UCC to bestow Honorary Doctorate Degree on Asantehene for contributions to national peace


The University of Cape Coast (UCC) has unveiled its intention to bestow an Honorary Doctorate Degree upon the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, in acknowledgment of his remarkable contributions to nation building, peace, and development.

The conferment ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, September 5, at the New Examination Centre at UCC.

A statement released by the University highlighted that the event would be a momentous occasion to gather distinguished personalities from various sectors to commemorate Otumfuo’s exceptional accomplishments.

UCC expressed its privilege in acknowledging Otumfuo’s invaluable contributions and achievements to inspire future generations to pursue excellence in their respective pursuits.

As per UCC’s view, the Asantehene’s unwavering commitment to fostering unity, education, healthcare and entrepreneurship had significantly impacted the lives of numerous individuals.

Consequently, the Honorary Doctorate Degree is a testament to Otumfuo’s distinguished service to the nation,
specifically his dedication to promoting unity and progress in the Asante Kingdom and beyond.

The university also commended Otumfuo for being an embodiment of love, peace, and democracy, exemplified by his successful efforts in persuading leaders of diverse political parties to pledge their commitment to ensuring peace during Ghana’s Presidential and Parliamentary elections since 2012.

He played a pivotal role in the Mediation Committee that effectively resolved the Dagbon chieftaincy conflict.

Likewise, Otumfuo’s tranquil demeanour and adeptness in resolving challenging disputes had significantly contributed to the resolution of over 500 land and chieftaincy conflicts nationwide.

The Asantehene has graciously accepted an invitation to grace the Oguaa Fetu Afahye festival in September 2024.

This forthcoming visit holds great historical significance, given the rare participation of the Asantehene at festivals beyond the confines of the Ashanti Kingdom.

The Fetu Afahye stands as an annual celebration cher
ished not only by the people of Cape Coast but the entire country and beyond, and the impending attendance of the Asantehene will bestow a remarkable aura of prestige and cultural importance on the festival.

Source: Ghana News Agency

GFA lines up all-female match officials for Democracy Cup match


The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has lined up all female match officials for the maiden Democracy Cup match between Accra Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko at the Accra Sports Stadium on Wednesday, July 17.

FIFA referee Juliet Appiah would be in the middle of the action and would be assisted by Doris Essuman Darko (Assistant 1), Mary Tei (Assistant 2) with Joyce Obenewaa Appiah serving as Fourth Official.

Retired referee Vivian Aggor would be the Match Commissioner.

Sophia Azumah has been named as the centre referee for the curtain raiser match between Parliamentarians and former Black Stars players.

She would also be assisted by Angela Tsakpoe (Assistant 1), Blessing Abena Oppong (Assistant 2) with Cynthia Yaa Mensah serving as Fourth Official.

The maiden edition of the Democracy Cup match between Asante Kotoko and Accra Hearts of Oak is part of the activities celebrating Ghana’s 30 years of Parliamentary Democracy.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Black Queens suffer heavy defeat against Japan?


The Black Queens of Ghana suffered a 4-0 defeat against Japan in a friendly encounter at the Kanazawa Go Go Curry Stadium on Saturday.

Despite controlling possession from the outset, the home side struggled to find a route through the defence of the Queens who kept their lines clean with solid clearances.

Japan had chances but felt fleeting as the four-time African champions took advantage to play very deep.

Ghana’s joy was tempered by a controversial red card following Portia Boakye’s infringement on a Japanese attacker in the 23rd minute. 

Black Queens, the lowest-ranked team defended desperately to hold out Japan in a barren first half. 

The second half produced a lot of dramatic moments with Japan restoring their dignity as one of the best sides in the world. 

A goal each from Tanaka Mina, Hamano, Fujino Aoba and Ueki sealed the campaign for the home side as they head into the 2024 Paris Olympic Games with much confidence. 

Nora Häuptle, Head Coach of the Black Queens will hope to shape her team we
ll as they prepare for the next Women’s Africa Cup of Nations. 

Source: Ghana News Agency

Ghana to host 7th African Evidence to Action Conference and Exhibition


Ghana will host the 7th African Evidence to Action Conference and Exhibition from 22nd to 26th July, 2024.

Dubbed ‘The Evidence to Action 2024 Conference’, the event will bring together experts, policymakers, researchers, academics, civil society organisations, international development agencies and business leaders from over 40 countries to discuss innovative research and practical solutions for climate change challenges in Africa.

A press statement shared with the Ghana News Agency indicated that this year’s conference, which would be held at the ISSER Conference Hall, University of Ghana, was on the theme: ”Resilience and Climate Change Adaptation’.

‘The event kicks off with pre-conference sessions, starting from July 22 to 23, 2024, and the main conference, from July 24 to 26, 2024. This year’s theme will explore the linkages and synergies between resilience and climate change adaptation, two key concepts essential for addressing the impacts of climate change, especially in Africa,’ the statement said
.

Key speakers scheduled to address the Conference include: Prof. Nana Aba Appiah Amfo, Vice-Chancellor, University of Ghana; Hon. Ophelia Mensah Hayford, Minister, MESTI, and Dr. Emmanuel Marfo, Chair, Parliamentary Select Committee on Environment and Science.

Other key speakers are: Dr. Evans Aggrey-Darkoh, Head of Civil Service; Prof. Felix Ankomah Asante, Pro Vice Chancellor of Research, Innovation and Development, University of Ghana, and Dr. Namanga Ngongi, ICED Board Chair.

Speaking ahead of the Conference, Dr. David Ameyaw, President and CEO of ICED, said climate change had moved beyond an environment issue to impact the economic stability and social equity of Africa.

‘This conference brings together diverse stakeholders to share research, innovations and strategies that can drive effective action and build resilience in our communities,’ he said.

Prof. Peter Quartey, Director of ISSER, said: ‘As we face the growing impacts of climate change, it is imperative to ground our responses in robust res
earch and collaborative efforts.’

Source: Ghana News Agency

Ga Mantse Warns of Sanctions for Sanitation Violators in Accra


The Ga Mantse, Nii Tackie Teiko Tsuru II, has commended the people who participated in today’s Homowo clean-up exercise in parts of Accra at its Central Business District (CBD).

He expressed his pleasure at seeing the streets of Accra’s CBD cleaned, healthy and extolled the efforts of those involved in the exercise.

His Royal Majesty King Tackie Teiko Tsuru II made the commendation during an inspection tour of the selected areas on Saturday.

Accompanied by senior officers of the Greater Accra Regional Coordinating Council (GARCC) and Asafoatsemei of the Ga State, he visited various locations, including Rawlings Park, CMB, Makola, and Tudu, to assess the progress of the exercise.

Saturday’s clean-up was the first phase of the one-month Homowo clean-up initiative, a collaborative effort between the Ga Mantse, government agencies, and Zoomlion Ghana Limited.

The Ga Mantse assured that the exercise would be sustained after the Homowo festivities.

‘We will ensure that this exercise goes beyond the Homowo cel
ebrations and becomes a regular feature in Accra,’ he said.

He, however, cautioned that the special task force would be patrolling in Accra from tomorrow to see to it that the city is clean.

‘Those who will be found flouting the sanitation by-laws will be dragged to the sanitation court and prosecuted to serve as deterrent,’ Nii Teiko Tsuru II warned.

The Ga Mantse also used the opportunity to advise Ghanaians to ensure that ‘we all play our part as citizens to ensure a peaceful, free and fair poll on December 7.’

The 5-hour exercise was led by a dedicated team of Asafoatsemei, Asafoanymei, and environmental sanitation officers, who are the Special Task Force and Zoomlion Ghana Limited.

Zoomlion provided the necessary resources, including garbage trucks, personnel, and equipment.

The Zoomlion team included the Chief Operating Officer for the Environment and Sanitation Cluster of the Jospong Group of Companies (JGC), Mrs. Florence Larbi, and the Chief Corporate Communication Officer, JGC, Madam Sophia Ku
djordi.

Security personnel from the Ghana Police Service and Ghana Armed Forces ensured security and compliance.

The team worked tirelessly to ensure that the streets and surroundings were thoroughly cleaned, leaving the areas spotless and hygienic.

The Director of Communications and Corporate Affairs of Zoomlion, Madam Emma Adwoa Appiaa Osei- Duah, encouraged the traders, hawkers, and shop owners, to take active part in the exercise for their own safety.

According to her, unsanitary conditions brought about diseases which could affect them and people who patronise their goods and services.

She urged the metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies (MMDAs) to enforce the sanitation by-laws to ensure cleanliness in Accra.

Source: Ghana News Agency

GSS trains media, CSOs on Multidimensional Poverty Index


The Ghana Statistical Service (GSS), has organised a two-day workshop for media personnel and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to provide them with the necessary expertise to campaign for and disseminate the Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) Reports.

This would allow the media and CSOs to step up their monitoring, accountability, and advocacy roles, ensuring that society was shaped to bring about the necessary change and growth.

Consequently, participants were educated on how to use the GSS website to retrieve data on censuses, employment, education, and access to water, among other topics.

Dr. Owusu Kagya, Director of Business, Industry and Trade of the GSS, told the participants from the Volta, Greater Accra, Oti and Eastern regions who converged in Koforidua for the training that the workshop was being held in four zones.

He explained that the MPI helped to address many overlapping deprivations such as lack of education, poor health and nutrition, unsafe water and other disadvantages that poor peo
ple experienced.

Therefore, Mr. Kagya noted that the GSS had generated MPI report for all 261 Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Assemblies in the country. 

He indicated that the training was necessary as it was part of a continuous effort to make disaggregated data available for decision-making, particularly at the sub-national level.

‘Due to the critical role that the media and CSOs play in advocacy in the country, GSS, in partnership with GIZ, provided training for selected media people and CSOs,’ he said.

Additionally, Dr. Kagya said the regional dissemination workshops provided an opportunity to instruct participants on how to use the StatsBank, an online platform that provides users with disaggregated statistics from censuses, surveys, and administrative data sources.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Exclusive breastfeeding superior to other infant feeding methods – Professor Aryeetey


Professor Richmond Nii Okai Aryeetey, Head, Department of Population and Reproductive Health at University of Ghana, says mothers should not abandon exclusive breastfeeding since it remains ‘superior’ to any other means of feeding infants.

Speaking at his inaugural lecture in Accra, he said mothers should not be ‘deceived’ to substitute breast milk, recommended within first six months after child birth, for other methods like commercial milk formula.

He said formula milk could be ‘an alternative’ to breastmilk in situations where there were no access to human milk but should not be ‘marketed as the norm for child feeding’.

Providing insight on the topic: ‘Child Feeding for Human Health and Development: Bridging the Know-Do Gap’, he stressed the importance of breastfeeding for both mother and child, in addition to other social benefits.

‘[Breast] feeding children properly is an investment in human capital which translates into their ability to survive and perform better in terms of physical growth.

‘Well-
fed children experience lower risk of infection; they have enhanced learning potential and perform better in school and are set on a good track for productive adult life,’ he noted.

Prof Aryeetey indicated that children ‘deserve the right to proper nutrition’, and that, babies must be fed ‘anytime, anywhere, on demand, and not based on the mother’s schedule’.

Apart from other health benefits, optimal breastfeeding, according to the public health expert, was also ‘an effective family planning tool, when done properly’.

Pointing out the adverse effects of poor feeding in children, he cautioned against ‘forced-feeding’ which, he explained, could affect proper eating habits of children later in life.

‘If a child associates a particular feeding approach to trauma, this can alter the way they eat later on in life that is why things like forced-feeding should not be encouraged,’ he stated.

Prof Aryeetey debunked some myths about breastfeeding and requested support for breastfeeding mothers who faced challenges.

To that end, he called for the establishment of ‘breastmilk banks’ in health facilities where there were no alternative to a mother’s breastmilk.

He urged government and non-governmental actors to create ‘breastfeeding-friendly’ spaces at workplaces, to enable mothers feed children while performing core organisational duties.

Prof Nana Aba Appiah Amfo, Vice-Chancellor University of Ghana, reiterated the importance of breastfeeding, saying it was one of the ‘easiest things’ mothers could do for their babies.

Commending Prof Aryeeetey for ‘delivering brilliantly’ on the topic, she highlighted the University’s support for nursing mothers, and urged the public to ‘take action and become disciples of breastfeeding.’

Source: Ghana News Agency

Missing Children Ghana appoints Dr Attah, Dr Quaye to support operations


Missing Children Ghana has appointed Dr. Dzifa A. Attah, a clinical psychologist, and Dr. Patience Ashorkor Quaye, a retired Assistant

Commissioner of Police, to be part of its team working to curb the missing children menace in Ghana.

The two were first announced as Fellows during the 2024 International Missing Children’s Day event held at Marriott Hotel, Accra.

Ms Regina Asamoah, Founder, Missing Children Ghana, in an interview with the media at the event, said the addition marked a significant stride for the Organisation towards advancing the rights of children and women, as well as addressing gaps in curbing the missing children phenomenon in the country.

She added that the Organisation found the new addition as thrilling as it was happening at a crucial time, with elections ahead, a time where cases of missing children were likely to increase.

Ms Asamoah said the two professionals would bring extensive expertise in child protection and mental health, safeguarding, and promising holistic support for
traumatised families.

‘The inclusion of Dr. Attah and Dr. Quaye as Fellows of Missing Children Ghana marks a transformative chapter in the organisation’s mission. Their combined expertise in mental health and child protection is sure to provide comprehensive support to traumatised families, advancing the cause of vulnerable children and women across Ghana.

‘It is a known thing in this country that a lot of children stray away from home during election year. Now, with these distinguished Fellows on board, Missing Children Ghana reaffirms its commitment to creating a safer and more just world for all, especially children and women,’ she stressed.

She expressed gratitude to Missing Children Ghana partners – Ghana Italian Women Association (GIWA), IPMC Ghana, Family Based Care Alliance (FaBCA), Ghana Police Service, Department of Social Welfare, Residential Homes for Children, Africa Missing Children Network, International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC) and Accra Marriott Hotel.

Ms Asamoah
called on corporate Ghana and all well-meaning Ghanaians to come aboard and offer the support needed to protect children and reunite missing children with their families.

Source: Ghana News Agency