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The Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Otiko Afisah Djaba on Wednesday joined several hundreds of school children at the basic level on their first day at school, as they enjoyed the Ghana School Feeding Programme (GSFP) for the first time.

Adorned in their brand new popular “tea and bread” uniforms, depicting them as freshers, the pupils amidst endless cheers and smiles received the Minister and her entourage to their schools.

Otiko Djaba at all the schools she visited found time to interact with the pupils and encouraged them to see the school environment as their second home and their teachers as their own parents.

The Gender Minister who visited the schools on behalf of the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo said, her mission was to see how the children were faring in school and also check on the operations of the school feeding caterers.

The Sanitation Officer of the Komenda Edina Eguafo Abirem (KEEA) Municipal Assembly, Alex Damptey has supported a call by the Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo for the establishment of special courts that would focus on the prosecution of environmental-related cases.

Justice Akuffo expressed worry over the rapid destruction of the environment due to illegal logging, mining and other uncontrolled human activities which were depleting forest resources.

According to Mr. Damptey the CJ’s call is in the right direction as it would push efforts to sanitize our environment, as a country, a notch higher.

President Akufo-Addo has reiterated his government’s commitment fearlessly fight corruption in the country and has called on members of the judiciary to support the cause.

Akufo-Addo was speaking at the Bar Conference held in Sunyani on Monday.

“We all know that if we do not get a hanger on corruption, we will not be able to develop our nation. By the same token, if we do not win the fight against environmental hazards especially the battle against galamsey phenomena, we will have no nation to speak of. I am fully committed as the President to doing all in my power to confront these twin challenges and in these endeavour, I ask for support from the association. I need your support to ensure the success of this battle,” he opined.

Privately managed pension funds have maintained their robustness in growth over the past four years, with contributions under the tier two and three schemes hitting an all-time high of GH¢8.3 billion at the end of July this year.

The amount comprises funds accrued in the temporary pensions fund account (TPFA) at the Bank of Ghana (BoG) and total assets under management (AUM) by licensed trustees.

Data from the pensions sector regulations, the National Pensions Regulatory Authority (NPRA), showed that of the GH¢8.3 billion, some GH¢2. 7 billion, made up of contributions and returns, was still lodged at the TPFA, awaiting transfer to the various trustees.