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

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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 LUNCH 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. 

Credit : EJF,Hen Mpoano, UCC, FOA Joynews

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