Green Ghana Day: Global Shea Alliance to plant 10 Million shea trees across West Africa
The women made the appeal when they took delivery of 1,000 shea seedlings from the Global Shea Alliance to plant on Friday, June 11, 2021, as part of the maiden edition of the government's 'Green Ghana Day' initiative. Under its Shea Parkland initiative, the Global Shea Alliance is among organizations pushing for the promotion of the economic aspect of the shea trees as an evolving vibrant industry. The Managing Director of Global Shea Alliance, Aaron Adu, announced that the organization is targeting to plant 10 million shea trees within a period of ten years.
43-year-old suspect arrested for attempted robbery on Legon-GIMPA road
The Achimota School District Police Command has arrested 43-year-old Richard Bokor for attempted robbery on the GIMPA road in Accra. This arrest brings to four, the number of suspected robbers arrested on the stretch in one week, following several complaints of robbery attacks by users of the road. Public Relations Officer of Accra Regional Police Command, DSP Effia Tenge spoke to the media about the arrest. The Ghana Police Service has advised robbery victims to formally file complaints on their experiences to the nearest police station.
Green Ghana Day initiative won't be a one-off event
Speaking at the event, President Akufo-Addo explained that the forest is one of the most important natural resources of Ghana, as its continuous existence creates jobs, provides incomes for local communities, offers environmental protection, including watershed protection, and climate change regulation. The President, thus, reiterated his determination to restore the lost forest cover of the country, with the attempt to regulate and sanitize the small-scale mining industry being one such initiative to help keep Ghana's forest cover and reserves intact. The President extended his appreciation to the First Lady, Vice President, Second Lady, the Speaker of Parliament, the Chief Justice, the Chief of Staff at the Office of the President, the Asantehene, the Overlord of Dagbon, the Okyenhene, the National Chief Imam, and other prominent citizens of Ghana, who have embraced the initiative, and committed themselves to support the national endeavour, by planting a tree each.
Minority demands abrogation of Sputnik V vaccine procurement contract
The Minority in parliament is demanding the immediate abrogation of any contract between Ghana and any entity for the procurement of Sputnik V vaccines. Addressing the press in Parliament, the Juaboso MP said there is no justification for the government to procure the Sputnik V vaccines at such a cost. A Norwegian news tabloid, Verdens Gang, reported that Ghana has made a request to purchase 3.4 million doses of the Sputnik V vaccine through two businessmen who are selling it to Ghana at $19 per dose instead of the $10 per dose on the international market.
Akufo-Addo has borrowed more than any president in Ghana's history
He said despite the incessant borrowing by the government, it cannot point to any significant projects it has undertaken for the four years that it has been in power. He further accused President Akufo-Addo of mismanaging state funds.
I'm a colossus within the NDC
Mr. Anyidoho, who was reported to have been suspended from the party, said to Kofi Adoma Nwanwani on the Anↄpa Bↄfoↄ morning show, that he is a recognised member of the party. He also indicated his readiness to attend the upcoming congress meeting geared towards reforming the party.
Otumfuo partakes in Green Ghana Project [Photos]
Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has planted a tree as part of the Green Ghana Project. The Green Ghana Project is an ambitious exercise by the government to plant five million trees as part of efforts to preserve the environment. This follows the planting of 450,000 trees in the region as part of the Green Ghana project today.
World Bank supports Ghana with $200 million to procure Covid-19 Vaccines
The World Bank has approved a $200 million Ghana COVID-19 Emergency Preparedness and Response Project Second Additional Financing, to procure and deploy COVID-19 vaccines for 13 million people. The Ghana COVID-19 Emergency Preparedness and Response Project Second Additional Financing will enable the country to explore the acquisition of COVID-19 vaccines from a range of sources to support Ghana's target to vaccinate 17.5 million people in a way that ensures value-for-money. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Bank Group has committed over $125 billion to fight the health, economic, and social impacts of the pandemic, the fastest and largest crisis response in its history.
Tema MPs commit to ecosystem restoration
The MPs and the MCE, who made the pledge at a tree planting exercise at the Tema General Hospital, to mark the World Environment Day, said it was imperative and meaningful in ensuring that the environment and ecosystem are protected now and for future generations. Mr Ashai Odamtten, MP for Tema East called for all to ensure that the environment, particularly the stock of trees in Tema and its environs, were not depleted, but help generally in the fight climate change. Mr Anang-La, MCE for Tema Metropolitan Assembly, who spoke in an interview with the Ghana News Agency on the sidelines said that as part of the Tema Restoration Agenda - an effort to bring Tema back to its days of glory, some trees had been planted to restore the logged ones.
NDC in Salaga accuse former MP of inciting violence in constituency
According to the NDC, the former MP incited the youth who support the governing New Patriotic Party to vandalize a pickup truck belonging to the NDC in the constituency. The incident occurred when some NDC executives went to represent the sitting MP for the constituency, Hajia Zuwera Ibrahimah at the commissioning of an electricity project in the community which was to be done by the former MP and Minister of the Savannah Region, Salifu Braimah Adam. In a statement signed by the NDC's Constituency Communications Officer, Saaka Sulemana, the NDC said it was the former MP who invited some NPP thugs to vandalize the vehicle.
Buah dismisses reports of contesting Mahama in NDC presidential primary
Some online portals reported that the former Energy and Petroleum Minister is lacing his boots to contest his former boss in the NDC presidential primary ahead of the 2024 elections. He urged all to disregard the report and treat it with the contempt that it deserves.
South London NDC chair urges party to stick together for victory
Clir Dominic Mbang is chair for South London NDC. In a commemorative statement for the NDC's 29th Anniversary, Mr. Mbang stressed that the surest way to unseat their major political rival the New Patriotic Party is for them [NDC] to be united, and uphold the values, principles, and ideals of the forbearers. Albeit he reckoned that preserving and upholding the values, principles, and ideals of the founding fathers of the NDC, is honorable, and a duty for all party people. MR. Mbang, on behalf of the London South Branch executives and membership, took the opportunity to congratulate all party faithful for having championed the development and dynamism of the NDC party.
Kufuor participates in national tree planting exercise
Former President John Agyekum Kufuor on Friday, June 11, 2021, took part in the 'Ghana Green Day' exercise by planting a tree at Peduase in the Eastern Region. He said the planting of tree seedlings embarked upon by the Government is part of efforts to address the issue of climate change and desertification. He said the tree planting programme demonstrated the government's commitment to fulfill the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference Agreement, which is a legally binding international treaty on climate change.
Ho Court grants bail to 21 LGBTQI campaigners
The 21 alleged LGBTQI activists arrested on 21st May 2021 for an unlawful meeting to champion the LGBTQI movement in the Volta Region, have been granted bail by the Ho High Court, presided over by His Lordship, Justice Yaw Owoahene-Acheampong. Lawyers for the accused persons proceeded to the High Court again to file a bail application after an earlier request was declined by the court. According to the police, the program was sponsored by some organizations championing the activities of LGBTQI in Ghana and elsewhere.
Stray animals a threat to national tree planting exercise
The Director of the Institute for Environment and Sanitation Studies at the University of Ghana, Professor Chris Gordon, has said one of the factors that may threaten the trees being planted across the country under the 'Green Ghana Project' is the phenomenon of stray animals in Ghana. According to Prof. Gordon, in the case of Ghana also, stray domestic animals like cattle, goats, and other animals pose the biggest threat to young seedlings. Prof. Gordon further stated that real estate companies need to consider tree planting in their plans, adding that there is the need for Ghanaians to also change their mindset in order to make this project a success.
Adutwum advises faith-based schools
The Minister of Education, Dr. Yaw Adutwum has called on faith-based organizations running schools to introduce universal principles and practices that will benefit students of all faiths. Addressing some of the issues which border on safety and religion, the Minister said the introduction of universal principles and practices will benefit students of all faiths and would not interrupt the education of students. The Executive Director of Child Rights International Bright Appiah also called on the Ministry of Education to regulate the private schools to guarantee the safety of children enrolled there.
Election violence: I'm putting up houses for families of some victims
Out of the about seven persons who died during the 2020 election violence, two of them died in the Techiman South Constituency, while six others were injured. NPP members petition Interior Ministry to probe Techiman South election violence. According to the Techiman South NPP Youth Group, an earlier call on the Interior Ministry for investigations into the post-election violence in their constituency had not yielded any results, hence the need for them to officially petition the Ministry.
We'll drag Health Minister to Parliament over 'expensive' Sputnik V vaccines
The Member of Parliament for Juaboso in the Western North Region, Kwabena Mintah Akandoh, says the Minister for Health, Kweku Agyemang Manu, will be dragged before Parliament's Health Committee following the government's procurement of Sputnik V vaccines at a high cost. A Norwegian news tabloid, Verdens Gang reported that Ghana has made a request to purchase 3.4 million doses of the Sputnik V vaccine through two businessmen who are selling it to Ghana at $19 per dose instead of the $10 per dose on the international market. The government has explained that it could not secure the vaccines directly from the manufacturer, hence the need to go through some middlemen, and that explains why the cost is higher than the standard price of the Russian vaccine.
Don't stigmatise teenage mothers when they return to school
A Deputy Minister-nominee for Education, Gifty Twum-Ampofo, has stressed the need to re-integrate teenage mothers back into society after they have delivered successfully. According to Policy research and advocacy NGO, Africa Education Watch, findings from its research conducted in 200 schools across the country, revealed that the Free Senior High School system and the Coronavirus pandemic contributed to the increasing teenage pregnancies in Ghana. He also said his NGO is engaging the Minister of Education and other stakeholders to come up with a more flexible admission process into Senior High Schools for girls who try to return to school after pregnancy.
Create bypass in Konongo to reduce traffic
The Motor Traffic and Transport Department's Commander of the Ghana Police Service for Konongo Odumasi in the Ashanti Region, DSP Stephen Yeboah, has called on the government to create a bypass in the area to help reduce the heavy vehicular traffic there especially on weekends. Speaking to Citi News, DSP Stephen Yeboah said creating a bypass in the area is the only way to resolve the traffic jam. According to the drivers who are members of the Owerriman Transport Owners and Drivers Association at Konongo, the traffic situation affects their businesses badly.