Ghana striker Caleb Ekuban completes Genoa medical ahead of Serie A move 

Ghana striker, Caleb Ekuban has completed his mandatory medical examination ahead f his move to Italian Serie A side, Genoa.

The striker has opted to sign for Genoa this summer despite several interests from European clubs.

The Ghana international carried out the tests at Baluardo Institute in Genoa.

Ekuban will join the club from Turkish side, Trabzonspor on a three-year deal. The attacker will earn 1 million euros in the deal.

The amount involved in the transfer is reportedly €2m, the same amount turned down by Trabzonspor initially.

Trabzonspor soften their stand and accepted the amount after the striker made it clear he wasn’t going to continue at the club.

The Turkish club wanted €4m for the forward Ekuban, whom they bought for €1.5m from Leeds United in 2019.

Ekuban had an instrumental campaign in the Turkish top-flight last term where he scored 10 goals in 32 appearances.

The 27-year-old began his career in Italy at Mantova Youth before moving to Chievo Verona where he spent 7 years at the youth and senior levels.

He enjoyed loan spells at FC Suditrol, FC Lumezzane, AC Renate all in Italy and also FK Partizani in Albania.

The official announcement is expected in the next few hours and Genoa have reportedly paid €2m for the attacker.

Source: Modern Ghana

Bono NPP losses another great patriot

Sunyani,- The New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Bono Region has lost another great patriot, Mr. Kofi Darko, a former organiser of the party in the then Brong-Ahafo Region.

The Ghana News Agency (GNA) gathered that Mr. Darko died in the early hours of Tuesday, August 3, 2021, after a short illness. He was 67.

Mr. Seth Asare Bediako, the Bono Regional Communication Director of the NPP who confirmed to the GNA said the Party was shocked about the sudden demise of Mr. Darko, whom he said had contributed diversely to the progress of the Party in the region.

Barely two weeks ago, the Party in the region lost another great patriot, Mr. Gabriel Kwame Awuah, who was the Chairman of the Council of Elders in the Region.

“We are deeply shocked about these sudden deaths and we express our condolences to the bereaved families”, Mr. Bediako said, adding, the Party leadership in the region was yet to visit the bereaved family.

Source: Ghana News Agency

U water supply project is 96 percent complete – Project Manager

Tono (U/E),– The Manager of the Upper East Regional Water Supply project, Madam Annelies De Beule, says, work on the first phase of the new water treatment plant at Tono in the Kassena-Nankana Municipality is 96 percent complete.

The project, which started in 2018 and is expected to be operational in September 2021, was financed by the Ghana and Dutch governments.

It consists of two phases, the contract sum for the first phase is 33,250,000 EUR while the second phase which started on January 12, 2021, and expected to be completed in 12 months, was also at a contract sum of 6,205,43121 EUR.

She said the treatment plant had a pumping station and raw water transmission pipeline and when completed would have the capacity to produce 20.500 cubic metres of water per day “The handing over is scheduled for the end of October 2021,” she added.

Madam De Beule said this when she showed Mr Amidu Chinnia Issahaku, the Deputy Minister of Water and Sanitation, and Mr Stephen Yakubu, the Regional Minister round the facility.

The Deputy Minister was on a working visit to the Region to inspect ongoing works on water projects at Tono and Zuarungu in the Bolgatanga East District, and visited the old water treatment plant at Vea in the Bongo District.

The Project Manager said the rehabilitation of the existing Vea water treatment plant would continue after the Tono treatment plant was fully operational.

She said a total of 67 kilometres (km) of the main transmission lines to the Navrongo, Bolgatanga, Tindonmolgo, and Paga were equally completed, “18km of distribution lines have been installed under this phase, with one elevated reservoir at the Navrongo District Assembly (DA), with a capacity of 600 metre square.

“A booster pumping station to Paga is also constructed at the DA. All existing reservoirs in the system have been rehabilitated,” Madam De Beule said.

On the second phase of the project, she said it was 69 per cent complete, and would consist of a nine kilometre transmission line to Zuarungu, an upgrade of the connection to Bongo, 53 kilometres of distribution lines, one elevated reservoir at Zuarungu of 400 metre square, and the installation of 4800 house connections.

Speaking to journalists after his tour of the projects, the Deputy Minister said work done on the project so far had massively progressed, and called on the Contractors to ensure the project would be handed over within the time frame.

Mr Issahaku said the project would benefit a total of about 350,000 residents in the Region.

The Regional Minister on his part said, “As a Region, we are very happy that we have such a huge project that has come to us. The entire Region will have good drinking water and we are happy.

He allayed fears of residents that there would not be disruption in the water supply as work progressed, and thanked the sector Ministry and Deputy Minister for his visit.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Auapem Gold Agro Processing Company builds huge raw material base to secure sustainability

Akuapem Gold Agro Processing Company Limited (AGAPCo), an avocado processing entity established under the one District, one Factory (1D1F) initiative, has hinted of the heavy investment made into its raw material base to ensure security in raw material base when full capacity production begins.

According to the management of the company, for every processing factory to stand the test of time, a key component in that loop is availability of raw materials in abundance to ensure constant supply for production.

To ensure that Akuapem Gold is not caught up in this web, management has invested heavily in avocado farming to ensure regular and all-year-round production.

With about 28,000 acres of land secured for raw material production and about 600 acres fully cultivated in the Amotare community at Begoro in the Eastern Region, as well as several other outsourced out-growers on board, management is convinced that raw material would be in abundance to feed the factory when production begins.

“We have a huge land area already under cultivation, usually avocado takes three to five years to start fruiting but the best agronomic practices we have put in place coupled with the ‘Hass’ variety we acquired from Kenya, has made it possible for ours to start fruiting in less than two years and this is an indication of the good investments we making here.”

“We also have a nursery that can feed about 1000 acres of land, so if we overcome the little land litigation challenges that we are having with some of our lands, then we can develop some extra 5,000 acres of land and offer another 15,000 acres to out-growers,” Chairman of Akuapem Gold Agro Processing, Albert Kwame Wilson said.

Furthermore, he added that, technical expertise is the most important requirement to embark on such a business venture, and the company has some of the best human resource in that sector in the country on board to manage operations.

The company, which is geared toward the industrial production of avocado oil for export and domestic consumption has an installed capacity for processing 110,000 tonnes of avocado seed per day for oil production and 13,000 tonnes per day capacity for sorting seed size, as well as 300-400 metric tonnes of avocado fruit packaging per day for export.

Beyond the production of avocado oil and fresh fruits export, AGAPCo’s production line also include butter, avocado drinks, animal feed, and medicinal product, among others.

The Chairman of AGAPCo, again indicated that all is set for production to commence except for electricity connectivity which they are currently facing some challenges and hope it is addressed soon for production to start in September.

Avocado market share in 2016 was stated to be about US$12 billion and projected to reach US$23 billion by 2027.

However, in 2019, global sales were already US$23 billion and increasing, which means that demand is increasing and outstripping supply therefore posing great opportunity for the country to rack in revenue with the right investment in the sector. Its revenue stream is said to be four times higher than cocoa.

Chief Agronomist of AGAPCo, Richard Baidoo, indicated that even though the scientific processes are being imported from Kenya, local varieties are also being grafted alongside to protect the local varieties. Adding that 10 percent of the crop population on the farms are local varieties with some having a good potential to attract pollination agents.

“We are cultivating the Hass variety of avocado from Kenya because in the global avocado industry that has the most superior characteristics and in terms of oil-to-seed ratio, it is very high. The fruit is not as big as our local variety but the seed inside is huge and the oil content in the seed is the highest. So, every commercial entity will be interested in optimizing their oil extraction rate and that is why we borrowed from the Kenyans,” he said.

International Standardization

To ensure the company achieves its aim of exporting to the international market, processes to meet all international standardization were inculcated into the grand plan from the beginning. This, management has hinted that all documentation and requirements has been met successfully for production to commence by end of September 2021.

With Kenya gaining acknowledgement as the leading producer of avocado, AGAPCo sent its technical team to Kenya to understudy their system and benchmark the operations of the company with that.

Employment & Gender equality

AGAP, has an employment policy that is conscious of gender equality and women empowerment. As part of this, it has given opportunity to women in the neighboring communities to be in charge of bud grafting, watering and maintenance of seedling beds. Future plans are also in place to bring on board the women in terms of harvesting of the Avocado fruits on maturity.

Mr. Wilson indicated that looking at the size of plantation being developed, out growing communities, nursery, and factory hand to be employed among other administrative staff, about 1000 jobs will be created at full capacity operation.

SDG compliance and CSR initiative

With government committed to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it behooves on all corporate organisations to inculcate and strive to attain the SDGs in their operations and in compliance, the company has initiated some programme to achieve this.

In a mixed cropping manner, the company is cultivating Plantain, cocoyam, sweet potatoes, maize, beans, among other lettuce in between the Avocados to ensure food security and also generate some extra revenue for the workers on the plantations.

This system is to ensure food security and solve poverty as well as ensure that this food crops also store water and other nutrients for the avocado plant.

On the corporate social responsibility (CSR) front, the company is putting in place measures to establish a plantain processing plant in the adjourning communities to process the plantains. This will be under the management of the community to create jobs and boost the local economies of the communities.
In adherence to all these best practices outlined by the company addresses SDG one, two and five, eight, nine, ten twelve and fifteen.

Source: Ghana Web

Oer GH¢720,000.00 lost to African Swine Fever at Saki

Saki (Near Tema),- Pig Farmers at Saki, a community in the Kpone-Katamanso Municipality, Greater Accra Region, said they have lost over GH¢720,000.

00 worth of investment due to the outbreak of the African Swine Fever (ASF), which ravaged their farms few weeks ago.

Narrating the ordeal to the Ghana News Agency in Saki, Mr. John Amartey revealed that since the outbreak, he has lost over 100 pigs at his farm alone.

He noted that, other farmers have also recorded higher mortalities, adding that the pigs were still dying due to the African swine fever and it was still prevalent in the farms at Saki.

Mr. Amartey told the GNA that the average cost for a full grown pig was sold between GH¢1,800.00 and GH¢1,400.00 depending on the size and age.

He explained that the situation had rendered most of the pig farmers hopeless as their only investment got destroyed by the swine fever.

According to the pig farmer, approximately 500 pigs had succumbed to the African Swine Fever including pregnant ones across the entire enclave, saying that the mortalities started in May this year, but they were oblivious that it was an endemic that could cost them that much.

Another farmer attributed the rapid spread to the negligence of some farmers who allowed their pigs to move around in the town without any proper care, “these type of roaming pigs become supper spreaders”.

According to him some farmers do not keep their farms clean and will not heed to any advice, “we must blame ourselves too”.

Dr. Emmanuel Kwao Pecku, Kpone Katamanso Municipal Veterinary Officer, affirmed that the farmers had lost huge sum of investments, saying the situation was really going to affect farmers who depended solely on the piggeries for living.

Dr. Pecku stated that, plans had been advanced to excavate some portions around the farms to bury the fecal waste, carcases, and other contaminated materials at the farms for fumigation to take place.

The Ghana News Agency observed during a tour of some of the farms that many of the pig farms have been deserted as no pigs were seen in some of the pens.

Farmers have also packed their tools from the farms, few farmers were however, seen in a devastated manner as they ponder over the lost.

Unbearable stench emanated from the piggeries signalling that the farmers threw some of their dead pigs into the bush whilst others burn the dead pigs leaving the carcases as flies and other insects fed on them.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Aplications for the UK Government’s Chevening Scholarships open

Accra,- Applications for Chevening Scholarships to study in the UK are open between 3 August and 2 November 2021, with applications to be submitted via www.

A statement issued by the British High Commission, copied to the Ghana News Agency said: “Chevening Scholarships are awarded to individuals from all backgrounds who can demonstrate that they have the commitment and skills required to create positive change, and can show how a UK master’s degree would help them do that.

“The scholarship offers full financial support for scholars to study for any eligible master’s degree at any UK university whilst also gaining access to a wide range of exclusive academic, professional, and cultural experiences.”

It said since the programme was created in 1983, over 50,000 professionals have had the opportunity to develop in the UK through Chevening.

“There are more than 1,500 scholarships on offer globally for the 2022/2023 academic year, demonstrating the UK’s ongoing commitment towards developing the leaders of tomorrow,” it stated.

Madam Naomi Rayner, the Head of Scholarships at the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), said: “As the world continues to tackle major global issues such as Covid-19 and climate change, international cooperation is more essential than ever. Chevening seeks to build an international community of people who are committed to working together to drive positive change.

“We do this by bringing together incredible people from around the world and supporting them, through education, to achieve their goals.

“In the UK we are proud of our world class universities and we know that our learning environments are enriched by the wide diversity of cultures, experiences and viewpoints represented on our campuses.

Chevening scholars make a significant contribution to these communities, as well as becoming an important part of our network of over 50,000 alumni.

“Chevening represents the very best of the UK, welcoming people from across the world to study, grow, and thrive. Being a part of the Chevening network instils a strong sense of pride and responsibility”.

Mr Duncan Barker, Chevening’s Director, said: ‘The Chevening experience is so much more than a master’s degree. As well as an academically challenging and fulfilling university experience, we’ll immerse you in UK culture and bring you together with incredible people from around the world.

Spokesperson of the British High Commission Accra said: “If you are someone who is passionate about driving change, whether on a local or global scale, if you want to be the best at what you do and if you have the imagination to inspire others, then a Chevening scholarship could be the perfect opportunity for you.

“There is no such thing as a ‘typical’ scholar. Your age, race, gender, religion and cultural background do not matter to us.

“We want to see that you have energy, curiosity, compassion, a clear vision for your future and the ability to achieve your goals. If this sounds like you, then you are very likely to fit in with our community of over 50,000 alumni worldwide.

The statement said the call for new applicants follows the selection of 18 scholars from Ghana, who won an award to study at a UK university this year.

It said successful applicants had been sharing their stories through the #ChosenForChevening hashtag on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Chevening Scholarships are the UK Government’s global scholarship programme, funded by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and partner organisations.

The scholarships support study at UK universities – mostly one-year taught master’s degrees – for individuals with demonstrable potential to become future leaders, decision-makers, and opinion formers.

Chevening began in 1983 and has developed into a prestigious international awards scheme. Chevening Scholars come from over 160 countries and territories worldwide, and over the past five years we have awarded almost 10,000 scholarships.

There are over 50,000 Chevening Alumni around the world who comprise an influential and highly regarded global network.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Information Minister redeems pledge to Ya-Na

Yendi (N/R),- The Ministry of Information has presented a public address system to the Gbewaa Palace to support the Palace in disseminating information to members of the public.

The public address system comprised two speakers (internal digital mixer), a wireless combo system, control devices amongst other vital equipment for high quality sound dissemination.

Madam Patricia Dovi Sampson, Director, Finance, and Administration at the Ministry of Information, who presented the items on behalf of the Minister for Information to the Ya-Na Abukari (II), Overlord of Dagbon, at the Gbewaa Palace in Yendi on Wednesday, said it was to redeem the Minister’s pledge to Ya-Na.

It would be recalled that on November 16, 2020, Mr Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, Minister for Information visited the Ya-Na at the Gbewaa Palace where he pledged to support the Palace with a public address system to facilitate work at the Palace.

Madam Sampson was hopeful that the equipment would help to disseminate information to community members and far and wide for the development of the area.

Ya-Na Abukari (II), who spoke through the Public Relations Officer at the Gbewaa Palace, expressed gratitude to the Minister for Information for fulfilling his promise to the Palace.

He said the equipment would help the Palace to disseminate Information in a very easy way to all its subjects.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Obuase Divisional Police searches for slain policewoman’s lover over her murder

Obuasi (Ash), Aug.4, GNA – The Obuasi Divisional Police Command has begun a search for Louis Asante, lover of late Constable Sandra Asiedu, who is believed to have stabbed her to death in Damango.

This followed a complaint received by the Command that the suspect had attempted suicide but escaped when the Police got to the scene.

Louis, who had apparently sought refuge at Obuasi, where he and Sandra lived, after allegedly committing the crime, tried to kill himself in his room.

Police found in his room 19 pairs of ladies’ shoes believed to be those of Constable Asiedu’s, a knife and razor blade stained with blood.

“The said Louis suspectedly killed his girlfriend Police Woman Constable Sandra Asiedu in cold blood at Damango and escaped to Obuasi and attempted to commit suicide.”

He tied a cable to a fan hook in his room but part of the cable tore which ruined his suicide bid.

A knife and a blade with blood stains were found in his bathroom and his water closet was also filled with blood but his whereabout is yet not known.

Nineteen (19) pairs of ladies’ footwears in a traveling bag believed to be for his late girlfriend was found in his room so efforts are being made to locate suspect Asante for his arrest.

Assistant Superintendent of Police Mr Godwin Atsu Ahianyo, Public Affairs Officer, Ashante Regional Police Command, confirmed this to the Ghana News Agency in an interview.

He called on the public to be on the lookout for Asante for his arrest to assist in investigations.

Source: Ghana News Agency