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World Press Freedom Day – Justice for Journalists Nonnegotiable



As the world converge in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia to mark this year’s (2019) World Press Freedom Day to honor the “fight” for freest press, high international standards and ethics of journalistic practice that ensure professional service to humanity rather than a commercial service, United Press for Development Network is by this Press release wishing all Media Practitioners Happy Press Freedom Day.

Sadly in Ghana, there is epidemic rate of press brutality and murder of Journalists.

After shamelessly recording over thirty-one (31) press assaults and murders in 2018, Ghana commenced this year (2019) with the assassination of Ahmed Hussein Suale, Tiger Eye PI Chief Investigator on wednesday 16th January, 2019 at Madina Accra, Ghana (high profile murder).

Death threats on head of Joy News’s Investigative Journalist, Manasseh Azure Awuni, after the release of “Militia in the Heart of the Nation” documentary, aired in the evening of Thursday, 7th March, 2019.

The beating of three Ghanaian Times Newspaper Journalists, who on their way for the day’s assignment were assaulted by ten police officers at Kinbu in Accra Central on Thursday March 14 (Mr. Malik Sullemana, a Court Reporter, Mrs Raissa Sambou, a General Reporter and Mr Salifu Abdul Rahman, an Assistant Editor).

The Founder and Leader of the Glorious Word Power Ministries, Reverend Owusu Bempah on March 15, stormed the studio of Accra based Radio XYZ with gun wielding men to assault one Mugabe Maase but meet his absence and ended up intimidating staff of the company and threatened to kill Mogabi and close down the station. Reports available indicates that, some mobile phones belonging to staff of the said media organization were damaged and or taken away.

About six Fire Service Officers at Nkoranza in the Bono East Region on April 1, 2019 stormed Dero FM, a local radio station and physically assaulted seven staff of the station. The personnel were alleged to have vandalized studio equipment including microphones and consul.

Latest International Press Freedom Organization ranking has seen Ghana lose its first position as Africa’s highest ranked country on the Press Freedom Index, within just a year.

The Reporters Without Borders or Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF) dropped Ghana from 23rd to 27th place out of 180 countries in the 2019.
Amazingly, nothing or very little has been done to curb the menace.

As we celebrate Press Freedom today, UPDN hereby call on the CID boss to expedite investigation into the cold murder of Ahmed Suale and bring perpetrators to book. Unravel the lawless Police officials, who assaulted Latif Iddrisu at the Police headquarters on Tuesday 27th March, 2018.


UPDN congratulates the government of the day, Parliament and the country at large for the passage of the Right to information bill into law which is currently awaiting Presidential assent or approval.

We believe this will go a long way to improve transparency and accountability and our democratic values.


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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