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Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has said government will tap the expertise and experiences of the aged persons to aid the orientation of the younger generation against the ills of society in order to realise the aspirations of the nation.

He noted that the over 1.6 million senior citizens were valuable human resource who could contribute immensely towards the development of the nation and gave the assurance that government would continue to protect their rights and wellbeing.

‘‘We still believe that there is still a lot more capabilities in you. I urge you to continue sharing your experience and wisdom to building a good society for the future. You are still our valuable human resource.

“The interest of the nation should override any other interest because, if we fail as a country, we fail together and if we succeed, we do so together,” the Vice President noted.

Vice President Bawumia said this when he delivered an address at this year’s senior citizens day in Accra, on Sunday.

July 1, every year is celebrated to commemorate the significant efforts and struggle made by the senior citizens towards the development of the country.

The ceremony attracted some dignitaries, including the Speaker of Parliament, Professor Aaron Mike Ocquaye, the Chief of Staff, Madam Akosua Frema Osei Opare, members of the Council of State and traditional rulers.

Vice President Bawumia used the occasion to interact with the senior citizens and expressed the profound gratitude of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and all Ghanaians to the elderly for their dedicated and persevering services rendered to the nation.

A minute silence was observed in memory of the late former Vice President, Kwesi Amissah-Arthur who passed on last Friday, June 29 at the 37 Military Hospital.

The Police Band provided melodious patriotic and gospel songs to entertain the gathering.

The Vice President said government was not oblivion to their challenges, and, therefore, urged the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection to implement the guidelines in the National Policy of the Aged Persons of 2006, to improve the lives of the elderly and have priority access to social services.

He said government would continue to offer the necessary support and social interventions to better the lives of the aged, noting that, there were some key government interventions ongoing including the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP programme.

Under the LEAP, he said, government had provided transfer grants to some 259,853 aged persons who were 65 years and above in extreme poor households.

Additionally, the National Health Insurance Authority had provided 502,301 aged persons who were 70 years and above with active NHIS membership cards at the end of December 2017, while the LEAP programme registered 82,189 elderly persons under the exempt category.

He urged Ghanaians of all ages to cherish and protect the peace of the nation by putting their political, ethnic and religious differences aside, and help build the country and make it a force to reckon with on the African continent.

Madam Abena Agyeikuma Kwarteng, a member of the senior citizens, who spoke on their behalf, appealed to the government to establish a pensioners’ unit at every constituency to help address issues regarding their pensions.

She expressed worry about occasional assembling of aged persons at one place to validate their pension status, which often inconvenienced them considering the difficulty in movement of some of them.

Madam Otiko Afisa Djaba, the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, for her part, said the Draft Aged Persons Bill, would be presented before Cabinet for consideration, and subsequently laid before Parliament for passage into law.

This, she said, would help deal decisively with emerging issues affecting pensioners and to improve their welfare.

She said the Ministry was engaging with health workers to facilitate the screening of the aged persons in the area of cancer, health pressure, diabetes, obesity and sensitization programmes, in order to enhance their healthcare.

Madam Afisa Djaba said her outfit had developed the Ghana Accessibility Standard for built environment to ensure that all public institutions were disability friendly considering the fact that, about 12 per cent of the aged had one or two disabilities.

She added that it had begun steps to establish a recreational centre for the aged persons so there would be “One District, One Senior Citizens Centre, for them to interact with each other and socialise.

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Former Ghanaian dance champion Alex Ofori passes on

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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

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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

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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.

Source: starrfm.com.gh

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