Archive | November 2011

SUMMARY OF THE PREMIER MEETING OF ALL MEMBERS AIMED TO UPDATE ALL MEMBERS ON PROGRESS

The Summary of the Nzema Youth Meeting!!!

The meeting started on Sunday 27th November,2011 @ 18:36 (GMT) .
Chairman: Mr. Kingsley Blay Ackah-President
M.C.:
Ms. Veronica Ackah-Treasurer
Mr. Sultan Nuhu Mohammed-PRO

Represented Members:
Mr. Kingsley Blay Ackah-President
Mr.Egya Anyimah Efoli Kanrah-Vice President
Mr. Sultan Nuhu Mohammed-PRO
Ms. Veronica Ackah-Treasurer
Mr. Iddi Wuni-Event Organiser
Mr. Joseph Yankey Adeabah (Now King Aluterus)-Electoral Commissioner
Mr.Emmal Ackah Right Rooney-Founder
Mr Kojo Ellimah- Executive member
Mr.Johnson Ayi-Wor -Executive member
Mr.Pious Ackah
Mr.Herbert K. Eshun
Mr. Jerry Nyanyi
Mr.Ben Eshun
Mr.Jorge Demoh
Mr.Frederick Azane Kodwo
Ms Evangelist Helena Melseaux
Mr George Coffie
Mr Shaibu Mohammed
Ms Mame Ekoa Hammond
Mr.Speezy Speezy
Ms.Dehele Muhyia Aka-Bile

Opening Prayer: Mr. Emmal Ackah Right Rooney-Founder

Topics Discussed:

(1) Certificate of Registration
Recent update on the certificate of registration according to Mr.Egya Anyimah Efoli Kanrah-Vice President, who is in charge of the registration, said we should expect it from the Registrar general department, Accra by the end of November, 2011.

Question: Ms. Dehele Muhyia Aka-Bile asked whether the registration was for members or the group.
Answer: The reply was that the registration is for the NYA as a group to have it’s legal backing of survival.
Question: Mr.Ben Eshun, asked whether there was an effort to merge with the Pride of Nzema

Answers:
Sultan Nuhu Mohammed that ‘Thanks for the concerns raised we wish to make it
clear that our constitution permits such actions especially when both members share the same interest. in a nutshell yes at the appropriate time we will call on them since we share the same mission’

Mr. Johnson Ayi-Wor added that ‘No room for distruction but our doors are and will be open to all and sundry 24/7’

Question: Mr. Herbert K. Eshun asked whether the registration was in terms of national or what.
Answer: Sultan Nuhu Mohammed responsed, ‘Yes In Ghana, for the state to recognize us as an association , we must register it with the registrar General and that is what we are almost done with. Thank you’

(2) Patrons: Active and Dormant
We have decided to have two types of Patrons; Active and Dormant. The Active Patron will be involved in our day to day activities and the Dormant Patron will in this case due to their position may not have time to participate actively. Some names have been suggested and consideration is underway to settle on which of them to approach for the patron positions.

Questions: George Coffie: then can we know those names involved
Answers:Sultan Nuhu Mohammed : We need very competent and trust worthy members to volunteer. Therefore members have already suggested names which was posted in an earlier post. we will re post that again for you all. members are also welcomed to volunteer.

Kingsley Blay Ackah we will soon post their names on the NYA wall
Herbert K. Eshun is beta mr prez, to post it fast 4 members 2 comment

(3) Nzema Youth Association Website.
The need for NYA to have it’s own website in addition to facebook is also necessary and will be discussed in our general meeting

Kojo Ellimah :A website gives us
o more credibility and shows we’re serious,
o We can upload most of our pictures, documents, minutes of mtgs,
o It also helps in fundraising,members profile

Sultan Nuhu Mohammed Thank you Mr. President. In efforts to achieving that, the Executives created a blog page for the mean time to enable members to know of important issue and their views. the official blog page needs much contribution form members to keep it much more active, as Mr. Kojo Ellimah has mentioned, it can contain more documents and other minutes of our meetings.

NZEMA YOUTH ASSOCIATION OFFICIAL BLOG-PAGE:nzemayouthassociation.wordpress.com

(4) Bank account
We have also made enquiries on opening a Bank Account for the group to keep all our monies and we will soon make it available on the wall.
Kojo Ellimah Very important. But we must get the certificate of registration first, plus a resolution from the Executive Council before we can open the account
Ben Eshun IF NZEMA MANLE RURAL BANK IS NETWORKED I WILL SUGGEST THE ACCOUNT SHOULD BE OPEN THERE

(5) Dues
We want to know much to pay for the dues either monthly or annually.It was suggested that 10 cedis annually should be paid by members as dues.

(6) ‘Nzema Youth Association Trust’
Fundraising of (1)one cedi) Projectwhere members pay one-off one ghana cedi.
A project for the above has been suggested to create ‘Nzema Youth Association Trust’, which will be purposely used for most projects for the NYA such as vacation classes,seminars for NYA members
It was suggested that we should be clear about the NYA trust will be used for and that a committed trustees outside the Excutive council to manage and raise funds the NYA trust.

(7) Physical Structure
An office for the group is still in the discussion process to have a permanent office for the NYA.It was suggested that we should seek finance first before we consider the office and it’s location.

(8) On Other Matters
A number of issues were raised and they are:
• I think we should prioritise our needs and concerns so we can tackle them in a more appropriate and efficient manner.
• I remember Mr. Idi Wuni raising a suggestion that we should organise a Development Dialogue. I dont know if this is the right platform to discuss this?
• i second Mr Ellimah we should becareful in other not to push members away from the association all in the name of money my own suggestion. we should vote on anything we discuss here when it has to do with money voting will permit all member to participate and we can finalize on that this is my humble opinion please lets take it into consideration
• may i ask if de executive was voted into power or was appointed
• @HERBERT-MOST WERE VOTED-THE ELECTED APPOINTED ADDITIONAL IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONSTITUTION
• Mr Prez what r we doing as group abt the low educ. standards in our land

Vote of thanks
Mr. Sultan Nuhu Mohammed, thanked all members for coming and moved the meeting to an end,which was seconded by Kojo Ellimah and Egya Anyimah Efoli Kanrah.
Closing prayer: Mr.Kojo Ellimah
The President, on behalf of the Executive council thanked all for coming and assured them that the Nzema Youth Association is possible!
On behalf of the Executive Council, we thank all for continuous support for the NYA and watch out for our next general meeting on the NYA wall.

God bless Nzema Youth! God bless Nzemaland!! God bless Ghana!!!

Nzema Youth It’s Possible!!!!

Mr. Kingsley Blay Ackah
President
Nzema Youth Association

THE PRESIDENT`S STATEMENT OF AFFAIRS ‘STATEMENT OF AFFAIRS’

NZEMA YOUTH ASSOCIATION

THE PRESIDENT`S  ‘STATEMENT OF AFFAIRS’

Greetings Fellow Nzema Youth Members, We thank God /Allah for how far He has brought us as Nzema Youth Association (NYA) seeking to advocate for the Nzema Youth, Nzemaland and Ghana as a whole.
Nzema Youth Association was created exactly on 7:33pm, Tuesday, 19th April, 2011, by Mr. Emmal Ackah Right Rooney (Founder).

He started by quoting;
‘Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one’.

He cited the purpose as;
‘‘Nzema Youth is an organization set up to help unite the youth of the Nzemaland and help achieve the goals of Nzemaland with one common interest, the betterment of Nzema people, is aint a partisan group nor an individual authoritative group but rather equal and mutual right among it members to achieve it’s common goals’’ (Mr. Emmal Ackah Right Rooney (Founder),.

Egya Awuah also pasted on the wall;
‘hey guys lets invite as many Nzemans as we can to this wonderful page so we can all have the opportunity to air our views concerning our one n only motherland. Cheers’!!

The Nzema Youth Association (NYA) later grew in numbers and hence the need for Executive Council to steer the affairs became necessary.

The list below includes elected members and appointed Executive members in the Executive council, under the leadership of the President;
Mr. John K. Amos-President
Mr.Egya Anyimah Efoli Kanrah-Vice President
Mr. Alfred Awuah-Secretary
Mr.Egya Awuah-Financial secretary
Ms. Mohammed Kokoleh Amina-Women Organizer
Mr. Sultan Nuhu Mohammed-PRO
Ms. Veronica Ackah-Treasurer
Mr. Ofori Annor-Boateng-Event Organiser
Mr. Joseph Yankey Adeabah (Now King Aluterus)-Electoral Commissioner
Mr.Emmal Ackah Right Rooney-Founder
Mr.Philip Akakoffi-Executive Member
Mr.Kingsley Blay Ackah-Executive Member
Mr.Osagyefo N Polley- Executive Member
Ms.Nanaekyi Asuah-Executive Member
Ms.Akuba Parkos- Executive Member

The President later resigned on personal reasons and I took over from October,2011 with the following members in the Executive Council;
Mr. Kingsley Blay Ackah-President
Mr.Egya Anyimah Efoli Kanrah-Vice President
Mr. Alfred Awuah-Secretary
Mr.Egya Awuah-Financial secretary
Ms. Mohammed Kokoleh Amina-Women Organizer
Mr. Sultan Nuhu Mohammed-PRO
Ms. Veronica Ackah-Treasurer
Mr. Iddi Wuni-Event Organiser
Mr. Joseph Yankey Adeabah (Now King Aluterus)-Electoral Commissioner
Mr.Emmal Ackah Right Rooney-Founder
Ms.Nanaekyi Asuah-Executive Member
Ms.Akuba Parkos- Executive Member
Mr Kojo Ellimah- Executive member
Mr.Johnson Ayi-Wor -Executive member
Mr John K Amos -Executive member
Mr.Philip Akakoffi-Executive Member
Mr.Osagyefo N Polley- Executive member
Mr.Blaykyi Ackah-Blay-Executive member

Further details on the above Executives can be found on ‘KNOW YOUR EXECUTIVES’www.nzemayouthassociation.wordpress.com

From October to date, there has been Executive council meeting where we deliberated on many issues concerning the association from it’s inception, which included the following;

(1) Certificate of Registration
Recent update on the certificate of registration according to Mr.Egya Anyimah Efoli Kanrah-Vice President, who is in charge of the registration, said we should expect it from the Registrar general department, Accra by the end of November, 2011.

(2) Working Constitution
A draft constitution is in place and we will soon seek further suggestions to make it final working constitution.

(3) Patrons: Active and Dormant
We have decided to have two types of Patrons; Active and Dormant. The Active Patron will be involved in our day to day activities and the Dormant Patron will in this case due to their position may not have time to participate actively. Some names have been suggested and consideration is underway to settle on which of them to approach for the patron positions.

(4)
• Vision
•Mission
• Motto(slogan)
• Emblem
• Letterhead

Samples for the above list for Nzema Youth Association has been created and we will soon put it on NYA wall and general meeting for further suggestions.

(5) Nzema Youth Association Website.
The need for NYA to have it’s own website in addition to facebook is also necessary and will be discussed in our general meeting.

(6) Bank account
We have also made enquiries on opening a Bank Account for the group to keep all our monies and we will soon make it available on the wall.

(7) Dues
We are still discussing how much to pay for the dues either monthly or annually.

(8) Fundraising of (1)one cedi) Project
A project for the above has been suggested to create ‘Nzema Youth Association Trust’, which will be purposely used for most projects for the NYA.

(9) Physical Structure
An office for the group is still in the discussion process to have a permanent office for the NYA.

(10) Recruitment of Representatives for Nzema Youth Association Branches
The need to have representatives around the globe has been discussed to enhance the ‘decentralization’ of NYA.

The following list has been presented by the Founder-Emmal Ackah Right Rooney for consideration:
• Emmanuel Gyeine Nengye-Italy
• Evangelist Helena Melseaux-UK
• Agneba Moua Paul-Ivory Coast
• Liz Betty Oti Akoma-Ivory Coast
• Godfred Boateng-Ukraine
• John Ampah-Italy
• Patricia Okyere-Germany
• Egya ArmahNredah-Finland
• Ben Eshun-Sudan

We are still seeking for volunteers and names can be send to nzemayouth@yahoo.com or to any of the Executives for consideration.
Currently, we will be recruiting for the following branches and more branches will be added in the future:
• Takoradi
• Esiama
• Half Assini
• Axim
• University of Cape Coast
• University of Ghana
• Kwame Nkrumah Uni. Of Science and Technology
• University for Development Studies
• University for Education: Winneba, Kumasi, Mampong.

NB: Some members have already accepted to serve in some branches around the globe which will soon be pasted on the NYA wall.

(11) Annual Gathering (Networking activity)
The need to organize annual activities is also necessary as it was suggested that especially Christmas or Easter where most Nzemans come home for family reunion.

On behalf of the Executive Council, we want to thank our first President Mr. John K Amos for His service as President and continuous support for the NYA. Also to all Executive members who have taken the time to serve and see the NYA through this period. We cannot forget our members for their patience and support to see NYA to become possible.

Thank you all for your time and see you on Sunday,6:00pm Gmt (Ghana Time) for our first general meeting .

God bless Nzema Youth! God bless Nzemaland!! God bless Ghana!!!

Nzema Youth it’s Possible !!!!

Mr. Kingsley Blay Ackah
Nzema Youth President

ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTER IN THE MOTHERLAND- IMPACTS OF THE OIL AND GAS ACTIVITIES! Eight whales die at Ankobra beach in three years – Environmentalist

Mr. Kwodwo Kyei Yamoah, Programme Coordinator of Friends of the Nation, an environmental non-governmental organization, has said eight whales have died within four years since the Jubilee Partners started oil exploration at the Jubilee Oilfields in the Western Region.

He said the persistent death of whales at West Cape Three Points had created fear and panic among the residents of Half Assini, Ankobra, Bonwire, and other coastal communities.

The residents of Ankobra in the Nzema East Municipality who revered the whales as gods performed rituals and buried them at a designated cemetery.

He said a whale died on October 26 and alleged that the deaths of whales could be attributed to pollution of the sea by some oil companies.

Mr. Yamoah alleged that some ships that berth near the oil rigs had been discharging ballaswater (wastewater from oil) into the sea that had subsequently affected the quality of the seawaters hence the rampant death of marine life.

He criticized the Environmental Protection Agency(EPA) for not often carrying out environment assessment at the West Cape Three Points area, hence the indiscriminate dumping of poisonous chemicals into the sea.

When the Western Regional Director of the Environmental Protection Agency, Mr. Yaw Sarfo Afriyie, said though the Agency discovered one dead whale at Ankobra, the death cannot be attributed to the operations of the oil and gas explorations.

He said it would be unfair to accuse the oil companies for the death of the whale since no research had been conducted to implicate them.

Mr. Afriyie said whales have life spans as human beings and therefore the death of a whale should not be used as grounds to accuse oil companies operating in the area.

He said his outfit would take steps to investigate the death of the whale in due course.