NISSI Congregation Shares With “Underprivileged Communities Of Ada”

NISSI LIFE CHURCH CELEBRATES 2019 EASTER EVENT WITH DOGO CHILDREN OF ADA

The leadership and the entire congregation of Nissi Life Church have joined the people of Ada to celebrate this year’s Easter festivities. The programme is dubbed Easter Soup Kitchen, an annual celebration instituted by the NISSI Life congregation based in La Accra. The aim is to share with the most marginalized community members. The youth, adolescents and children in a specific marginalized communities were the focal reach.Dogo and the neighbouring communities of Ada have had the privilege to host this year’s Easter soup Kitchen on Saturday April 20. Close to one thousand and five hundred children including parents have benefited from this years sharing event.Food, clothing and educational materials have been shared. The Chief of Dogo, Nene Joshua Macarthy who chaired the programme in his closing remarks on behlfy of his elders and the community have appreciated the organizer’s for selecting his community for the 2019 sharing event.He congratulated Mr. Charles McCarthy, a citizen of Dogo for his role in connecting this years event to Dogo.Noah Dameh-Ada

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CASH AND MACHINES FOR THE PEOPLE LIVING WITH DISABILITIES IN ADA

Another batch of People living with disabilities in the Ada East District have received their share of the common fund in a short ceremony at the Districts Assembly premises at Ada Foah. The chairman for the disability fund management committee, Mr. Theophelus Ayim in his welcome statement urged the fifty three PWD beneficiaries to use the fund for the purposes as stated in their application. He said the fund management committee have conducted a verification exercise on the applicants and are fortified.

Mr. Ayim enumerated planned projects that would be undertaken by the association of the PWDs in the Ada East District. These are Advocacy through Radio ATR , Women into soap making and group farming. He urged the assembly to fast track the process for implementation. PWD farming group have received over hundred pipelines that will facilitate irrotational farming.

The District Chief Executive for Ada East, Hon. Sarah Dugbakie Pobbe also handed to the beneficiaries seven freezers and stabilizers to seven individuals. A previous beneficiary who received equipments for secretarial work was identified to have used the items judiciously and has again received a photocopying machine with over forty members of the PWD association receiving cash ranging from three hundred to one thousand CEDI’s.

The DCE assures the beneficiaries that those who would use the money and the equipment’s to change their own status will received additional support from the PWD share of the Common fund . She also promised them a disability friendly office at the new administration block which is yet to be commissioned. https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2172103586204625&id=100002150143090 Hon. Sarah Pobee assured the PWDs into farming that, the Assembly will keep on supporting them in the farming activities. https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2172122576202726&id=100002150143090

Mr. Isaac Adjaotor who is the coordinator for the PWD farmers group was very muck appreciative and wrote on his Facebook wall to thank the DCE https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1840597732712269&id=100002861795909

Noah DamehAda Foah

Adolescents Behind Ghana Community Radio Microphones #FutureFirstSexLaterCampaign

A total of one hundred and thirty two focal adolescents and thirty three mentors of Community Radio operatives will soon start adolescents driven programme called Happy and Savvy Adolescent Campaign HASAC on eleven community Radio stations across the Country. This project is being supported by Communicate for Health, C4H with Ghana Community Radio Network playing the implementation role. This is a compliment to the earlier engagement programmes with the adolescents Health and Rights Radio programme named adolescents sexual Reproductive Health and Rights ASRHR instituted in three communities per the eleven Community Radio stations in 2019. After a five days brainstorming workshop in Accra, the GCRN resolved to facilitate the adolescents champion their own course that will make them happy and savvy adolescents.

Adolescent boys and Girls across the Country will be trained as Community Radio programme producers. The adolescents with ages between 13-18 years will be given the requisite training in moderation of Radio programme, narration, audio editing and other community Radio operations. Four Adolescent, comprising boys and Girls will be selected from the listening Community of Eleven Community Radio Stations implementing adolescent sexual Reproductive health and Rights project. The target for this project is to realised a happy and savvy adolescents in society through an adolescent driven Radio campaign. “Everyone dream in his or her own language”. This is why the adolescents will use Ghana’s local languages like Nzemah, Ahanta, Ga, Dangme, Fanti, Twi, Gurune, Ewe Gonja, Frafra and other local languages to produce and broadcast an Adolescent centered programme’s in their respective Regions. As part of inclusion and leave No one behind campaign, the Ghana Community Radio Network GCRN is ensuring that, adolescents are equipped to produce their own programmes based on their own experiences to drum home the need for a total abstinence of Sex. In the programming, the adolescents will be expected to come out with Radio magazines that will encourage peers to prioritize their future first than sex. The programme will also whip up the adolescents zeal in controlling their sexual urges. A safer sex by condom use to avoid pregnancy and sexually transmitted Diseases (STIs) would be considered as the least alternative. This upcoming Radio campaign is dubbed Happy and Savvy Adolescent Campaign. (Adolescent who will be responsible in society and Adolescent who can take control of his or her body for a better future).

Noah Dameh-Accra

Ghana Community Radio Volunteers End Adolescents Programme Design Workshop With A Call To Champion Gender

“It is time the women in the various Community Radio stations start to champion Gender related programmes” “If every community Radio member stations adopts Gender programmes as flagship, will help fill the gender gab in the Communities and this will serve as a way of bringing in more women to take part in Community Radio.” The Chair Person for the Ghana Community Radio Network (GCRN) Lydia Ajono has made this remarks at Ghana Institute of Local Government Studies-Accra on Friday April 5. She made the remark at a ceremony to end five days workshop for youth trainers to facilitate youth in producing their own radio programmes. https://noahdamehblog.wordpress.com/2019/04/01/disigning-of-adolescent-driven-programme-begins/

The World Association of Community Radio AMARC has made room for women participation in Radio thereby setting up a women’s wing in the office holding duties for women in their general elections. This is not different fromm the practices of Ghana community Radio network in Africa. In Ghana the Station Coordinator for Radio Ada, Erica Ofoe and Veronica Maccarthy who is also the head of Radio Emashie at Pokuase have been elected to champion Gender issues in Community Radio operations.

The lead Gender coordinator, Erica Ofoe’s empowerment message delivered through the GCRN Chairperson, entreat all volunteers and station managements to take women inclusion as priority in the daily activities of the operation. The second in command of the women inclusion and participation campaign, Veronica Marcathy assured over thirty participants who attended the workshop that, they have been encouraging with the women to be self motivated in taking part of every activity around community Radio and other activities and she is hopeful that the numbers of women in active participation will increase.

In the bid to balance the gender gab, Ghana Community Radio Network has roll out a policy to include women in all activities such as representation and decision making.

Noah Dameh-Madina-Accra

Designing Of Adolescent Driven Programme Begins 

Ghana Community Radio Network member stations are harvesting lessons they learnt from adolescents around Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights. Eleven Community Radio Stations across the Country are spending five days in sharing lessons learnt from the adolescents with regards to an ongoing project dubbed Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights, a project that is being supported by Communicate For Health C4H.  

 In an opening ceremony on Monday April 1st, at Local Government Studies, the Chair person for the Ghana Community Radio Network, Lydia Ajono has encouraged the community Radio volunteers to share in depth information on what they gathered from their engagement with the adolescents to help design a Radio programme that will be more Adolescent driven where the adolescents will take ownership of their programming as a way of addressing their health and right challenges. 

The UN sustainable Development Goal three and four is aimed at promoting good health and quality education for all. The goal three is ensuring healthy lives and well-being for all ages whiles the goal four is focused on inclusive and equitable quality Education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all. It is in this faith that the Ghana community Radio Network is collaborating with Communicate for Health C4H NGO in training trainers around thebsubject of Adolescent sexual Reproductive health and Rights to also train adolescents to champion happy and savvy Adolescent campaign by using community Radio as a means to dissemination information. This is to ensure that, no one is left behind

Noah Dameh-Madina Accra 

Indigenous Knowledge, Using What You Have For What You Want

The People of Aflive in the Ada West District provides for themselves, a pathway to access basic education and water. In their own small way organized communal labour, dig and carry soil to make their road accessible. This means that, Educating and Water accessibility has been given a temporal resolution for the marginalized communities in Ghana. An initiatby the Assembly member and the community’s development committee,.

Well done, Hon. Daniel Adjakpa and all, for this initiative.

Noah Dameh Aflive-Ada East

Intergrating Sustainable Development Goals In Every Day Activity The Stand of Community Radios In Ghana

Ghana Community Radio practitioners are proactively looking at how to connect the sustainable Development Goals SDGs to the every day activitie of their listerning community . This is a commitment by the Ghana Community Radio Network GCRN in helping the most deprived Communities and marginalized persons to feel what today and future stands for them. Community Radio volunteers can not achieve the expected target without farmlializing themselves with the 17 Goals set up by the world leaders in the year 2015. This is why three participants each from twelve Community Radio station plus one Community TV station in the southern part of the country are sharpening their knowledge on the SDGs at the Institute of Local Government  Studies Accra. 

Community members from the catchment areas of the participating Community Radio stations who are vested in the Local Government system have carefully been selected as participants to enhance knowledge sharing. One of the thematics for of the SDG is the goal 16 which aimed at peace, Justice and strong Institutions to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development. Government of Ghana and the Electoral Commission have proposed September 2019 for Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assembly Elections. This election will run parallel with His Excellency,  President Nana Akufo Addo and the NPP governments initiative to conduct referendum to seek public opinion about the proposal to elect Municipal, Metropolitan and District Chief Executives. According to Dr. Kwesi Jonah, a senior researcher for institute for Democratic Governance IDEG, Legalities of the revolution are being considered pending confirmation of the date of the pool. 

Dr. Kwesi said, Political Parties would be allowed to present their candidates to contest the MMDCEs elections if the referendum result achieved 75% yes from 40% voter turnout. The referendum would not make room for people to vote for candidates but is strictly Yes or No vote, he said. Connecting the SDGs to the pending elections, Dr. Kwesi says it add up to the participation and inclusive governing process where opinion of the citizenry are sought. According to him if Ghana secured 75% yes vote in favour of the proposal will allow Political groups as well as independent candidates to contest to become Municipal, Metropolitan or District Chief Executive. He observed that, the current act which allow the president to nominate heads to the Assembly’s is not facilitating participatory Governance thereby making appointees in responsible. “They seat at the offices and if they satisfy the Bosses at the top then that is all leaving the masses to suffer” he said. He also noted that, putting a highly Political activity (referendum) and non Political activity (MMDA) election together is a critical thing to observe carefully so that, Political Parties don’t end up campaigning for candidates who are supposed to be non Political. The Ghana Community Radio Network member stations have since been working around these and other challenges to see how best the communities will get timely, quality and the requisite information ahead of the proposed elections. This will make the community members well informed and can be on top of the SDGs and also to relate it to their decision making process. 

Noah Dameh-Madina Accra

Community Radios On Board To Localize The SDG’s For Ghana

The agenda 2030 has been set by the world leaders. It is named Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) this goals are measures put in place to normalize or bridge the development, equality, accesibility, human Rights, Justice and empwerment gabs between the poor communities and all category of persons around the glob. This goals will be unachievable if inclusion is not prioritized. Development analyst’s have strived to put the aspirations of the least heard voices and stakeholders into an actionable plan. Now, It takes duty bearer’s to reach out to these marginalized community members to take ownership of the SDGs. This is why Crossing Boarders, a youth empowerment and development centered NGO is  supporting Ghana Community Radio Network to create awareness about the SDGs and also to localize them to facilitate ownership. Workshops to create awareness of the SDGs for the locals has started for twelve Community Radio stations and one TV staion of the GCRN Network in the southern part of Ghana. 

It is under the  theme participatory Community Radio and the right to communicate A singular pathway to the SDGs. The design workshop is formalizing a local content of the SDGs which will be packaged in a jingle form and broadcast as an entry point.

The National Development planning Commission is part of the collaborators and have contributed by facilitating for a deeper meaning of the SDGs and how it relate to the National plan of Ghana. Mr. Michael Kissi Boateng, a planning analyst of NDPC in a facilitation said, engaging community Radio NetWork in achieving the results of the SDGs is in the right direction. He expressed his organizations commitment in working closely with community Radios to eradicate all forms of poverty, gender exclusion, Justice and other targets. 

Noah Dameh Madina-Accra

Easy Water NGO Add Hygiene Education To Its Community Service

Drinking of clean water without personal and environmental hygiene is anti to good health. This was why Easy water for every one NGO who are committed in providing wholsome water for marginalised communities in Ada has in-bearded personal hygiene, environmental safety and behavioral change communication in the 2019 aworld water day celebration programme at Aflive Island, an Easy Water beneficiary Community in the Ada East District of the Greater Accra Region of Ghana.https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2142179025863748&id=100002150143090  The celebration activities which was designed to create awareness on the need to be friendly to water bodies, alerting the people about importance of water amongst others was organized jointly with the Ghana Education service, the District Assembly, Ghana Health service, the Community and Easy water for every one NGO. Quiz competition, practical hand washing, folklore music and speeches were mediums by which the gospel of water and sanitation Hygiene messages have been conveyed to the people. Contestants and some hard working teachers have been awarded whiles the Country Director promised for extension of the service for more communities on the Island and Ghana as a whole. https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2142209565860694&id=100002150143090

Three basic schools have competed in an hour quiz competition with questions on awareness of water borne diseases and how to avoid them. 

The women of the community expressed a heartfelt joy with a folklore music in honour of Easy water for swift the intervention.

Noah Dameh-Ada Foah

Head of Bungwere Kingdom of Uganda goes on African unity tour and landed at Ada Traditional Area in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana

His Highness, John Chlisostom Wayabire head of Bungwere Kingdom of Uganda has noted that, religious leaders consider chiefs as being fetish and they do not mind sending the Gospel to them. This he said made some Chiefs unparticipataory in Christian activities. King Wayabire made this statement before the Chiefs, Queen mothers, the Political leaders, the Traditional priests, priestesses and stool fathers at Big Ada. As part of King John Chlisosto Wayabire‘s visit to Ghana’s activities, he paid a decency call on the paramount Chief of Ada, Nene Abram Kabu Akuaku III on Tuesday March 18. He said Chiefs are not approachable as compared to other bodies and it requires fellow Chiefs to send the word of God to them. 

He expressed his intention to champion evangelism of the Gospel to the Chiefs around the African continent. He ask Nene Ada to join the crusade of making Kings of Africa ambassadors of the Gospel. He also disclosed his intention to form a Union of African kings and this he hope will bring unity among the African Countries. He also announced his planned coronation anniversary ceremony slated for 5th of July this year. “I will invite all African Kings to attend the function after which they will have a conference on the 7th of July to plan for how to unite the priests, the priestess and the Chiefs to champion the word of God.” 

He noted that, Africa is blessed with minerals but because Africa is not united the Western world have taken control of Africans rich materials and its time for Africans to unite and lead the people for self development. In a short remarks, the second in command for Ada paramountcy, Manklalo Agudey Obinchere III says When people attempt to colour the culture of the Africa as if its not good enough, then “they” the Africans have to resist. “We have to know the difference between what Religion brings to us and what unity will also bring us”.  

 “The continent of Africa has a great market potential and if we have to trade among ourselves we would not need monies from the IMF or the World Bank. So if you have come with the message of oneness and unity for Africa then we would assure you for our commitment for the unity in our continent”. The Paramount Chief, Nene Abram Akuaku on his part thanked His Highnesses Wayabire for his visit and promised to honour his invitation for the need for Africans to be united.

The two Political heads for the twin District of Ada Traditional area, Hon. Sarah Dugbakie Pobee, District Chief Executive for Ada East and Hon. Adjoteye Lawer Akrofi DCE for Ada West have had the opportunity to enumerate the tourism potentials of their Districts as well as investment opportunities and assured His Highness, John Chlisostom Wayabire their readiness for collaborative development. 

His Highness Wayabire was accompanied by the Prime Minister for Bungwere Kingdom, Eric Kasolo, Her Royal Highness Sarah Harriet Wayabire and two others. Chiefs and Queens of Ada and the Political leaders have decorate the visitors according to Ghanaian Culture. Her Highness Sarah Harriet Wayabire was decorated with Ghana’s made bead 

The Prime Minister, Eric Kasolo was very excited after he was decorated with a Traditional war captains wear called Batakari or Smug.

Finally His Highness Wayabire was presented a stool with the name Nene Africa Kanor I, meaning Chief Kanor of Africa. 

Noah Dameh- Big Ada.

Cassava Peel- “Agbelitoto” a livelihood

Farmer’s in the hard to reach communities of Ghana have over the years had their farm produce unprofitable. Mountainous communities, Islands and swampy areas are the most affected. After their toil to produce the foodstuffs, they transport little headload to the commercial communities with the rest left to route in the farms. Abuabisease farming community in the Yilo Krobo and Ayimersu Kperti farming community in the Lower Manya Krobo District in the Eastern Regions are some examples of hard to reach communities that keeps suffering till date.  https://noahdamehblog.wordpress.com/2018/02/06/farm-produce-left-to-rot/ Duty bearer’s over the years, have promised these marginalized dwellers severaly during their political campaigns for a better road but little was realised. https://noahdamehblog.wordpress.com/2018/01/24/we-want-to-serve-assuogyaman-assembly-lower-manya-assembly-not-responsible-the-deprived-krobo-farmers-takes-stand/. The gab between improved transportation and inaccessible communities is wide. Evidence to this is Ada area which has a flat land with all farms being accessed by vehicles and motorbikes. The farmers are able to send majority of their produce to the markets. 

Cassavas peel is locally called Agbelitoto in the Dangme language. Cassava belongs to the root and tubers. Its outer or the peel has now become additional income for farmers and traders in the Ada area. Women in the farming communities assist the farmers to peel the cassava during its processing stage. The quantity of Peel’s one has belong to her. The women drie’s the peel and sell to livestock farmers. It is packed in Ghc 5.00 quantity. 

Ths is how waste product in the past for the indigenous farmers in Ghana has now become livelihood for families.  It all bothers on easy access to the farms. In the case of hard to reach communities, the tubers like cassava, yam and cocoyam are rotten on the farm as well as fruits and vegetables. Equal distribution of physical development is one of the catalyst for balancing the development gab.

Noah Dameh-Kasseh

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“We have been cheated for long”Ada women

Women of Ada declares operation women to the local and National AssemblyQueen mothers, market women and other women associations in Ada Traditional area has declared operation women into the Assembly. The women had used the 2019 International day celebration to launch a campaign for women. STAR Ghana, now STAR Ghana Foundation is supporting women and people living with disabilities through Radio Ada to scale up the gender in-balance and to breach the exclusion gap. Maximun support for women seeking  leadership position has been the subject for the day. Implementing this years theme, #BalanceForBetter, the women have spoken about the need to encourage and support more women to contest Local and National elections.  50% representation of women in decision making process and the need for Ada Queen mothers to be members of the Traditional council tops the solidarity messages. 

The advocacy has moved seventy-seven (77)  women and registered with the project implementors as aspirants to contest the Unit and District assembly elections come September. The women and some assemblymen from Ada East and West Assembly’s joined in a procession on the streets of Kasseh through the corners of the market before settling at the lorry park. Sending the celebration to the market women in the market on the market day had created more awareness on the Gender Equality and Social Inclusion advocacy and Empowerment.https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2123203894427928&id=100002150143090

Noah Dameh-Kasseh Ada

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And our forefathers built for them

Ghana is celebrating its 62 nd independence anniversary 2019, but the other side of the dice turns to project Nuhalenya, a community in the Ada West District of the greater Accra Region. Ghana commemorates 400 hundred years of slavery. Nuhalenya community is set for Nkyinkyim Festival. A festival of oral and visual history of the African ancestor’s who were enslaved to the western world without fault of theirs. Mr. Kwame Akoto Bamfo and other gurus in the African history industry are on a standby for any Clarification’s on the art works. All road lead to Nuhalenya museum, a center for practical, oral and visual history of the indigenous people of Africa. 

Mark the date, March 6, 2019 – March 9, 2019 Nuhalenya Ada West District. Come and listen, reflect and take consolations for the fact that, the blacks are part of the successes. 

Noah DamehNuhalenya Ada

Photo credit Kwame Akoto Bamfo.

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Hewelon Distributor gives back to society

Mr. Selorm Nyadzi is a distributer of Hewelon, an anti mosquito coil with a company name CGlah Enterprise. According to the young entrepreneur and a China made mosquito coil distributor, the people of Ada have shown love for the product through its patronage. He said since the time of introduction to Ada area in June 2018, sales has gone high in Ada area as compared to other areas in the Volta and the greater Accra Region. According to him, he can’t wait further than plaugh the fruits back in society. 

The focal person for Hewelon distribution Mr. Amos Amassey Akoto on Saturday represented Hewelon Ghana in giving back to society. This was done through football competition and cards playing at Big Ada Presbyterian school premises.  Competitors are Brother Man Family of Big Ada emerging as winners in the cards competion, One Corner from Agave taking the 2nd position , Royal point from Big Ada placing 3rd  and Gozey United also from Big Ada taking the 4th position.  

Win Chester United and Apple Leave FC placed 1st and 2nd respectively in the football competition. In  award giving ceremony, the distributing agent for Ada, Mr. Amassey Akoto disclosed that, G. Glah Enterprise is not only into Hewelon mosquito coil distribution. He said they are into designing and printing of shirts, banners and uniforms for schools, churches and other organizations with quality being their top most priority. The teams received cash prizes, products and T shirts. 

Noah Dameh-Big Ada

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Ada women fix up to commemorate 2019 International Women’s day

#BallanceForBetter 

Queen mothers, assembly women and identifiable women groups of Ada will gather at Kasseh market to celebrate this years women’s day.  March 8th is set aside by the United Nations to celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women. Ada women are preparing to join the world in the celebration on Friday March 8th. The women, during a planning meeting held at the community Radio station expressed happiness for the fact that, the day had coincided with the market day of Ada Traditional Area. “It is better, we are sending the message to them at the market”. “That is the power house of the women. “We will talk to the market women oneonone at their stalls and stores right away in the market and tell them why women should push for equal opportunities at all corners” Yes “let us use this women’s day event to harness the need for women to be self motivated in taking a leadership role”. “We must be represented well”. 

STAR Ghana has been supporting Radio Ada in running women empowerment workshops for Ada women. As a result, the queen mothers resolved to use rural women’s day celebrations and international women’s day celebrations RWD/IWDs to speak against the low representation of women in modern, social and traditional governance system. In 2017, a year after the Ada queen mothers declares annual rural women’s festival for Ada women, the women had held their first ever celebration at Big Ada Lonobinya and presented a strongly welded petition on equality and rights to the tradional authority and the Gorvenment. https://noahdamehblog.wordpress.com/2017/10/17/women-of-ada-cautioned-media-organisations-to-observe-the-right-of-women/  https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1653258878089101&id=100002150143090 Theme for the global celebration 2019 is #BallanceForBetter. The women will engage with the market women in the advocacy for the need to support women and the people living with disabilities to get leadership roles in the communities, associations and workplace. The programme will proceed with procession, advocacy and durbar. This will make room for the women to prompt the duty bearers in fast tracking the processes for implimenting the issues contained in their earlier petition. 

Noah Dameh-Big Ada

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The spicy package convince us not-voices from Ada over proposed Kewunor resort

“Most at time you come to the village here and you think we don’t know anything so you come and dump any idea on us, No. Everywhere at the corner of Ghana now is awake”. The Traditional war captain of Lomobiawe, Asafoatse Kerker Zomabi III of Ada Foah has told officials of Trasacco in a public consultation forum at Ada Foah on Tuesday, February 26. There has been a struggle between Trasacco, the chiefs of Lomobiawe and the people of Kewunor over development of Kewunor community into an international tourism site. Kewunor is a fishing community in the Ada East District in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana. It is bonded by the gulf of Guinea and the Volta river. Kewunor is described as the next tourism site for Africa because of its geographical location. Trasacco estates developers company have been struggling to build two hundred and thirty guest houses with auxiliary facilities at Kewunor to be managed by American hotel called Hilton. Construction of the facility at Kewunor will relocate close to seventy households. The dwellers of Kewunor have since been protesting against what they described as forceful ejection . Trasacco’s plan to forcibly eject the people of Kewunor to get access to the land for their construction has proof futile. A section of Lomobiawe clan (Tettey-gah family) of Ada who claim ownership of the land have since been challenging Trasacco about their right of entry. In the year 2018, trasacco began mass construction without fulfilling the official promise to the dwellers their plans to relocate them. https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1885577648190555&id=100002150143090 The Ada Traditional council has halted the construction to pave the way for fact finding in a stakeholders meeting held at the District Assembly hall, Ada Foah. The Environmental protection Agency EPA who assessed the impart on the environment has organized a public hearing forum to address the plights of the interested parties. The Traditional War Captain of Lomobiawe told the gathering until Trasacco and Hilton comply with the necessities, the construction will not be executed. 

Trasacco on their part enumerated the benefits that will come to Ada and Ghana as a whole. According to their presentation, the youth of the area will be employed to work right from the project implementation stage. The workers will received additional training in construction processes to compliment their original skills . The local folks according to them will be employed as administrators whiles farm produce will be bought from the locals. They assured improved transportation by linking other communities to Ada Ayigboo. The possibility for Ada to have international guests to boost the local revenue has been stressed including International recognition of Ada state. 

A modern house facilities  has been projected as the propose residential infrastructure that will serve the resettlers. The community of the resettlers would have school infrastructure, market, clinic, clean water, fish farming zone, fish processing area and beach among others. 

The package do not convince the gathering. The most affected people responded based on their indigenous knowledge and experiences. The community members argued that, the proposed site for the relocation (Ayigboo) is a UNESCO reserved area for biosphere and Ramser site and seems to be less convinced about the deal. The District Chief Executive for Ada East, Hon. Sarah Dugbakie Pobee has ask the community to be patient whiles the authorities addressed the plights of the interested parties. He assured the gathering that, her office will mediate between Trasacco and the community for a decision that will favour this current generation and generations to come. 

Noah Dameh-Ada Foah

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Abolish the three Districts water project ; Ada West need reliable water source 

Stagnant water has been the most reliable source of water for some communities in the Ada West District. The ground water which was meant for irrigation and livestock activities has become the most reliable water for domestic use. This is because the three District water project which was supposed to serve communities of Ada west is not serving the purpose. The marginalized and voiceless children are seen carrying coloured water from Koluedor where soil is heaped to block the running water called dam. 

The school children and women from the naigbouring communities like Toflokpo, Bonikope, Salon and others walk a distance between one to three kilometers every day to collect the ground water. The  school children do this before and after school hours. This means that, these children have limited time for their private lessons.  

Struggle over water for domestic use is  resulting in inter personal conflict across the various stages of  life in the Ada West District.  Casting of insinuations has filled the water crises communities of Ada west in the greater Accra Region. The communities along the songor lagoon are the most victims of this eratic wafer supply. More often than not, the adolescent girls which tries to get water at home becomes victims of multiples including lateness to school and absenteeism.  

 Mr. Francis Lawer, a 47yrs old artisan of Bonikope expressed worry about the duty beares inability to find alternative way by which the citizens can get consistent water flow in the communities. “Office holders who are unable to solve the water problem in our communites are the movers of rural urban migration and school dropout in this current generation” he sad. In the year 2015 the youth of the affected communities hit the streets of Sege constituency with a demonstration in bid for water. https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1229329067148753&id=100002150143090 but seems the duty bearers are less concern about the plight of the people. Two days to the 2016 general elections in Ghana, a boy was drawned in this water pool at Koluedor in struggle for water.  

Water is not flowing regularly in the communities around the songor lagoon. It flows once in a week mostly at the midnights. Currently, people travel from Bonikope to buy clean water from the District capital-Sege, a distance of 3kilometers. 

Noah Dameh-Sege

25/02/19

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STAR Ghana partners resolved to maximize women, youth and PWDs participation in governance

Over the years, men dominate all activities in our communities leaving very little for the women to do. Culture has not favoured the female or the girl child in the law of equality. But culture, they say is dynamic and this has changed over the years. This is why we now see women drivers, pilots, teachers facilitators, mentors amongst others who are meeting their mandates at their specific areas of operations.

They are able to do this through empowerment. This gives a broad lesson that, women can also make it. This is why STAR Ghana foundation is galvanizing key players together with the sole aim of removing the obstacles that prevent high participation of women, people living with disabilities, the youth, children and specific marginalized groups in the governance system. A two day strategy shaping meeting has ended on Wednesday February 20, in the Volta Regional Capital Ho. Twenty five grant partners of STAR Ghana who have been working around different objectives with a single goal of bringing equilibrium among the elevates and the maginalized persons in society have participated in the programme. 

Non governmental organizations who have stake in the Decentralization and participation agenda were drawn across the country to champion the advocacy for gender equality and social inclusion through dialogue, media engagement, research, public engagement and capacity building for. 

The meeting has created platform for participants to share lessons learnt from their previous engagements with office holders (duty bearers) institutions and the change agents or the marginalized person with each other to form the basis for the upcoming strategies.

https://noahdamehblog.wordpress.com/2019/02/19/collaborative-planning-workshop-towards-the-rights-of-vulnerables-in-the-decentralization-process-begins/

Noah Dameh-Ho

21/02/19

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Collaborative planning workshop towards the rights of vulnerables in the decentralization process begins

STAR Ghana foundation and some of its partners are putting ideas together for movement building to strengthened the advocacy for participatory development and social inclusion for the vulnerables and specific marginalised groups in society. Civil societies that have been engaged by Star Ghana in drumming home the realities of decentralization and citizens participation are meeting in the Volta Region to shape up lessons learnt as well as drawing together, linkages for a higher level of their advocacy.  

using the strength of numbers in working around local Gorvenance, anti corruption, gender equality and social inclusion is primary goal of the workshop. It is expected that partners will have a formidable voice in breaking the barriers of social inclusion and  participation in the decentralization process for people living with disabilities, women and children including some specific marginalised groups in the development planning chain.  STAR Ghana Foundation belongs to the people of Ghana, with the aim of creating platforms for the ordinary people, particularly the most marginalised in society, to become active citizens who demand positive change in their lives and their communities.  

Noah Dameh-Ho

19/02/19

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Do not depend only on spiritual healers for mental treatment

Care givers for mentally sick persons are asked to seek for two way treatment . The public is advised not to stick to only spiritual healing but blend it with physical healing. Always send the sick person to the psychiatry department of Ghana health service for treatment whiles the traditionalist perform the purported spiritual activities. Human Rights Advocacy Center, a non governmental organization based in Accra has organized a durbar at Big Ada Lenobinya to sensitize the community on mental health. This happened on Thursday February 14, a day set aside for showing love and care called Valentine’s day or Chocolate day in Ghana. 

STAR Ghana Foundation is supporting Human Rights Advocacy Center in sensitizing the public on mental health issues as well as encouraging care givers in seeking psychiatry services. The project is also encouraging traditional healing centers to collaborate with psychiatry nurses in the treatment process of the mentally ill persons. The durbar brought together  Traditional Authorities, Community based Organizations, Departmental Heads, Women’s Groups, People Living with Disabilities, Staff from the Psychiatric Department of Ada District hospital and the Association of Traditional Healers of Ada Traditional Area. 

The District Director of Health for Ada District hospital, Dr. Kofi Boakye has ask for a strong collaboration between the traditional medicine practitioners to the (faith based camps) and the hospital so that the faith based camps could refer clients which may appear before them to the hospital for physical treatment whiles they perform the “spirituals” as a compliment. 

Dr. Kofi Boakye also spoke vividly about how some mentally sick persons are chained at some of the prayer centers and psychic homes. According to him, it is inhumane and against the rights of the mentally sick persons. “We have injectable to sedate or calm a wild client before treatment and this is why you need to refer mentally ill person to us to avoid chaining and maltreatment” he said. 

Queen mothers, Chiefs, and heads of decentralized departments are also advised to liaise with the Ghana Police Service and the Social welfare to assist in sending a wild person whose actions sends a signal of threat and danger to society for onward submission to the psychiatric hospitals.  

Noah DamehBig Ada

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MP contribute in enhancing security in Ada Secondary Schools 

According to the member of Parliament for Ada Constituency, her motivation to present the streetlights to the two secondary schools was to enhance visibility and security check within and outside the school . This, according to the Lawmaker will enhance housemaster’s and mistresses visibility espercially in the night to monitor and check truancy and also to restrict unapproved visitors at compus in the night.”The safety of the school children is paramount”. She said in an interview

Hon. Comfort Doyoe Cudjoe Ghansah has presented forty (40) street bulbs to the school and management of Ada secondary High Secondary school to enhance visibility on the counpound as well as the boundaries of the school. 

 The member of Parliament in a separate ceremony has again handed to the authorities of Ada Secondary Technical school, thirty five 35 pieces of street bulbs in checking security. 

According to her, the school authorities requested the package through the Ghana Education Office of the Ada East District for a support in replacing the old and fixing new ones to enhance security consciousness at the schools especially during the nights. Hon. Doyoe who doubles as the deputy minority whip in Ghana’s parliament urged the students to ensure safety methods during the school hours to end the kidnapping cases surfacing in resent times. Mr. Ebenezer Acqua received the bulbs on behalf of the school authorities of Ada Senior High School. 

 Mrs Evelyn Azasu, Principal of Ada Secondary Technical also received the streetlights on behalf of the school. 

Picture Credit: Gideon Asinu/Narh Amedor.

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Matsekope Compassion Target Zero Mortality And Morbidity

Matsekope child development center has taken measures in preventing child mortality. Cases of children and mathers who die during labour is expected to come to an end. This is because the key players in the child survival and health have started collaboration to arrest the situation. A child development centred programme which is being run by Matsekope presby Child development centre under compassion international Ada cluster has extended its support to pregnant women and their unborn babies. Ada Matsekope Presbyterian Church through Ada cluster of the compassion project have launched a new programme known as Child survival. This is a new form of care extended to pregnant women that seek to save the child right from the mothers womb before birth. This programme was launched at Matsekope school park on Thursday with encouraging attendees. 

 A total of fifteen pregnant women have been enrolled to start the programme. According to a speech delivered on behalf of the National director, Mrs Gifty Dansoa Appiah, The church in partnership with compassion will take responsibility in ensuring good health for the pregnant mothers and their babies before and after birth. Mr. Edward Kwesi Nyamekye who  delivered the speech says continuous health education of the mothers, encouragement to meet their antenatal and postnatal demands will help prevent mortality and mobidity in the community. He says, the product is not aimed at encouraging teenage pregnancies niether to motivate parents to have unplanned babies. “Anyone who think the support is available so he will be inpregnating or frequently getting pregnant should reconsider his or her intention”. The facility is only for women whose risk level is high he ended. The resident Minister for Matsekope Presbyterian church, Rev. Joseph Tetteh Kwao in his sermon encouraged every Ghanaian seek to the welfare of the immediate child who is in need for a better future workforce. He encouraged community members not to stick to their children only but to extend help to children in dying need. Children grow up and turned into armed rubbers to terrorize their victims just because some of them do not get the necessary attention and guidance during their tender age. Anyone can fall a victim of children who do not received the necessary care and support that is compelled to attack and kill for survival.

Catechist Gabriel Tetteh Apronti is the chairman for Matsekope Child protection Committee (CPC) said compassion is caring for over two hundred vulnerable children through the partnership programme. He said the idea of reaching out to the babies before they are born is laudable because the system will make room for the child to enjoy the right to medical care which include vaccination against deadly disease. 

The child survival launch programme has increased the knowledge of parents about the importance of antenatal, postnatal and other good life practices after compassion children released the message in a well packaged drama. 

The stage performance highlights the consequences of unplanned birth, in responsible parenting, self medication during pregnancy and others that affects the baby from the womb. 

The Queen mother for Matsekope, Naana Adu Akrofi I, who doubled as the chair person for the occasion assures the gathering that elders of Matsekope stool are more than ready to ameliorate the efforts of the church and compassion as a whole. She encouraged parents who fall short in maintenance of their children to strive hard to realise a better future for their wards. Naana Adu Akrofi was flanked by pastors, Queen mothers community members and other stakeholders to commission compassion children’s playing room for Matsekope compassion. The children will be guided to play and relax during their mothers longlife education. 

Noah DamehAda

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PARENTS OF AMINAPA HAVE DONE WHAT THE GOVERNMENT’S COULD NOT DO OVER THE PAST YEARS 

The parents have contributed to built a structure for their children’s education. This is to prevent the children from dangers of walking a distance of 2 kilomers to school at Togbloku and Puteh

Aminapa community members walk a distance of 2 Kilometers to cast their ballots to elect their political leaders. Yes they are not offered opportunity to expressed their constitutional rights, right away in their community because the 1992 constitution has marginalized the under populated communities. Yes, the adults of voting age who lives in Aminapa community are not up to five hundred in total. But should the community members be denied the right to vote without toil? May be yes, may be, may be not. They struggle their way to the ballot box every elections year despite the authority’s inability to share equally, the District cake. The women of Aminapa are persuaded to pay levy at Kasseh market for selling their farm produce. Despite the marginalization, they produce and contribute tomatoes, pepper and salt to boost the Ada market for sustainable economy. Should their children strugle before they enjoy the fruits of their parents collective labour . The right of a child to be enrolled in school at age four was just workshop talks and conference proposals at District, Region, National and the international world, according to the parents. Imagine a four year old child walking a distance of 2 kilometers to, and from school after execusion of millenium development goals. Now it is Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs). Parents of Aminapa are motivated by a folklore music by the Ada people called Awa. Its lyrics reads, if it is bad in our times ,let us fight for our up coming children. This was the genesis of school structure faci!itated by the volunteers of the community Radio station of the area. https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1288161807932145&id=100002150143090. After this publication, and frequent visit and empowerment, we can do spirit set in. They raised a structure to be used temporarilly. https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1492887837459540&id=100002150143090. People begin to add their widows might. https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1532416593506664&id=100002150143090. Aminapa finally get a structure for early child development. 

The Member of Parliament has moved in to pledged a three unit class room block and a pipe water to ameliorate the efforts of the community. The contractor has since been mobilizing. 

Noah Dameh- Aminapa-Ada East

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“OKADAMAN” FOUND DEAD IN A BUSH AT ADA MATSEKOPE

Self imposed curfew means personal security during okada bussiness at night. The implication is that, those who will hire the services of Okadamen outside their working hours will pay a risk fee. The result of lawlessness affects the innocents Rest in peace, Abdulai Osah.

The body of the deceased, Abdulai Osah, okada rider was discovered in the morning of Wednesday, January 23rd in a bush at Matsekope in the Ada West District-Greater Accra. The victim is part of Kasseh okada riders who use motorbike to carry travellers on commercial basis. The victim resides at Bedeku near Kasseh in the Ada East District. He was last seen on Tuesday at 8:00pm operating his motor taxi (Okada). His elder brother, Osmanu Osah rushed to the community Radio Station on wednesday morning to place announcement that, his brother-late Abdulai do not report at home after he left for the okada business on Tuesday.  

News of a suspected murdered victim surfaced. Osmanu later identified his missing brother lifelessly lying in the bush at Matsekope. A crush helmet believed to be the victim’s protecting gear was found besides him without the motorbike.Traditional Authorities are collaborating with police to establish the cause of death. The Sege police command have started investigations.

Noah/Gideon-Matsekope-Ada

23/01/19

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I WILL CRUSH ANYONE WHO ATTEMPT TO PUT IMPEDIMENTS ON MY WATER FOR EVERYONE AGENDA-MP FOR ADA

The member of Parliament for Ada Constituency has sounded a strong warning to community members who attempts to put obstacles on her way in the aim of defeating her agenda of water for all communities in the most deprived communities of Ada. “I will crush anyone who dares to put impediments on my way”, I will not see my constituent’s drink contaminated water anymore. The member of Parliament for Ada Constituency, Hon. Comfort Doyoe Cudjoe Ghansah was speaking at Mataheko, a fishing and farming community of Ada, when she commissioned a pipe water for the community on Sunday January 20. According to the Law maker, some individuals from the coastal side of her constituency had attempted to stand against the pipe extension project for the community. She said, some community members have been threatening that, the excavation process to bury the pipelines should not pass through their land and farms. She sounded to the gathering that, she will not allow individual interest and personal agenda to overcome a project that will benefit all. 

Farmers and fishermen of Mataheko-Ada Foah have been using a ground water source from their farms wells for their domestic purposes. But the MP of the area told them, “the water is not safe for their health due to contamination” She explains that, the chemical fertilisers and the herbicides they use on their farms finds its way into their hand-dug wells which makes the well water unsafe for domestic use hence her obligation.  

For good life, use your hand dug wells for the farming purposes only . Drink the pipe borne water instead to avoid sicknesses. The Member of Parliament finally commissioned the Keseve water source to for the people of Mataheko. 

The member of Parliament in 2016, addressed her constituents on the community Radio assuring them of pipe water for communities. She has since been commissioning the pipes with Mataheko being the ninth community. 

NOAH DAMEH- ADA FOAH

22/01/19

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HELP THE NEEDY THROUGH SAMPORT FOUNDATION-ADA

And he came to live on this planet-earth. He has since been described as a cheerful giver. Samuel Ofoli Portuphy was a social worker exhibited a close relationship with his community members. Friends call him SamPort. He is being remembered for his proactive interventions in problem solving. Friends say, he intensify’s his empathetic skills during festivities like Christmas, New Year, Easter celebrations and asafotufiami festival just to bridge the celebration gab.  

This is why the initiators of SamPort Foundation is committed in giving out to the marginalised and the most needy persons in society.  

https://noahdamehblog.wordpress.com/2018/08/11/benevolent-society-launched-in-ada/ The beneficiaries of the Foundation covers Ada East and West. The Foundation had had its first engagement with its focal targets at Big Ada in a shot ceremony after “small” parcels have been presented to tweenty selected applicants. People living with disabilities and and their care givers dominate the gathering. “This is maiden. It is small, we are recalling what our late brother stands for, it is small, let’s pray that, the foundation will tourch the hearts of everyone to donate, so the foundation can reach out to over two hundred people who applied for various forms of assistance” said the chairman of the foundation, Evangelist Godbless Dan-Doe. According to him, the Foundation is collaborating with the District Health Directorate of Ada to run a free medical care for the people. He said, People will be registered onto the National Health Insurance Scheme, there will be payment of school fees to the brilliant but needy students and the youth will be enrolled into skill training. Other livelihood ventures are prime aim of the foundation. He said.

Noah Dameh- Big Ada

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DO NOT ANTAGONIZE THE MCE’s/DCE’s ASSEMBLY MEMBERS TOLD

Assembly members are hub for development. They are elected to facilitate collaborative development but not to antagonize the political or traditional head of the District. The Eastern Regional Minister was speaking at a swearing in ceremony at Lower Manya Krobo Municipal Assembly on Wednesday 16 of January, 2019. The Regional Minister, Hon. Eric Kwakye Dafour would not take it kind for assembly members whose positions becomes obstacle for the political figure in ensuring the developmental aspirations of the area. 

Hon. Eric Kwakye hold the view that to only means by which the assembly members can effectively perform their functions is by learning the constitution and the standing orders of the assembly.

A total of forty-five assembly members have been sworn into office to start the seventh assembly of the municipality. 

Why lower Manya Municipal has a separate calendar in the political governance system https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1925219027559750&id=100002150143090. Dissolution of the sixth assembly https://noahdamehblog.wordpress.com/2019/01/15/lower-manya-assembly-dissolved/. 

Noah DamehOdumase Krobo

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LOWER MANYA ASSEMBLY DISSOLVED

At 2:00 Pm on Tuesday January 15, the Lower Manya Krobo Municipal assembly was dissolved. The Municipal Chief Executive, Hon. Simon Kweku Tetteh had led the dissolution ceremony at the Assembly hall of Lower Manya Krobo in the Eastern Region. 

In his statement, he thank the outgoing assembly members for the sacrificial work they offered the administration and their community as a whole. He appreciates the overwhelming support he received from the assembly members in discharge of his duties. 

Lower Manya has a separate political calander after the 2010 election of the District, Municipal and Metropolitan Assembly election. https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1925219027559750&id=100002150143090. The newly elected assembly members would be sworn into office on Wednesday, January 16 2019.

Noah DamehOdumase Krobo

15/01/19

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RESTORATION OF AZIZAKPE MANGROVE 

Members of some voluntary groups have planted seedlings of red mangrove  on the Island community of Ada Azizakpe. Azizakpe is a among the focal community’s for sanitation championing groups in Ada. geographical location of this fishing community makes it potential for tourism. It is close to the Estuary and the and shares boundry with the Volta Region. One can see a canopy of coconut trees, palm trees, mangroves, live crabs foreign birds that comes on seasonal basis including domestic animals. 

Umbrella of environmental friendly Department’s-Ada Tourism and stakeholders Association have planted red mangrove at Azizakpe as part of their mangrove restoration drive. 

 the seedling being sorted

This is also aimed at creating awareness about climate change and adaptation. Mangroves contribute to sustainable environment and livelihood.  

Noah Dameh-Ada Foah

09/01/19

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OUR HUSBANDS ARE EXTRA MANLY

Women of Kokunya in the Ada East District have praised the men of Kokunya and its surrounding communities as energetic and hard working men. The women were praising the men for the efforts they exhibited in digging a trench for their pipelines for a clean water. We are surprise that our men were able to dig the trenches at this time when the ground is hard because of the harmattan. They have really made us proud. The men understood what we were going through as women in this community. We now get water to drink, cook bath and wash. A community woman who lived in the community without pipe borne water for the past forty years, Rigina Buerkie Siada expresses joy for having a pipe stand handed over to them by their member of Parliament, Hon Comfort Doyoe Cudjoe Ghansah at Kokunya near Obane on Sunday January 6.

The member of Parliament has been providing clean water for communities in her constituency on self help basis. She provides the materials and skill whiles the community provides the labour. The beneficiary communities dug the trenches through communal labour. Kokunya community happened to be the eight community to benefit from the MPs water extension project. The Communities which benefited last year are OkisitsekopeKwalakponyom, Terkperkope, Tsekpakpakope, Damekope, Wonorkope and Tamkope. 

The water problem has been solved but the school going age will continue to suffer any time it rains. School children of Kokunya are not able to attend school at Obane due to bad road from Obane to Kokunya. Regina Buerkie Siadah says the road is slippery and any time it rains bicycles and motorbikes are not able to visit their community. “I wish the District assembly, the MP or a benevolent could intervene so that our children can attend school everytime”. 

Noah Dameh-Kokunya

07/01/19

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THE REGION WHERE THE NATIONAL CAKE IS SHARED FROM

This is Greater Accra Region. The Osudoku Traditional Area. It’s part of Shai-Osudoku District. It is known for rice production, fish farming and the leading exporter of banana. It is a community that Connect’s the Easten Region and the Volta Region. This is the community that produced Ghana’s attorney General under the NPP. Leadership. The road from Asutuare in the Shai- Osudoku  District to Aveyime in the North Tongue District in the Volta Region is a worry. It is very embarrassing on part of government officials for periodic damping of dirt and mud on the road in the name of re-gravelling and reshaping. 

Noah Dameh-Kortorkor

06/01/19

TRADITIONAL WAR FRONTIERS OF MANYA KROBO DIVIDED OVER LAND ACQUISITION

Nene Sakite suffers emotional harm from his subjects. A section of the chiefs of Manya Krobo have inflicted emotional assault to their paramount Chief by stagging a demonstration against Nene Sakite II. They retaliated by hitting the streets of Kloma with nadu, a war drum of the Manya people. The demonstrators sounded a warning to the Konor (paramount chief) and his advisers to desist from all actions that have since been retarding the development of the Manya Krobo state. Some divisional chiefs, traditional war captains, family heads and gate keepers have backed their subjects to demonstrate against the Konor on two counts. They accused the Konor for attempting to cede family, clan and divisional lands to the paramountcy to the detriment of the individuals and families as well as the the chiefs. 

“This is unacceptable” we will fight tooth and tooth to bring justice to the Kroboland” said Nene Sakinor, Chief of Okwenya. “Nene Sakite’s action of creating stool land from family and individual lands is not backed by Krobo custom. He will impose a fine of a live sheep and schnapps on any one who tries to speak against the uncustomary way he the Konor is governing the Krobo Traditional area” said a 103 years old man, Nomo Enock Awasabi Gbertey. The affected chiefs and family heads of the alleged stool land acquisition move have given the paramountcy fourteen days (14) to respond to their grievancies. They are asking the District security council to desolve the stool lands guards set up by the Konor so that, variouse forms of assult being melted on the siblings will be put to a hold. This is what will bring peace to the area. According to them, land’s are owned by families, clans and divisions only according to the settlement history and non of the Paramount Chiefs who had ascended the throne have disputed this fact until Nene Sakite’s governance.  

Their plights was contained in a note read to the Municipal Chief Executive MCE for Lower Manya Krobo and handed it to him for onward submission to the President of the Republic of Ghana Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo for a swift intervention. The public Relations Officer for the Manya Krobo Traditional Council in a telephone conversation siad, they heard a rumour that, a group of people have demonstrated against Nene Sakite but “they” the chiefs have not recieve any complaint. He said the Traditional council will meet on Monday December 24 and the outcome will be communicated. The PRO, Nene Asada Ahor I, advised that, things of this nature should be given a second look by opting for amicable settlement than staging a public demonstration. An informant tells me the President of the Traditional council, Nene Sakite II, had incepted a colonial document and this might have prompted his actions.

Noah Dameh- Manya Klo.

RESPECT WOMEN TO BOOST THEIR MORALE

Many women do not feel safe on social media. Fear of accusations and verbal assaults on social media has been a barrier for women’s participation. Ghanaians generally do not contribute to global conversations and perspective. Their contributions are mainly around Ghana. A survey by Circumspecte has shown that Kenyans tweet more about issues outside their country than Twitter users in Ghana. Ghana is closer to Ivory Coast but few social media users in Ghana spoke about the Ivory Coast Crisis.” Siad by Jemila Wumpini Abdulai in an interview with DW academie at the just ended re:publiclica2018DWstand@Tradefaircenter.

Noah Dameh-Accra

COMPASSION GHANA;ADA CLUSTER LAUNCHES 2018 BIRTH CELEBRATION WITH CAROLS

It is not the number of people who attend your programme but the quality is what matters. The Old Ningo Presbyterian auditorium was filled with Melodies on Saturday December 15. The sweet melody prompted the speaker audience closser to the normal flavour that comes yearly. A flavour of the birth of Jesus Christ. Indeed, Compassion Ghana Ada cluster have launched this years celebration of the birth of Christ with a carols. The Saviours death is our victory has been the theme for the event. The uniqueness of the maiden festival of nine lessons and carols can not keep trending in my memory alone .  

I saw the children reading the Gospel, making rhythms from the keyboard of the organ, staging a drama on the lessons and a choreography. The dress code is amazing.

Some of the children have shown their capabilities in leadership by directing during the stage performance. Their procession and recession was great. A great and unique Saturday of December 2018. New Ningo Methodist child Development Center opened the stage with carols while Pute Pentecost CDC followed with the first lesson from Genesis 3: 8-15. Kasseh Pentecost CDC then came in with Choreography to pave the way for Old Ningo Presby for an applaudable carols. Azizanya Methodist CDC came in with the second lesson (Genesis 22: 15-18) and a drama. 

Fountain of Love CDC came in with a carols to prepare the grounds for lesson three which was read by Big Ada CDC-Isaiah 9:2-5. Togbloku Methodist then follows with drama whiles Akplabanya Divine Healers CDC takes the forth lesson from Micah 5:2-4. Togbloku Methodist CDC occupied the stage with choreography and Goi Divine healers CDD uses carols to prepare the participants for the fifth lesson read by Kasseh Pentecost CDC with lesson taken from Luke 1:26-38.  Old Ningo Presbyterian CDC performed choreography, Matsekope followed with Drama to pave the way for anew Ningo CDC for the sixth lesson chosen from the book of Mathew 1 18-21. Kadjanya and Big Ada CDCs came in with Carols and choreography respectively with Matsekope presby CDC taking the seventh lesson from Luke1:1-20.  

Pute performed carols which was followed by Ahwiam CDC respectively with Tamatoku Presby presenting the lesson from Mathew 2:1-12. Akplabanya came in with a choreography to read the ninth lesson from Tamatoku

Noah Dameh-Old Ningo

16/12/18

WHERE DOES YOUR WASTE GOES

Xtreme Upcycle and MH Couture are waste wizards. They add value to materials in transition (waste). Disposal of waste is more costly and this is why your waste must be directed to these unique companies. They TURN TRASH INTO TREASURES. 

Noah Dameh 

re:publica Accra 2018. Trade Fair center Ghana.

OTROKPE RECEIVES THE MARATHON BATON FOR ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE 

The Marathon is strictly for environmental hygiene. Communities with sanitation challenges are tracks for the unclean community “witches and wizards”. Ada Tourism Stake Holders Association have organized a lean up exercise in fighting the problem. Link to their site https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1938467779541835&id=135082523213712&refid=52&_ft_=mf_story_key.1938467779541835%3Atop_level_post_id.1938467779541835%3Atl_objid.1938467779541835%3Acontent_owner_id_new.135082523213712%3Athrowback_story_fbid.1938467779541835%3Apage_id.135082523213712%3Aphoto_attachments_list.%5B1938466189541994%2C1938466229541990%2C1938466266208653%2C1938466549541958%5D%3Astory_location.4%3Astory_attachment_style.album%3Apage_insights.%7B%22135082523213712%22%3A%7B%22role%22%3A1%2C%22page_id%22%3A135082523213712%2C%22post_context%22%3A%7B%22story_fbid%22%3A1938467779541835%2C%22publish_time%22%3A1544601432%2C%22story_name%22%3A%22EntStatusCreationStory%22%2C%22object_fbtype%22%3A266%7D%2C%22actor_id%22%3A135082523213712%2C%22psn%22%3A%22EntStatusCreationStory%22%2C%22sl%22%3A4%2C%22dm%22%3A%7B%22isShare%22%3A0%2C%22originalPostOwnerID%22%3A0%7D%2C%22targets%22%3A%5B%7B%22page_id%22%3A135082523213712%2C%22actor_id%22%3A135082523213712%2C%22role%22%3A1%2C%22post_id%22%3A1938467779541835%2C%22share_id%22%3A0%7D%5D%7D%7D&__tn__=-R

Revival Foundation provided materials for the work to comb Otrokpe community to restore good sanitation in Ada East District. Link to their site https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2171706736206951&id=100001029363597. The District Environmental and Sanitation department, Zoom Lion, a public and private waste management company, men, women, unit committee members, the community’s representative to the local Assembly and the District Coordinating Director have joined the exercise. 

It looked a little-bit Scarry having seen the volume of work in the center of the community

A section of the team was captured mapping out strategies to overcome the challenge. Despite the failure on the part of the District Assembly to provide the required tools for the exercise they mustered courage and tackled the problem. 

Sanitation takes its original place on the environmental ladder after three hours sweeping, raking, collection, burying and burning of refuse. 

The District Assembly and the Zoom Lion company have jointly provided a refuse container and a number of trash bins as a measure of sustaining environmental free from waste. 

Noah DamehOtrokpe

NATURE WILL MAKE US HOMELESS BY AUGUST 2019

The local folks predict Natural disaster to marine fishers of Ada Foah coast. They say, the communities along the coast stretching from Ada Foah Kpodji to Ocanseykope will be eroded by 2019. Their prediction is based on a careful study of the velocity at which the sea has been washing away the artificial sand wall created by dradge international. A link to earlier prediction. https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=483281322032703&id=100010525186373. Currently, the solid ground that was used by the contractors as workshop which is far away from the shore is being erodes to the extent that, the coconut trees which once served as shade for the workers are falling into the sea. One will be convinced after a careful look at the environment that the communication company, MTN will also be affected because the sea is extending its wave closer to their Python.

Monument of the District assembly block, the Presbyterian Chapel and the cemetery will submerged. This will mean that the road that passes in front of the District administration through Cocoloco beach Hotel will all turn into a fishing zone. https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=483281322032703&id=100010525186373. The political and the Traditional authorities have not done much in regulating community members who pick’s the stones from the sand bar created by dredge international to block the sea wave. Some individuals have also used the common resource for their private benefit in detriment of the society. They have collected snail shells in quantities and sold as terrazzo making materials for contractors while others used the sand of the sea wall to mould cement blocks. 

Current state of the sea wall at Otrokpe-Ada Foah

Noah Dameh-Otrokpe Ada Foah

11/12/18

​WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR GOODLIFE…..?

This is why you must follow the upcoming GoodLife campaign . It is going to be exciting on the air waves across the country. This Radio drama series is just to make you savvy. United States Agency for International Development-USAID and its collaborators in health promotion are leading this course. Communicate for Health-C4H, FHI360 and Ghana Health Service are implementing the Radio drama series with overall goal of improving key health behaviours under the GoodLife campaign. They have organized a creative Design workhop for health staffs , Ghana Community Radio NetworkGCRN and script writers to give you what you need to make life complete. “The fruits of their collective efforts’ will soon be exposed to you, the secrets of living a good, happy and healthy Life. The drama series is targeting the northern and southern belts for broadcast in 2019. Topics contained in the upcoming drama series is aimed at sensitising you on the dangers and misconceptions around Priority health Issues.

A focus group discussion conducted jointly by C4H and HPD of the Ghana Health service in the Northern, Central and Volta Regions of the country revealed that, traditional practices and believes have been a barrier for approved health practices such as family planning, nutrition, new-born care, maternal nutrition, malaria prevention and case management. 

Noah Dameh-Ho 

08/12/18

“I HAVE BEEN VOTING FOR GOOD DRINKING WATER SINCE RAWLINGS TIME, TODAY I HAVE CLEAN WATER; THANK YOU, MAMI DOYOE”-community voices

Testimonies keeps flowing from community members who benefited from the MPs initiative to connect pipe water to the communities who have since been relying on stagnant water for their domestic use in the Ada Constituency. 

Proverbially in Nigeria, he who brings cola brings life but in Ghana he who brings water  brings life. The first thing to give any Ghanaian visitor a smile is water. Traditionally during outdoorind of babies water place a role. No well meaning ritual has been performed in Ghana without water. This goes to tell the physical and the spiritual importance of water. Our medical doctors have launched a strong campaign for man to drink more water than food. The campaign has gone to the extent of making us know the health benefit of drinking water in an empty stomach. All the farm produce would not have been produced without water. In all these, the Member of Parliament for Ada Constituency,  Hon. Confort Doyle Cudjoe Ghansah has clearly shown the way.  

The people of Ada, especially the remote and hard to goe communities can not thank her enough for the pivotal role in bringing water to them. The hard working farmers and the marginalised have expressed their gratefulness to the MP for listening to them. Hon. Comfort Doyoe Cudjoe Ghansah in the late afternoon of Wednesday, December 5, commissioned a water project for the people of Tamkope community. This brings to total, seven standpipes she commissioned to the farmers and salt winers of Ada. The communities which benefited from the MPs pledge of water for all communities are OkisitsekopKwalakponyomTerkperkope, Tsekpakpakope, Damekope, Wonorkope and Tamkope.   

 At the commissioning ceremony at Tamkope, the MP expressed her happiness for how far her dream has yielded a result and done this in a unique way by singing all your water problems have come to and end

Noah Dameh.

Picture credit- A manor Dzeagu

NINGO PARAMOUNT STOOL IS ROTATIONAL, GREATER ACCRA REGIONAL HOUSE OF CHIEFS DECLARES 

A 21 page judgement by three member committee has endorsed two gates for Ningo paramount stool. Gate two hurriedly installed a chief few days after judgement was passed.

Current ruling on the Great Ningo chieftaincy litigation as to which family is the lawful occupant of the Paramount stool has confirmed two families of a common descendants of Djangmah as the only Royals of the Ningo Paramount stool dynasty. The court declared that, the ascendants of the stool are the descendants of Tei Doku Aguda I, which makes up gate two of the lineage and descendants of Djangma which are the gate one of the ascendancy to the throne. It stated that, the lawful occupants is not by Loweh Adainya or Loweh Kpono or any body from any part of Ningo can ascend the stool but but unless he can trace his ancestry to the Djangma Royal family of Ningo. There has been a chieftaincy litigation between the Osroagbo Djangmah family of of Loweh Adainya and Tei Doku Aguda family of Loweh Kpono since 2005, as to the customary and lawful occupants of the Paramount stool and whether the ascension to the stool is by rotation. A standing committee by the Greater Accra Regional house of chiefs have ruled that, both gates have equally qualified as occupants of the paramount stool. In November 2005, the Osroagbo Djangmah gate petitioned the Regional house of chiefs to declare their family as the only Royal gate in the Great Ningo Traditional area. They also put before the panel to lay a perpetual injunction to restrain the defendant’s (Agudah gate) their servants, agents and all those claiming through them from further interference with all matters relating to the nomination, election, enstoolment or installation of a paramount chief for great Ningo. They argued that the Loweh Adainya Royal family is the only family with lawful authority to nominate, elect and install a Paramount chief. But the three member panel have ruled in favour of both families. The defendants-Tei Doku Aguda royal family has been confirmed as gate two with Osroagbo Djangmah gate being the gate one in rotation. This judgment was passed on Monday 19th November 2019 at Guggisberg memorial hall-Dodowa. The panel includes Nene Abram Kabu Akuaku III, Paramount chief of Ada(Chair) Nii Adjei Kakraku II, member and Nene Atsure Benta III, member. The judgment has not stated who is to ascend the throne immediately after the delivery of the judgment and the hard copy do not state whether the implementation should start from gate one or gate two. In the morning of Wednesday 28, the Aguda gate have paraded Nene Tei Doku Aguda IV on the principal streets of Great Ningo as a process of installing a new paramount Chief for Great Ningo. The group went to the traditional council with intention of presenting the chief to the council members to continue the installation process. On reaching there the doors to the Traditional council offices were lucked and no chief nor the registrar were there. The elders of the Aguda gate went ahead and slaughter a ram and poured libation as part of the installation process. 

Elders of the Aguda gate during the libation chanted that the reason why they moved in swiftly to installed a chief from their side was because, the immediate past chief was from the gate one (Loweh Adainya gate). Nene Tei Aguda has addressed the gathering at the fore court of the traditional council. 

 A source say, the District security council have had an emergency meeting on Wednesday and direct that presentation of the new chief to the traditional council be put to a hold for security reasons. The gate one are also in a process of installing Nene Osroagbo Djangmah of Loweh Adainya.

Noah DamehNingo


ADMONISH PEOPLE LIVING WITH DISABILITIES TO ATTAIN SELF RESPECT, RIGHTS, WELFARE AND SECURITY IN SOCIETY

Close to six hundred people have gathered at the premises of the Ada West District administration to mark this years International day for persons living with Disability. Ada West District and the department of social welfare have disbursed the PWDs share of the common fund to mark this years International day of the people living with disabilities. A mini durbar constituted by assembly staffs, friends of people living with disability and their relatives was held at the premises of the District Administration for 2018 celebration of the International day under the theme Empowering persons with disability and ensuring inclusiveness and equality.

Three hundred and seven beneficiaries have received cash and machines to enhance their various businesses. A total of one hundred and fifty two males have benefited with females numbering one hundred and fifty five making a total of three hundred and seven. According to the District Chief Executive, Hon. A . L. Akrofi, over five hundred people are living with various forms of disability in the district. He said, the owners of the 3% District comon fund have put in applications for the purposes such as petty trading, framing, bussines support, education, health, apprenticeship, welfare, equipment and other ventures that will empower them and also improve upon their livelihood. Those who requested for cash received between Ghc 300-700. Deep freezers, barbering equipments, sewing machines knapsack and other equipments have been purchased and handed over to those who requested for equipments. 

 Hon. A.L. Akrofi maintained that, the Ada West District Assembly over the years facilitated disbursement of the 3% share allocated to the PWDs as well as linking them to the livelihood empowerment against poverty (LEAP programme). The presiding member of the Assembly, Hon. David Amuyaw who chaired the programme encouraged them to disclose the benefit to other PWDs in the District so they can also put in their application to enjoy the next tranche of disbursement. He warned that, those who will mismanage the support will have a very low chance of accessing the fund. 

Noah Dameh – Sege 

03/12/18

NEW YEAR SCHOOL COMES SOON, LIFELONG LEARNING PLAYS A PIVOTAL ROLE IN SDG4

Ghanaians 70th new year school has just been launched at Alisa hotel Accra by Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, Hon Hajia Alima Mahama with a call for participant’s to push election of MMCE/DCE by the year 2020. This laudable idea may not meet its participatory target if adults are left out. Lifelong learning is key in the inclusive governance. It is said, “adults learn and impart in the coming generations immediately, but children learn and impart in future.

Non Formal Education (NFE) sub-sector however, is not receiving theattention it deserves. Consequently, there would be some difficulties to achieve effectively, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), specifically the SDG4-Education 2030 that Ghana has engaged for. The SDG4-Education 2030 Agenda reaffirms the right to education for all and promotes inclusive, equitable, effective and relevant learning. It clearly recognizes that learning occurs throughout life-lifelong learning.  Therefore the SDG4 targets cover all levels of education, formal and non-formal (sector-wide). Unfortunately in Ghana, the NFE Subsector is characterised by low funding; for example the NFE division of the Ministry of Education receives only 0.75 percent of the budget allocated to education. There is no coherent policy on NFE and there is no Apex organisation that regulates practice in the sub-sector. The lack of coordination of the activities of the service providers is making it impossible to assess the magnitude of contributions that NFE training and Adult Learning and Education (ALE) organisations are making towards lifelong education and social development of Ghana.  

Pamoja Ghana brought together selected MMDCEs, Strategic Partners, Community Radio Broadcasters and some selected individuals in academia in a 3 days workshop. The main objective of the workshop was to reinforce the knowledge and skills of the above on SDG4-Education 2030 for better advocacy and attainment. 

Pamoja Ghana, a Network of Civil Society Organisations and specialists that are involved in Non-Formal Education (NFE) in Ghana has its objectives as provision of non-formal education including Capacity building (Adult Literacy, community development, empowerment of the vulnerable people), Advocacy, and Networking. Pamoja Ghana has since 2015 been advocating for the improvement of the environment of the NFE Sub-sector.

NOAH DAMEH/PAMOJA

01/12/18


PRESIDENTS REJECT OUR COMMUNITY BECAUSE OF CHIEFTAINCY LITIGATION 

Elder James Tawiah Kwetey of Old Ningo is worried about the rippling effects of Chieftaincy litigation in the Great Ningo Traditional area. He said Presidents refuse to attend activities in the Traditional area since 2005 because of the pending chieftaincy dispute about who is the rightful person to ascend the throne as the paramount chief. Elder Kwetey attributed lawlessness on part of some citizens in the area and the sea erosion to the long standing chieftaincy litigation.  

 He has call on the chieftaincy Minister to intervene in ensuring that, Great Ningo have a paramount Chief. He hold the view that, Paramount
 Chief free litigation
will assure Presidents of the country in taking part in the Traditional festivals and other social activities. This is the only way the Presidents can see the problems for themselves for a rapid solution. The sea has since been washing away the Ningo community and efforts to fix the problem is not known.

Noah Dameh

Old Ningo

AKPLABANYA COMMUNITY HAD A SURPLUS OF GHC 53,000 AFTER SALE OF PREMIX FUEL

Akplabanya is a community dominated by marine fishermen. This is a highly populated community located in the Ada West District of the Greater Accra Region. According to the 2010 sencus, fifty nine thousand people were recorded. The district administrators estimated the current populating at seventy nine thousand but the resent registration for distribution of  long lasting insecticide nets has realised 120,000 people. The community is bonded by the Atlantic ocean and the songor salt lagoon. The community members are fishermen, fish mongers and salt winers. 

Premix fuel for outboard motors: Government of Ghana in its bid to facilitate the efforts of Ghanaian fisherfolks, measures have been put in place for distribution of premix fuel to the coastal communities or the landing beaches in the country. Sale of the fuel is entrusted in the community’s committee’. The fuel management committee reserves an amount of one thousand one hundred cedis after sale of each consignment to the community to be used by the community in solving the challenges. The fuel management committee on Monday accounted for their stewardship in an open durbar of fishermen and the political head of the District. The committee have accounted from January 2017 to November 2018. An amount of GHC 53,000 was accounted as surplus after deductions. An amount of 2,200 cedis was used to reorganized the teachers accommodation after it was break into by suspected thief’s. The chairman of the committee Mr. Amatey Alimo accounted.

The District Chief Executive, Hon. Adjoteye Lawer Akrofi started his presentation with cheers in appreciation to Akplabanya community for being loyal as compared to other management committees of the landing beaches in the districts. ” Even though you are tagged as “notorious” community who do not want to comply with fisheries regulations especially on light fishing.https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1979474125467573&id=100002150143090 “Your display of accountability to the Government have sparked Government interest to prioritized this community in the development agenda” Hon. Lawer Akrofi takes advantage of the forum to educate the fisherfolks on the need to observed the fisheries close season. He said, the trawlers are rapidly depleting the sea at their catchment zones and the need be for local fishermen (boat and canoe) fishermen to protect their waters by obeying the close season so that the fish could breed when their time is due. The population of the the coastal communities keeps increasing and the need for the fisherfolks to adopt favourable methods of fishing to save the next generation, he said.

Open forum: The fishermen congratulated the management committee for their transparency. They proposed the profit profit must be used to construct a health facility in community. The District Chief Executive embraces the idea and promised to share it with the presiding member of the district assembly to start the process. 

Noah Dameh

29/11/18

PHOTO REPORT: Taxi drivers of Kasseh have contributed their small way in accident prevention. Their indigenous knowledge on the causes of accident during the hamattan season has moved them to clear the shoulders of a suspected accident prone area of Ada-Kasseh road. The uncompleted Kasseh Ada Foah road is fast “deteriorating” as Ex president John Manama put it. Drivers Skip’s to the other lane due to numerous potholes. The over grown trees around the Dodoekope to Dorgwam Angorsikope junction had worsened the visibility for motorists. The Taxi drivers, some of which escaped numerous accidents at the portion have organized to put a temporal measure. They have pruned the trees and filled the potholes with soil as a temporal measure. Messers Norbert Atteh Zanyor,Ayornu Tetteh Mark and Tetteh Martey (captain) have blamed the policy makers for not binding Government officials to repair their officially assigned vehicles with their monthly take home. They claimed that, the Government officials were not proactive to solve the problem of the road because, their official vehicles are being maintained from the public’s basket. “We are doing this because, we repair our vehicles by ourselves. If we wait for the assembly, the central Government or the MP to fix this road, then our vehicles will wear of and the local people will suffer” 

Noah Dameh-Ada

GHANA CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANISATIONS PLATFORM ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS OBSERVATIONS ON THE 2019 BUDGET STATEMENT 

The organization identified some loopholes in Ghana’s 2019 budget and alert the duty bearers. Below is a full statement as released.

The Ghana Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) Platform on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) would like to commend government for taking the bold initiative to align the 2019 budget statement to the SDGs. The 2019 budget has specifically linked policy and programme interventions to the 17 SDGs and has also outlined how the various sectoral interventions will contribute to the achievement of the goals. According to the Minister for Finance: ‘Ghana is the second country (after Mexico) to fully integrate the SDGs framework in the budget to track progress on the SDGs and ensure budget allocations.’ It is worthy to note that the Ministry of Finance plans to continue producing, on an annual basis,an SDGs budget report to show how the country is tracking the financing of the SDGs. The first report was produced in 2018, and provides a methodology and framework that can help to ensure Ghana’s financial priorities are aligned with essential SDG targets in future budgets.While we commend government for the innovative approach of integrating the SDGs into the 2019 national budget, we, however, note the following: 

1. The lack of a policy direction in the 2019 budget statement to enforce inclusivity in compliance with the principle of leaving no one behind: Even though the 2019 budget statement clearly presents government’s commitment to the SDGs, the budget fails to specifically outline government’s vision for promoting inclusive development, especially for those at risk of marginalisation. The basic principle underlying the implementation of the SDGs is the commitment to leave no one behind. This commitment entails that no goal is considered met unless it benefits all, including women, children, youth, the elderly and persons with disabilities who represent the most impoverished, excluded, disadvantaged and discriminated, and are often marginalised in Ghana. We would like to urge government to develop, as part of its commitment to the SDGs, an ‘inclusivity objective’ that clearly itemizes governments’ vision for ‘leaving no one behind.’

2. Absence of clear timelines for implementation of some programme interventions: Some sectoral policies and programme interventions in the 2019 budget aligned to the SDGs have no clear timelines. The CSOs Platform has identified more than 20 of such interventions without clear timelines. For example, on paragraph 738, the budget indicates that ‘The Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources through the Community Water and Sanitation Agency will construct nine water systems each in the Northern and Central Regions, five in Brong-Ahafo Region and two in the Upper West Region. In addition, the Agency will drill 250 boreholes in the Brong-Ahafo Region and 750 nationwide. Furthermore, the Ministry will construct 12 fully reticulated small town pipe systems and six limited mechanized systems in the Volta Region.’The absence of timelines poses a great challenge to monitoring progress toward attainment of the SDGs targets, which are time bound. It also raises concerns in regard to consistency; while some interventions clearly indicate that they will be implemented in 2019, others do not. 

3. Failure of the 2019 budget to adequately address specific SDGs targets: We have also observed that sector specific interventions in the budget do not adequately address the SDGs targets. For example, we note that in the health sector, the budget pays little attention to specific issues of maternal mortality, sexual and reproductive health services, malaria, HIV/AIDs, and non-communicable diseases (NCDs). According to the SDGs baseline report, the maternal mortality ratio (MMR) has been falling, but still remains high. Between 1995 and 2015, the MMR fell from 532 to 319 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births. The 2019 budget does not specify how government aims to address the high maternal mortality rate to achieve the SDG 3 target of less than 70 deaths per 100,000 live births. Additionally, the budget does not address the human resource needs of the sector as per SDG 3c, which ‘enjoins government to substantially increase health financing and the recruitment, development, training and retention of the health workforce…’We would like to urge government to specifically show in subsequent budgets the progress markers and benchmarks toward meeting the various targets of the SDGs. We would like to urge government to take another look at the inputs made by the CSO Platform, in particular reference to SDGs 3, 6 and 16, as well as inputs from the youth, which were not captured.

24/11/18


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. 
09/09/18

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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 Of 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

Noah Dameh-Ada

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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. 

Mr. Henry Akunor

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. 

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

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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Extract from Futune.com

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