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Ghana Is Working Hard To Protect Children – Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey.

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Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, has told the global community that Ghana is taking pragmatic steps to ensure the protection of all its children.

Madam Ayorkor Botchwey revealed this in her address during a High-Level Conference to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).

The celebration was held on Wednesday, 20th November, 2019 in Brussels, Belgium.

Ghana made history by becoming the first country in the world to sign and ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1990.

The West African nation’s commitment to institutionalize the Rights of the Child, was further demonstrated when the country’s Legislature passed the Children’s Act in 1998 into law.

According to the Hon. Minister, the Government of Ghana is taking pragmatic steps to address the issue of child abuse through the establishment of a comprehensive legal framework for child protection which is guided by the Constitution and the Children’s Act of Ghana.

She noted that Ghana’s Child and Family Welfare Policy seeks to promote the wellbeing of children, prevent abuse and protect children from harm.

Madam Ayorkor Botchwey mentioned that other measures taken to tackle the issue of child abuse and labour with the aim of enhancing the wellbeing of children include: the strengthening of the legislative and regulatory framework; the establishment of a governance framework, which include key sector Ministries, such as the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection), as well as other government Departments and Agencies.

She further mentioned that measures being taken to protect children in Ghana include: the adoption and commitment to national and international action plans such as the National Plan of Action for the Elimination of Worst Forms of Child Labour in Ghana (2017-2021); improvements in the school feeding programme, which aims to address child malnutrition, improve the enrollment, attendance and retention of children at the pre-school and primary levels in less privileged communities; the implementation of Free Senior High School (SHS) policy as well as emphasis on Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET); and the implementation of the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP), which is a cash transfer programme for extremely poor and vulnerable households.

The target groups for LEAP, she revealed, include Orphaned and Vulnerable Children (OVC), elderly persons above 65 years and persons with severe disability without any productive capacity.

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‘Show Me One Secondary School You’ve Built Since You Won’ – Mahama To Akufo-Addo

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Former President John Dramani Mahama has challenged President Akufo-Addo to point to a secondary school you has constructed since he won power in 2016.

According to him, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is “heavy” on giving promises but “low” on delivery.

“Ghanaians know what my track record is; my opponent comes nowhere near me. When we talk about credibility; who is more credible when it comes to delivery on social infrastructure, everyone knows who is credible.

“He (President Akufo-Addo) should show me one secondary school he has built or one hospital he has built in four years. It is easy to say that we have better credibility when it comes to infrastructure with our opponent,” the NDC presidential candidate told TV XYZ in an interview Sunday.

Meanwhile, the former President was on Friday installed as the Nkosouhene (Development Chief) of the Apesika Traditional area in the Kintampo South constituency of the Bono East region.

Under the stool name Nana Beyeman Kwame Ababio I, Mr. Mahama was taken through the customary rites by the Chief of Jema and Kyidomhene of the Nkoranza Traditional Council, Nana Amponsah Gyan II.

Nana Amponsah Gyan II explained that the NDC presidential candidate deserves to be honoured as he undertook massive development projects in the area when he was the President of Ghana.

Speaking at a durbar held in honour of Mr Mahama, Nana Amponsah Gyan acknowledged projects such as roads, water and schools as some of the legacy projects of the then government of President Mahama.

The chief was however unhappy that the projects started during the Mahama administration have been abandoned by the Akufo-Addo government.

Nana Amponsah Gyan, therefore, urged his people to return the NDC to power by voting for Mr Mahama in the December 7 presidential election to enable him continue from where he left in 2016.

For his part, Mr Mahama expressed appreciation to the chiefs and people of Apesika for the honour bestowed on him.

He said when elected as president in the December 7 general elections, the next NDC government will complete all the abandoned projects.

 

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Presby Moderator’s description of Akufo-Addo’s govt will shock you

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The Right Reverend Joseph Obiri Yeboah Mante, the Moderator of the General Assembly, Presbyterian Church of Ghana (PCG), has described President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s passion and zeal to transform the nation’s health sector as unparalleled.

He likened the President’s commitment towards nation-building to what he termed as the “true reflection of biblical healing ministry of Jesus Christ, where concern for the poor and the vulnerable in the society was prioritised.

“I really admire your passion. Try to stay focused and I know God will reward and bless you”, Rt. Rev. Mante encouraged him when President Akufo-Addo broke the grounds for work to begin on the construction of an ultra-modern Accident and Emergency Centre at the Dormaa Presbyterian Hospital at Dormaa-Ahenkro during his visit to the Bono Region last week.

The facility, expected to be completed within 36 months, has x-ray laboratory, procedure and admission rooms, 33-bed wards and others.

Rt. Rev. Mante emphasised the church acknowledged the responsibility of the government to provide health services to the people, assuring “we will, therefore, continue to go with the government to complement efforts towards national development.”

He observed the PCG had been a key player in health and other services delivery in the country since 1885, saying the church has partnered the government to run 55 health facilities nationwide.

These facilities, he added, provided a substantial portion of health services in rural areas with a total workforce capacity of 1,515.

Rt. Rev Mante announced work was on course for the conversion of the defunct Presbyterian Girls Vocational Institution at Begoro to a College of Health to start with the training of Allied Health Professionals at the Diploma Certificate Level.

Source: GNA

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Politics in Ablekuma West will remain non-violent – Ursula assures

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Member of Parliament for the Ablekuma West constituency and Communications Minister, Ursula Owusu-Ekufful has assured electorates of a peaceful campaign and election as she kickstarts her outreach.

She noted that the constituency is known to enjoy peaceful processes whiles cautioning any party or group that intends to cause any form of violence in the area.

Ursula was speaking with journalists on the sidelines of the first day of what she calls retail campaigning in the area.

Ursula together with her supporters walked the principal streets of Dansoman to reach out to her electorate as they pasted posters, shared handbills, and literally painted the town red and blue Saturday, September 12.

Answering a question posed by starrfm.com.gh on how she planned to caution the youth in the area against election-related violence, she maintained “we never engage in election violence here. But if we are attacked we defend ourselves. We would never ever cast the first stone. Here in Abekuma West, we believe in decent politics, politics of ideas.”

She went on “we are standing on our record. In the eight years that I have been MP of this constituency, they know what I have done. And we are standing on that record to tell the people to vote for us again.”

She assured “we don’t have time for violence and we are telling the other side too that this is our territory, and it is in our interest to have a peaceful election. We will work to have a peaceful election. If they try anything, we will meet them squarely.”

Source: Starr FM

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