Politics

Abedi Warns Black Stars After Ethiopia Win

Ghana legend Abedi Ayew Pele has cautioned the senior national team against complacency after a blistering start to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

The Black Stars brushed Ethiopia aside with five goals without reply last week and the former African Player of the Year is urging the team not to drop the momentum in subsequent games.

“For now, we do not have to jubilate so much because things go so fast in football,” Abedi warned.

“We have other matches to play in the qualifiers. Even though the countries we will face [Kenya and Sierra Leone] are not as strong as expected, we will still face them and those matches will have to be played nonetheless. It is always good to have such a start but we have to prepare [for the rest of the qualifiers] adequately,” he noted.

The Black Stars will continue the Group F qualifiers against Kenya in March 2018 before facing the Leone Stars later in September.

Mexican Ambassador Calls For Technical Cooperation With Ghana

The Mexican Ambassador to[1] Ghana, Her Excellency, Maria De Los Angeles Arriola Aguirre, has called for a better technical cooperation between Ghana and Mexico to promote investment between the two countries.
Ambassador Arriola Aguirre described Ghana as a safe investment destination, but to fully achieve its potential, there is the need to develop the human resource base of the country through education to build a prosperous economy.
“Education is a better means towards having a stronger economy” she said.

The envoy said this during interactions with the Chief Executive Officer of Start in Ghana Investment Ltd (SiGI), Mr. Yahaya Alhassan, in Accra. SiGI promotes investment between African countries particularly Ghana and Nigeria.

To realise a better technical cooperation, Ambassador Arriola Aguirre revealed that her embassy is currently working with universities in Mexico to sign bilateral agreements with their Ghanaian counterparts for exchange programs involving professors, researchers and students to help Ghana to have better skilled professionals especially in science, where her country has made significant progress.

In the agricultural sector, she pointed that Ghana can take full advantage of her arable land potentials just as Mexico, which represent the 8th largest agricultural economy in the world, did. The Mexican embassy is also encouraging Mexican agro-industries to invest in Ghana due to the good climate and free trade agreement existing here.

On the empowerment of women, she called for more participation of women in policy and decision making in government.

She said over the past ten years, the campaign for the advancement of women has gained greater international attention for gender equality and there has been progress though there is still much to be done.

According to Ambassador Arriola Aguirre her expectation is to see Ghana adopt a political equality system saying, “during Mexico’s 2016 election, the president, Mr. Enrique Pena Nieto, in consultation with Congress and all the political parties agreed to present 50% of Parliamentary Candidates as women. In the end, 40% of females were elected as Parliamentarians”.

She reiterated the need for educating children about the equality of both men and women including making laws for women’s rights to be respected. “Although we cannot change the law, we can change the culture and attitudes.

“On the World Women’s Day, it was established in Mexico that companies having women as Chief Executive Officers have 30% higher productivity level than their male counterparts, which contributed to the living standard of the people” she added.

Source;Ghana Eye

Ahmed Richard Martey , the photographer of our time

Story; Y.A.K
Born in Nima 441, a suburb where outsider’s wrong perception is a slippery wayward conclusion, Ahmed would grow with his photographer skills to showcase the beauty of his slum to Ghana and the world.

Ahmed, in a recent interview to mark the 60th anniversary celebration of Ghana’s independence from the shackles of colonialism, described Nima as the most fascinating part of Ghana with various talents in painting, music, dancing, academics and sports (particularly football). “But many don’t know and we all forget that the president of Ghana is from Nima” Ahmed said, whiles revealing an infectious smile.

The photographer has been the successful story of wiping the denigrating impression people have about his community through his exhibitions and documentary images of one of the greatest artist in Ghana, Mohammed Awudu of Moh Arts and the beautiful works of Skido and Sammy Adjei, all Nimanians to the attraction of Ghanaians, visiting international audiences and the diplomatic corps..

His photographic works aimed at encourage parents to enroll their children in school depict mothers taking their children to school, which are published in a mini brochure designed in partnership with the Kunata Voluntary Organisation, has been encouraging and the work has had the effect of motivating to take their kids to school.

He praised the get your child to school campaign by saying that “when we started this photography program four years ago, as compared to the present, I can see that many parents now enjoy sending their kids to school and am personally happy to share copies with the them”.

His works exhibit the commercial hub of Nima, the Nima Market, which has gradually become one of the leading markets in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana, where companies rush to supply their products to retailers and the place has been a source of employment and income generation to many residents. Not forgetting the various cafes and restaurants including the artefact market.

On the national front, he has been instrumental in raising the awareness tempo about head potters popularly known as kayayei phenomenon into a national debate to how to bring future and welfare to these disadvantaged girls with pictures he captured for the Bridgewater Project and the Humanity Magazine.

The magazine campaigns for the future and welfare of needy girls in Ghana. His pictures of the kayayei featuring in the national Daily Graphic, Daily Guide and Modern Ghana, News Ghana, Ghana Eye, Metro Tv, Gtv and Tv3 caught the heart and attention of Mrs Elizabeth Agyeman, who summoned the former minister for gender, children and social protection, Hon Nana Oye Lithur, to Parliament to come out with an immediate effect on strategic programme to realise the kayayei phenomenon and the trend continues thanks to the displays of the renowned journalist.

“When I look at the girls sleeping on the street or carrying loads for their survival I feel like I must do the little that I can” he told Ghana Eye at a ceremony to launch a special exhibition of the Humanity Magazine, depicting paintings of vulnerable girls to raise funds for the construction of accommodation and vocational centre in Accra.

The son of Comfort Amposah can be credited for the completion of the Kumasi Kejetia Street Girls Resettlement Center and Clinic, which comprises a special department for anti-child trafficking because Kejetia has been a transit point for traffickers from the northern part of Ghana.
Located at the heart of the largest market in Africa, the center has a unit for marriage redress for the market women, including a clinic for proper healthcare. In addition the facility houses a teenage pregnancy prevention and counselling on HIV unit and the public address department for sharing beneficial information to the girls and the entire market women.

When in early 2017 President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo abolished the kayayei tax, the Kunata Voluntary Organisation’s Bridgewater Project was credited with the national feat for initiating the campaign, but the telling and appealing pictures of taxed young girls by the man behind the camera to the president was too much for the human rights lawyer   to bear who immediately passed a law exempting the girls from the payment of tolls to the government.

On peace level, his works has been dynamic at the doors of diplomatic halls and offices of political parties in Ghana in getting all groups to endorse the football for humanity peace jersey. A program of using the beautiful game of football to unite politicians before, during and after elections with proceeds channelled to girl-child projects in Africa.

Ahmed Richard Martey is the chief executive officer of Rymed Pixels Photography and the founding president of Ayawaso Multimedia Group. He is also the local correspondent for the German weekly news network the Die Ziet and a special photographer for renowned chief Drolor Bosso Adamtey 1 and for Broadway Entertainment Group at Nima.
Story By;Y.A.K

Fashion show for Kayayei initiated

A fashion show designed to champion the dignity of head-poters popularly known as Kayayeis found all over major cities in Ghana has been initiated in Accra.

Speaking in an interview with the Ghanaeye news site, the Greater Accra coordinator of the Pamela Bridgewater Project, Ms Evelyn Mokadza, said though the Kayayeis represent the disadvantaged segment of the Ghanaian populace “I can see happiness, beauty and pride in them and they are like any other women or girls and therefore need our sisterly and motherly attention or care”.

Ms Mokadza reiterated the importance of the fashion show as branding the value of the disadvantaged girls, apart from the awareness creation of what she described as the “neglect of our society”.

According to her, the show on the various media would bring much pride and respect for girls in Ghana, which she believes can have a psychological effect on the unscrupulous men who want to take advantage of their situation especially at night.

She stressed that, the Kayayei show would have a short outreach programs to educate and create awareness among the girls on how to prevent or report abuses and teenage pregnancy.

In early 2016, the organisation in partnership with its international associates successful staged a talent show for children in Ghana to unearth what the kids can do .The event was met with much interest across the country,

The Bridgewater project campaigns for the future and welfare of Kayayeis and children through training, education, advocacy, protection and research.

OdeefourOwusu Amoaye II shows the way in development

Chiefs and their elders have for centuries played significant roles in the development of Ghanaian societies and they have also served as the embodiment of our traditions and histories.

Significant changes witnessed in this country immediately after independence and in the latter part of the 20th century have led to the diminishing of the role of several traditional authorities.

One chief who has however remained very relevant in the face of the huge social, economic and political changes is the paramount chief of the Appiadu Traditional Area, near Kumasi in the Ashanti Region, OdeefourOwusuAmoaye II.

Since his enstoolment at the tender age of 14 years in 1950 he has never relented in his efforts to bring development to his people at Appiadu, the Golden Stool and the nation as a whole.

Speaking in an interview with AgyenimBoateng, host of MemanNti program to be aired on Angel TV,OdeefourAmoaye II revealed how he has been privileged and inspired to serve three kings of the Asante kingdom, namely; Otumfour Sir AgyemanPrempe II, OtumfourOpoku Ware II and OtumfourOsei Tutu II.

Enumerating some of the interventions he has initiated to improve the lives of his citizens, Odeefour mentioned some school blocks he has constructed to boost the education of pupils and students in that traditional area.

He has also in the past and now continues to offer scholarship to brilliant students to pursue various programmes of study at the tertiary institutions and colleges of education. He is proud that his interventions in the educational sector are paying off as the beneficiaries of his generosity are now contributing to the development of Ghana in diverse ways.

The acute water challenges faced by the residents of Appiadu was also resolved following the construction of a mechanized bore-hole that pumps water into reservoir, from where the township fetch water for domestic and other uses.

OdeefourAmoaye II also constructed a state-of-the-art center for training of the youth in ICT to equip the youth to make them competitive in the global arena.

Other developmental projects include the construction of a community center for social and other gatherings and a spacious funeral and durbar grounds, where well-organized funerals are held by the townsfolks.

As a measure to compliment the efforts of the government in encouraging people to use the banking system, a microfinance scheme christened,Appiadu Microfinance, has been established for the community. This has come as a relief to the townsfolks who hitherto had to commute long distances to access any banking service.

OdeefourAmoaye II who expressed delight for having to represent OtumfourOsei Tutu II at several meetings and gatherings took the opportunity to advise other traditional rulers to join the fight against illegal mining (galamsey) to protect their environment for the sake of posterity.

He also advised politicians to shun away from corrupt practices and rather protect public purse and he also called on Ghanaians to support the administration of President Nana AddoDankwaAkufo-Addo to succeed and deliver on its mandate to the people of this country.

 

 

roles in the development of Ghanaian societies and they have also served as the embodiment of our traditions and histories.

Significant changes witnessed in this country immediately after independence and in the latter part of the 20th century have led to the diminishing of the role of several traditional authorities.

One chief who has however remained very relevant in the face of the huge social, economic and political changes is the paramount chief of the Appiadu Traditional Area, near Kumasi in the Ashanti Region, OdeefourOwusuAmoaye II.

Since his enstoolment at the tender age of 14 years in 1950 he has never relented in his efforts to bring development to his people at Appiadu, the Golden Stool and the nation as a whole.

Speaking in an interview with AgyenimBoateng, host of MemanNti program to be aired on Angel TV,OdeefourAmoaye II revealed how he has been privileged and inspired to serve three kings of the Asante kingdom, namely; Otumfour Sir AgyemanPrempe II, OtumfourOpoku Ware II and OtumfourOsei Tutu II

Enumerating some of the interventions he has initiated to improve the lives of his citizens, Odeefour mentioned some school blocks he has constructed to boost the education of pupils and students in that traditional area.

He has also in the past and now continues to offer scholarship to brilliant students to pursue various programmes of study at the tertiary institutions and colleges of education. He is proud that his interventions in the educational sector are paying off as the beneficiaries of his generosity are now contributing to the development of Ghana in diverse ways.

The acute water challenges faced by the residents of Appiadu was also resolved following the construction of a mechanized bore-hole that pumps water into reservoir, from where the township fetch water for domestic and other uses.

OdeefourAmoaye II also constructed a state-of-the-art center for training of the youth in ICT to equip the youth to make them competitive in the global arena.

Other developmental projects include the construction of a community center for social and other gatherings and a spacious funeral and durbar grounds, where well-organized funerals are held by the townsfolks.

As a measure to compliment the efforts of the government in encouraging people to use the banking system, a microfinance scheme christened,Appiadu Microfinance, has been established for the community. This has come as a relief to the townsfolks who hitherto had to commute long distances to access any banking service.

OdeefourAmoaye II who expressed delight for having to represent OtumfourOsei Tutu II at several meetings and gatherings took the opportunity to advise other traditional rulers to join the fight against illegal mining (galamsey) to protect their environment for the sake of posterity.

He also advised politicians to shun away from corrupt practices and rather protect public purse and he also called on Ghanaians to support the administration of President Nana AddoDankwaAkufo-Addo to succeed and deliver on its mandate to the people of this country.

Source;Ghana Eye

Chief Executive Officer of SIC Life, Mr. Aaron Issa Ananfure

Pic;Chief Executive Officer of SIC Life, Mr. Aaron Issa Ananfure

SIC Life CEO honoured

The Chief Executive Officer of SIC Life, Mr. Aaron Issa Ananfure, has been honoured for the transformation of the company and bringing insurance closer to the people.

A ceremony to recognise the achievements of Mr. Issa Ananfure was organised in Accra by the The Humanity Magazine International, a medium which campaigns for the promotion of corporate investments or businesses for employment creation to benefit the citizenry.

Speaking at the ceremony to present the award, the country director of the magazine, Mr. Abdallah Musah, described Mr. Issa Ananfure as a role model, who many northerners are looking up to for inspiration.

He said “with respect to the success story of the SIC Life Company and enviable stake which is very rare in a public enterprise in this era, The Humanity Magazine International would like to present this award to you (CEO) and SIC Life as a whole”.

He continued that “the SIC Life’s exemplary success is an indelible achievement of a state managed public enterprise being a beacon of the arguments that state owned enterprises can succeed in this current economic dispensation.

Mr. Abdallah Musah called on other public enterprises to emulate the developing trend of SIC Life to benefit the country we all love.

On his part, Mr. Issa Ananfure expressed his appreciation for the award and revealed that the company has set up investment plans to create employment for the youth.

Source;Ghana Eye

NDC activist fumes over dismissal of DVLA workers

Pic;Mr Abdul Basit Swallah
NDC activist fumes over dismissal of DVLA workers
An Accra-based leading advocate for the minority National Democratic Congress, Mr Abdul Basit Swallah, has expressed his anger over the dismissal of 100 members of staff of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) by the Chief Executive Officer, Mr Kwesi Agyeman Busia.
Speaking at a news conference in Accra,Mr Swallah described as unfortunate and wickedness the overwhelming trend of firing Ghanaians from their jobs by the government of President Nana Akufo-Addo.
He opined that the actions being  perpetrated by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to alienate state employees who are perceived to be members of the NDC is worrying.
“Our research team’s interaction with the sacked victims from the various public institutions across the regions revealed that most of the victims voted for the ruling NPP and to think of punishing supporters of the NDC is a counterproductive measure to nation building” he said.
He described the comment by Mr Busia that the sacking of the 100 workers is not politically motivated as the joke of the century.
He asked if the DVLA chief has ever been jobless or witnessed a Christmas or Id-ul Fitri celebration without food on the table.
According to him the decision to deny the sacked staff their sources of survival is cruel and also creates a pathetic and worrying environment in the country.
Mr Swallah, who once served as an officer in the British military, charged the CEO of the DVLA to recall the sacked workers with immediate effect in the interest of the their households.
According him, the continuous silence of President Akufo-Addo  on many issues including the firing of professionals, notably the Medical Director of the newly created Greater Accra Regional Hospital, Dr.Thomas Anaba,  is a clear indication that policies are not pursued in the national interest but in the interest of the NPP

Source;Ghana Eye.

COMPANIES URGE TO ORDER KAYAYEI ARTWORKS

Mustapha, presenting an artwork to Asky Airline in appreciation for their support.

COMPANIES URGE TO ORDER KAYAYEI-BRIDGEWATER ARTWORKS

The project Director for the Pamela Bridgewater project, Mr. Yahaya Alhassan has called on companies to purchase the paintings of the organisations as an exchange way of supporting head potters popularly known as kayayei found in our big cities.

Speaking in an exhibition event   at  Asky Airline  in Accra,Asylum Down, Mr. Alhassan said, the kayayei phenomenon and their plight is not only appalling but its an indictment as a nation to see what he referred to as proud and precious women sleeping on the street.

He revealed that the company is currently running a fundraising art scheme with companies and public institutions in Ghana to construct a two story building to accommodate kayayei and vocational centre to equip the girls with the need skills to make them more economically viable.

He argued that, whatever we do, they are already in the cities, so its a duty to visit our spirit of humanity and moral conscience to extend our support to these vulnerable girls by ordering and embracing the Bridgewater kayayei paintings.

The artworks are painted in the colours of the donor company.

Mr. Alhassan, described the artwork as a light of institutional success considering the impact of changing the sufferings of the deprived segment of our populace, which continuous history has shown with companies supporting the kayayei.He stressed that,kayayei campaign has come to stay.

The Bridgewater project  provides future and welfare to kayayei and their children through education and training, advocacy, protection, research etc

Source;Ghana Eye

Haruna IddriStar continues to Shine

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) is celebrating 25 years of existence and contribution to the development of the country and this also include contribution to the advancement of constitutional democracy.

By far the party is the most successful political entity in Ghana for winning four electoral contests since 1992. The electoral successes of the NDC have been made possible due to the presence of hardworking and noble men and women.

The caliber of young and dedicated men and women, who have assumed leadership roles on the side of the NDC in Parliament, gives clear indication that the party would have another successful 25 years ahead.

One person who has palpably shown that he can steer the affairs of the party in Parliament is Hon. Haruna Iddrisu, and it comes as no surprise that he was elected by his peers to serve as the leader of the minority.

Many who have known Hon. Iddrisu, 47, from his days as a vibrant student leader, would bear testimony to the fact that the Tamale South legislator is cut for his role and would be the one to make the NDC a formidable parliamentary minority in the interest of Ghana.

Indeed since January 7th of this year when he assumed his new role, the former minister of communication, trade and industry, and employment and labour relations has not disappointed his party folks and independent observers, who all laud his leadership capabilities.

It therefore came as no surprise when President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in his State of the Nation Address in late February duly acknowledged the qualities inherent in the minority leader.

Since the 4th Parliament in 2005 of the 4th republic, Hon. Iddrisu’s contribution to debates on the floor of the House has been commendable and despite being a young legislator then, he was never intimidated by the presence of some heavyweights, who include the current President.

Haruna’s success as a politician can to a large extent be attributed to his broad and open mindedness. Albeit a lawyer by training and practice, he is always eager to seek for knowledge outside his scope of training.

No wonder his grasp of matters of information, communication and technology (ICT) earned him the admiration and respect of late President John Evans Mills, who subsequently appointed Hon. Iddrisu as Minister of Communications from 2009 to 2012.

His period as Minister of Employment and Labour Relations saw unprecedented industrial actions by almost all the labour unions in the country. However, with a profound appreciation of the social and political dynamics at play in Ghana he was able to handle all these labour agitations.

He remains about the only high ranking member of the NDC who has little to no bad media image and widely respected by his political opponents for his intelligence and oratory skills.

Many political commentators have long predicted an Haruna Iddrisu presidency in the near future. Reading the political tea leaves, one is but tempted to reason with these political commentators.

In the past rumours filled the media space that Hon. Iddrisu had fallen out with former President JJ Rawlings and in the early days of the John Mahama administration newspaper pages were filled with rumours that he is not in the good books of the third John of the NDC gospel.

In all these thick rumours he moved on, and if recent happenings are anything to go by one can say without fear of contradiction that the minority leader occupies a place of pride in the books of former Presidents Rawlings and Mahama.

One thing that would not be a rumour is the fact that government and the majority side in Parliament would never have it easy as the minority front in the House led by Hon Iddrisu will give them a good run for their money and make sure that Ghana triumphs

Source;Ghana Eye

Dr Wilfred K. Anim-Odame, Chief Executive Officer of the Lands Commission

Nii Osah Mensah II Calls For Rectification Of Ga Land Documents

The Asafoatse of the Ga Mantse, Nii Osah Mensah II, has called for the immediate renewal of all land leases under the jurisdiction of the Ga State.

Speaking in an interview, he showed documentary evidences dating back to 1905 which indicate the time the government acquired most lands in the capital city. “We are Gas and we deserve the benefits of our land” he said.

According to Nii Mensah II, who is also the traditional minister of defense of the Ga State, their lands are not endowed with natural resources such as gold, oil or diamond. “What we have is our land and therefore we should retain and benefit from the royalties of our gifted land” he added.

The well-traveled chief advocated for the rectification of all land documents under the jurisdiction of the Ga Mantse. He said a similar process is underway in the Ashanti Region under the command of the Asantehene.

“The continuous denial of our rights to benefit from our gifted lands breeds poverty in Ga areas and low level of education, diseases, and teenage pregnancy, which perpetuate the cycle of poverty” said he.

“Who is the owner of the Ga lands? Is it the Lands Commission or the Accra Metropolitan Assembly? Or just who?” he fumed.

Nii Mensah II said that the chiefs and people of the Ga State deserve respect from government institutions and he called for a united front among the Gas in pursuit of their natural inheritance.

According to him the agreements covering most lands upon which public and private buildings are cited upon in the capital city have expired.

“We are ready to pursue this at both the local and the international court of justice if our demand for renewal of all land agreements are not met” he warned and he also warned encroachers and developers who used foul means to get lands to be careful since such lands will eventually be returned to their rightful owners.

Speaking in an interview, he showed documentary evidences dating back to 1905 which indicate the time the government acquired most lands in the capital city. “We are Gas and we deserve the benefits of our land” he said.

Source;Ghana Eye