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The Senior Minister, Hon. Yaw Osafo-Maafo engaged with the Council of State members on Thursday, May 30, 2019, where he briefed them on the Ghana Beyond Aid Charter and Strategy document at the conference hall of the Council of State office in Accra.

Hon. Yaw Osafo-Maafo in a presentation to members of the Council of State clearly indicated that the Ghana Beyond Aid agenda is a vision by His Excellency the President of the Republic. He highlighted and explained the key points in the document to the members.

He explained that “Ghana Beyond Aid is a prosperous and self-confident Ghana that is in charge of her economic destiny; transformed Ghana that is prosperous enough to be beyond needing aid, and that engages competitively with the rest of the world through trade and investment”.

He added that it is not a development plan but rather a call for a paradigm shift through attitudinal and mindset change by all citizens in the country to achieve Ghana Beyond Aid. According to the Senior Minister, Ghana is not rejecting aid or support, but rather we should determine what the aid should be used for in order to benefit our people.

He said, “To get to a Ghana Beyond Aid, we will have to harness effectively our own resources and deploy them creatively and efficiently for rapid economic and social transformation. This will require hard work, enterprise, creativity, and a consistent fight against corruption in public life. It will also require that we break from a mentality of dependency and adopt a confident can-do spirit, fueled by a love for our dear country, Ghana. We cannot subordinate the common good to build a prosperous nation to the selfish interest of a few”.

Senior Minister made it clear that there was a multi-stakeholder committee that consisted of representatives from Trade Union Congress (TUC), Association of Ghana Industries (AGI), Private Enterprise Federation (PEF), Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), Ghana National Chamber of Commerce and Industries (GNCCI), National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) and selected Ministries.

The Ghana Beyond Aid Committee created the following sub-committees which are; agriculture modernization, finance and economy private sector development, values and attitudinal change, labour and employment, infrastructure, human development, publicity and public engagement. These sub-committees were mandated to develop ideas and structures that will help build the strategy document. Position papers and contributions were solicited from the public.

Hon. Osafo-Maafo indicated that thirty (30) institutions were invited to present position papers and twenty-two (22) responded which include academic and research institutions, Civil Society Organizations and professional bodies among others. Again, each Ministry also submitted input to outline what can be done to support the vision of Ghana Beyond Aid. Additionally, voluntary contributions of papers and inputs from Ghanaians both home and abroad were received.

In the presentation, the Senior Minister was emphatic that Ghana Beyond Aid will require – embracing a new mindset by all Ghanaians; building and deepening social partnerships involving all key stakeholders such as labour, traditional authorities, industries among others; non-partisan approach to our national development; and a national consensus on the direction of our national development.

The strategy will hinge on a ten (10) point reform agenda and will comprise of macroeconomic stability; higher public resource mobilization particularly revenues; greater efficiency in the use of all public resources – anti-corruption and a more professional and transparent approach; improved public infrastructure and easier and more secure access to land; a robust financial sector for higher domestic private savings and foreign private portfolio investment; a more supportive private sector environment and support for Ghanaian participation and ownership in key businesses; export promotion and import substitution; building technological capabilities; creating a strong social partnership among Government business and labour for social and economic development; and a more strategic mobilization and use of aid taking into account type, terms and Ghana’s development priorities.

The Senior Minister was quick to add that the Ghana Beyond Aid came out with the W.I.S.E.R. Ghana acronym which is interpreted as W – Wealthy Ghana, I – Inclusive Ghana, S – Sustainable Ghana, E – Empowered Ghana and R – Resilient Ghana. This according to him will work collectively to achieve a “W.I.S.E.R. Ghana”.

Concluding his presentation, Hon. Osafo-Maafo indicated that Ghana Beyond Aid is non-partisan and the vision should be owned by all Ghanaians so that every government will remain committed to the vision. He believes that to achieve this there will be a Ghana Beyond Aid Council which will oversee the implementation arrangement of the vision.

The Chairman of the Council of State, Hon. Nana Otuo Siriboe II, Juabehene was elated with the wonderful delivery of the Ghana Beyond Aid Charter and Strategy document by the Senior Minister. Majority of the members asked various questions and made positive contributions to the document by calling on government and the Secretariat to enforce the law and also push for the successful implementation of the Ghana Beyond Aid agenda.

Some suggestions made by members of the Council of State include; fighting indiscipline in relation to sanitation issues, educating the citizens on their civic responsibilities, working effectively on the financial system of our economy, reforming the technical education system, increasing rice production, tackling general agriculture production among others in the country. They embraced the fact that Ghana can cut down on large importation of rice and other agricultural produce if the government work towards that direction. The members of the Council of State were happy that the Ghana Beyond Aid was a non-partisan approach and called on the people of Ghana to support the agenda to achieve results.


Apateim Methodist Basic School Receives Learning Materials From The Shidaa Foundation




The Shidaa Foundation led by Canada-based Ghanaian entrepreneur and philanthropist, Mr. Roland Akwensivie has donated learning materials to Apateim Methodist Basic School in the Nzema East Municipal in the Western region.

On Tuesday, November 7, 2023, the foundation donated an electric wheelchair, reading books, pens, pencils, erasers, highlighters, binders, colored pencils and crayons, calculators, mathematical sets, and school bags.

In an interview with Wyse Brain of Wyse Promotions, Mr Roland Akwensivie disclosed the reasons why he chose Apateim for this particular donation.

“Apateim was identified as an area with a significant need for educational support. This was based on factors such as economic conditions, access to educational resources, and the number of underserved children in the community. The foundation identified Apateim as an area where the donations would have the most impact”, he said.

He also appealed to the general public to support the Shidaa Foundation.

“The Shidaa Foundation welcomes support from individuals and organizations to help advance its mission of empowering underserved youth and improving education. Contributions can take various forms including donations, in-kind donations, volunteering, partnerships, advocacy, sponsorship, and community engagement”, he added.

The mission of The Shidaa Foundation is to advance education and empower underserved youth to reach their full potential. The foundation is dedicated to providing educational support, resources, and opportunities to children in need, ensuring that they have the tools to succeed in their academic journeys.

The vision of The Shidaa Foundation is to create a brighter future by making education accessible and igniting hope in underserved communities. The foundation aspires to touch the lives of as many children as possible, kindling their love for learning and providing them with the necessary tools to succeed. It envisions a world where education is a transformative force, breaking down barriers and empowering youth to realize their dreams.

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Poor Sanitation In Winneba Calls For Major Concern





In recent times, a significant health risk has emerged in Winneba due to inadequate sanitation practices. Winneba, a town and the capital of the Efutu Municipality in the Central Region of Ghana, is home to a population of 55,331 individuals who are grappling with the adverse effects of subpar sanitation conditions. The availability of safe drinking water and proper sanitation facilities have become a pressing concern. Presently, Winneba is contending with a marked decline in environmental sanitation, notably in areas like Akosua village, Eyipey, Sankor, and Sekegyano.

The poor state of sanitation in Winneba can be attributed to several underlying factors. Firstly, the absence of adequate sanitation facilities, including proper toilets and latrines, in both rural and urban areas is a matter of significant concern that requires immediate attention and resolution. The dearth of toilet facilities in Winneba has precipitated open defecation practices and contributed to substandard environmental hygiene. The consequences of open defecation, when combined with soil, lead to environmental pollution, water contamination, and, consequently, an elevated risk of diseases and fatalities.

Economically, the annual losses incurred due to poor sanitation amount to a range between 1% and 2.5% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). It is essential to recognize that the actual cost could potentially surpass these estimates, as they encompass only the losses linked to premature mortality, healthcare expenditures, diminished productivity, and time wasted due to the practice of open defecation.

Secondly, the improper disposal of solid waste has inflicted severe damage on the local environment. The littering of materials in the streets, lanes, and gutters has precipitated a sanitation crisis in Winneba. This habit of indiscriminate littering have adversely impacted the lives of the residents. The absence of effective waste disposal planning at the grassroots level, the inadequacy of policy implementation, and the lack of awareness are formidable obstacles to the improvement of sanitation standards.

Furthermore, the rapid surge in Winneba’s population has placed an overwhelming strain on the existing sanitation infrastructure. The increasing number of households and schools lack the necessary facilities to manage their sanitation needs. Consequently, both adults and children endure the consequences of inadequate sanitation provisions.

To address these challenges, a multifaceted approach is imperative. Initiatives must be launched to stimulate the demand for sanitation services. This entails the implementation of measures by those in authority to employ individuals tasked with cleaning the environment to foster a healthy and hygienic sanitation ecosystem. Additionally, the adoption of pit latrines, where human waste is collected in pits beneath toilets and left to decompose, along with the utilization of bio-toilets or waterless toilets, offers sustainable solutions that conserve water resources while advancing sanitation objectives.

Moreover, the provision of strategically placed dustbins in various towns and beaches, such as Eyipey, Sekegyano, Akosua Village, Sankor, Sir Charles Beach, Royal Beach, and Warabeba Beach, is crucial for effective waste management.

In conclusion, the promotion of sound sanitation behavior is paramount to ensuring the well-being of Winneba’s residents. Nevertheless, it is essential to emphasize the importance of consistently practicing good sanitation principles and policies to effect lasting change and safeguard public health.

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