GNCCI inaugurates 15-member team to lead trade sectors

Accra,– The Ghana National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GNCCI) has inaugurated a 15-member committee to head trade sections of the Chamber to provide leadership and policy directives.

 

The trade sector leaders will be working with the National Executives of the Chamber in providing policy direction and advocacy in their respective sectors towards National Development.

 

They are also to coordinate with the Research and Advocacy Department of the Chamber as well as the Regional Managers to mobilise relevant empirical data and conduct technical analysis per their respective sectors to inform the design and implementation of policy dialogue and stakeholder engagement.

 

Mr Clement Osei-Amoako, President of GNCCI, at the inauguration, charged the trade sector leaders to provide the needed leadership in their respective sectors on matters of interest to member firms.

 

He said they would be advising the national executives, central executive committee, and the council on sector-specific issues as well as represent the chamber in their respective sectors at local and international events.

 

“The chamber looks forward to tapping into the skills, competencies, and social capital of individual members to achieve a shared vision of growth and prosperity for the private sector,” he added.

 

Mr Moses Atobrah, Manufacturing Sector Leader, on behalf on his colleagues, commended the leadership of the chamber for selecting them and pledge their commitment to their roles.

 

He said they would ensure that their respective industries were well-coordinated towards the overall growth of the private sector.

 

“We are going to do our best to contribute to the growth of the respective trade sectors we will be leading with support from the national leadership, members, and other stakeholders,” he added.

 

The trade sector leaders include Dr Kojo Aboakye-Debrah, who will be leading Banks and Non-financial Institutions; Mr Edward Forkuo Kyei, the Insurance sector; Mr Emmanuel Bekoe, Building and Civil Engineering; Mr Kwadwo Boakye, Agriculture and Fishing and Mrs Bella Ayayee Ahu, Hospitality and Brewery sector.

 

Also, Madam Theresa Poku, will lead the Export sector; Mr Terence Darko, the Automotive Trade and Plant Hire; Mr Dennis Adjei Dwomoh, Professional Service and Mr P. K. Mensah, Logistics and Transport.

 

The rest includes Mr Cleanse Tsonam Akpeloo, who will be leading Information Communication and Technology; Mr Michael Bozumbil, Mining, Oil and Gas; Mrs Patience Tsegah, Import; Mr Nuamah Esshun Fameye, Pharmaceutical, and Mrs Linda Ampah, Fashion.

 

The leaders are expected to lead the sectors to provide thought leadership in the respective sectors of the Chamber on matters of interest to Member-firms.

 

Source: Ghana News Agency

Adaklu NDC begins construction of office

Adaklu Waya (V/R), Aug. 14 GNA-Work has begun on an office complex for the Adaklu Constituency of the National Democratic Congress at Adaklu Waya.

 

The project which is funded by Mr. Kwame Agbodzah, Member of Parliament (MP) of Adaklu from his own resources is estimated to cost GHC 400,000.

 

When completed, it will have offices for the MP, Constituency Chairman, Secretary, Organiser and the Women and Youth Organisers, a conference room, store and washrooms.

 

Mr. Agbodzah who inspected progress of work of the project said he was happy with the speed at which the contractor was working and said since the formation of the party in the Constituency, the offices it had been occupying were at the benevolence of individuals adding “as a party we highly appreciate the generosity of those individuals.”

 

Mr Agbodzah expressed the hope the party would function more effectively and efficiently when it moved into the new office.

 

He praised the executive members of the party in the Constituency for their hard work and appealed to them to continue with the membership drive in order to wrestle power from the New Patriotic Party.

 

The MP asked people in the area to continue supporting the party as “it is the vehicle of development for Adaklu.

 

“The development of Adaklu will be quicker if NDC is in power so let us work hard to bring it back to power,” he stressed.

 

Source: Ghana News Agency

Oti MPs commend KATH, St Joseph Hospital for eye screening exercise

Accra,- The Members of Parliament from the Oti Region has commended the Eye Department of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) for their support in making the eye screening exercise in the region a success.

 

The Caucus also acknowledged the support of the management and staff of St Joseph Catholic Hospital in Nkwanta South District for allowing the use of their facility for the surgery.

 

Additionally, the group appealed to International Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and philanthropists to come to support the region since Oti was a young region with a lot of developmental challenges.

 

“The Caucus wishes to extend its utmost gratitude to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi who collaborated with us in the exercise held in the Oti Region. This exercise has made it possible for many of our constituents who had problems with their eyesight due to cataract resolved”

 

Mr Wisdom Gidisu, MP for Krachi East and Chairman of Oti Region MPs Caucus made the statement at a news conference in Parliament in Accra to correct some misconceptions created in sections of the media and to provide the facts about the eye screening exercise which was undertaken in the region

 

Explaining the details regarding the eye screening project Mr Gidisu said letters were written from the Eye Department of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital to all the eight MPs in the Oti region requesting their respective support towards the exercise.

 

He said the MPs from the region then decided to approach the exercise from regional point to increase coverage and make it successful.

 

Mr Gidisu also explained that the MPs together with their respective constituency health teams identified and located communities where screening and diagnosis for surgery were to be carried out.

 

He said the MPs facilitated the transportation of screening teams to the communities within their respective constituencies for two days and, some for three days.

 

He said feeding and accommodation of the screening teams numbering about 20 were catered for by the MPs.

 

“The MPs also catered for the transportation and feeding of all their respective constituents who went for the surgery in Nkwanta.”

 

He said the MPs ordered for sight glasses and medication for the other cases diagnosed during the screening that was not cataract and could therefore not be referred to St Joseph Hospital for surgery.

 

Source: Ghana News Agency

 

Tema MMDAs receive great placements in national rankings

Tema,- Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Assemblies (MMDAs) within the Tema Administrative Region performance have been adjudged among the best in the 2020 Annual Local Government Service (LGS) Performance Evaluation report which ranked the 16 Regional Coordinating Councils and 260 MMDAs.

 

Data available to the Ghana News Agency in Tema on the 2020 District League Table (DLT) launched by the Centre for Democratic Development (CDD) Ghana and UNICEF indicated that the MMDAs in the Tema Metropolitan area made tremendous improvement.

 

Tema West Municipal Assembly attained 90.63 per cent to take the fourth position nationwide a feet described as excellent; Krowor scored 82.63 per cent and occupied the 39th position described as excellent; and Tema Metro scored 80.13 per cent to occupy the 60th position which had been described as excellent.

 

The Kpone-Katamanso Municipal Assembly recorded 78.32 per cent to occupy the 72nd position described as very good; while Ashaiman scored 77.25 per cent to sit at 84th position, and described as very good; and Shai-Osudoku scored 70.32 per cent and pegged at the 147th position described as good.

 

The rest are: Ningo-Prampram scored 69.88 per cent to take the 150th position described as satisfactory; Ada West scored 58.63 per cent to occupy the 219th position and their performance described as satisfactory while Ada East scored 57.07 per cent to occupy the 225th position with their performance described as satisfactory.

 

The assessment report aims to improve transparency and accountability in national development by making progress public.

 

Overall, the District League Table proves that Ghana is making progress in development, although at a gradual rate as the average score has improved slightly.

 

It assesses the level of development across the entire country by ranking all 216 Districts in Ghana by their level of wellbeing.

 

The national ranking of MMDAs is produced annually since 2014 by UNICEF Ghana and the Ghana Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), in collaboration with the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development and the Office of the Head of Local Government Service.

 

The LGS, in line with its mission statement, developed a comprehensive Performance Management System (PMS) that is based on agreed Service Delivery Standards (SDS), operationalized through the PMS at all levels.

 

Head of the Local Government Service, Dr Nana Ato Arthur, in a foreword to the report, said the ranking was a systematic process for improving performance, evaluating the individual performance of staff, and teams to enhance productivity.

 

It was also to develop competencies, increase job satisfaction, and to ensure the achievement of the full potential of all staff in the service in line with the Local Governance Act, 2016 (Act 936).

 

Dr Arthur said it was operationalised through the Performance Management Instruments (Contract and Appraisal) in which the service entered into agreement and commitment with its employees to set clear, quantifiable objectives and indicators for attainment within a given time frame.

 

Source: Ghana News Agency

Student in Three Town teacher attack facing the law – GES

Denu (VR),- Mr Michael Yao Tsuiatorfe, Ketu South Municipal Director, Ghana Education Service (GES) has refuted claims authorities were shielding a student, who attacked a tutor of Three Town Senior High School saying, “the law is taking its course.

 

 

Gilbert Akakpo, a 19-year old and final year Visual Arts student of the school is currently facing trial at the Aflao Circuit Court for causing harm to Mr John Kwashi Akey, an ICT tutor in the school when the tutor tried to prevent him from bullying a first year student.

 

Mr Tsuiatorfe said the attack, which happened in the afternoon of Wednesday, August 11 received swift attention from all with the victim rushed to the hospital for treatment, while the accused surrendered to the Police the same day and put before the court the next day.

 

The Municipal Director who spoke to the Ghana News Agency in his reaction to a press statement from the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) dated Friday, August 13 said the Union might have been misinformed on the happenings.

 

NAGRAT in the statement signed by Mr Eric Agbe-Carbonu, its President alleged that authorities had let the student loose hence leadership’s backing of the decision by tutors of the school to withdraw their services in solidarity with the teacher.

 

“Despite the crime committed by the student, some powers that be, have influenced the release of the student from the police cells and are insisting that the student be made to write the WASSCE exams which will be supervised by the same teachers he attacked.

 

“The leadership of NAGRAT wants to serve notice to all that we support the decision of the Teachers of Three Town Senior School to withdraw their services and refuse to invigilate the WASSCE exams if the law is not made to take its course by punishing Gilbert Akakpo for inflicting knife wounds on Mr John Kwashi Akey, the ICT Teacher,” it said.

 

Earlier on Friday, a delegation including; Mr Elliot Edem Agbenorwu, Municipal Chief Executive for Ketu South, the Municipal Director of Education and the security agencies visited the school to speak to the teachers and also visit the victim and his family at home.

 

“I wish to inform you that nobody supported the action of the student, not even his parents because it was his father who handed him over to the police. He was put before court and has been granted bail in the sum of GH¢30,000.00 with two sureties. All the students must not suffer because one boy misbehaved,” Mr Tsuiatorfe said.

 

He asked teachers who were not fully convinced and would still want to refuse to invigilate during the impending final examinations to furnish his office in good time to allow for alternative arrangements for a successful 2021 WASSCE.

 

Source: Ghana News Agency

Government, traditional leaders ready for inauguration of Guan District

Likpe (O/R), Aug. 14, Mr Dan Botwe, Minister of Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development has said government is ready for the inauguration of the newly created Guan District.

 

The Minister also officially announced Likpe Mate as the administrative capital for the District which is located in the Oti Region.

 

He said an inaugural ceremony would be held in coming weeks to make the District fully operationalised.

 

Mr Botwe addressing traditional leaders and people of the Guan District as part of a tour to the Volta and Oti regions said meetings were held with the two regional Coordinating Councils aimed at deepening the decentralisation with reference to local governance act, Act 936 (2016) as well as meeting some Municipal Assemblies.

 

He said although the Minister was empowered to select an inaugural date for the District, there was the need to confer with the traditional leaders seeking their readiness.

 

The Minister said the District would have its own share of development projects, and other benefits due District Assemblies in the country and the President had the power to create a district and not a Constituency adding that it was the duty of the Electoral Commission to do so.

 

The Minister called on the traditional leaders in the area to fight for development with the aim of eradicating poverty and diseases.

 

“It is important that from today, the news that comes from here is that of unity of purpose and our burning desire to have our District inaugurated and have accelerated development.”

 

The Minister also inspected available structures and facilities for commencement of administrative works in the District.

 

Dr Joshua Makubu, Oti Regional Minister said the people of the Guan Area could now own their development process no matter how little the resources would be to draw their own scale of preferences and commended them for the maintenance of peace and stability over the period.

 

Mr Andrews Teddy Ofori, Hohoe Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), said after the 2018 referendum, the expectation was the creation and inauguration of a District for the area and noted that representation was involved in all processes that led to the creation and yet-to-be inaugurated District.

 

Traditional leaders from the Santrokofi, Akpafu, Lolobi and Likpe areas including; Nana Soglo Alloh IV, Paramount Chief of Likpe Traditional Area noted that the traditional leaders and the people were ready for the District to be inaugurated.

 

Dr Obed Asamoah, an opinion leader from the Guan District, expressed gratitude to the traditional areas for the roles they played for the area to reach its current state and called for action towards the creation of the Constituency to avert their disenfranchisement in future elections.

 

The Guan District consists of 13 electoral areas and will be the 261st District in Ghana.

 

Source: Ghana News Agency

 

NGO encourages teenage pregnant girls to attend antenatal care

Tema,- Birthright-GH, a Non-Governmental Organization has called on Ghanaians to patronize the services of antenatal care as the hospitals have created conditions to take care of them without any outside interference.

 

Mrs Doris Adom Asante, Executive Director for Birthright-GH which is into supporting teenage mothers and pregnant girls into acquiring entrepreneurship skills and returning to schools explained that adolescents were especially vulnerable due to increased biological, social and economic risks associated with early pregnancy and childbirth.

 

She said most pregnancy and childbirth-related complications were preventable through a combination of proven, cost-effective clinical interventions such as timely antenatal care for teenage girls.

 

Mrs Adom Asante therefore appealed to all stakeholders to support the teenage pregnant girls to go through the emotion of early pregnant as antenatal care was critical.

 

She said the services of the organization included; providing accurate information and knowledge that would empower pregnant girls and teenage mothers to make informed decisions about their lives.

 

Mrs Adom Asante who spoke to the Ghana News Agency in Tema said, to reduce the impact of the young pregnant girls and young mothers, the foundation through its ‘Hopeless to hopeful’ programme, had empowered distressed pregnant women and girls through counselling for a period of time depending on the situation.

 

She said they were then trained in entrepreneurial skills to equip them with employable skills and after learning the skills, they were supported in creating jobs for themselves and some of the beneficiaries who wanted to return to school were supported to do so.

 

She said over 5,000 teenage mothers and pregnant girls in the country had benefited from them and called on others to take advantage of their foundation to take care of their pregnancies and babies.

 

Mrs Adom Asante said the organization also served as a pregnancy resources centre,”we provide confidential help to distress teenage mothers, pregnancy assistance, provides babies and maternity clothes and a lot more”.

 

She said the organization as part of its 17th anniversary made a community outreach by engaging the students of Methodist Junior High Schools on effects of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) to help bring positive changes for a better future.

 

She said donations were also made to some women at the Madina Market, Abutia Agove Health Centre and items distributed included; baby’s diapers, wipes, socks, baby harts, cloths blanket among others.

 

Source: Ghana News Agency

 

Government will improve living conditions of Ghanaians – Dan Botwe

, Mr Dan Botwe, Minister of Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development has said the infrastructural projects in the Volta region showed that the government was making sure the people got what they deserved. He said it was also to improve the living conditions of the people.

 

Mr Botwe who inspected construction works on a modern market in Hohoe as part of a three-day visit to the Volta and Oti regions commended the contractors for work so far undertaken on the structure and urged them to carry out good quality work and finish on time.

 

The Minister said they were monitoring efficient use of the money and time was of essence in regards to executing and completing the project adding that the Ministry had a loan from the World Bank for urban development in 25 Municipalities in Ghana including; the Ho and Hohoe Municipalities.

 

Mr Botwe said additional funding or support would be available if efficient use of money and timeliness were met and noted that Hohoe had been known as a thriving business environment and the market would help it continue in that regard.

 

He said he was happy that all stakeholders were involved in the ongoing works on the facility and urged them to continue.

 

Mr Andrews Teddy Ofori, Hohoe Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), said the Assembly had been adjudged the best since 2017 and expressed gratitude to all stakeholders, especially traditional leaders, for their immense support through site meeting attendance.

 

Togbe Adzofuwusu IV, the Divisional Chief of Gbi-Atabu, expressed gratitude to the staff of the Assembly whose efforts had led to the progress of the project.

 

He said they would continue to play their roles as stakeholders to make sure a good work is carried out.

 

  1. A. Biney & Co. Limited, John Mork Construction and Trading Limited and Crown of Victory Company Limited are the construction firms undertaking works on the market.

 

The contractors have completed 80 to 85 per cent works on 106 lockable stores, 144 sheds, a warehouse, creche, health, police and fire posts.

 

Mr Dan Botwe also interacted with staff of the Hohoe Municipal Assembly and urged them to work hard to enable the Assembly pass its District Assemblies Performance Assessment Tool.

 

Source: Ghana News Agency