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Northern Ghana Receives Fertilizer To Help Address Food Security

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Fertilizer to address food security in the northern Ghana

The National Food Buffer Stock Company has disclosed that fertilizers have been transported to the northern parts of the country to address the lack of fertilizers in the area.

The shortage of fertilizers has led to fears of a food crisis in the coming year.

But Chief Executive, Hanan Abdul-Wahab says government is committed to ensuring food security in the country.

“There has been a delay in the supply of fertilisers but that issue has been resolved. A number of trucks have moved from Tema to some parts of the north to deliver fertilisers to farmers,” he said.

Speaking to Joy Business on the sidelines of the inauguration of NAFCO’s reconstituted board, Alhaji Hanan also assured that Ghana is food secure.

According to him, more farmers are being empowered to produce more under the Planting for Food and Jobs programme.

“I can assure that there will not be food shortage. We have put in place measures to ensure that. Currently we have about one million farmers benefitting from Planting for Food and Jobs, but we’re looking at extending that to about 1.5 million farmers. A clear proof is that the Free Senior High School Feeding Programme is not struggling with food. We try our best to always deliver though there are some delays,” he stated

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However, Alhaji Hanan could not disclose how long NAFCO can sustain the country should Ghana faces a food crisis.

The Minister of Food and Agriculture, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto inducted the reconstituted board of NAFCO.

The 7-member board is chaired by legal practitioner, Henry Nana Boakye and includes the company’s Chief Executive, Hanan Abdul-Wahab.

The board chairman in his remarks vouched his team’s commitment to achieving the set objectives of the company.

“Myself and my team wish to assure that, we will work with members of the company, the ministry and all major stakeholders along the food value chain in order to fully realise the objectives of which the National Food Buffer Stock Company was established,” assured.

 

 

 

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Wearing Of Smocks Banned In Bawku

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Wearing Of Smocks Banned In Bawku

The Upper East Regional Co-ordinating Council has banned the wearing of smocks in Bawku township with immediate effect.

In a press statement signed by Regional Minister Stephen Yakubu, the Council indicated that the decision was taken after consultation with the Upper East Regional Security Council (REGSEC).

The imposition according to the release seeks to address the use of smocks by “criminals or unscrupulous elements to hide arms and ammunitions and attack opponents or innocent civilians.”

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Wearing Of Smocks Banned In Bawku

Residents in Bawku are therefore urged to take note of the directive to be enforced by Municipal Security Committee (MUSEC) and comply until further notice.

Individuals who fail to heed the directive the Council noted “will be dealt with accordingly.”

 

 

 

 

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Accra Ranked 3rd Most Polluted City In Africa – World Air Quality Report

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Accra is the 3rd most polluted city in Africa, according to the 2020 World Air Quality Report, published by Swiss firm, IQAir.

The Malian capital, Bamako, topped the list of most polluted African cities, with the air quality there considered “unhealthy for sensitive groups”.

Sebokeng in South Africa followed in the 2nd position.

The city of Vereeniging in South Africa is 4th, while Kampala in Uganda is 5th, followed by the South African cities of Soshanguve, Sasolburg, Pretoria, Springs, Midstream and Ga-Rankuwa and Johannesburg in 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th respectively. 11 South African cities were among the top 15 most polluted cities in West Africa.

Abidjan was ranked 13th most polluted city in Africa and 3rd in West Africa.

The report which excluded cities in Nigeria, however, did not measure the economic impact of pollution on the respective cities and countries.

According to the report, the severity of air pollution in Africa and its resulting health impact is difficult to quantify, as air quality data is limited.

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For most regional locations, the report said insights must be inferred from satellite data. By this method, it is estimated that air pollution claims up to 780,000 African lives annually.

In 2020 alone, the report said the Africa region’s air quality monitoring network grew across five new countries (Senegal, Mali, Ivory Coast, Madagascar, and Kenya) and 10 new cities.

However, data in the region remains sparse.

41 African countries, the report noted, lack air quality monitoring data, leaving nearly a billion people without the information necessary to make important health decisions.

South Africa is the only African country with a public, real-time governmental air quality monitoring network.

Data for every other country in the report is supplied by either U.S. State Department monitors or non-governmental monitors, contributed by individuals and organsations.

 

 

 

 

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2 Female Students Expelled From UPSA For Allegedly Engaging In Lesbianism Acts

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2 Female Students Expelled From UPSA For Allegedly Engaging In Lesbianism Acts

Two female resident students of the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) have been expelled from the institution’s hostel for allegedly engaging in a threesome sexual activity with a non-resident male.

According to a statement by the institute, the said females fondled each other during their sexual escapade and engaged in some form of lesbianism.

“Engaging in acts of lesbianism is contrary to Section 1.28.11(g) of the Student Handbook of the University of Professional Studies, Accra; 2018 and Schedule G 8.3 (23) of the Statute of the University.

“They have since been dismissed from UPSA Hostel awaiting further sanctions from Management,” part of the announcement read.

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The management further announced that the notice should serve as a deterrent to all resident students.

The school also cautioned resident students to avoid harbouring “perchers” and accommodating visitors be beyond 10 pm.

“Desist from sexual misconduct and observe all other rules and regulations in the Hostel as well as the Student Handbook. Any student caught infringing any of the regulations will not be spared,” it warned.

 

 

 

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