Alleged excess ballot: Attorney General ‘surprised’ by NDC petition to IGP

Accra,- Mr Godfred Yeboah Dame, the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, says he is surprised by the National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) petition to the Inspector General of Police(IGP)over alleged excess ballot.

The Party is praying the IGP to probe an alleged illegal printing of excess presidential ballot papers in the 2020 general elections.

He said he was surprised that the NDC would make such allegations, months after failing to prove their case at the Supreme Court where it (NDC) made allegations of vote padding in the 2020 election.

Speaking to journalists at the opening of a five-day training workshop for Commonwealth Election Professionals (CEP) in Accra Monday, the Attorney General argued that that the Police were not an election petition forum under the country’s laws.

The NDC last week petitioned the IGP to investigate what it claimed as the printing of one million extra ballot papers by Innolink Printing Press, one of the companies that printed the ballot paper for 2020 election.

The petition, signed by its General Secretary, Mr Johnson Asiedu Nketia, claimed that the papers were printed illegally and urged the Police to prosecute persons found culpable after the probe.

The NDC’s petition followed an earlier call on the Police by the Electoral Commission to investigate claims made by former President John Mahama that the Commission thumb printed one million ballot papers to favour President Nana Addo Dankwa in the 2020 presidential election.

The Police are yet to publicly respond to the two petitions.

Mr Dame described the NDC’s petition as “an attempt to unnecessarily mislead their own supporters and to think that Mahama performed any better in the election.”

“I’m very surprised that almost one year after the loss of that petition that they wildly make the claim of wrong allegation of votes involving over one million votes.

What is even more surprising is the forum which they made the allegation; is the Ghana Police Service an election petition forum in Ghana? It is the Supreme Court of Ghana and they had the opportunity of filing such a claim in the Supreme Court and they couldn’t even prove it,” he said.

The CEP Africa regional training event taking place in Accra this week, seeks to provide a platform for professional development, knowledge sharing and peer support to electoral administrators in the Commonwealth.

It is on the theme:” Delivering credible and inclusive elections in the era of COVID-19: Building public trust and confidence throughout the electoral cycle.”

Eighteen participants from 15 Africa Election Management Bodies, including Ghana, Bostwana, Cameroon, Kenya, Lesotho, Nigeria and South Africa are participating in the workshop.

Mr Dame told the participants that though the COVID-19 pandemic threatened the smooth conduct of elections, it did not warrant the postponement of elections against the schedule mandated by the constitution.

He cautioned that such postponements could lead to constitutional crisis and plunge a country into chaos.

Mr Samuel Tettey, the Deputy EC Chairman in charge of Operations, said in spite of the EC’s activities being disrupted ahead of the 2020 election, the Commission successfully conducted the elections as scheduled due to the stringent measures it (EC) put in place.

He said the Commission was ready to share ideas and support other election management bodies to smoothly undertake their elections amid the pandemic.

Ms Lindiwe Maleleka, the Political Advisor, Africa Section of the Commonwealth Secretariat, commended Ghana for being one of the few countries which conducted elections amid the pandemic.

She said the Commonwealth’s Observer Group that monitored the country’s 2020 elections reported that it was free, fair and transparent.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Walker rallies supporters and executives for 2024 election

Accra, Nov. 15. GNA – Mr Alfred Kwame Asiedu Walker, an Independent Presidential Candidate in the 2020 election, has rallied his national executives and supporters for an electoral showdown with the country’s two main political parties.

He asked them to “fight hard until the New Patriotic Party and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) are defeated in the 2024 election.”

Addressing Southern Ghana regional representatives on Sunday in Accra, he encouraged them not to relent but to work vigorously till 2024 to win power by preaching his vision and mission to Ghanaians.

It was the second and final meeting for the year for those regional executives in Southern Ghana, including the Ashanti region, Western North, Volta region, Central region and Greater Accra. Previous meetings have been held for representatives from the northern Ghana.

Mr. James Kwabena, the Ghana Union Movement (GUM) 2020 parliamentary Candidate for Kwabre East Constituency, said it is about time Ghanaians especially the youth changed “the NDC and NPP mentality” because they are not helping in the rapid development of the country.

“We need a savior, someone who will talk for us. It is time we the youth put our minds together as one listening to the visionary leader who shall die for us and for the love of the country because Mr. Walker thinks more for the youth than the older people. I’m appealing to the Ghanaian youth that let’s come together to rally behind him to win 2024 elections and rescue us from the two parties.”

Mr. Kofi Opoku alias (Henry B), a former NDC branch organizer at Nungua, Greater Accra Region, told the GNA that he left the party because they had not been fair to Ghanaians in terms of their promises.

“I was an NDC member but I have realized that they are untruthful to Ghanaians so I left to join United One Ghana. I believe that Mr. Walker can help Ghana so let’s all come together and vote for him so that when he comes to power our wishes will be granted.”

He therefore appealed to Ghanaians to dislodge both NDC and NPP because they have proved beyond doubts that they have nothing tangible to offer the nation other than dancing to the tune of their family and friends.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Ecobank Ghana wins big at the CIMG Annual National Marketing Performance Awards

Ecobank Ghana won three prestigious awards at the 32nd CIMG Annual National Marketing Performance Awards held recently at the Labadi Beach Hotel.

This was in addition to being retained as the only bank in the CIMG Hall of Fame category for the fourth consecutive year after being adjudged CIMG best bank each year from 2014 to 2016. The award details were; Overall Best Bank (CIMG-CSI, 2021), 5-Star Bank in Service Quality, and 5-Star Bank in Customer Satisfaction.

These new awards, come on the back of the bank’s phenomenal performance in the maiden CIMG Customer Satisfaction Index (CIMG-CSI, 2021) Survey, and for which all deserving banks were duly recognized. It is on record that Ecobank also emerged as the CIMG Marketing Oriented Company for 2017 having also been named CIMG Best Bank on four earlier occasions, 2003, 2005, 2007, and 2009.

Cumulatively, Ecobank now has the unparalleled privilege of being the only bank to be recognized by the CIMG twelve times.

Having pioneered digital banking, as an industry leader and pursued it aggressively over the years, Ecobank positioned itself in 2016 with the launch of Ecobank Mobile, ahead of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This enabled the bank to deliver convenient and uninterrupted services to customers at all digital touchpoints when it became mandatory for banks to rely more on digital channels during and after the pandemic lockdown period.

This led to a transformational effect, positively impacting all the bank’s service delivery channels, with over 85% of consumer banking transactions being performed on a self-service basis across the Bank’s digital and electronic channels. This has resulted in high customer satisfaction, thus improving the bank’s revenues and profits, with a significant positive impact on its balance sheet.

Commenting on the awards, the Managing Director of Ecobank Ghana, Mr. Dan Sackey said:

“We are exceptionally delighted to win these awards, and we see the achievements as the direct benefit of our early upgrades and the deployment of robust technology aimed at improving service delivery. This was also backed up with hard work and dedication from our staff, as well as the tremendous support that we enjoyed from our cherished customers in challenging covid times. These are the reasons why we are dedicating all these awards to our valued customers and stakeholders.”

Mr. Sackey used the opportunity to renew Ecobank’s pledge to continuously work at improving service delivery and constantly leveraging technology to provide innovative and flexible financial products and services to suit the everyday banking needs of its customers.

Source: Ghana Web

Afrobeats Safari Party in Dubai gains momentum

The AFROZONS DUBAI SOUND OFF, a premier, one-of-a-kind, travel experience, courtesy of Dubai Tourism and AfroZons Radio (USA), has gained so much momentum, since its launch on October 1st, 2021. News about the Soundoff, has travelled far and wide, covering all corners of the globe. Celebrity radio hosts from the USA, Nigeria, Tanzania, Kenya, Ghana, Zambia, and Angola have been projecting the Soundoff on their shows.

Projections show that over 1500 Afrobeat fans will partake in this project, purchase packages and join in on the fun. This means that Celebrity Radio Hosts and International Afrobeats Acts will join over 1500 of their fans to witness guided tours of Dubai, experience EXPO 2020 and have a never done before Afrobeats party in the desert. These amongst other activities would build the 6 nights Afrobeat Dubai Soundoff experience.

The official website for this event is www.afrozonsdxb.com. The website hosts further information on the travel packages and how to stand a chance to win a giveaway. The winners of the giveaways will receive flight tickets, hotel accommodation, tours, airport transfers, and visa’s (where necessary).

The global acceptance of the Soundoff has motivated Afrobeat fans and travel agencies from other parts of the world to push for participation in the Soundoff. Two countries, Uganda and Zimbabwe are launching their entry to the Soundoff family, today, 1st November 2021, while other countries are being considered to follow shortly.

Visit the website www.afrozonsdxb.com for further Terms & Conditions.

Salim Ali Mohamed Dahman, Senior Manager Campaigns of Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing, Hosts of the Soundoff, said:

It is a privilege for Dubai Tourism to afford this opportunity to lovers of Afrobeat music worldwide. Afrobeat is now a global brand, the fastest growing music genre out there, and so it’s a good marriage for the best destination in the world, Dubai, to also give Afrobeat its due. The trip promises to be a great experience, showcasing so much more fun in Dubai, a new series of adventures, a desert safari party, and Expo 2020, that can only truly be experienced, in person.

We launched the Afrozons Dubai soundoff on Oct 1st with Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, USA, and Angola. Overwhelming success has prompted us to add Uganda, Zimbabwe, and it looks like the United Kingdom is next on our list. It’s great to see the enthusiasm that has already been generated and we haven’t even announced the Afrobeat artist that will be joining us yet. Stay tuned, it promises to be an amazing event.

Source: Ghana Web

The NLA is only mandated to license Lotto Marketing companies under Act 722

Accra,- Under the act 722, the National Lottery Authority (NLA) is only mandated to license Lotto Marketing Companies and not Banker-to-Banker Lotto Operators, Agents, writers, Mr Justice Yeboah, Editor for NDC newsletter has said.

He said the management of National Lottery Authority (NLA) was therefore perpetuating acts of illegality in relation to the licensing of the Operators of Private Lotto (OPL) popularly known as “Banker-to-Banker lottery operations.

“All Private Lotto Operators, Agents and Writers are supposed to be licensed under Act 844 regulated by Act 722.

“Private Lotto Operators, Agents and Writers cannot be directly licensed under Act 722. It is only Lotto Marketing Companies which can be licensed directly under Act 722.”

This was in a statement signed and copied to the Ghana News Agency in Accra on Monday.

“The National Lottery Authority (NLA) under the National Lotto Act 2006 (Act 722) are supposed to issue coupons to Lotto Marketing Companies to sell in exchange of Lotto Commission which is currently at 20 per cent.

“How practically possible is it for the National Lottery Authority (NLA) to compete with the private sector Lotto Operators across Ghana?

“The poor Commission of 20 per cent to the lotto marketing companies has compelled majority of the Lotto Companies to sell for the Banker-to-Banker Lotto Operators to attract a Commission of between 30 to 40 per cent.

The statement called on the Ministry of Finance and the National Lottery Authority to create the enabling environment for the lottery industry to sustain the various jobs that were created by the Operators of Private Lotto.

It said the recent arrest effected by the National Lottery Authority was a threat to national security and had the tendency to create unemployment in the country.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Publication of Sustainable Financing Framework

Ghana initiated its 2021 International Capital Market Programme for the issuance of sovereign bonds in the last quarter of 2020. Subsequently, Parliament on 10th November 2020, granted Government approval to issue bonds amounting to US$3.00 billion, of which proceeds of up to US$1.5 billion was to be applied to support the 2021 budget and growth expenditures. The balance was to be used for reprofiling domestic debt and liability management purposes. Parliament also approved a further issuance of up to US$ 2.0 billion, for liability management purposes and reprofiling of domestic debt, should market conditions prove favourable.

In March 2021, Ghana successfully issued bonds worth US$3.025 billion comprising the first 4-tranche Eurobond which included an innovative zero-coupon bond, under the 2021 ICM Programme. The 4-tranche transaction was executed after a three-day virtual roadshow with a series of fixed income meetings with investors mainly domiciled in North America and Europe. Based on feedback received from various investor engagements, including the roadshow meetings in March, Ghana accelerated its plans to develop and establish a Sustainable Financing Framework (the “Framework”) that could be used in connection with any future ESG linked or related capital markets issuance.

The Ministry is pleased to report that the Framework, including the Second Party Opinion (SPO), has now been published on the Ministry’s website. It should be noted that publishing the Framework does not imply any new issuance under the ICM Programme. The intention of publishing the Framework is simply to allow our investors and stake holders to review its contents and be guided by it.

The Framework provides the Government of Ghana, through the Ministry of Finance the criteria to screen programmes and projects with sustainable, green and/or social credentials that may require financing from the National Budget.

Under the Framework, it is recommended that any ESG related issuances should fall under two (2) broad categories of Sustainable Financing Instruments- (a) those that will finance or re-finance eligible green and social projects and expenditures (Green, Social and Sustainability bonds) and (b) those that are linked to our performance versus our targets on certain defined KPIs (Sustainability Linked Bonds).

It is however important to note that, given the current market conditions, strong reserves position, the recent US$ 1.007 billion SDR allocation and the relatively stable currency, the Government of Ghana does not intend to access the international capital markets again this year.

Source: Ministry of Finance

Imaby Homes outdoors new model house, ‘The Ace’

Imaby Homes, a Real Estate division of Abuya groups and a fast-growing real estate developer in Ghana, has launched its new model house known as “The Ace” in Accra, a one storey luxury home, designed with and executed with precision.

The Ace is located at Tse-Addo in the La Dadekotopon Municipality of the Greater Accra region, about 10 minutes drive from the Kotoka International Airport dedicated to partnering with people to build their dream homes, which are moderately priced and offer the luxury and comfort they desire.

The launch, held on November 14, 2021, took some selected members of the public through Imaby Homes facility which comprises the water treatment plant, swimming pool, 24-hour security, garage as well as 24-hour electricity and solar plant.

The one-storey luxury home, designed with and executed with precision boasts of five bedrooms, all en suite, a modern ergonomic kitchen, a gym, an office, and a bar.

The rest are, a uniquely glassed out dining area, two spacious living areas on both floors, a six fit swimming pool with a grey stone fountain as a backdrop, a garage big enough for two cars, a balcony overlooking the coffee streets of Tse-Addo, and a big tiled compound, a security post, and an automated gate.

Speaking to the media, the Chief Executive Officer of Imaby Homes, Abuya Ameen Iddrisu, expressed the company’s excitement for the launch and to showcase the model house, the Ace.

He stated that the company is aiming at enabling customers to transform their lifestyle from a rent-driven model to their dream of homeownership with flexible payment plans.

This he explained renting to ownership which is the flexible system the company has introduced will make the clients own their house instead of renting, creating an enabling space for flexible payment.

Mr. Iddrisu said the company has designed their buildings a smart house moving from a manual designed house to a digital designed house by giving the clients quality and comfort at an affordable price.

He mentioned that two-unit mini-estate townhouses at Tantra Hills and nine gated community one-story buildings with four-bedroom en suite luxury houses at Tse-Addo are the company’s upcoming new projects.

Imaby Homes, a fast-growing real estate developer dedicated to partnering with people to build their dream homes, which are moderately priced and offer the luxury and comfort they desire.

Source: Ghana Web

Ecobank Group proud sponsor of the Intra-African Trade Fair 2021

The leading pan-African banking Group, the Ecobank Group, is delighted to be supporting the Intra-African Trade Fair 2021 taking place from November 15-21, 2021, in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

This very important Trade Fair promises to help accelerate Africa’s commercial and economic growth and development, a core mission of the Ecobank Group.

Akin Dada, Group Executive, Corporate and Investment Banking, Ecobank Group said:

“The Intra-African Trade Fair provides Africa’s businesses with unique opportunities for unrivaled networking to establish new business contacts from every country across the African continent. This is coming at a time when the African Continental Free Trade Area agreement is breaking down the historic barriers to intra-African trade and investments by creating a huge single market. At the Ecobank Group, we recognize that this will feed through to exponential growth in the demand and need for the convenience of a reliable and secure payments ecosystem and we already have the established scale to facilitate this as the payments bank of choice across Africa.”

IATF2021 will play a vital role in raising awareness and helping Africa’s businesses to leverage the benefits of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), grow and expand their international reach. In conjunction with improvements in market information about the goods and services that are available in other African countries, it will increase

intra-African trade and negate the longstanding but unnecessary importation of such products from outside the African continent, while boosting sourcing from within Africa.

As a key supporter determined to play a significant role in helping to achieve the objectives of the AfCFTA, the Ecobank Group is delighted to be sponsoring the IATF2021 which promises to be an important vehicle in making the vision of ‘one African market’ a reality.

The Ecobank Group already has in place numerous solutions to facilitate the exponential growth in intra-African trade growth being created by the AfCFTA.

These include its scalable digital payments ecosystem which can facilitate trade and eCommerce payments across Africa; its nurturing and supporting of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) through its provision of financial and non-financial support to help them grow and succeed; smart cash management functionalities; its Ecobank Marketplace providing a ready-made and accessible eCommerce solution for sole traders and MSMEs to grow their customer base and sales; its range of training programs to upskill businesses’ management abilities; and the provision of innovative funding solutions. The Ecobank Group’s intent is to be the ‘go to’ bank for payments and trade finance in Africa.

In addition, the Ecobank Group has a series of webinars specially designed for African entrepreneurs to help them grasp and maximize the opportunities being created by the AfCFTA.

As the Best 2021 SME Bank of the Year, the Ecobank Group is continuously focusing on new solutions to meet its diverse customers’ needs. A recent example is its multi-award-winning Ellevate program. Ellevate by Ecobank provides women-led/owned or focused businesses and entrepreneurs with a full suite of products, services, and tools – financial, educational, growth and advisory – to empower them and help their businesses thrive.

Source: Ghana Web