Archive | September 2011

OIL IN THE MOTHERLAND

The product oil has always been known to the people of the Western Region of Ghana precisely the Nzemaland because of its immense contributions to individual households and communities. There is no doubt that almost every household in the Nzemaland has something to do with coconut oil in one way or the other. The benefits of coconut oil cannot be over-emphasized in that apart from using it to cook; coconut-oil processing business has served as a major economic activity and generated employment for many. People have built houses, educated their children and in-fact has been a real blessing to them all.

A research into small-scale coconut oil processing industries in the Axim District found out how families have improved their living standard as a result of their engagement in the oil business. Notwithstanding these contributions, the Cape St. Paul wilt disease has continually affected coconut plantations in the Nzemaland gradually limiting the ability of these processors to continue in business.

Fortunately for the region, while the disease continues to take it toll on coconut plantation killing many, there has also emerged another form of oil in the area, and this is the recently found mineral oil deposit. However, while individual’s families and groups had total control over the former and were able to fully engage in it to improve their living standard until it was attacked massively by the Cape St. Paul wilt disease, the ownership and control of the later is in the hands of the government of Ghana. In other words the newly found mineral oil deposit is a national commodity and therefore the ability of the natives to fully be part of it depends not on them but on the national government policies.

Yet one thing the national government needs to realize is that the Nzemas must not be excluded in the dealing of this commodity. As a national cake, the Nzemas do not believe every benefit from this mineral oil is to be given to them or be used to improve the area. Rather they expect the government to ensure their portion is also not denied when it comes to the share of its wealth. Many of the things the government of Ghana can do to help the people of the Nzema is to move away from the old practices. In the past, the attitudes of successive governments in Ghana have contributed to a situation whereby the region has heavily depended on peasant agricultural practices with no industries available to process the produce or better marketing facilities to earn them more incomes.

This attitude did not only take away the economic benefits of the people but also denied them the relevant industrial skills they needed. Today the region cannot boast of any well developed industry in the area.

Attracting industries into the area would offer greater help to the people of the land, especially the youth who are highly unemployed. Achieving this would not only improve the country’s GDP but also generate employments for Ghanaians in general and the Nzemas in particular at a time when the coconut plantations continue suffer and die because of Cape St. Paul wilt disease.

Whilst Ghanaians hope the newly found oil would break the country through its economic hardships, there is also a concern especially when we try to consider some of the negative consequences many oil producing countries have encountered.

Tensions and conflicts as well as other social vices are some of the effects that can befall Ghana if necessary measures to combat these potential effects are not put in place, as we become a recognized oil producing country. One thing the people Nzemas would not like to encounter is social tensions. It is well documented that Nzemas are very peaceful people and have always welcome many different tribes into their homes. An attribute that has always made them stood out. Now with high unemployment in the area especially among the youth, it is important the oil firms currently operating in the area contribute to solving this problem and help the youth keep away from any undesired activities. Earlier this year in his speech, the Western Regional minister advised Nzema youths to study oil related courses in other to make themselves available for employments. Though this is an excellent recommendation, the government should equally help more youth in the area have access to these oil related courses probably by offering scholarships to them.

As the area is characterized by low incomes the possibilities of families to send their children to read these expensive courses are very limited. Moreover in our society where ‘whom you know’ always goes ahead of any talents or skills, it is clear that until a strong support from the government to ensure correct recruitment procedures are put in place the youth of the land are going to miss out even though the oil is just at their door post. And as the saying goes ‘an idle hands are always given work to do by the devil’ if the chiefs of the land, the district chief executives, members of parliament and the Western Region minister do not make the youths unemployment situation their prime concern, there will come a time when these youth would have no alternatives but to join the evil groups. A situation that would be very lamenting at the time should it come to pass. It is therefore very important that we learn a lot from our neighbors in the Niger Delta, and try to use their experiences to better our situation.

In conclusion, it must be emphasized that as Ghanaians continue to enjoy peaceful socio-economic climate, everything possible need to be done to ensure this is maintained into the new era of oil production. We should not be naive about what we hear about the Niger Delta. Denying the people of Nzemaland especially the youth the opportunity to improve their living standard would be a very difficult to understand as the leaders of the land would never be forgiven. It is the hope that the government, non-governmental organizations and the oil mining companies operating in Nzemaland pull together to ensure peace prevail among our people and the communities as we continue to learn from the Niger Delta’s experience.

Long live Ghana, Long live Nzemaland.

Credit :

>Sultan Nuhu Mohammed P.R.O Nzema Youth Association

>Mcrista –Oil And Nzemaland

This entry was posted on September 24, 2011. 1 Comment

IRD’s In-Kind Gift of Medical Items to Alhaji Nuhu Memorial Clinic-Kamgbunli

 

In March, IRD organized a container shipment of medical supplies and medical equipment to the Alhaji Nuhu Memorial Healthcare Center in Kamgbunli, Ghana. The commodities, valued at more than $300,000, will improve health delivery and save lives. This shipment was initiated by Ali Nuhu Abeka, who is senior director of finance for the AVIPA+ project in Afghanistan. We the Executive body of Nzema Youth Association greatly appreciates the joint effort of the International Relief & Development (IRD) and Mr. Ali Nuhu Abeka for their immense contribution to uplifting the health and welfare of the deprived people of the Nzemaland and other surrounding towns. We are happy to applaud the achievement of the vision and mission of Alhaji Nuhu Memorial (http://www.alhajinuhumemorial.org/) as quoted on their website “Our mission is to improve the life of residents in the community. We seek to establish a healthcare centre that serves as a catalyst to educate and meet the basic healthcare needs of the under-privileged residents of Kamgbunli by providing a continuum of healthcare services that enable the residents to improve their health status.”  We are Happy to share a glimpse of the offloading of equipments and medical supplies to the Alhaji Nuhu Memorial Health Care Clinic Kamgbunli

Shipment arrives in Kamgbunli, Ghana.

The Chief and his delegates, and people of the community warmly accepts the donation to the center.


The local community formed an assembly line to deliver the supplies to the hospital.

It is our Prayrs that The IRD will continue to Give More Of Such Wonderful Humanitarian Services to Ghana and especially our Motherland.Than You

This entry was posted on September 22, 2011. 5 Comments

The Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) in the Ellembele District score to 76% this year as against 68% last year. What Can Enable Us hit into the 90% and plus ??

This entry was posted on September 19, 2011. 2 Comments

50 WAYS TO SUPPORT YOUR COMMUNITY

CIVIC EDUCATION

….. 50 WAYS TO SUPPORT YOUR COMMUNITY……..

DO SOMETHING ITS YOUR CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY

 

Hello Beautiful People, I Pray you are all doing well. Most of the time, we ask questions and do discuss basic amenities and other developmental projects in our communities which we lack, what most of us forget is that it starts with us. Our little efforts directly or indirectly impact our communities positively and a lot of people.  Wherever we reside, it is very important for us to think of what and how to support our motherland and her communities. For those of us living on the continent of Africa, we need to rekindle our interests in supporting the development and growth of our communities.   The list below is posted from a research find on how to support one’s community.   Please Read, Share and Discuss with your friends, the family and your community members, adapt it to make a positive impression, impact and social progress in your community, district, region and your country.  DO SOMETHING……IT’S YOUR COMMUNITY.  There are many ways that business people can support their communities. The following are some examples.

 

  1. Offer your premises or site for a community group to use for its meetings/events
  1. Loan equipment and machinery (and operators if necessary to community groups
  2. Photocopy newsletters, flyers and other material for a community group
  3. Contract a community group or its clients to do some of your work
  4. Include a community group’s mail in your company’s mail outs
  5. Mentor community groups with financial management, planning, marketing, public relations, computer technology, etc.
  6. Make available traineeships to community groups working with unemployed youth
  7.  Employ older employees who have been retrenched from their jobs
  8. Employ a person with a disability who is capable of undertaking work for your company
  9.  Provide work experience for students from local schools, TAFE and universities
  10. Join Rotary, Lions and other local clubs which support communities
  11. Assist a community group to plan and run a major event
  12. Advertise a community group’s event in your shop window
  13. Sponsor a community event such as a festival, display or annual celebration
  14. Offer your goods and services at a discount rate to a community group
  15. Administer the salaries of employees from a small community group
  16.  Use your business premises as a collection point for non-perishable food for a community group which supports people living in poverty
  17. Encourage employees to contribute to the food bin
  18. Allocate the proceeds from the sale of a particular product (maybe specially labelled) to a community group or cause
  19. Pass on obsolete equipment (operational) to community groups
  20. Offer reduced labour costs for repairing or maintaining a community group’s equipment and machinery
  21. Provide scholarships or subsidies to community groups so that their clients or workers can participate in essential training, workshops and conferences
  22. Sponsor disadvantaged children to participate in sporting activities, camps and school excursions
  23.  Provide in-kind or at reduced prices goods for raffles, fetes and other fundraising activities
  24.  Provide surplus stock either at reduced cost or no cost to community groups which may be able to sell it or use it themselves
  25.  Promote a particular community group or cause using your company’s marketing or media resources
  26.  Employees with particular expertise in management, financial or legal matters can advise or join community groups’ committees
  27.  Construct and maintain a website for a community group
  28.  Use your shop window, office wall, signage, company vehicle or stationery to highlight a particular community issue or cause
  29.  Provide a commission to a community group which refers customers to your business
  30. Adopt a reserve or an environmentally fragile area and contribute to or take responsibility for its upkeep
  31. Provide a storage area for a community group for its equipment or goods
  32.  Sponsor community or school awards
  33. Share your business networks with community groups
  34. Encourage other companies to support their communities
  35. Use your influence and contacts to advocate with government or businesses to support a community cause
  36. Assist a community group with its application for government or philanthropic trust funding
  37. Provide a community group with training sessions in management
  38. Assist a community group to recruit staff
  39. Assign an employee for a specified period of time to a community group to undertake a task or project
  40. Assist a community group to develop policies and procedures for its services, activities and projects
  41. Place a fundraising collection tin, badges, ribbons, lollies or raffle tickets on your shop counter, reception area or staff room
  42. Recycle or re-use as much of your company’s waste as possible
  43. Allow your staff to participate as volunteers regularly or once a year for a community group or cause
  44. Conduct an in-house fundraising event with proceeds going to a local community group or cause
  45. Introduce a voluntary staff salary deduction scheme with the proceeds going to a community cause
  46.  Provide a small percentage of the sale of your goods and services for a community group or cause
  47. Collaborate with other companies to work on community projects
  48.  Educate your employees about community issues by inviting an informed representative from a community group to speak about local issues
  49.  Include the costs of supporting your community in your company’s budget.

Some of these can also be initiated by our individual selves. Let us do our best to move our communities ahead into a positive direction.

Thank you all.

Credit Also Goes to Prekese-Ghanamedia and the entire crew.

 

Community Voluntary Social Responsibility sweeping -courtesy Nuhu Mohammed

 

This entry was posted on September 19, 2011. 4 Comments

NZEMA YOUTH ASSOCIATION OUR MISSION

Mission Statement: The mission of Nzema Youth Association (NYA) is to create healthier, stronger, and more positive communities by empowering youth to become positive leaders and advocates for change in their own communities.
A non-partisan socio-political Association of The citizens of the Nzemaland who has shown concern for the plight of youths and the electorates of our great motherland, determined to work together, conscious of our various background and ethnic origins, prepared to offer selfless service, and provide a new direction for peaceful co-existence and above all to eradicate poverty through the use of our basic resources in our part of the country.

To be the fore most youth organization with objective zeal and plausible initiative aimed at educating, enlightening, sensitizing and creating a democratic awareness to our teaming youths and the electorates; promoting participation and support for governance by expressing opinion, views and ideas on socio-economic policies and activities; propagating justice, equity, rule of law; supporting youth empowerment and engagement; and promoting precautionary alternatives on pandemics.

We will succeed in our mission by providing the youth access to enlightened education, and encouraging community participation and community building to help break the cycle of extreme poverty and create a more positive environment for us all and our future generations.

THE PROPPOSED PCUBE PROJECT

PROPOSED PCUBE PROJECT. PEACE, PROSPERITY, PROGRESS. BY THE NZEMA YOUTH.

What will our generations’ legacy be? Is it unimaginable to think that we could put an end to extreme poverty? At first thought, you may think so. However, with generations before us abolishing slavery, inspiring civil rights movements and giving women the vote, the realization may not be as impossible as you think.

PCUBE Foundation believe that ending extreme poverty should be our generations’ legacy and has formed a tribe of young people who are passionate about making it happen. Why young people? It’s simple. Think of some of the most influential people of today; Mark Zuckerburg founder of Facebook, Larry Page and Sergey Brin co-founders of Google, Kwabena Agyapong owner of Kencity Media House, Justin Bieber and Asamoah Djan. They are all connected through their youthful and idealistic mindset and belief that nothing is impossible.

So if being young can help drive fame and fortune, can being young help uplift the poor? Economist, a Senior Chartered Accountant, a Lawyer and a great philanthropist Ali Nuhu Abeka thinks so. He believes that, for the first time in history, we have the resources to bring people living in extreme poverty down from 4.4 Million to zero. With a concerted national effort, led by people with a bold, innovative and youthful mindset, this can happen in just one generation. Inspired by an advocate Nuhu Mohammed a Ghanaian Youth and a key member of the Nzema Youth  Nzema Youth Association living in the midst of rich natural resources yet surrounded by poverty, the founder and team at Nzema Youth Association with team PCUBE Project have the mindset to take on the challenge. By engaging young Nzemas in the issues of extreme poverty and the possibilities that exist to help; the PCUBE Project will focus on specific Development Goals with the aim to bring peace, prosperity and progress to the Western region especially the Nzema dominated areas in extreme poverty.

This entry was posted on September 9, 2011. 5 Comments