ECG will prosecute recalcitrant customers to the letter- Manager

Mr Paul Asibi Abariga, General Manager in charge of Prosecution, Electricity Company of Ghana, says the company will prosecute all defaulting customers over debts and non-payment of bills.

Mr Abariga said, ‘Pay all that is due ECG or else we would come after you. Recalcitrant customers would be prosecuted to the letter to set as an example to the other customers.’

He was speaking to the GNA after Daniel Kwakye, Hotel Operations Manager of Hillburi Hotel, Aburi appeared before an Accra Circuit Court for allegedly consuming power of GHS665,180.09 from November 30, 2020, to March 24, 2023.

Kwakye who has been charged with Intentionally interfering with suppliers Distribution system and stealing, pleaded not guilty.

The court presided over by Mr. Samuel Bright Acquah admitted Kwakye to bail in the sum of GHS50,000 with one surety.

Prosecution led by Mr Abariga said accused had made payments in respect of the debt owed by the Hotel and he (accused) has presented the receipts in court.

According to prosecution, they were ready with the disclosures for trial to commence.

The matter has therefore been adjourned to May 8.

The fact of Prosecution is that the complainant in the case is Stephen Bassie Taylor, a Technician Foreman at the Revenue Protection Unit of ECG, Head office.

Prosecution said on March 28, 2023, at about 1200noon, ECG Revenue Protection Auditing Team on a field exercise at Hillburi Hotel at Aburi detected an illegal connection of electricity power by the hospitality centre and same was reported to ECG office.

It said the complainant was then called upon to proceed to the scene and verify the ‘state of bypass.’

Prosecution said the photographs were taken to that effect and illegal source of power was disconnected.

It said on April 11, 2023, an official complaint was made against the accused person.

Prosecution the complainant accompanied by ECG police investigators pointed out ‘by passed underground cable.’

‘Four prepaid meters with identification numbers P63282580, P632910, P6329711, P6329712 were found installed at the premises. Investigation led to the arrest of the accused person.’

The prosecution said, ‘investigations revealed that, from November 30, 2020, to Mach 24, 2023 though there were four meters for power supply to the facility, the accused person who was in charge of the facility at the time by passed all these meters that supplied power directly and therefore making the facility consumer power illegality without paying for same.’

It said a bill of GHS 665, 180.09 was surcharged to the Hillburi Hotel management which a part of payment of GHCS365,180.08 has been made by the accused.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Juaben model STEM school to absorb about 10 Junior High Schools

A new Model Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) School under construction at Juaben in the Ashanti Region is set to absorb about 10 Junior High Schools (JHSs) when completed.

Funded by the Arab Development Bank, the school is one of five being constructed in the Ashanti Region as government pursues a new concept of JHS, which seeks to equip pupils at that level with 21st century skills.

Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, Minister of Education who briefed the media on the new concept, said bringing JHSs in Juaben under one roof with well-equipped laboratories and other facilities was the way to go as a country to build a solid foundation for the education system.

He said if the concept was replicated across the country, it would not only cut down the cost of running schools, but also promote serene academic environment.

According to the Minister, the goal was to equip Junior High Schools in the country with facilities at the Senior High School (SHS) level to make pupils familiar with them as they progressed from the lower to higher secondary.

‘You cannot do 21st century education without putting the children in places where basic equipment and tools are made available to them,’ the Minister pointed out.

Exposing the children at that level to modern laboratory equipment, would make it easier for them to handle at the higher level and also hasten the learning process for improved outcomes, the Minister argued.

‘That is how you lift the weak middle to make sure you are putting the children in a situation where they have quality six-year secondary experience, which is the lower end before moving to the high school,’ he said

The Minister is on a four-day working visit to the Ashanti Region where he has been visiting selected Senior High Schools as well as project sites of ongoing educational infrastructure.

Accompanied by the Director-General of Ghana Education Service (GES), Dr. Eric Nkansah and heads of other agencies under the Ministry, Dr. Adutwum spent time in every school he visited to counsel students on academic progression and career development.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Emmanuel Shammah wins 2023 Aboakyer Cycling Race

Emmanuel Shammah Mensah of Accra-based Young Stars Cycling Club outpaced over 50 cyclists to win the 2023 edition of the Aboakyer Festival Cycling Race at Winneba, in the Central Region.

Mensah earned a cash prize of GHC1,500. He also won the overall best of the Inter-Mediate Spring, Long Escape Spring and the Leader of the Aboakyer Race Jerseys respectively.

The one-day 65km event started from the Accra Sports Stadium to Akotia junction and ended at the Winneba taxi rank.

In an interview with the GNA Sports, Mensah expressed joy for his first victory and pledged to win more medals in future.

He said, ‘I am very happy that today I was able to come out as a victor in the race, the preparations I have gone through wasn’t easy at all and luckily today God has counted my efforts’.

‘I am very proud of the win, and I want to use this opportunity to thank all those who supported me especially my coach, team captain and all the Young Stars Cycling riders for their belief in me.

‘This is my first win for an official race, and I want to continue so that in future I would be able to win an international competition for myself and my country.

‘For now, I don’t do any professional job, my focus is riding, and I would continue with my training when I get back to Accra for the upcoming competitions.’

Source: Ghana News Agency

We are a major contributor to financial inclusion – MTN Ghana

MTN Ghana says it has made major contributions to financial inclusion through its products and services, business start-ups and job creation.

It said its products and services had helped to unlock talents, businesses and sectors of the Ghanaian economy as the entity had grown from a telecommunications company to a technology one.

Madam Sylvia Otuo-Acheampong, Head, Product and Services, Mobile Money Limited, MTN in a plenary

session, said over 13 million Ghanaians were using mobile money and 140, 000 merchants using it for payment transactions.

‘We have about 15, 000 Point of Sales (POS) that accept mobile money nationwide, and we have around 240, 000 agents nationwide,’ she said.

Madam Sylvia Otuo-Acheampong was speaking at the company’s Business CTIO Roundtable Africa 2023 in Accra to alloe industry players discuss strategies and issues to strengthen the Fintech sector and businesses while creating value for customers.

Madam Otuo-Acheampong said: ‘One of the ways mobile money is also dealing with security is to create an ecosystem within an ecosystem where we do a thorough deep-diving in how to secure partners and customers so that even if one platform is affected it would not affect others.’

In an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA), she said staff were always sensitised on fraudulent activities, adding that there were tools in to protect customer data.

‘We are collaborating with the security agencies to deal swiftly with fraud cases the moment it is detected so we can nip it in the bud, however, we need to do more education for our vulnerable customers not to share their pins,’ Madam Otuo-Acheampong said.

MTN currently has five platforms, the Mobile Money platform which renders Fintech solutions; Ayoba App that delivers digital services; Enterprise services that supports business start-ups; Network services and the African API marketplace with products like e-health and e-commerce.

Mr Dario Bianchi, Chief Digital Officer, MTN, said,

data privacy and cyber security were crucial to the industry and MTN had robustly designed their security key, adding that government, MTN and agencies must continue to collaborate against threats.

He told the GNA there were plans to give incentives to customers who use their Apps and in the next three months there could be some special bundles and promotions.

Mr Solomon Kofi Richardson, Director, Technical Services, National Information Technology Agency (NITA), said government had begun some measures and foundations to promote growth like the Digital Economic Policy at the Cabinet level for consideration.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Hearts to winning ways with 2-0 victory over King Faisal

Accra Hearts of Oak secured 2-0 win over King Faisal at the Accra Sports Stadium on Saturday in the Ghana Premier League, after returning from two winless runs.

Hearts previously lost to Bechem United and Tamale City and came in stronger in search of a win to redeem their fans.

But they had to hold on late in the dying minutes of the game to secure the win.

Salifu Ibrahim opened the scoring in the 89th minute before Linda Mtange put the icing on the cake in injury time.

Richard Atta returned to the starting line-up for the first time in over three months as he was preferred in post following the injury to Eric Ofori Antwi in the game against Tamale City in midweek.

The former Elmina Sharks goalkeeper did not disappoint as he kept a clean sheet to win back the confidence of Coach David Ocloo. Atta dropped in the perking order as Richmond Aryee and Eric Ofori Antwi was preferred ahead of him.

King Faisal looked more compact at the back as they kept the Hearts of Oak attack at bay but their resilience was broken in the closing stages as Hearts of Oak scored two late goals to pick the three points.

Substitutes Eonde, Awako and Salifu combined beautifully for the first goal. Captain Awako picked a lovely ball in midfield before laying a pass to Albert Eonde who cut back for Salifu to slot home.

Albert Eonde was again involved in the second goal as he set up Linda Mtange for an easy connection. Dennis Korsah received a long ball from midfield before switching play to Eonde who found Mtange in a good position to pass the ball into the net.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Morocco’s U-17 Football Team Departs for Constantine to Participate in AFCON

Morocco’s national U-17 football team has departed the Rabat-Sale International Airport, heading to Algeria’s Constantine to participate in the U-17 African Cup of Nations (AFCON), Morocco’s Royal Football Federation (FRMF) confirmed on Friday.

Algeria allowed a direct travel route for the team on Thursday following pressure from FIFA, according to converging reports.

The competition will kick off on Saturday and will last until May 19. Morocco will play in Group B alongside Nigeria, Zambia, and South Africa.

FRMF official Mohamed Boudrika confirmed that the team had secured a direct travel route on Thursday.

The leadup to the tournament was overshadowed by doubts over the team’s participation due to the ongoing tensions with Algeria.

As with the latest African Nations Championship (CHAN), the FRMF had conditioned its U-17 team’s participation in the continental tournament on the possibility of traveling directly from Rabat to Constantine.

Morocco had ended up forfeiting their participation in the CHAN as Algeria denied the FRMF’s request for a direct travel route.

Algeria closed its airspace to Morocco after it severed its ties with its neighbor in 2021 after decades of tensions around Algerian support for the separatist Polisario Front.

This year marks the Moroccan U-17 team’s third appearance in the continental tournament. Their best performance came in 2013, when they finished fourth.

FRMF President Fouzi Lekjaa also held a meeting on Thursday night to ‘motivate’ the players, the federation said, adding that the senior national team’s technical staff led by Walid Regragui were also present.

Regragui stressed the importance of representing Morocco in continental competitions, urging the players to think of the group and not be selfish in order to achieve success at the tournament.

Source: Ghana News Agency

University games: Athletes from 23 delegations begin competing in Ngaoundere

The 23rd edition of the University games in Ngaoundere kicked off on Saturday, April 29, with over 3000 athletes converging on the event ground.

The participants from 23 delegations representing the ten regions of Cameroon, will compete in 14 sports disciplines which will also feature cultural displays from fan clubs. The activities will run till May 6.

During the opening ceremony presided at by the Minister of Higher Education, accompanied by Minister Narcisse Mouelle Kombi of Sports and Physical Education, Jacques Fame Ndongo told the athletes that what has brought them together goes beyond winning a prize.

“Through this competition, we are celebrating friendship, fair play, performance, equity, sports ethic, and fraternity. It is therefore not just to win the trophy” the Higher Education Minister said.

The rector of the host University Prof. Uphie Chinje assured the population that all has been put in place to ensure a successful event.

This year’s edition of the games comes after a three-year break since 2019, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Source: Cameroon News Agency

COB-A Industries supports Aboakyer Festival

COB-A Industries Limited, producers of Standard Natural Mineral Water, has donated 50 bags of sachet water, 20 cartons of 1.5 litre bottled water and undisclosed cash to Effutu Traditional Council towards the celebration of this year’s Aboakyer festival. Mrs. Sonia Amaechi, Marketing Manager, was assisted by Mr. William Oppong, Communication Manager of the Company to make the presentation at the Palace of Neenyi Ghartey VII, Effutu Oma Odefe and President of the Traditional Council. Mrs Amaechi stated that the donation formed part of the Company’s social responsibility to people in their catchment areas. According to her, the company had been supporting the celebration of the festival to ensure its success. Neenyi Ghartey VII, who received the items on behalf of the Traditional Council and the Festival Planning Committee, expressed his appreciation to the company for the support. The festival on the theme: ‘Your Participation makes a Difference for Development,’ will commence from Saturday, April 29 to May 6, 2023. Activities to be undertaken include tree planting and Marathon race, Gospel musical night, Sanitation activities, Heath walk and Regatta/Tug-of-War. The weeklong festival will be climaxed with a grand durbar on Saturday, May 6. Neenyi Ghartey called on all sons and daughters of Effutuman to return home and contribute towards peaceful and successful festival for development.

Source: Ghana News Agency