THIS IS ALL WE EXPECT FROM GOVERNMENT-CLAM DIGGERS TELLS ADA DCE

Clam diggers/collectors were over joyed when a premix fuel joint was opened for river transporters and clam divers at Agorkpo, a fishing community in the Ada East District. Picking and processing of fresh water clam has become the mainstay of the people who resides near the Volta river at Big Ada and Ada Foah. There are clam deposits in some portions of the river. It is a communal resource for all and any diver can dive and pick for a livelihood. Its meat is processed by steaming which goes well with okra soup/Stew, drying/dried which goes with palm nut soup or fried which also go well with beverage. Shrimps keepers also feed their shrimps with clam meat. Its shell is use for poultry feed due to the calcium nature . Builders also use the shell for concreting, designs and terrazzo works. Clam shell is also processed into paint. Women who are not into the processing bussines have always been on standby to load the Kia trucks which drive from Tema and Accra to buy the shell in Ada. A 60year old widow of Big Ada tells me she has been able to built three bedroom house from the clam business whiles many pickers mostly men described it as the most lucrative job in the fishing industry. 

For a clam collecting crew to get more quantity, they have to travel to the farthest point and this is at times difficult to go manually by the canoe paddles. They have adopted the use of outboard motors to facilitate the process but fortunately, the clam collectors do not have easy access to pre-mix fuel to power their outboard motors. Operators of passenger canoes (river taxis) which carry Community members, teachers, nurses and other duty officials finds it difficult to get fuel to cross them to the over twenty island communities. Close to two hundred men who are into the clam business sounded praises to the District Chief Executive for Ada East, Hon. Sarah Dugbaki Pobee for her swift response in arresting the problem. The DCE has opened a pre-mix fuel station for clam collectors and passenger boat operators in Ada just like the package forbthe marine fishers. 

She also inaugurated a committee to manage the fuel on behalf of the group. Hon. Sarah Pobee ask the committee to prioritize the operators of the schools and health service boats so that, officers of Ghana Education Service and Ghana Health Service can reach their destination’s on time. She also disclosed that, the assembly is considering setting up a clam shell processing factory as part of the one District one factory project. 

 A section of the clam collectors were of the fear that, there may not be transparency in the management of the fuel. They recounted what has happened in some of the coastal communities where the fuel is being sold for party and family members only. They call on the management committee to be accountable so that, the DCE can easily order for consignment immediately the thanks are emptied. 

NOAH DAMEH-BIG ADA


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KEEP ADA CLEAN ASSOCIATION WILL CLEAN AZIZAKPE ISLAND COMMUNITY COME THURSDAY NOVEMBER 15

ADA BASED SANITATION GROUP HAVE PARTNERED RADIO ADA IN THE ADVOCACY AGAINST POOR SANITATION

Ada tourism and stakeholders Association is currently leading in the campaign for good sanitation in Ada. The group have a slogan “keep Ada clean” They are into a project dubbed sanitation, waste management and Nature conservation. In a stakeholder meeting at Maks resort Ada Luhuese, the stakeholders have shown their strengths and opportunities in contributing to the success of a good and appreciable environmental and sanitation in Ada traditional area. After a representative of Radio Ada reminded the forum of the existing free air time a week for sanitation programmes, most of the stakeholder’s, volunteered to be radio advocates to whip up communities zeal on the need to prioritized environmental health and sanitation. The stakeholder’s have so far met with Azizakpe, an island community of Ada to learn from the community members the best ways to yield the expected results.   https://web.facebook.com/adatourism/posts/1881229555265658?__xts__%5B0%5D=68.ARC_qG7NYZ3p3I4Orw4IHtTLhJrlsw9v85d_hXDtiKmKggL2vI7JWr2SDPrgt0geArLrO_1LoPDR_dtJr34UF71D5JkPoji7L3NsXTs3DrzB0X5zVAlw02IIOX2za8zpF-antMRzFb5VDLaCgVxw-XBq04bNdvqMB1yphROH-SFgQBp25gpPQVRkPKhXgeaVS8Ndz5ZWp792clgXJkD8jYBQRGg&__tn__=-R  Two German student volunteers who are running their internship with the Ada Tourism and stake holders Association are taking part in the exercise. 

 The maiden radio discussion has been recorded. The group told radio Ada listeners that, their first clean-up exercise after the just ended Azizizakpe forum will come off on November 15, 2018.

Noah Dameh- Ada

Ada

07/11/18

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Mark Twain-“KINDNESS IS A LANGUAGE THAT THE DEAF CAN HEAR AND THE BLIND CAN SEE” this is what Rachel Tyler stands for 

​The visually impaired people in Ada extends their heartfelt gratitude to Rachel Tyler, a US based braille transcriber. Rae has been proactive to donate to the association of the blind in the Ada East district. The decision of Rae Tyler to donate braille books to the blind follows a blog post from Noah Dameh after a Radio discussion programme with Mr. Ayiku Akuaku, executive member of the blind union of Ada East. https://noahdamehblog.wordpress.com/2018/06/29/i-will-volunteer-to-write-and-read-disability-stories-using-the-braille-mr-ayiku-akuaku/ Few weeks after the discussion was  put into text, published in noahdamehblog and on Facebook, Rachel Tyler yet to be known in person sent this blogger a personal email. It reads:

 Hi Noah, 

“My name is Rae Tyler and I’m a braille transcriber in the US. Recently I came across your blog posting about your interview with Ayiku Akuaku on Radio Ada. I was very interested to read about his advocacy work especially surrounding braille literacy and would like to hear more about his projects. Many years ago I lived and studied in Ho and I have also worked with several schools and organizations for the blind around Ghana. I have braille materials, mostly magazines, appropriate for experienced/adult braille readers, I’d like to offer to donate to Ayiku and his organization. Look forward to hearing from you. 

Thanks,

Rae”

May my social media friends join me to extend my appreciation to Rae for sending thirty (30) assorted braille books through Noah Dameh to Mr. Ayiku Akuaku of Big Ada. 

Mr. Ayiku on behalf of the union extends his heartfelt gratitude to Rachel and urges other readers to come to their aid. He says the books will be donated to some of their members who are attending the school for the blind at Adidome as a complement. 
NOAH DAMEH-ADA 

22/10/18

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MANYA KLO BEGINS 2018 NGMAYEM FESTIVAL;NENE SIMON PETER NUERTEY SUPPORTS SAISI COUNCIL E/R

Manya Krobo is one of the Dangme speaking group’s in the Eastern Region of Ghana. The Chiefs and people of the Traditional area have marked their week long festival from Sunday 21 October 2018. The elders of the paramountcy of the Nam council have performed the yearly ritual called “Klutu tsumi” (special rites for the state god-klutu). Different activities are happening in the six Divisions in the traditional capital-Lower Manya. The Ideal womens day or “Yokama day” a day set aside to honor women and to recognized the role women play in society is celebrated first Monday in the festival week or last Monday in October. This goes parallel to Djebiam Divisional celebration of the Ngmayem festivities. Among other interesting things that has happened in the the commemorative event is the youth of Nam-Saisi coming together on sunday 20th to clean the community  https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1039367276144934&id=100002150143090  Saisi is a communities in the lower Manya municipal with a formidable youth. They have installed a youth chief Nene Simon Peter Nuertey On the 1st of May, 2016 to complement the efforts of the community leaders. This is making the youth stronger and proactive in solving the problems of Saisi. /2016/05/02/ecg-worker-installed-as-chief-for-the-youth/The youth chief Nene Simon Peter Nuertey has presented package to the elders of Saisi as his own small way to support the elders of Saisi to effectively celebrate this years Ngmayem festival. 

He told the elders of the community that, he believe in maintaining and preserving the tradition and supporting the elders is a unique way of preserving the cultural heritage. He presented assorted drinks, and water. 

Nene Simon Peter Nuertey also handed a set of drums and a smock to the leader of the community drummers. He gave assurance in providing food for three hundred people when they return from the grand durbar on Friday, October 26.

NOAH DAMEH-SAISI

21/10/18

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“ADA EAST DISTRICT SHALL REMAIN COMMITTED TO EXTEND CLEAN WATER TO ALL THE ISLAND COMMUNITIES IN ADA”

The District Chief Executive for Ada East made the promise in nine Island communities in Ada. Hon. Sarah Dugbakie Pobee made the promise when She inspected a water projects at the hard to reach communities in the Ada East District. Hon. Sarah Pobee promised on behalf of the assembly to continue the Assembly’s support so that, Easy Water for Everyone NGO will expand clean water to the remaining Island communities. Easy Water for Everyone NGO is assisting the Island communities to get clean water. The District assembly and Ghana Health Service of Ada East have been supporting the initiative to eradicate the water born diseases; diarrhoea, kidney infection and schistosomaisis or bilharzia, a fresh water snail carry infectious worm which can affect the bladder, the urinary tract and other organs of the body. Dweller’s of the twenty three Island communities in Ada do not have access to clean water. Their livelihood depends on the Volta river. Waterborne disease’s has taken lead in the clinical records.  

A Easy Water for Everyone in their bid to make clean water easy to access has collaborated with the traditional, political, decentralized departments and the community to installed water filtration machines in nine communities of the Island.  https://www.facebook.com/202851140466290/posts/214880932596644/ The Government representative for Ada East Diqstrict in the  Greater Accra Region, the District coordinator, the medical superintendent and other allied departments have toured the clean water service communities on Friday 19, to ascertain the work done. The medical superintendent, Dr. Philip Narh says the filtration machine is an Israeli technology aand its filtered water has been approved by the Ghana food and drugs Authority and NOGUCHI Memorial institute. He testified that, the rate of waterborne diseases has come down in the nine communities that have their drinking water source from the filters . The Country Director for Easy water for everyone NGO, Harrison Matti told this reporter his office is collaborating with the stakeholders to expand the project to 22 Island communities. The technical director, Theophlus Tetteh Ocansey says he was happy that, Ada has been able to support the initiators in diverse ways to have their dream come to reality.  

Noah Dameh-Ada

19/10/18

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OSUDOKU CALLS FOR A CONCRETE BRIDGE  OVER LOME STREAM

The Paramount Chief for Osudoku traditional council was praising the President of the republic of Ghana for his action in re-fixing the Lome bridge at Asutuare. But he wished the duty bearers consider a parmanent bridge for the area. Nene Ngmongmowuyaa Kwesi Animle VI and the chiefs of Osudoku have appreciated the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo for moving in swiftly to solve the problem that face the people of Osudoku in crossing the Lome stream at Asutuare. The bridge has collapsed and vehicles have not been able to access except motorbike. The chief of Osudoku made appeal to the Government through the media. The bridge has now been fixed. But the president of Osudoku traditional council after appreciating the government, in a durbar to climax this years Aadegbor festival of the people of Osudoku, Nene suggest  asks that the area should be consider a permanent bridge (concrete bridge) than the metal one which is currently in use to avoid frequent breakdown https://noahdamehblog.wordpress.com/2018/01/08/stop-the-forign-sand-winners-at-asutsuare/ The metal bridge gets weak yearly after it is fixed. This is why the president of the traditional council is calling on the government to consider a concrete bridge for the area. The bridge which is situated at Asutuare in the Greater Accra Region Connect’s the volta Region by using the Battor Aveyime road and the Eastern Region by Kpong, Somanya through Akuse Road. 

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OSUDOKU NEED CULTURE THAT IS FRIENDLY TO SOCIETY

“A culture that is not friendly to domestic animals and the citizens is opposite to a sustainable environment”. The Paramount chief of Osudoku said. The Paramount chief , Nene Ngmongmowuyaa Kwesi Animle VI made this statement at Osuwem in the Greater Accra Region when he address this year Aadegbor festival of the people of Osudoku. Nene Animle said, a culture that is attributed to killing of domestic animals haphazardly in the name of smaller gods is an act of cruelty to domestic animals. He continue that, celebration of the “ablao and nadu” deities which is locally called “Wordomi” is having adverse effect on the traditional area. 

He describes it as outmoded culture which needs to be modified. “Let me state that it is not the intention of the traditional council to abolish our custom but from foregoing it could be noted that the urgent need for the modification of these customary practices cannot be over-emphasised” Nene Animle read from page 13 of the 2018 Aadegbor festival brochure. He condemned the practice of indiscriminate slaughtering of domestic animals, quenching of domestic fires at peoples home (stoves)and announcing curfew on the people in the district Capital-Osuwem until the completion of the rituals to re-enclose the deities as infringement of human rights. This celebration which happened every year between the months of February till the first Tuesday of May is not only deprive the citizens of their right for movement but affects their economic rights as well. Nene Ngmongmowuyaa Kwesi Animle told the gethering that, he was not comfortable about how the ablao and nadu celebration and its associated norms deprives the citizenry from engaging in celebration of public holidays and other activities on the National calendar. He sighted the independence anniversary which falls on march 6, every year, Easter celebration and May day, a day set aside to celebrate workers. Nene said, the people of Osudoku is shifting from the Wordomi until a consensus between the fetish priest and the members of the traditional council is formed on modification of the Wordomi.
NOAH DAMEH- Osuwem

07/10/18

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THE BETHEL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH AT ADA FOAH STANDS AT A RISK

It is just recently that the congregation have mobilize to renovate the Bethel presbytarian chapel at Ada Foah. The congregation have constructed a washroom at the premises to aid sanitation. Indigenous knowledge shows that, the chapel stands at at risk because of the sea erosion. A monthly monitoring visit and reporting initiated by this reporter on the rate at which the sea is washing its wall shows that, the chapel is likely to be washed away by the year 2020 if measures are not put in place.

The structures of the political adminstration of the Ada East District is among the targeted victims of the sea erosion. The district administrator’s are mobilizing to relocate from the erosion threatening environment at Ada foah to a new premises at Atortorkope. This will mean that, political leaders may observe less attention to the problem. This is a clear indication that internal and internal migration may increase if the sea displaces Ada Foah township.  

183.4 MILLION EURO PROJECT IS BEING WASHED AWAY BY THE OCEAN

An amount of one hundred and eighty three million euro spent on the sea defence project is going waste. The tidal wave of the sea at Ada Foah coastal communities is rapidly chopping the artificial wall created to block the sea wave from eroding the communities. Several communities have been eroded by the sea in Ada East District. The cry of the affected people have prompted Government of Ghana to solve the problem. In 2011, the late president Evans Atta Mills cut sod to start a 15 kilometer sea defence project. Even though the project was mentioned as sea defence it later turned to be land reclamation. This is a process where sand is win from the sea to block the tidal wave. Dredge International has completed the project and park out in the year 2016. The sea has since been eroding the artificial boundary till date.  

Noah Dameh-Ada

06/10/18

 THE CHALLENGES OF IRREGULAR MIGRATION IS NOT PLEASANT

The world has become a global village due to technology and modernization. These two factors have made it easy for people to travel all over the world. Specific people have specific reasons for travellings. Some travel on occupational grounds as can be found in the Ada area where people migrate to neighbouring countries to fish. There are people who also travel to Middle East where oil and gas industries are booming to eke out livelihood. It is a basic right for everyone to move or to relocate as specified by ACT 13 of the universal declaration of human right. Everyone also has right for protection and safe environment. This is why migration is regulated for immigrant’s and Emigrant’s.  

  In order to encourage regular migration in the west African Region, the German Embassy in Dakar is supporting West Africa Democracy Radio-WADR to use various Radio programmes to curb irregular migration. WADR is collaborating with carefully selected Radio stations in Ghana, The Gambia, Mali and Niger to drum home the consequences of irregular migration as compared to the regularized migration. In Ghana, four community Radio stations have been selected in the campaign. These selected community Radio stations are situated in communities where recruiting, transporting of victims are rife. Reporters, programme producers and station coordinators of Radio Ada, Radio Pad, Radio Peace and Radio Progress have sharpened their knowledge on migration in a two days training workshop held in Accra Ghana. Beneficiaries of the training will report irregular migration to Europe by West African youth and its attendant consequence on the affected communities and the country at large. The journalist’s drawn from these community Radio stations are expected to engaged with the organizers, returnees of regular and irregular migration to learn from them their experiences and share with the larger public using Radio to make informed decision. Some of the proposed programme formats include documentary, news panel discussion among others. After production and broadcast in the local language, the transcript and voice over of the audio which shall be in English shall be forwarded to WADR for onward transmission. In turn, the community Radio in question shall also receive same materials from other countries which shall also be produced  and broadcast in the local languages of Ghana.  The world has become a global village due to technology and modernization. These two factors have made it easy for people to travel all over the world. Specific people have specific reasons for travellings. Some travel on occupational grounds as can be found in the Ada area where people migrate to neighbouring countries to fish. There are people who also travel to Middle East where oil and gas industries are booming to eke out livelihood. It is a basic right for everyone to move or to relocate as specified by ACT 13 of the universal declaration of human right. Everyone also has right for protection and safe environment. This is why migration is regulated for immigrant’s and Emigrant’s.

In order to encourage regular migration in the west African Region, the German Embassy in Dakar is supporting West Africa Democracy Radio-WADR to use various Radio programmes to curb irregular migration. WADR is collaborating with carefully selected Radio stations in Ghana, The Gambia, Mali and Niger to drum home the consequences of irregular migration as compared to the regularized migration. In Ghana, four community Radio stations have been selected in the campaign. These selected community Radio stations are situated in communities where recruiting, transporting of victims are rife. Reporters, programme producers and station coordinators of Radio Ada, Radio Pad, Radio Peace and Radio Progress have sharpened their knowledge on migration in a two days training workshop held in Accra Ghana. Beneficiaries of the training will report irregular migration to Europe by West African youth and its attendant consequence on the affected communities and the country at large. The journalist’s drawn from these community Radio stations are expected to engaged with the organizers, returnees of regular and irregular migration to learn from them their experiences and share with the larger public using Radio to make informed decision. Some of the proposed programme formats include documentary, news panel discussion among others. After production and broadcast in the local language, the transcript and voice over of the audio which shall be in English shall be forwarded to WADR for onward transmission. In turn, the community Radio in question shall also receive same materials from other countries which shall also be produced and broadcast in the local languages of Ghana.  

Collins Yeboah is a community outreach assistant for International Organization on Migration, IOM. In his presentation he enumerated dangers of irregular migration and said, smugglers who recruit the citizens to travel outside do not tell their clients the real situation over  there;They create the impresion that all is rosy at their unknown destination. This serves as a magnet to attract them to leave without any dely only to realize that they have tearful moments to go through. To avoid these untold hardships, Governments have legally established institutions to control immigration and emigration but some opt to travel by the irregular way which land them in difficult situations to the extent that some even perish in the course of the journey. The station manager for WADR,  

 Agnes Thomasi who was the main anchor for the programme encouraged participants to put in their best as this was just the beginning and the collaboration may lead to other activities. Audio recorders were presented to the journalist to facilitate the field work.  

NOAH DAMEH-ACCRA GHANA

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ARCHBISHOP CHARLES PALMER BUCKLE SPENT THREE DAYS IN ADA

Over one thousand Catholic church members in the Ada East District experienced double joy over the weekend when they dedicated four newly built chapel’s for the work of God. With hope and perseverance. With hope and perseverance, members of the Catholic church at Ada Foah, Big Ada, Kasseh and Anyakpor have succeeded in building a charpel for worship.  The ceremony of dedication and sacrament of confirmation was performed for seventy-five congregants by  Archbishop Charles Palmer Buckle who arrived in the District on Friday September 7th to sunday September 9th. 

It took the members of the four congregations five years to complete the house of the Lord. The churches are named after Saints. The Ada Foah Catholic church is St Peter Claver, Big Ada – St. Catherine of Sienna, Kasseh – Our Lady of Holy Rosary and Anyakpor – Our Lady of Fatima. It is estimated that, the four Chapels cost 250,000 cedis.  The contributions in cash and materials came from Catholic church members in Ada and from other Catholic church members in the Accra Archdiocese. The church dedication ceremony involved prayers, tape-cutting, sprinkling of holy water to bless the people and the building, singing praises and unveiling of plagues. The architectural beauty of the Ada Foah church made the Archbishop call it Ada St Peter Claver Basilica. 
The Archbishop reminded the seventy-five confirmed catholics and all Christians that they are individually the living stones that Christ uses to build his church and admonished Christians to live lives that show the qualities of Christ everywhere and at all times. A joint holy mass was celebrated at Ada Foah yesterday by Archbishop Palmer Buckle. He was supported by Rev Frs. John Archer the Parish Priest, His Assistant Rev Fr, Gabriel Etienne, Rev. Fr George Mensah of Koluedor and Rev Sister Mavis Okronipa. 
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THE PRESIDENT PICKS ANITA FOR EDUCATIONAL TOUR IN CHINA

Anita Gyan, a pupil of Occanseykope District Assemby School in Ada East District of the greater Accra Region of Ghana was identified through poetry dramatization during the Ada Asafotufiami festival in 2017. She again won the heart of the President of the Republic of Ghana, H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo at the just ended Asafotufiami festival of the chiefs and people of Ada traditional area. This young talented girl was selected during an auditioning programme conducted in her school, Occanseykope D/A Basic school. Gratitude goes to her school teacher Mr. John Doetser Korley who is a teacher-dramatist of the school. He identifies potent and latent talents among school children. He writes he directs and grooms. 


Anita Gyan has been performing during District cultural festivals to the admiration of the public. But has not received any special attention until 2017 asafotufiami festival of the chiefs and people of Ada when she performed. The special guest of honor, Hon. Henry Quartey, Deputy interior minister could not control his emotion but publicly declared his appreciation, love and affection for the young girl. He went further to donate five thousand cedis (5,000.00) as a moral booster to assist her educational needs. The donation was presented to her by Government officials and traditionalist at the palace of the Paramount Chief. To report in brief, it was a colourful event. One would have thought that the little girl would have been complacent with the donation but went ahead to rehearse and perform. Anita Gyan appeared again through a large crowd at the 81st asafotufiami festival in August 2018. This time, it was the president of the Republic of Ghana who was in chair as the special gust of honour. She performed again and the central message of her poetry dramatization was on one of the cardinal visions of the president-one District One factory. She mustered courage, knelt down with full profile and look straight into the eye of the president. Her plea to the president humbly requested the president to establish a salt production factory.  

 The president has selected Anita Gyan as one of the ten pupils throughout the country who are embarking on educational tour to China. She was seen off by a delegation led by The District Chief ExecutiveHon. Hon. Sarah Dugbakie pobee, party functionaries and parents of the girl on Saturday August 25, at Kotoka international airport.

Her study tour will be centred on poetry dramatization. It is an exchange programme which means other school children from the sister country China will visit Ghana for the same study. She will be away for two weeks, the DCE said. 

Noah Dameh-Accra

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GHANA’S POTENTIAL FOOD SOURCE IS HIT BY DISASTER;A WAKE UP CALL FOR THE AGRIC MINISTRY

 SEVERAL FARMLAND SUBMERGED IN WIESI AND GBEDEMBILISI

At least 2000 acreage of farms have been submerged due to torrential rainfall in the Upper East Region. Farmers whose farms are situated along the Sisili river have been the most affected persons. Several acres of farm land in the Wiesi and Gbedembilisi communities in the Builsa South District of the Upper East Region have also experienced flooding. The Regions have since been  recieving frequent rainfall for the past weeks. 

The farmers told Radio Builsa that, they will lose close to GHC 50,000. 

Asked, how they access their farms, the farmers said their crops have been under water for the past two weeks and they can only have access to their farms through canoes.  Human settlements in both Districts, Builsa North and South have suffered same. Although no life has been reported lost in the Builsa South District, two cases were reported in the Builsa North District at Sandema and Siniensi respectively. No intervention by Government as at the time this report was filed. 

Source: RADIO BUILSA
26/08/18

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WOMEN OF ADA UNITE FOR A COMMON GOAL 

Women of Ada are mobilising to demonstrate against the ongoing mortuary construction at the water way of the salt lagoon. Various women groups in the Ada traditional area pledged to use demonstration to express their dissatisfaction over where the mortuary is cited. The women make the move on Monday during a project evaluation workshop in Ada. STAR Ghana has supported Radio Ada in a women empowerment project which seeks to strengthened women in leadership role, women to become leaders and to strengthened gender inclusion advocacy. 

The women group have vow to test the degree of empowerment they received from the project to point out to those in authority that they are unhappy about where the mortuary facility is cited. They have since being alerting duty bearers about the environmental hazards the facility might bring to the entire country but the project initiators seems to turn deaf ears on the demand by the women. The contractors claim they have had a clearance or permit from the Environmental and Protection Agency EPA and that was why they still continue to work on the facility despite several suggestions by the indigenous people of Ada to turn the facility into a cold room for fish, meat and vegetable. The women have since enumerated health, enviromental and sanitation dangers the project might bring to the Natural resource when it is completed. Queen mothers, market women, people with disabilities, the brave women in the songor for all advocacy and other women groups say, they can not wait for the facility to materialized for the entire Nation to face the consequences. 

Noah Dameh-Ada

26/08/18

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UNIVERSITY OF PROFESSIONAL STUDIES TO BE NAMED AFTER THE FOUNDER

3,387 confirmed graduants for 2017/2018 academic year.

Over three thousand men and women have sharpened their knowledge and skills at the University of Professional studies-Accra. (UPSA) The university which was formerly called Institute of Professional Studies has confirmed 3,387 professionals in a colourful ceremony at the schools premises on Saturday August 18. 

The 10th graduation ceremonial speech which was read by the Vice Chancellor, Professor Abednego Okoe Amartey said, the University will soon be name after the founder and first Director, Nana Opoku Ampomah. He said, the Council members of the University have taken this decision at their meeting in January 2018. He disclosed that, The President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has already announced his approval and the new name will surface immediately after the parliamentary processes were completed. 

 498 Diplomants, 2,301 undergraduate students and 588 postgraduate level student were endorsed for the year 2017/2018 academic year. Professor Kwesi Yankah, Minister of state responsible for Tertiary Education and Dr.Yossie Shevel, president of Galilee International Management Institute, Isreal were the Gust speakers for the occasion. 

Noah Dameh-Accra

19/08/18

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BENEVOLENT SOCIETY LAUNCHED IN ADA IN MEMORY SAMPORT

 Samports death will bring smiles on the faces of the needy. His five years commemoration target problem solving.

The Late Samuel Ofoli Portuphy was a social worker and a politician whose physical presence brings harmony to many especially the weary. Friends call him Samport and was described as the fulcrum for the youth of his time in terms of decision making towards developmental agenda of his christian society, community and workplace. The entire community of Ada was shrouded with red and black garments after SamPort’s death was pronounced in August 2013. Due to his generosity, care and love for the young and old,   Family and friends taught it wise to establish a benevolent society to continue what the late Samuel Ofoli stands for. On Friday, 10th of August 2018, charitable society was launched in his name called; SAMPORT FOUNDATION. 

Mrs Beatrice Adjaottor is a family member of the late Samport, she said the foundation will seek to the well-being of the children of school going age, the aged, and all forms of interventions. 

“SAMPORT FOUNDATION is coming to stay to make sure the interest of the most vulnerable is preserved, they are represented in matter’s that is likely to affect their access to health and education and to champion the advocacy of Samports legacy ”

11/08/18

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COLLEEN, 20 CROWNED MISS ASAFOTU 2018

Miss Deborah, crowned Miss Asafotu 2018 is seated in the center of first and second runner up.

Miss Deborah Asi Akakpo crowned the overall winner for the 81st Miss Asafotu competition. Miss Deborah Asi is from the Kabiawetsu clan of Ada and a past student of Ada senior high school. She was crowned the best contestant by a panel of four judges. Miss Deborah has also won the 1st position in a cooking competition which is part of the discipline’s of the beauty pageant. Winning over the heart of the judges was not a difficult task for Miss Deborah. She eloquently spoke through the microphone when she appeared on stage at Big Ada community centre on the night of Sunday the 5th. Throughout Miss Deborah maintained her focus on the culture of the Ada people, preservation of natural resources and the right of children to have access to quality education – a presentation that has a direct link to the sustainable development goals (SDGs) endorsed by world leaders at New York conference held in 2015. A conference which is aimed at placing all countries and the entire citizenry on an equal platform in the development process. After  two weeks of intensive grooming in preparedness for the competition, contestant Deborah Oboabeng was adjudged the most disciplinary contestant. Miss Helina Otumfour took the friendliness as well as photogenic awards while Emanuela Kpeli won the sports activity and miss talent positions. In all, Emmanuella Kpeli won the 2nd runner up and Helina Otumfour secured the 1st runner up position

Naana Akuntu Bisasu I, Queen of Ohuewen Clan, has been the mainstay of this competition. The Ghana National Tailors and Dressmakers Association has collaborated with the Queen Mother to bring this years pageant to a success. Alongside support from Radio Ada, TVAfrica, Ultimate mineral water, Indomie, Drop energy drink, Opportunity Banking Solutions, and Zeeghurt yoghurt.

Noah Dameh-Big Ada

07/08/18

WITHDRAW ALL “ATSIAKPO” AGREEMENTS


The priest of Libi asked the traditional leaders of Ada to withdraw all forms of agreement on atsiakpo construction. Nene Libi who represents the goddess Yomo of Tekperbiawe is asking the traditional rulers of the Tekperbiawe clan of Ada to cancel all forms of agreements that they signed for illegal salt winners using the atsiakpo. The representative of the Songor deity said the leadership of the clan will end the velocity at which the Songor Salt Lagoon is being destroyed if they resolve to terminate the agreements they signed with atsiakpo practitioners. Nene Libi was speaking in a community durbar organized by the Media Coalition Against Galamsey (MCAG) in partnership with Radio Ada. The durbar which seeks to throw more light on the legal interpretations of the PNDC law 287 was attended by chiefs, salt winners, the media, the District Chief Executive, legal practitioners, community based organizations and the Yihi Katseme (Brave Women) who are primary advocates for the stoppage of illegalities in the Songor Lagoon. Nene Libi pledged his support for the Yihi Katseme advocacy group and encouraged them to press harder.  

On part of the Yihi Katseme, they are asking government to uphold the PNDC law 287. There has been a conflicting interest over the Songor Lagoon since the eighties. This was when a group of people leased the resource to individual entities for thirty years. Losing their source of livelihood to the non-native of Ada, the women organized themselves to evoke the spirits of their ancestors who through their toil of settlement discovered the Songor Lagoon. They fearlessly resisted the Songor grabbers and during the process, Margaret Kuwornu became the “sacrificial lamb” who lost her life in the course of an uprising on May 17, 1985. As a way of balancing the conflict of interest about the resource, the PNDC law 287 was enacted. This ensures that the Lagoon is held in trust by the government for the people of Ada, as well as permitting people to win salt for their livelihood without any limitations or systemic barriers. The purpose of the PNDC law 287 has been defeated by some greedy  individuals who are mainly minorities. Individuals have mapped out portions for themselves leaving the majority in an untold hardship. The women’s group called Yihi Katseme emerged with the goal of using songs and proverbs to throw light on the consequences, both social and physical of the illegalities happening in the lagoon.  

The advocacy has not been easy as opposing forces who are mainly the initiators of the illegalities in the Songor has been an obstacle. The traditional leadership of Tekperbiawe wants the PNDC law 287 repealed. In doing this, the traditional leaders know that they will gain full control of the resource and single-handedly be dealing with the private investors. In opposition, is a lawyer from the firm ‘Law and Development Associates’ (LADA), Courage Asabangna in his Lolonya presentation described the move by some individuals to repeal the PNDC law 287 as incorrect and misleading. He explains that repealing PNDC law 287 will automatically revert the Songor Lagoon to the state. This will allow the minister responsible for mines and minerals to take absolute control over the management and administration of the minerals in Ghana – including salt. He added that if the repeal was to go fourth the community members would require a license from the minister of mines before they can win salt from the Songor Lagoon. What will be the result of repealing the PNDC law 287?

 The rights that we have been assigned as Ada people under the law will cease to exist.  

 

What YIHI KATSEME and other Brave Adas stand for:

 *Like our fore parents before us, we stand for SONGOR FOR ALL

• We want a return to the communal values that recognized that the Songor must be for the benefit of all.

• We want a return to equitable communal access to the Songor that allows everyone to make a living independently.

• We want to see the Songor abounding with salt and with fish in their proper seasons.

• We want to ensure that the process of salt production generates wholesome marketable salt while allowing the Songor to be replenished.

• We want to ensure that artisanal salt winners like us participate in decision-making on, and application of, technological developments in the Songor.

• We believe that those who are closest to a resource have the first right to benefit from it but also the greatest responsibility to care for it.

• We believe that our responsibility must also be for the benefit of future generations.

Noah Dameh-Lolonya

Photo credit Natalie


BULLION DRIVER DIED AT POST

The deceased is a driver of a bullion van . He, a police guard and one other were travelling . upon reaching a section of the road at Manya-Kpongunor on the Kpong Somanya road in the Eastern Region, the velocity at which they were travelling has to come to a stop because funeral makers had blocked the road with a casket .

The policeman then got out of the bullion to control the traffic. The youth resisted and they tries to pounce on the police. The police was compelled to give a warning shot’s but the youth would not mine. Third round of shots had worsen the case and one of the youth who also sustained bullet wound’s picked a stone beside the road to hit the police man. The policeman escaped the stone and in his bid to change his position, the Kalashnikov triggered and hit the head of the driver of the bullion. It is not clear if the policeman intended to shoot the youth who thrown the stone on him. The Akuse police together with Nuaso and Odumase have carried the dead body and the injured youth to a place yet to be discovered.

Noah Dameh- Odumasi Krobo

DISABILITY IS NOT PREDICTABLE BECAUSE NO ONE KNOWS TOMORROW

Disability can not be predicted and this is why everyone must be disability conscious when setting up an infrastructural project. One can accidentally fall from his/her story building and turn a disable. Even the vehicle which is carrying the building materials can hit the facility owner, He/She may be healed alright but may end up to be a disable. This is why all should not build from pride for the fact that worth is not a challenge. This is my take home from STAR Ghana workshop organized for its grant partners on Gender Equality and Social Inclusion held in the Capital City of the Eastern Region.

I am also convinced for the fact that, GESI advocates saw the need for mobilizing for disability inclusion campaign and resolved to mobilize forces to champion the cause. Although some areas like maternal health-women inclusion in Governance and children’s sexual rights and abuse have come out as equally important right issues, the grant beneficiaries have resolved to use Disability inclusion as a test case . I am glad to be part of this movement and alliance with a hash tag #Disability inclusion Now# This is because, Disability is not Predictable and no one knows tomorrow.

Noah Dameh-Koforidua

19/07/18

STAR Ghana grant partners workshop

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Day one of STAR Ghana inter-cluster reflection, review and collective action workshop ends. The workshop which is being held at Eastern Premier Hotel-Koforidua in the Eastern Region has brought together grant partnering organizations to brainstorm on the jeney of where it come from, where it is now and to adopt future strategies for realization of targets. Beneficiary organizations from November 2017 have been working to influence Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI), Advocacy and Research in Education, influencing Government to include People with Disabilities and vulnerable groups as part of the designated groups of the bill, increasing participating of women and PWDs in the local governance system including appointments amongst others. In an opening remarks , the programme Director for STAR Ghana, Ibrahim-Tanko Amadu urged the grant partners not to focus on success stories only but to identify the barriers of change as well. This, he explained that it will give a realistic picture to inform alternative ways for approaching the issues. He stressed on the need to put all the organizational strengths together in fighting a common goal for the targeted results.

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Noah Dameh

19/0718

VIEWS ON “EXCEL IN LIFE”

A person can be described to “excell in life” if only his or her actions has positively affect the lives of individual, group or community. This is my take home from Barcamp Ada 2018, held at Roman Catholic Parish Hall Ada Foah.

Barcamp : This is a group of young people in Ghana that seeks to advocate in bringing the youth together to brainstorm on their potential, opportunities and how to overcome their threats. The participants do this by sharing individual experiences and networking . This is a non for profit programme that is being run by Ghana Think Foundation based in Ghana and United States of America. 

Barcamp Ada 2018 : Participants openly shared issues they considered opposite to Development of Ada. Few of those who were furtunate to make it in life come out bold chested as citizen of Ada to help others realised their dreams. According to the youth, some citizens of Ada who are considered to have the potential to assist the youth in divers ways rather distant themselves from taking responsibility for mutual approach to ameliorate the efforts of the youth. Some public office holders do not see the need to engage the youth even if the youth invite them in a forum to explain issues of concern. 

General Concerns : Lack of volunteerism on part of the youth to deal with Enviromental and sanitation problem has been a worry for the participants. Increasing crime and inability of the police to be proactive in combating crime in the Ada East District has also take a central role in the discussion.

Mentorship : Youth in the field of ICT, media, artisanship, investment, business consultancy enterprenuership and other fields have been invited to share their “secret” of success to serve as eye opener for those who want to go into the above fields for livelihood.  

Noah Dameh-Ada Foah

03/07/18

NENE OSUSEY ACKWERH II, DECLARED AS THE SUBSTANTIVE CHIEF OF FOAHNGUA-TOTIMEKOPE

Now, Nene Osusey Ackwerh II, known in private life as Mr. Ackwerh Ebenezer from effect of Wednesday 14th of March 2018, has customary and constitutionally assume the office as traditional ruler for Foahngua Totimekope sub division of Ada. Nene Ackwerh succeeded the late chief of Foahngua Totimekope, Nene Teye Ackwerh I, in May, 2006.  In April 2016 Nene Osusey II has been endorsed by members of Ada Traditional council under the auspices of the President of the Ada Traditional council, Nene Abram Akuaku III, in a colorful ceremony at the council hall at Big Ada. 

Nene Osusey Ackwerh after his installation had encountered numerous challenges from a rival gate that delayed his Gazette. Nene Osusey who overcome the obstacles finally had his gazzette published by the Ghana Gazzette publishing Authority on Wednesday March 2018. 

The King maker’s of the Division on Saturday joined Nene Ackwerh to pay homage to Nene Ada at his palace to appreciate his role in the Gazzette process.  

Nomo Jonathan Dokutso, who is the Secretary to the paramount chief of Ada traditional area, Nene Abram Kabu Akuaku III congratulated Nene Akwerh for the success  

Noah Dameh=Ada
30/06/18

APOSTLE NKUM PLEDGES COMPLEX ORPHANAGE FACILITY FOR ADA

“It takes one person to buy a cock from Ada-Kasseh market but when it crows it crow for all” This is what Naana Adu Akrofi I, Queen of Matsekope and her collaborator, Apostle Emmanuel Nkum stands for.  

Apostle Nkum, in yellow, seated at the right hand of the Queen, expressed his privilege for seating with a Queen like Naana Adu Akrofi of Matsekope at the communities palace. Naana Adu Akrofi bonded by Apostle and his wife, some church leaders and elders of Matsekope stool in a photograph at the community’s palace .

Apostle Emmanuel Nkun is the head Pastor of Radiance Place Ministries based at Tesanor Hotel. For his generosity and caring, He has zoomed his birthday celebrations to Matsekope community in the Ada West District of the Greater Accra Region. The first contact person was the Queen and the elders of Matsekope stool. 

Apostle Emmanuel Nkum whose priority is to empathised with the underprivileged has always dedicated his birth day celebrations to the most needy persons in society. Thursday June 29th has been a great day for the people of Matsekope community. Apostle Nkum, as part of his week long celebration of birthday had moved into this community to bring smiles on the faces of the aged, orphans and underprivileged persons in society. https://youtu.be/r5A_I_Tx1a8

One thousand plates of food has been served which went parallel with health screening and medications. Naana Adu Akrofi in her remarks said, it is part of her duty as a queen  to be more proactive in lobbying for her community. 

 To ameliorate the efforts of The Queen for Matsekope, Apostle Nkum promised to build a modern underprivileged friendly facility to help the most affected persons especially the orphans. According to him the orphanage will have a banking hall and other facilities that will be beneficial for the entire members of the community. “This will be built at Matsekope and will be the best orphanage centre in Africa” He remarked. The aged have been screened and treated as part of his birthday activities for 2018.

 

Noah Dameh-Ada

30/06/18

I WILL VOLUNTEER TO WRITE AND READ DISABILITY STORIES USING THE BRAILLE ; MR. AYIKU AKUAKU 

Come Sunday, the last Sunday in the month of April is going to be unique for Sege congregation of the Presbyterian church. The visually impaired persons in the Ada District and some allies will on Sunday take over the podium to lead the church service. The visually impaired (blind) will play liturgical role, sing and preach the Gospel at church. This is where the advocacy for inclusion has reached. The Association for the visually impaired in the Ada East District are collaborating with Sege Presbyterian church and Radio Ada to advocate for the need to send all children with disabilities to school. In an hour Radio discussion and a phone in programme, My guests Mr. Ayiku Akuaku encouraged all persons especially the learn the Braille. He said the Braille is more friendly in documentation for the visually impaired and it is time that parents whose children fall victim of sightedness must take advantage. 

The joint service will help raised financial support to enrol more children in the disability friendly schools. 

Noah Dameh-Ada

29/06/18

WE WANT AGRO BASED FACTORY IN ADA EAST 

The chairman for Ada Youth Organization, Mr. Henry Akunor proposed agricultural based factory for the people of Ada. He said opting for agro based factory under the NPP one District one factory programme will serve dual purpose. According to Mr. Akunor, it will boost the activities of the farmers as well as technical persons who will be employed by the management of the factory. 

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Mr. Akunor in an interview disclosed that, the association noted luck of Information Communication and Technology centre in the District. According to him, the Association is considering to set up an ICT center (internet cafe) for the people of Ada. The Association on Saturday held their delegates conference at big Ada community center. The conference also looked at the pending Asafotufiam festival come August this year.  Meanwhile, Chief of the Youth of Ada state, Nene Emmanuel Tetteh Kabu which is best known as Nene Tetteh Kakepeemi, who doubled as the Chief Executive Officer for Kammat Hotel-big Ada has been elected chairman for Ada constituency of the NDC in the just ended congress on Saturday. He beat his main contender by tweenty seven votes to win the seat. 

Noah Dameh-Ada

24/06/18

 FISHERMEN AND FISH MONGERS IN THE CENTRAL REGION DEMAND THE RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLE TO ACCESS TRADITIONAL FISHING GROUNDS AND LANDING SITES

Over licensing of trawlers to operate in the Ghana’s marine waters is making indigenous fishermen poorer. Failure of modern leaders to effectively engage the local fishermen, fish mongers and the residents of the coastal communities in the implementation of oil exploration according to the fishermen has been a contributing factor to their poverty. Passiveness on part of the local Assembly’s to enforce the laws of encroachment at landing beaches in the country is considered as threat to livelihood for those whose livelihood solely depends on small scale fishing. Fisherfolks in the Central Region made this known in a communique issued to the fisheries ministry. Fishing communities have been struggling to maintain their livelihood just because the fisheries laws are archaic and Government has given them the opportunity to review Ghana’s 2002 fisheries Act which is in existence for the past fifteen years. The Far Dwuma Nkɔdo project is being implemented by Environmental Justice Foundation & Hen Mpoano with funding from European Union is to engage with the most affected persons of the fisheries sector which are solely the small recall fisherfolks.

”Overall, 464 fishers, processors and traders were engaged in consultations to gather inputs for the drafting of the future Fisheries Bill. On 15 May, Chief fishermen and Konkohemaa from all 45 coastal communities across the Central Region convened in Cape Coast to validate the results of the local level consultations and agree on a ten-point communiqué as the general position of the artisanal fishing industry of the Central Region”.  

A portion of the communique reads: “Small-scale fishers in Ghana face loss of access to traditional fishing grounds and landing sites as a result of encroachment from other users and offshore oil development. The law should ensure mandatory consultation with fishing communities on such developments, the communiqué urges, and compensation must be provided for negative impacts. Similarly, when conflicts arise at sea, compensation for damage to fishing gear caused by industrial vessels must also be made more accessible to small-scale fishers”. 

Narrowing the story to the down-stream of Kpong and Akosombo hydroelectric dams with focus on Big Ada and Ada Foah, tourism is gradually taking over the livelihood activities of the indigenous fishermen. The assembly and the traditional authorities has given out land closed to the bank of the Volta River for tourism developers with little consideration of the consequences to the local fishermen. The tourism developers goes beyond their boundaries and create artificial platforms in the water body.  

Currently, the bank of the river volta has been occupied by infrastructure for hotels and chalets. This has been an obstacle for indigenous people mainly the Fisher folks to access the Natural resource. Merrymakers who use jet skies on the river body will not lower their speed for the local fishermen. The fish are scared, The breading grounds for the fishes becomes unsafe whiles water transportation becomes dangerous for the indigenes. Friday June 22, officers from the Volta River Authority, VRA department of Environmental management working in the lower Volta basin had engaged stake holders in the Ada East District in Emergency Preparedness plan at Ada Foah. Consequences of modern day tourism has surfaced during an open forum. The participants demands from the Volta River authority, the immediate measures to arrest the problem. This was after the District Chief Executive of the Ada East District, Hon. Sarah Dugbakie Pobee expressed concern to know where the waste from the chalets and the hotels goes.

Mr. Ocran Hammund, a manager for the VRA monitoring team was swift to encourage the assembly officials to consult the fisheries and environmental Acts before issuance of operational permit for projects around water bodies. He urged them to insist on tourism operators to pay their tolls so that, the assembly can also implement alternative livelihood interventions for the most affected fisherfolks through the income they generate.

Nana Obrenu Dabum III, Chairman of GNCFC for Central Region, said: “Fishing communities must be involved in fisheries decision making. Not only will this improve the equity and sustainability of the policies, if canoe fishers feel they own the law, and have contributed to it, they will be more likely to comply themselves.” 

The traditional war captain for Kabiawetsu clan of Ada shares the view of social inclusion when processes of oil exploration begins. Asafoatse Debrah made this known when the oil department of the Ghana’s Enviromental Protection Agency have organised a day workshop for stakeholders at Ada Foah in what they called “oil exploration in the Keta delta”. Asafoatse Debrah spoke in Ga-Dangme dialect and he translate it into the English language in a 4mins video.

About Far Dwuma Nkɔdo:

The three-year project is being implemented by the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) and Hen Mpoano with the financial support of the European Union and German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). As part of this project, EJF and Hen Mpoano are working to help drive a reduction in illegal fishing, and give local fishers a voice in the process to build a more sustainable fishing sector: Through a unique combination of local surveillance and remote monitoring,the organisation stands tall in strengthening the monitoring and reporting of illegal fishing. They also empower local communities to document illicit fishing activities. For sustainability purposes, they work to promote alternative livelihood options for small-scale fishing communities, helping them to diversify their local economies. The Environmental Justice Foundation is an international non-governmental organisation working to protect the environment and defend human rights. EJF is a charity registered in England and Wales.

Noah Dameh- Cape coast

23/06/18


HOLDING THE PARLIAMENTARY CANDIDATE RESPONSIBLE BY HER PROMISE

Hon. Confort Doyoe Cudjoe Ghansah is a two term parliamentary candidate for Ada East Constituency of the Greater Accra Region. She plesdged to provide treated water for twenty five communities whose source of water for domestic use depends on ponds. She made the pledge at Kenornya and its ajoining communities when She perform a custom to start the project on Thursday 14th of June. 

Hon. Doyoe said, the second phase of her water project will focus on seven communities that form Gorm electoral area. She said, she has been using the little fund she receives from the common fund administration judiciously to realised value for money. “This is why I am pleading with you, as beneficiaries to use labour to support me” She said.  

She extends her appreciation for the assembly members who are collaborating with her and facilitating that, their communities get pipe borne water for their electorates. Three communities in the Luhuese Obane Electoral area have beeen captured in the first phase of the water project. A news report by TV3 on the commissioning of the first beneficiary community  https://youtu.be/QnyAmqxAvjY  Community members have so far being excuvating the trenches for the piplines with their man power as a way of contributing their quota.  

Women and children in the beneficiary communities are the most affected persons when it comes to water related issues in the District. Children of school going age tells Radio Ada that, they walk a kilometer to Gorm before they get access to clean water. This according to the children affect their academic work because they are always late to school. 

Noah Dameh-Ada

16/06/18

BODY TATOO IS ANTI !!, TO ISLAMIC BELIEF, EID-UL FITR CELEBRATION MESSAGE

Men, do not wear women dress, women, it is against the Islamic teaching for you to wear men’s dress. Muslims do not wear mini skirts. Drinking of alcoholic beverages, smoking of Indian herm. Violence and terrorism is not part of the Islamic teaching. This was contained in a sermon by the Chief Imam for Ada, Sheikh Dawud Soja to mark this years Ramadan. 

It is not necessary for Islams to organized what they called “Salafest” a recreational event that is emerging in resent times where the youth celebrate in the night which at times result in violence and all forms of indiscipline. The Chief Imam remarked.  

  He ask all Muslims to refrain from all negativities so that the 30 days fast should not be in vain. He added that, it is the duty of all Islam’s to live exampling lives to win more souls into the Islamic Religion. 

The Imam, after praying for peace and strenght for the leaders, encouraged the Muslims to live in peace and harmony with other believers in society. He urged all islam’s to share the little they have with members within their neighborhoods and be clean and pure.

Noah Dameh-Ada Foah

15/06/18

WHERE WE COME FROM

Generations came and past. Every generation has a unique dress code. The generation Gap varies from age, formal and informal. This is best explained by the Ningo Presbyterians Choir Union. On Sunday June 10, the choir decided to attend the service customarily by dress code. Their dressing reflected the stages that came to past till mordern day. For example, dresscode by female teachers.

The following also came to past

This is where we are now  

Noah Dameh-Old Ningo

13/06/18

”BE KIND, FOR EVERYONE YOU MEET IS FIGHTING FOR HARDER BATTLE”

Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. This is what the DCE for Ningo-Prampram stands for. June 7, every year has been additional year for Hon. Jonathan Teye Doku, District Chief Executive for Ningo-Prampram District in the Greater Accra Region. 

Hon. Doku chose to celebrate his yearly birthday with the ones in need than the ”well to do”. This was why he mingles every year with the HEARTS OF THE FATHER ORPHANAGE CENTER AT OLD NINGO. 

It is said that, it is not the quantity of people who attend your programme but the quality of the attendants. Empathizers flew from America to withness this celebration including the priest of the Old-Ningo Presbyterian church, DCEs and a representative of the Local Government Minister, Mr. Frank Mireku and others equally important dignitaries has  graced the occasion. 

 Hon. Jonathan Teye Doku had disclosed the reasons behind opting to celebrate his annual birth day with the children of the Hearts of the father orphanage. ”For the past years that I have been celebrating with  this children, my furtunes is becoming better . This children have been a blessing to me and I want to celebrate with them’ every year so that, God will keep His blessing on me” Hon. Doku remarked. He performed a ground breaking ceremony to begin construction of a three unit classroom block for the home. He said, this is his personal inetiative and will solicit both cash and kind from his friends within and outside Ghana to complete the project. He said, having the school close to them will reduce the risk of travelling far distance to access primary education. 

Hearts of the father outreach was founded by couples John Moritz and Libby Moritz. According to Pastor Moses Ofori, The USA based couples  had  their three children crushed to death in a vehicular accident when they were returning from school. This was why the couples descended to Africa Ningo to establish the orphanage home to assist the needy. After the establishment of the home at Ningo in 1994, some of the children have benefited from quality education and are occupying public sector and they are working for for the Nation. Before engaging with the children, Hon. Jonathan Teye Doku joined the Old Ningo Presbyterian Church for to render thanks to God for His favour on him.

Noah Dameh- Ada 

12/1218

RIGHT OF SUSPECTS OBSERVED IN THE NEW POLICE STATION UNDER CONSTRUCTION AT BIG ADA, WATER CLOSET AND BATH ADDED TO CELLS 

Few weeks after the NDC lost power in the 2016 general election to the NPP, There has been a rumour that the outgoing District Chief Executive of the NDC, Hon. John Nurudeen Ahortu had awarded a contract to construct a police station at Tetsonya-Ada. Public do not take it kindly, accusing the modern leaders of not being transparent in the governance system. The gossip becomes tensed when John Nurudeen Ahortu and the District administration had quickly offloaded fine and course aggregates to the site. My telephone bells on one Thursday morning that, the site earmarked for the project was in a violence mood. I jumpt on a motorbike and arrived at the scene. I saw four policemen in a riotgear. Some are wielding automatic Kalashnikov 47 whiles some are with a butt. I also counted thirteen civilians  with some holding cutlasses. I was scared and shivered into the marrow of my bones. I sighted few friends among them and I approached them. I realised that all the men are from the Kudzragbe clan of Ada. I drew closer to their leader who is also the secretary to the Kudjragbe division, Mr. Fierti. He told me the traditional authority of the Kudjragbe clan had release land for construction of a permanent police station for Ada but a particular family at Gorm are protesting that, the said land belongs to them. ”We are here to help the policemen take control so that, the contractor can do the pegging work to start the project” he said. Work becomes standstill when the DCE position became vacant and politics had hit the assembly system of who is to secure the DCE position for the District. Hon. Sarah Dugbakie Pobee, assembly member for Ada Foah Fiergbedu Electoral area was nominated by the President of Ghana to take the position. She was declared by the Electoral commission through an election described as chaotic. Hon. Sarah Pobee will not listern to remarks that narrows to detract her from her official duties as the representative of the President of Ghana His Excellency Nana Akuffo Addo. She promised to complete the structure with urgency. This will be the first police station built by the District after independence. It will also add to the history of Ada that, the first police station of the Ada people was completed or commissioned by first female DCE of the District. 

The facility has three offices, well ventilated male and female cells with bath and closet, charge office and an armoury. Right of a physically challenge person to access the facility by wheel chair has been taken cureof.

Noah Dameh-Ada

09/06/18

SUNDAY LAUNCH WITH ORPHANAGE 

Sunday 10th June, the District Chief Executive for Ningo Prampram will bring smiles on the faces of the needy children in his District. Hon. Jonathan Teye Doku is mobilising to donate food items, clothing, cash and souvenir to an orphanage home in his District. This is part of his birth day celibration. 

Hon. Jonathan Teye Doku wrote

”I will bless the Lord at all times :His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof and be glad. O magnify the Lord with me and let us exalt His name together. Psalm 34:1-3

My sincerest thanks goes to the Lord Almighty for all that He has done for me and for adding  a year to my age. My  prayer to Him is that he continues to bless me with wisdom,knowledge and understanding in my service for God and country.
In addition, I wish to thank each and everyone both far and near for your prayers, calls,messages and even your gifts. I am highly honoured to have you all with me. I am eternally grateful and God bless you. 


As part of my birthday celebrations, I invite you all to join me on  Sunday 10th June,2018 thank the Lord for His goodness and unfailing love towards me at The Presbyterian Church Ghana-Old Ningo at 9:00am.

Right after the service we shall proceed to the Hearts of the Father Orphanage in Old Ningo to make a presentation. The presentation shall include food items, clothes, cash and many others. We shall as well have lunch with the staff and children in the home.

After this I shall cut sod for the construction of a 3-Unit classroom block  for the hearts of the father Orphanage.
Hope to see you on Sunday as you join me perform this functions.
Once again I am grateful to you all and God bless you”. He ended.

Noah Dameh-Ningo Prampram

08/06/18

     SAIKO BUSINESS,THE FISHERMEN EQUIVALENT TO GALAMSEY

Fishermen and fish mongers in the Central Region have described Transshipment in the fishing industry as catastrophe. Small-scale fisherfolks in the Region emphasized that, transshipment of fish which is popularly known as Saite according to the Japanese trawler crew is a blow and misfortune to their business. This they describe it as threat. They also have the view tha Ghana’s fishery will continue to decline if the situation is not arrested. In May this year, the Environmental Justice Foundation had organized an ”eye openning” workshop for journalist from selected media houses in the Central, Greater Accra and the Volta Region to aid effective reportage in the fishing industry. 

 The workshop brought together small-scale fishermen, artisanal and fishmongers on the same platform with the journalist to present to them issues emerging from a consultation work conducted around the coastal communities towards a legal framework and to create opportunity for the most affected persons to validate the findings. 

 The participants have pointed accusing fingers on the fisheries Ministry for not proactive in responding to their call to fight saiko business, an act that distroy the fish stock. Stop saiko and extension of the fishing close season for a six month period for the industrial trawlers has taken the central point in the discussion. According to the fishermen, responsiveness on the part of the Government to curb the menance would not only replenish the fishery stock but will also improve sustainable livelihood of the local fisherfolks. 

Professor Denis Worlanyo Aheto is with University of Cape Coast/UCC Department of fisheries and Aquatic Science. He helped this reporter to have a fair knowledge on saiko based Conservative estimates (initial findings) on Saiko fishery, a research by the USAID/UCC Fisheries and Coastal Management Capacity Building Project of Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences in May 2018. He said, Saiko also known as fish transhipment is illegal under Ghana’s fisheries laws (Fisheries Act 625, 2002). An average Saiko canoe owner lands about 30,000 slabs (300 tons) of Saiko fish from trawlers in a day at sea. There are an estimated 60 Saiko canoe engaged in the Saiko fishery in Elmina. Saiko fishing is very profitable in terms of net returns per month estimated at GHC 90, 000 per canoe However very destructive fishery because it compromises food security and livelihoods by depleting the fish stocks. Destroys marine habitats, distorts competition, puts honest fishers at unfair disadvantage and weakens coastal communities. Transhipment of fish dates back to the 70s. Japanese industrial trawlers discarded their by-catch which they considered useless into the sea to make way for storage space in exchange for food, fruits, livestock and others. The Japanese word “saite” and “saiko” were used to distinguish between bad/rubbish and good fish respectively. Inadvertently saite fish that were meant to be thrown away became saiko (good) fish for Ghanaian fishers who could not achieve any meaningful catch at sea. He said. On the world’s first awareness day for illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, a new film by the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) and Hen Mpoano reveals the true extent of the crisis in Ghana’s fisheries. In particular, the illegal practice of ‘saiko’ – where industrial trawlers sell fish to local canoes at sea – is driving the collapse of Ghana’s inshore fishery, on which millions of Ghanaians rely for food security and income. Ghana’s fish stocks are in steep decline, with landings of key species for local consumption at their lowest recorded level since 1980. Traditional fishing communities have been hit hardest, with average annual income per canoe dropping by as much as 40% in the last 10 to 15 years. The European Union and German Federal Ministry for Economic Coorperation and Development are supporting Environmental Justice Foundation and Hen Mpoano to protect the Environment and to defend human rights whiles Hen Mpoano stands for inclusive and integrated management of Ghana’s coastal and marine ecosystems to generate long-term socio-economic and ecological benefits. The three year project is dubed Far Dwuma Nkɔdo which-securing sustainable fisheries. The project team after investigating to find out the effect of saiko trawlers in the industry, they blew the hustle through a press release. Below is the statement issued in Accra. Ghana’s fishing industry has been plagued by illegal activities in recent years. Destructive fishing practices and over-exploitation by industrial trawlers have driven local fishers facing plummeting incomes to turn to illegal fishing with light, dynamite, and chemicals. These are quick fixes for fishers in a desperate situation that are causing irreparable damage to remaining fish stocks and, in some cases, risking human health.  One practice, referred to locally as saiko, is precipitating an ecological and human catastrophe. Originally an informal trading system, where unwanted industrial bycatch would be exchanged at sea for fruit and livestock brought by canoes, it is increasingly a part of targeted fishing for the trawlers. This puts industrial fishing vessels in direct competition with small-scale fishers for catches of species such as sardinella that are a staple food for local communities. Having effectively ‘stolen’ fish from canoe fishers, saiko operators sell these back to the same fishing communities for profit.   

Saiko is a highly organised and lucrative practice, accounting for an estimated 100,000 tonnes of illegal and unreported catches in 2017, with an estimated landed value of US$34-65 million. The statistics reveal the stark inequality of this trade: an average saiko canoe can return with as much 400 times the amount of fish as a canoe fishing trip. Enviromental Justice Foundation Executive Director, Steve Trent, says: “The implications of the imminent collapse of Ghana’s small pelagic fishery cannot be overstated. Over 2 million people in Ghana rely on fisheries for their livelihoods, with limited alternative sources of income or employment. Should the resource disappear, mass migration and social upheaval can be considered a very real prospect.”It is not too late to save Ghana’s fisheries. Saiko remains illegal in the country, and robust enforcement of this law could effect real change. Director of Hen Mpoano, Kofi Agbogah, says: “Transshipments of fish at sea are notoriously difficult to monitor, even with the most advanced systems in place. Instead, all catches should be landed in authorized ports and recorded in official statistics to inform sustainable management. This would also ensure that restrictions on fishing gear that prevent the capture of non-target species are complied with.”Nana Solomon from the Ghana National Canoe Fishermen Council, who was also a panellist, says “The voices of small-scale fishers and fishmongers must be heard when it comes to designing Ghana’s fisheries management, to help create policies that are fair and sustainable.” 

Saiko is illegal under Ghanaian law attracting a fine of between US$100,000 and US$2 million (Section 33(2), Fisheries Regulations 2010 LI 1968 and Section 132, Fisheries Act 2002, Act 625), or at least US$1 million where catches involve juvenile fish or the use of prohibited fishing gears (Fisheries (Amendment) Act 2014, Act 880). There are currently around 70 industrial trawlers licensed to fish in Ghana’s waters for bottom dwelling species such as groupers, snappers, octopus and cuttlefish. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing activities are responsible for the loss of 11 to 26 million tonnes of fish each year, which is estimated to have an economic value of US$10 to US$23 billion. Rates of IUU fishing in West Africa are amongst the highest in the world, accounting for 37% of catches. 

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07/06/18

Noah Dameh

  OKISITSEKOPE GET CLEAN WATER

Use of alum to decolor stagnant water for drinking is now a thing of the past for the community members of Okisitsekope in the Ada East District. The community have lived on stagnant water since the existence of the Ada state. The community which practice open defecation and free range system of animal rearing have the fecal matter washed into their water source after it rains. 

Radio Ada, a community Radio station in the area in 2016 used participatory method in gathering barriers of children’s well-being and how to address them.  This has been a project supported by UNICEF. After a joint focus group discussions of Okisitsekope and Kwalaakpoyom, clean water was the priority for the children, youth and the elderly. The Member of Parliament for Ada East constituency was hinted and she swiftly moved in to cut sod in January 2018 to  solve the problem. The community members also pledged to use manpower to dig the trench for the pipeline as their quota in support of the project. The water has been connected from Obane, about one mile distance to the community. The source of the water is taken from Ghana Water Company Limited. The Member of Parliament, Hon. Comfort Doeyo Cudjoe Ghansah on Sunday June 3rd commissioned the standpipe for use. 

She promised Kwalaakpoyom community that, their standpipe will be next to commission in seven days time. She also disclosed that, more materials have been purchased to connect seven additional communities who also rely on stagnant water. 

Noah Dameh-Ada

04/06/18

ENCOUNTER WITH INDIVIDUALISM AWAITS OVER ONE THOUSAND STUDENTS IN ADA EAST DISTRICT 

Late morning on Friday, June 1, students of the various schools in the Ada East District were seen moving in groups heading to the pivot. This Friday might be the last time for the students to move together. It seems to some extent that, this friday will be last friday in the history of the students to be under supervision by the teachers at the junior High school. Over fifty thousand students will experienced individualism at the various examination centers accross the country. West African Examination council has set Monday 4th to 8th of June for the final examination of the 2016/2018 batch of the junior High students. narrowing my writeup within my small corner, a total of 1,175 students have registered for this years Basic Education Cirtificate Examination in the Ada East District. This comprise 33 from the Government schools whiles the private schools constitute 14. In all, Forty seven schools are taking part in six centers in the District.

Ada Foah Methodist 115

Ada Foah presby 190

Ada Senior High  254

Bedeku 193

Kasseh number (1) 254

Kasseh number (2) 169

This students on Friday June 1, were seen heading to familiarize themselves with the centre and also to reconfirm the seating arrangements according to the index numbers. 

Noah Dameh-Big Ada

ADA STUDENTS UNION SET TO EMBARK ON VOLUNTARY WORK

This is a yearly event organized by the students Union to address health and Educational challenges in the most deprived communities in Ada. This years outreach programme will happened at Goi, Kportitsekope and Lolonya in the Ada West District of the Greater Accra Region. The president of the Union, Mr. Stephen Nyorngmor said, they are going to share what they learnt with the students, teachers and the parents. 

The week long programme will start from 2nd-9th June, 2018. The students will move in groups to assist the staff of the selected schools in teaching during school hours. The team will also undertake house-house visitation to encourage parents to put in their best in the Educational and Health of their children’s well-being. Issues that will surface as obstacle for education and health of the children will be forwarded to the appropriate quarters for consideration. 

Noah Dameh- Ada

29/05/18

SIGNS OF MANYA KLO ANNUAL ”NGMAYEM” FESTIVAL

This is water yam internationally known as diocorea alata. The Krobos have different names for the variouse types of tubers. This is a type of yam farmers are loosing interest in its cultivation in the forest zones of Ghana. This is because it is time consuming during its harvest or uprooting. This is due to its potential in length. The farmers say it is time consuming at its harvest time. It need patience to uproot this type of yam. One will end up chopping it into chips during harvesting if there is not enough patience and the requisite skill. The people of Manya and Yilo Klo call this type of yam as ”Alamua”  But it is qualified with ”gaga”( long)  so, its length automaticcally gives it’s name as ”alamua gaga” which literary means the long yam. The Krobos celebrate their festivals in October and November in Manya-Odumase and Yilo-Somanya respectively. Ngmayem for the Manya Klo and Kloyosikplemi is for the Yilo Klo. The people of ”Tsai” ”Sɛ” or Shai also celebrate Ngmayem in early October. 

 Farmers at this time harvest plentifully and is a signed of appreciation of their strugle in finding livelihood after they have been forcibly ejected from their ancestral home. From June through the celebrations enlisted. Join the Dangmes to celebrate their bountiful harvest.

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Noah Dameh- Odumase Klo

27/05/18

 ANY DECISION WHICH IS NOT IN THE BEST INTEREST   OF THE CHILD IS A PUNISHABLE OFFENCE

International Needs NGO raised red flag against all forms of child abuse. The NGO is working in four fishing communities in the Ada West District of the Greater Accra Region. The goal of the project is to prevent child trafficking and all forms of child slavery. International Needs in collaboration with the District Social Welfare and  the Traditional Authorities have formed Children’s protection committees to prevent and respond to child abuse cases to see how best they can bring the institutions mandated together to salvage any possible case that might be discovered by the Community Child Protection Committees. Lolonya, Wokumagbe, Anyamam and Anyamam Communities have seven member committee each that sniff for any possible child right abuse. Free the Slaves and Growing Up Free are supporting International needs to implement the project at Adidome in the Volta, Ada in the Greater Accra and Winneba in the Central Region of Ghana. 

 The project Manager,  Mr. Theodore Ameme in an interview said, the organization also stand for Gender Empowerment, Evangelism and Discipleship, Water, Sanitation and hygiene as well as medical outreach programmes. 


The officers of the Ada West Department of the Social welfare and the Community Child Protection Committee have testify during a radio programme that, the intervention has boost their capacity and they have been able to salvage some minors from abuse and exploitation. ”With the intervention from International Needs Ghana and their partners, some victims have been enrolled back to school and are being supported as long as their livelihood is concerned ”. They said.

Noah Dameh-Ada

23/05/18

TWO DIE AT AGBEDRAFOR AFTER EATING WATER MELON

Community members of Agbedrafor and Bonikope are gossiping that, the death of two juveniles from a household in Agbedrafor community happened as a result of a suspected poisoned watermelon the victims had eaten. Arkor wussah, a eight year old kindergarten two pupil of Adgedrafor died on thursday at Faithkope after she was transferred from Bonikope Health facility in the Ada West District to the District Hospital in the Ada East District. The second victim, Emanuella Ayim age seven also died today Sunday at Battor Hospital. Devine Wussah primary 4, pupil of Agbedrafor, Tesia wussah age fifteen and primary five pupil of Agbedrafor, Teye Dameh of Bonikope DA primary three and Akwele wussah are going under treatment at Battor and Sege. Arkor and Akwele Wussah are twin sisters. A report has it that, the parents upon realising that, the condition becomes worse, douched both of them. Akweley responded with plenty toilet. But Arkor could not respond to the Enama and died. My source says authorities of the hospital ordered that, the remaining watermelon would be examined by Monday to ascertain whether the melon they consumed contains any poisonous substance. The suspected melon’s are not part of what is being sold to the public as gathered by this reporter.

Noah Dameh- Sege

20/05/18

GHANA CENCUS ON AGRICULTURE COMMENCED 

Ghana is updating its data on agriculture. Livestok, paultry, fish, crop and every single person whose work contribute to bring food for the people are being counted. Ghana statistical service is collaborating with the Ministry of food and Agriculture to collect the data. The field work is expected to end in July, 2018. The District information officers for Ada East and  Ada West have announce this in a joint Radio programme as part of the District’s move to sensitize the communities with focus on farmers for better cooperation with the officially asigned field officers. Mr. John Appiah Kwakye Asiedu of Ada West, Mr. Francis Kofi and Francis Ofoe of Ada East told Radio Ada that, the existing data was collected in 1985 and as the PNDC law 135 mandates the Chief Executive of the  Government Statistician to conduct National survey including censuses, the need arises for Ghana to update its data and also to make it available for the public. 

 Throwing more light on the benefits, they said Companies and other bussiness entities will use the information to determine the setting of industries and locations for inputs supply as well as services and facilities that will serve agricultural producers. Farmers and others involved will also use the information to determine future decision in their operations amongst others. 

Noah Dameh-Ada

19/05/18

 COMPLEX OFFICE FOR BUSSINESS REGISTRY AND OTHERS, ADA SELECTED AMONG 

According to the constitution of the Republic of Ghana, one must register his/her bussiness before operation. ACT-1962-(act 151). Many bussinesses expecially the small scale or rural enterprises and artisanship in the smaller communities are not able to register their bussiness. This is not the fault of theirs but the complexity of the registration procedures and what goes into it. Moreover, these rural folks has to travel severely to the Regional capitals to extent that, some even travel all the way to Ghana’s capital before their bussinesses are registered. Ada East District is furtunate to have been included in the thirty selected Districts accross the country who are benefiting from infrastructure to register businesses in the District. African Development Bank is supporting Rural Enterprises project through the trades and industry and the Ada East District Assembly to construct a complex centre(Ada East Bussiness Resource Centre) will help eradicate  obstacles that comes the way of  bussiness oriented persons in and around the Ada East District. The District Chief Executive, hon. Sarah Dugbakie Pobee and the traditional war captain of Kudjragbe Division of Ada, Asafoatse Tsatsu Pediator IV have break the ground on Tuesday 15th at Atortotkope to commerce the construction of the bussiness resource centre. It has eight months target for completion

According to the project coordinator for the Rural Enterprises project at the Ada East District, Jemimah Arthur, said, the two story building when completed will contain Tweenty-four offices. This will help fast track small scale business entities who would want to work in the District from travelling a long distance to Accra for bussiness certification . Other facilities includes banking hall, bussiness advisory unit, conference hall, exhibition centre amongst others.  

Below are what one needs to go through according to the central bank. This intervention means that those  who will benefit when the project begins will save some transportation expenses .

  1. Commissioner of Oaths authenticates forms required for the certificate to commence business. (1 day)

  2. Obtain from the Registrar-General’s Department the certificate to commence business. (2 days)

  3. The following documents must be presented to deposit paid-in capital in a bank account: copy of company regulations, certificate of incorporation, certificate to commence business, and signatures of the authorized company representatives (1 day)

  4. Apply for business license at the Metropolitan Authority. (7 days)

  5. Obtain inspection of work premises from the Metropolitan Authority. (1 day)

  6. Apply for social security. (1 day)

  7. Obtain an environmental certificate the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). (25 days)

Noah Dameh-Ada

16/05/18

Photo credit : Daniel Nyorngmor 

MEDIE COMMUNITY RESOLVED TO CARRY SOIL TO MEND THEIR TWO KILOMETER ROAD

Mr. Daniel Atteh Tsrapah is one of the opinion leaders of Medie community in the Ada East District. He disclosed that they have resolved to use head pans spade, shovels to carry soil to mend their road before the major raining season comes. He explains that, the district assembly has not done enough to assist them get a motorable road. They are compelled to carry women in labour on a pushing truck to the nearest health post. According to Mr. Tsrapah, their situation will be worst especially to the pregnant women in June when bicycle nor motorcycle could  not Ply the road. He recounted number of women who delivered their babies at the middle of the road when they were walking two miles distance to the health facility. He justified that, the inaccessible road to and from their community has compelled most of the community members to practice unskilled delivery. The community had fixed Thursday 17th of May to start their road construction with head pans and shovels to salvage the most vulnerable. 

Noah Dameh-Ada

14/04/18

MOTHERS DAY IS 108 YEARS TODAY

Mothers day is all about anti-war protest. Women in Virginia organised into groups to reduce infant mortality rate as a result of civil war. They also seek to improve sanitation among women and children. The group also care for wounded soldiers in both sides. This campaigns was led by the late Anna Javis who lost her nine children out of thirteen before their adulthood. Javis used her entire life to fight for mothers day. She was arrested for noise making. This has made her poor and died at age 84 with blindness. 

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MAKE GAZETTE PROCESSES FLEXIBLE, ADA QUEENS SYMPATHIZES FOR GHANAIN QUEENS

Queen Mothers and Chiefs are normally recognized by their community members only after they have taken the traditional oath of allegience and subsequently presented to the Paramount chief of the Traditional area according to the Dangme tradition. But according to the morden day Chieftaincy act, Chiefs and Queen mothers must have their names and tittles writen in the Register of the Regional and National house of chiefs. This legal process is call gazette. This means that, a Chief or a Queen who do not have His/Her name in the register will authomatically have limitations in performing Regional and National level activities. Queen mothers of Ada Tradional area are worried about the cost involved before one is gazetted. The Ada Queen mothers are also not happy that, after they are installed, the elders are not proactive in facilitating their gazetting process. They called on the chiefs and heads of the gates, members of Ada traditional Council to perform their role to enable them acquire their gazette without ”goro” or bribe.  As part of women empowerment project being supported by STAR Ghana and its partners with Radio Ada playing the implememting role, the Queens of Ada have realised the need for them to be gazetted so that they are fully recognised in the discharge of their duties. The plight of the Queen mothers had no alternative than to invite the registrar of the Ada Traditional Council to meet with the Queen mother in a workshop that targets transparency in the  gazetting process. It has been the first time to have a ”personal intercourse” in the history of Ada with the head of the registry of Ada traditional Council, that was organised by Radio Ada, a Community Radio station which seeks to promote equality espercially the most marginalised with priority on women, the PWDs and the excluded.

The gazetting process was resolved to be a holistic approach for a better results. 

The Queen mothers who attended the STAR-Ghana Radio Ada call for equality and right of WOMEN have performed a custom to welcome the new registrar of the Ada Traditional administration. 

Noah Dameh- Big Ada


APEX OF OSUDOKU TRADITIONAL AUTHORITY SET A PACE

Seventeen sub chiefs of Osudoku traditional area have been legally endorsed and mandated to lead their Communities. This means they are recognised according to the Chieftaincy act. The chiefs have been gazetted and presented to their subjects on Tueday at the premises of the Osudoku traditional council hall at Osuwem. Heads of the various clans and divisional heads have nominated, searched, endorsed and installed captains of the various communities. The work of these leaders will not be rooted unless they are accepted and registered in the books of the Traditional, Regional and the National house or chiefs. Nene Aadegboɔɔ Ngmongmowuyaa Kwesi Animle VI, Paramount chief of Osudoku traditional area who doubles as the chairman for the judicial committee of the Regional house of chiefs-Dodowa, Greater Accra stepped outside the box and facilitated the gazette of the seventeen community chiefs with the title asafoatseme. 

 Induction of the newly installed and registered chiefs was performed in a colourful durbar held on Tuesday May 8th at the traditional capital, Osuwem. Nene Kwesi Animle assures chiefs whose gazette is yet to arrive to keep on demonstrating their responsibilitie in peace making, protecting the communal properties and advices them to respect the ethics of the chieftaincy . The Magistrate judge of the Dodowa District Court, His Lordship Kwesi Acheampong led the chiefs in swearing oath of allegiance, secrecy and oath of office. 

On behalf of the newly inducted chiefs, Nene Amanor Aklebeto I said, they were overwhelmed by the governance system being put in place by the Paramount chief of Osudoku. He said the only honour they could honour the Paramount chief Nene Aadegbor Ngmongmowuyaa Kwesi Animle is to give give him a hand of applause. ”Since the existence of Osudoku chiefdom nothingbof this sort had happened”. Nene Aklebeto who work directly under the paramountcy told his colleagues that, the only way they can develop the traditional area is when the chiefs unite in support of the developmental aspirations of the people.

The occasion was also used to announced this years Aadegbɔɔ festival for the people of Osudoku traditional area which fall in September 2018 with a pilgrimage to the ancestral home of the osudokus and other cultural festivities before climaxing with a grand durbar of chiefs and people at Osuwem. 

Noah Dameh

09/05/18

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AFTER INTENSIVE BRAINSTORMING, HARVESTING OF LESSONS LEARNT BETWEEN STAR-Ghana AND ITS GRANTEES, A COMMUNIQUE ON GESI WAS RELEASED. CHAIRMAN OF THE LEARNING EVENT PLANNING COMMITTEE, SELETE NYOMI COMMUNICATE TO THE MEDIA ON BEHALF OF THE GESI ADVOCATES. THIS WAS SUPPORTED BY UK Aid, DANIDA AND EUROPEAN UNION. VENUE: GOLDEN TULIP HOTEL, KUMASI CITY DATED 27TH APRIL, 2018

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STAR-Ghana AND IT’S GRANT PARTNERS ARE HARVESTING ”FRUITS OF THEIR COLLABORATIVE ENDEAVOURS”

World leaders in 2012 held a global conference at Rio de Janeiro-Brazil and signed for a universal call to action to end poverty through social inclusion and respect human rights and equality. This resolution is in seventeen sets called the sustainable development goals. It is aimed at reducing all forms of barriers by the year 2030.  The paper work is done but there is the need for all stake holders to be actively involved in realizing the prospects. This is why UKaid, European Union, Ministry of foreign affairs of Denmark DANIDA and International Development Cooperation have partnered STAR-Ghana to facilite the expected outcome. 

STAR-Ghana : It is an organization that exist to Strengthened Transparency, Accountability and Responsiveness. It believe in engaging between civil society and state actors to hype transparency and accountability in all forms of governance . This is why STAR-Ghana engaged thirty seven local partners to work around the goal (four) of the sustainable development goals. According to a speech read by a member of the project implementation steering committee of STAR Ghana Hajara Mohammed, said, STAR-Ghana launched Gender Equality and Social Inclusion-GESI call in November 2016 for proposal to work on Strengthening Citizen Engagements For Sustainable and Inclusive Access to Quality public Goods and Services. 

Hajara made this known in STAR-Ghana Partner’s Learning workshop in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. Hajara said, tweenty Civil Society Organizations and the media have been supported with GHC. 1,616,625 under the small grants componet in the first quarter of 2017. Eunice Racheal Agbonyadzi, GESI and Capacity building manager in total, GHS 11,334,862.27 is being used to implement the project in four thematic areas which includes Economic rights and empowerment, Access to Essential Services-Health and Education, Human rights-Sexual and Gender based Violence  and Accountability, Inclusive gorvenance Participation. 

A two day partner learning event which end on Friday 27th is harvesting and share lessons learnt on the project and the way forward.

Noah Dameh-Kumasi

27/04/18

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 STAR-Ghana AND IT’S GRANT PARTNERS ARE HARVESTING FRUITS OF THEIR COLLABORATIVE ENDEAVOURS

World leaders in 2012 held a global conference at Rio de Janeiro-Brazil and signed for a universal call to action to end poverty through social inclusion and respect human rights and equality. This resolution is in seventeen sets called the sustainable development goals. It is aimed at reducing all forms of barriers by the year 2030.  The paper work is done but there is the need for all stake holders to be actively involved in realizing the prospects. This is why UKaid, European Union, Ministry of foreign affairs of Denmark DANIDA and International Development Cooperation have partnered STAR-Ghana to facilite the expected outcome. 

STAR-Ghana : It is an organization that exist to Strengthened Transparency, Accountability and Responsiveness. It believe in engaging between civil society and state actors to hype transparency and accountability in all forms of governance . This is why STAR-Ghana engaged thirty seven local partners to work around the goal (four) of the sustainable development goals. According to a speech read by a member of the project implementation steering committee of STAR Ghana Hajara Mohammed, said, STAR-Ghana launched Gender Equality and Social Inclusion-GESI call in November 2016 for proposal to work on Strengthening Citizen Engagements For Sustainable and Inclusive Access to Quality public Goods and Services. 

Hajara made this known in STAR-Ghana Partner’s Learning workshop in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. Hajara said, tweenty Civil Society Organizations and the media have been supported with GHC. 1,616,625 under the small grants componet in the first quarter of 2017. Eunice Racheal Agbonyadzi, GESI and Capacity building manager in total, GHS 11,334,862.27 is being used to implement the project in four thematic areas which includes Economic rights and empowerment, Access to Essential Services-Health and Education, Human rights-Sexual and Gender based Violence  and Accountability, Inclusive gorvenance Participation. 

A two day partner learning event which end on Friday 27th is harvesting and share lessons learnt on the project and the way forward.

Noah Dameh-Kumasi

27/04/18

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  ADA EAST DCE THROW A CHALLENGE TO THE  PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED 

Come out with a collective proposal for sustainable livelihood for all. DCE for Ada East Serah Dugbakie Pobee tells the association of the physically challenged. She made the comment when the District social welfare in collaboration of her office gave out enabling income generating equipments to some members of the association as part of their share of the District assemblys common fund. Hon. Pobee encouraged them to venture into animal keeping, farming and art work. 

In approximation, one hundred people including staff of the District administration and family members of the beneficiaries gathered at the premises of the Ada East District administration on Tuesday 25. It was a mini durbar organized by the department of Social welfare in collaboration with Ghana society for the physically Disabled and the Ada East District Assembly. 

 Four out fifty four persons with disability who applied for the disability fund have said, their share of the fund will go into purchasing of deep freezers whiles one opted for a sawing machine and the rest collected cash and tools that will facilitate their bussinesses. 

 It is not clear whether the few among the beneficiaries were sharing tear of joy, but it was imotional to some, when the DCE Hon. Sarah Dugbakie Pobee appreciate’s them by hugging and shaking. 

 It occurs to me that, If anyone has something to offer, then, it must be directed to the federation of the physically disabled of the Ada East District in the Greater Accra Region. 

 The secretary to the disability fund management committee, Mr. Selasi Agbogah said, an amount of seven thousand, two hundred (7,200) cedis has been used in purchasing the four deep freezers plus the sewing machine. Mr. Agbogah said, the fund for, 2017 and 2018 is yet to come. Balance of 3rd and 4th quater outstanding area’s of 2016 has been used in buying the items upon the request of the applicants. Mr. Selasi Agbogah who disclosed this is the secretary to the disability fund disbursement committee of Ada East.
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25/04/18

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RADIO ADA INCLUDES A FEMALE ON BREAKFAST SHOW (MƆTU KWALA)

One of the outstanding programmes which arouses listeners interest is ‘Mɔtu Kuala’. Mɔtu Kwala literally means morning pepper but metaphorically it means taking breakfast with pepper sauce. Traditionally, The GaDangme people prefar taking solid food like Banku or Kenkey with pepper souce to liquid as happens in the western world. Since the programme falls within the breakfast period of Radio Ada community listeners, the breakfast show has its traditional tittle Mɔtu Kwala. Mɔtu kwala has been a popular Radio programme which is hosted by male since 1998. It is a programme deeply involving like monitoring and research for broadcast. This magazine programme covers current issues at the Local, National and International programmes. It needs proper analysis and interpretation before broadcast. This among other reasons makes the programme a male dominated. But the trend has changed. Throught the intervention of STAR Ghana and Radio Ada women empowerment project called ‘Yo hu peɔ’ which literally means a woman can equally perform has brought on board a woman to co-host the ‘Mɔtu Kwala’ programme. 

A young Lady by name Gifty Seshie a people classroom teacher who hails from one of the fishing communities in Ada was ‘pulled’ out of the classroom, taken through Gender empowerment and social inclusion workshops (GESI). The training build her confidence and now has been come a co-host of the programme. Gifty who has now gain popularity can not thank STAR Ghana and Radio Ada enough.

Noah Dameh-Ada

24/04/18

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FREE US FROM SLAVERY-ADA SALT WOMEN PLEADS TO PRESIDENT OF GHANA

Gold is for the Ashanti’s, the people of Ada are noted for salt winning. Salt is considered as white gold by the Adas. In recent times, illegal and unregutated way of gold minning has polluted some water bodies in the gold mining areas espercially in the Ashanti, Northern, Western and Eastern Regions of Ghana . Government has since been fighting this unapproved method of gold minning which is locally called Galamsey. Galamsey is depriving people from getting a clean water. This was why the government instituted a special security taskforce called operation vanguard to deal with illegal minners whose activities pollute the water bodies. The story of the Ada salt people is the same but to the community, Government is unconcerned about their sorrow. The Songor salt lagoon which was opened to all as a communal resource for livelihood is being claimed by individuals and therefore deprives majority from winning the salt espercially women. The perpetrators have introduced a new system of salt winning called atsiakpo, Ada equivalent of Galamsey. They claim portions of the lagoon as their bonafied property by constructing dykes to produce artificial salt. They draw water from the main lagoon into their dykes (pans) to produce their salt. This is a worry to the community members because they are compelled to labour for the illegal salt winners before they get their daily bread. Struggle over who is to wine salt in the songor lagoon is a taboo in the salt bussiness in Ada because, Margaret Kuwornu, a pregnant woman was hit by a strange bullet over who is to wine salt from the lagoon thirty three years ago. This has pave the way for the Ada community to own the lagoon which is supported by the PNDC Law 287.The women of Ada with Yihi Katseme (the brave women) and their allies playing the fronting role are wondering why government is indecisive to curb the abnormalities in the songor lagoon. Madam Akpetiyoe uses folklore music to tell the story of the women about the degree of suffering they are going through 

The salt lagoon produced different types of fish during the raining season and produced salt during the dry season. The introduction of the illegalities in the songor lagoon has not make it possible for fishing in the raining season because the dykes has become death traps in the lagoon and the most serious thing is that, the Atsiakpo practitioners distroyed the habitat of the fish. 

 Women who are deprived by this unacceptable practice formed a movement and raised red flag, “stop atsiakpo” with a demonstration on October 24, 2016 which goes parallel with a press conference in the capital city of Ghana. The Ada songor salt women advocacy group visited the most affected communities and opon the plight and views of the people, they fused their ancient knowledge into songor a livelihood for all plan. This is why the Yihi katseme met with government officials, traditional authorities and stakeholders on the same platform to demand affirmative action from the duty bearers.  

Stop ‘atsiakpo’ uphold the PNDC law 287 in particular its clause that the songor salt lagoon must be developed to benefit the contiguous community and the public interest are what the brave women of Ada are demanding from government and the traditional authorities. 

Mr.Bernard katernor Bosumpra is a legal practitioner and doubles as interim chairman for the songor salt project, a project that is being managed by the government of Ghana. He said the only way the people will benefit from the lagoon is to provide a legislation or enabling instrument. ‘This can be on sale at the assemblys press for every body to access. Government can not dump this blue print on us alone but as a citizen, we must give an input. The members of Parliament also have a role to play by calling the minister incharge to answer questions on the floor of Parliament. If there is a blue or none, then we must work together with attorney general. Ths is why we need parliamentarian who can speak on our behalf’ He said. 

The District chief Executive for Ada west Hon. Adjoteye Lawer Akrofi responded 

The Deputy Minister for Greater Accra, Elizabeth Sackey commended the Yihi Katseme for their innitiative to arrest the rate at which the resource is being depleted and assured the people of Ada that, the government will be proactive to solve the problem because the government had already set up a committee to look at how best to implement the proposal. But in lawyer Katernor Bosumprah earlier presentation on the PNDC Law 287, he emphasized that, the government can not dump the law on the local people and hinted that, it will be constitutionality unplesant if the most affected persons are excluded. 

Noah Dameh-Nakomkope Ada

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TRAVELERS DESCRIBE GOVERNMENT AS CARELESS

“We are taking advantage of government negligence to make money. Commercial motor riders expressing their happiness for bad road and bridge” The state of Asitsuare metal bridge is running citizens into indebtedness. Gathered at Asutuare on Monday April 16.

Operators of motorbike taxi which is called okada says, until Government becomes responsible in finding a permanent solution to the Asutuare bridge, they the okada riders will continue to charge travellers unwarranted fare for the risk they take in crossing the death trap. The bridge that connect Akuse and Asutsuare in the Shai-Osudoku District of the Greater Accra Region has been closed down by the indigenes to avoid accident because, the bridge is dilapidated.

Commercial vehicles that carry passengers from Kpong and Somanya will have to offload the passengers and their luggage to the Okada operaters before they could cross likewise those coming from Battor and Asutuare side. From the beginning of year 2018, commuters have being suffering from the okada operator because of high fare they charge. The commercial drivers, travellers and the traditional authorities are unhappy about the state of the road but seems okada operators are rather making additional profit while the passengers suffer. 

The manklalo for Osudoku state, Nene Tetteh Otiboe IV has call on government to find a lasting solution to the problem. According to him, festivities for the annual Aadegbor festival for the people of osudoku will commence in May and there is the need for government to take the rehabilitation of the bridge as a priority. Commercial activities in the area has dwindled since the problem started and what is worrying is that, drivers who may use the road for the first time may run into the metal blockages. Nene Manklalo said.

Noah Dameh-Asitsuare

17/04/18

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JOIN THE WOMEN ADVOCATE IF YOU ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT SUSTAINABLE LIVELIHOOD 

Ada Songor salt Lagoon, a livelihood for all forum comes off  Thursday, 19 April 2018. It is an open invitation being organized by Yihi Katseme(Brave women of the Songor. It will be held at Nakomkope park in the Ada West District of the Greater Accra Region of Ghana. The women whose main livelihood rely on songor through salt wining have been engaging with stakeholders and their allies for sometime now. The advocacy and the engagement was to provide open access that generates open access for all. The salt women were moved to take action against forces that conspired to limit the communal access of the resource. The brave women have used a participatory methodologies to reach out to all the contiguous communities in respect of social inclusion in decision making process. 

Through their engagement,  they have come out with Songor Livelihood For All Plan . Stop “atsiakpo” has taken a central position in the plan where atsiakpo is curving up the communal resource into private salt wining pans that deny access to women and the vulnerable in society. Furthermore, the brave women are of the view that upholding a PNDC law 287 of which the Songor salt lagoon must be develop to benefit the contiguous communities in their interest . Tremendous consensus  was said to have  been achieved but admitted  that alot more needed to be done for the benefit of the communities hence the forum on Thursday, 19th April 2018 for a clarion call of all to reaffirm and validate  the Songor as a resource that affords a livelihood for all.

Noah Dameh-Big Ada

14/04/18

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PLANNED PARAGLIDING SCHOOL AT OSUDOKU-MANGO SEEDLINGS BEING PLANTED AT THE BASEMENT OF OSUDOKU MOUNTAIN

Farmers and “land owners” of Osudoku are sending a signal that Government must put into consideration proper way of acquiring land for the pending paragliding school in the Shai-Osudoku district of the greater Accra Region of Ghana. Shortly after the media put into the public domain that, the Government will establish a paragliding school at Osudoku, there has been hope and relief for job and facelift of the area and the Ga-Dangme as a whole. Minister for tourism and creative arts, Mrs Catherine Abelema Afeku reveals during this years Easter celebration at Atibie in the Kwahu South district of the Eastern Region .

Mrs. Afeku urged aviation sports enthusiasts to take advantage of the school to enable them train as future pilots in paragliding which has over 400,000 pilots globally (according to graphic.com)

My attention has been drawn to the Osudoku mountain to the fact that, that might have convinced the tourism authorities to earmark on the Shai-Osudoku district for the paragliding school as announced by the Ministry at the 13th paragliding event at Kwahu. I have nothing to offer my followers than to travel to the Osudoku mountain take a photograph to create an imagery of my readers and followers. I have noticed that, the basement of the mountain is being ploughed and fresh mango seedlings are being planted. It is unclear whether the land owners want to be fully recognized and compensated. This a signal that the implementors must recognize tradition.

Noah Dameh-Osudoku

13/04/18

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WHERE WOMEN TAKES THE CENTRAL ROLE IN THE GOVERNANCE SYSTEM  

Women of Ada joins the whole world to ring the bell of inclusion and rights of women on the international women’s day 2018. March 8, 2018 was a memorable day when women use folklore music as a medium to speak about issues that hinders women in reaching their peak. This celebration comes as a result of STAR Ghana support to Radio Ada to facilitate women empowerment project with the aim of ensuring that women are included in the local governance process

After addressing the Traditional and political authorities of their expected roles to include women in decision making process and the need to make room for women in the local governance system, the women documented their challenges in what they call Ada women’s declaration. They read and presented to the President of the republic of Ghana through the District Chief Executive (DCE) The DCE, honourable Sarah Dugbakie Pobee who received the declaration assured the gathering that the administration will be proactive in delivering the declaration to the office of the President. 

Tweenty one days after receiving the declaration, the DCE move a step and presented the declaration to the first Lady Mrs Rebbaca Akuffo Addo for onward submission to the president of the republic of Ghana, His Excellency Nana Addo Danqua Akuffo Addo. But the DCE  do not end her duty. She came back to brief a section of the women on Wednesday 4th of April . 

Full version of the declaration: 

  • ADA WOMEN’S DECLARATION AND PLATFORM FOR ACTION

    We are the women of Ada. We are and we represent women from the Ada East and the Ada

    West Districts of the Greater Accra Region of Ghana. We are queenmothers, women

    farmers, fishmongers, market women, trades and craftswomen, women with disabilities and

    saltwinner women of the Songor.

    Because of poverty and the relegation of women, many for us are non-literate. But we have

    found our voice and our strength in each other. Concerned with our common condition, we

    have consulted with our various communities and joined together to produce this, the Ada

    Women’s Declaration and Platform for Action. Fittingly, we launch it today on 2018

    International Women’s Day with its theme of “Press for Progress towards Gender Parity.”

    We launch it to say we will no longer be excluded because we deserve to be included and

    because our community Ada, our nation Ghana, and indeed the world cannot afford for us to

    be excluded.

    Our initiative draws inspiration from the Beijing Women’s Declaration and Platform for

    Action adopted by the governments of the world, including our own Ghana, in 1995 and

    which says women’s rights are human rights. It is founded on our own 1992 Constitution of

    Ghana and particularly Article 17 (1) and (2) which says that all persons are equal before the

    law. It is supported by the Women’s Manifesto for Action adopted by women in civil society

    in Ghana in 1984 and by the 2005 National Policy for Gender Equality and Women’s

    Empowerment. It is upheld by many international declarations and protocols which our

    various governments have signed, starting from CEDAW, the Convention for the Elimination

    of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, and through to the 2016 Sustainable

    Development Goals, in particular Goal No. 5 to ensure Gender Equality and Women’s

    Empowerment. Fundamentally, our Ada Women’s Declaration and Platform for Action is

    rooted in our heritage, where by tradition the richest natural resource in Ada, the Songor salt

    lagoon, is considered the legacy of a woman, Yomo, together with the principles of equity

    and mutual support for the well-being of all.

    We launch the Ada Women’s Declaration and Platform for Action to call for equality to

    be lived, in our homes, in the sites for our livelihood, in our Traditional Council, in our

    government.

    We are pressing for our domestic rights. To our husbands we say: Treat us as your partners

    in all respects and not as objects of your pleasure and power. Speak to us, do not beat us.

    We now have laws that protect against violence against women but let us live harmoniously

    and in solidarity without need for the law. Whether conventionally or differently able, marry

    us properly, register our marriages and do not discard us as though we were interchangeable.

    To our in-laws we say do not cast us out and impoverish us when your sons have left us.

    We are pressing for our economic rights. There is no woman in Ada who does not toil for a

    living for her family. Without our labour food cannot be put in our family bowl, our children

    cannot be clothed and even our dead buried in dignity. Give us the resources to do better.

    To our fathers, we say: allow us women to inherit equally. Allow us to own land to till

    ourselves. To our livelihood partners, including our husbands, treat us transparently. If you

    are a fisherman selling fish to me, your wife, use standard weights. If you are a chief or local

    government responsible for fixing tolls, do it with us, the market women or the seamstresses

    and the hairdressers. If you are the custodian of the Songor, stop atsiakpo, or the construction

    of private pans, and restore the age-old equitable access to win the salt through which we

  • feed our families and educate our children. If you are the District Assembly, ensure that our

    disabled women consistently get their rightful share of the Common Fund.

    We are pressing for our governance rights. Governance in the home, in the Traditional

    Council, in government. The fact that we are women does not mean that our brains are

    inferior. Allow us to participate freely in dialogue and decision-making and shape the

    destiny of our families and our clans. Let us assume leadership as equals. Let there be a

    queenmother along with a chief in every community and let them be joint servant-leaders. At

    the Tradtional Council, do not use clan queenmothers simply as decoration. Let every clan

    queenmother participate in Traditional Council meetings as every clan chief does. Make the

    requirements financially reasonable so each queenmother can be gazetted and use her

    legitimate place in the roster of the nation’s traditional authorities to serve our community

    more effectively. At the local government level, reject the current situation where the Ada

    East District Assembly has only three assemblywomen out of xx and the Ada West District

    Assembly, only one woman out of xx. Together with the national government, even now

    apply the principle of the Affirmative Action Bill which allocates at least 40% of all seats in

    government to women. Begin with the government appointees to the Assembly. Remove all

    social and cultural impediments to the appointment and the election of women.

    In pressing for these rights, we are pressing for the rights of young girls and women, now and

    in the generations to come. In some ways they are better off, but in some ways they are not.

    More are fortunately going to school but all must go to school and stay in school. But society

    continues to disrespect them as females and treat them as objects. With the breakdown of our

    communal values and continuing impoverishment, we are experiencing what was previously

    unheard of: teen-age pregnancy, rape, child trafficking, child prostitution. This is

    unacceptable! A community that cannot provide for and protect its children and young

    women is no community!

    So, once again, today, on International Women’s Day 2018 we the women of Ada of

    representing all strata and occupations of women across Ada East and Ada West in the

    Greater Accra Region of Ghana launch the Ada Women’s Declaration and Platform for

    Action.

    Last year, on 14 October 2017, we celebrated the first Ada Women’s Day. We will continue

    to celebrate it every year to say, to remind and to track that we not only have the right but

    also the capacity to be included fully in all spheres of life. In collaboration with all in Ada

    and beyond girls, boys, women, men, traditional leaders, and government leaders at all

    levels – our inclusion will make a significant difference to the well-being and progress of all.

    Together with you, for the well-being of our families, of the Ada community, of our nation

    Ghana and of the larger world, we declare: Yes, of course, Women Can and Women Will! Yo

    hu peo … !

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Noah Dameh-Ada

06/04/18

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‘CHIEF HUADJI ASSEM IS WORRIED

 To your attention, Ada West DCE : Kablevu is one of the communities in the Ada west District that is bonded by the salt lagoon and the ocean. It is impossible for the community members to provide borehole water on their own because the water beneath is salty due to the salt lagoon and the Ocean. Kablevu is a community that strives to get access to wholesome water. The chief of the community is not happy that, the community is not able to transport water into the community in resent times due to lawlessness of some articulator drivers who transport salt to other parts of the country. Nene Huadji Assem explains that, the drivers park at the middle of the road leading to Kablevu and this has been an obstacle for them to transport water to their community. “When we pay the water tankers to supply the community with water, the tankers stuck in a puddle of mud because the cargo drivers had park on the road for bagging and loading of salt. My community members are suffering from water shortage” chief Huadji lamented. According to the Chief, his outfit had reported the problem to the assembly official and he suggested how the problem could be solved but the assembly is yet to respond.

A entire rely on one standing pipe. This tap is open for the community with a once a week mostly in the night . This is why the community had to convey water from elsewhere for theirbdomestic use. Below is Chief Huadji Assem speaking with passion on behalf of his people at where water storage facilities are cued.

Noah Dameh-Ada West

04/04/18

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WHAT BIG ADA CLAM PROCESSORS MUST ADOPT 

Ada is blessed with freshwater clam. Clam deposits in the river volta spread from Ada in the Greater Accra Region to the volta Region. Clam digging and processing has become livelihood for many. Just like how the Ashanti’s, Fante’s, Akwamu and the Akyem people experience mouth watering when it comes to snail consumption so it is for the Dangme and the Ewe people when it comes to freshwater clam. Wholesomeness of the clam meat depends on the processors. The meat is processed in three different types . The dried, fried and fresh. My attention is drawn to the improved processing practices of the Aflive clam processors as compared to Big Ada processes. At Big Ada Kpomkpo panya, the processors after killing the clam by boiling, they remove the meat and dry it on the ground. Although they lay polythene on the ground before they spread the meat, some section of the public consider it as unhygienic.

Apart from the unhygienic environment, domestic animals such as sheep, goat, dog, cat, duck and fowls walk through and feed on. Furthermore, the meat get into contact with sand during the drying process. 

Why should Big Ada processors adopt Aflive method : It is amazing to have seen a platform raised by one of the processors with local and available materials for drying of clam meat. The clam industry is one area the Fisheries Ministry of Ghana must be proactive to.

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SOCIAL INCLUSION AND RESPECT FOR GENDER ISSUES

Society is not complete if the voice of the least marginalized persons are not taken into consideration. Inclusiveness in decision making is the fulcrum of sustainable development. Social exclusion is anti to the sustainable development goals. This is why STAR Ghana believe in empowering the least in society through community advocates. It is about equality. Gathered from social inclusion practitioners workshop organized by STAR Ghana with support from UKaid, European Union and DANIDA. The workshop created picture of social inclusion in practitioners mind that will be put in practice and also to facilitate the advocacy work. During a data collection segment of the three days training, the setting (picture below) throws more light on inclusion. Be mindful of the data you collect. Make sure no person or group of people are left out. How many children, Youth, people living with disability, the aged and women shoud be considered in data collection excercise. This is the only way by which one can alert policy makers and duty bearers in the physical and human resource development sectors. The trainers emphasized. 

GESI is an abreviation of Gender Equality and Social Inclusion. It is a global call on institutions to be more responsive to gender and inclusion. This according to the facilitators of STAR Ghana, whether or not GESI issues are being observed by an institution depends on the policies of the organization and implementation of the various GESI acts that protect the rights of a specific group of persons in society. 

Noah Dameh-Koforidua E/R

30/03/18

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WATER IS NOT REPLACEABLE 

According to the country Director for Easy Water for Everyone NGO, water has no substitute and so, it lies on everyone to maintain any available water by observing the norms of sustainability. Mr. Harrison Matti made this statement at Aflive, an island community in the Ada East District of the Greater Accra Region of Ghana. Easy Water for Everyone is a United States of America based not for profit organization providing potable drinking water to island communities without electricity and clean water. Currently EWfE  is operating 5 of the island communities in Ada. 

Twenty-two Island communities in Ada are surrounded by water but the community members do not have access to clean drinking water. The residents whose source of livelihood are mainly fishing and farming are extremely poor and unable to depend on treated sachet water locally known as ‘pure water’ which in itself may not be as pure as expected. The community members are also not able to transport treated water into their island communities.  

These marginalized persons are compelled to drink directly from the River Volta. They suffer from waterborne diseases with bilharzia taking the first position. Easy Water for Everyone used the 2018 World Water day to create awareness on behavioral change towards water preservation. Mr. Matti said, about 70-80 % of dirty water goes back into the river, lake or stream around the world. In the case of island communities almost 90% of dirty water goes back into the water bodies surrounding them. He encouraged each and every one to safeguard the water bodies to overcome the estimated 2.1 billion people who lack access to safe drinking around the world. 

 

Dr. Brightson Kennedey, suprientendent medical officer for shai Osudoku District Hospital was the main speaker at the durbar. He said, 70% of the human is made of water with 30% bone and flesh. He has the view that, most water borne diseases are caused by human activities. Bathing in the river with soap, throwing of human waste into the river makes the river unsafe for domestic use. He said. There are three main causes of sickness and it is either by contaminated; water, food or sexual intercourse. He entreats all to avoid all forms of water pollution to reduce the rate of water related diseases in the country. 

 The District Director for health at the Ada District hospital, Dr. Philip Narh on his part said modern technology is having an adverse effect on the water. He cited example where fish farmers feed their fish with fish feed which ended up polluting the river which serves as main source water in these island communities. He said, Easy Water for Everyone has come into these island communities at the right time when climate change had made natural water unsafe for the people. Speaking on the intervention of the Easy Water for Everyone, he said they as health officers wrote to Water Research Institute, Noguchi Memorial Research Institute, Ghana Standard Authority to test the purified water produced by the NUF 500 installed by EWfE, this three bodies have all approved the device. Ghana Health Service has also given clearance for the use of the device in purifying water for these communities. 

 The representative of the Volta River Authority and a research officer, Elizabeth Maku Kisson ( development and sustainable ) said the VRA is aware of water-borne disease communities and have to deal with especially bilharzia. The public health unit of VRA has been collaborating with Ghana health services to provide them with the treatment tablets. She said.

The Senior Asafoatse for the Kudzragbe Division, Asafoatse Tsatsu Padiator IV commended His Excellency Nana Addo Danqua Akuffo Addo, the president of the Republic of Ghana for fighting the illegal gold miners whose activities have polluted major rivers and other water bodies. He said it is a clear sign that, water is more important than gold. He also extends his appreciation to Easy Water for Everyone for their work in the island communities. He called on Easy Water for Everyone to provide bigger storage tanks to accelerate the rate at which the system is serving the community. 

Noah Dameh=Aflive Ada

27/03/18

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STAR GHANA DEEPENS STAKEHOLDERS KNOWLEDGE ON SOCIAL INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION 

A set of motivational facilitators with STAR Ghana are sharpening the knowledge of stakeholders on basic rights of the citizenry. Participants were drawn from twenty-five organization and are recieving first hand information on social Inclusion and exclusion. It is expected that, the beneficiary organizations, at the end of the three days training will get the requisite knowledge on Gender Equality and Social inclusion(GESI) issues so they can pass it on for facilitating sustainable development. Sustainable development will not be possible if practices that limit equality, inclusion, accessibility and all forms of livelihood are not removed. 

After brainstorming work, it came to light that, some lyrics of the Ghanaian music and proverbs negatively affect a particular group of people by empowering some against the other. It is time the criteria by which one is adjudged best in the music industry be revisited and this will alert and encourage musicians and play writers so that, their art work will not demean the other but reflect equality. 


Noah Dameh-Koforidua

26/03/18


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DO NOT BATH IN THE ADA RIVER-IT IS NOT A SWIMMING POOL

The member of Parliament for Ada constituency, Hon. Comfort Doeyo Cudjoe Ghansah do not understand why people swim in the river volta in Ada. “When merrymakers come to Ada and they see the river volta, they think the water body is a swimming pool. They jump into it and die. The two term member of  Parliament told the local media. She was speaking on the world water day on Thursday 22 of March. “People will head to Ada to celebrate this years Easter. The weather is hot and this will force them to swim”. “Please, fetch the water into a bucket and bath rather than swimming in the river”. Swimming in the river is not hygienically, culturally and scientifically prohibited to combat diseases and sustainable water alone but serve as life saving. The MP was speaking about what her outfit is doing to provide some communities in her constituency with treated water and update on the ongoing water project at Kwalaakpoyom. She cease the opportunity to alert marry makers that may visit Ada during the Easter festivities to be mindful of the consequences of swimming in the river volta. The water body you see there kills. It is not a swimming pool. She stressed. 

Noah Dameh

23/03/18

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STUDENTS FROM US COME DOWN TO LEARN LEADERSHIP ROLE IN ADA.

Learning has no barrier as American students come down to deepen their understanding around traditional leadership from women Advoctes in Ada. 

 It is not suprising that students from high institution like Wooster college university were touched to come down to Ghana, not the capital city of Ghana but the remotest part and the fartherest point in the greater Accra region of Ghana.  It is about one hundred and tweenty kilometres from a popular spot in Accra called Tetteh Quashie circle. This is because, the salt women have exhibited leadership role in Ada. A team of eleven, which comprises eight students and three faculty staff have arrived in Bonikope to see the Songor salt lagoon on Thursday 15, before interacting with Yihi Katseme executives  at Radio Ada. The students are studying sociology, philosophy, political science, economics, chemistry, Russian and environmental studies. Ryan Ozar, Carolyn Buxton and Mathew Broda were their instructors. 

My attention to the Ada women’s advocacy group called Yihi Katseme is that, they are marginalized and largely unemployed. They are financially unsound but sound enough to articulate issues that affect women and how they could collectively address the issues. These women mainly lives around the songor salt lagoon. They are the women who have mobilized themselves to liberate themselves from the aforementioned conditions. To say it in brief, to champion leadership roles through vigorous community enguagement and well presented radio programmes on a distinguished Community Radio, Radio Ada 93.3 FM based in Big Ada. 

Before furthering any point we need to acknowledge the selflessness of Dr. John Longdon of St Francis Xevier University SFX Canada. This academic, community worker and researcher believes in communal movement in finding solution for challenges that face the most marginalized people. “Amaniɛ” (mission)

 

At the open air studio of Radio Ada, the leaders of the songor advocacy group told them they use traditional music as a means of addressing issues that affect women espercially issues that has to do with livelihood. The advocacy is aimed at sensitising community members to understand their problems so they can push for positive change. 

“We use advocacy tools that make our community members more open to discuss the issues of women” The tool is simple : green leaf, dried stick and  stone.  The stone represents category of people who are against the good side of the advocacy. The stick represent those who are indecisive and the green leaf represent those who are for the good side of the advocacy. The Yihi Katseme told them during the interaction. On part of the visiting team, two out of twelve choose dried stick, after they were briefed on the stand of the women and the tool applied on them. The two explained that, until they know the nitty gritty, they will take a final decision. Few who spoke out of the ten who went for green leaf said, after touring the lagoon site, they realised that, the resource is being depleted and the current practice do not favour the entire community members. The students have been taken through traditional song and dance, which is part of the  medium that the women’s channel their messages to the duty bearers. 

Fresh coconut snuck and visit to one of the commercial sites, Aqua Safari Hotel has been part of familiarization activities 

Noah Dameh-Ada

23/03/18

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CITIZENS DRINK POLLUTED WATER WHILES THE WORLD MARK WATER DAY ON THURSDAY 

 

Ada District will observe International water day at Aflive, An Island community in the Ada East District of the Greater Accra Region. They are marking the day with mini durbar on Thursday, 22nd March . Easy Water For Everyone, a New York based NGO is helping seven communities out of twenty-two to get filtered water. The Country Director for Easy Water Ghana said at least one hundred and fifty people from the beneficiary communities and the staff of the District Assemby will attend the durbar. Filtration device’s have been fixed. Work is ongoing in the remaining communities. In advance, may I congratulate Dr. Nathan Levin and wife Linda (middle) for the initiative. 

This years world water day celebration is under the theme, NATURE FOR WATER- exploring Nature-based solutions to the water challenges we face in the 21st century. This is in line with Dr. Levin’s innitiative to provide a filtering devices at the shoulders of the volta lake in  the Island communities of Ada to provide safer and clean water for everyone. 

Noah Dameh-Ada

20/03/18


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ON-AIR LAUNCH FOR INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

Women of Ada on Thursday 1st launches on-air celebration for this years Global women’s day. The on-air launch is part of the planned activities to herald the celebration. The celebration is bringing women in all sphere of life to echoe for the need of equality in women and men in the political, social and traditional fronts. It is under the theme pressforpregress. Ghana is shouting press for progress in Gender parity. This is why STAR Ghana and its grant partners are supporting organizations to show-case the potentials in women. At least, three women from the most deprived communities of Ada will be featured by Radio Ada through oral testimonies, interviews and discussions on daily basis as part of the celebration to whip up the appetite of the occasion. Last year 2017, Queen mothers of Ada resolved to celebrate Rural women’s day each year on 14th October, a day before the international rural women’s day. Ada women say, they are considering both events every year.

 Early hours on Thursday, the President for Ada songor salt winners Association Madam Mary Akuteye (left) Queen of Ada, Naana Kabukuor Dagojo Dumaaley I, (middle) and the station coordinator for Radio Ada (right) had had a planning session to plan for the on-air launch. On-air activities finally launched on the air waves of Radio Ada . The celebration will hit the peak on Thursday October 8, at Big Ada. 

Noah Dameh-Big Ada

01/03/18

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ADA HOSTS WOMENS DAY CELEBRATION MARCH 8

Press for progress is the theme for this years women’s day celebration. March, 8th is Globally accepted to fill the gap between men and women. Gender advocates are pressing hard for equality. STAR Ghana and its collaborators have been supporting this cause in many field to that, women would be empowered to speak to the issues that marginalized them. Amongst organizations being supported by STAR Ghana is Radio Ada. Radio Ada is facilitating women inclusive governance and participation. Issues that retard women progress have surfaced in Ada through women engagement forums. Ada women, as part of the project, met to sharpened their issues for a declaration on Women’s day celebration come March 8. A programme that will be held at Lenobinya-Big Ada with procession and durbar of women and change makers whilst Radio Justice in the Northern Region will also host woman’s durbar at Tamale.

Noah Dameh- Ada

27/02/18

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WE WILL PROTECT THE SEA FOR OUR FUTURE SIBLINGS-AZIZANYA FISHERMEN VOW

Fishermen of Azizanya are sending a word of caution to fishermen who engaged in light fishing. They are not happy that, fishermen who have been engaging in illegal and unregulated fishing are extending their operations into “their” waters. Azizanya is in the Ada East District in the Greater Accra Region. Azizanya falls between the Ocean and the Valta river. This community was once name and shamed by the Ghanaian media for practicing light fishing. A project implemented by UCC coastal management with support from USAID. Since then, they have resorted to protect the Natural resource by preventing all sort of illegal fishing in the sea at where they cast their nets. They have arrested many local crew who were allegedly practicing light fishing. Light fishing is a practice where the fishermen sink light into the sea to segregate the fish and bomb them. This practice kill all the fish within the arena including the juveniles. Azizanya community, after three months of protecting their territorial waters begins to have abundant catch. People in the main town of Ada testified that, fish which were last seen since fifteen years are now being caught by the fishermen of Azizanya. example of this fish is cassava fish. In a press conference by the fishermen of Azizanya on Monday, they claim the light fishermen upon hearing the increasing in increase in catch, returned to their waters again and their catch has since been decreasing. They are blaming the fisheries ministry for not proactive in enforcing the Fisheries law. They threatened to fight the light fishermen who comes to their fishing zone. “If they continue to disobey the laws that regulate our business, we will also take the law into our own hands and fight them”. “We will insist to protect the sea for our future generations” They said. Fishermen from Cape Coast have been acomodated in the Azizanya community and they co-existence wth the indigenes just because they do not practice light fishing. They landed at beach with ray fish.

Noah Dameh-Ada Foah

21/02/18


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ADA WOMEN CONSIDERED WIDOWHOOD RITE AS INHUMANE AND CALL FOR SHIFT

It is emerging that, communities around the coast of Ada are recording more widows. Interactions with women in focus groupings reveals that, polygamous marriage is ending more woman into widowhood . On the average of three is to a man. If unfortunate the man dies, the women automatically turn widows. This is gathered through women empowerment project being supported by STAR Ghana with Radio Ada being the implementer. At Pute, a fishing and salt winning community in the Ada East District in the Greater Accra Region , six widows were recorded out of forty-nine women that attended the meeting. The women who fall victim of the practice complained that, after the death of their husband’s family members forced them to perform widowhood rite for the deceased and this run them into indebtedness. The end result is that, “they” being a single parent are not able to provide quality education for the children. Men in the society also take advantage of the girl child and impregnate them because of the hardship the family goes through in the struggle for livelihood. Women of Ada are calling on the Traditional authorities, clan and family heads to reconsider the culture that have a negative impact on women such as widowhood rite called “aho”. As part of the STAR Ghana-Radio Ada collaboration to build the capacity of women to speak to issues that affect them, women were drawn from the various communities and sensitized on gender issues, facilitation of focus group discussions, production of radio programme on women and how to speak in public without jittery.  At the initial stage of the project implementation, the Queen mothers and selected women leaders declared October 14 to celebrate women of Ada which was subsequently launched with a mini durbar of women and other stakeholders at Radio Ada. It was resolved that, the selected women including the queen mothers will be trained to reach other women in their various communities so they can contribute to the content for 2018 women’s day celebration of Ada women. 

Outcome of project trainees : Women are not happy about what they go through when their husbands pass on. They are calling on the traditional authorities to modernize the creaky way for mourning dead husband’s. A widowhood rite that infringed on our freedom needs to be revisited. The women voiced out. 

They complained that, the custom restrict them when they observed their departed husbands. Even though crying is voluntary, the family suspect the wife of the deceased having knowledge of the cause of death if the wife do not cry, and so women forced to go on artificial crying. When the wife do not have any child with the man and he dies, the family members of the man eject the widow and luck the door for fear of stealing the assets of the deceased. We are made to keep-wake at where the dead body is laid. Through this we inhale the stench but this practice is not subjected to the man when his wife passed on. For a whole year, we are bound to use black clothing from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm . We used our own monies to feed the multitude. The most worrying is that, we transport the food to everywhere that the relatives of the deceased resides. We are also stigmatized and men hesitate to propose to us because the community suspect a bad luck from our side that cause the dead of the man especially when the man dies at a younger age. These are few among the many challenges  that women in the smaller communities of Ada would want to be factored in the women’s day celebration of Ada women. 

Noah Dameh-Ada

18/02/18

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WE WILL SUPPORT WOMEN TO END POVERTY- MEN OF AMINAPA PLEDGES

Some women in the Ada traditioal area have been advocating for sustainable salt winning in the Ada songor salt lagoon. Illegagl and unregulated salt production had ended women in severe poverty. This is affecting children because, women who play a central role in the welfare of the children have become victims of illegal way of salt winning. The unaccepted way of salt winning is call “Atsiakpo”. Atsiakpo is the Ada equivalent of Galamsey. It is a process where the men demarcate portions of the salt lagoon to themselves. This practice deprived women from enjoying the resource for the entire citizenry . Women turn labourers for this illegal “asiakpomen”. In some cases, the illegal salt producers demand sex from the women before they are allowed to work in their salt pans.  

The songor salt lagoon: The lagoon serve two purposes in terms of livelihood for the people of Ada and beyond. During the major raining season in June, the rain water that staged in the lagoon produce different types of fish spieces . Some are the traditional tilapia, callinetts, shrimps and others. Community members including women go into the lagoon to catch the fish. They process it and sell to the the public. The proceed is used to support the children including the girl child. 

Around November when the weather becomes hot, the lagoon water become crystallized. The fish Naturally dies because of the salty nature of the water in the salt formation process . Every body jumpt into the lagoon to win salt without tribal discrimination and prevention. This continue up to the next raining  season (June)

Operations of the Atsiakpomen: They hire bulldozers to construct dykes (atsiakpo) at the shoulders of the songor lagoon. They use generators and water pumping machines to syphon the water from the main lagoon into their artificially created lagoons (atsiakpo) The end result is that, the public,  (women and children) forming the majority do not get salt in large quantity as it used to be. Because the chunk of the water that will crystalize has been pumped out from the resource for all. This is making women poorer and it is having negative impact on children. School drop out among the teenage girls has so far increased since the introduction of atsiakpo in 2012. 

Intervention by STAR Ghana : STAR Ghana has extended its support to Radio Ada, a community radio in the Ada traditional area that gives voice to the voiceless, the most marginalised but well informed persons in society. The support is to empower women to take a leadership role in society and to play advocacy role in addressing issues that have negative impact on women. The project is entitled “Yo hu peɔ” which means women can do same. The project brought together Queen mothers, women in the local governance system (District Assembly) market women, artisans, beauticians and other women wings. The project trained women to be facilitators in facilitating community meetings. The community facilitators will then engage with the women at their community level to pull out issues affecting women in society and to collectively seek for how the challenges could be addressed. 

Women realised their right to independent livelihood : Community members mostly women of Aminapa, a-salt winning community in Ada say, they can not wait anymore. They said, solving the atsiakpo problem with persuasion is not yielding the expected outcome. They are considering to use force to stop atsiakpo operators so they can practice the archaic way of winning. They are blaming the leaders for not considering the consequences of atsiakpo on the people before selling out land to the atsiakpo operators. They argue that, every clan land belong to the entire people of that particular clan, and the chiefs are just care takers on behalf of the clan and so “they” (chiefs) have no right to manage the resource in a way that, the subjects will turn to be victims. The community members told women who benefited from STAR Ghana/Radio Ada capacity building training at Aminapa community during their engagement with women and some men as far as genda is considered. They accused the chiefs for releasing land that surround the songor salt lagoon to illegal and unregulated salt producers to practice what is called atsiakpo, a practice by which groups and individuals create dykes in the inner and outer portions of the salt lagoon to produce salt for themselves. This practice is condemned by the majority and they are calling for a stop.  It is clear that, the atsiakpo men are in the minority but the chiefs are allegedly supporting them and this has been an obstacles for the women in making headway in the advocacy for equal livelihood .  “We want to get our normal fish and salt from the lagoon. We can not be taken for ransom anymore” 

Outcome after radio broadcast : Chiefs of the clan who are responsible for the lagoon upon hearing the women expressing their unhappiness of the way the lagoon is being distroyed, move to the radio station on thursday 15, to console the women. In an interview, the Divisional Chief for Terkperbiawe Nene Korley IV and his war captain Asafoatse Glogo Dadebom V praised the women for their concern in fighting for a livelihood for all . They pledged that, the unregulated way of salt winning (atsiakpo) will be put to a stop this year 2018. “The entire Ada land will see signs of change before this years Asafotufiami festival of the people of Ada come August”. They vow.

How the project is imparting on women : As an independent reporter, I have realised how the women picked at random are gradually becoming radio programme producers and broadcasters. Their style of community entry, engagement with community members through questions of clarification and their recording skill is worth praising 

 STAR Ghana : Is a multi-donor pooled funding programme by DFID, DANIDA and the EU. They support civil society to strengthened accountabilityand responsiveness of the state to the citizens’ issues. It seeks to increasethe effectiveness of citizen influencing change that advances democracy, accountability and inclusion. The long-term programme goal is to facilitate the development of a well informed and active civil society able to contribute to transformational Change around key challenges of poverty, inequality and inclusion for all citizens.

Noah Dameh- Ada

16/02/18

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MEDIA HOUSES GO THROUGH ORIENTATION ON FINANCIAL LITERACY

One area which many Ghanaians are not comfortable with is declaration of assets. Over the years, many interventions have been brought to the fore of Ghanaians but the expected outcome has been low. To the “Ghanaian mind”, declaration of asset has many implications. Notably are security, suspicion and superstition among others. Declaration is shroulded with fear. Rhetorically,  must we live forever with this ignorance ? No, the lenders need trust on borrowers. 

I fell in love with this line by a prolific writer and here I quote: “igonorance is darker than night.” The time to be swimminng in a pool of ignorance is over. To build co-existence between the borrowers and lenders and to run a vigorous campaign through the media, bank of Ghana and its allies have formed a formidable group to train journalists on financial literacy. 

By so doing the journalists get first hand information and can impart into the thoughts of listeners and readers. In Winneba where the workshop was organized, participants were taking through 

a: meaning of collateral registry, 

b: The values of collateral registration, 

c: The legality of collateral registration,

 d: operatios of the credit reference bureau and other related topics. 

Participants were held spell-bound by Mr. Charles Mawuli’s facilitation. He entreated participants to break the information to the understanding of the ordinarily farmer, fisherman, trader, fish monger, the hunter, the palm wine tapper, the Kayayi and all others who may not have the privilege like the elite. According to him, more often than not writers and reporters lift technical terms, jargon, and diction which are beyond the understanding for the ordinary people. Some examples are GDP, stated capital, gross net, liquidity, surplus income among others. 

One other motivational facitator was Mr. Mawuko Williams , a consultant with Frankfurf school of finance and management. Being the principal facilitator, he painstakingly took participants through the benefits of collateral registration. Specifically, he hammered on multiple borrowing, linking the borrower and the lender, easy access to borrowing, networking of personal data which makes room for borrowers to Check on their credit status. 

To get access to information with ease, a social media platform has been created for participants where the financial literates will post relevant information on the subject. By this practice, the beneficiaries of the workshop will be abreast with updated information.

Noah Dameh-Winneba
11/02/18

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FARM PRODUCE LEFT TO ROT 

The major roads in the Klo capitals are so well Macadamized that any visitor would jump to conclusion that all is rosary in the farming communities in Yilo and Manya Districts in the Eastern Region. Travel beyond Odumase and Somanya and you will be dismayed at the nature of roads on which our farm produce are transported to the marketing centers. To avoid boredom for my good readers, I will micro my submission around Klo Agogo in the Yilo District.

Farm produce is going waste in some farming communities in the Yilo Krobo District. Farmers from Abuabiseasi in the Upper Yilo District find it difficult to curt their farm goods to Klo Agogo market. The road from the central market has been a major hindrance to the farmers . Commercial drivers who manage the road to transport the goods to the market take the farmers to ransom and over charge them. Some accidents have been recorded in the process of ascending and descending the un-tired hilly road. Farmers who are lucky to get their farm produce conveyed by the few vehicles that go to the community end up late in arriving at the market. Their goods are left to perish due to lateness in arriving at Agogo market. 

Mr. Natey Thomas (farmer) said, during the vegitable season the intermediaries buy a full bag of garden egg at GHC. 10. 00 ($ 0.90 ) ” In most cases we plead with the buyers to buy it on credit basis” Mr. Natey disclosed.  According to Mr. Natey, this phenomenon is creating a negative impact on their children. He explains that, School children are not able to go to school during the major raining season because the only road that leads to the school always turned into water pool and it becomes dangerous for the school children to cross. The community members have since being using self help spirit to manually maintain the road. The District chief Executive for Yilo Krobo, Hon. Ebenezer Tetteh Kupoalor in response to the plight of the community said, He will launch a familiarization tour to some communities in the most deprived areas and Abuabisease will be one of the communities he will visit to listern to the people and see how best the problem can be  solved . 

Noah Dameh

06/02/18

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FISHERMEN OF AZIZANYA URGE FISHERIES COMMISSION AND ITS ALLIES TO INTENSIFY LAWS ON ILLEGAL FISHING

fishermen of Azizanya in the Ada East District have since being praising gorvenment for their aboundant catch in rescent times. The fight against Illegal Fishing has brought smiles on our faces today. We believed that, our increasing catch was the tortuous move by the fisheries commission and its collaborative partners. This is a testimony that Ghana is Achieving results of the fight against illegal and unregulated fishing in our ocean. Fishermen from Azizanya on 21 January, 2018 made aboundant catch in Ghana’s marine water .

“This fish was last seen interms of catch for the past 30years, in so many years in fishing, no fishing group in the coast of Ada has made this catch”. Fisher folks of Azizanya in gratitude announced.  Mr. Amesimeku, a leader of the fisher-group who made this historical catch urged the government to intensify the legal regulations of the fishing industry. 

The minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture Culture Development, Elizabeth Afoley Quaye has assured her commitment to ensure a massive reduction of fish importation. Hon. Afoley Quaye has formed Fisheries watch committee as a pilot programme in Ada and James town through the sustainable fisheries management practices (SFMP) to help replenish the sea. This does not go well with the local fishermen of Otrokper Ada and interfered in a durbar organised to inaugurate the Fisheries watch committee. 

Shortly after the clash, Centre for Coastal Management CCM has organised training program for journalist under the auspices of the  University of Cape Coast UCC fisheries and coastal Coastal Management and United States Agency for International Development USAID for effective fisheries reportage. Azizanya fishing community benefited from the field work of the training. The community after realising the consequencies of illegal fishing picked up the fight againnst light fishing in their marine waters. It was a tortuous journey. As the community, the ministry and the stakeholder strengthen the fight against the act, Ada fishermen in first time, in about 30 years has found cassava fish in Ghana’s sea waters. Fishing activities in Azizanya has improved. 

Dameh/Nyorngmor

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“WE WANT TO SERVE ASSUOGYAMAN ASSEMBLY” “LOWER MANYA ASSEMBLY NOT RESPONSIBLE” THE DEPRIVED KROBO FARMERS TAKES STAND

Some farmers in the Lower Manya Krobo Municipal have started a process to surrender to  Assuogyaman Distinct Administration. At least two thousand Krobos living in the middle belt of Manya Krobo have opted to aligned themselves to Assuogyaman District Administration than the Lower Manya Krobo Municipal. Tsledorm, Takunya, Okortor, Tsledom Sisi, Tsledom Kperti, Gortsonya Yiti and Gortsonya sisi are farming communities in Lower Manya and share boundary with Assuogyaman in the Eastern Region. The Chiefs, elders and community members have agreed to surrender to the Assuogyaman District Administration, a move they considered to bring gorvement interventions to their communities. The Chief of Tsledorm, Dadematse Etsermo Atter said, they will still maintained their allegiance to the paramountcy of the Manya Krobo Traditional Area but they will cede their political rights to Assuogyaman. 

These farmers need nothing from government than accessible road to Curt their farm produce to the markets. They lamented that, the only benefit they could have benefited from Manya Assembly  was a three separate borehole water but the bad state of their road do not allow the machine to come to their community for the project. For over hundred years, this community is still relying on ground water. We carry our pregnant women in a sofa. Our children are delivered at the middle of the road when we head to the health post. Many of our community members who have been taken unaware died on the boards that we carry them. A community of over two thousand people without vehicle just because no other car can not come to our community than four wheel cars. The community members laments. 

According to the community members, they have contributed monies to buy cement and concreted the hilly and rocky portions of their manpower made road. They salute the teachers who accepted post in their community. Currently, only one outmoded wooden Bedford goes to the community twice a week and it is not able to Curt all farm goods to the respective destinations. 

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Noah Dameh-Eastern Region


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AYIGBOO BEACH POLUTED, DIRTY OIL KEEPS SPREADING ALONG THE BEACHES

Ayigboe fishing community is smelling. The odour in the  atmosphere is diesel-like. A community member, Mary Okronipa says they have seen a container that was washed ashore early hours this morning Tuesday 16th but the community was scared and could not go closer to the container. Around this afternoon,  the container disappeared only to see the colour of the sea changed to black. It is suspected that, the container contains dirty oil which got damaged due to the high tides that keeps hitting it. The oil keeps spreading from coast to coat. Ayigboe is in the Ada East District in the Greater Accra Region. 

Noah Dameh-Ada Foah

16/01/18

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I AM HAPPY ANYTIME I SEE INDIGENOUS PERSONS DONATING TO ADA HOSPITAL-Dr. NARH

The senior medical officer for Ada District hospital at Faithkope wants the citizens of Ada to claim ownership of the facility. The hospital is a Government hospital and it belong to the people of Ada, I am happy anytime I see indigenous people of Ada donating to the hospital . Dr. Philip Narh, the senior medical officer made the remark when Mr. Charles Teye Maccarthy donate to the hospital on Monday, 15 . Mr. Charles Maccarthy was among the contestants of the NDC parliamentary primaries in the Ada Constituency. He gave an amount of six hundred cedis (Ghc 600.00) was released to pay the debts of patients who can not afford to pay their medical bills. In addition, Mr. Maccarthy preseented drugs, lavatories, water, bandages, sugar, Milo, milk and other food items to the patients and the hospital staff. During the presentation, he said it is his wish to help the peoples of Ada through health promotion because a healthy nation is a productive nation. Dr. Philip Narh in his appreciation said the money will rather be used to purchase equipments for the facility to benefit a larger populace . Mr. Charles Maccarthy also interacted with some patients at the facility after the presentation

 There was an eavesdrop that, the Ada District hospital has no special ward and electricity bill have accumulated since the introduction of health insurance scheme because the system has not taken care of electricity and water even though patients who access the facility with health insurance cards use electricity and water when they are admitted.

Noah Dameh/Amanor Dzeagu-Ada

15/01/2018

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KWALAKPOYOM CHILDREN’S WELL-BEING COMMITTEE REGAIN THEIR CONFIDENCE IN HON. DOYOE GHANSAH

October 5, 2017 Mr. Theophilus Tetteh Ocansey represented Hon. Doyoe Cudjoe Ghansah, MP for Ada in a community durbar at Kwalaakpoyom in the Ada East District. Mr. Tetteh Occansey responded to concerns of Kwalaakpoyom and its naighbourring communities on water and sanitation. The MP’s representative, Mr. Occansey was sharp to assure the people that, the MP has secured some money and will use it to provide the community with treated water. On that day, Mr. Ocansey told the gathering that the project will start  in a week time The District planning officer, Mr Awal Mohammed in his turn told the gathering, it is the wish of the assembly to make the water project a priority but the assembly is financially disabled due to the numerous demands from the commmunities.Later in a radio disccussion, the MP admitted that she was in a process of providing wholesome water to Kwalaakpoyom with immediate effect but procurement processes has delayed the project. During a community engagement with the people of Kwalaakpoyom, they said their priority is portable water before anything else. The community members say, the MP, Hon. Doyoe Cudjoe Ghansah has sunk a borehole for the community but the water was salty. They also said one of the candidates that contested the NDC parliamentary seat in 2016 at Ada Constituency, Mr. Charles Maccarthy also donated one hundred PVC pipes to the community but his effort to provide the community with water came to a halted after he lost to the incumbent MP. The assemblyman for the area Hon. Henry Teye Akwada said.The MP, Hon. Doyoe Cudjoe Ghansah on Thursday 11, 2018 has procured four hundred and ninety pieces of 2 inches PVC pressure pipes from interplast company to start extension of water from Obane to Kwalaakpoyom and the nearby communities.  The pipes are with 50 milliliters radius and 20feets in length. The community members upon hearing that the PVC pipes for their project has arrived, they trooped to the off-loading point to assist in the off-loading, inventory and packing. Members of the children’s well being committee expressed lost of confidence in the MP and her representative when their promise could not materialised for the past three months instead of the one week theyvpromised. “We thought the promise was one of the political talks, but the arrival of the pipes has given us reassurance and we regained our confidence in the MP” The children’s well-being committee members remarked.

Noah Dameh-Ada

12/01/18

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STOP THE FORIGN SAND WINNERS AT ASUTSUARE

Until government of Ghana prohibits the mechanical sand winners near the Asutsuare metal bridge, the state will continue to waste money in maintenance work on the bridge. A form of galasey has surfaced at Asitsuare where some foreigners are using heavey duty machines to win large quantity of sand in the River Volta lake at Asutsuare in the Shai-Osudoku District. This is few metres from the metal bridge. The tipper trucks Curt the sand across the bridge to Asutsuare and its adjoining communities. Community members attribute the deplorable state of the bridge as a result of the tipper trucks that Curt the sand across the bridge. Exactly a year now, I wrote an article that, Asutsuare bridge is waing to kill. TV3 picked up the story and telecast even though I was not given the credit but they have ameliorated my concern to have the bridge repaired. A contractor rushed to the site to have the damaged portions repaired. It is not clear whether the contractor had done shoddy work but the residents say, it is as a result of the heavy trucks that crossed with sand. They suggest that, a system must be put in place to load the trucks after the bridge to avoid crossing it. Bellow is thebcurrent state of the bridge that was repaired exactly one year now. 

Noah Dameh- Asutsuare

08/01/2018
 

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NUMODAH GATE WINS MANKRALO CASE AGAINST AGUDEY KUMTU GATE

The President and members of Ada traditional council have finally accepted Nomo Patrick Agudey Obichere as the substantive Mankralo of Ada traditional area. Momo Patrick Agudey Obichere now holds a stool name NENE AGUDEY OBICHERE III, Mankralo for Ada and legitimate member of the Ada traditional council. By the tenets of the traditional council, Mankralo presides over proceedings of the traditional council in the absence of the Paramount chief. In the political parlance, He will be called the vice President. This is contained in page 244, the making of Ada by C.O.C. AmarteyNene Ada’s Lindquist in red cloth holding the hands of the Mankralo during the introduction and acceptance ceremony by the president of the Ada traditional council, Nene Abram Kabu Akuaku III. 

BACKGROUNDThere was a long standing dispute as to which of three gates is entitled to nominate and install the Mankralo of Ada in consonance with the procedures laid down by tradition and custom of the Ada people of the Greater Accra Region of the Republic of Ghana. Several Committees were set up with the view to resolving the dispute at the Ada Traditional council but to no avail. The ATC passed a resolution to send the issue to the Greater Accra Regional House of Chiefs at Dodowa. The parties to the dispute finally submitted to Arbitration in respect of the dispute at Dodowa and the arbitral award was to the effect that the Mankralo position could be ascended to by the Numodah Gate and the Agudey Kuntu Gate in rotation commencing with the Numodah Gate. Subsequent to the Arbitral award, a petition was brought before the ATC to set aside the Arbitral Award. After an application to set aside the petition was dismissed, the Numodah Gate applied to the High Court for Judicial Review. The High Court in Tema quashed the decision of the Judicial Committee of the ATC and prohibited it from hearing the petition. An appeal against the decision of the High Court was dismissed by the Court of Appeal on the 24th of July, 2014 which has not been appealed against. The Kuntu Gate, again, brought a fresh petition filed on 29th May 2015 before the ATC seeking the same reliefs as the previous to which the Judicial Council of the once again ruled to rehear the case in spite of the Appeal Court decision not to allow a rehearing. Whilst the Numodah gate was awaiting the ruling of the second decision to rehear the case, the ATC was making preparations to hurriedly admit the candidate from the Kuntu Gate in the Council. All attempts by the Numodah Gate to scuttle that move and did not yield any the expected result. Upon the receipt of the ATC decision to rehear the case, the Numodah Gate went to the High Court in Accra for a Judicial Review which on the 27th of January 2017 rejected the admission of the Kuntu Candidate into the ATC as being in disregard of statutes and decisional law and without legal basis. The Court went ahead to quash the decision of the Judicial Committee of the ATC and ordered it to admit candidate from the Numodah Gate. This order of the High Court was challenged at the Appeal Court. On the 7th December, 2017, the Appeal Court dismissed the application from the Kuntu Gate and upheld the decision of the High Court. In a telephone conversation with the mankralo after his induction, He said the success is for both gates because they are to ascend the throne on rotational basis “It is our togetherness that we can help develop Ada” Mankralo Obichere III remarked. Nene Obuapong of Adibiawe congratulating the newly accepted Mankralo of Ada state. 

Noah Dameh-Big Ada

07/01/2018

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TOKPO-OSUDOKU YOUTH ASSOCIATION PLEDGES SANITATION FACILITY FOR TOKPO COMMUNITY

The mission of the association is to contribute their widow’s might, put it in a pool for the developmental aspirations of the community. The youth group achieves this through annual harvest 

Saturday 6, has been  2018 edition. The invitation has been catapaulted across the lenght and breath of the traditional area. It is not the quantity of guest but the quality of the attendants is what matters. The programme brought together the Paramount Chief of Osudoku, Nene Aadegbor Ngmongmowuyaa Kwesi Animle VI, the district chief executive for Shai-Osudoku, Hon. Daniel Akufo, Nene Terkpertey Omersu V of Asutuare and other equally important dignitaries . In a welcome address read by the President of the association, Mr. Prince Animle said, the youth wants to be proactive in solving their problems whiles the community awaits their share from the Government. Enumerating their supports to the community, Mr. Animle said they have been able to purchased one hundred plastic chairs and twelve rooms of canopy for use by the community. In addition, they have provided community information center (compass) to facilitate information sharing. Currently, Tokpo-Osudoku Youth ( TOYA) are moulding cement blocks to start construction of toilet facility for the community to curb free range system. He told the gathering that, they will fight tooth and nail to have the project commissioned in the year 2019 . Construction of a youth centre, according to Mr. Animle is being consided. On behalf of the association, He appealed to the Shai-Osudoku district assembly, the traditional council and all corporate entities to consider their vision to make their dreams a success. He also used the opportunity to congratulate Nene ngmongmowuyaa Kwesi Animle VI for his enstoolment as Paramount chief for Osudoku Traditional Area and his appointment as the chairman for the judicial committee of the greater Accra Regional house of chiefs. Mr. Prince Animle ask all sons and daughters of Osudoku to reach the public Relations officer of the association, Mr. Simon Animley by email: barristeranimley@gmail.com or telephone +233242557937

Nene Animle in his address call on all citizens of Osudoku to remain united. “Tokpo remains the seat of Animle’s stool and there is the need for all Tokpo descendants to support the paramountcy. I am just a leader but you are the Paramount Chief. You need to embrace this so that, we can all develop the Osudoku state” 

Nene ngmongmowuyaa urged the executives of the group to persuade others to join the association and that will speed up their planned development. He asked the gathering to contribute their quota when itcome to mobilizing funds for a developmental projects. He finally support the youth with $200. In total, a sum of eight thousand,eight hundred cedis Ghc 8,800.00 was realized from the harvest. (aution sale) 

Noah Dameh-Tokpo

07/01/2018

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LET US INTERACT EVERY THREE MONTH- NENE ADA

King Akuaku wants frequent interaction with religious bodies. He propose intersectional prayers every three month. Nene Abram Kabu Akuaku, the paramount chief for Ada Traditional Area made the call when Christian Council of Churches engaged with the paramountcy for new year prayer session . Leaders of the local council of churches have marked the year 2018 by praying with Nene Abram Kabu Akuaku III . This started from 6:00 to 7:00 am at his residence Big Ada on Monday January 1, 2018. 

Praying for Nene Ada has been a yearly ritual by the unbrealla of churches in Ada. But Nene Akuaku in his message invites all religious bodies in his Traditional area to plan for intermittent prayer session with the paramountcy and other chiefs in the area. He said this will factor unity among the religious bodies and will erased the perception that, chiefs are idol worshipers. Nene Ada and his elders reciprocate the effort of the church council with new year souvenirs. 

Noah Dameh-Ada

02/01/18

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 COUNCIL OF STATE MEMBERS WILL BE EDUCATED ON “ATSIAKPO” ADA EQUIVALENT OF GALAMSEY 

Ada songor salt women Association ASSWA have moved a step forward in the songor for all advocacy campaign. The women, who are locally called Yihi Katseme ( brave women) have resolved to use all possible means to make the president of Ghana and his council members aware of illegal salt winning in the Ada songor lagoon. In order to achieve this goals, the  executives of the association have had personal interaction with the council of state member that represent the Greater Accra Region, Dr. Nii Kotei Dzani as an ally in the fight against Atsiakpo in the Ada songor salt lagoon in the Greater Accra Region.  Dr. Dzani is a son of the soil and his public speeches especially where chiefs and people from Ada Traditional Area are gathered most at times speak against the practice of atsiakpo and put the blame on the Ada traditional authorities as obstacle for revival of the songor lagoon. The delegation of the Yihi Katseme told the council of state member that, illegalities in the songor lagoon poses threat to livelihood especially women and children. They appealed to him to use his position to support songor, a resource for all advocacy and to maintain the PNDC Law 287 which entrusted the songor lagoon to the people of Ada. Some chiefs of the area are against songor, a resource for all advocacy. They have being asking Government to repeal law 287 so that, “they” the chiefs will have access to the resource in order to give it out for private developers forgetting that, people shared their blood to reclaim the lagoon which was sold years back confidence tricksters . Infact, the move by the chiefs will deprive the citizenry from enjoying the communal fruits of their fathers labour.Dr. Nii Dzanie Kotei in his response said, the practice of atsiakpo is not helping. He gave a testimony that, he and his family have been salt winners when the lagoon was for all. “Songor is not for salt winning only, but it is a lagoon that produces fish during the major raining season”. Atsiakpo is preventing people from casting their net in the songor lagoon when the salt winning season is over. The dykes also serves as death trap when the lagoon is full of water in the major raining season. We have to make it clear that, if we can not make the lagoon better than what we inherited from our ancestors, then, we need to plan for it to resume its original state” he remarked. He expressed disappointment in some chiefs who refused to signed memorandum of understanding so that, the Songor could be rivived in a hoolistic manner. “It was a woman who whose blood was share to reclaim the salt lagoon for the people of Ada”. “If you, the brave women are fighting to make the lagoon come to its original state, then, we need to give you the neccesay supporting. I am saying this because the men are hiding in their rooms.” He said. Dr. Dzani promised to raised the concern at the presidency to create National attention He suggest frequent publication of articles in the National news news papers to create awareness of the consequencies of the act. The problem about the lagoon is original state need dialogue and it should not be one man’s decision.

NOAH DAMEH-Ada

31/12/17

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“TRO” MEANS THREE PENCE

I sat close to a couple at Manya Klo. I find out the origin of “TRO-TRO”. This word is commonly used in commercial transportation in Ghana, especially short distances. I was told by my informants that, “TRO-TRO” originates from a fee charge  per a trip by the commercial drivers and their mates. It was three pence during the colonial era. three pence is called “TRO ” . After the independence from the colonial masters, the pence has changed to pesewas. The value of the the currency has also fallen to two and a half pesewas. The name “TRO-TRO” came to stay just because, during the British era the commercial vehicles charged “tro” three pence for a short distance. Bellow is the the currency TRO. 

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KONOR WARNS SAISI OVER CHIEFTAINCY LITIGATION

The Konor for the Manya Krobo Traditional Area, Nene Sakite II has warned Saisi Community to cease any form of attitude that will bring disputes in connection of chieftaincy installation in the Nam Division. Nene Sakite pass the comment in a tribute read for the late war captain of Saisi, Asafoatse Anor Apo III on Saturday December 2nd. Nene Sakite discribed Traditional disputes in relation to installation of a chief as unnecessary and waste of time and money.

The chief of Saisi clan recieved a befitting burial ceremony from his clan and those outside Saisi community. Amongst many were the Paramount Chief of Manya Krobo Traditional Area  (Konor), the Paramount Queen Mother  (Nanaa), the Municipal Chief Executive, Friends, In-Laws and work mates. Nene Konor noted that, the Saisi community had suffered as a result of a fifteen year chieftaincy dispute. “The late Asafoatse Apo III, whose mortal remains lies here now has been used as a sacrificial ramp at the time when the whole community needed a leader to hold the traditional administration. Asafoatse Apo accepted and he manged to maintained peace in the various gates of the community” Nene Sakite urged the king makers to do away with partiality and give the crown to the one,  or the family that is due to arrest the previous problems. This was also contained in a traditional prayers by the chief linguist,  Oct same Huapoyu III. 

Noah Dameh- Saisi

21/12/17

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WOMAN,46 SHOWS THE WAY TO END OPEN DEFECATION IN AMINAPA COMMUNITY

Madam Janet Ablenarh is a farmer and salt winner of Aminapa in the Ada East District of the Greater Accra Region. She is the first person to complete KVIP latrine in Aminapa Community. The community which existed hundred years ago with a population of five hundred have being practicing open defecation. The human soil finally end up in the lagoons that produce traditional Tilapia. In January 2017, children’s well-being meeting was held in the Aminapa community. The meeting which was supported by UNICEF and its partners made provision for Radio Ada to fish out issues that affect communities in regard to health and sanitation. Programmes were deveoped based on the knowledge of the indigents, their believes and practices. The radio programme was focused on the consequences of anti good health practices. This informed the listeners more which made some to adopt a good health practices. Madam Janet Ablenarh, married , with a household of eleven (11) squeeze water from stone to provide KVIP for the family. She cheerfully and proudly say “I have done it with support from the Distrct Enviromental and sanitation officers of Ada East, UNICEF/Radio Ada” . WASH PROGRAMME have been supporting community members to own household latrines to end open defecation in the country. 

Noah Dameh-Ada

21/12/17

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ONE WEEK BAN ON FISHING ACTIVITIES AT ELAVANYO

The chief of Elavanyo in the Ada East District has ban fishing activities in his community. He said the ban will be lifted if good sanitation of the community comes to the normal state. His action comes when some fishermen and community members failed to attend a clean-up exercise organised by the Community on Wednesday. The unit committee and the chief have beat the gongon to call for a clean-up excercise popularly known as “communal labour”. Few people responded to the call and this made the Chief, Nene Doetse Sapor to effect the ban.

 He gave the community one week to tidy-up the community before the ban will be lifted. The beach of the community is engulfed with filth. Refuse which are thrown into the sea are washed ashore . The drawing nets used by the local fishermen also carries this refuse from the sea to the beach after it was cast. The fishermen selectes the fish from the rubbish and finally leave the rubbish at the beach unattended . This makes the beach unattractive. The youth throw their support for the chief and pledged to enforce the ban untill the fishermen whose activities result in the unfavourable enviroment pick up the fight to restore total sanitation. How the beach looks like before the clear-up exercise. 

During the clean-up on Wednesday December 19. 

Elavanyo beach after the clean-up. 

 Noah Dameh-Elavanyo Ada

19/12/17