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The National Organizer of the Liberal Party of Ghana, Asani Tanoh, has defended the National Security Minister, Mr Albert Kan-Dapaah saying “vilifying” him is wrong.

Kan-Dapaah courted controversy when he said: “injustice occasioned as a result of the absence of an effective justice delivery system or delayed justice or biased justice is certainly a threat to national security. Indeed, when injustice abounds, particularly in situations where the bench, which is considered the final arbiter of disputes, is deemed biased, citizens tend to take the law into their own hands most times without recourse to the established systems of justice delivery”.

“If the interpretation of the law is tilted in our favour all the time, people will start accusing the judiciary and will not have the confidence that they need,” he added.

However, some have disagreed with the National Security Minister because they believe it confirms the impression that the Judiciary can be biased.

However, Asani Tanoh contributing to a panel discussion on UTV’s ‘Adekye Nsroma’ programme said Kan-Dapaah “spoke the minds of a lot of people in the country”.

“What he said is on the minds of a lot of people but they don’t have the courage to say it. God bless him and his descendants. The way he’s being vilified especially on social media is appalling. This is a serious caution to the Judiciary; because the impression is that they’re now using the slogan of the LPG: Yen k) nkoaa!, unanimous decision . . . and so it’s a serious caution to the Judiciary,” he stated.

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Samira Bawumia Receives Top Global Humanitarian Award In Atlanta, U.S.A. | Politics

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The Second Lady, Hajia Samira Bawumia, has been highly honoured with several accolades in the U.S. for her stellar interventions in maternal and child health, education and women empowerment.

She was the recipient of the Ghanaian Women Association of Georgia (GWAG) Global Humanitarian Award for her “outstanding and life-transforming contribution towards the empowerment of women and children, through initiatives that align with GWAG’s causes in healthcare and education”.

Mrs Bawumia was the Special Guest of Honour at the 7th Annual Maternity Fundraising Gala of GWAG held at the Atlanta City Hall, Georgia, where she picked up the award over the weekend.

Hajia Samira Bawumia gracefully received a specially-designed plaque at the programme attended by many dignitaries of the State of Atlanta and several Ghanaians.

Mrs Bawumia will be one of few remarkable Ghanaian achievers to receive the special award.

Her night of glory continued with another honour from the Atlanta City Council.

In a citation bearing the signatures of all members and the seal of the Atlanta City Council, she was singled out for “her tireless work on the many issues that impact families across the globe”.

It didn’t end there as the Macon-Bibb County recognised her tremendous efforts in various sectors.

Mayor of Macon-Bibb County, Georgia, Lester M. Miller, proclaimed and urged the county “to commend her in her efforts to save lives, improve livelihoods, empower women, and protect the environment.”

Adding her own applause was Senator Donzella James, a Member of the Georgia State Senate.

“Be it resolved that H.E Hajia Samira Bawumia is recognised and commended for her many wonderful accomplishments and extended sincere best wishes for continued health, happiness and prosperity,” she said in a written resolution bearing her signature and seal.

GWAG, a global organisation with membership spanning America, Europe, Africa and Asia, and headquartered in Atlanta, U.S., praised Mrs Bawumia for her “selfless sacrifice and devotion to humanity, as well as the remarkable substance and philanthropic spirit you bring to the Office of the Second Lady”.

GWAG crowned Mrs Samira Bawumia out of over 100 personalities from more than 10 countries for her “unwavering and life-saving support for the vulnerable and underprivileged, through various social interventions that transcend the shores of Ghana”.

Through the Samira Empowerment & Humanitarian Projects (SEHP), the Second Lady has transformed the lives of uncountable marginalised women and deprived children and boosted girl child education.

Her ‘Safe Delivery Project’ aims to distribute 100,000 well-resourced birth kits to expectant mothers in deprived communities across Ghana.

Over 6,000 birth kits have been distributed to mothers in deprived and difficult-to-reach communities so far.

SEHP has also resourced 38 health facilities across Ghana.

She has also established the SEHP Skills and Entrepreneurial Development Initiative (SEDI), aimed at improving the socio-economic well-being of women generally through training, provision of capital, start-up kits and the establishment of micro-enterprise schemes.

Over 3,600 rural and urban women have benefitted from various vocational and entrepreneurial skills-sets.

A further 1,200 women have had their capacities enhanced through the Shea Empowerment Initiative, a women’s economic empowerment and rural enterprise project aimed at training 1,600 women in quality shea nut (a major cash crop in Ghana) collection and processing, with access to a ready market for finished shea products.

As part of the initiative, Her Excellency has also constructed four modern, environmentally friendly shea processing factories in the Northern, North East, Upper West and Upper East Regions of Ghana, which will provide about 300 direct and 1,500 indirect employment.

Her Excellency is an advocate for the ‘Combined Maternal and Child Health Record Book Project’ – a Ghana Health Service initiative, with support from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

She is also supporting the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on the ‘Nurturing Care Framework for Early Childhood Development’, a project focused primarily on childcare.

Mrs Bawumia is spearheading a Coalition of People against Sexual and Gender-based Violence and Harmful Practices (CoPASH) in partnership with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

The mandate of CoPASH is to bring together agencies, organisations and individuals who are passionate about the rights of women and girls to advocate for better case management for victims of “Sexual and Gender-Based Violence and Harmful Practices” (SGBVs/HPs).

Hajia Samira Bawumia is determined to make Ghana a literary powerhouse.

She has so far distributed about one hundred thousand 100,000 books to over 200,000 pupils in 60 basic schools across Ghana as part of her ‘Get Ghana Reading Campaign’.

She is also the Patron of the Samira Bawumia Literature Prize, a launchpad for aspiring Ghanaian writers to share their art with the world.

Mrs Bawumia is the Chief Trustee of the SEHP Educational Trust Fund, a fund set up to provide scholarships to brilliant but needy students in tertiary institutions.

In October 2017, She was appointed as a Global Ambassador for the Clean Cooking Alliance, a public-private partnership hosted by the United Nations Foundation to save lives, improve livelihoods, empower women, and protect the environment.

Hajia Samira Bawumia was named the first of seven global honourees by Sustainable Energy for All (SEforAll), in partnership with Ashden.

She uses her influence to raise awareness on issues of clean cooking and advocates for the adoption of clean energy solutions on the global stage.

Hajia Samira Bawumia advocates clean cooking solutions at several international conferences and fora as part of her global mandate.

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Alan Kyeremanten Urges Developing Nations To Put Trade AT Centre Of National Development Agenda | Politics

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Ghana’s Trade and Industry Minister, Honorable Alan Kyerematen, has called on African leaders to prioritize trade and industry as key the development of the continent.

Hon Kyerematen urged leadership of African countries and stakeholders to lean towards the trade sector as the missing piece in the jigsaw of the continent’s development agenda.

Speaking at the 13th World Trade Promotion Organisation Conference & Awards ceremony on Tuesday, May 17, 2022 at the Labadi Beach Hotel in Accra, Hon Kyerematen said, cited examples of how small and medium scale businesses adopted measures to enable them cope with challenges at the height of the COVID pandemic.

“On the economic front, small businesses, large companies and other organizations did not wait for the virus to disappear before they got back to work. On the contrary, with the support of technology, they opened up to new ideas to promote their businesses, try new business ideas and adapt to the new times.

“Everyone was motivated to dig into their creativity and innovation and make the best of the situation they found themselves in.
I have been particularly amazed at the tenacity displayed by Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises. Their boldness and courage to take on new business and ideas at the risk of potential failure, has been simply amazing”, Hon. Kyeremanten said.

On the need for immediate take off in the economy, the Minister called for the immediate return to the trade and industry arena to as a means of reviving various sectors of the economy for quick growth.

“If there was ever a time in the history of the world that nations around the globe require ‘bold solutions for resilience and recovery’ that time is now. Events of the past two years and indeed the last few months, have been extraordinary in their devastating impact on social lives as well as on the global economy”, he said.

Mr. Kyerematen said the important role played by
MSMEs in employing majority of the world’s workforce made it imperative for them to be supported to ensure the success of their businesses.

He urged the conference, as Trade Promotion Organisations to adopt innovative ways for the viability of MSMEs as means of tapping into the huge youthful population of the continent for development.

He enumerated seven points which would help TPOs to effectively play the role that is expected of them.

These include:
The need for governments around the world, particularly in developing countries, to put trade at the center of their development agenda. Trade must be mainstreamed in national development plans. Programmes and projects that enhance trade must be aggressively pursued by TPOs.
Secondly, TPOs must identify specific areas where global trade disruptions have created opportunities for scaling up local production in their national economy, and build partnerships with private sector business associations to take advantage of such opportunities.
Thirdly, TPOs should identify existing or potential exporting companies that can leverage opportunities for exports, particularly to regional markets arising from trade disruptions in the supply of goods to those markets.

The other factors were that:
TPOs should facilitate the use of regional value chains to exploit market opportunities around the world for MSMEs.
Fifthly, Trade and Investment Promotion Organizations where they operate independently of each other, must enhance the level of collaboration between them, to attract investments into the domestic economy that will facilitate both domestic and foreign trade.
Sixth, TPOs must enhance the use and deployment of digital platforms in facilitating trade across borders.
Seventh, the role of regional markets and intra-regional trade must be prioritized by TPOs in programming technical support and assistance for MSMEs. In this regard, TPOs on the African continent must work actively to support the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreement, Mr. Kyerematen said.

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Achimota Forest Saga: Mike Hammah Exposes NDC? | Politics

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Former Minister of Lands and Natural Resources under the erstwhile John Evan Atta Mills regime, Mike Hammah has exposed members of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) over the de-classification of the Achimota Forest Reserve.

Mr Hammah corroborated the explanations given by Lands and Natural Resources Minister, Samuel Abu Jinapor following outbursts by some members of his party.

There were accusations from some members of the NDC including Minority in Parliament and some social media followers that the government had sold portions of the reserve to private developers.

According to the Minority in Parliament, the decision to classify the Achimota forest as not a forest reserve any longer is dangerous and does not reflect the avowed objective of keeping the only green area in Accra and to a large extent restoring deforested land in the country.

They said without doubt the Achimota Forest is the only existing greenbelt in Ghana’s capital city, Accra and any decision on that land should either add more ecological value to it or enhance its present value.

However, the government debunked such accusations.

The minister, Samuel Jinapor, at a press conference on Tuesday evening, explained that the Executive Instrument, E.I. 144, pertained to 361 acres of peripherals of the Achimota forest that the government is returning to its custodial owners, identified as the Owoo family because the land was not being used for its intended purpose, which included the extension of the Achimota School.

Mr. Jinapor stressed that “The constitution protects citizens from being deprived of their properties. It also talks about the government ensuring that when it acquires land, it ensures prompt, fair, and adequate compensation is paid to the original landowners. If the government doesn’t use the land for a very long time, the government will have to return it to its pre-acquisition owners. And the pre-acquisition owners here are the Owoo family.

“The key thing here is about biodiversity and not to go in there and clear the portion for buildings. You maintain what is there and even improve on it for development. So aside from spending money to protect the forest, you get some from tourism. The EI will not even allow for the [building of apartments] because it is not part of the plans.”

Confirming the statement by government, Mike Hammah under whose tenure a committee was set up to look into the petition from the Owoo family stated that the government is acting in the right direction.

According to him, “Yes, there was a petition from the Owoo family, and the reason being that, over the years, the government has acquired a lot of the land and some compensation has not been paid. They thought that they were being denied their land.”

“Under the circumstances, we set up a committee to look into the petition and come up with recommendations consistent with our policy directions; moving away from the consumption value of the forest to the non-consumption value of the forest and promoting ecotourism and biodiversity conservation. That is what I inherited from my predecessor, Collins Dauda”, Mike Hammah told Accra based Citi FM.

The family’s quest to retain its land dates back to 2007 when it petitioned President John Agyekum Kufuor for the release of the portion of the Forest Reserve adjoining the Tema motorway.

After consultations between the Presidency, it was recommended that the petition be granted.

Information available to DGN Online indicates that somewhere in 2011, the Owoo Family, submitted another petition to the then Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, for the grant of portions of the Forest Reserve.

The Minister constituted a committee to inquire into the legitimacy of the request that was eventually granted.

Read below the background as outlined by the government:

In 1921, the Government of the then Gold Coast, by a Certificate of Title dated 16th December 1921, made under the Public Lands Ordinance, 1876, acquired from the Owoo Family the parcel of land on which the Achimota School is situated.

Subsequently, by another Certificate of Title dated 17th May, 1927, the Government acquired from the same Family another tract of land measuring approximately four hundred and seventy-nine (479) hectares as an extension to the Achimota School. Although there are receipts indicating payment of compensation for the 1921 acquisition, there are no records of payment of compensation for the 1927 acquisition.

By an Order 31 of 1930, dated July 17, 1930, the Government, pursuant to its power under the Forests Act, 1927, (Cap 157), constituted the land acquired in 1927, as a Forest Reserve for the purposes of Fuel Wood Plantation for Achimota School.

Following several encroachments on the Forest Reserve, the pre-acquisition owners, the Owoo Family, in 2007, submitted a petition to the then President, H.E. John Agyekum Kufuor, for the release of the portion of the Forest Reserve adjoining the Tema motorway. After consultations between the Office of the President and the relevant bodies, it was recommended that that portion of the Forest Reserve be released to the Owoo Family. This culminated in an Agreement dated 24th November 2008 between the Government, acting by the then Ministry of Lands, Forestry and Mines, and the Owoo Family for the grant of a lease over ninety (90) acres of the land to the Owoo Family for a term of ninety-nine (99) years. The Lease agreement was however not executed as agreed.

In 2011, the Owoo Family, submitted another petition to the then Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Hon. Mike Hammah, for the grant of portions of the Forest Reserve. The Minister constituted a committee, chaired by the then Chairman of the then Chief Executive Officer of the Forestry Commission, Mr. Samuel Afari Dartey, to inquire into the legitimacy of the request and its impact on the Forest Reserve.

The Committee after its investigations concluded that the request of the Owoo Family was legitimate.

The Minister then, sought executive approval to implement the recommendations of the Committee.

On 5th September, 2013, the then President of the Republic, H.E. John Dramani Mahama, gave Executive Approval for the conversion of the Forest Reserve into an Ecotourism Park, and to release the peripheral portions of the Forest Reserve to the Owoo Family, in accordance with the recommendations of the Committee.

Pursuant to the said Executive Approval, the Forestry Commission, acting on behalf of the then President, H.E. John Dramani Mahama, three (3) leases executed in September 2013, granted these portions of the Forest Reserve to the Owoo Family for a term of ninety-nine (99) years. The Family then registered the land in its name and granted sub-leases to other private developers with the consent of the Forestry Commission. However, because the land remained a Forest Reserve, by virtue of Order 31 of 1930, the lessees and sub-lessees could not develop the land, although they had obtained all the necessary permits.

Pursuant to the same Executive Approval, the Forestry Commission, acting on behalf of the then President of the Republic, H.E. John Dramani Mahama, entered into an agreement with Aikan Capital, a limited liability company for the development of the core area of the Forest into an Ecotourism Park. The Commission also executed a lease agreement with the company in February 2016, by which 227.84 hectares of the Forest Reserve were leased to the company to undertake the planned development.

The Owoo Family and their grantees, in a bid to develop the peripheral portions of the land which had already been granted to them, continued to petition Government to release the peripheral portions as a Forest Reserve. The government, after assessing the entire situation, and based on the advice of the Forestry Commission, that the ecological integrity of the Forest Reserve will not be compromised by the Release, decided to release the peripheral portions of the land from the Forest Reserve.

This led to the publication of the two instruments, the Forests (Cessation of Forest Reserve) Instrument, 2022 (E.I 144), and the Forests (Achimota Firewood Plantation Forest Reserve) (Amendment) Instrument, 2022 (E.I. 154). The first makes the peripheral portions of the Forest Reserve, which had already been granted to the Owoo Family in 2013, with portions developed, cease to be a Forest Reserve. The second, amend the area of the land that should continue as a Forest Reserve.
However, as part of measures to ensure that the area of the Forest is not compromised, both Instruments contain provisions that restrict the nature of the development that can take place on the land. Under E.I. 144 for example, before any development can take place on the peripheral portions of the Forest that has ceased to be a Forest Reserve.

Land Use and Spatial Authority shall prepare a Master Plan for the development of the area, taking into consideration the ecological integrity of the remaining portions of the Forest Reserve.

The Master Plan must be approved by the Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, acting on the advice of the Forestry Commission;

No development can take place without the express approval of the Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, taking into consideration the ecological integrity of the Forest.

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