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The Volta Regional Minister, Dr Archibald Yao Letsa, has cautioned assemblies in the region against corrupt practices as those caught will not be shielded.

“We will not shield those assemblies anymore. We will hand them over to the police, and there will be no excuses,” Dr Letsa said, adding that the inaction on the part of oversight bodies caused corrupt practices to spread across the assemblies

 

He, therefore, called for a strong will to maintain ethical and professional standards.

Performance contract

Dr Letsa gave the caution at the opening of a performance contract signing durbar for the region.

He said the Volta Regional Coordinating Council (VRCC) would pursue what he called “criminal gangs and cartels” who were the scams of local assembly corruption.

“Whatever you are doing, you must remember that the day of reckoning will surely come. We don’t show interest in things that don’t bring money to our pockets.

They are only interested in the common fund so they can cook up contracts and award them to themselves. Money meant to build facilities are ending up in people’s pockets," he stated

Dr Letsa called on heads of the assemblies to show strong leadership aWe need strong leaders who are not compromised and polluted by the technocrats in the assembly. You must have the willpower to check corruption. Do what you have been given to do. If you are compromised for the first time, the whole four years is compromised,” he said.

Rot

Dr Letsa revealed some rot uncovered by the Regional Coordinating Council and detailed how an individual who was paid GH¢550,000 as a consultant by one of the assemblies turned out to be an illiterate barber.

“These things should not be happening. Once we do things like these, we are not serving our people. We are diverting money meant for the people into our own pockets. Why can’t we add some dignity and self-respect to our lives?” he asked.

 endeavor to resist the forces of corruption lurking within the local government structure.

We need strong leaders who are not compromised and polluted by the technocrats in the assembly. You must have the willpower to check corruption. Do what you have been given to do. If you are compromised for the first time, the whole four years is compromised,” he said.

Rot

Dr Letsa revealed some rot uncovered by the Regional Coordinating Council and detailed how an individual who was paid GH¢550,000 as a consultant by one of the assemblies turned out to be an illiterate barber.

“These things should not be happening. Once we do things like these, we are not serving our people. We are diverting money meant for the people into our own pockets. Why can’t we add some dignity and self-respect to our lives?” he asked.

He commended all departments working with the VRCC for their dedication to service, with exceptional commendation to the records department.

The Head of the Department of Human Resources of the VRCC, Mr Cyril Dzinyanu Xatse, commended the Office of the Head of the Local Government Service for instituting the Performance Management System regime.

He said it provided an “objective and unbiased” approach to performance measurement in the Service and further expressed gratitude to municipal and district assemblies in the region for making the conference a reality.

For his part, the acting Coordinating Director of the VRCC, Mr Prosper Afenyo, said punctuality remained a major impediment to local governance delivery. — GNA

 

 

 

 
 

 

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Sunday, 05 September 2021 00:00

AIB Investigates Aircraft Incident At KIA

The Accident Investigations Bureau (AIB) has commenced investigations into an aircraft incident that occurred at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) on Friday, September 03, 2021.

A press statement by the Management of the Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL) said at 2235 hours on Friday, KLM Royal Dutch

Airlines Flight (KL590) bound for Amsterdam, aborted take-off via Runway 21 at the Airport.

It said that was after the pilot reported a bird strike close to the windshield of the aircraft.

The statement said the "Rescue and Fire Fighting Service (RFFS) of GACL was at the scene immediately to provide emergency fire cover."

It said the aircraft was subsequently towed to the parking bay where passengers disembarked and were transported to various hotels around the Airport.

The statement said meanwhile, the airline had commenced processes to get passengers back to their final destinations as soon as possible and that investigations into the cause of the incident had commenced.

It assured the public that the Ghana Airports Company Limited had a "robust Wildlife Management System in place" and remained committed to the highest safety standards at the airport.


Bird strike, also known as, bird ingestion, birds hit, or bird aircraft strike hazard - is a collision between an airborne animal and a moving vehicle, usually an aircraft.

It ranks among the most potent threat for aviation around the world and has caused a number of accidents with human casualties.

A survey by International Civil Aviation Organisation, including data from 91 countries found out that airlines face an average of 34 bird strikes in a day.

The damage, if translated to money amounts to more than $1 billion annually.

A bird strike may cause broken windshield /canopy, engine failure (single or multiple engines), hydraulic problems, precautionary approach, handling difficulties, electrical problems, landing gear problems and crew incapacitation among others.

 

 

 

 

 

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has commissioned the 2.1 million dollar rubber processing plant at Wassa Dompim, in the Wassa East District of the Western Region.

The Narubiz Rubber Factory is a 100% Ghanaian owned company with current capacity to process 20 tonnes of rubber daily for export to Turkey, Malaysia, and Hong Kong.



The factory is expected to export a total volume of 6,240 tonnes of processed rubber annually, amounting to USD9.6 million of forex into the economy.

The project is owned by three shareholders, each of them having a rubber plantation of 200 acres and more.

The factory, whose construction began on February 10, 2020, currently offers direct and indirect employment to over 1,340 employees, including out-growers, latex harvesters, farm maintenance workers and transporters.

The company is sourcing its raw materials from Western, Western North and Central Regions and this is going to boost rubber production in these catchment areas.

The Ghana Commercial Bank provided a USD1.38 million loan facility to the company out of the USD2.1 million used to put up the plant, under the One District-One Factory Initiative, being implemented by the Ministry of Trade and Industry.

Commissioning the factory at the commencement of his two-day tour of the Western Region, President Akufo-Addo noted that the siting of the factory in the Western Region would encourage more Ghanaians to engage in the cultivation of natural rubber in the catchment area, as well as other neighbouring regions to feed the state-of-the-art factory.

With Ghana’s emerging automobile industry, he expressed confidence that the factory would play a critical role in the development of component parts for the auto industry.

These include vehicle tyres, car seats and fan belts, which could be produced from the raw materials currently being manufactured from Narubiz Rubber Factory.

President Akufo-Addo commended the business promoters and traditional authorities of the area for their unflinching support for the project.

He also commended the GCB Bank for providing the loan facility for the establishment of the factory.

He said the factory had been granted import duty exemptions on plant, equipment, and machinery from the Government, which among other incentives, had been designed to boost the competitiveness of the companies operating under the One District-One Factory programme.

Government through the Ministry of Trade & Industry has supported Narubiz with Interest subsidies, exemption on machinery and equipment, as well as a transformer for the smooth operations of the company.

 

 

 

 

 

Source: GNA

 

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Ghana is in the process of completing the ratification of the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products.

The Protocol is an international treaty with the objective of eliminating all forms of illicit trade in tobacco products through a package of measures to be taken by countries, acting in cooperation with each other.

Ghana is an eligible party to the protocol by extension of her subscription to the World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC).

Dr Olivia Agyekumwaa Boateng, Head of Tobacco and Substances Abuse Department, Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) and the WHO FCTC Technical Focal Person for tobacco control in Ghana, said in line with the WHO FCTC stipulations, Parliament had examined and acceded to the provisions of the Protocol.

She noted that the Protocol was yet to receive Presidential assent, after which it would be deposited with the United Nations Secretariat for it to become effective.

Dr Boateng stated this in an interview with the Ghana News Agency on the sideline of the Tobacco Control Capacity Programme (TCCP), Dissemination and Engagement Meeting in Accra organised by the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) School of Public Health.

She said the Illicit Trade in Tobacco Protocol was a significant milestone in the history of tobacco control and highlighted the relevance of the protocol, especially in securing the supply chain of tobacco products nationally and globally.

Dr Boateng said Ghana had taken many steps to regulate the tobacco product supply chain in the country, including regulatory oversight on the registration of tobacco companies, tobacco imports, sale and supply through inspections and other monitoring activities.

Various requirements have also been set to enhance the easy identification of licit tobacco products on the market.

She said, “These are all measures adopted to control the infiltration of our market with illicit tobacco products. For example, tobacco product labeling intended for the Ghanaian market should include, ‘FOR SALE IN GHANA ONLY’, emission statements and pictorial health warnings validated for use in Ghana.”

She also indicated that, within the protocol were recommendations for countries to advance their laws to ensure that illicit tobacco trade came to a halt.

Dr Boateng said the Protocol contained a range of measures to combat illicit trade distribution in three categories: Preventing Illicit Trade, Promoting Law Enforcement and Providing Legal Basis for International Corporation.

She said for it to be effective, the Protocol provided for intensive international and local stakeholder engagement and cooperation; hence, stakeholders' commitment and support to the initiative against the tobacco menace was critical to its successful implementation in Ghana.

Dr Boateng said the FDA in collaboration with the Vision for Alternative Development (VALD) hosted an Inter-Agency Meeting targeted at facilitating discussions in domesticating the protocol and commended the stakeholders.

 
 

 

 

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Sunday, 05 September 2021 00:00

Notorious Prepaid Meter Thief Arrested - PHOTO

 
 

A notorious suspected prepaid meter thief one Mohammed Sualisu has been arrested in Tamale in the Northern Region.

Mohammed Sualisu is said to have been a wanted person by the Northern Electricity Distribution Company (NEDCo) since last year for allegedly stealing power meters of customers in the region.

Mohammed Sualisu is alleged to have stolen several prepaid meters from their customer’s homes.

Some NEDCo customers in the region reported to the office that their prepaid meters have been stolen under strange circumstances which prompted NEDCo to flag those meters in their system.

One Mohammed Osman, a NEDCo customer went to buy power and the system detected that the meter was flagged and he was arrested.

Mohammed Osman then led NEDCo officials to Mohammed Sualisu as the person who sold the prepaid meter to him and he was subsequently arrested.

Mohammed Sualisu was arrested with two stolen prepaid meters in his custody.

They have arraigned before the Tamale District Magistrate court presided by His Worship Amadu Issifu and remanded into police custody.

They have been charged with stealing and will reappear in court on September 10, 2021.

The Northern Electricity Distribution Company (NEDCo) Public Relations Officer, Alhassan Ababa, said the illegal connection has remained the bane of NEDCo’s success and the creeping canker of meter theft.

“This menace if not checked will lead to the collapse of the company. We are therefore appealing to the general public to help NEDCo combat all antisocial activities from our various communities to guarantee the survival of the sole electricity distributor in Northern Ghana.”


 

 

 

 

 

Source: Daily Guide

 

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Leading Global ICT Company, Huawei has donated an ultramodern intelligent Video Conferencing Facility to Ghana’s Ministry of Communications to facilitate effective remote communication and meetings as well us support its activities and operations to aid the Ministry’s digital transformation agenda.

The donation which took place on Friday, August 20, 2021, at the Ministry of Communication Office Complex saw the unveiling of a fully installed video conferencing facility with all the needed accessories to facilitate clear interaction between the ministry staff and stakeholders in any virtual session.

 

Receiving the items on behalf of the Ministry, Mrs. Ursula Owusu Ekuful (MP), expressed gratitude to Huawei for their continuous support of the sector and Ghana's digitalization drive. “We are pleased to have Huawei as the Strategic ICT Partner of the Government of Ghana and as the Ministry at the forefront of Ghana’s digital transformation drive, we will continue to engage with Huawei to leverage on their wealth of global expertise to develop our ICT Infrastructure and skills of the citizenry to make Ghana the ICT Hub for the Sub-Region.



Managing Director at Huawei Ghana, Tommy Zhouwei said; “As a responsible corporate citizen, Huawei is actively participating in Ghana's digital strategy, promoting the development and prosperity of the digital economy, and contributing to the realization of the vision of a "Ghana Beyond Aid.

 

Under the guidance of the Ghana Government's development strategy, Huawei continues to work with partners to introduce cutting-edge ICT technologies and actively participate in Ghana's ICT infrastructure development and this donation is a testament to our commitment towards a Smart Ghana. “

Mr. Zhou added that, through the donation, Huawei hopes to support the activities of the Ministry, at the same time aiding the fight against COVID-19 by reducing physical meetings while promoting remote communications and interactions between the Ministry and stakeholders.

 

 

 

 

Source: Peacefmonline.com

 

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Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has launched and handed over 350,000 laptops under the ‘One Teacher One Laptop’ programme in fulfillment of government’s pledge to equip Ghana’s teachers with the requisite ICT skills to prepare the next generation for the Fourth Industrial revolution.

At a brief but colourful ceremony at the campus of the St Mary’s Senior High School, Accra on Friday 3rd September 2021 Dr Bawumia, assisted by the Minister for Education, Hon Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum; the Director-General of the Ghana Education Service, Prof Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa; and the leadership of Teacher Unions, handed over the first of these laptops, known as the TM1 (Teachers Mate 1) to the 71 teachers of the school.



“Effective teaching and learning is critical to developing the human capacity for work, innovation and creativity; necessary ingredients for capacity building. Teachers are the indispensable pillars of this necessary capacity building. This initiative, in collaboration with the Teacher Unions, is to support the vision of the Ghana Education Service of creating an enabling environment to facilitate effective teaching and learning” Dr Bawumia stated.

Under the initiative, Government is to provide every teacher in Ghana, from Kindergarten to the Senior High School level, with a laptop preloaded with educational materials and with access to an E-Library equipped with books recommended by the GES on the various subjects. The materials can be accessed whether online or offline, and with free Wi-Fi available in 722 Senior High Schools across the country, access to the almost innumerable resources available on the internet is expected to aid research, teaching and learning.



The State would take up 70% of the cost of the laptop, while the teacher makes up the difference. The laptop, however, becomes the personal property of the teacher and serves the benefit of providing a tool for developing the teacher’s professional and personal capacity.

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This shift to ICT-based teaching and learning has many benefits for both teachers and students, according to experts in education. With the curriculum materials already installed onto the laptops, the suggested lesson notes prepared by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NaCCA) can be downloaded onto the laptops and used to end the burdensome task of writing lesson notes into notebooks.

This would perfectly be in tandem with the fifth skill and competence under the new standards-based curriculum, the promotion of digital literacy.


The laptops would also help in the field of assessment. The filling of School-Based Assessment, report cards, cumulative records, and the building of learners’ individual portfolios would become easier if each teacher owns a laptop.

 

 

 
 

 

 

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The Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana (PCG), Rt. Rev. Prof. Joseph Obiri Yeboah Mante, has described those who are not enthused about government’s Agenda 111 as witches.

For him, the country lacks good healthcare infrastructure and if government has now decided to construct more hospitals, he cannot understand why people should be pessimistic about the initiative.

Agenda 111 is a government initiative which aims at making Ghana the centre of excellence in health care by 2030.

The President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Tuesday, August 17, 2021 cut the sod for the commencement of the construction of the Trede District Hospital in the Atwima Kwanwoma district of the Ashanti Region.

The ceremony formed part of the Agenda 111 to construct 101 district hospitals in districts without district hospitals, two psychiatric hospitals for the middle and the southern belts, seven regional hospitals and the rehabilitation of the Accra psychiatric hospital.

 

Each of the hospitals would be built at the cost of $12.8 million and another $4.8 million would be spent to equip them bringing the total cost of each of the hospitals to $17.60 million and it is expected to be completed within 18 months.

According to the president, about $6 billion is spent annually by Africans to seek medical care abroad and was hopeful that when completed, the sector could generate about $2 million to the country’s GDP annually.

Rt. Rev. Prof. Mante, who was speaking at a programme in the Central Region, expressed worry over how some Ghanaians have allowed politics to clout their thoughts on good initiatives.

 

 

 

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Spending less on food. Drawing down on retirement savings. Dropping out of the workforce altogether.

Last year, the United States massively expanded unemployment aid as Covid-19 broke out. But in the coming days those benefits will end, forcing millions of jobless Americans -- some of whom haven't worked for the entire pandemic -- to make hard choices about how they will get by in an economy newly menaced by the Delta variant.

"I have no idea how we would survive, just on my daughter's income," said Deborah Lee, an unemployed phlebotomist in Arizona who is recovering from a Covid outbreak that affected her daughter and two of her three granddaughters.

 

The government-funded programs that increased weekly payments and gave aid to the long-term unemployed and freelancers were credited with keeping the United States from an even worse economic collapse last year.

In recent months they have become controversial, with some states ending them early and arguing they encouraged people not to return to jobs that Covid-19 vaccines made safe, though studies have disputed that contention.

From September 6 they will end nationwide, and while economists don't expect them to meaningfully dent the US economy's recovery from its 2020 debacle, they'll undoubtedly up the pressure on the unemployed.

"I think it's going to be an underappreciated event in the economy," said Andrew Stettner of progressive think tank The Century Foundation, predicting that 7.5 million people will be relying on the programs when they end.

"It'll be kind of a silent crisis."

- 'Screwed over' -

The expansion of the unemployment safety net occurred in March 2020, when Congress rushed to blunt the emerging pandemic with $2.2 trillion in spending through the CARES Act rescue package.

While never meant to be permanent, the benefits were reauthorized twice, most recently in the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan enacted by President Joe Biden and his Democratic allies in Congress last March.

 
 

 

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