Kongo (UE), Jan. 16, GNA - Mr Yen Sapark, a Development and Training Officer of the ARB Apex Bank Limited at the weekend donated books and sports items valued at GH¢ 2,500 to three schools and a football club in the Upper East Region.
The schools include Kongo Senior High School, which received books, two footballs and trophies, and Sekoti and Nyogbari Junior High Schools (JHS) which received two footballs each.
All the beneficiary schools are located in the Talensi-Nabdam District of the Upper East Region.
Tamale, Jan 16, GNA - Four National Democratic Congress (NDC) Members of Parliament in the Northern Region are standing unopposed while three aspiring candidates have been disqualified by the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party.
Accra, Jan. 16, GNA – The World Bank Group (WB) on Monday said it was considering the development of a global partnership facility to enhance social accountability.
A WB document made available to the Ghana News Agency in Accra explained that the objective of the partnership was to support civil society organisations' (CSO) capacity to engage governments to improve on development outcomes.
It said the partnership sought to examine responses to increasing evidence that development outcomes could be improved through the involvement of beneficiaries and other stakeholders in the design, monitoring and evaluation of public service delivery and resource management.
Kasoa, Jan.16, GNA.- Mrs Mavis Koomson, a New Patriotic Party (NPP) parliamentary aspirant for the Awutu Senya Constituency, has appealed to Ghanaians to register when the voter registration exercise starts.
She appealed to those above 18 years not to show apathy during the period otherwise they would deny themselves the opportunity to vote in the forth coming presidential and parliamentary general elections.
Accra, Jan 15, GNA – The Ghana Trades Union Congress (TUC) has called for an inquiry into the attack on a Daily Guide photographer, Miss Gifty Lawson and others, covering court proceedings at an Accra Human Rights Court in Accra on Thursday.
A statement issued and signed by Mr Kofi Asamoah, Secretary General of the Union and copied to the Ghana News Agency on Sunday said “information reaching the TUC suggests that not only were the journalists arrested, but in the process they were subjected to severe beatings.”
It noted that they were also threatened with death by gun-toting officers of the BNI for doing no more than their duty as journalist.
Bolgatanga, Jan. 15, GNA - Mr Mark Woyongo, Upper East Regional Minister has expressed worry about the falling standards of Education at the basic level in the region.
He said the performance of pupils at last year’s BECE had taken a nose dive and that out of the 13,688 candidates, who sat for the examination in the region, only 4,836 candidates, representing 35.3 percent, obtained between aggregates six and 30.
Mr. Woyongo made the observation at a meeting of serving and retired Directors of Education in the Upper East Region in Bolgatanga, to deliberate on pertinent issues relating to education in the region.
He said the situation was disturbing and would have an adverse consequence on pupils, who did not gain admission into Senior High Schools (SHS), adding that, such pupils may end up not having any vocational or entrepreneurial training.
Bolgatanga, Jan 15, GNA- The Local Enterprises and Skills Development Programme (LESDEP) has trained 527 youth in various trade vocations in the Upper East Region.
Speaking to the Ghana News Agency at Bolgatanga, during a graduation ceremony, the Regional Coordinator of the Programme, Mr Robert Agaab said out of the 527 trained, 115 were trained in mobile phone repairs, 128 in beauty care service, 126 in hair dressing, 45 in catering services, 45 in barbering services and 68 in rural transport service.
Mr Agaab explained that LESDEP, which was partnering with the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, apart from training to the youth, also ensures that they were helped with the necessary logistics after training to commence their work
Bolgatanga, Jan 15, GNA - Government has pledged to rehabilitate the Vea Irrigation Canals and Laterals, which have not seen any major repairs since it was constructed in the 1970s. The Upper East Regional Minister, Mr Mark Woyongo gave the assurance when members of the Bongo Amalezale Cooperative Farmers Society (BONACOFSO), a farming cooperative society, presented a petition to him at the weekend on the need to rehabilitate the project. According to the farmers the canals and laterals were aged and most of them broken down and that when water was discharged from the dam it does not get to the farms.
Bolgatanga, Jan 15, GNA - Government has pledged to rehabilitate the Vea Irrigation Canals and Laterals, which have not seen any major repairs since it was constructed in the 1970s.
The Upper East Regional Minister, Mr Mark Woyongo gave the assurance when members of the Bongo Amalezale Cooperative Farmers Society (BONACOFSO), a farming cooperative society, presented a petition to him at the weekend on the need to rehabilitate the project.
According to the farmers the canals and laterals were aged and most of them broken down and that when water was discharged from the dam it does not get to the farms.
Bolgatanga, Jan 15, GNA - The Upper East Regional Directorate of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) on Friday received 500 treated mosquito bed nets to be distributed to pregnant women and children under 5 years.
The mosquito nets were donated by UNICEF whilst the Department for International Development (DFID) bore the cost of shipment of the items.
Receiving the items from Crown Agent, a Procurement Company, at Bolgatanga, the Regional Director of the GHS, Dr John Koku Awoonor-Williams said the region is expected to receive one million long lasted mosquito nets from the two organizations.
He said so far half of it had been received and would be distributed to all households across the nine districts in the Region.
He explained that the major aim of the exercise is to help curb maternal and infant mortality, which was mostly associated with malaria and indicated that, apart from the donation of the items, UNICEF and DFID is supporting the training of volunteers in communities to educate the people on how to hang the nets.
Nkoranza (B/A), Jan. 15, GNA – Most Reverend Dominic Yeboah Nyarko, Catholic Bishop of Techiman Diocese, has urged political leaders and their supporters to desist from hurling insults, provocative and defamatory statements against their opponents.
The avoidance of such negative political approach will ensure violence-free and successful elections, according to the clergyman.