The Youth of Suma-Ahenkro has in collaboration with the Suma Traditional Council and the Unit Committee has embarked on a massive Clean-up Exercise within the Township as an effort to avoid preventable and hygiene related diseases such as cholera, and malaria.
Speaking to the Brong-Ahafo File during the exercise, Chairman of the Suma Youth Association, Mr. Samford Ankomah indicated that the association was inspired by the vision of the paramount chief of the Suma Traditional Council, Nana Afram Brempong who has vowed to revive the communal spirit among the people within the traditional area for rapid development.
According to Samford Ankomah, the youth decided to embark on the clean up exercise due to the recent outbreak of Cholera in some parts of the country, whilst because Suma is closer to the borders of La Cote d’Ivoire it is a measure to ensure clean environment and sensitizing the people on the deadly Ebola Viral Disease.
He disclosed that the clean-up exercise and sensitization would be organized every two weeks to ensure a clean and healthy environment.
The Suma Youth Association chairman disclosed that the clean up exercise which started as early as 6:00am from the Suma Presbyterian Mission House, Police Station, Market, Principal streets and ended at the Suma Ahenkro Palace, where gutters were de-silt, rubbish and polythene bags were collected, with bushy areas cleared.
However, Mr. Ankomah disclosed that the entire Suma-Ahenkro Township has only one container to collect all rubbish, which does not help in keeping a clean environment because it compels people to throw refuse at their backyards and gutters.
He therefore called on the Jaman North District Assembly through the Unit Committee chairman Mr. Isaac Kwaku Asante to assist with an additional refuse container to help curb indiscriminate disposal of refuse within the township.
The youth also assured doing their best to acquire dustbins along the streets and other vantage places within the town to prevent people from littering indiscriminately along the streets of Suma-Ahenkro, and called for the traditional Council and the district Assembly for support.
Nana Afram Brempong, Paramount Chief of Suma Traditional Area, commended the Youth for the clean-up exercise and campaign against hygiene related diseases, assuring the total support of the Traditional Council to make it a regular exercise.
He also thanked the residents as well as members of the district sanitation agencies, the unit committee members for coming out in their numbers to clean the environment.
Nana Afram Brempong promised to work in collaboration with the Jaman North District Assembly to acquire extra refuse containers and garbage bins to be place along the streets of Suma-Ahenkro to prevent indiscriminate dumping of refuse.
Nana Afram Brempong call on the people to ensure personal hygiene and be vigilant and report quickly on any suspicious symptoms such as headache, coupled with vomiting and feverishness to help curb the spread of cholera and the deadly Ebola disease.
The family of the late Mrs. Monica Dei-Amoah has established a basic school at Tanoso in honor of their deceased to improve access to quality basic education in the Tano North District of Brong-Ahafo.
Mother of the deceased, Madam Mary Mansusu Adu-Wusu, a retired educationist who is the proprietress of the Monica’s Memorial Basic School during the commissioning of the school narrated that, the late daughter was a successful business woman in Accra, blessed with wealth and property, but unfortunately had no child.
According to Madam Mary Mansusu Adu-Wusu, after the dead of her daughter, the family agreed and decided to honor the late Monica Dei-Amoah with a memorable thing that would benefit the people of her native area, hence the establishment of the Monica’s Memorial School at Tanoso.
She continued that Monica’s Memorial School was built with funding from the property of the late daughter, and it is to offer quality basic education to the people of Tanoso, Susuanso and Yamfo, where children are transported on daily basis to and from their respective homes to far away Sunyani.
Madam Mansusu Adu-Wusu noted that it has not been so safe and comfortable for children to be transported from Tanoso, Susuanso and Yamfo to Sunyani before they can have access to quality basic education, so the establishment of Monica’s Basic School will save parents and wards as well as children from the hassle of traveling long distance to school.
She said the school currently has a six-unit classroom block, a staff common room, office, and store room which is completed and furnished, as well as a ultra modern toilet facility and urinal made of six chamber each for male and female.
There is an ongoing six-unit classroom block as well for the Junior High School, and another ongoing project for a modern kitchen to serve the pupils with healthy dishes during school hours.
Madam Mansusu Adu-Wusu further disclosed that she has instructed the Head teacher of the school Mr. Asare Bediako to offer free admission to the first ten (10) pupils who would be enrolled in the school, whilst the remaining have to pay an affordable tuition fees.
She said a bus has been provided as well to transport pupils to and from the school on daily basis at an affordable fee of GHC1.00 daily per child to help effective teaching and learning.
Madam Mansusu Adu-Wusu commended the chiefs and pupil of the Tanoso community and Susuanso for their support and awarded Mr. Asare Bediako for his personal contribution towards the establishment of the school.
The Head Teacher, Mr. Asare Bediako thanked the proprietress Madam Mansusu for the confidence repose on him to head the Monica’s Memorial School and assured to work hard to meet the expectations of the school.
According to Mr. Asare Bediako, the school would commence officially on September 21, 2014, but a total number of 27 pupils have been admitted from Kindergarten 1 to Primary 1, and a current teaching staff of 9, with 6 non-teaching staff including a driver.
The Brong-Ahafo Regional Officer of the Narcotic Control Board, Mr. Ernest Owusu Sarpong has bemoaned on the increasing rate of production of Indian hemp (Wee) in the region.
Speaking at the International Youth Day Regional Commemoration at Odomase in the Sunyani West District of Brong-Ahafo under the theme; “Youth and Mental Health, Drug Abuse and Trafficking, Mr. Owusu Sarpong revealed that Brong-Ahafo comes second in terms of Wee production in Ghana.
The Youth Day Regional Commemoration was organized by the National Youth Authority with sponsorship from the Mission of Hope International Society Organization (MIHOSO).
According to Mr. Ernest Owusu Sarpong, the production of Wee in the region has a negative effect on the entire society if not fight jointly with all seriousness.
He urged the Youth to flee from the cultivation; trading and use of all illicit drugs in order not to ruin their future, adding that majority of inmates in the various prisons of the country are youth who in one way or the order was associated with the use or trade in illicit drugs.
Mr. Owusu Sarpong reiterated the call of fighting the canker to have a safe and healthy society.
Mr. Gabriel Benarkuu, Chief Executive of MIHOSO commended the National Youth Authority for their partnership to organize such a forum to educate the Youth on the dangers associated with illicit drugs.
He disclosed that a survey conducted by MIHOSO has proven that out of 10 Senior High School Students met on the streets, 3 have in one way or the order have associated him/herself with the use of illicit drugs, particularly Wee.
Mr. Benarkuu noted that churches and other religious sects have stopped the social aspect of educating the public on the dangers associated with the use of illicit drugs, in their outreach programmes, with much focus on the spiritual part.
He stated that because of industrialization process in the Brong-Ahafo Region and other parts of the country, there should be a need to have a mental health counseling Services in every district to curb the menace of illicit drugs.
The Deputy Brong-Ahafo Regional Minister, Justice Samuel Agyei indicated that the use of illicit drugs has nothing beneficial, therefore the Youth must not destroy their future with drugs.
An aspiring Sunyani East Constituency Organizer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Yussiff Ibrahimm a.k.a Ben Kluvi says the superiority of the NPP over the NDC in Sunyani East would be over in 2016, when he is given the chance as the organizer of the party in the constituency.
Speaking to Moonlite News in Sunyani, Mr. Yussiff Ibrahim assured a 50% votes for the NDC in the constituency come 2016 elections.
However, Mr. Yussiff Ibrahim has a very difficult hurdle to clear as he would be competition with the incumbent constituency organizer, Joekuma Ibrahim, the Sunyani Municipal NADMO Coordinator, Kwasi Lampoh, Abdulai Saanah, and Prosper Debly, a teacher.
According to Yussiff Ibrahim, he stands tall among all the contenders based on the work he has done for the party since 1992, in terms organizing the youth for party activities.
He continued that as a grassroots member of the NDC, and the organizer for the NDC Serial Callers in the Brong-Ahafo Regional, it was time for him to serve the party at the constituency level as an elected official of the party, to carry the organization of the party activities on his shoulders in support of other elected executive members.
Mr. Yussiff Ibrahim expressed the hope that come Friday, August 29, 2014, he would be voted as the new constituency organizer of the NDC in Sunyani East to neutralized the supremacy of the NPP in the constituency.
He sent a strong signal to the incumbent NPP Member of Parliament and the entire NPP membership to beware for a strong force from the NDC ready to take over the political superiority come 2016 and beyond.
He however, called on NDC party delegates to vote for personalities who are willing and ready to work to retain the NDC in political power, and should not allow any candidate to influence their decisions with material things or cash.
The youth of Banda in the Banda District of the Brong-Ahafo region have welcomed the dismissal of the District Chief Executive, Mr. Alex Bonsu.
It would be recalled that the youth and indeed the people in the district have been on the DCEs neck over the past several months over corruption allegations.
The Member of Parliament for the area and deputy majority chief whip, Hon. Ahmed Ibrahim during a recent tour of the District bemoaned the state of corruption under the watch of the former District Chief Executive, Mr. Alex Bonsu. “The authorities who are to know about the situation in Banda have been briefed about it” the MP said at Beima, a farming community in the District.
To demonstrate their unhappiness about the DCEs stay in office, the youth on the 14th of August 2014 chased the DCE out of his office into the bush and pursued him and brought him back to the community.
The youth vowed not to allow the DCE back into the District “saying, we can no longer contain the spate of corruption of the DCE anymore.
However, in a statement released by government on Friday 22nd August relieved the DCE, Mr. Alex Bonsu from office and appointed for confirmation Mr. Jacob Boateng, an accountant and an assembly member for the Dorbor Electoral Area in the Banda District in accordance with Article 243(1) of the 1992 Constitution and section 20 of the Local Government Act, Act 462 of 1993.
Speaking to Moonlite News, a youth leader from the District, Mr. Adama Haruna who has been very instrumental in calling for the dismissal of the DCE expressed appreciation to the president for listening to the people.
On the way forward on the monies the DCE has allegedly embezzled, Mr. Adama told this paper they would meet at Banda Ahenkro on Friday to discuss how to handle that.
Mr. James Donkor, a youth from the area said the District was created to facilitate the development of the area and hence anybody who works against such an agenda should not be tolerated.
He said the level of corruption perpetuated by the former DCE should not be tolerated in any civilized and development oriented society.
He urged government to show other appointees the exit to ensure speedy development of the country.
The Jaman South District Directorate of Education has withdrawn the services of 17 teachers for poor performance and entering the profession with fake certificates.
Mr Kingsley Abrokwa, District Director of Education told Newsmen at Drobo in Brong Ahafo Region that the teachers we reissued with withdrawal letters based on directives from the Teachers Education Division of Ghana Education Service.
He explained that the punitive measures were taken because of their poor performance at the Untrained Teachers Diploma in Basic Education Programme, being pursued by the University of CapeCoast to replace teachers posted to the district.
Mr Abrokwa said it is a nationwide exercise to improve quality teaching and learning in schools.
A Senior Research Scientist, Dr. Mrs. Marian Quain has debunked claims by anti-Genetically Modify Organism (GMO) activists citing socio-economic and health concerns of such foods and products.
According to Dr Quain, such concerns stem from misconception, emphasizing that many studies and research had gone into the development of GMOs, which prove that they are safe for human consumption.
She has therefore called on Ghanaians to embrace the use of biotechnology in agricultural production to ensure increased crop yields, adding that Biotechnology is a tool employed by scientists to manipulate the genetic-make up of organisms to produce improved breeds.
“Genetic engineering would not only boost agricultural production but would also improve the incomes and livelihoods of farmers as well as the country’s economic situation.” She stressed
Dr Quain, who heads the Biotechnology Research Programme at the Crops Research Institute of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR-CRI) noted that Ghana cannot feed its people if it continues using the same strategies in farming in the future, adding that there is the need for the country to adopt improved means of food production to meet the rising food needs of the populace because of Climate Change and increased pressure on the available arable land due to increasing population.
Making a presentation at a three-day day workshop for Northern Sector journalists at Ejisu, Dr. Quain stressed that Ghana at the moment did not have any genetically modified crops released unto the Ghanaian market and urged Ghanaians to for once trust the Ghanaian scientists of something good.
She warned, “With Climate Change, if we go on with agriculture as we always do, we will go begging for food in the near future. There is need for genetic engineering of crops to enable them (crops) to survive in the changing climatic conditions to assure the population food.”
The training programme organized by the Programme for Biosafety System (PBS), International Services for the Acquisition of Agri-biotich Application (ISAAAA), AfriCenter, and the African Biosafety Network of Expertise (ABNE) was to deepen the knowledge of the journalists on biotechnology and biosafety issues to ensure fair and balanced reportage related issues.
Participants were taken through the practical and theories on Biotechnology and Biosafety, the Biosafety Act, the Plant Breeders’ Bill, Biotechnology Applications in Nigeria and Burkina Faso, among other issues.
Professor Walter Alhassan, Member of the Programme for Biosafety Systems – Ghana, called for objectivity and the scaling up of Science Reporting to demystify misconceptions about scientific issues to enable the citizenry have a balanced understanding of the issues.
The Traditional Authorities of Buoyem in the Techiman North District of the Brong-Ahafo Region have reacted to the allegations that consumption of bats in the area is high, thereby the directives by the Ghana Health Services that the bat’s cave should be closed down.
Speaking in an Interview with Moonlite News, Secretary to the Buoyem Traditional Council, Nana Agyei Ameyaw indicated strongly that hunting and consumption of bats was prohibited in the area, since 1996, hence the allegation of consumption of bats being high is false.
Reacting to the Ghana Health Services directive that the bat’s cave be close down, Nana Agyei Ameyaw, stressed that the traditional council started preventing tourists from visiting the bat’s cave about three years ago in a bid to protect the animals.
The bats according to Nana Agyei Ameyaw were hunted annually in the past as part of their local festival celebration, however, hunting and consumption of these mammals seized since 1996 when the cave was converted into a tourist attraction site.
Buoyem literally means “in the belly of the rocks”. The early settlers of this community became cave dwellers in a bid to find a haven for their golden stool of Bono Manso. Here at their current location is the abundance of mighty rocks and the famous bats.
Nana Agyei Ameyaw who has also been the chief tour guide at Buoyem for decades noted that they had already heard of the Ebola virus long ago when researchers from South Africa cautioned them against getting contact with the bats.
He said education of their community members to take precautionary measures against contacting the Ebola virus is going on successfully.
The Assembly member for the area, Ernest Asante, said though they had the information that the bat’s are carriers of a disease but they were until now unaware that it is Ebola Virus.
He added that he in collaboration with the Buoyem Traditional Council is on an education campaign to get the people aware of what they should do to prevent contracting Ebola.
Interacting with some citizens of Buoyem, it was observed that the issue of the Ebola Virus was scary but the people expressed commitment to preventing its spread in the area.
Health workers at the Buoyem Community Health Centre though declined to speak on the issue of the Ebola virus; they appeared to be ignorant and unequipped to attend to any Ebola case if the need arises.
Some irate youth of Banda District in the Brong-Ahafo Region have called for the immediate arrest of the their Member of Parliament (MP), Ahmed Ibrahim for masterminding the beating and kidnapping of the District Chief Executive (DCE) for the area, Alex Bonsu.
The youth during a demonstration at Banda Sabie also petitioned the speaker of parliament and the majority caucus to demote Ahmed Ibrahim from the position of deputy majority chief whip.
It could be recalled that the honorable Member of Parliament for Banda, Ahmed Ibrahim, during his tour at the constituency, accused the DCE of being corrupt.
After the MP’s allegation against the DCE, some youth of Banda on Thursday, August 14, this year allegedly attacked the DCE for Banda, Alex Bonsu who was allegedly ambushed, beaten and kidnapped.
The DCE was believed to be journeying from Nsawkaw in the Tain District to his office at Banda Ahenkro when the unidentified youth attacked him and smashed his official Nissan Patrol car.
The youth further proceeded to the offices of Banda District Assembly and vandalized Alex Bonsu’s office.
The irate youth were purportedly seen using the two vehicles belonging to the MP, Ahmed Ibrahim, hence the accusation that he had organized the violence act.
Douglas Mensah who led the demonstrators to condemn the act, noted that the attackers were recruited from elsewhere to execute what they termed “heinous crime”.
The smashed Nisan Patrol car has since been towed to Sunyani for repair works whilst the DCE also seizes to report to work for fear of his live.
Douglas Mensah and his team of demonstrators later presented a petitio to President Mahama, copied to the Inspector General of Police, and the Brong Ahafo Regional Minister to the chief of Banda Sabie, Nana Sie Manaa, who promised to forward it to the necessary quarters.
Mallam Addulai Yussif aka 99 Bullets, a spiritualist in the Techiman Municipality has predicted a humiliating defeat for President John Dramani Mahama, if Nana Addo Danquah Akufo Addo, the 2-time NPP Presindential Aspirant wins the upcoming NPP Presidential Primaries.
Mallam Yussif was addressing a section of the Media at his residence when he predicted that should Nana Addo Danquah Akufo Addo, wins the upcoming primaries of the NPP, then, President Mahama would be defeated in the 2016 elections.
Mallam Yussif emphasized that Nana Akuffo Addo is politically matured and more experienced to win power in 2016.
According to the famous spiritualist, he predicted a win for Bukom Banku against Ayitey Powers one clear month before the fight which came to pass.
Similarly, he is predicting a victory for Nana Addo in 2016, if he wins the upcoming NPP Presidential Primaries.
The biggest opposition party, NPP is poised to capture power in 2016. The National Vetting Committee of the New Patriotic Party completed its work; haven examined and vetted all seven (7) nominees seeking to contest for the 2016 Flagbearership position of the Party.
The Committee recommends that all seven (7) aspirants duly qualify and be made to contest the election.
The aspirants are the 2012 flagbearer of the party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, a former Trade Minister, Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen, Member of Parliament for Mampong, Francis Addai Nimo; and Dr. Kofi Konadu Apraku, a former MP for Offinso.
The rest are a former Information Minister, Stephen Asamoah Boateng; Joe Ghartey, MP for Essikado-Ketan; and Asuogyaman MP, Osei Ameyaw.
Consequently, there was balloting by all aspirants for positions on the ballot paper for the August 31st 2014 Special Electoral College at the NPP Headquarters on Tuesday 5th August.
After the balloting which took place at the party’s headquarters, the two time flagbearer of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo picked the sixth position on the ballot paper with his close contender, Alan K. Kyerematen picking the fifth position.
Dr Kofi Konadu Apraku, former MP for Offinso North picked the first position, Stephen Asamoah Boateng, former Information Minister, second, Francis Addai Nimoh, MP for Mampong; third, Kofi Osei Ameyaw, MP for Asuogyaman, fourth position and the seventh position went to Mr Joe Ghartey, MP for Esikado-Ketan.