Volta EPA launches 2023 World Environment Day celebration at Awudome Avenui

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the Volta Region has launched this year’s World Environment Day celebration in the Region at Awudome Avenui in the Ho West District.

The event featured a community sensitisation programme and a ceremonial tree planting exercise to kick off a series of programmes and activities across the Region to mark the Day.

Mr Hope Smith Lomotey, Regional Director of the EPA, said the Awudome Avenui community, which had been working with the Agency to develop its environmental wealth, was selected to host the launch for its efforts.

He said the community had been declared free of plastic pollution, and that its cleanliness and environmental attractiveness, when sustained, would be beneficial to the EPA on its mandate.

The theme for this year’s celebration is ‘Beat Plastic Pollution,’ and the EPA is working with basic schools in the community together with a private waste management company to promote waste segregation.

He said plastic waste continued to deplete the quality of the environment, when indiscriminately disposed, and appealed to the community to continue to support efforts to reduce pollution.

The community had also benefited from some tree planting campaigns by the Agency, and the Regional Director said the promotion of the afforestation initiative would positively affect the environment and tourism appeal.

Mr Lomotey said the EPA had plans to introduce quails to the area, and hoped the project would be supported to make the mountainous enclave further attractive.

Mama Gbeklui IV, Queenmother of the Community, commended the efforts the EPA and said, ‘the area has changed a lot.’

She said the community embraced the waste management programme and was hoping to profit from a plastic recycling initiative and assured of ‘increased improvement’ going forward.

The Queenmother appealed to the EPA and partners to provide waste bins for the community to be able to expand the sanitation management programme to all homes and establishments.

Executives of Wasteman, the private sanitation management company, at the launch, said it was educating school children on proper plastic waste disposal, which was crucial to recycling.

He hoped that they would be influenced to further transform the community.

Stakeholders at the event engaged the community in an open forum, which included students who contributed ideas and asked questions to support the initiatives.

EPA executives joined the community members and leaders at the local Methodist Basic School for the ceremonial planting to launch the celebration, and the community received 200 wood tree seedlings to be set out to mark the Day.

The UN has chosen the fifth day of June as World Environment Day, and Mr Lomotey told the GNA that some activities including planting of trees had been laid out for the celebration, and that there would be educational programmes on plastic waste throughout the week in the various Municipalities and Districts.

The Regional Director said through the collaboration with Wasteman, a total of 56 schools in the Region had received plastic bins totalling 120, to promote improved waste management.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Kennedy Agyapong begins campaign tour of Oti Region on Wednesday

Mr Kennedy Agyapong, presidential aspirant of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) would begin a three – day campaign tour in the Oti Region from Wednesday June 7, 2023.

A statement issued at the Regional Secretariat and signed by Mr Jonathan Akpabeh Manu, the Regional Secretary of the NPP in Oti and copied to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) said the Mr Agyapong would start his campaign tour with the visit in day one to the Guan constituency, Biakoye and Buem constituency.

Day two per the schedule begins with Akan constituency, Nkwanta South constituency and Nkwanta north Constituency.

It said the presidential aspirant would have a whistle stop at Dambai in the Krachi East constituency on Thursday evening and continue the following morning with the Constituents, and cross River Oti to Krachi Nchumuru constituency and finally ends at Krachi West Constituency.

The statement said, Mr Agyapong would meet with various interest groups, pay courtesy calls on the chiefs, clergy, stakeholders traditional leaders and address them on reason to lead the NPP into 2024 general elections.

Source: Ghana News Agency

North West: Cameroon Teacher’s Trade Union begin back to school campaigns

The Cameroon Teachers Trade Union, CATTU in collaboration with the Cameroon Education For All Network, CEFAN have begun initiatives for effective school resumption in the North West region for the coming academic year.

The initiative started recently with the engagement of some stakeholders in Bamenda on back-to-school campaigns and how the population can be convinced of the importance of education.

During a focus group discussion in Bamenda chaired by the regional coordinator of CATTU, Semma Valentine, in the presence of personalities like representatives from state institutions, entrepreneurs, quarter heads, media personalities, and others.

The come together according to them, is a follow-up to a survey carried out by CEFAN in 2021 on the impact of the crisis on education in the region.

During the event, the various stakeholders discussed the various techniques and advocacy strategies that can be delivered to increase the awareness campaign for back-to-school in the crisis-hit region.

Participants were grouped and back-to-school messages were crafted. They also proposed better ways how to protect education in the region.

According to Semma Valentine, the project is also aimed at shaping government policy and increasing the number of children who will go back to school by September.

“We came here today to brainstorm and see how we can build our capacity in terms of advocacy and accountability for quality education and massive back to school,” Semma Valentine said.

Semma added that the proposals will be made as a report and sent to the government for study and implementation.

While revealing the shocking statistics of children who dropped out of school as a result of the crisis, the Regional Coordinator also challenged parents in the region to send their children to school.

“We are crying out loud to parents that we cannot continue holding back the education of our children. While the crisis is on, I don’t think we should continue standing in the same spot. Education cannot wait, we must send our children to school,” Semma added.

In the end, participants endorsed the initiative to yield results come September. Gambo Rekeatu just like many others promised to take the message back to their communities.

Source: Cameroon News Agency

Angola sets 45 days to distribute fuel cards to economic operators

Economic operators exempt from the new price of petrol will get their fuel cards within 45 days, following the Government decision to scrap the fuel subsidies, with effect on June 2.

This was announced Tuesday in Luanda by the State Secretary for Finance and Treasury, Ottoniel do Santos, who was speaking during a meeting with religious leaders.

Price of gasoline increased from 160 Kwanzas per liter to 300 Kwanzas.

Taxi drivers and motorcycle taxi drivers are receiving personalised cards with the vehicle registration number and are non-transferable.

The cards allow the holders to continue paying a liter of gasoline at the price of 160 kwanzas, instead of 300, announced according to the new tariff.

In 2022, Angola shared a total fuel subsidy of Kz 1.98 billion.

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

Sonangol, Chinese company sign memorandum for Lobito refinery

Angola’s Oil Firm Sonangol and China National Chemical Engineering (CNCEC) Tuesday in Beijing, China, signed a memorandum of understanding providing for construction of Lobito Refinery in Angola’s coastal Benguela province, ANGOP has learnt.

Sonangol’s CEO , Gaspar Martins, signed the document, in the presence of minister of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas, Diamantino Azevedo, and other officials of the sector.

In its publication, the Ministry of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas, states that the event is part of the responsibility for implementing and seeking financing for the Lobito Refinery project.

The conclusion of Lobito Refinery, with a capacity to process 200, 000 barrels/day of oil, is set for 2026.

The infrastructure will supply the domestic market and the countries of the SADC region.

In addition to Lobito Refinery, Sonangol also has other refining projects under way, aimed to increase the country’s refining capacity from 65,000 barrels/day (kbbs/d) to 425 k bbs/d.

The Cabinda refinery, with a capacity for 60,000 kbbs/d, will enter the first phase of completion this year.

The infrastructure is expected to supply the local and regional market, including neighbouring countries such as Republic of the Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The second phase of this project ends in 2025.

In this project, Sonangol holds 10% and GEMCORP 90% in terms of corporate structure.

In Soyo, Zaire province, Sonangol also holds 10% in the corporate structure, while Quanten retains 90%.

Luanda refinery is currently fully operational, with a platforming 1,200 metric tons per day of refined products from the previous 370 metric tons, a production that contributes to reducing imports

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

Portuguese government to double scholarships for PALOP countries

The Portuguese government will double, as of next academic year, the number of scholarships for bachelor’s and master’s degrees for Portuguese-speaking African countries (PALOP), announced Monday in Luanda Province, the Prime Minister of Portugal, António Costa.

António Costa, who is on a 48-hour working visit to Angola, was speaking during a press conference, which was also attended by the Angolan Head of State, João Lourenço.

Without informing the current number of scholarships, particularly for Angola, the Head of the Portuguese government said that there is a 30% increase in the value of the scholarships, which will translate into an increase in the scholarships granted to Angolan students at Portuguese universities.

Regarding higher education, António Costa said that his government will continue to invest in the Portuguese School of Luanda and also in the development of branches outside the capital.

“We’ll make investments in order to serve a greater number of students who want to follow the Portuguese curriculum”, he stressed.

In the presence of the two dignitaries, as part of António Costa’s visit agenda, on Monday Angola and Portugal signed 13 new legal instruments in the sectors of finance, fisheries, construction, staff training, public administration and the port.

Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique and Sao Tome and Principe are part of the PALOP countries

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

Labour Code Procedure unifies rules

The Draft Labour Procedure Code, under debate at National Assembly’s Specialised Commissions, is intended to bring together and systematising the separated rules in this branch.

The intention is to provide greater legal certainty and security, the Secretary of State for Justice, Evaristo Solano, said on Tuesday in Luanda.

As for the debate on the Bill in the Specialised Commissions, Evaristo Solano stated that the proposal comes up with norms that support the new General Labour Law.

Angolan National Assembly recently approved the Draft Labour Act in order to protect the rights and duties of the employee.

“We want to clarify the procedures, starting from the time required to file the actions, writing a request, the witnesses, waiting for the ruling and how to act in the face of this situation,” the official clarified.

So far, four chapters, of the 203-article Bill, have already been discussed and approved.

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

Turbine 3 of Luachimo dam resumes

The Turbine 3 of the Luachimo hydroelectric project, located in the eastern Lunda Norte province, has restarted production after the replacement of parts that were damaged in May of this year.

The turbine, with capacity to produce 8.5 megawatts of electricity, was out of service for almost a month due to a technical fault during tests.

The recovery of turbine 3 allowed the infrastructure to start producing 17 of the 34 planned, providing power to Dundo city and its surroundings, the director of GAMEK project, Joaquim Garcia, has announced.

He added that the two of the four planned turbines, with 8.5 megawatts each, were currently in experimental production.

The assembly of the last two turbines with the same production capacities (8.5) is in the final stages and should start production in the next few days.

He said that the dam will start producing the planned 34 megawatts by November of this year.

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)