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LACK OF COLLECTIVE FITNESS TRAINING; BANE OF NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT-MOJO

fitness trainer is calling on Ghanaians to join the ranks of developed and health conscious countries to formulate national health and fitness goals and objectives.

According to Godson Lamptey, CEO of Mojo Group of Gyms, a national orientation towards fitness has contributed massively to the development of a lot of countries including the United States, China, and Japan among others.

“Though it might take a while for some to come to terms with this, countries like the US, China, Japan have developed because they have built a unified sense of purpose through physical and spiritual exercises, and I have no doubt that Ghana can do same”, he said.

He says Ghanaians will be healthier when they exercise consciously and that will spill over to the economy and the intellect.

Godson Lamptey, popularly known as Mojo, was speaking in an interview with Focus FM in Kumasi.

He also cautioned Ghanaians to avoid developing destructive habits like alcohol and drug abuse as well as unsafe sex.

He calls for a healthy and fit nation, adding that health is not merely the freedom from illness, disease and debilitating conditions but includes a sense of well being and quality of life.

-Bernard Buachi

Focus FM, Kumasi.

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Posted by on 2 May, 2012 in GENERAL

 

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KWESI PRATT CONDEMNS BIOMETRIC REGISTRATION PROCESS

KWESI PRATT CONDEMNS BIOMETRIC REGISTRATION PROCESS

The Editor of the Insight newspaper, Kwesi Pratt Jnr has expressed displeasure about the execution of the ongoing biometric voter’s registration exercise.
The Electoral Commission is compiling a new electoral register to be used during the December 2012 polls and the exercise is slated for March 24 to May 5.
Speaking in an interview with Nana Jantuah on Focus fm, a Kumasi based radio station on Wednesday March 29, the renowned journalist said he finds it worrying that new biometric machines could break down on the first day of the registration exercise. According to him, the registration exercise will take place within forty days so the machines could be repaired in time but the elections will be conducted within twelve hours and doubts how the elections will be successful if the situation recurs.
“These are brand new machines breaking down on the first day; we are going to use the same machines eight months from now when they will be much older; what is going to happen then if we are to use them in the next elections?”
Mr. Pratt also noted that vigilance on the part of political parties is very low as there are no agents at the polling stations to police the registration process, adding that, “it must be worrying because Dr. Afari Gyan has said that the electoral commission is not in a position to guarantee all by itself a free and fair election and that it is only the vigilance of the political parties and the general population which can guarantee that. It is not possible to vouch for the integrity of the over 40,000 people who will be employed for this programme so you should expect a certain level of vigilance from the political parties and I don’t see that,” he lamented.
The senior journalist blamed the electoral commission for ineffective communication of the schedules for the registration exercise, a situation which has made it impossible for him to register. According to him, information should be provided at all polling stations about the period allocated for the exercise to be conducted at those stations.
He also thinks the commission should have employed people who can type faster as the current officials cannot type fast enough thereby slowing the whole process.

David Apinga, Focus fm, KNUST, Kumasi
awintida@scientist.com

 
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Posted by on 30 March, 2012 in GENERAL, GHANA

 

STOP LEAVING THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH- REV. K OFOSU ADDO CRISES

The national union of Presbyterian students NUPSG, knust climaxed its 50th anniversary celebrations on Sunday 18th March 2012 with a thanksgiving service at the royal parade ground. The theme for the celebrations was his faithfulness throughout the year culled from Joshua 25:1

Among the many dignitaries present at the service include; the Vice Chancellor of KNUST Prof. W.O Ellis, Rev Dr. K Opuni-Frimpong, representative of the Moderator of the Presbyterian church, Rev. K Ofosu Addo, Chairman PCG Asante presbytery, Mr. David Agyei, NUPS-G national president and many others.

Delivering the anniversary message, the Rev. K Ofosu Addo, director of missions & envangelism explained that jubilee year in the life of any institution is a year of reflection. He added that jubilee is a call to influence ones society by sending student missionaries all over the world.

He bemoaned the practice among alumni of NUPS-G who leave the church to join other charismatic churches. Rev Ofosu said; “the church leaders are counting on this generation of NUPS-G to influence the country”.  “You should stay in the church and help build structures that will help the church grow” he admonished.

Awards and citations were also presented by the executives of NUPS-G KNUST to persons and institutions who contributed to the growth, vision and activities of the union throughout the past years. This list included; Rev. E.S Mate-Kodjo, first NUPS-G branch president, Prof K.K Adarkwa, former Vice Chancellor Of Knust, Rev Paul K Boafo Protestant Chaplain , knust,  Tobinco Pharmaceutical, Challenge Bookshop, Unilever Ghana Limited and many others.

The national union of Presbyterian students was formed at Akuafo Hall Chapel of the University of Ghana Legon on February 28, 1960 with 39 members, now has membership of over ten thousand students nationwide.

The knust branch was established 2 year later in 1962 initially called the Presbyterian students union. It was later known as the UST PSU branch and UST NUPS-G. The current name NUPS-G KNUST has been in effect since 1998.

 

Dzansi Brian Dzidefo

Jancy.bryan@gmail.com

(www.watsuptek.com)

 
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Posted by on 20 March, 2012 in GENERAL

 

WORK STARTS ON ULTRA- MODERN ADMINISTRATION/LIBRARY BLOCK FOR TESS

The Techiman Municipal Assembly last Wednesday cut the sod for work to begin on a one storey Administration/library block project for the Techiman Senior High School.

The contractor, Samuel Oforikumah of Belly-Eff Company Limited who was on site said he would ensure the project is completed in twelve months.

He also promised to give the Municipality value for money as only the best materials would be employed in the construction of the building to ensure that the building lasts long enough to serve its purpose.

Hon. Alex Kyeremeh, the Municipal Chief Executive who was at the site said he was very enthused about the project and would do anything within his means to ensure that the project is completed within the time stated.

He cited the recent termination of a contract involving the construction of an Assembly block building for the Techiman Senior High School (TESS) as a clear message to all contractors that laziness, shoddiness and unnecessary delay will not be tolerated. The contract is in the process of being re-awarded to a more competent contractor who could have the job done well and on schedule.

The project according to Hon. Alex Kyeremeh, is in response to an appeal made to him by the headmaster of the school concerning the bad state of the current administration block.

Work is also seriously ongoing regarding the construction of two (2) two-storey dormitory blocks for boys and girls. The construction of a six –unit classroom block as well as the supply of furniture constitute the projects the Techiman Senior High School has benefitted from since  the assumption of office of President John Evans Atta- Mills.

-Bernard Buachi

Focus FM, Kumasi.

 

 
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Posted by on 12 January, 2012 in GENERAL

 

“GENDER SENSITIVITY IS NOT LEARNT IN A BOOK” – NANA KONADU AGYEMANG RAWLINGS

“GENDER SENSITIVITY IS NOT LEARNT IN A BOOK” – NANA KONADU AGYEMANG RAWLINGS

A former first lady and founder of the 31st December Womens’ Movement, Nana  Konadu Agyemang Rawlings has admonished women to be active in gender sensitivity by living it.

Nana Konadu disclosed this at the launch of KNUST Women’s Commissioner’s Week while articulating that, “Gender sensitivity is not learnt in a book, you live it, you have to live it”.

The programme gave a platform for women who have shaped the spheres of Ghana’s politics by ensuring gender equality and women empowerment to err their views on the generational imbalance that befalls women.

She enunciated that gender inequality seems to be engraving women and as such from generation to generation there has been a change of mindset dating as far back as 1973 when the UN declared that women should be emancipated socially, culturally, economically and morally.

She referred to the population census indicating that globally women are more than men but disheartening that only 17% of women are at the helm of power. The founder of 31st   December Women’s Movement averred that gender balance is needed in order to address specific issues.

In her closing remarks the bold woman noted that, “Leaders will come and leaders will go”, insisting that endowing women should go beyond governmental policies since stakeholders have an active role in shaping the dilapidated condition of women.

By Abena Dugan, Focus FM, KNUST, Kumasi

 
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Posted by on 25 November, 2011 in GENERAL, GHANA

 

TECHIMAN NORTH ASSEMBLYMEN INDICT MP

Assemblymen in the Techiman North Constituency have made a strong call on the MP for the constituency, Hon. Christopher Akumfi –Ameyaw to account for funds allocated to him to the electorates.

They are also throwing a challenge to the secretariat of GetFund, Health Fund, Common Fund, HIPC Fund and Social Improvement Fund to probe the M.P for the usage of his share of those funds allocated to him.

These calls were contained in a press release signed by sixteen Assemblymen from the Techiman North Constituency. They are the Assemblymen for Bonya, Mesidan, Asueye, Akonkonti, Ayeasu/Atreansu, Tanoboase, Asubingya, Akrofrom, Adutwie, Jama, Abemagya, Zongo(Offuman),Nana Ati(Krobo),Nana Acheaw(Krobo), Zongo(Tuobodom) and Abromamu(Tuobodom).

They say the M.P has “done nothing in the constituency besides his disbursement of the funds allocated to him”.

“We, the undersigned Assembly members in the constituency have not seen any development projects initiated in our respective electoral areas since he became M.P for the constituency after the 2008 general elections”, they say, adding that of an estimated GH¢490,000.00 accruing to the constituency from the various funds, nothing significant has been done in the constituency aside some shovels and wheel barrows he procured for the Asueye community for communal labour.

As part of the litany of accusations, the Assemblymen say they have not been notified of any meeting organized by the MP during his purported tours of the constituency over the years.

“We the Assembly members have put in a mechanism to monitor him with vigorous eyes since the funds allocated to him are meant for the enhancement of the livelihood of his constituents but not for selfish interest”, the release states.

-Bernard Buachi,

Focus FM, Kumasi.

 

 
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Posted by on 24 August, 2011 in GENERAL

 

TECHIMAN TO BEGIN TRAINING OF NURSES AND MIDWIVES SOON

The Techiman Municipal Assembly, in collaboration with the Catholic Church is putting up a nurses and midwifery training school in Techiman.
The municipal Chief Executive for Techiman, Hon. Alex Kyeremeh who said this also explained that processes are ongoing to ensure that the training school, which is near completion, begins operations within the shortest possible time.
Hon. Alex Kyeremeh was speaking at a durbar organized by the people of Atrensu to commemorate the sod-cutting and handing over ceremony of a Community-based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) compound.
The project, according to the Chief Executive costs about GH₵50,000.00, adding that two identical projects were also soon to be handed over to other communities in the municipality.
Mr. Raphael Dagoe, the Municipal Health Director explained the CHPS concept to the residents saying; it was born out of an experiment conducted at Navrongo in the Upper West region in which it was realized that bringing health services to the doorsteps of the people caused child morbidity, cost of transportation to access medical care among others to reduce drastically, enhancing the quality of life of the people.
He explained some of the services to be rendered at the facility as Antenatal care, reproductive Health and Family Planning, disease surveillance, emergency delivery services and more.
The municipal Director of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Mr. Augustine Appau, encouraged the residents to register and remain with the scheme. He also sought to debunk the notion that the scheme was collapsing and said that the scheme is rather growing stronger.
Chairman for the occasion and Chief of Atrensu, Nana Frempah Quarshie thanked the Municipal Assembly and promised to cooperate with officers manning the facility to ensure that the people obtained the best from the facility.
-Bernard Buachi,
Focus FM, Kumasi.

 
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Posted by on 18 August, 2011 in GENERAL

 

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