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45 JHS pupils graduate from Norgence ICT Academy

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Norgence, an information technology firm that provides digital solutions to individuals and empowering businesses to succeed in the global digital world has, through its training initiative, trained and graduated 45 Junior High School graduates in ICT Proficiency & Web Development.

In 2018, Norgence launched an initiative to Bridge the Digital Divide in the Upper East Region and this led to the establishment of the Norgence ICT Academy. The Academy has since its establishment, offered tailored training solutions to over two thousand people in groups, schools and individuals.

One of such tailored solutions is the JHS graduates package which is a buffet of courses selected to give the graduates the needed foundation to build an ICT proof career. 

Speaking to the media at the graduation ceremony at the school premises in Bolgatanga, CEO of Norgence, Albert Naa said, most basic schools in the region do not have adequate ICT logistics for effective studies of ICT hence the decision taken by Norgence Academy to introduce these courses to improve the situation. This programme has been running for the past three 3 years. 

“We know some of them at their various schools, but do not have the laboratories. Some who have the laboratories don’t also have fully functional computers in there, and then those who may have the tools may also not having the competent computer teachers to help them.” 

“So they will be out there JHS graduates not having the full complement of what they were supposed to learn from school, one of the parts where we think we could come in is  ICT. So we introduced this programme to help bridge that gap where what they were supposed to learn in school and they couldn’t learn we would provide the service to fit in that gap.”

The 45 students graduating today were taken through  Introduction to computers, Typing with Mavis Beacon, Ms. Office Word,  Introduction to coding with HTML among others.

Some of the students who spoke to the media after their graduation ceremony at the premises of the Norgence Academy said, the four weeks training has generally shaped their ICT skills and they are optimistic that what they have studied will go a long way to help them in their education career.

The students who were seen very excited after receiving their certificate’s noted that they will continue to study ICT courses with the Academy whenever the opportunity availed itself considering the level of knowledge they have acquired over the four weeks period. 

Meanwhile, another 45 set of JHS students will be graduating in the next two weeks.

Other courses on offer at the Academy are; 

  1. Norgence Professional Computer Driving License for non technical computer users. 
  2. Norgence Software Development
  3. Norgence Multimedia
  4. Norgence Hardware & Networking
  5. Norgence Digital Marketing and 
  6. Norgence Cyber Security

Source:A1Radioonline.Com|101.1MHZ|David Azure |Bolgatanga|

Upper East, North East Regions: Four people awarded for their work breeding, protecting donkeys

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 As part of the 38th edition of  national farmers Day celebration in Ghana, four individuals from three municipalities and one district in the Upper East and North East Regions respectively received donkey welfare awards.

The first ever donkey welfare award was introduced and sponsored by Brooke Action for Working Horses and Donkeys, Ghana Poultry Network and Donyaepa in these particular areas this year.

The Brooke Action for Working Horses and Donkeys, Ghana Poultry Network and Donyaepa were able to collaborate with the department of food and agriculture in these municipalities and district after they successfully  implemented a pilot project in Ghana known as “Fight Against Donkey Extinction.”

The aim of the project is to encourage donkey owners to take husbandry and health management for donkeys very seriously after reports emerged that a high number of donkeys are being killed per day not for consumption but for exportation of their skins in many west Africa countries.

The project beneficiary areas are, West Mamprusi Municipality in the North East Region, Bolgatanga, Kassena-Nankana Municipalities and the Bongo District all in the Upper East Region.

Yahaya Saeed Baba, won the donkey welfare in the West Mamprusi Municipality and was awarded with 1 Bicycle, 2 Cutlasses  1 pair of wellington boot, 1 piece of cloth, 1 pair of hand gloves, 2 litres of dewormer and 2 cake of salt lick.

In the Kassena-Nankana Municipality, Samuel Agale won the award and received, a bicycle 1, pair of Wellington boots, 1 cutlass 1 knapsack sprayer to aid his donkey rearing. 

In the Bolgatanga municipality Simon Apuko from Kalbeo was also awarded the best donkey welfare and he took home Ghc 1200.00 to construct to help him construct his donkey rearing facility.

Meanwhile in the Bongo district, Mr. Amoriba Awine from Bongo Borigo won the donkey welfare award and received a flat screen television.

Speaking to A1 News David Azure at Nayagnia in the Kassena-Nankana Municipal the donkey welfare winner Mr. Samuel Agale said, called on all donkey owners to desist from killing donkey discriminatory hence the importance of a donkey. 

According to Mr. Agale, donkeys are one particular animal that helps both Farmers and non Farmers for transportation of goods among other things. He therefore called on People to stop donkey killing for exportation in order to divert donkey scarcity in the country.

“Donkey rearing is very important because donkeys are such animals that help people in so many ways that people should not even think of killing them. You can use a donkey to plough your farm land. You can use a donkey for transportation of your farm produce or other domestic stuff at your own time. Donkey is one animal that is very wonderful and should be protected because it can do so many things to improve your daily activities”

“I want to advise people who kill donkeys especially for the sale of their skin to foreigners to stop such practice. Because if people don’t stop that attitude time to come we can not even see a single donkey on our land again so please we can kill donkey for consumption but not for exportation of the skill it is very bad and it doesn’t help us people”

All the awards received by the  four individuals were fully sponsored by Brooke Action for Working Horses and Donkeys, Ghana Poultry Network and Donyaepa. The Fight Against Donkey Extinction has been supported by all the association members in their operational areas and the department of food and agriculture.

Source:A1Radioonline.Com|101.1MHZ|David Azure |Bolgatanga|

Tobacco kills over 6,000 Ghanaians annually- WHO reveals

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has revealed that more than 6,000 men and women in Ghana die annually through the smoking of tobacco. 

According to the organisation, the alarming rate at which people die through the smoking of tobacco means the drug is a dire public health threat.

This was contained in a speech read on behalf of the  World Health Organization’s (WHO) Representative,  Dr. Francis Kasolo  at a durbar organised by the Paramount Chief of Sakote to mark this year’s Tenglebigre festival, the adverse effects of tobacco on both human health  and the environment was  the main focus of this year’s World Tobacco Day celebration.

“In Ghana, about 780,000 men and 24,9000 women smoke cigarettes each day, killing more than 6,7000 Ghanaians every year and making it a dire public health threat (Tobacco Atlas Ghana).  The threat posed by tobacco to our environment was the focus of this year’s celebration. This year, the World Health Organization (WHO) drew the attention to the effects of that tobacco use has on both human health and the environment, seeks actions and effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption and to hold tobacco industry responsible for the harm they cause to the environment and human health,” the world’s health governing body stated.

WHO further said the cultural significance of tobacco in the northern part of the country,  has opened the floodgate for people to use the drug. The  organisation therefore proposed the adoption of ‘culturally acceptable alternatives to the utilisation of the drug as a cultural staple in the Northern part of the country.’

WHO concluded by emphasising its commitment to supporting all relevant stakeholders to speed up the implementation of measures aimed at reducing the smoking of tobacco in the country.

Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1 MHz|Elijah Beyeni Yenibey|Nabdam

Stop bush burning to reduce impact of climate change -Agric Director of Nabdam

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The Nabdam District Director of Agriculture, Emmanuel Adjabui has called on the public to make a conscious effort to eradicate the activities of bush burning and illegal  cutting down of trees in the district.

He said that was necessary in view of the negative impact climate change has on agriculture  especially in the northern part of the country, adding that the northern belt of Ghana is vulnerable to climate change.

Speaking during the 38th edition of the National Farmers’ day celebration at Nangodi last Friday, Mr. Adjabui  underscored the need for the adoption of  afforestation in  order to mitigate the impact of climate change on agriculture in northern Ghana.

“When it comes to matters of climate change, one should never get tired of repeating himself or herself. In the West African Sub-Region, a 1-1.5  degrees rise in temperature has been reported over the past 20 years which we further projected a warming in the future; we need to shift our rainfall patterns with more extreme events such as droughts and floods.

Ghana’s agriculture is rain- fed and drought causes the most cumulative losses on livelihood particularly in the Northern-Savannah zone. Because of this, the three Northern Regions of Ghana – the Upper East, Upper West and Northern Region are the most prone to climate variabilities particularly droughts and floods and high temperatures. Given these,  the department is also adding its voice to the clarion call to all gathered here today to stop bush burning, deforestation amongst others and rather incorporate crop residues into the soil through composting and plant more trees in their various communities,” he entreated.

He further called on traditional rulers to try their best possible to protect the water bodies in the area since they serve as sources of water for both dry season farming and livestock rearing.

“We are calling on traditional leaders to help protect our river bodies, dams and dugouts as they serve as sources of water for not only dry season farming but also for livestock rearing,” Mr. Adjabui added.

The theme for this year’s celebration was “Accelerating agricultural development through value addition”.

Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1 MHz|Elijah Beyeni Yenibey|Nabdam

TradeAid calls on craftsmen in Upper East Region to improve products to meet int’l standards

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Nicholas Apokerah, Director of TradeAid has called on craftsmen in the Upper East Region to focus on value addition for their craft.  

According to him, though the mother craft in the region already had its uniqueness, contemporary art ought to be added to catch the international market. 

“Yes, if not all, there is no one on this planet earth that does not know or see Upper East craft. Likewise, we too, but then we have to begin adding value to make ours stand tall above all. That is why the Bolgatanga International Art and Craft Fair-BICAF is here not only as a platform for exposure but for value addition and networking.”

Mr. Apokerah made this known in an exclusive interaction with Moses Apiah at the 8th edition of BICAF, 2022 held in Bolgatanga.

 

Touching on the celebration and the need for collaboration from all stakeholders, Mr. Apokerah indicated that BICAFT should not be seen as an individual thing, but rather, as a generational platform for the yet unborn. 

“This initiative was started in 2014, it is basically to give space to the entrepreneurial sector, expose craftsmen to the international market, and train them on how they can add value addition. It is not enough to say I’m making a craft to sell but that craft must have an impact for years to come. Craft is a generational thing, and this initiative has come to prove that. The idea of BICAF is how we can grow together as people without leaving anyone behind. And we can do it when we come together with a voice and vision like we have already started.”

He however called on relevant stakeholders in the craft sector and government institutions to partner with the initiative for greater heights. 

“This year’s fair, we sent letters across, but just a few responded to our letters, and even that as you can see, the stakeholders that matter are you seeing them here? For instance, Ghana Export Promotion, Ghana Enterprise Agency. I think it is time we begin walking the talk. Politicians should begin to see that craft is a generational thing and has equal employment opportunities like other sectors and help those who are on it to grow. Politicians have to begin channelling the same energy they usually used in other sectors to craft. 

This year’s fair he therefore noted had the support from the Department of Agriculture despite the numerous calls from other sectors.

Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1 MHz|Moses Apiah|Ghana

Maize, soybean, & groundnut production increase in Garu – DCE

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The District Chief Executive for Garu in the Upper East Region, Musah Osman has indicated that food production in the area has seen some level of increment despite the challenging rainfall pattern coupled with floods witnessed during the season.  

According to him, food crops such as maize, soybean, and groundnut production have increased from 12.8% last year to 15.7% this year. 

“This is a sign of positivism and I can’t conclude that we have got there, but with these changes and increments I know we will surely get there. We were born with the gift of farming and indeed, we have the most fertile lands in the region. So, I know, collectively as the government is seriously investing in the sector, food insecurity will be a thing of the past.”

The DCE made this known at the 38th Farmers’ National Day Celebration held in the Worikambo community. This year’s celebration was under the theme “Accelerating Agriculture Development through Value Addition”.  

20 farmers including four women were awarded certificates, Motor king, 4 bags of fertiliser, wellington boots, insecticide, weedicides, and other valuable materials. 

The winner, Thomson Laar however used the occasion to encourage youth to see farming as a business as “it is lucrative”. He added, “I never knew that today I will be making a living through farming. And I must add that, I’m happy to be called a farmer because I know what I’m getting at the end of every season.”

The District Director of Agriculture, John Hoenyegah also cautioned the farmers to always seek consultation with the Agriculture Extension Officers on the usage of certain chemicals as some have massive effects on the crops.

Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1 MHz|Moses Apiah|Ghana

Paramount Chief of Kayoro applauds gov’t for PFJ but calls for fertilisers to be made available in time

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The Paramount Chief of the Kayoro Traditional Area, Pe Oscar Batabi II has appreciated the government for introducing PFJ. According to him, the PFJ program has extensively helped farmers to increase yields. The Paramount Chief  congratulated and encouraged the awardees  to continue to produce more to sustain food security in the district. 

“I must say that we are very grateful to the government for bringing the Planting for food and jobs to boost production and to bring farmers on board.The fertiliser has helped farmers increase production of food for our consumption. I think it’s high time.we appreciate it.” 

While appreciating the efforts of the government to increase crop production through the PFJ program, the Paramount Chief was quick to add that the Government should ensure that subsidised fertiliser must be available on time when farmers need them for their fields.  

“I want to appeal to the government to always make sure that when the fertiliser is going to be supplied or subsidised to the people, it should be supplied at the right time and made at the right time for them to use rather than coming late when the fields are no longer in need of fertiliser.” 

He also used the opportunity to appreciate the Kassena Nankana West District for hosting the 38th Farmers Day celebration in his locality. Adding that the occasion will motivate farmers in the community to take farming more seriously. 

“Let me also say that organising the program here will help to motivate my farmers to take farming more seriously. “

Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Gerard Awombadek Asagi|Ghana

2,537 farmers supported in the Kassena Nankana West District under GLRSSMP

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A total of 2,537 have received varied support services from the Kassena Nankana West District under the Ghana Landscape Restoration and Small Scale Mining Project (GLRSSMP). 

Speaking at the 38th Farmers Day Celebration in the district, DCE for the area Gerard Ataogye stated that the beneficiary farmers received free improved seeds, cashew seedlings and ploughing services. 

“… In the Kassena Nankana West District, a total of 2,095 farmers have benefited from this project. 4927.5kg of maize seeds, 5720kg of cowpea and 400 cashew seedlings have been distributed. Also under the GLRSSMP, a total of 442 hector’s for farm lands were ploughed for farmers in the district free of charge. Aside from ploughing for the farmers for free, these farmers also received free fertiliser.”

“The project’s total financing is $78 million of which the Kassena Nankana West District is a beneficiary among 12 other districts in the north and some other institutions working to improve the forest cover.”

Contained in his speech,  the DCE noted the project has also supported farmers with some farm inputs, training and fertilisers.

The DCE further reiterated the government’s commitment to improve food security, create employment opportunities and reduce poverty through the provision of free fertiliser and other farm inputs to farmers under the Planting for Food and Jobs program. 

Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Gerard Awombadek Asagi|Ghana

Kassena Nankana West District benefits from $78m support to improve forest cover

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The Kassena Nankana West District of the Upper East Region is receiving support from the Ghana Landscape Restoration and Small Scale Mining Project (GLRSSMP) to improve the forest cover of the area. 

While addressing the gathering at the 38th Farmers Day celebrated in Kayoro, the DCE for the area Gerard Ataogye mentioned that the district was part of 12 other districts benefiting from a World Bank and Government of Ghana $78 million joint support programme.

“The project’s total financing is $78 million of which the Kassena Nankana West District is a beneficiary among 12 other districts in the north and some other institutions working to improve the forest cover.” 

Contained in his speech,  the DCE noted the project has also supported farmers with some farm inputs, training and fertilisers.

“In the Kassena Nankana West District, a total of 2,095 farmers have benefited from this project. 4927.5kg of maize seeds, 5720kg of cowpea and 400 cashew seedlings have been distributed. Also under the GLRSSMP, a total of 442 hector’s for farm lands were ploughed for farmers in the district free of charge. Aside ploughing for the farmers for free, these farmers also received free fertiliser.” 

This years 38th Farmers Day celebration in the Kassena Nankana West District was held in the farming community of Kayoro.

Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Gerard Awombadek Asagi|Ghana

Denis Abila adjudged Overall Best farmer for Kassena Nankana West District

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David Atibila from Kandiga in the Kassena Nankana West District has been adjudged the overall best Farmer in the district in the 38th Farmers Day Celebration in the district. 

He was given a motorbike, a pair of Wellington Boots, 5 long bars of Key soap, 2 cutlasses, 1 litre of organic fertiliser, 1 bag of green fertiliser and 2 Knapsack Sprayers. 

While expressing his appreciation for the award, the Overall Best Farmer encouraged everyone to venture into farming. He added that everyone depends on food and to ensure that there’s enough food, everyone must farm. 

“I want to say thank you for this award. Let me tell everyone to also farm. If you don’t farm no matter what you are doing you must eat food.”

In the same event Azuntaaba Maxwell Abagna from Kassalingo was adjudged the 1st runner up. He received a 32″ Plasma TV, a bicycle, 5 long bars of Key soap, a pair of Wellington Boots, 1 Knapsack Sprayer, 1 litre of organic fertiliser, 1 bag of Green fertiliser and a cutlass. 

The 38th Farmers Day in the Kassena Nankana West District was marked in the Kayoro community. In all, 10 awardees were honoured at the event for their support in boosting the agricultural sector in the district.

Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Gerard Awombadek Asagi|Ghana