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The Member of Parliament (MP) for Upper Denkyira East, Nana Amoakoh, has said that Government has put in place a formidable taskforce to deal with the menace of illegal mining (‘galamsey’) in the country.
In an exclusive interview with journalists of the Parliamentary Press Corps in Accra, the MP echoed that galamsey is threatening the lives of Ghanaians, adding that most of the country’s water bodies are now polluted by the activities of illegal miners.
Hon. Amoakoh reiterated that if galamsey is not controlled, the country will be in dire need of water in some few years to come, which will affect the survival of Ghanaians.
He also said that it is as a result of this that the Government is mapping up strategies, to set up a taskforce made up of soldiers, police officers, among others to curb the menace.
The MP therefore appealed to those who are involved in galamsey to bear with government.
Hon. Amoakoh added that government will put in place some measures to plant more trees around the various water bodies affected by galamsey.
He furthered that the planting of the trees will also create job opportunities for people who will lose their jobs, when the taskforce starts their work.
This donation by the First Lady is just one of many donations, over the years to support the vulnerable in society.
In a brief message to the workers and children she gave them the President’s best wishes and encouraged the children to learn hard and stay hopeful.
Among the items she donated were bags of rice, oil, biscuits, drinks, diapers, shoes, milks, Milo, sardines and tissue papers.
Chance for Children is an international NGO established by a Ghanaian and Swiss, Mr Amon Kotey and Daniela Ruedisueli Sodja to reach out to children living on the street to identify their needs and empower them. They however reintegrate them back to their families and support them when necessary.
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Member of Parliament for Ofoase Ayiribi in the Eastern Region, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has asserted that the 2017 ‘Asempa’ budget will give back life to the tattered economy inherited from the erstwhile President Mahama- led NDC government.
According to the ace broadcast journalist now turned legislator, the exited NDC government left a colossal depth which the new budget is likely to address. He adds the budget has solved some major deficit problem in the economy. He said the budget will pay off the GHC6billion debt incurred by the erstwhile NDC government.
The law maker rubbished claims by the Minority that the budget is full extragavant promises.
Reacting to the Minority’s claims he hinted, the NPP government will block all loop holes in the economy so as to rake in more revenue to salvage the economy.
*Story by Richmond Adu*
March,2017 marked the International Women’s Day at her Ridge Office, by hosting women from various backgrounds and institutions from across Ghana to reflect on the theme for this year’s commemoration “Be Bold for Change”.
Addressing the gathering, the First Lady noted that this year’s theme is rather spot on, considering a World Economic Forum prediction that “gender gap won’t close entirely until 2186”. She observed that if women are bold enough to galvanise individuals and organisations to commit to help women and girls achieve their ambitions; challenge gender biases; call for gender-balanced leadership; value women and men’s contributions equally; and create inclusive flexible cultures, then we would sooner rather than later have a generation of women who are equal partners with men in all spheres of life.
She saluted women especially in Ghana who have made great contributions to get us closer to gender parity by empowering and inspiring generations of Ghanaian women. She acknowledged women such as Nana Yaa Asantewaa, Susana Al-Hassan, Sophia Doku Grace, Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings, Chief Justice Theodora Georgina Wood Former speaker of parliament Joyce Adeline Bamford- Addo, Madam Frema Opare the first Chief of Staff , Dr Joyce Aryee, Esther Ocloo, Air force pilot Melody Millicent Danquah and many others who have been trail blazers in empowering other women in fashion, politics, finance, small and medium business and so many other areas.
The First Lady also noted that women still have a long way to go in achieving gender parity in the face of abuse and discrimination. She therefore pledged to forge women’s advancement and advocate for more political inclusiveness of women noting that as a nation “we cannot exclude a population that is more than half of Ghana’s population from political decision making. That is no way for us to develop”
She also charged all the women present to pledge to support the advancement of women in their various places of influence and “be the shoulders that other women stand on” stating that Ghana needs more female voices in politics and policy making as well as in academia, industry, business, finance agriculture, the arts and many more areas. She stated that “it is going to be a long arduous battle, but I believe we are up to it.”
Present at the gathering were the Second Lady, H.E Samira Bawumia, Former First Lady Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings, Chief Justice Theodora Georgina Woode, Former Second Lady Hajia Ramatu Aliu Mahama ,Mrs.Charlotte Osei Electoral Commissioner ,Dr. Joyce Aryee, and many others.