WR ECG procures 40,000 new meters

Takoradi, The Western Regional office of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) has procured some 40,000 electricity meters to satisfy consumer needs in the region.

The meter, according to the General Manager, Mr Emmanuel Justice Ofori, would go into new service acquisition and replacement.

He said the company may also change some postpaid meters to prepaid depending on stock available before the close of 2023.

Mr Ofori during a meeting in the press section with Journalists in the Sekondi Takoradi Metropolitan area also encouraged the media to educate the public on the new ECG App which enabled consumers to buy and pay for any ECG services electronically.

The Company he reported had also started a second phase of the debt collection exercise.

Mr Ofori said, ‘this time, we are going into household meters’ and advised the public particularly postpaid users to pay their debt owed the company.’

He noted how the company needed funds to finance some new projects and meet other statutory functions and called on users of their services to comply with payment terms.

On the rainy season, Engineer Ofori called for vigilance and prompt reporting of any collapse poles to avoid unforeseen events adding, ‘we need such emergency reporting of incidents promptly to enable us also to act on time’.

Source: Ghana News Agency

NDC Parliamentary Candidate for Bibiani rallies for unity ahead of 2024 general elections

Bibiani (WN/R) 02, June GNA-Mr Bright Asamoah Brefoh, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) parliamentary candidate for Election 2024, for Bibiani-Anhwiaso-Bekwai Constituency is rallying support of the rank and file of the party ahead of the 2024 presidential and parliamentary elections.

According to him, it was only by a united front that they could unseat the incumbent New Patriotic Party (NPP) MP.

Mr. Asamoah Brefoh made the call in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) on the sidelines of a thanksgiving service held at the Trinity Assemblies of God, Bibiani Congregation, for his victory

The focus of the service was to thank God for his protection, support and smooth elections and above all his victory over the other two contenders in the just ended NDC Primaries election.

The NDC Parliamentary Candidate criticized the ruling NPP for their inability to effectively manage the economy, leading to hikes in utility bills, fuel, spare parts, rent as well as food stuff.

According to him, the seat in the 2004 parliamentary election, Former Member of Parliament (MP) for the area, Mr. Christopher Addae snatched the Bibiani-Anhwiaso-Bekwai seat, which had long been held by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) since 1996.

Mr. Christopher Addea won over Mr. Seidu Paakuna Adamu, who had occupied the seat for two consecutive terms (1996-2004) following various factions, disunity and divisions among the party members that constituted their defeat.

Mr Brefoh alleged that there was a massive division in the NPP in the constituency and cited the long-standing litigation between the Constituency Chairman and the MP.

He said with a united front and determination, the NDC would take the seat from the NPP in 2024.

Mr. Brefo pledged to bring on board the past executives and current executives to display their experience and work hard towards the attainment of the seat in 2024.

He highly commended the followers of the defeated candidates for being part of the thanksgiving service.

Mr. Asamoah Brefo asked for the blessings, prayers, unity and cooperation of the party members to ensure a peaceful and decent campaign.

Reverend Ekow Jackson, the head pastor of Trinity Assemblies of God church prayed for the PC and his team.

Mr Yaw Barima, the Constituency Chairman, also expressed his readiness to support the PC’s vision to win the seat back from the NPP come 2024 elections.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Labour Ministry commends Ghana Revenue Authority Workers’ Union

Mr Bright Wireko Brobbey, a Deputy Minister of Employment and Labour Relations has commended the Ghana Revenue Authority Workers’ Union (GRAWU) for its significant contributions towards development of the country.

He said the Union played a critical role in championing the welfare of its members through constructive engagement with management, and that was laudable as one principle of work of the International Labour Organisation was social dialogue.

Mr Brobbey, who was speaking at the third Annual Delegates Conference of GRAWU in Ho, in the Volta Region noted that it was important for labour and management to have constructive dialogue and listen to each other.

The Congress coincided with the launch of the Union’s 10th anniversary dubbed: ‘GRAWU @ 10: Achievement and Challenges in Management- Labour Relations.’

Reverend Ammishaddal Owusu- Amoah, Commissioner General of the Ghana Revenue Authority in an address read on his behalf said efforts were underway to widen the tax net, ensure compliance, and generate the required revenue.

He said the Authority’s core mandate was to mobilise revenue to advance the socio-economic development of the country and the Authority would roll out initiatives and measures.

The Commissioner General said several initiatives had already been rolled out including Electronic Tax Revenue Certificate, Electronic VAT Invoicing which was piloted to achieve the revenue target.

He charged staff of the Authority to put their shoulders to the wheel to ensure full compliance so the country could generate the necessary revenue to propel its growth and development.

Mr Dominic A. Nartey, National Chairman of GRAWU noted that the vision of the Union was to focus on the general well-being and better future of its members.

He said among the objectives of the Union was to establish a good working relation with management of the GRA to ensure high productivity, stressing that labour played a key role in helping management on strategies to widen the tax net for national Development.

There were solidarity messages from GRA Public Service Workers’ Association, Staff Custom Division Staff Association, and the National Communications Authority Staff Association.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Adenta Municipal Assembly trains caregivers of children with disabilities

Accra, June 2, GNA-The Adenta Municipal Assembly on Friday organised a training session for caregivers of children with disabilities, calling on especially parents to exude positivity about their children.

Mrs Hannah Awadzi, Executive Director of the Special Mothers Project, a not-for-profit advocacy organisation and resource person for the training, urged the parents to speak positively and work hard to train their children with disabilities to become useful members of society.

‘Let’s join hands to start a positive thread about our children with disabilities, let’s affirm them, let’s encourage them and let’s love them so that society can emulate our positive behaviors.

The training programme brought together about 50 parents of children with diverse forms of disability.

Mrs Awadzi advised the parents to accept their children, love them and show them kindness and also become their number one advocate in society.

‘We need to speak up for our children, we need to teach society about the positives, and we have to join hands to advocate good implementable policies for our children.

She said parents could also come together to support one another, especially with the backing of the Assembly.

Many of the participants and caregivers who shared their experiences expressed concerns about the lack of educational facilities for their children.

Mr Divine Arnold Kodjo Exorgbe, Municipal Head at the Department of Social Welfare and Community Development, Adenta Municipal, told the parents and caregivers about the services and programmes that the Department offers.

‘At the Adenta Municipal, we support primary caregivers with education, Trade and investment using the Disability Funds for persons with disabilities at the Assembly.’

Mr Exorgbe urged parents to put in a yearly application for funds for their children’s educational support.

He encouraged the parents to join hands with the Special Mothers Project to start a support group within the municipality where they could support one another and join hands to advocate favourable policies.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Executive Management of Chifeng Gold ends visit in Ghana

Takoradi, The Executive Management of Chifeng Gold, owners of Golden Star Wassa Limited (GSWL) have ended their official working visit to the Mine with a promise to reduce costs and expand production.

The delegation included the Chairman of Chifeng Gold Group, the largest non-state gold mining company in China, Mr Jianhua Wang, Chifeng Gold’s President, Ms Lydia Yang, and Mr Shubao Dong, Secretary of the Board.

The seven-day visit saw Mr Jianhua Wang and the team witness first-hand the progress GSWL had made since it was acquired by Chifeng Gold in 2022.

The team toured the Mine operations and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects in host communities and interacted with staff and contractors to gain insights into GSWL sustainable practices and partnerships.

The Executive team professed some solutions to the current challenges of GSWL to help at the management level and the implementation of a five-year strategic plan for automation and mechanization, adjustment of annual production, cost reduction and production expansion

Mr. Wang in an engagement with staff noted how necessary it was to adhere to and accept changes for continuous improvement.

‘The Chifeng Gold will support any employee who has a firm goal and vision and is committed to learning, who is brave in hardship, and who is committed to ensuring that Chifeng Gold succeeds,’ he added.

President, Madam Yang explained that the visit to Ghana and the Mine site had reinforced the belief in the potential of GSWL despite current challenges.

‘We are confident that with the right mindset, working safely and according to Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) principles, we will achieve our vision which will benefit more people with the development of Chifeng Gold.’

As GSWL moves forward with its expansion projects, it will focus on working safely, and efficiently in accordance with regulatory compliance in all aspects of its operations.

The GSWL would also safeguard its social license by partnering with like-minded organizations to provide sustainable value for stakeholders like the pandemic preparedness programme with GIZ, which had donated over 70,000 dollars worth of medical supplies to 10 health facilities in GSWL host communities.

The Executive Management also paid courtesy calls on traditional leaders of host communities in Wassa, the Chinese Ambassador to Ghana Mr. Lu Kun, the Chinese economic and commercial counsellor Mr. Li Yaohong, the Minister of Lands, and Natural Resources, Mr. Samuel Jinapor and the CEO of the Minerals Commission Mr. Martin Ayisi to foster collaboration for mutual growth and development.

Mr Lu Kun and Mr Li Yaohong appreciated GSWL and Chifeng Gold for the good reputation enjoyed by the host communities of GSWL.

They encouraged GSWL to adhere to local laws and regulations and continue to increase publicity and influence a good Chinese corporate image.

The two also pledged support for Chinese-funded enterprises in Ghana.

Source: Ghana News Agency

ActionAid Ghana donates livelihood start-up materials to women in the Nkwanta South

Nkwanta (O /R) June 2, GNA – ActionAid Ghana has donated start-up materials to about 34 female-headed households in the Nkwanta South Municipality of the Oti Region to increase their income levels by starting their own businesses.

Mr Samuel Sabuli Project Manager, ActionAid Ghana in his address during the donation said ActionAid is a development organization that champions the right of the vulnerable in society, especially women, youth, persons with disabilities and children.

He said they have been working with the people of Nkwanta South Municipality through the combating Modern Slavery Project with the support from the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD).

According to him, the International Labour Organisation estimates that about 27.6 million people are trapped in forced labour and out of this number, women, girls, and children constitute 11.8 and 3.3 million. Modern Slavery is quite common in Ghana, manifesting itself vividly in the form of exploitation of children and women labour.

He continued that in August 2022, ActionAid commissioned the Ghana Enterprises Agency to train some female- headed households to overcome their vulnerability of being recruited into modern Slavery practices across the selected Districts in Ghana which Nkwanta South was exempted.

He said, the training was conducted in areas such as animal rearing, pomade production, soap making, ice cream, production, pastries, and cake baking.

The start-up equipment/ materials were presented to a total number of 34 females in Nkwanta South approximately GHC220,294.

The items donated included; Graters, Hydraulic pressers, Cooking Stoves, Caustic soda, Ovens, Bread flour, Tables, Sterilizers, Hand Gloves, Napkins, and many others.

He therefore urged the beneficiaries to make good use of the items to better the life of their families from being victims of modern Slavery.

Mr Bright Kwame Lenwah the Municipal Chief Executive for Nkwanta South thanked ActionAid Ghana and their partners for their contribution towards the development of the Municipality saying the donation will go a long way in reducing unemployment rate in the Municipality.

He also promised effective supervision of the beneficiaries to make sure that all items donated will be used according to its main purpose.

The MCE continued by urging the beneficiaries not to sell the items because anyone caught in such an act would be dealt with accordingly.

Some of the beneficiaries who could not hide their joy expressed their gratitude to ActionAid for bringing a change into their lives and their families and promised to make good use of the items.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Mayors urged to engage in poverty alleviation, increase standard of living

Cameroonian Mayors have been urged to engage in Poverty alleviation projects to raise the living standards of their people and municipality.

The call was made during the ceremony of the Council’s International Economic Forum, known by the French Abbreviation as JEICOM 2023 which opened at the Yaounde Conference Center on Thursday, June 1, 2023.

The opening was chaired by the Prime Minister, Head of Government, Chief Dr Joseph Dion Ngute on behalf of President Paul Biya.

This second edition of the fair which was organized by the United Councils and Cities of Cameroon, UCCC, has been placed under the “Food security: An imperative for the Councils”.

The official launch which was attended by several members of government, mayors, the diplomatic corps, foreign investors, and businessmen has as an objective to brainstorm ways to empower municipalities, tackling food security, hygiene, and sanitation.

According to the Prime Minister, the President believes in the crucial role councils have to play in imposing development from the base.

He also said, “The creation of regions in Cameroon, adoption of codes on decentralization and creation of the Ministry in charge of decentralization and local development and also a national school for local administration are tangible proof that the president and the government believe in the decentralization process as an important pillar of the National development strategy”.

These Mayors were further encouraged to tap from their ecosystems and exploit demand and which can lead to the creation of wealth and the government will support them in the decentralization process.

The occasion saw the presence of businessmen from 24 Countries.

Source: Cameroon News Agency

Angola foresees Kz 589. 92 billion in capitalisation of Employment Fund

Angola has announced the capitalisation of National Employment Fund in Angola (FUNEA), with an initial value of 589.92 billion kwanzas (kz), from the National Treasury and other sources of income.

FUNEA comprises a set of financial assets, mainly term and demand deposits.

The objective is to create and support public and private projects and initiatives that generate employment.

The Presidential Decree nº.133/23, of June 1, which creates the Fund is already in the Official Gazette (Diário da República).

The measure was approved on Tuesday by the Economic Commission of the Cabinet Council, chaired by the president João Lourenço.

For the 2023 financial year, 25 billion kwanzas is available for FUNEA.

This value will be executed in the current six-month period.

ANGOP learnt that now FUNEA’s revenues are annually registered with the General Budget (OGE), up to the limit of the capitalisation referred to in accordance with the financial programming of the Executive.

Subject to regular annual audits, the management body of FUNEA submits to the ministerial departments in charge of the Public Finance, Economy and Labour Sectors the quarterly reports containing information that ensure the evaluation of the management of the financial resources made available to them, as part of the management agreement.

The Fund is also subject to control by the General State Administration Inspectorate (IGAE).

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)