaking at this year’s NPA’s Consumer Week Celebrations in the Eastern Regional capital, Koforidua.

The NPA Boss said the CRM would also create more jobs for the youth at the LPG depots, exchange points and transportation of cylinders.

The occasion, which was preceded by CRM and safe LPG educational campaign in the region, was held on the theme: ‘CRM : Making LPG accessible to all in a safe and efficient manner.’

It was attended by market women,
drivers, professionals and students. Board Members and Directors of NPA, security capos and heads of state institutions also graced the occasion under the chairmanship of the Omanhene of the New Juaben Traditional Area,Daasebre Kwaku Boateng III.

Dr. Abdul-Hamid explained that huge capital was needed for acquiring a license for the importation of petroleum products.

He said a substantial amount was also needed by an investor for the setting up of filling stations and indicated that the investor would start with seven filling stations, comprising four state-of-the-art and three ordinary.

However, the NPA Boss who is also the President of the African Refiners and Distributors Association (ARDA), said people who own land or students with limited capital could use their parents’ land to establish LPG depots exchange points.

Besides, he said people could procure vehicles to engage in the transmission of filled cylinders to customers.

He said the Authority was engaging the government to reduce taxes on LPG to
make it affordable, accessible and available to majority of Ghanaians.

He, therefore, urged the people to embrace the CRM to improve safety in distribution and use of LPG and ensure the attainment of 50 percent penetration by 2030.

In his remarks, a Deputy Minister of Energy, Mr. Collins Adomako Mensah, said the CRM was geared towards encouraging the use of LPG for cooking and saving the lives of women from the harmful effects of smoke from charcoal and firewood.

It would also reduce the felling of trees and preserve the environment.

The Eastern Regional Minister, Mr. Seth Kwame Acheampong, and a Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr. Michael Okyere Baafi, urged the public to opt for the CRM to ensure safety in the use of LPG to protect lives and property.

For his part, the Industry Coordinator of the Association of Oil Marketing Companies, Dr. Clement Amoako, gave the assistance that the association would collaborate with the NPA to ensure the successful implementation of the CRM.

The General Manag
er of Blue Ocean, Mr. Zwelithini, and the Head of Brands and Communications of New Gas, Mr. Samuel Bonnuedie, said their bottling companies had started dispatching filled. cylinders to selected exchange points in Accra and would be extended to the other regions.

In his remarks, Daasebre Kwaku Boateng III urged all the people to embrace the CRM since it was the surest way to save their lives and prevent the harmful effects of climate change.

Source: Ghana News Agency

National Peace Council Chairman Wins Global Peace Award


Reverend Dr. Ernest Adu-Gyamfi, Chairman of the National Peace Council(NPC) of Ghana, has been awarded with the ‘Global Peace Award’ 2024 by the Baptist World Alliance (BWA).

This annual award goes to deserving individuals and groups around the world after a review of what they do as outstanding humanitarian workers.

The award was presented to Rev. Adu-Gyamfi at the ongoing Baptist World Alliance Global Peace Conference at Lagos, Nigeria.

The NPC Chairman was awarded with the prestigious award for his enormous contributions to global peace through the work of the Peace Council of Ghana.

A Citation presented in honour of Rev. Dr. Adu-Gyamfi by the BWA reads: ‘In a world exceedingly in need of peace, we give thanks for the faithful service of Rev. Ernest Adu-Gyamfi, pastor, denominational leader, and peacemaking advocate in his home country of Ghana and around the world.

The Citation also recognized his leadership as the Chairman of the Governing Board of the National Peace Council (NPC) of Ghana (2020-202
4).

In this role, the citation said, he has led the NPC in the development of the Presidential Candidate’s Peace Pact in 2020, which enjoined all aspiring Presidential Candidates to sign a peace commitment to accept the outcome of the elections without pursuit of violence and to seek any desired redress within the court of law.

According to the citation, Rev. Adu-Gyamfi led the NPC to convene a National Post 2020 Election Stakeholders’ Conference and continues to guide the council to implement recommendations from the Conference.

The NPC Chairman who is also the immediate past Executive President of the Ghana Baptist Convention (GBC), was described in the citation as the lead facilitator in a National Dialogue seeking the return of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to the Inter- Party Advisory Committee (IPAC), a platform that seeks to build consensus on election-related issues among all political parties in Ghana.

‘We celebrate his work as a lead advocate for religious tolerance and coexistence in G
hana. He is currently leading the NPC Board in the development of a Memorandum of Understanding to guide religious conduct in secondary schools throughout the country. We recognize his participation as a member of the Government of Ghana delegation to the United States of America to engage with the Ghanaian community on the operationalization of the Representative of the People (Amendment) Act (ROPAA).’

The Baptist World Alliance in their citation affirmed Rev. Adu-Gyamfi’s efforts in conflict management, including his work as a key peace broker in the Bawku inter-ethnic conflict.

He is also recognized for leading NPC in seeking resolution for over 300 chieftaincy and land litigation cases across Ghana.

‘We give thanks for his efforts to equip others for peacemaking as he engages university student leaders with training against violent extremism, fishermen and women in counterterrorism skills for their work on high seas, and resourcing Queen mothers for peace advocacy within their communities,’ the citatio
n indicated.

He is said to have also led in the production of an NPC publication entitled ‘Doing Mediation: A Guide for Practitioners.’

The Baptist World Alliance praised God for the peacemaking spirit of Rev. Dr. Ernest Adu-Gyamfi and prayed that God will continue to bless his life and ministry and further his impact in the global Baptist family and around the world.

Source: Ghana News Agency

2024 BECE starts today with 569,095 candidates


This year’s Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) starts today Monday, July 08, with a total of 569,095 candidates.

Mr John K Kapi, Head of Public Affairs, WAEC National Office, said the candidates were expected to write English Language on July 8, and finish the examination with Arabic by Monday, July 15, 2024.

He said out of the total number of candidates sitting for the BECE, 282, 648 were males and 286,447, females, with 19,506 schools participating in the examinations.

‘This figure represents a decrease of 5.29 per cent compared to the 2023 entry figure of 600,900.’

Mr. Kapi stated that the examination would be administered in 2,123 locations around the nation, with 2,123 supervisors, 1,889 assistant supervisors, and 19,973 invigilators on duty to ensure smooth exercise.

He said school candidates would be examined based on the newly introduced Common Core Curriculum, while private candidates would be examined on the old syllabus.

‘As part of arrangements for the smooth conduct of the exami
nation, the Guidelines, Scheme and Structure of the examination with same questions were developed and circulated to all heads of school. Interested stakeholders can also visit our website to have access to them,’ he said.

Mr Kapi said in the case of the private candidates, the Council registered 1,366 candidates, out of which 735 were males and 631 were females.

‘This year’s figure is less by 25.7 percent compared with the 2023 entry figure of 1,839. Fifteen (15) centres mainly in the regional capitals will be used for the BECE for private candidates.’

Mr Kapi said the Council had organised sensitisation programmes to educate candidates on the rules and regulations governing the examination.

He said the Council had also distributed examination stationery such as objective answer cards, answer booklets, pencils, among others, to District Education Offices throughout the country.

It also made provisions for candidates with social educational needs not to leave anyone out.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Stay focused, give of your best – President inspires BECE candidates


President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has extended his best wishes to the 2024 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) candidates, urging them to stay focused.

They should remain calm and give of their best, because a bright future awaits them, he noted.

The President, in a message to the candidates, said the nation was behind them.

‘Remember, your hard work and dedication have brought you this far,’ he advised.

The message reminded the candidates of the significant milestone in their educational journey, therefore, it behooved them to eschew any form of examination malpractice.

‘Honesty and integrity are values that will serve you well throughout your lives.

‘Approach each paper with a clear mind, answer the questions to the best of your ability, and trust in the knowledge and skills you have acquired over the years,’ the President stated.

The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) says a total of 569,095 candidates would sit for this year’s BECE, which starts on Monday, July 08.

Of that fig
ure, 282, 648 are males and 286,447 females, with 19,506 schools participating in the examination.

‘This figure represents a decrease of 5.29 per cent compared to the 2023 entry figure of 600,900.’ Mr John K Kapi, Head of Public Affairs, WAEC National Office, announced this at a press conference in Accra, ahead of the examination.

The examination will be administered in 2,123 locations around the nation, with 2,123 supervisors, 1,889 assistant supervisors, and 19,973 invigilators on duty to ensure the test runs smoothly.

Source: Ghana News Agency

156 pupils graduate from Gold Fields schools complex in Tarkwa


The Gold Fields Schools Complex has held a graduation ceremony for its 156 students who would be writing the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), which takes off on Monday July 8, 2024.

They were presented with certificates of completion and those who excelled in their various subjects were given special awards.

The event, the fourth edition, also saw the induction into office of the Students Representative Council (SRC) on the theme: ‘Sustaining quality education in Gold Fields Schools Complex; The role of stakeholders’.

The Guest Speaker, Nana Adarkwa Bediako III, Gyaasehene of Apinto Divisional Area, explained that sustaining quality education was under the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Four, which guards the whole world on how to sustain development.

‘Quality education starts from home not the walls of Gold Fields Schools Complex. Our parents should ensure that they train their children properly at home, and with little effort from our teachers your children will be good citizens and h
ave values that are well recognized in the society,’ he said.

He said the graduands were exiting one stage of their lives to another, adding: ‘The values you have learnt in school and home should enrich you in the new institutions’.

‘You should prepare yourselves as ambassadors of this noble school and Tarkwa’.

He charged the candidates to gather courage and write the examination with boldness and believe in themselves that they would have good grades and continue their education to a higher level.

Nana Bediako pledged that with the support of the GFGF, he would ensure the construction of a three-unit classroom block for the school before the next graduation.

Mr Douglas Konlaw Baare, the Headmaster of Gold Fields Junior High School, said last year the school presented 148 candidates for the BECE, most of whom had admission into the category ‘A’ schools, and they were proud of that achievement.

‘For this year, it’s not easy because we are turning in a new curriculum, this is something nobody knows of, we
don’t know how the issues will turn up, there is nothing to review on, we are only trusting that whatever we taught our students they will have questions on that, so we are pleading that they help us maintain the school’s enviable records’ he indicated.

Mr Baare expressed appreciation to the Gold Fields Ghana Limited for the support ranging from infrastructure and furniture since the inception of the school.

He said the school urgently needed a three-unit classroom block, furniture, computer laboratory and accommodation.

‘Currently all our staff live outside the school. I’m appealing to GFGF to help accommodate some of them around the school, so they can assist when the need arises’.

Mr Abdel-Razak Yakubu, the Executive Secretary of Gold Fields Ghana Foundation, said the Mine established the school decades ago, which had produced impactful human resource for the country.

‘Many leadership positions are now being held by students who attended this school. We are happy to see how the school continues to imp
act the lives of our children,’ he said.

Mr Benjamin Kessie, the Municipal Chief Executive, Tarkwa Nsuaem, and the Municipal Director of Education, Mrs Catherine Andoh-Mensah, entreated parents to keep on sacrificing for their children, while they moved to the next level of education.

Source: Ghana News Agency