Government urged to build an iconic tower at Centre of the world

Tema, Mr Azonko Simpi, Chief Executive Officer, World Time Limited has urged government to build an iconic tower at the centre of the world on the Greenwich Meridian in Tema.

He said such an iconic tower should have facilities for both local and international conferences; adding that it would serve as a huge tourists’ attraction, since people could travel from both within and outside Ghana to have their weddings and other ceremonies at the centre of the world.

Mr Azonko made the appeal in Tema at the Ghana 60 Years On � AU @ 54 public lecture on the theme Ghana Centre of the World Leads Africa from GMT to UTC Time.

The lecture was organised as part of activities marking Ghana’s 60th Anniversary and the African Union’s 54th Anniversary.

Speaking on the topic Tema � land at the Centre of the World, Mr Azonko, who gave a historical overview of Tema, called for the celebration of Tema as the centre of the world.

He said Tema is multicultural city on the Greenwich after London; and therefore, called for the strengthening of the Greenwich Sister City Initiative.

He said the Presbyterian Church Temple in Community One, Tema was the first Presby Church on the Greenwich Meridian.

He said on October 7, this year, the world would be marking the 280th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar under which the Greenwich Mean Time was developed; stating there was the need for the issue of Tema as the Centre of the world to be highlighted.

He announced that on June 17, Tema would be hosting the African Renaissance Classical Music Festival.

Mr Felix Mensah Nii Anang-La, Tema Metropolitan Assembly (TMA) Chief Executive Officer, said the lecture marked a significant milestone in their quest to promote tourism in Ghana.

He said it was their plan to re-position Ghana on the global tourism map; adding that this project sought to make Tema a pivotal city around which migration from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to UTC (Coordinated Universal Time).

He said TMA would create and offer an enabling environment to fully harness the opportunities that come with the Ghana � Centre of the World project.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Chief advises contractors not to pay bribes

Accra, Nana Dr Osei-Bonsu, the Divisional Chief of Ashanti Juaben, on Thursday, advised contractors to refrain from paying bribes to officialdom to secure contracts since that would eventually hurt them.

Nana Osei-Bonsu, who is also the President of the Ghana Chamber of Commerce and Industry, entreated contractors to convince the tender committees that award contracts that, they had the competencies to deliver a quality work instead of being favoured and at the end of the day deliver a sub-standard project.

Don’t pay bribes but let’s convince them that we can do the work and after the work is fully completed and quality work done, and you have so much profit, anyone who helped you in the way, you can buy a nice cloth and say God bless you, he said.

Nana Osei-Bonsu gave the advice at the 9th Annual Convention and Exhibition of the Association of Building and Civil Engineering Contractors of Ghana (ABCECG), in Accra.

The event was held on the theme: Promoting an Effective Construction Industry for Sustainable Development-The Need for a Regulator.

The occasion was also used to launch a five-year strategic plan of the Association that would streamline its activities and equip members to be abreast of the modern trend in the sector and promote creativity and innovation.

Nana Osei-Bonsu added his voice to call for early payment of contractors, saying construction requires money therefore if government delayed in paying us, it makes it difficult for us to raise money to undertake other projects.

Mr Martin Kwasi Nnuro, the National President of ABCECG, said the Association would continue to strengthen and collaborate with the governmental agencies for their mutual benefit.

He mentioned delayed payment of projects executed by the members as one of the challenges facing them and expressed optimism that the new government would address it.

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Alan John Kwadwo Kyeremanteng, in a speech read on his behalf, pledged government’s commitment to support the establishment of a regulatory body for the construction industry.

The regulatory body, which would be known as Construction Industry Development Authority, would champion the regulation and strategic development of the construction sector and formulation of regulations, standards and codes to guide practices and procedures.

The minister said the regulatory body would also advise government on relevant aspects of the construction industry, register contractors and consultants, and enterprises linked to the construction industry, as well as suppliers of materials, and monitor and control their performances.

He reiterated government’s commitment to creating an enabling environment for the construction sector to thrive and contribute to the growth of the economy.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Rotary Club strengthens presence in rural communities

Ntinanko, (Ash), ,Rotary Club of Kumasi East, has upped its drive to instil the culture of volunteerism and service to humanity among the people.

This is being done through the rotary community corps initiative, under which its members in rural communities are encouraged to lead the development of these areas.

Inaugurating the Ntinanko Rotary Community Corps in the Asante-Bekwai Municipality, Rotarian P. A. G. Sowah, the Assistant Governor for Africa, said it was important for everybody to accept to work together to make the society a better place.

He reminded the members to show care, and to be at the forefront of the effort at bring development to their communities.

They should initiate and implement projects that would contribute to the improvement of the living conditions of the people.

The Ntinanko Corps has more than 65 members and was formed and sponsored by Rotary Club of Kumasi East.

Rotarian Sowah, said ‘Rotary’ a worldwide charitable society of business and professional people, was focused on the pillars of peace, maternal and child care, water and sanitation, health and disease prevention and community development.

The objective, he indicated, was to ensure that the vulnerable and people in deprived rural communities had access to these to live normal lives.

He said through the sacrifices and contribution of the members, many in deprived communities across the world, had received support, which had helped to improve their lot.

Rotarian Sowah, who is also the District Chairman of Rotary Community Corps, urged members to be self- disciplined to become role models in the community.

The Chairman of the Rotary Club of Kumasi East, Rotarian Akwasi Kyeremanteng Mensah Aborampah, said the Corps was formed at Ntinanko because of the commitment and dedication of the people in the community to utilize and maintain development projects provided for the community by the Club.

He applauded the community members for embracing volunteerism and the care for others and said they would continue to support them to undertake projects to improve on their lives.

Rotarian Emmanuel Adu Gyamfi, President of the Ntinanko Community Corps, thanked Rotary Club for the support and accepting them to be part of the rotary fraternity.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Ghana renews commitment to AU

Accra, Ghana on Thursday renewed her commitment towards the building of a strong and more vibrant African Union (AU), to enable the continent take its rightful position in the world.

Mrs Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, said Ghana would continue to invest tremendous political and financial capital towards the future of the AU.

Speaking at the flag-raising ceremony to mark the 54th AU Day in Accra, Mrs Botchwey said: For the Government therefore, this 54th Anniversary is not a celebration of the past, but an opportunity to renew Ghana’s commitment to an organisation that we were very instrumental in founding.

The event on the theme Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investment in the Youth; was attended by traditional rulers, members of the Diplomatic community in Ghana, Ministers of state, Parliamentarians, members of the security forces, the clergy and students.

Mrs Botchwey and Mrs Pavelyn Tenda Musaka, the Zimbabwean High Commissioner to Ghana and Dean of the Diplomatic Community jointly inspected a guard of honour parade mounted by members of the security forces.

Mrs Botchwey said the theme for the celebration could not be more appropriate considering significance and centrality of the youth in the present context of national development and their aspirations towards continental prosperity.

She said it was a statement of fact that the youth in all nations were the bedrock of national development and therefore, had an interest in policies and institutions that concerned and shaped their future.

In spite of this, we are confronted with daunting statistics that indicate that the youth are being giving the priority that they deserve, both in the formulation of individual government policies across African countries and at the continental level.

They are in several instances the first casualties in armed conflicts and of the stark realities of poorly managed economies and of the competition for political power, she said.

As leaders and policy framers, we need to make a clear statement and focus our collective attention on unleashing the energies of Africa’s youth towards national development and ultimately continental unity and prosperity.

After all they are our future leaders, the Foreign Minister added.

She said: On this note, it is imperative to state that it is our collective responsibility, particularly the youth, to commit to the preservation of the rich and irreplaceable heritage bequeathed to us by our heroic forebears.

May our shared vision of ‘An integrated prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the international arena’ soon become a reality.

Mrs Botchwey hailed the pioneering role Ghana’s first President, Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah played as a pillar in the formation of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), the predecessor of the AU, was founded on May 25, 1963, in Addis Baba, Ethiopia.

The AU was formed in the wake of the collective quest by African leaders, at the time, to work together in seeking the political emancipation of the African continent from the shackles of colonialism and the ills of imperialism.

Currently the AU Day is being observed as a statutory public holiday in Ghana, The Gambia, Mali, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

President Alpha Conde of Guinea, AU Chairman, in a statement read on his behalf by Mrs Musaka paid a heartfelt tribute to the founding fathers of the AU.

He urged African leaders to invest in the youth, who were the future leaders for the continent’s socio-economic development.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Ethiopian Airlines sets to assist Ghana get National Carrier

Accra, The Ethiopian Airlines (ET) has expressed interest in assisting Ghana set up a National Carrier.

Mr Tewolde Gabrielmariam, the Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, made this known when he called on the Minister of Aviation, Mrs Cecilia Abena Dapaah at her office in Accra.

He outlined the desire of the Airlines to re-establish the partnership Ethiopian Airlines once had with Ghana Airways.

He told the Minister that ET had sought to get involved in the set-up of a new Airline in the past but was overlooked before Togo showed interest, which led to the setting up of ASKY.

He said ASKY was set up without any financial cost to the Government of Togo.

He said the Company believe that every country on the Africa Continent needed a home carrier because aviation was a strategic asset for any country.

But we insist that Home carrier must be run professionally, he added.

Mr Tewolde gave example of models of the African Sky (ASKY) that has worked well in West Africa, which started in 2010 as a privately owned Airline but based in Togo and now has eight Aircraft and made profit in 2015.

Ghana can also set up ASKY Ghana, he said.

The Minister expressed praises for Ethiopian Airlines and commended the Airline for thriving very well on the Continent.

She said Ghana could learn a lot from ET in the Spirit of South- South Co-operation, adding that the Minister was awaiting Cabinet approval to start the modalities for the new National Airline.

She said government as part of its vision was poised to making Ghana the Aviation hub of Africa and government also intended to establish an Aviation academy to train its pilots and cabin crew to equip the airline.

She said Ghana will, therefore, tap from the rich resource experience of the Airline to establish ours.

She expressed the hope that the preliminary discussions would lead to greater partnerships to see the establishment of the airline.

Ethiopian Airlines has been flying to Ghana for 57 years and it is Africa’s largest Airline and the most Profitable.

It currently flies the most modern Aircraft in the World the Boeing B787 Dreamliner and the Airbus A350.

Source: Ghana News Agency