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The IRD-International Relief Development Donates medical items and equipment to the Ellembelle, Evaloe Gwira, and Jomoro constituencies

The IRD-International Relief & Development Donates medical items and equipment in the Ellembelle, Evaloe Gwira, and Jomoro constituencies.

A United State based non-governmental organization the International Relief & Development   IRD , on the Tuesday 29 May, 2012  presented medical items and equipment valued at more than $350,000, to improve health delivery to three hospitals in the Ellembelle, Evaloe Gwira, and Jomoro constituencies.

The beneficiary hospitals are the St. Martin De Porres hospital at Eikwe in the Ellembelle District, the Axim government hospital in the Nzema-East District and the Half Assini government hospital in the Jomoro District.

The items which include theater lamps, theatre tables, beds, blood pressure apparatus, exams gloves, theatre shoes,  pieces of disposable examination gown, among others, was donated through a network.

Presenting the items, Mr. Emmanuel Armah Kofi Buah, who doubles as the Member of Parliament for Ellembelle Constituency and the Deputy Minister of Energy, reiterated government’s commitment to improving the affordable healthcare delivery in the country.

He said whiles the development of the nation could only become a reality when the health care needs of the citizenry are met, the items are supposed to boost health care delivery in the region and Ghana as a whole.

The honourable Emmanuel Armah Kofi Buah in a special appreciation acknowledged the contribution of IRD and Mr. Ali Nuhu Abekah, who is senior director of finance for the AVIPA+ project in Afghanistan and a native of Kamgbunli for his tireless role in getting the equipment for the hospitals.

In March, 2011 IRD organized a similar container shipment of medical supplies and medical equipment to the Alhaji Nuhu Memorial Healthcare Center in Kamgbunli, Ghana. The commodities, was valued at more than $300,000, aimed to improve health delivery in the town and its surrounding environs.

The Nzema Youth Association in a press release has warmly appreciated the wonderful gesture offered by the IRD to the good people of Ghana and also thanked Mr. Ali Nuhu Abekah for the excellent job and tireless efforts in trying to improve the health system of the region.

The  Public relations officer of the group Mr. Nuhu Mohammed in a statement said “Weak health systems constrain efforts to improve and scale up the delivery of quality healthcare and services because it doesn’t matter how willing and hardworking health personnel are, if they do not have the appropriate and adequate equipment, medical consumables, drugs and the needed skill-set to function, they will be frustrated and unable to work efficiently and effectively and patients and communities will suffer.”

He said it is therefore important that the process of health system strengthening in the region remains a continuous one as the population grows and the needs change.

The vice President Mr. Anyimah Efoli Kanrah on behalf of the group thanked Mr. Ali Nuhu Abekah and the IRD for the kind gesture and appealed to other self-spirited individuals and organisations to emulate their shining example.

In another development Mr. Buah also announced that funds were ready for the construction of the Tikobo No.1 Doctor’s Bungalow to enable doctors stay and help improve health delivery in the district.

Rev Sr. Comfort Buadi, who is the Assistant Matron at the Hospital thanked the MP and the government for the gesture and pledged the staff’s commitment to work on improving health delivery in the area.

She also appealed to the MP and the Assembly to consider constructing nurses flats to house staff and student nurses who would be posted to the hospital.

Mr. Daniel K. Eshun, the District Chief Executive, assured the staff that immediately the site was cleared the projects would begin since all necessary documentations had been completed.

He said the Assembly had earmarked Eight Hundred and Fifty Thousand Ghana Cedis (GH¢ 850.000) from the District Development Fund (DDF) for the project and that the project shall be ready soon.

Mr. Eshun said the Assembly appreciates the contributions of the hospital to the District and pledged to consider the hospital for the construction of nurses’ hostel when the Assembly received any interventions.

NYA-30 March,2012

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This entry was posted on May 30, 2012. 3 Comments

TOURISM IN THE NZEMA (WESTERN REGION-GHANA)

The Western Region of Ghana us an integrated complex of beautiful safe beaches and African touch beach resorts. It has the largest collection of European trading forts (later used in the slave trade); the highest tropical jungles; numerous mines, picturesque villages and friendly people; and old architectural styles and vivacious festivals.

The region’s water villages on stilts are amazing to experience. A visitor can charter a local canoe out to the village and actually stay overnight in a guest house on the water.

The region is located in the south-western part of Ghana and shares boundaries with the Central, Ashanti, and Brong-Ahafo regions. To the West it shares a border with the republic of Cote D’Ivoire. The region has 192 Km of tropical beaches on the Atlantic Ocean and a tropical climate characterized by moderate temperatures all year round.

The native people of the Western Region are mostly Akans, speaking various dialects including: Ahanta, Nzema, Sefwi, Wassa, Brosa, and Pepesa. Principal religions are Christianity, African Aminism, and Islam.

Principal economic activities include agriculture (cash crops and food crops), fishing (commercial and subsistence), and mining and manufacturing. The main exportable produce are cocoa, timber, copra, coffee, rubber/latex, gold, manganese, and bauxite.

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The Castles of the Western Region
The Western Region is another region with a rich heritage demonstrated by the number of castles still open to visitors. The best examples in the region are:

  •     Fort St Appolonia at Beyin
  •     Fort cross at Dixcove (1693)
  •     Fort Batensteyn (1656) at Butri
  •     Fort Groot Fredericksburg at Princess Town
  •     Fort S. Antonio at Axim (1515)
  •     Fort Dorothea (ruins) at Akwida
  •     Fort Sebastian at Shama

Akatekyi Crocodile Pond
30km west of Takoradi, the local fetish priest entices the crocodiles from the water with a live chicken. Bring a bottle of schnapps for the libation. Visitors are welcome everyday except Wednesday, a sacred day.

The Beaches of the Western Region
Western region is famous for some of the best beaches in Ghana. Some of the most popular beaches are:

  • Busua Pleasure Beach – only 5km from fort metal cross
  • Sports Club Beach – behind the Atlantic hotel in Takoradi
  • Ajua Beach – just 200metres from Dadowa lagoon
  • Princess Town Beach – off the Takoradi/Elubo highway
  • Mimia Beach – a secluded beach with rocky cave perfect for picnics.

Dr. Nkrumah’s Grave
The original grave of Dr. Nkrumah, first President of Ghana and now buried in the mausoleum in Accra, can be found at Nkroful, 83km west of Takoradi.

The Mines of Ghana
The western region has several mines that may be visited, by prior arrangement. The main sites are:

Nsuta Manganese Mine – 20km southeast of Tarkwa
Prestea Goldmine – 40km north of Tarkwa
Tarkwa Goldmines – founded in the 1800s just 92km northwest of Takoradi

The Village on Stilt of Nzulezu

An amazing village where life goes on in the centre of lake Tadane, just 90km west of Takoradi. The houses are built on stilts, and traditional village life adapts to the watery conditions. The excursion from Beyin involves a walk through the reeds at the lake’s edge, and a trip in a dugout canoe to the village. The village welcomes visitors everyday except Thursday, which is a sacred day.

Ankasa Conservation Area


Ankasa Conservation Area is twin Wildlife Protected Area comprising Nini-Suhien National Park and the Ankasa Resource Reserve. It is about 500km2 situated in

the Western Region of Ghana. Ankasa is the only area in the Wet Evergreen Forest Zoo. The Southwestern corner of the reserve is about 5 kilometres from the border town of Elubo. Takoradi is about 120 kilometres east.

Being the area with the highest rainfall in Ghana, Ankasa is the richest forest in terms of botanical diversity in the Country. Its natural resources are the

best in Ghana and enough to announce its presence on the world tourism map as haven and Ghana’s tourism address therefore, there is no wonder that Ankasa

remains as one of the natural treasures of the nation.

Its attractions include:

  • Flora

Being the area with the highest rainfall in Ghana, Ankasa is the richest forest in terms of botanical diversity in the Country. About three hundred (300)

plant species have been recorded in a single hectare. Notable among the plant is: Makore, Dahoma and Khaya. Ankasa is home to many well know plants

including: Marantas, Glory bower, Bloody Lilly. There are also spectacular ferns and orchards.

  • Fauna

Charismatic and tourist-pulling animals such as the bongo and forest elephant as well as ten (10) primate species including the endangered Diana monkey and

west African Chimpanzee abound in Ankasa. Bird fauna is also rich – at least 263 bird species have been recorded so far.

  • The Water Fall

The Ankasa rainforest serves as shed for many steams and rivers. Three of them from which the forest derives its name are the Ankasa, Nini and Suhien. The

fascinating characteristics of these rivers are the rapids found on them. The breezes along the rivers and rattling noise of the rapids are a delight to tourists. The potential canoeing is been explored.

  • The Bamboo Cathedral

The spectacular Bamboo Cathedral is located at Nkwanta about 8km from the Ankasa gate of the Park. Though not a church building and has no human Bishop, a

priest nor a creed, the site showcases nature’s perfect architectural design. The giant and suppliant bamboos bow and criss-cross at their apex as if in a handshake to form a dome. The bamboos plants forming a canopy give the semblance of a cathedral over which the breeze presides a perfect habitation for relaxation.

  • Camping facilities

There are tourist camps here for those wishing to stay for a few nights in the park. The camping facilities are made mainly with local building materials are located at the Ankasa Gate, Elubo Gate and Nkwanta. These have floor space for sleeping; one can use hammocks. There are toilet and bath places as well as running water. Each facility also has fireplace and kitchen. A staff is close by the fruits abound around the area.

Access at all times from Accra through Takoradi on the Elubo – Cote d’ Ivoire highway by a 365km first class international road. From La Cote D’ Ivoire the part can be reached through Osei Kojokrom and Dadieso.

The Amansuri Conservation Area
The Conservation is a project been undertaken by the Amansuri Conservation & Integrated Development Project with the aim of managing the pristine Amansuri wetland and its fresh water lagoon. The wetland has the stand of intact swamp forest in Ghana and home to varieties of animals like monkeys, crocodiles,marine turtles and birds. It has been selected as one of the Important Bird Areas in Ghana based on Birdlife International criteria.

The project is located within the Western Nzema Traditional Area in the Jomoro District, one of the 11 districts in the Western Region. The area is about

360km west of Accra, the nation’s capital.

Bia National Park
Bia National Park is bordered to the south with a 563 square kilometer Resource Reserve and is an International Biosphere Reserve Park. The reserves are situated in the transition between the moist evergreen and semi-deciduous tropical forest and cover much of the drainage for the Bia river. Bia became a protected area in 1935 and an official national park in 1974. Some of the tallest trees left in West Africa are found in this park.

There are 62 species ofmammals known to exist in the park including 10 primate species (three species of colobus, the Diana monkey and the chimpanzee, Pan troglodytes, among others), leopard, buffalo, the forest elephant, Loxodanta cyclotis, and the bongo, Tragelaphus euryceros. Over 160 species of birds including hawks, eagles,bulbuls, flycathers, the black-collared lovebird and the threatened white-breasted guinea fowl live in this habitat. The park is the only known home of Agama sylvanus, a newly discovered species of lizard.

Sport Fishing & Whale Watching
For those who love the sea, you are welcome to sport fish as well as whale watch along our coast.
Sea Tour is not a common tourism activity in Ghana.  It is normally done by using a boat to tour on the sea and watching sea animals such as whales, dolphins and turtles.  The sea in the district has the potential for sea tour.  From mid-July to October every year a number of whales and dolphins visit the seas in the district.  Also from August to March is the nesting season for turtles and a number of these sea animals are seen in the seas near their nesting sites.  Sea tour is expensive and has limited market, but great returns.  In Africa, it is only done in South Africa.  The completion of Metal Boat being constructed at Kpong to develop sea tour is expected to boost tourism activities in the Jomoro District.

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Ellembelle Mp, Mr Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah Honoured.

The Ghanaian deputy Minister of Energy in charge of Petroleum, Mr Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah, has been honoured with the State of Texas recognition award at the fifth edition of the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) held in Houston, Texas USA.

Mr Emmanuel Kofi Buah (left), Ghana’s deputy Energy Minister, being presented with his award by the organisers

The meritorious award is for his commitment to ensure the creation of a sustainable energy policy in the sub-Saharan region.

According to organisers of this year’s event, the award was given based on Mr Buah’s contribution towards the development and stimulation of economic growth in the oil and gas sector over the past few years as a Minister responsible for the sector.

Honourable Emmanuel Kofi Armah Buah, The Deputy Minister of Energy in charge of Petroleum and Mp for Ellembelle

Honourable Emmanuel Kofi Armah Buah, The Deputy Minister of Energy in charge of Petroleum and Mp for Ellembelle.

They added that the Ghanaian minister deserved the award due to his youthful exuberance which has necessitated the rapid growth of his country’s oil sector.

They intimated that he ensured that the best laid down policies were duly formulated and implemented.

His Excellency Gabriel Obiang Lima, the Minister responsible for Mining, Industry and Energy from the Equatorial Guinea, also won the Rising Star award and was decorated with the Dynamic Regional Leadership award.

Other award winners were Dr Keith Milheim, Director of Meps-First Oil, who won an award for his technological inventions in the development of riser as disruptive deep water drilling technologies; Tullow Oil, represented by Tim O’Hanlon, and the Vice President for African business, was given an award for discovering oil and gas in most of the region’s new frontiers.

The trio of Dr Nirajan Banik, Scientific Advisor of Western Geco Schlumberger; Mark Miyaoka, CEO of Terradata Geoscience, and; Dr Jim Spear, won the awards for Research and development in the oil and gas industry.

Ecobank also received an award for its prime involvement in regional oil and gas financing and for her buoyant market expansion as a differentiated pan-African bank.

At the end of the event, participants, exhibitors, sponsors, media partners and a great array of the members of the fourth realm of estate are looking forward to another fruitful mix in the 6th annual sub-Saharan Africa Oil and Gas Conference which has been scheduled to come off in Houston from Thursday, April 25 – Friday, April 26, 2013.

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900 MW Power Plant for Domunli

The Volta River Authority (VRA) has secured deals in which two projects that will yield 900 megawatts of electric power to the country within the next three years are to be aggressively pursued.

Contracts for feasibility studies have been awarded for the use of 100 hectares of land at the Domunli Gas and Power enclave, to implement the projects. According to the Chief Executive Officer of the VRA, Mr. Kweku Andoh Awotwi, the project, which is in two phases, will push to another level the power generation capacity of the VRA in its quest to remain the giant that it has always been in Africa.

Speaking to the media at the site of the project in Domunli in the Jomoro District of the Western Region on Monday, he said his outfit, working under the auspices of the Ministry of Energy, has earmarked 50 hectares of the enclave for a project that will produce 450MW in the first phase, which is expected to begin within nine months.

He said this when the Minister of Energy, Dr. Joe Oteng-Adjei, paid a working visit to the area as part of his tour of the Western Region to ascertain progress on various projects being implemented by his ministry.

They include a $350 million Rural Electrification Project being undertaken by Weldy Lamont/TMG, a US-Ghanaian company.

He was accompanied by Deputy Minister of Energy in charge of Petroleum and Member of Parliament for Ellembele Constituency, Hon. Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah, and some technocrats from the ministry as well as top officials from the implementing agencies.

So far, design drawings for 1,292 towns in 17 districts in the Western Region under first survey works by the contractor have been approved by the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) for construction. Out of this number, the state agency has issued work orders on 479 towns for award packages to the contractor for which works have commenced in 402 towns.

The minister’s visit took him to some of these towns, which include Suazo and Ansokrom in the Jomoro District, Banso and Asonsi in the Nzema East Municipality and Ajan in Ellembele District, among others.

Kick-starting his tour with a meeting with members of the Jomoro District Assembly, he urged the people of Jomoro to ensure that they take advantage of various projects being embarked on in their District. Dr. Oteng-Adjei said the installation of a power generation plant in the area, which will feed on processed gas from Atuabo, will attract industries to the locality to provide jobs for the people.

He therefore called on them, especially the youth, to develop themselves in readiness for the opportunities that will become available. He also urged them to remain calm while the government undertakes the expected facilities, adding that ‘it is in peace that development is possible’. The minister is expected to inspect work on other rural electrification projects in various districts across the country in the coming weeks.

Meanwhile, Ghana National Gas Company (Ghana Gas) is looking forward to taking delivery of transmission pipelines it has ordered to transmit natural gas from the Jubilee Field to Atuabo in the Ellembelle District, where it will be processed for onward transmission to fire the Aboadze thermal plant. Pipelines would also be connected to fire the Domunli power plants that would installed.

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Nzema Coconut Oil Processors Association call for establishment of oil market

Nkroful (W/R), May 12, GNA – The three coconut growing districts in the Western Region have expressed their determination to support the establishment of a local oil market within the districts.

The three districts assemblies, namely Ellembelle, Jomoro and Nzema East have pledged to support the coconut oil processors and marketers to have a common place for sale of coconut oil to improve the profitability of the business and enhance the local economy as well as create employment avenues for the people in the area.

Addressing a stakeholder’s forum organised by the Nzema Coconut Oil Processors and Marketers Association in Nkroful on Saturday, the District Chief Executive for Ellembelle, Mr Daniel k. Eshun, gave the assurance that the assemblies would support the establishment of the proposed coconut oil market.

The theme for the forum was,”Support to Enhance Coconut Oil Marketing through Establishment of a Local market.”

It was funded by the BUSAC fund, USAID, International development Cooperation and DANIDA.

Mr Eshun said a local market would be a suitable centre for Essiama Oil Mills and other oil industries to get raw materials for the work and charged the network of oil processors and marketers in the three districts to come to a consensus on a common market place for sale of the product.

The DCE noted that the Government of Ghana in collaboration with Zoomlion-Ghana had been nursing hybrid coconut seedlings for supply to coconut farmers for cultivation.

He said the seedlings were highly resistant to the deadly Saint Paul Coconut disease which had plagued the coconut industry for some time.

The Chairman of Nzeman Coconut Processors and Marketing Association, Mr John Nat Awoin, said that a common market for them would give them a strong bargaining power and help curb the highway robbery cases suffered by the women who transport the products for sale in other regions.

He said it would also create an avenue for the three district assemblies to collect tolls and levies from them and use the proceeds for developmental projects.

Mr Awoin commended BUSAC fund and Sekondi-Takoradi Chamber of Commerce and Industry for training them on proper record keeping and sensitisation programmes to enhance their capacity in managing their businesses and appealed to the chiefs in the area to release land for the market.

The participants at the stakeholder’s forum proposed either Ayisakro in the Nzeman East or Essiama in the Ellembelle for the new market.

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Cholera outbreak in Jomoro District,drugs run out

The Jomoro District Directorate of the Ghana Health Service has appealed to government, benevolent societies and philanthropists to help acquire the necessary drugs to deal with the outbreak of cholera at Elubo.

Madam Shallot Dankwa, Acting District Director of Health, made the appeal at Half Assini on Friday when he addressed the newly formed District Cholera Outbreak Rapid Respond Team.

Madam Dankwa said Cholera cases at the Elubo Health Centre increased from 33 on May 12 to 110 on May 17 this year, adding that two persons have so far died.

She said 20 of the cases were brought from the Ivorian side of the border, adding that the outbreak was due to the pollution of the Tano River that serves as the drinking water for the people along it.

Madam Dankwa said drugs and other items for the treatment of the cholera has run out at the Half Assini and a request sent to the Western Regional Central Store at Effia Nkwanta in Sekondi for drugs is yet to receive attention.

Meanwhile the directorate has started an awareness creation and sensitization programme at the affected communities on the need to ensure environmental cleanliness and also urged them to boil their water before drinking it.

From: Ghana | GNA          Last Updated: May 19, 2012, 2:36 pm