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Dr Bawumia begins registration of healed lepers for Ghana Card

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Dr Bawumia begins registration of healed lepers for Ghana Card

The National Identification Authority has initiated the process of registering healed lepers on the national identification register.

The project, sponsored by Vice-President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, began yesterday at the Weija Leprosarium in the Greater Accra Region and is scheduled to reach 20 to 50 persons.

Following that, the exercise would be expanded to the Ankaful Leprosarium in the Central Region and Kokofu in the Ashanti Region.

Other healed lepers in the Volta Region’s Ho, the Northern Region’s Nkanchina, and the Upper West Region’s Wa will be registered in due order.

The verification will catch the lepers’ faces, eyes, and ears, as some have lost their fingers to leprosy.

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Dr Bawumia defined the Ghana Card as a necessary document for all residents to get in order to conduct business and engage in other activities.

Dr. Bawumia begins the registration of healed lepers for the Ghana Card

“We do not want anybody to be left out so we are talking about inclusion of everybody.

“We want to make sure that cured lepers as a group are also included, and this is taking place in Weija,” he said.

Dr Bawumia, who is also the Patron of the Lepers Aid Committee, went on to say that lepers were among the most vulnerable and disadvantaged individuals in society, emphasising the need to include them.

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Concerning the legislation controlling the use of the Ghana Card, the Vice-President stated that the law defined 17 uses for the card and that it was the basis for why every person must have it.

According to the available statistics, there have been 120 million card verifications thus far.

Social inclusion

Prof. Kenneth Agyeman Attafuah, the NIA’s Executive Secretary, described the effort as an exercise in social, economic, and political inclusiveness.

He stated that the NIA has already enrolled 17.4 million persons on the national identification registry, representing those aged 15 and up.

“We have just about 2.5 million citizens, aged 15 and above out of the 31 million who have not been registered.

“With the support of the staff of NIA, we can register the 2.5 million people in a period of two to three months if we have blank cards, that is our most burning desire at the moment,” Prof. Attafuah said.

He also stated that his organisation has finished plans with the Ministry of Health, the Ghana Health Service, and the Registrar of the Births and Deaths Registry to register children between the ages of zero and six.

Prof. Attafuah also stated that the authority would register Ghanaians in the diaspora if funds were available.

Appreciation

Rev. Father Andrew Campbell, Chairman of the Lepers Aid Committee, thanked Dr Bawumia for his unwavering support for healing lepers around the country.

He did, however, call for a raise in the feeding allowance for recovered lepers, claiming that they are entitled to more than GH 30 per month to live dignified lives.

Source: adomonline.com

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Sam George urges on Akufo-Addo to sign the anti-LGBTQI+ bill into law

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He thanked his colleagues, notably Mr Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, a former Majority Leader, for their dedication to passing the measure. "We want to thank Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, who played a pivotal role in passing this bill," the member of the parliament said to the media. Mr George also emphasised MPs' unity throughout the process, saying, "The overwhelming majority from both sides of the aisle have endorsed this bill." He assured that members of Parliament will work with the media to promote widespread public education on the law. The Bill's goal is to protect human sexual rights and Ghanaian Family Values, which prohibit homosexual, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) behaviours.

Samuel Nartey George, a key sponsor of the Human Sexual Rights and Family Values Bill, 2021, has encouraged President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to sign the Bill after it passed through Parliament on Wednesday, February 28.

“We want the President to walk his talk by appending his signature to the bill to enable it to come into force,” he told reporters.

Addressing the Parliamentary Press Corps following the Bill’s approval, the National Democratic Congress Member of Parliament (MP) for Ningo-Prampram stated that the Bill received widespread support among MPs.

He thanked his colleagues, notably Mr Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, a former Majority Leader, for their dedication to passing the measure.

“We want to thank Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, who played a pivotal role in passing this bill,” the member of the parliament said to the media.

Mr George also emphasised MPs’ unity throughout the process, saying, “The overwhelming majority from both sides of the aisle have endorsed this bill.”

He assured that members of Parliament will work with the media to promote widespread public education on the law.

The Bill’s goal is to protect human sexual rights and Ghanaian Family Values, which prohibit homosexual, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) behaviours.

The Bill now prohibits lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) activities and criminalises their promotion, advocacy, and financing.

Persons caught in these actions would face a six-month to three-year prison sentence, with promoters and sponsors facing three to five years in prison.

The Bill would now require presidential approval to go into effect.

Uganda passed one of the world’s most stringent anti-LGBT laws in May 2023, including the death sentence for “aggravated homosexuality.”
Activists said it triggered a wave of abuse, and the World Bank froze fresh support for the government.

In 2021, the United Nations stated that the planned law would establish “a system of state-sponsored discrimination and violence” against sexual minorities.

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Ghana Water to shut down Barekese and Achiase stations

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It will take place on three Thursdays: February 29, March 7, and March 14. According to a statement from the water supplier, the exercise would have an impact on manufacturing hubs. As a result, the majority of homes in the Greater Kumasi Metropolis should expect intermittent water delivery. "Management regrets the inconvenience the challenge may cause and advises customers to store and judiciously use water to avert any severe impact during the shutdown dates," the company said in a statement.

The Ghana Water Limited has announced the closure of the Barekese and Achiase water stations in the Ashanti region.

The change is due to planned maintenance by the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) at the supply stations.

The maintenance work is planned to last for approximately 12 hours.

It will take place on three Thursdays: February 29, March 7, and March 14.

According to a statement from the water supplier, the exercise would have an impact on manufacturing hubs.

As a result, the majority of homes in the Greater Kumasi Metropolis should expect intermittent water delivery.

“Management regrets the inconvenience the challenge may cause and advises customers to store and judiciously use water to avert any severe impact during the shutdown dates,” the company said in a statement.

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CSO coalition threatens Supreme Court action over anti-LGBTQ+ legislation

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Anyone found guilty of identifying as LGBTQ+ faces up to three years in jail. It also mandates a possible five-year prison sentence for founding or financing LGBTQ+ organisations. MPs opposed efforts to replace jail terms with community service and therapy. Professor Audrey Gadzekpo, the Board Chair of the Ghana Centre for Democratic Development CDD-Ghana, told JoyNews that the groups will make presentations to President Akufo-Addo, urging him not to sign the anti-LGBTQ+ law. She expressed regret that, despite all of Ghana's prospects when the measure was offered, Parliament saw no compelling reason to rule that such a statute did not fit within the country's democratic system.

A coalition of 18 civil society organisations has vowed to file a Supreme Court petition if President Nana Akufo-Addo signs the Proper Sexual Rights and Family Values Bill, 2021.

The organisation has lobbied against the anti-LGBTI+ law, claiming that it violates Ghana’s unique cultural and religious environment.

Parliament overwhelmingly enacted the anti-LGBTQ+ measure on February 28, following nearly three years of discussion. The measure intends to criminalise the LGBTQ+ community’s activities.

Anyone found guilty of identifying as LGBTQ+ faces up to three years in jail. It also mandates a possible five-year prison sentence for founding or financing LGBTQ+ organisations.

MPs opposed efforts to replace jail terms with community service and therapy.

Professor Audrey Gadzekpo, the Board Chair of the Ghana Centre for Democratic Development CDD-Ghana, told JoyNews that the groups will make presentations to President Akufo-Addo, urging him not to sign the anti-LGBTQ+ law.

She expressed regret that, despite all of Ghana’s prospects when the measure was offered, Parliament saw no compelling reason to rule that such a statute did not fit within the country’s democratic system.

“This bill is awful. It’s similar to criminal libel, which the colonists instituted and we kept. And it was used inappropriately against people, including journalists. “We’ll discover that this is similar,” she remarked.
Prof. Gadzekpo believed that an administration with great judgment would take power and repeal the measure.

Commenting on the coalition’s future steps now that Parliament has passed the bill, Prof Gadzekpo stated that the organisation would continue to advocate and explain why the anti-LGBTQ+ bill is destructive to the country’s democracy and prosperity.

She was hopeful that President Akufo-Addo would hear their cause.

“So we will make representation to the president, not to assent to the bill. I personally believe that this bill’s proposal through enactment – even the argumentation has very little to do with wanting to safeguard Ghanaian family values because the present danger that endangers our family values were never addressed in this bill.

“This bill was just narrowly targeted at minorities because they know that a majority of people don’t agree with a sexuality that is not binary.

“But the fact that a majority of people don’t agree with a minority position doesn’t make the majority right. It’s such a fundamental principle of democracy. That is why there are so many provisions in democratic constitutions that protect minorities and minority views and rights, but unfortunately, it fell on deaf ears,” she stressed.

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