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African must invest financially to child’s development – Otiko Djaba



Ms Otiko Afisa Djaba, the Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection has called on African leaders to invest financially in the development of policies for children to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

Ms Djaba said it was imperative for African leaders to consciously mainstream issues of child welfare and development into its programmes to protect their rights and save them from abuse.

The Minister made the call in Accra at the weekend in a speech read on her behalf at a symposium to mark the Day of the Africa Child (DAC),on June 16.

The event was on the theme: “Leave No Child Behind for Africa’s Development” organised by Compassion International Ghana, a Christ-centred organisation.

The celebration is to draw the attention to all and sundry to the many problems that afflict the African child and impede their development.

She said this year’s theme builds on the drive created by the 2017 theme; “The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development for Children in Africa: Accelerating Protection, Empowerment and Equal Opportunity.”.

She said the theme emphasised the need to mainstream children’s rights in all developmental programmes implemented by Member States in implementing the Agenda 2030.

“While the 2017 DAC theme focused on locating Africa’s children generally within the 2030 Agenda, the 2018 theme highlights the need to ensure that ‘No Child is Left Behind’ by specifically targeting those who are not benefitting from Africa’s growth and development”, she added.

Ms Djaba stressed that, the Sustainable Development Goals was a clarion call for a more equitable future for all and a commitment to leave no one behind especially children with a focus on the girl child.

“The children who are being left behind are those who still go through challenges in all the sectors including access to justice, education, health, protection, participation, leisure and play, among others”.

She called for accelerated efforts in collaboration with all partners to share ideas towards making sure that all children were in school and retained as well.

The Minister stated that government had formulated relevant laws such as the Children’s Act, Human Trafficking Act, Domestic Violence Act, among others to further protect children’s rights.

“Ghana has also developed a Child and Family Welfare Policy and a Justice for Children Policy to make to use existing community structures to better protect children in our families and communities”.

The Minister urged all to become child advocates or ambassadors with a renewed commitment towards alleviating the daily problems that children faced and serve as watchdogs for the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Children.

Mrs Gifty Dansoah Appiah, the National Director of Compassion International Ghana said the Day was observed by the then Organisation of the African Unity since 1991, after the Soweto uprising in South Africa in 1976, where thousands of school children marched in protest against the poor quality of education they received and demanded to be taught in their own languages.

Mrs Appiah said the day called for introspection and commitment towards addressing the challenges faced by children across the continent and the aftermath of slave trade and wars in Africa left the future of many African children in limbo without any hope of attaining the needed levels of education.

She urged government to develop strategies to ensure that no child was left behind and that their outfit, that focused on holistic development of the child would continued to adhere to its mission of releasing children from poverty in Jesus’ name.


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Former Ghanaian dance champion Alex Ofori passes on





The late Alex Ofori was a former Ghanaian National Dance Champion

•The late Alex Ofori was a choreographer and a fashion model

• He became much popular after winning the Ghana National Dance competition in 1988

• The late dancer has been eulogized by popular Ghanaian media personality, Mr. Kwasi Kyei Darkwa

Former Ghanaian National Dance Champion, Alex Ofori, has reportedly passed on.

The late Alex Ofori who shot to fame after winning the Ghana National Dance competition in 1988, has worked with the likes of Slim Buster, who won the championship in 1987, Ebenezer Ako Nai who also won in 1987, Terry Ofosu Bright, aka Sir Robot who won in 1989 and Reggie Rockstone among others.

Announcing his demise on Facebook on June 16, 2021, veteran broadcaster Kwesi Kyei Darkwa (KKD) stated that the dance champion brought so much excitement and joy to Ghanaians whenever he got on a stage or dance floor.

He also eulogized him paving the way for new dance talents the country currently possesses.

“Rest in peace ALEX OFORI, Former National Dance Champion- Great Embassy Double Do, Dancer-Choreographer & Fashion Model. You brought so much excitement & joy to our motherland wherever you got on a stage or dance floor. With the likes of World Dance Champion Adjetey Sowah, unique breakdancer Reginald Osei aka Reggie Rockstone, Show dancers Firekiller, Como Basto, Carlos Alberto, Tee Pee & many enthusiastic young talents of the 80s & 90s, you helped turn what was your passion into a mainstay of live shows & television entertainment. Today, those talents you shared with the world just for fun, your labor of love has become a popular profession.”

“You & your colleagues paved the way for the talent we enjoy in dance choreography at national events & in numerous music videos. Life: How unpredictable you are. & how fragile we are,” he wrote on Facebook.

It can be recalled that the late Alex Ofori once represented Ghana at the World Dance Championship series at the London Hippodrome.

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VIDEO: Kennedy Agyapong celebrates 61st birthday in Dubai with his 16 daughters





Assin Central MP, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong celebrating his birthday with wife and children

• The Assin Central MP was swamped by his beautiful daughters at his 61st birthday party in Dubai

• Kennedy Agyapong turned 61 on June 16, 2021

• The lawmaker received and unwrapped some expensive gifts from his children

Assin Central MP, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, joined his daughters in Dubai to celebrate his 61st birthday on June 16, 2021.

In a video making rounds on social media, the outspoken lawmaker was captured in a plush restaurant, swamped by his beautiful daughters and wife.

With the exception of Arnell, who is alleged to have been ‘disowned’ by Mr. Agyapong, the rest of his 16 beautiful daughters were seen seated at a dinner table with their father having a nice time.

Beaming with smiles, Mr. Agyapong one-by-one unwrapped the gifts presented to him by his children.

The all-white birthday party was climaxed with a kiss from his wife.

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One shot as sand winners clash with Okyeman taskforce at Adeiso





Sand winners and Taskforce clash in Adeiso

One person has been shot in a clash between the Okyeman Environmental Protection task force and sand winners at Adeiso in the West Akyem Municipality in the Eastern region.

The task force stormed the Tank Akuraa community near Adeiso, arrested and handcuffed one Osae Kwame, a sand winner and threw him into a Nissan Pick Up but were pursued by the youth who rescued him.

Later the taskforce members attacked Summertide sand winning Company site at Obeng Yaw village, also near Adeiso, amidst the firing of guns and arrested five workers and shot one other.

Armed police responded to the distress calls about the incidents but the Taskforce failed to stop when signalled by Police.

They were given a hot chase but to no avail.

Information spread through the Communities leading to the youth mounting roadblocks and attacked the task force.

Sensing danger Okyeman Mponuahene, Barima Twum Tabriade and Okyeman Akwansrahene went to the Adeiso police station to seek refuge in a Jeep Patriot SUV with registration number GS9835-19 which had three tyres deflated.

The angry youth and sand winners massed up at the Police station seeking the release of the two chiefs for instant justice.

Due to the tension, Adeiso District Police command called on the Divisional Command for reinforcement to contain the situation.

A search in the Jeep SUV which belongs to Akwansrahene, Baffour Sarpong, contained one AK 47 assault rifle with 3 magazines and 7 Pump-action cartilages.

The five (5 ) suspects including the two chiefs were whisked to Asamankese Divisional Headquarters by the reinforcement team where they were granted Police enquiry bail.

The Public Relations Officer of the Eastern Regional Police Command, DSP Ebenezer Tetteh confirmed the incident.

He said the Regional Police Command has dispatched a team to the troubled area to help resolve the matter to restore calm.

Okyeman Environmental Protection Taskforce was formed over a decade ago to fight against illegal mining, illegal sand winning and illegal chainsawing.


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