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Meet the multiple award-winning CEO: Baroness Kafui Afi Richardson


To be named among the Most Respected CEOs in Ghana is an enviable recognition and no mean achievement.


This is a dream nurtured by many yet only few have achieved.


But for a heroine like Baroness Kafui Afi Richardson, she is already living this dream with little or no effort.


This was made possible through utmost dedication, perseverance and dint of hard work backed by her loyalty to customer satisfaction in discharge of her duties as a revered Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of a leading Facility Management Company.


Alluring Baroness Kafui Afi Richardson is a gem, a woman of dignity and integrity, a great achiever, a strong believer in God, a loving mother of all, a philanthropist and above all a star.


She is the CEO of the City Facilities Management Limited, a leading Ghanaian facility management company with a global reach which provides expert services to clients in realization of their problems, combining construction facilities, energy and asset management solutions, delivered by dedicated and expert teams towards achieving customer satisfaction.


This was at a night dedicated to celebrate and honor the most outstanding Chief Executives in corporate Ghana across a wide range of sectors.


The night witnessed the indefatigable Baroness Kafui Afi Richardson honoured with multiple awards to her credit.


In both categories of awards; the Facility Management and Commercial Cleaning Services, she was adjudged the winner of the year in the sector.


For those who knew her reputation, could not hold back but commended her highly for the recognition and concluded that she really deserves it, adding that, this goes to complement her wonderful deeds in the public sector.


Source:Joseph Wemakor

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CEO of City Facilities Management wins Most Respected CEO at 2022 Ghana Industry CEO Awards


The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the City Facilities Management Limited, Baroness Kafui Afi Richardson has been adjudged the Most Respected CEO of the year with two prestigious awards to her credit under the Facility Management and Commercial Cleaning Service categories respectively at the 2022 Ghana Industry CEOs Awards ceremony held at the plush auditorium of the Labadi Beach Hotel on eve of Friday November 18, 2022.


The 2022 Ghana Industry CEOs Awards are the fifth of an annual awards scheme aimed at identifying and publicly recognizing the most outstanding Chief Executives in corporate Ghana across a wide range of sectors. Eligible awardees include CEOs of both private and public sector corporations and institutions.


The scheme witnessed the selection of the awardees by the Ghanaian public who first nominated CEOs for shortlisting, following verification of the nominations; and who subsequently voted for the shortlisted nominees with those receiving the highest votes in each sector category being declared winners by the scheme’s official Validation partners.


Baroness Kafui Afi Richardson’s good deeds were celebrated and honored in two folds when she picked up the two (2) prestigious awards; 2 medals, plaques and beautiful certificates of honor amidst rapturous cheers and jubilation at the colorful ceremony which marks the highly anticipated event greatly patronized by dignified CEOs , celebrities, traditional authorities including crème de la crème of the society.


Expressing her heartfelt joy in an interview just after receiving the accolades, the Ghana’s Most Respect CEO, Baroness Kafui Afi Richardson averred that her excitement knew no bounds when her name was pronounced a winner for the two categories of the esteemed awards but it never came as a shock to her owing to the commitment, dedication and hard work exuded in discharge of her duties strongly backed by her diligent working staff at the City Facilities Management Services Ltd. which is shaping the Commercial Cleaning Service sector in Ghana and beyond.


Baroness Kafui Afi Richardson who derives her motivation from helping others including guaranteeing optimum client satisfaction said she looks up to the wonderful support she enjoys from her working staff regardless of the challenging economic times the country is faced with which is affecting businesses.


"They have been the backbone of the company and very supportive. I have seen that even in these challenging times we are currently going through, they’re still working assiduously with excellence and I feel so excited to have such working staff around me".


When asked what the future holds for her outfit as far as winning the prestigious award is concerned, the City Facilities Management Limited, CEO said:


“Well, honestly more business but more importantly for us to be recognized then, that means that we’ve been doing something right so we want to continue to maintain the standards if not even go higher than we are doing right".


She furthered: “To always uplift the standard and make Ghana proud, that it is not only done in Europe or elsewhere but we can do it right here”.


City Facilities Management Limited is a quality, non-stop building maintenance contractor which provides expert services and support to clients in realization of their problems, combining construction facilities, energy and asset management solutions, delivered by dedicated and expert teams to achieve customer satisfaction.


CFM provides prompt and efficient services by attaching the utmost sense of urgency when it comes to client satisfaction. Their cleaning standards are, procedures and schedules are of international standards.


The awards night witnessed CEOs of both private and public sector corporations and institutions celebrated for excellence in various categories. For winners of GH Titans Awards category, Executive Director of Salt and Light Ministry, Dr. Joyce Rosalind Aryee, Prof. Joshua Alabi, Former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Professional Studies, Mr. Gopal V. Vasu, Managing Director of M&G Pharmaceuticals Ltd. and Dr. Daniel Mckorley, CEO of MCDAN Group was honored among hosts of others.


For the Ingenious Banking Sector, Mr. Daniel Asiedu, Managing Director of OMNIBSIC Bank emerged winner while Dr. Abraham Ato Ahinful pronounced winner under the Product Distribution awards category.

Source:Joseph Wemakor


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https://avalanches.com/gh/accra_only_14_of_ghanaians_use_clean_fuels_2nd_lady_samira_bawumia_lament4812056_12_10_2022

Only 14% of Ghanaians use clean fuels – 2nd Lady Samira Bawumia laments


Ghana’s Second Lady, Her Excellency Mrs. Samira Bawumia, has bemoaned the poor adoption of clean energy in Ghana, with statistics showing that most people use unsafe options.

Mrs. Bawumia, an Ambassador for the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, highlighted the latest data pointing to the fact that “about 14% of the population currently cook with clean fuels and technology and 32% are using improved cookstoves”.

This marks a “slow but steady growth” after Ghana adopted the ISO standard for clean cookstoves and clean cooking solutions.

The Second Lady of Ghana, who has been on a relentless campaign for clean energy, observed that there had been efforts to set a minimum standard, develop labels, and upgrade testing centres, all in an effort to ensure world-class market development of clean cooking solutions in Ghana.

Currently, the Ghanaian government is also promoting the adoption of LPG by 50% as the primary cooking fuel by 2030.

Mrs. Bawumia made these known at the 2022 Clean Cooking Forum in Accra on October 11.

Delivering the opening remarks at the event, which witnessed a high attendance by global leaders, she revealed that globally, especially in some developing countries, more than 2.5 billion continue to rely on wood, coal, charcoal, agriculture residues, or animal dung to cook their meals and heat their homes.

“These homes become dangerous places to be, simply because the energy sources they use release high levels of pollutants that are harmful to their health,” She said.

She was particularly concerned that the lack of access to clean cooking in sub-Saharan Africa remains acute.

“It is the only region where the number of those without access continues to rise. The share of those with access just increased from 15% in 2015 to 17% in 2020,” she noted.

Explaining reasons for adopting clean cooking methods, she stated that air pollution causes more than 7 million deaths every year, with 1.1 million deaths occurring in Africa.

“Household air pollution, which is driven largely by indoor cookstoves, accounted for 700,000 fatalities, while increased outdoor air pollution claimed four hundred thousand 400,000 lives.

“In Ghana, the World Bank estimates that sixteen thousand (16,000) people die prematurely from air pollution every year. Each number in these millions represents a mother, father, son, daughter, or friend who is loved by his / her loved ones. These deaths are avoidable and unacceptable,” She emphasised.

To support her resolve for clean cooking initiatives, she cited the State of Global Air study, which pointed out that about 236,000 newborn infants are estimated to have died of air-pollution-related causes in sub-Saharan Africa.

In addition, studies by a team of researchers led by Boston College and the UN Environment Programme examining the toll on children’s developing brains revealed that air pollution exposure to infants and young children resulted in the loss of 1.96 billion IQ points across the continent.

“This will no doubt have serious consequences for the future of the continent,” She stressed as she called on leaders to formulate clean energy policies.

As global leaders aim to achieve net zero by 2050, Mrs Bawumia quickly added that “clean cooking is an essential part of achieving this”.

She was of the view that emission reductions have to go hand-in-hand with efforts to ensure clean energy access for all by 2030.

Therefore, she identified sound public policies, a holistic approach, and long-term commitment from all development actors as some factors that will make the objective a reality.

“Reducing cooking emissions is critical to reducing forest degradation, improving health, empowering women, and children, protecting the environment, and helping achieve numerous other Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“We will be letting down a significant portion of the world population if we pay only lip service to clean energy access, particularly clean cooking, especially in Africa.

“Let us choose to strengthen partnerships to better effectively address the issues of clean energy solutions. The cost of inaction is too high; we must act now!”

Having been at the forefront of clean energy campaigns, Mrs Bawumia lobbied for the 2022 Clean Cooking Forum to be hosted by Ghana.

It follows a highly successful WHO programme in Geneva, Switzerland, where Mrs Bawumia called on world leaders to take immediate action to increase access to clean energy.

Some of the global leaders who participated in the 2022 Clean Cooking Forum include H.E. Ingrid Mollestad, Norwegian Ambassador to Ghana; H.E. Virginia A. Palmer, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Ghana; Honorable Katja Lasseur, Deputy Head of Mission, Netherlands Embassy in Ghana; Vincent Wierda, IDE Energy Lead, Africa, Asia and the Pacific, United Nations Capital Development Fund; Carla Montesi, Director at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for International Partnerships; Dymphna van der Lans, CEO, Clean Cooking Alliance; Shirley McAlpine, Founder, Shirley McAlpine & Associates; Dr. Kandeh Yumkella, Founder and CEO of the Energy Nexus Network; Dr. Leela Hazzah, Executive Director & Co-founder, Lion Guardians and Co-founder & Leadership Council, WE Africa; Damilola Ogunbiyi, CEO and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All and Co-Chair of UN-Energy; Ashvin Dayal, Senior Vice President Power and Climate, Rockefeller Foundation; and H.E. Rebecca Akufo-Addo, First Lady of the Republic of Ghana; and Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, Minister of Energy, Ghana.

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Unwarranted arrest, detention of civilians worrying– Human Rights Reporters’ Joseph Wemakor discusses police brutality in Ghana


Executive Director of Human Rights Reporters Ghana (HRRG), Joseph Wemakor asserts that the Ghanaian police service lacks human rights education, a situation significantly contributing to the incessant police brutality which eventually amounts to wanton violations of people’s freedom and fundamental human rights which is indeed worrying.


Mr. Wemakor contends that unless the police administration put its right foot forward to ensure their men in uniform are properly schooled on human rights in order to be armed to the teeth with the information, knowledge and skills required to work with, Ghanaians would continue to bear the brunt of the relentless brutalities and unprofessional conduct by some unscrupulous police officers against members of the public which put lives at risk.

In an interview with Victoria Beeko Danso, host of HB Pulse on Homebase TV, during the wee hours of yester when he appeared on the show to discuss on the topic: “Police Brutality” on Wednesday, October 5, 2022, the staunch human rights activist enlightened the public on the shortcomings of the Ghanaian police while citing a typical case of police brutality which his attention was recently drawn to, to buttress his point.

In the case which smacks of an assault perpetrated against two unarmed civilians as a result of unprofessional conduct exhibited by some police officers due to unwarranted arrest and detention without any official charges for wrongdoing.

One of the victim, 23-year-old, Richmond Amedey who assists his father with sales in his drinking bar near his residence located at Dawhenya-Abbey near Prampram in the Greater Accra Region was allegedly picked up on the eve of Friday September 23, 2022 together with two other young men under a mysterious circumstance by the Devtracco Estate police patrol team.


According to the HRRG’s sources, the police officers numbering seven (7) who are members of the patrol team in the company of ACP Foli, their commander barged into the drinking spot on that fateful night at exactly 8:00pm where Richmond was on duty and without any formal introduction, interrupted the ongoing activities and commenced a search on anything they laid their hands on including opening bottles containing liquors meant for sale in a manner which demonstrates sheer unprofessionalism.


Some of these officers were alleged to have covered their faces with black masks in a bid to conceal their real identities which is uncalled-for.


They were not bothered to even ask of the whereabouts of the parents of the young bartender when thy barged into the spot, let’s alone keep them informed about their mission but went straight ahead to carry out their nefarious operation with show of bravado.


It was not clear what they might be looking out for which prompted the visitation and the quest for the unwarranted search. From the look in their faces, one could see that these men in uniform were on a target to hunt down someone upon a tipoff.


Unfortunately their search was conducted without a proof of a search warrant or any form of identification to indicate their intention.


Despite their eager search, it emerged that they could not find what they were actually looking for so they became frustrated, dejected and worried in the end.


They have therefore decided to make away with a jackpot machine (Chinese game) owned and operated by the drinking spot.


This, however did not go down well with Richmond therefore he protested to ask the officers the reason for action without any prior information.


It appears the action of the young man might have provoked the officers to unjustly pick him up and have him dragged into their waiting patrol vehicle where he was whisked away to the Devtracco Estate Police Station in company of two others who were picked along the road.


When he asked what his offence was, he was simply told to come and defend the jackpot machine upon visit to the station.

But upon reaching the police station, he was put straight behind bars together with one of his accomplice without even asked to defend the machine contrary to the assertion of the police prior to his arrest.


Fortunately, one of them (third person) was released instantly upon reaching the police station through the demands of an unknown phone caller on the pretext that he had developed a mental problem.

It wasn’t clear who that unknown caller might be and why he gave such an order for the immediate release of the boy which the police Commander complied with without any hesitation.


The long and short of it all was that Richmond Amedey and his colleague spent 3 nights unjustly and unlawfully behind bars for no official charges of wrongdoing levelled against them despite efforts by the Human Rights Reporters Ghana boss and his lawyer to get them released.


Mr. Wemakor observed that he got infuriated at the conduct of the police officers when the case was reported to him via a distress call during the wee hours of Saturday September 24, 2022.

He sought to intervene for the immediate release of the victims and requested for the contact details of the Devtracco Estate Police Commander, ACP Foli which he gladly received from the victim’s father, Godwin Amedey.


But his good efforts were thwarted by the police commander ACP Foli who ignored all his numerous phone calls.

“Upon receiving a distress call pertaining to this unfortunate incident, I did not hesitate to request for the contact number of Commander ACP Foli to intervene for the immediate release of the victims at all”.


“My calls went unanswered for three (3) consecutive times when I first placed a call to him upon receiving his contact. I later sent him a text message introducing myself and my intention of contacting with the hope that he might return my call but to no avail.

“I waited anxiously to hear from him but still no sign of his call therefore I initiated another call and then I was fortunate to hear him answer me.

I quickly introduced myself to him again and reminded him of my intention, but guess what instead of going ahead to confirm to me whether his men have truly arrested and detained the young men the night before when I demanded to know from him.

According to Mr Wemakor, ACP Foli rather chose to ask him a question: “Are you interviewing me or asking me a question?”.

He wondered why a whole police commander would behave in such an unprofessional manner of asking his boys to go and unlawfully arrest and detain unarmed civilians for three (3) good nights without any charges of crime levelled against them.

The two (2) victims were later freed on Monday September 26, 2022 afternoon after unjustly spending 3 nights in the police custody but the controversies surrounding the entire case still persists with its challenges for the Human Rights Reporters Ghana (HRRG) to explore and unravel to name and shame these officers who misconducted themselves.

Unfortunately, Richmond Amedey (victim) could not tell his story when contacted on phone during the show due to technical challenges.

One question that remains in mind is that what could be the reason for the needles action taken by the Devtracco Estate police patrol team to arrest innocent civilians when it is clear that they have not committed any crime?.

Another question is why was 3 people (suspect) picked up and one person got released that same night at the police station while the other 2 were meant to spend 3 nights behind bars unjustly?

Surely, this show will uncover all the mysteries surrounding this saga and offer you more insights into the police brutality phenomenon in Ghana.


Don’t miss the next week edition of the HB Pulse on Homebase TV with your host, the talented and elegant Victoria Beeko Danso.

Watch a video on the discussion below:


https://youtu.be/aeNjrvQiLg4

Source:humanrightsreporters.com

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McGharbins Network partner HRRG, NYA, PLO Lumumba Foundation et al. to stage the biggest youth gathering in Volta Region


All roads lead to the plush auditorium of the Ho Technical University in the Volta Region on Friday 7th to Saturday 8th October 2022 for the biggest youth gathering to be staged in the history of Volta Region for that matter Ghana.


Dubbed: "McGharbins Youth Connect - Fill The HTU Auditorium" is a brainchild of McGharbins Network, a youth-led advocacy group working in the Volta Region strongly supported by the Volta Regional Youth Network, Human Rights Reporters Ghana-NGO, Ghana CSOs Platform on SDGs, National Youth Authority (NYA), LoveAid Foundation, PLO Lumumba Foundation Ghana and hosts of other youth groups in the Region.


The event which comes on the theme: “PURPOSE, PASSION AND PROFIT” is an avenue for young people to connect and identify their purpose, passion and above all the opportunity to realize their full potentials in life while maximizing it to make profits.


It is also geared towards promoting safe spaces for the youth and young people to learn and cultivate essential skills necessary to thrive in the system.


Executive Director of McGharbins Network, Albert Gharbin in an interview with the Human Rights Reporters averred that the much anticipated : "McGharbins Youth Connect - Fill The HTU Auditorium" is the biggest ever youth gathering event to hit the Volta Region aiming to connect young people to opportunities, empower and build their capacities in policies, decision making and leadership to help them thrive in life.


“It seeks to bring together policymakers, children, youths including other stakeholders in the Volta Region to discuss on the topic: “The Volta Regional Development Plan” in alignment with our “National Development Agenda” and within the broader context of the Global Goals".


The 2-day historic event is also expected to bring together young entrepreneurs to collaborate and take advantage of some opportunities being offered by the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) to businesses and boost tourism for the numerous tourist sites in the Volta Region.


In addition, it would help promote climate action through public awareness of the Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE) framework as a means to foster local participation, inclusion and build long lasting solutions through the bottom-up approach.


The event will be graced by a line-up of distinguished speakers including Moses B. Arthur, Cwesi Oteng Desmond, Prof. Tonisha Tagoe, Daniel Sarpong, Jesse Agyapong and many others.


The keynote address will be delivered by Kwame A.A Opoku, a Futurist, Global Keynote Speaker, Web 3.0 Builder, Communication Aficionado, Investor, SDGs Advocate & Business Coach.


Mr. Opoku also doubles as one of Africa’s Most Sought After Business and Digital Transformation Coaches with over 15+ Years Experience across 80+ Countries in 4 Continents.


The much-awaited McGharbins Youth Connect event is also intended to help accelerate the quest of developing “GREEN” innovations in the Volta Region and boost Agribusiness.


All youth residing in Volta Region and beyond are cordially invited to fully participate and explore the wonderful opportunities at stake.


Tickets are available for grabs at GH¢20.00 (Regular), GH¢50.00 (VIP) and GHGH¢100.00 (VVIP).


For tickets or more information about the event, please call 0248968311/ 0207409956 or Email: [email protected]


Source:humanrightsreporters.com


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https://avalanches.com/gh/accra_african_governments_are_weak_in_regulating_digital_spacesadenike_alob4510416_27_09_2022

African governments are weak in regulating digital spaces-Adenike Aloba


Program Director of Dataphyte, Adenike Aloba has taken a swipe at African governments for their weakness or inability to properly regulate the digital space, an act which limits the full enjoyment of the freedom and fundamental human rights of the masses.


She contends that most of the laws and policies by governments geared towards regulating the digital space in the African context have resulted into a lot of internet shutdowns including attack on press freedom and violation of the rights of journalists and activists among others which have been the trend.


“We’ve seen a lot of journalists being attacked online with bots and being thrown, we’ve seen people being tracked and their things being taken out. We’ve also seen the African governments turn towards when they don’t understand anything they shut it down and that has been the tendency so no, we can’t say that they’re doing well”.


Adenike made this known in an interview with the Human Rights Reporter’s Joseph Wemakor on the sidelines of a 2-day ( Sept. 20-21, 2022) Digital Clinic for Civic Actors in Lagos, Nigeria.


Mr. Wemakor sought to know her views on whether the authorities have lived up to expectation when it comes to proper regulating of digital space within the African continent.


The Digital Clinic which brought together some selected journalists and civic actors from across West Africa namely Ghana, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Nigeria was initiated by the Interactive Initiative for Social Impact (Dataphyte) in collaboration with Spaces for Change (S4C).


The training was aimed at exposing civic actors to the threats in the digital world and equip them with knowledge and practical solutions to deal with the threats to help minimize the risks they pose.


Its goal is to help journalists and civil society protect their information, data, devices and communications against digital security threats.


The participants were taken through topic such as Investigative Journalism Practice in the Digital Space: Risks and Rewards, Deep Dive on Digital Rights in the West African Context, Whistleblowing Policy and Practice in the West African Context and Practical Session on Digital Safety Tools.


It includes Digital Safety and Security Through a Gendered Lens, Data Protection Strategies, Roles and Responsibilities, Social Protection and Rapid Response Mechanisms for Whistleblowing and Digital Safety and Practical Session on Digital Safety Schools-Psychological Safety.


As the world transitions to a digital space, threats are fast increasing online, while people’s rights to freedom of expression, access to the internet and privacy among others are being denied, a trend which is a cause of worry.


But Adenike Aloba who equally doubles as the Managing News Editor of Dataphyte believes the authorities have a major role to play in helping citizens overcome these threats to always remain safe.


“This is a challenge being faced across the world, but it is only in African countries we are seeing laws that want to shut down, that want to control rather than figure out a solution that is more long-term”, she bemoaned.


According to her, although some governments are doing better in terms of regulation of the digital space, others are still lagging behind due to a significant lack of trust between the people and governments.


Citing a typical example of bad regulation of the digital space in the African context, he pointed to a social media bill being set up by the Nigerian government which gives the police the power to determine fake news or abuse of the digital space.


For her, dialogue is a means through which governments can help craft better policies and laws to safeguard the digital space.

“Dialogue is important when you are designing a policy or something then there has to be public engagement because of its public policy for crying out loud”.


She called on all and sundry to do everything humanly possible to protect themselves against the threats while advocating strongly for better laws or policies in place that can help promote and protect digital rights.

Source:humanrightsreporters.com

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https://avalanches.com/gh/accra_world_cleanup_day_2022_gayo_partner_21_csos_to_cleanup_densely_pollut4453267_24_09_2022

World Cleanup Day 2022: GAYO partner 21 CSOs to cleanup densely polluted beaches, educational institutions


The Green Africa Youth Organization (GAYO) under its Sustainable Enterprise Driven Solution Management initiative has joined forces with 21 civil society and governmental organizations in the country to cleanup the Sango Beach, one of the densely polluted beaches located at Teshie, a suburb Accra in the Greater Accra Region.


The exercise aims to help tackle environmental pollution in a bid to achieve the zero-plastic waste agenda in Ghana.


The event dubbed: “Beach Cleanup & Brand Audit” brought together participants from 21 governmental and non-governmental organizations who are partners including volunteers in numbers who converged at the venue during the early hours of Saturday September, 17, 2022, a day set aside globally to commemorate the World Cleanup Day.


The participants thoroughly cleanup, tidied and collected plastic waste including other pollutants which poses threat to fishes and inhabitants at the Sango beach.


The well patronized exercise was climaxed with a brand audit, an initiative by GAYO which witnessed the record keeping (sorting/analysing) of data on plastic waste to help identify the companies responsible for plastic pollution in the country with the view of holding them accountable.


The event which came on the theme: “Break Free From Plastic,” was organized as part of activities to commemorate this year’s World Cleanup Day; a global event which seeks primarily to unite across the world millions of volunteers, governments and organizations in the 191 members’ countries to tackle the global waste problem while building the new and sustainable world.


It was initiated by GAYO in collaboration with its Echo-Club Campus Chapters and supported by the Green Springs Global, Global Citizens, SESA Recycling, The GEF Small Grants Programme, La Dade Kotoku Municipal Assembly, Ledzokuku Municipal Assembly, G17 - University Ambassadors Consortium, the Human Rights Reporters Ghana-NGO and the Environmental Science Students’ Association.


Other partners include the Glittering Stars International, Geography Students' Association, the Green Innovation for People and Nature, Agribusiness Students' Association of Ghana, Water and Sanitation Students’ Association, the Radio Windy Bay 98.3 FM and the International Association of Students in Agriculture.


In his message to commemorate the 2022 World Cleanup Day in Ghana, Nana Mintah articulates that,


“As we strive to adapt and mitigate climate change impact, I know for sure there are frustrations but so are there opportunities to create a space where we can look back and be proud as future generations see our efforts to correct the mess that we created in the first place.”


“I am strong about plastic waste management. I believe it is time we stood together to work towards eliminating plastic pollution as it contributes significantly to climate change impacts.


The earth is the only place of our survival and we have the obligation to be effective stewards to preserve, protect and restore for now and future generations” he concludes.


Touching on brand audit as an intervention, Jacob Johnson Attakpah, Project Coordinator of the Green Africa Youth Organization (GAYO) observed that it is a citizen science initiative that involves recording data on plastic waste to help identify the companies responsible for plastic pollution and hold them accountable.


He further explained that it seeks to advance the scope from just clean-ups and anti-plastics use campaigns to tracing each producer and holding them accountable in managing their waste generation.


Mr. Attakpah stressed that his outfit is making a paradigm shift from the conventional campaigns on waste and plastics which largely focused on the consumers' “dos” and “don'ts” deemed as an ultimate goal to influence policy on the ban on single-use plastics.


“As the call on the elimination of plastic waste is on the crescendo, the alternative have been laid bare by GAYO which includes a complete ban on single-use plastic in Ghana to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Kenya.


It is mainly by this means will there be prohibition on their production, distribution or use. This, GAYO believes offers the upper hand in achieving zero-plastic waste in Ghana”.


The world continues to sit on a time bomb as plastic waste is not properly managed especially for developing countries.


Plastic pollution significantly contributes to climate change. They cause land and water pollution, enhance greenhouse gas emissions, devalue marine ecosystems, and threaten wildlife and biodiversity.


Chemicals released by plastic waste render soil unproductive, thereby affecting food security.


GAYO is a youth-led gender-balanced advocacy group that focuses largely on environmental health and community development.


They operate around four thematic areas which include: capacity building, climate change, disaster risk reduction, and circular economy.


Source:humanrightsreporters.com


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Human Rights Reporters' Joseph Wemakor invited to participate in Digital Clinic for Civic Actors in Lagos, Nigeria


Executive Director of Human Rights Reporters Ghana-NGO (HRRG) Joseph Wemakor, is among the first cohort of selected leaders of civil society organizations (CSOs) across West Africa invited to participate in the Digital Clinic for Civic Actors by the Spaces for Change (S4C), a non-governmental organization, situated in Lagos in collaboration with Interactive Initiative for Social Impact (Dataphyte).


The training aims to equip civic actors with practical skills to safeguard and mitigate risks in the digital world


The goal is to help journalists and civil society protect their information, data, devices and communications against digital security risks.


This forms part of an initiative of the Civic Space Resource Hub for Civil Society Organizations project in West Africa (CSR-Hub) which seeks to offer capacity building and technical support to CSOs across four strategic pillars such as: Civic Space Protection, Governance and Regulatory Compliance, Digital Security and Protection and Resource Mobilization and Financial Resilience


Mr Wemakor was selected out of over 60 applicants in West Africa by the project team of assessors who found him duly qualified for a spot in the training program.


The staunch human rights activist, among other cohorts expected to join the Clinic from Senegal, Sierra Leone and Nigeria will be well schooled on whistleblowing policies and practices, digital rights and its impact on the work of the media, CSO’s and human rights defenders and how to hold power accountable in a digital world etc.


The cohorts are expected to benefit from a 12-month fully funded training, workshops, coaching, technical support and financial resilience building across the pillars under the project.


Source:humanrightsreporters.com

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Lack of protection thwarting human rights fight-Joseph Wemakor


A renowned human rights activist cum seasoned journo, Mr. Joseph Wemakor has taken a swipe at the state authorities for not doing enough to protect the rights and lives of human cum social rights advocates/activists who are committed to championing causes at perils of their lives daily with the aim of bringing about the desired change.


According to him, advocacy/activism as major tools for change exposes the advocates/activists to greater risks including loss of dear lives in most cases which requires that maximum protection and support are given them by the authorities to guarantee their safety and security in order to continue to deliver on their mandate towards achieving results.


Mr. Wemakor made this known in an interview with Victoria Beeko Danso, host of HB Pulse on Homebase TV, during his appearance to discuss on the topic: “Combating Cruelty against Children 2” on Monday August 29, 2022.


The gleaming morning show among others seeks to throw more light on the woes of the 7-year-old girl who got brutally abused, tortured and bounded with ropes both hands and feet by his father after she was accused for shoplifting a biscuit from a shop.


The unfortunate incident caused a stir on social media on Tuesday July 19, 2022 and broke many hearts the moment a video footage and photograph accompanied by a powerful caption: “Tied like a lamb to the slaughter“ by the Human Rights Reporters Ghana (HRRG) went viral.


However, by the swift intervention of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly’s Department of Social Welfare and Community Development through support of the Ministry of Gender Children and Social Protection (MOGCSP) the child was freed from oppression.


When asked by the host what challenges are his outfit battling in the fight against human rights, Mr Joseph Wemakor who doubles as the Executive Director of Human Rights Reporters Ghana (HRRG) and the Co-convener of the Youth and the SDG3 sub-platforms of the Ghana Civil Society Organizations Platform on SDGs in Ghana said: “activism is not an easy task all; it expose us activists to so much risk and if care is not taken and you run out of luck, you might even lose your life in the process.


That’s why people like us ought to be protected so we can continue to work to bring about change”.


He further revealed that his outfit often chanced upon gross human rights violations on a daily baisis which ought to be uncovered but due to lack of protection by the authorities, the group could not take action as a result of fear of victimization.


The HRRG is a vibrant Ghanaian human rights advocacy group with a global reach, committed to ensuring people’s rights are respected, protected and fulfilled.


It is made up of young Ghanaian journalists, editors, lawyers, human rights activists, advocates and defenders who are wholly dedicated and committed to helping address issues of human rights violations in Ghana and beyond to bring the country closer to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Source:humanrightsreporters.com

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Human Rights Reporters Ghana gets results: 7-year-old girl brutally assaulted, tortured rescued

The Human Rights Reporters Ghana (HRRG) has welcomed the news about the rescue of a 7-year-old girl who was brutally assaulted, tortured, and abused by her father, with great joy after its report on the barbaric and inhumane treatment meted out to the young girl yielded a positive result, pushes the authorities to respond leading to her rescue from the grips of her tyrannizing family.


7-year-old Mary Asana's (not her real name) photograph and video footage broke the internet on Friday, July 19, 2022, and got many hearts torn after a publication by the Human Rights Reporters Ghana went viral.


In the image which triggered shock and horror, Mary can be seen in ropes firmly tied up on both hands and feet lying helplessly on the floor in a sorrowful state.


The caption accompanying the photograph: “Tied like a lamb to the slaughter", aroused huge public outcry with the publication receiving the widest publicity on several social media platforms the moment the news surfaced.


Mary was accused of shoplifting a ‘common biscuit’ from a neighbor’s shop, the act which infuriated her father to the extent that he almost ended up crucifying her in a bid to instill discipline in her.


According to the victim’s father, Mary just can’t stop stealing petty items like food and money as persons with the condition of kleptomania are often accused of.

Mary is currently free from oppression.


This was made possible through the intervention of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly’s Department of Social Welfare and Community Development with the support of the Ministry of Gender Children and Social Protection (MOGCSP) which led to her rescue.


Mr. Godfred Abogo, the Unit Head for the Department of Social Welfare at the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly who led the rescue operation team shared two (2) photographs of the child with the Executive Director of Human Rights Reporters Ghana, Mr. Joseph Wemakor, indicating that she is now freed and in safe hands within the Department’s custody.


In one of the photographs, the child appeared in a nice costume within a setting that looks like an office in a standing posture posing for the camera while in the other one she was spotted with a bottle of coke in the hands sipping the content into her mouth through a straw in an environment that looks like a restaurant.


According to Mr. Abogo, the initial findings of his outfit pointed to the child exhibiting a pilfering condition akin to kleptomania which prompted her parents to unacceptably restrict her movement resulting in her being assaulted and further bound her up with ropes.


His disclosure corroborates the findings of the Human Rights Reporters Ghana highlighted in its preliminary report on the saga.


He added that investigations into the matter are still currently ongoing to unravel more on the disturbing issue while arrangements are being made to pave way for the reunification of the child with her biological mother.


Meanwhile, he also indicated that the child’s father and stepmother are currently cooperating with his outfit to amicably resolve the issue.


“The parents of the victim did not resist an attempt to free the child, in fact, they were remorseful and voluntarily agreed to the rescue”.


“They have signed a bond of good behavior and to produce the biological mother of the child within the shortest possible time.”


Mr. Abogo also averred that his outfit is solely responsible for footing all the bills of costs incurred for the upkeep of the child while in custody.


This, according to him, is being funded through the Integrated Social Services Delivery System (ISS) of the KMA Department of Social Welfare.


When asked about the roles of the police service in assisting the Social Welfare Department during the rescue operation, he said that “The police were reluctant and besides they didn’t have a DOVVSU office at Ampabame, hence we did it alone”.


The Human Rights Reporters Ghana after breaking the troubling news on that fateful ‘black Friday’, July 19, 2022, did not just sit back and rest on its laurels but quickly proceeded to reach out to the Gender Ministry for help through its HELPLINE OF HOPE call Centre and then gotten a response after which it was redirected to the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly Social Welfare Department in the Ashanti Region. The outcome of which witnessed the swift intervention and subsequently led to the rescue of the child.


The HRRG congratulates the KMA Department of Social Welfare in the Ashanti Region for taking this giant step to rescue the 7-year-old girl and also urges it to endeavor to fast-track the investigations appropriately and ensure the perpetrator of this heinous crime is severely punished as well as help facilitate the reunification of the child with her biological mother as early as possible to safeguard her welfare and growth.

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Let no one look down on your youth. Instead, be an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity


Agbodra Ernest, a student of Ho Technical University was interviewed at Avenor tv by a veteran media influencer, Acid on a drive show.


On his political agendas and runs , he was asked to say his ambitions and what legacy he is living as a youth. He said the legacy can't be told by him but others are supposed to say. He proceeded and advice the youths by saying " let no one look down on your youth. Instead, be an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity"

By.....Acid


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Ashanti Region- Contest 12

End of Round 1

Kumasi Wesley Girls' High School: 22pts

Agogo State College: 15pts

Presby SHS, Bompata: 14pts

Adugyama SHS: 12pts

#NSMQ2022 #NSMQRegionals #Primetime

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Man hides in wardrobe as lady’s main boyfriend shows up unannounced – Video


A man on Twitter has shared on his page his real-time experience at the house of a lady he paid a visit to.


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The man, known as @welbie said he was forced to hide in the wardrobe of the lady after her main boyfriend visited the house unnoticed.


The man shared a photo he took while he was hiding in the wardrobe waiting for the main boyfriend to step out he also leaves.


The guy made light remarks about the situation to suggest that he was not taking it seriously.


He tweeted; ”You in her dms, I’m in her closet… hiding because her boyfriend just visited.”


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Be supportive You Are The Backbone Of Your Family - Sofo Maame Patricia Asare Frimpong Advised Women.


Sofo Maame Patricia Asare Frimpong the wife of the head pastor, Apostle Asare Frimpong of Global Fountain Of Grace Ministry International at Wassa Akropong, Amenfi East branch in the Western Region. Has advised women to be hardworking and supportive to their husbands because they are the backbone of the family and has a big role to play.


During the Mothers Day celebration Sofo Maame Patricia Asare Frimpong donated 1Kg of 60 bags of rice, 60 bottles of Coca-cola and Fanta, 1 Box of Donsimon fruit juice and many other gifts to the Women's Fellowship of the church.


When answering a question "why making this donations"? with an interview with Rivers news reporter and Ghana Youth's Leaders 2022 Awards winner Abrewa Nana Kwabena Tawiah she stated it is a hard time women learn to work hard, be supportive at homes because they are the backbone of their families.


According to Sofo Maame Patricia Asare Frimpong, she don't need anything in return for spending almost about Gh¢ 4000 on this donations than to see Ghanian women taking this advises so that they can become financially independent.


Adding to that Sofo Maame Patricia Asare Frimpong discloses that most Churches don't normally help women.


And she urges churches to pay much attention to women's especially their Work and Family life because they are the backbone of their families.

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Top 10 Highest Paid Footballers In The World


Soccer stars are the highest-paid sportsmen in the world. They are paid millions of dollars and Euros just to remain in a team or to make a transfer to a new team.

But are all the footballers paid equally? Certainly not, these players are paid according to the contract which is signed keeping their recent form, overall stats, future potential, and fitness in mind.


Below, we have mentioned the top 10 highest-paid footballers in history who are making everyone desirable to put their life into the soccer career.

10. Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)

$483,000 per week


Robert Lewandowski is the only Bundesliga player on our list.

He is a professional footballer of Bundesliga who plays as a striker in the club.


He is also the captain of the Poland national team. He is the only player in his club who has scored over 500 goals for his country.

He was also named FIFA’S Men’s player of the year in 2020.

Lewandowski has made many awesome records in his career, he had made an unbelievable scoring record during the extension of the large trophy collection.


He has won the German top-flight during nine of his 11 years playing for his country.

He earns about $767,706 per week.

9. David de Gea (Manchester United)

$517,000 per week


David de Gea is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper in the national team of Spain.

He also plays for the premier league club manchester united as a goalkeeper and the most amazing thing about David is that he is the top-earning goalkeeper in the world and also regarded as the best goalkeeper in the world.


His youth career started as playing for Atletico Madrid and a few decades later he was signed by Manchester united.


As he was the highest-earning goalkeeper, he earns $517,000 salary weekly.

8. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)

$531,000 per week


He is a professional footballer of the Belgian national team.

He plays as a midfielder in his team and also for the premier league club Manchester city.


He is a successful footballer in the world that’s why he is regarded as a player in the world and also described as a complete footballer.

He recently signed a contract after which now he has become the top earner in England.

Bruyne has earned three league titles in just six years of his gaming career in Manchester city.

He earns a weekly salary of $531,000 per week.

7. Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United)

$531,000 per week


Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the best football players in the world.

He is a professional Portuguese football player, he plays as a forward player in the Portugal national team and Ronaldo also captains the team.


He also plays for the premier league club Manchester united.

He is described as the most recognizable athlete on the planet and also the most popular in the world.

Ronaldo’s one-week income is about $531,000.

6. Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint Germain)

$566,000 per week


Kylian is one of the best footballers, he is a professional French footballer.

He plays as a forward player in the France national team. Kylian Mbappe also plays for ligue1 club Paris Saint Germain as a forward player.

He has earned the title of Ligue 1 young player of the year at the age of 16, he also got the golden boy award while playing with Ligue 1 club Monaco.

His name comes in the list of the PSG’s top three players lowest-paid stars but still, his name comes in the list of top 10 earner players of the world.

He earns a weekly salary of $566,000

5. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid)

$690,000 per week


He is a professional footballer of welsh, he plays as a winger in the Wales national team.

He also plays as a winger for the la Liga club Real Madrid. He is also a free-kick specialist.

In recent years, his reputation suffered a dent regardless of which still he remains one of the highest-paid footballers.

His weekly is about $690,000

4. Antoine Griezmann (Barcelona)

$793,000 per week


Griezmann is the only representative of Barcelona who is on the list of the top 10 highest-paid footballers after the departure of Messi.

He is a professional french footballer, griezmann plays as a forward player in the national team of France.

He earns a monthly salary of $793,000

3. Luis Suarez (Atletico Madrid)

$793,000 per week


He is an Uruguayan professional football player.

Luis plays as a striker in the national team.

He also plays for the Spanish club Atletico Madrid. after leaving Blaugrana, he excelled in Griezman’s former club where he helps them in winning the La Liga Santander title during his first session.

He earns $793,000 per week.

2. Neymar (Paris Saint Germain)

$836,000 per week


Neymar is a famous professional Brazilian footballer.

He plays as a forward player in the Brazil national team.

He also plays for the Ligue 1 club Paris Saint Germain. Neymar is regarded as the best player in the world.

He earns a weekly income of $836,000

1. Lionel Messi (Paris Saint Germain)

$1,325,000 per week


Lionel Messi, the most known footballer in the world. He is a professional Argentine football player, he plays as a forward player in the Argentina national team.

He also plays for the ligue1 club Paris Saint Germain.

his weekly income is around $1,325,000.

This made him the highest-paid footballer in the world.

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Photos Of Trees With Strange Shapes That Exist

The international is nicely- endowed with first rate beauty from landscapes to aquatic life. However, a few matters that the arena hosts are tough to believe due to the mystery they portray in contrast to what we’re used to.



Many will say they’ re now not actual, yeah you’re here to select out out the as soon as that appears to be faux inside the statement section.

Bushes are truely present of existence, gift of nature, they part of what stability the earth else there can be not anything call earth. Trees have helped in all way spherical, almost half of what we use in this earth are made from wooden which might be made from trees, and the relaxation may additionally were made with the assist of timber or wood.


We’ re nowadays to test these trees and how bizarre they’ ll be or look.

This primary one underneath seems a hint actual and the picture you notice when you have a take a look at in is that of a massive horrific cat with its tail.


This one is way out of youngsters attain. . . Tell us what do you see right here.

Bushes are very critical part of our environment. They are liable for the steadiness of nature due to the important roles they play. They provide animals and humanity with oxygen that is important for survival. In addition they purify the air as they absorb carbon dioxide. Further to attracting rains and performing as wind- breakers at some point of wind storms or tornadoes, wooden are houses to a few animals like birds.


But, a few have shapes that we might also bear in mind weird and mysterious, leaving us with myriads of questions. Sooner or later we may also additionally even marvel whether or not or not nature is gambling a prank on us. As an example, locating a tree with an appearance of someone, an animal or inclusive of a few organs or activities also can sparks several questions, most of which is probably replied and beyond logical motives.

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HE FINGERED ME AT A LODGING PRIOR TO LAYING DOWN WITH ME, DESPITE THE FACT THAT HE IS A PASTOR.


Ghanaian youngsters of late don't accept love as it used to be in the former times, the harsh truth is, they have confused captivation by affection, desire for trade of cash, as an outcomes, most women experience in their relationship.


Stella portrayed her difficulty to Aunty Naa, the host of Oyerepa Afuto on Oyerepa TV, a nearby TV channel in the Ashanti Region. As per her, she was seeing someone she met Rich, who was a Pastor at Makers Chapel.


As indicated by Stella, despite the fact that she was not keen on Pastor Rich, his industriousness and irrestible person made her surrender to his interest of been involved with her.


He will come to my place and once in a while welcome me to an inn, as hard as he attempts to lay down with me, I didnt yield so he utilizes his fingers to fingered me till I became frail and had his direction with me. She told the host.


I got pregnant for himself and he advised me to keep the child, I needed to settled at my mummy's place to convey, he quit cooking for myself as well as my child, at a point, my mummy felt debilitated and I needed to advise him to come for the child since I couldn't deal with the child.


Presently, he's getting hitched to another lady, with practically no type of pay, he deserted me, and never satisfied any of his vows to me. He misled me and made me a dolt. Pls I really want 40,000 cedis as a pay before I permit him to wed. She cried.


Minister Rich on his side said, he's finished with her and won't ever remunerate her neither will he permit her to approach her child.

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