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Npong Balikawu Francis
Journalist (Ghana)

EDUCATION Certificate, Climate Change Diplomacy May - July 2010 Diplo-Foundation Certificate, Decentralized Governance 15, March-13, May 2010 United Nations Public Administration Network (UNPAN) Diploma, Journalism 2002-2004 Institute of Business Management and Journalism Diploma, Marketing 2002-2004 Institute of Business Management & Journalism Certificate of participation, Strategic Business Development 4 – 7the Sept. 2003 Future Leaders International Certificate of participation, Human Rights and Journalism 31-May 2006 Journalists for Human Rights (JHR) Certificate of participation, Media Training July 26, 2007 Community Development & Advocacy Centre (CODAC) Senior High Sch. Certificate, Tatale E.P Senior High School, 1998- 2001 Basic Sch. Certificate, Tatale Junior High School 1994-1996 Tatale L/A primary School 1984-1993 WORK EXPERIENCE The Enquirer- Northern Region Correspondent 2005 to date Duties and responsibilities News reporting, editing and gathering Distribution and Marketing, Manage finances, Marketing survey, Direct link between newspaper vendors and Accra business office The Pen Magazine Senior reporter 2005 to 2007 Duties and responsibilities News gathering, assigning personnel (journalists) to duties Proof reading and editing personnel works Reporting directly to news editor/editor in chief Deputy news editor Head of news department, Responsible for front and back page of the paper Fiila FM Deputy News editor Oct. 2005-Sept. 2006 Duties and responsibilities News gathering, assigning personnel (journalists) to duties Proof reading and editing personnel works Report directly to news editor Select news stories for broadcast Arranging personal interviews with stakeholders Monitoring news broadcast on air Nkosuo FM Reporter/Marketing Executive Jan. 2004 - Oct 2 Duties and responsibilities Reporting: gathering news for broadcast Marketing: canvass for prospective advertisers Hantag Memo. Int. School Classroom Teacher 2002- 2003 Duties and responsibilities Supervise Children to clean sch. Compound Prepare lesson notes Mark class register Teach selected topic Supervise children to do class work Mark class work Revise class work with pupils Give home work Manhyia Int. School Classroom teacher 2003 – 2004 Duties and responsibilities Supervise Children to clean sch. Compound Prepare lesson notes , Mark class register Teach selected topic Supervise children to do class work Mark class work Revise class work with pupils Give home work Staff Secretary, Manhyia Int. Sch. 2003-2004 Chief Deacon Tatale S.D. A Church 1999-2001 Financial Sec. Student Representative Council (IBM&J) 2003- 2004 Concurrently Fin. Sec. Assoc. of Student Journalists (ASJ) 2003- 2004

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Imminent Environmental disaster to strike Ghana

Published 06th June 2011 - 0 comments - 9437 views -

Ghana faces imminent disaster if nothing is done to curb rapid deforestation and degradation of the environment.

The country loses 70 thousand hectares of its forest cover annually due to bad farming practices, bush fires, logging and mining, among others.

 

Forestry officials say with the current trend, more than half of the country could be exposed to flooding, drought and famine.

Ashanti Regional Deputy Manager of the Forestry Commission, James Ware, was speaking at the launch in Kumasi of MTN’s annual community service initiative, known as the ‘21 days of yellow care’.



The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimates more than 130 thousand square kilometers of the world’s forest are lost annually to deforestation.

This accounts for 20 per cent of global greenhouse emissions which contribute to global warming.

 

The story is even worse in Ghana where half of the 238 thousand 533 square kilometers of land is prone to disaster.

 

Source myjoyonline.com

Out of 8 point three million hectares of high forest that existed in the past ten years, only 0ne point eight million hectares is available now with an annual forest decline of 70 thousand hectares. 

 

The lost has been attributed to bad farming practices such as the use of agriculture chemicals, bush fires, logging, and mining among others.

According to Mr. Ware, traditional farming methods and the use of agro-chemicals some of which are banned contribute to environmental degradation.

 

‘‘What do we use weedicides for, precisely we use it to kill plants and any living plant that you pour weedicide on dies and it does not only die it means that little plants or seeds that are even on the ground, they are also destroyed all together….Strong winds will carry that away, water will erode the rest away and then it remains the hardcore sand or stone which cannot sustain plant life so the use of agro-chemicals are very detrimental to the environment’’.

 

Mr. Ware recommended the use of organic farming to conserve the environment.

‘‘We have to begin to think about the use of organic farming instead of using fertilizer and agro-chemicals’’, he said.

 

According to Mr. Ware, the alarming rate of forest depletion must prompt all Ghanaians to change their attitude to the environment.


Metro Chief Executive, Samuel Sarpong who commended MTN staff for their volunteerism called on residents in the metropolis to help conserve the environment.

During this year’s ’21 days yellow care’, MTN targets to plant nine thousand trees nationwide with the support of Forestry Commission, Friends Water and River Bodies as well as Zoomlion Ghana Limited.


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