Archive | October 2013

Bulk Oil Carrier Run Aground at Krisan in Ellembele – Ghana

Bulk Oil Carrier Run Aground at Krisan in Elembele – Ghana

A bulk oil carrier, MV Val Paraiso, early yesterday morning, ran aground at the shore of Krisan Village, near Ekwei, in the Ellembelle District in the Western Region without the complement of the captain, the chief engineer and other vital crew members.

The vessel hit the coast about 5 a.m. with only a cook and a sailor on board supported by local fishermen; the captain and the chief engineer had abandoned the ship on the high seas after running out of fuel.

The vessel, which was not flying the flag of any country while sailing in Ghana’s territorial waters, was said to have four crew members.

The two found on board the ship identified themselves as Jackson Bamba, the cook, and Kingsley Nzonami, the sailor. They have since been handed over to the National Security.

The police are currently searching for the captain and the chief engineer who abandoned the vessel on the high seas.

Currently, the Marine Police Department of the Ghana Police Service and the Ghana Navy are conducting further investigations into the matter.

Speaking to the Daily Graphic at Krisan, the officer in charge of the Marine Police Department, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Mr Emmanuel Addae, said the Captain of the vessel, identified as Martins Ebou, and the Chief Engineer, Christopher Egoenun, both Nigerians, were believed to be at large.

He said the cook told the police that, on October 24, the captain had informed them that they were running out of fuel and hoped they would get to the Takoradi Port to refuel before the engines went off.

However, on October 25, the engines went off and the captain called a fishing canoe nearby and asked the fishermen to send his chief engineer to the shore to get fuel to enable them to continue with the journey.

Bamba told the police that the chief engineer did not return and so on October 26, 2013 the captain also left the vessel on another canoe.

“We did not hear from the captain or the chief engineer until the high tide pushed us to the shore today. His phones are off,” Bamba told the police.

Asked why they did not sail to the anchorage, Bamba explained that the anchors were mechanical and could only be lowered when the engines were on, saying, “Our fuel is finished and the two engines went off. Therefore, there was nothing we could do except to stay inside.”

Mr Addae said the ship, according to the two, had been bought in Holland and that they were transporting it from Sierra Leone to its owner in Nigeria.

When the Daily Graphic arrived at the scene, the giant oil tanker, painted gray and blue, had its bow in the sand at the beach at Krisan.

The two said the vessel was empty and that there was no cargo on board.

The community members said they woke up yesterday to the sight of the huge vessel, the size of which they had never seen before.

One of them, Kofi Nti, the chief fisherman, said about 2 a.m. yesterday they saw the huge object and became alarmed.

He said the assembly member for the area was informed about the development, and he quickly called the police and National Security to inform them about the situation.

Yesterday, members of the community trooped to the beach to catch a glimpse of the vessel.

Source: Daily Graphic

This entry was posted on October 29, 2013. 1 Comment

Outstanding Afiba Anyanzua on the Challenge Season 5

The “Challenge” reality television show which is a British Council Ghana initiative is an educational reality show on our Ghanaian television screens which seeks to encourage and reward academic excellence, creativity and a passion for continues professional and leadership development in the youth of Ghana.

This edition season five which has already begun, has in store competitive business and entertainment task to carry out by contestants vying for the ultimate prize.

The ultimate price winner for Challenge season 5 contest would take home a full board scholarship worth £35,000 and cash prize of £5000, whiles 1st and 2nd runners up would take home full board scholarships worth £ 35,000 pounds respectively.

The ultimate winner would also be adding to a string of predecessors who have successfully completed their postgraduate degrees in some selected universities in the United Kingdom.

Vote Afiba

This season promises to be more fun and competitive especially when one of our own, an outstanding member of the Nzema Youth Association and also a former contender of tv3`s reality show “Ghana`s Most Beautiful”, Afiba Anyanzua.

Afiba `s performance during the Ghana`s Most Beautiful reality show portrayed her outstanding intelligence as a young educated and smart lady. She was also noted to be the most discipline among her peers.  Her discipline and intelligent approach to her audience and subject made her gain greater supports in cheers and in votes which sustained her in the reality house for a longer period before her final eviction during the later stages.

With Afiba`s appearance on The Challenge season 5 many who have the show at heart have certainly no doubt that she will excel greatly, especially with regards to her excellent proficiency in the English dialect as well as her local dialect of Nzema during her stay on the Ghana’s Most Beautiful reality show.


Many fans of the Challenge season 5 and already loyal fans of Afiba are expecting nothing but the best performance from her.

We at Nzema Youth are very much hopeful Afiba Nyanzua could certainly take away the biggest prize of the reality show.
On behalf of all her fans and members of the Nzema Youth Association we remind and urge ourselves to do more voting for her since that accounts for a higher chance in sustaining her at the same time boosting her chances of winning the ultimate prize.
To do this all are encouraged to send a text “Afiba” to the short code (to be provided soon).

-Sultan mdnuhu



Muslims in the Holy Islamic town of Kamgbunli in the Ellembele District of the Western Region(the only entirely Muslim settlement in Ghana) are busy preparing themselves for the holy feast of Eid-ul Adha, one of their biggest festival in Islam.

The marketplaces of Ainyinasi, Axim, Esiama, Eikwe, Takoradi and are kept crowded and busy, where herds of sheep and cows are traded ahead of the main festival scheduled on Tuesday.

“I have come with my friends to buy two sheep and two cows for myself and my neighbours so that we can offer their sacrifice on Eid-ul-Adha to be celebrated on Tuesday,” said Mallam Suleyman Nuhu, a farmer haggling with a merchant in Takoradi.

Kamgbunli is Ghana`s only purely Muslim occupied town, one of the very peaceful and most united town in the Western region of Ghana.

The town is more than 200 years old, known for their good Hospitality, its spicy food, many Muslim Scholars especially the Holy Imam and custodian and former Western Regional Chief Imam, His Highest Eminence Waliu`llah Imam Alhaji Nuhu (May the Peace and Blessings of Allah be Upon Him), its beautiful Mosques,  beautiful and descent ladies. Of late the town has also emerged as the hub for information technology and education for students in the diaspora with the construction of one of the few Senior High Schools in the region, The Usman Bin Affan Islamic Senior High School.


Muslims in this old town of Kamgbunli celebrate the festival with religious fervor and gaiety.

The market place near the town, the famous Aiyinasi Market, witnessed an unusual rush with Muslim shoppers including women in all kinds of beautiful and colourful black veils purchasing new clothes for the festival.

The shops selling bangles, perfumes and dress materials have kept merchandise on display to lure customers.

Hundreds of Muslims every year on Eid day gather in the town’s main park close to the main station to offer congregational Eid prayers. This year four people from Kamgbunli successfully made it to the Holy city of Mecca for the Hajj pilgrimage and the town is very prepared to welcome them in grand style.

In the other city of Takoradi and Elubo, Muslim owned shopping centres were offering special discounts in view of the Muslim festival.

Eid-ul Adha, known as festival of sacrifice, is celebrated world over on the tenth day of Duhl Hijja, the last month of the Islamic year. Muslims across the globe celebrate this festival with enthusiasm and offer sacrifices of animals.

The festival is celebrated to commemorate Prophet Abrahim’s submission to God’s will.


The festival, also known as Eid kpole (Major Eid ) in Kamgbunli, will be celebrated  nationwide in Ghana on Tuesday .

We wish the entire Kamgbunli Islamic community a very Happy Eid.
Eid Mubarak to you all and May Allah accept our offerings.


-Sultan Nuhu Mohammed




The programmes which are recognized by the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH) and Process Authority Award Vocational Qualification Science Engineering Technology (PAAVQSET) are to help complement government’s efforts in building the capacity of local people to assume commanding heights in the oil and gas, and allied industries.

The certificate and diploma courses which will run between a maximum period of six months and a minimum of a day are based on internationally accredited Vocational Qualifications (QV2) and Examinations Regulation to ensure that the qualification meet the required health and safety standards in the world of work.

NEBOSH and PAAVQSET are UK-based independent Specialist Awarding Examination Boards working with the UK business community, colleges and training providers, using a national network of centers to deliver vocational qualifications in health,safety and environmental practice management

img2352013_183351According to the head of JTTC, Mr. Mathew Gyan, upon successful completion of the programme, students will acquire improved knowledge in health and safety as well as handling problems associated with the flow of fluids through pipes, open channels, and all kinds of flow dynamics. Knowledge would also be acquired in the fields of hydraulic turbines, dams, jet propulsion, compressors, pumps and hydraulic pressures, using water and/or other liquids.

Some of the specific programmes to be run include;

  • Foundations in Health and Safety
  • Health and Safety Management Systems 1 – Policy
  • Health and Safety Management Systems 2 – Organising
  • Health and Safety Management Systems 3 – Planning
  • Health and Safety Management Systems 4 – Measuring, audit and review
  • Transport Hazards And Risk Control
  • Musculoskeletal Hazards And Risk Control
  • Work Equipment Hazards And Risk Control
  • Electrical Safety
  • Fire Safety
  • Chemical and Biological Health Hazards And Risk Control
  • Physical and Psychological Health Hazards And Risk Control

Mr. Mathew Gyan also maintained that the centre is also open to industries, manufacturing and servicing organizations to train their staff in modern trends in instrumentation, mechanical, electrical, process engineering and health and safety.

source: Takoradi Polytechnic
prepared by: Sultan Nuhu Mohammed

This entry was posted on October 7, 2013. 1 Comment

Yifah Simon Jude Wins Best Teacher 2013

Yifah Simon Jude has been adjudged 2013 National Best Teacher. 

The 32 years old teacher of Nana Amoako Model School in Wassa Daaman in the Western Region wins a three-bedroom house valued at GhC 65,000, a laptop and a set of computers. 

The award ceremony was the high point of the World Teachers’ Day Celebration and the 19th edition of the National Best Teacher Award and was held at the Jubilee Park in Upper West Regional capital Wa. 

In attendance was the Vice-President Paa Kwesi Amissah Arthur and Minister of Education Professor Naaana Jane Opoku Agyemang. 

Simon Jude’s citation recognised his contribution to the development of sports in his district and his tenacity to finish whatever he starts. 

He dedicated the award to his family and thanked them for their support. 

First Runner-Up, Yaya Tai is a teacher at Tamale Presby Junior High School. His citation notes the consistency with which at least 60% of his students made grade A in Geography. 

It added that although he lived 15km away from his school, he was often the first to report for work. He wins a saloon car, a laptop and a computer for his school. 

Mariama Antwi Agyei was adjudged 2nd runner-up and also takes home a saloon car, a laptop and a set of computers for her school. 

She is the head of the primary department of the Ashanti School for the Deaf. 

Many other teachers from Primary to Secondary school levels of education were recognised with home appliances.


Photos 2013 World Tourism Day Marked At Nkroful & A visit to Nzulezo

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Nkroful, World Tourism Day 2013

The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, in partnership with the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum has marked the 2013 World Tourism Day at Nkroful in the Western Region under the theme ‘Tourism and Water: Protecting our Common Future’.


Hon. Elizabeth Ofosu-Adjare and Hon Dzifa Gomashie on a ride to Nzulezo

The theme sought to focus on tourism’s significant role and contribution to worldwide water conservation efforts. It offered a platform to urge all stakeholders to join global World Tourism Day campaign and continue to devise innovative solutions to ensuring sustainable access to water resources across the country.

Activities carried out to mark the day included a tour of the Atuabo Gas processing plant and a grand durbar at Nkroful, birthplace of Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah. There was also a tour to the famous and unique village built on stilt, Nzulezo.

Dignitaries that partook in the event included the 2nd Lady of the Republic of Ghana, Mrs. Matilda Amissah-Arthur, Ministers of State, some members of the Diplomatic Community, Members of Parliament, among others.

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27th of September, 2013

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