Paris 2024: French Embassy, Republic Bank, support Ghana’s participation with cash 

The Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC) on Monday received an amount of 25,000 Euros from donors to aid Ghana’s preparations for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games scheduled for July 26 to August 11, 2024.

The French Embassy, together with Republic Bank donated pound 20,000 and pound 5,000 respectively while Kustom Looks Ghana and Horseman Shoes also sponsored the team with branded sportswear.

Madam Marine Hayem, Cooperation Attachée with the French Embassy speaking at the short presentation expressed excitement to support Ghana’s participation.

‘We are passionate about sports and it’s the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, which kicks off in 18 days time. It is the biggest ever event organised in France. We are expecting not fewer than 16 million visitors and 16,000 athletes all over the world’. 

She said it was necessary to promote sports inclusion as a way of highlighting the talents and potentials of athletes, which was part of the vision of Mr. Emmanuel Macron, President of France. 

Madam Hayman said the French Embassy
had selected nine young volunteers to play active roles in the organization of the Olympic Games. 

The Cooperation Attachée revealed that the French Embassy had made arrangements to set up an entertainment festival in France to give Ghanaians an exciting stay.

She expressed confidence in the team and urged them to give their best as they represent Ghana on the global stage. 

Mr. Worlanyo Eworyi, Branch Manager. Republic Bank GH. Plc said ‘We at Republic Bank are very much privileged to be associated with the upcoming event in France. 

We have had a long-term relationship with the GOC and as a bank with a big heart we have the power to make a difference in every aspect of our lives’.

He said Republic Bank, one of the leading banks in the country was committed to contributing to national development. 

Mr Ben Nunoo Mensah, President of the Ghana Olympic Committee thanked the French Embassy, Republic Bank, Kustom Looks Ghana and Horseman Shoes for coming on board to support the team. 

He called on Corporat
e Ghana and other stakeholders to support the team as they seek to make the nation proud.

‘Sponsors out there, this is the time for you to show your love for these other sporting disciplines and show up for the Olympics.’

Team Ghana would be leaving for France on Tuesday to begin preparations for the multi-sport event. 

Source: Ghana News Agency

Medical officer appeals to residents to voluntarily donate blood

Dr Joseph Darko, the Medical Superintendent in charge of Bogoso Government hospital, has appealed to residents in the Western Region to voluntarily donate blood to reduce blood shortage at the blood banks.

That, he explained, would always make blood available for patients who might urgently need it to save their lives.

Dr Darko, who doubles as the Director of Medical Services for Firm Health Ghana Foundation (FHGF), a Non-Governmental Organization partnered with the National Youth Authority (NYA) in the Tarkwa Nsuaem Municipality to organize its quarterly blood donation exercise.

According to him, a medical team from Tarkwa and Bogoso conducted the exercise at the premises of the NYA, stressed that,’ Today’s donation is unique because we have collaborated with the NYA and l must say the enthusiasm in which the youth has embraced it is encouraging.’

In fact, ‘we gave them 9:00 am, but as at 7:00 am the seats we provided were already full. What we noticed is that they came in as groups instead of individual
s and that made our work very easy. So far, it has been impressive partnering NYA.’

Dr Darko said aside making blood available for use, one of their ultimate goal was to create awareness so people do not wait for such programmes before they donated blood, adding, ‘now people tell you they came to donate blood to save lives, so that message is gradually settling and we hope it will be maintained going forward’

‘We anticipate getting between 150 and 250 pints of blood but considering the high turnout, we will exceed our target and so we are making arrangements for additional blood bags’

‘Blood is with people and if they do not donate then when it’s our turn, there will be none for us, so the public should embrace this exercise and know that this is a community effort, we need to be there for each other’ Dr Darko stated.

For his part, Mr Andrews Kwabena Sah, Head of laboratory at Bogoso Government hospital, denied rumors that blood banks sold blood that it had in stock. The blood Banks only charged a process
ing fee for tests to be conducted before one was considered eligible to donate blood.

‘Blood is a perishable item; we cannot keep it for a very long time within 35 days it expires, and we cannot use it. So, from time to time, we must get a regular supply of blood. We are appealing to the public to visit our hospitals and willingly donate blood’ he added.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Crop Life Ghana sensitises agro-input dealers on pesticides’ regulations

Agro-input dealers in the Northern Region have attended a day’s sensitisation forum on the safe and responsible use of pesticides and fertilizers to ensure healthy crops and to safeguard the environment.

They were also educated on how to identify counterfeit and illegal pesticides, as well as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Act (Act 490), which is a legal framework for the control and effective management of pesticides and fertilizers in the country.

It was organised by Crop Life Ghana, a not-for-profit organisation, made up of importers, and distributors of pesticides and fertilizers in the country with a total membership of 24 companies, and supported by the EPA.

Mr Rashad Kadiri, Programme Manager, Crop Life Ghana, speaking at the forum in Tamale, said it was to help tackle issues of counterfeiting in the crop protection industry.

He said it also formed part of efforts to update participants on products’ registration and how to properly manage their businesses to enhance profitability and hel
p eliminate issues of illegal pesticides on the markets in the country.

He appealed to agro-input dealers in the country to prioritise securing certificates and licenses for their business to enable them to deal in genuine and regulated products.

Mr Joseph Edmund, who is from the Chemicals Control and Management Centre of EPA, spoke on how to identify fake pesticides and said such products were often not registered, did not have certification, and had bad labels and ineligible texts, which were often in foreign languages.

He added that such products did not also have critical information such as manufacturers’ and distributors’ addresses expiry dates and batch numbers.

He said as of December last year, the EPA registered and approved about 1,070 pesticides for use in the country, whilst 32 fake pesticides were banned from the market.

He called for strong collaboration between the EPA and all stakeholders in the sector to help in the fight to rid the market of illegal pesticides.

Source: Ghana News Agen

HFFG forms alliance to advocate funds for immunization

Hope for Future Generations (HFFG) has formed an Alliance for Health and Immunization Financing network to advocate sustained financing for vaccines availability and immunization in all parts of the country.

The alliance, which was formed under the HFFG’s Financing Immunization Advocacy Response Project (FAIR), has persons form religious organisations, academia, queen mothers and Civil Society Organisations with a representative from the 16 regions.

The FAIR project seeks to advocate greater domestic resource mobilisation and increased accountability for results in reaching zero-dose children as well as increase immunisation coverage.

The Alliance is expected to support the FAIR project at all levels with information and evidence generation on immunization at the grassroot for implementation at the national level.

Madam Cecilia Lodonu-Senoo. Executive Director, Hope for Future Generations, said the Alliance would work together with HFFG to advocate improved immunization financing in the country.

She comm
ended the government for responding positively to its vaccine co-financing obligations and asked it to invest more funds in malaria vaccination and scale it up to all the regions.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Bawumia-NAPO ticket represents blend of visionary leadership and innovation- Dr Armah

The Bawumia-NAPO ticket represents a blend of visionary leadership, innovation and unwavering commitment to progress, Dr Prince Hamid Armah, a deputy Minister of Works and Housing, has said.

Dr. Armah who is also the Member of Parliament for Kwesimintsim, noted that Dr Mahamudu Bawumia with his extensive background in economics and proven record of accomplishment as Vice President, had shown his capability to drive economic growth and digital transformation.

He said paired with Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, aka NAPO’s exceptional leadership in the education sector and his impactful tenure as Energy Minister, the Bawumia -NAPO ticket promised comprehensive development of the country.

Dr Armah said this in a statement issued in Accra.

Last week, Vice President Bawumia announced Dr Opoku Prempeh, who is also Member of Parliament for Manhyia South as his running mate in the upcoming General Election.

The deputy Minister of Works and Housing said the challenges of Ghana required leaders who were knowledgeable, em
pathic, innovative and result oriented.

According to him, Dr Bawumia and NAPO had showed those qualities throughout their careers, understood the aspirations of the Ghanaian people, and committed to creating opportunities for all by fostering an inclusive society where very citizen could thrive.

‘I believe that the Vice President, our flagbearer, and leader of the Party has made an excellent choice in selecting Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh as his running mate. Together, they form a balanced and dynamic leadership team ready to tackle the pressing issues of our time.

‘Their combined expertise spans economic management, technological advancement, educational reform, health and energy sector improvement. Their partnership promises a brighter, more prosperous future for Ghana.’

Dr Armah described NAPO as a man of integrity and resourceful, saying during his tenure as Education Minister, his resourcefulness ensured that there were minimal disruptions in the education space.

‘NAPO is also a fervent advocate of STE
M education. Through his innovative mindset and collaborative spirit, NAPO has fostered an environment of continuous improvement and adaptation, benefiting both students and educators.

Dr Armah debunked the assertion that Dr Opoku Prempeh was arrogant, noting that he was sincere and stood for the truth.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Abu Kansangbata Applauds Mahama for media encounter

Mr Abu Kansangbata a Former Deputy Upper West Regional Minister, has commended former President John Dramani Mahama for his recent media engagement.

Following Mahama’s address on the 24-hour economy policy, Abu Kansangbata expressed profound satisfaction with the clarity and effectiveness of Mahama’s communication.

‘I was very pleased with how John Mahama explained the 24-hour economy policy,’ .

‘His articulation of this initiative, which promises to transform the economy and provide jobs for the youth, was exceptional.

‘ The 24-hour economy initiative, as outlined by Mahama, aims to bolster economic activity continuously, potentially creating numerous employment opportunities and fostering economic growth.

Reacting to former President Mahama’s engagement ,he said emphasized its role in increasing productivity to meet the demands of the African Continental Free Trade Area, thereby supporting indigenous companies and reducing reliance on imports.

Mr Kansangbata underscored the transformative potential of
this policy, noting its significance for Ghana’s economic future.

He highlighted Mahama’s commitment to providing tax incentives to boost local production, particularly in citing an example with a sectors like pharmaceuticals, ensuring Ghana can meet its own needs without relying on imports.

In addition to lauding Mahama’s policy explanations, Abu Kansangbata stressed the importance of constitutional review. ‘The review of the Constitution is vital, and I am pleased that a future NDC government under John Mahama will prioritize this,’ he remarked.

Looking ahead to the 2024 elections, Abu Kansangbata urged all Ghanaians to support Mahama, citing his leadership and vision as essential for Ghana’s progress.

Mahama’s engagement has garnered widespread attention, praised for his ability to communicate complex policies clearly and convincingly.

As the election approaches, Mahama’s strong media presence and clear policy positions are expected to play a crucial role in his campaign.

He also touched on various a
chievements of the NDC, including significant contributions to social interventions such as GETFund for educational infrastructure improvement and efforts to increase access to clean drinking water, particularly noting the progress from 58% to 76% access nationwide and significant increases for Accra alone.

He emphasized the importance of media freedom and improved salaries for journalists, aiming to enhance their capacity to inform the public effectively. Furthermore, Mahama outlined plans to make small-scale miners operate by the laws of Ghana while combatting illegal mining in forest reserves, addressing environmental concerns while promoting sustainable mining practices. He also pledged to revamp sports facilities to elevate Ghana’s sports prowess.

Mr Kansangbata commended John Mahama for his openness and dedication to addressing national issues through transparent communication with the media.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Information Minister responds to Mahama’s misinformation on energy debts

The Minister of Information, Madam Fatimatu Abubakar, has refuted claims from former President John Dramani Mahama that government owed Independent Power Producers (IPPs) to the tune of two billion dollars.

In an interview with the media in Accra, Madam Abubakar stated that reliable statistics from the IPPs revealed that the government owed them one billion dollars for power supply.

She said the government had reached an agreement with five out of the seven IPPs to restructure the debts owed them to ensure regular power supply.

The Government, the minister said, had also agreed with five of the IPPs to restructure the Power Purchase Agreements and that it was working tirelessly to address the shortfalls in power supply.

‘The government is making frantic efforts to provide adequate funding for the energy sector to ensure regular power supply…so that VRA, ECG and GRIDCo will get enough power for transmission,’ the Minister assured.

Meanwhile, as part of efforts to decentralise government’s communication an
d inform the citizenry about the projects it had implemented, Madam Abubakar said her Ministry would embark on regional townhall meetings and exhibitions across the country, starting from the end of July.

The townhall meetings, she said, would bring onboard regional and sector ministers and key government appointees to answer questions from journalists and community members on government projects.

The issues to be discussed at such meetings would include roads, health, education, water and sanitation infrastructure, and any other issue bothering the community or the region.

The regional townhall meetings and exhibitions would help to ensure transparency and accountability regarding government projects and take feedback to the presidency.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Dadekotopon NPP parliamentary candidate calls for unity to win power

Mr Joseph Addo, La Dadekotopn New Patriotic Party (NPP) parliamentary aspirant has called on members of the party to work harder than before to enable the party to win a third term to break the eight-year political jinx to make history.

He said as a history-making party in Ghana’s politics, the party would prosecute an effective and efficient political campaign in the run-up to the December polls to win power.

Mr Addo made the call at the end of a Health Walk he organized for his constituents at La in Accra.

The five-hour walk started at the party’s office through some principal streets of La ended at the Trade Fair Site.

‘I can assure you that with hard work the NPP will win a straight term to continue to steer the affairs of the country which will be a great shock to many Ghanaians,’ Mr Addo said.

The NPP parliamentary candidate said although some Ghanaians and political watchers did not believe that the NPP stood a chance to break the ‘eight’ the party would ensure that the agenda to break the eight-y
ear cycle became a reality.

Mr Addo said just as the party members and sympathizers worked hard to win both the 2016 and 2020 general elections, they should do the same to win the December polls to enable the party to make history.

He appealed to NPP members to see themselves as belonging to the elephant family and work in the interest of the party.

Source: Ghana News Agency