CAPE COAST TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY DONATES 1,000 FACE MASKS to CCMA
Management of the Cape Coast Technical University (CCTU) has donated one thousand (1,000) face masks to the Cape Coast Metropolitan Assembly (CCMA) to support the Assembly’s fight against the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The unique face masks come in different colours, and sizes. It is also durable and washable too.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony which took place at CCMA, Rt. Rev. Ing. Prof. Joshua Danso Owusu-Sekyere, the Vice-Chancellor of Cape Coast Technical University (CCTU) indicated that since the outbreak of the disease, the Technical University has been exploring measures to help in preventing the spread of the disease in the metropolis and the country at large. According to the Vice-Chancellor, it is out of this that the Department of Fashion Design and Textiles Technology has produced these quality face masks.
Rt. Rev. Ing. Prof. Owusu-Sekyere added that within a week or two, the Mechanical Engineering Department will also outdoor a prompting device for hand washing. ”These prompting devices will be installed at the entrance of institutions and offices so that even before you enter the structure, the device will give you a signal to wash your hands under water”, he added.
Receiving the items on behalf of the Cape Coast Metropolitan Assembly, the Metropolitan Chief Executive, Hon. Ernest Arthur expressed his appreciation to the Management of the Technical University for the kind gesture. He revealed that his outfit has distributed thousands of sanitizers and Veronica buckets but recognises that the Assembly cannot do it alone, therefore, the donation from the Technical University is commendable and timely. He indicated that the donation will go a long way to help government deal with the spread of the virus in the metropolis which has already recorded one positive case of COVID-19.
The Vice-Chancellor also used the occasion to present an official communication to the Cape Coast Metropolitan Chief Executive of the decision of the Management of the Technical University to use the University Radio Station, Eagle FM as a DEDICATED MEDIUM to provide publicity to the general public on the novel Coronavirus (COVID 19) pandemic.
Also present at the ceremony were Madam Rachel Fosua Sarpong, Metropolitan Coordinating Director, Prof. S. K. Ansah, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Cape Coast Technical University and Dr. Francis Narh Akrono, Registrar, Cape Coast Technical University. Other officers from the University include Mr. Benjamin Edu-Mensah, Director of Public Affairs, Mr. Felix Opare-Baako, Public Relations Officer, and Madam Ekua Nkrumah, Head of Department, Fashion Design and Textiles Technology.
CCMA HOLDS SENSITIZATION PROGRAMME ON COVID 19
The Cape Coast Metropolitan Assembly acting on behalf of the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD) has held a sensitisation programme on COVID-19 for the leadership of all five major markets in the Cape Coast Metropolitan Area as part of measures to control the spread of the coronavirus disease. This is in line with a directive by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to the MLGRD to collaborate with Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) to ensure personal hygiene and good sanitation practices in markets across Ghana.
In his welcome address, the Metropolitan Chief Executive, Hon. Ernest Arthur, indicated that we are not in normal times and in line with the directive from the sector Minister, Hon. Hajia Alima Mahama, the Assembly has set up the Public Health Emergency Committee to coordinate the Assembly’s activities on the fight against COVID 19 pandemic. He mentioned that already, the various
subcommittees have started working with some members providing education at markets to ensure proper sanitation practices. Other members are also providing education on radio to the general public. There is a task force in place to ensure that people adhere to all the measures put in place by government to control the spread of the virus,” he said.
Explaining the rational for the meeting, Hon. Kwamena Duncan, the Central Regional Minister indicated that the meeting was to engage the leadership of markets and explain to them what they need to do to control the spread of the coronavirus. “We expect that from here, you will also engage your members in the market and educate them on COVID 19. Make sure you protect yourselves by adhering to the precautionary measures as outlined by thegovernment”, the Minister said.
Hon. Bright Wereko-Brobby, Member of Parliament for Hemang Lower Denkyira and Deputy Minister for Employment and Labour Relations, appealed to the general public to take good care of themselves and take all the precautionary measures put in place to ensure that they stay healthy in these trying times. He stated that any mistake on our side will be disastrous for Ghana and all efforts put in place by the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo will be in vain.
Hon. Hawa Koomson and Hon. Naana Eyiah, Minister for Special Development Initiatives and Deputy Minister for Lands and Natural Resources respectively advised the women to practice good hygiene and wash their hands with soap at all times. According to them, we cannot afford to shutdown markets and that they need to take care of themselves and their customers to avoid the spread of the disease which has no cure.
The sensitisation meeting was also attended by Mr. Simon Gador, Acting Metro. Coordinating Director, Mrs Hayfron, Metro Director of Health, Mr. Iddrisu Shani, Environmental Health and Sanitation Officer, Mrs. Margaret Nyarko Sampson, from the Metro Health Directorate and leaders from Kotokuraba, Abura, Anafo, Efutu and Yawoada Markets.
Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Chief Executive, Hon. Ernest Arthur has led the distribution of 10 Veronica buckets, 10 Jumbo tissue rolls, a carton of liquid soap consisting of 24 bottles, four dustbins, 50 nose masks, and two cartons of hand sanitisers each to all the markets in Cape Coast. The Mayor and his team used the opportunity to demonstrate how to prevent the spread of the virus to market women.
Tuesday March 10, 2020
MAYOR ERNEST ARTHUR, FIRST LADY CUT SOD FOR THE COMMENCEMENT OF ANAFO MARKET REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT
The Metropolitan Chief Executive of Cape Coast, Hon. Ernest Arthur this morning was joined by the First Lady, Madam Rebecca Akufo Addo, the Central Regional Minister, Hon. Kwamena Duncan, Chief Executive of Coastal Development Authority, Mr. Jerry Ahmed, the President of Oguaa Traditional Council, Osabarimba Kwesi Atta II and a host of dignitaries to cut sod for the commencement of the Anafo Market Redevelopment Project.
Speaking at the short ceremony, Hon. Ernest Arthur expressed his appreciation to Coastal Development Authority for responding to his request and approving the Anafo Market Project. According to him, the market when completed will ease congestion in the market and provide enough selling spaces for traders.
The old Anaafo market, the first market to be built in Cape Coast, was not only congested but declared architecturally weak to support continuous trading activities. The place was also prone to floods and flooded anytime there was a heavy downpour.
The new two storey market which will have 260 lockable stores, office spaces, cafeteria and other ancillary facilities is set to be completed within 12 months. The project forms part of the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme(IPEP) funded by the Ministry of Special Initiative and Development under the 1million per constituency project promised by the New Patriotic Party and its leader Nana Akufo-Addo in the run-up to the 2016 general elections.
First Lady, Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo led the sod cutting ceremony for construction to officially begin. She urged the contractor, Fine Job Construction Limited as well as the project implementers, Coastal Development Authority(CoDA) and the Cape Coast Metropolitan Assembly to expedite work at the site so that traders will have a decent place to go about their economic activities as soon as possible.
Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo also pledged the commitment of government in doing more to improve the living conditions for all Ghanaians. She explained that programmes like Free Senior High School, health promotions, infrastructural provision among others implemented by government point to the intent of government in ensuring qualitative improvement in the lives of the people.
Tuesday January 21, 2020
*HUNGARIAN INVESTORS VISIT CAPE COAST*
A delegation of investors from Hungary yesterday visited Cape Coast to explore investment opportunities in the area of water and sanitation.The delegation was led by the Deputy Head of Mission at the Hungarian Embassy, Mr David Bekesi.
According to the team, they chose Cape Coast because of the longstanding relationship the Embassy has with Cape Coast and Osaberima Kwesi Atta II, the Paramount Chief of Cape Coast.
The Metropolitan Chief Executive, Hon. Ernest Arthur expressed his appreciation to the Hungarian team for their interest in Cape Coast. He indicated that, liquid waste management in the city has been a problem and welcomed the proposed intervention. He assured the delegation of his full support towards the realisation of the project.
On his part, Osaberima Kwesi Atta II, used the occasion to appeal to the team to facilitate the establishment of a Sister City relationship between Cape Coast and some cities in Hungary for their mutual benefit.
The meeting which was held at the Office of the Metropolitan Chief Executive was attended by Madam Rachel Fosua Sarpong, the Metro Coordinating Director, Officials from the Environmental Health and Sanitation Unit, and the Ghana Water Company.