Adom FM Impactful Stories
BEREKUM HOLY FAMILY LACKS INCUBATORS: Story was filed, last year, by Correspondent Oheneba Kwasi Donyina to the effect that the health centre in the Bono-Ahafo Municipality lacked incubators, as a result of which many premature babies delivered there were dying. When we published the story on Adom TV and discussed on Fabewoso, it elicited the donation of two incubators – one from the constituency MP and the other from 'Berekum Citizens Association'. Impact is that, now that there is a cot to place premature or sick babies inside to help them maintain their right temperatures, baby deaths have reduced drastically at the Holy Family Hospital at Berekum.
I FEEL MY BURDEN LIFTED – MOTHER OF TREATED TB OF THE SPINE PATIENT: This story filed by Abla Aforkpa of the Newsroom was on a girl, Gifty Amuzu, who, at the age of nine, had been diagnosed with TB of the spine that made her stoop like a hunchback and also drop out of school after being teased continually. Her mother, Monica Ocloo, had to stop her restaurant (chop bar) keeping because people rejected her food as Gifty’s condition repulsed them. When Adom TV aired Ms. Aforkpa's story, which was revealed by an NGO called Dromo Foundation, it attracted sponsors and donors to pool GH₵ 93,518, for Gifty to undergo a successful surgery to correct her bent spine. It was carried out in 2018 at the Focus Orthopaedic Hospital, near Adentan – Accra. The now-15-year-old Gifty Amuzu is completely healed and steadily attending school, much to the relief of mother and other relations.
NSAWAM-APEDWA JUNCTION DUAL CARRIAGE ROAD WORKS RESTART AFTER ADOM TV NEWS REPORTS: The dual carriage section of the Accra to Kumasi highway – which starts from Achimota and ends at Nsawam – was being extended to Apedwa Nkwanta in the Eastern Region. But one side of the road had been completed while the other lane had been abandoned for about three years, the whole project travelling over eight, instead of four, years. When Adom reporter Prince Owusu Asiedu filed a report on the construction delay, deterioration of the uncompleted section and increasing auto crashes on the single road, he followed up with a promise from the Roads Minister that arrears owed the contractors would be released for them to return to site. Today, the contractors are busily finishing the dualisation of the Achimota – Apedwa Nkwanta section of the Accra to Kumasi Highway; a project deemed necessary to ease congestion and reduce accidents on one of Ghana’s busiest roads.
AMASAMAN COURT COMPLEX REFURBISHED AFTER ADOM TV REPORT: In the capital of the Ga West Municipality, Amasaman, a court complex had been built almost to completion under the immediate-past government. Construction had, however, stalled since the change of regime, delaying access of the fast-growing municipality to a befitting District and High courts. When we aired reporter Prince Owusu Asiedu’s story, late last year, it elicited a promise from the Municipal Chief Executive that the building would be completed and furnished for court proceedings to begin in them by ending of February this year. Indeed, at the end of February 2019, the structure was ready to house the Ga West District and High courts.
KWAPIA D/A JHS WITHOUT DESKS RECEIVES FURNITURE AFTER ADOM REPORT: Correspondent Isaac Normanyo reported in 2018 that a District Assembly Junior High School at Kwapia in the Adansi North District of the Asante Region lacked tables and chairs. Our TV and Radio reports showed how, as a result of the lack of furniture, pupils had to sprawl on the floor, sit on stones or improvise furniture to take instructions from their teachers. Following the Adom news publications, past pupils of the Kwapia JHS pooled resources to provide the school with dual desks to lessen the hardship of the current pupils. Delighted by the relief and spirit of the old students; teachers and pupils of the school thanked Adom News for exposing their furniture challenges, an exposé that earned them some relief.
HEALTH-THREATENING FILTH ENGULFING ABANDONED AMA BUILDING CLEARED FOLLOWING ADOM NEWS REPORTS: Sanitation and Water Resources Minister Cecilia Abena Dapaah teamed up with waste managers Zoomlion Ghana to clear filth and sewerage that had swallowed the basement of an uncompleted Accra Metropolitan Assembly office block, near the Church of Pentecost at Kaneshie, Accra. Today, area residents say they are relieved from the persistent malaria and water-borne disease attacks they had suffered from the insanitary conditions. When our reporter Prince Owusu Asiedu heard of the eyesore, he interviewed area residents, squatters in the block, assembly member and the local authority. His story we published showed that what the AMA had started as a six-story building had long stalled, been neglected to gather filth, stagnant water, reptiles and mosquitoes at the ground floor. His exposé which mentioned deaths and illnesses that had been caused by the unhygienic conditions were referred to the metro authorities and Sanitation Minister. Soon after, the Minister got Zoomlion to thoroughly tidy the place to bring relief to the residents, while the AMA considers a more permanent solution.
ASSIN ATENTANG D/A BASIC SCHOOL GETS 3-UNIT CLASSROOM BLOCK AFTER ADOM NEWS REPORT: A village called Atentang, in the Assin Central District of the Central Region, has a District Assembly Basic school that was in disrepair. Correspondent Alfred Amoh filed a story that we published on Radio and TV in 2018. Following that, a Catholic priest and his development partners in Ontario, Canada, sponsored the construction of a three-unit classroom block for the Atentang School. Not only that; the donors also refurbished the old block of six classrooms for the school. The impact includes the fact that, whereas one classroom previously contained between 70 and 80 pupils – which had serious negative effects on academic work – now Atentang School classrooms hold around 30 pupils, the ideal number for teaching and learning. Donors and town chiefs, as well as the school expressed profound gratitude to the Adom Brands.
HEADMASTER CAUGHT ON TAPE HAVING SEX WITH STUDENT ON KITCHEN STOOL: The scandalous sexual intercourse between a teacher and a pupil on a kitchen stool was broken by Alfred Amoh. This was at the Breman Edumanu JHS in the Esikuma Odoben Brakwa District of the Central Region. The head teacher, Mr. Sepey, had taken advantage of his position to have carnal knowledge of her pupil while making her stoop on a kitchen stool. For the obvious breach of professional ethics and to save other pupils from such abuse, the story which went viral on social and other media succeeded in getting the teacher face disciplinary action: dismissal.
ASSIN FOSU NEW POLICE MTTD COMPLEX UNOCCUPIED and another story captioned ASSIN FOSU POLICE LACK MEANS OF TRANSPORT: Because of bureaucratic delays, a new station built for the Assin Fosu Police MTTD had, for years; remained unoccupied while at the same time police personnel lived and worked in dilapidated structures threatening to collapse on them. Again, the about 80 men and women at the Assin Division lacked means of mobility. When Alfred Amoh’s stories were aired on radio and TV, the Police Administration moved quickly to get the MTTD personnel relocated to the new structure. Also, Assin North MP Abena Duruwa Mensah presented four motorcycles to the Division; Interior Ministry gave a patrol car, and Assin North MP Ken Agyapong has mentioned he is preparing to hand them with more cars and motorcycles. Effect is that the police are now better housed and more able to execute their protection functions. They have better means of patrolling than the hired taxis they used to ride on.
YOUTH WIN SAND IN RIVER PRA CITING JOBLESSNESS AFTER BAN ON GALAMSEY: Hundreds of Central Region Youth thrown out of illicit gold digging had turned to winning of sand in the bed of the River Pra. After Government slapped a ban on illegal mining to protect water bodies across the country, these young people claimed to have no alternative livelihoods, and so resorted to digging sand to sell to property developers – brushing off all protests from chiefs and assembly members. Publication of a story filed by Alfred Amoh brought in ‘Operation Vanguard’ and the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources; and, they have since been conducting random patrols on the Pra to scare off continuation of the sand winning. The River is reported to be naturally regaining its lost nature.
AMA Clears Filth at Okaishie Market after Adom TV’s Reportage: For months, filth had been piling at the Okaishie Market in Accra, threatening to trigger an epidemic in view of the busy nature of the trading centre. Reporter Amos Kwofie (Kodwo Mensah Aboroampa) filed a report in November last year and it was aired on both Radio and TV; soon, the Accra Metro cleared the filth to diffuse the health risk
CONTRACTOR LOCKS OUT PUPILS OVER MONIES OWED HIM: Juapong at North Tongu in the Volta Region: an Evangelical Presbyterian Basic School had been locked up by a contractor who was owed a contract sum. The effect was that over 400 pupils were thrown out of school. When Adom Reporter Kwame Kulenu’s story on it was carried on Radio and TV, the contractor quickly went to unlock the school gates. The pupils are back at school studying, while the contractor goes to sort out his arrears issue out with the contract owners.