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First Lady Presents Medical Equipment To Cape Coast Teaching Hospital

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The First Lady and Founder of The Rebecca Foundation, Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo has presented a Phototherapy Machine worth Thirty Thousand Ghana Cedis (GHS 30,000) to the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital.

The presentation is in fulfilment of a promise Mrs. Akufo-Addo made when she last visited the Hospital in October this year, to commission an Obstetrics and Gynaecology Block, and a 16 bed Mothers Hostel.

Making the presentation at her Office at Ridge in Accra, Mrs. Akufo-Addo expressed optimism that the equipment will go a long way to assist the hospital deal with many infant related illnesses for which phototherapy can remedy.

Receiving the medical Equipment, Senior Clinical Technician at the Hospital, Mr. Richard Agbeko Agbanyo, thanked the First Lady for her kind gesture and praised The Rebecca Foundation for the many humanitarian works in several Health facilities, especially in the area of maternal care.

He said the presentation of the Phototherapy machine is very timely as it would go a long way to contribute to reducing the infant mortality rate, pursuant to Millennium Development Goals 4 (MDG 4) of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Phototherapy machine is a technologically advanced medical equipment used for the treatment of neonatal illnesses such as neonatal jaundice. It also serves as an incubator to provide a safe and stable environment for new-born infants, often those born prematurely or with an illness or disability that makes them vulnerable for the first several months of life.

Also at the Office of the First Lady to make a presentation to the Rebecca Foundation was Royale Dental clinic a medical supplies company specialising in the supply and distribution of dental products and medications. The company presented hospital equipments to the Foundation.

Making the Presentation, CEO of Royale Dental Clinic in Toronto Canada , Dr George Boahene Ansong said his company has followed with keen interest and admiration, humanitarian activities of The Rebecca Foundation since its inception, especially its immense contribution to the health sector and decided to associate with a worthy cause.

Receiving the items, Mrs. Akufo-Addo congratulated the management of Royale Dental Clinic for not sitting on the fence to admire the good works of the Rebecca Foundation, but rather, jumping on board to assist promote a worthy cause.

The First Lady urged other companies and individuals to emulate Royale Dental Clinic by contributing through The Rebecca Foundation to provide for the poor and vulnerable in society, especially mothers and children.

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“Let’s Show The World We Are True Sons & Daughters Of Naa Gbewa” – Dagbon Regent

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The Regent of Dagbon, Bolin Lana Mahamudu Abdullai has advised the people of the Dagbon Kingdom to put their difference aside and embrace peace. 

The newly installed Regent in a statement charged  the people to prioritize the interest of the Dagbon Kingdom ahead of any group and other parochial interest for a true reconciliation of peace and unity in the Dagbon State.

The Bolin Lana was on Friday, 14th December 2018 enskined Regent of Dagbon at a colorful ceremony in at the Gbewa Palace in Yendi as part of activities to comomerate the funeral rite of the late Yaa Naa Mahamudu Abdulai IV (1969-1974).

The funeral is taking place from between  14 – 28th December 2018 after which the Abudus will vacate the Gbawa Palace peaceful for the Andani Family to also perform the funeral of late Yaa Naa Abdulai Yakubu Andani.

The statement said “I call on the people of Dagbon to eschew all factional and parochial interest and allow Dagbon State interest tower above all else to ensure true reconciliation and unity of our people.”

It continued… “We have one Dagbon and need a common vision to thrive as a people. Let’s show the world that we are the true sons and daughters of Naa Gbewaa. Let everyone who run commentary in this time of Dagbon, particularly you the media, be very circumspect. We want peace. And must be in sync with customs and traditions of Dagbon.

“We know too well that it is the absence of peace that has denied Dagbon so many development opportunities including thousands of investments and projects. We want peace to prevail so that we can have all communities and people of Dagbon freely move and do their daily businesses.”


Read full statement below;

CONGRATULATORY MESSAGE ISSUED BY THE REIGNING REGENT OF DAGBON, BOLIN-LANA MAHAMADU ABDULAI ON 15TH DECEMBER, 2018 AT THE GBEWAA PALACE.

Good morning, friends from the media fraternity . I am happy you have requested to engage with me directly this morning. I believe it was the tumultuous crowd that made your request impossible Immediately after my installation yesterday.

I wish to extend my gratitude to the chiefs and regents of Dagbon, both Abudus and Andani, for gracing the occasion of my installation as Regent. This show the funeral of his majesty, the late Yaa-Naa Mahamadu Abdulai who ruled our kingdom from 1969 to 1974, is one to be performed by the entire Dagbon and not the Abudu royal family alone. I give you a pat on your backs for a true show of solidarity. I believe this is also why thousands of the teaming crowd, within and without Dagbon, all wanted to catch a glimpse of me in my traditional costume.

I wish to extend my profound gratitude to the president of the Republic of Ghana, who I’m told is out of the country and couldn’t make it to the occasion.

Similar gratitude should be extended to the former presidents ,His excellences president JJ Rawlings, president John Agyeikum Kuffuor, pressident John Evans Atta Mills and president John Dramani Mahama, who have one way or the other took great involvement in our search for lasting peace and unity of the people of Dagbon.

To the entire government appointees who graced the occasion of my installation as Regent of Dagbon, thank you so much. To the committee of Eminent chiefs, I say congratulations for your handling of Dagbon mediation to this far. For the numerous organizations and individuals who have in diverse ways supported the peace process up to this stage, I am most grateful. To the uncountable youth groups who graced the occasion of of my installation, I’m grateful. To all well-wishers, not forgetting of peace council, the entire family say thank you.

I call on the people of Dagbon to eschew all factional and parochial interest and allow Dagbon State interest tower above all else to ensure true reconciliation and unity of our people. We have one Dagbon and need a common vision to thrive as a people. Let’s show the world that we are the true sons and daughters of Naa Gbewaa. Let everyone who run commentary in this time of Dagbon, particularly you the media, be very circumspect. We want peace. And must be in sync with customs and traditions of Dagbon. We know too well that it is the absence of peace that has denied Dagbon so many development opportunities including thousands of investments and projects. We want peace to prevail so that we can have all communities and people of Dagbon freely move and do their daily businesses.

Thank you all. Thank you sympathizers. May Allah unite the people of Dagbon.
May Dagbon get its lost glories back. Amen

Once again, I thank you.
………………………..
BOLIN-LANA MAHAMADU ABDULAI
(Regent of Dagbon )
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Andani Royal family withdraws from the Otumfuo led mediation committee

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The Andani Royal family has withdrawn from the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, led mediation committee.

The family, at a press conference in Tamale Saturday accused the committee tasked to develop a roadmap to peace in Dagbon after the brutal assassination of its overlord, the late Yaa-Naa Yakubu Andani II and many others and destruction of the Gbewaa Palace at Yendi of bias.

The family has, therefore, vowed not to respect the roadmap declaration by the committee to restore peace in Dagbon.

The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II led committee of eminent chiefs mediating the crisis on Friday 16 November made a symbolic and definitive declaration to bring finality to the nearly 40-year-old conflict between the Abudu and Andani royal families.

The conflict for years slowed and impoverished every facet of progress in the entire Northern Region and rattled the nation’s treasury.

However, despite a passionate appeal to both the feuding gate by President Akufo-Addo to embrace the progress report of the Committee for the restoration of peace in the Dagbon, the Andanis say they are pulling out.

The withdrawal from the peace process comes a day after the installation of a new regent for Dagbon, Yaa Naa Mahamadu Abdulai IV, under the enskinment name Bolin Lana.

He will be the acting overlord of Dagbon until December 28 when the funeral late overlord of Dagbon, Yaa Naa Mahamud Abdulai IV ends.

Announcing the decision at the press conference, the spokesperson for the Andani Royal gate Kpan-Naa Abubakari Andani also accused the government of aiding the Abudu Family to create a parallel authority in Dagbon by allowing the newly enskinned Regent of Abudu Family to refer to himself as Regent of Dagbon.

He said: “We wonder how the Otumfuo and his committee hopes to make progress with the program they rolled out at the Flag Staff House when major players around whom the program will revolve have been cynically ignored in favor of a self-seeking rogue which has no legitimacy.”

“What, therefore, the Asantehene and the eminent chiefs have done is to shoot first and aim later. Regrettably, they have missed the point and the entire program is destined to crumble like a vast hit by a sledgehammer.”

The committee, led by the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, tasked to develop a roadmap to peace in Dagbon after the brutal assassination of its overlord, the late Yaa-Naa Yakubu Andani II and many others and destruction of the Gbewaa Palace at Yendi following days of extensive deadly clashes in 2002, on 16 November finally announced dates for the performance of the contentious funerals of the former two overlords, whose deaths have caused and continued to renew divisions among the two royal families.

By: Eliasu Tanko|EIB Network  

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Government Hailed For Lifting Ban On Galamsey

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Small-scale miners and the Media Coalition Against Galamsey have commended the government for lifting the ban on small-scale mining and rolling out robust reforms to sanitise the mining sector.

The government on Friday announced the lifting of the 22-month ban on small-scale mining, paving the way for eligible small-scale mining companies to return to work on Monday, December 17.

The Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI), Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, who announced the lifting of the ban, said only companies that had their permits and licences validated, among other requirements, would be allowed to return to their concessions.

He maintained that while new reforms had been put in place to tighten the knot on illegal miners, previous arrangements, including the enforcement activities by Operation Vanguard, would still be in force.

Good Move

The General Secretary of the Ghana National Association of Small Scale Miners (GNASSM), Mr Godwin Armah, said the lifting of the ban came as a huge relief to small-scale miners who had been thrown out of business for almost two years.

“Our members have been through hardship for the last 22 months of this ban, and our association spent about GH¢1 million to help check the activities of illegal miners.

“We want to commend the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM) for diligently implementing the road map and coming up with these new reforms that will see our members who meet the requirements go back to their concessions,” he said.

Mr Armah said although the association had to raise red flags against the government for delaying the lifting of the ban, it was convinced that the new reforms were more sustainable and would help clear illegal miners from the system.

He said members of the association who had been cleared to go back to mining would be made to sign a code of good practice document to ensure that their operations did not violate mining regulations.

“We will start a self-regulation regime in support of the government’s efforts to clear all illegal miners so that we can do legitimate business,” he added.

Media Coalition

Speaking to the Daily Graphic after the launch of the new mining reforms, the Convener of the Media Coalition Against Galamsey, Mr Kenneth Ashigbey, said the new move was a step in the right direction.

He, however, underscored the need for more work to be done if the war against illegal mining was to be won.

“At this stage, we can say that the reforms are good, especially, when those who have passed the vetting committee’s requirement can now go back to work. I am happy that the new reforms include the use of drones that are fitted with night vision lenses to track the illegal miners.

I want to urge small-scale miners who will be going back to their concessions to ensure that they become part of the team that will sustain the fight to eliminate the illegal miners,” he said.

Mr Ashigbey called on all stakeholders to put aside parochial interests and play active roles to curb the menace.

In particular, he asked politicians to stop looking at the galamsey menace from partisan angles, since its impact had dire consequences on all manner of persons in the country.

No Politicisation

“We know that 2020 election is at the corner, but this is not the time to start playing politics with an issue that has dire consequences on all aspects of our national life and our very existence. We hope that the party in government and the opposition parties will not make this galamsey fight a partisan affair but a national issue,” he added.

By: Timothy Ngnenbe|Graphic Online

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