ADOLESCENT GIRLS IN THE NINGO-PRAMPRAM DISTRICT EMPOWERED ON SEXUAL REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH RIGHTS AND GENDER BASED VIOLENCE ON FRIDAY 28TH AUGUST, 2020 AT EBENEZER METHODIST CHURCH, PRAMPRAM

Approximately a hundred adolescent girls from some selected communities in the Ningo-Prampram District have been admonished to report any form of sexual harassment, abuse and gender based violence regardless of who the perpetrator is, to the Domestic Violence and victim Support Unit (DOVVSU), the Ghana Police service and the District Assembly for immediate assistance and redress. They were enlightened that sexual violence is criminal and must reject informal mediation/ out of court settlements in rape or defilement cases in order to receive medical attention, receive justice, control stigmatization and regain control of their education and future. The girls were entreated to be cautious of their male friends and male family relations, who research has revealed, are largely, perpetrators of sexual violence. They were also cautioned against boyfriend relationships despite economic challenges. The adolescent girls received these advices at the “Mentorship to Empower Adolescents on Sexual Reproductive Health Rights and Gender Based violence programme, jointly, organized by the Department of Gender of the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection and the Gender Desk of the Ningo-Prampram District Assembly.

The programme received sponsorship from the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency, UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund).Addressing the participants, the Regional Director of Gender, (Western Region), Miss. Maribel Akuokor Okine indicated that sexual and gender based violence is a global social issue which leaves victims, physically, emotionally and psychologically traumatized. According to statistics available to her, one out of three women experience physical violence, one out of five women experienced forced sex and two out of ten women first sexual intercourse was by forced. This she said underscores the need to empower adolescents periodically to take charge of their sexual health, prevent sexual violence and make informed decisions on their sexual health. She encouraged the girls to refrain from sexual relations and incest especially that they are less than eighteen (18) years. She also asked them to report harmful practices such as Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and forced marriages to the appropriate authorities. These acts she stated are against their human rights and must be reported for lawful prosecution and logical redress. Stating the underlining rationale for the mentorship programme, madam Matilda Bampo disclosed that most often than not, adolescents in the smaller communities lack guidance and role models. Teenage pregnancies, poverty, child marriages and sexual and gender violence has been identified to hinder the girl child education. Now that second cycle education is free, these bottles necks must be eliminated to ensure the girl child is well educated as well as empowered to make informed decisions concerning their future wellbeing. It is against this background that these stakeholders have organized this mentorship programme “to ensure these selected girls are educated, healthy and socially empowered, and free from violence and discrimination”. These combined efforts are expected to yield quality education, reduce their vulnerability to forced marriages, gender based violence and equip them with information to make meaningful informed decisions concerning their sexuality and future.

Madam Naomi Ahortor from the District Health Directorate disclosed that statistics on teenage pregnancy incidence in the district is on the ascendency. In 2017, 2018 and 2019, 439, 448 and 515 teenage pregnancy cases were recorded respectively. However, the margin of increases in these cases is decreasing, giving hope that the battle can be won with intensified mentorship programmes. She advised the girls against premature sex since the possibility of contracting Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STIs) including HIV/AIDS, can have adverse effect on their health and future. The Deputy Director of the Ningo-Prampram District Assembly, Mr. David Mawufemo Tuglo who represented the District Chief Executive, advised the girls to make positive use of their phones as well as the social media. He encouraged them to put into practice the knowledge they have acquired in the course of the programme. Ms. Zubaida Damago at the gender desk of the District Assembly entreated the participants to become peer educators in their various communities and spread the good news for social and behavioral transformation. She gave out a hotline contact (0246856880) to the participants needing counselling, advice or any form of assistance concerning their sexual and reproductive health. The Gender Desk she said can be located at the District Development Planning Office for walk-in services. The adolescent girls were drawn from Ahwiam, Lekpongunor, Prampram, Mangotsonya and Lotsubuer communities within the District.

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DCE PAY SECOND VISITS TO POLLING CENTRES DONATES COVID -19 RELIEF ITEMS TO REGISTRANTS AND EC OFFICIALS.

The District Chief Executive of Ningo-Prampram, Hon. Jonathan Teye Doku has advised registrants, party agents as well as Electoral Commission officials to adhere strictly to Covid-19 safety protocols to prevent the contraction of the virus during the registration exercise. He reminded all to observe the social distancing rule, washing of hands with soap under running water, the use of sanitizer and most importantly, appropriate wearing of nose mask as outlined by government and the health officials. He further donated hand sanitizers and nose masks to all participants at each registration center.

The DCE interacted with registrants as part of his second working visit to these centres to ensuring the safety of the people. Registration at all the polling stations visited went smoothly except for minor problems, such as occasional malfunctioning of the registration machine and misconduct of some registrants at a few registration centres.

The Hon. DCE, while ensuring the adherence of COVID-19 safety measures took the opportunity register in fulfillment of his Civic Rights and as a responsible law abiding citizen.The District Electoral Commission office Prampram, Old Presbyterian Church Dawhenya, Assemblies of God Afienya Jerusalem, Afienya Zongo, Dzidas Cinema Hall Old Ningo, Ningo Senior High school Old Ningo, New Ningo Taxi Rank Old Ningo, Methodist Church New Ningo, Town Planning Prampram were the polling stations visited.

The DCE has previously visited a majority of the registration centres since the inception of the exercise and made similar donations to participants. He is optimistic participants would remain safe so far as they abide with all the COVID 19 Safety measures and the District as well, shoulders it’s responsibilities to provide relief items to the needy and vulnerable in this trying times.In consultation with the District Electoral Commissioner, Hon Jonathan reminded the security personnel’s at the District Electoral Commission office to only allow the aged, disabled and pregnant women to register whiles the youth move to other canters to get registered.

He encouraged all to heed to instructions from the Electoral Commission Officials as well as the security personnel’s to ensure a safe and fair registration. Also, he urged all to exercise patience with the officials as they solve issues with the registration machine.

The public is still reminded to carry along their Ghana card or valid passport to ensure swift registration. In the absence of these, one can come along with two persons who have already registered, to vouch for their eligibility to register.

Registrants are also advised to wear their masks to cover both their noses and mouths until they are through with the registration process.

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DCE VISITS POLLING STATIONS WITHIN NINGO-PRAMPRAM DISTRICT

The Ningo Prampram District Chief Executive, Hon. Jonathan Teye Doku has paid a working visit to some polling stations within the District to gather first hand information regarding the registration, safety of the people and adherence to the COVID-19 safety protocols. He was accompanied by some security personnel from the Ghana Armed forces.Upholding the safety of all the stakeholders in high esteem, the District Chief Executive, Hon. Doku, donated hand sanitizers and nose masks to the officials.

This gesture is in line with complaints received regarding the inadequacy of these protective items from both individuals as well as the electoral commission officers. He earnestly advised all to strictly adhere to the protocols outlined by government to reduce the increasing numbers of infections. He further reminded them to periodically wash their hands and observe social distancing to avoid the spread of the Corona Virus.It is worth noting that majority of the polling stations visited by the DCE, registration was smoothly going on but with minor isolated problems. Some of these problems were occasional malfunctioning of the voters registration machine and also misconduct of some individuals at some polling stations. All the polling stations had party agents representing their parties and security personnel at some polling stations assisting the electoral commission officials to maintain order as well as safety.

The District has 12 polling stations with 14 voter registration machines distributed to all polling stations within the district to facilitate the registration of the new voters’ identification card.Approximately, 3000 individuals had been registered for the new identification card since the exercise commenced.The polling stations visited includes; Methodist Primary 1 Dawhenya, Mobole D/A basic school, Youth leadership training Afienya, D/A primary Mataheko, Methodist primary school, District Electoral commission Office and Anglican JHS 1 Prampram.

Due to time constraints the DCE would visit the remaining polling stations on Saturday, 4 July, 2020, Hon. Jonathan Teye Doku, whilst interacting with Electoral Commission Director, commended them for their efforts and professionalism so far.He admonished the registrants to exercise patience with the Electoral Commission Officials and their team to resolve issues with the voters Registration machine.

He reiterated the adherence to COVID 19 safety protocols to ensure a smooth and fair registration.The public is reminded to carry along their Ghana card or valid passport to ensure swift registration. Registrants are also advised to wear their masks to cover both their noses and mouths until they are through with the registration process.

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World Day Against Child Labour

WORLD DAY AGAINST CHILD LABOUR (WDACL)12thJUNE, 2020 AT LANDING BEACH (OLD-NINGO)The Network for Community planning and Development (NECPAD) in collaboration with members of the Ningo Prampram District Assembly celebrated World day against child labour with the communities along the Old Ningo landing beach. The program was set to educate and highlight the measures to reduce or halt child labour in localities including Ningo and Prampram as a whole. The theme for the program was”COVID-19: protect children from child labour now more than ever”.The Queen Mother of the Old Ningo community, Naana Dugbakwor Dugba II, expressed her profound appreciation to the Organization and the Assembly for this wonderful initiative. She acknowledged, that child labour is a generational social canker and its persistent in this modern era is a source of worry to all stakeholders.

She called on all Parents and guardians to take the education of their wards seriously to curb child labour in this district and the nation as a whole.The District Director of Social Welfare Department, Mrs. Augustina Nartey stated that several children throughout the world are involved in laborious work that deprives them from receiving adequate health care, education, family life, social interactions among others. Majority of the children are involved in the worst forms of labour such as fishing, mining, farming, prostitution and domestic work.Significantly, the International Labour Organization (ILO) launched World Day against Child Labour in the year 2002 after which is annually celebrated to raise awareness about plight of child labourers worldwide. The United Nations set the 12th of June each year as one of the important dates to educate the public on issues affecting children particularly young children who engage in hazardous work and find ways to eradicate it, she added.She expatiated that the World Day against Child Labour is used to increase awareness about the various harmful mental and physical problems faced by children who are forced in labour, in Ghana it is estimated that 1 out of 5 children (21.8%) are involved in child labour. She advised every individual to work together as stakeholders as it is their role to achieve a sustainable development goal 8.7 so that children would live decent life and not work to survive.

The Senior Labour Officer, Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations, Mrs. Esther Ofori Agyemang, in her keynote address said, this year celebration has coincided with an era where COVID-19 has plunged the world into depending crisis arising out of income less and economic insecurity among families and the situation in several advanced economies where there have been huge economic losses given an idea of the extent to which it’s spiral effects is going to impact the less developed countries.She added that, COVID-19 has predisposed children to risk factors of Child Labour and if immediate measures are not taken, it will have negative consequences on children. The collapse and closure of businesses with the attendant job losses will increase the vulnerability of many individuals and households and thereby push them below the poverty line, this will invariably have negative consequences on children who may be compelled to engage in child labour to support their families. According to estimates from the ILO, children will be the hardest hit as 42-66million of them could fall into extreme poverty in 2020, in addition to the estimated 386 million children already in extreme poverty in 2019.

Children at home could further expose themselves to all kinds of abuses, particularly girls, who may be burdened with domestic chores and may be predisposed to sexual abuses, she emphasized.She encouraged schools and private media houses to continue with programmes to educate children amidst the pandemic, as she wished to applaud the Ghana Education Service in collaborating with Ghana Broadcasting Corporation in introducing the Ghana Learning Television (GLTV) for children. She also entreated all partners to support the implementation of the National Plan Action (NPA2) for the Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labour, promote the rights and education of children as well as rally behind effective social Mobilization for attitudinal change for the elimination of child labour and worst forms of child labour.She added that the Ministry recently launched the protocols and guidelines for establishing Child Labour Free Zone in Ghana. The aim is to strengthen government and other partner’s effort to uphold the constitutional provision on the fundamental rights of children to be protected from work that constitutes a threat to their health, education and development effort. It, as well encourages all stakeholders, including communities, teachers, parents, children themselves, community groups, religious leaders and local government authorities among others, to consciously commit resources to the child labour eradication process and accelerate efforts to eradicate all forms of child labour from their areas of jurisdiction.

Mr. David Mawufemo Tuglo, Deputy Director of Ningo-Prampram District Assembly on behalf of the District Chief Executive, firstly, applauded the Organization for their education in the community and also said, the Ningo-Prampram District Assembly has a committee which collaborates with the Social Welfare department of the Assembly in taking measures to eradicate not only child labour but also provide communities with school amenities to aid children to also attend school without paying. He added that, the Assembly is working very hard to help lots of children in the District as a whole, as most individuals in most communities are unable to go to school due to financial problems

.Mr. Paul Asamoah Kukwaw, Executive Director for Network for Community Planning and Development (NECPAD), Project Coordinator, Sustainable Nets, reiterated the importance of the world day against child labour, as set aside by the International Labour Organization to raise awareness and activism to prevent child labour and campaigned with the aim of soliciting commitments to the fight against child labour.He added that, the Ghana Living Standard Survey (GLSS) reports that about nine in every ten children (91%,) who suffer some form of abuse were involved in child labour while 87.4 percent of such children were engaged in hazardous forms of child labour, only 22.5 percent of children who do not suffer any abuse are reported to be engaged in child labour.Mr. Paul Kukwaw, said, the European Union recognises Child Labour in Ghana and is implementing “Combating Child Labour in Ghana” to contribute to Government of Ghana’s efforts in eliminating Child Labour in Ghana. As part of the project, the network for Community planning and Development (NECPAD) along with partners Cooperazione Internationale Sud Sud (CISS) and Italian NGO based in Palermo with office in Ghana and Rural Development and Youth Association (RUDEYA) based in Kumasi Ghana, are implementing the project entitled “Sustainable Nets-Building a Sustainable Protective Network to eliminate Child labour as a result of human trafficking in fisheries in lake Volta”.The objective of this project is contributing to eliminate the worst forms of Child Labour (WFCL) as a result of human trafficking in the fisheries sector in Ghana. Also, it target representative MDAs, RCCs, MMDAs, CSOs in playing active role in the fight against Child Labour and trafficking in fisheries as well as enhancing the roles of social workers, fishers association, law enforcements and all related stakeholders.

A total number of thirty (30) fishing communities (both origin and sending) are earmarked to benefit from the 30 months project. These communities selected from 13 districts includes; Pru, Sene East and Atebubu Districts in Bono East Region; Kpando, Jasikan and Biakope District in Volta Region; Karachi East District in Oti Region; Awutu and Mfantsiman Districts in Central Region; and Ada East and Ningo Prampram Districts in Greater Accra Region.He continued, though COVID-19 has been a major constraints to their project, government of Ghana response to the outbreak, (closure all schools, borders and partial lockdown of selected regions) has already had a toll on the economy and negatively affected the population in general and children in particular. Children are often the first to suffer as this crisis can push millions of vulnerable children into child labour. Therefore, let increase our commitment and brace ourselves in support of actions to minimize the negative consequences of COVID-19 on households and on our children, he advised.ISDNingo-Prampram

NiPDA RECIEVES COVID-19 RELIEF ITEMS FROM WIND FARM DEVELOPERS

The Wind Farm developers (Upwind Ayitepa) in Ningo-Prampram District has donated COVID-19 relief items to the District Assembly for redistribution to the health facilities and the vulnerable in the District. The items consisted of One Thousand Nine Hundred And Thirty (1930) pieces of nose mask and One Thousand One Hundred And Twenty-Eight (1128) bottles of 200ml hand sanitizers.The rationale for the gesture is to assist the people of the district, especially the vulnerable to protect themselves against the COVID-19 pandemic.

The District Chief Executive Hon. Jonathan Teye-Doku who took custody of the items expressed his gratitude over this kind gesture to the District. He assured the benefactors,The items would be used as intended to ensure the safety of the people in the District. Hon. Doku was impressed with the concern shown in the vulnerable and health services, though the company’s core mandate is in energy generation.

The DCE, handed over the items to the District Health Director Ms. Gifty Ofori Ansah to ensure the health facilities and the social welfare department receive the items on behalf of the vulnerable.According to the liaison officers, aside this donation, they are embarking on house to house education and distribution of nose mask and sanitizers. The companies behind the wind farm- Enercon GmbH, Lekela Power B.V. and NEK Umwelttechnik AG, are all committed to the fight of overcoming this pandemic.

The Wind Farm is expected to successfully, augment Ghana’s electrical capacity with 400MW of clean, renewable, affordable and sustainable energy.ISDNingo-Prampram …June 12, 2020

Ningo-Prampram DCE Donated Footballs To Ghana Eagles Soccer Academy

The District Chief Executive for Ningo-Prampram, Hon. Jonathan Paanii Doku has donated two Mitre footballs to the Ghana Eagles Soccer Academy (GESA) whose camp base is at Lotsubuer, a suburb of Great Ningo in the same district.

The kind gesture by the DCE happened on Monday 4th May, 2020 after the management of the academy called on him for support on a number of things needed to aid in the efficient training and development of young talents in the area of football.

In presenting the items to the management members who visited his office at Prampram after a moment of discussions, the DCE expressed his willingness to support the academy, and added that he will also be donating a set of jerseys in due time.

The managing director of the academy on behalf of the management thanked the DCE and also told him more about the academy and what it exists for. He also made the DCE aware of other important items and facilities that the academy needs, such as a standard football pitch that will be beneficial to both GESA and the entire football district. Both the managing director and the board chairman of GESA are executive members of the Dangme South District Football Association. For that, they used the opportunity to appeal to the DCE to offer support for the district’s football activities and to help provide an office space for the FA. These, the DCE took in good faith and pledged his support to both the academy and the district football at any available opportunity.

He also revealed his plan that he was working on to help provide AstroTurf pitches each for Ningo and Prampram through the Ministry of Youth and Sports, but the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic has halted the progress of the plan. However, he assured that he will continue to follow up on it when things return to normal. He then advised on the need to observe all safety protocols regarding the pandemic to stay safe.

The management of GESA were represented by the three directors of the academy, thus Israel Blebo (Board Chairman), Frederick Kojo Huago (Managing Director), and Henry Agortey Borbietey (Board Secretary).

Ministry of Railways Development (MoRD) Donates to Ningo-Prampram District Assembly

22nd April 2020

The Ministry of Railways Development (MoRD) has donated assorted items to the Ningo-Prampram District Assembly towards the fight against the Corona virus pandemic.

Hon. Joe Ghartey, the sector Minister presented the items to the District Chief Executive Hon. Jonathan Doku, the Chief of Afienya Nene Tetteh Afutu Lartey III and Elder Geoffrey Tetteh Narteh a representative of Ablekumah chief and for the people of their respective areas.

The minister further acknowledge Nene Tetteh Afutu Lartey and people of Afienya for allowing construction of the rail line through their community.

The items presented by the sector minister were Veronica Buckets, Tissue Paper, Basins, Liquid Soap, Hand Sanitizer, Bags of Rice, Cooking oil, 4 bottles of Schnapps some undisclosed amount of Cash.

Accompanying the minister were the Hon. Kwaku Agyenim-Boateng (Deputy Minister), Mr. Desmond Boateng (Chief Director) and Mr. Siisi Essuman-Ocran (Technical Advisor).

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Prampram

GHANA NAVY MEETS PRAMPRAM AND NINGO CHIEF FISHERMEN

The Ghana Navy with the leadership of the Ningo Prampram District Assembly met with Chief Fishermen of both Ningo and Prampram to announce their presence in the area, the meeting became necessary in order to intensify their surveillance role on the nation’s territorial waters in the wake of the outbreak of COVID-19, they were also poised to arrest suspicious characters plying the coastal areas.The team reiterate the need for all people in the district to abide by the directive of His Excellency the President, noting that the directives can be well achieved when there is proper collaboration among stakeholders.The DCE Hon Jonathan Teye Doku encouraged the fishermen to feel free to report any strange persons moving on the coastal areas of the district as they go to sea to fish, The DCE also outlined the many interventions undertaken by the District in the bid to curb the spread of the disease. ISD-NINGO-PRAMPRAM

DCE, NPP CANDIDATE AND B5 PLUS LTD DONATES TO VULNERABLE INDIVIDUALS

The Ningo Prampram District Assembly led by the DCE, Hon. Jonathan Teye Doku in collaboration with B5 PLUS LIMITED has donated bags of 12.5 kilogram rice and a bag of assorted items each, comprising tin fish, tin tomatoes, milk powder, sugar, cooking oil, hand sanitizers, nose mask and detergents to a total of 300 vulnerable individuals and families in 3 communities namely Ningo, Prampram and Dawhenya.

The donation was in response to a request put forward by the DCE and the NPP Parliamentary candidate of the area Hon. Alex Martey.

At Old Ningo Presbyterian church, a total of 100 individuals who were selected in consultation with their various Assemblymen, Political and Traditional leaders, were given the items, they were grateful to the team for the kind gesture.

Similar presentations were made at the St. Joseph Anglican Church in Prampram, and the Apostolic Church in Dawhenya.

The DCE in presenting the items reminded the community members that the company, B5 PLUS, a steel production company was registered under the IDIF project, he said he was happy when the company agreed to their request to support the needy and vulnerable during this difficult period of the partial lockdown to mitigate the spread of the corona virus(COVID 19) he added, it was a humanitarian role and encouraged other companies within the District to emulate the example of B5 PLUS LTD.

The NPP Parliamentary Candidate for the Ningo-Prampram Constituency, Mr. Alex. Martey admonished the community members to abide by the Government protocols in reducing the spread of the disease, he educated them about the reality of COVID-19 and urged them to wash their hands regularly, use sanitizers, practice social distancing and use face masks as practicable as possible.

Jijo Sabastian, the Head of Audit at B5 PLUS LTD said the company believes in giving back to the society , he said management sees the donation as an opportunity to get to know potential customers in their jurisdiction in a bid to serve them better,

Earlier on Saturday, about 200 families and individuals also received similar packages in Tsopoli and Lakpleku bringing the total number to about 500 beneficiaries.

Distribution of items to help in combating the spread of COVID-19 in Ningo Prampram Assembly

Distribution of items to help in combating the spread of COVID-19 in Ningo Prampram Assembly jurisdiction. Markets, lorry stations , police stations and some institutions were covered today. Some of the places covered include Ghana Education Directorate, Miotso, Water Works Taxi Station, Prampram, Prampram Y-Junction(Mandela Road), Old Ningo Police Station, Djange Taxi Station, Old Ningo, New Ningo Police Station, Ahwiam Taxi Rank, Ayiku Junction Okada Station, Mangotsonya, Lekpogunor Taxi Rank, Lekpogunor Okada Station, Dawa Okada Station, Dawa Police Station, Tsopoli Police Station, Tsopoli Lorry Station, Tsopoli Mini Market, Tsopoli Okada Station, Dawhenya Police Station, Terrazo Junction Taxi Rank Dawhenya, Devtraco Police Station, Peace Bee Junction Taxi Rank, Able Academy Junction Taxi Rank, Emef Junction Taxi Rank, Mataheko, Emef Police Station, Mataheko, New Jerusalem Police Station, Afienya, Afienya-Mobole Taxi Station, Miotso Taxi Rank. We shall continue

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