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ECOWAS Urged To Consume Own Goods

The ECOWAS Commissioner for Agriculture, Environment and Water Resources, Mr Sekou Sangare, has urged West African countries to prioritise the purchase and consumption of locally produced foods to empower local farmers to become economically viable.

He expressed concern over what he described as the excessive importation of foreign foods onto the West African market, a situation he said undermined the capacity of local farmers to mobilise the needed revenue to expand their operations.

“It is important for us to prioritise the purchase and consumption of locally produced foods as it is the surest way we can boost our gains and empower our farmers economically,” he said.

Occasion

Mr Sangare was addressing journalists at a joint press conference organised by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) and the ECOWAS Commission in Accra last Tuesday.

The press briefing heralded an international conference on the West African Food Security Storage System, which is being held virtually from April 28 to May 10, 2021.

The objective of the conference is to rally African governments and development partners to forge strong partnerships towards the effective implementation of the West African Food Security Storage System — a project which was rolled out in 2015 to ensure food security in the region.

Value addition

Mr Sangare said the ECOWAS Commission would use the platform to engage policy makers and stakeholders on the need to add value to the various food crops produced in the region to meet demand and create jobs.

He revealed that the commission had secured an amount of €56 million from the European Union to support the implementation of the West African Food Security Storage System.

He said although countries in the sub-region had in their personal capacities rolled out programmes to ensure food security, there was the need for a concerted effort at the regional level to ensure total food security.

 

 

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Eighteen–year old Miss Hannah Ann Enyan, an old student of the Labone Senior High School, has been crowned the youngest Chartered Accountant in Ghana.

She was among the 2021 graduating students of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Ghana (ICAG).

The ceremony took place at the 36th Graduation ceremony at the University of Professional Studies, Accra.

It also formalized admission of new members into the Institute and provided the platform to award certificates to those who passed all three levels of the Chartered Accountants (CA) Professional Examinations.

Others who have met the requirements via an assessment of training at equivalent professional accountancy bodies were also awarded.

A total of 425 qualified Accountants, and 105 Chartered Diplomas were awarded while 421 new members were admitted into the Institute.

 

Miss Enyan, a native of Winneba, acknowledged the grace of God and support of Management and Lectures of the Institute, as well as her family, for her success.

She mentioned, in particular, Mr Samuel Nii Sampah, Finance officer of Queioz Galvao Group, a construction company, who inspired her to concentrate and be committed to the programme, hence her perseverance and resilience to complete the course.

Miss Mmabila Deborah Azika, an alumnus of the University of Cape Coast, was adjudged the Overall Best level-three candidate of the Institute.

Professor Williams Atuilik, the President of the Institute, reminded the new members and graduates that the core of the accounting profession was integrity, which was critical to succeeding in the profession.

"We expect that as qualified special accountants from the Institute, you will expand your prospects by viewing other incidental disciplines that are necessary to help you become very competent accountants," he said.

 

 

 

 

 

Source: GNA

 

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Unlike previous attempts to flush out illegal miners from Ghana’s water bodies and forest reserves, the government has announced that all equipment that will be seized under a new effort to end galamsey will be destroyed on-site.

The operation which involves the deployment of 200 military personnel started last Wednesday and already nine excavators, 127 change fans, and one fuel pump which were being used for illegal mining in the river Pra

The exercise on the Pra dubbed “Operation Halt” ended yesterday and it also resulted in the arrest of two Chinese nationals at Attieku near Twifo Praso in the Central Region for illegally mining in a forest reserve.

Addressing a press briefing on the military operation which was sanctioned by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the Minister of Defence, Mr Dominic Nitiwul said the Chinese had been handed to the national security for further interrogation and would be prosecuted.

He continued: "The law already outlaws mining within the river bodies and 100 metres to each of the flanks of the river, if you do any activity there it is an illegal activity. The President has directed that we clean up the river bodies and like I said, we are not taking any equipment home, we are not seizing any equipment, no equipment will be returned home. It's not like before where you will seize equipment, they will all be destroJudgment debts


Addressing concerns that the state may face judgment debts from destroying equipment belonging to illegal miners, the Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said the government "convinced that no court will give judgment debt to an illegal miner on a waterbody... whose machines have been destroyed. We are fortified in our view that no court will grant such a person a judgment debt".

Breakdown of military personnel



He added that the 200 military personnel which were drawn from the Ghana Army, the Ghana Navy, and the Ghana Air Force were being supported by their Commanding Officers with support from the Ghana Police and other national security agencies.

 

He said the 200 military personnel comprise 154 officers and men from the Army, 40 officers, and men from the Navy and six officers and men from the Air Force.

"64 ( 64 Infantry Regiment )  is leading the Eastern flank of river Pra and 2BN (Takoradi (2nd Infantry Battalion) is leading the Western flank of river Pra and the Navy is using their boats within the river itself and they are sweeping from the beginning of the river towards Twifo Praso".

He said because of the terrain that was being covered by the troops they used equipment including Troop Carrying Vehicles (TVCs), assault boats as well as helicopters and drones.

 



He said: “It is noted that since the commencement of the operation, the troops have destroyed a good deal of equipment including nine excavators, 127 change fans-machine platforms associated with mining equipment and one fuel pump," Mr Nitiwul said.

"Furthermore, the following items have been seized and would be destroyed except items that will be used as exhibits in court. The items include 8×24 plate batteries, one pump action gun case, a generator, Huawei phone, a chainsaw machine, eight raincoats, fuel filters, non-citizen Ghana ID cards, two drilling equipment, and two boots. These items will be destroyed except what the police deem necessary for their work for the prosecution.

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The Kumasi Diocese of the Methodist Church Ghana (MCG) has declared support for the ongoing national campaign to halt illegal small-scale mining in all its forms.

“Posterity will judge us if we fail to protect the environment,” the Right Reverend Christopher Nyarko Andam, the Diocesan Bishop, cautioned.

He said the devastation of the country’s ecology and biodiversity was deeply worrying as the survival of mankind depended on the environment.

Right Rev. Andam, who was addressing the 60th Annual Synod of the Diocese at the Adum Wesley Cathedral, Kumasi, said the wanton pollution of water bodies and destruction of forest resources should be tackled head-on.

“For so many years, the nation has been battling illegal small-scale mining, which has wrecked our water bodies as they get contaminated with poisonous chemicals.

“The Methodist Church is appealing to all Ghanaians to come on board and support the Government’s declaration of war on the menace to remedy the harm caused to the environment," Bishop Andam said.

 

 

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The Board of Achimota Senior High School has been ordered to file written submissions in the case involving Master Oheneba Kweku Nkrabea, one of the Rastafarian students denied admission allegedly.

Mr Kwesi Fynn, the lawyer for the Board, said though they had received the originating motion of the case involving Master Nkrabea, they were yet to receive that of Master Tyron lras Marhguy, the 17-year-old Rastafarian student also allegedly denied admission.

He said they only received Master Marghuy's application for injunction which earlier sought to compel the School to admit them pending the determination of the substantive matter.

Initially, when the case commenced, the Board did not enter appearance.

Mr Fynn prayed the Court to grant the Board 10 days to be able to file all necessary submissions for the case to be heard.


The Human Rights Division of the Accra High Court gave the order after listening to Mr Fynn.

The Court, presided over by Justice Gifty Agyei Addo, said the Court wanted the trial to move fast hence could only grant five days, excluding public holidays.

The Achimota Board was also represented by Dr Ernest Aryeetey, a former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana.

The case has been adjourned to May 14, 2021.

 

 

 

 

Source: GNA

 

 

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The Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources is decentralizing plans to deal comprehensively with the menace of illegal mining.

In line with that, it has urged all regional ministers to lead the crusade and play visible key roles in the fight against the canker.

“Although the fight is coordinated nationally, regional ministers are expected to lead the charge in the regions as heads of regional security councils (REGSECs) to implement the plans,” the sector Minister, Mr Samuel Abu Jinapor, has stated.

Consequently, the ministry has handed over a list of all the companies holding prospecting and / or recognisance licences and mineral rights in forest reserves to the regional ministers.

The list, according to Mr Jinapor, was to arm the representatives of the President at the regional level with adequate information on the fight against illegal mining.
“We are now at the crossroads. We have had a successful consultative dialogue and put in arrangements to regulate small-scale mining, and the President thought it important to invite regional ministers and key sector ministers for a discussion on how we move forward from here,” he said.

Read also: Military moves to flush out illegal miners from rivers
Decentralised plan

Mr Jinapor said his ministry was decentralising the security component of the galamsey fight, for which reason it was important to re-emphasise the role and involvement of the REGSEC.

"What this means, in effect, is that unlike previously when the Lands Ministry controlled everything from Accra, the regional ministers, who are the heads of the REGSECs, will take charge of the security operations to weed out galamsey operators," he said.

He added that the decentralised galamsey fight called for all stakeholders, including chiefs, municipal and district chief executives (MDCEs) and residents of mining communities, to play their part to safeguard the environment from further destruction.


Mr Jinapor stated this in his opening comments during a closed-door meeting among the 16 regional ministers, selected key ministers and President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo at the Jubilee House to discuss the plans being rolled out to deal with the challenge.

 

“We are now at the crossroads. We have had a successful consultative dialogue and put in arrangements to regulate small-scale mining, and the President thought it important to invite regional ministers and key sector ministers for a discussion on how we move forward from here,” he said.

Read also: Military moves to flush out illegal miners from rivers
Decentralised plan

Mr Jinapor said his ministry was decentralising the security component of the galamsey fight, for which reason it was important to re-emphasise the role and involvement of the REGSEC.

"What this means, in effect, is that unlike previously when the Lands Ministry controlled everything from Accra, the regional ministers, who are the heads of the REGSECs, will take charge of the security operations to weed out galamsey operators," he said.

He added that the decentralised galamsey fight called for all stakeholders, including chiefs, municipal and district chief executives (MDCEs) and residents of mining communities, to play their part to safeguard the environment from further destruction.

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A former Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), Dr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas, has urged Ghana to build trust in its national institutions.

That, he said, was essential for the consolidation of democracy, peace, and stability in the country.

“The role played by key national institutions in Ghana during the electoral process has been recognized by many, so we need to build trust in them,” Dr Chambas stated at the Coalition of Domestic Election Observers' (CODEO) High-Level Stakeholders Review Workshop on the 2020 Presidential and Parliamentary Elections of Ghana, underway at Ada in the Greater Accra Region.

Workshop

CODEO is organizing the engagement to bring together relevant election stakeholders, including state institutions, civil society organizations, media practitioners, political parties, and development partners, to deliberate on critical issues relating to electoral integrity in Ghana.

The workshop also seeks to take stock of valuable lessons from the conduct of the 2020 elections, drive the agenda towards electoral reforms and enhance future elections

 

 

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The Chairman of the ECOWAS Commission, Dr Jean-Claude Kassi Brou, has proposed the establishment of a major laboratory in the sub-region that would enable member countries to produce vaccines to deal with emerging diseases and viruses.

He said there was also the need for West African leaders to take lessons from the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic by instituting pro-active measures that would prevent diseases from spreading by equipping and supporting their scientists.

Dr Kassi Brou made the proposals in an interview with journalists in Accra last Thursday after visiting the new office of the ECOWAS Regional Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERERA) in Accra.

ERERA is the regional regulator for cross-border electricity interconnections in West Africa.

Its general mission is to regulate cross-border electricity exchanges between ECOWAS member states, while overseeing the implementation of necessary conditions to ensure rationalisation and reliability, and also contribute to the setting up of a regulatory and economic environment suitable for the development of a regional market.

Working together

“We have to invest in research to develop our capacity as a region to have labs that are going to be able to produce vaccines—so we could discover vaccines, produce vaccines when there are specific threats,” Dr Brou said.

Dr Brou said vaccine discovery and production cost lots of money and, therefore, would be appropriate for the entire West African sub-region to pool resources to embark on such a venture.

“I say collectively because we have a better chance to succeed in doing so. You know developing a vaccine costs a lot of resources, having the capacity to produce them also costs a lot of resources, so each country can do it, yes, but it’s going to cost a lot. However, if we share it by working together, find ways to do it collectively, it becomes more manageable,” he added.

According to him, having a standard laboratory in the region to discover and produce vaccines was a challenge that ought to be addressed collectively by ECOWAS member states.

“We have to invest in research to develop our capacity as a region to have labs that are going to be able to produce vaccines—so we could discover vaccines, produce vaccines when there are specific threats,” Dr Brou said.

 

 

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A Justice of the Court of Appeal, Justice Sir Dennis Dominic Adjei, has said the new Land Act, 2020 (Act 1036), offers the country the best opportunity to deal with the myriad of challenges affecting land acquisition and administration.

The Act, he explained, had now made it possible for chiefs and land owners to be criminally liable for up to 10 years’ imprisonment for actions which negatively affected land acquisition such as indiscriminate deposition of land and multiple sale of land.

Also, Justice Adjei said the Act criminalised land guard practices, therefore, land guards and people who engaged their services could face up to 15 years’ imprisonment.

It also stipulates that public officers such as those at the Lands Commission who falsify documents or commit any fraudulent act in the registration of lands could face up to five years’ imprisonment.

Justice Sir Adjei said this when he delivered the 2021 inaugural lecture of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences (GAAS) in Accra last Thursday.

Inaugural lecture

The lecture was on the topic: Changing trends in law, policy, governance and management under the Land Act 2020 (Act 1036).”

It was attended by the Chief Justice, Justice Kwasi Anin Yeboah, Justices of the Superior Courts, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Mrs Yvonne Atakora Obuobisa; lawyers and law students.

 

Others were the National Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr Samuel Ofosu Ampofo; the Parish Priest of the Christ the King Catholic Church, Rev. Fr Andrew Campbell, and some opinion leaders

 

Land laws

Justice Adjei delved into the history of land laws, with emphasis on customary laws, the laws from the UK which were adopted during the colonial period, and the various statutes on land since independence until finally the enactment of Act 1036

He said before the enactment of the new Act, there were 16 laws on land, but that Act 1036 had since repealed 13 of them and codified some.

“Act 1036 has made several changes in the existing law including some of the freehold interest, customary tenancies, protection of land and interest in land; accountability for fiduciaries and making them both criminally and civilly liable.

“It has also prohibited discriminatory practices under customary tenure, areas reserved for common use, the meaning and scope of a person who is not a citizen in relation to acquisition of land, and restrictions on property acquired by parties during marriage,” Justice Adjei added.

He further said the Act had placed more responsibilities on chiefs and heads of family who held land in trust for their stools or families.

For instance, Justice Adjei said the law made it obligatory for chiefs to manage lands under their trust in a fair and transparent manner, and also account for their stewardship.

“A Chief, Tendana, head of clan or family in charge of the management of stool, clan or family land who fails to be transparent, fair, open and impartial in matters affecting land under their management commits and shall be liable to a fine of not less than GH¢60,000 and not more than GH¢120, 000 or to a term of imprisonment of not less than five years and not more than 10 years,” he added.

Also, per the new law, chiefs must register their lands before selling them. Failure to do so will attract the same penalties as above.

“A strict compliance of Act 1036 prevents indiscriminate disposition of land. Per the Act, any disposition must be in accordance with the approved layout for the area to promote effective land management, policy and administration. Litigations arising from the multiplicity of land shall also be reduced,” Justice Adjei said

Enforcement

The Vice-President of GAAS, Prof. Kofi Opoku Nti, said the Act could only achieve its purpose of sanitising and streamlining land acquisition and administration if it was backed with rigorous enforcement.

“We must bring it to life and make it implementable. It is different saying what is in the law and for it to actually happen,” he added

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Saturday, 01 May 2021 00:00

Success of Stars, success for all

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has reiterated his appeal to help raise $15 million to help prepare and position the senior national male football team, the Black Stars, for the 2022 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) and the World Cup in the same year.

He has thus called on financial institutions in the country to assist in raising the amount for the two competitions as the collective effort would help the national team to be successful, bring smiles back on the faces of Ghanaians and secure honour for the country which would ignite and inspire success in all areas of national endeavour.

President Akufo-Addo made the call at a breakfast fundraising at the Jubilee House with captains of over 50 financial institutions to mobilise contribution for the national team.

The Stars require $25 million for their 2022 AFCON and World Cup campaigns, but the government had pledged to provide 10 million of that amount

 

Mobilisation team

The President introduced the team which is at the forefront of the mobilisation of the funds. It is made up of the Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr Mustapha Ussif; the Deputy Minister designate for Youth and Sports, Mr Evans Opoku Bobbie; the President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Mr Kurt Okraku, and former Black Stars defender, Sammy Osei Kufuor, representing the Coach of the Black Stars.

AFCON glory

Recounting the past glorious days of the Black Stars, crowned four times as African champions in 1963, 1965, 1978 and 1982, President Akufo-Addo said the team was the dominant force in competitions, putting its name everywhere and making it a greater symbol of the country.

The President said next year would be exactly 40 years since the team last won the competition, although it had been in final and semi-finals several times in the last decade.

“I think that the Ghanaian spirit yearns for us to be once again the number one in African football and to come back from Yaoundé with the AFCON 2022 cup. The team qualified impressively for the AFCON and came tops of their group”

World Cup

President Akufo-Addo said in the same manner, the team had eight qualifying matches to play to make it to the World Cup in Qatar next year and the managers had decided to add two international friendlies in Europe as part of preparations for the participation in Qatar 2022.

Finance

The President said getting the team to the competitions and helping them to succeed would require resources, but the finances of the government even in the best of times were not the healthiest, coupled with the recent COVID-19, which meant that the public kitty had taken a very big hit which the government was gradually trying to repair.

“We will need your assistance for that final lap the team would run to bring the country the cup,” President Akufo-Addo said, stressing that without adequate support, it would be difficult to make good presentation at the championship.

He said he was aware some of the financial institutions were hit by the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic but some of them also did very well and stated that collectively they all pooled resources to assist the Black Stars

 

 

 

 

 

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