Forbes Africa Magazine Honors Benedict Peters With Prestigious Oil & Gas Leader 2018 Award Recognizing His Entrepreneurial And Philanthropic Efforts

NEW YORK, Oct. 2, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Benedict Peters, CEO and Founder of Aiteo Group was bestowed the accolade of Oil & Gas Leader 2018 by Forbes Africa Magazine at a VIP reception in New York September 27, 2018.

International Recognition: Mike Perlis, CEO and Vice-Chairman of Forbes Media (L), presenting the Africa’s Oil and Gas Leader of the Year Award won by Benedict Peters, Executive Vice Chairman, Aiteo Group, at the “Best of Africa” event by Forbes International, to Francis Peters, Deputy Group Managing Director, Aiteo Group, at Forbes Headquarters in New York recently.

The Forbes Award recognized not only the entrepreneurial achievement of Mr. Peters in building Aiteo Group in the past 10 years since its 2008 formation into one of Africa’s fastest growing integrated energy businesses but also his commitment to bettering the life of people and societies across Africa by philanthropic engagement.

Since 2014, “Benny” has been Chairman of the Joseph Agro Foundation, a community level-based charity aiming to improve the lives of rural farmers through a combination of education and practical assistance.  Working with the Face Africa organization he has helped bring clean drinking water and improved sanitation to some 25,000 people in Liberia.  A keen believer in the power of sport to motivate and inspire youth, Benny has also provided support to sports, sponsoring the Nigeria Football Federation for a five-year period, providing assistance to the Confederation of African Football Awards and the Aiteo Cup.

Another initiative pursued by Mr. Peters is tackling the issue of internally displaced persons within Nigeria through contributions to the Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency.  Some 2 million people face economic hardship and poverty which is a barrier to social well-being and economic prosperity which he is determined to champion.

On presenting the award Mike Perlis, Vice-Chairman of Forbes Media said, “recipients are singled out for their work in bringing prosperity to all 55 countries of the African continent.

On Receiving the Oil & Gas Leader 2018 Award from Forbes Benedict Peters commented, “This award motivates us to broaden our vision for the continent, despite all odds, and accelerate her economic transformation. We believe that Africa has what it takes to lead the world and we will continue to push the frontiers of development through our investments in people and technology.

About Aiteo Group
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Report by Public Health Experts Laments “Missed Opportunity” as World Health Organization Debates Global Tobacco Policy

Knowledge Action Change  criticizes the World Health Organization for endorsing countries that ban e-cigarettes; says organization is ignoring international treaty that approves these lower- harm alternatives to smoking

GENEVA, Oct. 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — As delegates gather for the World Health Organization’s (WHO) biennial conference on tobacco, the authors of a new report, “No Fire, No Smoke: Global State of Tobacco Harm Reduction,” are fiercely criticizing the WHO’s record. The public health experts accuse the WHO of failing to comply with international treaty obligations to back reduced-harm alternatives to smoking. They deplore that the WHO instead recommends bans on e-cigarettes—a move that has been implemented by dozens of countries.

The authors of No Fire, No Smoke say that lower-risk alternatives such as e-cigarettes, heat-not-burn devices, and Swedish snus have been hugely successful at reducing smoking. Yet they say that the WHO has displayed a historic hostility to them.

“The WHO ignores its own treaty that obliges signatories to adopt the harm-reduction approach of encouraging safer nicotine products. This is a tragic missed opportunity to stop one billion lives being claimed by smoking this century,” said Professor Gerry Stimson of Knowledge Action Change (London), which commissioned the report.

The report lists the 39 countries where e-cigarettes or nicotine liquids are banned, including Australia, Thailand, and Saudi Arabia. The European Union allows e-cigarettes but bans the pasteurized oral tobacco product snus that is exceptionally popular in Scandinavia.

Following the introduction of snus in Norway, the smoking rate among young women plummeted from 30% to just 1%. In the United States, the rapid growth in e-cigarette use has been accompanied by a decrease in smoking among school-aged children, with numbers dropping by half over the last 6 years. Meanwhile, in Japan, the success of heated tobacco products has seen cigarette sales fall by a quarter over the last 2 years.

“In examining the data, it has been striking how closely tied the availability of these substitutes is to plunging smoking rates. Whatever the motivation for countries banning them, they need to realize that such policies make them the tobacco industry’s best friends,” said Harry Shapiro, the lead author of the report.

While the Europe Union has made snus illegal, in several Asia-Pacific countries, bans on using e-cigarettes cause the most concern.

“Many of the vapers I represent live in fear of getting arrested for trying to save their lives. Their countries allow deadly cigarettes but ban much safer e-cigarettes because the WHO has encouraged bans,” said Nancy Sutthoff of the consumer group International Network of Nicotine Consumers Organisations.

The WHO policy making conference will be attended by representatives of 181 countries. All 181 countries have ratified the WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, which obliges them to incorporate harm reduction. However, the WHO event is far from inclusive: in previous years, it has banned consumers, journalists, and bodies including Interpol from attending.

The “No Fire, No Smoke: Global State of Tobacco Harm Reduction” report and this press release are published by Knowledge Action Change, a private sector public health agency.

GRA detains unstamped products in factories and shops

Accra- The Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) on Tuesday embarked on the final phase of enforcement of the excise tax stamp policy initiated by the Government and has detained products of affected companies and shops.

During the exercise, products, which had no tax stamp affixed on them were impounded at the Achimota Mall branch of Shoprite.

Some of the products seized included bottled water (Voltic Mineral Water and Special Ice), carbonated drinks (Fanta, Coca Cola, and Sprite), alcoholic beverages, energy drinks among others.

The GRA Team also prevented products of BSC Beverages Ghana Limited, the producers and distributors of Pepsi and its associated carbonated drinks, from being sent to the market until they had been duly stamped.

The Team also prevented products of the Accra Brewery Limited (ABL), from going out of the production centre because they were not stamped with the excise tax stamp.

At ABL, the management withheld the Team of GRA from entering the premises to ascertain whether or not the products had been duly stamped but later engaged the leadership of the GRA Team in a closed-door meeting.

Prior to the closed door meeting, Mr Philip Redman, the ABL Country Director for Ghana, said the company was not making any statement on the situation but would in due time issue a statement to that effect.

After the meeting, Mr Seth Dwira, the Deputy Commissioner in charge of Operations at Customs Division of GRA, told the media that the company had pleaded with the Authority to commence stamping with the excise tax stamp from December, this year.

MrDwira said, however, the Authority was unwilling to compromise on enforcing the policy because it was important for every company to comply with the Authority’s directive to raise more revenue to finance state projects.

At BSC Beverages Ghana Limited, more than 40 trucks loaded with unstamped carbonated drinks were ready for the market when the GRA officials stopped them.

The management of BSC Beverages Ghana Limited declined comments on the situation.

Meanwhile, at GIHOC Distilleries, the situation was different as they had complied with Government’s directives and embossed all products with the excise tax stamp.

Mr Maxwell Kofi Jumah, the Managing Director of GIHOC Distilleries, urged all companies to comply with the policy to assist the Government.

MrKwabenaApauAnto, the Chief Revenue Officer at GRA and the Head of Excise Unit, commended the GIHOC Distilleries for complying with the policy and assisting Government to generate more revenue to implement outstanding projects.

In a media briefing after the day’s exercise, MrApauAnto said the Authority had created all the needed suitable condition for stakeholders to comply with the directives but some remained unconcerned.

He said the products that had been detained would attract a penalty of up to 300 per cent, adding that any product without the excise tax stamp was not leaving the various factories.

He said the officers of the GRA would be stationed at the various factories for 24 hours to ensure that no product left the factories to the market until compliance was achieved.

MrApauAnto said the policy was very significant because it would protect their products from being counterfeited, protect the health of consumers and it would also help to generate more revenue for government.

He urged the public to always look out for products with the excise tax stamp and desist from patronising products without the stamp to both protect their health and help Government to raise more revenue for developmental projects.

Source: Ghana News Agency

GRA detains unstamped products in factories and shops

Accra- The Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) on Tuesday embarked on the final phase of enforcement of the excise tax stamp policy initiated by the Government and has detained products of affected companies and shops.

During the exercise, products, which had no tax stamp affixed on them were impounded at the Achimota Mall branch of Shoprite.

Some of the products seized included bottled water (Voltic Mineral Water and Special Ice), carbonated drinks (Fanta, Coca Cola, and Sprite), alcoholic beverages, energy drinks among others.

The GRA Team also prevented products of BSC Beverages Ghana Limited, the producers and distributors of Pepsi and its associated carbonated drinks, from being sent to the market until they had been duly stamped.

The Team also prevented products of the Accra Brewery Limited (ABL), from going out of the production centre because they were not stamped with the excise tax stamp.

At ABL, the management withheld the Team of GRA from entering the premises to ascertain whether or not the products had been duly stamped but later engaged the leadership of the GRA Team in a closed-door meeting.

Prior to the closed door meeting, Mr Philip Redman, the ABL Country Director for Ghana, said the company was not making any statement on the situation but would in due time issue a statement to that effect.

After the meeting, Mr Seth Dwira, the Deputy Commissioner in charge of Operations at Customs Division of GRA, told the media that the company had pleaded with the Authority to commence stamping with the excise tax stamp from December, this year.

MrDwira said, however, the Authority was unwilling to compromise on enforcing the policy because it was important for every company to comply with the Authority’s directive to raise more revenue to finance state projects.

At BSC Beverages Ghana Limited, more than 40 trucks loaded with unstamped carbonated drinks were ready for the market when the GRA officials stopped them.

The management of BSC Beverages Ghana Limited declined comments on the situation.

Meanwhile, at GIHOC Distilleries, the situation was different as they had complied with Government’s directives and embossed all products with the excise tax stamp.

Mr Maxwell Kofi Jumah, the Managing Director of GIHOC Distilleries, urged all companies to comply with the policy to assist the Government.

MrKwabenaApauAnto, the Chief Revenue Officer at GRA and the Head of Excise Unit, commended the GIHOC Distilleries for complying with the policy and assisting Government to generate more revenue to implement outstanding projects.

In a media briefing after the day’s exercise, MrApauAnto said the Authority had created all the needed suitable condition for stakeholders to comply with the directives but some remained unconcerned.

He said the products that had been detained would attract a penalty of up to 300 per cent, adding that any product without the excise tax stamp was not leaving the various factories.

He said the officers of the GRA would be stationed at the various factories for 24 hours to ensure that no product left the factories to the market until compliance was achieved.

MrApauAnto said the policy was very significant because it would protect their products from being counterfeited, protect the health of consumers and it would also help to generate more revenue for government.

He urged the public to always look out for products with the excise tax stamp and desist from patronising products without the stamp to both protect their health and help Government to raise more revenue for developmental projects.

Source: Ghana News Agency

37 Military Hospital receives beds from Philanthropist

Accra Mrs Cynthia Adjei, the Chief Executive Officer of Lysaro 3L Company Limited, dealers in magic detergents, on Tuesday donated 30 beds, assorted detergents and toiletries worth GH70,000.00 to the 37 Military Hospital in Accra.

She explained that she was compelled to donate after her sick mother could not secure a bed to sleep on when she was referred to two hospitals in Accra.

MrsAdjei noted that although the 37 Military Hospital did not have a bed for her sick mother at that time, the Hospital did not turn her away but offered her the needed services.

She said because she was hit by the No bed syndrome, she decided to give the items as her widow’s might to support the operations of the Hospital.

MrsAdjei said she had purchased over 140 quality beds and two other ambulances to support the health sector in the country.

She appealed to individuals who could lend a hand to donate to community health facilities so they could offer improved services.

Brigadier General Michael AkwasiYeboahAgyapong, the Commander of the 37 Military Hospital, who received the items, commended MrsAdjei for the donation.

He said the Hospital did not only lack beds but also needed mattresses and space.

He said the beds could also be used as Cardiac beds for resuscitation.

Source: Ghana News Agency