GSA Sensitises Oil Marketing Companies on newly introduced digital platform

Accra, – The Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) has held a sensitisation programme to educate Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) on its newly-introduced CoreOps platform as part of efforts to digitalise its operations.

The aim was to sensitise clients and customers on the GSA new system, regarding accessing services, helping customers familiarize themselves with the functionalities once they land on the website and also understanding the advantages and benefits.

The initiative, which is ongoing to ensure that all customers of the Authority are covered, is a collaboration between the Metrology, IT, and the Corporate Communications Directorate.

About 70 representatives of the Oil Marketing Companies participated, including Mr Kwaku Agyeman-Duah, Industry Coordinator of the Association of Oil Marketing Companies (AOMC).

Mr George Omane Twumasi, Director of Metrology at the GSA, highlighted the importance of the CoreOps and encouraged stakeholders to embrace the digital platform as it would enhance their services and speed up their work processes with the Authority.

“Over the years, GSA has been working with an age-old practice of using paper and clients having to come all the way to the Authority’s premises to access our services which created a lot of inconvenience in the past,” he said.

Mr Omane, while encouraging the stakeholders to make use of the GSA CoreOps, said the time was right for the Authority and its clients to make good use of technology to facilitate businesses.

“We should all be interested in the digitalisation of GSA’s core operational services as it will improve our services to our cherished customers,” he noted.

He assured the stakeholders of the Authority’s continued support and asked them to contact the GSA should they face any challenges accessing the CoreOps.

The Stakeholders were taken through a step-by-step procedure of how to access the digital platform.

Mr Agyeman Duah, Coordinator for the OMCs, expressed excitement and appealed to the GSA to be swift in responding to queries from the use of the platform should they arise.

The GSA CoreOps is a digital platform where the Authority’s operations will be easily accessed by the public for effective and timely delivery of our services.

So far, only the three arms of Metrology – Legal, Industrial and Scientific Metrology, have been migrated onto the CoreOps.

The other core operational services of the Authority are expected to be migrated in due course.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Kasoa Cops murder: Court for the third consecutive time unable to empanel jurors

Accra, – An Accra High Court presided over by Justice El-Freda Denkyi was unable to empanel jurors, for the third consecutive time, to commence the trial of Eric Kojo Duah, the alleged killer of two Kasoa police officers.

Duah allegedly shot and killed the two police officers on the Kasoa-Buduburam-Aprah road in August 2019.

When the case was called on Thursday morning, the judge said, “the Court is having challenges in getting the jurors present in court to be empanelled.”

The case was then adjourned to July 15, 2021, to get the jurors to ensure the hearing of the alleged murder case.

Lawyer of the accused person had applied for bail, but the prosecution said they were not served.

The accused is currently on remand.

Duah is being held on two counts of murder for allegedly shooting and killing General Lance Corporal Mohammed Awal and Lance Corporal Michael Dzamesi, who were on task force duty on the Kasoa- Buduburam-Accra road on August 28, 2019.

The Prosecution said the officers allegedly asked Duah, who was driving an unregistered vehicle to stop, but he ignored them.

According to the Prosecution, the officers who had a service vehicle under their command chased him and Duah pulled a pistol from his car and shot the officers in turns.

While Awal died instantly, Dzamesi died shortly after arriving at the hospital.

Source: Ghana News Agency

2023 African Games: Govt to complete University of Ghana Stadium

Government has decided to fully complete the University of Ghana Stadium to complement facilities which would be built at Borteyman for the 2023 African Games, Youth and Sports Minister, Mustapha Ussif has said.

Responding to an urgent question in Parliament on Wednesday, the Sports Minister announced that due to delays in starting the construction of a proposed 50,000 Olympic size Stadium in Borteyman for the Games as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, it has become apparent that the full stadium may not be completed on time, hence the decision by government to resort to its plan B.

In what the Minister described as a phased approach, government will now focus on completing the University of Ghana stadium at Legon and also building the Olympic stadium in Borteyman in phases by prioritising the urgent construction of facilities which the University of Ghana stadium doesn’t have

“After careful study of timelines, the Ministry in consultation with the LOC have decided to adopt a hybrid approach to construct the project in phases by leveraging on existing facilities at the University of Ghana and build the other facilities that are not available but are requirements for the hosting of the Games,” Mustapha Ussif said in Parliament.

According to the Minister, the refurbishment of the University of Ghana Stadium will include the resurfacing of existing athletics tracks and the construction of a new athletics warm-up running tracks.

At Borteyman, the following facilities will be constructed for the Games: one thousand (1,000) seater competition swimming pool, i.e. 8-lane competition swimming pool, 8-lane warm-up swimming pool, 500-seater temporary dome (handball, judo, karate, taekwondo, wrestling, basketball, etc), and 1,000-seater multi-purpose hall (badminton, boxing, volleyball weightlifting, parasports).

Other facilities to be constructed are; 1,000-seater multi-purpose hall (basketball, table tennis, wrestling), five (5) tennis courts complexes, including one thousand (1,000) seater centre court (covered spectator stand) with a 20 capacity VVIP viewing seats).

The other four (4) courts would each have a two hundred (200) spectator seats.

The Minister, who gave parliament a detailed background and timelines of how Ghana won the bid to host the Africa Games, also spoke at length about how the global pandemic has affected Ghana’s preparations.

Nonetheless, the Minister assured the Parliament of Ghana’s commitment and ability to stage a successful competition.

Ghana won the bid to host the African Games ahead of countries such as Egypt and Burkina Faso.

Source: Modern Ghana

Disciplinary Committee’s ruling on Phar Rangers bogus – Kofi Manu

Veteran football administrator, Kofi Manu has described the ruling by the Disciplinary Committee of the Ghana Football Association [GFA] on Phar Rangers as bogus.

The Disciplinary Committee in a statement on Wednesday announced that the Division One League club has been banned for five years.

The club last month wrote to the country’s football governing body withdrawing itself from all competitions of the Ghana FA.

However, after several consultations, the club rescinded its decision but the Disciplinary Committee has however banned the club for the next five years.

The ban affects all stakeholders excluding the players, who have been given the mandate by the Player Status Committee to join any club since they are free agents now.

Affecting all stakeholders of the club means founder, Nana Yaw Amponsah will have to step down as the CEO of Asante Kotoko SC and also, will be ineligible to compete in the next GFA elections.

Speaking to Kumasi based Opemsuo FM, Kofi Manu rubbished the decision of the Disciplinary Committee stating they have no right to pass that ruling.

“The ruling of the Disciplinary Committee of the GFA against Phar Rangers is hollow, bogus and nothing short of witch-hunting.”

Source: Modern Ghana

Swedish giants Malmo FF sign Ghanaian striker Malik Abubakari

Swedish giants, Malmo FF have announced that they have completed the signing of Ghanaian striker Malik Abubakari.

The Moreirense FC forward in the 2020/2021 season spent the campaign on loan at Portuguese lower-tier side Casa Pia.

Having displayed impressive form and establishing himself as one of the best attackers in the division, Malik Abubakari has now earned a big move to play in Sweden.

“We are pleased to present Malik Abubakari as a new acquisition to the association. The 21-year-old striker most recently came from Portuguese Moreirense FC and has signed a contract until 2025,” the Swedish giants announced on Thursday afternoon.

The young forward last season scored 11 goals and provided four assists after featuring in 32 games for Casa Pia.

His goal-scoring record in the last two seasons is so impressive he is now being tipped to be a hit in Sweden.

According to Malmo FF, Malik Abubakari has been handed the number 17 jersey and will officially begin the new chapter of his career on July 15.

Source: Modern Ghana

Ahmadiyya Mission raises concerns over anomalies in the ongoing PHC questionnaire 

Accra, – The Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission in Ghana has raised concerns about the questionnaire of the ongoing Housing and Population Census (PHC) had categorised Ahmadi Muslims as though they were not part of the generality of Muslims.

It said the unfortunate move by the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) succeeded in sending a negative signal which created a certain level of anxiety among Muslims.

Alhaji Ahmad Suleman Anderson, Deputy Ameer III, addressed the media at a press conference on behalf of Alhaji Mohammed Bin Salih, Ameer and Missionary-in-Charge of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission in Ghana in Accra.

He said as a peaceful religious Organization, they took steps by engaging the GSS behind the scenes to have the matter resolved in a manner that would foster unity and create a peaceful atmosphere.

Alhaji Salih said the GSS agreed it was going to remedy the wrong categorization of Muslims and instruct its enumerators, who were then under training to cancel out the option ‘Ahmadi’ while it took steps to correct it on the stands for Computer-Assisted Personal Interview Software.

He, however, said the information they gathered indicated that the GSS had not done what was promised as a result the matter gained currency and rather assumed a very frustrating proportion, thereby creating confusion and misunderstanding among Muslims.

Alhaji Salih said to calm nerves down and curtail any unforeseen agitation among Muslims, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community issued a press statement to disassociate itself from what they now believe was a deliberate attempt by the GSS to create confusion among Muslims.

He said the Mission took further steps and had a meeting with GSS at which the Service agreed to certain corrective measures and assured them that the said corrective measures would be carried out to the letter before the exercise commenced.

The Ameer said the measures, included blocking out the option ‘Islam (Ahmadi)’ from the options of religious affiliation on the census questionnaire such that it does not appear on the tablet of the enumerators.

“They agreed to educate all its enumerators not to ask Muslims what set of Islam they belong to and that all Muslims would be captured under one category,” he added.

Alhaj Salih said GSS had completely broken the confidence and breached the trust they had in them as it had blatantly refused to carry out what they undertook to do to correct the anomaly.

“They have failed to correct the anomaly on the OCAPI, and have accordingly refused to educate enumerators as agreed,” he said.

He said the information they had received from their members across the country indicated that the option ‘Muslim (Ahmadi) ‘ was still on the tablet and that the enumerators were asking Muslims to identify whether they belong to ‘Islam’ or Muslim (Ahmadi).

Alhaji Salih said the news was creating confusion among their members as they had earlier informed them that such questions would not be asked, adding that the situation was also creating uneasiness among the general Muslim populace.

He said they believed the problem would compromise the outcome of the census, as it would affect the demographic information therein.

“To redeem the credibility of the whole census exercise, we demand that the GSS takes steps to correct the anomaly without any further delay,’ he added.

Alhaji Salih said the failure to do this, they may be left with no other option than to ask their members and the generality of Muslims to be disinterested in the entire exercise.

He reminded the leadership of GSS that a very important National exercise had been entrusted to them and that the State had invested so much money in it and in exchange expected to receive credible data upon the basis all national planning would be done.

He said in the national interest the GSS should address the issue and any other similar concerns any other group would have registered.

“We will continue to urge our members and all other Muslims to register under Islam without giving details as to which sets they belong to,” Alhaji Salih.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Develop your lands within two years or risk losing it – TDC

Tema, – The TDC Development Company Limited (TDC) has warned that persons who acquired lands from the Tema Acquisition Area risk losing the lands if they failed to develop them within two years.

It said the TDC would use proper legal processes to take back those lands through a re-entry process.

“Anybody who owns land within the Tema Acquisition area per our contract must develop those lands within two years of acquisition or risk losing the lands because a re-entry will be done to revise the lands given to them,” Mr Ian Okwei, TDC Protocol and Administrative Officer stated.

Mr Okwei disclosed this at the fourth GNA Stakeholder Engagement and Workers’

Appreciation Day Seminar at the Ghana News Agency Tema Regional Office.

“TDC is embarking on a re-entry drive to reclaim all lands that have not been developed two years after their acquisition,” he said.

The monthly Stakeholder Engagement, a platform created to allow state and non-state stakeholders to interact with journalists, is an avenue to address national issues and offer the stakeholders opportunity to discuss their mandate.

According to the TDC’s conditions for serviced lands, there is a 60-year-term, commencing from the date right of entry was granted for which land is leased, with an option to renew for a further term of ten years.

For the building period, the condition states that “the leasee shall be expected to commence building operations within six months of the site being handed over, subject to reasonable extension for a legitimate cause and to have fully developed within two years from the date right of entry was granted.”

He said in areas such as Community 25 and others, individuals who had acquired lands but had not developed them were written to and failure to heed to the acquisition conditions would lead to the lands being reclaimed and reallocated.

He said some areas around Community 6, 10, 12, had become a haven for criminals who used those areas as hideouts while others had unfortunately become slums because persons who acquired those lands had left it fallow.

He noted that in Community 25 for instance, the whole enclave was initially given out to the military as a range, but when it was realised that communities like Gulf City were closing up,

TDC wrote to the military, and took over those lands and developed it into a residential area.

Mr Okwei explained that the company usually embarked on developments to suit current dynamics and as such the company undertook a routine review of its layouts every 15 to 25 years based on current land demands.

He said such demands informed the TDC in its development whether to go vertical structurally or otherwise, adding that in places like Site One, Two and 21, no one had a lease over their land because TDC anticipated that there would be a major market in that enclave thus the need for vertical structures, to suit the new commercial dynamics likely to spring up.

Mr George Okwabi Frimpong, a long-standing member of the Licensed Surveyors Association of Ghana (LISAG), called on the TDC to be firm in carrying out its mandate and not undermine its authority in an attempt to please parties involved in land issues.

He advised the public to be wary of the activities of unqualified and unauthorized persons parading as land surveyors.

Mr Okwabi Frimpong, who is a retired staff of the Lands Commission, further called on the public to report such unauthorized persons as their actions mostly led to severe consequences of litigation and loss of lawfully acquired interest in the land.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Neighbourhood watch-dog essential for combating crimes – Regional Crime Officer

Tema, – Superintendent Kwabena Otuo Acheampong, Regional Crime Officer of the Tema Regional Police Command has urged Ghanaians to form Neighbourhood Watch-dog concept to provide peace and development in their communities.

“I want to encourage communities and residents to form Neighbourhood Watch-dog Committees, so that your neighbour watches over you, and you also watch over your neighbour because when you are in distress, usually you cannot call the police yourself, it is your neighbour that will call the police for you,” he said.

Supt. Acheampong stated this during the fourth “GNA Stakeholder Engagement and Workers’ Appreciation Day,” Seminar at the Tema Regional Office of the Ghana News Agency which is a progressive platform created to give opportunity to state and non- state actors to interactive with journalists and address nation issues as well as throw more light on the institutions’ mandate.

The event also serves as a motivational mechanism to recognize the editorial contribution of reporters to the professional growth and promotion of the Tema office of the Agency as the industrial news hub, while contributing to national development.

The Crime Officer said the contribution of neighbours would complement the efforts of police in tackling criminal activities in the community adding that when community policing was appropriately coordinated and implemented, “it was a sure way of making communities peaceful”.

He explained that the nine principles were so intuitive at the time, and obviously based on some significant thought on the topic, that they had remained as the main ingredient for police success over the last two centuries in all democratic countries across the world.

“Police leaders top down still use and quote them frequently as good reminders of community policing and the reasons we exist” he said.

He revealed that the principles hinged on crime prevention, community trust and engagement, reasonable force and was a last resort, impartiality without favour, never above the law, the police are the public and the public are the police, efficiency through crime prevention.

Supt. Acheampong noted that the basic mission for which the police existed was to prevent crime and disorder; “the ability of the police to perform their duties was dependent on public approval of police actions.

“Police must secure the willing cooperation of the public in voluntary observance of the law to be able to secure and maintain the respect of the public. The degree of cooperation of the public that can be secured diminishes proportionately to the necessity of the use of physical force”.

This axiom, the Crime Officer said, indicated that, there was the need for symbiotic relationship between the population and the police in the fight against crimes in societies.

Supt. Acheampong said, previously, there were bonds between people living in a particular community because they interacted and shared ideas among themselves as a result, the community members knew themselves and could identify foreigners in the community.

He added that, “now, because of modernization, everybody is living in a self contained house, some people don’t even know the names of their neighbours”.

Mr Francis Ameyibor, GNA Tema Regional Manager noted that in any democratic country the media played vital roles in creating, galvanizing and reflecting public opinion.

“Media can also ignite temper among the academia, the scientific world, the business community and other social groups for development. The Government, Civil Society Organizations and other stakeholders can use the media more effectively as an instrument for social change,” he said.

Mr Ameyibor described the media therefore as a powerful tool which must be used strategically for effective change towards national development although “the media can however become a hot metal which would be difficult to handle or dangerous to manage.

“In modern development therefore you ignore the media at the peril of the state, the organization or an agenda, we must therefore work together, creating an enabling environment for trust and collaboration. Media is simply indispensable for democratic functioning of the state”.

Source: Ghana News Agency