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President Akufo-Addo calls for an end to 15 year old Dagbon chieftaincy crises

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President Nana Akufo-Addo has called on chiefs from the Northern Region to speedily settle all chieftaincy, land and ethnic disputes to accelerate the development and progress of the area.
He made a passionate appeal to eminent traditional rulers handling the 15-year-old Dagbon chieftaincy crises to find an amicable and lasting solution to the conflict, to enable the people of Yendi to install a new Ya Na, during the Damba Festival in December.

President Akufo-Addo made the call when the Regent of Gonjaland, Tun Tumba Yagbong Wura Boresa Sulemana, and the Overlord of the Mamprugu Traditional Area, Nayiri Naa Bohigu Abdullai Mahami Sheriga paid separate calls on him at the Flagstaff House.

The traditional rulers were there to congratulate him on his victory at the December 2016 polls and for his ascension to the highest office of the land, as well as table their concerns to him for redress.

Emphatic on the need for peace and tranquility in the north, President Akufo-Addo said those areas of the country were the most deprived and that the continuous engagement in conflict of any kind would deny the area of the expected development that his administration had lined out in policies and programmes for the entire country.

The President expressed confidence in the eminent chiefs, including the Asantehene, Otumfuor Osei Tutu II, negotiating peace in Dabgon, would find a solution that would bring closure to the conflict in the area.

He said the time had come for all to work together to find a lasting solution, thus, government would support any decision the chiefs arrived at to deal with the issue.

“My understanding is that now, the possibilities for it (peace) are very strong. Peace in Dagbon doesn’t just involve Dagbon. It involves the whole Ghana. It is a matter of high national priority to get Dagbon to succeed.

“We are prepared to support fully, any formula that you (traditional leaders) think will bring lasting peace,” President Akufo-Addo said adding that it was in the interest of Dagbon and entire Ghana that there was a roadmap that all could support to bring peace to the area.

“I would love to see that this year, by the time of the Damba Festival in December, there is a new Ya Na in Yendi. I am counting on you to help this to happen,” he said urging the chiefs and people of the area to support the eminent rulers to solve the problem.

On a request by the traditional rulers for the creation of a new region from the Northern Region due to its large size that made it difficult to settle land and chieftaincy issues, President Akufo-Addo explained that all due processes to the realisation of those plans were well afoot.

He asked the chiefs and leaders to educate their people to actively participate in the process leading to the creation of the new region, saying; “There is work to be done. So you chiefs would have to use your influence to get your people to support the move.”

He told them that based on the advice from the Council of State to proceed to create the new region, he would constitute a Commission of Enquiry, latest by next week, to start taking views from the people on their demand for new regions.

Based on the work and recommendation of the Committee, and “if everything goes well, by May next year, there could be a referendum if there is a broad demand for the creation of new regions,” he said.

President Akufo-Addo promised the chiefs and people of Dagbon that the Government would construct a teachers’ training college in the area to improve the quality of basic education there.

He said the promises he made to Ghanaians to win last years’ election were not made just to win votes but to transform the lives and fortunes of Ghanaians.

The two leaders, in separate addresses, commended the President for his commitment to implement policies such as the Free Senior High School, One District One Factory, and One Village One Dam and wished him well.

They express their commitment to support the President and his Government to improve the living condition of the people in their respective traditional areas.

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Woman gives birth to 10 babies at a go

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Woman gives birth to 10 babies

Woman gives birth to 10 babies at a go

A South African woman by the name Gosiame Thamara Sithole at age 37 has given birth to 10 babies in one pregnancy. This breaks the Guinness World Record held by Halima Cissé, a Malian, who gave birth to nine children in Morocco.

Gosiame successfully gave birth to her decuplets at a hospital in Pretoria last Monday.

Sithole, who has six-year-old twins, said that her pregnancy was natural and wasn’t on fertility treatment.

Speaking to Pretoria News a month ago, Ms. Sithole said her pregnancy was “tough at the beginning” and she had prayed for a healthy birth, with many a sleepless night worrying about what was to come.

“How would they fit in the womb? Would they survive?” she asked herself, but was reassured by doctors that her womb was expanding.

Gosiame Thamara Sithole

Gosiame Thamara Sithole when pregnant at a later month
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A family member, who did not want to be identified, told the BBC News that Ms Sithole has had 10 babies – 5 via natural birth and 5 via caesarean section.

“It’s seven boys and three girls. I am happy. I am emotional. I can’t talk much,” her husband Teboho Tsotetsi told Pretoria News after the birth.

Most pregnancies involving large numbers of babies end prematurely, says BBC Africa’s health reporter Rhoda Odhiambo.

Multiple births involving more than three babies are rare and often the result of fertility treatments – but in this case the couple say they conceived naturally.


CREDIT: BBC

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Is abortion legal in Ghana?

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Is abortion legal in Ghana?

By law, abortions in Ghana are legal in cases of rape, incest, fetal abnormality or disease, or “defilement of a female idiot,” or if they are performed to protect physical or mental health; they must be provided by registered and trained health personnel in an approved facility.

Abortion in Ghana is faced with serious stigmatization to the extent that people who patronize it feel ashamed to make it known. This makes it difficult to capture accurate information on abortion incidence and unintended pregnancy in official records. This in effect has had a negative impact on planning reproductive health services in the country.

The legal status of abortion in Ghana

  • According to Ghanaian law, abortions are legal in cases of rape, incest, fetal abnormality or disease, or “defilement of a female idiot,” or if they are performed to protect physical or mental health; they must be provided by registered and trained health personnel in an approved facility.
  • Despite efforts by the Ministry of Health and the Ghana Health Service to expand postabortion care and safe abortion services, several factors impede the use of these services. These include stigmatization of abortion, poor knowledge of abortion’s legal status among the public and medical professionals, misperceptions about the safety of legal abortion, and inadequate access to services.
  • Many women in Ghana seek illegal abortions, which vary widely in terms of safety. Complications from unsafe abortions contribute substantially to Ghana’s high maternal mortality, which was estimated at 310 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births in 2017.

 


CREDIT: Guttmacher Institute

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Izwe Savings and Loans belongs to me – Abedi Pele reveals

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Izwe Savings and Loans belongs to me – Abedi Pele reveals

Abedi Pele owns Izwe savings and loans: Former Ghana star, Abedi ‘Pele’ Ayew has revealed that he owns the biggest microfinance company in the West African country.

According to the Olympique Marseille legend, he is the owner of Izwe Savings and Loans, a microfinance company that has been in existence since 2011.

Speaking to the French ambassador to Ghana, Anne Sophie, he said his decision to set up a microfinance business was to lessen the burden on the ordinary Ghanaian.

“I have done so many things but my character is very calm, I am always in the dark and I believe in that,” he said.

“I have been in the country working very hard, I have a microfinance company which is very huge and number one in the country called Izwe Loans.”

“We give loans to teachers, military, police to support them in their daily lives.

“They have to send their children to school and so we give them these loans to manage and buy things for their children,” he stated.

Pele is one of the best footballers to have ever emerged from the country. He was part of the 1982 squad that won the Africa Cup of Nations.

He also won the Champions League with Marseille and also emerged as Africa’s best player of the year four times.

 

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