Provide decent jobs for the youth – Protesting NDC Youth to Akufo-Addo

The Youth Wing of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) is demanding that President Akufo-Addo must fulfil his promise to provide decent jobs for the youth of the country.

This is contained in a petition to the President of the Republic of Ghana after the youth embarking on the ‘March for Justice’ protest on Tuesday, July 6, 2021, in Accra.

Prior to the protest today, the NDC Youth Wing explained that the demonstration has become necessary to serve as a wake-up call to the President and his government to stand against the insecurity and lawlessness being experienced in the country.

At the end of a protest that saw members of the NDC Youth Wing and aggrieved Ghanaians taking to the streets, a petition has been filed with key demands from President Akufo-Addo.

Among many other things, the NDC wants the President to provide decent jobs for the unemployed youth in the country.

“Make provisions towards providing decent jobs for the teeming youth of the Country through proper structural economic reforms and business support for enterprises of young people,” part of the petition to the president reads.

In addition, the Youth Wing of the NDC is demanding that the President take steps to fulfill campaign promises to the good people of Ghana and be respectful and truthful to the citizenry.

Source: Modern Ghana

Not all open spaces are meant for recreational activities – TDC

Tema, – The TDC Development Company Limited has explained that not all open spaces within its acquisition area are meant for recreational centres, but are mostly undeveloped and are potentially useful for future developments.

“No open space in our acquisition area lies fallow; we have all our lands schemed so no community can lay claim to any area merely because they have for long used such areas for recreational facilities such as football parks,” Mr Ian Okwei, TDC Protocol and Administrative Officer, said.

Mr Okwei said open spaces in the Tema acquisition area of 63 square miles of public land were not necessarily designated for football parks or recreational centres, emphasizing that, the fact that some laid fallow presently did not mean those lands had no legitimate owners.

Mr Okwei made the remarks at the fourth “GNA Stakeholder Engagement and Workers’ Appreciation Day” Seminar at the Tema Regional Office of the Ghana News Agency.

The monthly Stakeholder Engagement is a progressive platform created to give opportunity to state and non-stake institutions to interact with journalists, which also serves as avenue to address national issues as well as throw more light on the company’s mandate.

He said: “There’s nothing like “no man’s land” as has become popular particularly in Tema; in fact, nobody owns any land in the Tema acquisition area; the lands were vested into the care of TDC per Parliamentary approval,” adding that open spaces were earmarked in most jurisdictions for future developments.

The TDC Protocol Officer noted that as and when lands were needed for state projects, the state mostly writes to the TDC to know the availability of reserved lands and such lands were readily released for government projects.

Mr Okwei, touching on a roadmap fashioned out to address disagreements over allegations made by some members of the Ashaiman Municipality, he noted that some progress had been made with the initiation of a dialogue at the behest of the company to resolve the situation in the interest of the parties involved.

Mr Francis Ameyibor, Tema Regional Manager, GNA, in an introductory remark, said, the Stakeholder Engagement was a platform created to deepen a mutually beneficial working relationship with stakeholders to ensure both the media and corporate entities work together towards national development.

The engagement, he added, served as a motivational mechanism to recognise the editorial contribution of reporters to the professional growth and promotion of Tema GNA as the industrial news hub, while contributing to societal growth.

According to him, Government, Civil Society Organisations and other stakeholders could use the media more effectively as an instrument for social change, and said, the media was a powerful tool which must be used strategically for effective change towards national development.

Mr Ameyibor said in modern development, “you ignore the media at the peril of the state, the organisation or an agenda; so we must work together, creating an enabling environment for trust and collaboration because the media is simply indispensable for democratic functioning of the state.”

Other speakers at the engagement were: Superintendent Kwabena Otuo Acheampong, Regional Crime Office, Tema Regional Police Command; Mr George Okwabi Frimpong, a long-standing member of the Licensed Surveyors Association of Ghana; and Mr Benjamin Peh, Acting Head, Research, Business Development and Innovation, Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA).

Source: Ghana News Agency

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G awarded best smartphone at the Global Mobile Awards at Mobile World Congress 2021

The flagship Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G won the Best Smartphone award, recognized for its premium features and innovative design as the best on a smartphone in the last year.

Samsung is pleased to announce that the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G won the Best Smartphone category at the Global Mobile Awards (GLOMO Awards) during Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2021. The annual GLOMO Awards recognize the hardware, software, and services that drive innovation across the mobile industry worldwide.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G: Best Smartphone

At the awards ceremony on June 30th, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G was named ‘Best Smartphone’ of the past year. The smartphone, which features a professional-grade camera system and bright Intelligent Display is the go-to choice for users who want to take gorgeous, detailed photos. It is also the first device of the S Series to support the S Pen, for advanced productivity from power users. With all these features packed into a sleek contour-cut design, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G represents the very best of Samsung engineering.

The category judges said, “The best Android smartphone Samsung has ever made with a great range of features, stunning AMOLED display, best-in-class cameras and more. This phone delivers across the board and is a worthy winner of Best Smartphones in 2021.”

Also shortlisted in this category was the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE, which brought fan-favorite features of the flagship Galaxy S20 to even more users, including the incredible AI-powered camera and beautiful Infinity-O 120Hz display.

“We are honored to have been recognized in such a competitive category at this year’s GLOMO awards. Samsung has a long, proud history of driving innovation, and we aim to deliver devices that meet the needs of our users now and in the future,” said Lucas Lee, Managing Director at Samsung Ghana. “As the user needs continue to grow so varied and dynamic, we are committed to leading the journey in developing devices that are loved by users across the globe.”

“Congratulations to all the winners and nominees of the GSMA’s GLOMO Awards 2021. You truly embody the theme of this year’s event, Connected Impact.” said John Hoffman, CEO, GSMA Ltd, “Given the challenging circumstances we’ve all faced over the last 15 months, it’s more important than ever to come together to recognize the incredible innovation and ingenuity shaping our industry, as well as the positive impact this is making on the world around us.”

For more information about the latest Galaxy devices and services, please visit news.samsung.com/galaxy, www.samsungmobilepress.com, www.samsung.com.

Source: Ghana Web

Bono region to become a model for rice production – Agric. Minister

Sunyani, – Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto, the Minister of Food and Agriculture has announced government intention to make the Bono Region a “model” of commercial rice production in the country.

He said the Ministry with support from the government was importing modern agricultural machinery including tractors, threshers, and combine harvesters that would be supplied to the MoFA offices in the region.

The sector Minister said this when he addressed Agricultural Extension Officers and input dealers at a meeting in Sunyani.

Accompanied by the key staff of the Ministry, Dr Akoto is embarking on a three-day working visit to the Bono, Bono East, and Ahafo Regions.

The visit would take the Minister and his team to acres of rice farms, poultry farms, tomato, and maize processing factories in the regions.

Dr. Akoto said the Ministry had already engaged 2,700 Agriculture Extension Officers nationwide, saying more of the officers would be engaged by the close of the year.

He said the nation could transform its agriculture sector if it was able to link farmers with the required technology and modernise the sector.

Describing the government’s Planting for Food and Jobs programme as unprecedented in the country, Dr Akoto said the Ministry was committed to strengthening the programme to enable more farmers to benefit.

On cashew production, the Minister said the sector had huge potential to widen the nation’s foreign income earnings and create more jobs for the youth.

He said the government had prioritised and made the sector attractive, hence the establishment of the Tree Crop Development Authority that would regulate the tree crop sector.

Dr. Akoto stressed the government’s determination to increase her annual cashew production from 120,000 metric tons to one million metric tons to enhance the nation’s foreign exchange earnings.

He said the tree crop sector had huge economic potentials to push rapid socio-economic growth, saying the sector could fetch the nation GH¢ 15 billion annually.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Hooliganism now a threat to Ghana’s hosting rights for the 2023 All Africa Games

Ghana could lose its hosting rights for the 2023 All Africa Games, this is the view shared by Hon. Johnson Kwaku Adu, the Chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Sports, Youth, and Culture.

The country although a bit behind time, is geared up to host a successful All Africa Games to the delight of the entire continent in 2023.

While preparations are set to intensify in the next few months, it is understood that the government is looking to invest a sum of five hundred million dollars.

Amid the attacks on referees and acts of hooliganism particularly in the National Division One League, Hon. Johnson Kwaku Adu has noted that he is concerned because Ghana could lose the hosting rights for the 2023 All Africa Games.

“What happened in Sunyani was an unpleasant sight to behold especially when we have the opportunity to host 2023 all African games. We can lose the host of the African Games if this hooliganism continues in our football. It is a threat to Ghana football and it is a threat to 2023 African Games,” the Chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Sports said in an interview with Happy FM.

He emphasized that the “Government has made provision of five hundred million dollars for the African Games, and it’ll be very sad and disappointing if Ghana is not able to host the African Games.”

In the latest development to the acts of hooliganism, the Ghana FA has announced that it will hold an emergency committee meeting on Wednesday, July 7, 2021.

Source: Modern Ghana

UMB innovates with savings accounts tailored for government workers

Universal Merchant Bank (UMB) today launched an innovative savings account, tailor-made for government workers. This was at a media event at the head office of the bank, where the Controller and Accountant General of Ghana, Mr. Kwasi Kwaning – Bosompem was the guest of honor.

The introduction of the account is the first time a Ghanaian bank is offering other products via the Controller and Accountant General’s industry-leading TPRS system. This system has so far been used by banks in Ghana to provide loans to government workers.

The UMB savings account, marketed as the CONTROLLER LOCKSAVER ACCOUNT, allows government workers to secure a savings account that enables them to save at their own pace and value. The account boasts higher interest rates than the industry average and is touted as the key to enabling government workers to achieve a ‘save-to-invest’ loop.

Speaking on the new initiative, the CEO of UMB, Nana Dwemoh Benneh, referred to a survey conducted by the bank’s research team, which indicated a great desire for savings products amongst Ghanaians. ‘Overall, the Ghanaian worker understands the value of savings. The challenge has been creating a culture of consistent, untouched savings over a period, to achieve a goal.

This product allows government workers to save towards this, using the same channel through which their loans and other credit facilities are managed. UMB is proud to be the first bank in Ghana to provide workers the ability to save as well as access affordable loans, thus adding value to financial well-being. This initiative is in line with our bank’s focus on supporting public sector projects, as a proud indigenous Ghanaian bank.’

In his remarks, the Controller and Accountant General, Mr. Kwasi Kwaning– Bosompem said “ It is a matter of pride for us that this innovation has been achieved on the back of our own innovation at the Department– the TPRS platform. TPRS is a testament to the government’s agenda for digitalization and we are proud that a Ghanaian bank, UMB has innovated with this platform to offer Savings products.

I anticipate and am hopeful that other banks and insurance companies will take a cue from it and offer similar value to government workers. “Touching on the importance of Savings, the Controller further noted “Savings are key for the worker and the economy. This is why the Ministry of Finance and the Bank of Ghana have created a sanitized environment in the financial services ecosystem and with interest rates. I urge all Ghanaians, especially workers to save some of their earnings every month, no matter how modest, as this over time will build up and cushion the worker at critical times.”

The event was attended by other senior officers of the Controller and Accountant General’s Department, UMB customers, and representatives from key workers’ unions.

Source: Ghana Web

Community calls on Government to let Census reflect in development

Kolug-Tengir (U/E), – Residents of Kolug-Tengir community, a suburb of Bawku Municipality in the Upper East Region, have called on the government to effectively use the Population and Housing Census data to properly and evenly distribute development projects across the country.

Members of the community indicated that the previous census had not brought the needed development to the area as the community was lagging in terms of basic social amenities.

In an interview with the Ghana News Agency, the residents expressed dissatisfaction over the poor state of the community and noted that the PHC was meant to enable stakeholders to properly plan and evenly distribute development, however, the community was still in extreme poverty.

They said the impact of the previous exercise had not been felt in the lives of the people and therefore urged the government to make a paradigm shift from developing urban areas to using the data to implement pro-poor policies that would help uplift the rural dwellers.

The residents mentioned the lack of potable water, toilet facilities, health facilities, electricity, good roads, and farm inputs such as the subsidized fertilizer, saying the community did not have anything to make life comfortable.

Mr Mohammed Annaba, a resident, noted that members of the community had all been fetching water from one borehole, compelling some to travel far distances to access water.

Ms Dorothy Musa, another resident said the community did not have toilet facilities which compelled residents to practice open defecation and were sometimes bitten by snakes and scorpions.

Mr Osman Ibrahim, another member of the community, said the community needed a healthcare facility since the situation had forced residents to always travel to neighbouring communities to seek health care, making it unbearable to the already poor people who had to spend much money on only transport to those communities.

Mr Ibrahim, therefore, called on the government and other charitable bodies to support the community with a healthcare facility to make it easy for residents to have easy access to quality health services.

Ms Mboad Aban said the community had not been connected to the national grid and the situation was affecting education in the area as school children could not study at night.

Some people could not engage in productive businesses especially those that required the use of electricity, he added.

Source: Ghana News Agency

UN Women mobilizes USD40 billion towards gender advocacies

Tema, – The Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and UN Women Executive Director, Ms Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the movement has mobilized about USD 40 billion total.

Giving the breakdown, she said Member States and public institutions together committed to USD 21 billion; Private sector gave USD 13 billion; philanthropists supported with USD 4.5 billion; and the UN along with international and regional organizations contributed USD 1.3 billion.

Ms Mlambo-Ngcuka also acknowledged the contribution of civil society, youth, and adolescent girls who had demonstrated commitment and amazing passion and advocacy.

The UN Women Executive Director disclosed at the Closing Ceremony of the Generation Equality Forum Action Coalitions in Paris, France where Transformative Commitments for Gender Equality advocacy was launched.

“The funds raised have been put forward by the many commitment makers which will go to grassroots organizations in communities. They will go to Member States, who need to implement programmes that will address women and girls that are facing trouble.

“They will also go to the UN Agencies that have programmes that must be scaled up and taken to a much larger scale. The funds are not going to just UN Women because we do not have all the skills to implement what is needed,” Ms Mlambo-Ngcuka stated.

She said it was the whole UN family that was coming together and taking this Transformative Commitments for Gender Equality advocacy forward. It is civil society, it is private sector, the Member States, who will take it forward.

The advocacy is a commitment and investment by the Action Coalitions to mark the beginning of a five-year action journey to foster action and renew movements for gender equality and women’s rights.

According to the advocacy roadmap-USD 4 billion would be devoted to family planning over the next five years by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; USD 420 million to the Action Coalitions on Gender-based Violence, Economic Justice, Tech and Innovation, Bodily Autonomy and Feminist Movements and Leadership by the Ford Foundation.

It said double core contributions to the United Nations Population Fund to support flexible funding for sexual and reproductive health services to survivors and USD one million to UN Women to engage men and boys in gender equality by the Government of Iceland.

Source: Ghana News Agency