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Mrs Patricia Appiagyei, Deputy Minister for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, has proposed the use of bamboos to restore Ghana’s degraded lands.
Mrs Appiagyei made the call in her address at the SNV Netherlands Development Organisation’s Voice for Change (V4C) Partnership Programme Learning Event in Accra.
“Bamboo can offer us some revenues, it is an alternate livelihood that those who engaged in the current galamsey can pursue; because what I am talking about, is the fact that the maturity of bamboo is just about six months and after cutting it actually grows back to life,” she said.
“It is something that can be used for clean air. It will also reduce desertification. And apart from reducing desertification, it can also be used to restore degraded lands,” she added.

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The Navrongo-Bolgatanga Catholic Diocese in the Upper East Region in partnership with Kindermissionswerk of Germany has donated a toilet facility to the Saint John’s Junior High School, in a bid to stop open defecation by pupils.
 The four toilet and urinal facilities with two over-head tanks, would ultimately contribute to the pupils’ health and academic performance.
The donation was part of a Health Implementation Programme for School Children in the Diocese, which covered five Districts and one Municipal in the Upper East Region and the West Mamprusi District in the Northern Region.
Mr Bismark Akasoe, the Project Coordinator in charge of Health at the Diocesan Development Office, said the health programme for school children covered 118 schools, and was aimed at screening and treating pupils to promote good healthy living amongst them.
He said the project would encourage the pupils to adapt and practice positive behaviour on good personal and environmental hygiene.
Madam Faustina Agongo, the Headmistress of the school, described as unbearable the rate of open defecation among pupils in the school and thanked the Diocese for the initiative.
Mr John Bobi, the Chief Inspector of Schools in the Region, said with the support of government, USAID, World Vision International, ActionAid Ghana, UNICEF and the Diocese, most of the schools in the Region had lavatories and hand washing facilities.
He entreated teachers to help the pupils’ cultivate the habit good hygiene practices, “so that it becomes part of their lives”.

Source: GNA

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A suspected illegal-miner believed to be a Nigerian was on Sunday morning trapped to death in a mining pit at Ntotoroso in the Asutifi North District of Brong-Ahafo Region.
The Crime Bureau of the Regional Police Command when contacted by the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Sunyani confirmed the story and stated that the body of the deceased aged 25 and only identified as Christian, had been deposited at the St. Elizabeth Catholic Hospital at Hwidiem in the Asutifi South District, pending autopsy.
Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Teddy Damptey Brown, the District Police Commander told the GNA on phone that the Police was informed early in the morning of the day in question by some members of the community.
He said some Police personnel were immediately dispatched to the location to save lives but the other illegal-miners had escaped before the arrival of the Police, adding, when they managed to pull Christian out, he was already dead.
DSP Brown said the incident happened around 0300 hours, saying that the illegal-miners have now resorted to mining in the nights because the Police was waging war against them.
He said recently the Police arrested 15 of them who were being prosecuted before Court in Sunyani.
DSP Brown said the illegal-miners were well-connected and have informants who provided them with information whenever the Police wanted to undertake an operation to apprehend them.

Source: GNA

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says his decision to wage war on illegal mining, known as galamsey, is one he does not regret and is prepared to see through till the end.
He said he is fortified by the positive response from the many Ghanaians who believe that the move is right and until the desired results are achieved, there is no giving up.
The President noted that Ghana’s mineral wealth is an important attribute of the nation and mining has been ongoing since the 15th Century, but “until our time, that wealth has been exploited, but it did not prejudice the safety of our environment."
 “In our time, it has come to prejudice the safety of our environment. Our water bodies have been polluted, forests have been decimated because of this mad rush for gold. And I was told that doing something about it will cost me my political career, but well, that is a choice that we have to make always in life. Whether you are going to pander to the whims of the moment or do the things that you think right. “I am prepared to do what I think right to safeguard our environment. So it is not a choice that frightens me at all,” the President said.

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Ghana is planning an ambitious-bid to stage the 2038 FIFA World Cup as part of its 40-year national development plan, developed by the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC).
The Director-General of the NDPC, Dr Nii Moi Thompson in an interview on Metro TV's Good Evening Ghana program on Tuesday night revealed that the bid is dependent on the country fulfilling other financial and infrastructure targets set in the draft National Development Plan which was handed over to the government last month.
According to Dr Thompson, as part of the long-term development plan, Ghana plans to host international events like the World Cup and Olympic Games.
 

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The National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) has released an animated video of the Black Star Stadium, the facility expected to be the flagship venue for Ghana's bid to host the FIFA World Cup in 2038.
The Director-General of the NDPC, Dr Nii Moi Thompson in an interview on Metro TV's Good Evening Ghana program on Tuesday night revealed that the bid is dependent on the country fulfilling other financial and infrastructure targets set in the draft National Development Plan which was handed over to the government last month.
According to the video, the Black Stars Stadium is a futuristic facility that will be built as part of Ghana's long-term national development plan to host the FIFA World Cup or Olympic Games.
"It will be to Ghana what Statue of Liberty is to America of what the Eifel Tower is to France," the video narrates. The entire roof would be made up of solar panels to provide electricity for the stadium. Solid and liquid waste from the stadium would be recycled to provide additional energy.
It will also have 4,000 underground parking spaces, equivalent to a four-storey building.
The five-point of the star design of the stadium will have the hotel, offices, conference facilities, entertainment facilities, recreational facilities, shops, restaurants, a world-class sports medicine facility and a national sports museum among others.
The stadium will also be connected to the road and rail networks of the country
Source: Graphic.com.gh

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Farmers and land owners around the Weija Irrigation Project are asking the government to revive it.
The Nii Arde Nkpa family of Tuba, Kokorbite, Langma, Tackieman and its environs, who are the stool land owners, say the project with a huge potential for agriculture, has been abandoned and thus yielding very little.
Farmers in the area cultivate vegetables such as tomatoes, pepper, garden eggs and cabbage in addition to cattle rearing.
The concerns were expressed when the farmers presented some of their produce to the landowners in homage.
Speaking on behalf of the family members, the head of the Nii Arde Nkpa Stool, Mr. Daniel Nii Arde Tagoe, implored the government to come to the aid of the farmers by injecting more capital into the project, saying that if the government show more interest in the project, it could develop into a big food market to serve the Greater Accra Region.
He also called on the government to extend its agenda of Planting for Food and Jobs to the people in the area especially the youth.
He further appealed to the government to ensure that compensations were paid to the land owners for leasing the large acres of land for the irrigation project.
Rehabilitation works began on the Weija Irrigation Scheme which was destroyed by the June 3, 2015, torrential rains, however it has since been abandoned.
The Co-operative farmers led by their Chairman, Shaibu Agbo, also complained about obsolete pumping machines at the project site which he said were negatively affecting farming activities with attendant high electricity bills to the farmers.
The Chairman called on the government to give the farmers a special dispensation in power supply.
The Weija Irrigation Scheme supplies water to farmers in the Greater Accra Region to produce vegetables to feed Accra and parts of the Central Region.

Source: graphic.com.gh



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President Nana Akufo-Addo has attacked the road infrastructure record of the erstwhile John Dramani Mahama’s government, describing it as a deception.
Addressing the chiefs and people of Lawra in the Upper West Region, the president said the so-called unprecedented road infrastructure by the NDC was only a façade.
“I don’t know what infrastructure he [Mahama] has in mind; but clearly roads were not part,” the president said during his four-day tour of the three Northern Regions of Ghana.
Road infrastructure was a key campaign message in the 2016 election with the then incumbent government led by John Mahama touting road infrastructure as its biggest achievement.
The NDC government left a debt of about ¢122 billion, a chunk of it the then government claimed had been sunk into road infrastructure.
In the heat of the campaign the then president John Mahama accused candidate Nana Akufo-Addo of sleeping whilst travelling hence his inability to see the nice roads his government had constructed.
At least nine months in government President Nana Akufo-Addo wondered where the unprecedented roads constructed by the NDC had vanished to.
He told the Chiefs of Lawra that wherever he went across the country, the first thing the people demanded was roads.
“We were told during the election that there was unprecedented road infrastructure in Ghana…” the president said, adding “was I sleeping or Mahama was misleading Ghanaians on the roads infrastructure?”
 
The president also challenged the people of Lawra and all Ghanaians to put their shoulders to the wheel to ensure speedy growth and development of the country.
“Let us put our shoulders to the wheel and lift our country up. Ghana is not a poor country; we are not a poor people. What we have not had is good leadership; and we are going to give good leadership,” he promised.
The Chief of Lawra Naa Karbo assured the president of his residents continued support for the government.
He said the Lawra Constituency has always been a battle ground for political parties but promised to hold the seat for the NPP. The seat is currently held by the NPP with Deputy Roads Minister Anthony Karbo as the Member of Parliament.

Source:  Myjoyonline.com

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Mr Adjei, a Deputy Minister of Local Government and Rural Development (MLG&RD) said the Ministry was positioning itself with Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) to deliver social housing.
It would collaboration with the private sector and civil society using environmentally friendly and affordable technologies, such as the Nubian Vault Technology.
Mr Adjei said this at a press conference jointly addressed by the Ministers of Works and Housing, Mr Samuel Atta Akyea and the United Nations Resident Coordinator, Madam Christine Evans-Klock.
He said the promotion of better urban future must draw the attention of the people to the provision and improvement of inclusive housing and social services in urban planning and slum upgrading, promotion, protection and restoration of green urban spaces.
A safe and healthy living environment, establishment of affordable and sustainable transport and energy system and clean drinking water and sanitation must engage the attention of the people as they celebrated World Habitat Day, he said.

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The Government has directed the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) to undertake effective measures to improve its operational efficiency to reduce unacceptable non-revenue losses which amount to about fifty-two percent.
Per the directive, the GWCL would therefore have to undertake an intensive restructuring effort, streamline its procurement systems to introduce modern ICT into its management practices.
Mr Joseph Kofi Adda, the Minister for Water Resources and Sanitation who disclosed this during the inauguration of the 3.3 million gallons of water per day Water Treatment Plant at Jambusi in the Wa West District of the Upper West Region said the directive came demonstrate government’s sensitivity to the burden of consumers.
He announced that in furtherance of this, government had approved eight million Euros from the Unicredit Bank of Austria to implement a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system.

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Monday inaugurated a 3.3 million-gallon per day Water Treatment Plant to increase potable water supply to residents of the Wa Municipality and its environs.
Wa has a population of 100,705 people with current water production standing at 1,832 cubic metres per day with estimated water demand of 12,840 cubic metres per day.
The inauguration of the project by President Nana Akufo-Addo therefore marked the beginning of 15,000 cubic metres of water per day to serve residents of Wa Municipal and its environs up to 2025.
President Akufo-Addo who inaugurated the project on the first day of his seven-day tour of the three Regions of the north commended the Korean Government for agreeing to grant a $55.50 million loan to finance the completion of the project.
He was happy to inaugurate the project that was started by former President Kufuor, adding that the completion of the project would add up to other efforts by government to realise the goal of its “Water for All” project.

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